Infectious disease monitoring on Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) platforms offers rapid turnaround times and low cost, exemplified by well over a half of million ONT SARS-COV-2 datasets. Tracking low frequency intra-host variants has provided important insights with respect to elucidating within host viral population dynamics and transmission. However, given the higher error rate of ONT, accurate identification of intra-host variants with low allele frequencies remains an open challenge with no viable solutions available. In response to this need, we present Variabel, a novel approach and first method designed for rescuing low frequency intra-host variants from ONT data alone. We evaluated Variabel on both within patient and across patient paired Illumina and ONT datasets; our results show that Variabel can accurately identify low frequency variants below 0.5 allele frequency, outperforming existing state-of-the-art ONT variant callers for this task. Variabel is open-source and available for download at: https://gitlab.com/treangenlab/variabel.