The Nar Phu Valley is a remote area north of the Annapurna mountains and is accessed by a path along a narrow valley from the famous and popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. We passed through a decorated gateway at the entrance to the valley. We were to see lots of these during our travels in Manang.
The steepness of the valley sides and their height. On both sides were mountain ridges. The path in places had been carved into the rocky cliff. At all times we could hear the river below us.
|Path carved into the rocky cliff|
Further up we came to a large waterfall - with the path (and us) actually going through behind the falling water.
The people who live in this remote valley have no road access and there is a 2 day minimum walk to get there. Mules are used to carry heavy supplies and we saw numerous mule-trains loaded with sacks of cement, rice and other heavy essentials on the path.
Eventually after many hours of walking we climbed up a steep slope and found ourselves on a small plateau with a few houses. This was Meta and our lodgings for the night. In the distance across the deep gorge, eroded by the river, we could see a colourful Buddhist monastery - this would be our accommodation in a few nights time on our return. The photo shows how desolate the landscape is in that area.