We are traveling through some of the most beautiful places in Nepal that offer not only magnificent views but a lot of diversity. Aiming to show you not only the mountains as Nepal is mostly known for, but also other treasures that Nepal has to offer: jungle, village life, city, lakes, spirituality, and the hospitality of Nepali people.
Kathmandu is the capital and the biggest city of Nepal. In spite of the chaotic infrastructure Kathmandu has a lot of beautiful architecture, important pilgrimage sights, lots of ancient knowledge and so many UNESCO world heritage sights.
Langtang national park is located north of Kathmandu Valley, bordering Tibet, it was the first Himalayan national park of Nepal. Langtang is rich in breathtaking views, alpine forests, and traditional culture. The variety of climate zones that are found within the park allows you to experience subtropical forests to rough rugged landscapes wedged between 6000 - 7000 meters high peaks. It is a less visited area so it offers a gentle pace and authentic culture with heartwarming hospitality among stunning views.
Chitwan national park is known for its biodiversity. It is dense forests and grassy plains are home to rare mammals like one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, deer, wild boars, Bengal tigers, and more. The park shelters numerous bird species, including the giant hornbill. Dugout canoes traverse the northern Rapti River, home to crocodiles.
Bandipur is a hilltop village settlement, a Newar town with its age-old flavor still intact, known as Queen of Hills due to its beautiful natural environment and cultural heritage. The well-preserved village of Bandipur invites travelers to experience its unique offerings: rich hill culture with mountain views.
Day 1 - Welcome to Nepal (D)
We welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel in the bustling city of Kathmandu. We are staying in a peaceful hotel with a beautiful garden for our morning yoga. Welcome dinner will be around 19.00 where the group will meet and we will have a little introduction round.
Day 2 - Exploring Kathmandu
After breakfast the second day we will have an information meeting; a full trek briefing about any necessary formalities, a program itinerary, and a repetition about appropriate gear to pack. After this, you will have some free time for preparations and to organize the last things you might need for the trek, almost anything can be purchased in Thamel, the tourist area of Kathmandu. Have lunch in one of the many restaurants in the area.
You will be picked up at 2.30 PM at your hotel to explore some of the sights in Kathmandu. Starting with a visit to Buddha we will thereafter watch the sunset from the Monkey Temple, and enjoy a traditional Newari dinner in Kritipur, the first settlement in Kathmandu. We are also having two nights here to adjust to the altitude as Kathmandu is approximately 1350 meters above sea level.
Day 3 Kathmandu (1350 m) - Syabru Besi (1550 m) 7 hrs drive + 2hrs walk B/L/D
We are starting early this day as we have a long drive ahead of us from Kathmandu to Syabru Besi (around 7 hours). Stopping for lunch on the way and enjoying the views of the mountains as the Himalayas are showing their snowy peaks to us. We will arrive in Syabru Besi in the afternoon, and walk a couple of hours to reach Sherpagong, our first night in the mountains. Spending the night in Sherpagong we hope to see an absolutely amazing starry sky, as we are now away from light pollution. Immersed in nature. Traditional dal bath dinners will be served, with an introduction to the food culture and customs of hand-eating in Nepal.
Day 4 Sherpagong (2550 m) - Thangsyap (3230 m) 5 – 7 hrs. trek /L/
After yoga practice and breakfast, we head off on our route that will merge with the more popular Langtang route. We will have some stops along the way for snacks/lunch, finding our way through a forest before reaching the tea house we will spend the night in. Here we will enjoy a well-deserved rest, have our evening meal, and head off to bed early.
Day 5 Thangsyap (3200 m) - Mundu (3440 m) w/ acclimatation climb 2 - 4 hrs. /L/
After our morning routine, we start today's short walk to Mundu, moving our way into high altitude we will meet a roughed landscape and have the privilege of glaciers appearing on the closer horizon. A short walk today to enjoy a small acclimatization climb and a relaxing evening yoga session.
Day 6 Mundu (3440 m) - Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m) optional to reach Kyanjin Ri (4773 m) or relax and explore the village 2 - 8 hrs. trek /L/
After yoga and breakfast, we are crossing small streams and entering further into the valley with views becoming more spectacular as the valley is slowly opening. From Kyanjin Gompa we can enjoy a panoramic view over Dorje Lakpa (6990 m), Langtang Ri (6370 m), Langtang Lirung (7245 m), and many other peaks. Here you can choose to rest in the afternoon or see if we can make our way up to Kyangjin Ri (4773m) for amazing views and acclimation. Or else you can embark on a smaller walk around the village or simply just rest and indulge in some yummy pastries and coffee in the small bakeries. If you want to do the next day's higher hike it is recommended to do the hike to Kyanjin Ri for acclimatization. We will have a small visit to the temple here (if there are any monks at the time of the visit).
