Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek
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Trip Facts

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:5,416m/17,764ft
  • Total Duration:19 days
  • Best Time:March to May and Sep to Dec
  • Group Size:Minimum 2 pax
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Accommodation:Hotels and teahouses
  • Transportation:Plane and private transportation

About Nar Phu Valley Trek

Nar Phu Valley Trek is an incredible journey into the wild and unexplored vicinity at the north of Annapurna. Nar Phu Valley Trek is a rugged and a wild trek. The journey takes you to the magnificent two villages of the Annapurna region Nar and Phu. The major attraction of this trekking in Nepal is the tranquility and traditions along with the amazing Himalayan environment.

A fantastic way to observe the local culture and religious practices of ethnic communities such as Lama, Gurung and Ghale, this trek takes you to the Kang-La Pass and Thorong-La Pass along Manang and Mustang districts giving you the opportunity to explore the Bhotia villages, remnants of the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived) along with the old Buddhist monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist monasteries and also said to have been the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche –Tashi Lakhang Monastery.

The trek begins informally with sightseeing in Kathmandu but the actual trek begins from Jagat. You will be following the popular trekking routes of Annapurna Circuit Trail gradually. Branching off from Koto to follow the off-the-beat track to Nar Phu Valley in the north of Manang. Furthermore, if you wish to travel full of spirituality then choose the package with the responsible tourism team of Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd.

Off the beaten trekking trail of the Nepal often provides the unexplored and untouched civilization. Through Nar Phu Valley trek you can continue the Annapurna Circuit Trek or reach the trail of the Jomsom Muktinath trekking as well. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. offers this isolated alternative Annapurna region trekking in Nepal at the most competitive price. Therefore, Bharal Adventure assures you best hospitality and quality services.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs
  • Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 05: Dharapani to Koto [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 06: Koto to Meta [3,560m/11,680 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon [4,250m/13,944 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
  • Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Acclimatization and trek preparation at Nar
  • Day 11: Nar to Kang-La Pass [5,322m/17,460 ft] to Ngwal [3,660m/12,008 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 12: Ngwal to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La [5,416m/17,764 ft] to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight [823m/2,700 ft]: 30 min flight
  • Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

Upon the arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the guests will be greeted by a representative from Bharal Adventure who will take them to their hotel for checking in. The guests will be treated with a savory authentic Nepali cuisine for dinner in the evening.

Day 02: Sightseeing and trek preparation in Kathmandu

After breakfast, guests will set off to a guided tour to four of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square – ancient palace of the then kings of Nepal, Hindu temple Pashupatinath, and Buddhist stupas Swayambhunath – The Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath. Pre-trip discussion shall be arranged between the participants and team leaders and crew members at noon.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jagat Drive [1,100m/3,608 ft]: 8 – 9 hrs

As we finish our breakfast, we start the long drive that will take us to Jagat from Kathmandu via Besishahar up to where the picturesque view and smooth black-topped road will make the journey easy, however, as we move ahead from Beshishahar, the dustry and coarse road gives us bumpy rides during which our only compensation is the scenic views visible from the windowpane of the dust covered vehicle.

Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs

The trek begins just after breakfast descending down the trail until the arrival of the river from where the trail continues through a lush green forest. From here, further ascent leading to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank will take us through Chyamje to a suspension bridge after crossing which we begin the climb to steep and slippery and physically challenging trail to Sattale. Treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal from where the path becomes rugged and winding as we approach the steep forested village of Karte. We cross a suspension bridge meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs as we arrive at Dharapani.

Day 05: Dharapani to Koto [2,610m/8,563 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

The morning trek towards Bagarchhap takes about an hour to reach through pine and fir forests. After visiting the white washed monastery in the village, we continue our trek till we reach Danaque, which takes about an hour, from where we follow the steep ascend up to Timang before continuing through pine forests again until we reach Latamarang that takes about an hour and half. Taking lunch break here, we proceed through the forests as we come close to Koto village where we stay for the night.

Day 06: Koto to Meta [3,560m/11,680 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs

We resister our restricted area permit at the Police Check Post as we trek through the river bank of Soti Khola passing through pine forests, streams and suspension bridge until we reach Dharmasala from where we continue trekking through forests and then ascend steeply towards Meta village.

