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Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal

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Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal Overview


  • Trip Code: CT-10037
  • Package: Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal
  • Duration: 21 Day(s)
  • Max Alt.: 5,416m/ 17,764ft
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    Requires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
  • Group Size: Min. 2- Max. 12
  • Start At: Kathmandu
  • Ends At: Kathmandu
  • Transportation:

    Tourist Bus | Domestic Flight | Private Vehicle

  • Accommodation:

    Hotel | Guest House

  • Best Season: March- April- May- Aug- Sep- Oct- Nov
  • Trip Route: Besi Shahar-Chyamje -Dharapani-Koto- Meta- Phu Gaon- Nar- Kang La Pass - Manang- Thorung Phedi- Thorung La – Muktinath- Pokhara

Trip Highlights

  • Beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara
  • The Nar Phu valley
  • Beautiful views of the Himalayas in Annapurna region
  • Trek through high passes of Kangla pass and Thorong La pass
  • Visit Muktinath temple
  • Kagbeni Village
  • Hot spring at Tatopani
  • Deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you arrive in Kathmandu a day prior to your journey towards the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley in case you don't have a day tour of Kathmandu scheduled. You will have a day to rest, buy some travel essentials and equipment. It is also best to have some extra days in your travel schedule after the completion of the trek.

The Nar Phu Trek in Nepal gives the pleasure of experiencing the wilderness and isolated settlement in the restricted region of Nar Phu valley. This wild and rugged trek in Annapurna region of Nepal takes travelers through the exotic valley of Nar Phu with offers the flair of medieval Tibetan culture in its original and undisturbed form. The trail is filled with dramatic views of mountain peaks of Nepal mixed with alpine scenery. This trekking trail in Annapurna Region is fairly new and until some decades ago, this village of Nepal was hidden to many as the people from this village only had connections with few settlements from Tibet. This seldom traveled route of the Annapurna trekking trail is filled with high passes, remote villages, glaciers, narrow canyons, beautiful rock formations, and unique Himalayan cultures. Two famous high Himalayan passes, the Kangla Pass and the Thorong La pass, will be crossed during this trek in Nepal.

The other highlight of the trek in Nepal is the whole Annapurna Circuit in Nepal which is filled with all the elements that would make up for a perfect trekking experience. During this trek in Annapurna circuit, we'll be passing through the dry valley of upper Manang which is also home to isolated settlement of Tibetan-Buddhists, visit the Muktinath region, and the Kali Gandaki valley where world's deepest gorge lies. This trek in Nepal also gives the travelers a chance to encounter various mountain community and settlements of Gurung, Thakali, and Manangi people.

The Annapurna Circuit trek has been liked by many and is very popular among trekkers in the world since its opening in 1977. The trek begins from Besishahar and goes along the trails of Marshyangdi river accompanied by the amazing views of the Himalayan ranges. Some of the main mountain ranges of the Annapurna region are Mt. Dhulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Tilicho Peak (7,135m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Ganggapurna (7,454m), Chulu (6,584m), Fishtail (6,997m), Mardi Himal (5,553m), and Mount Manaslu ( 8,156m). Three of the mountain peaks among these are above the height of 8,000 meters. The trail goes through the north of the Himalayan range on towards the high and dry Tibetan Plateau. This trek even offers an amazing natural hot spring experience to travelers at a place called Tatopani.

