Himalayan Hike, Service, and Meditation

 

NEPAL 2023 RETREAT

 

April 1st - 11th, 2023

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Meditate With Us in The Himalayas 

Come explore the birthplace of the Buddha, make an impact by working with orphans, and hike and meditate in the world's most beautiful mountain range, the Himalayas. 

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From The Moment You Land...

You'll be taken care of. One of our guides will pick you up and bring you to our hotel in Pokhara to meet the group. From there, David, Jordana, and our incredible professional team of guides will be with you every step of the way. We'll be visiting orphanages that are sponsored by The Himalayan Children's Future Fund, sacred historical sites, and and trekking.

We'll hike for about 5 days, where our porters and guides will carry all of our gear, and take care of our accommodations. We'll be staying in tea houses (small-guest houses with beds and bathrooms) along the trek. We'll be meditating everyday along the way, soaking in the energy and spirit of the Himalayas. 

And best of all, you'll make friends for life with an incredible group of people from all over the world. You'll probably cry a few times, be blissed out in joy, and hopefully awaken a deep part of your soul.

Accomodation

We will be staying in 3 and 4-star hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu before and after our hike. During the hike we'll be staying in traditional tea houses along the path which are quite comfortable and fun.

Here are some photos of our accommodations.

Note that single room accommodations in tea houses are not guaranteed during the trek.

Sample Itinerary

Here is our 14-day itinerary. Things are subject to change based on weather or other unforeseen circumstances. 

What level is the hiking?

The hiking is considered moderate. Our highest altitude will be about 13,500ft in elevation. You will have your bags carried by porters and can take your time. We will be hiking about 5-6 hours a day on average for 5 days. That may seem like a lot but we will do it at a reasonable pace. If for any reason someone can't continue a guide will return you to our starting point. 

*If you have any medical conditions that you are concerned about please check in with your doctor and with us before booking the trip. 

Service

Giving back to Nepal and making a substantial impact is is part of the DNA of this retreat. That includes tipping our guides, treating the local people with the utmost dignity and respect, and of course, working with adorable kids who need our help!

That's why we will be visiting orphanages sponsored by the Himalayan Children's Future Fund to donate supplies and spend quality time with the kids. 

A $500 minimum donation will be required to the foundation.

What's Included...

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle
  • Standard 5-star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share Standard 5-star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share bed-and-breakfast basis (Hotel Aloft Kathmandu Thamel) (3 Nights)
  • Standard 5-star Hotel Accommodation in Pokhara on a twin share bed-and-breakfast basis ( https://fishtail-lodge.com/sites/) (3 Nights)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu, and Pokhara including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or lodge accommodation during the trek (7 Nights)
  • Hot shower on the trek (7 Days)
  • Private, round-trip land transportation Pokhara and ThikeDanda-Nayapul-Pokhara
  • Round Trip domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Most meals except for free time
  • Government licensed; English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Duffle bag for the trekking
  • Travel and rescue arrangement (helicopter evacuation is available if needed - at an additional cost)
  • All Government and Local taxes

What's NOT Included...

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • International air fares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Pricing Options

Shared Room

$4,495

$499 Deposit then 3 monthly payments of $1,332

2x Twin Beds Per Room

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Single Room

$5,995

$499 Deposit then 3 monthly payments of $1,832

1x Queen Bed Per Room

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If you’d like to add a 5-day trip to Bhutan at the end of the retreat, click here for more information.

Your Guides


 

David Gandelman

David Gandelman is a spiritual teacher, author, and guide, whose mission is to awaken souls on their path of growing into being human, and living an enlightened, purpose-driven life.

He is the founder of the Meditation School app, and host of the Meditation School, Energy Matters, and Grounded Sleep podcasts. And his meditations have been streamed millions of times. He has taught at Cornell University, NBC Universal, SAP, and numerous other organizations.

David holds a B.A. in Western Philosophy from Rutgers University, which combined with his studies in Eastern spiritual traditions living in the Himalayas, as well as his experience as the director of a school for intuitive development and mysticism in Hawaii, informs a teaching style that connects energetic experience, ancient wisdom traditions, and humor in order to create a safe atmosphere for people interested in learning to meditate and develop into their potential.

Jordana Reim

Jordana Reim, a meditation guide, author and entrepreneur, spent the last decade refining her personal practice through travels and residencies at some of the most sacred and beautiful places on Earth including the islands of Thailand, ashrams of India and the Himalayas.

On a continual search for higher ground, the New Jersey-native shares her considerable learnings through guided meditations, courses in mindfulness, sessions in sound healing and breathwork. In her previous career, Reim was an award-winning digital producer in New York City and Los Angeles. Her approach to teaching seamlessly bridges the gap between ancient practice and modern day mindsets. 

Reim is the founder of Peace Inside Live, a platform for meditation and mindfulness serving corporations such as Spotify and HBO, non-profit organizations such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as web3 and NFT communities. 

Today Jordana's focus is on nervous system regulation, self-care and supporting personal transformation through mindfulness. This will be Reim's 5th retreat in Nepal.

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