Namche Bazaar- Gateway to Mt.Everest
Namche Bazzar is situated on the slope of an arch-shaped mountain, which allows you to oversee the sights of glorious mountain peaks throughout the valley, day and night. Namche Bazaar (3,500 m) is the staging point for expeditions to Everest and other Himalayan peaks in the area. It also is a prosperous market town selling everything from Tibetan artifacts to trekking and climbing or expedition equipment. Namche Bazaar is popular with trekkers in the Khumbu region, especially for altitude acclimatization and is the gateway to the high Himalayas i.e Mount Everest and many more.
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Namche Bazaar is a village and Village Development Committee (VDC) in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 meters (11,286 ft) at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Most Sherpa who are in the tourism business are from the Namche area. Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police checkpost and a bank.
Namche Bazaar is popular with trekkers in the Khumbu region, especially for altitude acclimatization and is the gateway to the high Himalaya. The town has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafe’s.
On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of the village. There may also be a daily Tibetan market where clothing and cheap Chinese consumer goods tend to be the main articles for sale.
Namche has electricity from nearby Thame-Namche small hydro-power plant (600 kW), opened in October 1995 near Thame.
In the context of climate; the winters are cold and dry, while summers are warm, but characterized by persistent mist, and so the spectacular mountain peaks often lost from view. The best time to visit the area is from mid-September to mid-November when it is still not too cold and the air is at its most pristine, affording crystal clear views of the mountain scenery. The Spring is also a good time to visit Namche, though due to the higher proportion of dust in the air, the mountain views lack the clarity of the Fall. However, to compensate, the hedgerows and wild flowers are in full bloom in April and May and bring a dash of color to the mountain paths.