Kangchenjunga trekking back

Like always after a summit push, we all want just one thing: come back home as quickly as possible. Suddenly we can’t stand the altitude, the lack of comfort, the tent, the crap food, the ice and snow. We dream of shower, bed, fresh and good food, sparkling water… So we rush to leave the place.

Southwest face of Kangchenjunga from the Yalung glacier (© Philippe Gatta)
Southwest face of Kangchenjunga from the Yalung glacier (© P. Gatta)

Packing the base camp  (© Philippe Gatta)
Packing the base camp (© P. Gatta)

We summitted Kangchenjunga on May 19th and went back down to the base camp with all the gear on the 20th pretty exhausted.

Philippe in the moraine of the Yalung glacier  (© Philippe Gatta)
Philippe in the moraine of the Yalung glacier (© B. Rosset)

On the 21st we took a shower, took down all the base camp and packed everything.

Shorten at the end of the 8 km of moraine (© Philippe Gatta)
Shorten at the end of the 8 km of moraine  (© B. Rosset)

On the 22nd we left the base camp and started the trekking to Tarphu that we reached only 3 days later.These four days of trekking have been rough, fortunately it didn’t rain but it was very hot, probably around 35 degrees at the end.

Baby Yak near Ramche (© Philippe Gatta)
Baby Yak near Ramche (© P. Gatta)

We reached Tharpu very tired, we stopped there a few hours and then took a bus toward Bhadrapur. At 2am the gear box of the bus broke, we stayed in the middle of nowhere for 5 hours until the driver fixed it miraculously.

Rain forest between Tortong and Yamphuding (© Philippe Gatta)
Rain forest between Tortong and Yamphuding (© P. Gatta)

We finally reached Bhadrapur after 16 hours, just on time to catch the plane to Katmandu.

Porters in Yamphuding (© Philippe Gatta)
Porters in Yamphuding (© P. Gatta)

We landed in Katmandu at 4pm, went back to the hotel to take a shower and returned to the airport 2 hours later to take the international flight.

Cedric and Alexia in Tharpu (© Philippe Gatta)
Cedric and Alexia in Tharpu (© P. Gatta)

18 hours later I was back home. I didn’t sleep much the last 3 days and the return to the civilization as been brutal but at least, I’m back home.

Philippe in Tharpu, tired... (© Philippe Gatta)
Philippe in Tharpu, tired… (¬© A. Zuberer)

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