|Trekking Itinerary Part 1
Tamba Kosi/Bhote Kosi
A long and tortuous trip leads to Lamosangu along a road that continues to Tibet, coasting along the Sun Khosi. Gain height swiftly by heading east towards Jiri, the starting point for trekking in the Khumbu valley. From an altitude of 800m at Sun Khosi climb over three ridges and, at over 3000m, reach first Charikot and then Dolakha. This village, situated on a spur next to the wild Bhote Kosi, is a throbbing bazaar, meeting point and important local market.
Dolakha - Suru Dhovan
(1008m), 6 hrs
Pass through the village with its characteristic three-storey houses to descend via the steep spur to the river bed. The wide and fairly even path follows the right-hand side of the river leading to Piguti a couple of hours away. Having passed through Gumbu Khola and another bridge on the right continue on the right-hand side until Gauri Shankar appears in the distance. At this point the river changes its name to Bhote Kosi. After the control post at Shigati the valley narrows: continue along the left-hand river bank to Suru Dhovan.
Suru Dhovan - Jagat
(1280m), 6/7 hrs
Another day's trek along the river through villages inhabited mainly by Tamang. Humidity, heat, rice fields, waterfalls, children, chicken, fields on the riverbank and at the village edge: a way of Nepalese life still untouched by tourism. International aid agencies have helped build some schools and small hydroelectric plants, but there is still an almost complete absence of lodges, restaurants or any form of western gadget. You cannot even get hold of a Coca Cola .
Jagat - Simagaon
(1990m), 6/7 hrs
At just one days march from the Tibetan border leave the Bhote Kosi river. The valley narrows after Gongar into a deep and impressive gorge with large waterfalls tumbling down its eastern side. The valley reopens at Chet Chet and, after having crossed onto the left bank, climb steeply towards Simigaon, positioned splendidly high up. This first Sherpa village with its impressive terraces is in fact inhabited by a "cosmopolitan" population. Its beautiful monastery located on a narrow crest is well worth a visit. One of the few lodges along this trek is situated in this village, offering shelter should it rain. In this and the next stage watch out for leeches, especially if it has rained recently.
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