The Nar Phu Trek is the perfect way to experience the raw beauty that exists in Nepal’s remote hills. This trek packs quite a punch, offering high peaks, glaciers, and barren landscapes. Not just geographical beauty, but this trek also includes lines of colorful chorten, gompas, temples, and unique Tibetain Himalayan villages.
Unlike the Everest and Annapurna Circuit that sees thousands of visitors each year, the Nar Phu trek includes much more uncharted territories, putting you right in the heart of untouched valleys and truly isolated regions.
Lose yourself in these uneven trails that ascend into tucked in Himalayan villages, descend into breathtaking gorges, and lead you to vast expanses of unoccupied lands. In just three weeks, you can find yourself collecting a treasure trove of memories.
The best time to go on this trek is during Autumn and Spring. The trek can get quite strenuous in some parts, and you will also be passing very high altitudes such as the Kang-la Pass (5306m) and Thorung La Pass (5416m). During autumn and spring, the skies will be clearer so that you can get unobstructed views of peaks like Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and much more.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can rest assured that our trained professionals will be fully prepared to deliver an unforgettable trekking experience. Whether it is history, culture, or architecture, our guides are ready with their knowledge to ensure that you can truly understand the trails that you conquer. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
This trip combines a spiritual, geographical, and cultural trekking experience in one and will be a perfect trip for you if you are looking for this blend.
Why You’ll Love Nar Phu Trek!
- Panoramic views of famous peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, and Tilicho Himal.
- Reaching high elevations at Thorong La Pass and Kang La Pass for unparalleled scenic beauty.
- Visiting ancient monasteries and appreciating their historical and cultural significance.
- Trekking into remote valleys and settlements in the Himalayan region.
- Visiting the hidden value of Nar and Phu.
- Your trek will be dotted with chortens, gompas, monasteries, interesting rock structures, and land formations.
Is Nar Phu Trek Right For You?
- You will be walking for 5-7 hours per day for nearly three weeks. You might need some mental and physical preparation to tackle this.
- The lodges in the more remote areas, such as Yak Kharka, have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy sleeping tents and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials yourself.
- This trek falls under a difficult category, so we recommend maintaining some degree of physical fitness prior to this trip or having some previous trekking experience.
- The elevation on this trek crosses 3500m as we will be crossing very high passes. So there is a risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
Nar Phu Trek has been declared as a restricted region for the preservation of the area. As such, independent trekkers are not allowed in this region. You will need special permits to enter these untouched regions. All international trekkers must travel with a licensed guide. Following are the permits that you need for this trek:
- USD 90 per person for the first seven days between September to November for a Restricted Area Permit.
- USD 75 per person for the first seven days between December to August for a Restricted Area Permit.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries
21 Days Nar Phu Trek Itinerary
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrive in Kathmandu||1365||N/A|
|2||Free day in Kathmandu for Sightseeing and Trek Preparation||1365||N/A|
|3||Kathmandu to Besisahar(Drive) and Jagat (Jeep)||1300||7-8|
|4||Jagat to Dharapani (Trek)||1860||5-6|
|5||Dharapani to Koto (Trek)||2600||5|
|6||Koto to Meta (Trek)||3560||7-8|
|7||Meta to Kyang Village (Trek)||3840||4-5|
|8||Kyang Village to Phu Village (Trek)||4050||3-4|
|9||Exploration Day around Phu Village||N/A||N/A|
|10||Phu Village to Naar Phedi (Trek)||3500||6-7|
|11||Naar Phedi to Naar Village (Trek)||4200||3-4|
|12||Naar Village to Kangla Phedi (Trek)||5322||2-3|
|13||Kangla Phedi to Ngawal (Trek)||4000||6-7|
|14||Ngawal to Manang Village (Trek)||3351||4-5|
|15||Manang Village to Yak Kharka (Trek)||4350||4-5|
|16||Yak Kharka to Thorong La High Camp (Trek)||4600||5-6|
|17||Thorong La Pass to Muktinath (Trek)||3800||7-8|
|18||Muktinath to Jomsom (Trek)||2715||5-6|
|19||Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu (Flight)||1400-1365||1-2|
|20||Free day in Kathmandu for Sightseeing or Contingency day to be used on Trek||N/A||N/A|
- All international trekkers must travel with a licensed guide, and the trek must be arranged with a government registered trekking agency as you will be trekking through restricted regions.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or snows.
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in stores at Kathmandu itself.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.
Nar Phu Trek Itinerary (21 Days)Expand/Close
On your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will pick you up and take you to your hotel. Once you settle in, our staff will brief you on the outline for the trek. In the evening, you will be having a welcome dinner and resting up.
