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  • Annapurna II seen from Koto
    / Annapurna II seen from Koto
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  • The river Nar Khola close to Koto
    / The river Nar Khola close to Koto
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  • Hot spring on the way to Dharamshala
    / Hot spring on the way to Dharamshala
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  • Near Dharamshala the trail runs behind a water fall
    / Near Dharamshala the trail runs behind a water fall
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  • Near Dharamshala
    / Near Dharamshala
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  • Near Dharamshala
    / Near Dharamshala
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  • Meta
    / Meta
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  • Yunkar Gompa close to Meta
    / Yunkar Gompa close to Meta
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  • / Near Meta
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  • / Near Meta
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  • / Junam Goth
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  • / Near Junam Goth
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  • / Chyako
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  • / Near Chyako
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  • / Near Chyako
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  • / Pisang Peak seen from Chyako
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  • / Chyako
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  • / Chyako
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  • / Former irrigation fields at Chyako
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  • / Ruins of the village Chyako - Pisang Peak in the background
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  • / Kyang
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  • / Above Kyang
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / Looking back down the valley to Kyang
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  • / Chorten in front of the gorge of Phoo
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  • / The gorge of Phoo
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  • / The “entrance gate” of Phoo
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  • / A steep trail leads up the plateau of Phoo
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  • / A mani stone close to Phoo
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  • / The large mani wall in front of Phoo
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  • / Phoo
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  • / Phoo
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  • / In Phoo
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  • / Phoo
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  • / Looking down to Phoo from the mountain behind the village
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  • / The Nagoru Peaks, seen from above Phoo
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  • / Nagoru Central (left) and Nagoru East (right) seen from above Phoo
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  • / Looking into the direction of Saribung La from above Phoo
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / Near Kyang
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  • / The old stone bridge over Nar Khola
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  • / The valley of Phoo Khola seen from the ascent route to Nar
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  • / The ascent route to Nar
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  • / The ascent route to Nar
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  • / Yaks close to Nar
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  • / Vultures close to Nar
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  • / A vulture close to Nar
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  • / Nar
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  • / In Nar
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  • / In Nar
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  • / Nar with Kanggaru Himal in the background
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  • / Prayer mills in Nar
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  • / Prayer mills in Nar
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  • / The ascent route to Kang La
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  • / The ascent route to Kang La
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  • / On top of Kang La
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  • / Looking to the north from a small peak above Kang La
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  • / Looking to the north from a small peak above Kang La
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  • / Looking to the west from a small peak above Kang La in the direction of Chulu East (left) and Chulu Far-East (right)
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  • / Looking to the south from a small peak above Kang La in the direction of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna I and Tilicho Peak (from left to right)
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  • / The southern side of Kang La
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  • / The southern side of Kang La
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  • / The village Ngawal
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  • / Annapurna III seen from Ngawal
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  • / Annapurna III seen from Ngawal
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  • / Gangapurna seen from Ngawal
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  • / Morning light at Annapurna III
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  • / Morning light at the slopes of Gangapurna
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  • / Prayer flags in early morning Ngawal
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Ancient Tibetan farm land without any vehicle traffic is surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery in Nar-Phoo; Kang La provides a spectacular view of the entire Annapurna range.

moderate
87.8 km
40:00 h
5440 m
5370 m

The region Nar-Phoo was opened for foreigners only at the beginning of this century. Even today the number of trekking groups is still small. Your will follow old trails and foot paths, where goods are transported on mules and donkeys or by human porters only.

The landscape is dominated by snow-capped peaks which are more than 6000 and 7000 meters high. Embedded there are deep-cut valleys with narrow river terraces, where in former times irrigation fields were cultivated up to an altitude of 4300 meters and higher. Today many old settlements are abandoned and only very few villages are still inhabited all year round.

Local culture is Tibetan to a large extent, but it unfolds its own and distinct characteristic: Yak meat from fresh slaughters for example is on sale in Phoo quite frequently.

Similar to Upper Mustang ancient and modern elements of live co-exist side by side: While in the entire village of Phoo running water is available only at a few communal wells, mobile phone coverage extends far beyond the remotest houses.

