TREK & PAINTING AT THE FOOTHILL OF EVEREST

TREK & PAINTING AT THE FOOTHILL OF EVEREST

 October 2 to 18, 2020

 February 27 to March 14, 2021

17 days Paris-Paris – easy trek – max alti 3000 m

Strong points :
– An easy trek in Sherpa country between chorten, monasteries and prayer flags.
– Buddhist high place of Namo Boudha and the imperial cities of the valley, Patan and Bhaktapur
– Full days dedicated to chan painting and meditation
– Travel accompanied by Jerome Edou

 

The idea of ​​this walk is to walk on easy trails, off the major tourist routes and to practice sketching and ink painting in the wilderness in the exceptional setting of the foothills of the Everest massif. We will enjoy the small temples and monasteries of villages for an introduction to Buddhist meditation.

The monochrome spiritual painting inspired by Chan Buddhism in China, which became Zen in Japan, was generally practiced by literate nature lovers who often refused honors and career in the administration to devote themselves to their passion for ink. and the brush. They retreated to the mountains that were and remain the privileged refuge for hermits, poets and painters.

Accompanied by Jérome Edou, resident in Nepal, practicing meditation for years and graduated from the International Institute of Ink Painting, this trip offers an introduction or a more in-depth practice of sketching in nature and painting to the ink. We will alternate walking days, sketching, and painting days in small lodges of mountains.

 

A discovery of Nepal, World Heritage sites of the Kathmandu valley to the foot of Everest, and it is a unique opportunity to learn and practice sketching, painting and meditation in th in the footsteps of amateur painters in the spirit old Chan.

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ITINERARY

DAY 1: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO NEPAL

2: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Welcome by our representative, Check in at the hotel and free time.
– Overnight at Shambaling hotel in Bodhnath in BB

3: KATHMANDU
In the morning visit Patan Old Town specializing in bronze statuary, and its extraordinary Museum. Back to Boudha Stupa, symbol of Kathmandu surrounded by many Buddhist monasteries.
– Night at the same hotel in BB

4: DRIVE KATHMANDU – PHAPLU (2470 M)
Beautiful crossing of Nepal by road to Phaplu (8 hrs) in the heart of the Sherpa country.
– Accommodation : lodge in Phaplu.

5: CHIWANG MONASTERY
Start trek through a dense forest of rhododendrons and climb to the monastery of Chiwang perched on the mountainside. Founded in 1923, They hosts every year the festivals of Mani Rimdu, the most important sherpas religious festivals. Depending on availability and size of the group, precarious night at the monastery or descent to Surke. (2500 m).
Afternoon  painting and meditation near the monastery
– 3 hours of walking + 350 m
– Accommodation: Monastery or lodge.

6: CHIWANG – RINGMO (2720 M)
After the morning work with the monks, descent from Chiwang and easy walk to Ringmo, a Sherpa village in the middle of the apple orchards, perched on the eastern slope of the Dudh Khosi valley.
Afternoon of painting
3 hours of walking – 650 m
Accommodation: lodge.

7: EXCURSION TO TAKSHINDO DANDA (3060 M)
Easy climb to Takshindo Danda . the highest point of the trek
Meditation at the monastery, then return to Ringmo
– 2: 30 hour walk + 350 m
– Accommodation: same lodge in Ringmo

8: RINGMO – PHURTENG (2900 M)
After sunrise we cross DudhKhola river which takes its source in the glaciers of Numbur Himal. Gradual climb to Phurteng, a beautiful view of the Everest mountain range and the Thamserku.
Afternoon a painting.
3 hours of walking + 250 / -450
Accommodation: Lodge summary

9: JUNBESI (2700 M)
We cross Junbesi Khola (River) then join a beautiful village of Junbesi.
Afternoon a painting.
2 hours of walking  -200
Accommodations: Comfortable lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10: JUNBESI
Painting day.
Afternoon climb up to monastery which overlook a village for meditation session
– Accommodation : Same lodge.

11: JUNBESI (2700 M) – PHAPLU
Easy day without any level difference to join Phaplu by  lodging a river. Beautiful atmosphere for sketching in nature.
3 hours of walking + 200 / -100
Accommodation: Lodge.

12: DRIVE TO NAMO BUDDHA (1700 M)
Early in the morning, we head back to Kathmandu and leave the foothills of Everest. We drive along the Sunkoshi River for a long time before going up on the heights of the Kathmandu Valley and forking on Namo Buddha, a High Buddist place.
– 5-6 hrs drive
– Accommodation: Luxury Lodge in Namo Buddha Full Board

13: NAMO BUDDHA
Morning we visit this high place of Buddhist pilgrimage Namo Buddha where there is a stupa represent the sacrifice of Buddha who donated his body to a hungry tigress and his young.
Day for painting in Namo Buddha.
– Accommodation: same luxury lodge in Namo Buddha

14: NAMO BUDDHA
Day for painting in Namo Buddha.
– Accommodation: same luxury lodge in Namo Buddha

15: BHAKTAPUR AND KATHMANDU
Morning drive on Bhaktapur (2 hrs) one of the beautiful medieval cities of the Kathmandu Valley.
After lunch drive to Kathmandu (1 hour). Afternoon free for stroll and shopping  in the area of Thamel.
– Accommodation : Hotel Shambaling in BB

16: KATHMANDU
Free day then airport transfer for those who choose a night flight with arrival in Europe the morning of a day
or extra night in Kathmandu (included) for next day flight on day 17 and arrival in the evening.

