with Matej Jurenka and Shiva Wang
This retreat is happening in a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists. It is located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La mountain pass (part of the Himalayas), Mustang District, Nepal.
Everyday yoga and meditation practice (except the last traveling day).
Date: 20 - 28. October
(NOTE : cancellation shall cause 20% of total price if before 30th July. 50% before 31st Aug. 100% after Sep).
Stay: Yoga Retreat Center (Pokhara) and Guesthouse
Condition: healthy and open-minded (the treking requires a moderate level of fitness and there might be a slight possibility of altitude sickness after arrival)
The name is synthesis of two words - Mukti and Nath. Mukti means Salvation or Nirvana and Nath mean god or Master.
That is, (the provider of salvation) has been one such holy site, where thousands of devotees flock for attaining the much sought after moksha (Freedom) from the cycle of birth and rebirth. It is an ardent wish or a dream if you may say, of every Hindu to get Mukti-Nirvana from this cycle taking births over and over again. It is belief of the Hindus that this world is "MAYA" (an illusion) and the earliest one gets out of it the better and a visit to Muktinath will help them achieve that goal.
It indeed is the only place on earth where you can find all five elements from which everything is made, according to the Buddhist and Hindu tradition: fire, water, sky, earth and air at the same place together in their own and distinct form. This place is near Jwala Devi temple.
The entire river bed has Shaligram stones which are used to worship Lord Vishnu.
According to Sri Vaishnava philosophy it is considered to be one of the Divya Deam (108 in total) or holy places of worship of Lord Vishnu praised by Alwars in a compilation called the Nalayira Divya Prabandha.
The temple is considered to be the 105th among the available 108 Divya Desam. The ancient name of this place, before Buddhist origin is known as Thiru Saligramam. This houses the Saligrama sila considered to be the naturally available form of Sriman Narayana - the Hindu God HEAD. It is also one of the 51 Sakhti peetams. The Buddhists call it Chuming Diatsa, which in Tibeta means 'Hundred Waters'. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers and one of the 24 Tantric places. They understand the murti to be a manifestation of Avalokiteswara.
It is said that one has to be gifted to get the darshan of Lord Sri Murthi and Goddess Sri Devi Thayaar.
Day 1 arrival Kathmandu
Daytime is Free in Kathmandu.
Day 2 Kathmandu - Pokhara
Early morning private transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive we will already have stunning views on the mighty Himalaya massifs which rise above 8.000m, like Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Day 3 Pokhara - Jomsom - Kagbeni
Early morning we will fly to Jomsom, here we will have breakfast then trek continue along the Kaligandaki river passing though Eklai Bhatti after an hour trek we reach Kagbeni.
Day 4 Kagbeni - Jharkot - Muktinath
Today we will do the 1000 meter ascend to Muktinath which is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindu and Buddhist. We will first walk through Khingar (3400m) and then onto Jharkot (3500m), which is an impressive fortress like village. We will continue our way to the first part of Muktinath which is known as Ranipauwa, where we will stay the night. There will be time to explore the area and see some of the holy Hindu places like an eternal flame coming from natural gas next to a spring which is considered holy as well.
Day 5 Muktinath and around
Morning yoga and afternoon yoga and meditation.
Day 6 Muktinath - Dzong - Jomsom
This is an easy day walking back to Jomsom following a different route, but can be tedious if we are unlucky to get the strong winds. From Muktinath to Jomsom, you will see the people of Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive White Mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
Day 7 Jomsom - Pokhara
Fly to Pokhara and spend the day at leisure, relaxing, and maybe enjoying the sightseeing around Pokhara valley.
Day 8 Pokhara Retreat Center
Day of Complete Relaxation at the retreat center. The following facilities and offerings are available to calm the body and mind: whole body massage, aromatic steam bath, mud bath.
Day 9 back to Kathmandu and fly back
Early morning transport from Pokhara back to Kathmandu and to the airport.
Note: Each day is different, ruled by a number of factors from availability of good lodging facilities and trial conditions to the general pace of the whole group. Exact timetable cannot always be followed and would in fact destroy the free and easy atmosphere of the trek that you have come along to enjoy. Therefore, the above schedule is a guide only.
- 3 vegetarian meals a day
- bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
- Trekking Permit & Trekking Area Conservation Fee
- TIMS Permit (Trekking Registration Card)
- all yoga and meditation practice
- a trekking guide
- a porter to carry all the equipment
- domestic flight Pokhara - Jomsom Fly including airport tax
- domestic flight Jomsom - Pokhara Fly including airport tax
- drinking water during the trek
- Nepal visa
- international ticket to Kathmandu
- souvenirs and things of personal nature throughout the trip.
- personal expenses