Namche Bazaar – Trek to Beautiful Sherpa Village of Everest
Namche bazaar which is the major gateway to Everest base camp trek is situated on the slope of the arch-shaped mountain. The place offers fantastic views of the majestic mountains surrounding the valley.
Namche Bazaar, situated at an elevation of 3500m is the most famous resting spot in the Khumbu region. Talking about the physical structure of this place, the hilly settlements is shaped like a horseshoe, and it is positioned in a different location. Kongde Ri (6187 m) lies in the west side of the bustling town, whereas Thamserku(6680 m) lies in the east.
The bustling city has large hotels and lodges, and in addition to this, Namche consists of three small museums, a stupa, a monastery, several coffee houses, bakeries, etc. Last but not least, many well-stocked stores are decorated so beautifully that you will be amazed by its sparkling view. Along the trekking trails in the Khumbu region, you will be surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna, frozen lakes, and spectacular mountain views.
Exploring to bustling Namche Bazar (known as the gateway to Mt. Everest) as well as the trading center of the Khumbu region is the major highlight of this trek. You will observe the stunning views of Mt. Ama. Dablam, Mt. Khnumbila, and Mt. Thamserku. These mountains are regarded as sacred mountains of the patron god of the Khumbu region. You will be offered with the wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains.
This place is considered to be the wealthiest district of Nepal. Most importantly this place is also called the junction of trekking trails where various Everest base camp trek routes have diverged. This is the main destination of tourist attraction and the best shopping hub. Being marked as one of the major trading centers of the Khumbu region, various traders from Tibet and sherpas from neighboring villages gather here to barter goods. These goods portray exotic traditional arts and crafts. All in all, you will find everything that is needed during your trip to this colorful town. Not only this, there are the visitors located at the park headquarters has all the detailed information on various climbs, trekking trails, as well as information on the culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people.
Trip Duration: 5 days
Trek Start/End: Lukla
Trek start Elevation: 2810m/9217ft
Activity: sightseeing, city tour, trekking
Transportation: Flight/Drive, Tourist Bus/Jeep
Highest Elevation: 3880m/12726ft
Best Months for this trek: February, March, April, September, October, November, December,
Mode of Trek: Teahouse / Tent
Namche Bazaar Trek Highlights
• Exploring Sherpa culture, getting insights into their lifestyles and monasteries
• Enjoy the Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
• Explore the Gateway of Mt. Everest
• Visit the National Park Museum
• Sightseeing famous peaks Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m) and Cho Yu (8,201m) including Mount Everest
• Explore dynamic flora and fauna
• Acclimatization and shopping at the tourist hub, Namche Bazaar
• Visit Buddhist pilgrimage sites
Namche Bazaar Trek
Namche Bazaar Trek is also known as the Everest Panorama Trek of the Khumbu region. Namche Bazaar Trek commences the flight to Hillary airport Lukla and reaches thereafter spend overnight in Phagding or Manjo. Facing the world’s highest mountain from the closest point is the greatest sense you could achieve and, the feeling cannot be compared to any other feeling. Lying on the lap of the majestic mountains is like a dream to everyone. This is why you can opt for four days’ short Everest Panorama view trek to fulfill your dream. You can have stunning views of the majestic mountains. This trek is one of the best, easy and, comfortable trekking as this trek can also be done by beginners too. You can have the feeling of immense pleasure of trekking by heading towards Namche Bazaar Trek.
You can get the taste of Mount Everest in a short period by opting for this trek.
You can enjoy the serene environment and love the hospitality the people of that region provides you. Reaching the Namche Bazaar will provide you the chance to explore many things of that region such as visit Sagarmatha National Park, Sherpa Village, you can enjoy the National Park Museum, Khumjung village, and Syangboche village. Consequently, you will get a chance to see the top of the world in front of your face. Viewing the Mount Everest (8848m/29029ft) will always be the most exciting and thrilling part of this trek. I am sure that you will have the most enjoyment and charming experience by visiting this place. Your trek concludes after flying back to Lukla (2828m/9276ft) and then finally back to Kathmandu from there.
Lukla to Namche Bazaar
The trek to Namche Bazaar starts from Lukla, the gateway to Mount Everest (8848m/29029ft) Trekking. After you arrive at Lukla Airport (2828m/9276ft), your trekking will start with enough joy and excitement. An easy three hours walk will take you to Phakding and explore Phakding for the rest of the day. This trip is also called as the warm-up phase of EBC trek. This trek will provide you a glimpse of the magical mountains.
As a matter of fact, as Namche has been undergoing a facelift for the last 6 years, the outlook of the Namche is getting better and better. This is the last real shop before you hit the various valley trails such as Gokyo lake trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. Not only this, this is the place where you can have a really hot shower. Lots of free electric, flushing toilets and speedy wifi are more other facilities you can enjoy here. This place provides a facility where many visitors can access modern communication facilities to stay connected to the people around the world.
