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Himalayan Cultural Adventure | Journey into Self, Humanity & Nature | Nepal


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Sadhus at Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Kathmandu

Sadhus at Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Kathmandu

Imagine . . .  Gazing up at ancient Buddhist structures, eating meals with monks, trekking the Himalayas, morning Buddhist prayers, misty morning rooftop yoga on tops of monasteries! 

How exciting would it be to see rhinos and monkeys, to experience local home-stays, to have tea inside a village Shaman's earthbag home and have intimate meetings with village leaders and meet local families? You could cook and dance with tribal women, visit a village school and Tibetan refugee settlements.

Experience amazing jungle treks, canoeing sacred rivers, a flight to Everest, sleeping in monasteries, sunrise over the mighty Himalayan peaks, exploring historic tea farms, and explore shopping in Kathmandu!

Develop amazing friendships,  heartwarming connections, and give back through humanitarian opportunities.

Our Nepal is beautiful nature, stunning landscape, striking mountains, gorgeous lakes, evening candlelight meditation under the stars, and walking through remote Himalayan villages.

Together we will be welcomed into local homes to share tea and smiles, immersed in a gorgeous culture of incredible optimism, faith, and striking smiling faces. It's time to take a soulful journey inside and out. 

We Would Love for You and Your Friends & Family to Join us for our 3rd annual Nepal Cultural Adventure Retreat!


Our Adventures . . .  A Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1/November 7: 

  • Arrivals into Kathmandu anytime, transport from the airport to team hotel.

  • Rest and recover from jetlag, walk through Thamel district to see the Diwali/Tihar festivities!  Dinner at hotel.

  • Evening rooftop yoga/candlelight meditation for all those who have arrived by then.

  • Overnight in Kathmandu city hotel.

Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in the world, Kathmandu

Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in the world, Kathmandu

Day 2/November 8: 

  • Rooftop yoga overlooking Kathmandu. Welcome breakfast.

  • Opening circle.

  • Full day of sightseeing of historic religious and cultural UNESCO sites in Kathmandu:

  • Swyambhunath temple - Buddhist/Hindu site. Enjoy the spectacular Kathmandu city skyline view from the top of Shyambhunath.

  • Boudhanath Stupa - the largest Tibetan Buddhist stupa in the world.

  • Lunch in Boudhanath village.

  • Then onto Pashupatinath Temple and cremation funeral pyres.  This is a very important Hindu site. Dinner at hotel.

  • Walk through Thamel district and observe Diwali/Tihar celebrations in the street. 

Cultural immersion with Tibetan Buddhist child monks at NamoBuddha Monastery

Cultural immersion with Tibetan Buddhist child monks at NamoBuddha Monastery

Day 3/November 9

  • Rooftop yoga.

  • Breakfast.

  • Drive and trek up to Namobuddha Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

  • Explore monastery.

  • Dinner with the monks.

  • Candlelight meditation on monastery rooftop under millions of stars (Very powerful!!)

  • Overnight in monastery guesthouse.

Cultural immersion at NamoBuddha

Cultural immersion at NamoBuddha

 

Day 4/November 10

  • Attend morning monk prayers and chants in the monastery (Puja).

  • Breakfast with monks.

  • Monastery rooftop yoga.

  • Meet with the head monk (Lama), tour the monastery grounds guided by monks, and enjoy general immersion with the monastery monks, asking any questions, sharing tea, etc.

  • Spend a relaxing day in the monastery and around the nearby mountains photographing prayer flags, learning about Buddhism.

  • Evening puja in the monastery.

  • Lunch and dinner in the monastery with monks.

  • Evening rooftop candlelight meditation under the stars.

Our 2016 team trekking in Kaule

Our 2016 team trekking in Kaule

Day 5/November 11:

  • Attend morning puja and breakfast with the monks.

  • Rooftop yoga.

  • Drive to Kaule, our remote mountain village camp overlooking the Himalayan valley.

  • Dinner at camp.

  • Himalayan mountainside candlelight meditation.  

  • Overnight in tents on the mountain.

Day 6/November 12:

  • Yoga on the mountainside.

  • Breakfast at camp.

  • Spend the day in Kaule village immersed in local Nepalese village life. Visit the local village school, meeting with school officials and interaction with students.

  • Learn about our humanitarian project at the school. Team members can even try teaching a portion of a class if they would like. 

  • Rooftop lunch.

  • Visit a women's collective shawl factory and shop.

  • Trek through terraced rice fields to village leader and shaman’s house. House visit and tea with the family in their sustainable earth bag home.

  • Learn about village politics, farming, lifestyle, and his role as a traditional Shaman.

  • Dinner at camp.

  • Candlelight meditation on the mountainside.

  • Remote Himalayan tent camping.

Day 7/November 13

Our 2016 team practicing morning yoga in the clouds, Bandipur Village

Our 2016 team practicing morning yoga in the clouds, Bandipur Village

  • Mountainside yoga.

