Nepal - Kangchenjunga trek

 

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Day 7 - Ramche

I spend the afternoon roaming in the area, watching the clouds playing and the amazing mountains all around us.

As soon as the sun sets temperature plumpets and eventually goes down to -20C in the middle of the night.

We can hear Himalayan blue sheep (locally called bharal - they are actually from the goat family despite their name) wandering around through the camp during the night.

 

 

Ratong and Kabru

 

Our camp seen from the moraine

 

 
 

The summit of Ratong

 

 

Low cloud above the glacier

 

 

This one is called Bokton peak (or Bokta / Boktah)

 

 

Ratong at sunset

 

Day 8 - Ramche to Oktang and return to camp

 

Glad to see the sun rise and bring us some warmth after that cold night.

The blue sheep that we heard during the night are now roaming above the camp, about 30 of them.

It is a very clear and sunny day and an easy walk to Oktang. We pass an altar and prayer flags, reminding us that Kangchenjunga is a mountain considered sacred by the inhabitants of Sikkim and eastern Nepal.

According to the map (Trekking routes to Kangchenjunga 1: 100 000 Paolo Gondini) Oktang (and certainly the Kangchenjunga South base camp) is beyond the moraine that we follow. To reach Oktang you'd need to walk down onto the glacier (there is a small path if you look for it), cross the Tso glacier and ascend again onto a flat area. My guess is that it would take a long time (not so much the distance as the probable difficulty of picking one's way across the glacier). So what we do instead is follow the easy path along the top of the moraine.
Eventually we reach an unstable scree slope where we stop and hang about, enjoying watching small avalanches coming down Kabru until a rock fall on the scree only meters away reminds us that it may not be such a good spot to spend time at.

 

 

Watching the sun setting on Ratong and Kabru

 

 

Herd of bharal or blue sheep

 

 

Walking towrads Oktang

 

 

On the moraine of the Yalung glacier

 

 

Kabru and altar in the foreground

 

 

Sitting at the end of the world

 

 
 

Kangchenjunga and the Yalung glacier

 

 

Kabru and the Yalung glacier

 

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