Short Nar Phu Trekking

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Short Nar Phu Trekking - Days

Trip Route

Besisahar - Koto - Fu Village - Nar Village - Kang La Pass - Ngawal - Kathmandu

Trip Facts

Group Size
2+ PAX
Trip Grade
Moderate to Strenuous
Max. Elevation
5,335 M/17,498 FT
B/L/D with hot drink
Private Jeep/Bus
Best Season

Short Nar Phu Trekking Highlights

  • Short Nar Phu Valley Trekking offer wide-ranging natural setting like magnificent farming landscapes, waterfall, rock formation, crossing high suspension bridge and Himalayas
  • Nar Phu valley is Buddhist hub, explore Tibetan Influence Mountain cultural, monasteries, Chorten, Stupa, Gomba and life of monks and nunnery
  • Challenge your adventure limit with crossing high altitude Kang La Pass (5,305 m)
  • Stop your breath to view long mountain chains of the Himalayas Annapurna mountain range from Kang La Pass
  • Encounter endangered snow leopard, musk deer, blue sheep and different species of mountain birds along the Short Nar Phu Valley Trekking
  • Experience mountain culture in short period with spending night in local entrepreneur lodges and guesthouse

Nar Phu trek and Kang la pass (5,306 m) are the wilderness route in the Annapurna region. Nar Phu and Kang la pass trek is a full package of unspoiled culture, Himalayas, glaciers, and varied landscapes. Nar Phu valley and Kang la pass trek route have been closed for international tourists still 2001. Nar Phu valley trek is one of the remote and untouched by international tourists since it opened. Very less trekkers have been explored and witnessed this Buddhist land. The isolated Nar Phu valley is a homeland for the snow leopard. Also, spot the blue sheep, Himalayan Monal, and musk deer en route. And endangered animals can be seen as snow leopards, red panda, etc.

The Nar Phu valley trek takes you into the Annapurna Himalayas and gets a close-up view of the Annapurna mountain range. The trek rewards breathless Himalaya view like Annapurna mountain range, Manaslu, Tilicho peak, Lamjung Himal, Pisang Peak, Ganggapurna, and Khangsar Kang. The Nar Phu valley is also home of mountain herbs where simply find the Yarsagumba also called Ophiocordyceps Sinensis, wild garlic, Jimbu, Szechwan pepper, and Mumijo. We come cross with Himlung himal (7,126 m) and Kang Guru himal (6,981 m) expedition team.The Nar Phu valley is a Buddhist elaborate vale where can explore unlimited Buddhist monuments. The native has built monasteries, chorten, Gompa, mani walls, etc, and practiced Buddhism. Nar Phu trek permits are mandatory as well as licensed trek guides.

All the trekkers need to have two different trekking permits which are Annapurna conservation area and restricted permits. The immigration permits are only permitted get through a local trekking agency. The ACAP area permit cost Rs-3000 each head. The Nar Phu special permit apply different fees from September-October-November cost U$D100 and then other time it cost U$D75 P.P weekly. 5,306 m/17,403 ft Kang La pass is the highest altitude in the Nar Phu trek and the path over the pass is unstable and small. The Kang la summit offers a stunning view of the mountain panorama and the alpine valley. So Nar/Naar and Phu/Fu villages are a heavy population density along the route. Where have sub-health posts, schools, and police stations. We also see the children are learning both Nepalese and Tibetan texts in the school. These people's ancestor is Tibetan and still practice Tibetan Buddhism in the region. From the Phu village can see two different trails Tiri La pass and Saribung pass that leads to Upper Mustang region.

Our Nar Phu valley trek route the journey begins from Kathmandu with a full day scenic drive to Koto village. After crossing the Marshyandi River gentle climb up through the lush green forest and the virgin ravine. We then continuously pass the mountain hamlet where can view Buddhist shrines. En route spending the nights at Meta, Phu village, Nar Phedi, Nar village, and crossing Kang La pass to Ngawal village. From Ngawal trek down to Humde village and then drive to Kathmandu. After Kang La Pass the hike can be extended to Tilicho Lake and Thorung la pass then fly out from Jomsom. Also possible exit at Koto after exploring the Buddhist hamlet Nar/Naar and Phu/fu village. After that drive down along the Marshyandi river to Kathmandu via Besisahar. After summiting Kang la pass, Nar Phu trek itinerary can be combined with lakes (Tilicho and Ice), and also challenge yourself to go over Thorong La pass and Mesokanto La pass.

