Nar Phu Valley Trek – 13 Days - 13 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek is a confined zone trek on the trails of the Annapurna Region. With uniqueness in all of their corners, the villages offer an unhindered taste of old Nepal.

Besides the culture, one may also find the way of life of Nar Phu people amusing. Explore some of the major monasteries of the Buddhist religion. Also, enjoy the views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks.

Trip Highlights

  •         Unique blend of culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  •         Hidden Valleys of Nar and Phu
  •         Ancient Buddhist Monasteries
  •         Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, Pisang, and such other peaks
  •         Tashi Lhakhang Monastery – one of the 108 great Buddhist monasteries in the world

Trip Overview

“A trek to two of the hidden valleys alongside the natural beauty of the Annapurna Region”

Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the best-restricted area trekking in the Western Himalayas of Nepal. With the trek blooming towards infrastructural development, explore the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of the Tibetan-influenced Nar Phu community.

Hike along the Annapurna Region through the green forests and dry landscapes to get to the hidden villages of Nar and Phu. The trekking starts same as the Annapurna Circuit Trekking. Drive to the headquarters of Lamjung and then trek to Chamje to end the long tiring day. For the next two days, follow the same path to the Annapurna Circuit. In the 4th day, change the pace and the path to follow a rather restricted land to get through the villages of Meta and Chyaku to arrive at the hidden villages of Nar and Phu. The restricted valleys are home to some four ancient monasteries that make it to the major Buddhist shrines in the world. Enjoy the views of the Annapurna, Himchuli, Pisang, and Dhaulagiri peaks during the trek.

Join us in this 13-days expedition to explore the virgin land of Nar and Phu. Don’t forget to experience the diverse lifestyle of the community. For a comfortable trekking, you will need a fairly fit fitness level as the trails are strenuous. Contact us in case of professional expertise and a tailored trip.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) and trek to Chamje (1310m)

Day 02: Chamje to Dharapani (1920m)

Day 03: Dharapani to Koto (2600m)

Day 04: Koto to Meta (3570m)

Day 05: Meta to Upper Chyaku (3720m)

Day 06: Upper Chyaku to Phu Village (4050m)

Day 07: Phu Village to Nar Phedi (3500m)

Day 08: Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4120m)

Day 09: Explore Nar Village

Day 10: Nar Village to Kang La Pass (5320m) to Ngawal (3675m)

Day 11: Ngawal to Chame (2650m)

Day 12: Chame to Tal (1700m)

Day 13: Tal to Chamje and drive back to Besisahar (760m)

Day 1
Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) and trek to Chamje (1310m)

As you have prepared the bags the previous day, we will start our drive to get to the headquarters of the Lamjung District. We will a long tiring drive followed by an easy trek to Chamje in the end. First, drive along the Prithvi Highway to get to the lake city of Pokhara. From there, we will keep on driving through the village of Dumre to get to our last drive stop, Besisahar. After lunch at the village, the trek starts with great views of the Annapurna Mountain Ranges. Hike up and down through the villages of Ghermu and Syange to finally climb up a steep trail to arrive at the village of Chamje. Enjoy the Himalayan views and the houses scattered all over the hills.

Day 2
Chamje to Dharapani (1920m)

The morning will be cold and you wouldn’t want to get out of your blanket. Wake up and fill your bellies. Then, we will start off with a walk to the village of Tal. The village has more than two dozen guest houses to choose from. From there, hike up through the rough terrain forest to arrive at the village of Karte. Further, walk uphill will take us to the village of Dharapani. Enjoy green rhododendron forest and waterfalls during this trek.

Day 3
Dharapani to Koto (2600m)

Wake up early to have looks of the glowing mountains during sunrise! Walk uphill along the easy marked path to get to the village of Danaque in just a couple of hours. The village has a police checkpoint and internet facilities. Now, hike along the jeep road to cross the river. After crossing the river, climb up some steep stone stairways to get to the village of Timang. The scenic village of Timang offers extraordinary views of the high Himalayas and crystal clear skies. Get out of the village and walk along the muddy trail to get to the village of Koto.

Day 4
Koto to Meta (3570m)

Today, we will find a different trail from the Annapurna Circuit Trekking and hike towards the village of Meta. Follow the trails through pine forests along the Soti Khola to get to the village of Dharamsala in a few hours. After lunch at the village, continue to trek uphill along the pine forest to arrive at the village of Meta. The village offers ecstatic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Peaks.

Day 5
Meta to Upper Chyaku (3720m)

It is an easy hike today as we travel to the village of Upper Chyaku. The walk to the village is peaceful and calm. After just a couple of hours, we will get to the village. We can also trek all the way to the Phu Village. But, it is best to acclimatize and rest in the Chyaku village for the rest of the day.

