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6 Days Yoga Pilgrimage Retreat in Nepal

  • Ward 6, 4-Kha Chapali V.D.C, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal


Yoga Pilgrimage Retreat in Nepal

Come on a journey to a land known for its rich source of spirituality. Inspire your practice as we guide you through local pilgrimage sites. Step out of your daily routine and connect to your inner wisdom. Discover Nepals living traditions disperse across the Kathmandu Valley. Develop your yoga practice, take a hike against the backdrop of the Himalayas and wander through the night markets of Thamel. Have a chai, discover a momo, experience Nepal, experience yourself.

20% of profits from this retreat will be donated back towards Rebuild / Education within Nepal.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily workshops and lectures
  • Guided hikes with outdoor yoga practice
  • One bodywork treatment (either cranial sacral therapy or Ayurvedic body massage)
  • Scheduled excursions to local pilgrimage sites
  • Vegetarian meals daily and unlimited herbal tea
  • One-time drop-off and pick up to Thamel
  • 5 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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Situated in a beautiful rural, home-stay setting, Chandra Ban offers a quiet sanctuary with fresh air, an extensive garden with private terrace or garden area to watch the sunset over Nagajuna Mountain. Shared room accommodation for 5 nights. A spacious and harmonious setting, each room has an expansive view out to the villages and fields in the foreground and the lights of Kathmandu city in the rear. Each accommodation has free WiFi, a fridge, dish, TV, DVD player, kettle and water filter.

This course includes lectures on yoga to support the daily yoga asana practices and facilitate an understanding of yoga on the whole. Yoga classes are suitable for all levels and are modified to suit individual levels and needs. In between the yoga curriculum, students will be exploring a series of local pilgrimage sites and cultural landscapes. One hour of bodywork is inclusive in the retreat package. The daily schedule allows for additional bodywork sessions in the mornings after yoga practice.

In addition to Routes of Yoga, our resident local guide will join during the excursions. Based in and studying Buddhism in Nepal, the guides input allows the history and philosophy of these sites to be covered in more detail.


Day 1

  • Students arrive at Kathmandu at their own convenience. A welcome dinner is provided for students arriving at the venue by dinner time.
  • 19:00 - Welcome dinner, meet and greet

Days 2-5

  • 07:30 - Morning practice
  • 10:00 - Breakfast
  • 11:00 - Leisure time / Excursions
  • 16:00 - Workshop / Lecture
  • 17:00 - Evening practice
  • 19:00 - Dinner

Day 6

  • 07:30 - Final practice and closing
  • 10:30 - Breakfast
  • 12:00 - Checkout

This is a general schedule and subject to change depending on the weather and activities. Please note that excursions are organized during leisure time on each day. These events punctuate the general schedule listed above.

Daphne Charles

Co-founder of Routes of Yoga, Daphne travels worldwide to teach yoga events, workshops and teacher trainings. She commits to sharing the teachings of yoga with clarity and heart, in the same grain that she has been fortunate enough to receive.

Raised in Singapore and Australia, Daphne had a natural tendency toward the body and movement and explored this through athletics and dance in her youth. Her yoga journey began in 2003, when she was studying architecture in university. It came from a simple desire to get to know her self. Yoga was the one practice that injected enough space and solitude for that to occur holistically.

Daphne is an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) with the Yoga Alliance. She has a Bachelor of Planning and Design, Bachelor of Architecture and is a certified Permaculturist. When she started teaching yoga and working with different human structures and shapes, it becomes evident that yoga and her further studies in places like Nepal and India was a natural progression from her spatial education. It was an upgrade to a more sophisticated understanding of the natural laws of the universe taught through the ancient wisdom of yoga and its philosophy.

Her deeply rooted interest is in the quality of space. This is an underlying theme for her and is what she now teaches and creates on a multitude of scales. From the subtle realms of the body, mind and breath to their projections and forms in the external environment, Daphnes proficiency is in the creation and recalibration towards harmonious space and geometry. In yoga, the quality of space is observed within the microcosmic realms of the bodys mobility and functionality within its anatomical structure, the energetic realm of the breath and the calm of the mind.

Daphne is grateful to Andrey Lappa for introducing her to the universal nature of yoga and his teachings through the years. It is through the clarity of this base that she has been able to progress on with her journey expansively.

Chandra Ban is located just under the Shivapuri forest on the north side of the Kathmandu valley rim. It is about 10 minute by car, east of the Sleeping Vishnu Temple of Budhanilkantha or 20 minutes walking.


