Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek 2018 October Group

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Introducing the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek 2018 October group. Before listing the group details, we would like to share some words from our previous member. Marie shared her experience with the Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek, and this article is going to be published by Image Nepal Travel Magazine in the French language. Please scroll down to see the 2018 Everest Base Camp yoga trek group members

A Yoga Trek to Everest Base Camp through the Gokyo Lakes. Everything is in the title, but what is it really about? When we talk to you about Nepal, what do you imagine?  The country of the roof of the world to a country of snowy mountains, perfect for the seasoned hikers and mountaineers of high level?  A spiritual land between Hinduism and Buddhism, ideal to walk in the footsteps of Alexandra David-Neel or to do a spiritual yoga retreat The paradise of the 68's for... other reasons!

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Or do you not know where this country is?
Well, yes, Nepal is all that, but not that, and we propose today to discover or rediscover this beautiful country by combining many of these facts. Tourism in Nepal is very marked by trekking, offered by the mountain ranges that border the country, Annapurna's, Himalayas... But contrary to popular belief, this is not only for experienced hikers. Indeed, there are circuits of hikes accessible to all, of variable durations, with more or fewer difficulties and a rise in altitude. And to complete your experience, what's better than practicing yoga during your trek? There is also no need to be a confirmed yogi. Interested? To convince yourself, let us guide you to one of the most beautiful combinations of yoga and hiking offered by Rugged Trails Nepal: to Everest via Gokyo and its lakes. 

Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek 2018 October Group

We had asked a few questions about them and about Nepal; here we go with what they say! 

Sophia writes to us...

I’ve been in Nepal tree times. Twice for a project for education in Chimding, the Kumbhu area, did a part of the Anapurna trek and visited Pokhara and Bandipur. The last time I came to Nepal was to hike Everest Base Camp and visited Pokhara & Chitwan National Park. I just fell in love with Nepal. It feels like my second home. Nepal is my favorite country in the world.

I really want to go to Gyoko lake. When I talked to my friend Nirajan whom I met 6 years ago, he told me to join his trip because the whole combination of yoga and the trail was going to be amazing. I’ve been practicing yoga for a while now and am so excited to bring two of the most relaxing things (yoga and the mountains) together.I know the hike is going to be amazing. With beautiful views. It’s not going to be easy, but it's worth it!I’m just going to enjoy the ride.

It will be the first time I’m going to join a group in Nepal. I’m excited to meet new people and share the experience.I’ve been practicing Yoga for about two years. Most of the time, I practice Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Iyengar yoga. It helps me relax and stay more in balance. It’s nice to make time just for yourself.

Julie writes to us.

Julie Farese- I am reading about Nepal, learning about its geography. It looks lusher and greener than the mountains in Colorado. I have lived in New Jersey and raised my 3 kids (35, 33, and 28) in New Jersey. I am and was a competitive triathlete, and I still train daily. For hours on end, I balance the sport with proper attention. I am a Pilates-certified instructor, have trained several people, and have a good reputation. However, I do yoga and not just Pilates.  I started Bikram Yoga in 2001 in New Jersey and loved it. This was during my great running days, and after 9/11, so I really have fond memories of my beginnings of yoga. Since I am such an athlete, my meditation involves movement, such as trail hiking in the USA and a lot of swimming, with practice to stay with the breath.

I want to experience truly great trail hiking with the best leaders in the world. I do want to see another side of life and culture, and see the beauty and mindset behind the lack of a perfect life, excluding money, convenience, and luxuries.

I have not done group travel, but I travel, and I am with my large family, many years of that. I do believe it is fun, and I find that as a group, you have to be flexible. I never had a difficult time conversing with strangers or new people. I have a flexible mind, so it works well with that situation and my family life, ie living with my Dad for so many years during my transitions, caused me to learn of other people's needs on comforts, which can be a dream for some others.

I prefer fitness, I prefer science and movement theory, but I do have an MBA and I am a new Realtor, but I really prefer the simple life of non-stress. There has been a great disappointment in my life: my marriage of 28 years, the loss of my mother in 2014, the loss of Denise's son, 31, from cancer, and now my older brother, who is newly diagnosed with lymphoma) age 64. I find the trials of this in our family drive me more to treasure my fitness, my freedom, and my energy

Yoga for me is the release of tension, in the fact that it works pretty well. Of course, I can’t practice it every day, but when it is near me, I do it well and find no problem. My swims are quite intense and serve me quite well for breath, as yoga does too.