  • Camp breakfast.

  • Drive to Bandipur.

  • Lunch and  time to explore Bandipur mountain village, a beautifully preserved Newari mountanside town. 

  • Dinner at Bandipur guesthouse. 

  • Rooftop candlelight meditation.

  • Overnight in hotel.

Day 8/November 14

  • Rooftop yoga.

  • Hotel breakfast.

  • Drive to Pokhara, trekker's paradise.

  • Relaxing boat ride across the Phewa Lake to a Hindu temple.

  • Free time for shopping.

  • Candlelight dinner and cultural show out at Lakeside.

  • Overnight in hotel.

Day 9/November 15

  • Rooftop yoga.

  • Hotel breakfast.

  • Trek to Dumpus Point for lunch, enjoying the magnificent Himalayan vista.

  • Trek onwards to the remote Australia Camp (6,000ft) on the beautiful Himalayan Annapurna Trail.

  • Dinner at Australia Camp.

  • Overnight in tents overlooking the Himalayan Valley.

  • Candlelight meditation under the stars.

The mighty Himalayas at sunrise

The mighty Himalayas at sunrise

Day 10/November 16

  • Up early for sunrise on the Himalayan range and mountaintop yoga.

  • Breakfast.

  • Trek down to Dumpus Point.

  • Lunch.

  • Drive to Chitwan National Jungle Park in southern Nepal for Tharu Homestay Retreat.

  • Dinner upon arrival at Tharu.

  • Evening campfire.

  • Overnight in Tharu Retreat Center.

Day 11/November 17:

Worldschooling, celebrating Dashain and cultural immersion in tribal Tharu Village

Worldschooling, celebrating Dashain and cultural immersion in tribal Tharu Village

  • Yoga.

  • Breakfast.

  • Canoe ride on Rapti River elephants, birds, water buffalo, monkeys, and crocodiles.

  • Walk through village to lunch.

  • 4WD Jungle safari tour inside the royal Chitwan National Park., spotting monkeys, deer, and rhinos.

  • Relax at retreat center.

  • Cultural immersion with village men and women: help them to cook dinner, dress up, dance, and eat with them.

  • Enjoy their cultural dance.

  • Overnight in Tharu Retreat Center.

Day 12/November 18:  

  • Yoga. 

  • Breakfast.

  • Drive to Kathmandu.

  • Lunch along the way at a hillside restaurant.

  • Dinner in hotel.

  • Rooftop candlelight meditation.

  • Overnight in Kathmandu hotel.

  • Optional night out in Kathmandu.

Day 13/November 19:

  • Rooftop Yoga.

  • Hotel Breakfast. Cultural immersion trade workshops of choice (ex: making momos, etc.).

  • Free afternoon in eclectic Thamel area of Kathmandu for shopping, relaxing, exploring, discovering, massages, etc.

  • Closing circle.

  • Farewell Dinner out at an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show.

  • Overnight in Kathmandu city hotel. 

Day 14/November 20:

  • Breakfast.

  • Optional adventure extra: Mountain flight to Mount Everest early in the morning. 

  • International flights. (Transportation to airport provided.)


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This Adventure Includes: 

  • Breakfasts

  • Dinners

  • All accommodations

  • All transportation

  • All activities and entrance fees

  • Daily yoga class

  • Daily meditation

This Adventure Does Not Include: 

  • Everest flight ($230) - optional addon

  • International airfare in to KTM

  • Lunches - which are inexpensive and local fresh food

  • Beverages

  • Tips for drivers and guides - 10% expected

  • Personal expenses 


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Special Notes & Considerations:

All diets accommodated. Food is mostly traditional vegetarian Nepal dal bhat, Tibetan noodles, Tibetan thukpa soup, and rice.

Languages spoken by guides for this retreat: English, Nepali, German, Spanish

International airfare should be purchased into KTM.

Space is limited. This is a special and intimate trip.


Cultural immersion in Tharu village. Receiving puja blessings from the village elder. 

Cultural immersion in Tharu village. Receiving puja blessings from the village elder. 

Humanitarian Aid Opportunities: 

  • It is possible for team members on this retreat to extend their stay in Nepal after the retreat ends to do humanitarian work in our village,.

  • Enlightened Globetrekker will place you in a homestay or in our village volunteer house for anywhere from 1 week up to 6 months.

  • Positions needed in the village that we sponsor are:

    • teaching English

    • helping in the fields

    • helping to reconstruct homes lost in the earthquakes

    • working on sustainable village agro-forestry 

    • earth bag home building projects.

Please visit our volunteer page here, and email enlightenedglobetrekker@gmail.com for this optional humanitarian aid add on to this EcoAdventure.


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Please Note: If any team members attend our retreat immediately proceeding this, the Awe-Inspiring Annapurna Base Camp Yoga Trek, there will be discounts applied for attending both.