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Retreat in the Himalayas

Tour, Trek, Yoga & 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!

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: An awe and adventure exploration of Nepal
Week 2: Annapura trail trek (slow paced)
Week 3: Health promoting and lifestyle improvers as we focus on your health and wellbeing in a beautiful Ayurveda Health Resort near Kathmandu valley.

The first week comprises experiencing Nepalese culture first-hand and appreciating its beauty and warm-heartedness. It is an awe and adventure experience!  You will explore the natural, cultural and historic beauty of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. After visiting ancient artistic pagoda temples and interesting places in Kathmandu, we will take you to the world’s most famous national park in Chitwan for Jungle safari activities. Here you will see many of the sixty eight species of mammals, including Tigers and Rhinoceroses, protected in this Heritage listed park. One of the safari activities will be a once-in-a-lifetime elephant ride! Continuing your experience, you will explore village life in a country town close to Himalayas where you will be warmly welcomed with a traditional cultural music and dance program held by the local villagers and school students.

The second week a 6-day trek on the Annapurna trail, at a pace where you can absorb the experience.  See program below.

In week three, you will experience a week long retreat, where guests will enjoy a personalised Ayurvedic treatment comprising a unique blend of authentic Ayurvedic detox rejuvenation treatments along with classical yoga and meditation practice every day. Your program will be individually tailored to your needs by our team of experienced doctors prior to your departure from Australia. The retreat will be held in a beautiful Ayurvedic health resort which is located in the middle of forest close to Kathmandu, a Nepalese capital city renowned for its cultural and heritage beauty.
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!
Tentative Program Schedule
Day 01
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. On the first day of the itinerary, you will be received at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu by our local representatives and then be transported to your hotel in Kathmandu where you will be briefed with details of the travel itinerary.
Day 02
Sightseeing in Kathmandu. On day two you will explore different places of religious and historical significance which are located in Kathmandu Valley. You will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines across the world, Bouddhanath Stupa and Swayambhu Stupa (if time permits). [Stupas are Buddhist monumental shrines containing relics of historical and spiritual importance.All these historic and religious sites are listed in a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the evening we will organize a welcome dinner in one of the most authentic restaurant in the city. Overnight stay is at the hotel.
Day 03
Drive to Chitwan. On the third day we will  drive you to Chitwan National Park for safari activities. The park is 180 km [5-6 hrs] drive towards Nepal’s southern plain. The journey trails alongside the mighty Trisuli River. Upon your arrival at the resort in Chitwan, you will have lunch before checking into your room. After refreshing, you will then start your safari activities. Our nature guide discuss the activities for that day and the following day. Accommodation that night is in the resort.
Day 04
Full day safari activities. This is a memorable day of safari activities, including the elephant safari, elephant bath, visit to the breeding centre and elephant feeding. Other activities include a canoe ride, ox cart ride and village tour. There will be a beautiful sunset view and cultural program in the evening. Accommodation that night is in the resort.
Day 05
Drive to Pokhara: After breakfast we will drive 150 km [3-4 hrs] to the village of Gorkha where you will be welcomed by local village school children, where you will have small reception. We will then drive to Pokhara (About 80km; 3hours).
Day 06 
Trek to Tikhedhunga: After breakfast in the morning we will travel to Naya Pul (42km) by bus. An hour walk from Naya Pul will take us to Birethanti, a small and vibrant town nearby Pokhara. Trekking formally starts from here as we walk for a couple of hours along the beautiful trail with bamboo forests and water springs on the way. Ramghai will be the place for lunch on this day. After lunch, the trail now takes a gradual ascend which finally reaches to Tikhedhunga, the destination for the overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 07 
Trek to Ghorepani
On the 7th day, the trail ascends around 1000 meters. Along the way we will come across small rivulets and river springs. Half way, we will arrive at the traditional Magar village of Ulleri, which is situated at around 2080 meters. An hour’s hike from Ulleri takes us to Nangethanti, where we will break for lunch. Continuing the trek from Nangethanti, we will reach Ghorepani, where we will settle for the evening at a guest house. From Ghorepani, there are incredible views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and an extra adjoining Himalayas.  Experience the beautiful sunset and sunrise from Ghorepani.
Day 08 
Trek to Tadapani: Day 8 will be an early start in the morning to climb to the famous view point of  Poon Hill where the panorama of several mountain ranges including Dhauligiri, Annapurna and Manaslu peaks can be viewed. After sunrise, we will make our way back to Ghorepani to collect baggage and continue the journey to Deurali. Durali offers more breathtaking views of Annapurna Himalayas Range  before our descent journey. After crossing a small river, we will visit the beautiful village of Tadapani village. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Day 9 
Trek to Ghandruk: Short hike to Ghandruk (3 hours from Tadapani).  The  trail on this day takes us through the forests where the natural habitat is monkeys and different birds. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. From here there is an excellent view of the mountains such as Annapurna South and Fishtail. Overnight stay is at a guesthouse.
Day 10 
Back to Pokhara: After breakfast, we will trek to Pokhara from Ghandruk. On the way, we pass Seuli Bazzar and the Modi River. Lunch will be at Birethanti. The trek will continues to Nayapul where we will take the bus to Pokhara. Overnight stay is at a hotel.
Day 11-12 
Relax in Pokhara:  Two days opportunity to relax or sightsee. Overnight stay is at a hotel/retreat centre.
Day 13
Drive to Kathmandu:  Trip is about 200km.
Day 14- 20
Detox Panchakarma Retreat in an Ayurveda Resort in Kathmandu – Ayurvedic healing therapy Program
This will be a week long stay in an Ayurvedic health resort near Kathmandu.  The program as previously described, is an individual Ayurvedic detox program designed by our Ayurvedic doctors in Brisbane. There will be a team of experienced Ayurvedic specialist doctors and therapists from the resort who will take care of your health and detox program during this period. Freshly made Ayurvedic fresh meals will be provided daily, suited  to your personalised detox plan.. Each morning will start with classical yoga session taught by a local experienced professional yoga teacher. In addition to the detox retreat, you will celebrate a Nepalese festival with your Nepalese friends and family while in the health resort.Day 21
Guests will be transported to the airport. If you are staying longer in Kathmandu, let us know your departure dates and we will 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)Payment Policy
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:
BSB: 014274
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 Policy

We 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 
Nepal Experience:
“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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