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Deepen and nourish your yoga sadhana during a long immersion at the foot of the Himalayas in the magical Nepal. This yoga journey is a gentle and nurturing way to experience the majesty of Nepal and the sharpness of a yoga practice at the origins of the philosophy itself. You will practice, get to know the local culture, and experience beautiful and serene surroundings!
During this retreat, you will stay in a variety of comfortable shared accommodations, including a lovely eco-hotel in Kathmandu, local village home stays on the trek, and a beautiful and serene Resort in Hattiban, overlooking the Kathmandu valley. In Kathmandu, you will stay in one of the finest eco-hotels in the country. It boasts authentic Nepalese architecture, decor, food, and hospitality. This place is a perfect treat before and after the yoga trek.
It is centrally located in Kathmandu, yet manages to maintain the natural beauty of its surrounding gardens. The hotel also works hard to preserve the cultural heritage of Kathmandu Valley. During the trek you will stay in traditional Nepalese homestays. This is an opportunity to connect directly and personally with the vibrant and hospitable Nepalese culture. In Hattiban, you will enjoy the luxuries of the Himalayan Height Resort, with breathtaking views over the Kathmandu Valley.
This yoga journey is an immersive experience in each of the three locations that you will visit; Daman, Chitlang, and Hattiban, all at comfortable low altitudes below 2200 meters. You will trek between these three areas, and then stay put for several days to dive deep into yoga practice at a safe low altitude. During your journey, you will experience many facets of traditional Nepali life and culture, from the bustle of Kathmandu to the simpler village life in the countryside.
The yoga practice on this trek is gentle and nourishing, suitable for all levels and with the aim of taking you deeper on your yoga journey. This trek is perfect for those new to yoga.
You will wake early to practice yoga outdoors at sunrise, then perhaps take a walk to the lake, have a swim, and meditate by the lakeside. Later, you will enjoy a cup of Nepali tea as you discuss Patanjali’s yoga sutras and meditate as the sun sets. This is a time to be still and to contemplate surrounded by the majesty and mysticism of Nepal’s deeply spiritual culture and magical landscape.
You will deepen not just the physical practice of yoga, but you will gain an awareness of the vast philosophical roots and heritage of this multifold path. Yoga, meditation, and philosophical reflection are included as an integral part of the trek in order to provide some insight into the meaning behind the many spiritual sights and symbols you encounter. You will experience the significance of sacred places and the practices taking place there.
Arrival in Kathmandu and welcome dinner. The maximum altitude is 1400 meters.
During the second day, you will meet with your guides and Ellen to take care of any last shopping and preparing before setting off into the mountains
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Daman on the old highway; this will take from three to four hours. Daman is situated on a ridge with a pleasant climate year-round. On a clear day, you can see the Himalayan range all the way from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east. The maximum altitude is 2322 meters.
On this day, you will immerse in a yoga flow practice in the early morning to later explore the flora and fauna of Daman. This area is home to a variety of orchids and other exotic Himalayan flowers. There are plenty of nice hiking opportunities to explore. You will have an overnight at homestay in Daman.
During the fifth day, you will enjoy a yoga immersion during the morning and also in the afternoon. The rest of the day will be yours to explore the area.
After an early yoga session and breakfast, you’ll trek to Chitlang. Formerly called Chitrapur, this village was an important stopover on the ancient trading route between Kathmandu and India. The village is a mosaic of Nepal’s ethnic diversity and houses some of the country’s oldest structures like the Ashoka Chaitya dating back to the second century before Christ. There will be an overnight at homestay in Chitlang. The trekking will be three hours long.
During the seventh day, you will enjoy a morning and afternoon yoga practice. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the rural lifestyle of Chitlang and its rich Newari culture. You will visit various sites from the Ashoka Chaitya, the Mahadev and the water sprout temples, to a local goat cheese farm, which is the first of its kind in Nepal.
After your morning yoga practice, you will hike for five hours to the Kulekhani, where the hydro powered dam forms a huge lake called Indrasagar, enjoying spectacular views and scenery along the way.
During the ninth day, you will trek next to your luxurious accommodations on the ridge of a hill south of the Kathmandu Valley. There, you will stay at the beautiful Himalayan Height Resort. The trekking will be three hours long.
On this day you will hike up to a temple on top of a hill (Champadevi of 2800 meters). On the way you will be able to see large sections of the Himalayan range. If you feel like it, you can continue to Chandragiri at 3200 meters. From there, you will be able to see the vast plains of the Indian subcontinent.
During the eleventh day, you will enjoy a yoga and relaxation day at the Hattiban Resort.
During this day, you will have one last early morning yoga session before you take off for Kathmandu. On arrival, you will have a few hours at your leisure before you go for a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant. You will have an overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
This day will be free until your transfer to the airport.
The price of this retreat includes trekking in Chitlang, Hattibang, and Kathmandu, exploring and getting to know the Nepali culture.
Ellen utilizes her in depth knowledge of the body and mind to teach yoga adapted to any level of practitioner and currently lives and works as a yoga teacher in Kathmandu.
This retreat will take place in Daman, Chitlang, and Hattiban in Nepal. These places are stunning rural areas of the lower Himalayas, at the foot of the colossal mountains. The trek will lead you from village to village, with a mixture of homestay and beautiful pension experiences.
The price of this retreat includes all daily meals. During the trek, all meals are vegetarian and slow food, with mostly local and organically farmed ingredients. All meals are cooked from scratch by your local host. Feel free to help out, and maybe learn a local dish or two! Please let Supersoul Yoga know of any food allergies.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).