Valleys of Naar and Phu trek

 

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Day 9 Phu  

 

I couldn't fit all the photos of Phu that I wanted to show so here are more taken during my second day at Phu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking along the Phu Khola

 

Female Blue Sheep

 

 
 

Looking North towards Phu, the gompa and beyond

 

 

A row of chortens at the gompa

 

 

Looking north towards Tibet

 

 

Looking South from the gompa towards Kang Guru

 

 

180 degree panorama: the centre part looks towards Himlung

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Looking north towards Tibet

 

 

Looking South from above the gompa

 

 

Prayer flags at the gompa

 

 

Chorten and a peak to the North

 

 

The Phu gompa

 

 
 

The Phu gompa

 

 

On the path back to Kyang

 

 

Day 10 Phu to Junam Goth

Leaving Phu much too early for my taste. We head back down the valley towards Junam Goth and a camp in a (still) virgin juniper forest. I am afraid that with the start of trekking in this area the forest might get damaged pretty soon by porters using branches for fires. And these trees take centuries to grow so if the forest gets damaged it won't come back any time soon.

About 5 to 6 hours walking time from Phu to Junam Goth.

 

 

 

On the path back to Kyang

 

Chhomchomo Danda near Junam Goth

 

 

Day 11 Junam Goth to Naar

Continuing down the valley we make a big descent to a bridge across a very narrow and deep cleft in the valley of the Phu Khola at Naar Phedi (Phedi as in Thorong Phedi, Kang La Phedi, it means "foot" so in this case the foot of Naar) and then begin the long and steep climb out of the gorge towards Naar. The bridge is located at 3490m so it means a climb of over 600m to the top. Your effort is well rewarded by the great views you get of Pisang Peak to the South and finally good views of Kangguru to the East.

Eventually you reach the first Naar Gate and the terrain becomes a little less steep. At the top you come upon a very large chorten and several smaller ones, all located in surroundings that take your breath away (that an the altitude).

Shortly afterwards you will start seeing the first terraced fields and the village of Naar appears on the side of the hill. Naar is quite a bit larger than Phu (apparently it has around 200 inhabitants) and boasts a couple of simple trekkers lodges as well as a number of solar powered cells on roofs.

The people of Naar make their living from agriculture as well as spinning and weaving.

Walking time from Junam Goth to Naar is about 5 hours.

 

 

Nearing the valley crossing to Naar with Pisang Peak in the background

 

 

Ascending out of the Phu valley

 

 

The first Naar gate

 

Walking up towards Naar with Kang Guru in the background

 

 

Huge chortens near Naar

 

Huge chortens near Naar

 

 

Huge chortens near Naar

 

Huge chortens near Naar

 

 

The first terraced fields of Naar

 

First view of Naar

 

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