Yoga Spirit June Retreat - Kathmandu, Nepal

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Join us for a very special Yoga Spirit Retreat in the serene foothills of Kathmandu!
Our Yoga Spirit Retreat will be lead by international yoga instructor Hayley Mia in June, just before the monsoons, when Nepal is vibrantly green, and the traditional villages surrounding Kathmandu bustling with activity. The retreat will focus on practicing energizing yoga, breathing and meditation for revitalizing the inner self, and the retreat includes a daily morning meditation as a silent walk before breakfast. The morning yoga instruction will be energizing, hatha or vinyasa yoga, and the evening yoga instruction will be restorative, yin or slow yoga.

Hayley is also a massage therapist specializing in Swedish and deep tissue massage, and you can request a session with her when you have free time at any time during the retreat (+$).

About Your Yoga Instructor
Hayley Mia came to yoga from a holistic background having worked as a massage therapist. She has a very hands on approach to Yoga, concentrating on alignment whilst encouraging you to find your own path. She discovered yoga whilst living in New Zealand, starting with Ashtanga, having practiced many different styles, she really relates to the discipline and the core strengthening elements of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style. Teaching felt like the natural progression and so she traveled to India to train in Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Rocket and Yin yoga and is now a 700 hour certified Yoga Alliance teacher. Hayley has been teaching for 6 years and practicing for over 10.

Daily Schedule
7:00 | Meditation as Silent Walk (30 min)
7:30 | Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa) (1.5 hrs)
9:00 | Vegetarian Breakfast
1:00 | Vegetarian Lunch
11:00 - 4:30 | Free
+ Ayurvedic Treatments (+$)
+ Optional Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage by Hayley (+$)
+ Optional Private 1-to-1 Yoga Practice with Hayley (+$)
4:30 | Meditatation + Breathing (Pranamaya) (30 min)
5: 00 | Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) (1.5 hrs)
+ Special Yoga Retreat Detox Diet

Yoga at Park Village Resort, Kathmandu
Your yoga and meditation practices will be held in the lovely, greens of Park Village Resort in Boudhanilkhanta, with daily activities, talks and walks besides the yoga retreat schedule. Park Village Resort is set just below the beautiful Shivapuri National Park, in the foothills of the Himalaya, and just below the sacred Boudhanilkantha Temple, a pilgrimage spot known as Sleeping Vishnu. Enjoy in a wide range of rejuvenating spa and massage treatments at the Park Village Resort's own spa & wellness center!

Customize Your Journey
Stay extra days in Kathmandu and enjoy Buddhist 'koras' at Boudhanath Stupa plus more World Heritage sightseeing and a wide range of sacred and spiritual spots!
We are happy to customize your journey to include more days in Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.

Incredible Nepal!

Yoga Retreat

Yoga Spirit June Retreat | Kathmandu Park Village Resort
Day 1 - Tuesday, 12 June - Arrive Kathmandu | Transfer Park Village Resort & Spa (Budhanilkhantha)
Day 2 - Kathmandu | Retreat +  Meditation at Buddhist Monastery with Monks
Day 3 - Kathmandu | Retreat + Hike Nagi Gompa in Shivapuri Hills
Day 4 - Kathmandu | Retreat Dharma Talks with Buddhist Lama
Day 5 - Saturday, 16 June - Trip Ends

+ 8 Yoga Classes Included in Yoga Spirit Retreat
+ Daily Massage, Spa & Wellness Treatments Available (+$)

Yoga Spirit Retreat Daily Schedule + Optional Treatments
7:00 | Meditation as Silent Walk (30 min)
7:30 | Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa) (1.5 hrs)
9:00 | Vegetarian Breakfast
10:30 | Hike in Shivapuri Hills (on Day 3) + Meditation with Buddhist Monks (on Day 2) + Buddhist Philosophy Teachings with Buddhist Lama (on Day 3)
1:00 | Vegetarian Lunch
11:00 - 4:30 | Free Time - Optional Treatments
+ Optional Ayurvedic Treatments (+$)
+ Optional Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage by Hayley (+$)
+ Optional Private 1-to-1 Yoga Practice with Hayley (+$)
4:30 | Meditatation + Breathing (Pranamaya) in Buddhist Monastery (30 min)
5:00 | Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) in Buddhist Monastery (1.5 hrs)
7:30 | Vegetarian Dinner

+ Special Yoga Retreat Detox Diet!

