Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Starts at: Khudi Ends at: Jomsom
Trek Region: Annapurna Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 18 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5416 m / 17769 ft (Thorong La Pass) Accommodation: Teahouse

Nar Phu Valley Trek Highlights

  • Explore the Tibetan influenced lifestyles and everyday activities of the typical denizens
  • Amazing walk past the interesting rock structures, land formations
  • The diverse topography of the region
  • Accompanied by the chain of Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna
  • Walk through the popular challenging pass of the region Thorong La Pass (5416 meters)
  • Spiritual satisfaction on passing through different chortens, gompa, monasteries and flags

The Nar Phu Valley trek only opened in 2003 and still remains a relatively little-trekked area. In fact, this hidden valley requires a special permit to enter.

Situated just off the Annapurna Circuit route, the trail to Nar Phu explores remote villages, Tibetan-like peoples, forests, narrow canyons, Buddhist Gompa, and majestic mountains.

A bridge over the Marshyangdi River brings the trail to the steep portals of the Nar Phu Valley, which is easy to miss. Once through the narrow, forested ‘entrance’ a whole other world awaits.

Although the days are not as long as on some other treks, 5-6 hours, it is a challenging trek: a good fitness level is a must and prior trekking experience is recommended. Among the stunning rock formations and glaciers, the mountains that are seen along this route include, Manaslu (8,163m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), and Annapurna I (8,091m).

The route to Nar Phu Valley goes through Manang and continues over the Thorong La Pass to rejoin the Annapurna Circuit trail at the Hindu pilgrimage town of Muktinath.

From Jomsom in the Mustang area, and a few hours walk from Muktinath, it is possible to either fly to Pokhara or continue to trek down the Kali Gandaki River, past the interesting and unique village of Marpha and taking in what is considered the viewpoint of the Annapurna’s, Poon Hill.

Passing through the Nar Phu Valley it is possible to take in the culture of the people living there. In this still remote area, the farmers live as they have always done, growing potatoes, barley, buckwheat, and vegetables, and raising yaks and sheep.

For those who want to be in the Annapurna and witness the high, white, glistening mountains of this area, but who want to be off the beaten track, the Nar Phu Valley trek might just be what they are looking for.

Nar Phu Valley Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khudi (Drive)

Khudi – 2626 m / ft – 7 hrs

Day 2: Khudi to Sirung

Sirung – 1220 m / 4002 ft – 7 hrs

Day 3: Sirung to Jagat

Jagat – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani

Dharapani – 1830 m / 6003 ft – 7 hrs

Day 5: Dharapani to Koto

Koto – 2610 m / 8891 ft – 6 hrs

Day 6: Koto to Meta

Meta – 3560 m / 10826 ft – 7 hrs

Day 7: Meta to Phu

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 7 hrs

Day 8: Acclimatization Day

Phu – 4250 m / 11614 ft – 2 hrs

Day 9: Phu to Nar

Nar – 4110 m / 13484 ft – 6 hrs

Day 10: Acclimatization Day

Nar – 4110 m / 15091 ft – 3 hrs

Day 11: Nar to Ngawal Via Kang La Pass

Ngawal – 3600 m / 12171 ft – 9 hrs

Day 12: Ngawal to Manang

Manang – 3540 m / 8759 ft – 4 hrs

Day 13: Manang to Yak Kharka

Yak Kharka – 4110 m / 8300 ft – 3 hrs

Day 14: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Thorong Phedi – 4600 m / 3937 ft – 4 hrs

Day 15: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Muktinath – 3710 m / 2723 ft – 9 hrs

Day 16: Muktinath to Jomsom

Jomsom – 2760 m / 2723 ft – 6 hrs

Day 17: Jomsom to Pokhara (Flight)

Pokhara – 830 m / ft – 20 min

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 8 hrs

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Plan Your Trip


  • 16 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 1 nights accommodation in Pokhara Kuti Resort or similar
  • Guide for 18 days
  • Kathmandu Khudi local bus
  • Jomsom Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara Kathmandu tourist bus
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permit
  • Trekkers information management system card
  • 17 x breakfast, 16 x lunch and 16 x dinner while on the trek
  • One Porter for 18 days USD 320
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara

Nar Phu Valley Trek Map

nar phu valley trek map

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