Penny and Brian Farncombe – Trek to Kanchenjunga South and North Base Camps – Nepal – October 2011
The circular trek of 165km lasted 24 days, it starts at Tapeljung (1787m) and climbs up the Lasiya Bhanjyang (3,500m) before descending to 1800m and from there up to South Base Camp (4520m) Then the trek returns to Tseram (3300m) before the arduous climb over Mirgin La (4,480m), this was undertaken in thick mist so sadly no views. From this point the path drops to the village of Ghunsa (3595m) before climbing up alongside the glacier to North Base Camp, the high point of the trek at 4955m.
Kangchenjunga at 8586m is the third highest mountain in the world and the most easterly of the 8000m peaks. It is located on the borders of Tibet, Nepal and Sikkim and was first successfully climbed in 1955 by Joe Brown & George Bland. The trek involves varying terrains initially of terraced hillsides growing rice and coriander and then sub-tropical including leeches (ugh) and then the rugged splendour of the high mountains and their glaciers. The local people in this area are a happy and relaxed mixture of Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cultures.
A big thank you to Penny and Brian Farncombe for the Rohantime post
Penny purchased all her Rohan gear from Rohan Winchester, at 24 The Square Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9EX. 01962 850458