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Yoga Trek & Soul Pilgrimage
to the
sacred land of Mustang

 

Journey with us to the sacred land of Lower Mustang -
Available all year round (min. 2 participants needed)
Or join our next group tour: 15-21 November 2024

Cut off from the rest of the world on the edge of Tibet, Mustang is a high altitude desert with the world’s highest peaks set against an infinite blue sky.

Mustang is home to numerous Buddhist monasteries and ancient Hindu temples and is, therefore, a spiritually important and enlightening place in Nepal. In the heart of Mustang lies the Kali Gandaki river between the two giant mountains Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. 

On this yoga retreat and soul pilgrimage, you will get a chance to:

  • Practice yoga, including breathing techniques (pranayama), on a daily basis. Beginners will get the chance to get a taste of yoga and build a good foundation for their yogic journey. More experienced yogis will deepen their practice and gain further inspiration for their ongoing yoga journey.

  • Practice Meditation along with the chants of Tibetan monks in a Buddhist monastery & in a cave in the mountains of Mustang

  • Visit the most important temples and stupas both of Kathmandu & Pokhara, including the holy temple and pilgrimage place of Muktinath (known as "the place of liberation")

  • Visit a hot spring, glacier lake, and local mountain villages in Mustang

  • Taste local healthy foods and specialties

  • Transform your body, mind and soul through the energies of the Himalayas

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The Program

Day 1: Morning gathering, explore Phewa Lake and Peace Pagoda with views on the Annapurna Himalayan range. Gentle Yoga and Sound Healing in the evening.
Day 2: Morning yoga, start jeep ride to Tatopani, visit hot springs and evening meditation.
Day 3: Morning Yoga & Pranayama, visit Marpha village, afternoon yoga.
Day 4: Morning meditation, hike to Dhumba Lake and leopard cave with Himalaya view, followed by cultural tour through the local villages.
Day 5: Meditation in a Buddhist monastery, followed by a visit to the sacred Muktinath temple. During sunset time, group circle and mantra chanting in an ancient yogic cave.
Day 6: Morning yoga & Pranayama, jeep ride back to Tatopani. 
Day 7
: Morning Yoga & Pranayama, jeep ride to Pokhara. Evening Kirtan mantra singing and closing ceremony.

 

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About Mustang

Scenically and ethnologically, the region Mustang with its barren high valleys looks more like a part of Tibet. Here, the landscape has hardly changed its face for centuries. The visits to the ancient places Kagbeni and Muktinath as well as to the surrounding caves, monasteries, chortens and stupas provide intensive insights into a deeply Buddhist cultural landscape that seems almost medieval. The numerous pass crossings are rewarded by breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Annapurna (8091 m), Nilgiri (7061 m) and other mountain giants. In Muktinath, we find a temple complex which belongs to the most important pilgrimage site of the Nepalese Himalayas. It is said to be The Place of Liberation: by visiting this temple and by bathing in the ice-cold water of its 108 holy stone faucets one gets completely purified and liberated.

 

Reaching Kagbeni, we find another village that maintains the characteristic appearance of a fortress town and is culturally very rich.  Kagbeni offers breathtaking landscapes over the Kali Gandaki River Valley and Upper Mustang. Alongside the river, we can find numerous ancient caves, where for centuries Buddhist lamas used to meditate. Here, we can move on to another rare and unique experience: try finding some Shaligram - a sacred stone, that it’s said is the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu itself and has strong power. In Kagbeni, yogis, monks and visitors meditate inside of the ancient monastery Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Gompa, that was founded in 1429. Surrounded by fine woodwork, precious statues, and holy scriptures, the monastery offers the opportunity to learn about the ancient practices of the monks that live there and find inner stillness.

Pricing and Inclusions

Pricing:

750 USD (Pokhara-Mustang-Pokhara) per person 

What is included?

  • 6 nights accommodation (Pokhara-Mustang-Pokhara) - private rooms with attached bathroom

  • Daily breakfast

  • All kind of transportation

  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions

  • Healing sound concert

  • First and last special dinner

  • The permits fee for the entrance to the mountain area, entrance fees

What is not included?

  • International Flight Ticket

  • Visa for Nepal

  • Health insurance

  • Meals (lunch, dinner, snacks)

  • Optional massage (50 USD/90 Min)

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Accomodation 

We will stay in comfortable hotels throughout the whole journey (private rooms with attached bathroom, hot shower).

 

All accomodations are located in peaceful, quiet areas that allow you to be surrounded by the sounds of nature and see the Himalayan mountains from the rooftops. The food will be entirely vegetarian and/or vegan. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

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What do I need to bring?

 In the mountains of Mustang, temperatures are usually about 5-10 degrees lower than in the city of Pokhara. It can get quite windy in afternoon times, so it is recommended to bring a windproof and warm jacket, as well as warm clothes for sleeping.

Trekking boots are not a must but good sneakers are necessary. You do not need a sleeping bag. Please do not forget sun protection. You can bring a big backpack or suitcase.
Yoga mats are provided.

Terms and conditions

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot for this retreat (bank transfer).

The rest of the retreat fee must be paid on the start day of the program.

If the retreat must be cancelled by Madan Yoga, the deposit will of course be fully refunded.

Please note that all fees are non-negotiable.