Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorang La Pass

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorang La Pass
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Annapurna/Nar Phu Valley
  • Max Altitude 5416m/17,769ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Dharapani
  • Ends Jomsom
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorang La Pass Trip Highlights:

The Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorong La Pass trip is an extraordinary journey that combines the stunning and less-visited Nar Phu Valley with the iconic Thorong La Pass. 

  • Experience a more authentic and less crowded side of the Annapurna region. Nar Phu Valley is a hidden gem, less frequented by trekkers, which maintains absolute serenity.
  • The Nar and Phu villages are home to people of Tibetan origin, and their culture and traditions have been preserved for centuries. Explore the ancient monasteries, interact with the friendly locals, and witness their distinct way of life.
  • Meeting the local communities of Nar and Phu Valley is a unique aspect of this trek.
  • Visit the ancient monasteries that have stood the test of time. These monastic sites provide insights into the spiritual and cultural heritage of the region.
  • Going over the most stunning Kang La Pass @ 5,320 m / 17,450 feet provides you with a sense of accomplishment.
  • Your trip cruises through a diverse range of landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields to arid, high-altitude deserts as you approach Thorong La. The contrast in scenery is remarkable.
  • You'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of some of the world's highest peaks, including Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and Nilgiri throughout.
  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass @  5,416 m / 17,769 feet is a challenging but immensely rewarding part of the journey. The panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from the pass are simply breathtaking.
  • The trek showcases natural wonders such as the dramatic canyons and gorges, glacial rivers, and turquoise lakes, creating an awe-inspiring backdrop for your journey.
  • The combination of Tibetan-influenced culture in Nar and Phu with the diverse cultures encountered along the Annapurna Circuit makes for a rich cultural tapestry.

Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorang La Pass Trip Overview

Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorong La Pass is certainly one of the most beautiful treks, a hidden gem of Nepal. If anyone is looking for a trek that goes beyond the natural beauty Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorong La Pass will surely be the best pick. If you are intending to escape the commercial traditional trekking route and prefer to depart into the wilderness then Nar Phu Valley would surely be an ideal choice.  This classic 20-day trek takes you to the magical remote villages of Nar and Phu and the incomparable Thorang La pass.

Located in the North of Annapurna in Manang District, the ancient valley of Nar and Phu is a very medieval setting as it is still untouched by the outside world. The remoteness of the region is still very tranquil and gives anyone the real feeling of being in the wilderness. Nar Phu has a diverse topography which makes it exclusive, unlike many other Himalayan valleys of Nepal.

Trekking into Nar Phu Valley is certainly a beautiful experience. It cruises through narrow canyons, amazing woodland, primeval villages, and monasteries with exceptional Himalayan culture, customs, and beliefs. Every day you would witness to comprehend the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle and the authentic rustic everyday life which is very typical.

Besides, this trip delivers travelers one of the most outstanding views of the mountains. The view includes Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Tilicho Peak, and Annapurna. The valley of Nar Phu is a restricted area and still very unaffected because it was opened to the outside world only in 2003.

The valley is very rich in its natural beauty, different history, myths, and in its unique culture. Nar Phu is, without a doubt, a hidden gem purely adorned by its natural beauty, remoteness, and its soothing serenity. Besides the mountains and the cultured villages, the Nar Phu Trekking has a lot to offer. The local traditions, rituals, dress, and ample sacred monasteries bear fascinating myths and legends.

About Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorong La Pass:

The Nar Phu Valley trek with Thorong La Pass basically starts from the prominent Annapurna Circuit Trek. From Kathmandu, we drive to Dharapani via Besisahar. Despite a long drive the view and the fun of driving through the narrow highways and the mountain gorges are interestingly unbelievable. From Dharapani we skip the legendary Annapurna Circuit trial and enter into the most stunning hidden valley of Nar and Phu.

