East of Nepal is home to the Dudh Koshi River. “Dudh Kosi” is Nepali for “milk river.” The word is a reference to the milky opaque form of water. The dissolved mountain minerals and turbulence are what give it its milky opaqueness. It has class IV, V, and VI rapids along the Everest Base Camp Trekking trail. In terms of elevation, it is the highest river.
Daring hikers and thrill-seeking kayakers are known for their love of the Dudh Kosi. The river first flows into Lukla. Then again along the trail through Sagarmatha National Park. It is a well-liked destination for serious kayakers and rafters. It is a great adventure for those who enjoy paddling and rafting.
The river empties the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest massif. From its starting point near the Gokyo Lakes, it flows south to Namche Bazaar. The Dudh Koshi exits Sagarmatha National Park and travels west of Lukla as it continues its journey south. To the southwest of Surkya is where the Lamding Khola empties into the Dudh Koshi. Once in Harkapur, it joins the Sun Kosi and continues on its southerly path.
About 60,000 km of the basin are drained by the 90 km long Dudh Kosi River. Parts of Tibet and about one-third of eastern Nepal drain into this river system. 48 km or so separate the Dudh Kosi River from the Nepal-India border.
Dudh Koshi is among the major rivers that drain the Everest region. It rises from the vicinity of Lukla before heading northwest just beneath Tengboche. The valley walls can become very abrupt. To cross the river, there are several suspension bridges. Larja Bridge is the most magnificent. The steep ascent to Namche Bazar starts just before it.
Tributaries of the river
One of the most diverse river forms in the world is the Dudh Kosi River. Additionally noted as having a dynamic nature are its tributaries. Numerous tributaries feed into the Dudh Kosi River. extending between Lukla and the EBC. As follows:
- Chhusema River
- Kyashar River
- Phakding River
- Nagbuwa River
- Manja River
- Bhote Koshi River
- Panchoche River
- Kohanar River
- Phute River
- Phungi River
- Imja River
These are the tributaries that only go along the Everest Base Camp trek. Many more tributaries flow along the length of the river.
East of Nepal’s Lekhani, the Dudh Koshi flows into the Sun Koshi River. Another great river for white water rafting is the Sun Koshi. From Tibet, the Sun Koshi flows through Nepal and into India. It also contributes significantly to the Koshi River. In India, it joins the Ganges River close to Kurusela.
Observing the Dudhkoshi river through the Everest region
After you reach Kathmandu International airport, you will fly to Lukla. You must start walking up to Namche Bazaar along the Everest Base Camp trail from Lukla. En route, you will encounter Kayaking spots. Also plenty of mountain views. The trail follows the river towards the north. On the second day of the hike, you will cross over the Dudh Kosi river on the Namche Bridge.
Best to trek Everest base camp is in the spring and autumn. The summer monsoon can cause floods along the river. Winters are extremely cold, and the water level is very low.