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Visit vast Himalayan landscape, breathe the clear fresh cleansing air, and give yourself a break from your daily routines to take part in a holistic pilgrimage through the inspiring Himalayas. Experience the eye opening wonder of the stunning views and scenery, yoga, immersion into a traditional Sherpa way of life which is still very much steeped in Tibetan Buddhism and a lot of time to relax, reflect, learn, and experience. You will be surprised at what you got.
The Adventure Alternative Guest House is the own guest house which offers a home from home experience and is the base for many of visiting trekkers, climbers, and volunteers who come out with the charity, Moving Mountains. For almost a decade, Pasang Sherpa and his wife Saraswati and family have welcomed visitors to the Adventure Alternative guest house in Kathmandu where you can enjoy quality home cooking, a warm Sherpa welcome, and great company in a secure environment with easy access to the likes of the Thamel district, airport, and local amenities.
The guest house has a total of four rooms of varying sizes which are all named after popular mountains and trekking locations in Nepal. They have the Mount Everest room, the Yala Peak room, the Upper Mustang room, and the Gokyo Lakes room. The roof-top terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the view across the bustling city and the large garden is a great place to relax.
This experience is very much about mindfulness and retreat. Among mountains and valleys, you will experience an interaction with people who live in the villages where you have been working for many years and learn about the Buddhist way of life from the local Sherpa people and their Lamas. Trekking in the Himalayas, you can find your inner self and open your mind to this beautiful traditional part of the world.
The trek comes across various villages, overlooks valleys, and rivers and takes a glimpse at curious yaks, working farmers, and playing children. Upon your arrival at the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi where The Shanti Space's charity has built two monasteries, friendly villagers will welcome you to their homes and community.
The yoga and meditation classes as well as connecting with the Moving Mountains projects in this area are an opportunity to experience conscious tourism. It offers great experiences by taking care of your well-being and spiritual prosperity as much as this trip will be contributing to sustaining local communities.
This holiday is arranged by the Alternative Adventure. You will be accompanied by experienced Sherpa guides and yoga and meditation facilitator, Jessica Brookes. Jessica will guide you into spaces of stillness to bring about a deeper awareness and connection. As a world traveler herself, she encourages you to explore within; to reveal and empower you on your journey of self-discovery.
During this holiday, Jessica will provide a daily yoga and meditation program bringing ancient practices of the east such as Tibetan singing bowl sound baths, Mantra, and a gentle Hatha yoga practice to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
You will also meet with a Tibetan Buddhist Lama who will hold Dharma talks in the beautiful monasteries that The Shanti Space have helped to build in the area, sharing the enlightening practices of Buddhism, and the essential tenets of this philosophy that are deeply embedded in the culture here. With comfortable accommodation, delicious local food, and English speaking staff, this is a chance to get off the busy trail and experience something very unique and special in the breath-taking backdrop of the Himalayas.
This trip is about physical, mental, and spiritual harmony so expect to enjoy days of walking on the paths between the villages with plenty of time for stopping and chatting, taking tea, meeting local people, and taking photographs.
Arrival in Kathmandu on May 1st, 2017 and transfer to hotel or Adventure Alternative Nepal guesthouse.
Rest and relaxation in Kathmandu with sightseeing tour options around the city.
You wake early and drive to the domestic airport where you catch a morning flight for your short 35-minute flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2470 meters). The sights from the plane are amazing, providing dramatic views of lush terraced hills, small settlements, and the distant giant Himalayan peaks. After landing in the village of Phaplu, you will meet the rest of staff and porters.
Phaplu is a small airstrip in Solo Khumbu with excellent views of the surrounding villages and peaks such as Numbur, Khatang, or Kerolung. The trail follows Chiwang and Phera through pine and rhododendron forests which are teaming with birds. After the forest, you pass many shepherd huts before crossing a number of magnificent streams to reach Ringmu (2750 meters) for overnight at a local lodge.
This day is a very special day as you trek towards the monastery of Takshindu. Takshindu is a major 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.
Your days trekking starts with a gentle ascent for one and a half to two hours to Takshindo La Pass (3100 meters).
From the high point of the pass and your day, you will 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). The next section of the day is a descent to the town of Nunthala (2320 meters) where you stay overnight at a local lodge.
From Nuntala, you descend to the Dudh Koshi (Milk) river at 1480 meters and then cross the stunning and safe 109-meter suspension bridge which is adorned with Buddhist prayer flags. The fresh cool waters create the wind that sends the teachings through the valleys and it is a spiritual and inspiring place. The trail then wanders through terraced fields and past stone houses before descending steeply through forests overlooking the river.
You pass many fields of barley, wheat, and corn to the sprawling Rai village of Jubing (1680 meters) before continuing along a ridge to the Sherpa village of Khari Khola (2220 meters). After a break, you will then walk the last stretch to the village of Bumburi (2245 meters), where the charity has undertaken many projects and programs and one of your bases over the coming days.
The next five days, you will experience 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 the 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, and 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 endeavor.
Back in Bupsa village in the evenings, you relax around a typical dinner cooked and served by the Sherpa families and enjoy their cheerful company at the table. Finally, do not fear to follow their lead if they suddenly invite you to join a traditional village party, just have a pleasant time and make some great memories instead.
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 the charity the Moving Mountains Trust and all will be pleased to meet and greet you in their homes.
On the 11th and 12th day, you ascend towards the village of Lukla and its airport. While following a peaceful path, you will constantly be amazed by the beauty of the Nepalese landscapes and the Himalayan mountains. Take time to memorize the extraordinary assets of these regions where the Sherpa people live in harmony with nature.
Before concluding your retreat in Lukla, you will spend one night at the heart of a Nepali community, which is located in a small village called Puiyan, about four to five-hour walk from Bupsa. There you will again enjoy the hospitality of villagers. The final day of trekking towards Lukla will pass several villages through the paths which are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people. At Lukla, you have your final night in the mountains.
With clear weather, the 40-minute flight from Lukla to Kathmandu will be scheduled in the early morning. Back in Kathmandu, you can relax or enjoy some final sightseeing.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport at any time during the day for departure on May 14th.
A visit to Tibetan Buddhist Lama and the local villagers during the trek is included in the price.
Driven by a strong connection with nature, Jessica was spurred on to bow out of the corporate world in order to focus on yoga and meditation while taking the journey from her head to her heart. Through Hatha and Restorative yoga, sound baths, Kundalini meditation, and workshops, she gently encourages clients into spaces of restoration, expansion, and transformation; rejuvenating vigour for life's adventure and one's creative potential.
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.
Massages will be offered for an additional fee.
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.