Day 7 Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m) - Tsergo Ri (5033 m) (OPTIONAL) 7 hrs. /L/
Starting very early today if you want to do the trek to Tsergo Ri, it’s around 8 hrs. There are many options on how to spend your day, maybe you want to relax and enjoy the mind-blowing views, walk up to Kyanjin Ri if you did not do it the day before or just walk around and explore the village. In the afternoon we all walk together down to Mundu, ending the day with a calming, relaxing yoga session before ending another amazing day feeling the energy of the mountains. Here we can split up so it will be both options for the participants.
Day 8 Kyanjin Gompa (3870 m) - Lama Hotel (2470m) 6 - 9 hrs trek /L/
Continuing our daily routines, we are now going back down, remember to use your walking sticks! We walked past Lama Hotel on our way up, where our route merged with the more popular one, and we will now spend the night here.
Day 9 Lama Hotel (2470 m) - Syabru Besi (2260 m) - Kathmandu (1350 m) 2 - 4 hrs trek + 5-7 hrs drive /L/D/
When heading off this morning, the trail will continue down, and we will finish our trek back down to Syabru Besi the more popular and shorter route. Here our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Kathmandu. Normally the drive back takes less time, so we hope to be in Kathmandu for dinner. In the evening we will have a final goodbye dinner with a small cultural show.
Day 10 Kathmandu /B/
Our adventure together has brought us back to Kathmandu, to do some small sightseeing after breakfast depending on the timings of the tickets.
All good things must come to an end but only till next time! We transfer you to the airport and say goodbye!
Accommodation will be in twin rooms shared between two people, with ensuite bathroom, and WIFI access, except when we are in the mountains.
The accommodation during the trek is basic teahouse family stays. Even though it might be simple, it is very warm in hospitality. Normally twin share, and common squat toilet/bucket shower. Some offer hot water for showers at extra cost (take into consideration if they use solar, gas, or woodburning as we want to avoid woodburning, due to deforestation).
There is no heating inside the bedrooms, but in most places, they have a fire in the common room/dining hall in the evening. Expect wet wipe showers and lots of clothes to keep warm.
Most of the places offer a wide range of different dishes, and always Dahl Bath which is the traditional meal. This is what the family also eats themselves, which means it is always a good tasty choice!
For the rest of the trip, we are staying in comfortable hotels that have carefully been chosen to suit our needs in hygiene, natural environment, and yoga space.
Have in mind that Nepal is still a very poor country, so conditions will not be the same as in Europe. If you want a luxury holiday it might be better to go elsewhere.
Nepalese cuisine is one of the most beautiful things about their culture against popular belief. Nepalese cuisine takes influence from its neighbors India, Tibet, and China. Nepalese cuisine is supposed to be healthy and cooked with less fat. The typical dishes involve soups, lean curries, vegetables, salads, meat, pickles, and curd. The ingredients include tomatoes, chilies, coriander, garlic, and mustard oil.
Dal Bhat is mainly rice served along with lentil soup and vegetable curry or chicken (or meat).
Momos are small envelopes of white flour stuffed with veggies or minced lamb or chicken. They are served with different kinds of sauces and mayonnaise which makes the combination a delicious snack.
Wo is a kind of pancake made by the Newari people of Nepal.
Sel Roti is a circular rice flour bread that is deep fried to make it crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is crispy and sweet and tastes best with yogurt or veggies.
Samosas are a mixture of mashed potato and spices stuffed in a triangular envelope made of white flour. This is then fried to make the shell crunchy. If you're not a fan of spicy food, you might want to take a nibble and taste it first.
Dhindho or Dhido Thali is a thick porridge prepared by boiling stone-ground cornmeal, buckwheat flour, and millet flour with salt in water. It is the staple diet of the rural areas and is eaten with butter, vegetable curries, pickles, buttermilk, and yogurt.
Gandruk is fermented or pickled green and leafy vegetables. It is made by storing mustard, radish, and cauliflower in an earthen pot which is then left to be pickled until the veggies inside release acidic juices and has undergone fermentation.
Gorkhali lamb is essentially a curry dish that is prepared by slow-cooking the lamb in the curry along with potatoes and onions.
Juju Dhau is a type of yogurt made of buffalo milk. It is a creamy, thick, and sweet dish normally preferred as a dessert.
Thukpa is a noodle soup, served in the mountains of Nepal during winter. It can have meat, egg, or simply just vegetables.
Very early bird (booking until September 26, 2023) 1750 USD
2 persons 3260 USD (1630 per person)
Last-minute booking 1990 USD
2 persons 3740 USD (1870 per person)
We ask for a deposit of 300 USD per participant to reserve your spot in this yoga hiking retreat.
The remaining balance should be paid 60 days before the retreat starts.
Cancellation less than 60 days before the start of the retreat: 100% cancellation fee (no refund)
Fees are completely non-refundable and non-transferable.
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To avoid this fee, please contact us for payment by bank transfer.
The trekking time is highly dependent on people, the daily shape, the weather, and the ever-changing path. We will also have breaks in addition, so a five-hour day might be starting at 08.00 and finish at 15.00 including lunch/snack breaks. The altitude stated should also be taken as an approximate measure as there is no completely reliable source. Remember that the itinerary is changeable. Due to whatever might happen, traffic and unexpected events must be prepared for.