Ruth writes to us.

I have been dreaming about the mountains, North India, Nepal, Tibet, and the Himalayas since I was a child because I read some books in relation to them. Finally, after 33 years, it is time for me to go; this will be my first trip there. I have seen some documentary and asked some friends who went to Nepal. All the people told me the same thing: it is a wonderful country first because of the people and second because of the mountains and beauty. 

The difference with this trip is the yoga practice and the organic and vegetarian food. Both are very important for me. And of course, all the treks are also in small groups. I want to spend some time with myself and the mountains, seeing beautiful things, being very active, and I can imagine meeting some wonderful people. I also want to make the challenge to myself and make possible to see the highest mountains in the world

I have already been in a group only during a trekking trip in South America. I used to travel alone or with friends, but we managed everything. But I know the group very well because I’m an official guide in France, and I used to work with groups or even travel around the country with them.

I started to do yoga when I was 18 years old because I have big scoliosis, and yoga was very good for me. I used to take different lessons, but for some years I practiced by myself, even if sometimes it was good to share the practice with a teacher.

Yoga is one of my favorite moments during the day. It is a peaceful moment with myself. my mind and my body, even if sometimes I’m forgetting how amazing the practice is, and I don't do yoga for a while.

Milind writes to us...

My name is Milind, and I'm 37 years old, an Indian-born British national. I am a senior manager working at the world's largest shipping company. I currently live just outside of London. I am a photographer by hobby.  Some of my work can be seen on my Facebook page, Milind Patel Photography. I like shooting wildlife and landscapes. I will be visiting Nepal for the very first time. I have little knowledge about Nepal. 

In August 2014, I was diagnosed with herniated discs L4/L5 and I was in constant agony and pain 24X7. It is an awful feeling to be in pain all the time. I was always irritated because of the pain, and not just me but my family suffered from my illness too. There were days that I couldn't even get out of bed. Continuous pain shattered my physical and mental ability to do simple routine activities. I was losing out on every aspect of life. I have closely experienced the life of a disabled person. I consulted the spine specialist doctor, and they said the key to getting back to normal life is getting 'Back in Action'. I took the help of steroid injections to alleviate the pain, but I dedicated myself to getting my normal life back.

As the famous quote from Sir Edmund Hillary says, "It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.". I kicked off my journey of self-discovery. The goal I set myself in 2015 was to do the Mt. Everest peak. It took a good 2 years and 8 months to recover completely from the pain. This year, I am taking a small step towards my goal by climbing up to Mount Everest base camp. I have tirelessly trained myself for this trek.  To get ready for the big challenge, in the last 6 weeks I have climbed all the highest peaks in the UK (however, they are nowhere compared to the height of EBC). Sir Edmund Hillary used Snowdon as his practice ground before attempting Mt. Everest. 1) Ben Nevis (21 km @ 1398 meters altitude) 2) Troll Tunga (Norway) (21 Km @ 1000 m altitude) 3) Snowdon (16 km @ 1080 meters altitude) 4) Scafell Pike (8 km @ 978 meters altitude) 5) Pen y fan (16 km @ 875 meters altitude)

With this trek, I am raising money for a charity (Aspire.org.uk), which supports all those people who suffer from spinal injuries. I have experience traveling with the group on backpacking trips to Norway and Scotland. I enjoy knowing different people around the world.

Yoga has played a very integral part in my recovery process. I have been practicing yoga for the past 2.5 years. I enjoy practicing different forms of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, and Yin Yoga). I have plans to become a yoga tutor when I retire. I am joining this trip because it is helping me get one step closer to my goals, along with practicing yoga and photography.
 

We didn't receive the details of the other 4 people, but here is a short video of who were Everest Yoga Trek participants for 2018–October.

Everest Yoga Trek participants practice yoga at Namche viewpoint. 

We start taking Everest Base Camp Yoga Trek bookings for 2024, and 2025.