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Wanda's Kanchenjunga Wild - the beginning
Thanks Wanda! These are from our Kanchenjunga Wild Oct-Nov 2001 explorations, a 42 day trip.
Wanda also wrote a diary in the Trip diaries section.
The team members were Wendy, Wanda, Robin and Kirstine; the sirdar was Ram Kaji, Sila (Mekh Bahadur) as cook, Lobsang as general star and Jamie and Joel leading. And of course we had a great crew of porters, kitchen hands (Karma +) and sherpas (Prem +). THANKS all of you!
(We run a great exploratory trek out here every year, see Our treks).
Wanda with our two female porters.
Lets start from the beginning. Sightseeing, fun in
Yep, this is one serious road. Below Jamie watches a truck begin to slide...
Nasty. But no problem, in the end.
Even from the road in Jannu (left: 7710m) is impressive. The huge Kanchenjunga peaks (8000m+) are the right mountains.
Above is the valley that we begin the trek in.
We begin trekking in the middle hills, a sweaty joy of
pretty thatched houses and "Namaste" from the children.
Some treks such as the Everest BC trek miss out this sort of region,
which is a shame because few people realise how beautiful the middle hills are.
Bal Bahadur, or star porter leader hands out cold weather
Enough, lets get on the trail...