In the far eastern corner of Nepal, tucked away in the remote borderlands with Tibet lies the village of Olangchung Gola. The last habitation before the wild and rugged Lumbasumba Pass which connects the giant 8000m+ peaks of Kanchenjunga and Makalu, it is also home to the ancient Deki Chholing gompa and an age-old (and increasingly disappearing) tradition of weaving beautiful woolen rugs by hand and using only natural dyes. For anyone interested, some of the unique contemporary and vintage rugs from the village are currently for sale in our online shop.
The monastery is also the venue for a seldom-seen, esoteric Tibetan Buddhist festival that takes place every year in late autumn, involving various Cham dances, such as the 'Black Hat' dance as well as a Vajrakila phurba ceremony in the tradition of the 'Northern Treasures' tantra. Indeed, we will now be heading back here in November 2017 on our culturally-rich 'Northern Treasures' Trek.
In truth, we are very excited about this new trip and have designed a unique small group adventure that will combine the wonderful festival with a trek to a nearby sacred lake, surrounded by 5000m+ peaks. The local Walung people believe that advanced Buddhist practitioners can see their future karmic path reflected in the crystal-clear waters. The lake has previously been completely off-limits to outsiders, so we feel very privileged to be able to share the experience with our clients.