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8 Day Cultural Tour and Yoga Holiday in Nepal

Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

Hiking and Yoga Retreat Nepal

Experience an unusual combination of culture, adventure, and nature in this Nepal yoga retreat. Treat yourself to sightseeing tours and yoga practices in the beautiful lands of Nepal, and discover all the beauty that Nepal can offer you. The tour of the city will offer you the rich cultural heritage preserved and passed on to generations and generations, the outstanding landscapes, and the magic of the mixture of the ancient culture and modernity.

Highlights

  • Experience hiking in Balthali
  • Take part in six yoga sessions at the hotel
  • Enjoy hiking to Changunarayan area
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During the retreat, you will be provided seven nights of accommodation. The first night will be spent at the Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu, and the second night will be spent at the Hotel Country Villa in Nagarkot. You will stay at the Balthali Village Resort in Balthali on the third night of the retreat and go back at the Hotel Shanker where you will spend your fourth night.

On the fifth and sixth nights of the retreat, you will be staying at the Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal in Lumbini, and then back at the Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu on the last night of the retreat.

Program

Day 1

Today you will arrive at KTM Airport at 12.30 p.m. and the staff will take you to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy one half-day city tour of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa. After sight-seeing, you will go back to hotel. Overnight in four-star Hotel Shanker. Today, the meal plan includes dinner.

Day 2

Today, enjoy a morning yoga practice with a yoga teacher in the hotel, followed by a full day city tour Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square Square. After the sight-seeing, you will be taken to Nagarkot. Overnight in Hotel Country Villa. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 3

Take part in an early morning yoga practice with a yoga teacher in hotel terrace with beautiful sunrise view from Nagarkot. After breakfast, check-out of hotel drive to Kharipati and start 45-minute to one-hour hiking to Changunarayan Temple and later drive to Bhaktapur Durbar Square. After sight-seeing, drive to Khopasi on the way to Panauti and start 45 minutes' hike to Balthali Village Resort or drive. The group can choose both option. Check in to Hotel Balthali Village Resort. Today, breakfast and dinner are included.

Day 4

Join an early morning yoga practice with a yoga teacher in the hotel with beautiful view from Balthali. After breakfast, enjoy a hike around Balthali Village. After lunch, return to Kathmandu, then check in to the hotel. Overnight in Hotel Shanker. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 5

Start your day with a morning yoga practice in hotel with the yoga teacher. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to airport to catch Kathmandu to Bhairahawa flight. From the airport, you will be transferred to Lumbini then check in hotel. In the afternoon, experience one half-day sightseeing of the birth place of Buddha, followed by an evening yoga practice in Lumbini Garden. Overnight in Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal in Lumbini. Today, breakfast and dinner are included in the price. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 6

Morning Yoga practice in Hotel with Yoga Teacher. After breakfast visit Tilaurakot and Kapilvastu tour and back to Hotel. After lunch free day in Lumbini for your own time in Birth Place of Buddha. Overnight in Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 7

After the morning yoga practice in the hotel, enjoy breakfast then check out of hotel and join a transfer to Bhairahawa Airport to catch flight to Kathmandu. Following arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to the hotel. After check-in, you may go shopping around Thamel area. Later, join an evening farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance program. Overnight in Hotel Shanker. Today's meal plan includes breakfast and dinner.

Day 8

After breakfast, you'll have free time. Check out at the hotel and transfer to the airport at 10 a.m. Today, the meal plan consists of breakfast.

Included excursions

  • 45-minute hike to one-hour hike to Changunarayan Temple
  • 45-minute hike to Balthali Village Resort

Retreat location

This retreat will be held in various places in Nepal. You will visit the famous attractions, stupa, and temples in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Balthali, and Lumbini.

Nepal

The Kingdom of Nepal covers an area of 147,181 square kilometers, and stretches 145 to 241 kilometers north to south and 850 kilometers west to east. The country is located between India in the south and China in the north.

At latitudes 26 and 30 degrees north and longitudes 80 and 88 degrees east, Nepal is topographically divided into three regions: the Himalaya to the north, the hills consisting of the Mahabharat range and the Churia Hills in the middle, and the Terai to the south. Elevations are varied in the kingdom. The highest point is Mount Everest (8,848 meters) in the north and the lowest point (70 meters above sea level) is located at Kechana Kalan of Jhapa District.

Altitude increases as you travel south to north. The north temperatures are below -40 degrees Celsius and in the Terai, temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius in the summer. During June, July, and August, the kingdom is influenced by monsoon clouds.

Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is the medieval town known as Bhadgaon. One of the Malla kings built this conch shell shaped town in the ninth century. You will see the unique palace with a golden gate and a single window with 55 openings at the Durbar Square.

The statue of Great King Bhupatindra Malla, one of the rulers of the Bhaktapur city-state sitting on the stone lotus set on a stone pillar still prays to the Almighty Goddess Taleju in front of the Golden Gate at the Durbar Square that he created during his reign in the beginning of the 17th century. This exquisite statue of King Bhupatindra Malla is the greatest single masterpiece of the Malla dynasty in Bhaktapur.

Changu Narayan

The temple of Changunarayan is one of the Kathmandu Valley's oldest temples. The richness of Changunarayan is surpassed only by the wealth of the greatest temple of Pashupati. The temple sits on the hillock called Changu, whose the name is derived from the name of the God. Around the temple, you will see the stone image of Garuda, the half-bird half-man that is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu, another name of Changunarayan.

