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Day 1

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From Charicot to Makabari ('corn farm')

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Hours: 3

Overall: 3

Trail quality: Good

Altitude: 2250-2500

Lodges? None

Camping: No limitations


Charicot is a bright, open market town on the flank of the deep, wide Tama valley. There are fine pictures to be taken of the market with mountains as a backdrop. This is your first view of the Rolwaling himal.

Charicot market with the Rolwaling Himalaya of Nepal looming behind

The trail rises slowly through Dolkha village, an hour from Charicot. The land is intensively farmed, for maize, millet and rice.

Makabari is two hours further, through a similar environment. It offers excellent views North, showing the river far below and a seemingly endless sea of terraces. Above this floats the Rolwaling himal.

Rice terraces near Makabari, in a steamy September Nepali Autumn

The village itself is small, built of stone and wood. The population are Newari, Chettri and Tamang. All are farmers.

A Tamang farmer ploughing his terraces in Nepal

Please note that these images are the same size as, but of lower quality to those in the Guide.

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