Discover Nepal Yoga & Trekking Retreat, 17th – 28th September
Discover Nepal Yoga & Trekking Retreat
On this Discover Nepal yoga retreat, we’ll venture through the mountains and jungles of the Land of the Himalayas, complete with temples, trekking, yoga, and art in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara and the Annapurna circuit.
Our Discover Nepal Yoga itinerary has a heavy focus on development through sustainable travel.
Nepal is an incredible country with a number of infrastructural challenges especially in regards to the environment. We work with local partners that have an eye toward eco conservation and protection of the landscape, especially in regards to the trekking portion of our trip.
Our tour guide has keep knowledge of the achievements and challenges, history and culture of Nepal and provides in-depth perspective and context as we learn about the unique place we’re visiting.
Our Nepal Yoga Discovery trip starts in Kathmandu with a visit of the main squares and temples, learning about their Hindu cultural base along with Buddhist influence.
Nepal is incredible on the senses, with incense and oms at every turn. We’ll then take a domestic flight to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, and bike around the temple complex before an afternoon tea time with local monks to learn more about Buddhist philosophy.
From there we’ll head to the Annapurna mountain range, basing out of the beautiful city of Pokhara.
You’ll have time to explore its many sites before we go on a 3-day trek in the mountains. The hikes will be for around 6 hours per day on moderate terrain enjoying the local villages, vistas and cool mountain air.
We’ll stay in teahouses run by Tibetans and enjoy masala chai under the skies. After we descend, we’ll recover in Pokhara with its many spa options and traditional massages before our final leg of the trip, a two-night yoga retreat in the hills above Kathmandu.
Activities include an Ayurvedic workshop, spa day and many opportunities for yoga. The trip will end back in Kathmandu.
Our September itinerary is enhanced with two daily yoga throughout the trip, lead by Austin instructor Gigi Mao. Gigi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga for more than a decade and teaches alignment-based flow.
Her classes are strong and focused while supportive and introspective. Gigi has led yoga retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua and has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and Africa.
Gigi believes that both yoga and travel are a means of connection and is passionate about creating spaces for adventure and growth.
Our group is limited to 9 people, and bookings are based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for an additional fee.
Day 1: Monday – Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Welcome to the land of the Himalayas! Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your driver will transfer you to your boutique hotel in the vibrant Thamel district. Explore this pedestrian-friendly area before our Nepalese Welcome Dinner of fantastic traditional cuisine.
Day 2: Tuesday – Kathmandu & Patan Valley
After breakfast, we’ll explore significant cultural and historical sites in Kathmandu Valley including the Swayambhunath Stupa – also known as the Monkey Temple – with 360 degrees of view of the Kathmandu Valley.
Next, we’ll visit the Pashupatinath Hindu temple, one of the most important Shiva shrines and the most important Hindu pilgrimage temple in Kathmandu.
We’ll also watch cremation ceremonies, an important tradition in Nepali culture, along the Bagmati River.
After, we will visit Boudhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa in Nepal located in a colorful village filled with shops, huge prayer wheels and multitudes of chanting devotees.
After lunch, we will visit Patan, the royal palace square that consists of 16th century architecture of ancient pagodas and temples that are undergoing meticulous restoration after the devastating 2015 earthquake.
In the evening you can rest, explore and enjoy many cuisine options in Thamel, including Nepali, Indian, Thai and much more.
Day 3: Wednesday – Lumbini
After breakfast we’ll take a quick 45-min domestic flight followed by a short drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.
We’ll bike around the Maya Devi Temple, built in the 2nd century and dedicated to Buddha’s mother and visit the Ashoka Pillar, built in 259 BC by King Ashok.
There are 10 different Buddhist stupas in this area to explore, made by different countries with different monks. Each monastery has a unique architectural design and surrounding gardens.
In the evening, we’ll enjoy teatime with local monks to learn more about Buddhism before a delicious meal on-site at our local hotel.
Day 4: Thursday – Pokhara
After breakfast we’ll take a domestic flight to Pokhara, a vibrant, lakeside town at the base of the Annapurna mountain range.
Take time to walk around and choose from many fantastic lunch options before our afternoon boat ride on Fewa Lake to the Barahi Temple for sunset.
Day 5: Friday – Pokhara Free Day
Today is a free day to explore the many sites Pokhara has to offer. You can check out the market, take a lakeside walk, or shop for fabrics, teas, or singing bowls.
Join our optional guided tour to Devi’s Falls, the Gupteswor Gupha sacred cave, Bindabashini Temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, the Old Bazaar and the Mountain Museum, devoted to the mountains of Nepal and the mountaineers who climbed them.
Tonight, get packed up for our 2-night trek. You’ll just bring the gear you need, and the rest you’ll be able to leave at your hotel in Pokhara.
Day 6: Saturday – Trek to Ghandruk
After an early breakfast we’ll head to Nayapul where our adventure in Annapurna foothills starts!.
The first two hours of walking are along the riverside with villages and farming lands to Syauli Bazaar where the trail takes you uphill through the terrace, farming areas, local villages and natural surroundings.
After a final uphill leg we’ll arrive at Ghandruk, one of the biggest local villages of this area with spectacular sunset views.
