Nar-Phu & Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 20 Days
  • Trip Difficulty moderate_strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,416 m / 17,700 ft
  • Start and End -
  • Best Time March to May & September to November.
  • Accommodation Best Hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara with local lodge on treks.

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure far and beyond from massive Annapurna Himalayas and Manang valley.
  • Exciting and scenic walks on the hidden corners of Nepal Far Mid-West Himalayas.
  • Enjoy the adventure to Nar and Phu picturesque valleys and its traditional villages.
  • Explore the beautiful country of Nar and Phu on least ventured areas by few trekkers.

Nar-Phu & Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking leads to an exciting and wonderful adventure with the guidance of Tamang Randomness Treks. Enjoy the perfect wilderness in the close harmony of immense ancient cultures of Phu and Nar villages. The high country is well hidden from the outside world, away from mainstream routes, and enclosed behind towering Himalayan peaks. Nar-Phu & Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking falls within Restricted Areas of Nepal which was open for foreign visitors.

From 2003 onwards, in the land of indigenous tribes, the Khampa’s enriched with intriguing cultures of age-old Buddhism heritage. Truly an amazing country to visit and explore its windblown villages of Phu and Nar with its ancient monasteries. The settlement of Nar and Phu is a land of scenic and cultural interest, where a walk leads you from the main trail. Heading towards off the beaten tracks away from the popular Annapurna Circuit route for a week long. On visiting the exciting areas of Nar and Phu and then back following the main path to Manang village.

The land of Nar-Phu is a raw and wild country, making a perfect habitation for mountain wildlife, like blue sheep. Including Himalayan Thar and a herd of mountain goats, often seen on this marvelous journey around Nar and Phu terrain. An exciting overland journey from Kathmandu takes you to cooler hills covered in green dense forest reaching Manang district. As the walk follows on main Annapurna Circuit to Kodo village, from here our route diverts from the popular trail. Heading towards hidden Shangri-La to Nar-Phu high valley, following into a river gorge, and then reaching a wide-open country.

On reaching our main destinations at Phu villages, with ample time to explore its immense and impressive cultures. Then walk leads to Nar another main village of the area, quite similar to Phu but much smaller and more interesting. After completing the adventure around Nar-Phu crossing the high pass of Kang-La, and then back on the trail of Annapurna Circuit. The adventure follows through the lovely large main village at Manang, surrounded by towering
peaks of Chulu’s and Annapurna Himalayas.

After Manang village on the trail to cross Thorang-La passes the highest point of the adventure. Rewards with a spectacular panorama of a snow mountain range that surrounds the high pass of Thorang-La. From the pass a long descent to a holy site of Muktinath temple, located within the picturesque Mustang area. At Muktinath explore the sacred temples and holy monuments, an important pilgrimage place for Hindu and Buddhist religions. From Muktinath down to Kaligandaki River to Jomsom, where our adventurous treks then completes at the big town of Jomsom. Next morning a short swift flight reaches Pokhara to conclude our wonderful adventure ‘Nar &
Phu Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat village 1,360 m via Besisar-07 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani village 1, 820 m – 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Kodo 2,630 m near Chame town 2,710 m -05 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Meta 3,560 m-06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Kyang 3,020 m-05 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Phu 4,060 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Phu and short exploration.
Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi at Mahendrapul 4,090 m- 05 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Nar-Gaon / village 4, 140 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Trek Kang-La Phedi at Yak Kharka 4, 460 m – 04 hrs.
Day 12: Cross Kang-La Pass 5,306 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Manang 3,540 m- 04 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 110 m – 04 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to High Camp 4,900 m -04 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m crossing high Thorang la pass 5,416 m /17,700 feet – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 04 hrs.
Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel.
Day 19: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 20: Depart for international departure