The Nar Phu Valley trek is a restricted trekking in Nepal so a special permit through the government registered Nepal trekking agency and minimum of two people are required to get the Nar Phu trekking permit. Except during the winter, this trekking in Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley trek can be done throughout the year although the best times would be during Spring (Mar-June) and Autumn (Sept-Nov) season.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Altitude
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02 Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 03 Kathmandu to Besi Shahar 830m/ 2,723 ft (Besi Shahar)
Day 04 Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani 1,810m/ 5,936 ft (Dharapani)
Day 05 Dharapani to Koto 2,610m/ 8,563ft (Koto)
Day 06 Koto to Meta 3,560m/ 11,680 ft. (Meta)
Day 07 Meta to Phu Gaon 4,250m/ 13,944 ft. (Phu Gaon)
Day 08 Acclimatization at Phu Gaon
Day 09 Phu Gaon to Nar 4,110m/ 13,484 ft. (Nar)
Day 10 Acclimatization at Nar
Day 11 Nar to Ngawal via Kangla Pass 5,322 m/ 17,460 ft.(Kang La Pass) 3,660 m/ 12,008 ft. (Ngwal)
Day 12 Ngwal to Manang 3,540 m/ 11,614ft. (Manang)
Day 13 Manang to Yak Kharkha 4,090m/ 13,415ft (Yak Kharkha)
Day 14 Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi 4,441m/ 14,566ft (Thorang Phedi)
Day 15 Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La pass 5,416m/ 17,764ft (Throung La pass) 3,500 m/11,480ft (Muktinath)
Day 16 Muktinath to Kagbeni 2,530m/ 8,298 ft (Kagbeni)
Day 17 Kagbeni to Tatopani 1,991 m/ 6,530 ft. (Tatopani)
Day 18 Tatopani to Ghorepani 2,834m/ 9,295 ft. (Ghorepani)
Day 19 Ghorepani to Hille to Pokhara 3,210 m/ 10,528 ft. (Poon hill) 830 m/ 2,722ft (POkhara)
Day 20 Pokhara to Kathmandu 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 21 Departure

Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal Itinerary


Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu

 

A company representative from Core Treks will come to pick you up at the airport. After that we'll be taking you to your hotel. After taking some rest we'll meet you at our office or at your hotel and have a short briefing session regarding our travel. Feel free to ask any question you might have regarding the trek. If you want to explore the city we might as well walk around the street of Thamel and it's even possible to do some last minute shopping. There're no further activities for the day so you might as well check into the hotel.

 

 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Day 02

Briefing and Sightseeing on Kathmandu

 

We'll be talking more regarding our trip on this day. We'll need your original passport as travelers need a permit in order to make this travel in Nepal. After finishing that we'll be doing a bit of a sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. We'll be visiting two world heritage sites located at Kathmandu, namely Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Temple (also known as Monkey Temple). In the evening we'll be doing final preparation for our trek.

 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Meal Included: Breakfast
Day 03

Kathmandu to Besi Shahar

 

We start the day early with a long drive to the town of Besi-Shahar. The drive goes through the beautiful hilly highway which will take about 7 hours. The highway passes through several small towns and market areas as we drive along. Upon arriving Besi Shahar we rest as the next day our trip to the Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu valley trek begins.

 

Maximum Altitude: 830m/ 2,723 ft (Besi Shahar)
Drive Approx.: 6 hours (175 Km)
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04

Besi Shahar to Chyamje to Dharapani

 

After having our breakfast, we start our travels with a drive for about 2 to 3 hours furthermore towards the village of Chyamje from where we begin our trekking. We make our way to the Dharapani village and the walk will take us 5-6 hours. We walk through the forests and terraced fields before reaching to the village of Dharapani.

 

 

Maximum Altitude: 1,810m/ 5,936 ft (Dharapani)
Walk Approx.: 4 hours
Drive Approx.: 2 ½ hrs
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05

Dharapani to Koto

 

We begin a hard trek today as we walk up and over through two hills towards Timang village. During this walk we will be able to see the beautiful mountain peaks of Annapurna II, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. As we continue the trek we walk through the pine forests and finally reaching to Koto village where we'll stay overnight.

 

Maximum Altitude: 2,610m/ 8,563ft (Koto)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06

Koto to Meta

 

We start our trek early in the morning after breakfast as we have a lot of distance to cover this day. We'll be trekking through a thick rhododendron and pine forest following the Naar River. We pass through the restricted area on this day and after walking for 7 to 8 hours we finally reach to our destination for the day, the Meta village.

