NEPAL: HIMALAYAN SOUL REVIVAL

Overview


Join Big Heart Adventures for a spiritually enriching journey in Nepal.  Enjoy a stunning low altitude trek through the lower Everest region visiting communities and villages offering connection to the Buddhist way of life in rural Nepal.  Enjoy daily yoga and meditation while trekking on paths less travelled in the Solu region.

This journey takes you off the beaten track affording magnificent views of the world’s highest mountains while allowing you to authentically connect with yourself and with the people of Nepal.

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Small group, women only, hosted tea-house trek involving hiking at low altitude. 
Comfortable hotel both before and after the trek.  
Daily yoga and meditation while trekking.



Date
Start
Finish
Country


12/11/17 – 23/11/17
Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal


Type
Physical Rating
Group Size
Investment


Wise Woman Walking

Up to 12
USD $2,499 per person
Twin Share




Date  29/11/17 – 09/12/17
Start  Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish  Kathmandu, Nepal
Country  Nepal

Type  Wise Woman Walking
Physical Rating  ♦ ♦ ♦
Group Size  Up to 12
Investment  USD $2,499 per person | twin share

Giving Back


Trekkers will raise funds for the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia’s Sponsor a Teacher project and visit Seti Devi school where projects have been funded for classroom buildings post-earthquake.

OPPORTUNITY:
If you are a teacher or work in the health profession, HDFA are always looking for skilled volunteers to share their skills and knowledge with local professionals. Please enquire with HDFA for more details.



Inclusions


Air Travel

Flights to and from Phaplu including taxes

Meals

Meals as per the itinerary
Boiled drinking water provided

Transport

International airport transfers
Airport transfers for flights to and from Phaplu

Accommodation

6 nights accommodation

5 nights Tea House accommodation

Activities

A talk on Buddhism by the Rimpoche of the Neydo monastery


Itinerary


We will meet you at the international airport and guide you through the initial culture shock of Kathmandu. We head straight out of the city, leaving the exploration of this vibrant town until after your jet lag has subsided.

Our destination for the day is the sacred location of Pharping, holy to Buddhists as it the place where the Buddhist saint Padmasmabhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, came to meditate and achieve what we call ‘enlightenment’. Guru Rinpoche is credited with bringing Buddhism to the Himalayas (doing figurative battle to subdue the pagan demons and gods in order to do so!) so he’s a very important figure in these parts, where is he known as the second Buddha. Hence, Pharping has a number of monasteries which work with and build on the special energy of this area and tonight we will be able to stay in one as guests in their comfortable guest house.

The Guest House was built alongside the monastery so that more people can visit and experience this special location and life at this monastery. Income from the ‘hotel’ supports the running costs of monastery. Almost 200 monks live and study here and guests can participate in their daily practice, eat alongside them, and experience monastic life first-hand in a peaceful environment.

Accommodation: Neydo Manastery Guest Hotel http://neydohotel.com/

(dinner)

Today we have some options to choose from, depending on how we would like to immerse ourselves in Buddhism in this sacred place. We will have the honour of a talk on Buddhism by the Rimpoche of the monastery, accompanied by a translator and then we have some choices to make about how we would like to spend the rest of the day.

We can also take a walk to visit the cave where the great master Padmasambhava attained the Mahamudra level of realization. It is a lovely hike up hill to the Asura Cave, also known in the Tibetan tradition as Yangleshö.

We can also get to know about monastic life as the Monastery is very open and welcoming, with a mission help people to understand better and appreciate how the Kagyu and Nyingma Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are lived. We can also arrange guided meditation and/or yoga for individuals or for the group to really get into the spirit of things, pardon the pun.

Accommodation: Neydo Monastery Hotel

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

After breakfast today, we embark on a full day of sightseeing to get to know the incredible Kathmandu Valley. We will focus on the Buddhist sights of Kathmandu, visiting three out of an incredible seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley.

