Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek 18 Days
The original home of Yoga, Nepal, is a spiritual center of many eastern philosophies and profound wisdom. Since ancient times, Nepal’s caves have been the center of meditation for thousands of yogis and Rishis (sages) in their quest for the attainment of wisdom. The yogic vibrations of the Himalayas of Nepal increase the significance of the atmosphere that Nepal harbors; the landscape of green terrains paired with the Himalayan ambiance makes Yoga an uplifting exercise.
Moreover, Nepal is a land where the combination of Hindu and Buddhist philosophies and yoga meditation presents a blend of beautiful combinations and practices of both religions. Full of lakes, forests, jungles, caves, rivers, waterfalls, and other natural wonders, Nepal presents a suitable environment for Yoga and meditation.
As such, the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek is a beautiful trekking journey that combines Yoga with the Himalayan environs of Everest. Trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain peak is a grand achievement and presents you with countless opportunities to enjoy the cultural aspects of Khumbu. The region is filled with fantastic natural beguiles where trekkers are introduced with pathways that go through verdant alpine woods towards settlements flanked by the peaks of the Everest massif.
The Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek begins with a sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu valley’s major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then the trip takes you to Lukla via a short flight where mesmerizing views of the majestic mountain peaks can be seen. With a relaxing yoga session every morning and yoga retreat classes every evening, the trek is a mix of long journeys through Khumbu’s alpine landscape with the sense of spiritually being one with nature and the Himalayas.
The trekking journey meanders through the Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola River valleys and finally takes you towards the base camp. You will be trekking through many settlements and villages of the Khumbu region like Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, and many more along the trip. Each of the sites in Khumbu present breath-taking views of the Everest peaks in a spectacular fashion. What’s more, is that doing Yoga under the shadow of the towering peaks is an elevating experience.
The Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek is an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in the beautiful natural beauty of the Khumbu and take in the Himalayan opulence of the Everest peaks. It presents you the chance to enjoy the mountains and also to experience authentic Yoga sessions in the heart of the Himalayan region of Nepal.
Geography: Alpine woods, River valleys and Himalayan foothills
Location: Khumbu Region
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Duration of Trek: 18 Days
Max Altitude : 5,500 meters
Ethnic People: Sherpa
Transportation: Car, plane
Minimum Pax: 2 people
Serene Yoga sessions in wonderful destinations of Khumbu, like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche where the towering Everest Peaks shadow over the river valleys
Trek to the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain peak
Visit the Khumbu region’s many hallmarks, like the vantage point of Kalapatthar and trek through the Sagarmatha National Park
Visit the Khumjung Museum where a Yeti scalp is on display
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour where the tour includes the city’s major UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day. Thus you may check into your Hotel and relax. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Day Tour, with Yoga Session; meet our trek and Yoga crew
This day is reserved for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The visit includes holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Stupa, and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Each of the sites presents a good insight into Nepal’s religious and historical context. They also offer fantastic artwork and architecture, as each location is built in a traditional style with ornamentations done on the wooden doors, windows and pillars, the metal framings, and the stones. After the tour, you will be dropped back to your Hotel, where you will join your Yoga session. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Morning Yoga| Flight to Lukla and Trek to Ghat | Evening Yoga
You will be transferred to the airport early in the morning after your Yoga session for your Lukla flight. The short flight to Lukla is quite exciting as you can get your first glimpse of the mountain peaks. Upon landing at Lukla, you will then begin your trek following the path towards Ghat. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Ghat.
Day 04: Morning Yoga| Trek to Jorsale |Evening Yoga
You will begin your day with a peaceful yoga class where you can collect your thoughts and meditate. After the yoga session, you will begin today’s trek, following the trekking trail that traverses through the Dudh Koshi valley towards Jorsale. You will be trekking through the beautiful woodlands of pine and maple towards the settlement of Jorsale, passing through Monjo. The pathway travels under the green gossamer of juniper woods to finally reach your destination for the day. Jorsale is situated on the west side of the Dudh Koshi River just north of Monjo at an altitude of 2,740 meters. It is the last settlement before Namche. Upon reaching the village, you will have another Yoga session at Jorsale under the mesmerizing views of the towering Everest peaks. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Jorsale.
