Duration : 17 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
The home of Sherpa community of Nepal is known as Solu-Khumbu. All famous mountaineers are from Khumbu region. Sherpa belongs to Nyingma-pa Tibetan Buddhist sect. They practice their own Buddhist tradition and custom, which their ancestors brought from East of Tibet. The area above Jorsale, about 113 sq. km is under the protection of National Park. There are blue pine, fir, and juniper forest in the lower elevation and, birch and rhododendron forest in between 3300m to 4000m. Musk deer, Himalayan Thar and Serow are commonly found. There is panoramic view of the Himalayan range all the way from Gaurishanker
You cross the Trakshindo La before descending towards the raging river of the Dudh Kosi. Follow the Dudh Koshi north through terraced hillsides and small villages to join the main Everest trail below Lukla. The route passes through Lush valleys with abundant flora and fauna,spectacular forests of blooming rhododendron in March April, blue pine and fir. Past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries through the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Buddhist Monastery, Khunde Khumjung.
In this trek you will explore villages and monasteries and see incredible hospitality of the Sherpa people. High light of the trek is to explore world famous sherpa villages, Buddhist Culture, world highest Mountain,Yak caravan Trail, Sagarmatha National Park, World Heritage site and to taste good accommodation and food.
You will trek upto Pangboche to see all magnificent monasteries and Sherpa village in Khumbu regions. You cross the Trakshindo La before descending towards the raging river of the Dudh Kosi. Follow the Dudh Koshi north through terraced hillsides and small villages to join the main Everest trail below Lukla. The route passes through Lush valleys with abundant flora and fauna,spectacular forests of blooming rhododendron in March April, blue pine and fir. Past friendly Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries through the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Buddhist Monastery, Khunde Khumjung.
Duration : 17 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
This is a unique tour mostly concentrated in and around Kathmandu valley and to a beautiful Langtang National Park to provide special opportunity to you to experience one of the oldest and vibrant cultures of the world. It has fascinating living religions like Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism, Bonpo, nature worship, ancestral worship etc.
July-August if you want to coincide with the Guru Purnima (full moon) festivals of Jhhakris in Gosaikunda or other places where they held the all night gathering. Otherwise dry season - spring and autumn has nice and beautiful weather.
A prayer in the ancient Hindu Scripture, Rig Veda, entreats upon God, “ Tamaso Maa Jyotirgamaya, Asato Maa Sadgamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya” or Lead us from Darkness (Ignorance) to light (Knowledge), from Falsehood to Truth, from Death to Immorality.’
Every human being on earth is in relentless pursuit of love, mental peace and spiritual happiness. According to Sanatan Dharma, the eternal religion, the proven way to overcome the tensions, stress and strain that one faces in daily life is faith in spiritualism (adhyatma). Spiritual practice (sadhana) casts ‘light to do away with darkness’ and liberates a person from sorrow, gloom and despondency. Spiritual enlightenment leads to blissful inner peace (Samadhi).
Travelling across Nepal can be not only a fascinating physical and visual journey through high mountains, cascading rivers, pristine forests and unexplored landscapes, but also a spiritual journey as well. Viewing the country through a spiritual lens will help see the people and land in that extra dimensional element that one might have missed otherwise. Among the myriad and diverse attractions that have drawn people from far and abroad to visit Nepal, one aspect that is unique to this country, but has often been either overlook or remained barely noticed, is the exalted standing this country holds in Spiritualism.
For many, Nepal remains a mystical land with its harmonious blend of two of the world’s prominent religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s incredibly tolerant people living through a fascinating religious – cultural milieu and its amazing landscapes that in ancient times drew rishis (sages), ascetics, mystics and yogis who wandered in a spiritual mission in search of tatwa gyan (supreme truth), nirvana (enlightenment ) and divine grace, and today draws spiritual seekers , aspirants of a new bewildered generation seeking tranquility, mental peace and answers to questions that people had long forgotten to ask.
Things to Engage in
lThe word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ meaning ‘union’ or to join. Yoga is a spiritual science that has been practiced and developed by the rishis and sages of India over thousands of years. Yoga implies harmoniously integrating and body, mind and soul to attain a balanced life and spiritually uniting the individual with the supreme. Yoga is a symphony of life.
The various assortments of asanas or postures, works with the body on a structural level providing enhanced physical strength, endurance and the resistance to diseases. At the mental level, it strengthens concentration and resilience raising the consciousness to a level where one can perceive the spiritual dimension. Yoga aims to attain the state of “Kaivalya” (emancipation or ultimate freedom) by means of its eight paths which in sequential order consists of Yama (self-restraint), Niyama (self-observance), Asana (body posture), Pranayama (breathing control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the sence), Dharana (concentration of mind), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (self-realization, super consciousness). Yoga is therefore a spiritual quest whereby the aspirant attains health, happiness, mental peace and knowledge.
