Namche Bazaar

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Namche Bazaar
नाम्चे बजार
Village Development Committee
Namche Bazaar with Kongde Ri peak in the background.
Namche Bazaar with Kongde Ri peak in the background.
Namche Bazaar is located in Nepal
Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°49′N 86°43′E / 27.817°N 86.717°E / 27.817; 86.717Coordinates: 27°49′N 86°43′E / 27.817°N 86.717°E / 27.817; 86.717
Country    Nepal
Zone Sagarmatha Zone
District Solukhumbu District
Elevation 3,440 m (11,290 ft)
Population (1991)
 • Total 1,647
Time zone Nepal Time (UTC+5:45)
Postal code 56002
Area code(s) 038

Namche Bazaar (also Nemche Bazaar or Namche Baza; Nepali: नाम्चे बजारAbout this sound listen ) is a village and Village Development Committee (Namche) in Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal. It is located within the Khumbu area at 3,440 metres (11,286 ft) at its low point, populating the sides of a hill. Namche is the main trading center and tourist 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.

At the time of the 2001 Nepal census, it had a population of 1647 people residing in 397 individual households.[1]

Geography[edit]

Immediately west of Namche is Kongde Ri at 6,187 metres (20,299 ft) and to the east is Thamserku at 6,623 metres (21,729 ft).

Transport[edit]

On a hill overlooking Namche Bazaar is the Syangboche Airport (3,750 m / 12,303 ft). It is no longer used for passenger flights. Russian helicopters make occasional cargo flights.

Tourism[edit]

Namche Bazaar is popular with trekkers in the Khumbu region, especially for altitude acclimatization, and is the gateway to the high Himalaya. The town has a number of lodgings and stores catering to the needs of visitors as well as a number of internet cafés, making it one of the few places in the region where trekkers can access the Internet.

On Saturday mornings, a weekly market is held in the center of the village. There may also be a daily Tibetan market where clothing and cheap Chinese consumer goods tend to be the main articles for sale.

Climate[edit]

Namche has cool, wet summers and chilly, dry winters mainly affected by its altitude and the summer monsoon season.

Climate data for Namche Bazaar
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7
(45)
6
(43)
9
(48)
12
(54)
14
(57)
15
(59)
16
(61)
16
(61)
15
(59)
12
(54)
9
(48)
7
(45)
11
(52)
Average low °C (°F) −8
(18)
−6
(21)
−3
(27)
1
(34)
4
(39)
6
(43)
8
(46)
8
(46)
6
(43)
2
(36)
3
(37)
−6
(21)
1
(34)
Precipitation mm (inches) 26
(1.02)
23
(0.91)
34
(1.34)
26
(1.02)
41
(1.61)
140
(5.51)
243
(9.57)
243
(9.57)
165
(6.5)
78
(3.07)
9
(0.35)
39
(1.54)
1,067
(42.01)
Source: thamel.com[2]

Gallery[edit]

Pop Culture References[edit]

'Namche Bazaar' is the name of a song by Nathan Rogers on his album 'The Gauntlet.' The song was inspired by the mixing of culture along the silk road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nepal Census 2001". Nepal's Village Development Committees. Digital Himalaya. Retrieved November 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Climatological Data for Selected Trekking Towns". thamel.com. Retrieved November 13, 2003. 

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