Nar Phu Valley Trek & Annapurna Circuit Trek (20 Days)


Nar Phu is a unique and less-visited destination in the Annapurna Himalayan Trails. It is a hidden valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna Himalayan range on the border of Nepal and Tibet.

The Nar Phu Valley is an ancient village located in a hidden valley within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. It requires special permits to visit and has an old-world mystique.

Phu Village Manang
Ancient Villa Phu.

Nar Phu is ancient villages located in the hidden valley within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Restricted area permits are required and the mountains much of its OLD WORLD MYSTIQUE.

The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a rugged landscape, traditional culture, an ageless way of life, and wildlife, including Snow Leopards and Blue Sheep. The journey also includes unique mountain peoples and their fascinating lifestyles and associated Buddhist monasteries.

The trek follows the Annapurna Circuit Trek along the Marsyangdi River Valley before diverging at the village of Kotho. It crosses the Kang la Pass, which takes trekkers to Ngawal, and eventually, the Thorong La Pass to reach the Muktinath area of the Lower Mustang region.

Phu VillageTrip
Stupas at Tashi Lakhang Monastery, Phu

The Nar Phu Valley Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek have been rated as one of the best adventures in the world by trekkers and travelers. If you are planning to trek in Nepal, it is an adventure worth having in your lifetime.

Narphu Valley Trek

ITINERARY OVERVIEW of Nar Phu Valley Trek & Annapurna Circuit Trek 

01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1335m.)
02: Kathmandu: Half day Sightseeing and trek Preparation (1335m.)
03: Kathmandu to Besisahar, Dharapani (1860m.)
04: Trek from Dharapani to Koto (2600m.)
05: Trek from Koto to Meta (3570m )
06: Trek from Meta to Kayang (3560m.)
07: Kayang to Phu village (4200m.)
08: Acclimatization and explore Phu valley
09: Trek from Phu to Gumba (Nar Phedi)(3500m)
10: Trek from Gomba to Nar Village (4100m)
11: Trek from Nar Village to Kang La Pass and Nawal (Khang La 5322m, Ngawal 3660m)
12: Trek from Ngawal to Manang Village (3540m)
13: Manag Exploration Day (3540m)
14: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)
15: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
16: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m)
17: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)
18: Fly to Pokhara (827m)
19: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m)
20: Final Departure from Kathmandu

Note: All itineraries can be customized at your request.

Trip Cost: 2000 US $ PP
Group Size: Min-2, Max-15, Ave 10

Cost Inclusive Nar Phu Valley Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek

1. 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
2. Teahouse accommodation during the trek
3. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
4. All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
5. Domestic flights (Jomsom-Pokhara)
6. Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
7. An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
8. Porter service (1 for 2)
9. Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
10. Community Trek’s trekking bag/duffel bag
11. All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
12. All government and local taxes

Cost Exclusive of Nar Phu Valley Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek

1. Nepalese visa fee
2. Excess baggage charge(s)
3. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
4. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
5. International flights
6. Travel and rescue insurance
7. Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)


Service Level: Basic
Simple and clean hotels and Tea House in Mountain during the Trek.

Physical Rating: 5 – Challenging
Serious high-altitude hikes, cycling, or other instances of heavy exercise. Come prepared to sweat a bit.

Age requirement: 12+
All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult


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Full Itinerary

  • 01

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    Kathmandy Valley
    Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal.

    A representative of the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.

    (Private) (1335m.) (Hotel)
  • 02

    Kathmandu: Half day Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    Kathmandu Valley
    Swayambhunath is an ancient religious architecture atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley.

    We tour Swayambhunath stupa; is also known as the Monkey Temple. At noon, the trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing of the trek. All the required information regarding the trek will be provided.

