Nar-Phu Camping Trek

Duration: 22 Days / 21 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Highlights of Nar-Phu Camping Trek

  • Exploration of the hidden valley located in the northern part of Manang
  • Knowledge about a distinct dialect “Nar Phu” or “Narpo” spoken by the inhabitants of Nar Phu Valley
  • Majestic vistas of the snowy peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu trekking region
  • Adventurous journey across a high Himalayan pass, Kang La Pass
  • Trekking some sections of Annapurna region and Manaslu region trekking
  • Authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition unsurpassed with other parts of the world
  • Off the beaten path track introducing with diverse flora and fauna
  • An experience of teahouse and camping trekking in Nepal

Nar Phu Valley Camping trek leads you towards the Disney Wonderland of Nepal located in the Northern Himalayas. Nar and Phu are the two Bhotia Villages of Mustang district maintaining their own unique culture and tradition. They are the authentic Tibetan Buddhist villages of Nepal located in the Nar Khola Valley of Magical Manang region. Trekking to Nar Phu Valley gives you the wonderful experience of the Himalayan views and distinct socio-cultural practices.

Nar Phu Manang trekking directs you through a popular off the beaten path track to the north of Manang. One of the highest passes of the trans-Himalayan region, Kang La Pass (5,306m) connects Nar Phu basin with three important Bhotia villages of the Neyshang Valley. While in this region, you can have the beautiful mountain panorama, ancient villages and high grazing land of the Himalayas. This valley is a significant juncture for trekking to other peaks such as Ratna Chuli, Kang Guru, Himlung and Gyajing Kang.

It takes you to the trans-Himalayan region for lifelong experience through adventurous trekking in Nepal. This is the hidden valley of Manang having yak herding and small scale farming as their main occupations. There are around 800 people in Nar and Phu villages speaking a Sino–Tibetan dialect variety called ‘Nar Phu’ or ‘Narpa’. Even the children of this region are taught with the education system through religious texts of Buddhism. Here, you can visit the historical Tashi Lhakhang Gompa and receive blessings from the local Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche.

Although Nar Phu basin is located in Nepalese territory geographically, it is highly influenced by the cultural and dialect of Tibetan Plateau. The mani walls, chortens and gompas decorated with the prayer flags give you an evidence of unique Buddhist rites and rituals of the villages. You can get better knowledge of unspoiled natural heritage sites and cultural practices unaffected by the waves of modernity. From this unexplored valley of the Himalayas, you can have a close view of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Massif, Lamjung Himal, Machhpuchhre Himal and Mt. Manaslu (8,156m).

Opened in just 2003 AD for the international trekkers, Nar Phu Valley trek is a restricted area trekking in Nepal requiring a special permit. Camping trekking to Nar Phu region is much more interesting than teahouse trekking that you can enjoy the wilderness of this region without any disturbance. The diverse flora and fauna found in this region equally welcome you to visit their vicinity but without causing low or no negative impacts at all. Nowadays, you can do a complete teahouse trekking to this region due to the development of Himalayan tourism by the responsible authorities.

Popular Nar Phu Camping trekking begins from Beshisahar, which is the gateway to Annapurna region trekking. You begin this trek from Annapurna Circuit trekking region and end in the same region by exploring the less discovered valley and socio-cultural aspects. To give you a little more distinct experience of doing this best remote trek in Nepal, Orbit Alpine Adventure has designed a 17-day package. You can extend this itinerary by consulting with our agency to explore more natural and cultural wonders. You can add up other trekking destinations to the package like Muktinath Thorung La Pass trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and many more.

Day to Day Itinerary

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On the arrival day, the team member of Orbit Alpine Adventure welcomes you at the Kathmandu Airport. Then, s/he escorts you up to the hotel booked for your accommodation.

