Manaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek

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Manaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek
What to see & doSpecific information about Manaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek
  • Duration24 Days
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • Max Altitude 5306m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Local Transportation
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

A perfect itinerary for pro trekkers and adventure lovers, the ManasluTrekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek is a power-packed trekking package in the high Himalayan region for 24 days. In these 24 days with us, you’ll hike the complete Manaslu Circuit and Nar Phu Valley of the Annapurna region. Both the routes are under Restricted Areas, so they require a special permit and a group of at least 2 foreign trekkers accompanied by a licensed guide to trek in the region.

After Manaslu opened its door to foreign trekkers in 1992, it gradually gained popularity among avid trekkers searching for less-traveled and more challenging trekking routes. The experts at Outfitter Nepal have combined the off-the-beaten Manaslu Trek with the even newer Nar Phu Valley Trek opened only in 2002. Despite its proximity to the well-known Annapurna Circuit, Nar Phu Valley offers an extraordinary natural landscape and unique cultural heritage like no other trekking trail.

The Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley trek takes you far from modernization to the most remote areas of the Nepalese Himalayas along the borders of Nepal and Tibet. The natives of the region are Tibetan descendants, preserving their ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture for generations. Trekking on this route gives you the opportunity to indulge in a completely different culture while enjoying the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains all around you.

Let us take you on the virtual tour of the Manaslu Trekking and Nar Phu Valley Trek, stating the unique features that draw true adventurers, mountain lovers, and ancient culture enthusiasts towards it.

Best Features of the Manaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley

  • Trekking in 2 different restricted areas of the Nepalese Himalayas
  • 3 weeks of continuous hiking in the remotest location in Nepal
  • Hiking on the off-the-beat and fairly less-crowded trail
  • Staying in the ancient villages of Nar and Phu, far from modernization
  • Walking in the shadows of Manaslu, the world’s 8th-highest mountain peak
  • Cross 3 high-altitude mountain passes (Larke La, Nar, and Kang La)
  • Visit old monasteries, vibrant chortens with decorated mani walls and colorful prayer flags
  • Closely observe the Tibetan Buddhist culture practiced by the locals
  • Witness the rare wildlife of Manaslu Conservation Area (Himalayan Tahr, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer)
  • Experience the diverse landscape of Nepal, from lush green lowlands to bare alpine highlands

Newly established off-the-beaten trekking route

As previously mentioned, both Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley treks are newly opened trekking trails in Nepal. Due to their newness and isolated location, the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek has much fewer settlements and mountain lodges. It receives fairly lesser trekkers as compared to other popular treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions. Hence, the Manaslu Nar Phu Trek is the best option for solitude lovers who enjoy fewer people and more nature.

Dream trek for someone who's into untouched nature

Talk about pure nature, and the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek shows it all to you. The trail is anything but raw nature untouched by modernization. The rugged terrain of the region features multiple steep climbs on challenging trekking trails. Your physical stamina will be put to the test as you trek through the rough path of the remote Himalayas. But nothing can stop a true adventurer who's determined to scale the untouched nature of Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley.

Features an exceptional natural diversity

The unique 24 days trek to the Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley starts in a subtropical region with lush woods and gushing rivers. You go through countless terraced farms of paddies while taking in the pleasantly warm weather. A few days later, the alpine vegetation with dry slopes and desolate ravines encircled by snow-capped mountains come into sight. After crossing Larke La Pass, you'll hike back to the tropical forests and farms before ascending up again to the desert-like landscape of Nar Phu Valley, with arid soil devoid of any vegetation.

Mesmerizing panoramic mountains along with the 8th highest Manaslu

With stunning Himalayan views, the Manaslu region and Nar Phu Valley are home to Nepal's most beautiful trekking trail. You will be trekking through the base of humongous mountain peaks.

The Manaslu region offers panoramic views of Manaslu (8,153 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Siring Himal (7,165 m), Buddha Himal (6692 m), Larke Peak, and many other summits.

Similarly, trekking in the Nar Phu Valley gives you the breathtaking sight of Annapurna II (7937m), Gangapurna (7455m), Tilicho Peak (7134m), and Himlung Himal (4900m). The geological features that set the landscape apart make it particularly fascinating.