Day 07: Meta to Phu Gaon [4,250m/13,944 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs

Traversing up and down and across suspension bridges for about four hours will take us to Kyang where we can observe the remnants, particularly the ruined forts of the Khampa settlement (the place which Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). Further walk along the rocky trail for about three to four hours after passing through Phu Khola will take us to Phu Gaon (village).

Day 08: Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

This day is scheduled for acclimatization for which we shall explore the culture, natural diversity and religious practices of the ethnic groups like Lama, Gurung and Ghale residing in this lost/hidden valley. We can also explore how people here make their survival depending upon agriculture, animal husbandry and seasonal migrations. We can also visit Tashi Lakhang Monastery – the old Buddhist monastery listed out of the 108 world’s great Buddhist monasteries. It is also considered to be the last monastery constructed by Karmapa Rinpoche.

Day 09: Phu Gaon to Nar [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs

Descending across many streams and suspension bridges, we reach Mahendra Pul after about four hours. As we pass the high suspension bridge 80m over the Gorge of Lapche River, we stop at the bridge for lunch after which, we ascend through the steep trail passing many Buddhist stupas until we arrive at Nar village after about two hours. Several Buddhist monasteries coupled with the backdrop of Pisang Peak and other small peaks welcomes us as we enter the Nar village.

Day 10: Acclimatization and trek preparation at Nar

The second day set aside for acclimatization, we spend it hiking nearby and exploring the Nar village trying to observe local culture and lifestyle as we prepare for the trek next day.

Day 11: Nar to Kang-La Pass [5,322m/17,460 ft] to Ngwal [3,660m/12,008 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs

Waking up early in the morning, we have our breakfast as we get ourselves prepared for the long hike of the day. We begin our trek to Kang-La Pass after breakfast, where we stop to take pleasure in the mesmerizing view of Annapurna massif before descending down to Ngwal where we will spend the night.

Day 12: Ngwal to Manang [3,540m/11,614 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs

Passing through the isolated village of Paugh overlooking the amazing views of Annapurna range, we leave Ngwal. As we ascend gently uphill to Mungli, we go further to the main trail of Annapurna Trail from where we head towards Manang.

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs

Crossing a stream, we climb to the village of Tenki above Manang and continue ascending to the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. Following the trail northward and passing a few pastures and a crumb of juniper trees, we ascend steadily as we come closer to the village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. From here, we go through meadows used as grazing land for horses and yaks. Crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we pass an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow as we reach another small village of Yak Kharka literally meaning “grazing land of yaks”.

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs

Making our way to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi, we begin our trek just after breakfast. Thorong Phedi is a small but busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers used mostly as a base camp. Although some trekkers attempt to hike to the High Camp on this day, we do not recommend so as we believe this would be too hectic for the trekkers and also, they need to get sound sleep and rest on this day so that they could be prepared for their tough hike on the next day.

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La [5,416m/17,764 ft] to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467ft]: 7 – 8 hrs

We come to another exciting part of the trek as we cross the grueling Thorong-La Pass resting at a dizzying height of 5,416m/17,764 ft. The trek begins early morning so as to enable us to pass through the icy-high altitude trail during the day and it is by sunset that we reach Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. One of the most popular destinations for Hindus and Buddhists pilgrimage, Muktinath is also considered as “Muktikshetra” by the Hindus, meaning the “place of liberation or salvation”.

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom [2,715m/8,910 ft]: 5 – 6 hrs

After the temple visit and exploration of the area, we begin descending down the Kali Gandaki Gorge through the arid land passing through Jharkot and Khingar village rich with Tibetan architecture. We follow the valley floor most of the way sprawled along the banks of Kali Gandaki as we descend down to Jomsom.

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara Flight [823m/2,700 ft]: 30 min flight

The early morning flight from Jomsom will bring us to Pokhara just after breakfast, accompanied with the views of the gorge between two huge mountains, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Resting for a while in a comfortable hotel room in Lakeside, we shall utilize the afternoon exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley strolling along the banks of Fewa Lake or spending some quality time into one of the clubs with live music playing. Also, boating could be done on the lake or an hour’s walk could be taken to the World Peace Pagoda.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs

A scenic drive from Pokhara will bring the team back to Kathmandu where the evening is spend either relaxing or shopping for souvenirs. A farewell dinner will be organized to commemorate the closer of the exciting journey.

