Kanchenjunga Circuit October-November 2023
Oct 22 - Nov 14, 2023
A friend from Denmark and I have just completed a most wonderful 3 week trek around Kanchenjunga. Everything went well, from the moment we were met at Kathmandu airport by Ngima Dorji Sherpa the Director of Nepal Myths and Mountain Trails to the moment we were farewelled at the airport 25 days later. Ngima provided us with an excellent guide Ang Gelu and very strong porter, Kunga. These two gentle men took us on a most amazing adventure. We are experienced walkers. Kunga led the way and Ang Gelu stayed with us making sure we were in good shape. If we wanted to stop for photographs, short diversions from the track (I am a geologist) or study the landscape, Ang Gelu kindly allowed us the time. His English is excellent and he joined in many of our discussions - both serious and in fun. Ang Gelu and Kunga always made sure we had accommodation at our tea houses and took an active role in organising our meals. We often saw Kunga in the kitchen assisting with the preparation of our meals and those for other trekkers.
The Kanchenjunga trek passes through beautiful country - through villages and farmlands, wonderful forests and then the barren landscapes above the tree line. The mountains and valleys are huge and Kanchenjunga is a true giant. Jannu is another magnificent mountain. I particularly enjoyed the two nights and days we had at Ramche, close to the South Base Camp. It is a wonderful mountain location. Another highlight was the day spent crossing the passes between the Ghunsa Khola and Kabeli Khola. The distant views to Makalu, Everest and the Himalayan foothills are breathtaking.
I can't thank Ngima, Ang Gelu and Kunga enough for organising and supporting such an amazing trip.