Day 6
Upper Chyaku to Phu Village (4050m)

Get out of the village of Chyaku and trek towards the Phu Village. Follow the Phu Khola through the deep valleys to get to the village of Phu. This village is one of the hidden valleys of the Annapurna Region connected with the Mustang region. Along the way, we will pass the Khampa Settlement. The settlement was once a Tibetan Refugee camp. Explore the unhindered culture and tradition of the people living in the Phu Village. The village is filled with Tibetan-influenced ethnic groups including the Gurung, Lama, and Ghale. The village also has one of the hidden monasteries called the Tashi Lhakhang Monastery. The monastery is also listed as one of the 108 greatest Buddhist Monasteries in the world. Also, it is considered the last monastery built by the Karmapa Rinpoche.

Day 7
Phu Village to Nar Phedi (3500m)

Another easy day for us as we will descend all the way to the Nar Phedi. Hike downhill to cross several small streams and suspension bridges to get to the Mahendra Pul. From there, walk flat until we cross a gorge along the Lapche River to get to the Nar Phedi. Rest here for the day as the next day is going to be a little tough on our back.

Day 8
Nar Phedi to Nar Village (4120m)

Today, we will ascend on a steep path away from the Lapche River to get to the next hidden valleys of Nar. Along the way, we will find an old Buddhist monastery. Explore the monastery and continue on to Nar Village. The village rests at the lap of the high Pisang Peak. Along the way, we will pass through the Buddhist mani walls and prayer flags. The village offers one of the greatest panorama of Pisang, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri peaks.

Day 9
Explore Nar Village

Explore the village of Nar as there are a couple of old monasteries and walls encrypted by the Mani readings. Enjoy the views of the Kang Guru, Himlung, and Chulu among other peaks. Explore the unique culture and tradition of the people living in the village. Also, enjoy looking at the villagers thrashing Koru. Koru is the only grain found in the area.

Day 10
Nar Village to Kang La Pass (5320m) to Ngawal (3675m)

A long and tiring hike today. Get up early in the morning and hike uphill along the rough rocky trails to Kang La Pass. The pass is situated at a height of 5320 meters almost as high as the Everest Base Camp. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, and the Pisang peaks. After filling our bellies, we will hike downhill along a steep narrow hill to get to the village at the lap of the Kang La Pass.

Day 11
Ngawal to Chame (2650m)

The hike from Ngawal to Chame is a long one. Get out of the village of Ngawal and follow the Manang Sadak (the jeep trail in the Manang valley). Walk along the Sadak to finally get to the village of Chame in about 5 hours. Chame is one of the biggest villages in the region. It has a bank, a post office, and numerous guesthouses.

Day 12
Chame to Tal (1700m)

Follow the same path down as we had used in the starting days. Trek back to the village of Koto and then follow the muddy path to get to Timang. From there, walk along the jeep path to arrive at Danaque. An easy walk from there will take us to the village of Dharapani. Finally, with an easy hike through the forested trail, we will get to the village of Tal.

Day 13
Tal to Chamje and drive back to Besisahar (760m)

It is an easy walk up to the village of Chamje. From there, hike downhill through a green forest to ascend up and again descend as the ways are berserk in the country. After a series of ups and downs, we will arrive at the village of Jagat. Fill our bellies there, and again, hike past the villages of Ghermu and Bahundanda to reach the Besisahar village. We will drive you to your hotel and let the trek come to an end.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long do we walk every day when doing Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

What is the highest altitude reached in this trek?

The highest altitude reached is 4190m. This is the elevation of Annapurna Base Camp. ABC is the highest we will climb in this trek.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Are there ATMs on the way to Annapurna Base Camp?

No. There are no ATMs on this trek route. You will have to draw enough cash in Pokhara or Kathmandu. There are a number of ATMs in these cities. Everything is paid in Nepali rupees. So money should be exchanged before the start of the trek.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

Is it necessary to hire Guides/trekking agency for Annapurna Base Camp trekking?

Not really. It depends on you. If you want, ABC trekking can be done independently. You could hire a guide and a porter by yourself instead of going through an agency or not hire a guide at all. Although, not having a guide can be a little problematic during off season.

It really depends on you. Is it your first time in Nepal? How confident are you of being able to find your way around? How pressed on time are you? If you go through an agency, it will be costlier but everything will be planned. You will only have to come, trek and return.

How much do guides and porters cost?

For Annapurna region, pay for guides range from $20 to $30 per day and porters take $15 to $25 per day.

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Trip Facts

  • AD-21
  • Nepal
  • Besisahar
  • Besisahar
  • 5,320m/17,455ft
  • 1-12
  • March to June, September to December