Retreat in the Himalayas
Retreat in the Himalayas
Tour, Trek, Yoga and Ayurveda Detox Retreat
[Held in the Majestic Himalayas of Nepal]
2022/10/8 to 2022/10/28
Nepal is a country offering a heaven-like beauty found nowhere else on Earth. It is undoubtedly a country rich in natural beauty and destinations with its massive Himalayan glaciers, pristine lakes, waterfalls, and the lush forests that cover the land like an emerald carpet. Adorned and enriched with diversity encompassing innumerable gifts full of wonders as well as complimenting a state of solitude. Nepal is a heaven-like destination perfect for beautiful vacations with a gorgeous Himalayan tapestry to the north. Adorned with many places of worship, the opulent monasteries, temples and chortens (shrines) which add a spiritual ambiance to your experience. Even if you have been to Nepal before – once is not enough!
We are excited to inform you that the trek is now going to be led by Dr. Pradeep Neupane from our Brisbane Clinc. Dr. Neupane was born and grew up in Nepal and therefore has in-depth knowledge of its cultural heritage, beauty and historical landmarks and will do everything possible to ensure your comfort and needs are well looked after. Dr. Neupane will also be conducting light and rejuvenating yoga before each day’s trek. Daily treks will be guided by professional guides and Sherpas.
Please ensure you book flights ASAP if you are planning to join this life-changing opportunity as there are limited airlines operating at the moment to Nepal and they book out quickly especially as this is a very busy season for travelling to Nepal. Please call Dr Pradeep on 0452506389 for further information regarding flights and retreat.
Fitness level required: Medium
Please note that we have kept the price of the retreat as low as possible as the main aim is to support the economy of the Nepalese community and sherpas (who have been severely affected by Covid restrictions).
Below is the updated travel plan:
Explore Nepal and Ayurveda/Yoga Detox Retreat 2022 – Three-week guided getaway
This is an opportunity not to be missed: with the opening of borders (closed due to the COVID pandemic) we are now able to organise our popular and unique Yoga, Ayurveda & Detox Retreat in the Himalayan country of Nepal. This three-week get away is a unique opportunity to experience Nepal as well as experience an Ayurveda and yoga detox retreat in Nepal.
Week 1: Annapura trail trek (slow paced)
Week 2: An awe and adventure exploration of Nepal
Week 3: Health promoting and lifestyle improvers as we focus on your health and wellbeing in a beautiful Ayurveda Health Resort near Kathmandu valley.
Attractions of the Retreat
- Journey through the breath-taking beauty of the highest mountain ranges in the world and explore the diversity of culture and tradition in Nepal.
- Join local sadhus [holy men] and take a pilgrimage to ancient temples and sacred spiritual sites. Energise with yoga and pranayama each morning in harmony with the natural beauty.
- Detox, rejuvenate and relax in one of the most naturally beautiful Ayurvedic health resorts close to Himalayas, with a team of expert Ayurvedic doctors and therapists.
- Learn how to prepare healthy and balanced Ayurvedic meals using locally grown vegetables and grains.
- Most evenings after our fun-filled day of activities you will have the opportunity to stretch and relax with more yoga and meditation.
- Contribute to the local economy of this beautiful country.
- A unique adventure and holiday – invite your family and friends!
NEPAL RETREAT ITINERAY 2022
8 to 29 OCTOBER 2022
DAY 1 – Oct 8
Arrival at Kathmandu
Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport. Greeted by local representatives then transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Briefing of holiday itinerary.
Welcome Group Dinner including representatives, at a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural music and dance.
DAY 2 – Oct 9
Fly to Pokhara
Depart to domestic airport (flight cost not included in price – approx USD100-$150). Overnight at 4-star hotel, Pokhara. Commence trek the following day.
DAY 3 to 8 – Oct 10 to 15
Trekking Annapurna Trail, near Himalayas, Nepal
Join Dr Pradeep & his team on this memorable trekking adventure. Early breakfast then begin your trek to the world-renowned Annapurna trail – one of the best and most popular trekking routes. It is extremely picturesque with the natural beauty of the forest, mountains, the Himalayas, Nepalese and Tibetan culture and people. Overnight stays will be in countryside hotels and guest houses. Mornings begin with some yoga and stretching, followed by breakfast in local restaurants/hotels/guest houses. Trekking involves a few hours per day with time to see, feel and photograph the natural beauty of this Himalayan region.
