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12 Day Majestic Tour and Yoga Holiday Nepal

Hotel Yak and Yeti, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Kathmandu District, Bagmati Zone, Nepal

Breathtaking Nepal Yoga Retreat

Enjoy the grandeur of the majestic Himalayas, feel the peace, and lose yourself in an ultimate pampering experience like never before! Surrounding yourself with magnificent mountain views, ethnic villages with terraced farmland and hospitable local people, and experiencing the ecological and cultural diversity, makes this trip an exciting and fascinating trek in itself. Combining this with yoga and meditation on the grassy meadows of the foothills of the majestic mountains and a relaxing spa and healing therapies, makes it a powerful rest and recuperative journey, physically and spiritually!

Highlights

  • 7 morning yoga practices
  • Relaxing meditation sessions
  • Paragliding from Sarangkot to Pokhara
  • Half-day guided city tour in Kathmandu Valley
  • Therapies, massages, and spa treatments
  • Welcome dinner and most meals
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • Return airport transfers

Yoga styles


11 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Swedish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

You will be accommodated for 11 nights in five-star hotels and luxury boutique resorts. For the first, second, and on the last night of your tour, you will stay at Hotel Yak and Yeti, the third and fourth nights at Namo Buddha Resort, the fifth and sixth nights at The Old Inn Bandipur, the seventh and eighth nights at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, and you will spend your tenth night at Bhanjyang Village Lodge.

Program

In today’s modern world, you are often caught in the compulsions of a stress-inducing lifestyle, resulting in the existence or the lack of certain physical and mental conditions or diseases. It very often takes a breakdown in your physical and emotional health to make you seek intervention. Yoga is believed to calm the nervous system and balance the body, mind, and spirit.

Yoga dates back to over 5,000 years and is a form of a spiritual practice in India and Nepal. In recent years, benefits of yoga on the human body has been approved by modern medical science and has been used for treating various health-related problems - to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve coordination, flexibility, concentration, sleep, and digestion, to name a few. What makes this trip special are:

  • Yoga sessions to rejuvenate and cleanse the body
  • Meditation sessions to calm the mind and improve focus
  • Spa treatments to rejuvenate the body and remove toxins
  • Nourishing, organic vegetarian food to detoxify and heal the body
  • The majestic Himalayan environment, which allows you to benefit from the positive energy it literally emits
  • Community service to experience the joy of giving

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu / transfer to Hotel Yak and Yeti / welcome dinner

Once you reach Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and finish with the immigration and customs formalities, be prepared to confront the confusion outside the airport which is common in most of the South Asian countries. As you walk out of the exit door into the passenger pick-up area, you will see hundreds of people with different signboards in their hands, taxi drivers looking for fares, hotel touts looking for customers, and porters trying to help with the luggage for tips.

Please remain calm and do not walk out of the restricted area into the crowd straight away. Remain there and try to find the “Hi On Life” signboard. Once you spot it, walk straight to the signboard and identify yourself. From here, Hi On Life Adventures will take care of you. When you arrive at your hotel, you will be briefed about your activities and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in Kathmandu. Some documents will also be collected from you. Please have the following things handy when arriving:

  • Travel / medical insurance (photocopy)
  • 2 passport-size photos
  • Photocopy of your passport

In the evening, you will go for a traditional Nepali dinner at Kathmandu’s finest Nepali restaurant.

Day 2 - City tour and trek briefing

Today, you explore and experience the grandeur of the ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture and architecture, and the finesse of the ancient traditional Newari craftsmanship in their temples. This guided tour is focused on presenting you the history and culture of the Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast, you have a half-day guided city tour around the valley, where you will visit Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

You will end your sightseeing with lunch at OR2K, an organic vegetarian restaurant. After your lunch, you will return to the hotel and your group leader will give you your trip briefing and issue you your ‘travel pack’ consisting of a duffle bag, Hi On Life Adventures t-shirt, microfleece pullover which is perfect while doing yoga in the early morning chills, and down jacket. Your afternoon is free for you to do your packing and purchasing your last minute items for your trip.

