Nar Phu Service Trek

Kathmandu, Nepal
5.0 (9 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Service project in Nepal to expand a local school
  • Join Forces with BACKPACKER
  • Himalayas' Massive Mountains
  • Local Cuisine & Culture
  • Build Community & Make a Difference
  • Embark on a World Class Trek
  • Giant Rivers & Glacial Valleys


Join Backpacker Magazine and Wildland Trekking on a life-list trek in Nepal and help with earthquake recovery and pandemic recovery efforts. Since 2019, Backpacker and Wildland Trekking have partnered to send multiple teams to Nepal. We hope you will join us!

Participants will:

  • Join a Backpacker Ambassador and Backpacker readers on a special trip combining volunteer work and world-class trekking.
  • Support communities in need. After a 2015 earthquake devastated Nepal, thousands of schools, health clinics and villages were damaged or destroyed. Long after the disaster faded from the news, the recovery efforts continue. The global pandemic created a need for new health infrastructure. The health clinic we worked on in 2022 and 2023 is now complete! Our next project is in partnership with the same community in Kakani where we will spend a week helping to expand the local school. No skills required; training will be provided.
  • Wildland donates $500 on behalf of each guest that joins this trip
  • Trek through the world’s highest mountains on a 9-day journey on the lesser-known Nar Phu route in the Annapurna region, where we’ll visit remote villages and ancient monasteries. After the service project, we’ll spend a layover day in Kathmandu, then depart for the trek.

*If you or someone you know would like to join the volunteer work portion of this trip, but are not a level 5 difficulty hiker, no worries we have you covered. We would love to have the extra hands out at the service project. Please contact our Adventure Consultant Team for a special trip rate that includes the first 11 days of this trip’s scheduled itinerary.

From BACKPACKER | Hike and Help in Nepal

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$3500 Per Person


On this trip the single supplement includes single rooms in the hotels we stay at before and after the trek. Once on our trek we will not have the ability to put guests in single rooms. Please be prepared to share rooms, huts, tea house accommodations, etc. with other guests and hikers once we’re on the trek. Different sexes will never be asked to share a room unless they are traveling together, or we are in communal lodging with several people in one room. During the service project, bunk beds or tents will be provided in a communal setting.

Trip Type: Portered Trek
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Participants
Trip Length: 20 Days
Distance: 53.1MI / 85.5KM +(11.3MI / 18.2KM Optional)


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

Two considerations earn this trip a Level 5 difficulty. The first is high elevation – a maximum of 17,375 feet, which makes hiking quite strenuous. Second is the significant elevation gains that we tackle in one day – near 4,000 feet, which is also at high elevation.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 12.7 mi

Backpack Weight:

15-25 lbs


Significantly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 4,000 ft

Heights Exposure:


Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.


  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 15-25 lb backpack for 8-10 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • Hiking at elevations of 17,000+ feet
  • Hiking with occasional, extreme heights exposure
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Nepal hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking.


We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, or be refunded your payments in full. We make the final determination for these trips 65-60 days before the departure date.

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Day 1

On this Nepal hiking tour, we will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal and transport you to our hotel in Thamel (tourist section of Kathmandu). We will have some down time to rest, have showers, and eat. This evening we will meet for team introductions and questions followed by a dinner at our favorite, local Nepali restaurant. Be sure to drink copious amounts of water in route, as flying and traveling will certainly dehydrate you. Self-care begins immediately.

Day 2

Today we will leave Kathmandu and travel to the project site in the village of Kakani District. This is approximately a 2-hour drive from Kathmandu. Once we arrive at Kakani, we will get settled into our tented accommodations and prepare for our orientation to the area and service project.

Days 3-7

These days will be spent working on the building project for 8-10 hours each day. Training and tools will be provided. All meals are included during this time.

Day 8

Today we will pack up, say our goodbye to the building project team, and head back to Kathmandu. Dinner today is on your own.