 

Maximum Altitude: 3,560m/ 11,680 ft. (Meta)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 07

Meta to Phu Gaon

 

We walk through the trails of desert albeit valley while enjoying the beautiful and mesmerizing views of Pokharakan, Amotsang and Kangaroo mountain. The trail isn't very difficult as before but it is however long. There are not much residential houses along the way but we can witness the remnants of the Khampa settlement for which was the place where Tibetan people lived illegally. Later we reach to Phu Gaon where the first migrants from Tibet settled almost 200 years ago.

 

 

Maximum Altitude: 4,250m/ 13,944 ft. (Phu Gaon)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 08

Acclimatization at Phu Gaon

Today we spend our day at Phu Gaon as we acclimatize our bodies with the increasing elevation of this region. We can explore the Phu village and the Phu valley. A very old Buddhist Monastery named Tashi Lakhang monastery is also situated here which was built by the first Tibetan migrants.

 

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 09

Phu Gaon to Nar

 

After having breakfast and packing our lunch, we begin our trek. We descend towards Mahendra Pool as we cross plenty of streams and suspension bridges. We will also be crossing the high suspension bridge over the Lapche river gorge. The trail ascends after Mahendra Pool that takes us towards the valley of Nar. Several Buddhist stupas can be witnessed during this trek.

 

Maximum Altitude: 4,110m/ 13,484 ft. (Nar)
Walk Approx.: 6 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10

Acclimatization at Nar

This day also has been set apart for acclimatization. On this day we can conduct a short hike which will help our bodies get acclimatized with the high altitude and also see some amazing views of the mountain vistas. Some splendid panoramic views of the mountains of Annapurna region such as Pisang Peak, Kangaroo mountain, Amodsang Himal and Pokharkan peak can be seen from the Nar village.

 

 

Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 11

Nar to Ngawal via Kangla Pass

 

We begin our trek today early in the dawn as we have a challenge ahead of us to conquer today's difficult trek. We'll be trekking through a gradual incline for 2 hours before we trek through a steep and rocky track. We cross the Kangla Pass and the view that can be seen from top of the pass is truly spectacular. An amazing 360 degrees panoramic views of snow capped mountain can be enjoyed which makes our difficult trek totally worth it. The trail from the pass descends steep down towards Ngawal which will be our destination for the day. The accommodation facilities in Ngawal are lot better and you can even find WiFi at the guesthouses.

 

Maximum Altitude: 5,322 m/ 17,460 ft.(Kang La Pass) 3,660 m/ 12,008 ft. (Ngwal)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 12

Ngwal to Manang

 

We continue our trek through the hills, jungle and the wetlands. The trekking trails are fairly easy today as we pass through pine forest and local villages. Manang is one of the prime centers for villages around this region. There is enough accommodation facilities which might seem quite luxurious compared to the teahouses that we had been lodging on previous nights.

 

Maximum Altitude: 3,540 m/ 11,614ft. (Manang)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 13

Manang to Yak Kharkha

 

We set off after having our breakfast towards the proper walking trails of the region. We gradually make our way towards Yak Kharka as we slowly ascend towards higher altitude. We leave the Marshyangdi valley behind us and advance to the village of Yak Kharka where we'll be staying overnight.

 

 

Maximum Altitude: 4,090m/ 13,415ft (Yak Kharkha)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 14

Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi

 

Our trek on this day is relatively shorter and easy as we make our way towards the base of the Thorang-La Pass known as Thorang Phedi. It is a small settlement and a prime resting place for trekkers doing the Annapurna circuit.

 

Maximum Altitude: 4,441m/ 14,566ft (Thorang Phedi)
Walk Approx.: 3 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 15

Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang-La pass

 

This might be our big challenge as crossing the Thorang-La Pass might be the most difficult phase of the whole trek. We walk in a slow and steady pace as we make our way to highest point of our trek. We'll be crossing the sandy trail of the Thorang-La pass which lies at an elevation of 5,416 meters. After that, we make our way towards Muktinath, which is also a very special pilgrimage destination for Hindu and Buddhist community.

