Pokhara–Poonhill Yoga tours is primarily designed for those who wish to explore Nepal’s beauty at its best. Combined with daily Yoga and Meditation practices, this tour takes us through Nepal’s most enchanting cities – Kathmandu and Pokhara.
What to Expect
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu International Airport- T I A (1300m) and transfer to hotel- The Thamel Eco Resort.
Day 2: Early morning Yoga / Meditation class at the Thamel Eco Resort followed by breakfast.
After, we set out for an extensive guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valleys cultural, historical, religious (world heritage) sites. During the course, we visit the famous Pashupatinath temple of Lord Shiva situated at the holy bank of River Bagmati where we will also observe the Hindu cremation ritual. We then proceed to the Boudhanath stupa, a major pilgrimage centre for the Buddhist faith which also is the largest of its kind in the world. We then have a short break for lunch followed by a visit to Swoyambhunath stupa also known as the Monkey Temple from where we can have a bird’s eye view of whole of Kathmandu valley. Following this we then proceed for a visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the oldest royal palace of Kathmandu and a UNESCO world heritage site. The whole area of Kathmandu Durbar Square is dotted with numerous fascinating Nepalese architect dating back many centuries. The site is also the home to Nepal’s living Goddess – Kumari, where we will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand this unique Nepali tradition. In the evening we will attend the welcome dinner hosted by Makalu Adventure with live Nepalese culture show.
Day 3: Early morning Yoga / Meditation class at the Thamel Eco Resort followed by breakfast and we start a day long sightseeing tour of Patan and Bhaktapur cities.
Patan is separated from Kathmandu by the Bagmati River and is the second largest town in the valley. It has historically been known by its Sanskrit name Lalitpur (City of Beauty) and its Newari name, Yala. Patan's Durbar Sq is full of temples, with a far greater concentration of architecture per square meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. There are more than 600 stupas and 185 bahals scattered throughout the fascinating backstreets making the city a perfect choice for the discerning visitors.
Known as the city of Devotees, Bhaktapur is the third major town within Kathmandu valley. This traffic free and traditionally intact town is also in many ways the most timeless and is certainly more pleasurable walking in. The cobblestone streets link a string of temples, courtyards and monumental squares, and the side streets are peppered with shrines, wells and water tanks. The town's cultural life is also vibrant, with centuries-old traditions of craftsmanship and strong communities of potters, woodcarvers and weavers. Look for rice laid out to dry in the sun, people collecting water or washing under the communal taps, dyed yarns hung out to dry, children's games, fascinating shops and women pounding grain - there's plenty to see.
Today, we will have a lunch break either in Patan or Bhaktapur itself and return to the hotel in the early evening. After some rest we will then assemble in a special hall for meditation discourse from Dr. Chintamani Gautam, our Yoga teacher. And after dinner we will assemble again for classic meditation practice as taught by Dr. Gautam, for an hour before retiring to the bed.
Day 4: Kathmandu – Pokhara
Morning Yoga / Meditation class at the Thamel Eco Resort followed by breakfast then we fly (35min) to Pokhara. Upon our arrival, the rest of the day is kept free for you to explore this beautiful lakeside city on your own or if you would like you can just sit back and relax. Nestled in a tranquil valley at an altitude of 915m, Pokhara is a place of natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fish-tailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it create an ambiance of peace and tranquility. The most stunning of Pokhara's sights is the spectacular panorama of the Annapurna range.
Pokhara lies on a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. To this day, mule trains can be seen camped on the outskirts of the town, bringing goods to trade from remote regions of the Himalaya. The enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks - creating the ambience that has made it such a popular place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Relax in a café, hire a boat and float around the lake, or shop for Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs in the endless stalls and shops.
In the late afternoon we will assemble for the group meditation taught by Dr. Chintamani Gautam followed by dinner in the most delightful setting. Overnight at one of the finest hotel of Pokhara.
Day 5: Pokhara – New Bridge – Ulleri:
After an early Yoga session and breakfast we will then drive for about an hour along the Seti River valley from Pokhara to the trek starting point called Naya Pool (new bridge) and have our trekking permit checked in Birethanti (1,100m) shortly. From Birethanti, the path follows through sub tropical valley forest. After lunch the route then descends towards Modi valley through bamboo and terrace farmland before arriving to Tikhedhunga. As we continue our journey to Ulleri where we stay overnight, we are faced with a rather challenging section of today’s walk with thousands of steps and boulders leading us to Ulleri. Ulleri at 2050 meters is truly a vertical town; so perched on the hillside that every guest house window looks unobstructed at the expanse of the opposite valley. In the evening we practice our meditation course and have dinner before retiring to bed.