 

Add Ons | Per Person
+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Bhaktapur Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$100)
+ Patan Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$50)
+ Extra Day Chitwan (+$125)
+ Everest Sightseeing Flight (+$250)
+ Everest Sightseeing Helicopter Tour (+ $Inquire)
+ Shivapuri Heights Cottage (+ $Inquire)
+ Cycling Trip in Kathmandu Valley (+Trip Price)

Annapurna Yoga Spirit Luxury Trek
Annapurna Yoga Spirit Luxury Trek

Everest Yoga Spirit Trek
Everest Yoga Spirit + Meditation Trek - Nepal

Chitwan National Park | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
Chitwan + Tharu Villages Wildlife Safari
+ Upgrade to Tharu Lodge Chitwan (+$300 Per Room)

Nepal Modules
Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip!



Week Retreat

Yoga Spirit Retreat | Kathmandu + Pokhara
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu | Park Village Resort + Spa, Budhanilkhantha
Day 2 - Kathmandu | Meditation with Buddhist Monks
Day 3 - Kathmandu | Hike in Shivapuri Hills
Day 4 - Fly Pokhara | Himalayan Front Resort, Sarangkot | Yoga with Himalayan Views
Day 5 - Pokhara | Himalayan Front Resort, Sarangkot | Yoga with Himalayan Views
Day 6 - Fly Kathmandu | Park Village Resort | Buddhist Philosophy Teachings with Buddhist Lama
Day 7 - Trip Ends

Daily Schedule + Optional Treatments
7:00 | Meditation as Silent Walk (30 min)
7:30 | Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa) (1.5 hrs)
9:00 | Vegetarian Breakfast
10:30 | Hike in Shivapuri Hills (on Day 3) + Meditation with Buddhist Monks (on Day 2) + Buddhist Philosophy Teachings with Buddhist Lama (on Day 3)
1:00 | Vegetarian Lunch
11:00 - 4:30 | Free Time - Optional Treatments
+ Optional Ayurvedic Treatments (+$)
+ Optional Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage by Hayley (+$)
+ Optional Private 1-to-1 Yoga Practice with Hayley (+$)
4:30 | Meditatation + Breathing (Pranamaya) in Buddhist Monastery (30 min)
5: 00 | Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) in Buddhist Monastery (1.5 hrs)
+ Special Yoga Retreat Detox Diet

Add Ons | Per Person
+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Bhaktapur Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$100)
+ Patan Heritage Sightseeing Tour (+$50)
+ Extra Day Chitwan (+$125)
+ Everest Sightseeing Flight (+$250)
+ Everest Sightseeing Helicopter Tour (+ $Inquire)
+ Shivapuri Heights Cottage (+ $Inquire)
+ Cycling Trip in Kathmandu Valley (+Trip Price)

Annapurna Yoga Spirit Luxury Trek
Annapurna Yoga Spirit Luxury Trek

Everest Yoga Spirit Trek
Everest Yoga Spirit + Meditation Trek - Nepal

Chitwan National Park | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
Chitwan + Tharu Villages Wildlife Safari
+ Upgrade to Tharu Lodge Chitwan (+$300 Per Room)

Nepal Modules
Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip!

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Yoga Retreat Highlights

  • Yoga Under Himalayan Peaks
  • Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa)
  • Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) in Buddhist Monastery
  • Meditation with Buddhist Monks
  • Buddhist Philosophy Teachings with Buddhist Lama
  • Hike in Shivapuri National Park
  • Spectacular Himalayan Panoramas from Sarangkot
  • Private En-suite Bath Facilities
  • Kathmandu World Heritage Sites
  • Serene Pokhara + Phewa Lake
  • Himalayan Front Hotel, Sarangkot
  • Park Village Resort, Budhanilkhantha, Kathmandu
  • Special Yoga Retreat Detox Diet

Optional Treatments

  • Optional Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Optional Massage + Spa Treatments
  • Optional Chitwan Safari Excursion
  • Optional Everest Sightseeing Flight