Day 9

Today is set up as a rest day to recuperate from service project work week and enjoy the wonderful culture and sites of Kathmandu. An optional city and temple tour is organized for the group today starting after breakfast. This tour includes a guide and transportation to visit multiple sites around Kathmandu. The only extra costs during this tour are for the entrance fees to the world heritage sites we visit; the Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple), the Pashupatinath Temple, and the Boudhanath Stupta. Meals outside of breakfast, included at the hotel, are planned on your own to give maximum flexibility to explore the city, relax and spend the day how you please. Tonight you will meet your trekking guides and they will conduct an orientation meeting with a thorough briefing on your route. This time will be used to answer any last-minute questions you may have.

Day 10

Today we transfer to Koto Village in jeeps. It is an 11-12 hour drive along one of the most unique and scenic roads in Nepal. One part of our route takes us along an incredible road blasted out of a cliff. On this drive we will see waterfalls, deep gorges, and many amazing views. After our arrival in Koto we will get settled into our tea house accommodations for the evening, and enjoy a classic Nepali dinner.

Day 11

  • Hiking Distance: 12.7 mi (20.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3980 ft (1213 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 875 ft (267 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours

Today we embark on our trek with an initial stretch to the town of Meta (11,725 ft/3,574 m). We begin by crossing the river and entering the Nar and Phu Valleys. Today’s hike takes us through majestic forests, through a narrow canyon, under a broad waterfall, and out into the open for big mountain views. The last stint into Meta ascends a steep hill, where we earn jaw-dropping views of some of the giant glaciated peaks in the region.

We will check into our tea house, have some time to relax and/or sight-see, then meet for a much-deserved dinner.

Day 12

  • Hiking Distance: 11.2 mi (18 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2875 ft (876 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1450 ft (442 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours

After breakfast we’ll depart Meta, and begin to see some of the iconic, spectacular Tibetan Buddhist chortens for which Nar and Phu are known. Our hike meanders along a ridge with a wonderful view of a magnificent monastery. We’ll continue hiking through breathtaking canyons and gorges, then up a steep ascent to the village of Phu (13,380 ft/4,078 m), our base for the next three nights.

Day 13

Today is set as a day to better acclimatize and a general rest day. In the morning, we’ll go on a short optional hike up to the famous Tashi Lhakhang Gompa. Here we’ll honor Lama Karma Sonam Rimpoche, who arrived in Nepal with the Dalai Lama in the late 1950’s. We’ll return to Phu for a wonderful, Nepali lunch. The afternoon before dinner is free time to explore Phu further or relax how you wish. Phu is a fascinating village, and a day of exploration here is well spent. Opportunities abound to be around the villagers as they spin wool (sheep and yak), crush seeds into oil paste, and engage in other daily activities.

Day 14

  • Hiking Distance: 11.3 mi (18.2 km) –Optional Hike
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 3460 ft (1055 m)
  • Trekking Duration: Optional up to 6-7 hours

Today is another layover day to further acclimatize in Phu. You’ll have the option of further exploring the village and relaxing/recuperating, or hiking up to the Himlung Himal base camp.

For those participants interested in an extra challenge, we offer a trek up to Himlung Himal base camp (16,075 ft/4,900 m). Himlung Himal (23,379 ft/7,125 m) was recently opened for climbing, and the route to its base camp takes us through a stunning glacial valley and past herds of blue sheep grazing on steep cliffs.

Day 15

  • Hiking Distance: 10.8 mi (17.4 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1650 ft (503 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2980 ft (908 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

Today we retrace our steps back toward Meta, but deviate at the Nar Phedi monastery (11,650 ft/3,551 m), which is our accommodation for the night. Amazingly, the monastery is all that Nar Phedi consists of.

The monastery accommodations are neat and clean, and the nuns are exceptionally gracious and welcoming. We’ll join them in the kitchen and help/watch them cook dinner on a rustic fireplace. In the evening the nuns often do a blessing (“puja”), which we are welcome to observe. A modest donation box exists for visitors to contribute to the health of this wonderful, friendly place.

Day 16

  • Hiking Distance: 2.7 mi (4.6 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2700 ft (823 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 450 ft (137 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Today is a relaxing hike. We ascend from Nar Phedi and hike along a winding trail up a hill toward Nar (13,770 ft/4,197 m). We hike past a line of colorfully painted chortens on the way into the ancient village of Nar around lunch time. Nar is not very far from the famous, very popular Annapurna Trail, but it is off the beaten path enough to be rarely visited by trekkers and is as stunningly picturesque as Nepal gets.

