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Gallery Kangchenjunga

for more and better pictures about the area see Pictures Kangchenjunga - Olungchungkola


Kathmandu - Sekatum

Sekathum - Ghunsa - Kangbachen

Kangbachen - Lhonak - Pangpema

Tengkoma Climb - Ghunsa

Ghunsa - Suketar - Kathmandu


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Suketar airstrip could be called exposed, the runway is wide and long, but steep drops are on each side.

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Terraces and typical Rai houses are the first highlights after half a day of walking.

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Terraced fields along the Tamur river let you forget you are close to the 3rd hightest peak on earth.

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Hamlets on the hillsides, forests, waterfalls - what a relief after busy chaotic Kathmandu.

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Swaying bridges; an exciting way that saves us from further ups and downs.

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Typical Rai village with neatly arranged houses that are surrounded by wheat and fice fields.

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Waterfalls, creeks and a variety of plants make for an interesting walk

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Wheat fields in Gyabla

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Dendi and Bagman, two of our Sherpas.

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Without porters - their smiles and carrying capabilities - trekking would only be half as much fun.

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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

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Carpet weaver in typical Tibetan dress in Phale, a settlement of   refugees.

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Farmers in Ghunsa plough the fields for planting potatoes.

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Bridge over the Ghunsa Khola halfway between Ghunsa and Kangbachen.


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We stare in awe. Jannu, 7'710 meters high wall of rock.

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One the 'smaller' companions of Jannu.


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Our camp in Kangbachen, small dots far down in the valley.


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Walking up the glacier to Jannu base camp. Climbing this face is considered to be one of the most difficult climbs. Any guesses why?

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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 this ridge.

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Merra peak with its impressive glaciers.


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Valley just before reaching Lhonak, Tengkoma is the rock/snow summit at the left..


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Our camp site for the next few days, usually it snowed only at night and it melted in the warm sunshine during the day.


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Wedge Peak in Joel's sunglasses.


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Sunrise in Lhonak after a cold, snowy and windy night..


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A little snow fell over night and makes the scenery even more enchanting.


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View of the Twins ??? from Pangema.


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Wedge Peak from Lhonak.


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Another beautiful morning in Lhonak.

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Leaving high camp and climbing the first couloir in the dawn, glacier and Kangbachen in the background.


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During our climb the sun puts Kangchenjunga in an orange light. The ridge of Wedge Peak lies still in the dark.

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Drohmo peak, part of the same ridge like Tengkoma.

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View down the Kangchenjunga glacier towards Kangbachen. Dendi climbing down towards high camp, the tiny 'plateau'  on the left.

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We are the little dots on the brown scree.


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The ridge continues behind the snow dome,  but halfway up Dendi and I decided to turn.


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We turn back before the summit, me disappointed.  The smile is not faked, though.


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After a week in barren rock and snow, the blooming rhododendron on the way to Ghunsa is a wonderful experience.


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Fragrant forests, tones of green and yellow make me feel like being in another world again.

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Family that runs the guesthouse in Ghunsa, remembering dinner in their house still makes me feel nostalgic.


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Enchanted forest between Ghunsa and Phale, small creeks murmur between moss-covered boulders.

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Yaks are loaded for their journey to the pastures.

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Rhododendrons in spring


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Terraces in the Tamuar valley near Taplejung.


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The morning's rain evaporates within 20 minutes after the afternoon sun starts to shine.

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Rai house at the end of our trip



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On the way to Chirwa.


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Newari festival in Patan.

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Buddhist novices enjoying the festival in Boudha.

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Monnks are reciting texts.