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Nar Phu Valley Trek

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5320m Kangla Pass

3 days drive

9 days trekking

Best Season

March, April, May, June, July , August, September, October, November


12 Breakfast

12 Lunch

11 Dinner


11 Nights at Lodge




USD 950 899

Per Person

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No of PAX Price / PP
More than 10 799
5-9 849
2-4 899

Nar Phu Valley Trek Overview

Nar Phu Trekking is an adventurous voyage in the north western reach of Nepal. Embodied inside of the Annapurna Conservation Area, this secluded valley is nothing less compared to heaven. Nar Phu region in Manang district is affluent in biodiversity, cultural homogeneity and semi-arid landscape. This restricted trek in Nepal ventures on the remote eastern vicinity of Manang region through a secluded atmosphere. The natural enriches spread across the area is one of a kind experience for adventurers. This valley is called “hidden valleys” for they were restricted to all people until 2 decades back. Your traverse to Nar Phu is nothing sort of any other mainstream trek but dim and distance exploration.

Highlight of Nar Phu Valley

  • Nice Nar , Phu village, Ngawal, Gyaru village
  • A adventure Kang La pass
  • Beautiful landscape
  • Beautiful view of Annapurna Himalayas range
  • oldest monasteries and stupas, stone mane walls
  • Water falls, suspension bridge
  • Rain shadow area
  • Less crowed and peaceful area

Nar Phu Valley Trek Details

Nar Phu Valley Trek is Manang region in western Nepal sits adjacent to the towering Annapurna Massifs. Situated as a river cut valley beside the tenth highest mountain, Annapurna I(8091m), Manang is filled with enigmatic experiences. Marsyangdhi river which originates from Annapurna range of mountains paves its way through the plains of Manang region. The area flattened by this river is inhabited by Manangi Gurung community people. The area surrounding Manang is enriched with biodiversity and geographical amusements as a part of Annapurna Conservation area.

Nar and Phu are two distinct villages situated in the eastern reach of the Manang district. Both of these villages portray rural hamlets that date back centuries before. Apart from the distinct outlook of the villages , they are spiritually awakened by Bon Buddhist practitioners in the area. Additionally, the scenic mountain ranges encircle this picturesque barren valley on all sides. During your trek to Nar Phu, you will be bestowed with views of: Annapurna II(7937m), Pokarkhang(6272m), Kangaru Himal(6981m), Himlung Himal(7126m), Gangapurna(7454m), Khangsar Kang(7485m), Annapurna I (8091m) and others.

Nar Phu Trekking Route

Your typical trek to Nar Phu valley commences from Kathmandu. We take the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek route until Koto and then diverge north towards the hidden valley of Manang. Until Koto you will be following Marsyangdi river. From hereon, we will follow another major river of Manang region, Nar river, named after Nar village. The trek then moves forward along Nar river basin along the baseline of Mt.Kangaru. We make a circuit trek by first trekking towards Phu Gaon, located at the base of Himlung Himal. From there, the trail heads westward making its way back to Nar Phedi. After Nar is the highest point of Nar Phu trek, Kangla Pass (5320m) which we traverse to reach the end point of our trekking journey at Ngawal.

Geology and Biodiversity in Nar Phu region

Annapurna Conservation Area Project encapsulates the Nar and Phu valley including the whole of Manang district. Manang district is covered by the high Himalayan mountains that are mostly included in Manaslu and Annapurna range. This bowl-shaped valley stays as a semi-arid land mass in between the gigantic mountains. Numerous glacial lakes, rivers and streams originate from these mountains that confluence into the mighty Marsyangdi river. The area surrounding Manang district is filled with geological affluence. It boasts typical Manangi villages with mud built structures, Tibetan buddhism, vast glaciers, towering peaks, rocky mountains, barren landmass and dense forests. The only accessible space to pierce into this valley is from the district headquarter of Lamjung district, Besisahar. Lamjung district is the southern neighbor of Manang.

Manang region is affluent when it comes to biodiversity. The geographical variation of the area ranges from a mere 1500 meters till more than 8000 meters. This makes it a suitable habitat for varieties of Flora and Fauna. You will discover lush forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and glacial lakes. Also residing here are snow leopards, Himalayan tahrs, and blue sheep. You will also find in abundance rhododendrons, birch, and juniper trees, while alpine meadows host an array of colorful wildflowers.

