Tourists visiting Kanchenjunga stranded after heavy rainfall


22nd Oct, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew


TAPLEJUNG, Oct 22: Tourists visiting the Kanchenjunga area in Taplejung have been stranded due to heavy rains. Due to the continuous rain for the past three days, the foreign and domestic tourists visiting the Kanchenjunga area have been stranded on the way.

The rain that started on Sunday stopped for a while on Monday afternoon but it has been raining continuously since then. Due to the incessant and continuous rain, some tourists visiting the Kanchenjunga area have stopped at the base area while others have stopped at the road area. Similarly, tourists visiting Makalu Himal via Taplejung have stopped at Olangchungola.

According to Tashi Tenzing Sherpa, Tourism Assistant at the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council Office, 28 tourists, including foreigners, have been stranded in Faktanglung Village Municipality-6 due to rain. Sherpa said that the tourists heading towards the base camp of Kanchenjunga Himal were stopped due to rain. According to him, the team reached Ghunsa on Monday.

Among the foreign tourists are 11 from the United States and France, while the domestic tourists are from Jhapa, Kathmandu and other districts. Similarly, 16 tourists including foreigners who had gone to Kanchenjunga base camp were stopped there, said Sherpa. It is said that the team of tourists visited the base camp area a week ago. Similarly, a team including two American climbers who had gone to climb Faktanglung (Kumbhakarna-7710 m) have also stopped in the area due to rain.

Meanwhile, 11 tourists visiting Makalu Himal via Lumbasumba on the border of Taplejung and Sankhuwasabha have stopped at Olangchungola due to rain. According to Yangmak Nupu Sherpa, a local hotelier in Olangchungola, the team, including foreigners, has been stranded since Monday due to continuous rains.

Similarly, local Tanting Walung said that snowfall could occur in Olangchungola settlement at an altitude of 3,200 meters if the rains do not stop.   Chairman of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council, Khagendra Fembu Limbu, said that the Great Himalayan Trail (East-West Footpath) has recently become the choice of tourists visiting various tourist areas.