Nepal - Kangchenjunga trek

 

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Day 16 - Kambachen to Phole

Damp morning in Kambachen (again!). Descent to Ghunsa. The landslide crossing easier than expected (I thought that the descent would be tougher). Lunch in Ghunsa and walk on to Phole. More pleasant temperatures but cloudy and some drizzle during the night.

 

Day 17 - Phole to Amjilassa

We depart in light rain which stops after about 30 minutes, leaving the trail to Kyapra slippery and treacherous. After lunch, long descent followed by some undulations and a steep ascent again before an easy descent to Amjilassa. It is still cloudy. The walk today passed through pretty wild dense forest, almost no habitations. Everyone has had a good walk today and is relaxed because it is warmer (relatively speaking).

 

Day 18 - Amjilassa to Sakathon

A steep descent (easy because the ground is dry) then follow the river. We arrive at camp by 12.00. It is warm and sunny and everybody enjoys a good wash and laundry.

 

Day 19 - Sakathon to Chirwa

A bit of up and down but nothing steep. Arrive at camp in warm weather before 12.00 ad spend the afternoon playing with local children.

 

Day 20 - Chirwa to Phurumba

Nice walk more or less following the contour of the hills (it makes a change from ups and downs), great terraces. On our arrival (about 14.30) in Phurumba it starts raining heavily but by dark everything is OK (so no problems with leaking tents in the night).

 

Day 21 - Phurumba to Sukethar

Not passing through Taplejung but going directly to Sukethar. We get to Sukethar in late morning. Busy camp as there is a large Dutch group (we had crossed them in Kambachen, they were doing exactly the same tour in the opposite direction). Noisy camp, a return to civilisation feeling. It rains quite heavily most of the afternoon.
People are happy to get back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

 

Day 22 - flight back to Biratnagar and Kathmandu

or so it should have been. Various circumstances (weather then technical problems) delay the flight by 3 days so we are very very glad when a plane can finally land and take us out of Sukethar (which by now feels more like a refugee camp than a village).

 

 

 

Arriving in Ghunsa

 

The 'Top of the world' lodge in Ghunsa

 

 
 
 

River and jungle

 

 

Nice lunch spot in a clearing

 

 

Woman and child

 

 

Nice lunch spot in a clearing

 

 

Tired after almost 3 weeks of trek

 

 

A dodgy bridge

 

 

Yaks

 

 
And an even worse bridge

 

 

Young girl

 

 
Young boy

 

 

Back to civilization

 

Tied bamboo poles for building a swing

 

 

Camp at Sukethar

 

Evening light

 

 

After 3 days of waiting our plane has finally managed to land

 

Take-off

 

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