Namche Bazaar Mountain Sherpa Admin on 28th Sep, 2018
NAMCHE BAZZAR: THE HOME OF SHERPA PEOPLE & BEST MARKET PLACE IN KHUMBU
Namche Bazaar also known as the gateway to the highest peak of the world. It is one of the major stops to the Everest Base Camp trek and a major acclimatization point while climbing Mount Everest.
It is a small and beautiful town in the lap of incredible Himalayas. The town is home to the brave and amazing Sherpa people who are famous around the world because of their climbing skills. The Majority of the Sherpas indulged in the tourism business are from Namche Bazaar area.
Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful and famous town in the Khumbu region. You can witness amazing Sherpa culture, beautiful lifestyle of Sherpa people in the cultural point of view. One of the most amazing things about this place is that you get to visit the birthplace of the popular and famous Mountaineers who were able to climb the top of the highest peak Mount Everest multiple times.
Also, Namche Bazaar is located inside one of the World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO of Nepal. You can enjoy different varieties of flora and fauna of the Himalayan region in this place. Furthermore, you can have a breathtaking view of incredible mountain ranges covered in white snow such as Ama-Dablam, Lhotse, Kongde, Nuptse, Kangtega, Thamserku peaks.
It is the hub of the Khumbu area and major trading center with facilities like banks, well-maintained restaurants and lodges, police check posts, etc.
Highlights of Namche Bazaar
- Acclimatization Point
- Gateway to Mount Everest
- Capital of Sherpa people and culture
- Buddhist Pilgrimage for local people
- Shopping center for further trek and climbing
How to get to Namche Bazaar?
You need to fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. You can reach Lukla by flight within 45 minutes enjoying the incredible and amazing views of Mountains. You need to trek to Phakding after getting down to Lukla. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Phakding from Lukla. Most of the tourist stays at mountain lodges at Phakding for the night.
From Phakding, it takes around 5 to 6 hours ascending trek to reach Namche Bazaar. You will be walking through the lustful green vegetation. You will also witness the incredible lifestyle of mountainous Nepali people along with fantastic views of the mountain trails.
What is the altitude of Namche Bazaar?
Namche Bazaar is situated at the height of 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) above the sea level.
How is the climate at Namche Bazaar?
Located in the lap of Himalayan range, the weather of the place is generally cold. The summers are warm with a temperature ranging between 15-16 degree centigrade, while the winters are quite cold with temperature dropping below zero degree.
The most popular and best time to visit Namche Bazaar is from September to November when the weather is not cold neither hot. One can enjoy crystal clear and amazing views of mountain scenery.
The spring has a moderate temperature with mixture of heat and cold. It is also a good time to visit Namche Bazaar but with the clear views of mountains cannot be guaranteed because of the higher proportion of dust in the air.
Places to See around Namche Bazaar:
1. Sherpa Culture Museum
The Sherpa Culture Museum is situated above the village of Tengboche trail. The museum is built in traditional Sherpa architecture and design. The museum contains all the ancient Sherpa artifacts in its original form depicting the way of life of the Sherpa people in the past. The museum is open to everyone who comes to visit the Everest region for trekking and expedition. This museum is run by a photographer Lhakpa Sonam and contains various cultural objects of Sherpa including photos of all the Sherpa Everest Summiteers.
2. Namche Monastery
Namche Monastery is located on the Thame trail towards the left side of the village. It is a small monastery built in the Nyingma style of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has a beautiful and pleasant courtyard along with some traditional frescoes on the wall of the main shrine.
3. Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center
You can also visit Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center, which is situated at the cliff end of the town towards the Tengboche trail. You can get various information about the green vegetation and wildlife of the national park. Also, you can witness some of the amazing and interesting photographs of the history of Namche and Everest area at this place.
4. Amazing views of High Himalayas
Trekkers and visitors can enjoy the incredible view of various Himalayan giants such as Everest, Cho Oyu, Lhotse and Ama Dablam from Namche Bazaar. Also, they can walk around the village and experience beautiful sceneries including fast flowing rivers, green farmland, Buddhist monasteries, rocky mountains.
5. Experience Local Sherpa Culture
Namche Bazaar provides visitors and trekkers with the opportunity to observe, participate and experience the beautiful local culture of Sherpa people living in the lap of Himalaya.
Sherpas people of Nepal are well known for their skills in climbing and mountaineering. The Sherpa people are expert mountaineers in their local terrain and are termed as Mountain lions.
You can experience and enjoy the beautiful Sherpa culture in the entire Everest region from Lukla to Namche Bazar during the trek. All these places depict the lifestyle of Sherpas and allows you to make your trip a memorable one.
Things to do at Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar is a place to stock up all the essentials things required during Everest Base Camp Trek. Every Saturday, you can witness the weekly market of Namche Bazaar. The market is full of life at the center of the town.You can purchase the essentials required for trekking, piece of arts by crafted by local people, and various other local agricultural products.
2. Dumji Festival
If you are visiting Namche Bazaar in June, you will be able to witness and enjoy the annual festival Dumji celebrated by local people. This festival is celebrated in every village of the Khumbu region. The festival is celebrated to honor the achievements of a highly respected Sherpa lama. The first few days are rather subdued with just local families visiting each other for food and entertainment, while the final few days are a boisterous affair held at the Namche Monastery. All the ceremonies are presided over by the incarnate lama of the Tengboche Monastery. The festival includes lama dances, traditional Sherpa dances and an initiation ceremony, which is beautiful in its own way.
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