Nar Phu Valley Short Trek

11 Days

  • Nar Village
  • Yak at Nar-Phu Trek

Trip Info

Feb-May & Aug-Nov
3 Star | Teahouse & Lodge
Car | Jeep


The Nar Phu Valley Short Trek is a genuine Himalayan wilderness adventure that is as breathtaking as it is unforgettable. Between the more popular Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that gives trekkers the opportunity to explore perfectly preserved valleys with a unique blend of ancient Buddhist culture and Himalayan nature. Nar Phu Valley Short Trek combines high peaks and passes, glaciers, isolated villages, narrow canyons, lovely forests, incredible rock formations, yaks, gompas, and distinctive ethnically Tibetan cultures. Few outsiders have visited these essentially unexplored villages or climbed the numerous 7000-meter peaks nearby because they were off-limits to trekkers until late 2002. Talking about the Nar Phu Valley Height is 4,110m / 13,484ft for Nar Village whereas 4,250m / 13,944ft for Phu Village.

The Nar Phu Valley Short Trek starts in Besisahar, which serves as the usual starting point for the Annapurna Circuit and quickly deviates from more traveled trails to reach the remote Nar and Phu valleys. You can hang out with locals in Phu as they go about their daily lives and spend the night in the Nar Phedi monastery while traveling past vibrant Tibetan Chortens and prayer stones into deep canyons and gorges. These are the best ways to learn what it’s like to live in Nepal’s high mountains. If you feel up to it, you can also choose to hike up to Himlung Himal Base Camp.

In addition to the Nar Phu Valley trek itinerary, the last few days of the Nar Phu Valley Short Trek take you over the high Kang La Pass and then down to Ngawal, a popular stop on the main Annapurna Circuit route, allowing you to enjoy some “home comforts” once more. Before arriving back at Besisahar by vehicle, the surroundings get greener and more fertile.

Nar Phu Valley Short Trek Religion and Culture

During the trek, one may see distant villages, small valleys, beautiful woods, amazing rock formations, yaks, historic Buddhist temples, and distinct Himalayan cultures. People from various ethnic groups, including Gurung, Magar, Manangi, and Bhotes, live and practice Tibetan Buddhism in the Nar Phu Valley, which is situated between the famous Damodar Kunda and the Annapurna region. Visit a Tibetan village that hasn’t been influenced by the outside world and is still existing as it has always.

People of Nar-Phu Valley

When discussing the Nar-Phu Valley Trek, Nar, and Phu are two distinct villages with over a hundred houses inhabited by Tibetan-origin residents who rely on yak rearing and the salt trade for a living. These two villages provide a glimpse into the lifestyle and customs of the indigenous ‘Bhote’ communities. It’s not just those two villages in the valley; along the way, you’ll see Jhunam, Chyarkha, Meta, and Kyang. It is possible to learn about the culture of the people who live in the Nar Phu Valley while traveling through it. Farming potatoes, barley, buckwheat, and other vegetables, as well as raising yaks and sheep, is how the farmers in this still-remote region live.

Village People from Nar Village

Plants and animals on the way of Nar Phu Valley Short Trek

This pristine area contains both alpine and sun-alpine shrubland, which provides a safe haven for wildlife such as Snow leopards and blue sheep. Some of the endangered animals found here include the Snow Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Kasturi, Jharal, Himalayan Tahr, and Ghoral. Other animals found in the valley include Danphe (Lophophorus), Munal, Himalayan Kalij, White-crested Kalij, and Snowcock.

Yak and Nak

Difficulties of Nar Phu Valley Short Trek

Talking about Nar Phu Valley Trek’s difficulty, the long days and steep altitude ascents make this a challenging trek. Because there are few lodging options along the way, there is little flexibility in the distances that must be covered each day, resulting in long days of walking.

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The altitude gains each day are quite steep, and how one’s body reacts to altitude is always unpredictable. This trek is best suited to those who have extensive mountain trekking experience and are physically fit and healthy.

Best Season for Nar Phu Valley Short Trek

The Nar Phu Valley Trek’s best season is during the monsoon season (June-August) as well as the two busiest tourist seasons (March-May and September-November). The trek is still enjoyable during the monsoon, though road access to and from Besisahar in the mountains may be interrupted by mud and landslides. During the winter (December-February), the high pass may become impassable due to snow.


