Tage: 17 / Schwierigkeit: 3 of 5 (Moderat bis anstrengend)
It’s a great pleasure for us, that we are able offer this pilgrimage Tour . In this sense the intensity of this combined ‘Trekking and Meditation’ Program to a large extend depends also on yourself.
Meditational Trek is a new way of exploring the land of the Sherpas in the Solu Khumbu Everest region. The trek won't just allow you to marvel at the beauty of the High Himalayas but expose you to practices of Buddhism, to witness as well as take part in practice of meditation, while visiting seven more than 250 years old Vajrayana and Mahayana monasteries of the region. For more insight into this unique combination of trekking and meditation, please read though the itinerary below.
Peace and compassion practice and trek in the Lower Everest Region is a one of a kind experience. During this trek you'll enjoy magnificent views of Mount Everest as well as of many of the other highest mountains of the world located in the Eastern Himalaya Ranges of Nepal, such as Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Gaurishanker etc., and you'll have a fine opportunity to interact with the Sherpa people, their way of life, culture and religion.,
Buddhist Sacred Sites Trail of Khumbhu Region
The Sacred Sites Trail was proposed to create a new circular tourism trail, to encourage tourists to visit less known sacred sites and villages. Working through local communities, the trail aspires to help restore and enhance local cultural skills and traditions and distribute tourism benefits more widely by encouraging tourists to visit villages off the established tourist route. The Sacred Sites Trail offers unexplored yet significant cultural sites with beautiful mountain scenery and green valleys. Unlike the most popular trail, the circular route takes one to the uncharted and less known villages in the Khumbhu where the turmoil of tourism is non existent and one can enjoy the serenity of the surroundings. Majestic, rugged mountains and waterfalls flowing off the steep mountain sides are indeed a sight to sore eyes. All along the trail, ancient Monasteries, Mani Stones and Chhortens and Kanis all insert and enhance a spiritual feel to the trails pristine mountain environment. The Sacred Sites Trail follows existing trekking route, encouraging visitors to extend their stay in the region, and explore additional cultural and natural sites. This circular trail passes clockwise through 10 Monasteries, Caves, Hermitages and Nunneries, starting from Namche Bazzar, visiting several sites in the Thame Valley and ending at the Tengboche Monastery. The Sacred Sites Trail is to promote indigenous culture and traditions through restoration of a circular route linking natural sacred and cultural sites in Sagarmatha National Park; improving livelihoods through mountain-based tourism and conservation.
Monasteries, Caves and Hermitages of the Sacred Sites Trail
Monasteries are the centers of the practicing religious rites where various festivals are performed. A Monastery can either be a common village property or an institution. The Mani Rimdu Festival, held in May and November, is one example. The distance stated in the following, Gompa profile is calculated from Namche Bazzar.
Name: Sanga Thechok Dechenling
Established: 300 years old
Religious Festival: Nyingne, Dumji
Namche Bazzar is the trading center and the main gateway to the upper Khumbhu Region. It features a small 300 year-old Gompa which is used for special ceremonies. Like all the monasteries, the interior shrine is painted brightly with images of many deities. Unfortunately, the monastery fell into disrepair, and a restoration fund was recently started with the help of the local community and outsiders.
Name: Khari Dhogan Ganden Tenpheling
Reincarnation: Khari Rinpoche
Monks/Nuns: 35 nuns
In 1959, the Khari Rinpoche with some nuns and monks came to Thamo crossing Nangpa-La after the Chinese invaded Tibet and destroyed thousands of monasteries including Khari Gompa taking all the valuable items to China. The Rinpoche was followed by other monks and nuns, becoming the first of many Tibetan refugees that now live in Khumbhu. In 1961, the villages from Thamo kindly offered a plot of land for the monastery and approached Khari Rinpoche to settle in their village. The Rinpoche and his followers happily a accepted the offer and with the help of the community, the new Khari Gompa was built in 1962 in a record time of three days. Later, His Holiness the Dalai Lama named it Ganden Tenpheling, the Joyful Dharma Island. After Khari Rinpoche’s death in 1970, the numbers of Gompa residents dwindle to only 35 nuns and 3 monks.
Name: Dechen Choekhoring
Established: 350 years old
Religious Festival: Nyinge, Dumji, Mani Rimdu, Yarne
Theme Monastery was built 350 years ago into the steep, bluffed hillside above the Thengbo Khola. Thame Monastery was built at the same time as Kerok, Pangboche and Rimijung Gompas, when three brothers migrated from Rolwaling and settled in Khumbhu. Residing in this monastery is a reincarnate that came from the adjacent Rolwaling Valley. Thame Gompa holds Mani Rimdu festival in of each year.
