Namche Bazaar – The Gateway to Everest

Namche Bazaar, the “Gateway to Everest,” is a Sherpa town in the Everest region of Nepal. Namche Bazaar, at 3,440 m, is the unofficial capital of the Khumbu region. It also serves as the meeting point -for traders from the lower region and higher altitude- to sell their stuff at the Saturday colorful market.

Namche Bazaar boasts shops selling everything from trekking gears and equipment to Tibetan artifacts and everything imaginable at such height. There are cafes, shops and an Irish pub, the world’s highest Irish pub. You can have beers and whiskey or a cup of tea admiring the stunning views it has to offer. The choice is yours!

Thousands of trekkers who head to Everest Base Camp, Three Passes or Gokyo Lakes, rest at Namche Bazaar for a day or two. It is a popular stop for acclimatization, in fact, the first acclimatization spot for trekkers in the Everest region.

On the acclimatization day, trekkers climb up to Everest View Hotel, Sagarmatha National Park, Khumjung, or Kunde villages. There is a Sherpa Culture Museum, inaugurated by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1994. There is the Oldest Sherpa House, believed to be over 150 years old. 

You can take a short hike to the house- it is a two-storey stone house and looks like a museum. 

You can taste homemade yak cheese and butter, or learn about Sherpa culture. Enjoy the heart-stirring hospitality of Sherpa people. Try local foods and share stories with Sherpas.

If you want to see the “Yeti Scalp,” visit Khumjung Gompa. It is an hour hike from Namche. The scalp is believed to be 300 years old, found by Hillary and journalist Desmond Doig (in 1960).

Did you know that Namche Bazaar has a bank and beauty salon? There are German Bakeries, cyber cafe, and pool. In a nutshell, Namche Bazaar boasts everything you can imagine at such height.

Elevation3,440 m
Postal Code56002
Climatecold dry-winter or  warm-summer
Average TemperatureWinter: -6 to -8 degree Celsius
Summer: average 6 degree Celsius
Next Stopping PointPhadking or Tengboche
Major AttractionsSherpa Culture Museum, Namche Monastery, The Irish Pub

Last updated on May 8,2020

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