Nar Phu Valley & Annapurna Circuit TrekkingNar Phu Valley & Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Nar Phu Valley & Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • Exploring all around scenic areas of Manang beyond Annapurna Himalayas
  • Enjoy the views of Annapurna, Chulu’s, and Damodar Himal with Manaslu Himal.
  • Crossing Kang-La and Thorang-La passes from one scenic areas to another valleys.
  • An adventure with blend of local immense cultures along with stunning sceneries.
  • Trek to former forbidden land of Nar and Phu the hidden Himalayan Shangri-La”. 

‘an adventure covering the whole of Manang areas beyond Annapurna Himalayas’

North of Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trekking, is an adventure covering around the best of high Manang Valley. An exclusive, and amazing journey of a lifetime experience where views of snow peaks follow till the end of trekking.

Enjoy the walk around the hidden valley of Nar-Phu, at one time a forbidden country. It is a newly open region for outside visitors, since last two decades from 2003 onwards. But remains a Restricted Area of Nepal, where trekkers require a special permit to enter the fresh new Shangri-La.

The reason is being a restricted region and former forbidden area, due to its close border to Tibet. Where most of the inhabitants still follow the same old heritage and cultures similar to their Tibetan predecessors.

An Adventure that leads to remote pockets of Nepal Himalayas far beyond the massif Mountain range of Annapurna and Chulu. The land where wildlife like Blue Sheep, Himalayan Thar, and other exotic mammals graze around the undisturbed pristine surroundings.

North of Annapurna Nar-Phu Valley Trekking is a great adventure for people who are interested in off-the-beaten trails. The trek follows the main trail of the popular Annapurna Circuit, till the village of Kodo.

Close to Chame the headquarters town of Manang district, where our route diverts heading due north. As the walk follows a deep river gorge bounded by high rocky sheer cliff walls covered in pines and rhododendron trees.

After days of continued walks the gorge opens into a scenic valley on reaching Phu. A windblown village and interesting to explore its impressive cultures of ancient glories with old monasteries and scenic sites. Enjoying an exciting time at Phu village, the trail then leads to the adjoining Nar village.

Which is equally fascinating as Phu, but quite a small village of Nar. Then the walk leads to cross the high Kang-La pass a steep climb to the top. For every hard step, rewards you with stupendous views of the snow-mountain range, overlooking Annapurna and Chulu peaks. As far as Himlung Himal in the east with Damodar Himal towards the north direction.

From the pass on downhill joining, the main trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit on reaching Manang Valley. Enjoy the pleasant walk to the main Manang village located in between the giant mountain range of Annapurna Himalaya and Chulu’s.

The adventure continues heading at the end of Manang Valley reaching Phedi the base of high Thorang-La Pass. Our next tough and long day to accomplish the climb to cross the highest point of the wonderful journey.

The next morning a steep climb on an undulating winding path reaches you at Thorang-La Pass. Enjoy the spectacular views of towering snow peaks that surround the top of Thorang-La. Includes Damodar and Annapurna Himalayan peaks with Chulu range as well as Dhaulagiri towards the west and Manaslu in the east. The walk then heads down towards Mustang areas to reach the holy sanctuary at Muktinath.

A famous religious pilgrimage site for the Hindus, from here slowly the trek comes to an end upon reaching Jomsom. The headquarters of Mustang district and the capital of Thakali the native tribe of Kaligandaki Valley of Lower Mustang.

The next morning a short, scenic flight brings you to the beautiful city of Pokhara near a lovely, serene Phewa Lake. Our marvelous adventure North of Annapurna Nar Phu Valley Trekking completes at charming Pokhara; a city blessed with natural wonders of mountains and lakes


On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, after clearing the immigration and collecting the baggage. As you head outside the air terminal, our staff and guide receives you for a short transfer to your hotels. Situated in the heart of Kathmandu city with nice surroundings. On checking the hotel rooms having rest and then join with other members of Nar-Phu & Annapurna Circuit Treks briefing. The briefing includes all necessary and important details to help you understand the nature of walks, landscapes, climate and local cultures.

