A point of excursion in the Everest and other Himalayan peaks of this zone is the NamcheBazaar(3,500 m). It has become a small and colorful marketplace with everything you need during your journey, from Tibetan artifacts and walking and trekking equipment. Detailed information on the various climbs of the region, memorabilia from various mountain excursions, and the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people are available at the visitors center at the park headquarters. These are the things to discover in Namche Bazaar:
1) Kancha Sherpa Visit:
From the Everest Expedition 1953, Kancha Sherpa is the last remaining Sherpa climbing. On Island Picnic, in Makalu, and on many Everest expeditions, Kancha was on many adventures. The Nirvana Lodge in Namche Bazaar allows you to visit Kancha and pay 500 rupees for your Kanchastorytime. One of our guides joins the Kancha team as a translator!
2) Shangbouche Hill Visit:
At 3,900/12,795 feet is Shangbouche Hill. The best views of the region are undoubtedly Shangbouche Hill. AmaDablam, Thamsurku, KondeRi and Khumbila are all the best sights of the city. The area is calm, relaxing, and worth a visit to the Himalayan environment for an hour. On our third day in Namche Bazaar, all our trips will hit Shangbouche hill.
3) Danphe coffee shop:
This is the original Namche Bar with Everest Wall T-shirts. There is now a lot of EBC T-shirts on the wall, however. Everest movies or the stunning Sherpa documentary can be watched, a cake and coffee made, and a pool playing. Discover 11,000 feet of this old-school bar. But don't forget to have Everest Beer before you get back down the road!
4) Bring local children's gifts:
Go to the Jamling Lodge and carry the children's presents. The Everest region needs hundreds of children. Anything you can do on your flight to Lukla is essential, such as shoes, coloring books, pencils, and toys. Things such as candies and cookies are not recommended. Also, make sure that you give out enough stuff to all the children around you!
5) Museum of Sherpa:
Take a walk to the museum, at 3,555m/ 11,663 feet, next to the military compound. However, for now, you can explore and learn about Sherpa culture, Sagarmatha National Park, and the Everest Region of Nepal, and you will be able to visit another immersive museum. There's a huge statue of Tenzing Norway in the background, overlooking Mount Everest and the rocks from the lower and top of Everest. On our second day in Namche Bazaar, all our teams will spend time at the museum!
How do you reach Namche Bazaar?
The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trail and the other treks in the Everest region are crucial stops for Bazaar Namche. There is no road access to the vehicle and it's an adventure to travel between Kathmandu and Namche Bazaar. Most of the tourists travel to Lukla from Kathmandu and from there to Namche Bazaar. However, for the rest of 2019, the airport of Kathmandu is under refurbishment. The departure from Manthali'sRamafap Airport will be a 4-5 hours' drive from Kathmandu during this period between Katmandu and Lukla.
By Air and Foot:
Many travelers arrive by plane from Kathmandu, which is just a 30-minute trip. The short, mountain-side runway at the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is notorious for its large number of accidents. But, the majority of flights come and go, so there is no real cause for concern.
However, delays are very usual in Kathmandu, Lukla, or on the road because of the weather conditions. It is important to build some buffer days into your itinerary in the Everest area, so if your Lukla flights are set for a day or two, you don't risk missing an important international link. If you've booked to fly on canceled or delayed flights, helicopters are a handy backup choice.
Namche Bazaar is only a few hours' walk away after arriving in Lukla. Although it is possible to go on a long day, it is much easier to spread it over two days. It may not be time to go all the way to Namche, even if you're fit or raring to go, according to the time you arrive in Lukla after your flight. On the second day, the path continues gradually uphill and follows most of the way up the KosiDudhRiver. Phakding is also the first night of the EBC trek. On the second day, trek to Namche Bazaar from Phakding. It's an abrupt trail, so it's a difficult day's journey. The rewards are also high and include your first view of Everest through the foliage, the high Hillary Suspension Bridge. Most trekkers remain in Namche with acclimatization for at least a full day/two nights.
By Road and Foot:
A Jeep to Jiri or Phaplu from Kathmandu (about one day's ride) and a walk to Lukla and further to Namche Bazaar can be done to avoid the flight to Lukla and enjoy more time-trekking.
The Jiri Route was known as the 'Pioneer Route,' for it is how the Khumbu area was reached by pioneering mountain climbers before Lukla's airport in the 1960s. This is currently an unusual way to reach the area, although the trails are unpopulated, with interesting cultures and spectacular views. It takes three days to reach Lukla from Phaplu, and Jiri to Lukla five days to reach Namche Bazaar for another two.
If you don't have an extreme budget, you will have an amazing experience by helicopter from Kathmandu to the Everest area. You will depart from the Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport domestic terminal and arrive less than one hour later in Lukla. Most day tours in Lukla stop before the EBC and somewhere on your way back, with breakfast stops. It's not on every tour route that the Namche Bazaar (or the landing area above town), but it might be when you explicitly ask for it.