Each day we begin with meditation, pranayama, and asana practice, followed by breakfast prepared by the local Sherpa people. We then trek through incredible scenery, giving you opportunity to detach from the outside world and tune into your true self. Upon our arrival to our tea house accommodations, we take rest and then again flow through an asana practice to encourage growth and healing in our bodies and spirits. Following dinner, a guided meditation and/or satsang is offered before taking rest and preparing for our next days trek.
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 18:00. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
After breakfast proceed your short guided sightseeing tour and warm up yoga at the Swayambhunath Temple. After swayambhunath temple you will visit another UNESCO World Heritage sites and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. After sightseeing drive back to hotel and briefing of your rest of trip plan. At the same time if you have to buy any trekking gears or things for the rest of the days Guide will help take you to the trekking equipment store in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Wake Up early morning to take flight to Lukla, you will receive a packed breakfast. From the Kathmandu domestic airport you will take 40 - 45 minutes flight to Lukla (9,186 feet). Enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world on a hillside surrounded by mountainous peaks. You will meet the rest of your crew members at the Lukla airport, a gateway destination from where your trek begins. A gentle walk to phakding village through Chaurikharkha village, Mount Khumbila and monastery. The Photographer will give you a brief lesson in the evening focused on camera settings and basics. Overnight at Phakding.
This is the day that you hear the most is the trek into Namche Bazaar, walking through a beautiful pine forest Dudh Koshi River and go on passing Chumoa to Monjo, and the entrance to Everest National Park. Then after crossing a suspension bridge, you will pass Jorsale village and walk alongside of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi rivers. The path to Namche is very well traveled so you’ll continually come across locals, other tourists and then continue traffic of Yaks and porter. It is infamous for it’s long consistent steep inclines uphill brings you to the prime heartland of Sherpa village - Namche Bazaar. At one hour’s distance to reaching Namche Bazaar, you can view the sights of Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse. Overnight in Namche Bazaar.
There are plenty of things to do around Namche Bazaar, you will wake up to another spectacular morning and view from your room and sun rose of the breathtaking mountains. Acclimatization day is not a rest day, it is something completely different so don’t think that after the huge climb of getting into Namche Bazaar you’ll spend today lazing around the lodges or shopping in local stores. Your team will take you to explore the real charm of Namche Bazaar. So after breakfast you will start gentle hike up to Everest view hotel where we can see the views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kongde and so on. This day we will continue your lessons with photography focusing more on light theory and appreciating the beauty around you. You will do yoga practice at the top of Namche valley in front of stunning Himalayas. Overnight at Namche.
Climb the trails steeply out of valley through rhododendron forest, juniper and large conifers start to appear as the elevation increases trekking beautiful in spring. The trail passes through yak Kharkas and the Khumjung hill. Visit Mohang, the birthplace of the re-incarnated Lama of Rongbuk Monastery of Tibet who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The views of KhumbiLa and Tawache peak are magnificent throughout the day. Overnight in Phortse Thanga.
The trail climbs uphill to Machhermo with a ridge for an excellent view both down the valley to Kengtega and up towards Cho Oyu and descent to a river and again climbs steep to the terminal moraine of the Ngozumoz glacier. On the trail alongside a rhododendron forest and pass through a waterfall before reaching Tongba Village. The long mountain valleys here will provide excellent source of inspiration for our photographer to teach about compositional rules during this day. Overnight in Machhermo.
Follow a very scenic path to Pangka and then descend slightly to the riverbank before climbing onto the terminal moraine of the Ngazumpa Glacier on a steep trail. Then, climb a steep rocky incline into the valley by the side of the glacier, passing the first of the holy lakes. Get a chance to observe llama footprints on a stone. You will soon arrive at the second lakes, crossing the path which heads across the glacier to Cho La our route to Lobuche and Everest, later in the trek. Taboche Tsho, you will be mesmerized by the shimmering turquoise blue sheet of water sparkling in the sun. The third lake is known as Dudh Pokhari and on its eastern shore is the settlement of Gokyo. Walking by the side of the lake, the scenery is breathtaking with the summits of Cho Oyu and Gyachung Kang reflected in its emerald green waters.
After the morning yoga session and breakfast, you will to climb Gokyo Ri, a popular viewpoint to enjoy stunning views of the mountain vista. From the viewpoint, which is located at the edge of the 5th lake, you will get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu mountains. You will also get chance to see the biggest glacier of the world- the Ngozumba Glacier. This breathtaking location will be the perfect chance for your photographer to lead you through his first full photoshoot- an opportunity to observe and absorb photographic skills as he captures human subjects amidst the beauty that will surround you. Overnight at Gokyo valley.
