Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,285ft) is a traveler core and the most popular acclimatization stop in the Khumbu region. It is the gateway to the Everest Base Camp. I have thought of trek on Everest Base Camp then you must have to know about Namche Bazaar. Thamserku (6680m) and KongdeRi (6187m) are the bustling towns of Namche. Here I discuss ten popular facts about Namche which you should have known before going there:
1) Saturday Market
In fact, Namche Bazaar tenders the cheapest alternative for purchasing any equipment for visitors (Trekking or Climbing). Every Saturday morning the market proffer variety of Trekking and Climbing equipment. Soap, Vegetables, Cooking oil, and other products which are produced in the Namche region are sold by the local people and Tibetan people on every Saturday.
2) Above altitude sickness
In Climbing/Trekking acclimatization is very necessary. Situated at high altitude, Namche Bazaar gives out an acclimatization stop point for all Climbers. You need to spend 2 days at Namche for acclimatization during Everest Base Camp trek because it helps to avoid altitude sickness. You can visit Khumjung settlement and Hillary school on acclimatization days.
3) Khumbilia Mountain
Sacred Mountain Khumbilia is one main fact about Namche. Due to its unique association, no one is permitted to climb Khumbilia Mountain.
4) Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Centre
Sagarmatha National Park Visitor’s Center is located at the top of Tengboche village. This center has some extra unexpected pictures of the wildlife of the area and offers momentous information about them.
5) Fascinating Sherpa Museum
Fascinating Sherpa Museum is situated at top of Namche Bazaar. It is rich in information about different expeditions of Sherpas and their life cycle and artifacts. You can observe the ‘Hall of Fame” gallery of Sherpas who submitted Everest, as well as photos of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who are first climbers complete to reach on the top of Mount Everest.
6) Honorary Visit
In 1985 October, the President of USA, Jimmy Carter, and his wife Rosalynn visited Namche Bazaar on his own personal Helicopter and spent 5 days on Namche Bazaar.
7) Other Major Attractions
Health Posts, Library of Namche, Namche Monastery, and Tibetan Buddhism Community are some major attractions of Namche. Similarly, the local handicraft, the stone street attracts many visitors towards it.
8) Mendafu viewpoint
Mendafu is popular viewpoints from where you can offer an astonishing view of Mount Everest and others peaks too. You can spend hours gazing at the cloud formed around the mountains and the scenery it present.
9) Weather and environment
In winter season the weather is cold and dry, as summers are warm at Namche Bazaar. On July the temperature is around 11.7°C and in winter (January) the temperature is around an average of 0.8°C.
10) Administrative Centre
Namche Bazaar is the administrative center and historical capital of the Khumbu region. We can see the Nepal Police check post, Banks, shops, and army barracks at Namche. As well, Namche is the center point for extending to learn about vegetation and lifestyle of the region.