Day 3 – Oct 10
Trek to Uleri
Depart after breakfast and drive to near Tikhedhunga. Commence trek here where with a 2-hour walk along the beautiful trail of bamboo forests and water springs. Pass across small rivulets and river springs. Overnight stay at the traditional Magar village of Ulleri – 2080 metres above sea level.
Day 4 – Oct 11
Trek to Ghorepani
Breakfast and begin a short 1-hour trek from Ulleri to Nangethanti, then onto Ghorepani Overnight at the guest house. Settle in for the evening and enjoy a memorable sunset. Incredible views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and adjoining Himalaya Ranges can be seen. Experience a beautiful early morning sunrise.
Day 5 – Oct 12
Trek to Tadapani:
A very early start to see the famous view from Poon Hill. An amazing sunrise, with panorama views of several mountain ranges including Dhauligiri, Annapurna and Manaslu. Breakfast and continue the trek to Deurali. Time to be in awe of breathtaking views of the Annapurna Himalaya range. Begin the descent crossing a small river before reaching the lovely village of Tadapani. Overnight stay at a guest house.
Day 6 – Oct 13
Trek to Ghandruk: 3-hour trek to Ghandruk. A wonderful trail through forests with a natural habitat for monkeys and various birds. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. An excellent view of Annapurna South and Fishtail mountains. Overnight stay at a guest house.
Day 7 – Oct 14
Return to Pokhara:
Breakfast then begin trek to Pokhara. Pass through Seuli Bazzar and the Modi River. Lunch at Birethanti. Trek to Nayapul and bus trip back to Pokhara. Three night stay here.
DAY 8 to 10 – Oct 15 to 17
Relax in Pokhara
Two days opportunity to relax and sightsee. Guided tours can be organised to historic sites along with shopping and enjoying traditional cuisine.
DAY 11 – Oct 17
Drive to Bandipur
Depart after breakfast to Bandipur, a famous town high in the Mahabharat Range – known as the Lesser Himalayas. Breathtaking views of mountain ranges, river valleys and settlements and just maybe a memorable sunset and sunrise.
Here you will spend time at an isolated Nepalese school and share an incredibly special welcome by the children. Overnight at the resort.
DAY 12 – Oct 18
Drive to Chitwan
Depart after breakfast to Chitwan, a wonderful little town famous for its National Park and safari activities. It is a pleasureable 3 to 4 hour drive along the mighty Trisuli River. Arrive at Chitwan for lunch. Your personal guide will discuss activities and adventures during your stay.
DAY 13 to 14 – Oct 19 to 20
Safari options including the elephant safari, elephant bath, visit the breeding centre and elephant feeding. Also includes a wonderful canoe ride down the river, and village tour. Be in awe of the amazing sunset, followed by a wonderful cultural program and dinner.
DAY 14 – Oct 20
Drive to Kathmandu
Depart after breakfast and drive a picturesque 200km back to Kathmandu. Settle into hotel and enjoy free time.
DAY 15 – Oct 21
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
A local guide will take you to various religious and historical locations in the Kathmandu Valley. Options are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple (one of the most sacred Hindu shrines across the world), Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa – all world heritage listed with UNESCO. Stupas are of significant spiritual importance here.
Depart in the afternoon to the Ayurvedic Resort and settle in. Enjoy the beautiful country surrounds. Commence Ayurvedic detoxification/rejuvenation program tomorrow.
DAY 16 to 21 – Oct 22 to 28
Detox Panchakarma Program … a personalised healing therapy program
The Ayurvedic Health Resort is not far from Kathmandu. It sits in the middle of a beautiful rainforest in the mountains. Your individually prepared Ayurvedic detox program is designed by the Ayurvedic doctors in Brisbane, prior to your leaving. A team of experienced Ayurvedic specialist doctors and therapists at the resort will take daily care of your health and detox program. Freshly made Ayurvedic meals provided and suited to your personalised detox plan. Classical yoga sessions will start your day. An addition is celebrating a Nepalese festival with your Nepalese friends and family while at the health resort.
Day 22 – Oct 29
Depart for home
Depart today and transfer to the International Airport. If you are staying on in Kathmandu, we can arrange your transfer to the airport.
Cost for twin share
Cost Early Bird Price: $4,650 (till 31st May 2022; full payment required by this time)
Full Price: $4,950
(Single supplement available in Chitwan and Pokhara for additional $400)
We take a small non refundable deposit of $500 to confirm your bookings and the balance can be paid on the end of early bird day or 2 months prior to the event for full price. You may call us with your credit card details or come to our center for the payment.
Alternatively, you may transfer the funds electronically into our account:
Ac: 289194431 Ac
Name: Vibrant Ayurveda
(Please email us your details and receipt of the payment if you prefer to choose this payment method.)
Cancellation PolicyWe understand that unexpected things may happen. If you need to cancel your booking prior to 3 months of the retreat start date we will provide a full refund (less the deposit). Unfortunately, no refunds will be made for less than 3 months notice for cancellation as everything will be booked and paid in advance.
Note: The retreat requires registration of a minimum number of participants. The retreat team reserves the right to cancel the retreat no later than 2 months prior and full refund of all paid monies if the minimum number of registrations is not met.
Services Included in the Cost
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner of authentic cuisine in Kathmandu.
- All accommodation and breakfast in high class hotels/ resorts.
- All jungle activities in Chitwan National Park Camping accommodation in two-person sharing tent with mattress and sleeping bag in trek. Offer home-stay where and if available.
- Vegetarian Meals (local fresh fruits, organic vegetables and local and/or continental meal) on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- An experienced English speaking guide in Kathmandu and Pokhara city tour Authorized guide, cook, sherpas, porters and helpers during the trek along with their food, insurance, equipments, transportation, local tax and salary. Medical supplies (first aid kit).
- All road transportation (city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Kathmandu- Chitwan- Bandipur-Pokhara-Kathmandu drive) by bus. All entrance fees, fees for TIMS (trekker’s information management system) and entry fees for conservation areas and National Park. Unique souvenir.
Services Excluded in the Cost
- Your travel air fare and taxes.
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Travel insurance and emergency evacuation (in case).
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. Personal shopping and laundry etc. Personal trekking equipment (walking poles, boots, jackets etc).
- Extra cost for single room/tent occupancy. Any extra cost not mentioned above. Meals in Kathmandu and while traveling to Chitwan and Pokhara.
FEEDBACK for Himalayan Tour and Detox Retreat
“It is hard to think of anything more that could have been done to make this trip better.
This tour is an experience-packed introduction to Nepalese culture in general, and Ayurveda in particular. You are in excellent hands with the tour operators, Nanda and Deependra, who have thought of everything to ensure a comfortable and safe tour and retreat”
“The hotels for our accommodation in three different cities were great. The rooms were nice, the food was good and the staff very helpful. In Kathmandu, it was a pleasant oasis in the busy city.”
“The Kathmandu tour was very memorable. The school help program before the trekking retreat was amazing. We had the best experience of our lives while meeting with locals and school students. Some participants felt like they will continue to provide support to the schools.”
“The hosts and guides were great, and very helpful. The trek was a little tough, but the sherpas were warm, friendly and welcoming. We never felt in danger or without help. Meals were delicious. The tents and sleeping bags were great, perfect for the conditions.”
“Every morning’s yoga/stretching and evening’s meditation classes made the trip very relaxing.” “Mixing up with villagers and being able to see the how they live their lives was very fascinating.”
“Pokhara is a beautiful city. The tour was very good.”
“Chitwan was great. All the activities were really good fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable, and the days were well-planned and ran to schedule. A great part of the trip.”
“I can’t effuse enough about my recent Nepal Trek with Vibrant Ayurveda and Review Nepal.
