A Trek Introduction:
The trek to Everest Base Camp is one of the most famous and popular in the world, taking you right into the heart of the Nepalese Everest Base Camp. Nepal has 8 of the world's 14 highest peaks and is blessed with spectacular mountains and vistas, justifiably famous not only for its proximity to the world's highest mountain but also for its friendly people, picturesque villages, great variety of cultures and traditions, temples and monasteries. The Everest trek is inside The Sagarmatha National Park, which is rich for its flora and fauna, and is the land of yeti, whose existence remains a mystery…
Kalapathar 5,550 m:
Kala Patthar is a black mountain in the Nepalese Himalayan mountain range. It appears as a big brown bump below the impressive south face of Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft). Many trekkers in the region of Mount Everest will attempt to summit Kala Patthar, since it provides the most accessible point to view Mt. Everest from base camp to peak (due to the structure of Everest, the peak cannot be seen from the base camp). The views from almost anywhere on Kala Patthar of Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse are spectacular.
Trip grade: 4/Strenuous: This trek is strenuous. Maximum elevation is 5,550 m (Kalapathar).
From the tiny airfield of Lukla the trail leads through Sherpa villages, Buddhist Monasteries, alpine forests of fir, rhododendrons and across high suspension bridges meeting caravans of a yak-cow crossbreed along the way. Namche Bazaar is a colorful, bustling market with traders from surrounding villages and as far as Tibet, and from Tengboche. Beautiful views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam can also be seen from Namche. After Dengboche the trekking is above the tree line, cross alpine pastures and glacial moraine to arrive at Base Camp. Base Camp is located high on the Khumbu Glacier, where colorful expedition tents stand out in this desolate place surrounded by rock, snow and ice.
Your Yoga Teacher:
In her former life, Tingting Peng was a hardnosed investment banker and hedge fund analyst living the Wall Street high life in Hong Kong. When she discovered her love for yoga, Tingting quickly gave up the materialistic fast-paced lifestyle for the simpler yet more fulfilling life of a yoga teacher. She has since trained in a variety of yoga styles, including Iyengar, Power Vinyasa, and Yin, and is also registered at the 250 hour-level with the Yoga Alliance.
Currently based in Hong Kong, Tingting’s current teaching schedule sees her at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong as a resident teacher when she is home and guest-teaching in other parts of Southeast Asia and throughout North America when she is on the road. An avid snowboarder, surfer, and intrepid outdoor adventure racer, Tingting often organizes and leads community events to raise awareness for health & fitness, peace initiatives and environmental protection. A frequent contributor to local and regional publications, Tingting has been featured by the Asian Wall Street Journal for her radical career move from finance to yoga.
Throughout her journey, Tingting is immensely grateful for her teachers, students, friends and family who have all been inspirational forces in her life. After traveling to Nepal on a Yoga for Freedom tour with some Cleveland yogis back in June, Tingting fell in love with the kids at Nepal Orphans Home. Their big hearts and abundant joy for life inspired Tingting to share their stories, and so she dedicates this adventure to them, for teaching her how to passionately laugh, love, and live.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu: Arrival in Kathmandu airport meet with guide of NSTE and transfer to hotel followed by shopping for trekking gear, evening briefing about the trek and all programs. After briefing, meet with yogi to do some light evening stretching, followed by Nepali traditional Cultural Dance will welcome you with Nepali food.O/n at Hotel on 3*** B/B.
