Kangchendzonga Basecamp Trek Photos

Thanks to Rajendra and Sangey from www.mountainsunvalley.com for making this trip happen for me! It was an adventure! I did this trip alone with my Nepali friends, I would not have done it any other way.

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Every time I came to Kathmandu, this man sold me some small things. He was super nice. He died in 2015 and now his son sells the same trinkets from he same box in the same spot. Life is hard in Kathmandu.

Every time I came to Kathmandu, this man sold me some small things. He was super nice. He died in 2015 and now his son sells the same trinkets from he same box in the same spot. Life is hard in Kathmandu.

The streets of Kathmandu

The streets of Kathmandu

Jannu Peak from Ilam - the spectacular Kangchendzonga massif

Jannu Peak from Ilam - the spectacular Kangchendzonga massif

Kngbechen and Kangchendzonga 1, 2 and 3 from Ilam. We are not even close to the start point and the mountain already looks HUGE. It is the third highest mountain in the world after Everest and K2.

Kngbechen and Kangchendzonga 1, 2 and 3 from Ilam. We are not even close to the start point and the mountain already looks HUGE. It is the third highest mountain in the world after Everest and K2.

En route to the BC - we got caught up in an outer band of a big cyclone from the Bay of Bengal.

En route to the BC - we got caught up in an outer band of a big cyclone from the Bay of Bengal.

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Rain and leeches. But during brief breaks from the rain, spectacular views.

Rain and leeches. But during brief breaks from the rain, spectacular views.

Misty and wet. Walking through the tropical forest.

Misty and wet. Walking through the tropical forest.

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an old man enjoying his Tumba - a traditional beer-like drink served in the wooden tumblers.

an old man enjoying his Tumba - a traditional beer-like drink served in the wooden tumblers.

Having a good time in the teahouse. Sangey, the tea house owner and Kam. There were only 3 of us on this trip.

Having a good time in the teahouse. Sangey, the tea house owner and Kam. There were only 3 of us on this trip.

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Taking a break in the farmer’s hut. Sangey ate some cheese here and got quite ill.

Taking a break in the farmer’s hut. Sangey ate some cheese here and got quite ill.

More rain. After a few days of constant rain, we started to loose hope that we would see the sun again.

More rain. After a few days of constant rain, we started to loose hope that we would see the sun again.

Porters working for another group. This is a typical sleeping quarters for the porters.

Porters working for another group. This is a typical sleeping quarters for the porters.

Kangchendzonga South BC - surprisingly I was the only guest.

Kangchendzonga South BC - surprisingly I was the only guest.

Ridge of Ratong 6,679m, the summit of Kabru South 7,311m is behind

Ridge of Ratong 6,679m, the summit of Kabru South 7,311m is behind

Kanchendzonga 8,586m (left), Kanchendzonga Central (in the clouds) 8,482m

Kanchendzonga 8,586m (left), Kanchendzonga Central (in the clouds) 8,482m

Kabru North (left) 7,338m and Kabru Sounth (right) 7,311m on the border of Nepal and India

Kabru North (left) 7,338m and Kabru Sounth (right) 7,311m on the border of Nepal and India

Sangey and I exploring the upper Yalung Glacier

Sangey and I exploring the upper Yalung Glacier

Kabru North and South

Kabru North and South

South face of Kangchendzonga after the snow storm. The same storm dumped a few feet of snow on the North side stranding people for days. Due to the lower elevation of our approach trail, we experienced only rain.

South face of Kangchendzonga after the snow storm. The same storm dumped a few feet of snow on the North side stranding people for days. Due to the lower elevation of our approach trail, we experienced only rain.

Kabru 7,311m and Ratong 6,679m

Kabru 7,311m and Ratong 6,679m

Kangchenjunga Main 8,586m, Central 8,482m and South 8,476m

Kangchenjunga Main 8,586m, Central 8,482m and South 8,476m

Kanbachen 7,482m

Kanbachen 7,482m

Kokthang 6,148m

Kokthang 6,148m

Hiking above the base camp to above 5,000m. Yalung Glacier and view to the south.

Hiking above the base camp to above 5,000m. Yalung Glacier and view to the south.

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Kokthang 6,148m and Yalung Glacier

Kokthang 6,148m and Yalung Glacier

Ratong Peak 6,679m

Ratong Peak 6,679m

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The view from the Sinjon La Pass connecting the south and north side of the Kangchendzonga trek. The long ridge is Kabru North (left) 7,338m and Kabru South 7,311m. The peak on the right is Ratong 6,679m.

The view from the Sinjon La Pass connecting the south and north side of the Kangchendzonga trek. The long ridge is Kabru North (left) 7,338m and Kabru South 7,311m. The peak on the right is Ratong 6,679m.

The view from Sinjon La Pass

The view from Sinjon La Pass

Kangchenjunga Main, Central and South

Kangchenjunga Main, Central and South

Kabru North 7,338m

Kabru North 7,338m

Kabru and Ratong above the Yalung Glacier

Kabru and Ratong above the Yalung Glacier

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Kanbachen and 3 summits of the Kangchenjunga massif.

Kanbachen and 3 summits of the Kangchenjunga massif.

The Sinjon La Pass is not very high but the views are spectacular!

The Sinjon La Pass is not very high but the views are spectacular!

Sinjon La Pass 4.646m

Sinjon La Pass 4.646m

Sinjon La Pass 4,646m - looking at mountains India’s Sikkim

Sinjon La Pass 4,646m - looking at mountains India’s Sikkim

The view from Sinjon La Pass to Chulima Himal and its 6,000m peaks.

The view from Sinjon La Pass to Chulima Himal and its 6,000m peaks.

The view from Selele La Pass 4,480m to Everest, Makalu and Chamlang almost 100km away!