Though the walking distance is short yet the walking hours are governed by your pace and the time you spend adoring the mesmerizing sights. Gradually we explore this practically untouched valley walking into the remote magical surrounding with its enchanting charm. Eventually, we go over the amazing Kang La pass 5320m / 17,454ft and once again join the famous Annapurna Circuit Trial. As we get down to Ngawal the view of the Annapurna massif is simply unbelievable.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m / 4,593 ft)
  • Day 02:Half day city tour / afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • Day 03:Drive to Dharapani (1,960 m / 6,430 ft): 9/10 hours
  • Day 04:Trek to Koto 5/6 hours (2,600 m / 8,530 ft)
  • Day 05:Trek to Meta 6/7 hours (3,560 m / 11,679 ft)
  • Day 06:Trek to Kyang 5/6 hours (3,820 m / 12,532 ft)
  • Day 07:Trek to Phu Village 4/5 hours (4,080 m / 13,385 ft)
  • Day 08:Phu Village: Acclimatization day – side excursion
  • Day 09:Trek to Nar Phedi 6/7 hours
  • Day 10:Trek to Nar Village 3 hours (4,110 m / 13,484 ft)
  • Day 11:Nar Village: Acclimatization day – side excursion to Nar Peak
  • Day 12:Trek to Ngawal via Kang La Pass 9/11 hours (5320 m / 17,454 ft)
  • Day 13:Trek to Manang (3540 m / 11,614 ft)
  • Day 14:Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110 m / 13,484 ft): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 15:Trek to Thorang Phedi (4,450 m / 14,599 ft) or High Camp (4,600 m / 15,092 ft): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 16:Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m / 12,467 ft) via Thorong La pass (5,416 m / 17,764 ft): 8 – 9 hours
  • Day 17:Trek to Jomsom (2720 m / 8,923 ft) 6 – 7hours
  • Day 18:Flight to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft)
  • Day 19:Fly to Kahtmandu
  • Day 20:Departure Day - Transfer to international airport.

Nar Phu Valley Trek with Thorang La Pass Detailed Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, to access restricted mountain areas like Nar Phu Valley, we require your original passport and passport-sized photos to swiftly secure the Special Trekking Permit. This document must be temporarily submitted to the Nepal Immigration Department. It is a golden ticket to unseen vistas and untouched valleys away from the maddening crowd. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

                                          The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

                                          Flight Delay/Cancellation in Jomsom:

                                          The unpredictability of Flights flying to and from Jomsom airport, the WINDY VALLEY of Nepal is pretty evident from its history of delays and cancellations. Diverse factors lead to the situation of cancellation including the weather, technical issues, poor visibility, etc. In such conditions, Nepal Pyramids will organize a Vehicle to transfer us to Pokhara which can be a very long drive but worth it.

                                          However, It is always very wise to have an extra day in your hand in case of bad weather, delays, or flight cancellation. Though in such cases, we always come up with a possible alternative depending on the situation, however, an extra day always cushions for any such uncertainty that truly redeems you from all the international flight hassles.

                                          What's Included
                                          • PERMITS: All Essential permits + SPECIAL PERMIT (Restricted Area Permit) required to trek in the region.
                                          • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
                                          • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU and POKHARA on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
                                          • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
                                          • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
                                          • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
                                          • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
                                          • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
                                          • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
                                          • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
                                          • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                                          • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
                                          • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
                                          • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
                                          • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
                                          • SAFETY CONCERNS: An all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
                                          • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
                                          What's Excluded
                                          • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                                          • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                                          • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                                          • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                                          • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                                          • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                                          • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                                          • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                                          • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                                          • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                                          • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
                                          Essential Trip Information

                                          Kang La (5,320 meters / 17,454 feet)

                                          The Kang La Pass is a high mountain pass at 5,320 meters (17,454 feet) above sea level. The pass is situated between the Nar Phu Valley and the Upper Mustang region. It delivers a stunning and challenging trekking route for adventurous hikers.

                                          The Kang La Pass is a popular destination for trekkers who want to explore the remote and less-visited areas of the Annapurna region. Trekking through the Kang La involves navigating rugged terrains, crossing glaciers, and traversing steep ascents and descents. It requires a good level of physical fitness, acclimatization, and prior trekking experience. The Pass offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and many more.

                                          It's important to note that trekking in the Annapurna region, including the Kang La Pass, requires obtaining the necessary permits. It requires a special permit and hiring a licensed guide or joining a trekking agency for safety and support. The best time to undertake this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable, and the views are clear.

                                          We further walk to the most beautiful luxury town of Manang and gradually head further to walk over the Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft). Eventually, we get down to Jomsom, the Windy Valley of Nepal. Finally, we take a short flight to Pokhara – another gorgeous city in Nepal.

                                          Thorang La (5416 meters / 17,764 feet)

                                          Thorang La, also known as Thorung La, is one of the highest and most famous passes in the world. It stands at an elevation of approximately 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) above sea level.
                                          The Thorang La Pass is a crucial part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which is a popular and challenging trekking route that orbits the Annapurna massif. It serves as the highest point of the trek and connects the Manang District with Mustang District.

                                          The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri. The trail leading up to the pass involves steep ascents, and rocky terrain, and can be affected by high-altitude settings. Proper acclimatization and physical fitness are essential for a successful crossing.

                                          The best time to undertake the Thorang La Pass trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is appropriate, and the views are clear. Trekkers are advised to be well-prepared, carry appropriate gear, and have a good understanding of altitude sickness. It's recommended to travel with a licensed guide or join a trekking agency for safety and support during the challenging sections of the trek.

                                          Crossing Thorang La is a significant achievement for trekkers. Reaching the top of the pass offers a sense of accomplishment and breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan landscape.

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