What's included

  • All transfers (usually by privatevehicle) according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing)
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room) in Kathmandu, in Pokhara and in simple teahouses/lodges during the trekking tour *)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, Annapurna Conservation Permit, TIMS card, and Special Area Permit
  • English speaking travel/city guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide and porter during the trekking tour
  • Food (full board) incl. country typical drinks (tea, coffee) during the trekkingtour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu und Pokhara
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Airport tax
  • Welcome- Dinner in Kathmandu

What's not included

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water during the trekking tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Food and drinks during the jeep/bus drive Kathmandu to Bulbule and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Other domestic flights
  • Excess baggage charges domestic flights
  • Extra charge for hot shower during the trekking tour
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the trekking tour
  • Personal Travel- and health insurance
  • Emergency transport / emergency evacuation
  • Tips (for driver,city guide, trekking guide and porter)
  • All other things not mentioned in inclusion

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    On first arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport, our staff and guide receives you with traditional welcome. A short drive to your hotel, situated on the main part of the city, and then check into your rooms. After getting refresh join with other members of the group for trek briefing, our Tamang Randomness Treks guide. Will provide necessary information regarding the trek, culture with do’s and don’ts making your holiday in Nepal enjoyable. Evening a group dinner in a nice Nepalese restaurants with folk cultural programs, an introduction to Nepalese meals and culture.

  • Day 02: Drive to Jagat village 1,360 m via Besisar-07 hrs.

    An early morning start for overland journey to the starting point of trekking, as drive leads beyond Kathmandu valley. Heading towards low warm farm area at Lamjung district at Besisar a large town, as drive continues past Syange village. Where drive climbs on winding dirt road to Jagat village for overnight in the comfort of a nice simple lodge.

    Altitude: 1,360 m
  • Day 03: Trek to Dharapani village 1, 820 m - 06 hrs.

    Start the first day walk, as morning trail leads above Masrsyangdi River reaching Chamje village, and then crossing the river. Walk follows on nice gradual trail with short climb and then down to Tal Besi village. From here entering Manang district on leaving Lamjung areas at Tal for possible lunch stop. Afternoon an enjoyable trek with few short steep and down to Dharapani village for overnight in a nice lodge. From here onwards beginning of Buddhism strong culture on route Manang village and Mustang areas.

    Altitude: 1, 820 m
  • Day 04: Trek to Kodo 2,630 m near Chame town 2,710 m -05 hrs.

    Morning from Dharapani, a gradual climb into cool forest of pines and rhododendron reaching Bagarchap and Danque villages. From here a steep climb to a large village of Timang for lunch stop. From here enjoy grand views of Manaslu Himal range with Lamjung Himal and Annapurna peaks. Afternoon few hours of gentle walk to Kodo village for overnight stop, located close to Chame, the headquarter town of Manang district.

    Altitude: 2,710 m
  • Day 05: Trek to Meta 3,560 m-06 hrs.

    From Kodo village our route diverts towards north, on leaving the main trail of Annapurna circuit for a week. After Kodo village walk leads to wild mountainous terrains where blue sheep and snow leopard habitats. Often seen on this treks, as walk follows into a narrow gorge covered in pines, rhododendron trees. After hours of good walk reaching Dharmasala a small farm village for refreshing stops. From here an hour trek to Meta for overnight halt, a quaint little farm village.

    Altitude: 3,560 m
  • Day 06: Trek to Kyang 3,020 m - 04 hours.

    Morning from Meta, a short day walk of an hour walk reaching Junam, one of the few permanent settlements. As trail follows to Chako, an early refugee settlement of Tibetan Khamba people, migrated to Nepal from Tibet. After a short rest, few hours climb and then down to Kyang for overnight and lunch stop. Around these area, an extensive winter settlement of Phu, located on a high plateau above Phu River.

    Altitude: 3,020 m
  • Day 07: Trek to Phu 4,060 m - 05 hrs.

