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Everest Base Camp Yoga Adventure Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 20 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Yoga & Spiritual Experience   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: April - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)

For the first time, the Everest Base Camp trekking experience will be offered with a unique twist, combining Eastern and Western philosophies of yoga, meditation and pranayama with the physical endurance of two weeks of trekking and exploration in the highest mountain range in the world. Join other like-minded individuals with a spirit of adventure for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you hike through beautiful landscapes, visit historical and spiritual monuments, and get to know the rich culture of the people who call this land home.

You will have daily asana practice along with meditation and group discussions to quiet the mind and to balance out the strenuous nature of hiking. Throughout the trip, you will also have free time to explore various camp sites and villages, engage in colorful dialogue with your fellow adventurers and locals. Discover your inner sanctuary as you re-connect to nature and to those around you, and be inspired to live authentically, with compassion while pursuing your own passions.

Upon arriving at Base Camp, we will engage in seva (selfless service) by doing a trash cleanup to restore the beauty of Base Camp. Many trekkers before you have abused this wonderful place in nature and you can do your part by setting an example for other trekkers to take responsibility for the places on this planet that we all share. This trip may change your life, so get ready for an amazing adventure! All you need is to bring along an open mind and heart. Let us do the rest.

Additionally, your journey will have a profound impact on the children of Nepal Orphans Home; a portion of your trip cost will go towards supporting these children who have been sold or abandoned by their families. The money will help provide food, shelter, and education for the children but more importantly, a real chance for success in their lives. At the end of your journey, you will return to Kathmandu and have a chance to meet some of these children and truly feel gratitude at all that life has to offer.

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.

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 (7161 m/23494 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.

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.

Sunset view of Everest from Gorak Shep. 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 and 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.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1, April 17: 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. Overnight at 3-star hotel on bed and breakfast base.

Day 2, April 18: Namche Bazar Kathmandu – Lukla – Phakding (2800 m). In the morning at 6:00 a.m., our journey of adventure starts with a flight to Lukla (2800 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 (2800 m). The journey will take roughly 3-4 hours, followed by evening yoga practice on the land of yeti. Overnight at Phakding, (B), (L), (D).

Day 3, April 19: Phakding – Namche Bazaar (3440 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 (8848 m), Nuptse (7879 m) and Lhotse (8383 m). Walking time is about 6 hours. Evening yoga with group. Overnight at Namche Bazaar, (B), (L), (D).

Day 4, April 20: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazaar – Khumjung Valley Excursion - Rest day (3790 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. Overnight at Namche Bazaar, (B), (L), (D).

Day 5, April 21: Namche Bazaar – Tengboche (3870 m). Early morning yoga, breakfast, then our adventure continues! From Namche Bazaar, a flat trail leads to Kayanjuma view of Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku and we will descend to Phunki Thanga through a beautiful pine forest. The trail then leads rapidly up towards Thyangboche, a beautiful place with a Monastery and views of Everest. Walking time takes about 6 hours. Evening yoga by the Monastery with views of Mount Everest. Overnight at Thyangboche, (B), (L), (D).

Day 6, April 22: View of Amadablam and Chorten Tengboche – Dingboche (4410 m). Early morning yoga then mediation at Monastery, after breakfast we head towards Dingbouche. From Tengpoche, it is a short, steep and muddy descent to Dingboche through birches, conifers and rhododendron forest. After a long walk we will pass through several villages such as Dingboche and Pangboche to arrive in Dingbouche followed by evening yoga. Walking time is approximately 6 hours. Overnight Dingboche, (B), (L), (D).

Day 7, April 23: Dingboche. Second acclimatization day and hiking to Chhukung (B), (L), (D). Early morning yoga and breakfast. We have this as an optional day for those who want to go for hiking to Chhukung, with great views of Everest, Amadalam, Lothse, Nuptse. After getting back from day hike we will have some rest then practice evening yoga.

Day 8, April 24: Dingboche – Lobuche (4930 m). Morning yoga and after breakfast we continue towards Base Camp. At Dingbouche, the trail leads to Dugla (4620 m) followed by a 2 hour ascent to Lobuche where we will practice evening yoga. Walking time - about 6 hours. Overnight at Lobuche, (B), (L), (D).

Day 9, April 25: Lobuche – Gorak Shep - Everest Base Camp (5160 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 Gorak Shep. Walking time is approximately 3 hours. After lunch at Gorek Shep, we go to Everest base camp and return to Gorek Shep.

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 Gorak Shep, we will be cleaning up the rubbish on the trail and at base camp to bring back to dispose of in Gorak Shep to help keep our mountains beautiful and clean. Approximately 5 hours. Evening yoga at Everest Base Camp! Overnight at Gorak Shep, (B), (L), (D).

Day 10, April 26: Gorak Shep – (Kalapathar)- Pheriche (4210 m). Before sunrise we hike up to Kalapattar (5545 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 (8848 m), Ama Dablam (6856 m), Themserku (6608 m), Nuptse (7879 m), and Lhotse (8383 m). Walking time takes about 6-7 hours. Overnight at Pheriche, (B), (L), (D).

Day 11, April 27: Pheriche – Phorste (3870 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. Overnight at Phorste, (B), (L), (D).

Day 12, April 28: Sunset view of Everest from Gorak Shep Phorste – Manjo (3780 m). Morning yoga then hike same route back to Lukla. Walking time takes about 5 hours followed by evening yoga. Overnight Manjo.

Day 13, April 29: 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! Overnight at Lukla, (B), (L), (D).

Day 14, April 30: Lukla - Kathmandu. In the morning, flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu we will go to visit Nepal Orphans Home and 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. Overnight Kathmandu, (B), (L), (D).

Day 15, May 1: Departure to onward journey! Or free day at Kathmandu on your own or any extension of the any other trips in Nepal.

- This trek is strenuous
- Maximum elevation is 5550 m (Kalapathar).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price: 1500 USD per person.

- March 15, 2010 onwards
- Deposit of 500 USD to confirm your spot, balance to be paid 4 weeks prior to the trip.

Price Includes:
- Two night hotel accommodation at Kathmandu
- Airfare from Kathmandu - Lukla – Kathmandu
- Ground transportation as per itinerary using tourist vehicle
- Airport tax required Kathmandu airport and Lukla airport
- Trekking leader
- All meals as specified above
- National Park fees or conservation fees Everest region
- Experience government licensed English speaking guide and porter(s)
- One porter for two trekkers
- One duffle bag for each trekker
- Trekking permit
- Government tax.

Price Excludes:
- Mineral water/beer (regular drinking water will be included)
- Travel insurance
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency
- Personal expenses
- Personal gears and clothing (available on hire)
- Tips
- Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc.