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Nar-Phu Valley With Thorang-La Pass Trek

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21 days
Max. Elevation
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Ground or Air
Best Season
March to May & September to November
Tea Houses Lodges during Trek
Breakfats, Lunch and Dinner during Trek
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  • An adventure above scenic Manang valley to a hidden land of Nar and Phu.
  • Nar-Phu a former forbidden country and picturesque Himalayan Shangri-La. 
  • Explore around the land where elusive snow-leopard and Himalayan Thar dwells.
  • Fascinating traditional villages enriched with ancient heritage culture, customs. 
  • Crossing high passes over Kang-la and Thorang-la facing tremendous view


Nar Phu with Thorang-La pass Trek, one of the most exciting adventures around Nepal Far North Mid-West, beyond Annapurna Himalayas. 
Our itinerary days, are perfectly designed for trekkers to enjoy the picturesque countryside and the hidden Shangri-La, of Nar-Phu valley. 

The high region of Upper Manang valley around Nar Phu remained a forbidden country for centuries. Until it was opened for outside visitors from 2003 onwards but remains a restricted area. Where all interested travelers require a special permit to enter the formerly forbidden country of Nar Phu.

A great adventure, for trekkers in search of new fresh, and raw areas around the Himalayas, away from mainstream routes. Nar Phu with Thorang-La Trek is a great combination of traversing from one end of the valley to another scenic area.

On this trip, trekkers can experience the spectacular country of Manang with the Mustang region at the end of the journey. The beautiful landscapes leave you spellbound, as the snow-mountains follow you from the beginning to the end of the adventure. This wonderful trek is not only of marvelous scenery of towering snow-capped peaks and spectacular scenery. 

The local traditions and cultures of age-old heritage are equally charming and fascinating, as you explore the Nar Phu villages. As well at the end of the adventure around lower Manang towards Jomsom town visiting its impressive monasteries. 

Nar Phu with Thorang-La Pass Trek, leads you to cross over two scenic high passes, although a strenuous climb. But makes you feel on top of the world standing on the highest points, where giant peaks of the Himalayas surround you. 

Nar Phu valley due to its remoteness, around far-flung corners of the Annapurna Himalayas, away from the main popular trails. Retaining its pristine wilderness and its ancient traditional cultures as it were for hundreds of centuries. 
One of the few wild countries around the Himalayas, which has remained, untouched, and undisturbed by modern civilizations. 

The adventure commences with a long and interesting drive from Kathmandu to reach the cooler high hills of Manang at Dharapani. A nice village located on the main route of Nar Phu and towards the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit treks.

Nar Phu with Thorang-La Pass, the real adventure begins from Dharapani onwards, following the main trail of the famous Annapurna circuit

After a pleasant walk around the lovely Bagarchap, Danaque, and Timang villages on reaching Kodo village, our route branches off. Leaving the popular trail of Annapurna Circuit for a week, heading towards our main destination to Nar-Phu valley. The trail leads through a narrow river gorge covered in pines and rhododendron-dense tree lines. After days of steady walks, the gorge opens into the wide exposed, and scenic country of Nar Phu valley.

An exciting and amazing windswept high land with close views of Himlung Himal, the walk leads first to Phu village. Enjoy the unspoiled features of Phu village, a mixture of Tibetan heritage within harsh and beautiful terrains. 
Steeped with fascinating Buddhist cultures and old impressive monasteries to enjoy the tour of cultural and religious interests. 

From Phu, a day walk or more takes you to its adjoining village of Nar, quite similar to Phu. An interesting settlement to observe the ancient traditional customs and farm activities along with glorious scenic views of snow peaks.
On completing a wonderful visit to Nar Phu villages, and its picturesque surroundings. The adventure continues to cross over high Kang-La, to join on the main Annapurna Circuit route towards the main Manang village.

Experience the great difference, after being around Nar Phu and reaching back on the popular trekking areas at Manang village. The walk from Manang follows the main trail facing the grand vista of the Annapurna Himalayan range with Chulu’s peaks. Slowly the trek leads at the end of the Manang valley rim reaching the base of Thorang-La pass. An early morning climb on undulating winding up leads you to the top of Thorang-La, the highest spot of the trip.

From Thorang-La overlooking a mesmerizing, wonderful panorama of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Himalayas with Damodar and Chulu’s peaks as far as Manaslu Himal.
Enjoying the dramatic scenery of snow-capped peaks and tremendous views of landscapes, a long downhill walk to Muktinath. A famous holy site of the Hindu religion for a sacred pilgrimage around the Himalayas, the temple is dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu.