Day 3 - Morning visit to Bhaktapur and drive to Namo Buddha / afternoon - head and shoulder massage / overnight at Namo Buddha Resort

After breakfast, you will drive 45 minutes to the old city of Bhaktapur. You will eat lunch at Bhaktapur and continue to drive to Namo Buddha, which takes about 45 minutes. On arrival, you will check in to Namo Buddha Resort. It is famous for its Namo Buddha Monastery which is regarded as a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage place. The resort is built on a hilltop with magnificent mountain views. You can stroll around the property of the resort or walk down to the local village.

In the afternoon, you will then be treated with a deep relaxing head and shoulder massage by your experts. An evening meal made of freshly picked vegetables from the organic garden of the resort and the peace and quietness away from the bustles of the city makes it a relaxing way to end the day.

Day 4 - Yoga / meditation at the monastery / exploration at leisure / afternoon - flotation therapy / overnight at Namo Buddha Resort

You will begin your day at sunrise with Surya Namaskaram (salutation to the sun), followed by other yoga under the instruction of a qualified yoga instructor. Breakfast is served at the common hall of the resort. The mornings are always the best time of the day for mountain views. You can have a relaxing morning, exploring the village, or within the resort enjoying the mountain views and the beautiful landscape.

Depending on the timing of the monastery, which is either in the morning or in the afternoon, you go the monastery to participate in the meditation with the monks. In the afternoon, you can take turns for the flotation therapy. Evenings are usually spent sharing experiences and problems with the yoga instructor who is also a qualified Reiki healing practitioner.

Day 5 - Drive to Bandipur / relaxing afternoon - explore old ethnic town / afternoon - deep tissue therapy / overnight at Hotel Old Inn

To avoid the traffic, you will be going in the early morning from Namo Buddha. It is 190 kilometers from Namo Buddha to Bandipur which takes about six hours on a normal traffic day. You will drive into the Kathmandu Valley from the east and again drive out of the valley at Thankot in the west. The road follows alongside the Trishuli River and then the Marshyandi River. There are interesting views of the paddy fields and villages and Nepali landscapes of undulating hills and valleys as you cross from one valley unto the next. At Dumre, you leave the national highway and drive seven kilometers on a picturesque windy road to Bandipur.

Upon arrival, you will check in to the Old Inn, the finest hotel at Bandipur known for its old Newari architectural building, comfortable stay, beautiful surroundings, and mountain views. The afternoon is free to explore the old ethnic town, which is known for its old Newari architecture, you will meet others for tea in the late afternoon; after which you will be treated with deep tissue massage therapy by experts (you will enjoy this after the long drive).

Day 6 - Sunrise view from Tundikhel / yoga / hike to Siddha Cave / afternoon - reflexology / overnight at Hotel Old Inn

You will walk to Tundikhel which is the vantage point for sunrise in the Himalayan range. After sunrise viewing, you will begin your morning yoga session followed by breakfast. There are several options for short hikes in Bandipur, the hike to the Siddha Cave being one of them. Siddha Cave is the second largest cave in Asia. You can also just relax and walk through the old town absorbing the relaxing 18th-century ambiance.

Siddha Cave is a must-see destination in Bandipur, discovered only in 1987. Rich in stalactites and stalagmites, it is said to be the largest cave in the Himalayan region. You can come back to the hotel later for lunch. The afternoon is free for you to have time on your own. You will meet others for tea in the late afternoon, after which you will be treated with reflexology by experts!

Day 7 - Yoga / drive to Pokhara / free day - explore town / afternoon - trekkers’ massage / overnight at Temple Tree Resort & Spa

You will participate in a yoga session in the morning followed by breakfast, then after you drive to Pokhara which is 80 kilometers from Bandipur and takes about two and a half hours. The lakeside, where your hotel is located, is a chilled-out and charming town stretching along the shore of a tranquil lake with bobbing paddle boats. On arrival to Pokhara, you will check in to the Temple Tree resort.

In the afternoon, you will have a session of trekker’s massage which is a mixture of Thai and Ayurvedic massage. It is a perfect relaxation after trekking or long drives. In the evening, you can eat at the restaurants along the lakeside where you can meet travelers from around the world. Recommended restaurants are The Olive Café, Moondance, OR2K, Roadhouse Café, etc. Your group leader will arrange a dinner at one of these fantastic restaurants.

