19 days Nar Phu Valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass

Name Nar Phu Valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass/ Nar Phu Trekking with Kang-La
Transportation options Flight/Private vehicle/Tourist Bus/Local Transportation as per requirement & budget
Maximum Altitude Thorong –La pass(5416m)
Best Season February-May and September-December
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara Breakfast Lunch & Dinner during trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara Teahouses plus Camping in Trekking
Trekking hours Approximately 6-7hr a day
Protected Area Annapurna Conservation Area
Major Attractions Annapurna I(8091m) Annapurna II (7937m)Annapurna III (7555m) Machhapuchre/Fishtail (6993m) Manaslu(8156m) Dhaulagiri(8167m) Nilgiri(7061m) Lamjung(6983m)

Nar Phu Valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass is an exceptional idea of trekking in Nepal. It is great opportunity to trek on remote Nar Phu valley and famous Annapurna Round Trekking at the single schedule. Nar and Phu two different Trans Himalaya villages is gaining huge attraction from trekkers these days. Trekkers can experience rare (different than Tibetan and Upper Mustang) language, culture and tradition of Nar Phu. Including a brief history of  Khampa refugees.

The itinerary Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass starts in similar fashion to Annapurna round driving to Beisahar. The casual and easy trekking starts by the bank of Marshyangdi river and diverges off from round Annapurna trekking trail at Koto. The trekker walks in between dense upper temperate forest with sparse habitat before greeted with the Trans-Himalaya landscape.

After exploring Nar and Phu villages, the Nar Phu valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass rejoins at Ngawal of Manang valley through demanding Kang-La pass(5306m). Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi have the alpine and snowline climatic zone. The trekking continues to thrilling Thorong-La pass(5416m) Trekker finally descends to Jomsom in Kaligandaki valley where one gets an opportunity to see another popular Trans-Himalaya section of Annapurna.

Moreover, the language that people of Nar Phu valley speak is one of the rarest languages in the world. Although they follow Buddhism and are influenced with Tibetan culture it is different than that of Manang and Mustang. Seasonal migration for work and few tourism activities are the main source of livelihood. People also depend on seasonal cultivation and animal farming around Nar Phu valley. In contradict, the people of Manang valley have a better life and access to luxury compare to Nar Phu valley. During Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass, besides natural aspects, trekker can experience rich cultural side.

Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass is highly flexible since it combines three different trekking valleys. Kang-La and Thorong-La pass demands strong physicality and mentality of trekkers. However, trekkers also have an option to trek only Nar and  Phu village and return without trekking to Kang-La pass. In addition, trekkers can trek to Kang-La pass and return from Manang without attempting Thorong-La pass depending upon the level of adventure they want.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje(1410m)
Day 4 Trek from Chamje to Dharapani(1950m)
Day 5 Trek from Dharapani to Koto(2615m)
Day 6 Trek from Koto to Meta(3560m)
Day 7 Trek from Meta to Phu Gaon(3520m)
Day 8 Acclimatization in Phu Gaon(4580m)
Day 9 Trek from Phu to Lower Chaykhu(3735)
Day 10 Trek from Lower Chyakhu to Nar Gaon(4110m)
Day 11 Trek from Nar Gaon to Ngawal(3660m) through Kang-La pass(5320m)
Day 12 Trek from Ngawal to Manang(3350m)
Day 13 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka(4210m)
Day 14 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong phedi(4640m)
Day 15 Trek from Thorong phedi to Muktinath(3800m) Via Thorong –La pass(5416m)
Day 16 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom(2700m)
Day 17 Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara(850m)
Day 18 Drive/fly to Kathmandu from Pokhara
Day 19 International Departure

Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general trekkers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.

Detailed Day to Day Itinerary

We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. We will give you short briefing on our final agreed program. And if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we will give information about restaurant, ATM, money exchanges and other useful information until we meet for next day.

There are various major cultural historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists. Most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your trekking guide so you can know each other and talk about your trekking itineraries

After your breakfast, we drive to Westside of Nepal on zigzag hilly road by the bank of Trishuli and head north following Marshyangdi river to reach Besisahar from Dumre.It takes 6 hr drive to reach Besisahar a well developed town from where most of the economic and administration works are handled. The ancient trekking used to start from Besisahar but due to road access most of the trekkers drive on jeep to escape trekking on dusty road and save some more trekking days. Dense tropical forest, numerous waterfalls, terraced paddy fields and towering hills make the driving fun and thrill.