“The trekking was incredibly beautiful and powerful as we walked to one of Nepal’s most holy lakes and the grand vista of the Himalayas opened up for us on the morning of our pilgrimage there. Our every need was taken care of by our Sherpas, porters and hosts. Finally, our visit to the school was one of the greatest heart opening experiences of my life. The joy, gratitude and hospitality of the children and their families is imprinted on me forever. I have fallen in love with Nepal and would not hesitate to return.”
“It was wonderful to be greeted by Nanda and Babu’s smiling faces at the airport. I felt they cared for us and about us deeply. It was clear that our happiness was top of their list of priorities. I know they found it hard when they saw us struggling at times but did what they could to help. I felt safe at all times. Babu’s stories and encouragement while we were trekking made me smile and he generously shared tales of the spiritual meanings of places we visited. I do not think we would have been fortunate enough to have seen/done/experienced many of the things we had if we had gone with a typical tourist company. This was really a ‘ Review Nepal ‘.
It is unbelievable that we fitted so much into such a short trip; Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, the trek, visit to the private hospital, ayurvedic hospital, a couple of massages , historical sites, nepalese restaurants and so much more. It was a great trip for me, tiring, yes, at times. But I have a sense of achievement and happiness which is still lasting. Life is not always easy! Thank you so much for putting such a huge amount of time and effort into organising this trip.”
Ayurveda Detox Retreat – Pokhara
“The Ayurveda Health Home is a world class facility staffed by the warmest and most professional doctors, therapists, cooks and ancilliary staff one could find anywhere. We have no hesitation in recommending this tour to those looking for a good detox with a very informative tour.”
“This facility is world class. The food, especially, is excellent. Tailored to the individual, depending on his / her journey through the treatments, it is simple, nourishing and delicious. All our group were keen to get copies of the chef’s recipes. Service, also, is prompt and caring with the quiet efficiency we came to see as AHH’s hallmark.”
“An unforgettable experience. From the moment of arrival to departure, one is truly cared for. The solar hot water is sometimes unavailable on cloudy days (to be expected), but in all other respects, including the view over the lake, the peace and the lovely staff, the accommodation is excellent. Staying in-house does, of course make accessing the treatments very easy as well.”
“These guys are professionals. From the moment one clears customs at the airport until they deposit us back at the departure terminal two weeks later, there is not a contingency they haven’t covered. The guest is never left wondering what to do or where to go or with his hand in his pocket. All meals, transfers and tickets are magically taken care of as if we are visiting celebrities. Both Deepandra and Nanda have excellent English, and accompany the group everywhere. If a guest wants to shop for a particular item, one of them will go with you to smooth things over. Even on the road between cities, they organise meals at remarkably good restaurants. These gentlemen truly make the holiday work. Their humour and passion for their clients’ comfort put the visitor immediately at their ease.”
“Our group was booked in for a 7 day detox as designed by Dr Pradeep. On arrival, there is an initial consultation with Dr Rishi Ram Koirala with Dr Rumee assisting. At this point, the need for any additional treatments to the detox panchakarma is discussed. From then on, the client is kept completely up to date with the organisation for treatments, meals and activities via posted timetables, phone calls or personal visits from resident doctors. There is never any stress or rush. The smallest request is satisfied immediately and quietly.
The therapy staff, under the supervision of Managing Director and Chief Therapist, Badyi Koirala, are very efficient and extremely solicitous of the client’s well being. The yoga and Ayurveda lessons are delivered professionally by Drs Kristina and Rumee. These, I found particularly enjoyable.”
“I’ve aleady mentioned the food and food service, but would like to mention it again – superb. I have never experienced anything like the caring environment at AHH.”
About Ayurveda Health Resort
The recently constructed Ayurveda health resort is located in the terrains of exotic landscape located 10 km away from the heart of the city, Thamel and just outside the valley. The center is built in accordance with vastu orientation. The area provides healthy healing amidst the tranquility of nature, the woods, cool air breezes and the singing of birds. This is the one and only Ayurveda Health resort in Nepal which is committed to provide a high level of personal care and wellbeing. (Aiming to provide 4-4.5 star service).
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