Traverse of Central and Eastern Nepal (2011)

Leg 15: From Honggu Khola to Tumlingtar (May 2-8)

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After our unsuccessful descent of Honggu Khola, we returned to the Inkhu valley. Soon after the village of Kote we left this valley to climb to Khola Kharka. After a couple of passes, we descended to the villages of Khiraule and Bung on the main trail to Tumlingtar. From Bung we followed that trail to Tumlingtar through the villages of Gudel and Sanam, the Salpa pass (3565m), and the villages of Phedi and Chalise. Our original plan had not been to go to Tumlingtar, but, instead, to follow the Arun river up and then cross the Lumba Samba pass to reach the Kangchenjunga region. However, we were several days late and Kame became seriously ill when we reached Gudel. Going to Tumlingtar allowed Kame to fly back to Kathmandu and the rest of us to take a shorter route in order to complete the Nepal traverse before I had to leave Nepal.

 

Rhododendron forest before climbing to Khola Kharka

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Reaching Khola Kharka, where we spent a night

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In Khola Kharka (4175m)

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Panch Pokhari above Inkhu Khola valley

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Another view across Inkhu Khola valley of the mountain range that we had crossed several days earlier, after we had left Lukla

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The steep descent from the last pass above Khiraule

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Long mani stone wall and stupa above Khiraule

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Gompa of Kirhaule

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Crossing the infamous Honggu river (this time over a suspended bridge) below Bung village

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Bung village seen from Gudel village (the Honggu river flows between them)

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View from Gudel of the mountain range that we had crossed during the previous two days (the last pass above Khiraule is clearly visible on the left side of the range)

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Between Gudel and Sanam

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Stupa at Salpa pass

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Blooming rhododendrons at Salpa pass

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During the descent to Phedi from Salpa pass

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In the Rai village of Phedi

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Along the trail below Phedi

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Porters along the trail above Arun valley

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Reaching the Arun valley

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Crossing the Arun river on an unusually long suspended bridge

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Children playing in the Arun river

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We arrived in Tumlingtar on May 7. On the 8th, Kame flew back to Kathmandu and the rest of us took a rest day.