Evening a group welcome dinner provided by company in a nice Nepali authentic restaurants. As an introduction to Nepal foods and taste, after an enjoyable dinner back to the hotels.

    A free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation, if you have missed any items for the trek. Can buy or rent at reasonable price around the trekking shops and stores. People who are interested for short tour of Kathmandu, can inform ahead to the company and your guide. Kathmandu is steeped with ancient historical and religious monuments, listed in World Heritage Sites. Rest of the day busy packing for the next early departure for the trek. Unnecessary things or items not required for the trek can leave at the hotel for storage, as well valuables can keep in hotel safe deposit. 

      An early morning start for the long drive of more than 7 hours’ to reach
      Kotto within Manang areas. After breakfast getting aboard on a vehicle as per size of the group. The drive on the main highway towards Malekhu town by the Trisuli River, the road follows the Trisuli River. Then heading towards Lamjung district on winding up and down towards a big town at Bhesisar town. Situated by the Masrsyangdi River and headquarters of Lamjung district, from here on dirt country road towards Kodo for overnight.

      The drive follows the Masrsyangdi River upstream, as the road climb from Syange to Jagat hill village. As the journey continues through cool forest to Chamje and Tal Besi then reaching a nice village Dharapani. Where route of Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit meets, from here few hour drive leads to Kodo for overnight stop.

      A small village close to the town of Chame the major town and headquarters of Manang areas. From here our route diverts towards Nar-Phu valley on leaving the main Annapurna Circuit at Kodo.

        Morning after a good breakfast, adventure leads towards the former forbidden valley of Nar-Phu. From Kodo, the route diverts away from the main trail of Annapurna Circuit till for a week time. The morning walk heads due north, to enter a river gorge covered in rhododendron and pine trees. As altitude gains gradually following the stream and crossing to reach our overnight stop at Dharmasala. After a good walk following the high trail above Phu River to reach Dharmasala, a nice settlement with several lodges for overnight stop.

          From Dharmasala morning walk continues for another hour to Meta, starts with steep climb up through a gorge. Following the fast running stream towards a nice small settlement at Meta, having refreshing rest. The trail follows higher up with views of amazing colored rocks dotted with juniper shrubs.
          Enjoy the scenic views as walk leads to Chako, a small settlement as well it was an early refugee place. Where the Khampa’s the Tibetan warrior tribes made their camp, after migrating due to Chinese invasion of Tibet. After a short rest, few hours climb and downhill to Kyang for overnight stop. This area an extensive winter settlement of Phu, situated on a high plateau above the Phu River.

            Slowly the adventure get closer towards our first major destination to Phu village, on leaving Kyang. Morning walk begins with a short descent to the river, and then following the river upstream for some time. The walk passes to a lovely Buddhist monuments of Chorten and prayer walls, the region is well-known for its heritage.

            The walk follows across a small glacial stream, and then cross a bridge built of stone slabs. After an hour, the trail narrows as walk leads towards a canyon and gorges and a monolith. Appears, similar like a leaning tower of Pisa, then walk through the welcome old gate the entrance of Phu village. From here views of three villages of Phu with a fort wall known as ‘Dzong’, which is in ruin at present.

            The day finally comes to an ends reaching the exciting windblown village of Phu, welcomed with line of impressive Chorten. On arrival check into a nice simple lodge of homely comfort with traditional hospitality.

              After few days of continues walks, and long drive enjoy a rest day in Phu village, as well for acclimatization. Explore the mystical magical village with opportunity to interact with the friendly native with similar culture to their Tibetan predecessors. Due to its close border with Tibet, about two days walks from Phu and hike around summer grazing settlements; of the Khamba and Phu people.

              An enjoyable tour of famous Tashi Lakhang Gompa and get blessed from the priest the Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche. Who migrated Tibet in 1959 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, after the invasion of mainland Chinese?

              A great place to observe the ancient Tibetan culture, in the backdrop of picturesque scenery. Around this wild country, chances of spotting herd of Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar, often seen around this high terrain.