Festivals and Cultural Practices in Nar Phu

The Indo Tibetan communities living in the Manang region of Nepal have a distinct lifestyle. Being a remote area still untouched by modern sophistication, the space still disperses originality and authenticity of culture. Inhabited by the Buddhist community in most areas, you will discover amazing cultural practices and celebrations. Inquire with Himalaya trip to schedule your Nar Phu trek itinerary with festival time in Manang.

Lhosar is one of the biggest celebrations of the Buddhist community. It marks the Tibetan new year in the months of February or March. Another prominent festival that indicates celebration in Manang is the Yartung festival. This fest is celebrated in August and is characterized by masculine arts and competitions. Archery and Horse Racing during Yartung are the most famous ones. It is celebrated in the month of August. You might be in for a bigger treat if you schedule your travel plans during these months.

Weather and Climate during Nar Phu Trek

This is an ascent trek with your trail climbing up from a lower elevation to a higher one. As the elevation ascends, the temperature decreases making it colder at higher elevations. The weather pattern also differs during the trek based on what altitude you are at. The elevation range in Nar Phu Trek begins from 2600 meters at Koto. The trail then followingly traverses through high hills before making the highest point of Nar Phu trek, Kangla Pass at 5320 meters.

During the Spring months (March to May), the daytime temperature ranges from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F). Autumn months(Sept to Nov) temperature goes from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F). Winter months (Dec-Feb) are the coldest with daytime temperatures dropping to 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F). Summer months are also suitable for this traverse. Nar and Phu sits in a rain shadow area beyond the Himalayas. There is very little rainfall even during the peak monsoon months (July and August). Nar Phu can be one of the best summer treks in Nepal. At higher altitudes, daytime temperatures during the summer can be cooler, ranging from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F). Below given table provides data pertaining to temperature and humidity of various places in Nar Phu Trekking.

Place Spring Temperature (°C) Autumn Temperature (°C) Spring Humidity (%) Autumn Humidity (%)
Besisahar 15 - 25 10 - 20 30 - 50 30 – 50
Koto 10 - 20 5 - 15 40 - 60 40 – 60
Meta 5 - 15 0 - 10 50 - 70 50 – 70
Kyang 0 - 10 -5 - 5 60 - 80 60 – 80
Phu 0 - 10 -5 - 5 60 - 80 60 – 80
Nar Village 5 - 15 0 - 10 50 - 70 50 – 70
Ngawal 10 - 20 5 - 15 40 - 60 40 – 60
Chame 10 - 20 5 - 15 40 - 60 40 – 60

Please note that temperatures and humidity mentioned in the table above is based on approximate data. These can vary based on various factors.

Kathmandu Hotel

For your flexibility, we have not include Kathmandu Hotel on the Package. You can book at your desire categories and number of nights. But if you want us to book it, this option also available with extra cost.

Nar Phu Valley permit day

Nar Phu valley trek is a control area. You need restricted permit to do this trek. We need your one extra day and original passport with visa to process this permit.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu - Besishahar - Dharapani (1860m, 225km or 10 hour drive)

Day 02: Trek Dharapani - Koto (2630m, 13km or 5-6 hours walk)

Day 03: Trek Koto (Nar Phu entry point) - Meta (3570m, 15km or 7 hours walk)

Day 04: Trek Meta - Kyang (3720m, 9.6km or 4 hours walk)

Day 05: Trek Kyang - Phu village (4050m, 8.5km or 4-5 hours walk)

Day 06: Phu village

Day 07:Trek Phu - Nar Phedi (3550m, 15km or 6-7 hours walk)

Day 08: Trek Nar Phedi - Nar village (4150m, 5km or 2 - 3 hours walk)

Day 09: Nar - The Highest Point Kang La Pass 5320m - Ngawal (3675m, 15km or 8-9 hours walk)

Day 10: Trek Ngawal - Chame (2670m, 21km or 7 hours walk)

Day 11: Drive Chame - Besishahar (760m, 67km or 5-6 hours drive )

Day 12: Drive Besishahar - Kathmandu (178km or 6-7 hours drive)

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Nar Phu Valley Trek Details Itinerary

Whats Included?