First we will visit Patan, also known as Lalitpur, the city of fine arts. Patan is one of the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley and the Patan Durbar Square showcases stunningly preserved temples and palace complexes. According to legend the founding of Patan dates back to Pre-Christian times. As opposed to the Malla cities of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur that were mainly influenced by the Hindu religion, Patan was for many years a major Buddhist city. It is believed that it was founded in the third century B.C. by the famous Buddhist emperor, Ashoka, who visited the town while on a pilgrimage from Northern India and built four stupas that enclosed the centre of the old town. This would make it the oldest continuing Buddhist town in the world!

From here we will proceed to the Swoyambhunath Temple. Also known as the Monkey Temple for the many resident monkeys that scamper around the myriad of small shrines and temples, this ancient Buddhist Stupa is perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley and is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. From Swoyambhunath we proceed to Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the biggest in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal directions keeping watch for righteous behaviour and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels and the stupa is ringed by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priests, monasteries and shops. We will also visit a Thanka painting school before walking to our little guest house at the Sechen Monastery, very close to the Stupa.

Dinner tonight is free to choose your own; there are many good restaurants overlooking the Stupa, so you will have no problem finding a good meal with a marvelous view. Please ask if you would like any recommendations!

Accommodation: Sechen Guest House http://www.shechenguesthouse.com.np/

(breakfast, lunch)

Today we have an early morning start from our hotel to get to the airport for our short flight to the mountains of the Everest Region. As we fly into the airport at the little village of Phaplu we can see the classic style of the sturdy Sherpa houses, giving us a taste of the days ahead.

After landing and meeting the rest of our trekking crew, we hit the trails on our way north. We are headed to the charming town of Junbesi, located in a lovely green valley on the main Jiri to Everest trekking and trade route. We set out following the course of the river which will be our guide for most of the day as we trek through small villages, terraced fields and lush forest.

Junbesi is a large village for this area and it is home to one of the famous ‘Hillary schools’ and a hydropower plant. The large monastery, built in 1635, is claimed to be the oldest monastery in the Solukhumbu region (although a few other monasteries lay claim to title this as well).

Accommodation: Tea House

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Today we head up the lovely valley northwards to Thubtencholing, one of the largest Tibetan resettlements in Nepal. The large monastery here was established by the highly esteemed Trulsik Rinpoche, who fled from the Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet in the 1950s. As one of the few remaining high lamas who were born and educated in Tibet, Trulsik Rinpoche is of immense importance to Buddhism, in particular the Nyingma sect to which he and the Thuptencholing Monastery belong.

The monastery was built in the 1960s as a ‘temporary’ monastery until the Rinpoche could return to Tibet, however it has now been reconstructed as the permanent home of this Nyingma legacy and the Rinpoche’s reincarnate will be on this site, not in Tibet. In addition to the monastery there is a Tibetan Medical school and hospital, so this is a great chance to learn about this ancient healing art.

In the afternoon we will return to Junbesi to a hearty dinner in our cosy tea house.

Accommodation: Tea House

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

This morning we bid farewell to Junbesi and hit the trails again, bound for Taksindu. We cross the river at the ‘bottom’ of town and climb through forest up to Salung from where we get views of Mount Everest (8848m), Chamlang (7319m) and Makalu (8481m), weather permitting. From here we also have gorgeous views out across the valley to Chiwong Monastery and on down towards Phaplu.

We continue on the trails, contouring and then dropping down to a stream before a short climb up into Ringmo, famous for its apple orchards and interesting apple products such as apple rakshi (alcohol), cider and apple pie. From here we have a final short climb to Taksindu La, from where we again have great mountains views and then a short descend to the Taksindu Monastery and our lodge.

Accommodation: Tea House

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Today we leave the main trekking route again and take a beautiful path down to Phaplu through forest. We have the option to hike up to Chiwong Gompa, perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley. This monastery was founded in 1923 and has magnificen
t celebrations for the Mani Rimdu festival in autumn. We continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek back at our cosy tea house.

Accommodation: Tea House

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

This morning we have a choice of setting out early to climb to the ridge above Phaplu for another chance of big mountains views, including Everest. From there we head south to Chyalsa where we see the Tibetan camp and have lunch in the village. We will also see the Monastery here before returning home via Sallari, which is the district headquaters and have been the bazaar town of the area for hundreds of years.