  • Enter a remote region of Nepal that tourists barely visit.
  • Stay in historic towns that haven’t changed much over the years.
  • Enjoy stunning views of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Himlung Himal, and Annapurna II.
  • Explore a section of the Tibetan plateau that extends all the way down into Nepal.
  • Experience a culture with distinctive and vibrant prayer stones and monasteries descended from Tibet.


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel
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  • Views of the Himalayas and terraced fields and hillsides await you as you fly into Kathmandu. 
  • After clearing customs, a representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel.
  • You'll have time to explore the city once you've settled in. 
  • On your first day, visit Kathmandu's Durbar Square and its narrow alleyways teeming with small shops, ancient temples, and local restaurants; and Swayambhunath temple, where you can watch the sunset over the valley and the Himalaya to the north.
  • Thamel, the tourist hub, is a good place to get your first meal, with a variety of restaurants serving both Western and Nepali cuisine.
  • Overnight stay and dinner at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Koto via Besisahar
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  • Leave Kathmandu early in the morning and drive to Besisahar first. 
  • After lunch, transfer to a four-wheel drive vehicle for the rough ride to Koto (Alt. 2600m). 
  • The road can be just as rough for passengers as it is for drivers, but the views along the way are breathtakingly beautiful! 
  • It follows the old Annapurna Circuit trek route, passing through amazing gorges and stunning waterfalls. 
  • Arrive in time for dinner in Koto after 9 to 10 hours of trek.
  • Spend the first day of trekking at a lodge/guesthouse in Koto.
Day 3: Trek from Koto to Meta
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  • Start the day early because there is a lot of distance to cover today. 
  • After crossing the river, enter the Nar and Phu valleys. The towns on the nearby Annapurna Circuit are relatively developed, but not in these valleys.
  • Today's trek takes you through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and pilgrim rest stops. The trail emerges from a narrow canyon and passes beneath a large waterfall, at which point the woods thin and the vistas broaden. 
  • The final stretch into Meta (Alt. 3560m) involves climbing a steep hill from which there are spectacular views of some of the area's massive snowy peaks.
  • Meta is located on a large open plain and is made up of a few lodges that are simple but clean and serve good food.
  • Overnight and dinner at a lodge/teahouse in Meta after 8 to 9 hours of exhausting yet beautiful trek.
Day 4: Trek from Meta to Phu
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  • As we leave Meta, we start to see some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for. The trail meanders along the ridge, providing a good view of the magnificent Nar Phedi Monastery, where you will spend the next few days. 
  • After another 90 minutes of hiking through beautiful canyons and gorges, you'll arrive at a monolith that guards the steep trail up to Phu (Alt. 4050m). From here, you can see the three villages in the area, as well as the old "dzong" (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, which are impressively located atop the flatlands before the village. 
  • A beautiful chorten line colors the landscape just before crossing the bridge into Phu.
  • After a short rest and refreshments, proceed to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay your respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche, who arrived in Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.
  • Today’s trek will be around 8 to 9 hours long.
  • Overnight stay and dinner at a teahouse/guest house in Phu.
Day 5: Explore and acclimate in Phu
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  • Because of the high altitude, it is advisable to spend an acclimatization day in Phu. 
  • Explore the town's tiny alleyways or hike up to the Himlung Himal base camp (Alt. 4,000m). 
  • The village of Phu itself is fascinating, and spending the day there observing the locals as they spin their yak and sheep wool, grind mustard seeds into an oil-making paste, or perform other daily tasks is a worthwhile experience.
  • The hike up to Himlung Himal base camp adds an extra challenge by passing through a glacial valley. The 7125m tall peak has only recently become climbable. 
  • On the way up, you'll see herds of blue sheep expertly clambering up the cliffs. 
  • The return journey takes approximately four to five hours.
  • Overnight and dinner at a lodge/guesthouse in Phu.
Day 6: Trek from Phu to Nar Phedi
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  • Retrace your steps back down to Meta, but detour to the monastery at Nar Phedi (Alt. 3750m), where you will spend the night. Actually, Nar Phedi is made up entirely of the monastery!
  • The nuns are very friendly and welcoming, and the rooms are tidy and clean. 