Useful information

This trip is organized by Base Camp Trek, Nepalese French speaking agency in Kathmandu.

Dates: – October 2nd to 18th, 2020 Paris / Paris
– From 27 February to 14 March 2021 Paris / Paris

 

Level of the trek : easy.
Trek accessible to anyone in good health (3/4 h maximum daily walking) and a moderate altitude (max: 3000 m).

Painting : This trip is open to all practitioners of ink painting and beginners who want to learn. It is best to contact us directly by email to talk about it <Jerome@basecamptrek.com>

Trek & Painting : The idea of ​​this trip is to paint while walking, taking nature as a model. We alternate walks and days dedicated to painting.
– Sketch in kind to learn to isolate the essential of a subject and make a sketch (sketch) during the walks.
– Afternoons or some days are spent painting ink from these sketches or models.

Framing : This trip is guided by Jerome Edou. Writer, specialist in Buddhism and teaching meditation, he has been living in Nepal for 30 years. He practices ink painting (Chan) for about ten years and received in 2018 the diploma of the International Academy of Ink Painting directed by Robert Faure.
This trek is supervised by a Nepalese guide team, porters and assistants.

Participants :
Small independent groups of 6 to 12 people maximum.

Accommodations:
Hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu ((lunch and dinner not included)
Nights in comfortable lodges, 1 night summary in monastery, 3 nights in luxury lodge full board.

Trekking equipment recommended:
A down Sleeping Bag (-10 °) or a sewn sheet (the lodges are equipped with blankets)
Trekking shoes, light pants and shorts,
Sweater or fleece, anorak or down jacket, rain cape, swimsuit, hat,
a pair of gloves, a tights, scarf, sunscreen, lipstick, sunglasses;
A Bottle (2 liters) or thermos, a Headlight,
A travel bag with zipper limited to 13 kg (wheels and suitcases is not pratical for carrying in trek);
Some books and a notebook.
And, of course, a little drink and / or a few sweets for the conviviality of the long Himalayan evenings!

Painting equipment:
– Portable drawing card that fits in your travel bag,
– a felt, 2 paper clips, a palette for inking.
– A bottle of good quality ink and rags
– About 50 sheets of Chinese paper
– 3 basic brushes of good quality (small, medium, large)
– a sketch book A4 + pencil or ballpoint pen
– a notepad

We recommend transporting the paper in a waterproof plastic roll. You can pre-cut some sheets to the size of your drawing board and keep another part in large size

Budget:
In addition to the visa fee (50 €), the entries in the sites (30 €), the drinks and the few
meals not included in Kathmandu, provide a small extra budget for tips. There is nothing obligatory but it is a usual practice in Nepal. (+/- 40 to 50 euros).

Pharmacy:
Your guide will be in possession of a basic pharmacy for first aid but also bring your own medicine.

NB: your guide is neither a doctor nor a nurse, even if he is well versed in the drugs of the pharmacy, has been trained to use them and knows the basics of first aid.

Nepal Visas:
30-day visa you can get at the airport upon arrival (easy): $ 50 + 1 photo or at the Embassy of Nepal and France. (more complicated)

International Flights and Appointments in Kathmandu:
Those who wish can take their international tickets directly
but they must imperatively be in Kathmandu the day 3 October and return either the 17 at the evening or the 18 October 2020.

The program ends on the evening of the 17th.

* We can take care of international flights, to specify during your registration. The sooner you sign up, the cheaper are the tickets

Insurance:
You must be in possession of a repatriation insurance; often included in your visa card or online at Chapka on the Base Camp Trek website.

NB: check the conditions as cancellation is generally not included in these packages.

Summary Bibliography of Ink Painting
Robert Faure: The spirit of the gesture, Ed.
François Cheng: The emptiness and the full, Point Wisdom
François Cheng: Chu Ta, the genius of the trait, Ed. Phebus
Yolaine Escande: Art in China, Ed Hermann
Yolaine Escande: The culture of Shanshui, Ed Hermann
Suzuki Roshi: Zen Spirit, New Mind, Wisdom Point
Alan Watts: The Spirit of Zen, Wisdom Point
Jerome Edou: In the beginning, there is the mountain …, Graduation, on request.
Jerome Edou: Chronicles of Kathmandu, The Three Platanes
Jérome Edou: Machik Labdron, Tibetan woman and dakini,

 

 

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