Naar Phu Valley Trek - 20 Days

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Naar Phu Valley
Trip Facts
  • Trip Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Maximum Altitude 5416m
  • Activity Trekking
  • Starts/Ends Kathmandu / Kathmandu
  • Best Season February to May & September to Mid- December
Highlights
  • Stunning Scenery: The Naar Phu Valley Trek offers one of the most stunning views in the world, featuring beautiful Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, deep gorges, and crystal-clear lakes.
  • Remote and Isolated Villages: In the valleys of Naar and Phu, you'll find semi-nomadic Tibetans who have preserved their culture and lifestyle for decades. You'll be able to get to know the locals and gain insight into their unique culture by staying in traditional guesthouses.
  • Challenging High Passes: The trek involves crossing several high-altitude passes, including the Kang La Pass at 5,240m and Thorong La Pass at 5416m which provides stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Hidden Treasures: The Naar Phu Valley Trek takes you off the beaten track and through the hidden valleys and pastures that are not accessible by road. You'll have the opportunity to explore remote monasteries, ancient ruins, and traditional villages that few tourists have ever had the opportunity to visit.
  • Wildlife and Flora: The Naar Phu Valley is home to a diverse range of wildlife and flora, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and numerous species of birds and flowers.

The Naar Phu Valley Trek is a popular tourist destination in Nepal that leads you through hidden valleys, across highland fields and into traditional Tibetan-style villages, where you can learn about the locals' rich history and way of life.

The journey begins from Besishahar, a five-hour drive from Kathmandu, and continues along the valley of the Marsyangdi River to the base of the Annapurna range. The path then separates off and heads into Naar Phu Valley, which is situated in the shadows of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains.

The trek is challenging because it involves crossing multiple mountain passes and going through some tough terrain. Though it is challenging the breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, and glistening lakes are well worth the effort.

The Naar and Phu valleys are home to a semi-nomadic Tibetan people, and you'll have the chance to interact with them along your trek. You'll get a taste of the local culture and way of life by staying in a guesthouse and eating the meals prepared by locals.

The Naar Phu Valley Trek is an amazing adventure that will lead you to some of Nepal's most remote and amazing spots. If you're searching for an adventure in this amazing country, this trek might be a great option for you.

ItineraryDay to Day Itinerary
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Upon your arrival a member from Moon Himalaya Adventure will be at Tribhuvan International Airport to receive you and transfer you to the hotel. In the Evening you will have a briefing about your Naar Phu Valley trek with a guide.

  • Meals:Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

On the second day, after having your breakfast, your guide will explain to you about Naar Phu Valley trek and the gear you need. If you require any gear, you can buy or rent it. If you want, you can visit the world heritage sites (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath) but you will have to pay your own entry fees.

  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m

The journey begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continues until we reach Dharapani.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:1860m
  • Duration:8/9 hrs drive

The first day of the trek will begin from Dharapani with an average walk of 5 to 6 hrs. You will see plenty of pine and fir trees, many monasteries, and several authentic Tibetan settlements. Views of Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Manaslu, and other mountains can also be seen on our way to Koto. The trail travels through more pine forests until arriving at Koto.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2600m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

On this day we will enter a restricted area, Nar Phu Valley. The special permit will be validated at a check point in Koto. We will make our way to Dharmasala through beautiful pine forests, multiple suspension bridges, and beneath numerous waterfalls along the banks of Soti Khola. The trees thin out and the views open up after passing through Dharamsala. After two hours of walking through the forest, we will reach Meta from where we can see the fantastic view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3560m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs walk

We begin our trek uphill and downhill and cross several suspension bridges on our way to Kyang. After around four hours of trek, we will reach Kyang. The views of Pisang Peak and Annapurna II from Kyang are breathtaking. After another three or four hours of hiking, we reach the Phu Gaun located a little distance from the Phu Khola. The blue sheep, as well as the culture and religion of the nearby villages of Nar and Phu, have gained widespread popularity. Tashi Lhakhang Monastery in Phu Village is on our must-see list while in the area. The Himlung Himal and other Himalayan peaks are breathtaking from Phu Village.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4250m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs walk