                Enjoying two overnights with rest day in Phu village, morning walk through the historical gat of Phu. The walk follows downhill to a river, and walk towards a place called Junam Kharka or Nar Phedi. A nice isolated settlement with an old Gompa / Monastery for overnight halt. Check into a simple tea-house and lodges or stay in the guest house of the monastery run by the nuns.

                  From this isolated settlement, having pleasant overnight stop in the comfort of friendly and warm local hospitality. Today a short walk of few hours to Nar Gaon the sister village of Phu. Morning walk starts with short downhill to an old bridge above deep and narrow gorge. Then with steep climb overlooking grand views of the Old Gyalbo Khumbu and Satte Gompa monasteries, built in 17th Century.
                  At present which is empty and in desolate condition, after few hours of climb.
                  The walk leads to the Nar-Gaon, main entrance Gates, stands on top of a hill, walk through the welcome gate. Adorned with religious painting, bamboo-topped Chorten, after a short morning walk reaching Nar Gaon. The village enriched with well-tended barley and mustard fields, walk through four ancient colorful Gompas. Facing superb views of the snow peaks that towers high above the monastery of Nar-Gaon.

                  Nar, an interesting village similar to Phu, but with less houses and inhabitants than Phu village. Enjoy the day at Nar village with lunch and overnight halt in a simple lodge or guest house. Afternoon having time to explore the village of Nar and observe the local daily farm life and village activities.

                    Another short day, heading towards our first high pass of the adventure, from Nar Gaon. Walk leads towards the end and remote corners of Nar Phu windswept valley, the walk leads to cross few streams. The trek continues reaching a wide pasture field with few simple huts of Yak herder with simple Tea-House.
                    After checking into a basic small lodge for lunch and overnight stop, afternoon relax and enjoy the surrounding views. Overlooking peaks of Chulu’s and Damodar Himal with Himlung Himal as well getting ready for the next morning big climb.

                      The big day to cross the first pass, starting early morning to traverse from hidden areas of Nar-Phu to Manang valley. The pass is not technical or difficult to cross and climb, but in snow condition, can be quite arduous job. Trying to find the right path to the top and the way downhill to Ngawal. However it is an exciting uphill haul of more than few hours to reach atop Kang-La Pass.

                      Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of surrounding staggering snow peaks of Annapurna, Damodar Himal with Himlung and Chulu’s. Including Manaslu Himalaya range towards east with Pisang peak and many more as far as your eyes can reach.  

                      From the top, downhill to old village of Ngawal, the walk leads on cobbled streets, lined with prayer wheels. Then reach the village of Ngawal and enjoy the comfort of a nice cozy lodge. Overlooking close views of Chulu, Pisang Peak and Annapurna Himalayas.

                        After a pleasant overnight in Ngawal village, morning walk down to Hongde where the main Annapurna Circuit trail joins. Walk on pleasant wide path to Braga, a village with an old monastery on top of a high ridge.

                        Enjoy short tour of the old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos facing stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village. Then check into a lovely lodge with grand views of snow-capped peaks that encloses the Manang village and the valley.

                          Another rest day for acclimatization before heading up on top Thorang-la pass. On rest day explore Manang village, a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Masrsyangdi River. Beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake. 

                            After a good rest and overnight at Manang villager walk further North-West towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. 

                              Morning walk lead higher heading towards the base of Thorang-la, after the bridge climb leads along the river bank. Then reaching at Thorang Phedi, after a refreshing stop, an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop. 

                                Another Big Day of the adventure! After an early breakfast walk on short gradual path, then climb on undulating winding ups to reach on top Thorang-la at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area.
                                From the holy site of Muktinath enjoying views of Dhaulagiri Himalayas, taking an exciting short hour drive to Jomsom. The headquarter town of Mustang district, the ride heads down to wide flat Kaligandaki River plain to reach Jomsom.
                                A large and interesting town inhabited by the Thakali ethnic tribe of Buddhism religion. Located on the old Trans Himalayan Salt Trade of Nepal and Tibet that extends beyond Upper Mustang towards the border of Tibet / China.

