Thame, Nepal

Thame and its neighbouring Thameteng (upper Thame) are small Sherpa villages in Namche VDC of the Solukhumbu District in Nepal. These were the last year-round villages on the salt trading route that existed between Tibet, Nepal and India. It is the home to many famous Sherpa mountaineers, including Apa Sherpa.

Thame in snow
Thame in snow
Coordinates: 27°50′N 86°39′E / 27.83°N 86.65°E / 27.83; 86.65Coordinates: 27°50′N 86°39′E / 27.83°N 86.65°E / 27.83; 86.65
Country   Nepal
ProvinceProvince No. 1
DistrictSolukhumbu District
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)


Apa Sherpa held the world record for summiting Mount Everest 21 times and Kami Rita Sherpa who has scaled the mountain 24 times as of May 2019.[1] It was also a childhood home of Tenzing Norgay, who was (with Sir Edmund Hillary) one of the first men to climb Mount Everest. It is also where the famous Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Lawudo Lama, head of the FPMT, was born. The Thame monastery is one of the oldest in the Khumbu region, and is famous for the annual Mani Rimdu festival.

In October 1995, a small hydro power plant was opened near Thame, with an installed capacity of 600 kW. It is operated by the Khumbu Bijuli Company.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ POKHREL, RAJAN (21 May 2019). "Kami Rita Sherpa betters his own world-record with yet another Everest ascent". The Himalayan Times.
  2. ^ "SMALL HYDROPOWER PLANT NAMCHE BAZAR". Project period: 1985 - 1993. Posch & Partner GmbH.
  3. ^ "Small Hydro-power Station Thame - Namche Bazar/Sagarmatha National Park". EcoHimal.
  4. ^ "Khumbu Bijuli Company".