Nepal - Kangchenjunga trek

 

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Day 6 - Toronton to Tseram (3700m) - continued

After a few hours we get to Tseram. It's a beautiful camp.
Lots of clouds are coming in from the South but they separate and leave us in the sun. I guess that the glacier which is quite close creates an area of high pressure.

 

Our camp at Tseram

 

View of the river from the camp

 

 

Day 7 - Tseram to Ramche (4300m)

 

A straightforward walk along the river. Now above the tree line into a more desertic landscape.

 

Getting close to the mountains

 

 

 A yak herd and his animals

 

As we arrive at Ramche temperatures are lower and we need to cross icy patches from tributary rivulets. We walk straight towards the impressive peak of Ratong

 

Looking west towards the Lapsang La

 

 

Ratong and Kabru

 

A few people in our group have headaches but no further symptoms of AMS. Sunny and clear day with beautiful views of Koktang, Ratong and Kabru.

 

Sign to the Lapsang La

 

 

Porter arriving at Ramze

 

A day later I tried to have a wash in this glacial lake...more like a glacial puddle actually. It was difficult finding an unfrozen place but I managed after a while

 

A small glacial lake near our camp

 

 

Prayer flags

 

The photo on the right is one of my favourites. I took it on the moraine above the Yalung glacier. Glaciers in the Himalayas do not look icy because they carry huge quantities of rocks on top of them but below the surface it is all ice.

The peak of Ratong is on the left and just beyond it, at the lowest point, is a pass into Sikkim which gets to Ratong glacier on the other side. Funny in retrospect to think that I was visiting the training camp of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute there exacly a year later.

But even though it is only a few km away it would involve around one or two days of arduous trekking across the glacier (as well as an illegal border crossing).

 

Our camp at Ramche

 

 

The Yalung glacier

 

 

These photos were taken from the same spot as the photo above right but looking towards the north. This will be our path tomorrow to Kanchengjunga South base camp.

 

Ratong from the moraine of Yalung glacier

 

 

Kabru and 'Kanch' peaking out on the left

 

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