Name: Sangacholing Gompa Thechok Dechenling
Established: 350 years old
Religious Festival: Nyingne, Dumji, Chojen
Established 350 years ago by Rolpa Dorje, this is the sister monastery of Pangboche and Rimijung in the Pharak area. There are three permanent monks in Kyobra and also a small school that teaches Dharma and encourages youngsters to become monks.
Gendukpa (Gamu Phuk)/ Gamu Cave
Gamu Phuk was discovered when Chatang Choying in Rangdul went to search for water to cease difficulties. The sites of significance at the Gamu Phuk are foot and palm points near the cave, which is also named Gamu Phuk. Around the 28th of January reach year, a special puja is performed to keep the area safe and prosperous. On the 29th day of each month, there is another puja held to respect the god that protects the region and provides greater peace and harmony. Additionally, Lamju is held on February, 7th each year to respect the deceased Chatang Choying Rangdul. Likewise, on February 27th, a special puja is performed to diminish evil spirits.
Lawudo Retreat Center
In the Solu Khumbhu Mountains at 4000m, Lawudo Lama, a famous yogi and the previous incarnation of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, lived and meditated in a cave for many years. He belonged to the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and had been a great master of the complete tantric teachings of the Nyingma tradition. He spent all his time either meditating or giving teachings and spiritual advice to the people of Solu Khumbhu and neighboring regions. The present Lama Thupten Zopa Rinpoche was initiated into Nyingma tradition by the head lama of the Thame Gompa. When he returned to Solu Khumbhu in 1967, he restored the cave and built a small Gompa. Since then, some rooms water supply, and solar panels were added to facilitated retreat for locals and visitors. Lawudo has become an ideal place for solitary retreat, offering silence and solitude in a magic and spiritually charged atmosphere, a fitting place for meditation. At present there are fifty children in the monastery receiving a closely supervised monastic education that includes not only traditional Buddhist studies, but classes in Nepali, English, Tibetan, Mathematics and art as well. Due to high altitude, Lawudo is cold all year round; one needs to be equipped with warm clothing and sleeping bag. Those heart-problems should check with their doctors regarding the high altitude.
Name: Mtsam Kham Monastery
Reincarnation: Lama Tenzing Chendum
Religious Festival: Nyingne
35 years ago, Lama Tenzing Chendum and his team, who migrated from Tibet, happily accepted a plot of land offered by the people of Khunde Village, to build a Tsamkang. With the help of local people, mainly from KHunde and Khumjung, the construction of Tsamkang monastery was complted in 1972. Over its lifespan, the Tsamkang was extended several times. Its original small size and the weak foundation required renovation was complted in 2000 with thanks to the hard work of local craftsmen and the Sherpa cimmunity from Khunde and Khumjung Village.
Name: Decheling Gompa
Established: 120 years old
At the foot of the sacred peak of Khumbila, lie the village of Khumjung, where the monastery was established approximately 340 years ago and where the skull of Yeti or abominable snowman is preserved and displayed. The Mountain Institute provided financial support for Gompa kitcjen renovation, Maniwall restoration and cloth bags to use for festivals.
Name: Takri Choling Gompa
Religious Festival: Nyingne, Dumji
Phortse Manastery was established 15 years back with the permission and blessing from the Dalai Lama and with the generous support from Tony Freak, a British Volunteer. Until then, the people of Phortse had to walk to Pangboche for 3 hours maximum to perform any religious festivals such as Dumji and Nyingne.
Name: Pal Rilbu Gompa
Established: 350 years old
Religious Festival: Nyingne and Dumji
Pangboche is the last permanent settlement located at the height of 3900m along the trekking route to Everest Region. Pangboche Monastery, built 350 years back by Lama Sangwa Dorjee, is the oldest monastery within the Khumbhu Region. The Gompa lost its main source of income when its Yeti Skull was stolen.
Debuche Nunnery Monastery
Name: Sherap Choling Gompa
Established: 80 years old
Religious Festival: Nyingne
Monks/Nuns: 15 nuns
Nestled amoung lush Rhododendron and Juniper forest, Debuche Monastery was built by the founder of Tengboche, Lama Gulu, for the nuns who earlier did not have a place of their own. Currently there are nine nuns living in this tiny monastery which is quite old compared to other Gompas and nuns themselves are poor. Due to lack of facilities, some of the nuns have abandoned the area and have gone to India and Kathmandu to study.
