Trip Fact

Trip Duration 20 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Activity Trekking
Transportation Car/hiace/bus
Accomodation Hotel/Teahouses/Lodges
Meals Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Trekking
Max. Altitude 5417 m
Group Size 1-above
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Nar Phu Valley Trek is a journey into the isolated valleys of Nar and Phu of Manang district, which lies in the Gandaki Zone. It lies in the restricted area of Nepal, so you need to get special trekking permit, which is provided in the cost of the trek.Because it is a restricted zone, international trekkers must go with a licensed guide and trekking must be with a government registered trekking agency. 

During the journey, you get the opportunity to explore typical villages like ones in the Tibetan Plateau region. You are exposed to the unique and traditional lifestyle of the villagers, who follow a pastoral lifestyle.  For those who do not want the populated Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp treks, but want the views and cultural experience, Nar Phu Valley Trek is perfect. Populated by the Tibetan Buddhists, Nar and Phu are sacred valleys with monasteries, Chhortens, Mani walls and fluttering prayer flags along the trail.  Additionally, you will see incredible rock formations, glaciers, canyons, and forests.

Nar Phu Valley trekking route was used for the trade with Tibet. The trek to Nar Phu Valley connects to the Annapurna circuit trip via Thorong Pass. The trek begins from Syange and lead you continually to the Phu village, which is not only traditional but also unique and worth to explore.  Kangla Pass (5200m) after Naar village and Thorong Pass (5416m) are challenging high passes on the trail. The cultural prosperity has been accompanied by the breathtaking Himalayan panoramas of Annapurna I Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangga Purna,  Glassidom, Tilicho, Chuli east, west and Center and also the surrounding panoramas. The Manang and Muktinath are spiritual centers of both Buddhist and Hindu devotees. From Muktinath, you trek to Jomsom through the windy Kaligandaki Valley and fly to Pokhara.

Ascent Holidays offers an adventurous Nar Phu Valley Trek and Thorong Pass with professional guides, porters and excellent trip arrangement. Please, contact us for the detailed information. 

Trip Highlights

  • Ethnic Tibetan culture
  • Mountain Vistas
  • Monasteries, Mani walls, and chhortens
  • Nar and Phu villages
  • Thorung La Pass
  • Remarkable hospitality

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu/transfer to hotel (1,300m), welcome dinner with Nepali culture program.
  • Day 02:Full day cultural tours in Kathmandu/trip preparation and briefing.
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m)-8-10 Hours
  • Day 04:Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1960m)-7-8 Hours
  • Day 05:Trek from Dharapani to Koto (1,900m)-5 Hours
  • Day 06:Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3,210m)-5-6 Hours
  • Day 07:Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3,840m)-6 Hour
  • Day 08:Trek from Kayang to Phu village (4,050m) walk approx 6 hrs
  • Day 09:Acclimatization at Phu village; excursion around Phu valley
  • Day 10:Trek from Phu valley to Junam. (4,160m.)-4-5 Hours
  • Day 11:Trek from Junam to Nar (4,546m)-6 Hours
  • Day 12:Extra rest day; explore Nar village.
  • Day 13:Trek from Nar village to Ngwal (3,675m) via crossing Kang La Pass (5310m)—5 Hours
  • Day 14:Trek from Ngwal to Manang (3,500m)-4 Hours
  • Day 15:Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)-3 - 4 Hours
  • Day 16:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4,420m)- 3-4 Hours
  • Day 17:Trek to Muktinath (3,800) via Thorung La pass (5416m)—Trek 7 - 8 Hoursthen drive to Jomsom-1 hour.
  • Day 18:Fly to Pokhara/Stay at hotel/free exploration day.
  • Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m) and farewell dinner.
  • Day 20:Transfer to the international airport for final departure flight.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu/transfer to hotel (1,300m), welcome dinner with Nepali culture program. Arriving in Kathmandu, Ascent Holidays airport representative receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed, we give you short briefing and orientation by our trekking leaders. The evening is wonderful with a dinner and Nepali cultural program. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 02:Full day cultural tours in Kathmandu/trip preparation and briefing. The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. We drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites- Pashupatinath temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (A famous Buddhist Stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m)-8-10 Hours It’s a long drive today. Right after the breakfast we begin to drive, first through the bank of the Trishuli River, then through the Marshyangdi River Valley. We reach to the Besisahar, the district center of Lamjung district. Then we drive further to Syange via Bhulbhule and Nadi. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 04:Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1960m)-7-8 Hours On the first day of the foothill excursion we pass Jagat, Chamje, Karte and reach to Dharapani. This is also comparatively a long walk, but the fascinating sightsalong the way make us feel excited and we forget the tiredness. Various waterfalls on the way entice us to head further to such breathtaking panoramas. At Tal, we check-in to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) counter. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 05:Trek from Dharapani to Koto (1,900m)-5 Hours From Dharapani, we walk towards Bagarchhap, which takes an hour of walking through the pine woods. The spiritual pattern of the local people can be observed after seeing a Buddhist monastery. Then we walk up to Timang village with the stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Walking 1.5 hour more, we reach to Lata Manang and finally reach to Koto after an hour walk. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 06:Trek from Koto to Dharamsala (3,210m)-5-6 Hours Getting the restricted area permit, we begin our trek through the bank of the Soti Khola. Then we climb through the pine forests. We also cross various suspension bridges allong the way. Dharmashala is located near a cascading water fall, which is superb to see. If your physical fitness supports you, then we can walk up to Meta village, which is 1.5 hrs more. Otherwise, we stop at Dharmashala. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 07:Trek from Dharamsala to Kayang (3,840m)-6 Hour Today, we start the trek to Kyang. First, we reach to Meta village and walk up, and then descend to the bridge. Crossing the suspension bridge, we walk through the uninhabited zone, so we recommend you to bring packed lunch from here. When Tibetan refugees had captured this place, they settled down around this area, which is known as the Khampa settlement. We take rest reaching Kyang. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 08:Trek from Kayang to Phu village (4,050m) walk approx 6 hrs Today, we commence our trek crossing Phu Khola on the way. Walking is tough through the rocky trail. Gradually, we enter the hidden and isolated valley. The landscape is worthexploration. Phu village is popular to explore, with its Tibetan Buddhist culture and beautiful Tashi Lakhang monastery, which was built by Karmapa Rinpochhe. It is one of the most significant out of 108 world’s famous monasteries. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 09:Acclimatization at Phu village; excursion around Phu valley We are in the higher altitude region and we need to acclimatize to this alpine altitude. So, we take an exploration day and walk around the Phu village. The beautiful and significant Tashi Lakhang monastery is our destination. It is a center of spiritual devotees. There is another Gumba, known as Samdu Choling Gompa. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 10:Trek from Phu valley to Junam. (4,160m.)-4-5 Hours After the breakfast, we begin to trek down through the rocky trail, following the bank of the Phu Khola. The trail is full of massive rocks and small pointed rocks, which give the trek a bit of a challenge. We reach to Kyang then Chyako and finally to Junam Goth resided beside the Junam Khola. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 11:Trek from Junam to Nar (4,546m)-6 Hours Having breakfast, we begin to trek down and cross Mahendra Pul then find the trail that leads us to the Naar village. it is a continual ascending via Yughat. The numerous monasteries and Mani walls are beautiful. Gradually, we reach to Naar village and take rest. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 12:Extra rest day; explore Nar village. We spend a rest day in Nar before heading to Ngwal via Kang La Pass (5310m). It is still an adventurous day and the views of the Lamjung Himalayas, alpine landscape and others can be seen outstanding. Enjoy the day with delicious meal. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 13:Trek from Nar village to Ngwal (3,675m) via crossing Kang La Pass (5310m)—5 Hours After breakfast early in the morning, we begin to ascend to Kang La Phedi, also known as Jhombu Kharka. Passing various difficulties, we reach to the top of Kang La Pass through the steep notch trail. The views of the charming Annapurna range, including Chulu East, Chulu West, Chulu Central and Chulu Far East can be seen. Then we descend through the steep moraine path, enjoying some water falls. With a steep descend, we reach to Ngawal and see the flat roofed stone buildings. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 14:Trek from Ngwal to Manang (3,500m)-4 Hours Today, we start the trek to Manang via Ngwal. The monasteries, chhortens and Mani walls are continue along the route. Manang is a spectacular village with the Tibetan Buddhists settlements. It is full of local lodges, shops, restaurants and café. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 15:Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m)-3 - 4 Hours Leaving Manang, we walk further to Yak Kharka, dominated by the cattle grazing meadows. From Tengki Manang, we walk towards Ghusang (3950m). After taking some photos of Mani walls and the monastery, we cross a bridge at Ghyanchang Khola and following the Throng Khola, we reach to Yak Kharka. The vegetationbecomes sparser throughout the higher region. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 16:Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4,420m)- 3-4 Hours Not a long excursion, but the thin air region is tough to deal with. We continually ascend for a couple of hours after having a breakfast and descend towards the river. After crossing the river, we climb up towards Thorung Phedi. If you are acclimatized enough, we can proceed to the High Camp. However, Phedi is a shelter for most of the trekkers. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 17:Trek to Muktinath (3,800) via Thorung La pass (5416m)—Trek 7 - 8 Hoursthen drive to Jomsom-1 hour. We have a grand walk today and it is our testament to prove ourselves as fit trekkers. We begin the trek early in the morning to avoid the unfavorable weather. If we start late, there is also the risk of rock falling and the strong wind blow. After about five hours, we reach at the top of Thorong La (5416m). The eye-catching sceneries of the snowy peaks are outstanding. Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Yakwakang, Thorung Peak and the surrounding panoramas are awesome to view. Then we descend through the steep trail. After a couple of hours, we walk through the wide trail over barren hill side. Then we reach to Muktinath temple, which is one of the popular pilgrimage destinations of Hindu and Buddhist devotees. After exploring the holy town of Muktinath, we take a jeep ride to Jomsom via Kagbeni, which takes about an hour. Overnight at lodge.
  • Day 18:Fly to Pokhara/Stay at hotel/free exploration day. Early in the morning, we take a picturesque Himalayan flight with the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli and others. Then transfer to the hotel. As your choice, we take you for the sightseeing tour. Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave, International Mountain Museum and the World Peace Stupa are some of the wonderful sights to see. Then you can enjoy boating on the Phewa Lake. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu (1300m) and farewell dinner. Driving back to Kathmandu for about 6 hours, you transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, we invite you for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 20:Transfer to the international airport for final departure flight. Having a good memory Ascent Holidays, our representative manages a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure.

Cost Includes

  • Airport and Hotel transfers in private vehicles.
  • Hotel in B&B method in city.
  • All land transportation for the trek.
  • Government authorized guide and supporting team.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in trekking.
  • Local lodge accommodation in mountain.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and permit.

Cost Excludes

  • Your personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals

Trip Note

Ascent Holidays is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise.

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