14 Days

Max Altitude



The Nar Phu Valley trek takes you across several high passes, picturesque villages, dense forests, ancient monasteries, and narrow canyons to remote Nar and Phu villages near Tibet. As the trek progresses, you will find yourself among the world's rare wilderness, past impressive chortens, and herds of blue sheep.

Course Dates and Location
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6th sep 2024 annapurna region Book Now

The Nar Phu Valley Trek offers a rare chance to explore one of Nepal’s least-visited regions in West Nepal. With its untouched medieval Tibetan culture, scenic landscapes, and limited tourist footfall since opening to the public in 2003, this trek promises an exclusive and captivating experience.

Access to the Nar Phu Valley requires a special permit, obtainable through authorized trekking agencies, allowing a seven-day exploration into these pristine valleys.

Commencing from Koto, a small village marking the junction of the Annapurna circuit trail and the gateway to Nar Phu, the trek veers off the familiar path, traversing a narrow river valley north of the Annapurna range.

Several days are dedicated to acclimatization and exploration, immersing trekkers in subalpine forests, enigmatic valleys, and narrow river gorges amidst a vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture. The region also boasts an increasing wildlife presence, including the elusive snow leopard occasionally sighted en route to Nar village.

The trek proceeds to a high camp at Kang La Phedi (4,530m) before a gradual ascent to Kang La pass (5,320m), offering breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna range and the Marshyangdi valley. On clear days, a panoramic 360-degree view unfolds, showcasing Kang La as the passage from the remote Nar/Phu Valley into the renowned Marshyangdi Valley. The steep descent then leads to Ngawal village (3,615m), integrating with the main Annapurna circuit trail.

Glimpses of towering peaks like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, and the North Face of the Annapurna Range await from the summit of Kang La.

The return journey involves a drive to Besisahar, a night’s stopover, followed by an 8-10 hour overland expedition on rugged roads back to Kathmandu.



Day 1: Arrival in Nepal and passport to Initiative Outdoor
Day 2: Trek briefing and preparation
Day 3: Drive Kathmandu – Besisahar (820m), 7 hrs. Private Jeep Besisahar – Chamje (1,470m), approx. 2 hrs
Day 4: Trek Chamje – Dharapani (2,113m), approx. 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek Dharapani – Chame (2620m), approx. 7 hrs
Day 6: Trek Chame – Meta (3,230m), approx.7 hrs
Day 7: Trek Meta – Phu Village (4,050m), approx.7 hrs
Day 8: Exploration day – Phu Village and excursion to Himlung Base Camp (4,900m)
Day 9: Trek Phu Village – Nar Phedi (3,820m), approx. 6 hrs
Day 10: Trek Nar Phedi – Nar Village (4,150m), approx. 4 hrs
Day 11: Explore Nar Village and Gompa Monasteries
Day 12: Trek Nar Village – Ngawal (3,360m) via Kang La Pass (5,130m), approx. 10 hrs
Day 13: Trek Ngawal – Chame (2,620m), approx. 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Drive Chame – Besisahar, 5 hrs. Drive Besisahar to Kathmandu, approx. 6 hrs


The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice

In order to obtain your Nar Phu restricted access permit, we need your original passport at least 2 working days before departure

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.



T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 


Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 


Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional


Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use


Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

Trek FAQ


Am I too young or old?

Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?

We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.

Do I need a Visa?

A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.

A visa can also be obtained outside of Nepal at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.

For more information, visit the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

What should I bring on a Trek?

Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our what to bring section.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.

Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travellers?
You are safe if you respect the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much of a problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).

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