Following Dharma REtreat

Every night you go to bed, feeling like you are no closer to living your ideal life. You are ready for change but don’t know where to start, or what is it that you want to change? Maybe things didn’t go to plan and now your left wondering where to go from here? Life has thrown you a few lemons. You are ready for change and ready to shift your focus and get more connected with your self, your purpose and want to make a difference.

We’re inviting 10 of you to reconnect with your values and remember who you were before the treadmill of life. Join us in the Heart Chakra of the world, Nepal and align yourself with your Dharma, your Purpose, your Best Self, through Meditation, Yoga, some inner work with Kate, volunteering and walking.

At the same time contributing to projects in Nepal that support education and women’s development.

We promise you will come home with a clear blueprint of your soul and be reconnected to the REAL you. We want you to come home bringing with you new experiences that continue to inspire for years to come.

WHERE: Pokhara and surrounds

WHEN: October &  November 2020, 2021, dates TBA

COST: $2200.00 (AUD) P/P

THE RETREAT

We will walk you into the mountains of Nepal where you will walk with soaring eagles, beautiful snow capped mountains, temples, monks, blissful wide open spaces that allow your thoughts to roam and opportunities to connect with your heart and soul.

Kate will work with you closely to help you connect to your Values, your Soul and Dharma. This experience is to really shift those blocks that have been holding you back from your vision and will assist you to show up in the world as your best self.  BE prepared to write, meditate and expand through experiences that will open your heart and mind.
Kate has been running treks and retreats in Nepal for the past 4 years and has found the healing benefits of this journey to be profound. This is your opportunity to experience it for yourself with Kate as your guide and support. 10% of proceeds of this event will go towards Nepal Projects that support and empower women.

Fitness level: beginner, Yoga level: beginner, Meditation level: beginner

Things to see enroute from Pokhara to Muktinath.
Enroute you can enjoy the spiritual and culture of Nepal. The way of life here is slow, it is hard, but rewarding. Everything has a purpose and meaning. People here live with the seasons and are in communion with Mother Earth every day. They are attuned to living in alignment with nature. They respect it. Below are some of the special things you can look out for.

Whilst walking along the Kali Gandaki river, you can collect fossils of the Jurassic age. You can also buy these fossils from the locals. Shaligram, a black stone fossil if found, is considered sacred and is kept in pooja (prayer) room in the house. It is supposed to be symbol of Lord Vishnu. Gloriously described in Puranas as Krishnagandaki (Black Gandaki) as well as Chakranadi, and worshipped as one of the holiest rivers, Krishnagandaki and consists of seven Gandaki rivers supposed to have sprung from cheek (Gandasthal) of Lord Vishnu.

The Muktinath valley has seven historic famous places Putak, Jhong, Chhyokhar, Purang Jharkot and Khinga. Ranipauwa (Lit.Queen pilgrims hostel the name of Subarna Prabha Devi) is new settlement village founded by people of Purang. There are many monasteries and Gompa around the Muktinath temple.

This Pilgrimage journey made to holy Muktinath, is worth a holy dip in the Kunda and bathe in 108 waterspouts “Muktidhara” which is believed to bring about salvation (Moksha) and to fulfill your wishes.

Swaminarayan:
A Hindu Guru by the name of Lord Shri Swaminarayan is generally associated with the Temple of Muktinath. Also known as a Satguru of Sabij Yoga, towards the end of the 18th century he practiced severe penance in Muktinath for two and a half months and attained the highest degree of proficiency in Nishkamvrat. In 2003 his followers funded the new wall around Muktinath and raised a small monument for him at Muktinath.

Gomba Samba:
This is a monastery of Tibetan origin. Legend has it that the Syandol Lama, a monk from Tibet founded this monastery. This was actually used as a hostel for monks before it collapsed and the people of Khinga and Jharkot later restored it. The main deities monastries are Sakyamuni, Chingresig and Guru Rimpoche. The monastery is situated at left from entrance gate of Muktinath temple complex, would be worth it.

