Nar Phu valley trek


In autumn 2002 the Nar and Phu valley, spectacular regions of ethnically Tibetan inhabitants, were opened for trekking. This region was first explored by Tilman in the 1950s. Climbing expeditions have been visiting the region since the 1950s to attempt the nearly 7,000 m Mt Kanguru, whose imposing western flanks dominate the approaches to the two valleys, but very few trekkers have explored these virtually untouched villages . Nar Phu valleys are reached by following the Annapurna Circuit as far as Koto and then heading north through a narrow gorge, alongside a thundering river and into the high, arid valleys that Bhotia people have inhabited for many centuries. On our way to Phu we pass through the semi-permanent winter settlements of Meta, Chako and Kayang.
From Naar we cross back into Manang valley across Kang La. This trek also offers fantastic views of the Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri range and Tilicho peak.

>GRADE :Moderate / Strenuous.(grade explanation)

>SEASON : september / mid-december and march to may

>MODE OF TREKKING : Camping / tea house in the Nar Phu valley and during the rest of the trek on the Annapurna circuit.

>MAX.ELEVATION : 5416m (Thorung pass)


-Sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara.

-Ascending Marshyangdi River valley.

-Visiting the remote Naar Phu valley.

-Crossing the Thorung- La over 5416 meters.

-The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath.

-Walking through the worlds deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley.


D-1: arrival in Kathmandu and transfert to hotel.

D-2: visit of Kathmandu: Durbar Square and its bazar, temples, Royal Palace, the goddess Kumaris home.
Afternoon: visit of the Buddhist Stupa of Swayambunath, one of the oldest religious sites of Nepal, worshipped by both Buddhists and Hindus.
Visit of Pashupatinath, the Benares of Nepal, dedicated to the God Shiva on the Bagmati River and visit of Bouddhanath and its famous Stupa, one of the biggest in southern Asia.

D-3: KTM-BesiSahar by bus: 7h
Departure early in the morning, arrival in the afternoon.

D-4: BesiSahar-Ngadi (914 m): 5h
The route follows the bank of the Marsyangdi valley by a wide path surrounded by cultivated fields

D-5: Ngadi-Jagat (1341 m): 5h
We continue along the Marsyangdi valley: many Gurung villages.

D-6: Jagat-Dharapani (1943 m): 6h
The route descends to the river, we pass on the other side and the path leads us to the plateau of Tal. Dharapani is a little bit further in the valley.
D-7: Dharapani-Koto (2713 m): 5h
We walk through rhododendron and pine forests, during the day we have nice views (Manaslu Himal, Annapurna2).

D-8: Koto Darmasala ( 3230m): 5h
From Koto we leave the trail to Manang and we take a path through meadows and pastures. O/N in camp.

D-9: Darmasala Kyang ( 3560m) : 6h
We climb to the Methang pastures where there is a nice view of Kang Guru, we pass Junan and Chaku and a steep ascent leads us to Kyang, an abandoned village. O/N in camp

D-10 : Kyang Phu ( 3980m) : 5h : we descend to the riverbed and we follow it until we start to climb upward the village of Phu. Phu consists of about 30 houses. O/N in camp

D-11: Rest day in Phu : we have a rest this day , we can explore a little further up in the valley.

D-12: Phu Naar Camp site ( 3550m): 6h
We go back down the valley , after crossing the Phu River at Naar Phedi we climb to a grassy place, ideal for the campsite. O/N in camp.

D-13: Naar Camp site Kang La Phedi (4530m) : 5h
We star our day by climbing to Naar where we can have lunch, then we continue along the moraine of Temdenzon Khola. We camp just below the Kang La. O/N in camp.

D-14: Kang La Phedi Ngawang by Kang La pass ( 5280m): 7h
The ascent is steep until we reach the pass at almost 5300 meters, great views of the Annapurna Himal. The descent from the top is steep until we reach a grassy path that leads to Ngawal where there are lodges. O/N in guest house or camp.

D-15: Ngawang Manang ( 3530m): 4 h
Today we reach the main trail to Manang on the classical Annapurna round trekking. The valley is broad and climbs gently to the village of manang through meadows and pastures.

D-16: Manang-Yak kharka (4176 m): 3 to 4h
Short day : we follow moraines and meadows.

D-17: Yak Kharka-Thorung Phedi (4420 m): 4/5h
The route continues on the mountain flank through yak pastures and moraines.

D-18: Thorung pass (5416 m) Muktinath (3800 m): 7h
We start early in the morning. The way to the pass is not technically difficult, we follow a serie of moraines, the main problem is the altitude. From the top fantastic 360 panorama: Annapurnas Himal, Dhaulagiri, Thorung peak, Mustang
We descend on moraines, the final phase is steeper, in Muktinath the colorless rock and sand landscapes looks much like Tibet.
Muktinath is a holy place with small temples.

D-19: Muktinath-Jomson (2800 m): 5h
This day we reach the village of Jomson. Landscapes look like Mustang. Jomson is the door gate of Mustang.

D-20: Early morning flight to Pokhara ( 30 min) : the views from the flight are magnificent : Dhaulagiri , Nilgiri , Annapurna .

D-21: drive back to KTM (7h)

D-22: rest day in KTM

D-23: Transfert to airport and return.

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Our Price Includes

  1. - transfert airport hotel and return, transport by land or / and by air
  2. - nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast (2 stars hotel)
  3. - one day sighseeing in Kathmandu with a registered cultural guide.
  4. - all trekking permits and entry fees for the national parks.
  5. - full board accommodation on the tea house trek (except cold drinks like coke, beer and sweet like mars, snicker)
  6. - Tented accommodation and equipment during the camping trek. (We will provide two man tents, dinning tents, kitchen gear, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent.)
  7. - A government licensed English speaking Guide during the trek, a cook along with the required number of porters, their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and a general first aid kit.
  8. - Boiled and purify drinking water for the trek.
  9. - All our government taxes, tourist service charge, vat.
  10. - reconfirmation of the international flight.

Our Price Excludes

  1. - international flight, travel insurance taken in your country (accident /repatriation), lunch, diner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (about 6 to 10 euros/day/pers).
  2. - nepali visa with 2 passport size photos (40 $ or equivalent in foreign currency, passeport must be valid 6 months after your return)
  3. - tips for trekking staff.
  4. - your personal equipment (sleeping bag, jackets ).
  5. - your own medicine
  6. - expenses due to unforeseen situations (strike, flight cancelled)
  7. - entry fees for the cultural sites