Kharka in Nepali means alpine pasture. Yaks used to graze in these lands and
so the locals started identifying this place as the grazing place for the
yaks. Hence, the name Yak Kharka came into existence. By the way, yaks still
graze these lands and the surrounding lands so you will be seeing a lot of
yaks around this area. Talking about yaks, be careful while taking their
pictures for they can be quite temperamental. The village of Yak Kharka has
got some pretty good and big lodges with good facilities. The bakery here has
also been able to build quite a reputation for itself. There is also a safe
drinking water station here. If you want to stay away from the nuclei of the
village then there are two lodges detached from the main lodge settlement some
15 minutes further down the trail.
After Yak Kharka network connectivity will be a pain in the A and you will
have to rely on landline phones provided by lodges or a satellite phone. The
landline phones will be available all the way up to Thorung High camp so you
won't be completely aloof from the world after all. Charges will apply, that
goes without saying.