  • Center of Kathmandu - 25 minutes
  • Kathmandu Airport - 1 hour
  • Sleeping Vishnu Temple -10 minutes by car or 20 minutes walk
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

Vegetarian food will be served, three times a day. Unlimited herbal tea will be provided.

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 1 bodywork treatment
  • Daily yoga classes, workshops and lectures
  • Guided hikes with outdoor yoga practice
  • One-time evening drop-off and pick up to Thamel
  • Scheduled excursions including inland transport, guides and entrance passes
  • Vegetarian meals daily and unlimited herbal tea
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
For information about the booking conditions, please send Routes of Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Yvonne
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Anton, what can I say, it has been an incredible four weeks and I am really glad that I survived the training, having sweat, tears, and blood, literally. Thank you for the patient teaching, especially on the yoga philosophy. It really helped me understand better than reading yoga sutras by myself from a book. I am so glad to make the decision to go through my yoga teacher training with the two of you."

    "If there is one thing that I have learnt from the both of you, its that to remain true to yourself, both on and off the mat. I can see that in you and I want to work towards the same for myself. Thank you for reminding me that being a yoga teacher is not for myself, but the students. Its not about the teacher, but rather the students. I still have an aversion to teaching, but am glad I choose to take the exams. Thank you once again, for being with me and helping me deepen my practice and understanding." website, edited

  • Review by Shouro from India
    10 out of 10

    "Boohoo! Oh my God! I cannot believe it is over. Never knew time could go so quickly. But then again, it is one more day closer to Route of Yoga's next course! Thank you so much for organizing a wonderful success. Glad to be here and I really look forward to the next one. With lots of positive thoughts, love, and respect, from your humble student."

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  • Review by Melissa Ong
    10 out of 10

    "When I was considering this Nepal trip, I was very apprehensive. My usual idea of a holiday is a 5-star hotel, but speaking with Routes of Yoga puts my worries to rest. The minute I clicked send on my booking, I could not shake off that sense of excitement! I did not know what to expect from the trip and it turned out to be such a life changing experience for me! Everything was impeccably organized. From yoga practice in the beautiful outdoors, to browsing the bustling shops around the majestic Boudhanath Stupa, or exploring the sacred grounds of Pashupatinath Temple, every activity was an opportunity to learn more about the rich culture and spirituality that Nepal holds."

    "The yoga sessions were so thoughtfully lead! Vinyasa practices got us warmed up in the cool mornings, while soothing evening classes made sure our post-hike legs would not feel sore the next day. After experiencing such personalized instruction, I would never be able to go to one of those run-of-the-mill yoga studios! I had the honor of meeting an amazing group of participants from around the world. We came together as individuals embarking on personal adventures, but left as friends, having shared this portion of the journey together."

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  • Review by Lacey
    10 out of 10

    "Daphne and Anton, thank you both so much for this life changing experience. I not only learnt more than I ever have in 23 days, but I seriously made the best friends and had the greatest time. You both are amazing yoga teachers with so much passion and talent. When I arrived I couldn't believe how awesome of shape you both were in (Daphne, you are the most beautiful person ever). You both are glowing. Please continue to change the lives of many with your teachings!" website, edited

  • Review by Amelia
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! What an incredible 23 days here in Ubud. So grateful for Routes of Yoga coming into my life and encouraging me to spend my summer in such a beautiful environment. How special it was to learn from two passionate personable and authentic instructors. You both shared so much information, knowledge, and life lessons with each of us. The program was run so smoothly and professional. Everyday, I would leave Taksu smarter, stronger, and more inspired than when I arrived in the morning. Mahalo for everything! Thank you for putting together such a memorable teacher training." website, edited

  • Review by Rory
    10 out of 10

    "It was a life transforming experience!" website, edited

  • Review by Dessy
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Daphne and Anton, you both are amazing! You both are the best teacher I ever had! God bless you." website, edited

  • Review by Maddy
    10 out of 10

    "Danton (Daphne and Anton), as I mentioned, this course has been a total transformation for me. I have learnt so much not only about yoga, but also about myself and my abilities. It has been the most unbelievable and cool experience made possible by you guys. All my love and best for all your future endeavors." website, edited

