Traverse of Central and Eastern Nepal (2011)

Leg 11: From Shyabru Besi to Barabise (April 6 - 12)


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During the hike through Ganesh Himal I had developed a tooth infection that forced me to return to Kathmandu upon reaching Shyabru Besi, on the evening of April 3. On the April 4 I had a root canal at Ciwec Dental Clinic (excellent) in Kathmandu and on the April 5 I returned to Shyabru Besi. There, by crossing the Bote Koshi, we shifted from the Ganesh Himal to the Langtang Himal region. My original plan had been to follow Langtang Khola up to Kyanjing Gompa, then cross Ganja La, go to Tarkeghyang and from there to Barabise. However, we were several days late relative to our initial schedule. Since I had been to Kyanjing Gompa and Ganja La in 2002 to acclimatize before going to Cho Oyu, I decided, instead, to take the shorter route through the Gosainkund lakes and Laurebina pass (4600m).


Water prayer wheel and stupa below Shing Gompa.


Views over Ganesh Himal (and Manaslu Himal on the left-hand side of the second photo) from the ridge below Gosainkund lakes.



Views of Lantang peaks.


Stupa between Chalangpati and Gosainkund lakes.


One of the Gosainkund lakes.


Stupa at Laurebina pass (4600m).


Laurebina pass seen from near Phedi.


Rhododendron forest above Melamchigaon.


Fetishism at the entrance of a village.


In the village of Bolgaon, below Sermathang.


Rest stop above the Yangri Khola during the steep descent from Bolgaon.


Woman carrying a heavy basket of firewood.


In the hills above Yangri Khola:

- Stupa in rice field.


- More terraces.



- Houses.



- Village.



Village above Yangri Khola, crossed while climbing toward the last pass above Barabise.




Village at the last pass before descending toward Barabise.



A group of children from that same village. I took the photo from inside my tent; they were very interested by my setup for the night.


Reaching the town of Barabise (on a day when there was a small demonstration in the main street). Barabise is located on the road that connects Kathmandu to Tibet at Zhangmu. It was the only ″major″ road that I crossed during the entire traverse of Nepal.




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