We will steep climb for an hour and cross suspension bridge to reach Tal a settlement by the bank of Marshyangdi River where we can see fraction of Tibetan culture and tradition inspired from Manang valley. The trekking is fairly easy and gentle from Tal to Dharapani. The trekking continues by the bank of river with numerous waterfalls seen on the way with beautiful rock canyons. We trek about three and half hours to reach Dharapani an intersection for Manaslu and Annapurna trekking.

From Dharapani vegetations are mostly accompanied by Lower Temperate forest of chir pine ,maples,broken by few sub alpine trees. The trekking path from Bagarchhap to Danaque is flat and easy then we abandon jeep road to climb a steep up accompanied by rhododendron forest to reach a beautiful place Timang. Rocky cliffs adjacent to peaks and mountains really start to appear beautiful on horizon as you trek in pine forest. Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV (7525m) are o your sight. After one and half hour walk from Timang you reach Koto;gateway to Narphu valley.

Leaving behind the busy Annapurna round trekking path we head North following the deep gorge of Narphu Khola. The trekking continues with small ups and downs along the river canyon with beautiful waterfall seen around the thick pine forest till we reach Dharmashala(3210m).The path is steep climb from Dharmashala to reach Meta which takes about one and half hour. Thick towering pine forest disappear as we reach Meta offering the beautiful view of AnnapurnaII, Lamjung Himal, KangGuru and Pisang peak.

We continue our trekking through small juniper bushes which allows us to enjoy magnificent Trans Himalaya landscapes where chance of spotting blue sheep is really high. After passing numerous abandon settlements and temporary houses it takes about four hour to reach Kyang. Kyang used to be a settlement for Khampa refugees during Khampa revolution in Tibet. Trekking on rocky and narrow canyons for more 3 hours you can see amazing and mysterious Phu Village on other side after crossing Phu Khola.

Acclimatization is necessary to adjust your body and mind with the change of altitude, environment ,humidity and temperature for the success of trekking but apart from acclimatizing for Kang-La pass ahead ,Phu is an ideal place to take a break to explore hidden culture and tradition. Needless to say the community practices Buddhism with high value. The livelihood of people greatly depends upon unproductive agriculture, animal husbandry and traditional migration during winter for seasonal works on lower belt. Even tourism has not greatly contributed on cash inflow around this region. After short walk around the village we climb half an hour on the ridge of village to explore one of the renowned monastery Tashi Lhakhang Gompa .The landscape and surrounding peaks appear much brighter with Phu village seen at bottom more beautiful than ever you had seen before.

We retrace same path from Phu village to lower Chyakhu. Crossing numerous suspension bridge and trekking along the rocky canyon we reach Kyang which takes around 4hr. From Kyang we trek to Lower Chyakhu the winter settlement which lies on the foothill of towering cliffs.

From Lower Chyakhu trekking is about 2 hr to reach Nar Phedi. After steep short climb and crossing a suspension bridge we can see beautiful gorge of Phu Khola. Trekking about two hour from Nar Phedi we reach a flat meadow with numerous chortens and manis from where beautiful Pisang peak is seen ahead of us. Shortwhile, beautiful Nar valley is seen with village on the top of terraced crop fields which look as much as similar to Phu village but much more beautiful and lively.

The trekking day starts early in the morning with freezing temperature.The idea to make this day longer is to skip the cost of camping at Kang-La phedi. The climb is really hard and requires lot of energy to reach the top of Kang-La (5320m) pass.But when you reach the top you can see beautiful peaks and mountains all around you.It pays back all your hard work. It requires three hour descend to reach the Ngawal village.The environment becomes friendly with open meadows and sub-alpine trees mainly juniper and pines.As well the trekking path joins to one of the busiest trekking region of Nepal, the Annapurna Round trekking.