- Hassle-free airport pick-up.
- A detailed explanation of the itinerary.
- Bonding welcome dinner and resting
We know that you must be gearing up to head out on your Nar Phu Trek. But let’s not overlook what our capital city has to offer. You can take this day to immerse yourself in the cultural and historical beauty of Kathmandu. You will go sightseeing right after breakfast.
You don’t have to worry about crowds or the heat as we ensure a comfortable private vehicle. Our tour guide will be right by ready to relay details of the sites that you will be heading to. You will begin at Pashupatinath, which is a very famous Hindu temple.
Once you’ve marveled at the cultural and sacred beauty of this temple, you will move to Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. These are Buddhist temples with their unique beauty. Towards the evening, we will head to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Here, you will be surrounded by the cultural beauty of middle age architecture.
You also have some time in the evening to shop for any trekking gear or supplies. We will be near market hubs like New road or Thamel, so it will be easy to buy any missing components.
- Sightseeing holy sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath temples.
- Strolling through historic sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square.
- Free day to purchase any trekking gear or supplies that you might need.
Early morning, we will be heading out of our hotels and into a comfortable bus. From here, we will be driving out to Besisahar. It is the district headquarter of Lamjung and is well-known for its bustling markets. It is a hub for fellow travelers where you can mingle with many trekkers heading towards different destinations. The ride itself will take about 5-6 hours.
We will be stopping for a filling lunch as well as plenty of rest stops for you to stretch out your legs. Once we do that, we will get onto a jeep to head out to Jagat. This leg of the trip can get a little bumpy, but it is sure to get your blood pumping for tomorrow’s trek. This drive will take about 2 hours.
- Comfortable and scenic drive to Besisahar.
- Mingling with other fellow travelers.
- Short jeep trip to Jagat.
Your trek begins as you leave Jagat and start walking by farmlands. You will be crossing multiple rivers and waterfalls. This freshwater running over and crashing onto the surrounding rocks will be a sight to behold.
We will be stopping by Tal village. Tal translates to Lake, and from the village, we will be heading to Dharapani. It is a popular trekker’s hub, and you will have an excellent opportunity to mingle with like-minded travelers. This day’s trek will take you about 6 hours.
- Trekking alongside farmlands, rivers, and waterfalls.
- Immersing yourself in the countryside’s natural beauty.
- Mingling at Dharapani with fellow travelers.
This day’s trek will be slightly more strenuous. You will be taking on forested slopes and ascending towards Timang. Timang is an excellent viewpoint for the majestic peaks like Manaslu, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal. You will be walking for 5-6 hours and reaching Koto. This village is the gateway to Nar Phu, where we will have to get our permits checked to move on.
- Trudging through forested slopes.
- Witnessing stunning peaks like Manaslu, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal.
As you leave Koto, you will notice that the trails have become much more adventurous. Nar Phu is a restricted area, and you will see the fruits of this preservation attempt all around you. As a semi-arid region, this region is almost desert-like. The vast expanse of barren land is bound to add a touch of extraterrestrial beauty to your trek. This day’s trek will take you about 8 hours.
- Walking through restricted and preserved regions.
- Vast otherworldly desert-scape.
On this day, we will be heading towards Jhunum–an interesting location where we will be crossing two rivers. You will get an authentic climbing experience as the trail follows pathways and steep climbs into Chyakhu village. The trail further leads you to Khampa Kyang village. Throughout the day, you will be cheered on by majestic peaks like Annapurna II and IV and icy glaciers Kang Guru Himal and Juna. This day’s trek will take you about 4-5 hours.
- Trekking along off-beaten paths and steep climbs.
- Unobstructed views of famous peaks like Annapurna II and IV.
We will be hiking out into the trails and descending to the waters of Phu Khola. This river runs along a deep gorge amidst towering hills. We, too, will be following its flow for a while listening to it run along. After this, you will once again start ascending towards Phu Village itself. The journey will take you 3-4 hours.
From here, you will see a picturesque view of peaks like the Kang Guru, and Juna Himal. If culture is what you’re looking for, you are rewarded with the Tashi Lakhang monastery. This monastery is one of the oldest in the Himalayas of Nepal. You will notice a heavy Tibetan influence in this region and get to appreciate the stunning Peri Himal at a distance.
- Trekking along the beautiful Phu Khola.
- Picturesque view of peaks like Juna Himal and Peri Himal.
- Visiting one of the oldest monasteries in Nepal: Tashi Lakhang monastery.
We know that one day of being in Phu Village simply isn’t enough, which is why we have dedicated an entire day on the itinerary to appreciate this place. Since the altitude is quite high, this will also be an acclimatization day for you. You can choose to explore the town itself and mingle with the locals or hike up to Himlung Base Camp.
