Nestled within the Sagarmatha National Park, Khumjung is a must visit village in the Everest region
A small monastery village, Khumjung is located above Namche Bazar. The village lies within the Sagarmatha National Park and is situated at an elevation of 3,790 meters above sea level. The traditional village is alongside another village called Khunde which is separated by stone walls both are popularly known as the twin villages.
The village is dominated by Khumbila to the north and the valley is roughly shaped like a horse. Surrounded by beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron, it is one of the few places to enjoy the yellow variety of rhododendron. Home to the Himalayan monal, blood pheasants, lammergeiers and golden eagle the area is rich in wildlife.
Highlights of Khumjung
Located at an elevation of 12,400 ft by the sacred peak of Khumbila in the backdrop, it a historical monument built around 400 year back. The monastery is the center of Sherpa culture and religion.
The Yeti Scalp
It is believed to be the remains of the abdominal snowman which was found during the expedition to look for evidence of the big-footed beast by Edmund Hillary in 1960.
Enjoy panoramic views of the mighty Himalayan range and peaks like Lhotse, Imja Se, Ama Dablam, Kala Patthar.
Visit nearby Sherpa villages like Thame, Khunde and Gokyo.
The Museum of Sherpa Life and Local Medicinal Plants and Tibetan Herbal Medicine.
Hike in the nearby high mountain trails and enjoy the famous top of the world Mt. Everest trek.
Sagarmatha National Park Visitors Center; Offers information on the wildlife of the area with some interesting photographs.
The village is just 137kms from Kathmandu. The nearest airport to Khumjung is Lukla Airport and regular flights are available from Kathmandu. The flight is short and can take about 25-30 minutes offering views of the most beautiful and majestic mountain range.
After reaching the airport one can take the available local transportation to Sagarmatha National Park from where the village is a short trek away.