Himalayan Yoga Retreat and Trek
Take a break from your daily routine, unplug and take time to relax, reflect, learn and explore on our 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 local Sherpa people and learn about their way of life, breathe clean air and open your mind to this beautiful traditional part of the world. Every day there are yoga sessions, meditation and an opportunity to learn about the Buddhist teachings in the local gompa or monastery. You will be able to sit in and watch the lama and students perform their puja, and celebrate with a party afterwards.
This journey is focused on mindfulness and local culture high in the Nepalese Himalaya. As you walk off the beaten track, connect with this land, practice meditations and yoga, the power of the land and the culture will flow into you while the beauty of the mountains reminds you that you too are a creature of the earth.
The journey passes through small villages, overlooks valleys and rivers, and takes a glimpse at Sherpa families living their traditional lives. Upon our arrival in the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi where our charity 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 Moving Mountains.
With twice-daily Hatha Yoga, Yin yoga, Mantra, Qi Gong and Meditation practice, it will be an opportunity to experience conscious tourism, taking care of your well-being and spiritual prosperity alongside contributing to local communities.
This holiday is arranged with the assistance of yoga practitioners alongside our Sherpa guides and porters. 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.
The trek is by vehicle and on foot for two days to reach the villages where we will be based. The main type of lodging is in teahouses, or small, family owned lodges where you will have a room with twin accommodation and a common room. They are comfortable and simple.
View from the village of Bupsa at dawn
The trekking is along mountain paths which are quite rocky and occasionally steep. There are no dangers on these paths, they are used by the local people, but you will need to be careful if you meet with pack animals along the way. If there is rain then the stones on the path can be quite slippery and there will be mud, so you will need to take care. Some people like to have walking poles to assist. Your boots should have a good tread on them and you may prefer to take walking boots with support for your ankles.
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. The food will be local produce, and plenty of it! Gear required is minimal, please see below and our Nepal Trekking Kit List for more information.
Himalayan yoga retreat kit list
Duffle bag or rucksack for all your main clothes and sleeping which will be carried by a porter.
Day pack for carrying during the day with things you need immediate access to, like a camera.
Plus your clothing and equipment:
- Sleeping Bag (3 season)
- Selection of clothing (should be comfortable, warm in the evenings and lightweight during the sunny days)
- Waterproof jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Walking boots & trainers
- Flip flops/sandals
- Sun glasses
- Sun cream
- Wash kit and towel
- Camera - plus charger unit
- Mobile phone - there is signal in the villages with a local SIM card
- Torch or head torch
- Walking poles
- Small first aid kit
- Water bottles
- Insect repellent
- Country guide book
- Local language phrasebook
- Yoga mat
Additional Kit Info
Also don't forget:
Your passport - valid for at least six months beyond the return date.
Insurance - comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover.
Immunisation booklet - with details of all the jabs you've had.
Tickets and itinerary - remember to leave copies of these with friends or family.
Money - a mixture of some cash and credit/debit card.
List of useful contact numbers - such as Embassy/Consulate, insurance company and credit card 24 hour emergency telephone number.
Clothing is very much a personal preference though we would advise lightweight and loose fitting, synthetic or a poly/cotton mix tend to be a little more comfortable and quicker drying, particularly when trekking to the villages.
Females will have to dress conservatively in public and especially in schools and at the projects in the mountains. You will draw unnecessary attention to yourself and maybe cause offence if revealing clothing is worn, shoulders should remain covered and legs covered to the knee at least, particularly outside Kathmandu.
Himalayan Yoga Retreat and trek cost - £1695.00
- Experienced, professional English speaking local guides throughout the journey
- British Yoga & Meditation Facilitators
- Accommodation throughout the mountain ranges provided in lodges, tea houses and home-stays in the mountains
- All meals with a hot drink (not including bottled water) throughout the trek and in the villages
- All transfers amd transport in Nepal
- International return airfare to Nepal
- Nepalese Visa ($40 for 30 days)
- Personal travel insurance (~ £60)
- Accommodation in Kathmandu (~ £15 - £25pp/n) - we can book this for you. Click here for details or look at www.booking.com
- Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (~ £40)
- Personal spending for tips, souvenirs, bottled water, tourist activities, lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
A deposit of £100.00 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 6 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.
Arrival in Kathmandu (15th April 2018), transfer to hotel and 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.
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Kathmandu –Phaplu - Thaksindu
|3||2415 to 2300m||6/7 hrs||Thaksindu ot Ringmu to Bupsa
We start the day with an ascent to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m.) From the high point of the pass you'll see stunning views of a number of well known Himalayan peaks such as Thamserku (6623m), Kantega (6780m), Kusum Kangaru (6370m) and Mera Peak (6650m). The journey continues downhill to the river and a bridge, after which another hill up to the village of Bupsa where you will be based.
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Village time: Bumburi - Bupsa - Khari Khola
The next five days you'll experience life around the villages of Bupsa (2300m), Bumburi (2245m) and Khari Khola (2220m).
The peaceful and engaging atmosphere of the Himalayan landscapes will be essential components to our daily meditation and yoga classes. In the villages you will have the opportunity to meet the local people in their homes, schools and monasteries. You can also see the work of the Moving Mountains Trust.
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.
|9||2470m to 2415m||5 hrs||
Bupsa to Thaksindu
Thaksindu to Paphlu
|Paphlu to Kathmandu by car and overnight in hotel.
Depart or spend another day in Kathmandu
Depart or onward travel
Choose a scheduled date or contact us to set up private dates or a bespoke itinerary. The minimum deposit is £100.00 and the balance is due six weeks before travel.
- Duration 14 days
- Numbers 8 - 12
- Challenge Moderate
- Comfort Lodges