Day 19: Final departure from Nepal

On this day, the guests shall exchange photos, emails and pleasantries during and after breakfast before being escorted to the airport by a representative of Bharal Adventure approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.

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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. The variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found for sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. some gears are imported from Chinawhich of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipment is you require during the trek:


  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection


  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket


  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)


  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hands wash


  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks

Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flight (Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese/German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, Cap and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for Trekking staffs and driver(s)

The Annapurna Circuit with the best!

I first used Bharal Adventures three years ago when Arjun was my guide for my Everest Base camp trek. Arjun was very genuine, friendly and knowledgeable about the area and I felt very relaxed and in good hands. I adored the holiday and the beauty of the Himalayas so decided to return to Nepal again. This time to trek in the Annapurna region. I of course chose Bharal Adventures to be our tour guide company again. This again has been a fantastic experience.

The weather was unusually heavily snowy at times and meant that we had to turn around and change our plans slightly, which Arjun coped with very well. He was very flexible and accommodating and always tried his best to make us feel comfortable and enjoy our
trip to the fullest. I would recommend this company and this guide to anyone. He loves his country, its mountains and his job and it shows. A thoroughly great holiday, thank you Arjun and Bharal Adventures!

Jill Stenburge,

Amazing Annapurna – Incredible Nepal

Nothing prepares you for the Himalayas. Waking up every day to 5-mile high mountains is one of the most humbling and incredible experiences of my life. As a frequent traveller, this was my first time to Nepal, so I wanted to be sure my experience was going to match my expectations. On arrival, Arjun from Bharal was there to greet my partner and I with a smile - which he kept all week. Even when we were snowed in along the pass; walking slowly up the mountains and laying in a little too long - Arjun always made sure our needs were prioritized.

If you want a tour which is:

- Personal - Informative

- At your own pace

- Going to *the best places in Nepal

- One you will remember forever

I thoroughly recommend Arjun and Bharal. I came to Nepal as a tourist, to meet a guide and a porter. I left with 2 friends, incredible photos, lifelong memories and a promise we will return one day, with my daughter to tackle the incredible Manasalu!

Thank you Arjun! :)

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Luke James,

Amazing trek in Kanchenjunga region!

Last November I traveled to Nepal to visit the remote area of Kanchenjunga. I'm from Spain and did the Kanchenjunga circuit (North and South base camps) with my Indian friend. After many mails sent to several trekking companies based in Kathmandu we only received overpriced offers, until we finally met Arjun, the manager of Bharal Adventures, and our expectations changed immediately. He provided us with reliable information, answered all our mails quickly and carefully and made an itinerary to suit us at a very reasonable cost, exactly what we were looking for since a long time. Once in Kathmandu, his partner Bijay came to the hotel to introduce himself and give me some instructions before the trek and all the assistance I needed. The day before the departure, Arjun and Bijay invited us to have dinner at their home to offer us a warm welcome, they were really friendly. As per the trek itself, our guide had good experience in the Kanchenjunga region and managed all the situations in a solvent way. Besides, we were very lucky with the weather and could enjoy the trek with its stunning views. It was really a fantastic experience. Once the trek finished, Bijay and Arjun came to my hotel to be sure we received a good service during the trek and say goodbye. I can only recommend this trekking company to all the people traveling to Nepal. You will not be disappointed.

Hector Fernandez,
Barcelona, Spain

Unforgettable once in a lifetime experience To EBC led by Arjun & 3 amazing porters

Our journey started in 3 different cities in Malaysia, 6 travellers in all - Myself and my good friend Ray started out from Johor Bahru, Suk(the only female in our group) & Ricgen's journey started from Mallaca, the 4 of us met with See and Su in their home town of Kuala Lumpur, (KL) Malaysia. 

