Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

The Sherpa Capital is where the stories of mountains are penned. It is a place of vibrant culture, impeccable mountains and unbeatable Sherpas.

Deepak Raj Bhatta
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Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is the initial point for Everest exploration. It lies at an elevation of 3440 m. Namche Bazaar lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park, one of the UNESCO world heritage sites of Nepal. You can explore the wide variety of flora and fauna. Furthermore, you can enjoy the alpine forest there on the way to Namche Bazaar. The beautiful breathtaking panoramic view of beautiful snow-capped mountains and the Everest Himalayan ranges such as Lhotse, Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, Thamserku, Kangtega Peaks. 

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    Namche Bazaar

    Namche Bazaar Nepal is the historical capital and administrative centre of the Khumbu region. It is the busiest tourist hub. Different local and Tibetan traders sell their wares during the weekly market in Namche Bazaar. There are numerous cafes, pubs and different shops in Namche. The necessary equipment for trekking and mountaineering are available here. The majority of the Sherpa community has increased the beauty and feeling of brotherhood here. You can find the Sherpa culture, their lifestyle from a social and cultural point of view. Though Namche is the busiest tourist destination, the traditions and culture of local residents are not influenced. It offers you the mixed culture of local people and travellers.

    Where is Namche Bazaar?

    Shaped like a horseshoe, Namche Bazaar boasts an amazing settlement in the Khumbu region of Nepal. This place has been popular among the trekkers in the Everest region and is a popular acclimatization stop on the way to Everest Base Camp and other adjacent trekking routes. There are several mountain museums that depict the Sherpa lifestyle, culture and traditions. 

    Namche Bazaar is a traditional trading route in the Khumbu region. It is popular for yak cheese, sherpa cultural dishes and delicacies and several other cuisines that are unique to this place. Exploring the Namche Bazaar, you will get a chance to witness the spectacular beauty of mountains, which begins with an incredibly fascinating mountain flight to Lukla and several hours of the trek in the corresponding area.

    EVerest View Hotel

    Besides the acclimatization stop, Namche Bazaar is one of the most beautiful remote towns in the mountains. It has been popular and is a remarkable hotspot in the trekkers’ diary ever since the trekking activities in the Everest region began. It further encompasses an amazing habitat that is pristine and native to the Sherpas. The warmth of hospitality and lodging facilities in Namche is the finest of the entire Everest trek

    How to Reach Namche Bazaar?

    Namche Bazaar is the first acclimatization point for Everest climbers. Trekking to Namche Bazaar starts from the gateway of Mount Everest, Lukla. After a 25 minutes scenic flight from Kathmandu, you will reach Lukla. On reaching Lukla, you will begin trekking towards Namche Bazaar. You will walk for three hours and you will reach your first-day destination, Phakding (2610m). On the very day, you will rest and explore around the Phakding. Also, you will get a chance to interact with the local people of that area. After a 5-6 hours uphill hike on the next day,  you will reach Namche Bazaar (3440m). 

    Weather and Climate

    The weather and climate in Namche Bazaar are affected by its high altitude. Summer (March to May) and Spring (June to August) are comfortably warm. Rainfall occurs during these seasons. During the Autumn (September to November), the region experiences warm temperatures with humidity and wind. In Winter (December to February), it experiences chilly colds and dryness.

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    Hotels and Accommodations

    Namche Bazaar is a fascinating town for trekkers. The hotels and accommodations in Namche are really good. Some of them are of western standards whereas some teahouses offer basic accommodation facilities. Different hotels and lodges, cafes are available in this area. Homestays are also available for those who want to explore the budget accommodation and explore the authentic lifestyle. One can find a variety of shops (handicrafts, dairy products, trekking requisites) and pick needy goods. 

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    Banking and Health Facilities

    Namche is now a busy tourist area. There are better banking and health facilities in Namche Bazaar. In the case of banking facilities, different banks like Siddhartha Bank Limited, Kumari Bank Limited have their ATMs here. One can get good health care at the local hospital. Western medicine is found here. A Dental called “Namche Dental'' opened by American Himalayan Foundation (AFH) is available. It is the world’s highest dental clinic, the only dental care facility in the Khumbu region. Local health posts are available for basic health facilities. 

    Things to do in Namche Bazaar

    Gateways to Everest, Namche Bazaar is one of the most popular sherpa towns in the world. Most of the people living here are Sherpas and follow ancient culture and tradition. Similarly, marvellous views of the mountain ranges can be seen from this Sherpa capital. There are many things to do in this beautiful culturally rich valley of the Khumbu region. One of the most popular things to do during your stay at Namche Bazaar is to hike up to the Everest Viewpoint. There is an incredible view of Everest and neighbouring Ama Dablam mountain from just outside Namche Bazaar.

    Stroll around the Namche

    Exploring Namche while strolling around the beautiful landscape is a great way to take a peek into Sherpa's lifestyle, culture and traditional values. Strolling around will help you understand the mountains. Moreover, the hospitable atmosphere in Namche is very captivating. Spiritual ambience has shaped the entire bazaar area and offers a unique experience. 

    This is also a popular spot where many tourists gather at once. So chances are you can make new friends, share your experiences and listen to theirs as well. 

    Learn Sherpa's history and culture 

    Not understanding sherpa history and culture while you are in Sherpa capital would be stupid. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore the evolution of Sherpa culture and how it is performing in today’s time. Namche Bazaar has a centuries-long history that even dates back to the pastoral society but the modern evolution of the present Namche is linked and highly dependent upon touristic activities. And ever since the introduction of tourists in the Everest region, Namche Bazaar has been offering incredible hospitality and is admired for it by many people around the world. 

    Hike up to Everest View Point

    If you are in Namche and do not visit Everest View Point, you’d miss a lot of amazing landscapes. Everest viewpoint is one of the most beautiful places that have mind-blowing views of the Khumbu himalaya. The breakfast of Everest View Hotel along with the spectacular views of the Everest panorama is one of the must-do activities if you are in Namche. 

    Eat delicious meals

    Namche Bazaar is popular for yak cheese and butter. Besides that, the mountain meals are so different from other areas. Due to the remote settlement, it is difficult to import foods that are not available in Namche. So, food might be more costly than the urban areas and you may not get the food of your desire. However, after a tiresome trek, having a nice meal in the mountains is a boon. 

    The Sherpa cuisines, Dal Bhat Tarkari and other recipes are available in Namche. So, you may have plenty of varieties for mountains. But in places other than Namche, you may not get a lot of food choices. 

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Where is Namche Bazaar?

      Namche Bazaar is located in the Khumbu region in northeastern Nepal. After Phakding, Namche Bazaar is the resting stop for trekking in the Everest region. 

    • What are the major things to do in Namche?

      Some of the major things to do in Namche Bazaar are exploring the Everest viewpoint, visiting sherpa monastery, acclimatization hikes in the nearby areas and getting to know the unbeatable mountain climbers’ culture. 

    • Why is acclimatization in Namche important?

      Acclimatization helps the body to adapt. It further opens up the opportunity to explore the cultural and natural dimensions of the area. Mainly for a medical reason, acclimatization is an important part, esp. If you are gaining elevation too rapidly. 

    • Why Namche is known as the Sherpa capital?

      Namche is home to many sherpas. This place is mostly inhabited by Sherpa people and their culture and lifestyle is an important part that plays a key role in finding the place fascinating. So, Namche is known as the Sherpa Capital of Nepal. 


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