Mount Everest on the left
Over the next four days, or however long you choose to stay, you will have a multitude of half-day and full-day options in and around Namche, in Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) National Park, in the nearby villages of Kunde and Khumjung, and in the village and monastery of Thame, where one of our co-founders was born.
In Namche, spend time with the members of your household. Learn to cook Sherpa stew or mo-mo’s (meat or veggie dumplings). Note the effort the community has expended to protect the environment from the seasonal influx of climbers and trekkers. There’s a kerosene depot to deter wood-cutting. The electricity lines are underground. There are impressive applications of wind, solar, and water power. No glass bottles are permitted. Note the mountaineering gear (left from expeditions) and Tibetan art in the shops. On Saturdays, the weekly market causes the population to quadruple. Farmers and merchants from lower elevations may walk several days to bring fresh produce, Indian goods, and hardware from the plains. Sherpas from the many valleys above Namche come to purchase these goods and trade their milk products, potatoes, and yak-hair goods.
A short walk in one direction offers superb views of Everest, as well as the dramatic peaks of Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam. In another direction, your hosts will suggest where you can find Himalayan tahr and musk deer, prey species of the snow leopard, which has been seen just a few hours' walk from your lodge.
Namche is actually part of the one of the world's most unique national parks. Created in 1976 to protect more than 425 square miles of peaks and glaciers and forests, Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) N.P. also includes Sherpa villages, farmland, and yak pastures. The park management plan recognizes that traditional Sherpa culture is as important to protect as the wildlife and forests. Learn about programs of reforestation, trail maintenance, erosion control, hydro power, and wildlife management. No animals may be killed within the park, and wood collecting is strictly controlled. The result has been an increased standard of living and a stabilized natural ecology. Animals such as musk deer, Himalayan tahr, and blood pheasants are quite tame and easy to observe. Snow leopards, long absent from the area, now inhabit several of the valleys close to Namche.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Sherpa Lodge