Nar-Phoo is suitable as a trekking destination on its own or as extension of the “classical” Annapurna circuit. Those who are ready to cross the challenging Saribung pass can even combine Nar-Phoo with a visit of Upper Mustang.

Author’s recommendation

(1) In Phoo you should not miss to climb an approx. 4500 m high mountain which offers a spectacular view of the village from above and a great panorama. You start the ascent at the western end of the village and pass by a small Gompa on a hill. An old trail leads steeply up on to an abandoned hamlet. There you turn to the next mountain ridge in the west and climb on it straight up to some prayer flags at the summit.

(2) To enjoy the spectacular Annapurna view from Kang La unrestrictedly, you climb at the west side of the pass approx. 70 meters higher to reach a small rocky summit, which rises directly above Kang La.

(3) At the end this tour a visit of the hot springs in Chame is worthwhile. You find the springs down the valley at the left riverside behind the last lodge. After a week or more without a shower it is really wonderful to enjoy warm water in a bricked pool.

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Author
Wolfgang Drexler
Updated: March 21, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
5400 m
Lowest point
2763 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

This trekking tour does not entail any specific risks, altitude acclimatisation has to be observed closely though.

After heavy snow fall Kang La can become impassable for a few days.

Nar-Phoo is a „restricted area”: For a visit a special permit is required, which must be obtained in Kathmandu in advance. This permit has to be issued for at least two persons, their physical presence is not verified though. You can thus travel as a single person and pay for two participants. An authorized trekking guide is mandatory for Nar-Phoo.

Equipment

Every backpack should contain: Protection against rain, cold weather and sunburn, a first-aid-kid, sufficient drinking water and a trekking map.

It is possible to visit Nar-Phoo as „lodge trekking“, but accommodation is available only in Meta, Chyako, Phoo and in Nar. Flexibility thus is limited in this case.

Fully equipped camping trekking is therefore recommended for a visit of Nar-Phoo.

Tips, hints and links

Nar-Phoo can be combined with the crossing of Saribung La/Mustang La and a visit of Upper Mustang.

You can also extend your trip to Nar-Phoo by a visit of the area around Nagoru or an attempt to climb mount Chulu Far-East after having crossed Kang La.

For further information please contact Langtang Ri Trekking & Expedition P.Ltd.

Start

Koto (2782 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
28.551882, 84.259300
UTM
45R 231856 3161406

Destination

Chame

Turn-by-turn directions

Day 1: Kathmandu – Koto

By car/bus to Besisahar and from there by 4x4 vehicle to Koto (13-14 hours in total)

  

Day 2: Dharamshala (5 hrs)

Along the riverside of Nar Khola the route is rather flat up to the first river crossing over a suspension bridge. Behind the bridge a short steep section uphill follows, after that the trail leads up and down, now on the (true) left side of the river. You will pass two camp sites on the way, which both are quite small and not really inviting. After another river crossing the trail get flat again until you arrive at the next suspension bridge to cross Nar Khola again. Starting directly at the concrete basement of this bridge a small path leads to a hot spring. First you descend from the bridge to the ground level using a traditional climbing tree, where you follow a faint trail. After some 150 meters you climb over a rocky terrace to arrive at a small ravine. Close to the riverside hot water pours out below a steep cliff. Unfortunately this spring is too small to take a bath.

Further up the valley the trail passes a water fall at its back side, which provides a spectacular view through falling water. Soon afterwards you arrive at Dharamshala, where you find a camp site with a simple tea house beside.

 

Tag 3: Kyang (4 hrs)

Behind Dharamshala the trail leads steeply uphill in order to reach an extended river terrace with a small village called Meta. After that the route is very flat for few kilometres and runs along the terrace. You pass the junction where the trail to Nar starts. Soon afterwards you arrive on a small saddle with a tea house and a camp site on top. This place is called Junam Goth. From there you descent steeply into a side valley and climb up at the other side again, where you arrive at the extended old farm lands of Chyako. There you find two lodges and a nice camping ground..

Behind Chyako you have to cross another side valley, before you arrive at the old terrace fields of Kyang,.which offer a perfect camp site. During the trekking season a small tea house is operated nearby.