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at Trivuwan International Airport in Kathmandu by private Car/Van/Bus depending on group size.
  • Kathmandu-Besishahar- Kathmandu by bus.
  • Besishahar - Dharapani and Chame - Besishahar by public Jeep.
  • All the Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner ) and accommodation during the trek.
  • Annapurna Conservation area permits fees and Nar Phu special permits.
  • One English speaking government certificate holder trekking guide and trekkers 2:1 porters.
  • Guide and porters insurance, salary, equipment, food, transportation, and accommodation.
  • Local fresh fruit like apple and pomegranates etc.
  • Duffel Bag.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use everyday to check your oxygen level and blood pressure in your body to avoid high risk ).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • 13% Government VAT and official charge.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$30 and 30 Days US$50).
  • Hotel and meals in Kathmandu .
  • All the drinks like , tea, coffee, mineral water, Fanta, coke, beer etc.
  • Your trekking gears.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Tips for staffs

Group Joining dates & Prices


USD 950 899

Per Person

We Offer Group discount

No of PAX Price / PP
More than 10 799
5-9 849
2-4 899

Nar Phu Valley Trek Reviews

5 - Excellent Based on 5 Reviews
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Fernando Nar Phu Kangla Pass Trek

Australia, July 2018

Memorable journey to Nar Phu valley

Memorable journey to Nar Phu valley - Harka's team were excellent, professional service and friendly- highly recommended.

Australia, July 2018
nar phu kangla pass trek

corneliusa punkt
Germany, August 2016

A once in a lifetime experience

Vivien and Me did the Nar Puh Valley trek and Annapurna Circuit in August together with Hari Gurung, an outstanding guide and, by far more important, a lovely person.

The preparation for the trip has been managed by Harka Gurung, Hari´s brother. I have never experienced such a fast response rate as Harka´s. Whenever we had a question regarding the trek - and they were not few in number - we got an informative and helpful reply within a couple of hours. As arrived at the airport, we have been heartily welcome by Hari and Harka. During the first couple of day, they both took care of all the admin-stuff (permits and co.) so we had time to explore Kathmandu city before going on trek.  

The trek itself has been wonderful, starting from the extraordinarily beautiful and vast nature to the great hospitality of Nepalese people. Although the trek has been quite challenging for us, we were always rewarded by stunning views on great landscapes, snow covered peaks and ancient cultural sides. Further, Hari arranged lovely accommodations for us and always took care that we get the best food, and, of course, plenty of it. He also caringly looked after our condition and found an ideal pace so that we never faced serious problems with altitude.

The evenings in the lodges have been very entertaining and ranged from playing cards with locals and other travelers to inspiring conversations near the fire place.

Hari is a very pleasant and interesting person to talk to and he provided us with so many information, anecdotes and storys of his own and Nepalese life in general that we really got a unique and wide insight into Nepalese culture.

Unfortunately, we only had one month, so the only bad thing about the trek was that it came to an end too early :)

Apart from that, it was simply perfect and I want to thank Hari and Harka for having made it possible. We will come back!

Germany, August 2016
a beautiful nar phu valley

Australia, November 2015

Awesome scenery with excellent hosts.

My daughter and I have just returned from a 3 week trip to Nepal, hosted by Harka and his team from Himalaya Trip. Our trip included the remote Nar and Phu Valley regions in the Annapurna Range as well as some R & R in Pokhara.

We had been planning our trip for some time when the news of the Nepal Earthquake made world news. Footage and images of a devastated Nepal almost derailed our plans but 6 months on we made the decision to go. Upon arrival in Nepal the damage from the quake appears to have been far more localized and less wide spread than news reports had suggested. The Annapurna region showed virtually no lasting damage from the quake at all, so the decision to make the trip was a good one.

The Nar Phu Valley trek was brilliant with amazing scenery and very few trekkers once off the main Annapurna Circuit. Harka from Himalaya Trip and our Guide Hari and Porters Saroj and Sujan were excellent hosts, being totally focused on ensuring our comfort, safety and enjoyment during the trek. 

The fuel shortages Nepal was experiencing during our visit didn't require any changes to travel plans with Harka and Hari ensuring all movements throughout the country going off without a hitch.

