'Northern Treasures' Trek: Eastern Nepal
November 3 to 18, 2018 |USD 5750 pp
**Please note that this trip is now FULL**
First things first. This is a trekking adventure that, as far as we know, is exclusive to Whistling Arrow. It is only made possible by our longstanding relationship with the villagers of Olanchung Gola, a traditional weaving community in the wild Tibetan borderlands of northeastern Nepal, tucked away between the world's two most easterly 8000m+ peaks, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. The trip is also not for everyone. The unique expedition will cross the exposed 5160m Lumbasumba La, explore one of the most remote historical gateways into southern Tibet and traverse back to the lush lower Arun Valley via both the seldom-trekked Thang La Byanjang, and the remote sherpa village of Topkegola.
It is a wilderness adventure designed for relatively experienced and intrepid trekkers who are keen to avoid the crowds that clog the well-trodden routes to Everest and Annapurna. But that's just the half of it. The village and surrounding peaks shelter a number of cultural gems. Foremost among them is Deki Chholing, a 450 year old Nyingma-sect monastery that houses a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist texts and hosts an annual Tibetan Buddhist festival, in the Dzogchen 'Northern Treasures' tradition. So, fully immersing ourselves in the festivities, we will also participate in fascinating tantric rituals, experience fierce-looking masked deities and witness the secretive 'Black Hat' Cham dance, usually only performed by monks, but here, because of the small size of the gompa, lay people are also involved.
Last but not least, we also plan to trek up to the snowy abode of the snow leopard (where up to eight cats are believed to roam), explore a sacred lake never before visited by outsiders, and access the trailhead at Olanchung Gola via a thrilling, privately chartered helicopter flight across the Himalayas. All this, within a relatively compact 16 day trip.
Why Join Our Team?
This is a pioneering route through a remote region of eastern Nepal that will require a considerable amount of flexibility and self-reliance from the team. The following is only the outline daily plan.
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Rest assured we will be here to advise you on all aspects of preparing for, and participating in, this trip. Here are a few obvious places to start.
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A Final Word From Olanchung Gola
'Happy to hear that you are coming once again. We love our village. It's precious to us, and we are so proud of our distinct culture, language, traditions and festivities like 'Phurdup' (the festival) and are honoured to share them with your guests.'