Both former villages, Chyako and Kyang, are all in ruins today.

 

Day 4: Phoo (4 hrs)

Immediately behind Kyang the way leads steeply down to the riverside and follows the valley which gets soon rather narrow. At an old bridge you could cross the river to follow a flat, but rather rocky and uncomfortable trail at the other side. It is more convenient to stay on the main route, even though it includes several steep parts uphill where rock walls have to be circumvented. Eventually you will pass a few Chorten and arrive at the low end of a gorge, which has been cut out by the river Phoo Khola. A steep ascent leads up in close turns to the plateau of Phoo where you arrive at an entrance gate. Behind the gate you pass a long mani wall, before a long suspension bridge leads to the village Phoo on the other side of the river.

In the afternoon of this day you can do the suggested climbing above Phoo to get a special view.

 

Day 5: Chyako (4 hrs)

After a visit of the large gompa in Phoo you will hike back on the same way as on the day before to arrive at Chyako with its lodge and the nice camping ground.

 

Day 6: Naar (5 hrs)

From Chyako you walk via Junam Goth back in the direction of Meta to arrive at the sign-posted junction where the trail to Nar starts. The path first leads you steeply down to the Nar Khola, where you cross the river over an old stone bridge. On the other side you have to climb steeply uphill to reach the large Yunkar Gompa, which was established only a few years ago and usually is open for visitors. From there the trail leads up to Nar in several steep turns and can be rather challenging. Eventually you will arrive at an extended terrace, where you have to climb over a wall which is used as Yak fence. Finally a flat trail leads you to the village of Nar which is already close.

 

Day 7: Nar

This rest day can be used to explore Nar and its surroundings.

 

Day 8: Kang La crossing and Ngawal (9-11 hrs)

Crossing the pass Kang La is a long and arduous undertaking, therefore you should start as early as possible on this day.

The first part of the trail above Nar leads moderately uphill and into a wide valley where you will find a small tea house. Then you face the first steep ascent, followed by another flat section, which ends at an easy river crossing. Subsequently, the actual ascent to the top of the pass begins. You will climb along a beautiful old trail with moderate inclination. Due to an altitude of more than 5300 meters on top this ascent nevertheless is rather demanding.

Descending from Kang La down to the village Ngawal the difference in altitude is more than 1700 meters. You can use short-cuts over fine loose scree on the first part, further downhill you take the right branch of the trail which leads you along the top of a ridge and re-joins the main trail in the valley later on. After a rocky climb down into a small gorge, a broad and comfortable trail will bring you to the first Chorten high above the village of Ngawal. Finally a stairway build of large stones will bring you down to the village.

 

Day 9: Chame (7 hrs)

On the last trekking day you will follow the classical Annapurna circuit in the opposite direction. The section between Ngawal and Ghyaru ranks among its most beautiful parts and you will enjoy it. From Ghyaru you then descend steeply towards Pisang, where you walk through the village Upper Pisang and remain on the left bank of the Marsyangdi river. Close to Dhikur Pokhari the trail leads over a bridge and arrive at the 4x4 vehicle track.

Behind Bhratang with its famous apple plantations you leave the motor track again and take the footpath, which leads first uphill and then flat along the mountain slope until you descend to Talekhu. From there it is not far any more to the large village of Chame.

 

Day 10: Chame – Kathmandu

A by 4x4 vehicle brings you down to Besisahar, from where you return by car/bus to

Kathmandu (11-12 hours in total).

Public transport

Not available.

Getting there

From Kathmandu via Mugling to Besisahar in a regular car or bus (driving time 4.5 - 5 hrs).

From Besisahar to Koto/Chame on a very difficult 4x4 track, where only local vehicles are operating (driving time 8-9 hours uphill and 6-7 hours downhill).

It is thus possible to drive in one day from Kathmandu to Koto and from Chame back to Kathmandu at the end the trip, however this is really strenuous.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Karin Lamprecht
November 17, 2016 · Community
Eine ganz, ganz tolle Tour und herrliche Aufnahmen!
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Kilian 
November 11, 2016 · Community
Tolle Fotos!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
87.8 km
Duration
40:00 h
Ascent
5440 m
Descent
5370 m
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