Nar Phu Valley is located in the north-west part of Nepal. Nar Phu Valley is two ancient villages of the Annapurna Region with high-altitude Himalayan settlements, lush forests, diversified flora, fauna, snow-capped summits, and Buddhist monasteries. For trekking this valley, the permits are mandatory.

This trek lasts for 13 days, taking you to an altitude of 5320 m above sea level. This valley lies in one of the 15 restricted areas of Nepal. Due to this, there are many strict rules to abide by to trek this region. 

The three permits needed for this trek are:

  • A Special Restricted Area Permit.
  • An Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit.
  • A Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.

Let’s check the details about these permits. 

Special Restricted Area Permit

As Nar Phu Valley lies in a restricted area of Nepal, you need a special restricted area permit to trek this valley. This money will be used to protect the restricted area.

You can get a permit for a restricted area only through the authorized government-registered travel agency of Nepal. You can not get this permit individually. 


This permit costs 100 USD per person per week. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit

Nar Phu Valley lies in the conservation area, so you need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit to trek this region. This money will be used to maintain the conservation area. 


The cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Permit depends on your nationality. 

  • If you are from a SAARC country, then it costs NRP 2000.
  • If you are from other foreign countries, then it costs NRP 200.

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit

This permit is for the trekkers’ safety reasons, reporting each trekker’s details during the journey. This permit is optional if you want to trek Nar Phu Valley only. But this permit is mandatory to merge this trek with Annapurna Circuit Trek.


  • It costs USD 20 for individual trekkers.
  • If you apply through the registered Trekking Agency, it costs only USD 10.
  • If you are a SAARC country resident, then it costs USD 6.

Required Documents

Nar Phu Valley Trek Permits can be easily obtained from the Immigration Department of Nepal in Kathmandu. To get permits, you need to submit some documents. It takes around 3-4 hours to get your permits ready.

  • Copy of passport
  • A passport-sized photograph
  • Original passport with a visa stamp

Terms and Conditions for Nar Phu Valley Trek Permits

  • Nar Phu Valley lies in a restricted area of Nepal, so government rules to enter this valley are very strict. 
  • You must trek with others in this region. You will need at least two people in your group. 
  • In addition, a licensed guide is a must to get a permit for entering this valley. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do I need a guide?

Yes, a licensed guide is mandatory for this trek. 

Is it mandatory to have an agency obtain a restricted area permit? 

You must go through an agency to obtain a restricted area permit. This agency will be responsible for your guide and itinerary for this journey. 

Do I need a TIMS permit for this trek?

A TIMS permit is optional to trek Nar Phu Valley. But a TIMS permit is mandatory if you merge the trek with the Annapurna Circuit Trek, where you will descend through Thorung La Pass. 

Do children need to have separate permits?

No, children under 10 years old don’t need any permits. But the legal documents of their visa are required.


Therefore, Nar Phu Valley is a hidden gem of the Annapurna region. This remote area reminds you of a humble rural life. Far from technology, this journey offers you a mental break. 

You can enjoy your trek to Nar Phu Valley with the permits mentioned above with the help of an agency. This place is restricted, so you must follow the rules and regulations. Enjoy your trek with friends and family in this breathtaking, beautiful place.