Day 8 - Yoga / free day / afternoon - the Serenity Spa / overnight at Temple Tree Resort & Spa

Early morning yoga will be held either in the hotel garden or at the Peace Stupa which is a short drive from the hotel. After breakfast, you will have a free morning. You can walk along the lakeside, hire a bike and ride around the town, go shopping, or simply go to a restaurant facing the lakeside where you can get a hammock, order a smoothie, and read your book. There are several restaurants to choose from for your lunch.

You will meet the group at the hotel at 15:00 for a pampering session - the Serenity Spa package. The Serenity Spa package includes body scrub, facial, manicure, and pedicure. Dinner at the OR2K restaurant is a perfect end to this pampering and relaxing day.

Day 9 - Yoga / drive to Naudanda and trek to Sarangkot / afternoon - meditation / overnight at Bhanjyang Village Lodge

Today, you will have an early start. After breakfast, you will drive along the Seti River and windy climb to Naudanda, the starting point of your trek. It takes about an hour to drive here. The view of the Annapurna range dominated by the Fishtail Mountain is just fabulous. The trek follows the north side of the Phewa Lake passing beautiful villages and terraced farms.

You will reach Sarangkot early in the afternoon and check in to Bhanjyang Village Lodge upon arrival. The afternoon is free to explore the small bustling village or just enjoy the serene sunset view from the lodge or from the viewpoint 20 minutes’ walk up from the lodge. After sunset, you will go into meditation to relax and cleanse your mind. Dinner will be served at the lodge.

Day 10 - Sunrise view from Sarangkot / yoga / paraglide to Pokhara / afternoon - the Ayurvedic package / overnight at Temple Tree Resort & Spa

The lodge provides a brilliant place for a yoga session in the front yard before breakfast. After breakfast, your belongings will be taken to Pokhara in a car and you can get ready for your amazing experience in paragliding. Paragliding from Sarangkot is regarded as the most scenic paragliding in the world. The take-off point is a grassy meadow which is a short walk from the lodge. You will have experienced pilots, both local and foreigners, who will be flying your tandem paraglide.

You will be airborne 30 to 40 minutes depending on the thermals. You will fly above the Phewa Lake with a bird’s eye view of the lake and Pokhara City with amazing views of the Annapurna range towards the north. You will land on the banks of the lake and then drive to your hotel. In the afternoon, you will be pampered with another half-day spa, the Ayurvedic package (PICU treatment, Shirodhara, body massage, and reflexology)

Day 11 - Morning - fly to Kathmandu / afternoon at leisure / shopping / overnight at Hotel Yak and Yeti

The final session of yoga which will also include a meditation reconfirming all the benefits of this physical and spiritual journey this trip has made. After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport and fly to Kathmandu which is a 30-minute scenic mountain flight flying parallel to the Himalayas. On arrival, you will check in to Hotel Yak and Yeti. The rest of the afternoon is free until the evening when you will go for a nice farewell dinner, a perfect way to end this trip of a lifetime!

Day 12 - Trip ends / final departure

Hi On Life Adventures will give you transportation to the airport according to your flight times. You need to check out of the hotel at 12:30, but you can organize to store your luggage if you have a late evening flight and you wish to take a walk into the town.

Included excursions

  • A half-day guided city tour around the Kathmandu Valley to visit Boudhanath Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Scenic paragliding experience from Sarangkot to Pokhara

Retreat location

This tour will take you to travel the central an western parts of Nepal. Nepal is a tiny country, nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world. Covering an area of only 147,181 square kilometers, Nepal encompasses the world’s highest mountains and the deepest valleys as well as low elevation rainforest.

Although the width of the country is only 200 kilometers north to south, Nepal has the highest altitude variation of any country on earth, from 20 meters above sea level to 8,848 meters above sea level (top of Everest). This wide diversity of landform gives Nepal an incredible wealth of flora and fauna. Nepal is not only famous for its landscape but also renowned for the friendliness of its people.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal was once thought to be the fabled and inaccessible Shangri-La. It is now a hub for independent travelers as well as a growing vacation spot catering to all budgets. The city with a population of 2.5 million stands at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major hills: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu was ranked third among the top 10 travel destinations on the rise in the world by TripAdvisor and ranked first in Asia.