 

Maximum Altitude: 5,416m/ 17,764ft (Throung La pass) 3,500 m/11,480ft (Muktinath)
Walk Approx.: 8 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 16

Muktinath to Kagbeni

 

We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki and walk towards Kagbeni. Kagbeni is a village in the Upper Mustang of the Himalayas located in the valley of Kali Gandaki river. It is a beautiful village with traditional mud house and stone house settlements. We make this village our destination for the day and enjoy the scenic views upon reaching here.

 

Maximum Altitude: 2,530m/ 8,298 ft (Kagbeni)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 17

Kagbeni to Tatopani

 

Today we'll drive to Tatopani through the world's deepest gorge also known as the Kali Gandaki gorge. From there we'll be descending through the Kali Gandaki valley towards Tatopani. As the name suggest, Tatopani literally means hot water and it is named so because of the existence of a hot spring. It is an amazing experience as the getting into the natural hot water relaxes our tired bodies and gives us the energy we need that we might have lost from walking too much.

 

Maximum Altitude: 1,991 m/ 6,530 ft. (Tatopani)
Drive Approx.: 5 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 18

Tatopani to Ghorepani

 

We head towards the culturally rich and thick settlement of the Ghorepani village leaving the hot spring behind. Ghorepani is a very popular village and many trekkers make it their prime destination for trekking as trek to Ghorepani is one of the best short treks available in Nepal.

 

Maximum Altitude: 2,834m/ 9,295 ft. (Ghorepani)
Walk Approx.: 7 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 19

Ghorepani to Hille to Pokhara

 

We wake up early in the dawn and hike up towards a hill station called Poonhill before sunrise. This is a specialty of this place as it provides the panoramic sunrise view of the Annapurna range which is a beautiful sight to behold. Walking through the starry sky and finally watching the peaks of the mountain change its color from white to glittering gold is really spectacular. After enjoying the view we descend back to Ghorepani and upon having breakfast we make our way towards Hille. We trek down to Hille from where we'll drive back to Pokhara as we have come to an end of our trekking journey. We can enjoy the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and its nightlife this day.

 

 

Maximum Altitude: 3,210 m/ 10,528 ft. (Poon hill) 830 m/ 2,722ft (POkhara)
Walk Approx.: 5 hours
Drive Approx.: 2 hours
Meal Included: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 20

Pokhara to Kathmandu

 

We'll return back to Kathmandu via the mode of transportation of your choice (i.e. by air flight or by drive). We'll drive back to Kathmandu and back to your hotel. After resting for a bit, we'll be organizing a dinner party for our fellow guests where you'll be taken to a traditional Nepalese cuisine restaurant.

 

Maximum Altitude: 1,350m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu)
Flight Time: 25 min
Drive Approx.: 7 hours (200 Km)
Day 21

Departure

Our travel journey has now come to an end as we say our goodbyes and take you to the Tribhuvan International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight time. We'll come to pick you at your hotel and a representative will drive alongside you up till the departure gate at the airport.

 

Meal Included: Breakfast
Not satisfied with this itinerary? CoreTreks offers a customized itinerary option that allows you to personalize your trek according to your preferences and requirements.

Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal Cost Mentions

Trip Includes


 

  • Airport transfers by Private Vehicles.
  • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara, breakfast included. (4 Nights).
  • Twin sharing accommodation during trek. (16 Nights).
  •  Kathmandu – Besi Shahar & Pokhara – Kathmandu by Luxury tourist bus (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Besi Shahar to Chymje (Trekking start Point) & Kegbani to Tatopani by local transport.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Annapurna Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Special permit for Nar Phu valley.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Trip Excludes


 

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry, hot shower during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended 
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


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The Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is considered as a moderate level trek which requires little to no mountaineering experience. CoreTreks will hold a brief informative training session before the trek so that you will be aware of the precautions and safety measures in the mountains.