The rest of today is set aside to explore and enjoy Nar. We’ll reconvene for dinner at our tea house.

Day 17

  • Hiking Distance: 9.2 mi (14.8 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3950 ft (1204 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 5605 ft (1708 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 11-13 hours

Today is a strenuous hike so we’ll wake before sunrise, have a quick breakfast, and begin trekking towards Kang La pass. At Kang La pass we tie into the popular Annapurna Circuit. Kang La pass is not a technically difficult pass, but the high elevation (17,375 ft/5,296 m) will take its toll on us. From the pass we will soak up views over Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Annapurna II, and other towering Himalayan giants.

*Important Note: In spring the pass can sometimes be impassable, in this case an alternate route will be used.

We’ll descend from the pass and make our way to Ngawal (12,005 ft/3,660 m), which sits along the Annapurna Circuit. You will immediately notice the difference of being on the Circuit, as the tea houses are larger, the menus much more extensive and access to cell signals and wifi are again available.

Day 18

  • Hiking Distance: 6.5 mi (10.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft (229 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1925 ft (587m)
  • Trekking Duration: 4 hours
  • Driving Duration: 6 hours

Today is the last day of our amazing trek. We’ll notice the rise in temperature and the flora become much greener as we descend more than 6,000 feet from where we were yesterday at Kang La pass. We pass a beautiful lake and arrive in Upper Pisang (10,500 ft/3200 m), where we get picked up by jeeps and driven to Besisahar. Here we’ll find our evening’s accommodations in the form of a comfortable lodge.

Day 19

  • Driving Duration: 6-7 hours

Today we board jeeps, drive back to Kathmandu, and check into our hotel. Tonight we will have a final farewell dinner together at one of our favorite Nepali restaurants.

Day 20

This is the departure day for which to schedule your outbound flights. As a group we will make our way to the airport and say our fond farewells. What an amazing 2+ weeks it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • $500 direct donation to the service project
  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Transportation for the duration of the trip
  • Use of day pack, trekking poles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and micro spikes
  • Hotel lodging in Kathmandu, lodging during service project, and tea house lodging during the trek
  • The majority of meals (Day 8 dinner & Day 9 lunch and dinner in Kathmandu are not included)
  • TIMS Card and fees (please bring 1 passport photo, 1 copy of passport, and 1 copy of your travel insurance policy)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and emergency communication device

What's Not included

  • Transportation to Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, Wi-Fi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • Day 8 dinner & Day 9 lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Trip insurance that includes at least $200,000 in evacuation, repatriation coverage  (required in Nepal). Additional travel medical coverage is strongly recommended.
  • Guide gratuities are optional and at the discretion of each customer. A suggested guideline is to reward outstanding service with a tip of 10-15% of the total trip cost. Please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD is preferred.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

This Nepal hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail snacks* (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, & cookies) to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

*Common trail snack brands and items found easily in the US are not readily available in this destination. (i.e. protein bars, trail bars, beef jerky, etc…) We recommend guests that prefer these types of trail snacks to bring a few of their own choice items from home.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled the most frequently asked questions that Wildland Trekking guests have about visiting and trekking in Nepal. Learn the answers to these commonly asked questions about traveling in Nepal by using the link below!

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Pre-trip Communication

Backpacker and the Wildland Trekking team will communicate directly with the group approximately 45 days before the trip to allow any last-minute questions from guests and establish a direct line of communication until the start of your trip.

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at the airport on Day 1 and transport you to the first night’s hotel, where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight should arrive in Kathmandu before 3PM).

Travel to Nepal


For our Nepal treks you will need to arrive in Kathmandu on the day the trip begins before 3 P.M. Your guide will rendezvous with you at the airport and transport you to our hotel. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour. Flights to and from Kathmandu are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Kathmandu, but there are no direct flights from U.S. or European cities. Most flights connect through Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Doha (Qatar), New Delhi (India), Seoul (South Korea). The duration of these multiple-stop flights, including layovers, is normally between 29 and 35 hours.

Your flight on the final day can depart anytime.

