Namche Bazzar is a small yet absolutely beautiful dwelling located at a high altitude of 3500m in the middle of the gigantic Himalayas of Nepal. It is the gateway to many majestic mountains including the world’s highest mountain: Mount Everest. This little village of around only 60 houses is also popular as “The Himalayan town of Khumbu region” and seems like an oasis in the mountains. The short trek to Namche Bazzar will lead you through one of the world’s most wonderful landscapes, the religious and historical Buddhist Monasteries, the interesting culture of the world famous climbers: The Sherpas and of course, the panorama of the majestic mountains that will you literally, amazed. If you have limited days and still want to get the best experience of Nepal then trek to Namche Bazaar along with Everest Base Camp shall be the perfect stop for you.
After a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, the trek begins which follows the trail of Dudh Kosi river. The trek will lead us gradually up to Phakding village and following the river, into the green lush of forests which is a home to several rhododendrons and pine trees. On reaching Namche Bazzar, you will be surprised to see the great shimmering mountains- Everest, AmaDablam, Tawoche, Lhotse and Nuptse. Namche Bazzar is the stop for almost everyone who goes to Everest Base Camp and since, it lies at a greater height than the threshold elevation for altitude sickness which lies from 1500m to 2400m. So, all visitors spend at least two days here, acclimatizing.
As a part of your acclimatization, you will get to hike up to the Everest View Hotel which is 2 to 3 hours walk from Namche Bazzar. This 60’s hotel is one of the simple yet elegant hotel located at the highest altitude of Nepal. The awe-inspiring 360 degree view of the Himalayan ranges is what this hotel is most famous for. Well, you can sit back while the incredible scenes of the Ama Dablam (6856m), Lhotse(8516m), Thamserku(6608m), Tawache(6542m), Khumbila(5761m), Mt. Everest(8848m) and many other unnamed mountains will captivate your attention. Furthermore, if you walk for 2-3 hours from the hotel, it will lead you to the National Park Museum. This museum provides interesting information in regards to the Himalayas, the traditional ways of the Sherpas, and the surrounding flora and fauna. After returning from the hotel, resting and roaming the Namche Bazzar is another fun part of your acclimatization.
According to the history, this village used to be a trading center for locals bartering yak cheese and butter for agricultural goods. However, once Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa successfully stood on the top of the Everest in 1953, the influx of visitors and climbers from all around the world occupied this place and the village turned into a trading town of the goods that climbers need, the accommodation for visitors, hotels, restaurants, shops, bakeries and more. Consequently, Namche Bazzar has the highest income rate in Nepal, 7 times the average National income and twice that of the capital: Kathmandu.
Therefore, Namche Bazzar is one of the best places in Nepal to be in. The landscapes, mountain views, monasteries, and temples, market, flora and fauna and the heart warming Sherpa people will definitely leave and unforgettable experience in your mind making you eager to come back again.