Nar Phu Valley Trek

Duration: 12 Days
Price: US $1113
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • ActivityTrekking
  • TransportationNA
  • AccomodationHotel + Lodges
  • Min Person2
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Nar Phu Valley Trek is a fantastic trip to the wild and lost valley of Nar Phu offering off the beaten track wilderness experience in Annapurna region. Nar and Phu villages are situated off the Around Annapurna main trekking trial en-route to Manang is surrounded by Pisang Peak to south, Kangla Pass to the west, Kangru Himal east and Damodar Himal to the norht. The villages are situated at the altitude of 4110 meter. Being nestled inside the valley it is less windy but the lands are dry and rugged. Perhaps late Prof. David Snellgrove, a renowned Tibetologist, is the first westerner to have visited these villages in his Himalayan Pilgrimage. Their spoken dialect is different from Manang and Tibetan. Most of the houses are two-story with the entrance from the top. There are three Buddhist monasteries. Phu is located at the upper end of the valley. As in high mountain area people of the Nar Phu descends to warm region from December to February. People of Nar have closer relationship to Manang. Unlike people from Manang they do not trade widely, rather concentrate to nearby areas in the south. The Gurungs of Lamjung use the lamas of Nar Phu as they believe they are expert therefore they had great influence.

Nar and Phu villages were lost around 1960 at the advent of Khampas (Tibetan warrior) until 1975. Khampas made their actual presence from 1964 and lasted until they were driven out of Nepal entirely. They wages insurgency operation in Tibet after Dalai Lama escaped to India. The valley was opened to foreigners with special permit from 2003. Since then the lost village was opened to the outside world. The Khampas were powerful than the local so they dominated the villages. Actually the valley was a secure place for them. Though it is in close proximity to Lamjung in the south yet for central administration it is beyond their outlook post. In many aspects Manang dominated every aspects of Nar Phu though at later stage Lamjung exerted their influence as people of Nar Phu detested superiority exhibited by Manang. That is also one reason for the oblivion condition that isolated them from the rest and deprived of the development benefits happening around them. They have not been able to get out of the social clutch and the valley that surrounded them.

Occasional visitors to Nar and Phu villages were climbers. They go to climb Himlung Himal (7126m) to the east on the border to Tibet of Phu and Kanguru (6981m) east of Nar. French expedition to Kanguru in 2005 had met a big climbing disaster due to avalanche that happened near Meta. In 2009 another climbing disaster happened at Himlung due to unexpected avalanche. Technically both peaks are challenging than most trekking peaks.Nar Phu Valley is also approached from North West from Mustang through the high pass at Teri La Pass (5595m) Trek and Saribung La. These are not regular trekking route but used by the people of Nar and Phu and some wilderness trekking lovers. However, climbers liked to cross this pass after climbing Saribung peak (6327m). Most trekkers visiting Nar Phu liked to cross Kang la (5306m) to reach Manang via Ngawal and Braga on the other side of the valley. Other interesting places to combine with Nar Phu Trek are Tilicho Lake (4920m) Mesokanto La pass, and climb trekking peaks like Chulu West, Chulu East and Chulu Central. Pisang peak (6091), a training peak of Nepal Mountaineering Association, is also very popular. Our original version itinerary of Nar Phu Valley Trek goes through famous Thorong La Pass and ends the trek at Jomsom.

Kind of Accommodation and cost in Nar Phu Valley

Now Nar Phu Valley is possible as teahouse trek and home stay trek and does not need trekkers to camp. One gets to indulge in the local culture, traditional houses and lives of the warm people who make the treks more enjoyable. Accommodation is not an issue in Nar Phu Valley. The trails are usually unfilled or less crowded and new and improved tea houses are opening up all the time. No earthquake damage at all. The cost of a room on twin sharing basis usually ranges from NPR 500 – 800 (USD 5 – 10). The price goes high as you walk higher. Please do not expect luxury but comfortable enough for remote and cultural discover keens.

Guide and Porter Cost

Whereas many of the famous treks in Nepal do not have strict requirements for hiring licensed guide yet, all the controlled and restricted trekking areas in Nepal is mandatory that foreign trekkers must be accompanied by registered guide as per state law. The cost of a guide is USD 30 – 40 a day depending on the quality, level of education, experience of guide and season. Porter hire costs USD 20 a day. The cost covers wages, accommodation, food of the guide and porter. Some companies also offer fresh guides and they can act as Guide cum Porter (PcG) he carries some 10-13kg for you and simply guides you. Hiring a guide cum porter will cost USD 25 per day. 

