15 days days Short Nar Phu Valley Trek

Name Short Nar Phu Valley Trek/ Nar Phu Valley Trek without Kang-La pass
Transportation options Private vehicle/Local Transportation
Maximum Altitude Phu Gaon ( 4580m)
Best Season March-May & September-November
Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu , Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during Trekking
Accommodation Hotels in Kathmandu Tea Houses in Trekking
Trekking hours Approximately 6-7hr a day
Protected Area Annapurna Conservation Area
Major Attractions Chulu East ( 6584m)/ Pisang peak(6091m). More importantly culture and tradition of people around Nar and Phu village.

Short Nar Phu valley trek can be a great choice for trekker to explore remote Nar Phu valley of Annapurna trekking within limited time and budget. This easy and short itinerary skips the Kang-La pass (4530m)and instead provides maximum time frame to explore the villages. The short Nar phu valley trek can be great substitute to Upper Mustang trek to enjoy the Trans-Himalaya landscape along with unique culture and lifestyle of the Himalaya people.

Upon driving to Besisahar, trekker walks few days in the lower section of Annapurna round itinerary. The trail of short Nar Phu valley trek continues by the bank of Marshyangdi river and separates from Koto. Trekker generally walk between temperate forest of birch, juniper, and Himalayan pine till Meta. Small streams and waterfalls make the short Nar Phu valley trek pleasant and enjoyable. The landscape sharply changes from sub-alpine to Trans-Himalaya from Meta to Phu Gaon. The Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal, Pisang peak are some beautiful mountains trekker aprreciates in short Nar phu valley trek.

Upon Exploring Phu village, trek heads to another village of Nar crossing thorough numerous suspension bridges. The open steep grassland and small juniper bushes is home to Himalaya Tahr. Trekker continues passing by small mani walls and chortens to reach Nar village.

Beside trekking, the region is highly popular for rich culture and tradition of people in Nar and Phu village. Above all, language is another highlight of Nar Phu valley trek, spoken and understood only by the people of the region. Even though people seem to follow culture religion and tradition inspired by Tibetan, it is drastically different and unique. Obviously, people practice Buddhism. Interestingly, some historians and cultural experts spend number of days  exploring around Nar and Phu village to understand the lifestyle and tradition of the community. Beyond, agriculture and animal husbandry, people temporarily migrate to other regions for livelihood.

In contrast, short Nar Phu valley trek is not highly flexible in terms of reducing number of days. Except driving in jeep at lower region of Marshyangdi Valley. However, trekker who doesn’t want a go and return back itinerary, can attempt Nar Phu valley trek with Kang-La pass. A high-grade adventure in the region. The itinerary becomes more flexible upon joining Ngawal of Manang crossing Kang-La pass (4530m).

Equally important, short Nar Phu valley trek can be boon to amateur as well as an experienced trekker. Absoultely, to explore beautiful valley along with  unique culture, tradition, and religion of marginalized community of the region.

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 Exploration around Phu Gaon (4580m)
Day 9 Trek from Phu to Lower Chaykhu (3735)
Day 10 Trek from Lower Chyakhu to Nar Gaon (4110m)
Day 11 Exploration around Nar Gaon (4110m)
Day 12 Trek from Nar Gaon to Koto ( 2615m)
Day 13 Trek from Koto to Tal (1710m)
Day 14 Drive from Tal to Kathmandu ( 1300m)
Day 15 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 Nar phu 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.

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.

Generally, in this day trekker attempt to cross Kang-La pass and trek to Ngawal of Manang valley. Instead, we further explore mysterious Nar Gaon. Walking around the ridges of valley as a day hike, one can see beautiful Chulu East ,Pisang peak and Kanguru peak. One can summarize the Nar village and surrounding landscape from high ridges of the valley. Visiting and photographing numerous chortens and monastery around the Nar Gaon can be fun. More importantly, interacting with local people is great opportunity to understand their culture, religion and tradition. A trekker can easily spend extra couple of days exploring around the Nar Gaon.

We retrace down same path we took days before to reach Koto from Nar Gaon. While descending down, trekker can spot many temporary settlements around Upper Chyakhu and Upper Chyakhu. The landscape gradually changes before reaching Meta. From Meta we enjoy dense forest, small water streams and waterfalls while walking down stream along with Nar Phu Khola to reach Koto.

There is possibility to drive in jeep due to road access and skip this section of trekking. However, this trekking is utterly beautiful and we avoid jeep road for most of the trekking section. Walking in temperate region of famous Annapurna Round trekking, one can experience beautiful hilly landscape, beautiful waterfalls, terraced farms by the bank of Marshyangdi river. More importantly, Tal located in the flat bank of river is amazing. You can enjoy the last trekking dinner with your guide and porter as a tribute to their hard work for making your trekking successful.

From Tal, we drive to Kathmandu. We drive in bumpy and gravelled off-road following Marshyangdi river to reach Besisahar. From Besisahar, we ride on black-topped road to reach Kathmandu. The zig zag and winding path to Kathmandu in crossing numerous small and big gorges is interesting and thrilling.

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 with Bed and Breakfast.
  • Tea House Accommodation during Trekking.
  • 3 Meals in Trekking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
  • 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 Short Nar Phu Valley Trek

1. What is short Nar Phu valley Trek?
The trekking that branches from Timang from Annapurna round trekking takes you to the two famous Trans Himalaya village of Nar and Phu. Instead of trekking through Kang-La pass (4530m) to Manang valley, trekking retraces the same trekking path down to Koto. After optimal exploration of Nar and Phu village.

2. How can I go to Nar Phu valley Trek?
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 Trek ?
The trekking that starts from tropical region with dense forest, terraced crop fields through Marshyangdi valley to isolated Trans Himalaya villages. Trekker enjoy sub-alpine climatic zone around Meta. While Nar and phu village has Trans-Himalayan landscape.

4. Why Nar Phu valley trek is popular?
Nar Phu valley trekking is popular among the trekker to enjoy the Trans-Himalayan landscape in remote Annapurna trekking region. The culture, tradition, and religion of villages Nar and Phu attracts numerous trekker. Plus, skipping Kang-La pass trek becomes pretty easy.

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 trek?
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?
Not crossing Kang-La pass means yes, this trekking is suitable for amateur trekker as well. However, trekker need to follow strict guidelines set by trekking agency and trekking guide for successful completion.

8. How flexible is Nar Phu valley trek?
This particular short Nar Phu valley trekking is not highly flexible. Excepting reducing couple of days in lower trekking region by driving in jeep. However, crossing Kang-La pass, trekker can end the trek and descend to Marshyangdi valley. Or, can continue to famous Annapurna round trekking crossing Thorong-La pass.

9. What if I finish Nar Phu valley trek 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 but cannot be guaranteed.

10. What permits and documents do I need to trek to Nar Phu valley?
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 trek?
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. More importantly, the trek is not as luxurious as other section of Annapurna trekking region.

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 trek?
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 trek?
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 trek. 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.