Secret Trails of Nar Phu Trekking Itinerary
16 Day Trek to the Remote Villages of Nar and Phu
Ancient monasteries, untouched culture, spectacular high altitude Himalayan Trek
For prices and more details about this trip please visit the Nar Phu main page
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu! From the moment you step off the plane, you’ll be spellbound by this colourful, energetic city – the capital of the Himalaya. From its lively markets and merchants to its ancient temples and traditions, this is a city that will leave you entranced by its charm.
You’ll have the afternoon free to explore and in the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
It’s an early start to the day, driving east of Kathmandu and towards the western Himalaya. The first part of our journey takes us on the Privthi highway following the Trisuli River, before turning north into the Marsyangdi Valley. Tucked between the Annapurna and Manaslu region, the rough dirt road to Jagat offers splendid views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (7,871m).
Day 3 – Jagat to Dharapani (1,860m)
The rocky trail follows a deep gorge and an endless valley high above the Marsyangdi River. The sheer size, enormity and scale of our surroundings are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The valley is rich in vegetation, lush with produce and blanketed in a thousand hues of green. Waterfalls of which there is an abundance rush down from the hillsides in spectacular fashion. We cross the river throughout the day on sturdy suspension bridges and are likely to pass local traders with their donkey caravan’s en-route. Here the highest peaks of the Himalaya are hidden but the real splendour today lies in the valley before us.
The trail climbs from Dharapani, where the terrain beginning to shift from the lush valleys into rough, rugged alpine. Branching off of the Marsyangdi River we enter into an enchanting forest of pine and oak, bursting with the vibrant colours of rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower. From here there are glorious views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. Our stop for the night is the village of Koto and the gateway into the Nar Phu valley.
Day 5 – Koto to Meta (3,550m)
From Koto we leave the trails of the classic Annapurna Circuit behind us into a far more remote part of the Himalaya. Nar and Phu were only opened up to trekking in 2003 and the evidence of this is immediate as we are unlikely to see many other trekkers on this route.
The trail is carved into the narrow and steep sided walls of the Naar Phu Kola, climbing through pine forest. The trail breaks into a huge expanse, surrounded by the snow capped peaks of Pisang and Kang Guru.
A relatively short day today, to allow for us to acclimatise. An undulating route takes us via temporary settlements and shelters where the people in the valley settle in the colder seasons. Despite an influx of modern influence within the lower regions of the Annapurna’s, it remains distinctly undisturbed here, with a culture able to thrive and be preserved. Scenes from today are reminiscent of ancient Tibet. We spend the evening in Kyang, situated along a high plateau. As there aren’t any permanent lodges here, we’ll spend the night under canvas, camping in tents.
Day 7 – Kyang to Phu (4,080m)
This is truly a magical place to be, with today’s trekking leading us to the village of Phu. Prayer flags, chortens and Mani walls line the trail with a final ascent to Phuohi Yalgoe or ‘Phu gate’. The gate is the entrance into this ancient village and it is about an hour’s walk before we reach our destination.
Day 8 – Phu – Rest Day and Chance to Explore the Surrounding Area
To allow for proper acclimitisation we’ve got a full day to explore this beautiful and ancient settlement. Phu is surrounded by a wild, barren landscape and the Tibetan influence can be seen in the architecture of their homes and gompa.
Retracing our steps we follow the trail out of Phu and down the valley. The route branches off as we head west crossing a bridge to reach the small settlement of Nar Phedi.
Day 10 -Nar Phedi to Nar (4,180m)
There is a steep climb out of Nar Phedi, but the reward is the snowcapped peak of Kang Garu revealing itself as we hike out of the valley, passing by two chortens on the way. We’ll reach the gates of Nar, following Mani walls and passing by a goth (mud walled hut). Nar is slightly bigger than Phu and is located in a natural bowl, surrounded by barley crops and with stunning views of Pisang Peak and Kang Garu.
