Day 4: Sete - Junbesi
Shortly after walking past the Sherpa Lodge in Sete you begin the climb to Dagchu, about 1 hour away. The climb is initially steep but not as long as the day before. Dagchu is a small village consisting of a few lodges on top of a ridge. There are some nice views to the south of Pike Peak. Follow the trail up the ridge to Goyem, a tiny hamlet with teahouses a few minutes apart. A few minute out of Goyem remember to keep following the ridge through forest on a rough trail, avoiding the other nicer trail contouring on the south side of the ridge. During your hike you climb the ridge through spectacular Rhododendron Forests that burst with color in the early Spring. At this point of the section you will notice the proliferation of donkeys hauling supplies to various villages. The trail opens up at Lamjura around 10,900 ft with a few basic tea houses and lodges. We stopped here for lunch in a small teahouse with excellent Thukpa stew and a roaring stove. Another 30-45 minutes leads you past mani walls to Lamjura La (3520 meters, 11,500 ft), the highest point of the trek until Khumjung, past Namche Bazaar. Heading down the the pass you can take several options down a rocky trail descending almost 900 meters to Tragobuk at 2680 meters taking about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. From Tragobuk you pass a Gompa, which you are welcome to visit. Continue through and out of the village avoiding trails that immediately descend to Salleri. The trail ascends around 100 ft passing a large boulder/rock formation before turning left to Junbesi. You can see a distant view of Junbesi in the last picture in the series above. Junbesi is one of the most welcoming and nicest Sherpa villages in the lower section of the EBC trek. For lodging recommendations please click on the link Lodging Recommendations.