Crossing Larke La, Naar and Kang La Pass

During the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek, you'll be crossing 3 different mountain passes. The first one is Larke La Pass, at an elevation of 5160 meters, also the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The other two passes are Naar Pass and Kang La Pass (5306 m), situated in the Nar Phu region of our 24 days long trek. Kang La Pass is the highest point of the Nar Phu Valley Trek and is the maximum altitude we reach during our 24 Days Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley Trek.

Rich in the ancient Buddhist culture of Tibetan descendants

Most of the inhabitants of the upper regions of both Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley are Tibetan descendants who have lived there for centuries. They practice Buddhism as their religion, and it's reflected in their lifestyle and culture. People in some parts practice Bon, a religious ritual that transcends Buddhism in its origin. Numerous Buddhist stupas, Chortens, Mani walls, and prayer flags decorate the trail. It is a golden opportunity to learn about the age-old religion, culture, and traditions if you're into it.

Exploration of the Nar and Phu Village tucked away in the mountains

Pho Gaon and Nar Gaon are two independent villages in the secluded corners of the Annapurna region. Both locations are very remote and have yet to undergo any modernization. You'll spend 2 nights and 1 full day in each village to explore the area and observe the day-to-day life of the locals, which is very different from your modern lifestyle. This section of the region is only accessible to a limited number of hikers. If you take this Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek, you'd be one of those lucky ones.

Simple yet flourishing lifestyle of the locals

The locals in the Manaslu region and Nar Phu Valley are engaged in activities like printing prayer flags, collecting wood from the forest, harvesting crops, working on carpentry projects, and rotating the prayer wheels in the town square. Women are mostly involved in weaving wool fabric for rugs and blankets on back-strap looms, pressing mustard seeds for oil, and caring for yaks, sheep, and goats. You could try to pick up some of the abilities that are unique to the locals.

Let's move forward with the detailed itinerary of the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley trek – 24 days so you'll have a clear idea of what each day during the trekking journey looks like.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Our airport representative will meet you at Kathmandu Airport upon your arrival and then take you to your preferred hotel in Thamel in a private vehicle. After checking in and freshening up, you can head out to stroll around the touristic streets of Thamel, get some last-minute trekking supplies, or rest in your hotel room. You'll meet your guide and have them brief you about the trip.

Make sure to have a healthy dinner and a good night's sleep because we're starting our trekking journey the next day.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

We leave Kathmandu by local bus, traveling to Arughat, and then traveling by local jeep to Soti Khola. We pass along the picturesque mountaintop community of Dhading on the route. Be prepared for a bumpy and dusty journey as the road weaves past rural areas, little towns, lush hills, and green terrace farms. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to reach Sotikhola, where you spend the night in a trekking lodge with hospitable hosts and other hikers.

  • Max. Altitude: 650m/2132ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

We set out for Machha Khola early in the morning on a 6-7 hour hike from Soti Khola. You hike through the countryside today, passing paddy fields, waterfalls, and remote villages with houses with brown slate roofs. After crossing a hanging bridge over the Budi Gandaki River, we'll continue on a rocky trail to Machha Khola, where we'll stay the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 870m/2854ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 170m/558ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

The trail leaves Machha Khola and travels through Thado Khola on its way to Khorla Besi. After hiking through picturesque villages and taking in stunning mountain views, you arrive in Tatopani. There's a hot spring in Tatopani where you can relax for a while.

You then cross the Budhi Gandaki River to reach Dovan before continuing the hike to Lauri. As you enter the Manaslu Conservation Area, a picturesque paved town called Jagat awaits you. You hike a total of 7 hours to reach Jagat since you leave your lodge at Machha Khola in the morning.

  • Max. Altitude: 1340m/4396ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 470m/1542ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 22km/13.7mi

Early in the morning, you set off from Jagat on a 7-hour walk to Deng. Today, you'll go by the settlements of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghatta Khola and cross several hanging bridges. The trail enters a deep, barren gorge after crossing the river at Eklee Bhatti and continues through bamboo trees until it reaches Deng Khola. After crossing this river, you'll arrive in Deng and stay at a teahouse there.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 520m/1706ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 19km/11.8mi

On our way to Namrung today, we will cross the Budhi Gandaki River a number of times. You will pass by historic gompas and a breathtaking mountain view along the way. At some point, you'll reach a suspension bridge from which you can observe the Budhi Gandaki squeezing under a purely natural stone arch. Afterward, you take a steady ascent up a spectacular stone staircase to reach Namrung. On this 8-hour hike day, we have lunch at Ghap, then stay the night at Namrung.

