Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek because who wouldn’t want to live the spiritual experience of yoga sessions in the Everest region? The Everest Base Camp trek in itself is a glorious experience, adding a daily yoga session makes the experience almost enlightening. Adventure Club Trek offers Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek-16 Days Retreat in the company of an accomplished and experienced Yoga Guru. The first day of the trek is scheduled for your arrival in Kathmandu. The next day, we take a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and organize a pre-trip meeting. The sightseeing gives you a better understanding of Nepalese culture.
Our Everest Base Camp Yoga trek officially starts on the 3rd day with an early morning flight to Tenzing Hillary airport in Lukla. The more or less 35 minute-long flight on a twin otter plane is scenic beyond words; you are flying above some of the world’s highest mountains after all.
We start every day of the trek with a relaxing and healing yoga session with our Guru. Our first yoga session with Mt. Everest in view will be at Namche Bazaar, the hub of Khumbu region. So we’ll make that two sessions as we will be acclimatizing at Namche Bazaar. The trek to Everest Base Camp is magnificent. The views of numerous mountains over 8,000m, Sherpa culture, customs and traditions, sightings of endangered animals like the snow leopard, hospitable locals, stunning landscape and the list goes on, make this trek one of the absolute best in the world.
But, what makes Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek so unique is that it is a healing experience apart from being an adventure. Each day is more scenic than the other and thus makes for a beautiful yoga session setting. A yoga session in Tengboche with the Tengboche Monastery and Mt. AmaDablam in view is soul uplifting kind of experience. Our next stop after Tengboche is Dingboche. Since we would now be a well-above 4,000m mark, we will acclimatize in Dingboche. That means morning yoga session with incredible mountains views, including of Mt. Everest!
We set foot on Everest Base Camp at 5,364m on the 10th Day of the trek (8th day of actual walking). Due to the altitude, we might not be able to do a complete yoga set at Everest Base Camp, but you can still strike a few poses. Enjoy the views of Mt. Nuptse (7,861m), Mt. Pumori (7,161m) and Khumbutse (6,636m) among a plethora of other mountains. You can also closely observe the massive Khumbu icefall. However, you cannot see Mt. Everest from its base camp as it is too huge with a flat top to be seen from its foot. For crystal clear and close views of Mt. Everest and other mountains like Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Yu among others in the Khumbu region, we trek to Kala Patthar. Also, for some exclusive yoga session setting, of course!
Kala Patthar is a black rock ridge and one of the two best vantage points in the Khumbu region, the other one being Gokyo Ri. Once we summit Kala Patthar, we descend to Pheriche. From Pheriche, we climb down to Namche Bazar the next day and from Namche to Lukla the day after. We take a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu marking the end of this amazing.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at Hotel.
The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various medieval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a little Buddhist stupa at the hilltop of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Evening time is for yoga. Overnight at hotel.
Today, we catch an early flight to Lukla which is considered one of the most scenic flights in the world. It is around 35 minute-long flight to Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla with the fantastic views of some of the world’s highest mountains. Upon our landing in Lukla, one porter will be assigned to two trekkers, and then we begin our trek to Phakding.
The path starts with a descend towards the DudhKosi River and then we follow the main trail that leads to Namche Bazaar. Below we can see the village of Chaurikharka. Continue on the trail through Ghat, a small village, towards Phakding. Overnight in a guesthouse at Phakding.
Wake up early for a yoga session with our experienced yoga guru. A routine practiced by the guru is taught which will be followed throughout the trek. After a relaxing session, we have breakfast and prepare for the day’s trek. Today, we trek to Namche Bazaar also known as the Gateway to Everest. We begin by following the bank of DudhKosi River and cross the river multiple times over suspension bridges. The trail climbs up steeply after we enter the Sagarmatha National Park which also opens up to breathtaking views of the Khumbu Himalaya. Namche Bazaar has many restaurants, bakeries, cyber cafes, money exchange and hotels, so use the necessary service required before we head out to the rural parts during the trek. Overnight at a guesthouse in Namche Bazaar.
We perform our routine yoga to relax our tired muscles after which we enjoy a filling breakfast. Following the breakfast, we follow the planned schedule to explore Namche Bazaar. Today, we acclimatize to the thinning air, and increasing altitude as rushing your trek at a higher altitude can cause Acute Mountain sickness which can be life-threatening in severe cases. The day starts with a short trek to Everest View Hotel, one of the highest placed hotels in the world from where we can enjoy a fantastic view of the mountains including Everest. On our way back we take a detour to Syangboche Airport, and we also make a stop at the Sherpa Culture Museum. For those who seek longer trek, we have the option of exploring the Khumjung village. We return to Namche for a good night’s sleep.
Breakfast follows a relaxing yoga session in the morning. We then head towards Tengboche. We first arrive at Phunki after which it only uphill climbs to Tengboche village. One of the famous monasteries in the Khumbu region, Tengboche monastery lies here. The monastery houses a 20 foot long Buddha statue and is decorated with antique wall hangings. We will also get to see the monks praying and meditating. Overnight in a teahouse at Tengboche.
Routine yoga session at an altitude of 3,870m amidst some of the world’s highest mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku and AmaDablam. After a relaxing session, we make our way to Dingboche. First, we descend through a thick forest of rhododendron and confer to Debuche. Along the way the views of Everest, AmaDablam, and Lhotse accompany us. We cross the Imja River to arrive at Pangboche, and from here we have two options, the upper trail, and the lower trail. We take the upper Pangboche trail as it is more scenic. We then make an ascend to Dingboche. Overnight at a guesthouse in Dingboche.