  • Meals: Wellcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429f

Today, the tour guide of our agency takes you around the important cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu. You can visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu Valley. You can go for a short hike to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Bouddhanath Temple. In the evening, the trekking guide gives you all the details about the trekking itinerary.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Tghree Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429f

After having breakfast, you begin the journey in a private jeep or a public bus (as per the deal) from Kathmandu. You drive along the Prithvi Highway up to Dumre, the gateway to ‘the Queen of Hills’, Bandipur. Then, you drive southern side to reach Beshisahar, the gateway to Annapurna Region trekking. On the way, you can see the gurgling water of the Trishuli and Marsyangdi River along with the trading centres. You can also have the stunning view of the snowcapped peaks of Manaslu region, Ganesh Himal and amazing terrain. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Beshisahar
  • Altitude: 840m/2,756ft
  • Time: 6 Hour

From Beshisahar, you follow the roadway track to reach Ngadi through the lush green forests around the track. The trek is not difficult but sometimes, the private jeeps going up and down may disturb the flow of your walk. The views of the Himalayas, river, forest and the villages on top of the mountain are amazing on the way. On the way, you go across Bhulbhule, another important stopover during Annapurna region trekking. Ngadi is a small mountain village situated on the banks of river

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ngadi
  • Altitude: 930m/3,051ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

After breakfast, you follow the trail that leads you through the beautiful paddy fields up to Bahundanda. John Wood in his world famous book, From Microsoft to Bahundanda has described about the amazing features of Bahundanda region. By crossing Ghermuphant, a fertile plain suitable for many food crops, you reach Jagat. While walking along the bank of the Marsyangdi River, you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the natural waterfalls, river-rivulets and ethnic villages.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jaga
  • Altitude: 1,300m/4,265ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today, you begin the journey along the Marsyangdi River valley through Tal, the popular stop between Lamjung and Manang districts. Moving ahead through Khotro Village by enjoying the Himalayan view and small villages, you reach Dharapani. On the way, you come across some natural springs to take a short break around. Dharapani is the place, which connects Manaslu region trekking and Annapurna region trekking. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1,860m/6,102ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

Moving westwards of the valley, you happen to walk past a Buddhist cultural village of Bagarchhap. The trail goes along the dense pine forests giving you the glimpses of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna II from various sections. The forest is inhabited by many species of birds and animals like the White Monkey (Langur in Nepali language). Slowly ascending further, you find a remarkable change in altitude and vegetation types. By leaving Danaque (2,210m) and Temang village (2,600m), you reach Koto for night station. Today is the first day to experience camping trekking in this itinerary.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Koto
  • Altitude: 2,640m/8,661ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today, you walk past the check post of Koto and cross the Phu Khola that reaches Nar Phu Valley. The trekking trail penetrates across the lush forests showing you some Himalayan species of birds and animals. On the way, you can see many small Dharmasala (meaning “the rest inns for the pilgrims or the passersby”) among the dense woodland. Crossing the narrow canyon and a large waterfall, you find a wider trail that leads you to Dharmasala.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharmasala
  • Altitude: 3,230m/10,597f
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today’s trail ascends further following the banks of a mountain river and a highland pasture above 3,200m elevation. Then, you go past the Metang Kharka which is a seasonal settlement for the yaks and the herders. By encountering with some yak herds and enjoying the rocky trail penetrating through the thick bushes, you reach Kyang. Today is one of the loveliest walk through the amazing landscapes full of natural attractions.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Kyang
  • Altitude: 3,740m/12,270ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

After breakfast, you begin the steep downhill journey along the Nar Phu Khola for a while and then across a ridge. You also come to see some wonderful campsites along the route. Moving further, you come to see the glimpses of mani walls and chortens beautified by the prayer flags. Then, you cross a bridge over a small glacial stream, you reach the Phu Village gate that shows you other three Bhotia villages of the valley. You also see an old dzong (fortress) and the remaining of other two fortresses on top of the impressive valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu
  • Altitude: 4,050m/13,287ft
  • Time: 4 Hours

Today is the rest day for exploring the mystique Phu Valley and its cultural and natural amusements. You can talk to the local people to know more about their culture and tradition intact since time immemorial. You can find the native people spinning the yak and sheep wool to make their income sources. You can hike up to Phu Gompa, which is located around three-hour far from this village.

