Namche Bazaar, popularly known as the gateway to high Himalayas of Mount Everest region, rise to an altitude of 3,440 meters. Namche Bazaar is a beautiful village in Solukhumbu district of north eastern Nepal. It is a small town in lively tourist zone and trading hub of the Khumbu region which is an edge to all sides of gigantic mountains.
The day temperature in Namche is normally between 5 to 8 degree Celsius during the period between December and February and temperature falls to -6 or -8 degree Celsius during night. Summer is the best time to visit Namche because of the warm temperature during day which falls to 8 degree Celsius during the night. However, summer is characterized by frequent mists which blur the views of mountainous ranges. During the monsoon season, it is neither too cold nor too hot, but the streets get quite muddy, and puddles are formed.
Namche Bazaar is well-known for being the first acclimatization spot on the way to Everest region trekking. Tourists spend at two nights in Namche as a part of acclimatization and continue their expedition to Mount Everest, Gokyo and many other destinations.
Namche Bazaar used to be a very rustic place before the successful ascent of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Since then it has been a busy hub and drew global attention and the number of tourists gradually increased. It has become a active tourist zone where economic exchanges have completely replaced the barter system.
During the acclimatization period in Namche, you can
- View Kongde Ri which is 6,187 meters in altitude to the west and Thamserku at an elevation of 6,608 meters to the east
- Divulge the Himalayan Sherpa culture in Sherwi Khangba Center which is a traditional Sherpa house. This house has many features which reflect the typical Sherpa lifestyle. It consists of a Sherpa cultural museum in which ancient Sherpa artifacts can be observed.
- Explore Namche bazaar. It runs weekly market every Saturday. From early morning, people from Namche and nearby places bring their agricultural products for sale on the eastern corner of the village. In addition to agricultural products, they sell woolen clothes, trekking gear, butter, cheese, electronic devices, etc.
- Stopover Wildlife Crime Control Bureau which is responsible for punishing the poachers and alleviation of the wildlife poaching
- Sightsee the Mt. Everest partially from a distance after leaving Jorsalle below Namche
- Capture the view of clear and awe-inspiring scenery formed by Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse and Mt. Amadablam
- Experience the lifestyle of Thame, which is a homeplace for many mountaineers including the legend Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
- Enjoy delicious typical Sherpa food items
- Relish the breathtaking lama dances and rounds of traditional Sherpa dance called Shyabru, led by the incarnate lama of Tengboche Monastery.
Namche is the central spot for selling and buying dairy products brought from neighbouring districts Khotang and Bhojpur. Tourists mostly buy the traditional handicrafts, including woolen, wooden and metallic products as souvenirs to the homeland
Namche Bazaar holds an annual Buddhist festival called dumjee, which has been a major attraction for tourists in recent days. It is celebrated also in other Sherpa villages but specifically that of Namche is quite special due to presence of a variety of people.