Traverse of Western Nepal (2008)
Leg 1: From Baitadi to Chetty (September
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September 16 we took an early bus from Kathmandu to the small town of
of Atariya early in the morning. It is not the most
scenic place in
First view of a high peak (Api Himal?) from Kohelek
Chamliya Khola (the river in the back)
small town of
Crossing the Chamliya Khola river
After heavy rains, Chamliya Khola carries tree logs that are collected by local people (a dangerous job)
Sceneries near Lumthi
Khandesoweri village (2300m)
Another small village
Trail along the Chelli Ganga river. The rain caused many landslides
Man plowing a field near Gazir village, with a big mudslide on the other side of the river
After leaving Gazir, we followed a small trail that what supposed to lead us to Pathrasi pass and allow us to cross Bakiya Lekh, the first mountain range of our trek.
Initially, the trail traverses a dense forest.
Some views of the trail above the forest. Several sections were fairly exposed, mainly due to recent landslides.
Views of the Bakiya Lekh mountain range
View of the pass that we initially thought to be Pathrasi pass
Peak near this pass
Reaching the pass (4300m). Unfortunately, the pass
was too steep on the other side to continue. We then realized that it was probably
not Pathrasi pass and we decided to backtrack to the
We spent a night just below the false Pathrasi pass. This is a view of the Indian skyline in the morning.
A canabis field near Chetty
Chetty people carrying canabis
Other people of Chetty. These people, called Boharas, are of Tibetan descent.
The Chetty people make most of their clothes, including these trendy jackets