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Namche is a colorful village with many wonderful and interesting shops and vendors, fabulous food, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains. An early hike above town, before the clouds moved in, gave us a spectacular Himalayan sunrise and views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse (the 4th highest peak in the world), and the beautiful Ama Dablam. On the way down, we we visited the Sherpa Museum that houses an exhibit on traditional Sherpa lifestyle and a fabulous photography display by a local Nepalese naturalist.
Phakding to Namchi Bazaar (6-7 hrs)Namchi Bazaar (11280 ft) is the largest Sherpa village in Nepal. This trail passes over the Dudhkoshi River through a suspension bridge, and then follows a dense pine forest to Monjo, about 2 hrs away. The trail offers view of snow-capped mountains: Thamserku, Everest, Lhotse, Konde and so on. Next comes the Sagarmatha National Park accompanied by a brief permit check and then downhill to Dudhkoshi River en route to Jorsale.
Namche Bazaar to Lukhla ( 6 hr / 9,200 ft ):Finally, here we were: last day of the trek. We followed the same rule: ”Slow & Steady”. We reached Phakding around 2 PM, had lunch there and continued till Lukhla. The last stretch seemed like never ending. It got dark while we were still at a 40 mins distance from Lukhla. Barsha was in bad shape, hardly able to lift her leg. In those darkness and gloomy forest, She literally limped, jumped, but never stopped and made her way to Lukhla. It was around 7:30PM when we reached Lukhla. The sight of first street lamp of Lukhla gave me more happiness that day than EBC or Kala Pathar. Next morning we flew back to Kathmandu.
Day 3 is a ‘rest day’ or ‘acclimatization day’. If you think you get to put your feet up and relax, think again. After an optional visit to a museum of Sherpa culture (the name given to those who live in the mountains) it’s a 1 ½ hour steep climb to The Mountain Viewpoint Hotel for an incredible view of Mount Everest.
Day 2 begins with an easy-moderate 3-hour trek to your lunch stop. From here the fun really starts. For the next 3 hours you will trek on a constant steep incline. Just when you start to feel as though your legs have escaped on the next flight back to Kathmandu you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest in the distance and you’ll quickly forget about the last 3 hours of torture. You’ll end day 2 at Namche Bazaar, a lively and populated mountain village at 3500m.
You can visit beautiful market, Sherpa village and of course enjoy with the magnificent views of Himalaya.
Great views around Namche bazaar. The peaks of Kusum Kangru look magnificent from Namche.