Every year there are thousands of tourists trekking to Everest Base Camp to experience the breath-taking beauty of the Himalayan Grandeur – the majestic mountains. Most of them travel in these parts in the so called “high-season”, which of course is the best time of the year “weather wise”. However, the local people during these “high season” put aside their daily mundane activities, which is an integral part of experiencing the culture, and get involved in the tourism business- running lodges and guiding treks. The “off season” is when the local people springs back to their real lives- daily activities, have family gatherings and celebrate festivals. Thus, travellers often do not get the opportunity to experience this colourful culture of these wonderful mountain people.

We have designed this program to offer an opportunity for travellers to trek in the majestic Himalayas, set foot on the famous Everest Base Camp as well as experience their daily activity, way of living and take part in the colourful and most important festival of the local people- the Dumji festival.

About Dumji:
The Dumji Festival, which is celebrated in the month of June/ July, is one of the most popular and interesting festival amongst the Sherpa community of the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. It is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Guru Rinpoche (the reincarnated monk). Lama Sangwa Dorji, the founder of the earliest monastery of Khumbu, was the first to start the Dumji festival in the village of Pangboche about 360 years ago.
The festival serves as a religious and community duty to help bring the villagers together. For the people of the local community, however, the Dumji festival also serves their mundane existential needs as it marks with the transition to spring time the beginning of the agricultural cycle. Every 13 years it falls upon three families to provide food and drink for the entire village for the duration of celebrations, which lasts for 4 days.
The main ritual acts include the purification of the ritual space, the calling or invocation of both the transcendental and the local deities, the offering of place, the offering consisting of seven substances, praise, supplication, and recitation of mantra in the course of meditation.
The most striking part of the festival is the “sacred masked dances” performed in a monastic context by trained dancers in colorful costumes and awe-inspiring masks symbolizing the protectors of the Buddhist doctrine.

Highlights:

  • Mountain flight to Lukla
  • Namche Bazaar- the Sherpa capital of the Khumbu
  • Experience the colorful and most important festival of the Khumbu- Dumji
  • Views of 4 of the 6 highest mountains- Mt. Everest (8848 m), Lhotse (8510 m), Makalu (8467 m) and Ch Oyu (8201 m)
  • Tyangboche monastery- a 200 year old monastery situated on a ridge surrounded by massive mountains.
  • Everest Base Camp- the base for climbing expeditions from the South side.
  • Kalapathar- the best vantage point of Mt. Everest and its surrounding peaks.
  • Sagarmatha National Park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Your guide: Christina Sandström

Christina Sandström

Christina Sandström has been on and off in the Khumbu valley for the last 8 years. She has a brilliant insight of this exotic culture as she has been warmly welcomed into their hearts and culture.

Itinerary:

Day 1- Arrive Kathmandu/ Transfer to Hotel/ Welcome dinner
Day 2- Guided city tour/ Lunch/ Briefing and distribution of trek packs
Day 3- Fly to Lukla (2852m) and trek to Benkar (2700m)
Day 4- Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m) attend Dumji Festival
Day 5- Rest day- Visit Monastary, local homes and participate in the Dumji Festival
Day 6- Trek to Tyangboche (3880m)
Day 7- Trek to Upper Pangboche- attend the Dumji Festival
Day 8- Trek to Pheriche (4280m)
Day 9- Rest and acclimatization
Day 10- Trek to Lobuche (4930m)
Day 11- Trek to Everest Base Camp (5300m) and back to Gorakhshep (5180m)
Day 12- Morning hike to Kalapathar (5545m) and trek to Pheriche
Day 13- Trek to Phortse (3900m)
Day 14- Trek to Namche
Day 15- Trek to Lukla
Day 16- Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17- Free day in Kathmandu
Day 18-Departure.

Price includes

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Price includes:

  • All internal transportation, in private vehicle.
  • Services of English-speaking guide, porter‟s and sherpa‟s assistance
  • 4 nights in tourist class hotel on bed and breakfast basis while in Kathmandu.
  • Welcome dinner. • Half day guided city tour with lunch.
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of a duffle bag, Tshirt, down jacket and sleeping bag.
  • Both way air fare to Lukla and back to Kathmandu with domestic terminal taxes.
  • All meals while on trek.
  • Afternoon tea/coffee service on arrival at the lodge
  • Twin share accommodation in trekking lodges with shared bath and toilet facilities
  • National Park fees,
  • Staff insurance, tourist service fee and all taxes applicable as per state law.

 

Price excludes:

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance. You must provide your own rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks and extra tea/coffee outside of normal meal times
  • Private room accommodation in Kathmandu unless a single supplement is paid
  • Optional tips to guides & porters
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Helicopter evacuation in the unlikely situation, although we do arrange for it and make the necessary documents so that you can claim from your insurance.

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Nepal
Trip Code:
 HNF-EBC
Trip Grade:
 D- Challenging
Duration:
 18
Trek Distance:
 156 Km
Starting Elevation:
 2856 m
Peak Elevation:
 5545 m
Accommodations:
 Teahouse/ Lodges
Best Season:
 

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