Visiting the ancient dzongs (although only remains) is a great idea to have a mesmerizing view of this astounding valley. Hiking to Himlung Himal Base Camp for the breathtaking vistas of the entire Nar Phu Valley. Nar Phu Valley is known as the home of the blue sheep, which may be hanging around you camp occasionally.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phu
  • Altitude: 4,050m/13,287ft

After rejoicing one of the top sites of Nar Phu Valley Camping trek, today you descend through the Phu Gate. Walking along the glacial stream banks, you move ahead towards Junam Kharka. On the way, you can witness the astounding beauty of Himlung Himal and the landscapes around it. Junam Kharka is one of the nicest camping sites that shows you amazing scenery. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Junam
  • Altitude: 3,550m/11,646f
  • Time: 3 Hours

Today, you follow the trail that goes across an old bridge over a narrow gorge and then ascend further. On the way, you come to see the enthralling sight of Gyalbu Kumbu built in 1650 AD and Satte Gompa. Both the gompas are now deserted due to the immigration of the permanent settlers to some other parts of the valley. Moving along the Nar Gate and the wonderfully painted bamboo topped chorten, you reach Nar village. From the classic village of Nar, you can relish the view of the colourful gompas, barley and mustard fields including the snowy peaks. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nar
  • Altitude: 4,100m/13,451ft
  • Time: 4 Hours

To see the wonderful social and familial activities of Nar Village, you have a rest day here. You can find the women of the village sitting in the square and spinning the wool for woollen clothes. At least a son and a daughter of each family of this village are in gompas for education and quest for the world peace. You can visit the four colourful monasteries located in the village. The chanting of mantras and beating of drums further enliven this village which seems more advanced than Phu Village. People of this village are found painting the traditional thankas, making souvenirs of wood and weaving woollen clothes. Similarly, they are also engaged in agricultural sector to earn their livelihood. Taking a stroll around the village gives you all about the culture, occupation and daily activities of the Himalayan people. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nar
  • Altitude: 4,100m/13,451ft

Today is the longest walking day to cross the highest point of the entire Nar and Phu Valley trekking tour. From Nar Village, you move forward towards Kang La Phedi, the bottom of Kang La Pass. As the trekking of the day quite challenging, we highly recommend you to drink enough water and eat hygienic food to protect from altitude sickness or dehydration. Walking slowly through the rocky trail, you move uphill to Kang La Pass that gives you the best Himalayan vistas.

Although the trekking to Kang La Pass is challenging, the rewards of the hard walking is amazing. You can have the spectacular vistas of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and other neighbouring mountains. Hogde Airstip of Manang is also visible from the top of the high Himalayan pass. Following the trail stretching downhill, you gradually descend towards Nawal for the night stay. This is the last night for camping trekking to Nar Phu Valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nawal
  • Altitude: 3,657m/11,998ft
  • Time: 7 Hours

Today, you trek along the comfortable trail following the Marsyangdi River banks to reach Manang. You come to walk past some dense pine forests to see the ethnic villages such as Braga rich in terraced farming practices. Braga is estimated 500 years old village reflecting a truly unique art and architecture. While walking along, you can enjoy the stunning view of the Annapurna Himalayan Range, Tilicho Peak and wonderful landscapes.

Manang is a busy touristic centre of Annapurna region that it is full of trekkers from within or out of the country. There are many standard hotels, restaurants and lodges serving the food items of your choice and appetite. You can also find a few souvenir shops that sell the handcrafted items made by the local people. Despite the close connection with the outer people and their culture, the Manangis have kept their typical culture in its true form.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Manang
  • Altitude: 3,540m/11,614f
  • Time: 3 Hours

After breakfast, you begin the journey downwards along the trail that passes through some of the popular stopovers en route Annapurna Circuit trekking. On the way you go past Pisang and Chame to reach Timang by enjoying the mountain view of Annapurna II, Chulu Peak, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak and so on. You can also visit some ancient monasteries on the way through the administrative headquarters of Manang district. Walking past Thanchok, you arrive Timang, which is a beautiful Manangi Village that shows you Mt. Manaslu and other snowcapped peaks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Timang
  • Altitude: 2,630m/8,629f
  • Time: 7 Hours

Today is the last day of trekking through the Nar Phu Valley Annapurna region trekking. So, you begin the journey as soon as you have your breakfast. By crossing Dharapani, the border between Annapurna region and Manaslu region trekking, you arrive at Chamje. Then, you catch a bus or private jeep to return to Kathmandu enjoying the amazing mountain views and landscapes along the Prithvi Highway. In the evening, our agency organizes a farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant nearby the tourist hub, Thamel

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chamje
  • Altitude: 1,410m/ 4,626f
  • Time: 10 Hours

It is the last day of Nar Phu Valley Camping trekking 19 days’ itinerary. So, the representative of Orbit Alpine Adventure guides you up to the Kathmandu Airport according to the flight schedule

  • Meals: Breakfast

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