Client Comments
Thank you for everything you did to make our anniversary trip special. From the extras at our hotel rooms to the amazing quality, warmth and hospitality of every person who works with you – we were blown away by the trip you planned. We loved meeting you, Lhakpa, Doma and all the guides, drivers and porters who created such a hassle-free and seamless environment for us to explore beautiful Nepal.  Thank you so much – you created a truly life changing and unforgettable trip for us.
 - Kim + Bob C (USA), Private Amazing Nepal Trek 2016 (Honeymoon Trip)

Kim arranged a solo trek for me at very short notice in November 2013 - and did it even whilst most of them were leading another trek in Mustang! They made the complex easy. From a wonderful guide to helping me arrange evacuation when I got sick, I was always in knowledeable, kind, efficient hands. I recommend Kamzang Journeys without reservation and I'll be using them when I return to Nepal in September 2014!
- Nick A (UK), Private Everest Trek 2013

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Date+Price

2018 Dates
12 - 16 June
11 Days

Retreat Price
$
+ Single Upgrades Kathmandu

Chitwan National Park | Maruni Sanctuary Lodge
Chitwan + Tharu Villages Wildlife Safari

Included

  • Park Village Resort
  • Himalayan Front Resort (Week Retreat)
  • Private En-suite Bathroom Facilities
  • Breakfast, Lunch + Dinner
  • Yoga Instruction + Classes
  • Special Retreat Activities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Transport by Private Vehicles
  • Optional Massage, Spa + Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Optional Sightseeing to Kathmandu World Heritage Sites
  • Optional Chitwan National Park Trip
  • Optional Everest Sightseeing Flight or Helicopter Trip

Included in Yoga Retreat

  • Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa)
  • Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) in Buddhist Monastery
  • Walking Meditations
  • Meditation with Buddhist Monks
  • Buddhist Philosophy Teachings (Dharma Talks) with Buddhist Lama
  • Hike to Naga Gompa in Shivapuri National Park
  • Optional Special Yoga Retreat Detox Diet

Optional Treatments

  • Optional Massage + One-on-One Yoga with Hayley Mia
  • Ayurvedic Treatments
  • Massage + Spa Treatments

Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Travel or Travel Medical Insurance
  • Nepal Visa
  • Helicopter Rescue Cost
  • Equipment Rental
  • Alcohol, Bottled Water + Soft Drinks
  • Laundry Services
  • Tips

Tips & Extra Cash
We recommend $100 per person as a tip for your yoga instructor.

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Yoga Instructor
Hayley Mia

Hayley Mia came to yoga from a holistic background having worked as a massage therapist. She has a very hands on approach to Yoga, concentrating on alignment whilst encouraging you to find your own path. She discovered yoga whilst living in New Zealand, starting with Ashtanga, having practiced many different styles, she really relates to the discipline and the core strengthening elements of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style. Teaching felt like the natural progression and so she traveled to India to train in Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Rocket and Yin yoga and is now a 700 hour certified Yoga Alliance teacher. Hayley has been teaching for 6 years and practicing for over 10.

Kamzang Journeys Contact
Kim Bannister
kim@kamzang.com
Mobile: +(977) 9803414745
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21277980 (Nepal)
On-Trek Satellite Phone: +88216 21274092 (Tibet & India)

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Arrival Hotel Kathmandu
Park Village Resort & Spa

Pokhara (Sarangkot) Hotel | Week Retreat
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Extra Days in Kathmandu | Customize your Journey!
We have plenty of great suggestions for extra days, or weeks, in Nepal! See our Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip! to put together the perfect journey.

Mountain biking, rafting, vespa tours or yoga retreats around the Kathmandu valley or Pokhara, trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a visit to the Newari temple of Changu Narayan and a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for sublime Himalayan panoramas, an Everest sightseeing flight, a luxurious stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, paragliding, hiking or zip-lining in Pokhara, a spa & wellness getaway at Dwarikas Resort in Dhulikhel, a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari & Tharu Villages (staying at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge) or Bardia National Park, a weekend of adventure, sauna and pampering at The Last Resort or five-star treatment in historic Dwarika's in Kathmandu.

Kamzang Journeys can customize any of these excursions for you, just inquire!

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Visas
You can get your Nepal visa either at the airport (or any land border) when you arrive in Nepal, or before you leave home.
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Health Information
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We also recommend bringing probiotics with you to help prevent infections while on trek. Doctor's recommendation!