Day 2: Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2,800 m). In the morning at 6 a.m., our journey of adventure starts with a flight to Lukla (2,800 m). At Lukla, the trail leads north from the airstrip to the edge of Lukla Plateau for an easy walk through several villages to Phakding (2,800 m). The journey will take roughly 3-4 hours, followed by evening Yoga Practice on the land of yeti. O/n Phakding. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3,440 m). Early morning Yoga, then after breakfast we continue our journey to Base Camp. We begin the day with a gentle trail passing through several villages and beautiful pine forest, coming to Jorsalee (2800 m). From Jorsale, we follow the Dudhkosi River for about one hour and begin our ascent up a steep trail to Namche. Namche Bazaar is the administrative capital of the region, historically it was the staging point for trading expeditions to Tibet and its Saturday market remains an important event bringing traders from villages a week's walk away. Nearly more than half the trail is quite steep, allowing one to enjoy the breath-taking first view of Everest (8,848 m), Nuptse (7,879 m) and Lhotse (8,383 m). Walking time is about 6 hours. Evening Yoga with group. O/n Namche Bazaar. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar – Khumjung Valley Excursion - Rest Day (3,790 m). Early Morning Yoga with sunrise over snow capped mountain and sound of prayers at monastery, After Breakfast we start the hike to Khumjung Valley, where the trail leads to a steep climb for about one hour to Shyangboche. From the top of Shyangboche, one can get a glimpse of Mt. Everest (8848 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Themserku (6608 m), Nuptse (7879 m), and Lhotse (8383 m). From there, the trail leads downwards to Khumjung, where the Sir Edmund Hillary School and a local hospital is located. Walking time is about 5-6 hours. Evening Yoga, O/n at Namche Bazaar. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Namche - Dole. Early morning sunrise yoga and after breakfast start trek to Dole, at Namche trails goes flst and offer breathtaking views of Everest Lotshe and Amadablam, after trials accent towards Mong danda and trail decend about 30 minutes and continue accent to Dole through the forest. Evening Yoga at Dole, O/n at Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Dole-Machhermo (4,470 m). Leaving the main trail to Mt. Everest, climb high on a ridge to 4000 m past a large chorten at the village of Mong, said to be the birthplace of the saint Lama Sange Dorje, the reincarnate lama of Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet who introduced Buddhism to the Khumbu. From there descend to the village of Phortse Tenga by the Dudh Kosi (river). From Phortse the trail climbs steeply through forests of rhododendrons and then stands of juniper and large conifers as the altitude increases. You will pass through Sherpa kharkas (high pasture summer settlements used by Sherpas to graze their herds of yaks allowing their lower winter pastures to recover) and the villages of Tongba 3950 m and Gyele 3960 m to Dole. You have great views of Khumbila and Tawachee peaks throughout the day. O/n at Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Machhermo-Gokyo (4,790 m). Today you have a short and fairly leisurely trek to allow you to acclimatize to the altitude. In the morning there is a steep but beautiful climb through conifer and rhododendron forests and stands of juniper to Lhabarma 4220 m and Luza 4360 m. There are kharkas wherever there is a flat spot and the slightest hint of water. Continue to climb along the side of the valley, high above the river to Machhermo (4,410 m). O/n at Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Gokyo Rest – Climb Gokyo Ri (5360 m). Acclimatization Day As you will be crossing a high pass in the next few days it is important to be properly acclimatized. For enthusiasts a rigorous hike up Gokyo Ri 5,360 m, the small peak above Gokyo provides spectacular views of the Everest trinity, Nuptse 7,879 m, Lhotse 8511 m, and Everest 8848 m, as well as Makalu 8463 m looming to the east, Cho Oyu 8,153 m to the north and the smaller but closer peaks of Cholatse and Tawachee to the south. There is a wonderful view of Gokyo and Dudh Pokhari spread out below. O/n at Lodge. There is plenty to do here for this day though. O/n at Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Gokyo - Chhyugima (Dragnag). A long day and the most difficult part of this trek. Cross the southern end of the Ngozumpa Glacier, pass by the stone huts of Thagna kharka then climb steadily up a narrow and steep valley which opens up to a wide shallow valley leading to the Kharka Chhyugima 5,170 m. O/n at Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Chaayugima -Dzonglha (4,830 m). Today you have a steep and challenging but, non-technical climb over rock, snow and perhaps ice to Cho La (pass) 5,420 m which links the glacial valleys of Cho Oyu and Everest and from where you have superb views. Descend from the pass, cross a small glacier, negotiate the ice fall at the end of it and descend via Leisyasa to Dzonglha Kharka 4,730 m, a high altitude summer pasture directly beneath the north wall of Cholatse Peak 6,440 m. O/n at Lodge
Day 11: Dzonglha - Lobuche (4,910 m). After a morning of rest, you hike on a trail above Tsholo Lake and join the main Everest trail at Dughla on the terminal moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. From Dughla climb up the moraine past a row of stone monuments in memory of Sherpas who died on expeditions to Everest and on to Lobuche 4,930 m. O/n at Lodge.