After an interesting tour of Muktinath Temple and its holy sites, the walk leads towards Kaligandaki River Valley. A long drop of nearly 3,000 meters from the high Thorang-La Pass to the large town of Jomsom. 

The administrative and headquarters of Mustang areas with a small airport, where our adventurous walks end at Jomsom. The next morning take a swift panoramic flight to beautiful Pokhara, a city of charm and beauty. A renowned tourist destination of Nepal blessed with natural wonders of snow peaks of Annapurna Himalayas with serene lakes. 

Finally our marvelous adventure concludes in this lovely gem of a city in Pokhara; after a great overwhelming experience on Nar Phu with Thorang-La Pass Treks.  

Important Note

Trip Summary:
Mode of Trek:          Best available lodge / guest house on treks.
Trekking Grade:      Moderate to Adventurous.
Trekking Region:      Around Manang district Northern side of Annapurna’s. 
Start and End of trek: From Dharapani to Jomsom with drive and flight. 
Highest elevation:    On top Thorang-La Pass at 5,416 m /17,697 feet high.              
Trek duration:         15 Nights and 16 Days with drives and flights to Pokhara. 
Total Trip:            20 Nights and 21 Days, from arrival to departures.

Best Seasons for Nar-Phu with Thorang-La Pass Trek:
The best season for Nar-Phu with Thorang-La Pass Trek is late spring April and May. Including autumn/fall begins from September to early November. 
Springtime is bright and beautiful, most days are clear with sunny days, can be cloudy afternoons. Bringing cold chill in the late afternoon, and night till morning this is the time when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom.
The next best season is autumn/fall, where days are clear with sunny days for views and walks. But shorter days due to limited sunlight hours, cold morning and night time can expect snowfall sometimes. But an enjoyable day for pleasant walks with clear views of the beautiful snow mountain range. 
Culture & Religion: 
The Nar-Phu areas above Manang district is populated by Manange tribe of strong Tibetan origin, quite different to other hills tribes the Gurung of Southern Annapurna and Lamjung Himal areas. The Manang’s people interwoven with similar to Tibetans, follows Buddhism religion with same heritage culture and traditional way of living. But beyond Manang crossing high Thorang-La pass around Mustang areas of Kaligandaki Valley dominated by Thakali people. 

The tribes of Lower Mustang of Mongolian origin, interwoven to Buddhism. Follows similar culture to its neighbors of Upper Mustang and Manang people and Tibetan predecessors. Where trekkers will come across religious monuments of prayer walls, spinning wheels, Stupas, and monasteries. All houses are adorned with Buddhist prayer flags, as well on top of Kang-La and Thorang-La passes. Which symbolize a respect for the abode of gods and goddesses and holy mountain spirits. Traditionally the native of Manang and Nar-Phu areas are farmers and cattle herders, raising and breeding livestock.

Trip Itinerary

On first arrival at Kathmandu-Nepal international airport, our staff and guide will receive with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, on checking into your nice rooms. After getting refreshed from the jet-lag, join at the hotel lobby and at meeting room for trek briefing provided by our guide or leader. Information about the hotel, lodge on treks with full details of trekking trails, food and accommodation on treks. As well with do’s and don’ts with welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurants with local cultural program along with Nepali meals.

Morning after breakfast, the city / cultural guide will meet you at the hotel for tour around Kathmandu World Heritage Sites. As well visiting interesting places of steeped with history and culture. After the tour back at the hotel, preparation for Nar Phu with Thorang-La Trek. 

A long and exciting drive to the starting point of trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp, start the day. As early as possible for an interesting long overland journey heading Mid-West from Kathmandu. The road follows on main busy highway to Bhesisar the headquarter town of Lamjung district. From here the drive leads along the Marsyangdi River to Syange village, then climbs on winding rough hilly tracks.

Reaching Jagat a nice mountain village, where air gets much cooler as the dirt tracks follows through Chamje. Then entering district of Manang from Tal Besi towards Dharapani for overnight halt, in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Dharapani located on a river gorge, which is also the route of Manaslu Circuit, a pleasant and lovely village. 

Enjoy the walk today, after a long hour drive of previous day feeling fresh, start the first day walk. A pleasant with gradual up on winding trail through lovely cool forest of pines and rhododendron. Walk through Bagarchap and Danaque villages,

from here onwards within strong Buddhist religion and cultures. As you come across Buddhist monuments of Stupa and Mani Walls. The trail leads to a steep climb reaching Timang a large village of mixed tribes of hill people Gurung, Magar and Manange. A possible lunch stop facing grand views of Lamjung peaks in the south with Manaslu Himal towards North East. From here a slow and easy walk to Kodo village, where route to Nar-Phu and main Manang village branch-off.

