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THE SOURCES OF THE BUNGHRE KOLA

 

Prologue

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Trekking in Nepal :

Nepal has long stopped being the place of pilgrimage for our Hippies of the 60's.The new travelers are now seeking the beauty of its monuments and the pleasure to enjoy an unspoiled nature, unfortunately missing in our countries.

Trekking, half adventure and half sport, is not a competition nor a dangerous climb that requires a certain age or physical condition. It is just the way used by the inhabitants of the region  to communicate with each other, in a country with few roads and paths.
It crosses mountains, rivers, hillocks, villages, hanging bridges, where the distance and effort are only fixed by yourself.

Most of the time, this long walk is often set a goal, although its main purpose is the enjoyment of the way itself. The most importants usually reach the bases of the country's highest peaks, as Everest B.C, Annapurna B.C and even the trekking to approach the Lantang Lirung range in the Lantang Valley, nearby our region.

They are mainly organized treks, lasting approximately 12 days, with guide, cooker, porters, camping tents, which allows you to enjoy the scenery and photography, without worrying about luggage, accommodation and meals. Daily delivered into 5 to 6 hours of walking, starting  at 6 am to 4 pm, and reaching a height of between 4000 and 5000 m.

You can find others a little shorter, close to major urban centers, enabling the trekker to visit the surrounding villages and settlements, with small Lodges all along the way for the night.

In this case, and if you are  not afraid of the weight of a backpack, you  may prevent the recruitment of porters but not of a guide, indispensable  in Nepal. It is an unique experience for those who want to learn more about the country and its people.

The Source of the Bunghre Khola :

My first experiences were limited to walk  around the Valley with my son and some youngs  of the village. We  used to spend no more than two nights away and always in Tamang´s houses for the night.

It was in 2001 when my son and I ventured into two intermediate trekkings. The first, to approach the wellknown area of  “The Sanctuary of the Annapurnas” near  Pokhara, and the second, the Lantang Valley trekking, close to our region.

Both lasting four days. We used to stay in lodges for the night and did not exceed the height of 3200 m ; without porters, just a guide. Meanwhile, I found the book "Nepal Himalaya Trekking”, from Masayuki Nakamura, that described, among others, the adventures of a Japanese team to the base of Ganesh Himal, “The source of the Bunghre Khola”. Immediately I checked with my son, so unusual route, outside the well-known trekking Itineraries. However, this one was specially important to us. It allowed us to discover all the North Valley area, to the very border with Tibet. Unfortunately, I realized the big problems we would have to face before reaching this unknown region. The duration of the journey, more than seven days in free camping an at altitude of 5000 meters, seemed too difficult. However, we were so excited about this new experience that we took immediately the decision to go. After studying the area with uncle Milan, we decided to go further in this adventure and not to go back the same way. For this, we had to trust the word of one of the porters who claimed to have crossed the hillock of the "Paldor" peak, years ago, with his livestock, to the east side of the Valley. This route would lead to Somdang, head of the path to Gholjung. Unfortunately, without details on duration, height and risk.

 

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