  • Max. Altitude: 2900m/9514ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1040m/3412ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 16km/10mi
  • Walking Distance: 6-7 hours

After admiring the Himalayas in the morning, we begin our trek on the trail that ascends through a lush, green forest to Lihi village. Before reaching Samagaon, you must go through the remote towns of Sho, Lho, and Shyala.

The eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu, will be the first thing you see when you get to Lho. Shyala village is surrounded by snow-clad mountain peaks, such as Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Mt. Manaslu and its glacier up ahead, and Ganesh Himal to the far right. Arriving in Sama Gaon marks the end of your day's adventure (7-hour hike).

  • Max. Altitude: 3390m/11122ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 490m/1608ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

You need a day of acclimatization to adapt to the changing altitude between ascents and descents. Resting at the teahouse works well for acclimatizing but hiking to the nearby landmarks is the best. At an elevation of 3,550 meters, Sama Gaon is ideal for a rest or short hike. A brief ascent will take you to the old monastery, Pungyen Gompa. This ancient monastery offers a magnificent view of the glacier nearby.

  • Max. Altitude: 3390m/11122ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

On the morning of your 24 days trek to Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley, we eat breakfast at Sama Gaon and descend to the Budhi Gandaki. We'll see a few more Mani walls as the valley opens up. In addition to offering beautiful mountain vistas, this path brings you quite near the Tibetan border.

We descend and cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki before soaring upward to a spot where the river divides into two forks. We'll then proceed with the hike till we reach Samdo village after passing through a stone archway. We have lunch at Samdo, where we also stay the night. The 4-hour trip to Samdo concludes after lunch, and the rest of the day is yours to spend the way you want.

  • Max. Altitude: 3690m/12106ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 300m/984ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

After having breakfast in Samdo, we will walk through the Larke Bazaar, a transient Tibetan market. Soon after you start your trek, you pass the wooden bridge and two streams while seeing the Larkya Glacier. To get to Larkye La Phedi, popularly known as Dharamshala, we shall cross the Salka Khola Valley.

We'll walk past a few old-fashioned monasteries on the route. It takes 4 hours to go to Larkye La Phedi, where you have lunch amidst breathtaking mountain views and blue sheep grazing on bare hillsides. You spend the night at Larkye La Phedi before crossing the Larke La Pass the next day.

  • Max. Altitude: 4460m/14632ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 770m/2526ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 4-5 hours
  • Walking Distance: 8km/5mi

Today's walk will be strenuous as you pass Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters. We set off early in the morning on our journey. To reach the summit of Larkye La Pass, we ascend along a steep and meandering terrain. The sunrise can be seen over Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and many other snow-covered summits from the top.

To get to Bimthang, you must descend a rough and cold path. It had been an exhausting 8-hour trip. You'll have your lunch in Phedi and travel to Bimthang for the overnight stay.

  • Max. Altitude: 5135m/1687ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 675m/2214ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1545m/50685ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 8-9 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

On the 12th day, you leave Bhimthang behind and proceed to traverse a high grassland before descending the Burdin Khola valley. You descend to a rhododendron woodland after crossing a bridge across the Dudh Khola's headwaters. The trail continues through a little valley until you reach Karche, the highest farmed land in this valley at 2,785 meters.

After crossing a stream, you arrive in Tilje. From there, it takes an hour of incline to reach Dharapani. The hike takes 7 hours to get to Dharapani from the morning you check out your lodging.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1730m/5676ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Koto is a tiny village where the Gurung people, among other ethnic groups, predominate. To get to Koto from Dharapani, you must hike along the trail that gradually climbs. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River and passes through Bagarchhap village, offering a great view. On the route, you will take in breathtaking vistas of the Manaslu range, Annapurna II, and thick forests.

  • Max. Altitude: 2600m/8530ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 740m/2428ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 20km/12.4mi

On the 12th day of your trekking journey, you'll leave the Manaslu trekking route behind and step onto Nar Phu Valley. You'll hike through the natural wonders of dense pine forests, rivers, waterfalls, and water streams. After walking past the checkpoint and crossing a bridge leading to the valley, we reach the Nar Phu Valley. As we cross Dharamshala, the forest becomes thinner, and you trek a steep ascent to finally reach Meta, a heavenly village with up-close views of the snow-topped mountains.

