Namche Bazaar is the most beautiful Sherpa town on the Everest base camp trekking trail. It exists at the bottom of the Syangboche hill. There are hundreds of colourful buildings for the lodges, shops, bars and cafes in Namche Bazaar. It is located at 3,440m of elevation above sea level.
The EBC trekkers spend two nights here on the way up to the base camp because of altitude practice. And also, stay one more night after the base camp and Kalapatthar visits. There are numerous luxury lodges, comfort lodges and many standard guesthouses in this beautiful Sherpa town.
There are numerous coffee shops and bakeries to spend the time on a free day during an acclimatization rest day in this beautiful Sherpa village. The people from other villages come to this town for their daily usage shopping at a weekly market on Friday and Saturday.
There is the national park headquarters on the top of Namche Bazaar, which offers stunning views of Kusum Kangaroo, Thamserku, Khangteka, Amadablam, peak 38, Lhotse, Nuptse and Everest. It also offers attractive views of landscapes, valleys and green forests from this army base.
How to Visit Namche Bazaar
An adventurous short scenic flight takes to Lukla from Kathmandu and then trek to Phakding on the first day. You can reach Namche Bazar on the second day with about 7 hours of walk from Phakding. You will walk through Toktok, Banker, Monjo and Jorsalle. Most of the trail goes gradually ascends, but it is steep climbing on the last part for around 3 hours to reach Namche.
When to Go to Namche Bazaar
You can go to Namche bazaar any time of the year, but it looks empty during winter and summer. Most of the shops stay closed during these times because of the off-season. Although, the place stays open all the time during the year. September to December and March to May are the best times to visit Namche Bazaar. It will be freezing temperature in January and February in Namche, and monsoon rains disturb to walk to there in the summer.
You can also trek from Jiri or Salleri after a drive to these places from Kathmandu. It takes about a week to reach Namche Bazaar from these places. The fastest way is to fly in a helicopter there. The helicopter lands at Everest view hotel during the Everest base camp helicopter tour, so you can see Namche Bazaar from close during this flight tour.
Lodges in Namche Bazaar
There are lots of lodges to stay in Namche Bazaar. Yeti mountain resort is a comfortable lodge, which is at the top of the town. It is one of the most expensive lodges in the town. You can also get some luxurious accommodation in Namche Bazaar. Hotel Namche and Zamling are mid-range priced lodges for Namche visitors. you can get attached bathroom accommodation for 15 to 20 USD in Namche. Comfort Inn, hotel yak, hotel the nest at Namche, Gren Tara, Namche Inn and some other lodges have attached bathroom accommodation in Namche Bazaar. Likewise, the International footrest and a few others are budget lodges in the town. The international footrest has its terrace, from where you can see the Bazaar while you are for lunch and coffee.