Nepal - Yoga and Meditation in the Lap of the Himalayas

Nepal - 16 days

A journey to Nepal's spiritual treasures and an opportunity to dive into the pristine nature of the Himalayan country. The Himalayas (Himal = mountains, Laya = snow) are the home of the teachings of the ancient practices of Yoga. For thousands of years in this landscape, Yogis and Lamas have been practicing the teachings that are still very much alive today. Participants can immerse themselves into the meditative and powerful atmosphere of these mountains, and gain benefits from being surrounded in a natural and relaxing environment to embark on both an external and internal journey. This retreat encourages participants to enhance their own self-awareness, discovery and healing. Under the guidance of a professional yoga and meditation teacher, one can deeply study practices such as relaxation, meditation, hatha yoga, pranayama, yoga nidra, yoga philosophy, mindful walking, etc. with small lectures in the evening to gain more understanding of the practices and their origins. Participants are engaged in a relaxed and unruffled program with the aim of "deceleration" from everyday life, and are encouraged to find the relation to oneself and nature again.

This trip includes visits to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, with its historical, culturally and spiritually significant places of interest, including various Tibetan monasteries and meditation centers. Enjoy hikes with like-minded people in the region around Pokhara, on the beautiful Fewa Lake and at the footsteps of the mighty Annapurna massif. At the end of this tour, admire the magic of the jungle with a visit to sthe Chitwan National Park. In the quiet and cozy jungle lodge, the trip will ideally end so that participants can integrate easily and effortlessly into the nature.

Highlights

  • Culture, history and spirituality in Kathmandu (with visits to various UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
  • Pure nature and Himalayan culture: hiking around Pokhara and into remote Gurung villages.
  • Learning and deepening in one’s personal journey of yoga and meditation.
  • Opportunity to practice with like-minded individuals.
  • Chitwan National Park and jungle

Itinerary (as pdf)

Day 1 (Kathmandu): Arrival in Nepal


Day 2/3 (Kathmandu):

Arrival / rest and first introductory / briefing in Kathmandu.

In the evening: sunset in Swayambunath, a cult and power center for centuries, for both Hindus and Buddhists (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage).
A typical Nepalese dinner.
The next day we visit the most important religious sites in the country: Pashupatinath (one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage).

Late afternoon
We dive into the Tibetan atmosphere of Boudhanath (UNESCO World Cultural Heritage).

In both places different forms of meditation and mindfulness are practiced.

Day 4 (Kathmandu to Pokhara):

We drive in our van across central Nepal and get immediate impressions of life in this country.

We reaching our wonderful located Eco Village Resort. Get familiar with the new environment and splendid views towards the Annapurna Range.
From tomorrow on we will start with a regular and balanced program with units of meditation
(Mainly breathing and walking) and yoga, before our healthy breakfast.

Day 5-12 (Yoga Retreat in the Eco Village Resort):

Enjoy sustainable living, cooking and mindful practicing at our eco-lodge.

For the next 7 days we will follow a daily routine:

6:00 - 6:30: Morning herbal tea and Meditation

6:30 - 7:45: Yoga

8:00: Breakfast

9:30 - 11:30: We explain theory and practice of Yoga and Meditation, as well as other health aspects (Ayurveda, body, Pranayama, Chakras, Meditation, Yoga Sutras etc.)

12:00 -1:00: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00: Break and free time

2:00 - 5:00: Excursions in in the surrounding nature, walks and hikes through the foothills and to small traditional Gurung villages, cooking class, etc.

5:30 - 7:00: Yoga with Meditation

7:30: Light dinner

21:00:  Night rest

 

Day 6 we will practice the whole day in noble silence.

Day 9 we are going on a little trekking tour in the lower Annapurna region. Or overnight in a typical from house homestay will give us a deep insight into the rural life of Nepal and life in the mountains.

Day 12-14 (Chitwan National Park - Chtiwan Village Resort):

Enjoy jungle trips in canoe and walks (both included in the program) and engagements with various animals. The will be certainly a chance to see the rare rhino or simply enjoy our pleasant jungle lodge. On top: Nepal is an ornithological paradise We continue our daily yoga routine.

Day 15 (Kathmandu):

Drive to bustling Kathmandu, last visits and shopping.

Day 16:

Travel home. Relaxed and filled with wholesome experiences.


Included

  • In-Country Transport/Transfers
  • Healthy meals (15x full board with breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All accommodations (3x mid-class hotel, 7x sustainable Eco Village Resort, 1x homestay in a local farm house, 3x mid-class jungle/garden lodge)
  • Yoga and Meditation Training under professional guidance
  • Visits to local sites
  • Local Guides
  • Guided treks and hikes in the lower Annapurna Region and Chitwan National Park
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu/Kathmandu Valley

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Nepal
  • Visa Nepal
  • Entrance fees and permits (approx. US$ 75)
  • All what not mentioned in 'Included' above.

Schedule:

07.04. - 22.04.2018
30.11. - 15.12.2018

Price:

US$ 1,850 (€ 1.750,-)

About Your Guide:

 

Khushi Malhotra, MPH MSW CYT-200

 

Khushi has been teaching yoga & meditation for 10 years, and helps conduct teacher’s trainings in the West. She has a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and a Master’s in Public Health, which she combines with her training as a yoga and meditation teacher to serve those in need. In the U.S., she provided yoga and meditation to incarcerated individuals, children suffering from trauma, those recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, and in various homeless shelters. Khushi serves at a holistic and progressive school in the Garhwal Himalayas (www.apvschool.org), and has been running retreats for people from all over the world for the last 3 years via simplyhimalaya.com. Originally from India, she loves to walk deep into the mountains to meditate in the vast nature and listen to the subtle call of the Himalayas.