Valleys of Naar and Phu trek

 

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Day 4 - Koto to Dharmasala     

There is a checkpoint in Koto where you need to present permits to enter this restricted region.

We  start out on the left or western bank on a trail heading up the narrower and steeper gorge of the Naar Phu Khola. through beautiful woods and passing various temporary settlements used in the winter by the people of Naar and Phu.

The steep valley runs exactly north to south so it gets quite a lot of sun and has a striving vegetation. The path is sometimes carved into the cliff face, high above the river. Spectacular but wide enough not to be dangerous even though you might need a bit of a head for heights.

We cross and re cross the river, ascending gradually until we reach a tiny settlement called Dharmasala (3230m). It is no more than a staging post for the inhabitants of Naar and Phu on their way to the Marshyangdi valley and there are only has a couple of houses and just enough space to pitch our tents next to them.

Just before reaching Dharmasala the path goes under a big waterfall. This is quite spectacular

The walk from Koto to Dharmasala takes about 5 hours.

 

 

Entering the restricted area

 

Naar Phu Khola

 

 
 

Walking through the forest

 

 

Walking through the forest

 

 

Walking through the forest

 

 

Path cut in the cliff

 

 

Path cut in the cliff

 

 

Path cut in the cliff

 

 

Path cut in the cliff

 

 

Walking through the forest

 

 

Peaks of the Swargadwari Danda

 

 

Sign post of the ACAP

 

 
 

In the Naar Phu Kola looking North

 

 

Path under a waterfall

 

 

Path under a waterfall

 

Path under a waterfall

 

 

Path under a waterfall

 

 

Arriving at Dharmasala

 

 

 

Day 5 - Dharmasala to Metang 

 

Today the walk is only a very short one (about 75 minutes) to Metang. At 3650m we need to put in some time of rest in order to acclimatize.

The walk from Dharmasala is a very easy traverse along the flanks of Kangguru Himal. To the West you have great views of Pisang Peak as well as the hill leading to Naar which we will ascend on our way back from Phu.

Metang is a small village with only a few inhabitants but plenty of terraced fields. If the walk today was too short there is plenty of scope for walks around camp, for example heading up the hill (this is heading towards Kangguru but the summit stays hidden).

Metang also offers superb views of Lamjung Himal to the South.

There is also a ridge in front (clearly visible as the dark ridge in this image as well as these two peaks ) of Lamjung Himal. This is the stunning Swargadwari Danda seen from "the other side". If you trek on the normal Annapurna Circuit route you pass on its west side where it forms a gigantic bowl of bare rock.

 

 

 

Looking South: the Lamjung Himal ridge

 

Arriving at Metang

 

 

Looking South from Metang

 

Looking South from Metang

 

 

Looking South from Metang: the Lamjung Himal ridge

 

Looking South from Metang: the Lamjung Himal ridge

 

 

The small settlement of Metang

 

The small settlement of Metang

 

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