Nar Phu Valley Kang La Pass Trekking

Trip Fact

  1. Trip Code:
    NVKPT
  2. Trip Price:
    from $980 USD
Group Price for This Trip
No. of people Price
1 - 1 US$ 1200
2 - 2 US$ 1050
3 - 3 US$ 1025
4 - 6 US$ 980

Duration: 16 Days

Trip Grade: Strenous

Best Season: Sep-Dec/March-April

Altitude Max: 5315m

Minimum Group Size: 2

Transportation: Public Vehicle

Accomodation: Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Tea House during the trekking

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek

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Trip Highlight

  • One of the untouched regions in Nepal
  • Explore the lifestyle of Mongolian Tibetan culture and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Cross the passes at Kang la (5,200m) and Thorong la (5,416m).
  • Eternal culture and amazingly beautiful nature.
  • It is surrounded by massive mountain ranges like Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna.
  • Trek on the Tibetan plateau that extends into Nepal.
  • Mysterious valleys with alpine forests, rugged landscapes, deep and narrow river gorges, diverse flora and fauna
  • Hike to Muktinath, camp in Buddhist monasteries.

At a glance

Overview of Nar Phu Valley Trek - 16 Days

Nar Phu Valley Trek is located in restricted areas of Nepal which are rich in cultural and natural beauty. Nar Phu Valley Trek has been open to foreigners since 2003 with special permits and criteria. However, trekkers must join with a legal trekking company to get a Nar Phu Valley trekking permit. As well, trekkers must take a government-licensed trekking guide. Green Valley Nepal Treks is an eligible trekking company in Nepal who can arrange Nar Phu Valley trekking permits and license-holder trekking guides.

Nar Phu Valley is one of the most untouched and beautiful regions in Nepal.

Nar Phu Valley Trek is one of the best destinations in the Nepal Himalayas for those seeking a glimpse into a region of raw beauty and Tibetan culture. The Nar Phu Valley is inhabited by Tibetan refugees, where you can get a real experience of the Tibetan people and culture. Besides its cultural importance, Narphu valley is also famous for its stunning glimpses of beautiful mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho peak, and Lamjung Himal.

We start the Nar Phu Trek from Dharapani after driving from Kathmandu. From Dharapani to Koto, we follow the route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. During the Nar Phu Valley trek, we cross several high passes, picturesque villages, ancient monasteries, and narrow canyons to reach remote Nar and Phu villages near Tibet. After visiting the Nar Phu Valley, you will be rejoining the Annapurna Circuit trails in Manang Village. We continue our trek ahead to Throng-La Pass (5416m), passing through Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi.

After crossing one of the highest passes (Thorong La Pass), you will reach Muktinath. Muktinath is a common pilgrimage site for Hindu and Buddhist people. From Muktinath, we take a shared Jeep to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara. Our trek ends in Pokhara because most of the trekkers want to spend a few extra days in Pokhara after the trek. But on request, we can arrange the trip to Kathmandu from Pokhara as well.

Kang la (5,200m) and Thorong la (5,416m) passes are the highest points of the Nar Phu Valley trek.

Green Valley Nepal Treks offers tea house treks around Nar Phu Valley using local home stays and tea houses, including simple Nepali cuisine.
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Nar Phu Valley Trek Cost for 2022 and 2023

No. of Pax Starting Price Send Inquiry
1 Pax USD 1200 Send Inquiry
2 Pax USD 1050 Send Inquiry
3 Pax USD 1025 Send Inquiry
4 to 6 Pax USD 990 Send Inquiry

Accommodation on the Nar Phu Valley Trek

During the Nar Phu Valley Trek, we will be staying at teahouses and homestays. In the first few days and last few days of the trek you could get a comfortable room with an attached bath, but after crossing Meta till Ngawal village, there will be basic tea houses or homestays. We recommend you bring a good quality sleeping bag with a liner.


Meals during the Nar Phu Valley Trek

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek.
As you are going to a remote and less touristic area of Nepal, there will be a limited choice of food. A staple food of the Nar Phu region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. You could also get rice and vegetable items during the Nar Phu Valley Trek.


The equipment list for the Nar Phu Valley Trek

The most important pieces of equipment for the Nar Phu Valley Trek are a down jacket, a sleeping bag, trekking poles, sunglasses, sun cream, cold cream, hand gloves, warm and normal cotton clothing, and trekking boots. For details of the packing list, please see our common recommended packing list for Nepal trekking.


