Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar
29/Oct/2023

Namche Bazaar is a famous large village and a town around the high Khumbu region of the Solu-Khumbu district of Far Mid-East Nepal. Known as the capital and major hub for the Khumbu villagers, as well as for trekkers. Due to its prime location in between Lukla and on route to Everest base camp and other various adventure destinations. Namche Bazaar stands at an altitude from above 3,440 m to 3,550 m high facing close views of Kwangde Himal. Namche Bazaar was once a trading center for local villagers as well as for Tibetans across the border.

Where the high Nangpa-La pass is situated, the border of Nepal and Tibet / China. The Tibetan traders with a caravan of Yaks laden with Tibetan and Chinese goods visit Namche Bazaar for trade and bartering. However, due to border restrictions, the flow of trade with Tibetan merchants has slowed down.

Himalayan Hub of Upper Khumbu Valley

Furthermore, Namche Bazaar retains its old-time glory as a famous marketplace and center for travelers. The Namche is tagged with Bazaar, where once a week a busy, colorful bazaar or a market takes place every Saturday. Hence the name Namche Bazaar, where traders and merchants visit Namche a day ahead to sell their produce. On Saturday market day, where villagers from all parts of Khumbu throng the bazaar to purchase. Includes all types of various food products, and essential household items for sale from crops, vegetables, and meat products.

An interesting and main part of Namche Bazaar on Saturday, where visitors can enjoy soaking in the crowd. Observing the market’s busy activities, it is also a social day for Sherpa village from far and wide Khumbu. Joining and meeting with their friends and relatives from one village to another. Certainly, a joyous and most exciting one on Saturday Market Day, which is held in the center of Namche Bazaar.

Namche Bazaar is also a haven for local villagers as well for trekkers, where one can find various facilities. From banks, post offices, many shops, and well-kept stores with fancy restaurants and cafés, including nice hotels, lodges, and deluxe resorts. Various choices of accommodation and foods to enjoy while staying in Namche Bazaar for a couple of overnights. Either on the route up or down to Lukla, the major stop on the route is Namche Bazaar. For overnights or lunch stops, Namche Bazaar is the vital point for trekking around Khumbu and Everest region.

Things To Do Around The Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar is the main and major overnight stop for most trekkers heading toward various destinations around Khumbu. A perfect place with the right altitude for a free day to get acclimatized before heading to higher terrain. At Namche on a free day, trekkers need a short hike to support acclimatization to several scenic and cultural places to explore.

Hike To Hotel Everest View, Khumjung / Khunde Villages:

Located high above Namche Bazaar at approx. 3,550 m a short steep climb of less than an hour. Reaching a high ridge with bird-eye views of the whole Namche Bazaar, as well as overlooking the grand looks of Mt. Everest. Includes views of Lhotse, Nuptse, and majestic Ama Dablam with Kantega, Tharmasarku, and Kwangde with Kusum Kanguru due east. Along with the views of the dramatic scenery of beautiful landscapes and the deep gorge of Dudh Koshi below.

 

Enjoy a visit to Sagarmatha National Park Museum, which treasures full information about Khumbu from the culture, history of Sherpa, and flora/fauna. As well as the Mountaineering Expedition as early as 1953 when Mt. Everest was first conquered to the present.

The other place of interest is climbing up to Syangboche a place with an old short airstrip. Then walk gradually up to Hotel Everest View at 3,880 m high for excellent views of Mt. Everest. As you enjoy a refreshing warm cup of tea/coffee, the first deluxe hotels around Khumbu and Everest. One of the highest luxury in the world, located on a high ridge.

Khumjung and Khunde villages are located in a glacial valley, an hour’s walk downhill to Khumjung. Interesting visit to Khumjung old monastery treasures believed a scalp of a Yeti, worth a visit. From Khumjung short walk to a nearby village at Khunde with the first hospital around Khumbu. Built with the support of Edmund Hillary and the Himalayan Trust, an interesting place with grand views of snow peaks. The Namche Bazaar linked popular trekking trails like Everest Base Camp, Everest Three Pass, Gokyo Lake Trek, and Thame Valley with Renjo La Pass Trek.