Day 05: Morning Yoga| Trek to Khumjung via Namche Bazaar |Evening Yoga
After the morning yoga class, you will begin your journey towards Namche Bazaar, passing through the village of Khumjung. Situated at an altitude of 3,790 meters, Khumjung is snugly tucked under Mount Khumbila. From the village, the view of Khumbila Peak is quite thrilling as it soars into the sky with its silver glimmer. Khumjung also has a monastery where it has a display of a purported Yeti Scalp. From Khumjung, you will trek towards Namche Bazaar- one of the most famous Himalayan towns of Khumbu. The town is structurally located on a mountainside and is built to resemble a natural amphitheater. The leveled terraces of the town hold colorful houses and many guesthouses, along with bakeries and museums. Views of Everest Peaks from the town are also quite dramatic. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
Day 06: Morning Yoga| Trek to Phungi Thanga via Khumjung village |Evening Yoga
After your morning Yoga, you will make your way to Phungi Thanga. Once again, you will be trekking through Khumjung and crossing the river to reach the serene village of Phungi Thanga. The village is located beside the Dudh Koshi River and has a suspension bridge connecting it to the other side of the river gorge. Here, you can come across many Dzo caravans (yak-cow hybrids) that the locals use to carry goods in the mountains. The views of peaks like the Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Everest are quite delightful as they surround the southern flanks of the horizon. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phungi Thanga.
Day 07: Morning Yoga| Trek to Pangboche | Evening Yoga
From Phungi Thanga, you will cross the Dudh Koshi River via the suspension bridge towards Pangboche. The trek is peaceful, and the terrain is filled with emerald woodlands drained by small streams. White-washed boulders line the riverside, and the valley presents a constant uphill hike. Views of the Ama Dablam Peak and Mount Thamserku, among other neighboring Everest peaks, always keep your company. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Pangboche.
Day 08: Morning Yoga| Trek to Dingboche| Evening Yoga
From Pangboche, you will then begin your up-and-downhill trekking journey through the Imja river valley towards Dingboche- the summer valley of Khumbu. The trip is filled with awe-inspiring sights of the Himalayan peaks. The landscape is also equally captivating with the verdant woods providing chartreuse canopies to trek under. The atmosphere is filled with the peal of bird songs and Himalayan critters. Woodland cicadas also fill the air with their noise. Finally, you will hike down towards Dingboche from where the view of Island Peak is merely amazing. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.
Day 09: Morning Yoga| Rest day with an acclimatization hike to Nangkar Tseng Hill, Evening Yoga, and Meditation
This day is reserved for acclimatization. You can explore the village today; Dingboche is located west of the Imja River and has an impressive kilometer-long wall Mani wall inscribed with Buddhist prayers and mantras. You will also have a short hike to the Nangkar Tseng Hill. You can also practice your Yoga on the hilltop amidst panoramic views of the Imja valley below you with the peaks decorating the skyline. Finally, after taking in the sights, you will trek back down to Dingboche. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Dingboche.
Day 10: Morning Yoga| Trek to Lobuche| Evening Yoga
After a refreshing morning yoga session, you will begin your trek to Lobuche. You will follow the path as it winds along glaciers, and deep moraines stepped with boulders. Along the way, you will pass through Thukla where you can see a memorial Chorten. Finally, the trail reaches the Lobuche village from where the views of Lobuche Peaks are captivating. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lobuche.
Day 11: Morning Yoga| Hike to Kalapatthar 5,550 meters via Gorakshep| Evening Yoga
From Lobuche, you will trek on ahead towards Gorakshep. It is a sparsely populated small settlement that is one of the last overnight stops before the base camp. Trekking through the snowy fields, you can take in the tranquility of the environment. From Gorakshep, you will then hike towards Kalapatthar- one of the best viewpoints in the Khumbu region. It presents panoramic views of the entire Mount Everest massif. From Kalapatthar, you can get enthralling views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Mount Lobuche, the Ama Dablam, and many more. You will hike back to Gorakshep. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Gorakshep.
Day 12: Morning Yoga| Early Morning Hike to Everest Base Camp and Back to Thukla| Evening Yoga
From Lobuche, you will follow the well-trodden pathway towards the base camp. Trekking past the rocky-strewn oblique, you will make your way uphill. The base camp is located a few kilometers ahead of Gorakshep. The path meanders alongside the Khumbu Glacier Moraine. Upon reaching the base camp, you can see the Khumbu Icefall as well as the Khumbu Glacier. After taking in the views at the base camp, you will then trek back down to Gorekshep and then make your way towards Thukla. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Thukla.