Either way, your day is bound to be eventful. The Phu village offers you intriguing conversations with the villagers herding sheep or yak, pounding mustard seeds into a paste, or other activities. In contrast, the base camp will allow you to witness the breathtaking glacial valley. The trail here will treat you with views of blue sheep in herds.
- Rest day for acclimatization.
- Option to witness the local livelihood untouched my modern habits.
- Option to hike to Himlung Base Camp for breathtaking glacier views.
As we walk back towards Meta, we will be stopping at the Nar Phedi monastery. This red and white monastery flaunts a beautiful architecture. It stands in stark contrast to the towering, barren hills surrounding it, creating a powerful visual imagery.
In the evening, there is typically a puja (religious ceremony) that you can be a part of. The remote but cozy village will add a spiritual touch to your journey. You will walk for between 6-7 hours for this day’s journey.
- Visiting the beautiful Nar Phedi monastery.
- Taking part in the local puja during the evening.
After all the beauty you have witnessed, we will be making it easier for you today. You will only be walking for 3 to 4 hours. Naar Village is no short of Phu when it comes to offering sights. To get here, you will be trekking uphill and walking through winding roads. With lovely unique chortens topped with bamboo sticks along the way, you can expect to get to Naar by lunch.
This village gives a proper tucked in feeling with a cluster of houses cascading upwards as it sits on top of a hill. You will find that this village is much more lively and unexplored. Your senses and bound to feel overwhelmed by not just the visual beauty but also auditory. The chants and drumming of prayers reverbing all around you.
- Getting to explore the elevated village of Naar.
- Enjoying a much livelier town and immersing its religious and aesthetic beauty.
- Only 3-4 hours of walking.
Since Naar Village is at an elevation of 4400m, there is a risk of breathing difficulty. You will want to make sure you are properly hydrated and maintain a slow pace. If you feel the strain at any time, then you need to notify our guide immediately as we will have our medical kit handy. Rest assured, we will plan the hike with your utmost comfort in mind.
Once we witness the mesmerizing dawn rising over the mountains, we will head back out. For this day’s trek, you will be joining the famous Annapurna Circuit. We will be reaching high altitudes, so be careful not to strain yourself too much. There will be plenty of rest stops as well as majestic views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho.
Steep trails, traversing plateaus, and towering snowy peaks up ahead, what more can you ask of a trek? On this day, you will only be walking for 2-3 hours to allow for acclimatization. You can choose to rest up or explore a bit of these cascading landscapes. Watching the barren hills surrounded by the icy peaks creates such a picturesque scene that you are sure to treasure for many years to come.
- Only 2-3 hours of slow-paced walking at high altitudes.
- Surrounded by views of peaks like Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho.
- Stunning natural beauty of Kang-la Pass(5306m).
The morning at Kangla Phedi is ready to take your breath away. We hope you have charged up your cameras to try and capture the sunrise as it peeks out from behind the snowy mountains at such an elevation. From here, we will begin our descent to Ngawal. The trek to Ngawal will take 6-7 hours.
Turning our backs on the rolling desert-scapes, Ngawal will immediately dot your trail with colorful chortens and long lines of prayer flags. From one aesthetic to another, this trail is never short on sights to behold. Trudging through cobbled streets, you will enter the village of Ngawal, where houses still flaunt ancient and beautiful architecture. Make sure you snap pictures of prayer wheels and temples as you stop here for the night.
- Witnessing the sunrise from Kangla Phedi at an elevation of 5322m.
- Walking alongside colorful chortens and prayer flags.
- Appreciating the cobbled streets and ancient architecture of Ngawal village.
- This day’s trek is full of religious and spiritual beauty.
On this day’s trek, we will be heading out and trekking through Paugha. Paugha is a remote village that is ready to give you the true feeling of being away from your regular city-scapes. The glorious Annapurna range still watches over you as you trek to Mungli. Here, once again, you will be joining the Annapurna circuit.
Once we have a hearty lunch and regain some energy, we will be trekking up to the Braga village. The village would fit you perfectly if you were still missing the Naar village a couple of days ago. Elevated in the middle of towering hills, neither words nor pictures can do justice to the true beauty of this Himalayan village. You will be walking for about 4-5 hours on this day.
We are sure you will be in a beautiful dilemma about whether to absorb the surrounding views from this hilltop village or the traditional Gompas in the village itself. Flaunting Tibetan culture, there are plenty of statues, thankas, as well as religious manuscripts for you to immerse in. Once you’ve had your fill, we will continue our trek and head to Manang.