Name: Dawa Choling Gompa
Religious Festival: Mani Rimdu, Yarne
Built in 1919, Tengboche Gompa is the largest and the most active monastery in Khumbhu. The Monastery was destroyed in an earthquake in 1934 and rebuilt a few years later. On 19 January 1989, a fire destroyed the entire Gompa building; fortunately, many items of the monastery’s extensive collection of books, painting and religion relics were saved. The Sherpa people of Khumbhu, with the help from many international organizations raised funds and reconstructed the Gompa in September 1993. The support has kept the monastery thriving and many young monks living in the monastery receive excellent education. Tengboche holds the Mani Rimdu festival in November.
Name: Nagarjang Hermitage
Established: 450 years old
Religious Festival: Nyingne
The whole of khumbhu is considered sacred and there are many caves and hermitages that are used by highly regarded teachers, and monks for meditation and retreat. Most villages have a temple or Gompa, which is supported by the lay community. The monks are invited to the villages to perform the important yearly ceremonies. Perched precariously at an altitude of 4800m, one hour above Dingboche village, Nakarjung Hermitage rests on the steep slopes of Nakarjung-Ri, a sacred peak believed to be the abode of a Dolma, or goddess of prosperity. The hermitage is the oldest in the Khumbhu region and one of the highest in the world. The hermitage is believed to be built on the first meditation site of Lama Sangwa Dorjee, the Tibetan Lama who first brought Nyingmapa Buddhism to the Khumbhu. Its spectacular location affords commanding views of the Imja Khola Valley, Ama Dablam, Makalu and other snow-capped mountains. The hermitage is now used primarily for Nyingne meditation sessions: monks spend their days alternating in prayer and meditative fasts. Monks from Tengboche monastery often come to the monastery for spiritual retreats and intensive medition, often staying for three months at a time. In mid June, the Gompa is the focal point of the local festival of Dukpa Chejik, when the small stream that runs by the monastery is celebrated for its healing powers (Dukpa means “healing, holy water”, and Chejik means “first day”).
Der Pfad der heiligen Buddhistischen Orte und Klöster in der Khumbhu Region
Tag 1: Ankunft in Kathmandu unser Personal holt Sie am Flughafen ab und bringt Sie zum Hotel. Kleine Erfrischung und kurze einführung über das Program und die nachfolgenden Tage. Ziehen sie sich in Ihr Zimmer zurück und erholen Sie sich von der langen Reise.
Tag 2: Freier Tag in Kathmandu, am Nachmittag Besuch von Stephan in Pharping für Meditationsunterweisung in grundlegender Shamata Praxis. Sollten Sie schon länger meditieren erübrigt sich dieser Besuch.
Tag 3: Ganztages Stadtbesichtigung Kopan Monastery, Bouddhanath Stupa und Swayambhunath Stupa with Tour Guide by private car,am späteren Nachmittag zu Stephan, Übernachtung im Hotel.
Tag 4: Flug von Kathmandu nach Lukla 2840m und Trek nach Phakding 2610m, in Lodge.
Tag 5 :Trek von Phakding nach Namche Bazzar 3440m, in Lodge.
Tag 6: Akklimatisationstag. wir machen eine Wanderung zum Everest View Hotel mit wundervollem Ausblick auf die Berge und zurück nach Namche, Lodge
Tag 7: Trek von Namche Bazzar nach Thame 3800m, Lodge.
Tag 8: Trek von Thame nach Khumjung 3780m, Lodge.
Tag 9: Trek von Khumjung nach Phortse 3810m, Lodge.
Tag 10: Trek von Phortse nach Pangboche 3930m, Lodge.
Tag 11: Trek von Pangboche nach Dingboche 4410m, Lodge.
Tag 12: Akklimatisationstag, Wanderung nach Nakarjung Hermitage, Lodge.
Tag 13: Trek von Dingboche nach Tengboche 3860m, Lodge.
Tag 14: Trek von Tengboche nach Namche Bazzar 3440m, Lodge.
Tag 15: Trek von Namche Bazzar nach Lukla 2840m, Lodge.
Tag 16: Flug von Lukla nach Kathmandu,transfer zum Hotel, nachmittgas den Luxus geniessen
Tag 17: Nach dem Frühstück um 06.30, transfer zum Flughafen.
Our Tour Package includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu tour as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Round trip domestic flight tickets and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the lodge trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Sagarmatha National Park Permit.
* All necessary permits.,
* First Aid Medical Kit Box.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Tour Package doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Note: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.