Travel Medical Insurance
Required for your own safely. We carry a copy of your insurance with all contact, personal and policy information with us on the trek and our office in Kathmandu keeps a copy. Note that we almost always trek over 4000 meters (13,000+ feet) and that we don't do any technical climbing with ropes, ice axes or crampons.

Medical
Please bring a supply of all personal medications, have a doctor's check-up before leaving home, and inform us of any medical issues. This is for YOUR OWN safety. DO bring all prescription medications and good rehydration/electrolytes. We advise bringing your own Diamox, Ciprofloxin, Azithromyacin & Augmentin. Your guide will also have a basic medical kit with him with Indian-made drugs.

Arrival Kathmandu

Arrival in Kathmandu
You will be met at the airport by a representative from Dwarika's or Kamzang Journeys and transferred to Dwarika's where your Heritage Room has been booked for you. Enjoy your welcome drink while we collect your insurance details, a visa sized photo and a copy of your passport from you.

Arrival Hotel Kathmandu
Park Village Resort + Spa

Extra Nights in Kathmandu | Upgrade to Super Luxury Heritage Hotel!
Dwarika's

Pokhara Hotels
Himalayan Front Resort

Trek Luxury Lodges
Ker & Downey Mountain Lodges

Visas
You can get your Nepal visa either at the airport (or any land border) when you arrive in Nepal, or before you leave home.
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Temperatures + Clothing
Kathmandu during trekking season, in the spring and autumn, is usually warm (t-shirt, sandals, light pants or skirts) during the day, and gets chilly (light fleece or windproof top) in the afternoon. Nights can be cold enough for a sweater or light jacket, or warm enough for t-shirts. Summer is hotter and wetter; you’ll need a rain jacket and umbrella. The winter months (November – March) are chilly in the mornings and evenings, cold enough that you might start the day in a down jacket, but often warms up enough to wear a t-shirt by mid-day. Nights get cold enough for a down jacket if you’re sitting outside in the spring and autumn, and much colder in the winter when you won’t leave the hotel without your down jacket. It never snows in Kathmandu, leave your snow boots behind. Keens or lightweight sandals great for wandering around Kathmandu, and for trekking in lower altitudes.

Trekking is a mixed bag of temperatures. LAYERS are the key as hot can change quickly to freezing crossing the passes and snowfalls are common. We often have some rain below 3000 meters in the spring and early autumn, and it can rain hard in the summer. Have a wide range of layer-able trekking clothes for summer to winter temperatures. Keep a lightweight down jacket or synthetic jacket with you at all times, available inexpensively in Kathmandu. A lightweight rain poncho and umbrella for trekking recommended spring and summer. Be prepared! See our GEAR LIST for full details on gear, shoes, clothing, electronics and meds for the trek.

There are lots of real gear shops (North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Gear) and of course many fake ones in Kathmandu, so if you don't think you have the right gear starting the trip it will be easy to pick-up stuff once in Kathmandu. We have sleeping bags, duffel bags down jackets to rent.

Dress conservatively in Kathmandu and on the trail as a rule. Shorts are okay if they aren't too short, mini skirts aren’t recommended. Sleeveless t-shirts are absolutely fine, but perhaps avoid tank-tops on the trail. Super tight doesn't go over so well with the village elders. Many of the younger generation in Nepal wear modern Indian or Western-influenced clothes, but remember that you haven't signed up for a beach or surf vacation. Use your good judgment, be an ambassador for western tourists! Please ask Kim or your guide if unsure about appropriate clothing.

Duffel Bags
We have North Face style duffel bags with Kamzang Journeys logos for sale (XL, orange). They are (mostly) waterproof, mid to lightweight (lighter than North Face) and good quality. Price 4000 NRP ($40)

Cultural Issues
Nepalis are very open and welcoming, but there are a few issues you should be aware of to make your stay in Nepal more fulfilling. Use your right hand to pass things, shake hands or do most anything. Left hands are somewhat taboo. Nepali's often place their left hand on the right forearm when passing things to others, a sign of respect. Best not to pat kids on heads, or point feet ahead of you at monasteries. Don't walk over someone's legs or feet, but put your hand down in front of you to signal them to pull their legs to the side. Take off shoes and hats when going into Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, don't use flashes inside monasteries or temples in general, be respectful of a puja (prayer ceremony) if attending one. You can talk, all religious are very tolerant, but be aware of your level of voice.