    (Private) (Breakfast, Lunch) (1335m.) (Hotel)
  • 03

    Kathmandu to Besoshar, Dharapani

    Syanje Waterfall Manang
    Beautiful waterfall, Syanje, Manang(1,314m). #CommnityTrek

    Driving along the beautiful Trishuli River at first and then along free-flowing Marsyangdi River, we reach Jagat by our private land cruiser after 9 hours of drive. We get to relish the view of Lamjung Himal (6983m), Peak 29 (7871m), Manaslu (8156m), and the other Himalayas, during our drive. at, we trek through dense forests of rhododendron and juniper to reach Chamje. From Chamje, we cross a suspension bridge and move along rocky trails till we reach Tal. We come across the beautiful waterfall in Tal and continue our trek. We trek for a couple of hours to reach Kotro which leads us to Dharapani.

    (Local Transport) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (1860m.) (9/10 hours) (Tea House)
  • 04

    Trek from Dharapani to Koto 2600m.

    Walking through the beautiful nature
    Walking through the beautiful nature. Main trails of Annapurna Circuit Trek.

    Trekking through fir and pine forests, we reach Bagarchhap. We enjoy the alluring view of Peak 29 (7871m) and Manaslu (8156m) on our way to Timang via Danakyu. We pass other small villages and trek along rocky trails till we reach Koto which hosts superb view of the Annapurna range. Overnight at a lodge in Koto.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (2600m) (5/6 hours) (Tea House)
  • 05

    Trek from Koto to Meta

    Trek from Koto to Meta
    Trekkers crossing Nature Bridge on way to Meta.

    We enter the restricted area with our permits and continue our trek along Naar Khola. Trekking through dense forests of juniper and pine, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Dharmasala. We come across a beautiful waterfall on our way to Meta. After trekking for 7 hours, we reach Meta. Overnight at a lodge in Meta.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ( 3570m ) (8/9 hours) (Tea House)
  • 06

    Trek from Meta to Kayang

    Meta to Kayang, Narphu Valley
    Walking in the middle of the High Mountain, on the way to Phu Village.

    The landscape is combined with white rocks, low shrubs, juniper, scattered evergreens, delicate brick-red and orange leafy bushes, crumbling shelves of flat slate and white, sandy trails. A short walk brings you to a trail junction having a clear view of Nar valley with monastery and Chorten. After passing the Jhunam (3640m) we arrived at Chyakhu (3800), formally a Khampa settlement. Passing many Chortens, uphill and downhill finally, we arrive at settlement valley Kayang. Superb mountain views of Pisang peak, Annapurna II, Gyaji Kang etc can be seen here.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (3560m.) (5/6 hours) (Tea House)
  • 07

    Kayang to Phu village

    Phu Village 4200m.
    Phu village near the border with Tibet and along an old salt and wool trade route.

    From Kayang you quickly swing into the dry, desert-like gorge of the Phu Khola, inching along on a hair-raising section of trail carved out of the cliff face. We will work steeply down the hill along the river bank and past the submarine rock with a small campsite. Best view of unique, colorful Chortens with the canyon lands and gorges. Keep your eyes out for blue sheep grazing on the khaki Hill. The trail edges along the eroded hillside past Phupi Gyalgen Gate to descend to the collection of Chorten beside the bridge. This ancient gate provides you the first view of the three villages of Phu, as well as an old “dzong” and the remains of the two forts, which are all now in ruins.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ( 4200m.) (5/6 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 08

    Acclimatization and explore Phu valley

    Tashi Lakhang Monastery in Nar Phu Village, Manang
    Tashi Lakhang Monastery which is the 108 Best Monastery of World.

    You can have interaction with locals and explore up the wide valley systems above you. Again walking up and then coming back down is better than just resting in high altitude. You might walk up the valley to the summer grazing settlement or Kharka at Ngoru to acclimatize and physical fitness to Kang La pass. Phu itself is an incredibly interesting village and you can observe the villagers spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat. Phu village is snow bounded almost completely deserted in winter.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnner) ( 4200m.) (Tea House)
  • 09

    Trek from Phu to Gumba (Nar Phedi)

    Trekking all way down until the Gumba through the narrow cliff trail with beautiful views of mountains and local villages.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ( 3500m ) (6/7 hours) (Tea House)
  • 10