We recommend you take an experienced licensed guide as Nar Phu is adventurous and high altitude area, if something goes wrong; you really need a good guide with all the technical knowledge for safety that can handle crisis. The training and experience of a licensed professional guide can make your trekking more fun and enjoyable.

Transportation Cost Nar Phu Valley Trek

As Nar Phu Valley is located on the north of famous Annapurna Circuit and Throng La; the road access made it easier and local buses to besisahar from Kathmandu and connecting local jeeps to Syange/Jagat/Taal/ Dharapani or even to Koto and futher up to Manang is available. However, only Kathmandu to Besisahar has proper smooth road and it is dirt and unsealed bumpy road between Besisahar to Koto – Manang and the monsoon rain may affect the road if you are travelling in rainy season. You have choice to take Local bus/jeep or rent a luxury 4WD private jeep from Kathmandu. A local bus will cost around USD 5 – 6 per person to Besisahar and USD 25-30 per person to Koto and private jeep to Koto from Kathmandu will cost USD 400 - 450. If you are traveling in a group, the cost can be shared by all and would cost cheaper. And the same for vice versa.
If you are cambining this trek with Throng La or Mesokanto La Pass via Tilicho Lake and ending the trip at Jomsom, there are flights/buses available from Jomsom to Pokhara. Even direct night bus to Kathmandu is available from Jomsom that is much cheaper and can be arranged on the spot.  

Jomsom - Pokhara flight cost USD 123 per person
Jomsom - Pokhara local bus fare NPR 1700 - 1900 per person.
Pokhara - Kathmandu flight USD 115 - 123.00 per person.
Pokhara - Kathmandu by toursit bus USD 10 - 25 per person ( a private car / jeep can be arranged if you ask)

How much does it cost for meals?

As we mentioned earlier, Nar Phu valley is a remote and rural area all the goods are carried by mules, horses and human muscles which makes it expensive. As the elevation increases, the price of food increases and the menu choices decrease as it gets harder to transport more goods to remote places. The cost of each meal is approximate NPR 400 - 700 but it might vary according to your choice of food, the number of meals, and appetite. Approximately USD 20 - 25 should be enough for a day simple meals and tea/coffee. You will enjoy every bite, every sip after a hard day’s trek and the hard work of the men and mules required carrying them to such elevations. Every single piece of food feels worth every penny for the relief and joy.

Drinks Cost
Bottle of beer:  NPR 500 – 700 (USD 4.5 – 7)
Bottle of water/soda: NPR 50 –  400 (USD 0.5 – USD 4)

Nar Phu Trek Permit

As Nar Phu is a protected area, the government requires different permits to support to preserve of the area, limit the number of tourists and control the borders with Tibet. These permits are required exclusively for Annapurna conservation areas. For the months of September to November, the rate per person is USD 100 for one week and if you are visiting between the months of December to August, the cost is USD 75 for one week per person. Beyond one week; it costs USD 15 / 10 per day per person. In addition; you need ACAP (Annapurna conservation area permit). The cost is NPR 3000 (USD 30). And if you are combining this trek with Annapurna Circuit, you will need TIMS Card that costs USD 10 for group and USD 20 for FIT trekkers. 

Cost for other extra expenses

As the altitude increases, everything becomes more expensive due to the effort and cost of transporting goods there.  It is the same for all high elevation treks to the mountains in Nepal. Here is a list of things you might want to indulge in during the trek and their prices.

Charging Devices

You will need to charge your electronic devices like camera, phones, iPods and others as you spent days in the mountains. The cost is usually a few dollars but in the long run it will cost you more to charge many things. The cost is higher to support the local hydropower stations and there are no electricity everywhere but solar power. If you want to avoid this cost, you might want to carry a solar-powered battery charger or a portable power bank of your own. This ensures that you get to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and fun experiences and share them with the world all the time. And you should know the battery how long does it last after charging till the next.

Hot Shower
Each day of the trek is a exhausting experience and you may want to take a hot shower and get fresh all the time. However, in the higher places showers or baths are not possible due to the cold and the cost. While some lodges might have proper bathrooms others provide only pails of water for your bath. These will cost you a few dollars every time but they will not feel like a proper bath. Instead, it is a good idea to carry wet wipes and a small towel to freshen up in the morning as well as before bed.