The best season and time to visit Nar Phu Valley

The spring season (March, April, and May) and the autumn season (September, October, and November) are the best seasons and times to do a Nar Phu Valley Trek.
With proper gear and planning, you could do the Nar Phu Valley Trek during the summer season (June, July, and August). But we dont recommend doing the Nar Phu Valley trek during the winter season because of the heavy snow there.


The Nar Phu Valley Trek is the best choice for 2022 and 2023 in the Annapurna region for those seeking an adventure trip with the pureness of nature, cultural and untouched by modernization.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters).

Day 2 :Nar Phu Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of the trek

Day 3 :Take a drive to Besisahar by public bus and take a local jeep to Dharapani.

Day 4 :Dharapani to Koto (2600 m).

Day 5 :Koto to Meta (3560m).

Day 6 :Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4050meters)

Day 7 :Excursion around Phu Village and Monastery.

Day 8 :Trek from Phu to Nar Village (4150meters)

Day 9 :Explore Nar Village.

Day 10 :Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass -Ngawal (3675 meters).

Day 11 :Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3550 meters).

Day 12 :Explore around Manang.

Day 13 :Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m).

Day 14 :Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4925m).

Day 15 :High Camp to Jomsom via Thorong La Pass (5416m) and Muktinath (3760m)

Day 16 :Take a flight to Pokhara.

Cost Include

  • Pickup from Kathmandu international airport as per your arrival time and date.
  • 2 nights' standard twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served throughout the Nar Phu Valley.
  • 13 nights of tea house accommodation during the Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • One government-licensed holder experienced trekking guide
  • Food, lodging, a salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for the guide
  • Permits for trekking in Annapurna Conversation
  • Nar Phu Valley special (restricted) permit
  • Public transportation to Dharapani (trek start point) from Kathmandu
  • Public transportation to Jomsom from Muktinath (Day 15th)
  • Flight ticket to Pokhara from Jomsom.
  • Pickup by private vehicle from Pokhara airport & transfer to the hotel
  • 1-night standard accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Government levies and our service fees
  • One map of the Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket (you could return after the trip).
  • If necessary, Green Valley Nepal Treks provides a waterproof duffle bag.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu before your departure
  • Green Valley Nepal Treks t-shirt
  • An Achievement certificate if needed.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal visa fee, international flight ticket, and Nepal travel insurance
  • During the Nar Phu Valley Trek, all personal expenses such as wifi or data plan, all types of drinks, hot showers, battery charging, extra meals, donations, and so on.
  • Tips for guides and porters

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 :Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 meters).A GVNT Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office to find out the details of the trek. A welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Accommodation: Standard hotel in Thamel
Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2 :Nar Phu Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of the trekThe Nar Phu Trek restricted area permit requires your original passport along with the visa for Nepal. After the introduction to the trek guide, you will be briefed about the trip.
Accommodation: Standard hotel in Thamel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 :Take a drive to Besisahar by public bus and take a local jeep to Dharapani.After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to the Kathmandu bus station to catch the public bus to Besishar. The drive from Kathmandu to Besishar passes through rolling hills that make up most of the hilly terrain of the country. Winding roads along green hills make the drive scenic and interesting. Once we reach Besishar, we take a public Jeep to drive to Dharapani. Overnight, we stay in Dharapani.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Driving time: 8 to 9 hours (approximately)

Day 4 :Dharapani to Koto (2600 m).We start our trek in the morning through the pine and fir forests and hilly terrain. a bit of a difficult trek for today. The whitewashed monastery, the magnificent Himalayas of Annapurna II, Manasalu, Lamjung Himal, and Himalchuli that have guarded the region since time immemorial, and the unique lifestyles of Timang, Danaque, and Latamanang will keep us entertained.The day's uphill climb and descent will take about 5-6 hours.After an effortful journey, we shall arrive at Koto. Overnight in Koto.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours.

