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Oct 1:   flight Seattle to Dubai
Oct 2:   arrive Dubai
Oct 3:   Dubai
Oct 4:   flight Dubai to Kathmandu
Oct 5:   Kathmandu
Oct 6:   Bhadrapur Airport - Jeep ride to Suketar
Oct 7:   Trek Suketar – Phurumbu
Oct 8:   Trek Phurmbu - Chirwa
Oct 9:   Trek Chirwa - Lelep
Oct 10: Trek Lelep - Amjilosa
Oct 11: Trek Amjilosa - Gyabla
Oct 12: Trek Gyabla - Ghunsa
Oct 13: Ghunsa– acclimatization day
Oct 14: Trek – Ghunsa – Khangpachen
Oct 15: Khangpachen  – acclimatization day
Oct 16: Trek Khangpachen  – Lhonak
Oct 17: Trek Lhonak – Kanchenjunga North Base Camp (Pang Pema) & back to Lhonak
Oct 18: Trek Lhonak – Khangpachen
Oct 19: Trek Khangpachen – Ghunsa
Oct 20: Trek Ghunsa – Selele La(pass) base, 14000+ ft.
Oct 21: Trek Selele La – Cherum via 3 passes over 14000+ ft.
Oct 22: Trek Cherum – Ramchaur
Oct 23: Trek Ramchaur – ***Oktang - Cherum
              ***Oktang, South Basecamp for my 65 birthday.  balloons.gif  party.gif
Oct 24: Trek Cherum - Tortong
Oct 25: Trek Tortong - Yamphudin
Oct 26: Rest day Yamphudin
Oct 27  Trek Yamphudin - Phung phung Danda
Oct 28: Trek Phung Phung Danda - Kade Bhanjyang
Oct 29: Trek Kade Bhanjyang - Suketar
Oct 30: Rest Day Suketar
Oct 31: Drive Suketar - Ilam
Nov 1 : Ilam to  Bhadrapur Airport, flight to Kathmandu
Nov 2 : Kathmandu
Nov 3 : Flight from Kathmandu to Dubai
Nov 4 : Dubai
Nov 5:  Dubai to Seattle

June 2018, I received an email from Sequim friends, Cindy & Greg, asking if I was interested in joining them on a new adventure in remote eastern Nepal.  at first my response was that hubby Mark and I were talking about going to Ireland and England.  well, we all decided to meet for dinner and talk about it.  somewhere in the conversation, Greg said that Ireland and England will always be there, but the Nepal trip was at a remote area with few trekkers visiting.  anyway, after my second margarita  lol.gif  I said, I'M IN

we figured we trekked about 150 miles over 23 days, so distance was no biggie.  it was the heat, the cold, the rocky trail, the huge boulders, the icky & icy water crossings, the log bridges,  and high elevation!  eek.gif 

what I loved about this trek was seeing the children walking or running to school in their uniform and sometimes in flip flops, the local Nepali people doing everyday chores at home or villages, the flora including golden larches! and fauna, waterfalls, and of course the majestic Himalayan Mountains  up.gif

this trek was taking us from Suketar to Kanchenjunga's North Base Camp at around 16,800 ft., cross over 4 major passes, 14,000 ft. each, to Oktang, South Base Camp of Kanchenjunga at around 15,500 ft.,  and looping back to Suketar.

our group, 5 trekkers, each had a porter who was to carry our backpack weighing no more than 36-40 pounds.  perfect and reasonable weight.  it was unreal seeing other porters carrying up to 80 pounds!  along with the porters, we also had a guide, someone 3 of the trekkers had in previous treks. 

my favorite part of the trek was celebrating my 65 birthday  balloons.gif at Oktang, 15,581 ft.  I was presented with katas, we all sang 'Happy Birthday', we walked around a make shift temple for Shiva 3 times reciting Om Mani Padme Hum, and ringing the bell each round.  it was beautiful and I was quite emotional. bawl.gif


my scariest part was loosing feeling in my hands.  our group just left Selele teahouse (sounds awesome but not, ha), and after crossing an icy creek, I realized I couldn't feel my fingers.  our guide was with me and he started rubbing my hands to get some circulation.  we continued on, all the while I moved my fingers which I couldn't feel, but I could see my fingers moving.  after almost a mile, we met the group on a huge sunny spot.  there, the guide and two porters began  smacking/whacking my back, upper arms, and hands.  after about 15 minutes, I was able to feel my fingers.  it was downright scary  eek.gif   the rest of the trek was awesome!

the hardest part for me was reaching high and reaching low.  my short legs are definitely a disadvantage.   lol.gif

I wasn't sure how to post my photos besides just photo dumping so ...

Local Nepali and children

flora and fauna

lodging and food

photos along the trail on our way to Kanchenjunga North Base Camp

photos along the trail on our way to Oktang, South Basecamp of Kanchenjunga

trail steps

miscellaneous

favorite videos

that's all ...
NAMASTE

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Fantastic! Congrats. up.gif

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Namaste ! good stuff.... 40 years ago I tramped around Nepal for 3 months, potatoes and dirt for dinner yum! love to go back.
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PostMon Nov 12, 2018 11:22 am 
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Bobbi:  what a way to expand your hiking horizons! Nepal is amazing; l last travelled there as a young man 30+ years ago and that mountainous country still haunts my dreams.....
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PostMon Nov 12, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Wow, an epic trip and epic pictures to match!!
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PostMon Nov 12, 2018 1:02 pm 
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Wonderful trip and pictures.  Thank you.
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cascadetraverser wrote:
Bobbi:  what a way to expand your hiking horizons! Nepal is amazing; l last travelled there as a young man 30+ years ago and that mountainous country still haunts my dreams.....

thanks, but I've been to Nepal, Everest Base Camp, Kala Pathar, 2005.
Kanchenjunga is a bit more challenging and possibly I've been having dreams, too! tongue.gif

I've done a few out of country hiking, some to name a few are: Machu Picchu, Tour du Mont Blanc, Southern Dolomites, Torres del Paine/Fitz Roy

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PostMon Nov 12, 2018 3:03 pm 
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Wow Bobbi! That looks incredible. Even the food looks great.

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thanks ... returning back to Nepal has been another eye opener.  Kathmandu is still a wreck, ha, but the Nepali people are so sweet and friendly.

one of the funniest conversations between our guide and locals was not about the 3 blond women I was trekking with, BUT about ME.  apparently, locals thought I was Nepali and possibly a female guide, maybe a bit stuckup because I wasn't 'speaking Nepali to them'.  they figure I must be from western Nepal,   lol.gif

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Damn looks like I need my horizons widened looking at that list👍🏻😲
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PostMon Nov 12, 2018 4:26 pm 
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First of all...

party.gif Happy BIG 65th Birthday bobbi  party.gif

What an awesome way to celebrate your BIG day!!

The scenery is breathtaking... thanks for sharing  biggrin.gif

(btw...  I ran into the Lurkers today)

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I miss those momos!  Thanks for the report and photos.  What an awesome trip.

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What a fantastic experience! I’m glad everything went well for you, bobbi. Love the pictures! up.gif
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