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Tourist Places To Visit In Sagarmatha National Park
Enclosed by the Everest and nestled among the glaciers, peaks and valleys of the Himalayan region, the Sagarmatha National Park is located in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal. It is home to a wide variety of exotic species of both flora and fauna, along with thousands of natives belonging to the Sherpa community who are integrated significantly into the ecosystem of this conservation site.
While the highlights of the region are the towering peaks of Mt. Everest and other significant mountains, there are a number of interesting locations to visit for those who don’t mind some amount of trekking activities. Read on to find out some of the best places to visit on your next trip to Sagarmatha National Park.
Located within the Khumbu District of Nepal, the Khumbu Glacier is believed to be the largest glacier in Nepal, and possibly even the world. It is a magnificent sight whose glory can only be admired by observing it from up close. It is mostly famous for the Khumbu Icefall, a dangerous position at an altitude of 5400 m noted en route to the Everest summit.
The Gokyo Lakes are a group of six lakes located near the Everest, which also hold a religious significance for both Buddhists and Hindus. The third lake is the largest in the group, with majority accommodation options located around the vicinity of this lake. Situated at a high altitude of around 5000 m, the region around the lakes gets extremely chilly and it is advisable to visit them with appropriate attire and hiking equipment. Camping along the banks of the lakes is also a popular activity for nature enthusiasts. While the first and second lakes can be visited from Namche Bazaar, the other lakes require a hike that can take 4-5 hours in a round trip.
Dudh Koshi River
The Dudh Koshi River flows through the southern border of Sagarmatha National Park and is one of the rivers draining the Himalayan region. It features a number of bridges hanging across the river in the lower altitude regions that can be used to cross over to the other side.
A small museum with just 3 rooms, the Sherpa Museum serves as homage to the Sherpas and their contribution towards developing an exceptional trekking industry. The exhibits on offer display items depicting how Sherpas live a normal life with access to limited resources, a replica of a Sherpa home, and pictures that portray the history of Sherpas and their fascinating culture.
The minimal entry fee of Rs. 250 ensures a financial contribution through this museum to the small tourism industry in this region that also helps with the commemoration of the lives of Sherpas.
Sagarmatha National Museum
Located a little distance away from the Sherpa Museum, the Sagarmatha National Museum highlights the flora and fauna that exist within the park, along with the history of the region. There are some older pictures of the park also present within the museum, but one of the major attractions in the area is the Tenzing Norgay statue situated on the outside and a brilliant 360ᴼ view of the hillside.
This small town is located within the Khumbu District and is home to majority of the Sherpas who are involved in the tourism business in the area. Most trekkers in this region frequent Namche Bazaar for lodging options and stores that provide for all kinds of needs of the visitors. There are weekly markets organized in the bazaar that offer Chinese consumer goods by Tibetan sellers, and is a major source of business for the locals.