Where next: Naar Phu, Nepal

Caught up with Val early this afternoon, and an hour later I’d booked my flights to Kathmandu with Qatar Airways.

I’d been hoping that 2022 would be the year I finally got to trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp(s) but Kanch is postponed, hopefully only to 2023, due to the low vaccination rates there.

Destination: Manaslu and Naar Phu, Nepal.

When: October / November 2022.

What: I am officially off on a 3 week trek to Naar Phu with Val in October / November. No idea of the itinerary, but I’ve 24 days KTM to KTM and Val tells me two other ladies will be coming.

Where: Naar (Nar) and Phu are small villages in Nepal, north and east of the Annapurnas, Manang side, between the Manaslu Circuit’s Larke La and the Annapurna Circuit’s Thorong La. Chulu East and Himlung Himal were also mentioned. The two ladies want to trek the Manaslu Circuit, so we’ll be doing that first – should help with the acclimatisation.

How: With Val, of course.

Why: Hiking high in the big mountains, with old friends.

I’ve christened this trip Val Pitkethly’s Naar Phu Explorer. (Rechristened Manaslu & Nar Phu on my return.)


Let’s hope I don’t catch COVID this time.