Nepal offers a number of place in the capital city, Kathmandu and elsewhere to practice Yoga and meditation. Among the prominent Yogic schools where Yogic Asana (postures), Pranayam (control of breathing) and Dhyan (Meditation) are taught and practiced are the Yog Ashrams or Peeths as they are called. Yoga is immensely popular and practiced in Nepal.
The moment a child is born in Nepal, the exact time of birth is noted and given to the astrologer, who according to the position of the different planets in the solar system at that precise moment prepares a Cheena (horoscope). Astrologers are consulted on various occasions like rice feeding, sacred thread and weddings. Almost all religious festivals in Nepal are governed by astrological readings. Tika during Dashain, Bhai Tika during Tihar, etc are occasions when the astrologers determine the auspicious hours for these festivities to take place. They also forecast the solar and lunar eclipses and their impact on people.
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Satsang( Group discourse in righteous company)
The Sacred Garden of Lumbini where Siddhartha Gautam was born offers a placid environ for meditation and spiritual quest. Spiritual discourses on Buddhism are offered at the monasteries here everyday. It is ideal setting for meditation and spiritual enlightenment. Countries with significant Buddhist populations have constructed monasteries and stupas in their native design reflecting their art and culture, and they offer space and tranquil environment for meditation and spiritual quest.
Natural Health Care , Arogya Ashram
Duration : 15 Days
Group Size : 3-5 pax
Buddhist, Hindus and Bonpo faithful consider Mt. Kailash as their sacred land. The mountain is known as the throne of “Shiva", a powerful God in Hindu mythology. Buddhist considers it as Kang Rinpoche, the precious Snow Mountain. Devotee of Jain religion considers the peak as Mount Ashtpada. Rishabanatha, founder of Jain faith, believed that he gained spiritual liberation on the summit of Mt.Kailash. Bon po, pre Buddhist religion in Tibet believes that this is the 'Nine storey Swastika Mountain' that lead to the heaven. Despite its barren and dry features the lake and the mountain has magnetic influence to devotees and visitors alike. The pilgrims walk and prostate around the mountain path of 55-km Kailash parbat (mountain) known to them as Meru in ice and stone. There is a strong belief among Hindus and Buddhist that a single walk around the holy mountain would wash away all the sins of a lifetime. Travelers and explorers see in its raw form the amazing beauty in the middle of dull landscape and the faithful feels that it is the sanctuary of the God which gives life to the entire human being. Everybody always find in it something valuable. Kailash peak and Mansarover Lake are situated at 4500 meter above sea level at the highest elevation on the Tibetan plateau. It is the source of holy rivers of south Asia like Indus, Sutlej, Brahamaputra and Karnali Mt. Kailash. It is the only peak in the entire Himalayan range revered as ultimate sanctity. It is also one of the highest Mountains in Tibet at over 6714m (22,022 ft) and Lake Manasarovar at 4558m (14,950 ft) is probably the highest freshwater lake in the world. Though the entire Himalayas is regarded as divine dwelling yet Mt. Kailash is the only peak that is revered as ultimate sanctity. Pilgrim takes bath in the lake Mansarover, known as Mana (mind) of Brahama.
The place is certainly remote and difficult to reach especially in the extreme weather conditions and often on dusty and rough road. The distance from Kathmandu is about 1000 km and from Lhasa it is almost double. On the geographical aspect the mountain is the source of four great rivers that merge in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea. It is the source of the civilization of Indus and Brahamaputra river valley in India. Despite the reality of Cultural Revolution in China and Tibet, regions around Kailash suffered least. Though many monuments around it and in the vicinity were destroyed yet the faith of its followers has remained stronger than ever. More than the pilgrimage of your lifetime it is truly an adventure that remains with you life long.
The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough. So schedules are often disrupted by mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa. The trip to Tibet is in high altitude region. The road is at elevation above 3600 meter (12000 ft.) above sea level most of the time and goes as high as 5300 meter if you go to base camp of Everest or Kailash in a short period.
We travel from Kathmandu by bus to Kodari bridge known as Friendship Bridge, and travel on ward to Zangmu and Nyalamu. At Nilamu you are already at a high elevation. We spend a day at Nyalamu to acclimatize your body and then continue to drive to Saga, Paryang and ultimately to the holy lake of Mansarover. We start our Parikrama (Walk around) of Mt. Kailash from Darchen. After the parikrama we drive back to Zangmu and to Kathmandu through the same route.
The total distance around Mt. Kailash is 55km. Yaks and porters carry camping gear and food. You follow the guide and other pilgrim on the trail around the holy mountain. The camp staff takes care of meals and sleeping during the entire parikrama (walk around). The staff takes care of every need. You walk on your own pace though local takes less than 3 days to complete the round. Beside the normal walk chanting mantra there are other who make full body prostration throughout the parikarima. It is an amazing sight. The walk around Kailash is a pious thing to do for both Hindus and Buddhist.
It is believed that making a praikrama (walking round Mt. Kailash) would wash your sins away. Specially when this is done on an auspicious year or time. On such an occasion a circuit equals to 13 circuits completed during the year.
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