Australia, November 2015
beautiful village with Himalayas view on the background in Nar Phu Valley Trek

Amy and Taylor
USA, July 2015

A perfect trip to Nar Phu and Manang after the earthquake

We want to thank Harka, Hari and Ramesh for a perfect trip to the Nar Phu region and part of the Annapurna Circuit. We had planned our visit since February, but we were worried about being able to complete it safely after the earthquake hit in April. Harka contacted the local authorities about the status of roads and villages and assured us that we could still complete our initial itinerary. 

We are so glad that we did! Hari and Ramesh were perfect guides and the both cultural and natural beauty of the region was spectacular. We highly recommend this trek and Himalaya Trip to anyone. Nepal is recovering from the devastating earthquake, and an important part of this recovery is opening tourism back up. After our experience, we encourage visitors to include Nepal as a destination -- help rebuild Nepal by helping their tourism economy.

Thanks Harka, Hari and Ramesh! It was an unforgettable journey.


USA, July 2015
Nar phu tea house trek

Australia, July 2014

Nar Phu Trek in July with Husband

My husband and I went for a trek to the Nar and Phu villages in July and it's one of the best experiences we've ever had! These remote villages are so amazing with the most beautiful people. We did the planning with Harka and had Hari as a guide and 'City' as our porter. We can't rave enough about the whole experience! Hari and City were super attentive, helpful and enthusiastic from beginning to end without ever being too clingy. Hari is fluent in english and suggested things to see and do along the way and gave us amazing insight into the different cultures in Nepal. City kept us laughing with his amazing energy and is by far the best wildlife spotter! They were also really flexible about where we wanted to stay and for how many days. Hari never tried to pressure us into going where he wanted to stay or tried to get us to go faster than we wanted. We can be really slow hikers sometimes because we take a ton of pictures and they just didn't care, they were just so easy going. We are already planning to do another trek and we wouldn't do it with anyone else!

Australia, July 2014
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Nar Phu Valley Trek Info

Duration and Distance

The approximate trekking distance of Nar Phu trek that begins from Dharapani and ends at Chame is approximately 102 kilometers. The roundtrip journey for Kathmandu-Dharapani and Chame-Kathmandu is approximately 410 kilometers. This means that you will be trekking for a total of 9 days traversing 102 kilometers walking for 5-6 hours each day. The jeep drives from Kathmandu to Dharapani and the return journey from Chame - Besishahar -Kathmandu takes 3 days. The standard duration of Nar Phu Trek is 12 days including road transfers to the starting point of the trek. We can customize the said itinerary for Nar Phu trek based on your preference and schedule. Inquire to know more.

Meals during Nar Phu Trekking

During the Nar Phu Trekking, your meals will be prepared at the teahouses. Throughout your journey, we will stop at midpoint villages for lunch. As for dinner and breakfast, these will be served at the teahouse where you are staying. The teahouses offer a variety of food options to choose from. Primarily, they provide Basic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. However, they also offer Continental dishes. One highly recommended meal is "Dal Bhat", which is both filling and nutritious. This Nepalese set dish consists of rice, lentil soup, curries, and pickle. Many trekkers prefer this option due to its nutritional value and ability to keep one satiated during their trekking adventure. Apart from Dal Bhaat, you can also find pasta,noodles,pies or other delightful treats available at the tea houses along the way.

If you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences concerning food availability please let us know in advance so that we can make suitable arrangements accordingly.

Lodging in Nar Phu Trekking

Lodging facilities during your Nar Phu Trek are basic and limited to a teahouse stay. A teahouse is a popular form of accommodation while trekking in Nepal. It is a mixed lodging option that culminates with the concept of homestay and modern hotel system. The houses of inhabitants living along the trekking trail in Nar Phu have modified their homes into a hotel. These are usually a wooden structure with several rooms built in them. A teahouse room can accommodate. There is a kitchen, dining and a small confectionery shop built in the teahouse. You can warm yourself in the night by the logfire created in the dining area. During your stay, you will be provided with a bed, mattress, pillows and quilt. You can carry a sleeping bag which can be rented in Kathmandu if the quilt provided is not sufficient. If you want to know more about accommodations in Nar Phu trek, inquire with Himalaya Trip.

Difficulty of Nar Phu Trek/ How to Prepare for Nar Phu Trekking?

