Namche: Gateway to the top of the world

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प्रकाशित मिति : २०७४ कार्तिक २६ गते, आईतवार १०:०९

Ever wondered how it would feel to trek in the Himalayas, and how it would feel to walk along the roof of the world, the Namche Region of Solukhumbu district of Nepal, is perhaps the most appropriate destination poised to solve all your queries and add an enthralling and worthwhile experience to your adventurous life.

Namche is a most popular amongst the most mainstream treks in the Himalayas. There are two main possible pathways to kick-off your trek to the Namche region. One of them is to start your journey by taking a walk from Jiri (also known as Nepal’s little Switzerland), which is 12 hours by road from Kathmandu. It takes 7 days to reach Lukla from Jiri by walking. There is easier and faster way to reach Lukla-that is taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is the most used and most recommended alternative among the aforementioned alternatives.Lukla is where it all begins. It is the real starting point for the Namche trek- the gateway to the Everest.

Day 1  Kathmandu-Lukla (2850 m)- Phakding (2650 m)

When taking flight to Lukla, watchout for the Langtang and Jugal ranges then Gaurisankar and Menlumtse on the way before getting your first look at Everest from aircraft.Khumbu passage is the beginning point for the trek. The trek goes gently downhill on pitched stone trials through low rhododendron forest, small farms and old and new villages to the bank of the foaming Dudh Koshi River. There are a lot of short stops to meet the locals, take photos and just soak up in the landscape and clear mountain views.

Day 2 Phakding-Namche (3440 m)

The trek to Namche begins from the bank of Dudh Koshi river. Mt. Thamserku (6623m) lingers skyward on the opposite bank. After crossing a stream and climbing terraced slopes from Dudh Koshi course you land at Benkar. Walking along the waterway bank through a timberland you touch base at Chumow. Passing a way with numerous ups and downs and in the wake of intersection a stream you pass Monjo a little town where you can stop for lunch. From Monjo dropping the stone steps youcome over a suspension span and after a short walk you reach Jorshale which is the main access to the Sagarmatha National Park.

Day 3  Namche (3440 m)

Relax here and investigate the shops and bistros of this delightful little town. Resting here for a day allows you the opportunity to acclimatize to the climatic conditions of high altitude. A festive mood surrounds the local markets of Namche each week as Sherpas from neighboring villages come to buy food and socialize.

It has brilliant perspectives to see the mountains world spread out. The wonderful Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku mountains ring the profound valley sides in a wonderful arena. You can also walk to the national park headquarter, Thami valley or nearby sherpa village.

Day 4 Namche-Thame(3820 m)

After breakfast at Namche, start your trek to Thame (small Sherpa villages), you’ll go through lovely pine woodland and a Sherpa village. A lunch stop is an unquestionable requirement at Thampo, home of Ang Rita Sherpa, who holds the record of scaling Mt. Everest without oxygen. From here you drop to the scaffold crossing the Bhotekoshi(the upper river course of the Sun Koshi River, known as Poique in Tibet) and following a half hour trek tough you’ll reach Thame Village.

Day 5 Thame-Monjo

Stroll back to Namche, following the same past course and plunges towards Monjo. Retract the same trail; it takes around six hours to reach Monjo.

Day 6 Monjo-Lukla

It takes around four hours to Lukla. You ought to withdraw the same trail and achieve Phakding for lunch. Stay the night at inns in Lukla.

Day 7 Lukla-Kathamandu

Time to wave farewell to the Himalayas with a tremendous flight back to Kathmandu! In clear climate this can be one of the highlights of your tour, with an astonishing perspective of the surrounding mountains.

Attractions of the trek:

Trekking around Namche can be a fascinating experience as the route is adorned with the combination of red rhododendron forests and green field and pasturelands facing mighty mountains upfront. Such natural beauty adds a lot of wilderness and excitement to your trip and makes your heart glad for witnessing heaven on earth.

You will also be able to understand the lifestyle and culture of Sherpas which resemble closely with that of Tibetian people. Namche region is mostly inhabitated by Sherpa people who have been guiding and enabling people from every corner of the world to conquer the Everest. Also, a single trek around the Namche gives you the opportunity to get panoramic view of the Everest and other beautiful, high-altitude Mountains like Choyu, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Makalu, Cholatse and few more.

Estimated expenses for a 7day trip (approximate):

Airplane Ticket: Rs. 12000/-

Accommodation per Day: Rs. 2000/-

Total: 12,000 +7*2000=Rs. 26,000

Saroj Lamichhane | Thapathali engineering campus |Kathmandu,Nepal

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