Nepalis don't anger quickly, so try not to raise your voice if exasperated or angry as it only will make a situation worse. Do bargain at shops, with taxis and rickshaws, but don't fleece them. They are poor and making a living, generally.

Give small donations on the streets if you choose, but try not to encourage begging too much. Be aware of who you are giving money to, and please only give small amounts. If you do want to donate to a cause, ask about our Kamzang Fund or other responsible organizations.

Pampering Yourself in Kathmandu
We’re happy to book your rooms before or after the trek (or upgrade during the trek) at other boutique or luxury hotels in Kathmandu. We recommend Dwarika’s, Shangri-La, Yak & Yeti or Hyatt. We can also direct you to wonderful spa & massage centers in Kathmandu.

Tips for Staff
We recommend at least $200 per person to go into the tip pool for the staff. Please bring Nepali Rupees (NRP) with you on the trek for the tips. It’s nice to buy the staff drinks on the last night. Or any other night that you feel like getting them a bottle of Kukure Rum!

Tips in General
Tips are always appreciated but they don’t need to be extravagant. 100 NRP to carry bags to/from your room is fine. The women who clean your room will be happy with 100-200 NRP when you leave, and 100 NRP is good for drivers to/from the airport. Round up taxi fares. A larger tip would be expected for a daytrip in a car, perhaps 500 NRP. 10% is included in most restaurant and hotel bills in Nepal, and if it’s not included it’s still expected. Check your bills, and still round up at restaurants. Feel free to give out small change to the beggars in the streets (5, 10, 20 NRP) but try not to give it out to the street kids who use it for glue to sniff.

Cash + ATMs
You’ll want some cash with you on the trek for drinks, snacks, beer, sodas, etc. There are often  chances to during the trek, and usually local crafts to buy en route. (You’ll want your tip money in NRP as well). There are ATMs in KTM but they don’t dispense large amounts of cash (usually 10-20,000 NRP) so you’ll be best with currency or TCs to change.

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Kathmandu + Kathmandu Valley Information
Our personalized 'Insider' list of things to do, places to go, what to visit, the most happening restaurants + the best hotels in Kathmandu and the beautiful Kathmandu Valley.
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Itinerary

Yoga Spirit Retreat Daily Schedule + Optional Treatments
7:00 | Meditation as Silent Walk (30 min)
7:30 | Morning Energizing Yoga (Hatha + Vinyasa) (1.5 hrs)
9:00 | Vegetarian Breakfast
10:30 | Hike in Shivapuri Hills (on Day 3) + Meditation with Buddhist Monks (on Day 2) + Buddhist Philosophy Teachings with Buddhist Lama (on Day 3)
1:00 | Vegetarian Lunch
11:00 - 4:30 | Free Time - Optional Treatments
+ Optional Ayurvedic Treatments (+$)
+ Optional Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage by Hayley (+$)
+ Optional Private 1-to-1 Yoga Practice with Hayley (+$)
4:30 | Meditatation + Breathing (Pranamaya) in Buddhist Monastery (30 min)
5: 00 | Evening Restorative Yoga (Yin + Slow Yoga) in Buddhist Monastery (1.5 hrs)

Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu 1340m | Transfer Park Village Resort & Spa (Budhanilkhantha)
Namaste, and welcome to Nepal! You will be met at Tribhuvan International Airport by a representative from Kamzang Journeys, so please look for a sign with your name on it. Transfer to Park Village Resort + Spa in Budhanilkhantha, 7 km north of Kathmandu in the foothills of Shivapuri National Park.

Once at Park Village and checked into your lovely room, your retreat begins with a light afternoon yoga class to rejuvenate from the flight to Nepal. Hayley, your yoga guide for the retreat, will instruct your yoga, beginning with pranamaya breathing exercises, in the beautiful Park Village gardens. We provide yoga mats, but do bring your own if you prefer. All meals will be at the Park Village restaurant, specially prepared by their world class chef. (L, D)

Day 2 - Kathmandu | Park Village Resort & Spa | Meditation at Buddhist Monastery with Monks
After a morning yoga session (or possibly before depending on the puja schedule at the monastery, one of the highlights of the day will be a meditation with Buddhist monks at a nearby Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The daily yoga retreat schedule continues as per the dayily schedule, and each day will include two yoga sessions, meditation, vegetarian meals and plenty of opportunity for ayurvedic and spa treatments. Hayley's special massages + 1-on-1 yoga are extra, both well worth trying!