Today we will rest at Phu Gaon and acclimate to the high altitude to prevent high altitude sickness. While in the Hidden Valley, we have the unique opportunity to learn about the indigenous people's cultures, natural landscapes, and religious views. In addition, we can discover how inhabitants in the Hidden Valley survive through agriculture, animal breeding, and seasonal migrations. We will also be visiting the Tashi Lakhang Monastery which is said to be the last monastery built by Karmapa Rinpoche and is one of the 108 famous Buddhist monasteries in the world. The Hidden Valley provides us with a chance to learn about the local culture and a magnificent panorama of Himlung Himal and the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4250m

From Phu Gaon, we set off to Naar, traveling over two passes: Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). The trail crosses a number of suspension bridges above rivers and streams, including the 80-meter-high Mahendra Pul bridge over the Lapche River Gorge. As you make your way up to Nar Village, you'll see a number of Buddhist stupas along the way. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of Pisang Peak and other mountains.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4110m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs walk

We must get up early and start our trek to Kang La Pass as it will be a day full of hiking and an adventure. The Annapurna range is easily seen from the Kang La pass. Though the trail is steep, it's not very challenging. It will likely take us approximately two hours to make it across the pass. Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak are all spectacularly visible from Kang La Pass. After that, we'll continue walking for another three hours to get to Ngawal Village, where we'll be spending the night.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5322m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs

Following the banks of the Marsyangdi River, we will make our way to Manang. Ahead, you will see the Tilicho Peak and Annapurna ranges while passing through forests and villages like Braga and Paugh. Upon arriving in Mungli, we will once again be following the regular Annapurna hiking routes. We continue our hike untill we reach Manang, our final destination for the day.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3540m
  • Duration:4/5 hrs

We will stay at Manang to acclimatize to the high altitude. We will spend the day exploring Manang. We'll start the day with a hike up to Gangapurna Lake/Ice Lake. We can enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks. Visiting the nearby Manang village is yet another choice.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:3540m

We will follow the trail through the coniferous trees. After a three-hour walk, we will reach Khangsar, a Tibetan Village. Have fun on the hike by keeping a steady pace and taking in the views of the valley from above. To go to Tilicho Base Camp, you'll cross the ridge above Kangsar Khola.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4200m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

One of the highlights of the trip is the opportunity to see Tilicho Lake. The afternoon wind can be risky, so we begin our day with an early morning hike to Tilicho Lake. After two or three hours of strenuous climbing, we'll reach Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world. One of the most stunning parts of the journey to Tilicho Lake is the beautiful scenery. Many mountains, including Manaslu and Himlung, can be seen. After roaming around the beautiful Tilicho Lake we will make our way back to Shree Kharka or Tilicho Base Camp.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4900m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

Today we will descend to Khangsar Village. On our way, we will see Tare Gumba, a monastery dating back a thousand years but we go further along a rock wall that leads us out of Khangsar and on to Thorong Khola Valley and, eventually, Leder. Beautiful views of the Annapurna range may be seen from Leder.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4230m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

After ascending a hill from Yak Kharka, we will descend to the Marsyangdi River, which you will cross on a wooden bridge. The trail to Thorong Phedi gradually ascends through yak pastures. Some areas require extra caution due to the possibility of stonefall. You can reach Throng High Camp by hiking up an extremely steep and moraine-filled trail.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:4800m
  • Duration:6/7 hrs

It is today that we will climb over Thorong La Pass. The scenery from the Thorong La Pass is well worth the cold, the long climb, and the high altitude that we experience. Many of the Annapurna mountain ranges are seen in the background. Afterward, we'll make our way down to Muktinath. It will take about three to four hours to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists. We can go for a walk around the area, which is home to a Vishnu temple and a monastery.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:5416m
  • Duration:8/9 hrs

The stunning Kali Gandaki Gorge lies below us as we make our way through the barren landscape. First, we make our way to the village of Ekle Bhatti, and then to the villages of Jharkot and Khingar, where we will visit several stunning monasteries. On our way to Jomsom, we will pass through Kagbeni and along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Throughout the hike, we will be treated to a breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Max Altitude:2715m
  • Duration:5/6 hrs

We will take the early morning flight to Pokhara after having breakfast. Our flight will pass through two of the world's tallest mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Upon arriving at Pokhara we will be transferred to a hotel nearby the lakeside. We take our time walking near Fewa Lake, Nepal's second-largest lake, taking in the scenery of Machhapuchhare in the distance. Evening walk nearby the lakeside in one of the famous activities in Pokhara. We can also boat in Fewa Lake.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Duration:20 minutes

We will leave Pokhara in the private vehicle after taking breakfast. It will take around 7 hours to reach Kathmandu.

