Hike via Poon Hill to the amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary with views of many famous Himalayan peaks like Gangapurna, Fang, and more. See bamboo forests and wildlife.
Trek through a restricted area
Nar Phu Valley Trek is inarguably one of the off-the-beaten-track trails and least visited areas in West Nepal. Since it was opened in 2003, very few visitors have been in the wild, exotic and sparsely populated valleys of Nar and Phu, offering intriguing medieval Tibetan culture and customs that remain untouched and along with breathtaking mountain views.
The restricted area of Nar Phu Valley can only be accessed with a special permit issued to an authorized trekking agency, which will also provide the essential logistics for the trekking tour. The Nar Phu Valley trek has to be completed in seven days because that is the period the permit is issued for.
Our journey starts with a drive to Koto, a little village on the crossroads of the main Annapurna circuit trail and the trail into the Nar Phu valleys. We go off the beaten track via a deep narrow river valley; north of the Annapurna range.
We have a week of acclimatizing and exploring the subalpine forests, mysterious valleys, and narrow river valleys with the presence of a robust Tibetan Buddhist culture along with ever-increasing wildlife – we might even spot the elusive snow leopard on the hike to the village of Nar.
We hike on a barren trail to high camp at the base of Kang La pass, also known as Kang La Phedi (4,530m). We climb gradually on a steep ascent which leads to the summit of Kang La pass (5,320m).
We can be rewarded with spectacular views of the Annapurna range and the Marshyangdi valley from the top. We will have a 360-degree panorama on a clear day. Kang La is the gateway from the remote Nar/Phu valley into the ever-famous Marshyangdi valley. We have a steep descent all the way to the village of Ngawal (3,615m). We are now on the main trail of the Annapurna circuit trek.
Some of the towering peaks that can be seen from the summit of Kang La are Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II. Annapurna IV and Annapurna III, to name a few. We will be looking at the North Face of the Annapurna Range.
From Ngawal, We drive to Besisahar where we stop for the night. We continue our overland journey the following day all the way to Kathmandu.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu/ transfer to hotel/ welcome dinner
Day 02: Half-day guided sightseeing tour/ lunch/ trek briefing
Day 03: Drive to Koto (2,600m). Drive approx. 10 hours +. Overnight lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Meta (3,550m). 6-7 hours. Camp.
Day 05: Trek to Chyaku or Kyang (3,750m ) 3-4 hours. Camp.
Day 06: Trek to Phu (4,240m). 4 hours. Camp.
Day 07: Rest at Phu. Camp.
Day 08: Trek to Nar Phedi (3,500m). 7-8 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nar (4,100m). 3/4 hours. Camp.
Day 10: Trek to Kangla Phedi (4,500m ). 3 hours. Camp. This will be the evening when your meals will be provided in your tent as the teahouse here is smoky, it will be one evening of inconvenience.
Day 11: Trek to Ngawal (3,660m ) via Kangla Pass (5,320 ). 9-10 hours. Overnight lodge.
Day 12: Drive to Besisahar. Overnight Besisahar. 9-10-hour drive. Overnight hotel.
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu. 5 hours. Overnight moonlight.
Day 14: International departure
Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s have done and completed their treks 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 name.
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.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being properly 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 Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.