EVEREST BASE CAMP: Photography and Yoga Trek 2017
- 14 days in Nepal
- Moderate to High Difficulty
- Elevation: 4500 feet to 18500 feet
- Average Distance: 7 miles/day
- Hikers carry day packs; large backpacks/duffel bags carried by porters or yaks
- All meals included
- Photography instruction included
- Daily yoga practice included
- Dates: May 11-May 24, 2017 (with option to add May 9-10)
This once-in-a-lifetime trip to Everest Base Camp offers a unique Himalayan experience to exercise body and mind while hiking and enjoying professional photography and yoga instruction through some of the most beautiful and unique scenery, customs, and people in the world. The trip begins in the busy city of Kathmandu with options to add one or two days to experience and photograph the temples, monasteries, and scenery of this culturally and historically rich area. From there, the group flies to the Himalayan airport of Lukla to begin the trek to Everest Base Camp. Each of the next 12 days offers different challenges, views, and adventures. A short photography lesson will be offered each morning or evening as well as field instruction with professional photographer Joel Addams. A group yoga practice will be offered each day at various times with certified yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist Cristin Leimer. Private yoga sessions and Thai massage will be offered as an add-on and when time allows. Each person can choose day-by-day how they would like to experience these rejuvenating mountains as they hike from teahouse to teahouse taking in the amazing mountain-scapes and breathing in the fresh Himalayan air.
The cost of $4500 includes all transportation to and from Kathmandu airport, our Sherpa home stay on May 11, our Kathmandu Guest House Hotel stay on May 23, all teahouse lodging and food during the trek, guides and porters as well as all tips to guides and porters, roundtrip flights from Kathmandu to Lukla (approximately 45 minute flights in small aircraft), photographic instruction, yoga instruction, trekking permits, and park permits. It does not include flights to and from Kathmandu, travel insurance with Himalayan helicopter rescue (required), excessive alcohol (not recommended anyway at altitude), and any personal items. Most participants only spend personal money on souvenirs and personal items during the trip, and Nepali rupees are easily obtained from ATMs or with our Sherpa family with no transaction fees.
May 11: Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Sherpa home (pickup from airport included); Yoga on the rooftop of Sherpa home; Traditional dinner with Sherpas, (Start Diamox); Early to bed!
May 12: Fly to Lukla; Trek to Monjo; Transfer to airport for flight to Lukla; Flight from KTM -> Lukla in Everest Region, cameras in small bags, check backpacks; Arrange porters, begin trek to Monjo (approx. 8 hours on trail); Photograph along the route, snacks provided (fruit, cheese, snacks); Light yoga session before lunch; Lunch; Continue hiking and photographing; Arrive to Monjo teahouse; Free time to photograph, rest, shower, dinner; Teaching time TBA
May 13: Trek from Monjo to Namche Bazaar; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Namche Bazaar (5-7 hours), Photograph on trail and lunch on trail; Yoga when arrive to teahouse; Relax and rest and enjoy the views! Teaching time TBA. Namche has the most amenities
May 14: Acclimatization Day! Trek from Namche Bazaar to Kyangjuma; Breakfast in teahouse (acclimatization day!); Start trek (2-3 hours), Lunch at teahouse; Afternoon – Yoga session, rest, relax, review images, teaching time, private yoga, and thai massage
May 15: Trek from Kyungjung to Pangboche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek, photograph along the way; Light Yoga Session; Lunch; Continue hike to Pangboche; photography along the way; Enjoy temple
May 16: Trek from Pangboche to Dinboche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Dinboche Afternoon (6 hours) – cafe here, yoga session, rest, photograph, teaching time
May 17: Trek from Dinboche to Lobuche; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Lobuche (7 hrs); weather gets colder; visit monastery, lunch at teahouse, light yoga session; arrive to teahouse, rest, dinner
May 18: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep; Breakfast in teahouse ; Trek to Gorak Shep (3.5 hrs), short but high, lunch and yoga at the teahouse; Trek to Everest Base Camp (four hours round trip) back to Gorak Shep, dinner, rest
May 19: Sunrise Summit of Kala Patthar;Trek from Gorak Shep to Pheriche; Snacks and tea; slow trek to 18,500ft summit of Kala Patthar; Breakfast in teahouse ; Trek to Pheriche (very long day, but downhill); lunch, photography, and light yoga on trail
May 20:Trek from Pheriche to Phortse; Breakfast in teahouse ; Trek to Phortse (very long day – 8hrs, but downhill); lunch, photography and light yoga on trail
