Beyond Kharikhola our trail took us high above the Dudh Kosi through numerous villages perched on terraced hillsides. We had to take care as large trains of laden animals passed by. In Surkhe we passed the home of the first Nepalese woman to climb Everest. On Day 9 we passed below Lukla, watching the rush of small aircraft flying in trekkers in the morning good weather window. After the blossom bedecked village of Chaurikharka with its many Buddhist monuments we hit the hordes on the tourist trail and realised how lucky we had been to have the relatively quiet 'unspoilt' trek from Jiri. Our trail now followed the Dudh Kosi through many rapidly expanding settlements with new lodges and even some upmarket hotels. 5 long suspension bridges across the main river required care particularly if dzo trains or heavily laden porters were coming the other way. We were now in the Sagarmartha (Everest) National Park with high mountains towering above and the final 100m+ high Larja suspension bridge to cross before the long climb to the iconic starting point for Everest region trekking, Namche Bazaar.
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