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Nar Phu Trek - 17 Days

Trip Facts

General trp informations
Group Size
Min. 2 Pax
Hotel/Lodge/Guest House
Max. Elevation
5416m, Thorung La Pass
Full Board
Private Vehicle, Bus

Nar-Phu valley is surrounded by Peru Himalaya to the north, the high mountains are called Gangla and Gangru to the east, and Damodar Himalaya to the west. The valley borders Tibet to the North. Nyeshang and Gyashumdo to the South and Larke to the East, and Mustang to the West. The valley ranges between 3820m and 8091m in elevation. Pine and fir trees are growing up to 4000m elevation. The valley looks dry but it is less windy than Nyeshang valley.  Also, Nar Phu is the most remote part of the Manang district.

Bodhi Adventures customizes your treks to meet your requirements in off the beaten path in Nepal. Nar Phu trekking opened for tourists in 2003 but is still a mostly restricted area. Tibetans, called Bhotias, but they refer themselves as Narpa people in this region. Their economy is oriented towards agriculture and animal husbandry. Due to high elevation and lack of arable land, agricultural production is less than Nyeshang and Gyashumdo though they able to grow barley, potatoes and buckwheat. They used to trade with Nyeshang and Gyasumdo people with dairy products, yak blankets and sheep wool for required grains but now this practice has changed.

Trekking to this exotic land offers experiencing medieval Tibetan culture in undisturbed form, mainly Buddhist. In Nar you will find the Sartek Thrangu Choepel Ling Gompa. In Phu village offers a view of the Tashi Lhakang Kargyud monastery which was built by Urgyan Lhundrub Gyatsho (Urgyan lhun-grub rgya-mtsho) about 500 years ago. The hidden Nar Phu valley is surrounded by dramatic mountains and views are mesmerizing with impressive alpine scenery and yak pasture lands. You can spot Himalayan blue sheep (Naur) and snow leopards. When you reach Kang La pass (5320m) you will be pleased with view magnificent panorama of Annapurna massifs, Kangaru, Himlung, Chulus and other smaller mountains.

The Kang La pass links Nar with Manang (Nyeshang) valley. Nar-Phu Trek is known for hiking off the beaten path and also known for its rich cultural heritage. They have their own Narphu dialect along with their own traditional lifestyle.  Therefore, the wonderful nomad landscape rewards anyone exploring the remote hidden mountain valley.

You can start the timing and location of your Nar Phu trek in different locations and customize this world popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. All starting points up to Koto are same trail of Annapurna circuit. You have the choice to start your trek from any point from Bhulbhule, Ngadi or Syage or Jagat or Tal or Dharapani. If you are limited in time then we suggest driving from Besisahar to Koto from where you get to off the beaten trail to the hidden valley of Nar Phu; remotely north of Manang.

This trail is also for mountaineers and expeditioners exploring the very popular mountains Himlung (7126m), Kangaru (6981m), Ratnachuli etc. Now, a very new trekking route “Seven Passes Trek” is started from this valley and to reach the Upper Mustang. Nar Phu trek ends generally in Ngawal village of Manang after crossing Kangla 5320m. After Ngawal either your trek extends to the Annapurna circuit trek or you can descend down to Humde or you can visit beautiful Manang village. You can drive back to Besisahar from Manang in the dry season.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1350m)
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760 m) by bus. 6 hours
Day 04: Drive to Koto (2,600 m) by Jeep 6 Hours
Day 05: Koto – Dharmasala (3,230 m), Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 06: Dharmasala – Kyang (3,887 m), Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 07: Kyang – Phu (4,080 m) Walking Time 4 Hours
Day 08: Phu – Nar (4,200 m) Walking Time 7 Hours
Day 09: Nar – Ngawal (3,660 m), Walking Time 8 Hours.
Day 10: Ngawal to Manang (3,540m) walking time 5 Hours
Day 11: Manang – Yak-Kharaka (4000 m) Walking Time 4 Hours
Day 12: Yak-Kharaka – Thorung Phedi (4500 m), Walking Time 3.1/2 Hours
Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La Pass (5416 m) – Muktinath (3800 m). Walking Time 9 Hours
Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom (2750 m) Walking Time 6 Hours
Day 15: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft)
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft)
Day 17: Kathmandu (1350m)