Overnight stop in a nice lodge at Kodo village, from here our route diverts from the main Annapurna Circuit trail for a week. At Kodo with time for short walk up to Chame explore the town. Which is the headquarters of Manang district. 

An early start to cover a long distance towards overnight stop in Meta, a small nice settlement. Walk leads to cross over a Phu River heading through lovely woods of pines and rhododendron trees. As trail follows past small overhanging cave, a natural shelter for travelers in early days. The walk leads a small settlement of Dharmasala to enter a narrow canyon of rocky cliffs and water falls. Slowly the tree lines drops, as the views opens up as walk leads to the last stretch onto Meta. Then climb to a steep hill, facing grand views of the giant snowy peaks that pop up above the rocky ridge line. Finally end the day walk on reaching Meta for overnight on entering the Nar Phu Valley. A wide stretch windswept terrain, having few nice simple lodges for overnight stop. 

From Meta onwards within a dry country of Nar Phu valley, today a short morning trek to a small settlement. Reaching Junam, as walk continues towards the next semi-permanent settlement of Chako. Where in early days of 1960’s Tibetan refugees from the Khampas province of Tibet migrated to Nepal. 

Settled at Chako making a temporary camp, from here few hours climb with downhill to Kyang for lunch and overnight. The area around Kyang an extensive winter settlement of Phu, situated on a high plateau above the winding Phu River.

Today walk leads to our first main highlight of the adventure to Phu village, morning walk starts heading higher areas. The trail leads to a unique and colorful Tibetan Buddhist monuments of Chorten that Nar and Phu are famous for.

As the trail meanders along a ridge, facing great views of a monastery, situated at Nar Phedi. Which is on the route after visiting Phu village, an hour walk leads through canyons and gorges. Then reaching a huge monolith that stands on the steep up to Phu; catching views of the three main villages of the region.  

Grand looks of the old “Dzong” (Tibetan-style fortress) and the remains of two windblown and eroded forts. Which stands majestically above the valley before reaching Phu village, and just before crossing over a bridge to Phu. Coming across a series of Buddhist prayer Mani walls and Chorten that dots the beautiful country of Nar Phu. The morning walk finally completes on reaching the mystical, amazing Phu village for two overnight stops.

Enjoy the free and leisure day in Phu, amidst glorious scenery of high snow peaks and beautiful landscapes surrounding. An enjoyable place for short hike and tour uphill to the famous Tashi Lakhang Gompa, as a great noble respects; for Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche. Migrated to Nepal along with His Holiness the great 14th Dalai Lama in the year 1959. Phu village is a perfect spot with right altitude for acclimatization before crossing the high Kang-La pass.

Have a pleasant day exploring the narrow alleyways of the closely knitted village. For energetic people can take a long hike to Himlung Himal base camp of more than 6 hours both ways. Rest of the day observe the local activities of the villagers as they spin their yak and sheep wool. Pounding mustard seeds with an old methods, making a paste for oil, and watch the daily chores of farm life.

After a pleasant extra day in Phu village, morning a short walk of few hours towards Nar the adjacent village. Walk lead back to the historical and traditional entrance and exit gate of Phu. The trail follows down to a river, and walk to Junam Kharka or Nar Phedi for overnight halt. A lovely spot with few simple huts serving as tea-house and lodges. Actually, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi has to offer for outside guest. But the rooms are neat and clean and the nuns are polite and welcomes with traditional greetings. An interesting place, where one can enjoy visiting the kitchen, observe lunch and dinner being prepared on a modest fireplace. Every evening by 5 pm the monastery a worship and prayer takes place. Guests are welcome to witness, it would be great support to contribute a donation in the box. For the monastery and nuns welfare, as well retaining this beautiful and friendly place.

Another short day walk, we have maintained the itinerary so that all can enjoy the picturesque Nar Phu at ease. Morning from Nar Phedi bidding farewell to happy, cheerful nuns, on the trail to an old bridge. Placed from the deep and narrow gorge, as climb continues facing views of old Gyalbu and Satte Gompa. 

Located on the far side of a valley, the monasteries with 17th Century old history. At present it is deserted and in desolate condition, as climb advances reaching the entrance traditional gates of Nar village. The welcome gate a delightful painted, bamboo-topped Chorten, from here the morning walk completes transfer into a nice simple lodge. Nar a lovely place with well-tended barley and mustard fields, after lunch enjoy tour of four ancient colorful Gompa. A scenic hike facing snow peaks that towers above the monastery at Nar.

Rest of the day marvel the surrounding beautiful landscape scenery and observe the local daily farm life and village activities.

