Nepal Yoga, Service and Trekking Adventure
This will truly be the trip of a lifetime.
Set between Boudhanath, a Tibetan village tucked into the outskirts of Kathmandu, and Pokhara, which will be the jumping off point for a five day trek, this trip to Nepal is certain to provide perspectives beyond one’s imagination.
Our trip will begin in the village of Boudhanath, about 11 km from the center of Kathmandu. Boudhanath is truly an enchanting place, and since 1979 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It boasts one of the largest Stupa’s in Asia, and because of the enormous influx of Tibetan refugees, is now home to over 50 Tibetan Gompas, or monasteries. We will spend 4 days and 3 nights in Boudhanath, welcomed by a traditional Buddhist Puja (ceremony of honour and devotion). For 1 of the days spent in Kathmandu, we will participate in part of the rebuilding project in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake, by offering assistance and yoga workshops at Indreni Children’s home (participation optional). Our other days will be spent exploring the historic Patan and Thamel neighbourhoods as well as the important Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the important Buddhist temple, Swayambunath. These first four days will be a deep dive into Nepali culture.
After Kathmandu, we will travel to the beautiful lake-side town of Pokhara (with the option of rafting along the way). After a night of rest in a lovely guest house in Pokhara, we will embark on the 5-day Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. This is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal and is accessible for all levels. The Ghorepani trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region is rich in hidden treasures of Nepalese culture. Our trail passes through the world’s famous ‘Gorkha warrior’ clan, the charming villages of Gurung and Magar, dense rhododendron (Nepalese national flower), Oak forest full of birds, green hills and patchwork valleys. Just about every angle offers a tantalizing glimpse of Mt. Fishtail (6,993m,) Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167). This is not a camping trek! We will be staying in guest/tea houses each night with beds and bathrooms. You will be responsible for carrying your own pack, but do not need any special gear. (Porters are available for an additional charge.)
After trekking, we will spend another night in Pokhara to decompress, and return to Kathmandu the following day for a final spin around the stupa and closing circle.
Each day of our trip will begin with morning yoga (asana, pranayama and meditation) followed by a nourishing breakfast to provide us energy and perspective for each day’s adventures. Each evening we will finish our day with a more restorative practice followed by a traditional Nepalese dinner.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
12 DAYS, 11 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION WITH BREAKFAST, DINNER AND SEVERAL LUNCHES
ALL INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
WELCOME PUJA IN BOUDHANATH AND EXCURSIONS WITHIN KATHMANDU
5 DAY TREK IN THE ANNAPURNA REGION INCLUDING ALL LODGING AND MEALS
An experience that will live on in your heart...
"In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." ~Buddha
- Three full days in the Kathmandu valley with a day dedicated to Buddhist studies with a scholar from Boudhanath, excursions to see some of the most important spiritual temples and sites in Kathmandu, and guides that will help us understand it all.
- This year, we are lucky to be in Kathmandu for Tihar, the most important holiday/festival in Nepal. This festival of lights will find us surrounded by ritual, tradition and lights during our time in Kathmandu.
- On our journey to Pokhara, we will break the drive with some rafting.
- From Pokhara, we begin a five day trekking journey through the Annapurna region of the Himalaya, including an early morning excursion to the famous 'Poon Hill' where we will be gifted with not only a gorgeous sunrise, but also a view of the entire Annapurna range.
Venue HighlightsWe are lucky during this journey to experience several different living situations. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will be staying at clean, modern and beautiful guest houses. During our trek, we will stay each night in very simple 'tea houses'...
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ScheduleEach day of our trip will begin with morning yoga (asana, pranayama and meditation) followed by a nourishing breakfast to provide us energy and perspective for each day’s adventures. Each evening we will finish our day with a more restorative practice followed by a traditional Nepalese dinner. Every day of the trip is a bit different according to the adventures planned, so we use the daily practice to both create a grounding for our adventure, as well as to help us assimilate all of the new information.
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free