LARJUNG TO JOMSOM (2670 m)
Khobang (2560 m) is a village with a gompa above it, and the mountain views on this stretch are the best to be seen. Tukuche (2590 m) is one of the most important Thakali villages, once a meeting place for traders from Tibet . Despite the growth of tourism in this area, Tukuche is still a quieter, smaller place than it was during this era of trade. From here the landscape changes as you enter the drier and more desert like country north of the Himalayan watershed. It also gets windier, gentle breezes from the north shift to a gale from the south as the morning wears on. Marpha virtually huddles behind a ridge to keep out of the wind. The village also has some of the most luxurious accommodation to be found along the trail, which makes it a good alternative to staying in Jomsom. A government project between Tukuche and Marpha produces fruit and vegetables for the whole region.
The trail continues along the valley side, rising gradually before crossing over a low ridge to Jomsom (2710 m), the major centre in the region and it has facilities such as a hospital, an ACAP visitor centre and a police checkpost. This is the last of the Thakali villages, those further north are inhabited by people of Tibetan descent. 6-7 hours walk