    Todays, walk leads to our main highlight to Phu from Kyang, morning starts with short downhill to a river. Then following the river for a while reaching an impressive Buddhist monument a Chorten. From here wade across a small ice cold stream, and cross over a bridge built with stone slabs. As it follows to a narrow canyon and gorge towards an old gate the entrance of Phu village. On reaching Phu village transfer into a nice simple and basic lodge but with homely comfort and traditional hospitality.

    Altitude: 4,060 m
  • Day 08: Acclimatization day at Phu and short exploration.

    Enjoy a rest and a free day in Phu for acclimatization, as well to explore the interesting village. Around Phu area visit the summer grazing settlement of Khamba people with famous Tashi Lakhang Gompa. Get blessed from the high priest Lama Karma Sonam Rinpoche, who migrated to Nepal in 1959 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A lovely rest day ton enjoy the ancient Tibetan culture, and scenic landscapes.

  • Day 09: Trek to Nar Phedi / Mahendrapul 4,090 m- 05 hrs.

    Morning from Phu village, start the walk towards exit gate of Phu, and then following downhill path to the river. Reaching at Junam Kharka or Nar Phedi for overnight halt. A lovely spot with few simple huts serving as tea-house and lodges.

    Altitude: 4,090 m
  • Day 10: Trek to Nar-Gaon / village 4, 140 m - 04 hrs.

    Another short day walk, starts with downhill to old bridge into a narrow gorge. From here climb leads with views of an old Gyalbu Khumbu and Satte Gompa monasteries. History of 17 the Century, at present the place is empty in desolate condition. After few hours of walks, then entering the gate of Nar village, situated on a hill top. The entrance gate with delightful painting having a bamboo-topped Chorten. After a nice morning walk reaching Nar, a village with well- tended barley and mustard fields. Enjoy the overnight stop in a small simple lodge, afternoon explore the four ancient colorful Gompas. Where snow peaks towers above the monastery.

    Altitude: 4, 140 m
  • Day 11: Trek Kang-La Phedi / Yak Kharka 4, 460 m - 04 hrs.

    From Nar trek to the end of Nar and Phu valley, the trail winds up to cross streams and then entering a wide field with few simple huts. Serving as Tea-House and simple Guest House, afternoon relax and marvel the surrounding beautiful views of Chulu’s and Damodar Himal with Himlung Himal.

    Altitude: 4, 460 m
  • Day 12: Cross Kang-La Pass 5,306 m trek to Ngawal 3,650 m - 06 hrs.

    An early morning start, climb leads on top Kang-La Pass at 5,306 m high, the pass is not a difficult. But leads to long stretch up. In snow deep condition the climb will be quite challenging taking longer. From the top of Kang-La enjoy views of Annapurna-II, Gangapurna Himal and Tilicho Peak. After a glorious morning views and climb walk down reaching across a colorful Chorten with prayer flags. Slowly the walk ends at Ngawal, a village with cobbled streets, prayer wheels and beautiful architecture, regarded as an old religious spot. At Ngawal enjoy the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, facing views of Chulu, Pisang Peak and Annapurna Himalayas.

    Altitude: 5,306 m
  • Day 13: Trek to Manang 3,540 m- 04 hrs.

    After a pleasant overnight stop in Ngawal village, morning walk down to Hongde to join back on the main trail of Annapurna Circuit. From here walk leads to Braga, a village with an old monastery on top of a high ridge. Having time here visit the monastery of great religious interest enriched with ancient artifacts, and relics. From the monastery super views of Annapurna Himalaya range towards south with Chulu’s in the north. Enjoying tour of the monastery short walk to main Manang village for overnight in the comfort of nice good lodges.

    Altitude: 3,540 m
  • Day 14: Trek to Yak Kharka 4, 110 m - 04 hrs.

    After a pleasant and wonderful rest at Manang village, morning a short walk of few hours to Yak Kharka. On leaving Manang village, walk on gentle high altitude trail facing views of Gangapurna Himal, Tilicho Peak with Chulu West. Slowly the day walk ends reaching a small settlement at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop.

