Explore Namche Bazaar On An Everest Base Camp Trek

If you are heading out on an Everest Base Camp trek, there are many exciting experiences and new sights awaiting you, from the stunning views to the cultural gems to be found along the route. A place that combines both the cultural and natural wonders of the Himalayas is Namche Bazaar which, located at 3,500 metres, is one of the first main stops on the trek, where travellers are encouraged to take some time to rest and acclimatise themselves. With its lively atmosphere, beautiful surrounding landscapes, and interesting cultural attractions, there is plenty to see and do – here are some of them.

Practicalities

Travellers who stop in Namche Bazaar on their Everest Base Camp trek usually do so via the route from Lukla, which can be trekked in a day but is often spread over two for better acclimatisation. Once in Namche Bazaar itself, trekkers will find a welcoming and easygoing village with a range of cafes and restaurants, accommodation and shopping, as well as other useful facilities such as money exchanges. In terms of climate, the weather tends to be cold throughout the year, and warm clothes are a must – thankfully, extra layers of clothing can be easily purchased here, along with any extra trekking gear that travellers may wish to buy before continuing on their way.

What to Do

As well as ambling through the village and watching local life bustle by, or relaxing in one of the many good eateries, there is much to do for those interested in learning about local history and culture during their Everest Base Camp trek. Museums include the Museum of Tibetan Herbal Medicine, and the insightful Museum of Sherpa Life, while for gaining a good feel of what traditional life is like in a Sherpa village the weekly Namche Market, which occurs every Saturday morning, is always interesting. To aid with acclimatisation, there are a variety of short treks that can be made from the village, with plenty of attractive scenery and worthwhile sites to visit along the way.

Namche Bazaar: History

The village that today’s visitors see when they stop there on the Everest Base Camp trek route is a very different place to the Namche Bazaar of a century ago, which in turn was very different to its earlier incarnations. Originally a simple trading post, conveniently located at a point where mountain trade routes crossed, it grew slowly into a small village – until the advent of Everest exploration, when it saw a new kind of traffic: hopeful mountaineers on their way to tackle the great mountain. Given its altitude, it is an ideal spot for acclimatisation, and so has grown along with the popularity of Himalayan trekking, while still retaining its local ambiance.

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