Indian Embassy near Sagarmatha
Embassy of India
P.O. Box. 292
336, Kapurdhara Marg, Lainchaur
General Telephone: 977-1-4410900
Indian nationals travelling to Sagarmatha do not require a visa. However, a photo identity proof like passport or Aadhar card is a necessary requirement.
Sagarmatha means "the Head in the Great Blue Sky". It is one of the fourteen zones located in eastern Nepal. It is surrounded in the south by valleys of Terai, in the north by the Himalayan mountain ranges and the hill districts in the centre. China borders it in the north, India in the south, the Kosi Zone in the east and the Janakpur Zone in the west.
The name Sagarmatha means the ‘head in the great blue sky’ it comes from the local name of Mt Everest, which is situated in the northern part of the zone. The central city of the Sagarmatha Zone is Rajbiraj. Other famous towns of the Sagarmatha hill area are Katari, Okhaldhunga, Diktel, Salleri and Namche Bazaar.
Sagarmatha is a significant tourist destination of Nepal, and the main places to visit in Sagarmatha are:
Sagarmatha is a very remote and challenging place to reach. You need to hire a local guide who will stick to you for the entire duration of the trip. English speaking guides are available. It is a right place for hiking and trekking, but motorable roads are limited.
The best time to visit Sagarmatha is between October and November, or between March and May. Summer months (June – September) bring almost all the annual precipitation while between December and February, daytime temperature regularly drops below zero degree Celsius and heavy snowfalls are common.
In June, Namche holds an annual festival called “Dumje”, which is celebrated in all the villages of Khumbu but the festivities in Namche are the most impressive. This festival celebrates the achievements of a highly respected Sherpa lama. The ceremonies are presided over by the incarnate lama of Tengboche Monastery and include lama dances, traditional Sherpa dances and an initiation ceremony. If you can bear with the rainfall, you can attend the ceremony although it is the off-season.
Hiking is one of the things to do in Sagarmatha, and if you want to plan, you should only take essential items. Pack light, you’ll need layers of clothes. Your base layer can be a synthetic T-shirt or a thin thermal shirt. If you’re sensitive to the sun, wear long sleeves. Choose comfortable clothes and shoes and bring a hat and sunglasses for protection from the sun. Small accessories such as gloves, a fleece hat, sunscreen lotions and a microfiber towel. If you’re going for higher altitudes, you’ll need more layers. Make sure to pack fleece jacket, hood, thermal shorts and trousers to keep you warm. The outer layer of the clothing should be wind and waterproof.
Trekkers who choose to take the teahouse trek route and sleep in lodges can easily survive without a sleeping bag. Most of these lodges provide warm blankets, but you may not get the desired cleanliness. Your sleeping bag can be beneficial. If you hire a porter, a 30-40L backpack will be enough for you to pack your jacket, snacks, documents, thermos, and a bottle of water. If you plan to carry everything yourself and don’t want to use a porter, please bring a bigger backpack. Never forget to take all the necessary medicines, which might be required during the trip.
Famous for baking some fantastic pastries Namche’s bakeries are famous all over Nepal.
None of the bakeries is open during the off-season from June to September. During the off-season, a few hotels in Namche remain open. Herman Helmers Bakery & Namche Bakery are excellent. You can try “Rigi kur” which is a potato pancake, covered with Yak butter and served with a sauce called sorma. “Tzen” is a heavy pate made from millet and flavoured with spices. "Thukpa" is noodles with soup, and it is the perfect food to have on a cold evening. The delicious “Nak-cheese” that is available at most of the stores is a mouthwatering treat. Juice and beer are available at all the hotels and bakeries. Shopkeepers buy the canned and packed items from Kathmandu, so the prices here are high. Fantastic coffee blends like latte and cappuccino are a must try here.
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The local market in Namche Bazar. Namche Bazaar is the gateway to the Everest Base camp Trekking trail. You can get everyday items to buy over here. There are some trekking shops also, which will be happy to equip you with all the necessary gears. So, don’t worry if you arrive unequipped but don’t expect branded quality items. There are many handicraft stores, handmade woollen garment stores here. Every Saturday morning, Sherpas from the surrounding valleys bring their agricultural products, and electronic goods are transported from Kathmandu into town. The goods found over here may not be very interesting, but you can buy some memoirs.
There are no proper medical facilities available here. People unable to walk can be carried (by people or yaks) to the nearest health post (Namche or Pheriche). If any urgent treatment is needed in a hospital at Kathmandu, then you can hire helicopter service to reach but expect the service to be very costly. Travel insurance can be a savior at this time as the insurer will take care of your all health related emergencies and expenses.
(talk about the languages spoken in the location and basic etiquettes and give translation for the following phrases in the local language)
There are 123 languages spoken in Nepal. The mother tongue Nepali is spoken by almost half of the p0pulation and is followed by Maithili. The Nenglish language which is a form of English spoken by Nepali people is also widely used here for communication with tourists.
You can memorise the following Nepalese phrases to communicate easily with the locals:
|Good Morning||Subha - prabhata|
|My Name is||Mero nama|
|Where is||Kaham cha|
|How much is this?||Yo kati cha?|
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