Day 7: Sunday – Potana
In the morning we will be blessed with impressive sunrise views of Annapurna South (23,661 feet), Hiunchuli (21,132 feet) & Fishtail (22,943 feet) and a delicious mountain breakfast.
From Ghandruk, we trek straight down to Modi River valley, across the river then uphill through terraced land to Landruk, followed by easy walking through local villages, forested hills and Himalayan terraces to Tolkha for lunch.
From here, the trail heads up to a forested hill, known as Deurali, before we reach Potana.
After a tea break, we’ll have a last, short leg to our camp atop a hill with open spaces areas for spectacular views of Annapurna ranges as well as the Dhawalagiri Himalayan ranges on clear days.
Our day ends with dinner and Nepali tea under the stars before a good nights’ rest.
Day 8 – Monday – Pokhara
Enjoy sunrise views of Dhaulagiri (26,794 feet), Annapurna I (26,542 feet), Annapurna South (23,661 feet), Hiunchuli (21,132 feet) & Fishtail (22,943 feet).
From camp, we will have a short hike down to Kande through forested hills before driving back to Pokhara.
Day 9: Tuesday – Nagarkot & Thangka Art
We’ll take a short domestic flight back to Kathmandu and head we’ll head to Bhaktapur to visit a Thangka painting school.
We’ll learn about this unique art style from a local master and its importance in Buddhism and Nepal.
In the afternoon we’ll drive to Nagarkot for a post-trekking retreat in a gorgeous mountain setting overlooking the valley.
We’ll have optional yoga in the evening with sunset views of Langang and the northeast Himalayan range.
Day 10: Wednesday – Nagarkot Yoga & Aryuveda workshop
Today is retreat-style, with a full program of yoga, an Aryuvedic workshop to learn about traditional medicinal practices, an individual spa session, meditation and plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds with optional hiking in the surrounding area.
Meals served here are fresh & cleansing, with fantastic vegetarian cuisine and local teas.
Day 11: Thursday – Kathmandu & Farewell Dinner
We’ll take our time back in to Kathmandu with a stop in the cultural village of Bhaktapur. Take the afternoon for final shopping and explorations in Thamel or other parts of the city. We’ll reconvene in the evening for a special farewell dinner and closing to the trip.
Day 12: Friday – Departure
Depart any time today.
We can provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options; however, due to the nature of this itinerary and local cultural customs we cannot guarantee no cross-contamination in all circumstances.
All of our hotels are boutique, both the base package and the upgrade. Our base package hotels are clean, safe, and no-frills. Our boutique hotels excel in classic architecture, gorgeous art and decorations, handcrafted furniture and overall ambiance.
The Pokhara hotel has an on-site pool and spa and the Kathmandu hotel a beautiful courtyard. If you like a bit of decadence in your accommodations, this upgrade is for you!
Prices are in US Dollars
Trip price based on double occupancy. You’ll be paired with a roommate of your same gender unless you request your own room.
April 2019: $2995 per person, double occupancy
Sept 2019: $3495 per person, double occupancy
Base +$495 per person, single occupancy “my own room” option
Boutique hotel upgrade option in Kathmandu & Pokhara:
Base +$350 (double occupancy)
Base +$995 (single occupancy, “my own room” – for whole trip)
* 11 nights’ accommodations: 6 nights local 3-star hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara with 4-star boutique hotel upgrade option; 1 night Lumbini boutique hotel; 2 nights mountain retreat cabin; 2 nights trekking guest house
* Daily breakfast, Welcome & Farewell dinners + multiple additional meals throughout
* Guided tour & entrance fees of Kathmandu valley to see Hindu & Buddhist cultural & UNESCO heritage sites including Durbar Square, Buddha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple & more
* Guided bicycle tour through Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha
* Tea time with a monastery monk to learn more about Buddhism
* Guided tour options in Pokhara Valley to see Devi’s Falls, Fewa Lake, Gupteshore Cave, Bindabashini Temple & more.
* 3 days, 2 nights trekking through terraced fields and local villages in the Annapurna mountain range (4-7 hours hiking daily) with all meals, assistant guide and porters
* 2-night retreat in Nagarkot with 4 yoga sessions, and Aryuvedic workshop, an included spa session, fresh healthy meals, optional hiking, and a peaceful mountain setting
* Thangka art workshop with our local community partner + trip donation to their program
* 1 local Nepali guide + 1 Traverse guide 24/7
* Domestic flights from Kathmandu-Lumbini-Pokhara + airport transfers
* Airport transfers & transit between local excursions
* Small group experience, max 9 people
Does not include
* International airfare
* Additional meals
* Required travel insurance
What past guests have said
”I can’t thank you enough for providing this opportunity for me to take my first solo traveling trip and I couldn’t have wished for a better experience. I look forward to joining another traverse journey in the future.” Jessica, Nicaragua Yoga & Surf
”Everything seemed to run like clockwork, which was unexpected since we were in the wilderness. I felt no worries and assumed I was in good hands. Thank you Ashley and Traverse Journeys!”. Sheryl, Rainforest Encounter Ecuador
”I had an incredible time on the Traverse Journeys Yoga + Surf trip in Nicaragua! I had never been on a retreat before, but now I understand completely why people are so drawn to them. Being with like-minded people who love to travel, immersing yourself in a cultural experience, and learning and exploring was awesome.” Jenny, Nicaragua Yoga & Surf
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