    Altitude: 4, 110 m
  • Day 15: Trek to High Camp 4,900 m -04 hrs.

    Another short day, but leads to slow walk due to rise in altitude, from Yak Kharka short walk to Ledar. A small place with few lodges, as walk continues down to Jarsing River and then climb to a high ridge. From here on easy gradual path to Thorang Phedi, located on the Manang Valley rim, stopping here for short rest. Continue walk with steep climb for an hour to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop.

    Altitude: 4,900 m
  • Day 16: 0Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m via Thorang la pass 5,416 m /17,700 feet - 06 hrs.

    Start the day early morning, having good breakfast for a long climb and downhill. The walk follows to steep winding up, then on top of Thorang-La pass marked with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags. Enjoy the grand panorama of snow mountain range that surrounds the highest spot of the trek. A long descent to the base of Thorang-La around Mustang area. From the bottom a gradual walk to Muktinath temple and the village of Rani-Pawa for overnight halt. Muktinath regarded as one of the sacred temple for all Hindu and some Buddhist followers. From the overnight lodge offers grand views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris Himal.

    Altitude: 5,416 m
  • Day 17: Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m - 04 hrs.

    Enjoy the last day trek of the adventure heading downhill to Kaligandaki River flat windswept valley to Jomsom. As our walk ends at Jomsom town, the headquarters of Mustang district and the hub of native Thakali people. The main tribes of Lower Mustang and Kaligandaki Valley, interwoven to Buddhism religion. At Jomsom in the comfort of a nice standard lodge for overnight halt.

    Altitude: 2,715 m
  • Day 18: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to hotel.

    An early morning breakfast and the walk to Jomsom air terminal for scenic sweeping flight to Pokhara. Overlooking super panorama of Annapurna’s and Dhaulagiri Himalaya rang, as plane land at Pokhara. Transfer to a lovely hotels by the Phewa Lake side, rest of the day at leisure for individual activities.

    Altitude: 860 m
  • Day 19: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

    Morning depart from the hotel in Pokhara for drive to Kathmandu, reaching by late afternoon and back to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon free at leisure for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. (Options for flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara of half hour scenic flight)

  • Day 20: Depart for international departure.

    Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight our staff and guide transfer you to the airport. For your international flight homeward bound, after a great wonderful adventure and exciting experience on Nar-Phu & Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking.

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FAQs of Nar-Phu & Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek

  • 01: Is Nar & Phu with Annapurna Semi Circuit trek tough and hard?

    The only tough part of the whole adventure is walking uphill for few hours. But taking at slow pace with enough short rest will make the trek much easier and enjoyable.
  • 02: Are there electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets and items?

    No worries, there are electricity power to charge our electronic gadgets in every lodges on route trekking. Where you can use the facilities on paying a small fee for each items as per hour.
  • 03: What do expect on this trek?

    Nepal and the Himalayas, 80% of the country of hills and valleys including the world’s highest peaks. Where walk leads to steep climb and downhill, as well enjoying wonderful views of snow-capped peaks. The charm of this trek is walking into beautiful cool rhododendron forest and around villages of lively and impressive cultures.
  • 04: How are the food and accommodation on treks?

    From Kathmandu onwards staying in local mountain lodges and guest house. Where most good lodges have rooms with common or attached bathe and toilets running hot and cold water for showers. A neat and clean rooms, however carrying your sleeping bags adds extra comfort. The food are served in a nice large dining rooms with a fire place to keep the dining warm and cozy. Nearly all lodges on treks serves comprehensive food menu to choose from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan. As well some places serves Korean, Japanese and Mexican food also, some restaurants with fresh bakery product also. But from Manang village to Tilicho Lake, for few days’ accommodation is simple with basic lodge having limited food menu to enjoy. At Muktinath and Jomsom staying in standard good lodge with excellent food menu.

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