Kunda:
In front of MuktinathTemple there are 2 Kundas (Water ponds). This is generally used for holy dipping and is believed to hold the power to wash away negative karma and the results of one’s past negative actions. Get your gear off and have a go, if nothing else you will receive an ice cold bath that will invigorate you.

KUSMA:
Highest swing bridge
Cave visit, deep ravine, fascinating sacred cave site, that not many tourists know about – the beauty of hanging with locals. 😉

BAGLUNG:
Kali Temple/walk through forest, river views
Rice fields and village walk/ including swing bridge and Shiva Temple –
If your lucky how to cook, Momos, or Dhal Baht/ Roti
Family visit, local family/ Govins Family. Nepali life/ Real Nepal.

JOMSOM:
Views, village life. Rest stop. The highest Cappucino/ Barista in Nepal perhaps the world?? One of the worlds most dangerous airstrips.

MARPHA:
A very traditional Nepali village, it is famous for Yak wool weaving, Apple farms, Apple momos (amazing), Apple Pies. Marpha is notable for its many-storied old stone houses, built by hand without the benefit of mud or mortar, and for the delicious apples grown in the lush valley that snakes between the Nilgiri and Dhauligiri Himalayan ranges.

KAGBENI:
Is a Gorgeous little oasis village before the climb to Muktinath, traditional Tibetan Buddhism/ Nepali life woven together to create this unique place. The views here are amazing at Sunset from inside the Buddhist temple grounds.

POKHARA: Things to do in a and around the City.
The Lake, boat rides, visit temple in lake – 2 hours
Paragliding- 2-3 hours total time
Ultra Light – 2-3 hours total time
Sarangkhot Views/Village ride.) 3 hours round trip with viewing.
Devis Falls/ Gupta Caves, Bat caves, 1-2 hours round trip,
Canoeing/rafting 3-5 hours
Zip line and bungy, 2-3 hours
Bouddha Stupa, hike/row the boat over.
Yoga
Meditation
Massage/healing/spa etc.. The Ayurvedic Health Home
Volunteer: 1 day-3 day programs (Optional)

OUR ITINERARY

Note: ITINERARY is subject to change due to environmental factors and or accessibility.

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu, greeted by Kate, Check in to Pilgrims Guest house for the night in Thamel.

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu, spend time in Durbar square, Bouddha Stupa, Monkey temple and Bhaktapur. Dinner in Thamel.

Day 3

Bus ride to Pokhara, 7 hours through the Valleys and follow the winding highway through villages and get your first glimpses of real Nepali life. Lunch and Dinner Provided. Arrive Pokhara 3-4pm check in to Purna Yoga retreat

Day 4/5/6

Purna Yoga retreat for 3 day experience.

  • Dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure
  • Full board on three days of the program (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner)
  • Yoga & Meditation activities on three days of the program as per our Retreat Daily Schedule
  • Wellness activities of steam bath, mud bath etc. as per our Wellness Activities
  • Daily group sound immersion as per our Sound Bath
  • Magnetised pure mineral water
  • Purna Yoga herbal tea

Day 7/8/9/10

Trek to Panchase ( 2 nights/3 days) or location to be determined and take in the beautiful mountain views and village life, Meditation and journaling, Kate will be working closely with you on these days.

Day 11

Return to Pokhara: Choose to experience Paragliding and Ayurvedic Massage and or Spend the day volunteering and learning about womens issues with Chetana Womens Development or Karma Flights organisation.
Stay in Tibet Peace Guesthouse. Good bye Dinner.

Day 12

Return to Kathmandu via Bus or small plane and fly out on Day 13 or stay on and continue your Volunteering and learn more about Nepalese life.

COST and REGISTER

What will it Cost me?

  • EARLY BIRD by Dec 2019, $1950.
  • $2200 pp, Twin share
  • Deposit $300

Payment plans available

Pre tour information

Once you have committed to this trek by filling in the participation form and depositing the $300 per person we add you to our special facebook group. This is where we chat about the upcoming trek. Upload videos on packing, provide handy hints and tips, essential information you need to know before you go.