Hayley will lead another afternoon yoga class, again beginning with pranamaya breathing exercises, in the late afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Kathmandu | Hike Nagi Gompa in Shivapuri National Park
The day's highlight will be a beautiful, 4 kilometer hike in the Shivapuri National Park just north of Park Village to Nagi Gompa. Nagi Gompa is a 100-year old Buddhist nunnery, set in a peaceful spot in the hills. The Nagi Gompa nuns practice meditation (many have completed the 3+ year solitary meditation) and marital arts, and hail from all over the Himalaya. Pujas are held at 5:30 am and 4 pm; the group might opt to attend one of these spiritual prayer ceremonies.

The retreat schedule will be as per the daily schedule, with possible adjustments according to the timing of the hike, with Hayley leading both the morning and afternoon yoga sessions. (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Kathmandu | Buddhist Philosophy Teachings (Dharma Talk) with Buddhist Lama
A wonderful opportunity for some Buddhist philosophy teachings, or dharma talks, with an important Buddhist Rimpoche (Lama), and the rest of the day as per schedule, with the option of detox meals during the day. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Trip Ends
Start the morning with a walking meditation and yoga with Hayley, followed by breakfast. You are free to stay at the hotel until your departure to the Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer included at whatever time you need, or you can transfer somewhere else in Kathmandu if you have further adventures or travels planned! (B)

Namaste!

Kathmandu | World Heritage Sites (Optional Tour)
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required. See Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings for more details.

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. . Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)

Kathmandu Tours

Kathmandu | Bhaktapur  Sightseeing Tour
One more day in Kathmandu, with a sightseeing excursion by private vehicle to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur which translates as 'Place of Devotees’ and is also known as Bhadgaon, is an ancient Newar city approximately 15 kilometers east of the Kathmandu Valley. Bhaktapur is one of three ancient capitals of the Kathmandu valley, the capital of the Newar Kingdom and a city of artisans and craftspeople famous for its art and architecture: intricate carvings, sculptures, paintings, thankas, pottery, statues and temples, or pagodas. Bhaktapur has a well-preserved ‘durbar square’, or palace square, and has been named a World Heritage site by UNESCO because of its incredible temples, pagodas, wood carvings, stone carvings and metalwork. Bhaktapur is also famous for its yogurt, called curd in Asia, a taste which hasn’t been duplicated anywhere.

Spend a full day exploring Bhaktapur and its rich cultural heritage, where a majority of enthnic Newaris live in traditional ways, and life seems to stand still. There are many great restaurants and cafes to rejuvenate, and it's possibly the best spot in Kathmandu for purchasing a thanka after watching the technique, as well as shopping for endless other locally produced crafts. Bhaktapur is home to countless local festivals, so if you are lucky and arrive on a festival day, enjoy the timeless and colorful events unfold.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Bhaktapur (+$100)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | Patan Sightseeing Tour
Visit the third of Kathmandu's ancient capitals, known as 'The City of Fine Arts', best if you have an extra day in hand as Patan is also rich in cultural heritage, has many lovely roof-top cafes for lunch and world-class museums. Some of the highlights of Patan are its Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple within the palace complex of Patan (entirely made of stone, with 21 distinctive spires), and Hiranya Varna Mahavir, or the Golden Buddha Temple.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Patan (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Kathmandu | World Heritage Sightseeing Tour
Kathmandu is filled with World Heritage sites and sacred destinations, crowded with traditional neighborhoods and colorful festivals. Spend a few days exploring Nepal's exotic capital and the history-laden Kathmandu valley. We can arrange sightseeing guide, vehicles and guides as required. See Kathmandu Heritage + Happenings for more details.

We recommend beginning with Pashupatinath in the early morning, and moving on to Boudhanath mid-morning. Hindu Pashupatinath on the sacred Bagmati river and its sacred temple complex is one of Nepal's most important sites, a powerful cremation site and Nepal's most important Hindu temple. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and saffron sit serenely meditating, when they’re not posing for photos-for-rupees. Local guides can explain the significance of the complicated ceremonies. Please be respectful when taking photos.