The view from Selele La Pass 4,480m to Everest, Makalu and Chamlang almost 100km away!

Selele La Pass 4,480m. I am pointing at Mt. Makalu where I was the year before.

Selele La Pass 4,480m. I am pointing at Mt. Makalu where I was the year before.

Hanging out with the porters at Selele La camp.

Hanging out with the porters at Selele La camp.

In Gunsa

In Gunsa

The Ghunsa Valley with Janu Glacier ahead. The pointy peak is Sarpu 6,158m.

The Ghunsa Valley with Janu Glacier ahead. The pointy peak is Sarpu 6,158m.

Looking back down the Ghunsa Valley.

Looking back down the Ghunsa Valley.

Kumbhakarma (Janu) 7,710m

Kumbhakarma (Janu) 7,710m

Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Sobi Thonje 6,670m along the Khumbakharna (Janu) Glacier

Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Sobi Thonje 6,670m along the Khumbakharna (Janu) Glacier

From left: Sobi Thongje 6,670, Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Temachungi 6,044m

From left: Sobi Thongje 6,670, Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Temachungi 6,044m

Sobi Thongje 6,670m and Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m in the Janu massif

Sobi Thongje 6,670m and Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m in the Janu massif

Janu 7,710m dominates the skyline from Nupchu Valley

Janu 7,710m dominates the skyline from Nupchu Valley

Janu Peak 7,710m, Sobi Thongje 6,670m, Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Temachungi 6,044m with the Kumbhakarma Glacier below - hiking above the Nupchu Valley and exploring the area.

Janu Peak 7,710m, Sobi Thongje 6,670m, Pholesobi Thonje 6,645m and Temachungi 6,044m with the Kumbhakarma Glacier below - hiking above the Nupchu Valley and exploring the area.

The view to Janu 7,710m from Nupchu Valley

The view to Janu 7,710m from Nupchu Valley

Himalayan Blue Sheep

Himalayan Blue Sheep

Kanbachen north face 7,802m and Ramdang Glacier from the trail to Lhonak.

Kanbachen north face 7,802m and Ramdang Glacier from the trail to Lhonak.

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Kangbachen 7,802 and Kanchendzonga North Face as seen above Ramdang Glacier

Kangbachen 7,802 and Kanchendzonga North Face as seen above Ramdang Glacier

Mera Peak 6,364m

Mera Peak 6,364m

Tent Peak 7,362m and Nepal Peak 7,177m above the Kanchendzonga Glacier.

Tent Peak 7,362m and Nepal Peak 7,177m above the Kanchendzonga Glacier.

Gimmigela 6,415m above the Kanchendzonga Glacier

Gimmigela 6,415m above the Kanchendzonga Glacier

Laser II 6,803m above the Lhonak Glacier. The Laser II peak is on the border with China (Tibet).

Laser II 6,803m above the Lhonak Glacier. The Laser II peak is on the border with China (Tibet).

Looking down the Kanchendzonga Glacier from the moraine above Lhonak.

Looking down the Kanchendzonga Glacier from the moraine above Lhonak.

Kangchendzonga Glacier Wedge Peak and Gimmigela Peak.

Kangchendzonga Glacier Wedge Peak and Gimmigela Peak.

Wedge Peak 6,802m and the Kangchenjonga Glacier.

Wedge Peak 6,802m and the Kangchenjonga Glacier.

Beautiful ridges above the Kangchenjonga Glacier.

Beautiful ridges above the Kangchenjonga Glacier.

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The camp at Lhonak

The camp at Lhonak

Our small team in Lhonak: Sangey (left) and Kamsing (right).

Our small team in Lhonak: Sangey (left) and Kamsing (right).

Going from Lhonak to Pangpema.

Going from Lhonak to Pangpema.

Gimmigela Chuli and the ridge of the Wedge Peak near Pangpema. The massive Kangchenjonga is starting to appear from behind the ridge.

Gimmigela Chuli and the ridge of the Wedge Peak near Pangpema. The massive Kangchenjonga is starting to appear from behind the ridge.

Gimmigela Chuli (The Twins) 7,350 and Kanchendzonga (on the right)

Gimmigela Chuli (The Twins) 7,350 and Kanchendzonga (on the right)

Kanchendzonga Main 8,586m and Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

Kanchendzonga Main 8,586m and Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

The Twins, Knchendzona North Face and the Wedge Peak above the Kanchendzonga Glacier

The Twins, Knchendzona North Face and the Wedge Peak above the Kanchendzonga Glacier

Kanchendzonga Glacier and Pangpema looking from the slopes above the Pangpema camp.

Kanchendzonga Glacier and Pangpema looking from the slopes above the Pangpema camp.

Wedge Peak 6,802m

Wedge Peak 6,802m

Kanbachen 7,802m

Kanbachen 7,802m

Kanchendzonga Main 8,586m

Kanchendzonga Main 8,586m

Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

Kanchendzonga South 8,476m

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The complex glacier of the Kanhchenjonga massif.

The complex glacier of the Kanhchenjonga massif.

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Pangpema

Pangpema

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Kangchendzonga north side - a Spanish trekker took this photo of me and emailed it to me after the trip.

Kangchendzonga north side - a Spanish trekker took this photo of me and emailed it to me after the trip.

Returning from Pangpema

Returning from Pangpema

The view from Dromo Ri above Pangpema

The view from Dromo Ri above Pangpema

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On Dromo Ri above Pangpema

On Dromo Ri above Pangpema

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Child porters

Child porters

Preparing the pig for butchering - it is quite a process to see a pig killed by a bamboo stake. I could not eat it after it was cooked.

Preparing the pig for butchering - it is quite a process to see a pig killed by a bamboo stake. I could not eat it after it was cooked.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

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