Namche Bazaar Altitude and its climate
Namche Bazaar is cold at an altitude of 3440 meters. Winter is always chilling and dry. The day temperature ranges from 5 degrees to 8-degree Celcius during the period between December and February. While the night temperature falls between -6 to -8 degrees Celsius making a chilled environment a bit hard to survive. You know what, Namche Bazaar is like a shopping destination where you can find everything. Whether it be last-minute supplies, snacks, other celebrity drinks, and serene comfortable accommodation.
Namche Bazaar trek is there to fulfill all your desires and hungers. Additionally, you can buy trekking gear, maps, snacks, souvenirs and, many more. However, the prices of such items may be expensive in comparison to Kathmandu. It is always a fantastic place to visit. Great and humble local people, many decorated bakeries, coffee houses and, mesmerizing views of the mountains are always great to look upon. Anyone visiting this place never gets tired by looking at its scenic beauty.
Nevertheless, climate and temperatures always play a vital role in making your trip wonderful and memorable. During the monsoon season, it is neither too cold nor too hot, but the streets get quite muddy, slippery and puddles are formed. Despite the challenging weather, you can have the best and crystal clear natural scenery during this time.
Interestingly, summer can be the best time to visit Namche since it is warm when the day temperature rises to 16 degrees and which gradually falls to 8 degrees Celcius during the night. Another peculiar trait of this season is it consists of frequent mists that make the views of the mountainous ranges blur. However, winter serves the best view with no precipitation in the sky.
Day 1: Take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, Trek to Phakding
Altitude: Lukla(2,850m/9,350 ft), Phakding( 2650 m/ 8562 ft )
Walking Distance: (6.2km/3.85 miles)
Trekking Duration: 40 mins to Lukla, 3 hrs to Phakding
Major attraction: Breathtaking scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
This is the first day of your trek to Namche Bazaar. After having a delightful breakfast at Kathmandu you will fly to Lukla that takes approximately 30 mins flight from Kathmandu Airport. After passing the land of the steep mountain runway, you will be brought to the start of the trek. The flight will take you in between sparkling mountains and stunning valley along with the breathtaking views of the Himalayan on sunny days.
Afterward, Your will be heading towards the beautiful trails of the local villages. You might encounter various fellow trekkers, locals, and yaks along the trail. You will then continue your trail towards Dudh Koshi Valley and stay overnight at Phakding.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Altitude: Namche Bazaar(3,440m/11,285 ft), Phakding( 2650 m/ 8562 ft )
Walking Distance: (7.4km/4.6 miles)
Trekking Duration: 6 hrs
After the early morning breakfast in Phakding, your second-day trip starts at a steady pace. Then your journey will incline towards Namche. The second day will be a little challenging as you will be introduced to the high altitude. Moreover, you will walk through the trekking trails consisting of several suspension bridges over the Dudh Kushi river. Walking into the Sagarmatha National Park will expose you to the rare wild species such as Himalayan Bear, Thur, Red Panda, and many more. On the crystal clear weather, you will experience the first glimpse of Mount Everest. After your arrival at Namche and you will get settle into beautiful accommodation and explore the town in the meanwhile.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Day 3: Rest day in Namche Bazaar
This is the day that offers the Optional Day Hike in Namche bazaar. Take enough rest with the relaxing morning. Then stroll around the busiest place of Namche. This is the ideal place to spend a day acclimatizing to the new altitude. You can visit the shopping areas, you will get the chance to view the plethora of lodges, tea houses, souvenirs and many more. You are recommended an easy one-hour walk to the Everest view hotel above Namche. You will have an incredible panoramic view of the majestic peaks such as Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and Everest. Namche Bazaar is rich in ancient culture, traditions, and heart-warming hospitality. A small colorful market, Namche Bazaar sells everything from Tibetan artifacts to trekking as well as climbing equipment.
Day 4: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla
Altitude: Lukla (2,850m/9,350 ft)
Walking Distance: (13.5km/8.32miles)
Trekking Duration: 6/7 hrs
After early morning breakfast, then your trek will retrograde back to Lukla, again following the Dudh Koshi river. Walking downhill will be pretty easy. You will walk through various villages such as Chumoa, Benkar, Phakding, and Chuthawa.
Day 5: Fly back to Kathmandu and final Departure
On the final day of the trip, you are supposed to take an early morning flight to Kathmandu from Lukla. You will be directly transferred to the hotel. Enjoy your leisure walk in the vibrant city, Kathmandu. Explore the vibrant city; Sightseeing around the famous temples and palaces and Monastery around Kathmandu valley. You can also shop around Thamel, Indra Chowk, Basantapur, etc.
Our representative will drop-off to the international airport (TIA) in the evening.
Namche Bazaar is the busiest tourist hub, where various climbers, trekkers, and hikers do shopping for essentials. This short trek gives you the lifetime opportunity to discover the hidden gem of Nepal, the life of Sherpa’s, their culture & traditions.