14 Days Cultural Immersion, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat Nepal

Humanitarian Nepal Yoga Retreat

Imagine gazing up at ancient Buddhist structures, eating meals with monks, trekking the Himalayas, morning Buddhist prayers, and misty morning rooftop yoga on tops of monasteries! How exciting would it be to see rhinos and monkeys, to experience local home-stays, to have tea inside a village Shaman's earthbag home and have intimate meetings with village leaders and meet local families? You can develop amazing friendships, heartwarming connections, and give back to the community through many humanitarian opportunities.

Retreat highlights

  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily meditation session
  • Sightseeing of historic religious and cultural UNESCO sites in Kathmandu
  • 4WD jungle safari tour inside the Royal Chitwan National Park
  • Trekking to Namobuddha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners

Yoga styles


13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Nepali, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated in hotels, monastery guesthouse, tents, and Tharu Retreat Center.

Program

Day 1 (November 7, 2018)

  • Arrival in Kathmandu anytime, transport from the airport to the team hotel.
  • Rest and recover from jetlag, walk through Thamel district to see the Diwali / Tihar festivities!
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Evening rooftop yoga / candlelight meditation for all those who have arrived by then.
  • Overnight in Kathmandu city hotel.

Day 2 (November 8, 2018)

  • Rooftop yoga overlooking Kathmandu and welcome breakfast
  • Opening circle
  • Full day of sightseeing of historic religious and cultural UNESCO sites in Kathmandu
  • Swyambhunath temple, a Buddhist / Hindu site. Enjoy the spectacular Kathmandu city skyline view from the top of Shyambhunath.
  • Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in the world
  • Lunch in Boudhanath village
  • Then onto Pashupatinath Temple and cremation funeral pyres. This is a very important Hindu site.
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Walk through Thamel district and observe Diwali / Tihar celebrations in the street.

Day 3 (November 9, 2018)

  • Rooftop yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Drive and trek up to Namobuddha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery
  • Explore monastery
  • Dinner with the monks
  • Candlelight meditation on monastery rooftop under millions of stars
  • Overnight in monastery guesthouse.

Day 4 (November 10, 2018)

  • Attend morning monk prayers and chants in the monastery (Puja).
  • Breakfast with monks
  • Monastery rooftop yoga
  • Meet with the head monk (Lama), tour the monastery grounds guided by monks, and enjoy general immersion with the monastery monks, asking any questions, sharing tea, etc.
  • Spend a relaxing day in the monastery and around the nearby mountains photographing prayer flags, learning about Buddhism
  • Evening puja in the monastery
  • Lunch and dinner in the monastery with monks
  • Evening rooftop candlelight meditation under the stars

Day 5 (November 11, 2018)

  • Attend morning puja and breakfast with the monks
  • Rooftop yoga
  • Drive to Kaule, our remote mountain village camp overlooking the Himalayan valley
  • Dinner at camp
  • Himalayan mountainside candlelight meditation
  • Overnight in tents on the mountain.

Day 6 (November 12, 2016)

  • Yoga on the mountainside
  • Breakfast at camp
  • Spend the day in Kaule village immersed in local Nepalese village life. Visit the local village school, meeting with school officials and interaction with students.
  • Learn about the humanitarian project at the school. Team members can even try teaching a portion of a class if they would like.
  • Rooftop lunch
  • Visit a women's collective shawl factory and shop.
  • Trek through terraced rice fields to village leader and shaman’s house. House visit and tea with the family in their sustainable earthbag home.
  • Learn about village politics, farming, lifestyle, and his role as a traditional Shaman.
  • Dinner at camp
  • Candlelight meditation on the mountainside
  • Remote Himalayan tent camping

Day 7 (November 13, 2018)

  • Mountainside yoga
  • Camp breakfast
  • Drive to Bandipur
  • Lunch and time to explore Bandipur mountain village, a beautifully preserved Newari mountainside town.
  • Dinner at Bandipur guesthouse.
  • Rooftop candlelight meditation
  • Overnight in hotel.

Day 8 (November 14, 2018)

  • Rooftop yoga
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Drive to Pokhara, trekker's paradise.
  • Relaxing boat ride across the Phewa Lake to a Hindu temple
  • Free time for shopping
  • Candlelight dinner and cultural show out at Lakeside
  • Overnight in hotel

Day 9 (November 15, 2018)

  • Rooftop yoga
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Trek to Dumpus Point for lunch, enjoying the magnificent Himalayan vista
  • Trek onwards to the remote Australia Camp (6,000 feet) on the beautiful Himalayan Annapurna Trail
  • Dinner at Australia Camp
  • Overnight in tents overlooking the Himalayan Valley
  • Candlelight meditation under the stars

Day 10 (November 16, 2018)

  • Up early for sunrise on the Himalayan range and mountaintop yoga.
  • Breakfast
  • Trek down to Dumpus Point
  • Lunch
  • Drive to Chitwan National Jungle Park in southern Nepal for Tharu Homestay Retreat
  • Dinner upon arrival at Tharu
  • Evening campfire
  • Overnight in Tharu Retreat Center

Day 11 (November 17, 2018)

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Canoe ride on Rapti River elephants, birds, water buffalo, monkeys, and crocodiles
  • Walk through village to lunch
  • 4WD jungle safari tour inside the Royal Chitwan National Park, spotting monkeys, deer, and rhinos
  • Relax at retreat center
  • Cultural immersion with village men and women: help them to cook dinner, dress up, dance, and eat with them
  • Enjoy their cultural dance
  • Overnight in Tharu Retreat Center

Day 12 (November 18, 2018)

  • Yoga
  • Breakfast
  • Drive to Kathmandu
  • Lunch along the way at a hillside restaurant
  • Dinner in hotel
  • Rooftop candlelight meditation
  • Overnight in Kathmandu hotel
  • Optional night out in Kathmandu

Day 13 (November 19, 2018)

  • Rooftop yoga
  • Hotel Breakfast. Cultural immersion trade workshops of choice (making momos, etc.).
  • Free afternoon in eclectic Thamel area of Kathmandu for shopping, relaxing, exploring, discovering, massages, etc.
  • Closing circle
  • Farewell Dinner out at an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show
  • Overnight in Kathmandu hotel

Day 14 (November 20, 2018)

  • Breakfast
  • Optional adventure extra: Mountain flight to Mount Everest early in the morning
  • International flights. Transportation to the airport is provided.

Included excursions

  • 4WD jungle safari tour inside the Royal Chitwan National Park
  • A visit to Kaule village
  • Canoe ride on Rapti River
  • Explore Bandipur mountain village
  • Relaxing boat ride across the Phewa Lake to a Hindu temple
  • Sightseeing of historic religious and cultural UNESCO sites in Kathmandu
  • Trekking to Dumpus Point and Australia camp
  • Trekking to Namobuddha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Retreat location

During this retreat, you will visit various locations in Nepal such as Kathmandu, Thamel District, Namobuddha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Kaule village, Bandipur, Pokhara, Phewa Lake, Dumpus Point, Rapti River, and Royal Chitwan National Park.

Food

All dietary requirements are accommodated. The food is mostly traditional vegetarian Nepal dal bhat, Tibetan noodles, Tibetan thukpa soup, and rice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • A flight over Mount Everest (230 USD)
  • Humanitarian aid placement

What's included

  • Daily yoga class
  • Daily meditation session
  • All transportation
  • All activities and entrance fees
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners

What's not included

  • International airfare to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • Lunches and beverages
  • Tips for drivers and guides (10 percent are expected)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Enlightened Globetrekker Adventures 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

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Wednesday November 7, 2018
Departure: Tuesday November 20, 2018

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