Due to its high elevation reaching above 5320 meters, the Nar Phu trek is considered challenging. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be a potential risk during this journey; therefore, caution must be exercised. The terrain and landscape surrounding Nar Phu village are remote and isolated. The only means of transportation available are helicopters or horses. Throughout the traverse at higher altitudes, you will need to walk daily for around 5-6 hours. The trail itself consists of rough and uneven footpaths primarily used by mules and locals for their everyday tasks. Walking on such trails continuously can prove quite demanding each day.

Also, during the trek, you will be staying at tea houses that provide very basic modern amenities. You will have to adjust to the cold environment and rural lifestyle of the area during your 12 days of trekking in Nar Phu.

As your preparation regimen, we suggest you begin with cardio exercises, short hikes and endurance training. As the traverse is challenging, you need to be mentally and physically prepared before your journey begins. We recommend that you start your fitness training at least 2 months before your trekking dates.

Solo Trekking in Nar Phu

Similar to other restricted treks in Nepal, it is not possible trekking to Nar Phu solo. According to the guidelines set by the Nepal Government, a certified trekking guide is required for those who wish to explore these restricted areas. It is important for the trekking agency you choose to be licensed and professional. Unfortunately, solo trekkers or independent travelers (FITs) are not allowed permits for these restricted areas. Furthermore, it is mandatory that you undertake this trek with a minimum of two individuals.

Nar Phu Trekking Permit

The region encompassing Nar and Phu in Nepal has been designated as a secluded area, requiring special permission for access due to its proximity to the border with Tibet. In order to embark on the Nar Phu trekking experience, it is necessary to obtain a permit specifically for restricted areas. This permit can be acquired in Kathmandu through a registered trekking company. Additionally, this area falls within the jurisdiction of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), so an ACAP permit is also required for those wishing to trek in Nar Phu.

The cost of permits for Nar Phu trekking are as follows:

  • From early September until November: $100 for the first 7 days, followed by $15 per day thereafter.
  • From December until August: $75 for the initial 7 days, then $10 per day afterwards.

For those planning their trip to Nar Phu valley, it is important to take into account that ACAP permits will also need to be obtained. The approximate cost of ACAP permits specifically tailored towards exploring Nar Phu valley amounts to around USD 30 throughout the entire duration of your journey. You will have to show both of these permits at Besisahar(Day 2), Koto(Day3) and Meta (Day4) during your trekking journey.

When Is The Best Time To Do This Trek?

We organize this trek every day in whole year. But if you are planning to do this trek at the best time. We recommend you following time.

  • Winter (December – February): This is coldest time of the year. It will be difficult to trek because of there will be heavy snow. There is high chance to closed the trek during this time.
  • Spring (March – May): This is best time to trek on Manaslu trek. You will have wonderful weather with warm temperature.
  • Summer (June – August): This is monsoon in Nepal. But Nar Phu Valley is rain shadow area. It is still good to trek here. The rain poncho or rain jacket is needed.
  • Autumn (September – November): This is another best time to do this trek. After the raining season. It will be fresh and clear weather will be appear. It will be warm temperature.

Foods menu in Nar Phu Valley Trek ?

The Lodges have Menu; you will have your own choice. The foods are hygienic. But it is not like cities foods. Non-veg food are not recommend. It is not fresh and hygienic .

  • Breakfast: Simple Breakfast (Eggs any item has-brown potato, toast or Tibetan Bread, Pancake, Muesli, Oat Porridge etc.)
  • Lunch: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
  • Dinner: Nepali Thali (Plain Rice, Lentil soup, Potato Curry, Green Vegetable, Papadam,Tomato Hot spicy or pickle, Chicken curry optional), Macorani , Spaghetti, Potato item, Mo.Mo or dumpling, Pizza, Friend Rice, Fried Noodles, French fries etc.
  • Dessert: Fresh Fruit (Apple, orange, pomegranates, Banana with any seasonal fruit) serve as sweet dessert.

Note: All the drinks soft, hot, hard drinks are not included.

Do You Have A Packing List For The Trek ?

Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the adventure trek in Nepal. You need special gears for this trek, for the reference of packing list

Nar Phu Valley Trek FAQs

Nar Phu Valley is a hidden valley of Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is in Manang District. The trek will entry from Koto and exit in Ngawal.

Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.


Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.


When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer


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