Namche Bazaar Trek
Namche Bazaar is the gateway of Mount Everest and also the center of the Everest (Khumbu) region. Namche Bazaar Trek leads you to visit this bustling Sherpa Market with views of Mount Everest and its surrounding towering peaks. This trek is relatively short but still, it offers a delightful trekking experience in the Everest region.
Namche Bazaar Trek can be done year-round although the months of March to mid-May and September to mid-December are the best times for trekking. It is suitable for trekkers with average physical fitness. Age isn’t a restriction either all you need is positivity and enthusiasm. This trek has almost none of the altitude sickness.
In this trek, you hike through the land of the legendary Sherpa community, where you can enjoy the unique culture, traditions, and ancient heritage of the Sherpa people. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking mountain scenery and marvelous landscape and witness the glorious and ever-enchanting Himalayas.
You begin the Namche Bazzar trek after a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon landing at the Lukla airport, the magic of the Everest region starts mesmerizing you. You have a unique experience as you trek passing the prayer stones carved with Buddhist mantras and suspension bridges festooned with prayer flags.
As you cross deep gorges and fast flowing Dudh Koshi River you can interact with the warm welcoming locals of culturally rich villages such as Chheplung, Phakding, Nurning, Benkar, and many others. Then you arrive at the check post of Sagarmatha National Park. Further, you will cross a high suspension bridge over the mighty Dudh Koshi River and follow a steep trail for an hour to reach Namche Bazaar.
As you trek higher from Namche, you enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Everest, gorgeous Ama Dablam, scenic Lhotse and Nuptse, and other Himalayan peaks, and also exceptional beauty embedded in the dramatic mountains and deep valley.
In Khumjung, the Sherpa village, at Khumjung Monastery you can see the scalp of Yeti, a mythical Himalayan creature, and also experience the lifestyle of Sherpa people. After exploration of Namche Bazaar, you return to Lukla through the scenic trail and fly back to Kathmandu to complete this short and easy Namche Bazaar Trek.
In Summary, the highlights of Namche Bazaar Trek are as below:
• Short and delightful trekking in Everest region
• Enjoy the views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam & other peaks
• Explore around busy Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest
• Pass through villages of Sherpa
• An opportunity to get insights into Sherpa culture and tradition
• Good for all regardless of age or level of fitness
ITINERARY OF NAMCHE BAZAAR TREK
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to you the hotel. Orientation of the trip. Explore the Thamel Tourist Market or relax at the hotel to overcome your jet lag. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)
Early morning flight to Lukla (2,800m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where your trek starts. After 35 minutes of flight above breathtaking green and white mountains, you will reach the Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla. Here you meet your other crew members and after some packing and arrangements, you start your trek through the prosperous village of Lukla until you reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, you only have a short hike today around 4 hours. You hike through Chaurikharka village and descend towards Dudhkoshi Ghat (2,530m/8,300ft). The trail follows the bank of the Dudhkoshi River until Phakding (2,652m/8,700ft). Overnight at mountain lodge in Phakding.
Day 3: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 m/11,280 ft)
You will have breakfast in Phakding before gearing up for the trek to Namche Bazaar, the biggest sherpa village in Nepal. Today you will walk through a beautiful pine forest. The trail takes you along the Dudh Koshi River crossing many suspension bridges, one of which is the famous Hillary Suspension Bridge. You catch a wonderful panorama of the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6618 m). At Monjo, you come to the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Then you pass through the last village of Jorsale. After a final steep ascent of about two hours, you will get first sight of Mt. Everest, peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. From thereafter 1.5 km of walking you will reach Namche Bazaar. Namche is the gateway to Mt. Everest and the main trading center of this region. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 4: Namche Bazaar – day hike to Syangboche, Everest View Hotel, and Khumjung Sherpa Village
Namche Bazzar is the main center of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery, and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday. You leave early for the hike up towards Everest View Hotel, which is about an hour’s hike above Namche Bazaar. Their great sights await you with a fantastic panorama of the Himalayas and a great view of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. After enjoying the view you continue hiking to the traditional Sherpa villages of Khumjung. If you are interested, you may ask your guide to take you to the Khumjung Monastery which houses what is said to be a Yeti scalp. Leaving the village you circle back to Namche Bazaar. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Namche Bazaar.
Day 5: Namche Bazaar – Phakding – Lukla
Today from Namche Bazaar you retrace your journey to Lukla. Although you are traveling the same route down, you feel completely different views. We can see a mixture of open plains, rhododendron, and pine forests, and in the distance snow-covered peaks. You walk through the Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayers flag while we walk through the villages. On arrival in Lukla, you stretch those sore legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of days. Overnight at Mountain Lodge in Lukla.
Day 6: Lukla to Kathmandu
In the morning, you’ll take a brief flight from Lukla, where your journey both began and ends. After arriving in Kathmandu you’ll transfer to your hotel. Relax at the hotel. You can do last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. In the evening we offer you a farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants in town. During dinner, we would love to hear your feedback about the trip. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 7: Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal
It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast at the hotel. Then, before 3 hours of your flight time, we transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward flight to your home.
EXCELLENT HIMALAYA TREK & EXPEDITION: OPERATOR OF NAMCHE BAZAAR TREK
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition is the leading trekking operator and company managed by local tourism experts and Sherpas who have more than 20 years of experience organizing treks and expeditions into the Himalayan zone. We will take care of all permits and logistical matters, including food and accommodation on the Namche Bazaar Trek.
FOR NAMCHE BAZAAR TREK COST
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