overview

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

With this pilgrimage journey we spend the first days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, exploring the Pharping Valley and its many sacred sites. We stay at beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping and receive daily guided meditation sessions and introduction to Buddhist philosophy. From here we journey southward to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, near the border between India and Nepal. We pilgrimage in Lumbini for a few days, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and the sacred sites of the area. We then journey 2-3 hours by road to a beautiful lodge near the Chitwan jungle. Here we can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and the jungle surrounding us and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle. If we are lucky we will be able to spot rhinos, tigers, wild deer, birds and other wildlife. Upon our return to Kathmandu on day 8 & 9 we will stay in Boudha and visit both Boudha Stupa, as well as Swayambhu Stupa.

accommodations

We start the journey by staying at a beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery, overlooking the entire Kathmandu Valley. This gives us an incredible opportunity to witness Buddhist monks in their daily lives and to immerse ourselves in the Himalayan Buddhist culture.

In Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha we stay in a nice guesthouse near the main sacred sites and in Chitwan we stay at a beautiful lodge near the jungle. Here we can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and the jungle surrounding us and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle.

food and dining

Healthy vegetarian meals will be served throughout the journey.

activities

We explore the living wisdom tradition of the Himalayas as we visit sacred sites in the Kathmandu Valley, as well as Lumbini, birthplace of the Buddha. We guide daily introductory sessions in meditation and in Buddhist philosophy. Unique to this journey is that we get to experience the amazing and diverse wildlife of Southern Nepal, as we enjoy days at a lodge right next to the Chitwan. From here we will go for walks with the elephants into the jungle.

Travel Details

Pricing

  • $1,990 - Early Bird Special
  • $2,250 - Normal Price

Check In

3:00 PM

Check Out

12:00 PM

Directions

Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the retreat location. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and costs $25 USD for 15 days or $40 USD for 30 days.

Terms and Conditions

50% of the total price will be reimbursed to the client and 50% will go to Himalayan Hermitage in the events that the client withdraws his/her registration to the Pilgrimage from 30 days prior to the starting date of the Pilgrimage. Himalayan Hermitage will keep the entire amount during the event that the client cancels 30 days or less prior to the Pilgrimage’s starting date. These restrictions are due to the liability of Himalayan Hermitage in booking hotels and transportation which include private car, jeep, bus, van, and flight tickets. Thank you for your understanding.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

accommodations All accommodation is included
meals We will be enjoying healthy vegetarian meal
journal
workshops Daily sessions in mediation practice and Buddhist philosophy
group excursion Hiking and Jungle Safari
reading material
airfare The journey does not include international airfare
alcohol
tips Tips to local guide is not included
gift bag
fitness classes

Testimonials for Himalayan Hermitage

“I have always known I would come to Nepal, and then this perfect opportunity presented itself exactly at the moment I was ready. I came in without an agenda and just open to the experience; It was truly life changing, each moment unforgettable. I will enjoy processing it for the months or perhaps years to come. Namaste”
Suzanne Kennedy

“Overall, I really enjoyed the pilgrimage! I went into this with an open mind and I was very pleased with the breadth of the experience. Alex, Sisse & Alix (yoga teacher) were very kind, professional and calm under pressure. Their network of guides, porters and their knowledge of the area is top notch! Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget this and the wonderful people I have met”
Peter Keller

“I have learnt so much. I have learnt to trust. Trust in people, in situations, and in myself. And to have courage. To dig deep and to trust that everything will be ok. I have also learned about the true nature of peoples, their kindness, generosity and their unconditional love. Additionally, the introduction to Buddhist philosophy has been so complimentary and interesting. Nepal is an amazing and interestingly diverse country with very peaceful and loving people. Finally, I have learned how complimentary the yoga and meditation practices are in daily life and how this consistency is so important for progress”
Sybil Foster

“What seems to be very complicated back home is kind of presented in a simple framework to build upon. I feel even more curious now after being presented to the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. I feel happy that it is so accessible for me as a Western person. I really feel welcomed here, in Nepal. And being with the monks up early in the morning, meditating. And just to be part of this culture in a very natural way. I had my doubts whether this was possible. But now I see it, I feel it. That it is authentic and that it is a living thing that you can come and experience. And that is something very precious. What stands out for me during this pilgrimage is the moving part, that we move from place to place. We hike through beautiful paths and see the local culture and we come by sacred places. We lit butterlamps and we had this really intense feeling of being in important places. Without this really being part of our culture (back home) but still visiting a living culture. That made a big impression. It is also such a strong feeling to experience something valuable like this in a group. You go and you wander through the mountains and you come to a new place and you settle. You do your practices led by the instructors in beautiful places, you go through the meditation practices, and I was a bit surprised. It helps you settle, and open up. This is a new experience for me, and a very valuable one ( ..) If you stay or visit in Kathmandu definitely combine it with a pilgrimage. That is really eye opening”
Anna Cecilie Skovgaard