7 things to do that you dont want to miss at Namche Bazar
Namche Bazaar is a classic stopover point for famous trekking routes in the Everest Region—the Everest Base Camp Trek, Three Passes Trek, and Gokyo Lakes Trek, to name a few. Namche Bazaar is located in the vicinity of Sagarmatha National Park, which covers 1, 1248 square kilometers which is located at 11,290 feet. It is home to the rare species of animals like the snow leopard, musk deer, and red panda.It's also common rest stop for acclimatization, and many trekking itineraries include two nights here before the trail ascends to greater heights.Although Namche is hardly a metropolis there are a surprising number of things to see and do around town. Here are the best things to do in Namche Bazaar:
1. Hike up to the Syangboche Airport:
You thought you could have a 'rest day'? Guess again. There is an incredible view of Everest and neighboring Ama Dablam Mountain from just outside Namche Bazaar. Don't worry, it's not a big hike and the view is 1000% worth the extra effort which tastes your both physical and mental fitness. After climbing further you arrive at Syangboche Airport which is also known as Syangboche Airstrip is an unpaved airstrip serving the village of Namche Bazaar, in Solukhumbu district, Nepal.
2. Discover the Yak Farm:
Yak is a Himalayan cattle; native to the Himalayan region of Nepal. It is the only domestic animal, which survive and thrive in the high Himalayan region. They are the prime source of milk, meat, wool and track power in the Himalayan regions. Yaks have evolved to handle extreme environmental conditions, such as low temperatures and high altitude, but they can thrive in more temperate regions with proper care and management.
3. Visit Sir Edmund Hillary Project:
Sir Edmund Hillary was the main driving force for the establishment of the various projects. Khumjung School was built in 1961 as the first major project of the Himalayan Trust. It started off as a two classroom school but now caters for pre-school, primary and secondary sections with over 350 students. Likewise Kunde Hospital was established in 1966, in Kunde Village just north of Namche Bazaar. The establishment of the Sagamartha National Park began in 1972 which covers a total of 480 square miles.
4. Visit Sherpa Museum:
Take a stroll up to the Sherpa Museum beside the military compound at 3,555m/ 11,663 feet. A new interactive museum is planned but for now you can walk through and learn about the Sherpa culture, Sagarmatha national park and the Everest region of Nepal. You will find a massive statue of Tenzing Norway with views of Mount Everest in the background and rocks from the bottom of the world and top of Everest.
5. Visit Namche Monastery:
Namche Monastery is located on the Thame trail towards the left side of the village. It is a small monastery built in the Nyingma style of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery has a beautiful and pleasant courtyard along with some traditional frescoes on the wall of the main shrine.4
6. Experience Local Sherpa Culture:
Namche Bazaar provides visitors and trekkers with the opportunity to observe, participate and experience the beautiful local culture of Sherpa people living in the lap of Himalaya. Sherpas people of Nepal are well known for their skills in climbing and mountaineering. The Sherpa people are expert mountaineers in their local terrain and are termed as Mountain lions.There are two great places to learn about Sherpa culture in Namche. First, head to Nauche Gonda Visitor Centre and other is Sherpa museum as already mentioned before.
7. Stroll the Saturday Morning Market:
If you happen to be there on Friday and Saturday, there is a hustling local market you can visit. It is interesting to see all sorts of items ranging from hiking gears to vegetables and Yak cheese. People from surrounding villages come here to buy vegetables that will last at least for a week.It's an important lifeline for the local people, as it's one of the only ways they can stock up on goods that they don't produce themselves.