Nepal - Gokyo valley and Everest Base Camp trek

Namche Bazar

 

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Day 3 - A rest and acclimatization day in and around Namche Bazar

The town of Namche Bazar is the obvious place for a rest day. Not that you'd need a rest after only two days walking but you certainly need some acclimatizing time before considering going any higher.

Namche is the business capital of the Khumbu (and therefore Sherpa) region. Tibetans bring goods from China over the Nangpa La and of course Namche nowadays catches all the trekkers and expeditions to the Everest region and has become a flourishing trekker's mecca with plenty of lodges, eating places and dozens of shops selling cheap (fake) trekking gear. So it's also a good place to stock up on things that you might have forgotten.
Namche is probably also the capital of night barking dogs in Nepal so if you are going to sleep in Namche, better bring ear plugs!

The best way to acclimatize to altitude is not to sit around doing nothing but should involve gentle physical activity so beside visiting Namche (there is a great museum on the hill) a gentle walk in the region is a good idea.

If you are really up to it you could walk to the village of Thame, on the trail towards the Nangpa La but it is a long way away, around 4 hours walking time each way. Another alternative is to only go to Thamo (on the same trail). It's a gentle walk in a forested area, without any significant climbs and only takes about 3 hours return, leaving you plenty of time for some last minute shopping in Namche.

On the way out of Namche you can take a look at the small gompa (Buddhist monastery) located on the path just above town. It is not always open as there is only one monk staying there.
On the other side of the amphitheater of Namche, just above the helipad (and the army camp) there is a nice (free) museum documenting the region. Well worth a visit and you also get some great views from Everest up there.

 

Short comment to the photos on the right (from top left to bottom right)

 

1 - Namche Bazar seen from the north edge. The distinctive summit of Ama Dablam is showing itself in the left of the picture. Right behind Namche is the 6608m Thamserku.

2 - General view of the town. Most of these buildings are lodges.

3 - Upper Namche with a better view of Ama Dablam

4 - Namche from above

5 - A shopping alley

6 - Vegetables drying on a roof.

7 & 8 - The Tibetan market where goods brought from China over the Nangpa La are traded. The market can be a little intimidating. These people have a very hard life crosssing this dangerous high pass to make a living so they are a little rough but I am sure that they are perfectly OK. And there are some good deals to be had.

9 - House building. Another lodge I suppose and everything is built entirely by hand. The stones are carried down from a place above Namche and chiselled on site. I passed Namche 4 times in a period of 6 weeks and the house grew two floors during that time.

10 - A Buddhist stupa on the way to Thamo.

11 - On the way to Thamo.

12 - Himalayan gentians were lining the trailside on the way to Thamo.

13 - From left to right: Everest South face (8850m), Lhotse (8516m) and Ama Dablam (6856m) viewed from the hill just south of Namche (standing in front of the museum actually)

14 - Everest photographed from the same spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Namche Bazar

 

Namche Bazar

 

 
 

Namche Bazar

 

 

Namche Bazar

 

 

Namche Bazar

 

 
Namche Bazar

 

 

Tibetan market in Namche Bazar

 

 

Tibetan market in Namche Bazar

 

 

Building a new house in Namche Bazar

 

 

Stupa on the way to Thamo

 

 

On the way to Thamo

 

 
Himalayan gentians

 

 
 

Everest view

 

 

Everest view

 

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