Suketar airstrip could be called exposed, the runway is
wide and long, but steep drops are on each side.
Terraces and typical Rai houses are the first highlights after half a day of
Terraced fields along the Tamur river let you forget you are close to the 3rd
hightest peak on earth.
Hamlets on the hillsides, forests, waterfalls - what a
relief after busy chaotic Kathmandu.
Swaying bridges; an exciting way that saves us from further
ups and downs.
Typical Rai village with neatly arranged houses that are
surrounded by wheat and fice fields.
Waterfalls, creeks and a variety of plants make for an
Wheat fields in Gyabla
Dendi and Bagman, two of our Sherpas.
Without porters - their smiles and carrying capabilities -
trekking would only be half as much fun.
The strength of Trisuli porters is legendary, the women
carry a little less than the men, but still much, much, much more than I could
Carpet weaver in typical Tibetan dress in Phale, a
settlement of refugees.
Farmers in Ghunsa plough the fields for planting potatoes.
Bridge over the Ghunsa Khola halfway between Ghunsa and
We stare in awe. Jannu, 7'710 meters high wall of rock.
One the 'smaller' companions of Jannu.
Our camp in Kangbachen, small dots far down in the valley.
Walking up the glacier to Jannu base camp. Climbing this
face is considered to be one of the most difficult climbs. Any guesses why?
Dark moraines stand out against the white peaks as we
approach Lhonak. The peak at the right is Drohmo, Tnegkoma is on the left of
Merra peak with its impressive glaciers.
Valley just before reaching Lhonak, Tengkoma is the
rock/snow summit at the left..
Our camp site for the next few days, usually it snowed only
at night and it melted in the warm sunshine during the day.
Wedge Peak in Joel's sunglasses.
Sunrise in Lhonak after a cold, snowy and windy night..
A little snow fell over night and makes the scenery even
View of the Twins ??? from Pangema.
Wedge Peak from Lhonak.
Another beautiful morning in Lhonak.
Leaving high camp and climbing the first couloir in the
dawn, glacier and Kangbachen in the background.
During our climb the sun puts Kangchenjunga in an orange
light. The ridge of Wedge Peak lies still in the dark.
Drohmo peak, part of the same ridge like Tengkoma.
View down the Kangchenjunga glacier towards Kangbachen.
Dendi climbing down towards high camp, the tiny 'plateau' on the left.
We are the little dots on the brown scree.
The ridge continues behind the snow dome, but halfway
up Dendi and I decided to turn.
We turn back before the summit, me disappointed. The
smile is not faked, though.
After a week in barren rock and snow, the blooming
rhododendron on the way to Ghunsa is a wonderful experience.
Fragrant forests, tones of green and yellow make me feel
like being in another world again.
Family that runs the guesthouse in Ghunsa, remembering
dinner in their house still makes me feel nostalgic.
Enchanted forest between Ghunsa and Phale, small creeks
murmur between moss-covered boulders.
Yaks are loaded for their journey to the pastures.
Rhododendrons in spring
Terraces in the Tamuar valley near Taplejung.
The morning's rain evaporates within 20 minutes after the
afternoon sun starts to shine.
Rai house at the end of our trip
On the way to Chirwa.
Newari festival in Patan.
Buddhist novices enjoying the festival in Boudha.
Monnks are reciting texts.