- Trekking through the isolated village of Paugha.
- Walking to the beautiful village of Braga.
- Panoramic views of cascading hills.
- Visiting ancient Gompas and appreciating the architecture, statues, and local culture.
As we leave Manang Village, we will once again be following an ascending trail to Tenki Manang. The trek here will take you about an hour. Despite having vast expanses of what seems like scattered vegetation, there is quite a lot to take in. With dry slopes that gradually turn into snow-covered inclines and the stretches of juniper bushes, this area perfectly defines the phrase ‘beauty in adversity’.
You will be walking for 4-5 hours and have plenty of extra time to breathe in the crisp mountain air. All around you, peaks like Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak make appearances. You can also see wild blue sheep and yaks grazing along to add to the tranquil beauty at this elevation.
- Encountering animals like blue sheep and yak in their natural habitat.
- Witnessing the barren beauty at this elevation.
- Surrounded by peaks like Annapurna II, III and IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho.
The next morning, we will be heading out, marching alongside the glistening peaks. You will first be reaching Ledar and walking east to the Jorsang Khola. Following the trail downwards, you will be crossing a wooden plank bridge over this stream. From here, our trail will get narrow, uneven, and exciting as we trudge towards Thorung Phedi.
Thorong Phedi is a small but bustling settlement. You will be meeting many fellow trekkers in this area going to or from their travels. On this day, you will be walking for 5-6 hours. You will want to rest up as tomorrow we will be heading up to the high Thorung La Pass.
- Traversing narrow, uneven trails for a more authentic trekking experience.
- Meeting like-minded travellers in the bus
This day’s trek is going to be very exciting. We want to utilize every extra moment up there, so we will be heading out early. You will be hiking up to the Thorong La Pass, which sits at a crazy elevation of 5416m. The icy trail and the unparalleled mountain vistas are sure to relieve your fatigue.
The trail is not just high altitude but also quite strenuous. However, our guides are nothing if not well-versed in the language of these trails. Once you have filled your hearts and cameras with the stunning views all around you, we will turn our tracks towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site where thousands of devotees flock every year. You will get a chance to stroll this sacred region as well as visit surrounding temples and monasteries.
- Visiting the famous Thorong La Pass (5416m)
- Breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and the valley below from high altitude.
- Trekking to the holy temple of Muktinath.
As we descend from Muktinath, we will be face to face with the Kali Gandaki gorge. The settlements will be a welcome reminder of our city life after witnessing vast expanses of deserted islands. You will be passing villages like Jharkot and Khingar, where you can stop to marvel at the Tibetan architecture as well as the local lifestyle. You will be able to hear the splish and splash of the Kali Gandaki as it rejoices in the success of your trek along the way. You will be walking for 5-6hours until you reach Jomsom.
- Trekking along the beautiful Kali Gandaki river.
- Walking through villages flaunting Tibetan architecture.
Early in the morning, we will be heading off the domestic airport. From here, we will be catching a short flight to Pokhara. The flight will only take 20 minutes, and you will be able to see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range giving you a final majestic send-off. From here, we will be catching another flight back to the capital city. This flight will only take about 30 minutes. After this, you can relax in your hotel and spend the day reliving your successful trek through your camera roll.
- Short scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Rest day to relax in your hotel.
You will have this extra day so that you can catch up on your sightseeing. You may have visited the famous temples, but Kathmandu has much more to offer. You can choose to visit the old city of Bhaktapur or take a short scenic trip to Dhulikhel. You can also simply enjoy the local hustle and bustle and enjoy the nightlife in the streets of Thamel. If we need a contingency day on the trek itself, we will be extending to this day.
- Free day for additional sightseeing or an extra day for the trek itself.
On the final day, our staff will be dropping you at Tribhuvan International Airport. Bidding you a safe journey, we hope to see you again and hope you will choose us for any future trekking needs.
Nar Phu Trek Cost
The Cost Include(s)
- Private Arrival & Departure transfers on both international and domestic flights,
- Assistance for the trekking gears and the shopping for the trekking equipment if required,
- Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
- Restricted Area Permit for Nar Phu, ACAP permit, and TIMS card fees.
- Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during trekking,
- Full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu in a private vehicle,
- 3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on B/B basis,
- Accommodation in lodges or camping in twin shared tents with a mattress,
- All private overland transports included in the itinerary.
- Nepal Social Treks Gears – sleeping bag, duffel bag for the use during the trip,
- Professional local guide with extensive experience,
- First Aid Kit Comprehensive,
- Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (1 porter per 2 trekkers),
- Insurance for all staff including porters,
- Assistance to evacuation in case of any kind of emergency
- Nar Phu valley trek map
- Nepal government tax and service fees.