                                  Morning by 7 a.m. a short walk to Jomsom small airport for super scenic short

                                  flight to picturesque Pokhara. During air enjoy grand views of Nilgiri, Annapurna

                                  and Dhaulagiri Himalayas with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish

                                  Tail peak. On landing at Pokhara airport transfer for a short drive to lovely hotels,

                                  located close to beautiful Phewa Lake. Enjoy the time in beautiful Pokhara for

                                  short walks or take a boat across the serene lake with excellent views of the

                                  Annapurna Himalayas.

                                    Morning transfer either car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for drive back to Kathmandu. The overland journey with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns.

                                    The drive eventually reaches into the hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu and then transfer to your respective hotels. Rest of the afternoon before dinner with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

                                      Last day in Nepal after a wonderful experience and adventure on Nar Phu & Annapurna Circuit trekking. As well as great service of Explorer Adventure, our staff and guide will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations. Bidding farewell to the guides, staff and Nepal as well the Himalayas.

                                        What's Included
                                        • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
                                        • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B.
                                        • One  night Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing  Basis with B.B
                                        • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
                                        • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
                                        • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
                                        • Government license holder guide 
                                        • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
                                        • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
                                        • From Muktinath to Jomsom Local Bus or Local Jeep
                                        • flight from Jomsom to Pokhara 
                                        • Pokhara to Kathmandu Torist Bus 
                                        • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
                                        • Transportation from Kathmandu to beshishar  Tourist Bus and from beshishar to syange Local Jeep
                                        • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry  Permit.
                                        • Government taxes and official expense
                                        What's not Included
                                        • Domestic flight from Pokhara to  Kathmandu 
                                        • All food pay your self  during the trek  
                                        • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                        • Tips for porters ($70-100) and guides ($80-100)
                                        • Food and drinks ($20-30 per day)
                                        • Nepal Visa ($50)
                                        • Insurance (must include emergency evacuation by helicopter, check
                                        • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging - $2-5
                                        • Drinking water, price depends on altitude (linear regression)

                                        Departure Dates

                                        Select a Departure Month
                                        Trip Dates
                                        Trip DateOct 16, 2023 - Nov 03, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 18, 2023 - Nov 05, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 21, 2023 - Nov 08, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 22, 2023 - Nov 09, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 23, 2023 - Nov 10, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 26, 2023 - Nov 13, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 28, 2023 - Nov 15, 2023
                                        Trip DateOct 30, 2023 - Nov 17, 2023
                                        Useful Information

                                        Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                        Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

                                        Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

                                         Guide and Porters: 

                                        On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

                                        All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

                                        Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

                                        Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

                                        Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

                                          Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
                                          Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                        High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

                                        Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

                                        To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

                                        The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

                                        On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

                                        Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

                                        In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

                                          what to Bring 

                                        **- can be bought in Kathmandu

                                          Clothing and footwear

                                        • trekking boots (should be warm, waterproof, breathable, cover and fix the ankle)
                                        •  sports sandals with a closed toe or sneakers.
                                        •  flip flops , Sun cap , Wool or fleece hat , 2 pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin, 1 thick,}
                                        • Bandana or neckerchief ,  Fleece jackets (1 thin, 1 thick) .
                                        • Thermal underwear (merino wool!), preferably 2 sets (one for walking, the other for sleeping), buy at home.
                                        • Trekking socks - several pairs (there is a limited possibility of washing)
                                        •  Quick-drying sports T-shirts (e.g. Polartec PowerDry) - 2 pcs. or more.
                                        •  Down jacket , Windstopper , Windproof warm jacket with hood.
                                        • Trekking trousers ,  Warm synthetic pants like ski pants , Rain poncho.
                                        • Sun Screen Cream , Sunglasses ,  Trekking pole , Water bottle.


                                         *Duffel bags for trek will be perovided on Day 2 should be returned after the trek is over.