Accommodation: Tea House

(breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Today we bid farewell to the mountains and take the flight back into the Kathmandu Valley. After checking into our hotel the rest of the day is free to relax, explore, do some shopping or simply have a nice coffee in a streetside café and watch the world go by.

Accommodation: Hotel Shambaling http://www.shambaling.com/

(breakfast)

This morning we leave Kathmandu and drive towards the border with Tibet. We drive out over the Kathmandu valley rim and then descend a long way to the Sun Kosi valley, we follow the river to Bhotechaur, where we turn off towards Jiri and Charikot. The road climbs a lot and about about an hour into the climb we stop to visit the Seti Devi School supported by Himalayan Development Foundation Australia with classroom rebuilds post 2015 earthquake.
In the afternoon we continue along the road towards Charikot where we will check into the amazing little Charikot Panorama Resort and enjoy the stunning views of the mountains at sunset.

Accommodation: Charikot Panorama Resort http://www.charikotresort.net/

(breakfast, dinner)

After a leisurely morning we set out for Kathmandu, the return drive is along the same route as we came or we could take the slightly longer route back via Khurkot. We arrive back in Kathmandu by mid afternoon and check back into the lovely Shambaling.

Accommodation: Hotel Shambaling http://www.shambaling.com/

(breakfast, lunch)

This morning is free to relax and enjoy the secluded garden and pool at the hotel before it is time to take you to the airport for your flight home. If your flight is later in the day then we will be happy to help with some fun stuff to do!

(breakfast)
Meals: B



Important Info


  • Non refundable deposit is USD$1,000pp payable within 7 days of booking, final balance due 60 days before departure.  Payment plan available, please enquire.
  • Limited Single Rooms available on request – add supplement $555USD per person to twin share price.  If there is no-one to share a room with you, you will be required to pay a single supplement.  We will match you with a room mate at your request.
  • A minimum of 6 travellers are required for this trip to depart. Itinerary and price subject to change at any time. See full terms and conditions on our booking form.  Please note we calculate any currency conversions on the day of payment.
  • Costs incurred due to changes in programs and reservations due to unforeseen events (eg landslides, strikes, fuel shortages etc)
  • Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it.  Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes.  We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset!

Fitness Requirement


A good level of fitness is required for this trek. A completed medical form is required as well as a doctor’s clearance letter to participate in this trek.

 

Inclusions


  • Hotel nights in the hotels specified in the itinerary; based on standard rooms on twin share
  • Tea house accommodation while on trek*
  • Meals as per the itinerary (all meals on trek, with boiled drinking water provided)
  • Entrance fees and English speaking Nepali guide for sightseeing days
  • A talk on Buddhism by the Rimpoche of the Neydo monastery
  • Transport as per the detailed itinerary, including international airport arrival & departure transfers as well as your flights to and from Phaplu for yourself and your guide, including transfers and taxes
  • Your trekking guide, assistant guide/s and porters, with all their transport, equipment, insurance and including their meals and accommodation
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Trekking permits and registration fees
  • Your Big Heart Adventures Host: Lisa Murphy

Exclusions


  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy – please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent
  • International flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes
  • Any excess baggage charges
  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
  • Additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours outside the detailed itineraries above
  • Single supplement, please see single supplement charge – $250USD
  • Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
  • Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
  • Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers, hotels, restaurants etc (please ask if you would like guidance about appropriate tips)

*Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.


Meet your host



LISA MURPHY

Lisa is the founder of Big Heart Adventures and brings an extensive portfolio of personal adventure travel as well as boundless enthusiasm & proven expertise in travel planning.

Lisa’s attention to detail and passion for curating unique experiences has allowed her to plan travel, adventures & holidays for an extensive demographic of clients over many years.

An experienced adventure traveller, having completed expeditions including the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, Inca Trail in Peru, Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Overland Track in Tasmania, Milford and Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand to name a few, Lisa knows first-hand the challenges and amazing reward that exploring the outdoors adds to your life.

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USD $2,499

Departure November 2017
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