Dudh Kosi means “milk river” in the Nepali language, so called because of its frothy waters, white with cold. The Dudh Kosi originates on the southern slopes of Mount Everest and rushes down the valley named after it in the Khumbu region, before it joins the Sun Kosi River on its southeastern journey to India.
Trekkers on the popular Everest Base Camp trek meet the Dudh Kosi River in Sagarmatha National Park. Extreme white-water kayakers also enjoy paddling on the river, although this should only be attempted by experienced kayakers. It’s a very cold river, as it originates at the base of Mount Everest.
Trekkers will get the chance to see it from many of the high-suspension bridge crossings in the Everest region. Most visitors to the Dudh Kosi go on guided treks, such the Everest Base Camp, Gokyo Lakes, or Three Passes trek.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Hiking with a guide in the Everest region is strongly recommended.
- While it’s not necessary to be a super athlete to trek in the Everest region, it does help to have a good level of fitness.
- The Everest region is at high altitude. Be sure to acclimatize slowly, learn the signs of altitude sickness, and be prepared to turn back if necessary.
- Travelers can prepare for a trip to the Dudh Kosi by watching the classic 1977 BBC documentary Dudh Kosi: Relentless River of Everest.
How to Get There
There is really only one way to get to the Dudh Kosi in the Everest region: to walk. Travelers can fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, then walk up to Namche Bazaar and along the Everest Base Camp trail, where they will encounter the Dudh Kosi.
When to Get There
The Everest region is best visited in Nepal’s spring (March-May) or autumn (September-November), when the weather is mildest and the mountain views are clear. The winters can be very cold, especially at higher altitudes, and the monsoon season is wet, with limited visibility.
Nepal’s Karnali River
Another remote river in Nepal that makes a good destination for an adventurous trip is the Karnali. This river, in Far Western Nepal, runs all the way from Tibet to the Indian border, passing through Bardia National Park in the south. White-water rafters and kayakers can enjoy clean waters, plenty of fun rapids, unique cultures, and camping on white-sand beaches.