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Location

Nepal

Difficulty

6-7

Challenging to Strenuous

Length

12

Trip Cost

$3300 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Delve into the sacred tradition of yoga and meditation while reconnecting with nature
  • Relax, unwind, de-stress and revitalise at a tranquil yoga retreat
  • Invigorate the senses with trekking in the spectacular Annapurna region
  • Enjoy daily rejuvenating yoga/meditation on your trek
  • Benefit from the experience of qualified yoga instructors and trekking guides

Read: 10 days that changed my life (Australian Yoga Journal, Issue 68, June–July 2018)

Nepal is a magical travel destination and the ideal place to balance body and mind with yoga and hiking. It is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras. And there’s nothing quite like Nepalese hospitality. They may not have much, but Nepalese people will give you everything. We guarantee you’ll leave Nepal with deep respect and admiration for them.

We invite you to unwind over 4 nights at a specialised yoga retreat set in tranquil surrounds and overlooking the splendid Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Yoga beginners will be encouraged to explore their asana practice and yoga fundamentals in a safe and nurturing environment. Experienced yogis can take their practice to a new level and discover different facets of a complete yoga practice under the guidance of experienced teachers. Daily programs are designed to develop a complete union of mind, body and spirit through an exploration of a wide range of yoga and meditation practices. A holistic approach will give you what you need to develop a practice and lifestyle that you can sustain long after your holiday ends.

After your re-energising stay at the retreat, you head off on an invigorating 5-day trek to Poon Hill in the Annapurna region. Your experienced guide will lead you through Rhododendron forests, terraced hills and charming village communities. The highlight of the trek is to hike to Poon Hill view point in time to see the breathtaking Himalayan mountain range bathed in the colours of sunrise.  To complement daily explorations on foot we continue to offer energising and restorative yoga and meditation sessions with a qualified yoga teacher. We’re confident this exhilarating trip will strengthen you physically and emotionally. It may even become one of your life’s highlights.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The emotions conjured up by the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A RAW Travel representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and brief you about your upcoming daily activities.

Meals: None

Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara

We take a short but scenic 30 minute flight to Pokhara, enjoying the views of Ganesh, Manaslu and the Annapurnas along the way. With majestic sights of snow-capped mountain peaks and tranquil lakes, Pokhara’s beauty is sure to have you mesmerised. You will be collected from the airport and transferred to your yoga retreat where you will have time to settle in before a welcome dinner.

Meals: B

Days 3 to 5: Pokhara Yoga Retreat

Surrounded by a tranquil sanctuary of rolling, green hills and superb lake views, our daily practice aims to grow a deeper sense of inner health, providing you with techniques to help you balance your mind and body. Led by an experienced, certified yoga teacher, we invite you to escape the chaotic schedules of life and find rejuvenation through these spiritually engaging sessions.

Yoga Retreat Daily Schedule (example only)

  • 6.15 am – Meditation (will vary between Japa, Inner sound, Antar Mouna, Mantra meditation, Breath, Silent)
  • 7 am – Herbal tea
  • 7.30 am – Jala Neti (nasal cleansing)
  • 8 am – Yoga (Pranayama, Dynamic Hatha, Static Asanas)
  • 9.45 am – Yogic breakfast
  • 11 am – Wellness activities (see above ‘inclusions’)
  • 12.30 pm – Sound bath (sound immersion with gong, ancient singing bowls, bells and ocean drum)
  • 1 pm – Yogic lunch
  • 2 pm – Leisure time (relax, read, nap, swim in nearby pool, explore, meditate)
  • 4 pm – Herbal tea and snacks
  • 4.30 pm – Bhakti Yoga (chanting of mantras and Kirtan)
  • 5.30 pm – Yoga (Dynamic hatha with elements of flow, power, Ashtanga and Vinyasa)
  • 6.30 pm – Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation and visualisation)
  • 7 pm – Yogic Dinner
  • 8 pm – Silent meditation
  • 9 pm – Retire for the night

Meals: B L D

Day 6: Pokhara to Nayapul to Hille (1.5 hour drive; 4 hour hike)

Feeling refreshed and energised from our time at the yoga retreat, we set off today for our first hike towards Poon Hill. We will start trekking from Nayapul, a 1.5 hour’s drive away from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m), a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village and then along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille (1,495m) and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga (1.570m). Today’s walk offers a short and relatively easy day, allowing us to ease into the experience of trekking in Nepal.

Meals: B L D

Day 7: Hille to Ghorephani 2860m (7 hours)

Leaving Hille, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village and sits at 2,070m. We have to tackle a steep, stone stair climb but we take our time and pace ourselves. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti (2,250m). Then we trek towards Nangethanti (2,460m), continuing on a path through a dense forest of rhododendron and oak. After another hour of walking from here, we will finally reach Ghorepani at (2,860m). Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls selling local products and crafts. The town is broken into an upper and a lower section. We stop at the higher part of Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri. Since Ghorepani lies a lot higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings and mornings.

Meals: B L D

Day 8: Ghorephani to Poon Hill to Tadapani/Chuile 2600m (7 hours)

It’s a very early wake up call this morning as we set off to make it to the top of Poon Hill (3,210m) before sunrise. If the weather is clear we can expect a brilliant spectacle as this vantage point provides superb views of the sun rising over the Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Fish Tail (Machhapuchhare) mountain ranges. We spend about 2 – 3 hours in and around Poon Hill before returning to Ghorepani where we have a hot breakfast and continue our trek to Tadapani village. From thsi destination we can also get amazing views of Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Fishtail among others.

