Nar Phu Valley Trekking

A wonderful journey in a wild and unexplored area located north of Annapurna: the Nar Phu Valley inhabited. This trek is perfect for travelers who want to discover to an untouched valley, off the beaten track in remote area. A rough and wild trek, this trek takes you to the exotic Nar Phu valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region. Opened to visitors only in the year 2003, the Nar Phu valley remains untouched by modernity. The inhabitants, who roughly comprises of about 350 Nepalese Tibetans, have retained their age old practices. Most of them are engaged in yak herding and farming. Visited by very few trekkers this exotic land offers medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, dramatic mountain views and great alpine scenery in a Tibet-like flavor.


Trip Duration     

14  days trek 

Max. Altitude:

5240 m. /17292 ft.

Minimum Altitude:

760m. /2508ft.








Breakfast, lunch , Dinner 



Trek Departure:

Every day throughout the week

Group Size:

2 persons (minimum) to 14  persons (maximum)

Best season:

September, October, November, March, April and May

Available Time:

All months except December and January

Per day hiking:

4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu-Beshisahar - Chamje ( 1385m./4570ft.) 8 hours drive

You drive along the Kathmandu-pokhara highway to dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the marshyangdi river to besi sahar . You drive gravel road along  the same river up to Chamje. You can see some of the mountain peaks, beautiful water fall, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Chamje-Taal-Koto/Chame ( 2630m./8679ft.) 5 hours drive 

You drive a gradually ascending path and cross a stream to reach Koto. The mountain views you can enjoy are of Annapurna II and Manaslu range along with beautiful views of forests on the way which add another dimension to your trek. Koto is a small village mainly inhabited by Gurung and other ethnic groups. Their lifestyle is mainly influenced by Buddhist Tibetans. Stay overnight at lodge in Koto .

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Koto-Dharmasala- Meta ( 3550m./11715ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek from Koto to Dharmasala takes about six hours. This morning you head out early, as you have a long and somewhat difficult day before you. You cross the river leading to the Nar Phu valley and hike up through beautiful woods above the Phu Khola. The route takes you through some beautiful woods and past several small caves, and a pilgrims’ Dharmasala. After you emerge out of a narrow canyon, the trail actually passes under a wide waterfall just before the Dharmasala, from where the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. Stay overnight at lodge .

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meta- Kyang- Phu village ( 4080m./13464ft.) 6 hrs. walk

Trek to Phu village. Dropping steeply down to the river, you trek for a while along the river bank and past the “submarine” rock, passing some small possible campsites along the way. You start to see some of the unique, colorful chortens for which Nar and Phu are famous. You have to walk carefully across a small glacial stream before reaching a larger one with a bridge only half covered with large slabs of slate. Another hour and a half of trekking through scenic canyon lands and gorges, and the monolith guards the steep trail up to the Phu gate, called Pupigyal Kwe. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins, but impressively situated atop the flatlands before Phu.

Just before the bridge to Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape and lead the way to the main village of Phu, perched high up on a hill. You will set up camp on the lower reaches of Phu, formerly called Gomdzong, and head up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa on a neighboring hillside to pay your respect to Lama Karma Sonam. Stay overnight at lodge .

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Excursion around Phu valley
You could have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru, a three hours walk past the gompa. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Stay overnight at same camp in Phu Valley .

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Phu village- Nar phedi- Nar village ( 4110m./13563ft.) 6 hrs. walk
Trek from Phu village to Nar village. You get back through Phu gate, descend to the river and retrace your steps back to Junam Kharka which is a lovely spot for camping. Stay overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Nar village –Kang la pass- Ngawal ( 3660m./12078ft.) 8 hrs. walk
Trek to Ngawal via crossing Kang La pass. The Kang La is not a difficult pass, but it could be a long day if there is snow on the pass or the altitude is taking its toll. The Kang La, at 5240m, is an absolutely spectacular pass looking over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, the peaks surrounding Tilicho and the airport at Hongde. The trail down is steep and then more gradual as you reach the end.
Ngawal, on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna circuit (off the main Annapurna circuit), can be reached in as little as two hours from the pass, but the walk down is very nice and easy with enchanting views. Just before Ngawal is an unusual grouping of chortens and prayer flags which marks a meditation cave far up in the hills. Ngawal is a wonderful, old village of cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, obviously a hub of religious activity in previous times. Stay overnight at lodge in Ngawal.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ngawal- Pisang-Chame ( 2670m./8811ft.) 6 hours walk
This day you walk through down path along the bank of the Marshyangdi river to reach Chame. On the way you pass pine forests, villages such as upper pisang, dukur pokharai and farming terraces. You can enjoy the views of the Annapurna range, Tilicho Mountain and beautiful landscapes. Manang is a small town. Stay overnight at lodge in chame.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Chame-Besisahar ( 820m./2706ft.) 6 hours drive 

Drive down hill through beautiful villages and follow marshyangdi river to Besisahar aobut 7 hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Besisahar - Kathmandu ( 1400m./4620ft.) 5 hours drive
We drive to Kathmandu.  Transfer to your hotel.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch

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