Trekking to Naar, Phu, Manaslu and Beyond
We just received these stunning pictures from Matthew and Jessica Szelag who joined us in Nepal for an incredible trek last November. They are an extremely athletic and motivated couple who when I first spoke to them about their trek I thought they were completely mad!
Not content with just one trek they wanted to do 4, back to back in 18 days! Their plan was to trek around the Manaslu Circuit, the Annapurna Circuit, detour to the villages of Naar and Phu and then continue onto Upper Mustang, crossing 4 passes over 5000m and walking close to 200 miles. We are always up for a challenge and never like to say something is impossible but even running for 12 hours a day for 18 days straight, completing this itinerary looked pretty unlikely.
Bhairas and Kumar, both tough guys that grew up in the mountains were as unsure as me about the plan and these guys had the added pressure of a very big job ahead of them. Both would be running over the mountains for the next couple of weeks with Kumar carrying the support gear.
While other teams took 18 hours to cross the pass and descend to Bimtang our team took 10! Next was a jaunty downhill trek to the welcoming up-market huts of the Annapurna Circuit to get refreshed and a hearty meal before leaving the tourist trekkers behind and heading to the wilderness of the Phu Valley. This is real adventure trekking. There is very limited information on this region and we were not a hundred percent sure if they’d get a proper place to stay in or whether they were going to have to rely on Bhairas’ negotiation skills to get the locals to put them up. A tent would normally be advised for this type of trek but this would only slow things down and these guys are not ones to be held back by silly things like warmth and comfort. If lodging wasn’t available they’d keep walking until they found some that was.
They were also not sure if the pass was going to be feasible due to snow and if they could cross back to the Annapurna Circuit. The only way to see if it was possible was to take the lengthy climb to the pass and have a look. The risk was a 3 day walk round trip back the way they came! Luck paid out however and our guys crossed the pass, I will let the pictures do the talking now as you can see this is a trek with pure WOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRHHHHH factor!
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