Tiping and donations

If you like the services of the places you visit or the people you meet in the trails, you might want to tip them and tipping culture quite common in Nepal. It is usually a good idea to tip your guides and porters for their hard work if they make your trip fun, safe, and enjoyable. Various places in the high altitudes like the monasteries, stupas and schools will expect some form of a donation from the tourists for the improvement of their infrastructures. You might want to keep aside a few dollars if you feel like contributing to such good causes. Trekking to the mountains of Nepal is one of the most adventurous trips you could ever enjoy. As you take in the majestic beauty of the mountains and green landscape, the warm welcome of the friendly people and the thrills of the trails, you will get an experience worth every penny you spend. However, it is a good idea to avoid being overcharged for things that you get for reasonable prices.

How much does it cost for the inclusive package?

The amount you pay for the same trek depends on the travel agency you choose. If you pick an international agency, they may charge you around USD 2200 – 3200 per person while as we are a local company our customized cost is 750 per person on twin sharing basis with breakfasts. Some agencies charge for their brands and the safety and convenience, local companies provide equally satisfying services. It is your choice to pick the agency according to your budget and travel plans though booking through local agency is your direct contribution supporting locals. 


Nar Phu Valley Trek will be 12 – 18 Days. You have option whether start it from Bulbule or Jagat in lower place to make your body fitter and stronger if you are beginner or moderate trekker. Some very experienced trekkers start their trek from Koto which is already at the elevation of 2600 meter above sea level that makes the itinerary short but it is NOT recommended for not used to trekkers considering high altitude sickness. You have choice to combine this trek with Annapurna Circuit, Tilicho Lake with Nar Phu Valley, or cross over Teri La Pass and enter in the Mystique Upper Mustang.

Trip Highlights of Nar Phu Valley Trek

  • Nar Phu Valley Trek will bring you through daring Kang La  and Thorong La passes offering dramatic Himalayan Panorama.
  • Explore lost valley of Nar and Phu, Manang, Ngawal village and the old monasteries in Phu village.
  • Hike ancient salt trade routes, ascending the Marshyangdi and trek through the beautiful Manang village and the pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
  • Discover the world’s deepest gorge - the Kaligandaki, and take a scenic mountain flight from Jomsom.
  • Finally enjoy the sunrise lake city of Pokhara at the end of trip. 

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m), 8-9 hours
  • Day 02: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hours
  • Day 03: Trek to Koto (2,610m), 5-6 hours
  • Day 04: Trek to Meta (3,560m), 7-8 hours
  • Day 05: Trek to Phu Gaon (4,250m), 7-8 hours
  • Day 06: Rest and acclimatization at Phu Gaon
  • Day 07: Trek to Nar Phedi (3500m), 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek to Nar (4110m), 2 hours
  • Day 09: Trek to Ngwal (3,660m) via Kang La Pass (5,320m), 7-8 hours
  • Day 10: Trek to Dhikur Pokhari (3,340m), 4-5 hours
  • Day 11: Trek to Dharapani (1900m) - 6-7 hrs
  • Day 12: Dharapani - Besi Sahar - Kathmandu / Pokhara