Pre and Post-trip On Request Lodging

We secure limited amounts of pre and post trip lodging in Kathmandu, Nepal as an optional add-on for guests of this trip. This lodging is on request, and is available on a first come, first serve basis. If interested, please reach out directly to our team to check availability.

Entry Requirements

For checking entry requirements for this trip, we recommend using this travel tool, Sherpa Travel. Here, you can view what is required to enter the country, including necessary travel documents, visas, and vaccinations. If a visa is required, you can apply directly through this service. You may also check for entry requirements for your nationality on consular websites or your country’s foreign travel advisories. Ensuring you have completed all necessary steps to enter the country is your responsibility.



Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join this trip
  • Anyone younger than 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation and repatriation insurance (at least $200,000) is required on all Nepal trips as a condition of partnership terms with our Nepali vendors. Additional travel medical coverage is strongly recommended.

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation and medical coverage insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Nepali requirements. Their Travel LX policy fully covers all Nepali requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: [email protected]
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions (of particular note for Nepal is to check field evacuation elevation limits).

Weather in Nepal

Nepal is home to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 4600 feet, but the high points on our Nepal Treks are very high between 13,000 to 18,000 feet. Because of these significant elevation changes and the general unpredictability of mountain weather systems, the temperatures and weather can vary wildly and change rapidly during trips. Higher elevation will mean cooler temperatures.

The chart below shows the temperature and precipitation averages for Kathmandu & Everest Base Camp. This allows a comparison of both the low elevation and high elevation temperature and precipitation averages that one may experience on their trip depending on the highest elevation reached on a specific itinerary and the month(s) visiting Nepal.

The average temperatures and precipitation in the Himalayan region are:

Kathmandu (4.6K ft)
Everest BC (17.6K ft)
Month Hi Low Precip Hi Low Precip
March 78° F 49° F 35 mm 43° F 12° F 5 mm
April 82° F 55° F 60 mm 47° F 19° F 12 mm
May 84° F 61° F 125 mm 55° F 23° F 27 mm
June 85° F 67° F 235 mm 66° F 41° F 43 mm
September 83° F 66° F 200 mm 59° F 34° F 63 mm
October 80° F 57° F 50 mm 48° F 18° F 8 mm
November 75° F 47° F 8 mm 45° F 9° F 3 mm
December 67° F 40° F 13 mm 36° F 2° F 3 mm





We love this hotel and it is one of the original, well-known and best 3-star boutique hotels in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is perfectly situated close to the Tribhuwan International Airport and is located in the exciting district of Thamel; making it very enjoyable and convenient to our guests. We know you will love the view from the rooftop!




Tea houses are inns/guest houses with sleeping rooms and home cooked meals. They vary depending on their remoteness. Lower ones have more amenities, such as flush toilets, showers and nicer dining rooms. As we ascend, they get more rustic with simpler “squat” toilets and more basic amenities. Rooms are communal with 2 or 3 beds.

Young people wearing construction hats building


Young people wearing construction hats building

Nights spent during the service project portion of this trip will be in provided glamping style tents in a commercial campground within short walking distance to our project’s location. Full bathroom and shower amenities are available. Limited Wi-Fi will be available. Please plan ahead with sim card and data plan purchases if dependable Wi-Fi is needed.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (9 reviews)
Milo L

Amazing time

15 days ago

This service trek is a unique and extremely rewarding experience. Working for a week alongside my trek-mates and guides prepared me so well to complete the trek and form a connection with everyone. The Nepali people we worked and trekked with were exceptional and kind. Some days were tough but it's a manageable trek and the villages you get to see and stay in are special.

Brian U

Not only productive but enjoyable

2 years ago

This is the evaluation for the service portion as I did ABC as a trek instead of Nar Phu. The service portion was rewarding and enjoyable. This was secondary to the group working together as well as the staff making the service portion not only productive but enjoyable. The staff at the kekani adventure camp was excellent and made the experience one I will never forget. In addition, many new friends not just other travellers but the staff.

Cherie R

Amazing and Challenging

2 years ago

THis trip is a must!! The humanitarian work and then the trek was life changing! The trek alone was challenging and so gratifying!! The daily treks definitely prepared for our big trek over Kang-La Pass! Well done! The Nepalese people are so gracious and some of the nicest people I have ever met! I made life long friends.

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