Daily itinerary

In the morning departure from your hotel, first 56 hours' drive to Besisahar on good paved road, a nearest commercial city from Manang. Also, make a lunch break and then drive continues along the Marshyandi River. Further up drive continuous on the bumpy road also dusty as well. Duration of a drive is approximately 4 hours to Koto village. This scenic valley is part of Annapurna circuit trek where can see trekkers are hiking up to Thorong La pass (5,416 m). The thrilling drive offers an amazing view of a thundering waterfall, formation of rock in the valley and lovely local village with tall mountains.

Upon leaving Koto village entering one of the Restricted Trekking Areas In Nepal that known the hidden Nar Phu Valley. It is a complete scenic hike where the sceneries dramatically change through the hike and also get a stunning view of a thrilling waterfall. The beautiful and traditional stone gate that epitomize as an entrance of Naar and Phu village. Nar Phu trek route continues along the Nar Khola throughout the lush and green forest of multiple vegetation. The path often passes huge boulder cliffs where Nar Phu trekking route carved, it offers a thrilling view of meandering Nar Khola. A trail gently climbing up on the silence ravine and we pass Chomchu and Dharamsala to Meta village. Meta village, winter residence of the Nar and Phu village also the herders take down their yak. The local people run the basic accommodation lodge and guesthouse.

Beyond the Meta village literally known as Nar Phu valley also accurately hidden Buddhist residence that the people are more like a Tibetan also practicing Buddhism hugely. Thus the trail is filled up with Tibetan word carve on the rock, five color Buddhist prayer flags, monasteries, Chorten, and mani-wall. After leaving Meta we notice lower route leading to Nar village but we follow the upper trail to Phu Gaon. The route to Phugaon mixed up with flat, gentle, and strenuous up on the ridge with viewing magnificent mountain range like Annapurna range, Pisang peak, and several other peaks. A dramatic nature scenery change throughout the hike from lush green forest to barren mountain terrain. The picturesque villages have Tibetan flavor culture. Often arrive Phu village, the Himlung Himal and Gyaji Kang appear above the large mountain style village on the sloppy mount. You'll be visiting the largest monastery of the valley, Tashi Lhakhang Gompa, and several white and red washed Mani-wall

Picturesque Phugoan set on the foot of mountains and a couple of side trek are available around Phugaon. For the easy day should roaming around Phu village and Tashi Lhakhang monastery, oldest gomba which carried long history also can witness to watch the daily ceremony in the morning. But for the better acclimatization should climb a few hundred meters above the sleeping place. We highly suggest you choose side trek near to Ngoru Viewpoint, you will get one of the best views of old Phu village with the close sights of Mount Himlung and Ratna Chuli. For the tough day trek, another option is available to hike Himlung base camp. It let you trek on a wild glacier and possible to see blue sheep.

The trek retracing on a downhill to Jhunam village with crossing couple of the bridge including monsoon washed wooden and steel bridge. The trail goes through amazing landscapes of boulder gorge and passes several Buddhist sites to Satya Gomba, Naar Phedi. During the September the area is filled-up with blossom mountain herbs. Here your accommodation arrange in a monastery and the nunnery prepare meals for the guest also can watch daily ritual in the Gomba. The old gomba is a bit far down from Satya Gomba, can do side trek before get dark. The Gomba have an annual event and it celebrates for 7 days in September.

Trekking from Naar Phedi [Gomba] to Naar village is the shortest hike in Nar Phu trek, the trail up to village is steeply up on the ridge with passes white and red painted stupas. The blue sheep come close by trekking route because afraid of snow leopard. Arriving Naargaon in an afternoon then after lunch walking across the traditional mountain village. The village has charming culture also making cloth from knitting of yak and sheep wool.

Awaited day during Nar Phu trekking and crossing over Kang La Pass, highest altitude en route of the journey. The walk starts early in the morning from a lodge, one-third of a trail is gentle climbing up on pasture also possible to see yak and blue sheep grazing. On arrival, Kang la pass Phedi, see 2 simple house which is porter shelter for camping trek. The uphill trail begins from here on a black mount, it is steeply up till Kang la pass and possible walk on the snow. Kang la summit is decorated by Buddhist prayers flags and offers exceptional view of Annapurna mountain range, Kang Guru, Pisang Peak, Himlung Himal, and Tilicho Peak in far north. Now trek onward steeply down to Ngawal village, part of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

In the morning, you will enjoy seeing the exception view of Mount Manaslu and Annapurna region above the Marshyandi village. Leaving from Ngawal village with following sharply descend trail to Riverside then upon the cross the bridge on glacier river arrived Humde village. From here 5-hours' drive to Besisahar on a bumpy road, on way capture view of villages, waterfall, gorge, and the Himalayas.

