Still Water Travel


Detailed Itinerary

Mountains
&
Monasteries
This small group Nepal journey of consciousness and awareness is designed for those who want to combine the magnificence of trekking in the Himalayas with the spiritual experience of the monastic culture of Nepal. We trek in the lower Solu Khumbu region of Eastern Nepal which is known for its less traveled trails, high concentration of mountain monasteries, and the incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people.

Adventure & Yoga Travel

 

"Chess, the trek in Nepal far exceeded our expectations and will be remembered forever as one of our most memorable vacations. It was your deep understanding of Nepalese customs and traditions, and your personal relationship with the Nepalese - particularly the Sherpas and the monks in the monastaries -- that made us feel more like guests than tourists."

Dale & Edie Sundby, La Jolla, CA



Detailed Itinerary 
Day 1-2
Nepal Yoga Trek
Leave Home City. Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand. Overnight in Bangkok at the Amari Airport Hotel. Depart on morning flight from Bangkok for Nepal.
Day 3 Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal. Transfer to Hotel Vajra. The trip officially begins on our first night in Nepal at 5:00 PM at the Vajra Hotel. Evening orientation meeting at hotel with all trek members, trek leaders and Nepali guides. 
Day 4 Morning tour of Boudanath, world's largest Buddhist shrine and primary residence of Tibetan and Buddhist communities. Visit monasteries, shops and teahouses. Visit Pashupatinath, sacred Hindu shrine on the headwaters of the Ganges. Free afternoon for last minute shopping and rentals.
Day 5 Morning flight to the Sherpa village of Phaplu (8,100 ft.). After final organizing of gear and lunch we trek a short distance to Chiwong Gompa - "Monastery above the Clouds" perched high up on the cliffs with magnificent views of the Solu Khumbu Valley. We will arrive at Chiwong (9,100 ft) in the late afternoon, settle into our camp and experience the pageantry of famed mani Rimdu festivities and ceremony.
Day 6 Morning attendance at Mani Rimdu.  Private audiance and blessings from Trulsig Rimpoche.  After ceremonies we travel through surreal cloud forests to Ringmo (9,500 ft.) 
Day 7 Continue along the historic abandoned Everest route to Stone House Camp. (11,000 ft.) 
Day 8 Trek through more blue pine, oak and rhododendron forests, emerging above timberline at high camp of Beni (12,700 ft). Incredible views of Karyolung (21,960 ft) and Numbar Himal (22,800 ft), known to the Sherpas as Shorong Yul La - God of the Solu. 
Day 9 Day hike to Dudh Kund (15,000 ft.) - Sacred milk lake and pilgrimage site for Tibetan Tantric Lamas and Hindu Shamans. This setting is magical and we will take the opportunity to take full advantage of this sacred space. 
Day 10 The ultimate trekking day!! Ascend to nearly 15,000 ft. for a spectacular ridge walk with views including Mt. Everest. Descending through yak herder's high pastures and alpine lakes, we arrive at Tupten Choling, Nepal's largest mountain monastery. 
Day 11 Return to Phaplu and overnight at R.P. Lama's Hotel Des Sherpas with hot showers, a sauna and a roaring fire amidst the incomparable hospitality of the Sherpa people. 
Day 12 Morning flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu. Rest of the day free.
Day 13 Morning pilgrimage to Swayambunath, also known as the Monkey Temple which is shared by Hindus and Buddhists and has magnificent views of the Kathmandu Valley. Rest of day free. 
Day 14 Today we will help you find all those legendary Kathmandu bargains, and help facilitate whatever kind of a day you wish to have. Farewell dinner and Indian music at Gar-Y-Kabab, Kathmandu's finest.
Day 15 Depart Kathmandu for the US. Overnight in Bangkok.
Day 16 Arrive Home.
Please note that due to the nature of adventure travel in foreign countries, this itinerary is subject to change. We will always attempt to adhere to our itinerary but request that all trek members remain flexible. Your enjoyment and safety are our highest concerns.

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