Bridges the Traffic Lights of the Everest Base Camp Trek
The last bridge before Gorak Shep, the last place with lodges before Everest Base Camp. That’s me and our porter guide just ahead.
Bridges are a common feature of the track as it crosses backwards and forwards over the magnificent roaring rivers snaking through the valleys.
The bridge at the meeting of the Khumbu Khola and the Inja Khola.
Most bridges are high cable suspension bridges.The first bridge at Chhepplung on our first trek (2013) and I can tell you I was very nervous crossing it. But the bridges carry lots of weight, porters carrying their loads,trekkers, yaks, donkey trains, sometimes the bridge can be full of donkeys. In fact the bridges act as a kind of traffic light on the EBC trek because the bridges are definitely one way. Trying to cross the opposite way to animals or other trekkers is not advisable.
Looking down at the lower bridge to Namche Bazaar on the climb to the higher bridge.
Yep the upper bridge is iconic bridge you see in the films which takes you to climb further to Namche. And that’s the Trainer aka my husband – the reason I crossed all the bridges. And those scary bridges took us to all these wonderful places
with the help of Basanta our wonderful porter guide, of course. The Team below – me, the Trainer and the Porter on top of Kala Pattar in front of Everest with Base Camp below.
The Bridge List
- Chheplung (suspension)
- Thado Kosi Gaon (box bridge)
- At Phakding (suspension)
- At Tok Tok (small new stainless steel bridge)
- Near Bengkar (suspension)
- At Jorsale (suspension)
- Bridge to Namche Bazaar (suspension)
- Bridge before Tengboche (suspension)
- Bridge to Phortse ( instead of going via Tengboche) (suspension)
- Either one before Periche OR one before Dingboche (depending on your route) The one at Dingboche is pictured here.(top photo)
- One small bridge at Dughla not suspension
- The last bridge before Gorak Shep – first photo
After the 2015 earthquakes a Japanese company assessed the structure of the bridges.
All the photos with the exception of the one with me wearing the pumpkin coloured pack are taken on our September – October 2015 Trek.