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The first week you settle in beautiful locations surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The second week you will hike in the foothills of the Himalayas, walking in the footsteps of fully realized yogis and yoginis, as you visit monasteries and nunneries that are nestled inside a ‘pure-land’. The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into your days, both in the Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayan foothills, as they embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.
Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. You will drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There may be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon, there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by the instructors.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast. They have your introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, they hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and meditation session. You will spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast. You will have an introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, you will pilgrimage to the sacred Stupa of Swayambhu and watch the sunset overlooking the Kathmandu Valley from the Stupa. Dinner and meditation session. They spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
After morning yoga and breakfast, you will continue your journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where you will spend the next two nights. You will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort where you will stay, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner, you will have a meditation session.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast at the resort in Namo Buddha. After lunch, you will hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha where it is said that the previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving Tigress and her cubs. You visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa. You will overnight again at the beautiful resort in Namo Buddha.
After breakfast, you depart for Phablu and venture into the foothills of Lower Everest region of Nepal. You will go on a beautiful jeep ride up through Central West Nepal where you will drive along the Trisuli river and lush landscapes of Central Nepal. The roads are a lot better now compared to in past years but you can prepare yourselves for an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight in Phablu.
After breakfast, you will hike up for 3-4 hours up to a nearby Buddhist monastery for a day’s visit. You can sit in on the practice of the monks and pay homage to the monastery shrine room. Afternoon meditation. You will spend the night in Phablu.
After breakfast, you begin your 5-6 hour hike up to the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery located up in the lower Everest region. You will stop for lunch in Junbesi and climb the last bit after lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner.
Morning practice with the nuns. At the nunnery, you will experience the living tradition of a sacred heritage, passed down from the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, to the present day, in an unbroken lineage of masters whose teachings have been passed on to their students, seeking the qualities and realization of awakening. You will join the nuns in their daily practices in the main gompa (place of meditation), and otherwise, there is the chance to go for short hikes in the astounding surroundings of hillsides, dotted with prayer flags and retreat caves.
They take a few days off hiking and spend the day at the nunnery, where they are able to sit in at the nunnery gompa with the nuns practicing. It is possible to go for short hikes in the area around the nunnery. The day is partly guided, partly free for own adventures. According to Tibetan terminology, this Tibetan Buddhist nunnery is seen as a pure realm; a Buddha field. This signifies a place where many prayers and mantras have been whispered throughout the years, of the many nuns living there; mantras and prayers of compassion and loving kindness for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, and very naturally one senses the result of this accumulation of merit.
After breakfast, you make your descend to Phablu. Lunch and dinner. You will spend the night in Phablu.
After breakfast, due to the unpredictability of the weather in the mountains, if weather permitting, you fly back to Kathmandu. If the weather does not permit you will take the jeep back to Kathmandu. You will overnight in Boudha.
Last day of the programme is free to do shopping, visit sights in Kathmandu, etc. You will meet for a farewell dinner at the pizza joint Fire an Ice. You will overnight in Boudha.
Day of departure. They will provide transportation to the airport.
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