Day 5 :Koto to Meta (3560m).The alpine vegetation, pine and rhododendron forests that will accompany us today will also be present.We shall traverse along the Naar river on our way to Meta. From Koto, we leave the trails of the classic Annapurna Circuit. Through several suspension and wooden bridges, waterfalls, forests and steep ascents, we reach the Meta village, past the village of Dharmashala, through the trail carved into the narrow and steep-sided walls of the Naar river. The slowly changing landscape and views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal will keep us energized on the trek. Overnight in Meta.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 6 :Trek from Meta to Phu Village (4050meters) The walk to Phu Village passes through desert-like areas and the small villages of Chyakhu and Kyang. These villages are an alternate settlement for their inhabitants. The trail then slowly ascends and descends to reach Phu Village, where views of the Annapurna massif form the backdrop. Overnight stay at a tea house.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 7 :Excursion around Phu Village and Monastery.We explore the Phu Village and visit the Tashi Gompa today. This day is set for acclimatization as we are gradually gaining altitude, and it also serves as a rest after the strenuous walks of the last two days.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 8 :Trek from Phu to Nar Village (4150meters) The walk to Nar Village takes the trail back through the valley. After passing Chaku, the trail continues for a few hours before we reach the Nar Phedi. We cross the Phu Khola and start ascending for a couple of hours to reach Nar village at an altitude of 4150m.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 5 to 6 hours

Day 9 :Explore Nar Village.We explore the Nar Village and its four nearby monasteries today. It’s a rest day as well before we climb to the Kang La Pass.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 10 :Trek from Nar to Kang La Pass -Ngawal (3675 meters).Our walk starts early today, as it’s a long walk to Ngawal. We ascend to the Kang La pass, where the giant Annapurna massif forms a scenic beauty. We then take the trail down to Ngawal. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 8 to 9 hours

Day 11 :Trek from Ngawal to Manang (3550 meters).From Ngawal, we walk along the easy and flat descent to pass through Braga Village, a beautiful settlement. Views from here include Annapurna II, III, and IV, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak. The monastery at Braga is a splendid one. A short, strenuous climb takes us to the large village of Manang, where we set camp for the night.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 4 to 5 hours

Day 12 :Explore around Manang.This day is set for the exploration of the beautiful Manang village, the largest settlement in the valley and its periphery. Among the many options, the Ice Lake (4600m) is a six-hour hike with wonderful mountain views and a beautiful ice lake, and Praken Gompa is a short walk with great views of Annapurna where you get blessings from a Lama. The Gangapurna glacier, Khangsar village, and Milerepa cave could be other enjoyable expeditions.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 13 :Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m).We ascend the beautiful Manang towards the village of Yak Kharka, named after the summer pastures for yaks. Crossing the rivulet, we continue to traverse away from the Marshyangdi valley northward, where we shall pass the village of Tengi, the oldest village in Manang. The pastures, juniper trees, and beautiful landscaped tea houses are seen along our trek in the Jarsang Khoa valley. The trail has in display the ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow. The wooden bridge along the way is a new experience for the trekkers. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 4 to 5 hours

Day 14 :Yak Kharka to Thorong High Camp (4925m).Today’s trek has some ascent and descent in higher altitudes. After a couple of hours’ climbs, we descend to cross a stream and again have an uphill climb towards the Thorong High Camp. We pass through Thorong Phedi, a small village that has been busy serving the trekkers and climbers, many of whom use this as the base camp before their ascent to the Thorong La pass. In between, we encountered some steep ascents as well. Overnight at Thorong High Camp.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 4 to 5 hours

Day 15 :High Camp to Jomsom via Thorong La Pass (5416m) and Muktinath (3760m) We have some seriously beautiful but demanding days where we cross the difficult yet exciting Thorong La pass. An early morning start to this section of the trek will help us complete our trek more comfortably. The strenuous climb and ascent to the pass through the bumpy and rocky path is worth the breathtaking vista we witness from the summit. We then descend on the other side of the pass to Muktinath, a pilgrimage that hosts both the Hindu temple and a monastery nearby. After a short rest in Muktinath, we take a public Jeep to Jomsom for overnight.
Accommodation: Tea Houses
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Trekking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 16 :Take a flight to Pokhara.The demanding yet worthwhile adventure trek comes to an end. In normal conditions, we take a flight to the scenic city of Pokhara. However, if there is no flight due to bad weather or other reasons, we take a local bus to Pokhara, which is no less comfortable for you. Overnight in Pokhara.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pokhara (Lakeside)
Meals: Breakfast

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