  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch &Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Max Altitude:1310m
  • Duration:7/8 hrs drive

Our guide will drop you at the international airport for final departure.

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    Cost DetailsWhat's Included
    • Airport pick up and drop
    • Three-night hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani and from Pokhara to Kathmandu for client in reserved vehicle.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for client.
    • Three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.
    • Accommodation during the trekking.
    • Restricted area entry permit fee. 
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
    • Trekkers’ Information Management system (TIMS) card.
    • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani and from Pokhara to Kathmandu for guide and porter.
    • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for guide.
    • English speaking government license holder Trekking guide.
      (For 1 to 4 clients there will be 1 guide and above 5 clients we provide assistant guide)
    • For 2 clients there will be 1 Porter.
      (The baggage of 1 client should be 10 to 12 kg only)
    • Food, accommodation, salary and Trekking insurance for Guide and Porter.
    • First aid kit.
    • All necessary government taxes.
    • Certificate of accomplishment of trek.
    • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by client Travel insurance company.
    What's Excluded
    • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos.
    • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
    • Food (lunch and dinner) while you are in Kathmandu.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu that goes beyond the scheduled program.
    • Your personal expenses and entrance fees while you do the tour in Kathmandu.
    • Entry fees in Monastries, temples, Museum.
    • Your personal expenses, shopping, donation to monasteries and school, wifi, laundry etc
    • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
    • Sweet things like chocolate bars and bakery items.
    • Internet, Hot shower and battery charge during the trek.
    • International airfare and airport departure tax. 
    • Tips for guide, porters and staffs.
    • Things that goes beyond cost inclusive.
    Useful InformationGood to Know
    • Weather: The weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas so we recommend you to be prepared and pack the gear for rain, snow and wind.
    • Medical History: Please let us know if you have any medical history that might bring complications in your Naar Phu Valley trek such as knee or leg sprain, fractures, major surgeries or other serious health concerns.
    • Medication: Please inform us about your medicine that you use daily so that our guide can timely remind you about your medicines.
    • Best time to trek: Every season has a different thing to offer however the best time to trek the Naar Phu Valley is from September to November and from March to May. During these months, the weather is generally dry and the skies are clear, offering stunning mountain views.
    • Restricted area: Naar Phu Valley is a restricted area so you will require special permit to do this trek. Also, you should be at least of two people to do the trek.
    FAQsNaar Phu Valley Trek - 20 Days FAQs
    • Though previous trekking experience is not required having a good level of fitness and proper acclimatization is highly recommended for the Nar Phu Valley Trek.

    • The trek involves steep ascents and descents, crossing high-altitude passes, and negotiating rugged terrain.

    • The best time to do the Naar Phu Valley Trek is from March to May and from September to November. During these months, the weather is generally dry and stable, and the views are at their best. However, trekkers should be prepared for cold temperatures and occasional snowfall at higher elevations.

    • Yes, trekkers require a special permit to enter the Nar Phu Valley, which is issued only through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.

    • Trekkers also require Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card to do Naar Phu valley Trek.

    • Naar Phu Valley trek provides basic accommodation on teahouses or traditional guesthouses.

    • The Nar Phu Valley Trek is considered a challenging trek and requires a good level of fitness as the trek involves steep ascents and descents, crossing high-altitude passes, and negotiating rugged terrain.

    • The Nar Phu Valley is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan blue sheep, and numerous species of birds and flowers. However, spotting wildlife is not guaranteed, and trekkers should not disturb the animals or their habitat

    • The Nar Phu Valley is home to semi-nomadic Tibetans who have preserved their traditional way of life for centuries. Trekkers will have the chance to experience the unique culture and traditions of the locals. There are also several ancient monasteries to explore along the way.

    • No, trekking the Nar Phu Valley requires a special permit, which can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal and requires at least 2 trekkers. In addition, a licensed guide is required to accompany trekkers on the trek.

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