Taplejung to Jiri (October-November 2012):

1. Taplejung to Olangchun Gola (4 days)

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We drove (2 days) from Kathmandu to Taplejung, where we started our trek. From Taplejung we first hiked down to the Tamor Nadi river, which we followed up to Lelek. In Lelek we left the Kanchenjunga BC trekking trail and went straight north toward the remote village of Olangchun Gola. Most of this itinerar lies at relatively low elevation.

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In the streets of Taplejung.

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Rice fields between Taplejung and Mitlung.

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Man along the trail between Taplejung and Mitlung. (Matt Scott photo)

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Approaching Mitlung.

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Limbu woman sitting at the entrance of her house in Mitlung. (On the right, Matt Scott photo)

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Scenery between Mitlung and Chirwa.

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Street scene in Siwan.

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Tamor Nadi river between Siwan and Chirwa.

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Reaching Chirwa.

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In Chirwa.

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On the trail between Chirwa and Lelep.

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Collecting cardamom pods (from dried cardamom). Cardamom (the third most expensive spice by weight, after saffron and vanilla) is a major source of income in this area of Nepal. Note also the cylindrical beehives against the walls. (Second, third, and fourth photos by Matt Scott)

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Spectacular waterfall and bridge along the trail between Iladanda and Olangchun Gola (video). (Third photo by Matt Scott)

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Crossing a steep landslide before reaching Olangchun Gola (video).

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Reaching Olangchun Gola (3190m), where we spent two nights for acclimatization.

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Other parts of the trek:

1.   Taplejung to Olangchun Gola (4 days)

2.  Olangchun Gola (1 day)

3.  Crossing Lumba Samba pass (3 days)

4.  Tudham to Hongon (3 days)

5.  Hongon to Yangla Kharka (5 days)

6.  Yangla Kharka to Sherpani Col High Camp (4 days)

7.  Crossing of Sherpani and West Cols (1 day)

8.  Hongu basin to Namche across Amphu Lapsta (3 days)

9.  Namche to Jiri (5 days)

 

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