Traverse of Western Nepal (2008)
Leg 3: Seti Khola to Kolti (September 30 – October 6)
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Our initial plan was to cross the Jugar Danda mountain range at the
level of Dhuli. But the huge amount of fresh snow in
this range (that we saw while descending from Therdole
pass) discouraged us. We were also several days late relative to our initial
schedule. So, we decided to cross Jugar Danda near its Southern end, where it has lower elevation.
So, we trekked down along Seti Khola
river until Talkot village.
There, we turned East and we crossed Jugar Danda by a series of three
passes to reach the small town of
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Man and woman from Dhuli
In the small Tibetan
Kaya village, where we spent a night
The narrows of Seti Khola
Crossing the Ghat Khola river (an affluent of the Seti Khola river)
An unusual forest along the way
Field of red lentils
Women in a field below Dolon
A man from Dolon
A beautiful pine forest below Dolon
Impressive terraced fields in Panalta village
Woman encountered on the trail near Talkot
In Talkot, we left the Seti Khola valley toward the East along a smaller river. These three photos were taken along this river.
We crossed the Southern end of the Jugar Danda mountain range by a series of three successive passes separated by steep valleys. Gaurle pass (3470m) was the first.
Autumn colors below Gaurle pass
On our way to Cshach pass (2940m)
An amazing series of stairs along the trail and a woman below Cshach pass
This area is a complex network of narrow valleys and thin ridges. Most villages are built on steep terrain.
A view toward the South at sunset
A woman and a man near Rezali village
A caravan of mules between Martadi (the local administrative center) and Kolti.
Heavy rain below the pass (2990m) before Kolti
Red chili drying on a roof
Fields near Kolti
Warm colors at sunset
A tea house near Kolti
The small town of Kolti (1520m). Not a beautiful town, but for the first time since the beginning of this trek we were able to buy kerosene.