Hillary Bridge


Hillary Bridge is an iconic bridge named after the first person to climb Mount Everest, i.e. Sir Edmund Hillary along with Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. Walking above the Dudhkoshi River and feeling the push of the breeze coming from those white mountains is sure a superior feeling.  

It holds historical significance as it serves as a vital link for trekkers and climbers heading towards the Everest region. The bridge is situated on the trail leading to Everest Base Camp and is a crucial part of the journey for many adventurers. This bridge leads to the Namche Bazar also known as the unofficial capital of the Everest region.

In terms of dimensions, the Hillary Bridge typically spans across a gorge or river, providing a safe passage for travelers. While the exact measurements may vary depending on the specific location and construction, these bridges are generally designed to be sturdy and reliable. The height of the Hillary Bridge can vary depending on the terrain it crosses, but it typically stands several meters above the ground or water below.

“Crossing Iconic Hillary Bridge”

History of Hillary Bridge

The Hillary Bridge is named in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary, the renowned mountaineer who, along with Tenzing Norgay, became the first climbers confirmed to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. The construction of the Hillary Bridge began in the early 2000s as part of efforts to improve infrastructure along trekking routes in the Everest region of Nepal. The bridge serves as a tribute to Hillary’s legacy and his contributions to the people of Nepal through his philanthropic work.

Constructed with the support of various organizations and local communities, the Hillary Bridge symbolizes the collaboration between the Nepalese people and the international community to improve infrastructure in remote regions of Nepal. It has become an iconic landmark along the trekking routes in the Everest region, providing not only a physical pathway but also a metaphorical connection between different cultures and individuals united by the spirit of adventure and exploration.

Why are there two Hillary bridges?


From the bottom, you can see two bridges, the bottom one is the old bridge. But now above a few more meters, you will see a new bridge. That’s the one you will be using if you are marching ahead to Namche Bazar.

How high is the Hillary suspension bridge?

Hillary Bridge is considered one of the tallest suspension bridges in Nepal with a height of 135 meters (442.9134 ft). It extends up to 60 meters in length (196.85 ft).

Can we use the old bridge?

 As we observe from far the old bridge seems usable but, it’s not a good idea to use the old bridge. It’s been inactive for many decades. The major reason not to use the old bridge is the path to the bridge is not good its slippery and the exit point is mostly slippery due to the dry leaves.

What is the name of the river flowing below Hillary Bridge?


The river flowing below Hillary Bridge is the Dudh Kosi River.

Why shouldn’t we use trekking poles while walking on suspension bridges?

Suspension bridges are built from steel which have many small gaps in between. So, if you use your trekking pole while walking on a suspension bridge then your sticks may get stuck in the gaps and you may fall. As you will be carrying some weight yourself it might be hard to balance if you stumble.

So, we suggest you not use a trekking pole during your walk on Suspension bridges.

What to do if you come across yaks while crossing Hillary Bridge?


The most easy and reliable goods transportation means in the Everest region are Yaks, Jokyo, and Mule. You will encounter a lot of them on the way. Especially while walking on the suspension bridge, you need to be very cautious, because of the narrow path in suspension bridges.

The best option is to be patient and let the group of yaks pass by and continue the journey.

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