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Take a break from your daily routine, unplug and take time to relax, reflect, learn and explore on this holistic journey which combines trekking in the inspiring Himalayas with stunning views, yoga and immersion into a traditional Sherpa way of life which is steeped in Tibetan Buddhism. Amongst the mountains and valleys you'll interact with people who live in the villages where Adventure Alternative's charity "Moving Mountains" has been working for many decades, and learn about the Buddhist way of life from the local Sherpa people and their lamas. Trekking in the Himalayas, you can breathe clean air and open your mind to this beautiful traditional part of the world.
The basic but comfortable accommodation throughout the mountain ranges is provided in lodges, tea houses and home-stays in the mountains.
This journey is focused on mindfulness and retreat on the rooftop of our planet. Throughout history, humankind has stood in awe of mountains and you will see why. The strength and sturdiness evident in the rocky crags and smooth slopes of the peaks has for time immemorial inspired creativity and kindled courage. Mountains have been venerated by many cultures, which worshipped great summits as gods and sacred beings. In their looming presence, humanity has seen power, steadfastness, and resolve.
As you walk off the beaten track, connect with this land, practice meditations and yoga; the power that lurks in the heart of all mountains will flow into you while their essential beauty reminds you that you, too, are a creature of the earth.
Your journey passes through small villages, overlooks valleys and rivers, and takes a glimpse at curious yaks, working farmers and playing children. Upon your arrival in the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi where Moving Mountains has renovated two monasteries amongst many other projects, friendly villagers will welcome you to their homes and community where you can also visit the children in the local school supported by the charity.
With twice daily Hatha and Kundalini yoga, Qi Gong, Yin yoga, mantra and meditation practice, it will be the trip of a lifetime and an opportunity to experience conscious tourism, offering a great experience by taking care of your well-being and spiritual prosperity alongside contributing to sustaining local communities in the remote Himalaya.
This holiday is arranged with the assistance of The Shanti Space and alongside their experienced Sherpa guides and porters you'll also have the wonderful company, tutoring and guidance of yoga and meditation facilitator Jessica Brookes and Qi Gong and yoga teacher Jack Weaver with you.
Together, Jessica and Jack will guide you into spaces of stillness to bring about a deeper awareness and connection. Both world travelers, they'll encourage you to explore within, to reveal and empower you on your journey of self discovery. During this holiday they will provide a daily yoga and meditation program and practices which will include asanas, meditation, kriya, pranayama and samyama, as well as other practices such as mantra and Qi Gong. The focus of the retreat will be on the cultivation of inner silence, clarity and peace with a light heart.
With basic but comfortable accommodation, local food and English speaking staff, this is a chance to get off the busy trail and experience something unique and special in the humbling, yet expansive breath-taking backdrop of the Nepali Himalayas. Please note that eight people is the minimum sized group for the trip.
Arrive in Kathmandu on April 15, 2018 and transfer to the hotel or Adventure Alternative Nepal Guesthouse (there is a range of accommodation options available in Kathmandu). In the afternoon meet up with others, have a briefing and go out for a meal. It's absolutely fine to arrive before this date if you wish.
With clear weather, the 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu will be scheduled in the early morning. The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of lush terraced hills, small settlements and the distant giant Himalayan peaks.
You will land in Phaplu, which is a small airstrip with excellent views of the surrounding villages and peaks such as Numbur, Khatang and Kerolung. Here you will meet your team of porters and travel through beautiful, lush countryside and pass over many streams and rivers. You will soon enter the stunning pine and rhododendron forests which are teaming with birds and then pass numerous Shepard huts and the settlements of Chiwang and Phera before reaching Ringmu where you overnight.
Today is a very special day as you trek towards the monastery of Takshindu. Takshindu is an important Buddhist site with an incredible Gompa and a very famous and ancient Mani wall. You will enjoy some time in this truly inspiring area and as you stop for lunch you will meet the Lamas of this fascinating monastery.
Start the day with an ascent to the Takshindo La Pass, 3100 meters. From the high point of the pass and your day, you'll see stunning views of a number of well known Himalayan peaks such as Thamserku (6623 meters), Kantega (6780 meters), Kusum Kangaru (6370 meters) and Mera Peak (6650 meters). After spending time in Takshindu you then have a gentle descent for one hour and a half to Nuntala (2300 meters).
From Nuntala, drop down to the Dudh Koshi River (milk river) at 1480 meters, and cross the stunning and safe 109-meter suspension bridge, which is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags. The fresh cool waters create a wind that sends the teachings through the valleys and it's a spiritual and inspiring place. The trail wanders through terraced fields and past stone houses, before descending steeply through forests overlooking the river and on towards the village of Bumburi, where you will spend the afternoon and evening.
The next five days you'll experience life around the villages of Bupsa (2300 meters), Bumburi (2245 meters) and Khari Khola (2220 meters) with various cultural interactions. The time spent in the area will be relaxed, free and be shaped according to your wishes.
The peaceful and engaging atmosphere of the Himalayan landscapes will be essential components to your daily meditation and yoga classes. In the villages, you will have the opportunity to meet the Lama’s in their monasteries, open your mind to the teaching of their way of life, their vision of our world and every aspect that builds their community.
Following this introduction of the Hindu-Buddhism culture, immerse yourself into the villager’s everyday lives. Get to know them, learn about their life-stories and habits. Actively take part in the Moving Mountain’s projects and be astonished by the magnitude and importance of their endeavour.
Back in Bupsa village in the evenings, relax around a typical dinner cooked and served by the Sherpa families, and enjoy their cheerful company at the table. Finally, don’t fear to follow their lead if they suddenly invite you to join a traditional village party, instead have a pleasant time and make some great memories. If you feel inspired to spend the night in a different village to Bupsa, speak to your guide. He will be happy to organize one or two days away from Bupsa for you.
While you will stay in lodges in Bupsa, or in the surrounding villages, you will be welcomed in homestays and actively participate in the inhabitants’ daily activities. All of the host families have a tight bond with the Adventure Alternative company and their charity the Moving Mountains Trust and all will be pleased to meet and greet you in their homes.
While following a peaceful path, where you'll constantly be amazed by the beauty of the Nepalese landscapes and the Himalayan mountains you slowly ascend to the small community of Puiyan which offers tranquillity before heading onwards to Lukla.
For your last non-trekking day, relax and spend some quality time exploring your spirituality whilst nestled in the most ideal of locations.
Leave the quietness of Puiyan and walk towards the airstrip town and gateway to Mount Everest, Lukla, where you will spend your last night in the mountains.
The flight takes about 45 minutes back along the valleys you have just walked through to Kathmandu. You'll be able to see the communities which have been your home for the last ten days before arriving back in the vibrant and ancient city of Kathmandu.
You're welcome to stay on longer if you wish and explore Kathmandu, the surrounding areas or take a trip to Pokhara, all of which The Shanti Space can help you with.
This retreat will take place in Himalayas, Nepal.
All meals with a hot drink (not including bottled water) throughout the trek and in the villages are included in the price.
Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Shanti Space will pick you up from the airport.
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