Nar Phu Valley Trekking offers an extraordinary adventure in the Trans Himalaya, just behind the majestic north face of Mt. Annapurna. This short trek is a combination of cultural immersion, exhilarating adventure, and breathtaking scenery.
With its towering peaks, challenging passes, mesmerizing glaciers, remote ancient villages, winding rivers carving deep gorges, enchanting forests, unique rock formations, herds of yaks and wild goats, gompas (monasteries), and a medieval Tibetan culture passed down through generations, the Nar Phu Valley Trek is a truly unforgettable experience.
One of the highlights of the Nar Phu Valley Trek is encountering the rich Tibetan culture and its fascinating heritage. Colorful Tibetan chortens, ancient monasteries adorned with rock paintings, intricately carved prayer stones, and vast pasturelands across Dharmashala provide a glimpse into the cultural tapestry of the region.
As you continue your journey, you'll stumble upon the remnants of buildings that bear witness to the Khampa revolution of the 1960s, a testament to the region's tumultuous history.
Phu Village is a gateway to various side trips that allow you to explore the surrounding areas. You can visit the Tashi Khaling Gumba, the Himlung Himal Base Camp, situated at an impressive altitude of 4,920 meters, and the sacred site of the Damodar Kunda Trail.
If weather conditions permit, intrepid trekkers can embark on an adventurous journey from Phu to Nar village, traversing the Phu Pass (5,050m) and Nar Pass (5,400m). The trek then retraces its steps to the Meta village, where the Kangaru Himal Base Camp (4,500m) awaits, before ascending to the Kanga La Pass (5,320m) via Nar Phedi and Nar Village.
The trek to Nar Phu Valley begins from Koto village, veering away from the main trail of Nepal's renowned Annapurna Circuit. After crossing the Marsyangdi River at Koto, the trail follows the Nar Khola, where only a handful of trekkers can be spotted. As you make your way through the narrow paths and verdant forests, you'll catch frequent glimpses of the majestic mountains.
The pinnacle of the trek awaits at the Kang La Pass, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Chulu Range, Himlung Himal (7,176m), Kangaru Himal (6,981m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). After relishing in the stunning vistas, the Kang La Pass Trek concludes at Chame, rejoining the main trail of the Annapurna Circuit via Ngawal (3675m).
You can drive back to Besisahar and head towards your next destination. Alternatively, it is now possible to directly drive from Ngawal to Besisahar by Jeep, which takes approximately 10 hours.
Nar Phu Valley was officially opened for trekkers in 2003 and has since been developed with the concept of tea houses and homestays. However, due to its status as a restricted area, special trekking permits are required through registered trekking agencies.
The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an ideal option for those seeking to delve into Nepal's mountaineering history and immerse themselves in its vibrant culture without breaking the bank. This affordable nine-day tea house trek is perfect for travelers with limited time and budget.
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in Nepal during the best times of the year while avoiding crowds of tourists, Nar Phu Valley and Kang La Pass Trek are the perfect destinations for you.
Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights
- Discover the remote ancient villages of Nepal
- Enjoy the scenic ride from Kathmandu to Koto
- Immerse yourself in the derived Tibetan culture and lifestyle of local people
- Witness the breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Chulu Range, Himlung Himal (7,176m), Kangaru Himal (6,981m), and Lamjung Himal (6,983m)
- Explore the historical monasteries and gompas along the journey
Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost
The cost of the Nar Phu Valley Trek ranges from USD 1200 to USD 1400 per trekker. The price per individual keeps getting lower as you join a bigger group.
Cost Per Trekker
2 to 3 pax
4 to 5 pax
6 to 7 pax
8 to 10 pax
More than 10