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Exploring the Himalaya Since 1990
Duration: 28 Days
Type of Trek: Camping
Max Altitude: 4940 m.
Minimum Pax: 1 +
Mode of travel: Land Transportation
Olangchung Gola Trek is a camping trek to one of the most remote areas of Nepal. The stunning mountain views of Kanchenjunga and Makalu, along with many others in Olangchung Gola Trek will completely mesmerize you.
There is a large and lavishly furnished gompa (monastery) and the village is studded with chorten (stupa), mani walls and prayer wheels. The Bhutias of Upper Tamur practice a much more orthodox pattern of Buddhist culture than any of the Limbu community of the Arun valley. The people of Olangchung have been far more impacted by the Tibetan culture from across the border than other areas and this is displayed throughout their daily lives and activities.
Day 01-02: Drive from Kathmandu to Hille via Dhankuta. You camp for the night.
Day 03: Trek from Hille to Mangmaya (1649m). You camp for the night.
Day 04: Trek from Mangmaya to Khare (2490m). You camp for the night.
Day 05: Trek from Khare to Chainpur (1600m)
From Khare the trail gradually ascends to Chainpur. You camp for the night.
Day 06: Trek from Chainpur to Nundhaki (2340m). You camp for the night.
Day 07: Trek from Nundhaki to Milke Dhanda (3500m). You camp for the night.
Day 08: Trek from Milke Dhanda to Dhoban. You camp for the night.
Day 09: Trek from Dhoban to Thuma. You camp for the night.
Day 10: Trek from Thuma to Chirwa. You camp for the night.
Day 11: Trek from Chirwa to Tortang. You camp for the night.
Day 12: Trek from Tortang to Walungchung Gola. You camp for the night.
Day 13: Rest at Olangchung Gola. Olangchung (3,200m) in Tamur valley with Kangbachenga (4038) in Ghunsa valley are the highest settlements in the area. The latter was an important trading center between the towns of Darjeeling and Tipta La in Tibet. You camp for the night.
Day 14: Trek from Olangchung Gola to Nango Khola. You camp for the night.
Day 15: Croos Nango La (4820m) and trek to Gunsa (3340m).You explore the upper reach of Tamur and cross Nangola (4802m) to reach Gunsa. You camp for the night.
Day 16: Rest at Ghunsa. You camp for the night.
Day 17: Trek from Ghunsa to Kambachen (4124m.) takes about seven hours. The trail makes a gradual ascent along the south bank of the Gunsa Khola, then crosses a boulder strewn flood plain and crosses back to Rambuk Kharka on the north side of the river. Once on the opposite side, the trail passes a waterfall then makes a short, steep ascent to a very unstable steep slope.
Day 18: Trek from Kambachen to Lhonak (4780m.) and it takes about seven hours. The trail climbs gradually through open rocky fields to Ramtang at 4240m, then across moraines north-west of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Lhonak, at 4790m is a dry lake bed on an open, sandy plain. There are no houses, but you can camp among the large boulders to avoid the wind. Terrific mountain views abound in all directions. You camp for the night.
Day 19: Trek from Lhonak to North Base-camp
From Lhonak, the trail ascends gradually across the plain, and then becomes a bit steeper as it follows the moraine. You can drop off the moraine and follow the bottom of the valley to avoid the steeper section. The views are dramatic, but you cannot see Kanchenjunga or Wedge Peak until you are near Peng Pema. The spectacular main peak of Kanchenjunga, and a panorama of other peaks that make up one of the largest mountain masses in the world, tower over the single roofless hut at Pang Pema. You camp for the night.
Day 20: Rest at North Base Camp (4940m). You camp for the night.
Day 21: Trek from North Base Camp to Ghunsa (3340m). You camp for the night.
Day 22: Trek from Ghunsa to Amjillassa. You camp for the night.
Day 23: Trek from Amjillassa to Chirwa. You camp for the night.
Day 24: Trek from Chirwa to Pathibhara
From Chirwa ascend the steep trail to Pathivara (3700m). You camp for the night.
Day 25: Trek from Pathibhara to Taplejung (1798m). You camp for the night.
Day 26: Drive from Taplejung to Ilam. You stay overnight in Ilam.
Day 17-28: Drive from Ilam to Kathmandu via Biratnagar (174km).
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