    Trek from Gomba to Nar Village

    Not really long day for today just until the Nar is around 4 hours all the way up. Some of the Chorten ready to make big welcome to you in Nar Village after walking a bit uphill from Gumba.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (4100m) ( 3/4 hours) (Tea House)
  • 11

    Trek from Nar Village to Kang La Pass and Nawal 

    We kick off our day by trekking uphill to Jhombu Kharka aka Kang-La which hosts an outstanding view of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and the other Himalayas. On our way to Kang-La, we may come across some yak herder’s camps. After relishing the beautiful panorama of the Himalayas, we trek downhill to Ngawal. Overnight at a lodge in Ngawal.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Khang La 5322m, Ngawal 3660m) (8/9 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 12

    Trek from Ngawal to Manang Village

    Trekking downhill, we explore some monasteries on our way to Braga. From Braga, we trek for an hour to enter the valley of Manang. We then hike up to Chhunker viewpoint which hosts a spectacular view of Gangapurna Lake (3500m) along with Annapurna range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulu Peak (6429m), and the other Himalayas. Later, we explore the Cave Gompa on our way back to a lodge in Manang where we would be spending our overnight stay. We get to enjoy the typical Thakali food in the small town of Manang.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (3540m) ( 5/6 hours) (Tea House)
  • 13

    Manag Exploration Day

    Today is exploration day so if one wishes to have a full day of good trekking, Ice Lake and Milarepa Cave are the best options. If one wishes to do both in a day, it will feel like a very long and busy day. A short hike near towards Gangapurna Glacier is another easier option.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (3540m) (Tea House)
  • 14

    Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

    Climbing several rocky ridges, we head towards Yak Kharka. We will trek through beautiful forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine, and may encounter yaks grazing in the field. The trail to Yak Kharka features monasteries and Mani walls decorated with colorful prayer flags and with a backdrop of the Himalayas. After 4 hours of trek, we reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) ( 4018m ) (4/5 Fours) (Tea House)
  • 15

    Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

    We climb few ridges along Kali Gandaki River until we reach Ledar. We then cross a wooden bridge over the river and climb steep trails till we reach Thorong Phedi. We spend the rest of the day acclimatizing to high altitude. Overnight at a homestay in Thorong Phedi.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (4450m ) (4/5 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 16

    Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m

    Ascending steep trails, we reach Thorong High Camp which is the gateway to the highest mountain pass in Nepal, Thorong-La Pass. We climb steep rocky ridges and reach Thorong-La Pass. We relish the alluring panorama of the Himalayas from the pass and trek downhill till we reach Chabarbu. From Chabarbu, we trek for a couple of hours and reach the holy Muktinath. Overnight at a hotel in Muktinath.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m ) (8/9 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 17

    Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom

    We take a short visit to Muktinath Temple which is a sacred destination for Buddhists and Hindus all over the world. We take a shower in 108 spouts which are believed to cleanse our sins. We then trek downhill enjoying the stunning view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and Dhaulagiri range till we reach Jharkot. From Jharkot, we further trek downhill till we reach the windy city of Jomsom. Overnight at a lodge in Jomsom.

    (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (2710m ) (7/8 Hours) (Tea House)
  • 18

    Fly to Pokhara

    We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. The airplane passes through a gorge between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains making the flight itself an amazing experience. After arriving in Pokhara, we can spend the rest of the day in leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.


    (Plane, Private Transport ) (Breakfast) (827m.) (Hotel)
  • 19

    Drive to Kathmandu

    (Tourist Bus) (Breakfast, Lunch) (1330m.) (6/7 Hours) (Hotel)
  • 20

    Final Departure from Kathmandu

    We drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight back home.

    (Private) (Breakfast) (40 Minute)
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Trip Facts

  •  Trip Duration:  20 Days
  •  Activities:  Tour and Trekking
  •  Country:  Nepal
  •  Group Size:  2 - 15 persons
  •  Price:  2000 US $ PP
  •  Trip Style:  Trekking
  •  Diffculty:  Hard
  •  Best Season:  Sep. to Nov. & March to Jun
  •  Transport:  Car, Plane, Jeep, Bus

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