Day 6: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2750m/ 9020 ft): 5 hrs:
Morning Yoga followed by breakfast and we start tody’s hike rather early in the morning. From Ulleri we continue our ascent to Ghorepani village. The name of the village “Ghorepani” in English literarily translates to Ghore (horse) Pani (water). In old days this place used to be a major trading centre where the traders used to take rest and let their horse drink the water so it gained the name as such.
Ascend from Ulleri becomes gentle as compare to the previous day and arrives shortly to Banthanti. From here on we mostly pass through the rhododendron forest before arriving to Nagthanti where we have our lunch. From Nagthali the forest becomes even denser leading to the path with stone steps and arriving to the lower part of Ghorepani. After ascending for about 20 minutes we finally arrive to the check post- the gate way to the upper village where we will stay overnight and from where there are mesmerizing views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges as well as Nilgiri. After some rest we have some refreshment and assemble in the main hall for today’s session of meditation as taught by our expert Dr. Gautam. Dinner in the evening and overnight at hotel.
Day 7: Ghorepani – Poonhill (3193m)-Tadapani (2700m/8,860 ft): 6-7 hrs:
Today we trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and then to Tadapani. We cover the distance within five and half hours of normal trek. Early morning, we start our trip to Poonhill (3180m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and numerous other snowcapped mountain peaks. This morning we have an open air Yoga session at Poonhill before returning back to Ghorepani. Having breakfast at Ghorepani, we then start our trek to Tadapani through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, one can observe waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, birds and green valleys. Upon arrival at Tadapani we have some rest and refreshment before assembling in the hall for an hour long meditation practice. Dinner and overnight at Tadapani hotel.
Day 8: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1940m) 3-4 hrs:
Morning Yoga class / breakfast and we commence our hike to Ghandruk. Comparatively, today is the easiest trek of all days. One has to trek through the forests of Rhododendron and oak One could hear soothing chirp of birds on the way. This trek also offers best alternative for birds lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could observe good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. In the evening, typical Gurung Cultural program will be organized on request. As we arrive quite early we should have enough time to wind down and explore this traditional Gurung Village before assembling in the main hall for today’s session of meditation. Dinner and overnight at Ghandruk hotel.
Day 9: Ghandruk – Pokhara: 4 hrs trek and 1hr drive:
Morning Yoga class / breakfast and we commence our hike to Pokhara. Today, we trek from Ghandruk to New Bridge then drive to Pokhara. The trek is downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps going down almost without breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley and finally arrives to Birethanti from where; a half-an-hour’s walk takes us to New Bridge where the journey on foot comes to an end. Then we drive from New Bridge to Pokhara, arriving in time for us for enough rest and refreshment before assembling in the hall for group meditation. Dinner and overnight at one of the best hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10: Pokhara – Kathmandu:
Morning Yoga class / breakfast and today, we drive back to Kathmandu. Depending on the mood of arrangement (transportation) we will schedule today’s evening session of meditation accordingly. . Dinner and overnight at Thamel Eco Resort.
Morning Yoga class and day at complete leisure at Kathmandu followed by farewell dinner in the evening hosted by Makalu Adventure.
Day 11: Morning Yoga class / breakfast and transfer to the Airport for final departure
- 01. Airport pickup / drop and all ground transfers by private air vehicle as per our itinerary.
- 02. Mediation and Yoga Class by Professional Yoga Teacher
- 03. Eco Resort in Kathmandu. (Twin sharing, including breakfast, and all taxes).
- 04. Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese cultural program.
- 05. Guided Sightseeing as in our itinerary (including all entrance fees).
- 06. Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara. (Twin sharing, including breakfast, and all taxes).
- 07. Daily wages and insurance of our staffs & guides and Porters.
- 08. Breakfast Lunch Dinner and Accommodation during Tour.
- 09. Annapurna Conservation Area and Tims Card fees
- 10. Kathmandu-Pokhara Airfare and Pokhara-Kathmandu by Private Vehicle
What's Not Included
- 01. International Airfares / Airport Taxes.
- 02. Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while staying in Hotel as per our Itinerary (only breakfast is included).
- 03. Expenses of personal nature such as Bar Bill, Laundry Bill, Telephone Bill, Mineral Water, Tips and etc.
- 04. Personal Medical & Travel Insurance.
- 05. Rescue & Evacuation - If needed.