Meals: B L D

Day 9: Tadapani/Chuile to Ghandruk 1940m (4 hours)

A gentle trail this morning takes us through a dense forest to Ghandruk, a large traditional Gurung village with great mountain views. Located in the Annapurna conservation area, this village is one of the highlights of this trek. Ghandruk is a farming mountain village set in the Modi Khola river valley and is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. Explore the town and observe the local culture and traditions of the Gurung people and their way of life. Wander the streets, past traditional farm houses, shops and teahouses a great opportunity to interact with the locals.

Meals: B L D

Day 10: Ghandruk to Shyauli Bazaar to Pokhara (1.5 hour drive; 3 to 4 hour hike)

Today we walk down to the level of the river at Shyauli Bazaar. The trail leads through an open area with terraced fields, followed by a section of stone steps and passing by small villages along the way. From Shyauli Bazaar we have a short stretch to Nayapul and from there we meet our transport for our drive back to Pokhara (1.5hr drive). You will be transferred to your hotel with time to freshen up before we meet for our farewell dinner.

Meals: B L D

Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today you will fly back to Kathmandu and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore.

Meals: B

Day 12: Depart Kathmandu

Today you will be collected from your hotel for a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu with your English-speaking guide. You will visit Patan Durbar Sqaure, Boudha nath Stupa, Pasupatinath and the Monkey temple (Swyambhunath). In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your connecting flight.

Meals: B

Dates

Start date
04 Apr 2019
End date
15 Apr 2019
Price
$3300
Availability
Available

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • 2 nights deluxe, twin share accommodation in Kathmandu (B&B basis)
  • Full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with English speaking guide and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Domestic flights: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmadu
  • 4 nights accommodation at a specialised yoga retreat
  • 1 x Ayurvedic massage per person
  • Wellness activities at retreat including steam bath, mud bath, Himalayan Pink Salt foot bath, aroma steam inhalation
  • Yoga mat and meditation blanket (to be returned at the end of the tour)
  • Vegetarian, organic meals made from locally sourced ingredients at the yoga retreat
  • 4 nights twin share accommodation in traditional teahouses while on trek
  • Experienced, English-speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (1 porter for every 2 guests; luggage limit is 12kg per person)
  • Healthy snacks on the trek
  • 1 night deluxe, twin share accommodation in Pokhara
  • RAW Travel yoga mat bag
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Luggage transfers on tour
  • Conservation and trekking fees and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Certified and experienced yoga teacher throughout the tour
  • Document case
  • Luggage tags
  • Emergency contact numbers

Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Drinks (with the exception of water at the yoga retreat)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills etc)
  • Hot showers at teahouses (small fee applies)
  • Single supplement $120 (For nights in Kathmandu only)
  • Additional activities and therapies at the yoga retreat (these can be booked at your own expense)
  • Tips for trekking guide and porters (this is at your discretion)

A yoga mat will be provided for the trip; however, you are welcome to bring your own.

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Reviews

Margaret Cook, Paddington (NSW) – November 2018
Everything about this trip was perfect from the smooth and trouble-free logistics to the yoga retreat and the hike itself. The Purna Yoga approach to pure, untrendy and precise yoga was balanced by meditation and new experiences like sound immersion – the most relaxing time ever! The yoga teacher on the hike was lovely, leading us at a pace suited to our group, taking morning body-awakening sessions and evening yoga nidra, as well as being an expert guide. The porters carried extra treats. The average age of our group was 59 with one being fitter than the rest. We skipped the first 3000 steps on day one and drove instead to a more forgiving starting point. Although a little disappointing for the one more-fit person, this was a really good decision. The trek is challenging and I could not have done it without walking sticks to break the jarring on my knees going downhill and to help lift my body on the steep uphill steps. The reviews that rate it as easy are misleading, so RAW’s warnings are good! It was a lot colder at night than I had anticipated, so it’s best to include thermals or a fleece sleeping bag liner.

Samantha McCrow, Mount Martha (VIC) – March 2018
I’ve never been good at priorisiting my own wellbeing, but in Nepal I nailed it with a blissful stay at a yoga retreat in the Pokhara Valley followed by an awe-inspiring, life-affirming, thigh-burning trek in the Annapurna foothills, and an overnight stay in a majestic 5-star luxury hilltop lodge. Travelling in Nepal really is a profoundly uplifting experience. It is one of the most beautiful and spiritual countries I have ever visited, and the Nepalese people are genuinely and unconditionally nice, welcoming, accommodating, happy and good spirited. Out on the trail and on the yoga mat I had important conversations with myself, undistracted by the trappings and fabricated urgency of my usual life. I returned home with clarity and a renewed energy, and an appreciation for what I have right now.

What our Clients Say

Everything about this trip was perfect from the smooth and trouble-free logistics to the yoga retreat and the hike itself. The Purna Yoga approach to pure, untrendy and precise yoga was balanced by meditation and new experiences like sound immersion - the most relaxing time ever!

Margaret Cook, Paddington (NSW)

Travelling in Nepal really is a profoundly uplifting experience. It is one of the most beautiful and spiritual countries I have ever visited, and the Nepalese people are genuinely and unconditionally nice, welcoming, accommodating, happy and good spirited.

Samantha McCrow, Mount Martha (VIC)

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Trip Grading

This trip has a difficulty rating of 6-7 out of 10.