Dingboche is a popular stop for trekkers and climbers headed to Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam or Imja Tse. The village is beautiful with an array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat and potatoes from the cold wind and grazing animals. We spend a day at Dingboche for acclimatization. We take day hikes to either Nagarjun Hill or Chukkhung Valley for great views of Makalu, Lhotse, Chalotse, Tawache and Ama Dablam.
Ease up your muscles and rejuvenate your soul with a yoga session in the morning to prepare for the day’s trek. Today, we leave the picturesque village of Dingboche and head towards Lobuche.
We walk on the moraine of Khumbu Glacier, and upon reaching ChupkiLhara, a ridge, you can see stone memorials dedicated to the fallen climbers. Also, the ridge is a spectacular viewpoint to see mountains including Pumori, Khumbu Tse, and Nuptse among others. It is a steep climb, and even the altitude makes it a challenging one. It is advised to move at a steady pace and rest frequently. Overnight at a tea house in Lobuche.
A yoga session in the morning at an altitude of 4,940m is pleasing, and the fresh mountain air adds more to the pleasure. We then have breakfast then make our way towards the Everest Base Camp, one of the highlights of the trip. During the peak season, we can see submitters preparing to conquer Everest. Bask in the beauty of the Base Camp surrounded by mountains including Nuptse, Pumori, and Khumbuste. Also, enjoy the spectacular view of the Khumbu Icefall. Strike a few yoga poses at the base camp. After spending some time at the Everest Base Camp, we head towards GorakShep where we spend the night. Overnight in a teahouse at GorakShep.
This is another highlight of the trip. Today, we climb Kala Patthar, a small rocky peak which is one of two best vantage point to enjoy the view of the mighty Mt. Everest. We make an early start, before the dawn break, to watch the sunrise over the mountains like Khumbutse, Lingtren, and Changtse among others. If the weather permits, we do our routine yoga session at Kala Patthar surrounded by a plethora of Himalayan peaks.
After soaking in the beauty of the Himalayas, we return to GorakShep have breakfast and head down to Pheriche. Overnight in a guesthouse in Pheriche.
We start with our routine yoga session. Today, we return to Namche Bazaar gaining a descend of around 2000m in the process. We descend through lush rhododendron and juniper forest, eventually crossing the DudhKosi River over a suspension bridge. Again, we walk through pine forest to arrive at Sansa which offers spectacular views of AmaDablam, Nuptse and Thamserku. After many ascend and descend, we finally arrive at Namche Bazaar. Overnight in a guesthouse at Namche Bazaar.
After an early morning yoga session, we head down to Lukla. Today’s trail mainly requires downhill trekking. We follow the path alongside DudhKosi River, crossing the river many times over suspension bridges. Overnight in a guesthouse ar Lukla.
Today, we bid the Khumbu region goodbye and head back to Kathmandu. As usual, we do our yoga routine and have breakfast. We then board our flight back to the capital city. Enjoy the views of the mountains as we head back. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your respective hotel. Rest for the day, and later in the evening, you can stroll around the city. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
It is also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla. At this pleasant day, you may have full day leisure at your own. Explore the Thamel main down town for last day shopping and evening Adventure Club will meet you again and host a last farewell dinner at one of the typical Nepalese restaurant.
Bid farewell to your trek partners and your guide as today concludes your 16-day-long Everest Base Camp Yoga trek. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the airport according to your flight’s schedule.
I trekked with Adventure Club through a collaboration with 180 Retreats which added Yoga and Meditation to the daily trekking, and it was an amazing experience.
The guides on our trek were knowledgable, kind, smart, funny and easy going. Everyone treated us like we were part of one big family. I never heard anyone complain, I just saw sweet smiles on their faces.
I felt so safe with this trekking group, I plan on sending my kids (when they are older) because I would trust Adventure Club's care of my most precious gift.
Can't say enough good things! Go!
Kathmandu to Lukla Flight Delays
The unpredictability of the weather in mountain areas directly affects the flights to and from Lukla. The Twin Otter planes that are used for transport from and to Lukla are reasonably reliable in good weather conditions. But, the flights may be delayed or canceled due to technical problems and extreme weather conditions.To ensure you stay on your schedule in case the Twin Otter flight cancels or delays too far, we can charter you a helicopter. While the helicopter can fly at the visibility of 15,000m, the Twin Otters require 5,000m visibility, according to Nepal Civil Aviation rules.
You can pay for the helicopter in US cash, credit cards or traveler’ cheques directly to our Kathmandu office. We provide a receipt for the payment which you can present to claim the amount back from your travel insurance company. Helicopter charges range from a minimum of US$500 to a maximum of US$3500. Also, we recommend you land in Kathmandu a day before we start the trek. You have enough time to buy trekking gears and beat off the jet lag. Having a few days extra left after your trek is also an excellent way to ensure you don’t miss your international flight in case of difficulties during the trek which might lengthen your trip. It also gives you a way to beat the flight cancellation to or from Lukla in case of severe weather.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. In case, the flight delay/cancellation happens at the start of the trip and it goes so long that it disturbs your onward travel schedule, you are free to choose an alternative trip: such a trek in the Annapurna,Langtang, or any other regions.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.