Day 12: Lobuche – Gorak shep- Everest Base Camp (5,160 m) and Base Camp litter clean up. Morning yoga then after breakfast we continue for our most interesting and beautiful day by the Khumbu Glacier, views of Mt Pumori, Nuptse, Lotshe, Everest and views of Everest Base camp. From Lobuche trail winds through some flat sections, several small ascends before descending to Gorakshep. Walking time is approximately 3 hours.
After lunch at Gorekshep, we go to Everest base camp and return to Gorekshep. Litter on the way to and at Everest base camp is a problem not only for the environment but also takes away from the gorgeous views of the Himalayas. Therefore, prior to returning to Gorakshep, we will be cleaning up the rubbish on the trail and at base camp to bring back to dispose of in Gorakshep to help keep our mountains beautiful and clean. Approximately 5 hours. Evening yoga at Everest Base Camp! O/n at Gorakshep. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 13: Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar)- Pheriche (4,210 m). Before sunrise we hike up to Kalapattar (5,545 m) catching the first rays of sun over some of the highest peaks of the world. Here we will be meditating at the top of the world! Kalapattar is the most popular place for breath taking views of Mt. Everest (8,848 m), Ama Dablam (6,856 m), Themserku (6,608 m), Nuptse (7,879 m), and Lhotse (8,383 m). Walking time takes about 6-7 hours. O/n at Pheriche. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 14: Pheriche – Phorste 3,870 m). Morning yoga, breakfast, then we leave for Phorste. From Pheriche, trails starts downhill until Pangbouche then it is an easy walk up and then down to reach Phorste with views of the Himalayas. Here we will be able to see some wild animals such as musk deer, wild boars, mountain goat and many birds. Walking time approximately 5 hours. Evening Yoga and meditation at monastery. O/n at Phorste. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 15: Phorste – Manjo (3780 m). Morning Yoga then hike same route back to Lukla, Walking time takes about 5 hours followed by evening yoga. O/n Manjo.
Day 16: Manjo – Lukla: morning yoga then proceed to Lukla, the trails leads downhill via Dudhkoshi River. Walking time about 5 hours, evening yoga and trek-completion celebration with singing and dancing! O/n at Lukla. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 17: Lukla - Kathmandu. In the morning, flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu we will go to visit Nepal Orphans Home & play with the kids (optional). The evening will be relaxing, and you can get a massage and do some shopping. We will close with a Farewell Dinner party. O/n Kathmandu. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 18: Departure to onward journey! Or free day at Kathmandu on your own.
Personal Equipment (for trekking) that you should bring with you:
- Round-trip airfare to/from Kathmandu;
- Expenses of personal nature during trekking;
- Mineral water/beer (Regular drinking water will be included)
- Tips for trekking guide & other staff.
Meals during Everest Base Camp Trek: All Meals will be provided during the trek. Three meals (B, L & D) a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge. Each day, breakfast and dinner usually take place at the place of lodging, and lunches will be taken while on the road. Reception, farewell dinner and breakfast will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.
Travel Insurance: Make sure to have both medical and evacuation insurance before coming to Nepal for Everest Base Camp Trek.
- Two night hotel accommodation at Kathmandu;
- Two way airfare from Kathmandu-Lukla–Kathmandu including guide & Porter;
- All ground transportation as per itinerary using tourist vehicle;
- All airport tax required Kathmandu airport & Lukla airport;
- Trekking leader (if more than 08 pax in groups we will provide leader/guide for entire tour (All tea house or camping equipment );
- All Meals as specified above. Three times a day (e,g. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner);
- National Park Fees or conservation fees Everest region;
- Experience government licensed English Speaking Guide and Porter(s) with food and accommodation;
- One porter for two trekkers to carry bags;
- One duffle bag for each trekker;
- Trekking permit;
- Government Tax;
- Other assistance.
- Round-trip airfare to/from Kathmandu;
- Expenses of personal nature during trekking
- Mineral water/beer & other bottle juice,
- Tips for trekking guide & other staff
- Bottle Mineral water and drinks( Beer & Wine)
- Travel Insurance,
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency,
- Personal spending money,
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire),
- Tips, any expenses of personal nature,
- Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual, (Abbreviation: A - Accommodation, B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner): Walking hours 5/6 hours per day).
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