Here you may ask many questions and the entire group can connect before the trip…

$2200 per person twin share (basic room sharing with another person on the trek with private facilities / own bathroom)

Please add on $250 for single supplement for your own room (only pre and post trek accommodation totally 5 nights).

Please note guesthouses along the trekking route can vary in comfort. Most rooms are dorm style with own bathrooms for up to 2-6 people. Think 2 star. Think rustic. Think authentic local Nepalese Village. Where possible we try to accommodate twin share however may have 3 or 4 of you to a room

Please remember you are traveling in an underdeveloped country and whilst the service is slow it is nothing but respectful with good intention. Whilst the accommodation simple and basic, it is clean dry and comfortable.

Accommodation in Kathmandu can be a bit tired but always clean and comfortable. Around 3 star.

Accommodation in Pokhara is nice and equivalent to 4 star

Following Dharma Retreat
Participation Registration Form

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a $300.00 Deposit to confirm your spot on our next Trek.

EXTRA NOTES

If you’d like help booking your international flight email Renae Martin from Lifestyle Travel ([email protected]) or contact your local Travel Agent.

Otherwise suggested airlines are:

  • Southern China
  • Malaysian Airlines
  • Qatar
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Thai Airways
  • Air Asia ( budget airline) I’ve used this one many times.
  • Singapore Airlines

Terms and Conditions – Further General Information

Luggage

Backpacks should not weigh more than 10-12kgs… If you are having trouble please talk to us and we can help you pack more efficiently to ensure you will be able to manage this weight. Carrying extra weight can cause unnecessary stress on your ligaments and joints.

Most essentials you can purchase along the way…

Challenging yourself to minimalism can be liberating. Lighten your load. You can leave some non-essential items in Pokhara safely under lock and key as this is the set off and return point

We will supply you with a recommended packing list closer to the departure date.

Currency

Money exchange offices are everywhere and we can assist you on arrival with that.– Exchange rate usually hovers around .75

Spending money required for the trip is approx. $350 – $750 dependent on how you like to spend…

Visa cards, cash cards or any type of modern travel currency is virtually useless in Nepal. Best to bring a small amount of cash to exchange, or send yourself a western union deposit, which you can pick up at any branch in Nepal… this is what I do.

Average water cost is $1-$2 in this area of Nepal. Coffee is approx. 60cents – $2. If you refill your water bottle with mountain water it is free.

Medical

Please ensure we are aware of any pre-existing medical condition so we can be best equipped to support you. A mandatory medical form is required to be completed prior to final payment.

We must also have a copy please of your full comprehensive travel insurance and copy of passport.  Please ensure your travel insurance covers this type of trip. Eg: paragliding, off road etc.

Basic medical is available in Nepal and we do carry a basic 1st AID KIT with basic 1st AID training however managing medical conditions are your responsibility.

We require you to have a moderate level of fitness to be able to walk up to 25 kilometres per day and to have the best chance to cope well with any altitude sickness.

We suggest preparing and training for this trek to get the ‘most out’ of this experience and maximise your enjoyment levels. By aiming to walk 2-3 hours in one go whilst maintaining a conversation.

Visas

Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal with a fee of $60 AUD Cash only…….This is truly the easiest and most efficient way to get a visa in Nepal.

Alternatively Visas can be obtained before you depart

You must be able to show a return airline ticket

Passports

Please ensure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport from date of return to be able to entre back into Australia

Meals and refreshments

Please note that alcohol and bottled water is not included throughout the trek/tour. Water is provided at mealtimes only.

All other drinks are at your own expense. You can refill your water easily with mountain water as it is safe to drink and in the guest houses there are often filtered water to fill from.

At mealtimes, one meal is included per person only.

If you require extra that’s fine. However you will have to cover this.

Exception in Dhal Bhat you can eat as much as you wish as they will keep refilling your plate for no extra cost.

We are a family organisation and we will look after you like family, so you feel confident you will be in great hands with local on the ground knowledge.

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