- Nepal Social souvenirs on departure
The Cost Exclude(s)
- Any bottled drinks other than tea and coffee.
- Personal insurance if any evacuation is needed during trekking or climbing.
- Hot water, hot shower, laundry services, heater, battery charge, and phone calls.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges,
- Valid Travel Insurance with Medical evacuation in case of emergency,
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Any personal gear for trekking.
- Any tips or gratuities for the staff.
Why Nepal Social Treks for Nar Phu Trek?
Trekking is in! No wonder there are hundreds of trekking companies popping up, each claiming better deals than the last. But we know that we need to offer more than just attractive package prices to gain your selection. Here’s why we are confident that Nepal Social Trek will be the best choice for the Nar Phu Trek.
Well-prepared for every situation
This Nar Phu Trek takes you through steep climbs, off-beaten paths, and high altitudes. As such, we understand that your safety cannot be taken lightly. We have a comprehensive first aid kit and a capable staff with years of experience on these trails. As a company that has been in the trekking business since 2006, we are confident in confirming that there will be no trade-off made to either your safety or your trekking experience.
High success rate
We like to believe that nothing speaks better than sheer experience. Not just this, but our numbers speak for themselves. We have delivered 300+ treks in a year with a 99% success rate. Additionally, the rave reviews on our site left by happy travelers just like you, add an extra notch in our belt of success.
We have prepared a professional and knowledgeable crew that is ready to shoulder this trip. Our team has proven that Nepal Social Treks is the one you should trust when choosing your Nar Phu Trek.
Superb Food and Accomodation Facilities
Forget those uncomfortable sleeping bags and cold camping in tents, we’ve ensured that you deserve a hearty meal and a cozy bed at the end of every night. Our itinerary has planned in comfortable tea houses that provide clean and cozy beds and hygienic food.
This trek takes you to altitudes over 5000m, which is why we understand that you might want a bit of reassurance regarding the technology we have onboard. Well, you can bid your fears goodbye as we always utilize the most advanced technology to carry out any weather forecasting. Our guides will ensure high-technology usage for team communication as well.
FAQs About Nar Phu Trek
There are many places where you can use your ATM or credit card in Kathmandu. However, as we trek into higher and more remote villages, these facilities are bound to be rare. We advise you to carry the appropriate amount of cash with you to conduct your purchases.
The elevation on this trek does exceed 4000m. There is a possibility that you could get altitude sickness. However, we have designed the itinerary to make sure you can acclimatize properly. Our first aid kit is also fully equipped to take care of you.
All the lodges and campsites are fully prepared with the amenities that you may need. You don’t need to worry about any problems in charging up your phones, cameras, or other electronics along the way. However, since a large part of this trek includes camping, we recommend you carry portable chargers as a backup.
While we are in Kathmandu, our accommodation will be a three-star hotel on a B/B basis. On the trek itself, we will either be staying in lodges and camping in twin shared tents with sleeping mat. We have ensured a proper balance between an authentic camping experience as well as a comfortable sleeping environment.
We strongly suggest you refrain from drinking tap water as it is likely that your stomach will not have adjusted to the local water just yet. For your safety, only drink bottled water or properly filtered water.
Yes. We recommend that you purchase insurance in your country before coming on this trek. Nepal Social Treks only covers the insurance for our staff. Please make sure that your insurance covers you for high altitude trekking.
Porters are included on our trek package (1 porter per 2 trekkers). If you feel like you need a personal porter help for your bags as you want to focus on the trek and enjoy the view itself, we have got you covered. Typically, a porter can carry about 20kg in weight, which includes their own backpack as well.
Nar Phu Trek can be quite difficult. Traversing steep inclines, high altitudes, and off-beaten trails, while the weather is also unpredictable. Therefore, it is always a good idea to keep yourself prepared for any situation. With this in mind, we have below a trekking gear checklist so that you can double and triple-check that you have packed everything you might need:
Breathable trekking shirts, both half and full sleeves
Water and wind-resistant trekking trousers
Comfortable trekking shorts for walking in hot weather
At least one thermal layer for colder conditions
Waterproof jacket for unexpected rains
Light fleece jacket for warmer areas
High-quality down jacket in case of extreme weather conditions
Comfortable, worn-in hiking boots.
Sandals for leisurely walking.
High-quality hiking socks and thermal socks.
Sun protection hat
Beanie or headband
Inner and Outer gloves
Good quality sleeping bag
Camera and portable chargers
UV protection sunglasses
Water bottle and water purification tablets
Any prescription medications
Hand sanitizers, sunscreen, lip balm