This is a relatively short day of walking to aid in our acclimatisation. Leaving Nar, we’ll trek across yak pastures and ancient glacial moraine, alongside the well-defined west ridge of Pisang Peak to our left. Upon reaching Kang La Phedi we’ll have the afternoon to explore the surrounding area, relax and take in the views. Tonight is spent camping as there aren’t any permanent lodges here.
Day 12 – Kang La Phedi to Ngawal (3,657m) via Kang La (5322m)
We’ll set off early, as today is a long but spectacular day, a real highlight of the trip! From Kang La Phedi we make the ascent over the Kang La the trek’s highest point. The views are phenomenal and from the pass you can see far across the entire Annapurna range, with stunning views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak and beyond. It is a steep descent, which is mainly straightforward with sections of scree slopes that will need to be navigated. From here it’s all the way down until we reach Ngawal.
We take a fantastic route rejoining the Annapurna Circuit Trail at the village of Pisang. There incredible views towards Manaslu, Annapurna II and the mountains just east of us. We’ll stay in Chame overnight, which is the administrative centre of Manang. Though by no means a big village, there is a definite liveliness and buzz to the place. Children can be seen running and playing on the cobblestoned streets, there are colourful stupas and small stream turning prayer wheels, which eventually leads all the way down to the Marsyangdi River.
Day 14 – Chame to Jagat (1,300m)
We take the trail down the valley, again enjoying the lush hills of the lower Annapurna’s and Marsyangdi Valley. A suiting finale to a fantastic trek!
Day 15 – 4×4 Jeep: Jagat to Kathmandu
We’re back in the jeep as we return to Kathmandu for late afternoon. We’ll have a celebratory meal in a local restaurant in the evening.
Day 16 – Depart for home
Unfortunately it’s the end of this adventure. Lost Earth Adventures group services end after breakfast. Transfers to the airport are complimentary. See you next time!
It is possible to extend this trip, just contact us to let us know what you require and we will arrange everything for you.
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As the clouds part and the sun breaks through the early morning sky, ascend towards the Himalaya in an exhilarating mountain flight. Fly east towards the highest mountain in the world – iconic Mount Everest (8,848m) and on the way take in breathtaking views of the Himalaya including Kangchengjunga (8,586m), Shisha Pangma (8,013m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Nuptse (7,864m) and Lhotse (8,516m). Quite simply – spectacular!
*Scenic Mt. Everest mountain flight is not included in tour price and must be paid for on location.
Or Explore Patan – The City of Beauty Patan is a city standing still in time, immersed in rich cultural history, bustling with the energy of today. A place best explored by foot, we’ll walk the cobbled streets with over 600 stupas whilst discovering ancient pagoda temples. See why local people still call it by its original name, Lalitpur – the City of Beauty.
Trekking Times and Altitudes
These tables show the approximate times it takes to walk to each place we stay at night. These times do not include rest and food breaks. The footpath on this trek is pleasantly smooth on well-trodden trails, allowing for nice walking 95% of the time.
|Secret trails of Nar Phu|
Jagat (1,300m) to Dharapani (1,860m)
|Dharapani (1,860m) to Koto (2,600m)||5-6 Hours|
|Koto (2,600m) to Meta (3,550m)||7-9 hours|
|Meta (3,550m) to Kyang (3,800m)||4-5 hours|
|Kyang (3,800m) to Phu (4,080m)||4-5 hours|
|Phu (4,080m) – Rest Day||0|
|Phu to Nar Phedi (3,550m)||5-6 hours|
|Nar Phedi (3,550m) to Nar (4,180m)||3 Hours|
|Nar (4,180m) to Kang La Phedi (4,530m)||3 Hours|
|Kang La Phedi (4,530m) to Ngawal (3,657m) via Kang La (5,322m)||7-8 Hours|
|Ngawal (3,657m) to Chame (2,600m)||6-7 Hours|
|Chame (2,600m) to Jagat (1,300m)||6-7 Hours|
For prices and more details about this trip please visit the Nar Phu main page