                                         *Backpack 20-30 liters with rain cover (optionally with drinking system)

                                        *Sleeping bag (comfort temperature around -5 C). On the upper lodges they usually provide woolen blankets. You can rent a sleeping bag in    Kathmandu, $1-2 per day.

                                        *A good quality headlight with new batteries and a spare set of batteries.

                                         *Sunglasses (category 3-4) + hard case , Trekking poles , Thermos 0.5-1 liter.

                                        *Sealed packaging for documents and money , Sitting mat (optionally), Power bank.

                                         *A roll of dense garbage bags 50 liters. You will pack your items in it when you put them in a duffel bag to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                         Personal usage

                                        >Towel (light and quick-drying)  - Washing accessories - Disinfection wipes

                                        >Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor

                                        >Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                                        Nar Phu Valley & Annapurna Circuit Trekking FAQs

                                        • Upper Manang to Nar Phu was closed for outside visitors, it was then open from 2003 onwards. But remains as Restricted Areas of Nepal, as for Annapurna Circuit it does not fall within forbidden or restricted. Which a part of Normal trekking route, Annapurna Circuit is also listed as World’s Top Ten Adventure Destination.

                                          For both trekking around Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit requires ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) fees also. Including special permit for Nar and Phu areas.

                                        • Nar Phu, remains as Restricted Areas of Nepal, due to its raw and pristine environment. As well to preserve its fragile natural surroundings, and limiting the mass flow of trekkers. The next reason is the areas of northern areas of Upper Manang and Nar Phu, falls close on route to the border of Nepal and Tibet / China. As well to another Restricted Area of Upper Mustang also, if it was not a restricted area there would have been more trekkers. It wouldn’t be the same with mass flow of trekkers amidst pristine wilderness of Nar Phu valley.     

                                        • he main religion of Manang areas is Tibetan Buddhism, called Mahayana the Greater Wheels. Tibetan Buddhism is practiced all around the Himalayas, as well around Mustang district adored with prayer walls and monasteries.

                                        • In the beginning of the trek from Kodo to Nar and Phu, where trails are well maintained. Having narrow path on some sections of the walk, with steep ups and downs. From the bottom of Kang-La Pass some of the section are broken due to movement of glaciers and snow-fall. But quite an exciting adventure walking on the tough areas. As well crossing over the two passes of Kang-La and Thorang-La.

                                          But once around Manang Valley and Annapurna Circuit, the trail is well defined and maintained and good. Except for the rise in altitude in snow condition climb at Kang-La and Thorang-La Pass will be quite difficult. Finding the right path up and on downhill is equally tough. So far the trail has been used by many flow of trekkers, which is a great walk on the right seasons of the year.

                                        • In the beginning from past decades the accommodation and foods was very basic and simple. But due to flow of trekkers increased, at present there are many nice good lodge accommodation and variation of food menu. The rooms are simple and clean with large dining hall, the food is served in a lively homely environment.

                                          Attached toilets and bath are few, due to its location and cold weather wise, where plumbing systems gets frozen. Especially around the higher areas, the only basic and very simple accommodation is at Dharmasala before crossing Larke-La and at High Camp of Thorang-La.

                                          The food are served according to the menu options of La-Carte or set meals, for larger group from minimum 4 person onwards. It is better to have set meals like Nepali famous Dhal-Bhat, served with mild vegetable curry and pickles of choice.

                                          Ordering Set Menu saves time and fuel energy, it will be a perfect ways to follow the rules of Responsible Tourism or Eco-Trekking.

                                        • Nearly all villages and lodge have the facilities of electricity run by local Hydro or Solar Power. Where trekkers can charge their electronic gadgets and items, but needs to pay as per hour per items. Please coordinate with the guide or landlord regarding the price for charging. As well for using hot-showers or bucket of Hot-Water on every overnight lodges. Internet and Wi-Fi, as well telephone communications are available, but in some areas it is quite disturbing due to weather and landscapes wise. Like in deep gorge and valleys the communication either for phone or internet have slow and poor connection. Better to buy local SIM and DATA for your cell-phone in Kathmandu, which will be much better to use while trekking around Nepal Himalayas.