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Kathmandu to Jagat Drive (1100m), 8-9 hours We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We head-start right after breakfast and leave Kathmandu around 7 am in the morning. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be smooth owing to black-topped roads whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our windowpane is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. Overnight in Jagat.
  • Day 02 :Trek to Dharapani (1,960m) 7-8 hours After breakfast, we leisurely start our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in lodge at Dharapani.
  • Day 03 :Trek to Koto (2,610m), 5-6 hours We head to Bagarchhap which takes about one hour going through pine and fir forests. We can visit the white washed monastery in this village. Then we continue our trek till Danaque which takes about an hour. The trail is steeply ascending up to Timang. We have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29 from here. Now the trail continues through pine forests again till Latamarang which takes about one and half hour. We break for lunch here and again resume through forests whereby we have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally we arrive in Koto village. Overnight in lodge at Koto.
  • Day 04 :Trek to Meta (3,560m), 7-8 hours In the morning, we register our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post. Then we trek through the River bank of Soti Khola again through wonderful pine forests, streams and suspension and reach Dharamsala. We have our packed lunch on the way. We then continue the trek through forests and ascend steeply towards Meta village. Finally we arrive on the Tibetan Plateau where we have a very good view of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in Meta.
  • Day 05 :Trek to Phu Gaon (4,250m), 7-8 hours Commence our day traversing up and down and crossing suspension bridges over different streams. After nearly 4 hours of trek we reach Kyang where we can see the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). We further keep going past the Phu Khola on a rocky trail and finally reach the Phu village in another 3 to 4 hours. Overnight in lodge or home stay at Phu Gaon.
  • Day 06 :Rest and acclimatization at Phu Gaon Today, it is planned as acclimatization day whereby we are recommended to rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. As we are in the Lost/Hidden Valley, we can explore the culture, natural diversity, and religious practices of the local people. Besides this, we can trace out how people make their survival depending on agriculture, animal breeding and seasonal migrations in such remote location or in the hidden valley. It is also the day for us to explore the Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist Monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist Monasteries; it is supposed to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche. Apart from exploring the cultural avenues of the lost valley, the valley also offers us a great view of Himlung Himal and other snow peaks in the region. Overnight in lodge or homestay at Phu Gaon.
  • Day 07 :Trek to Nar Phedi (3500m), 5 hours The trail descends passing many streams and suspension bridges until Mahendra Pul which takes about 5 hours. We pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River. We have lunch in Mahendra Pul. Many people continue to Nar which 2 hours from Mahendra Pul. We stay at monastic school at Nar Phedi. There is no lodge no village at this place.
  • Day 08 :Trek to Nar (4110m), 2 hours It is a very short day today, the trail steeply ascends passing many Buddhist stupas until Nar Village which takes about 2 hours. We find several Buddhist Monasteries here to visit coupled with the glorious vistas of Pisang Peak and other small peaks. Overnight in lodge at Nar.
  • Day 09 :Trek to Ngwal (3,660m) via Kang La Pass (5,320m), 7-8 hours Today is daring day with long day hike of 7-8 hours so we get up early in the morning and head to Ngawal via Kangla Pass (5320m). From the pass we can enjoy the view of Annapurna massif. We further trek down to Ngwal from there. Overnight in lodge at Ngawal.
  • Day 10 :Trek to Dhikur Pokhari (3,340m), 4-5 hours The weather gets warmer and the greener landscape as you go down more than 2000m from the pass. Set off early for the last few hours of trekking to reach Pisang. The trail is wide and pleasing and passes a beautiful lake just outside Pisang. Stop for a quick snack in the village then walk to Dhikur Pokhari
  • Day 11 :Trek to Dharapani (1900m) - 6-7 hrs We trek to Dharapai today. The journey for today begins with a walk to Baratang (2850 m). Be sure to try the local apples and apple cider. It provides instant energy. The apples are grown here and there is an apple cider plant in Bhrathang. After Bhratang, you leave for Chame - Koto at 2600m. From here, you continue on to Dharapani at 1900 m.
  • Day 12 :Dharapani - Besi Sahar - Kathmandu / Pokhara It's time to say farewell to Nepal. Enjoy your last moments in Kathmandu with breakfast in a café, a city stroll, and/or souvenir shopping. A representative will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the airport for your return flight home. It's good to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure.

Cost Includes

  • A certified local Nar Phu Valley Trekking guide.
  • 1 Sharing trekking porter for two trekkers (weight limit 25/kg / porter)
  • Local sharing transportation to and from trekking.
  • Trekking lodge and home stay accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals: 11 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 11 Dinners.   
  • Guide and porters fee with all their expenses in trek.
  • All necessary Nar Phu Valley trekking Permits for 12 days. 
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.

Cost Excludes

  • Accommodation, meals and transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Guided tour and monuments entrance fees in cities. 
  • Bar drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service, toiletries.
  • Personal nature expenses, hot shower, hot water, internet and phone calls.
  • Personal travel insurance and trekking gear.
  • Hiring horse/pony or extra porter if necessary.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide and porter.

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  • Natalia Brikova
    Russian Federation

    Review of Nar Phu Valley Trek


    We had such an amazing experience on the Nar Phu Valley trek. Could not fault Wilderness Excursion Company or our guide and porter! Every single person involved in our trip was incredibly caring, helpful, welcoming, and accommodating. A truly memorable experience and would highly Wilderness Excursion anyone doing Nar Phu Valley trek!

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