Year of 2017

Namche Bazaar in Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

Dark skies over Namche Bazaar don’t necessarily mean every resident of this high-altitude village in Nepal is sleeping peacefully. Most visitors use this village, within the boundaries of Sagarmatha National Park, as a gateway to the mountains. It’s a stop for tourists who need to acclimate to the altitude before setting off on a climb to nearby Kongde Ri, seen in the background, or perhaps Everest itself. Who could sleep before heading off on that adventure?

Namche Bazaar is a village and Village Development Committee in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Most Sherpa who are in the tourism business are specifically from the Namche area. Namche is the main trading center and hub for the Khumbu region with many Nepalese officials, a police check, post and a bank. Namche is the most expensive place in Nepal, at least thrice as expensive as the capital city Kathmandu.
Population: 1,647 (1991)