The superb image of Lord Vishnu astride the Garuda to the left of the main temple door is of such importance in the Nepal's art history that it is featured on the ten-rupee note. To visit this remarkable temple, you may walk up from the Sankhu Road or bike up from Bhaktapur. However, the most interesting one would be the half-day hike along the hill ridge route from Nagarkot to Changunarayan.

Lumbini

Lumbini is the symbol of peace for all humanity and the most sacred place for Buddhists and Nepalese Hindus because Queen Maya Devi gave birth to a child in this area, who later on became the Buddha. It is situated at 232 kilometers to the southwest of Kathmandu. In 249 B.C, Emperor Ashok erected a pillar, to commemorate his visit to this holy place. Now, it stands proudly right in front of the Mayadevi temple as a historical monument.

Adjacent to the Mayadevi temple is a sacred pond called “pushkarni”, where Prince Siddhartha got a first bathe after the birth. He became Sakyamuni Buddha later on. You can travel to Lumbini both by road via Pokhara or Chitwan or directly by air from Kathmandu.

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is the place where once Manjushree Bodhisatto stood and watched the lake in the Kathmandu Valley. Nagarkot is at the eastern periphery of the Kathmandu Valley. The hilltop called Nagarkot is at more than 2,000 meters above the sea level and is the second highest peak in the Kathmandu Valley.

After an hour long exciting and winding drive, you will be able to feel the cool breeze of air blowing endlessly into your face, and see the widest range of Himalayas including Mount Everest with your bare eyes from here. It is also one of the best spots to visit for unmatched sunrise and sunset views.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan is also called Lalitpur, the beautiful city or the center of fine arts and superb craftsmanship. It has more than 55 major temples and 200 courtyards. The most famous and artistic temple is the Krishna Mandir dedicated to Lord Krishna. Major events mentioned in the great Hindu epic called Mahabharat are carved in the stones.

This temple is an outstanding masterpiece of Nepalese stone craftsmen. You need to explore some of the hidden sacred shrines such as Mahaboudha, popularly known as the temple of thousand Buddha, and the golden temple beyond the Durbar Square area to familiarize with the artistic treasure of Patan. If you want to see the temple architecture, you need to visit the Bhimsen Temple and the Kumbheswor Temple, too.

Pashupati

The Pashupati temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples in the Hindu world. It is situated only 5 kilometers east of the city center. Hindus worship the deity in the inner sanctum of the temple in the names of Lord Shiva, which means the enlightened one. Pashupati means free from worldly bondage and Mahadev means “the supreme God”.

The holy river called Bagmati flows nearby the temple. Cremation sites along the holy river are the most sacred place for Hindus to burn up their deceased ones. However, non-Hindus have to be satisfied with the glimpses of the periphery of the temple.

Thamel

Just 20 minutes leisurely walk from the city center, you will be taken to the busy streets at Thamel, another interesting and lively commercial tourist spot. You can buy anything you need and you want, and not only buy, but also sell the things you do not need.

This is the area where you might even meet with your old friends whom you have not met for years. The narrow but clean streets at Thamel are crowded with overseas visitors, street vendors, vehicles, and street hawkers throughout the year. You can enjoy the busy street just strolling or enjoy a nice meal at the restaurants or stay overnight at a lodge for a meager price.

Food

For groups with less than 10 persons, there will be breakfast and dinner only. If your group consists of 10 to 15 people, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The following tours / visits will be part of the program. However, the entrance fees are not included in the price.

  • 3 half-day sightseeing tours including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan, Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan Temple by air-conditioned van
  • 1 half-day Lumbini Garden visit with different monastery visit in rickshaw and one half-day Tilaurakot and Kapilvastu sight-seeing with guide

Entrance fees:

  • Pashupatinath Temple (1000 NPR)
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square (750 NPR)
  • Swoyambhunath Stupa (200 NPR)
  • Boudhanath Stupa (150 NPR)
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square (1500 NPR)
  • Changunarayan Temple (100 NPR)
  • Patan Durbar Square (550 NPR)
  • Pokhara (200 NPR)

What's included

  • 6 days yoga practice (one to one hour and 30 minutes) in hotel
  • Airport - hotel - airport transfers by air-conditioned van
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast in four-star Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Country Villa in Nagarkot
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Balthali Village Resort in Balthali
  • 2 night accommodation with breakfast in three-star Hotel Lumbini Garden New Crystal in Lumbini
  • Short hiking in Changunarayan and Balthali
  • Service of an English speaking guide during sight-seeing in Kathmandu / Lumbini
  • Kathmandu - Bhairahawa - Kathmandu by flight (224 USD per person)
  • Meals: 7 dinners in restaurant / hotel

What's not included

  • Entrance fees (45 - 48 USD)
  • All expenses of personal nature
  • Nepal visa fees
  • International flights
  • Charges for photography
  • Air ticket reconfirmation
  • Personal medical and health insurance
  • Emergency evacuation or rescue due to natural disaster and landslide, political disturbance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Adventure Snowman will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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Special discount

Upon arrival, present your Nepal visa receipt of 30 USD and get a refund of 30 USD from ASTT. Valid only until December 31, 2020

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