  • Max. Altitude: 3560m/11680ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 960m/3149ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 7-8 hours
  • Walking Distance: 15km/9.3mi

The trail starts out going up and down. You hike for hours till you arrive in Kyang after crossing suspension bridges over numerous streams. You may view the ruins of the Khampa settlement here, particularly the crumbling forts (the place where Khampa refugees from Tibet once captured and lived). You get to Phu Gaon after passing the Phu Khola on a rugged trail.

  • Max. Altitude: 4080m/13386ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 520m/1706ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

To make the rest day at Phu Valley exciting, we've planned out an excursion around the valley. We'll take you to the Kharka (summer grazing village) at Ngoru. After passing the gompa, it takes a 3-hour hike up the valley to reach Kharka. Phu itself is an extraordinarily fascinating village where you can witness the locals spinning their yak and sheep wool and chat with them.

  • Max. Altitude: 4080m/13386ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today's route turns down to a river before returning to Junam Kharka. After that, you make your way back up the historic bridge that formerly crossed a deep, narrow gorge. Before turning the bend and being rewarded with breathtaking views of Nar, you will pass by yet another row of exquisitely painted, bamboo-topped chortens and a big-tiered chorten on your way to the Nar gate at the top of a hill.

  • Max. Altitude: 5306m/17386ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1060m/3478ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1160m/3806ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi

Nar has a livelier atmosphere to it as compared to Phu. The "square" of the hamlet is crowded with women chatting while working on back-strap looms to weave wool fabric for rugs and blankets, press mustard seeds for oil, or spin the ubiquitous wool while reading the paper.

Villagers can be seen going about their everyday tasks, such as printing prayer flags, working on carpentry projects, gathering wood from the forest, harvesting crops, caring for yaks, sheep, and goats, and turning the prayer wheels in the town square.

On the rest day at Nar Village, you can tour the village and observe locals working on their crafts. You may try and learn some of the skills only the Nar villagers can do.

  • Max. Altitude: 4200m/13780ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today is the day you cross the third and final mountain pass of the Manaslu Nar Phu Valley Trek. After a hearty breakfast in Nar, we begin our ascent towards Kang La Pass. Although it's not very difficult, crossing Kang La Pass can take a while if there is snow on the pass. You may witness breathtaking views of Annapurna II, Mt. Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, and many other nearby peaks from the summit of the pass.

You hike down to Ngawal after the pass, where you stay overnight in a mountain lodge.

  • Max. Altitude: 5306m/17386ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1156m/3791ft
  • Elevation Loss: 1946m/6382ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 6-7 hours
  • Walking Distance: 14km/8.7mi

As you descend from Ngawal to Pisang, you'll notice a gradual warmth in the atmosphere. You'll also see more vegetation after hiking down over 2000 meters from the Kang La Pass. The hiking day begins with a warm breakfast in Ngawal and ends with a delicious Nepali dinner at Pisang.

  • Max. Altitude: 3200m/10498ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 460m/1509ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 3-4 hours
  • Walking Distance: 9km/5.6mi

We're moving towards the end of our Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek as we hike further down from Pisang to Dharapani. Dharapani is a village in the Manang district between the Annapurna and Manaslu regions. It is often taken as the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the endpoint of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

  • Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1340m/4396ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 16km/10mi

Today is the last hiking day. We begin our day with a yummy breakfast at Dharapani and continue with a hike to Jagat. You'll pass by forests, tiny settlements, and agricultural fields, making you feel like you're back to civilization. Jagat is where we finish our long trekking journey.

  • Max. Altitude: 1300m/4265ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Luch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 560m/1837ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Walking Hours: 5-6 hours
  • Walking Distance: 12km/7.5mi

On the last day of the trekking trip, we ride a local jeep from Jagat to Beshishar and then a local bus to Kathmandu. It will take you a long, tiring drive of almost 8 hours to return to the busy streets of Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel to get freshen up before joining us for your farewell dinner. You can take some time to buy souvenirs for your loved ones back home.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Meals: Breakfst and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 50m/164ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Depart the hotel at the appointed time for your flight. Our airport agent will drop you off at the terminal gate as we say our final goodbyes.

We hope you had an adventurous and fun-filled trek to Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley. We expect to see you again in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home.

