EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK - NEPAL
An epic adventure of empowerment and self-discovery to Mount Everest Base Camp (5,380m/17,600ft)
16 - 30 May 2020
Hello and welcome! You may be asking, why journey to the top of the world to meditate? It is our belief that all of us are ultimately looking for the same thing - a life of purpose filled with a deep sense of connection, joy and love for ourselves and the rest of the world. The question is how do we find and cultivate such a state of being? Our intention for this adventure is to help you answer that question for yourself. We have been profoundly moved by the majestic mountains of the Himalayas and the ancient Sherpa culture of the Khumbu region. The challenge of this demanding trek provides the perfect setting for an epic journey of self-discovery into the very heart of who we are and why we are here. It would be our pleasure and a great privilege to take you with us on an epic adventure into the great unknown.
Everest Base Camp Trek is an epic journey to the base of the world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest. The locals call her Chomolungma, the Mother Goddess of the World. You will share your journey with a group of fellow adventurers, local Sherpas and of course the countless yaks, horses, donkeys and cows. We will hike all the way north up to EBC, basking in the beauty of the Himalayas, exploring the inner landscape of your mind, and making lifelong friends and memories along the way. Our intention is to take you on an empowering journey of self discovery to the top of the world with daily guided meditations, journaling and introspective talks. There will be opportunities for a cultural immersion during acclimatization days and a very special visit to an ancient Tengboche Monastery (3,870m/12,700ft) for a group meditation. Everest Base Camp Trek takes us to the backyard of the world famous Sherpas, Namche Bazaar, the Sagarmatha National Park, the mightiest viewpoint of Kalapatthar and the Everest Base Camp itself. We will come face to face with four of the world's six tallest peaks: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho-Oyu. Our English-speaking guides will help us understand the mountains, forests, rivers, pious monasteries and gain insight into the lifestyle and culture of the Sherpa people that is rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. Our stay at local teahouses and the use of local guides and porters will directly support the local economy. Although non-technical, hiking along the countless series of uphill and downhill treks up to Mt. Everest Base Camp, is comparatively easy for physically fit slow and steady climbers. Age and physical fitness is a factor, but if you have the courage and determination, everything comes within your reach.
EARLY BIRD until 31 Jan 2020 | USD $4,950
STANDARD FEES after 1 Feb 2020 | USD $5,550
To register please fill out the APPLICATION FORM
Once your application has been reviewed and accepted, to secure your spot we require a payment of USD $1,260 (this deposit is non-refundable). We will email you a PayPal invoice with instructions on how to complete the payment by PayPal or Bank Transfer. Early bird price has to be paid in full by 31 January 2020. Payment plans available.
Learn to meditate course with Honza & Claudine
Daily guided meditations, lectures and introspective talks lead by Honza & Claudine
Hotel accommodation at Milestone Hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights)
Guided city tour around Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing and monument visits
Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu
Return flights (Kathmandu - Lukla)
Teahouse accommodation during the EBC trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
All non-alcoholic drinks during meals (teas & drinking water) during the trek
Experienced English-speaking and government-licensed trek guides and assistant guides
Local porters (1 porter per 2 trekkers)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
All necessary permits and trekking fees (National Park Permit, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by our trek guides)
All government and local taxes
Nepal arrival visa
Personal expenses such as snacks, alcoholic beverages and souvenirs
Overweight baggage while flying to and from Lukla (only 15 kg included for both a backpack and a day bag)
Cost of hot showers during the trek
Wi-Fi & battery charging during the trek
Your travel insurance that covers Helicopter evacuation
Tipping of guide & porters (suggested $200 on the last day of EBC trek)
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, check-in and meet at 2pm at Milestone Hotel in Thamel (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu and trek preparation
Day 03: Early morning flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,651m/8,700ft): 8km, 4 hours
Day 04: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,438m/11,280 ft): 11km, 8 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization Day - Namche Bazaar: (3,440m/11,284ft)
Day 06: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m/12,694ft): 10km, 7 hours
Day 07: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft): 9km, 7 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization Day - Dingboche (4,360 m/14,300 ft)
Day 09: Dingboche to Lobuche (4940 m/16,207 ft): 7km, 6 hours
Day 10: Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5,170 m/16,961ft), visit Everest Base Camp (5,380 m/17,600 ft): 13km, 8 hours
Day 11: Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m/18,192ft) to Pherice (4,288m/14,070ft): 16km, 9 hours
Day 12: Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,280 ft): 20km, 8 hours
Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla, farewell dinner (2,860m/9,186ft): 19km, 8 hours
Day 14: Early morning flight to Kathmandu and one more night at Milestone Hotel in Thamel (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 15: Morning farewell ceremony
Our intention for this experience is to guide you on a journey of self-discovery and deep inner transformation. This meditation course is designed to bring the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient traditions into the modern age with techniques that are practical and accessible for your daily life. We will teach you the what, why and how of meditation. Our aim is to provide you with the necessary tools to make meditation your daily habit. You will learn how to effectively navigate through the habitual patters of the busy mind; understanding emotions; the relationship between the inner and outer world; establishing the state of being; and finding true empowerment through the expansion of Self-awareness. We will lead daily talks about your meditation experiences and provide ample opportunity to ask questions, receive feedback, and give advice on establishing your practice. No prior meditation experience is necessary. We look forward to serving as your guides on this journey of exploration of the inner landscape of your mind.
On the first and the last day, we will be accommodated at Milestone Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. During the trek we will stay at various lodges and teahouses. It's important to understand that accomodation on the trek is very basic. Big part of this journey is about letting go of familiar comforts and embracing the beauty of simplicity. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single option may be possible on request and will cost an additional fee. Please note that single rooms may be available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions up to Namche Bazaar, but not at higher altitudes. Please note that teahouses only have shared washing and toilet facilities.
There will be a welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. During our trek, we will be served authentic Nepalese food as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). It's important to set the right expectation and understand that meals and ingredients on the trek, especially at higher altitudes, are very simple and basic. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse or from a lodge menu where we spend the night, whereas lunch will be served on the way to the next destination.
PHYSICAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek is a moderate trek suitable for trekkers who have the ability to walk up to 8 hours a day with a light rucksack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. With good physical fitness, a positive attitude and strong determination, most people can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly in the months leading up to the trek is important to build up your strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Past hiking experience is helpful, but no technical skill is required for this trek. We recommend that you consult your doctor before the trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood pressure conditions will be required to provide an assessment from a medical professional.
Our trekking team will be accompanied by 1 lead guide, 3-5 assistant guides, and a group of Sherpa porters for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 trekkers). This guarantees that the trip can proceed as planned, even if a group member(s) experience altitude sickness, fall ill or have an injury as they would need to be accompanied and taken to a lower altitude.
Everyone's safety is our top priority. Every effort will be made to follow the above itinerary, but we reserve full authority to amend any part of the itinerary due to weather conditions or any other safety concerns.