Kathmandu is only 5-6 hours' driver, still better to leave an early as possible because might stock on traffic at Nagdhunga, an entrance of Kathmandu. We arrange your breakfast in a convenient time then departure to Kathmandu. The drive offers countryside of Nepal and a panoramic view of Langtang and Ganesh Himal before arriving at your hotel in Kathmandu.

What's included?

  • International airport/hotel/airport transfer
  • Naar Phu Trekking Permits (Annapurna conservation area and Naar Phu Valley special permit)
  • Experience certificate guide with salary, meals, trekking gear, and insurance
  • Experience high altitude porter to carry stuff (1 porter sharing for 2 trekkers)
  • To and fro Kathmandu by local route bus
  • Complementary Nar Phu Trekking Map
  • Besisahar to Koto and Humde to Besisahar by private jeep
  • Three meals a day during the trek in the mountain (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • Fresh fruits and snacks after dinner
  • Unlimited water purification table like Aqua tabs
  • Arranging basic lodge accommodation during the trek in the mountains
  • Exclusive medical kits plus oximeter to check pulse rate and oxygen percentage
  • All the taxes and service charge

Add On:

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (U$D45)
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by private car (U$D120)
  • Besisahar to Kathmandu by private car (U$D120)

What's not included?

  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Personal expense (Laundry, hot shower, internet, battery charge, telephone)
  • Drinks (Beverage, soft and mineral water)
  • Tips to Guide, porter, and drive

Fixed Departures

Sorry, No fixed departure dates availabe, Please request for Private Trip

Essential Information

Short Nar Phu Valley Trekking Route and Itinerary

The restricted Nar Phu valley trek duration can be customized to your preference and interest. There are several starting points of Nar Phu valley trek and after crossing Kang La pass (5,306 m) can end-up trek with drive back to Kathmandu from Manang or follow the Annapurna Circuit Trek or Mesokanto La Pass Trek or Manaslu Circuit Trek or Upper Mustang Trek or Ice Lake and Tilicho Lake Trek. Proposed 9-days short Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary begins with a drive to Koto and then after trek throughout Nar Phu valley and Kang La pass drive back to Kathmandu from Humde village. Nar Phu valley trek cost depends on requires services and the duration of the trek, we give you guarantee the trek arrange in the best competitive prices.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Difficulties

Nar Phu valley trek classified as moderate to strenuous mountain trek. There are limited villages on the route, all the nigh camp are fixed on the villages. The trekkers have to complete A to B walk from morning to evening, the distance cover 12-15 km with a steep ascent in alpine terrain. From Nar Village trailhead to Kang-la pass (5,306 m) with abruptly climb and then steeply descend to Ngawal village on grit trail. Nar Phu trek is recommended for good physical level trekkers with previous high altitude trekking experienced.

Accommodation and Foods in Nar Phu and Kang La Pass Trekking

We can organize both camping and tea house style trek to Nar Phu valley. As the Nar Phu and Kang la pass trek is not visited by many tourists obviously the instrafracture is poor. As the accommodation compared with Everest region and Annapurna region trek. Most of the lodges have a neat and clean cozy room with a shared bathroom and toilet. A hot shower is available at an extra cost and the hot water serves in a bucket with a plastic mug. As it is Buddhist land can witness and experience the monk's lifestyle with sleep in the Gompa. All the guesthouse houses give one complimentary blanket and bed sheet with a single pillow.

En route, the restaurant is shared with the lodge. All the lodges have their own restaurant and then choose any foods items from the menu cart. As we walk during the day, eat lunch somewhere on way between 11:30 hours to 13:00 hours. Then dinner and breakfast eat at the lodge where we sleep. The Nar Phu trek guide has a vast knowledge of the food of the trek route. The trek lead recommends suitable, hygienic, and organic foods. You will find many foods on the list- Mexican, Chinese, Nepalese and Indian foods. Also, local authentic foods and soup are available with varieties of hot drinks.

Nar Phu Trek Permit Cost

The Nar Phu trek route span the restricted trekking area of Nepal. The trekkers can not go without trekking permits to Nar Phu valley and a special Nar Phu trek permit cost U$D100 in the autumn season. Then U$D75 P.P from 01 December to 31 august. Beyond 7 days it cost U$D10 a day.

The Annapurna conservation area entrance fee costs Rs-3000 each head. We need to follow immigration rules to get the Nar Phu trek special permits where a minimum of 2 trekkers requireis. The Nar Phu and Kang la pass trek permits are only bought through the Nepal-based local trekking agency.