Step into the famous Sherpa Town, Namche Bazaar (3,440m) a place with a glorious history, majestic mountains, valleys, and landscape views along with amazing sherpa hospitality. Namche Bazaar is the gateway of the high mountains including the world’s highest peak - Mt. Everest which lies in the foothills of the giant snow-capped mountains. Namche Bazaar is normally considered as the tourism capital in Nepal and always a favorite place for the rest and acclimatization of trekkers, hikers, and mountaineers. This historic town is located on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain at the bottom of Everest View Point, which is also the main stop on the trails to Everest Region.
Namche Bazaar offers astonishing views of giant mountains like Kongde Ri, Thamserku, Kusum Khangaru, Sundar Peak, and many more small mountains. This famous trading hub is popular for the homemade yak cheese and butter. Sherpas from neighboring villages and traders from Tibet come to continue the ancient market system which includes traditional arts, crafts, local products, and galleries. The local people from Namche Bazaar still retain its authentic culture, practices, traditions, and heart-warming hospitality to their guests. This town has numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, bakeries, handicraft shops, hotels, guest houses, mountain gears stores, and many souvenir shops. The facility of this town is almost similar as compared to one advanced city. Sherpa Museum and National park Museum is another informative center to understand the sherpa life and mountaineering history. Namche Bazaar was an important hub for Nepali, Indian and Tibetian traders in ancient times also, where salt, local products, dry meat, and textiles were exchanged. Now, every Saturday morning, Namche Bazaar organizes the weekly market fair, where traders from Tibet and neighboring villages display their wares and essential goods.
Shops and Facilities
Namche Bazar is also known as the market capitalization of the Khumbu region. Namche is the oldest market in this region that offers all supplies and facilities for trekkers and local peoples. You will get to see the stalls and shops filled with requirements in the cobbled streets. Besides this, Namche bazaar is filled with many hotels, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, and lodges. You can enjoy the delicious foods, where you can also enjoy the local yak ghee, cheese, and foods in Namche Bazaar. The lodges are with good ambiance and facilities, where you can easily spend your night. The Namche Bazar is also facilitated with internet service, telephone service, post office, and health service. There is a tradition of running weekly markets (every Saturday) called Haat Bazar in Nepali, which is worth visiting and buying normal trekking goods and regular requirements. There are no such vehicle roads in Namche, so all the goods are either brought through planes, carried by peoples, or by yaks. Thus goods generally cost more.
Magnificent view of Mt. Everest
Namche Bazaar is also renowned as the window eye of Mt. Everest and many more stunning mountains. The patio of Sagarmatha National Park museum offers outstanding views of the world’s highest peak including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Thamserku, Kusum Khangaru, and many more neighboring mountains. The view from the window of Namche hotel inspires you as you will be taking hot coffee and the first rays of sun kiss on the top of the Kongde Ri.
Heartland of Sherpa Culture
Solu Khumbu region is a hometown for many Sherpa peoples. Sherpa peoples in this region are valuable as the beginner explorers of the Himalayan region, and they are also taken as excellent trekkers, porters, and mountain climbers. They have been helping as guide porters to climbers and trekkers in the Everest region for so long. You get to explore the Tibetan Buddhist Culture closely in this region. There are many documents in the library and the conference hall related to the study of Everest of Sherpa Culture Museum and The Resource Centre at Namche Bazar. The Resource Centre and the Sherpa Culture Museum are worth visiting for knowing about the Everest region and Sherpa Culture for ages. The colorful houses in Namche Bazaar areas are made from traditional Sherpa Style that displays the old architects and everyday objects. The house building includes the family room and the prayer rooms. The prayer rooms show the details about the sherpa traditions and religions.
Namche Monastery, nestled on the backside of the Namche Bazaar, is worth a visit. The colorful flags and scenery of the Namche are very helpful to acclimatize our body faster, which will make it easy to ascent towards the Everest region. This magnificent monastery uniquely sheltered, peaceful and is fully dedicated to its purpose. You can explore the large image of Sakyamuni Buddha- Historic buddha, and Guru Rinpoche, and many other images, which gives the amazing looks.
Namche Bazaar and the nearby area is still untouched by any vehicle roads yet. So, either you get through Helicopter or Plane up to Lukla and then trek to Namche. You can trek from Jiri or Phalpu, which is just a few hours ride from Kathmandu, but it takes more days as compared to a 30min flight. On the plane, it takes around 30 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla. Most people take a flight to Lukla and trek to the Everest region. On Helicopter, it takes around 45 minutes from Kathmandu to Lukla, which offers you unforgettable memories. You will get to see the mesmerizing views of hills and mountains from the helicopter. From Lukla, you will have to take a walk to Namche Bazaar through Phakding.
From Namche Bazar, it takes about 6/7 days for Everest Base camp Trek (5,364m) and Kalapathar Trek(5,545m). You will walk through the beautiful alpine forest of rhododendron and pine. The mountain sherpa settlement on the way is another best thing about the Everet region. The grazing land, monasteries, waterfalls, rivers, high mountains, and magical landscapes make the Everest region trek more delightful.
Namche Bazaar can be visited all around the year and hotels, lodges, and restaurants are open throughout the year. But, normally Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Oct-Dec) provides the best views from Namche Bazaar for both trekkers and mountain climbers. During the season, the hotels, lodges, and restaurants along with trails get crowded and you might feel like a festival season. During monsoon, you might have problems with slippery trails, bad weather conditions chances of flight cancellation. But, the monsoon season brings with itself a lush and green beauty. During winter, it’s perfect to travel in Namche for the stunning views, clear skies, and snowy landscapes. T though, the temperature will drop to sub-zero but the views are mindblowing and memorable for the lifetime.
If you are in Namche on a Saturday, it is worth visiting the weekly market, where traders from Tibet sell their wares (often Chinese goods) in exchange for Nepali and Indian food and goods brought up from Lukla by lowland porters. This would be a worth exploring day in Namche Bazaar. Please contact us for more details about trekking and tours in the Himalayas.