Bridge Too Many or Bridge Love

The two bridges to Namche Bazaar

The two bridges to Namche Bazaar

Love them or not, the Everest Base Camp Trek has many bridges to cross. For the personal trainer it was Bridge Love. Probably at first sight. He stood in the middle of the bridges looking over the edge enjoying the wind and the rush of water underneath. He put on his documentary maker’s hat and strolled across them filming, making his commentary against the roar of the water underneath. On time he threw the camera at me and asked me to video him crossing the bridge. Not my idea of fun especially when he started jogging on the bridge while I was on it filming.

Yes bridges weren’t my favourite part of the trek. I remember the first bridge at Chheplung, being nervous and very glad when I was on the other side. It does get easier as there are quite a few bridges and then you cross them again on the way back to Lukla.

Looking at the famous bridge at Namche from any angle is enough to make you gulp. When you are there in person it will give you an adrenalin rush. The high bridge at Namche Bazaar is the big Mumma and featured in the film Everest. The first challenge though, is getting up to the crossing point.

The bridges are not all the same. Most are cable stayed steel suspension bridges usually festooned with trekkers’ welcome or goodbye cream sashes. Then there is the funny boxed bridge at Thado Kosi Gaon. That’s the one with the umbrellas in the photo below.

Box Bridge at Thad Kosi Gaon

The bridge before Dingboche across the Khumbu Khola within metres off the two tributaries meeting. If you trek to Everest Base Camp via Pheriche then you will have another bridge to cross instead. After that there is a small bridge at Dughla.

Bridge before Dingboche

At the confluence of the Khumbu Chola and the Imja Chola trekking to Dingboche

Bridge Safety

The traffic on the bridges is one way. You don’t want to be one the bridge if there are a whole lot of yaks or donkeys. Porters carrying big loads will wait for the bridge to be clear or people will wait. You take turns and common sense prevails. I can imagine traffic jams if the track was really busy but both times we trekked in the Khumbu it was a slow season, in 2015 because of the earthquake. If it is not busy then sometimes people will pass in opposite ways together.

Bridges on the Everest Base Camp Trek

  1. Chheplung
  2. Thado Kosi Gaon (box bridge)
  3. At Phakding (suspension)
  4. At Tok Tok (small new stainless steel bridge)
  5. Near Bengkar (suspension)
  6. At Jorsale (suspension)
  7. Bridge to Namche Bazaar (suspension)
  8. Bridge before Tengboche (suspension)
  9. Bridge to  Phortse ( instead of going via Tengboche) (suspension)
  10. Either one before Periche OR one before Dingboche (depending on your route) The one at Dingboche is pictured here.(top photo)
  11. One small bridge at Dughla not suspension
Suspension bridge at Chheplung

First bridge on the Everest Base Camp Trek

Box Bridge at Thad Kosi Gaon

Suspension Bridge at Phakding

Cable Stayed Suspension Bridge at Phakding on the Everest Base Camp Trail

High bridge on the climb to Namche Bazaar

High Bridge to Namche looking very innocent from this angle.

8 thoughts on “Bridge Too Many or Bridge Love

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  5. Thank you for all the photos. The one that scares me most is the big one before Namche bazaar. Each time I look at a picture of the suspension bridge, how high it is,makes me want to cancel my trip haha! Tell me it is t so bad!!! 😭

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