Note: If you want to continue the trek to complete the Annapurna Circuit, we can customize the trek for you, which will add a few more days to the 24 days itinerary.

  • Meals: Breakfast
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Manaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Airport transfers by private vehicles
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Ground transport (Kathmandu – Soti Khola, Jagat – Kathmandu)
  • Accommodations in basic mountain lodges or tea houses on the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trek
  • A guide and potters (1 potter for 2 trekkers - carries a total of 22 kg)
  • Paperwork, National Park Entry Permit, and TIMS card
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service paid by your travel insurance company
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, and duffel bag – if necessary (return after trek)
What's not Included
  • Nepal Visa Fee (easily issuable upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner at Kathmandu)
  • Personal expenses (snacks, drinking water, beverages, bar bills, etc.)
  • Laundry and telephone bills
  • Hot shower, hot drinking water, battery charging, internet charge while on the trek
  • Tips for guide and potters (expected)
  • Anything not mentioned in the Included section
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Starts:WEDNESDAYMAY 29, 2024
Ends:FRIDAYJUN 21, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1800
Starts:FRIDAYMAY 31, 2024
Ends:SUNDAYJUN 23, 2024
PRICE (Per Person)US$1800
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  • Solo trekkers are more than welcome to join the trek. While single people have a single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara, you have to share a room with fellow trekkers in the mountain lodges due to the lack of enough rooms and lodges in the remote Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley.
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Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Maximum Altitude

Our Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley - 24 Days Trek takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area and Nar Phu Valley (the restricted section of the Annapurna Conservation Area). The altitude of Manaslu Conservation Area rises from 600 meters to 8,163 meters, the summit of Nepal's eighth highest peak, Mt. Manaslu. Similarly, Annapurna Conservation Area ranges in elevation between 790 meters and 8091 meters at the summit of the world's 10th tallest mountain peak, Annapurna I.

During the 24 days of excursion, we cross 2 high-mountain passes: Larke La Pass at 5106 meters (the highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek) and Kang La Pass at 5306 meters (the highest point of Nar Phu Valley). Hence, the maximum altitude we gain in Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek is 5306 meters above sea level at Kang La Pass.

Trek Difficulty

The Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek is categorized as a difficult trek. The Manaslu Circuit is already a moderate to difficult trek. Likewise, Nar Phu Valley Trek is also quite a strenuous trek of the Annapurna region. Combining these 2 makes the trek even more difficult as it adds up the days you spend in the mountains.

The rapid shift in the attitude from low to high, and low and high again, is taxing for the body to adapt, making the trek a challenging one. The remote location and fewer settlements along the trail also increase its difficulty. On average, you'll walk in the rough mountainous terrain for 6-7 hours daily. However, there's no mountain climbing involved. Hence, it suits experienced trekkers who have hiked in high altitudes.


The trailhead of the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek is accessible by road, so there's no need to worry about flight delays and cancellations, which is common for domestic flights due to the weather conditions of the Nepalese Himalayas.

Our trek package includes local bus and local jeep transport from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and from Jagat to Kathmandu on return. It can be a little uncomfortable because the journey takes 8 to 10 hours and involves off-roading and partially black-topped roads.

If you prefer to travel comfortably, you can hire a private jeep for an extra cost of US$460 one way. We're happy to arrange a private jeep for you.


Depending on the elevation, the Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley trekking route offer decent mountain lodges and teahouses, like most high-altitude trekking sites in Nepal. At lower altitudes, lodges are more prevalent, while teahouses are in the higher region.

Rooms are available on a double-sharing basis, as most rooms have 2 single beds. In bigger rooms, there might be more than 2 beds, and trekkers share a room during peak seasons. The rooms in teahouses are equipped with simple wooden beds, mattresses, bed sheets, pillows, and blankets.

Our trip cost includes all accommodations while on the trek saving you the hassle of booking the stays yourself.

Washrooms and Hot Showers

Prepare yourself for squatting down each time you go to the washroom, as Asian squat-style toilets may be the only option at the lodges in higher altitudes. There are still some chances of getting an attached bathroom with western toilets in lower elevations. We suggest you carry your own toiletries for hygiene concerns.

