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Namche Bazar (3 440 m asl) is the biggest town in the entire Khumbu valley, nestled in a circular mountain amphitheater. If you go to this area, it is virtually impossible to miss this place. There is everything arranged for tourists nowadays – a large number of huge lodges with restaurants, shops with hiking and climbing equipment, souvenirs and other crap. Most of the tourists stay here for at least two nights for an important acclimatization and another one on the way back to Lukla, so the streets are quite crowded. It is an ideal base for acclimatization trips to sherpas villages of Khumjung and Khunde or around the surrounding hillsides and of course a stop on the direct path under Everest or more interesting alternative trek across three passes.
Entrance to Namche Bazar
The vast majority of tourists come to Namche Bazar for the first time from the bottom path leading from the river Dudh Koshi steeply up the rocky slope. After one or two days journey from Lukla you will be welcomed in this rocky amphitheater by the entrance gate and a nice chorten (a few hundred meters before the entrance to the town there is a checkpoint, where you have to register and all your documents will be checked).
Namche from the ascent path from Khunde
As soon as you accommodate, you can set out for different acclimatization trips around the area. There is a little different view of this tourist town from each of these trips.
One of the most beautiful views of Namche Bazar is from the descent path leading from Khunde. You can clearly see here that there were probably a few farm buildings surrounded by incredible number of terraced fields a long time ago /foundation platforms for today's constantly new lodges/.
On the left you see the main trail to the pass over Namche, then to Tengboche and then under Everest. You can ascent along the ridge above this path to the outlook point Everest View and sherpas villages Khumjung and Khunde, highly recommended acclimatization trip. Far below Namche is the valley of Dudh Khosi river, from where you most likely arrived.
Namche Bazar from the east
From this view you can see two other important pathways around Namche. Totally to the right are visible in the slope the twists leading to an outlook promontory above the town and on to sherpa village of Khunde, part of the recommended acclimation circuit.
Farther along the contour line leads the path into the valley of Bhote Koshi. Only a few tourists undertake an acclimatization hike this way to the village of Thame. But there are much bigger possibilities – you can go both in the direction to the pass Tesi Lapcha, over which leads very difficult crossing to Rolwaling Valley and farther up to the pass Nangpa la, also very difficult and long walk in the neighborhood of eight-thousand high mountain Cho Oyu, through which formerly led a trade route connecting Nepal with Tibet. Another option is by us recommended crossing over the pass Renjo la to Gokyo (the first pass on the trek of Three passes), not crowded and more interesting alternative to the main trekking routes under Everest.
Dawn above Namche Bazar
From the west you can see the top Ama Dablam (6 814 m asl) and big pyramid of Thamserk (6 618 m asl) towering behind the valley from the path to the valley of Bhote Khosi. From here you can clearly see also the entrance path to Namche Bazar leading from the bottom from the river Dudh Khosi and the main trekking path leading to a small pass and then on along the contour line. The ascent to Everest View is considerably steeper.
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Everest View Trek (or Namche Bazar trek) is a basic introduction to Khumbu area. It is suitable especially for those who are… continue reading
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