Today you will be hiking short through the longest glacier of Nepal called Ngazumpa glacier. At the afternoon, you will explore nearby the hills on Thagnak and yoga continue. But today it will be almost easy and rest for hiking, which will prepare you for long hiking days and elevation gain to come. There is icy part for a while and again the trail drops down through the huge rock and an easy walk at the end to get to the Zungla.
So here you are on the longest and toughest day of the whole trip. “This is not to scare you, but it’s an exciting part of your trip”. The Cho La pass is not itself difficult, but it is steep and involves a glacier and you need to be careful. The trail from Phedi climbs through a ravine and a rocky trail. While trekking through the side of a frozen lake, you will reach at the top of the pass decorated with prayer flags. There is icy part for a while and again trail drops down through the huge rock and easy walk at the end of Dzongla. From Dzongla you can see great views of Cholatse, Ama Dablam, Lobuche mountains. Overnight at Dzongla.
This morning let’s not think of the previous days longest and tiring hike and start a very easy hike to Lobuche. Very short and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. You will enjoy a conversation on conceptualizing ideas for photos with your photographer- delving deep into topics of memory, dream, and engaging with your realities.
After the morning session the trail leads toward Gorakshep through the rocky and rugged. While walking on the way you will see the amazing views of Mount Everest, Mount Nuptse, Mount Pumori and other. After reaching in Gorakshep, you will drop your bags a short tea break and you will take the trail to Everest Base Camp. Hike towards to Base camp is strenuous due to the thin air, we follow our lead Sherpa diligently. We pass through rocky dunes, moraine and streams before reaching the Everest Base Camp. Upon reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will see tents of mountaineers, lot’s during the springtime. You will take the opportunity of visiting such an iconic location to engage in another conceptual photo-shoot performed by your photographer, through which he’ll guide you to learn further photographic skills. After exploring Everest base camp you will get back to Gorak Shep. Overnight in Gorak Shep.
This morning you will wake up early to hike up to your final top highest destination Kala Patthar for sunrise and 360 degree up-close and formidable view of Mount Everest. The temperatures will be -10 to -14 C and a chilly winds. You had seen many people get tears on their eyes after being on top over here after seeing the world’s tallest mountains. You are doing yoga on the top of the world as well as free time to photograph. After your yoga and photography session, you will hike back to Gorakshep and at the afternoon you will descend down to Pheriche village.
Morning yoga session, and breakfast before continue hike downhill through rhododendron and juniper trees. Continue to follow the river Dudh Koshi, and in the forest, you may come across colorful pheasants and mountain goats. Thyangboche is one the biggest and famous place for buddhism and here you will visit Thyangboche Monastery. From here you can see magnificent views of Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants. Your photographer will perform his last conceptual photo shoot in this rich, inspiring location.
You will be walking all the way back where you had trekked on second day from Phakding to Namche. You need to walk cautiously as your shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. The trail becomes more normal once you cross the suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River. Finally you will get chance to stretch your legs, and today is the last night where you can thank, greet and give some tips for your crew who joined from lukla all the way to Everest base camp.
Say bye to Khumbu region and fly back to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel and free time for shopping or exploring around Thamel. Evening Farewell dinner will be organized by rugged trails Nepal team. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Transferred to the airport on your flight schedule and if some have extra days in Nepal they can continue with other activities. If any help is needed for further plans feel free to contact rugged trails Nepal team.
- Full Board (breakfast, lunch and Dinner) in Trekking.
- Domestic Airfare as per itinerary.
- International Yoga teacher
- Matress for each member.
- Accommodation during trek (local lodge).
- Government registered English speaking local expert guide, porters.
- Sagarmatha National park fees.
- TIMS Card.
- Duffle bag / Sleeping bags
- Accommodation at standard hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast.
- Guided Tour in city with Expert tour guide.
- Welcome and farewell dinner in city
- Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
- Insurance for all staff & porters.
- Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
- First Aid Kit.
- Everest Base Camp Trekking Map for Each Member
- Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff including porters
- Nepal visa - Multiple Entrée 30 days - USD 40
- Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
- Extra baggage charges
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking
- Personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
- Service other then mentioned above
- International airfare and airport taxes, excess baggage charges, hot shower, battery charge (during the trek), telephone etc….
- Items of a personal nature expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, mineral water
Rugged Trails Nepal is excited to offer Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek to new and experienced yogis alike. Yoga and photography retreat for the first time!