  • Come over and watch them cook over a small fireplace in the kitchen. You are welcome to observe the puja (blessing) that typically takes place at 5 o'clock in the evening. 
  • You can leave a donation for the upkeep of this lovely and welcoming place in the monastery's small donation box.
  • Today’s trek will conclude with a delicious dinner after 7 to 8hours of trek.
Day 7: Trek from Nar Phedi to Nar
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  • Today is a very gentle day as you'll be trekking for around 3 to 4 hours only. 
  • We’ll leave Nar Phedi and ascend a hill in the direction of Nar (Alt. 4150m) by taking a winding path. 
  • As you approach the historic village, you pass a row of chortens that have been beautifully painted and bamboo roofs. 
  • We'll arrive in the town around lunchtime. Even though Nar is not far from the main Annapurna trail, few hikers go there despite the fact that it is one of the most picturesque places on earth.
  • Compared to Phu, Nar is a little friendlier and livelier, and during the day, you might find the village "square" bustling with women weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets on back-strap looms. 
  • You can stay in a cozy lodge with a wide range of options thanks to a few new tea houses that have been constructed on the outskirts of Nar.
  • Overnight stay and dinner at a lodge/guest house in Nar after 3 to 4hours of trek.
Day 8: Trek from Nar to Ngawal via the Kang La pass
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  • Today will be a long day, so get up before sunrise and head to the Kang La Pass (Alt. 5306m), which will take you back to the popular Annapurna Circuit. Although it is not a challenging climb, the effects of the altitude can make the day tiresome. 
  • Once at the top of the pass, you can take in a breathtaking view of Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, and Annapurna II. 
  • If you enjoy scree running, you might enjoy the steep beginning of the descent trail. Take a break for lunch on a plateau with a view of the peak before continuing on to Ngawal (3675m).
  • The ancient villages you just visited are certainly very different from Ngawal, which is located on the upper Pisang route of the Annapurna Circuit. 
  • There will be wifi and phone signals in the majority of the lodges, and the menus are much more extensive.
  • Overnight stay and dinner at a teahouse/guesthouse in Ngawal after a long 9 to 10 hours of exhausting trek.
Day 9: Trek from Ngawal to Chame
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  • Following breakfast, the trail will gradually descend to Pisang Village along the bank of the Marsyangdi River. 
  • The entire day is spent admiring the magnificent mountains. 
  • At Chame (Alt. 2670m), you will spend the night.
  • Chame serves as the Manang District's administrative center. 
  • Today’s trek will last around 7 to 8-hour.
  • Overnight and dinner at a lodge/teahouse in Chame.
Day 10: Drive from Chame to Besisahar, then back to Kathmandu
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  • We’ll take a bus or jeep to Besisahar (Alt. 825 m) after breakfast, passing through the villages of Koto, Thanchok, and Timang. 
  • It will be a rough 4 to 5 hours of ride to Besisahar. 
  • Drive for another 5 to 6 hours to return to Kathmandu.
  • Overnight stay and dinner at a hotel in Kathmandu after a long and exhausting ride.
Day 11: Final Departure
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  • It's time to bid Nepal adieu. 
  • Enjoy one last breakfast in a café, a stroll through the city, and/or some souvenir shopping to cap off your time in Kathmandu. 
  • A representative will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport in time for your flight home. 
  • It's a good idea to arrive at the airport at least two hours before takeoff.
  • Have a safe flight and hope to see you again soon.


  • Four airport pick-ups and drop-offs to your hotel. 
  • On the BB plan, two nights in a two-star hotel in Kathmandu. 
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) ( also includes tea or coffee). 
  • A Jeep transfer from Kathmandu to Dharapani. 
  • Accommodation in a tea house or lodge during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking guide.
  • 1 porter for every 2 visitors. 
  • All sorts of government and local taxes. 
  • Annapurna Conservation Entrance Fees.
  • All the trekking permits, such as the Nar-Phu special permit.
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS). 
  • A first aid kit for any small injuries during the adventure trip. 
  • Guide and porter's salaries include food, accommodation, and transportation. 
  • A route map.
  • Guide and staff insurance during the trek. 



  • All the trekking equipment and personal expenses include alcoholic beverages, phone calls, and laundry. 
  • Lunch and dinner are served except for Pokhara, where there will be a farewell dinner. 
  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance.
  • Trip Cancellation Cost, loss, theft, damage, and personal effects.
  • Hot Shower.
  • Entrance fees for the temples and monasteries' visits etc. 
  • Tips and gratuities for the staff, guide, and porters.


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