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,429ft)

Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Bodhi Adventures’ representative will welcome with marigold garland and transfer to your hotel, We will brief about your trip activities. You’ll have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing (1,350m / 4,429ft)

Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous self-arisen Stupa Swayambhu and Boudhanath. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items and preparation for the next day.
Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760m / 2,493ft) by bus. 6 hours

After breakfast we drive 6-7 hrs by private transport to Besisahar through the scenic countryside and river valleys of Trisuli and Marsyangdi. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. En-route to Pokhara our route diverts from the town village of Dumre towards north to Besisahar. This is a big town and district headquarters of the Lamjung.
Overnight at the Lodge Full board.

Day 04: Drive to Koto (2,600m / 8,530ft) by Jeep 6 Hours

This day after breakfast we start off road drive to Koto. The road follows the Marsyangdi valley to North. We pass through the terraced rice and millet fields. Roads gets into deep canon between sheer rocks and could be worlds amazing road. We stop in certain viewpoints to capture beautiful waterfalls and views. We take our lunch depending upon driving time and road condition. We get to Koto.

Overnight at Lodge Full board

Day 05: Koto – Dharmasala (3,230m / 10,597ft), Walking Time 6 Hours

Start the day early, as there is a lot of distance to cover. Cross the river and enter the Nar & Phu valleys.

Today’s trekking route passes through beautiful woods, past small cave shelters and pilgrims’ resting places. Emerging from a narrow canyon, the trail passes under a wide waterfall, from which point the woods become thinner and the vistas wider. The last stretch into Dharmasala. Or

If we are enough strength we stretch to Meta involves climbing a steep hill, from which there are amazing views of some of the giant snowy peaks in the area.

Meta lies on a big open plain and consists of a few lodges, which are simple but clean and offer good meals.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 06: Dharmasala – Kyang (3,887m / 12,752ft), Walking Time 6 Hours

Trekking out of Dharmasala we climbed to Meta about 300 meters, after Meta some of the unique, colorful Tibetan Buddhist chortens that Nar and Phu are famous for begin to appear in sight. The trail meanders along the ridge with a good view of the magnificent Nar Phedi monastery, where you will stay in a few days’ time. After another ninety minutes hiking through scenic canyons and gorges, you’ll reach a monolith that guards the steep trail up to Phu.

From here, you can get your first view of the three villages in the area as well as the old “dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two ruined forts, impressively situated atop the flatlands. We stay in Kyang, which is summer camp for Phu people have some simple lodges.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 07: Kyang – Phu (4,080m / 13,385ft) Walking Time 4 Hours

Just before crossing the bridge into Phu, a line of wonderful chortens color the landscape.

After a rest and refreshments, take a short walk up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa to pay respects to Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche who came to Nepal with the Dalai Lama in 1959.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 08: Phu – Nar (4,200m / 13,779ft) Walking Time 7 Hours

Retrace the route back down to Mahendru bridge, then turn off at the Nar Phedi monastery, which will be your lunch place. In fact, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi consists of!

the nuns are extremely welcoming. Join them in the kitchen and watch them prepare lunch on a modest fireplace. After lunch we climbed to Nar village. The trail is steep up and we see many mani walls and stupas. It takes about 2 hours from Nar Phedi.

At 5 pm they usually do a puja (blessing), which you are welcome to witness. There is a small donation box in the monastery where you can leave a contribution for the maintenance of this beautiful and friendly place.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 09: Nar – Ngawal (3,660m / 12,007ft), Walking Time 8 Hours.

Today is a long day, so get up before sunrise and head towards the Kang La pass, which leads back onto the popular Annapurna Circuit. It is not a difficult pass, but it can be a long day as the effects of altitude will be felt. Once on top of the pass, you can enjoy an amazing view over Annapurna II, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The trail down starts off steep, but if you enjoy scree running you can have some fun! Stop for lunch on a plateau overlooking the peak, then continue towards Ngawal.

In Ngawal the lodges are big, the menus much more comprehensive and there will be Wifi and phone signals in most lodges.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 10: Ngawal - Manang (3,540m / 11,614ft) walking time 5 Hours

Ngawal is beautiful village with Monastery. Today the trek is not challenging so we can visit the Monastery as well and after breakfast we trek to Manang crossing small villages Mungi and Braka. Braka has really impressive monastery in a small hill with old statues. We can visit on the way it. Then within half an hour we get to Manang. The main village of the valley with lots of beautiful hotels.

Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 11: Manang – Yak-Kharaka (4,000m / 13,123ft) Walking Time 4 Hours

The trail from Manang takes you away from Marsyangdi river and follow to North-west. From Manang you pass Gungsang and reach Yak Kharka – 4,000 meters high. It is not even a village, just a place with some guesthouses for travelers.
During walk we take short breaks to prevent again for altitude sickness – Take it easy, don’t rush! This is the key for avoiding mountain sickness. And – drink a lot, even when you’re not thirsty.
Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 12: Yak-Kharaka – Thorung Phedi (4,500m / 14,763ft) Walking Time 3:30 Hours or High camp 4,925m / 16,158ft) 5 Hours

This day you walk towards the last station before the great mountain pass. You walk to Chure-Ledar (4,250 meters), which offer some guesthouses and teahouses, and then reach Thorang Phedi – 4,500 meters high or if group is fine with altitude we further ascend to High camp 4,925m. In both places only two or limited guesthouses, and it is recommended to get there early to catch good rooms to sleep in. In the tourist season or in case the pass closes, the place is quite full. Overnight at Guesthouse Full board.

Day 13: Thorung Phedi – Thorung La Pass (5416m / 17769ft) – Muktinath (3,800m / 12,46ft) Walking Time 9 Hours

This is most adventurous day of the trek. Get up early, and start to walk by about 4:30 am.
It is about 900 metersof climbing to the pass – from 4,500meters to get 5,416 meters. If you stay in high camp 4,920m little comfortable to climb. In the spring and summer the trail become quite clear, but when snow covers the trail then could be confusing.
Most of the walking is in the snow, surrounded by snowy mountains all over. Walking is difficult; finally you’ll reach the pass, the highest point you’ll reach on this trek – 5,416 meters!
On the other side of the pass it is really “another world” – the landscape changes dramatically from snowy mountains to dry yellow-brown cliffs, area that looks like a desert.
Going down after the pass is also an uneasy task. Have to descend of 1,600 meters, which really makes your knees cry. Finally you’ll reach Muktinath, There are plenty of guest houses in Muktinath, with really good food. Muktinath temple is worth to visit – Actually Muktinath is one of four major places of pilgrimage for Hindus but equally worshiped by Buddhist and Bon people in the Himalayas too. Overnight at Lodge Full board.

Day 14: Muktinath – Jomsom (2,750m / 9,022ft) Walking Time 6 Hours

The part of the trek from Muktinath to Jomsom , is totally different from the trek in the Manang valley because of its geological form. Here, the climate is relatively dry, and the landscape looks like a desert.
The usual trail from Muktinath to Kagbeni is full of ancient forts, caves, and till you reach Jomsom you’ll be able to see wonderful geological forms around you.
The way from Kagbeni to Jomsom goes along the Kali-Gandaki River, The geological forms you’ll see on the way around you are really spectacular.

Another trail via Dhumba lake is upper trail to get Jomsom is more scenic naturally. Jomsom, located 2,700 meters high is a big village. It has a small airport, and so –connected by air to Pokhara and Kathmandu. Overnight at Guesthouse Full board.

Day 15: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara (820m / 2,690 ft)

Today we take early morning tea coffee and breakfast then pack our bags and get ready for the exciting mountain scenic flight to Pokhara. The flight transit through between two high peaks Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m/26,538 ft) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m/26,788 ft) and deepest Kaligandaki gorge of world give us a wonderful opportunity to enjoy with best views of surrounding Annapurna & Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. We have full day at Pokhara for visiting International mountain museum, Davis Falls, caves or to enjoy with its natural side in Pokhara.
Overnight at Hotel B/B

Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m / 4,264 ft)

Morning we will drive by regular tourist bus or private car as your wish through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 6- 7 hours back to Kathmandu.


Fly to Kathmandu : 25 minutes scenic like mountain flight to Kathmandu.

On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and the rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas.

Overnight at hotel B/B

Day 17: Kathmandu (1350m
/ 4,429ft)

Bodhi Adventures will transfer to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onward destination.

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