Boudhanath

This Buddhist stupa is one of the largest in the world. As of 1979, Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet which enters the Kathmandu Valley by the village of Sankhu in the northeast corner. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

This square held the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who ruled over the city. Along with these palaces, the square surrounds quadrangles, revealing courtyards and temples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Several buildings in the square collapsed due to a major earthquake on April 25, 2015. Kumari Ghar, or the temple where the Living Goddess resides, also lies in this square. In Nepal, it is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls (known as Kumari) as manifestations of the divine female energy or “devi” in Hindu religious traditions.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most captivating architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. It is situated in Bhaktapur, which used to be the largest of the three Newar kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century.

The square consists of pagodas and shikhara style temples and stone monoliths perched with golden effigies that surround the main palace of brick and wood. It is also famous for beautiful wood carvings in every gateways and window. The Golden Gate is said to be the most beautiful and richly molded specimen of its kind in the entire world.

Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is a tiny terraced farming village amidst a pine forest, providing a panoramic mountain view, temples, and diverse variety of landscape. On a clear day, you get views of the majestic Mount Everest (8,848 meters), Mount Lhotse (8,510 meters), Mount Cho Oyu (8,201 meters) and Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters), and Mount Shishapangma (8,010 meters) along with several other gigantic mountains. Namo Buddha Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Nepal and one of the holiest in the world.

It is known as the place where the Buddha, in a previous life as a prince, gave his body to a starving tigress and her cubs out of love and compassion. There is a cave with statues of the prince, the tigress and the cubs on this site. Namo Buddha is otherwise known by Tibetans and people of the Himalayan regions as "Takmo Lu Jin", which is literally translated as "Tigress Body Generosity".

Bandipur

Bandipur is one of the new emerging destinations of Nepal in the form of community-based tourism. It is an ancient Newari mountain town, untouched by modernization, thus offering a splendid variety of natural and socio-cultural diversity. charming and peaceful environment, and friendly locals. Bandipur is an ancient trading town along the India-Tibet trade route, established by the Newar traders from the Kathmandu valley. With them, they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.

Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve the magic while developing the town as a destination. There are charming cafes and lodges offering outdoor dining along the street of the main town which is pedestrian zone giving it the delicate mix of its 18th century traditional experiences with a distinctly European feel. To the north, the skyline is dominated by the Majestic Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Langtang ranges.

Pokhara

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. With spectacular scenery, adventure activities, and accommodation and food choices galore, Pokhara is Nepal’s number 1 adventure and leisure city. Pokhara is well-known as a starting point for various trekking trail and expeditions in the Annapurna making it a favorite hub where travelers and adventure lovers from around the world meet. Other than being famous for being a starting point of some of the best treks in the world, Pokhara also offers adrenaline activities such as ultralight flying, paragliding, skydiving, ziplining, bungee jumping, rafting, and kayaking. There are plenty of souvenir shops.

Sarangkot

Sarangkot is a small village perched on top of a hill which extends above the Phewa lake. Sarangkot is famous for its breathtaking dawn and dusk view of the Annapurna Himalaya, when the sun picks out the peaks, transforming them from a purple-pink to a celestial gold. You can see a panoramic of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters) in the west to the perfect pyramid of Machhapuchhare (6,997 meters), the tent-like peak of Annapurna II (7,937 meters) to Lamjung (6,983 meters) in the east. Sarangkot is also the take-off point for paragliding.

Food

On your first day, you will be served a welcome dinner. All meals are also included, but Hi On Life Adventures has deliberately not included a couple of lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara considering that there are so many restaurants to choose from. If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please send an inquiry to Hi On Life Adventures and give a list of what you can and can’t eat so that proper food can be provided for you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • 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)

Optional community service

Volunteer teacher service: You will be offered a trip to Thade, a remote village South of Mount Everest, where Hi On Life Adventures have opened a school for the children of this underprivileged village and other similar villages nearby. Your time and effort to teach English language and other subjects will be highly appreciated in this institution that aims on giving top quality education focusing on English to its children on a minimum cost and scholarships.

