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Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu

Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu

Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu Overview

A high and wild trekking holiday north of the Annapurnas in Nepal

North of Chame on the Annapurna Circuit the hidden valleys of Naar and Phu were opened up to trekking groups as recently as the year 2000. Home to hardy communities of Buddhist people who continue to trade northwards across the border into Tibet, this is one of the most exciting trekking destinations in Nepal. We spend more than a week in these valleys, trekking northwards as far as the remote stone-built village of Phu and overnighting in simple lodges. We then retrace our steps briefly, before turning westwards into a broad and rocky tributary valley, passing numerous chortens, mani walls and unusual gateways en route to the similarly unspoilt village of Naar. After checking out one or two of the ancient monasteries at Naar, we ascend to the head of the valley and trek up to cross the Kang La (5306m) a stunning viewpoint which commands a breathtaking panorama of the arrayed peaks of the Annapurnas. Then, after an abrupt descent to Ngawal, we trek out beside the Marsyangdi River for two further days to the road at Tal where we pick up our transport back to Kathmandu. You can be amongst the first to visit this untouched corner of Nepal!
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