Leaving Nar for sheer wilderness, walk leads at the end of Nar-Phu to enter a complete windswept valley. The walk leads towards the remote corners at the western end of Nar-Phu valley. Slowly the trail winds up to cross icy streams, then reaching a wide area, which is a pasture field for yaks. A small temporary settlement of cattle and yak herders with small stone huts, provides as simple Tea-House. After lunch enjoy the afternoon relaxing and marveling the surrounding views of Chulu’s and Damodar Himal with Himlung Himal.

The first high pass to cross of the adventure over Kang-La ridge, morning after an earl breakfast, carrying packed lunch. Then head for the steep haul on slope sided hill, as climb continues to reach on top of Kang-La Pass. Located at 5,306 m high, forms the boundary of main Manang and Nar-Phu valleys. However the pass is not so difficult, but a long stretch with steep ups. In snow condition might be quite challenging and take much longer. On reaching the top, enjoy the fantastic panoramic scenery towards Annapurna-II, Gangapurna Himal and Tilicho Peak in the south. Includes views of Chulus and Damodar Himal range as far as Himlung Himal towards Far East. 

From the top of Kang-La a slow and easy descent leads to upper side of Manang valley in Ngawal. A scenic and isolated nice village on route to Chulu East and Nar-Phu areas. The walk leads to a Buddhist monument a large Chorten decorated with prayer flags and religious spinning wheels. As you enter Ngawal village and its stone paved path, and transfer in the comfort of a nice lovely lodge.

Enjoying a pleasant overnight in the comfort of nice lodge at Ngawal village, today’s walks is quite short. Leaving the remote village of Upper Manang valley, walk leads on winding downhill trail, overlooking range of snow-clad peaks of Annapurna’s, and Chulus with staggering Pisang peak. 

After few hours of good scenic walks, then enter within main trail at Manang Valley, the route head downhill. Reaching Braga village with an oldest monastery of Manang. Having time for short visit of the monastery stand above the Braga village on a sandy hillock. A short climb to enter the monastery interior enriched with ancient idols of Lord Buddha and famous saints and gurus. From the monastery stunning panorama of snow-mountain range of Annapurna’s and Chulu’s with towering Pisang peaks. From Braga a short walk with few minutes climb to Manang village, enclosed by staggering mountain range. Located on a plateau above Marsyangdi River valley, an exciting place to enjoy additional day in Manang.  

Enjoy good breakfast along with grand vista of surrounding scenery, then moving further with gradual up. The walk leads past smaller settlements. 

Heading due west facing close views of gigantic Chulu West peak with Gangapurna Himal that towers above. The walk finally ends on crossing a small stream, then reaching Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight. 

Enjoy the leisure afternoon overlooking views of snow peaks, and walk around with chances of spotting some wildlife. Like herd of Goral (mountain antelopes) Himalayan Thar, if lucky the elusive Snow Leopard with some pheasant like snow-cock / hens. 

Start the morning on a gentle wide trail to Ledar, a small place with few lodge. 

Located on route to Chulu West base camp, walk on winding ups and down to cross a stream. A steep climb and then on nice easy path to Phedi, the bottom of Thorang-La Pass, a settlement with number of lodges. Phedi located at the end of Manang valley. After a refreshing short break, a steep haul up to High Camp for lunch and last overnight around Manang areas. Transfer into a nice simple lodge and enjoy lunch, having time for short walk as exercise for long walk next day.

The toughest day walks of the adventure after Tilicho Lake Base Camp trek, an  early morning start. Walk leads on nice narrow path for short while, and then climb begins on winding and undulating ups. Reaching a flat spot with a small hut near a glacial ponds, continue walk up to the top of Thorang-La. After a strenuous climb rewarded with glorious jaw-dropping views of Mid-Western Himalayan peaks, as far towards Mt. Dhaulagiri range. Includes views of Mustang Himal towards west with Damodar Himal, Chulu’s and Annapurna with Manaslu in the far eastern horizon. The pass is marked with a sign board with thousands of prayer flags, after an overwhelming moment. A long descent reaches to another Phedi with few small Tea-Shops, after a pleasant rest. Journey continue for another last hour on easy flat trail to Muktinath holy site and its nice village for overnight.

Muktinath regarded as holiest of all holy pilgrimage sites around the Himalayan range, the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. At Muktinath enjoy the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, provides wide-range of food menu, along with views of Dhaulagiri Himal.

The motorable road has reached as far as neat to the Muktinath Temple and the Village. As today will be the last day of trekking, enjoy the walk downhill through exciting village of Jharkot. The village with an old ruined fort or Dzong, walk heads further down to reach Kaligandaki River valley. A pleasant nice and gradual walks all the way to Jomsom, a big town and headquarters of Mustang district. 

