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Walking from Nepal EBC to Tibet EBC.

Postby radson » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:15 pm

Is it possible to walk from Nepal EBC to Tibet EBC or vice versa ? besides the over the top last week of may route. I am assuming with passport hassles, it wouldnt be possible but curious to read anyones ideas.
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Postby Damien Gildea » Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:58 pm

You couldn't really 'walk' it around the peaks nearby. The closest you could get is to walk up the valley west of Gokyo, cross the Nangpa La, coming out near ChoOyu BC then walk across to Ev BC from there. Long, but quite possible. Tibetan refugees regularly do part of that.

Or if you could do some glacier travel, with maybe a little climbing, you go up the Gokyo, up the Nup La, down the West Rongbuk, back along the Central Rongbuk and to Ev BC. Shorter than the former option, but more technical. Hillary and Lowe did this illegal trip in '51 or '52, then Sayre and friends in '62. Don't know of anyone doing it since.

Expeds have climbed Khumbutse (west of the Lho La) to gain the Lho La, rather than climbing up to the Lho La from Ev BC Nepal side (v hard), so you could descend to north side Ev BC that way, but that is much harder and more technical. A Belgian climber did this illegally in the mid 80s - Nepal BC-LhoLa-Rongbuk Gl-Ev BC.

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Postby radson » Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:29 am

thanks a lot damien, you have been of great help
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Postby vancouver islander » Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:31 am

Echoing the last poster's suggestions - yes, it's feasible to go up the valley of the Bhote Kosi and over the Nangpa La. I don't, however, know if it's legal for a foreigner to make the crossing into Tibet or not. The valley can be accessed by travelling west from Namche to Thame Og and then north or from Gokyo by heading west over the Renjo La (~5400m) to join the valley below the pass. This last route is infrequently travelled, partly because it can be tricky for porters, but offers spectacular views of the Everest massif.
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