Trekking from Ngawal to Manang is very pleasant and easy. You have plenty of time to enjoy the true Himalayan ranges and glacial landscape of Nepal. The trekking continues for 2 and half hour in green meadows and sparse pine forest to reach Braga where you visit in ancient monastery. An hour easy trek from Braga to reach Manang. To amplify your acclimatization status and prepare for Throng-La pass it is highly recommended to trek around the ridges of Manang village where you can see nice glacial lake of Gangapurna peak. Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m ) to the South ,Tilicho (7,132 m) , Chulu West (6,583 m), Chulu East (6,059 m) to the North makes a hike spectacular.

Yak Kaharka literally is a pasture land for the cattle. It will take around 4 hr to reach Yak Kharka from Manang with short and steep climb .You will climb gradually northward leaving the Marshyangdi Valley behind. The trekking continues in meadows accompanied by the small juniper bushes offering you the magnificent landscape along with AnnapurnaII, AnnapurnaIII, AnnapurnaIV and Gangapurna .Upon reaching Yak Kharka you may take short hike above the ridges to amplify the acclimatization.

You climb gradually up towards the head of Valley to reach the Thorang Phedi which takes around 4 hr walk from Yak Kharka. After crossing the suspension bridge, the winding narrow path continues with the Thorong Khola deep in Thorang Valley. The landscape becomes much more hostile and fragile with steep slopes which have been eaten by ancient glacier and vulnerable to landslides. Throrang phedi welcomes you with chorten ,you may relax on your own or can hike up to high camp.

We start early morning since you will have long and relatively hard day. Most importantly, the weather could dramatically change in high altitude. One hour climb from Thorang phedi leads you to High Camp (4830m), where you can take a short tea break to warm yourself. The path seems easy and gentle but the altitude makes the trekking slower and tiring. After 2 hr walk from High camp, the prayer flags could be seen at Thorong-La pass (5416m)which offers the magnificent view of Thorong peak,Yakwakang peak,chulu west. After congratulating and picture session we trek down about 4 hr to reach Muktinath enjoying the vast Kaligandaki valley.

Muktinath is holy site equally important to Hindu and Buddhist piligrims.It is worthy to visit the Muktinath temple in the morning before descending Jomsom.You can see lot of Hindu and Buddhist people taking bath in icy cold water. You can see massive Mount Dhaulagiri(8167m) and Nilgiri ranges wide,barren,dusty and windy Kaligandaki valley. While trekking down you can notice the fraction of Trans Himalaya zone. The region is primarily inhabitant of Thakali people. Jomsom and Marpha is the landmark for apple production as well Jomsom is government administrative hub of the region.You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.

In the morning after taking breakfast you will take a short flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara you can relax on your own walking around lake side or can ask your guide to arrange short sightseeing trip around Pokhara.

From Pokhara either you can take a short flight or take a private transportation to Kathmandu accordingly to the agreement we made before the start of trek.

Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.

what's included?

  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House plus Camping Accommodation during Trekking.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
  • All the necessary trekking staffs and porters for the trekking including 1 English speaking guide.
  • All the paper works and documents required for the trekking including all the permits.
  • Sleeping Bag.
  • Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during trekking.
  • First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
  • All local taxes and fares.

What's not included?

  • International Flight Fare.
  • Visa fees.
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
  • Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
  • Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
  • Tip to trekking staffs.
  • All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nar Phu Valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass

1. What is Nar Phu valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass?
The trekking that branches from Timang from Annapurna round trekking takes you to the two famous Trans Himalaya village of Nar and Phu. The trekking rejoins to Ngawal through Kang-La pass(4530m) and continue to Kaligandaki valley through Thorong-La pass(5416m).

2. How can I go to Nar Phu valley Trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass?
You drive to Besisahar on asphalt road and continue to drive on gravel road to Chamje from Kathmandu and start trekking the next day.

3. What is the landscape features of Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass in general ?
The trekking that starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields through Marshyangdi valley to isolated Trans Himalaya villages. Upon crossing difficult Kang-La pass(4530m) the trekking joins beautiful Annapurna round trekking that leads to wide Kali Gandaki valley through famous Thorong-La pass(5416m)

4. Why Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass is less popular?
Narphu valley trekking is extremely popular among the trekkers.But continuing Kang-La pass and Thorong-La pass is not popular due to high difficulty level. However lack of luxury tea houses on Narphu valley is the major drawback of this itinerary.

