A closer map of the area I hiked, or planned to hike, in April 2018. The towns of Lukla, Phakding and Namche Bazaar are in the lower left quadrant. Mera Peak is at lower right, and Imja Tse (Island Peak) is at top right, near Mount Everest. Much of the trail northward from Lukla to Mount Everest is in the gorge of the Dudh Kosi river and is quite steep and precarious, with many wire rope suspension bridges. It is heavily travelled by trekkers and local people going about their business alike.