Boudhanath, in the midst of traditional monasteries (gompas) and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the iconic stupa. The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. There are wonderful spots for lunch at Boudhanath (Roadhouse Cafe has wood-oven pizzas and a breathtaking view of the stupa and colorful Nepals circling it), and it's a good place to learn the technique of thanka painting and purchase a thanka (Buddhist mural). See also Bhaktapur for more options for shopping for thankas.

Wander through the many temples, pagodas, courtyards and the museum at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a timeless gathering spot and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Kathmandu Durbar Square, including the old royal palace, is Kathmandu's 'Palace Square', a showcase for the world renown artisans and craftsmen of Kathmandu and a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist palaces, temples, stupas and statues. The Malla and Shah kings ruled over the Kathmandu Valley during the centuries of the building of the layers of this Durbar Square. Along with their opulent palaces, the square surrounds numerous courtyards and temples, all works of art with intricate and often erotic carvings. Kathmandu Durbar Square is known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, a name derived from a statue of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Ram, at the entrance of the palace. The social, religious and urban focal point of the city, Durbar Square is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies such as Teej. Some important structures are Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju Temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages.

In the evening (take the interesting back streets from Durbar Square) climb the many steps to the gilded Swayambhunath stupa (known as the monkey temple) which rises from the Kathmandu valley floor at 1420 meters and is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambunath, the 'self created’  stupa, was founded over 2000 years ago at a time when the Kathmandu valley was filled by a large lake, with a single lotus in the center. Mythology says that Manjusri, a bodhisvatti, drained the lake with one cut of his sword and the lotus flower was transformed into the stupa. From its commanding views of Kathmandu, circumambulate Swayambunath's white-washed stupa, painted with distinctive Buddha eyes, the complex a unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. Another interesting time to visit Swayambunath is in the mornings, when Nepalis visit the temple dedicated to the God of Smallpox to with colorful offerings for the goddess.

Stop to photograph reflections in Kathmandu's many pokhari's, or ponds, including the beautiful Rani Pokhari (queen's bath) near New Road, and the Naga Pokhari (pond of the snake gods of the underworld) just beyond the palace gates. The many bathing ghats, square enclosures with steps leading down to water spouts, often decorated with naga heads, are also interesting and colorful gathering spots.

+ Kathmandu World Heritage Sightseeing Tour | Pashupatinath, Boudhanath + Swayambunath (+$75)
+ Kathmandu Durbar Square Walking Tour | Durbar Square (+$50)
+ Entrance Fees not Included for Single Person

Everest Sightseeing Flight
An hour long extravaganza of the world's 8000 meter peaks, including airport transfers. (+$270)

Everest Sightseeing Helicopter Tour
Inquire for prices + options. Cost per helicopter.

Shivapuri Heights Cottages
A wonderful get away 20 km north of Kathmandu, Shivapuri Heights Cottages are stylishly designed and personal cottages built around a 'common house', where you can breakfast overlooking the stunningly beautiful Kathmandu valley. Massages available on request. (+$Inquire for Options)

Cycling Trip Kathmandu Valley
Many options for day trips, or extended trips, in the Kathmandu Valley. We can customize a cycling trip for you in partnership with one of our knowledgeable partners in Kathmandu. (+$Inquire for Option)

Extra Days in Kathmandu | Customize your Journey!
We have plenty of great suggestions for extra days, or weeks, in Nepal! See our Nepal & Kathmandu Modules | Customize Your Trip! to put together the perfect journey.

Mountain biking, rafting, vespa tours or yoga retreats around the Kathmandu valley or Pokhara, trips to Bhaktapur or Patan (Kathmandu Valley's other historic capital cities), a visit to the Newari temple of Changu Narayan and a night at the Fort Hotel in Nagarkot for sublime Himalayan panoramas, an Everest sightseeing flight, a luxurious stay at Temple Tree Resort & Spa, paragliding, hiking or zip-lining in Pokhara, a spa & wellness getaway at Dwarikas Resort in Dhulikhel, a relaxing excursion to Chitwan National Park Wildlife Safari & Tharu Villages (staying at Maruni Sanctuary Lodge) or Bardia National Park, a weekend of adventure, sauna and pampering at The Last Resort or five-star treatment in historic Dwarika's in Kathmandu.

Kamzang Journeys can customize any of these excursions for you, just inquire!

 

Namaste & Tashi Delek!

© Kim Bannister

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