‘TRANSFORM & TREKKING’
EVEREST BASE CAMP - YOGA, REIKI & SOUND RETREAT 2020
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves” Edmund Hillary
We are beyond excited to re-walk our steps and offer this retreat as a personal transformational journey combined with yoga, sound healing and reiki as we climb up to 5380metres and trek 130km through lush forest, past raging waters, unexpected sandy paths and staggering rocky terrain. Choosing to complete the journey to Everest Base Camp in 2018 was one of the best decisions of our lives - It was so empowering and offered a whole new perspective on life which has enriched and inspired us from within to lead a much simpler, happier and healthier life.
Collection from airport on Saturday 26th September 2020
3 x nights 3/4-star accommodation in Kathmandu
12 nights’ accommodation during the trek in traditional tea houses (please not these are very basic)
National Park fees throughout the trek
Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
Highly commended Nepalese guide – English speaking
Porter to carry 20kg luggage during trek (option to upgrade)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek (drinks extra)
Information on Nepal history
Farewell celebration dinner
Welcome cacao ceremony
Arrival gift bag
Traditional Nepalese welcome dinner
Group sight-seeing in Kathmandu including monuments and temples
Sound healing session by Nepalese Master
Daily meditation, reflection, journaling, yoga, sound or reiki session dependant on nature of the day
Full moon ceremony
Private singing bowl chakra balance treatment
A lifelong high five for your achievement and new friends!
We are very privileged that Gele has agreed to lead us back up to Everest Base Camp. Gele grew up in the foothills of the Everest range and when Edmund Hillary visited his village he was inspired to become a mountain guide.
With a love for nature and the outdoors Gele has been walking these paths for over 20 years as a guide and what he doesn’t know about these trails isn’t worth knowing! Gele spent many years working for Exodus and won highly commended guide in 2016 however the time came for him to offer his own treks in his own way.
James and I were lucky to be guided by Gele in September 2018 and it was clear how popular he was to other guides and to locals. He is also trained in Altitude first aid which made us feel very safe and in good hands.
You will have the support and care along the way from Gele and also learn a lot about Nepal’s history, the earth quake, political regime, religion, culture and food. We were also very impressed that Gele uses local people’s tea houses for accommodation and porters for carrying luggage rather than animals which creates job opportunities for the locals and people further afield - he also mentors the porters and has a training programme to help them become guides when they have enough experience.
We inherited a new perspective, incredible memories and a friend for life - I hope you will too.
PROPOSED SCHEDULE (subject to change, weather and group dependent )
Sat 26th Sept 2020
ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you will be greeted at the arrival gate and taken to your 3/4-star accommodation for the next 2 nights as we integrate into Nepalese life.
17:00 Welcome Cacao Ceremony
18:30 Trek briefing
19:30 We will enjoy a welcome traditional Nepalese dinner together
Sun 27th Sept 2020
GET TO KNOW KATHMANDU
08:00 Yin Yoga with singing bowl therapy and reiki drumming in the Temple garden
11:00 Group sightseeing in Kathmandu visiting temples, monuments and landmarks
17:00 Very special Himalayan sound healing session by Nepalese Sound Master
19:00 Free time to relax, prepare or enjoy Thermal by night
Mon 28th Sept 2020
FLY TO LUKLA (40 MIN) & TREK TO PHAKDING (2652) 3-4 HRS
04:00 Start this day so we can take early morning flight to Lukla. We will have breakfast here before starting our journey to Phakding (2610m).
This day will be fairly relaxed and take 3-5 hours walking (mostly downhill) through the forested valley which offers some beautiful views before arriving in the small village of Phakding where we will stay with one of our favourite families for the first of a traditional teahouse. We will check in to our rooms, enjoy lunch together and the afternoon can be spent relaxing, sleeping or playing cards!
Tues 29th Sept 2020
PHAKDING TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440M) 6-7 HRS
We will walk through the magnificent forests and be welcomed by enormous fir trees, magnolia trees and beautiful flowers. Today is the day where you will experience your first of many famous suspension bridges as we gradually move up-hill towards the entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park, the official entrance to the Everest Region. As we reach 300m of our accent we may even catch our first glimpse of the Everest summit (weather permitting) and we will continue uphill to the bustling Namche Bazaar where will stay for 2 nights and rest after a 6-7 hour trekking day.
Wed 30th Sept 2020
ACCLIMATISATION DAY AT NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m)
Today we will spend the day acclimatising at Namche Bazaar. We will start the day with a 45-minute hike to a view point where we can see Everest herself (weather permitting) and there is also a small museum to explore. We will continue our acclimatisation to Shangbouche Airport and Shangbouche Hill at 3,900m. We will enjoy the stunning views and relax for some time before returning back to Namche for lunch (this will take approx. 4hours)
The afternoon can be spent exploring Namche’s many shops, cafes, traders and or find the only post box in the region to send a postcard back home!
