Himalayan Yoga Trek  

Mountains, Monasteries & Movement

 
 

Date: October 15 >

Price: 2900 USD

From Kathmandu to Solukumbhu

The trip begins in Nepal’s ancient Kingdom of Kathmandu, visiting historical sites. After two days acclimatising in this enchanted city. We take a memorable flight from Kathmandu to the airstrip at Phaplu provides access to an alpine world where the air is crystal clear and colourful prayer flags flutter from the rooftops.

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This particular area name is Solu Kumbu (the lower, less traveled, Everest Region) for a rigorous trek in the terraced hills deep in the heart of Sherpa Country. We begin with Monasteries with colourful prayer flag, Ancient Mani Wall stone with Buddhist. From here, “the local hospitality tour begins!” We will trek through local villages. Don’t be surprised if we are invited to have tea with the Head Lama, attend a blessing ceremony just for our group or eat boiled potatoes in a local’s home. Our main objective will be to climb Pike Peak at 13,400 ft (no crampons or any climbing equipment needed) for an incredible view of Mount Everest and the surrounding Himalayan Mountains. After our trek, we will fly back to Kathmandu from Phaplu. From Pike Peak 4090m in clear day you will see four of the highest peaks in the world: Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Kanchanjanga, 8598m Mt. Lostse, 8586m and Mt. Makalu, 8475m, as well as many other 6000m-7000m peaks: Dablam 6812m, Thamserku 6623m, Kantega 6780m, Kusum Kangaru 6370m and Mera Peak (6650m. During this trek, you also will see real ground breaking work of The Small World making difference through Girls education, visiting our Girls higher education program in Everest region and Himalayan Hope Home for vulnerable girls who are at high risk of trafficking and child abuses and all profit of this trip goes for The Small World charity.

Himalayan yoga trek

Mountains, Monasteries & Movement

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Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu! Our team will pick you up upon arrival and take you to your hotel where you can relax, have dinner, and get ready for your exciting week ahead!

Day 02: We'll start the morning with an orientation to the country and program, followed by guided cultural tours to the Buddhist and Hindu Monkey Temple and Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

Day 03: After a morning flight to Phaplu, we'll trek to The Small World girls’ education project site. Here, we'll meet with the girls and visit the local village to explore and understand their unique lifestyle.

Day 04: Wake up with the sun with a morning yoga practice. We'll hike to a stunning Everest viewpoint and Tibetan refugee camp. We'll stay overnight at The Small World's project site and visit with a Dhalit family, who used to be called the "Untouchable" caste family.

Day 05: Morning trek to Junbeshi on the classical Everest path. We'll stay overnight at a tea house within the beautiful Sherpa community, the mountain-dwelling ethic group known for their expertise, strength and endurance for trekking Everest.

Day 06: Morning yoga practice followed by a trek to Ringmu on the classical Everest trail. We'll follow the footprints of the first Everest climbers, Tenzing Norgey Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary.

Day 07: Continuing on our trek, we'll head to to the Taksindu Monastery and stay overnight in a local tea house.

Day 08: We'll begin the morning with a yoga practice and experience a traditional Puja ceremony in the Buddhist monastery. A Buddhist lama will sit with us for a Dharma talk, mediation, and tea.

Day 09: Trek to Chiwang Monastery through the beautiful jungle with panoramic Himalayan views. Overnight stay in the Monastery Guest House.

Day 10: Morning yoga on top of the valley with a stunning view of the high Himalayas. We'll experience a Buddhist Puja ceremony and trek to Phaplu, with an over night stay in a local tea house.

Day 11: Morning flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to our hotel. The afternoon is free to enjoy some local shopping, tasting momos (vegetable, meat, or cheese stuffed dumplings), or a massage! 4(Participants may also travel back home today.)

Day 12: Relax and reflect on your experience in Nepal with some morning yoga and meditation. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Buddha Nanth Stupa for a traditional kora walk around the temple and a sound healing experience. (Participants may also travel back home today.)

Day 13: Breakfast at the hotel; morning transfer to the airport and travel back home.

Trip Highlights:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site tours in Kathmandu (Monkey Temple, Durbar Square, Pashupati Natha, and Bouddha Natha Stupa).
  • Visit The Small World girls' education project; meet with the girls and learning about their dreams and challenges they are facing in their community.
  • Cultural immersion experiences, including home visits to local families.
  • Hike to an Everest viewpoint with over 8000m peaks and walk through beautiful local villages.
  • Live like the monks at the monastery while participating in traditional Puja ceremonies; Meet with a Buddhist lama for a Dharma talk, meditation, and tea.
  • Attend the Mani Rimdu Festival with the traditional mask dancers. travel back to home.
     

About our trip leaders:

Kiki Baxter

Kiki Baxter

Kiki Baxter

While at Florida Atlantic University, Kiki studied Psychology and jump started her career as a yoga teacher, using movement and meditation as tools for adolescent trauma recovery.

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She has facilitated programs for various outreach organizations in schools, recovery centers and foster homes, in addition to working alongside international leaders in the yoga community.

During her undergraduate studies, she spent time in Thailand and Costa Rica teaching English and working with undocumented children affected by human trafficking. Kiki is also a passionate photographer, capturing the allure of communities across Indonesia, New Zealand, Central America, and parts of Europe. She spent the summer of 2018 working with National Geographic Student Expeditions and The Small World leading high school trips through the Kathmandu Valley.

After completing her degrees, she was invited to Bali to document 2011 CNN Hero of the Year, Ibu Robin Lim, who offers free birth services to combat Indonesia’s high infant and maternal mortality rates. She has also taught alongside and photographed acclaimed teachers (e.g., Seane Corn, Russell Simmons, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, Tara Stiles) and has been published for her photography (e.g., Huffington Post, Mantra Magazine).

When she’s not working or traveling, Kiki volunteers with local youth outreach programs teaching yoga and photography.


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Kalyan Gurung

Kalyan Gurung

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