On the Manaslu Nar Phu Valley Trek, the majority of teahouses have hot baths; some may charge extra for this service. We encourage you to use as little water as possible because there are chances of water scarcity at higher elevations. Since it's so cold up there, especially in the winter, taking a shower is typically not an option.


Your body will require a lot of carbs and proteins when you climb at a high altitude around one of the world's tallest peaks. On this trek, we give you simple, clean meals. As local cuisine and specialties are far more hygienic than frozen goods, which must travel days to reach the trails, we strongly advise hikers to eat local.

To ensure that the cuisine is fresh, healthy, and delicious, we carefully choose the top teahouses. We advise the Nepali meal Dal Bhat, which has enough calories to keep you going. The lentil, bean, and pulse soup are rich in protein, and rice is for carbohydrates. Seasonal vegetables will also be served, providing you with additional nutrients for your body.

There'll be options for meals like momo, noodles, pasta, different varieties of soups, eggs, tea, and coffee. Drinking ginger lemon tea is good for high altitudes.

Drinking Water

We passionately believe in eco-tourism, so we urge all of our guests to travel responsibly. Carrying a water bottle and filling it with hot water (at a minimal extra cost) at teahouses is preferable to purchasing bottled water, which may not always be available.

You are welcome to bring a water bottle with a built-in filtration system and fill it with natural water while on your 24-day trek to Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley. If you are still worried about the safety of the water you will be consuming, get some water-purifying tablets so you can make your water safe to drink.

Battery Recharge Facility

The tea houses along the way offer a power source, so you may charge your gadgets' batteries for a little fee. The service could be free at the tea house where you spend the night. Battery charging and room lighting are both made possible by solar energy. Low levels of sunlight during the winter and even other months may result in a power outage.

The best approach is always to bring extra batteries or a power bank with you. Due to the cold, batteries tend to deplete more quickly, so use your devices minimally and keep them near your body to keep them warm.

Guide and Potters

It is impossible to trek without a certified guide because the Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley Trek come under the Nepal government's list of restricted areas. To hike in the Manaslu and Nar Phu regions, you must be at least two trekkers in addition to the guide. When you reserve a tour via Outfitter Nepal, an experienced guide who speaks fluent English will accompany you. Making your trek safe and fun is our responsibility.

Fit potters who are in good physical shape are available with us to carry the baggage for two trekkers. Ensure your luggage doesn't weigh more than 12 kg since each potter can only carry a maximum of 24 kg. Moreover, you should bring a small backpack for your personal items since porters might not always be hiking with you.

Permits Required

Hikers need special access in addition to the regular conservation area permits in order to go on the Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek, which falls under restricted areas. To begin the hike, each trekker needs the following 4 permits in total.

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Entry Permit

Restricted Area Trekking Permit

We arrange all the permits and documents for you, and our package cost includes the permit prices as well, so you can enjoy a hassle-free trip.

FAQsManaslu Trekking with Nar Phu Valley Trek frequently asked questions
  • Restricted areas aren't actually strictly prohibited. These are the areas in remote locations that are protected by the Government to preserve their nature and culture. Restricted areas in Nepal, like Manaslu, Nar Phu Valley, Upper Mustang, etc., were only opened to foreign trekkers after 1991 AD, and the trekkers should abide by some rules to trek in such areas. For instance, you should acquire a special restricted area permit from immigration and must be a minimum of 2 people in a group and should be accompanied by authorized personnel like a licensed trekking guide.

  • Spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November) are the best seasons to trek to Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley. In spring, the entire lower Himalayas will be covered in red rhododendron and other beautiful wildflowers. The weather is pleasant (not too hot, not too cold). The mesmerizing vistas of the snowy mountains and lush green hills are to die for. Autumn comes after the monsoon, and the sky appears clearer than ever. The weather and temperature are again moderate, with lesser chances of snow and rain. Avoid winter as it's too cold and summer/monsoon as it's always raining.

  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), often known as altitude sickness, is a common concern while trekking above 3000 meters. Headaches, shortness of breath, tiredness, dizziness, and loss of appetite are among the prominent symptoms, though each person is affected differently. The symptoms can be managed by consuming enough water, getting enough sleep, and following a balanced diet. If the patient's condition deteriorates, they should be moved to a lower elevation right away. In extreme circumstances, the patient will be flown to a hospital in Pokhara or Kathmandu after being rescued by helicopter.

