On the first day of my trek to Mount Everest Base camp in Nepal back in 2009, my stop for the night was the small village of Phakding. The trek from Lukla was fairly easy and mostly stayed at the same altitude as we followed the Dudh Kosi River up the valley. This is one of the few photos that I have of this particular trip as I broke my camera (an old point and shoot) the following day and then had to rely on a disposable camera. I took this photo in Phakding just as I was about the cross the bridge to the other side of the river where my tea house was located. These bridges are common on this part of the trek as the trail crosses the river several times. It’s important to look out ahead before crossing to make sure that there are no yak trains coming. If there are yaks crossing the bridge you need to just get right out of the way and wait for them to cross, otherwise you could end up in the rocky white water river far below.