6 of us met in KL and departed from KL international airport for Kathmandu Nepal. where Arjun Dhakal met us at the airport and we transferred to our hotel and finalised all details for the EBC trek.
The next day we flew out to Lukla and this is where the real adventure began.
The actual trip is a story for another time all I will say is that this adventure was absolutely amazing in fact so amazing that I'm contemplating doing ABC with Arjun next year sometime.
Arjun and his team were very professional, his personable character allows for a very relaxed but very organised approach to everything during our trip.
The EBC adventure was one of the most amazing adventures I have ever experienced I would add that this trip rates equal to The Kokoda trek I completed in Papua Nuigini.
I want to express my gratitude to Arjun Dhakal and his team at Bharal adventures you were amazing and I would recommend this team to anyone interested in doing EBC

Kind Regards
& friends for life
Gavin Page

Gavin Page
Gavin Page,
South Africa

The incredible Kanchenjunga circuit with Bharal Adventure !

We were two persons intending to trek in the remote and restricted Kanchenjunga region. I am an Indian and was with a Spanish friend. After not getting positive responses from various organizations or getting quoted very high prices, we landed on Bharal Adventure. And it was a great experience right from the beginning. The extremely polite Arjun answered all of our queries patiently, tailored the itinerary according to our requirements and finally helped us with a knowledgeable guide for this 22 day trek. And when everything was done at a reasonable cost, we couldn't ask for more. The superb weather and views during the trek added to everything and the overall experience was fantastic. Highly recommended for all your adventures in Nepal !
Sandeep Bhat,

Everest Base Camp Hike 26/11 – 6/12

Going to the Everest Base Camp was once an impossible dream to achieve. 
With Bharal Edventure, the impossible dream comes to a reality. Mr Suraj, our guides, Ganesh and friends who made it possible for me to reach the EBC. I would not be able to go through the tough journey with extreme environments without their help and encouragement. 

Thank you very much for the hospitality given by Bharal Adventure especially Mr Suraj and Mr Arjun. Thank you so much for making this once impossible dream become possible. This is truly the most valuable experience I ever have.

Zaiton A,

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Lead by arjun and 7 porters to bring 14 of us to amazing journey to annapurna base camp. Very friendly and helpful. Received first class services from them and the porters also friendly and hardworking.Sure to look back for them for the next trip to nepal.
Fadhly Suhaimi
Fadhly Suhaimi,

Everest Base Camp Trek Dec- 24 – Jan 05 2019

Da jeg rejste alene, var det vigtigt for mig, at få afklaret alle spørgsmål. Arjun var meget behlælpelig og tålmodig med at besvare alle mine spørgsmål inden trekket. Selve turen var en super oplevelse. Deepak var vores guide. Han er en meget sympatisk, sjov og hjælpsom ung mand, der hele turen havde god føling med, hvordan det gik undervejs. Vi havde mange gode snakke om hvordan livet er i Nepal, for tidligere generationer op til i dag.
Det var en fantastisk oplevelse.
Tak for det :-)

Brigitte Utzon
Brigitte Utzon,

Atemberaubend und immer wieder schn

Everest view Trek mit schnen Aussichten und einem Guide, der auf alles achtet. Ich crate immer wieder in Nepal , nur habe ich mich in solche Hhen noch nie getraut. Es braucht schon etwas Vorbereitung , denn man muss fit sein fr thus ein Vorhaben. Schon allein der Flug nach Lukla ist ein Abenteuer fr sich . Man sieht Berge und Menschen , die mit wenigen Worten nicht zu beschreiben sind . Mit Suman act ich auf einen wunderschnen Weg unterwegs .Jedes mal, wenn er merkte, dass ich an meine Grenzen gekommen box, wurde erst mal eine kleine Rast eingelegt, in view of that dass ich mich immer wohl und gut aufgehoben gefhlt habe. So konnte ich den ganzen Weg geniessen. Vor allem suit ich sehr fasziniert, wie die Menschen da oben leben und wie herzlich sie doch sind. Der Weg alleine, ist mit all seinen Aussichten und seiner Geschichte , diese Reise wert. Noch einmal vielen Dank fr die liebe Beratung und einen Freund, der mir immer zur Seite gestanden hat.


Solo travelers welcome!

I went to Nepal on a 9-day trek in the Langtang region a couple years ago. I was traveling on my own so I really appreciated to be with a trustworthy and friendly guide Sujan. I would definitely recommend his agency and would like to go back myself!


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