  • As Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley Trek is a strenuous trek that takes you as high as 5300 meters above sea level and involves hiking in the tough Himalayan terrain 6/7 hours each day for 24 days, it requires great physical fitness and mental strength. Having previous high-altitude trekking experience, even with a maximum altitude lower than this and for a shorter period, help you commence the trek and gives you the courage to begin with. Don't get discouraged if you haven't gained any such experience. If you're in sound physical and mental health with a good fitness level, it won't be a problem.

  • Let's not assume that the secluded, inaccessible sections of the Manaslu and Nar Phu regions will have speedy WiFi and great phone reception. Being nestled in the wonderful environment of the Himalayas will make it difficult for you to connect to the outside world. If necessary, you might be able to purchase spotty WiFi access for a price at the tea shops along the route. For a more reliable network, get a 4G SIM card (NTC or NCell) and use mobile data where accessible.

  • When trekking in the high Himalayas, there may come situations when you need to be rescued by a rescue aircraft due to a natural disaster or an urgent medical crisis. In such circumstances, travel insurance is very helpful. So, travel insurance is made mandatory for Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley Trek. Be sure to purchase insurance that includes helicopter rescues.

  • Yes, our trek package includes three basic meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while on the trail and lodging in a mountain lodge. You are responsible for paying for any additional expenses, such as snacks, beverages, tea, coffee, etc. Because the isolated lodges do not accept other forms of payment, bring some cash with you. Please carry Nepalese rupees as an international currency isn't accepted.

  • Most trekking trails in Nepal, including Manaslu with Nar Phu Valley, lack ATMs on the way. Even if you find ATMs along popular trails like Everest and Annapurna, they're mostly out of service. So, withdrawing cash from Kathmandu before you begin the trek is the best option.

  • It definitely is. As long as you book a private trek, we are adaptable enough to make any changes to your schedule and trip plan. If you're inexperienced, we can take it slow and add some more days to the itinerary. If you wish to complete the Annapurna Circuit along the Nar Phu Valley, we can arrange that. If you want to remove potters from the package cost and want to carry your own backpack, we can do that as well. The group departure trips, however, cannot be changed because doing so could be unjust to other members of the group.

  • It is difficult for you and the potters to carry enormous weight at such high heights for weeks, so only bring what is essential. Make sure your baggage is under 12 kg weight. This is a list of some necessary trekking supplies that make the trek convenient for you:

    • Trekking boots
    • Sandals/Crocs
    • Several sets of undergarments
    • Good quality down jacket and pants
    • Fleece jacket
    • Thermal wear
    • T-shirts and pants
    • Warm woolen clothes for the night
    • Trekking stick
    • One set of gloves
    • Woolen hat
    • Sunhat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle with purifying tablets
    • Toiletries
    • A medium-sized towel
    • Energy bars
    • Basic medications
    • Raingear
  • Many shops sell trekking equipment on the streets of Thamel. In Thamel, you can buy anything from rain gear to hiking boots. In comparison to the one in your country, the price is also extremely reasonable. They won't be of the finest quality, but they are made of good materials and are suitable for the Himalayan climate. Some places rent trekking gear, which is a great deal for occasional trekkers.

  • We have been in the industry for more than ten years, so we are familiar with trekkers' expectations for their trek. As a result, we go above and beyond to turn those expectations into a reality. Our experienced English-speaking guides will look after you during the hike while we take care of securing all the permissions in advance so you can trek without hassle. We prioritize your safety and happiness, and our previous visitors would approve.

    Send us a message by email or Whatsapp to get answers to any questions you may have about our services. We're available to you at all times. See you soon in Nepal.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
  • J
    JoannaPoland,April 05, 2023
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    Wonderful experience!

    Outfitter is providing very professional services. We did Manaslu Circuite Trek with amaizing guide Balla. trek was pritty challenging but extremely rewarding. Beautiful views, outstanding nature and wonderful Nepali comapanions made it so special. We felt very safe under Balla's care. He was clearly explaining every day of the trek so we knew what to expect. His great sense of humor, knowledge and experience helped us overcome Larke Pass adventure. We wholeheartedly recommend Outfitter as a company, Balla as a guide and suprtive potters. Everyday was executed according to the plan with respect to weather but same time whole Team was open to changes. Outfitter was was a VERY good choice. We are very greatfull!

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