Everest Buddhist Meditation Trek is a specially designed trekking program focusing on deep relaxation and joy through Buddhist meditation in the lower part of Everest region of Nepal. During the trek you will experience practice of peace and meditation and learn Buddhist teachings with the Monks at three most popular Buddhist monasteries – Chiwang, Thubtencholing and Trakshindo.
Along with meditation you will also enjoy magnificent views of Mount Everest as well as many other highest peaks of the world located in the Himalayan Range of Eastern Nepal, such as Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Gaurishanker etc. You’ll also have opportunities to interact with the Sherpa people and learn about their way of life, culture and religion.
Above all, you’ll take part in religious rituals (pujas) with monks and nuns of the local monasteries, and get teachings about the Four Noble Truth and other precept of Buddhism.
A complete meditation-program will be arranged by your accompanying guide according to your personal interest and timeframe. Whenever possible we will allow some time for meditation in natural environment and at those blessed places which are connected to famous Buddhist saints of ancient or present time.
The experiences of Buddhist Meditation that you achieve during this wonderful and unforgettable trekking journey in the Himalaya will be helpful in your daily life. You will know how to reduce stress or avoid stress and achieve more joy and contentedness. The meditation techniques that you learned during the trek can be more useful at home when you return to your home country.
We will provide a highly learned and experienced Monk for Buddhist Meditation at every monastery. He will teach you how to meditate and relax. Notwithstanding he will pass you on valuable information about Buddhism in general, which you will be able to use in your daily life.
Everest Buddhist Meditation Trip begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri , from where the trek starts through different villages, monasteries until the trek ends in Phaplu.
Arrive at the (TIA) Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel if you have booked Airport Pickup facility at the time of booking your trip. Otherwise our representative will meet you at the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel
Today our representative will work on all necessary permits and flight confirmation.
Early morning wake up and take an overland drive from Kathmandu to Jiri (1905) in a local bus. The distance is about 188 km and takes about eight hours driving through the Swiss-built road to Jiri. The road is not that wide but it is very smooth. Jiri is a small town named after Jirel, the ethnic people who live in and around the town. It is home to around 16000 population. If you arrive in Jiri in time, you may take a local jeep from Jiri and reach Shivalaya in the evening. Overnight at Camp
There are 2 options either you start trek from Jiri to Deurali or do jeep ride from Shivalaya to Bhandar depending on the availability of local transport and your interest. Last stop for scheduled Jeep is Bhandar,
but the road goes down to the river and is almost complete to Kenja. From July to September, the road after Jiri may be in a horrible situation due to the monsoon season. Probably none of the vehicles you will find to travel to Bhandar during this time. Overnight at Camp
From Jiri to Deurali the trail begins to climb steadily. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as some snowcapped mountains at a far distance. The trail continues to climb up to Sete which is a pretty Sherpa village lined with prayer walls and small Gompas (Monastery) But if you begin the trek from Bhandar to Sete it will be 3 hrs downhill walk to Kenja (1640 m), a lovely & sleepy village close to the Kenja Khola (River). Right before you reach to Kinja you cross a few suspension bridges on the way. Here you need to register your TIMS cards before you proceed to Sete. From Kenja it is about 4 hours steeply uphill climb to Sete and an ascent of about 1000m. You need to keep a decently steady pace until you reach Sete. Overnight at Camp
Climb to Lamjura pass through the forest of oak and rhododendron. The first part of the climb is quite steep. You will be rewarded with frost and often snow along the trail in winter and with rhododendrons in the spring. From the top of the pass, you will descend to Tragdobuk at 2860m, then to the pretty Sherpa village of Junbesi. Here you can visit a high school built by the late Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight at Camp
After breakfast, you will visit Thupten Choling Buddhist Monastery, the biggest Buddhist monastery of the area. Evening meditation and teachings in the monastery (Teaching: the Four Noble Truths “the path
that leads to the cessation of the causes of suffering”) (Conclusion).
Overnight at Camp
After breakfast, you will continue morning meditations and prayers with over 600 monks and nuns together in the monastery. Lecture on Buddhism in the afternoon. (Teaching on “Right Thought or Intention”, “Renunciations, Good Will, and Harmlessness”) Overnight at Camp
Today you will perform meditation walk through jungle path to Singsary hill. Lunch en-route, enjoying beautiful mountain views, overnight at camp on the Sinseri hilltop (4186 m), meditations & teachings follow. (Teachings on “right speech”, & lies). Overnight at Camp
Early wake up and begin meditation. After breakfast, you will trek to Taksindo through the jungle on a downhill trail viewing many mountains on the way. Lunch en-route Dinner & overnight in camp around Taksindo (Teachings on “Right Action” “being happy with what we have”) Overnight at Camp
Early morning meditations, breakfast, take pictures or visit the monastery of the area & start walking meditation towards Mera (Sherab Choling monastery.) Lunch en-route, evening mask Dance Program by local women & men. Evening meditation, Dinner with Local family & overnight at camp (Teachings on “Right Concentration” and Meditative Absorptions”) Overnight at Camp
Early morning wake up for meditation, observe Puja in the monastery. After Puja, have breakfast & trek to Ratnage. Enjoy mountain views, Lunch en-route. Dinner & overnight in camp at Ratnage Evening teachings & discussion about the way of life (Teachings on “Right View or Understanding” and “Staying on the Path”) Overnight at Camp
After breakfast, if weather permits, you will enjoy the beautiful Sunrise view. Trek to Chalsa. Lunch en route, visit Tibetan Refugee Camp, Handicraft Center & Carpet Factory In the evening visit Guru Gumba & meditate after prayer & meditation enjoy your dinner & overnight in Chalsa. (Teachings on “the six perfections” and” cultivating morality”)
Overnight at Camp
After breakfast, you will trek to the 245- year old Chiwang monastery. Join evening prayer in the monastery, & have evening meditations & discuss Buddhism and spirituality, receiving teachings from Lama. (Teachings on “the six perfections” and “Patience, Accepting Suffering”, Joyful Effort, Three Aspects of Joyful Effort”) Overnight at Camp
Meditation practice on the rocky hilltop before breakfast, & then we’ll serve tea and coffee. After breakfast we join the monks’ ritual performance & walk back to the Camp. Buddhist teaching and meditation Overnight in Chiwang (The six perfections: “Concentration or Single-Pointed Mind” and “Three stages of Single-Pointed Mind”)
Overnight at Camp
Early morning meditation in the monastery, back to camp and breakfast, trek to Phaplu through Sherpa Villages. Lunch and Dinner in Phaplu & overnight in Phaplu Enjoy Sherpa cultural dance & farewell dinner in the evening (the six perfections: “wisdom”, “Buddha-dharma”; “the Monks and the Old Woman”) Overnight at Camp
After breakfast, your Buddhist meditation program ends & take a flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel
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