Thur 1st Oct 2020
NAMCHE TO PORTSE (3810m) 7-8 HOURS
Today we will journey towards Portse to a dry stone walled village and if we are lucky will be able to go deer watching as this place is surrounded by some very special animals.
*Full Moon Ceremony on this day*
Fri 2nd Oct 2020
Sat 3rd Oct 2020
PORTSE TO DINGBUCHE (4410m) 6-7 HOURS
Today we will be accending 600m from Portse to Dingbuche where we will stay for 2 nights as part of the acclimatisation process.
ACCLIMATISATION DAY IN DINGBUCHE - HALF DAY
Today, we spend another night in Dingbouche in line with the acclimatisation process. We will hike to Nagargun Hill (1/2) day and spend the afternoon preparing for the coming days.
Sun 4th Oct 2020
DINGBUCHE TO LOBUCHE (4828m) 4-5 HOURS
From Dingbouche we will head to Lobuche, at 4828m. The first part of the trail is a long and slow trek along a vast and magnificent elevated route. After lunch we begin our short steep incline to Chukpo Lari where we will stop at the Everest Memorial and see tributes to climbers who lost their lives climbing to the Everest summit. Here, we have beautiful panoramic view of the Nepal-Tibet border peaks. We will arrive at Lobuche and prepare for our big day tomorrow.
Mon 5th Oct 2020
LOBUCHE TO GORAKSHEP-EBC-GORAKSHEP (5160m-5365m- 5160m) 8-9 HOURS
Today we travel from Lobuche to Gorak Shep at 5,160m. Today’s trek is very beautiful through breathtaking rocky terraine and glacier. We will travel approx. 3h to GorakShep and stop for lunch before continuing an additional 3 hours to reach Everest Base Camp, where we will spend some time enjoying the Base Camp of the World’s highest mountain! The hike back to Gorak Shep is another 2 hours to a bustling tea house full of many chuffed people who made it to EBC and no doubt be ready for an early night after a big day!
Tues 6th Oct 2020
HIKE TO KALAPATTHAR, TREK DOWN TO PHERICHE (5555m-4200m) 7-8 HOURS
Those who feel able and willing, will wake up very early (03h30) to begin our hike to Kala Phattar. This is a magical and memorable morning where we see the sun rise over Everest herself and enjoy unforgettable and stunning views. The hike is difficult and can take up to 3 hours in total so please note this is an optional extra (I didn’t take this option in 2018 however James did) and we will all meet for breakfast before beginning our decent. We will make our way down to Pheriche (4358m) which can take approximately 4-5 hours.
Wed 7th Oct 2020
TREK DOWN TO NAMCHE BAZAAR (3440m) 7-9 HOURS
Today is our longest hiking day which will take approximately 7 to 9 hours. from Pheriche back to Namche Bazaar and we will cover a lot of ground with plenty of stops. You will be able to shop, get a message, enjoy the variety of eateries and even play a few rounds of pool.
Thurs 8th Oct 2020
NAMCHE BAZAAR TO PHAKDING (2652m) 4-5 HOURS
Everything is a bit more chilled out than our trek up. We will take a later start and travel back down to Phakding taking plenty of stops to enjoy what we may have missed on our way up.
Fri 9th Oct 2020
TREK DOWN TO LUKLA (2652m) 2.5-3.5 HOURS
The final part of our trek back down to Lukla where we will spend the night at the foot of the trek. You can spend the afternoon watching the airplanes arrive/depart, go to one of the cafes for cake, coffee or take a look around the village and take it all in!
Sat 10th Oct 2020
FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU (1300m) 40min FLYING TIME
Early morning flight from Lukla back to Katmandu where we will arrive back at our hotel to join up with our luggage. Explore, relax or sleep!
Option for private chakra balance treatment on this day.
19:00 Celebratory farewell dinner!
Sat 11th Oct 2020
08:00 Yoga and Closing Ceremony
11:00 Goodbye for now until next time
Bags can be left at the hotel until you need to go to airport or move to your next destination. Drop off at airport is included on departure day or else you can arrange your own taxi via hotel for your desired collection time which is very easy to do (and cheap)
STYLES OF YOGA
Dynamic Yoga is a creative form of yoga where the poses build strength, lengthen the spine and bring awareness to the breath which will energise the body and mind, preparing us for our day ahead.
Yin Yoga is a slow and soft style of yoga which allows you to stretch and nourish the deeper connective tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints which are harder to target in more dynamic (yang) styles of yoga. The practice will be based on the Chinese meridian system where there will be a focus on organ health and the energetic body to bring balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The practice will be accompanied by our Nepalese singing bowls so that the sound and vibrations will enter your body at a cellular level to calm your body and mind and promote healing
Singing Bowls and Gongs helps the body generate a positive flow of energy and offers vibrations on a cellular level into the body which stimulates the blood vessels, lymph, nerves, veins and muscles to open up blockages and loosening tension in the body, relaxing the body and releasing pain. They can helps with stress, depression, insomnia, menstrual pain, ear problems, sinusitis etc and offer a sense of peace and calm.