  • Review by Claudia
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Daphne and Anton, I nearly wanted to write something in Portuguese, so that I could express my feelings better. Even though I just wanted to share how lovely this (almost) one month that we spent together was. So many things I learn, not just about yoga, but about myself since these days inspired me in so many ways. Thank you very much for all you guys have shared with us. This is just priceless. I will never forget you!" website, edited

  • Review by Yuka Takahashi
    10 out of 10

    "I cannot thank you two enough. Thank you for having me. It has been amazing experiences, much more than I expected.The first day, Anton welcomed me at the entrance, I was so nervous. I was like okay I know his face! I saw him online and he looks a bit scary. I found out he is not soon. And, OMG Daphne! You are smoking hot! I tell you now cause its over. Sometimes, I was just staring at you. Whatever you said, it did not come into my brain! I was just staring at you. You are too beautiful for being teacher!"

    "But, you two both are so good at teaching and I really feel I have leant something important. Not only about yoga.Thank you again! I am so going to miss you two! Hope to see you again and join some classes at some point!" website, edited

  • Review by Yvonne
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Daphne, thank you so much for bring a big and exciting part of my yoga journey. From guiding me in Yin classes to introducing me to Vinyasa style classes, and now guiding me to be a baby yoga teacher. It has been a tiring journey, these past four weeks. From the mind boggling anatomy lectures to the oh-so interesting subtle stuff of yoga and the most challenging part of the teacher training, talking to students, and the sleepless nights spent talking to myself."

    "My favorite part of the training is of course, coming up with a sequence that makes sense for me and Im so glad I had a chance to do this practice here. Really very grateful to have this chance to really immerse myself in all yoga things, but I know that this is just the beginning of a new journey and there is still so much to learn and process. Only when I am able to internalize what I know can I learn to teach others. If there is one thing that I remember from what you said, it is to teach what you know and practice what you teach. With love and gratitude." website, edited

  • Review by Cindy from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "In my opinion, a good teacher is not just someone who imparts all his or her knowledge, but someone who can interest the students in the subject and make them want to discover more about that subject. I think you guys did just that. Thanks for being a big part of my yoga journey and inspiring me to go on discovering more about yoga."

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  • Review by Belle from Hong Kong
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Daphne and Anton, Thank you kindly for an incredible experience. I learnt a lot of new words, postures and exercises, and how to breath, but most importantly, I learnt about how yoga can develop inner strength and character and found beauty in a humbling and peaceful way. You both are very gifted and have a manner and grace, which is supportive and encouraging. Truly wonderful."

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  • Review by Nayana from India
    10 out of 10

    "The last few days have been beautiful and it has changed my life in a million ways. The course was very peaceful, just like the both of you! We had enough time to practice, meditate, and learn more about yoga and how it is so much more than physical asanas. I almost felt like you were hosting us in your own house. Thank you so much for everything. I go back with a lot more understanding of yoga, life, breath, and just myself. You both have and always will be very special to me. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Rob from UK
    10 out of 10

    "The Bali retreat was amazing! The town of Ubud with its beautiful countryside and quaint town provided the perfect environment for the retreat. The five days of teaching helped to deepen my understanding and practice yoga in a very friendly, natural environment. I am already looking forward to the next retreat."

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  • Review by Cyndy from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "I am missing Bali already! In my opinion, the retreat was really well-organized, from logistics to programs. We were introduced to the different facets of yoga, which were intriguing and sometimes mind-boggling. The workshops gave me a broad understanding of what yoga encompasses. And, I guess what is most enjoyable is having a group of like-minded individuals to practice and share with. Thanks once again for this great trip!"

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  • Review by Chris from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I really enjoyed the retreat, thank you. I could have stayed for five weeks instead of five days! I like the style, in which Anton and Daphne teach their classes and found the information provided additional to the classes was great. Many of the questions I have about Ashtanga and Vinyasa based Hatha yoga practice were answered before I got to ask. For me, personally the retreat was an absolute pleasure. I enjoyed the teaching, food, location, and surrounds. I would recommend it to anyone seeking that style of yoga."

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  • Review by Joyce from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you both so much for the amazing retreat! It was a lot of fun, we had great food, fantastic company, and of course, not forgetting the energizing and wonderful yoga! The trip was thoughtfully planned and you guys really spared no efforts to make sure we were comfortable at all times. Many of the things shared with us during the practices and the various workshops are new to me, and I would definitely like to learn and explore more about the various aspects of yoga. Lastly, kudos to you two lovely teachers!"

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Arrival: Tuesday November 15, 2016
Departure: Sunday November 20, 2016

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