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Introducing Hile

Hile was once the starting point for the camping trek to Makalu and the end point for the lodge trek from Lukla, but the road has advanced along the valley, reaching almost as far as Tumlingtar and Khandbari. As a result, Hile is no longer the busy trekking hub it once was. Nevertheless, the village has a bustling bazaar feel, particularly during the weekly Thursday market, and there’s a good mountain viewpoint about 30 minutes’ walk above town (follow the Basantapur road to the army post, then turn north along the trail to Hattikharka).

Many local inhabitants are Tibetans who resettled here after fleeing the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, founding several gompas in the middle of the village.