Jamie McGuinness Bali - Bal Bahadur Lopchan, star guide and organizer

 

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The huge north face of Kanchenjunga from Pangpema, the world's third highest mountain - Jamie

Crossing from Khambachen to the Jannu BC side; I have heard the bridge is a little wider now - Jamie

Trekkers say:

Dear Jamie
This is just to say a very belated thank you – we had a great trip, so thank you for arranging and all your input. Our team were brilliant, cheerful, fun and so hard working. The food was excellent – far better than my expectations. The scenery was spectacular and every bit as good as we were expecting. ... [I am] Sure I will do another one at some point.

Nick B, Simon Q and James H, Kanchenjunga private

Gear

It is critical to bring the right gear. Most importantly do bring sturdy trekking boots, we are trekking over rough terrain. These must be almost new (no old boots!) and should be relatively tough and strong, ie not the very lightest models. You must be prepared for some light snow, although we hope the trek is snow-free.

See Scarpa UK's trek range to get an idea of the choices. Fabric and leather boots trekking boots work, as do all leather options. You want to balance light weight with toughness and support, and each person weighs these values differently.

Fond 2002 memories: a snowy Ghari La 5746m, and a major trekking achievement.
We were the first ever trekking group up here, and this was literally off the map at the time, as the old maps cut off the last day, the last little bit that sticks up north in Tibet - Jamie

Fitness

You MUST have a good level of trekking fitness. We don't set out to make the trek tough, but it will be as we are trekking across plenty of passes. Let's face it, all longer Himalayan treks are tough!

Expedition-style

For the first half we trek standard Nepal expedition style, with you carrying a day pack, while porters carry the gear and we have a kitchen crew to cook for us. So in some ways it is basically a standard camping trek, however trekking is our life and we want to be comfortable so we have our list of carefully thought out details such as the best quality jams and sauces, tent systems, filtered coffee etc, that make our trek service the best available.

Maps

The GHT Kanchenjunga map NP101 covers the trek, as do a number of other locally available maps.

To see the detailed itinerary and more photos use a laptop/desktop browser or tablet in landscape (and hit refresh).

Inspiration

 

Dawa drinks a tungba, the local millet beer around here - Jamie

The green middle hills - Jamie

Clive, Catherine and Paul climbing up to the best viewpoint for magnificent Kanchenjunga - Jamie

Real exploration

We love exploring, truly exploring and have many firsts to our credit and major achievements that we haven't previously publicized, but as importantly, they have been amazingly successful, fun treks too. From 1998-2006 we explored the greater Kanchenjunga region with 7x 42 days treks then since 2008 have been opening routes of the the Nepal Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) and assisting with the GHT maps and guidebooks.

Most trek pages below have links to photo galleries, or see our Nepal Photos Inspiration. We are also exploring in Ladakh, India...

2016 Upper Dolpo & Mu La - getting to Bhijer wasn't as hard as we expected, and we finished our Mu La exploration from 2014, crossing this last somewhat enigmatic pass in front the Dhaulagiris.

2015 GHT Wild West - we straightened the last section from Darchula to Simikot, and successfully explored the Simikot-Mugu high route, a first, and a route that is unlikely to ever be repeated.

2014 GHT Mu La exploration - we investigated Lower Dolpo's Mu La as a GHT alternative but were snowed out by Cyclone Hudhud

2013 GHT Tilman's and Tashi Labtsa Wild - we found the hard way the map+guide book are wrong on Tilman's; and had great conditions for the Tashi Labtsa

2012 GHT Wild West exploration - we broke trail to be the very first trekkers ever to trek Darchula to Simikot between Api and Saipal, staying completely in Nepal ... !

2011 GHT Dolpo Wild exploration - we were the very first commercial trek team across the Lakyap/Kekyap passes (thanks, Paulo Grobel), rerouted the GHT near Bhijer saving a 5368m pass crossing and crossed the tough high route between Dolpo and Mugu without incident.

2010 GHT Mustang & Saribung Wild - we traversed from Upper Mustang to Nar-Phu and climbed Saribung, 6328m, with 100% team success then traversed around Manaslu as well.

2009 GHT Makalu Wild - we were the very first commercial trek team to trek Chyangtang to Makalu Base Camp the direct way (Robin Boustead was the first).

2008 Limi-Saipal - Jamie discovered the crucial pass near Saipal for the 2012 trek after guiding James Vlahos writing for Nat Geo; thanks Nepal Trust.

2007 Manaslu Wild - we explored the Tsum Valley to the Tibet border, and also explored the peaks and passes above Samdo.

2006 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers ever to the top the Umbak La to Tibet.

2005 Kanchen Gola Wild - first commercial trek to cross the Lumbasamba, Kanchenjunga to the Makalu region, crucial for the GHT.

2004 Nangpa La exploratory - trekking to the Tibet border in the Everest region for the guide book Trekking in the Everest Region.

2003 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to the top of Olangchung Gola's Tipta La (after Joseph Hooker in 1848).

2002 Kanchen Gola Wild - first trekkers to Yangma's 5746m Ghari La.

2001 Kanchenjunga Wild - first trekkers to the Chabuk La, virgin peak ascent, a climb of Tengkoma peak and saw snow leopards, see Wanda's diary.

2000 Manaslu High - we trekked the Tsum valley prior to Tsum being opened and climbed Chulu Far East

1999 Kanchenjunga-Makalu - the supremely memorable 42/75 day trek (!) with Joel, turned back by deep snow on Sherpani Col.

1998 Wild Kanchenjunga - the trek that started the Kanchenjunga exploration series; we didn't meet any other trekkers.

1998 Churen Surprise - a trek to Churen Himal base camp above Gurjagoan, a trek that still few people have ever heard of.

 

Behind, the huge pale granite face of Jannu - Jamie

 

More photos to come!

 

Tashi Delek and Namaste!