Enjoy the lovely comforts in a good lodge accommodations, having lunch with time to browse around the streets of Jomsom. The home of Thakali the main tribes of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley, a prosperous people.

The Thakali have been on trade with Tibet across the border, as well famous in running and managing hotels and restaurants.    

Morning as time for short flight to Pokhara, transfer to Jomsom airport, as plane arrives. Then, get on board in a small aircraft for sweeping panoramic flight of less than half hour. During airborne enjoy views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas above rolling green hills of Ghorepani and Poon hill. As the plane lands at Pokhara airport, transfer to a nice hotels close to beautiful Phewa Lakeside. 

Pokhara one of the most charming city around the whole Himalayas, located on the laps of massif Annapurna Himalayas. Where majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famous Fish-Tail dominates the Pokhara valley.

Morning leaving the hotel in Pokhara, drive in a private vehicle or on regular Tourist Bus, as per size of a group. The scenic and interesting overland journey to Kathmandu on the same exciting highway. After hours of driving reaching back to your hotel in Kathmandu, rest of the day at leisure.

Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu with individual activities or get into shopping spree. Interested people can join for another interesting tour of other cities of Kathmandu valley. Sightseeing around Patan / Lalitpur or the famous Bhaktapur city Durbar Square, worth a visit.

After an enjoyable and most mesmerizing time in Nepal, around the Annapurna Himalayas on Nar Phu with Thorang La Pass Trek. As time for departure, our staff transfer you to international airport for flight homeward bound or to next port of call.

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  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • 4 Night hotel in Kathmandu and 1 Night in Pokhara with Breakfast 
  • All accommodation in simple T-house 
  • Breakfast Lunch and Dinner during trekking. 
  • Experience and government licensed guide and porter
  • Ground Transportation from Kathmandu-POkhara-Kathmandu. 
  • Domestic flight ticket Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara. 
  • First aid kit carry by Sherpa leader 
  • Food salary insurance for Guide and Porter 
  • National park entrance fee 
  • All government charges and taxes 
  • 1 porter for 2 trekkers 
  • Farewell dinner last night in Kathmandu. 

Doesn't Include

  • Personal expenses
  • Excess bag charge
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance

Frequently Asked Questions

As this is a high altitude trek of moderate and adventurous walks of little more of two weeks. As long one is determined and physically fit and in sound health, can overcome the difficulty and tough climb with steep downhill’s.

The first part of the adventure is gradual with slow gain in altitude, but from Phu and Nar villages onwards. The difficult sections is long steep climb to Kang-La Pass top, the other hard climb is up to Thorang-La Pass. But taking slow with frequent rest stops will be the best to enjoy the difficult part of the adventure. Apart from the two high passes, rest of the walk is pleasant on moderate trails with short ups and down.

Nearly all villages and lodges have electricity from Hydro or Solar power, where one can charge their electronic items. Where client needs to pay an extra fee for using the power as per gadgets charged. But at Kang-La Phedi facilities for electricity is almost nil, just for few days. Rest of the trekking routes and overnight stops do have electricity power. As for internet and cell phone communications, every lodges have the Wi-Fi and internet services, but can be quite disturbing sometimes due to weather and location wise.

In major villages from budget to tourist standard lodge like in Manang. Including Muktinath and Jomsom with high-class accommodation of international standard. On treks most lodges and guest-house are simple with spacious rooms with attached or non-attached bathrooms and toilets. Where meals are served in a large dining room with a warm environment provides comprehensive food menu. Includes from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and popular Nepali meals. As well varieties of snacks and appetizers with home-baked bakeries items in large villages. The only simple comfort of accommodation is on the route to Phu and Nar villages, with Kang-La Phedi and at Thorang High Camp.

Depends upon the trek and grade chosen, for below 3,000 m high no risk of altitude sickness, but for trekking above 3,000 m and crossing high passes of over 5, 000 m. All trekkers should be well aware of altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).  Our guides, leaders offer safety advice about the route and rise of altitude on daily walks to designated overnight stops.

Enjoying the walks taking slow pace when required, having short stops to catch with your breath against getting exhaustion. Taking advice from your guide and walking slow, drinking enough water or any fluids (except alcoholic drinks) as well having rest. All our itineraries for high altitude treks, have rest days for acclimatization before heading higher ground. 

Yes, certainly of course a short panoramic flight of 30 minutes to Kathmandu from Pokhara. But the flight airfare depends upon the cost as set on the itinerary days. If the flight is not included on trip cost, it will be at extra cost, where trekkers needs to inform the Trek Landers Adventure on early booking. 

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