  • Food and lodging: 140 USD per week per person
  • Transportation: 400 USD (one-way flight and one way by private jeep - the cost of the jeep can be divided among participants if there are more than one participants)

Volunteer medical service

Hi On Life Adventures offers you a trip to remote villages like Wapsa with practically no medical facilities. Set up medical camps, where you can give education and training on basic first aid and specially focus on training local midwives on child delivery. As of 2006, only 14 percent of deliveries in rural Nepal occur with the presence of a skilled birth attendant.

Over the past decade, Nepal has taken on the challenges of the UN millennium development goals to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health by implementing maternal-child healthcare initiatives in its more rural areas and has managed to reduce the infant mortality rate from 75 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1999 to the current recorded rate of 44.54. However, some villages like Wapsa, has no medical facilities at all. Your time and effort on educating the locals on basic first aid and midwifery will save many lives and will be appreciated beyond words of gratitude.

  • Food and lodging: 140 USD per week per person
  • Transportation: 500 USD (return flight to the nearest airport and jeep to the nearest point of the village)

Other optional activities

  • Hiking to Siddha Cave
  • Meditation with the monks at Namo Buddha Monastery
  • Dining in many restaurants in Pokhara

Spa treatments

Flotation therapy

This therapy is essentially a way of achieving deep relaxation by spending an hour or more lying quietly in the darkness, suspended in a warm solution of Epsom salt. A therapeutic session in a flotation tank typically lasts an hour. For the first forty minutes, it is reportedly possible to experience itching in various parts of the body (a phenomenon also reported to be common during the early stages of meditation).

The last twenty minutes often end with a transition from beta or alpha brainwaves to theta, which typically occurs briefly before sleep and again at waking. In a flotation tank, the theta state can last indefinitely without the subject losing consciousness. Many use the extended theta state as a tool for enhanced creativity and problem solving or for super learning. Below are the 10 benefits of floatation therapy:

  • Improving sleep
  • Stress relief and treating stress-related illness
  • Treating fibromyalgia
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Magnesium absorption from the Epsom salt-infused water to facilitate flushing of lactic acid from tired muscles, allowing them to recover from an intense workout faster
  • Better skin
  • Restoring healthier hair
  • A break from those electronic gadgets
  • Overcoming addiction

Deep tissue massage

This massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissues. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the conracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons, and fascia.

Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the belief that there are reflex areas on feet (and hands) corresponding to all the parts of the body including major organs. It is believed that applying pressure to specific areas of the feet and hands can affect internal organs and the body systems, and therefore promote good health.

PICU treatment

PICU is an Ayurvedic process that uses herb-infused cotton strips over certain areas of the body. It stimulates and strengthens the nervous and muscular systems, increases the blood circulation and the metabolic rate.

Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a unique treatment where medicated oils are poured over the forehead in a regular stream for a definite period. It is an effective therapy for mental relaxation. It cures insomnia, stress, depression and increases mental agility.

What's included

  • 7 morning yoga practices
  • Relaxing meditation sessions
  • 1 Surya Namaskaram session
  • Half-day guided city tour with lunch in Kathmandu Valley
  • Paragliding from Sarangkot to Pokhara (if you do not wish to participate, the price will be deducted from the total cost)
  • All therapies, massages, and spa
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • All meals while on tour except 2 dinners in Kathmandu and 2 lunches in Pokhara
  • Welcome dinner
  • All internal transportation in private vehicle
  • Services of English and/or Swedish-speaking guide where necessary
  • All entrance fees of sightseeing points
  • Airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Airport transfers to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • Use of a personal trek pack consisting of duffle bag and down jacket
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Personal accident and rescue insurance
  • Mineral water, beer, soft drinks, and extra tea or coffee outside of normal meal times
  • Private room accommodation unless a single supplement is paid
  • 2 dinners in Kathmandu and 2 lunches in Pokhara
  • Optional tips for guides and porters
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Helicopter evacuation

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. Hi On Life 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

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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