Chakra Balancing involves the bowls being placed around the body and played in a particular sequence to naturally cause chakras to self-correct. The sound waves, run through the body correcting frequencies to the unbalanced chakras, bringing them back to normal functioning. Chakra balancing can be deeply relaxing and helps with many modern-day issues like stress, insomnia and offering the opportunity to take some much-needed time out to rebalance your energies.
Reiki is the Japanese word for universal life force. By channelling energy from the universe (generally through the hands), It can be a deep relaxation technique that reduces stress and promotes healing. Reiki re-activates the body’s natural energy system, bringing you back into balance on every level, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Reiki Drumming for healing and meditation is an ancient practice and goes back thousands of years, the power of sound over the body and spirit is well known in tribal cultures. Scientific research confirms that drumming (even for short periods) can influence brain activity, bringing you into the meditative alpha state and can reduce stress. Study also shows that drumming can increase the production of the body’s natural painkillers and can therefore help control pain and enhance healing.
MORE ABOUT US
You will have the care and attention from two yoga teachers and a sound healer/reiki master who will take you on a wonderful yogic journey and leaving you feeling fully refreshed, deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.
Yoga has changed my life. For years I have suffered with Adrenal Fatigue and positive RO antibody which is an autoimmune disease.
That combined with being a workaholic in the corporate world often meant doing 13-hour days. I used all my energy up at work that I often had nothing left for me.
I was regularly bed bound on evenings and weekends and dependent on coffee to get me from A to B, but the direct result of this was insomnia and I was in a vicious circle.
I had dipped in and out of yoga for 15 years however as my physical and mental health was deteriorating I became more and more interested in how to heal myself so I started to develop a regular yoga practice and invite holistic healing into my life.
Within weeks my life started to dramatically change. I knew very quickly that I wanted to learn more and I wanted to help other people so I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification.
But it hasn’t stopped there… I have continued to learn and specialise in other aspects of Yoga and Healing and I believe I will always be a student craving to learn more so that I can share with you lovely people.
REIKI & SOUND
Working in the fire and rescue service was my dream job and after making the difficult decision to leave after 12 years service I lost my way a little.
I missed helping other people and felt something was missing. I proceeded to spend another 12 years building up my own renovations and maintenance company and whilst really enjoying meeting new people and the practical side of working with my hands and being creative I still felt I had more to offer.
I started going to yoga classes to help with a back injury and saw that a Reiki Level 1 course was happening so I signed up. It was very powerful and I had a real connection with the energy.
I found it very calming and I very quickly received feedback on how I had helped others with personal issues or physical ailments.
I then studied and completed Reiki 2, further progressing to Reiki Drumming and Reiki Mastership. I am now also a singing bowl therapy practitioner and perform gong baths.
Working with energy and sound is fascinating and I love seeing the impact it can have on peoples lives.
For me - Yoga can restore confidence, lightness and a sense of freedom Touched by Ashtanga Yoga more than 10 years ago, Jessica was always supported by this practice during changes and trials of her life.
By realising the stability brought by Yoga, Jessica decided to go further her learning. Thirsty for knowledge, she's constantly inspired and has trained with traditional masters and teachers including Paul Dallaghan who certifed her.
Jessi has continued her learning with world renowned David Swenson, Maty Ezraty and Richard Freeman which enables her to create transformational Ashtanga, Iyenger and Vinyassa sequences that cultivate curiosity, sensitivity and humour to raise the level of awareness.
She focuses on the understanding of practice rather than the number of postures and uses Yoga as a tool to feel the subtleties of the physical and energetical bodies.
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BOOK YOUR NEXT RETREAT !
From £1795 for 16 days/15nights
Join us for your own transformational journey to Everest Base Camp
£395 non-refundable deposit
£400 by 1st February 2020
£500 by 1st May 2020
£500 by cash on arrival 26th September 2020
PRIVATE ROOM *Where possible*
£400 non-refundable deposit
£400 by 1st February 2020
£500 by 1st May 2020
£800 by cash on arrival 26th September 2020
*private room in Kathmandu and most of the trek. Tea houses near the end of trek many need to be shared due to capacity of teahouse*
Flights to and from Nepal
Tourist visa – you will need to arrange this ($40 for 30 days)
Travel and Medical Insurance. THIS IS COMPULSARY. We recommend that you choose and insurer who offers ‘cancel for any reason’, covers for altitude up to 5500metres, internal flight cancellations and appropriate medical care – get in touch for more information on this
Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, drinks, bottled water, snacks, shopping, WiFi, battery charging and hot water shower during trek)
Trekking equipment – we will provide a pre-retreat pack of what we recommend to bring
2 lunches and 1 dinner is not included in Kathmandu
Tips for guide & porter (this is expected but not mandatory)
Departure to airport if not on Sunday 11th October 2020
CLICK HERE TO READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS
If you would like a full detailed document for this retreat, please contact us and we will send you a copy by email. You must arrange your own travel insurance.
We hope you can join us!