5. What kind of weather and temperature can I expect during trekking?
The weather and temperature is highly unpredictable on mountain. But generally during March April May (spring) and September October November (autumn) you can expect clear and warm day while evening will be cloudy and cold. The temperature is freezing in morning and evening in upper trekking region while lower region has tolerable cold.

6. What equipments do I need to trek to Nar Phu valley with Kang-La and Throng-La pass ?
Good pair of trekking boots, thermal wear, fleece jacket, Down jacket, light weight wind cheater, trekking pants and shorts, long sleeve and short sleeves T-shirts, rug sack or duffle bag, personal day bag, gloves, enough pair of socks, sunglasses, headlight, woolen beanie caps, water bottle, personal toiletries , gadgets and books depending on number of days .

7. I am amateur trekker in Nepal, is this trekking suitable for me?
We genuinely do not recommend this trekking itinerary for amateur trekkers until they have some experience of trekking on other trekking regions of Nepal. However, we can design special straight and short itinerary of Narphu valley trekking for amateur trekkers.

8. How flexible is Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass itinerary?
Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass is highly flexible since it combines three different trekking valleys. Kang-La and Thorong-La pass demands strong physicality and mentality of trekkers. However, trekkers also have an option to trek only Nar and Phu village and return without trekking to Kang-La pass. In addition, trekkers can trek to Kang-La pass and return without attempting Thorong-La pass depending upon the level of adventure they want.

9. What if I finish Nar Phu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass before schedule date?
We strongly advise you to follow the agreed final itinerary since we do not refund the trekking money, but somehow if you finish earlier we will always try our best to adjust the reservation of your accommodation and flight but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Nar Phu valley with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass?
Special permit for NarPhu valley issued by Department of Immigration, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card is required to trek on this region.

11. What kind of food and Room can I expect during Nar Phu valley with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass trekking?
Generally the food is fresh, tasty and can choose wide range of dishes from menu cooked by moderately professional cooks .Due to remoteness of Nar and Phu villages you might not get desired food menu option. You will get comfortable and clean common twin bed room throughout trekking.However, upper trekking region has countable tea houses and is extremely busy so sometime it is really difficult to get good rooms.

12. What about drinking water during trekking?
Plastic water bottle are available in tea houses but it is highly recommended to avoid plastic bottles and use boil water instead. As well you may buy high grade water purification tablets on your home country or in Nepal.

13. What can I expect from Nepali staff?
Guide speaks good English so there will be no any problem for communication while porter might or might not speak English but you can always speak with your guide to know more about the porter. Nepalese trekking guide are friendly and responsible with good sense of humor so you can open up for any conversation you like.

14. Do I need to buy Medical and evacuation Insurance?
Yes this is mandatory. You can purchase the insurance policy on your home country or we can assist you to buy the policy in Nepal.

15. Do I need special vaccination or Medical assessment before starting Nar Phu valley trekking?
Generally any kind of vaccination is not required. But,if you have long term health problem and under regular surveillance of your doctor it is recommended to consult your doctor. Though we provide basic medicines to our Nepalese staff but for you we advise to bring the general medicine from your own country.

16. Is there risk of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS)?
Yes there is always risk of Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) especially for amateur trekkers. Furthermore, if you choose random trekking itineraries and do not follow the standard itinerary but we always provide you the best and safe itineraries to avoid this deadly situation.

17. What should I do if I get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)?
We are always concerned with your safety. We suggest talking with your guide ASAP and descend to safe altitude. And if the situation doesn’t get any better we evacuate you immediately with helicopter. Hence,take you for further medical examination in designated hospitals and clinics.

18. What is the price of Nar Phu valley with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass Trekking?
We have provided you various options on our website homepage to know approximate price regarding the trekking in Nepal; however there is always room to reach final agreement through private emails if there is any. And we assure you there will be no any extra cost once we reach the agreement.

You are always welcome to send us private messages for the information that you could not find in this section regarding NarPhu valley trekking with Kang-La and Thorong-La pass. We will always provide the accurate information within 12 hours upon receiving your messages.


Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.