May 21:Trek from Phortse to Namche Bazaar; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Namche Bazaar; En route lunch, photography, and yoga at traditional Sherpa House (relatives of Sherpa guides); Arrive to Namche Bazaar; rest and dinner
May 22:Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla; Breakfast in teahouse; Trek to Lukla (very long day – 9hrs, but downhill); lunch, photography, and light yoga on trail; Dinner, prep to fly, and rest at teahouse
May 23: Fly to Kathmandu; Breakfast in teahouse ; Fly to Kathmandu very early! Massages, yoga in the garden/rooftop, leisurely photo opportunities, and shopping around town; Farewell Dinner
May 24:Flights home; Breakfast in teahouse; last goodbyes to all of our new friends; Shuttles to airport begin
Joel has been working intimately with his Sherpa for many years, producing a 2013 documentary on corneal transplant there (Before I Burn) and a current documentary on Nepali music and having trekked and guided multiple times on this trekking route. His connections with Sherpa and his photographic teaching make the trek a culturally fascinating experience, with more tools to capture the essence of the people and their mountains. Our trek prides itself on intimate knowledge of the region, the best guides in the business with a family-oriented Sherpa experience, and the guides who are like family. Joel met Cristin Leimer while teaching photography in the Italian Dolomites. Cristin's long outdoor history of travel, yoga, and teaching has taken her to the Patagonia, Peru, and Nepal. Her certification in yoga instruction and Thai massage are always an excellent aspect to any trip, but especially to one that is mind-body oriented. Her pleasant, positive demeanor and endless energy are a delight in the high Himalayas.
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PACKING LIST (SUGGESTED)
Our philosophy is pack what you need. Remember that your main backpack or duffel bag will be transported along the entire route of the trek, so you can be a bit more generous than if you were backpacking. Your day pack will stay with you on the short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, and you will want to keep this on your back during the hike.
Day pack suggestions:
- Camelback-type drinking water system or water bottles. A 2L-3L system is suggested. Clean water is obtained every morning by staff. You are welcome to further treat it, but it is not necessary. Joel likes to infuse Tang for no particular reason.
- Camera (optional). Most photographers carry a camera and send their tripods in their main pack and do not carry them.
- Waterproof rain gear. A jacket/coat is required. Waterproof-pants are optional (our guides usually do not use them).
- Snacks / Personal items. Important medications should stay with you. We have regular access to snacks on the trail.
- Wallet / ID / Passport / Cash / Credit Cards (cleared for Nepal)
Large Backpack/Duffel Bag:
- Sleeping bag (Zero-degree is highly encouraged) in waterproof bag.
- Yoga mat (optional)
- Sleeping mat (not encouraged as your sleeping bag will be laid on a cushioned bed or cot. We are staying in lodges, aka "teahouses" throughout the trek.)
- Hiking shoes or boots. Waterproof is preferred and having them well broken in is a must. Joel prefers hiking shoes while Cristin prefers hiking boots.
- Socks. Several pairs. Worn in. Be familiar with them.
- Thermal underwear, top and bottom. A layering system is suggested as the lower elevations can be very warm and higher elevations very cold. Nights will always be chilly to downright cold.
- Hiking pants / shorts. Zip offs are interesting, but pants will be desirable as we gain elevation.
- Layered tops. Have several layers available to you: thermal top, shirt, midweight, heavier sweater or pullover, coat.
- Gloves. Highly encouraged, especially for higher elevations. You'll wish you had them.
- Warm Hat and visor. Highly encouraged, especially for higher elevations.
- Waterproof coat (for daypack, as above). It should have a hood.
- Sunglasses. Highly encouraged.
- Head wrap/cloth. Optional. Many people like to sling it around their head for sun protection and warmth.
- Personal items: sunscreen, medications (in daypack), small first aid kit, acetazolamide (Diamox)
- Hiking poles. Optional, but many people like having them. Collapsible to fit in your airplane luggage.
- Laptop. WHAT? This is optional for the photographers but is possible. Joel carries a laptop in a 1510 Pelican case and sends it in his large, portered bag.
- Camera gear. Camera body (daypack), camera lenses (daypack), several 16 or 32 or 64 GB cards, several charged batteries, battery recharger, lens cleaner/wipes.
- Journal / notepad / pens /pencils
December 31, 2016 - $500 to lock in discounts
January 31, 2017 - $1000 additional due
February 14, 2017 - Balance due (and participants are safe to book flights)
Payments for late signups can be arranged.
Photographing all along the way, with Nuptse and Lhotse in the background, Himalayas, Nepal. Photography by Joel Addams