Day 13: Morning Yoga| trek down to Tengboche| Evening Yoga
From Thukla, you will trek towards Tengboche, passing through the pasturelands and hiking alongside the Imja River. The terrain begins to be green again as you leave the snowline behind. Upon reaching Tengboche, you can also visit the village’s monastery and light an incense stick or a camphor butter lamp, taking in the ambiance of the temple with its paintings and Buddhist statues. Rhododendron woods cover the pathway, and the village is surrounded by thick pine forests that are home to many Himalayan eagles. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Tengboche.
Day 14: Morning Yoga| trek down to Namche| Evening Yoga
Following the Imja River, you will once again reach the Dudh Koshi River valley and make your way back towards Namche. The trek back is more accessible today as the trail is mostly downhill. Passing by many yak caravans and pasturelands filled with grazing goat herds, you will reach the renowned Himalayan town. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Namche.
Day 15: Morning Yoga| trek down to Phakding| Evening Yoga
Following the woodlands once again, you will come through many clearings and ravines as you trek back towards Monjo. When you reach Monjo, you will be exiting the Sagarmatha National Park. From there, the trail is a straight meander towards Phakding. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Phakding.
Day 16: Morning Yoga| Trek back to Lukla| Evening Yoga
Bidding the Himalayan foothills goodbye, you will wind along the path back to Lukla once again. It is a relatively flat-leveled trail, mostly downhill. Overnights stay at the guesthouse at Lukla.
Day 17: Fly back to Kathmandu
From Lukla, you will bid the Everest mountains goodbye for the last time and have a flight back to the city. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred back to your Hotel. Overnights stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 18: End of Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure.
There isn’t any prior trekking experience required to participate in the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek. You can prepare for the trip by doing regular cardio exercises three to four weeks before the beginning of the trek. This will help to make the journey smooth. Regular exercises help to build stamina and will increase your chances of a smooth trekking journey without hassles.
Hiring a Porter
Generally, you can hire a porter in the mountains. Hiring a porter can help in making the trip easier for you. Likewise, tipping isn’t mandatory, but it is appreciated. You can tip about USD 100. This amount is, of course, just an example; you can tip as much as you like depending upon your satisfaction with the service.
It is recommended that you pack light. The less baggage you have, the easier it will be to manage, both for you and the porter in the mountains. After arriving in Kathmandu, you can re-pack your duffle bags. Your Hotel in Kathmandu will provide the service of safety storage lockers. So, you can store your excess bags until the end of the trekking trip.
Meals and Drinking Water
You have the choice of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals during the trek. It is advised to bring water-purifying tablets as it will be a better alternative to buying bottled water in the mountains while trekking. It is economical as well as eco-friendly.
Altitude Sickness and Insurance
You should have a travel Insurance while trekking in the Himalayas. It is recommended that you get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter rescue in the mountains of Nepal. The onset of altitude sickness and its occurrence varies from one person to the next. The trip is crafted with ample acclimatization time to avoid AMS. Nevertheless, our guide will be carrying First Aid Kits with medicines.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do porters carry oxygen tanks on the Everest Base Camp yoga trek?
No, there is no need for supplemental oxygen for this yoga trek. There is enough time to acclimatize during the Everest Base Camp yoga trek. However, if anyone recognizes the symptoms of altitude sickness, s/he will have to stop trekking to higher altitudes and seek medical assistance.
Can I drink during the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek?
Since you will be indulging in refreshment activities of Yoga daily, it is recommended that you stay away from alcohol during this trekking trip. Nonetheless, there is the availability of alcohol (Raksi) at high altitudes of the trek. As it is freezing in the upper regions of Everest, locals have a drink to keep their bodies warm.
What is the best season for doing the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek?
-The best time to do the trek would be during the spring and the autumn months, which lasts from March to May and September to December, respectively. During these seasons, the skies are mostly clear, and you will be able to view the mountains clearly. You will be able to enjoy doing Yoga to the fullest while enjoying the sceneries as well.
Will I be able to shower during trekking?
-Yes, you will be able to shower during the trekking journey. However, hot shower facilities are available at selected guesthouses. The most common type is a bucket shower where buckets filled with warm water are placed in a shower room. Hot shower costs extra, from USD 4 to 15 peruse, and the price increases along with the elevation.