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Yes, it is completely safe to trek to Nar Phu with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It is highly recommended that you take a professional guide along with you while trekking. They will help you to inform and equip you with necessary guidelines in order to complete the trek. 

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During your trip to Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit, expect some beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, The Nar Phu Valley, beautiful views of the Himalayas in Annapurna region, a visit to Muktinath temple, Kagbeni village and the deepest river gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki gorge.

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The food is generally our traditional Nepali lunch which is Dal (Lentil Soup), Bhat (Boiled Rice), Tarkari (Veggies), and Achar (Pickle).

For the accommodation there are specially Hotels & Lodges, Tea houses, and Camping facilities. However due easy accessibility of hotels & lodges throughout the trial, camping is usually avoided during the Nar Phu and Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.

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To book the Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, CoreTreks offers you a number of booking options including:

  • Online booking,
  • Wire transfer OR,
  • Cash on arrival

We recommend you to go through our booking policy before you head to the payment. In case of further inquiries please feel free to contact us.

Additional Information


Equipment And Gears

To prepare for your trek in Nepal, it's essential to consider both the specific route and the time of year. Here is a Nepal trekking packing list to help you pack wisely. Here’s our Nepal Trekking packing list.

Nar Phu Trek with Annapurna Circuit In Nepal Reviews


Highly experienced guides and friendly people


From: Swaziland | On: 23 Mar, 2019
4

The trekking journey was long and tiring. Luckily our guides were so professional and knew every detail about trekking which made our trip so much easier. I’m really amazed by how friendly and humble Nepalese people are. It’s an honor for me to live in the same planet as the people in Nepal.

During our trip we visited different temples, gorges, and mountains, of course. I was so happy to finally get a chance to scope out the Himalayas from Annapurna region. It was like a dream come true.

All thanks to CoreTreks and the whole family. They were super patient with us and helped us book the right package as per our need. The guides are super polite and professional. I could not recommend CoreTreks more.

Once in a lifetime experience


From: Canada | On: 05 Nov, 2019
5

Trekking through Kangla pass and Thorang La pass was tiring as hell but we did it. I’m feeling accomplished after such a long trip to the beautiful Annapurna region and Kali Gandaki gorge. The whole trip was filled with joyfulness and good vibes.

The local settlements are so inspiring to visit and people are really very hardworking. It makes us realize a lot of thing that we take for granted. This trip means a lot to me. I will always remember our good times there.

Thanks to CoreTreks for helping us to find the perfect package and guiding through everything along the way. The guides are so professional and knows every single detail about trekking and mountaineering. I definitely recommend CoreTreks to anyone who’s looking for a trip to the Himalayas in Nepal.

A great trip to Nar Phu Valley


From: Australia | On: 28 May, 2017
5

Our Nepal trip was amazing. We trekked all the way to Nar Phu Valley for sightseeing and had a lot of fun. We captured some of the fun memories of our life. Although the trek was difficult, the view was stunning.

We visited Muktinath and go blessed. The villages in Nepal are really beautiful and small. I was super inspired by the hardworking people of the area. Nevertheless, had an awesome time and created so much memories.

I want to thank CoreTreks and the professional guiding team for making this happen. They planned everything throughout our trip and guided us though the trails of Annapurna region. I highly recommend CoreTreks to be your booking partner for you visit in Nepal.

1. Worth the effort


From: United States | On: 03 Sep, 2016
4

It was a really long trip but on accomplishing it, I feel really happy. The country is as beautiful as they explained in the magazines. I had been planning for this trip for like two and a half years and now that I have finally experienced by myself, I can say that this is the best travel destination in the world for travelers.

Our trek to Nar Phu along with the Annapurna Circuit was worth the effort. We trekked for like 21 days and had a really fun time in Nepal. The people are so humble and down to earth. It makes your whole day better.

CoreTreks helped us with all the management of our trip. We are really thankful that we get to experience such wonderland. Thanks to the professional guides for helping us through the trials of the mountain. Highly recommended if you’re looking for trekking in Nepal.

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