8-Day Yoga, Meditation and Healing Retreat in Kathmandu, Nepal

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Nestled in a valley flowing with sacred sites, ancient temples and gleaming pagodas, Kathmandu promises a journey like no other. On this wellness retreat, practitioners can soak up the powerful energy present here with daily yoga, meditation and a range of healing treatments. Amble through the lively streets in the evening and dive into Nepal’s rich culture with tours of the local villages, monasteries and farmlands. Famished guests can also dig into a spread of delicious vegan or vegetarian food. 

Overview

2 yoga sessions per day
Daily therapy session on main retreat days
Library of yoga literature at your disposal
3 vegetarian or vegan meals daily
Meditation and pranayama sessions
Evening walks and sightseeing visits included
Daily herbal tea and drinking water
Instruction in English
Max. 10 participants
Himalayan Yoga Academy provides yoga packages to those who want to learn original or traditional yoga with its fundamental principles and some cleansing packages from each nook and corner of the world, as well as short or long holiday packages. People who come to Nepal for tours and treks also visit and stay with them for a few days for yoga practice and relaxation programs.
Prices are based on an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details 
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Program

Therapy schedule
  • Sauna-steam or swimming - Check-in day
  • Full body oil massage - Day 2 and day 7
  • Shirodhara (oil treatment) - Day 3
  • Sauna-steam or swimming - Day 4
  • Reiki/bowl music healing - Day 5
  • Foot reflexology - Day 6
  • Sauna-steam or swimming - Check-out day

Daily schedule
Day 1: Arrival day
Days 2-7: Main retreat days
Day 8: Check-out day

Optional activities
Ayurvedic therapy or panchakarma treatments
  • Abhyanga
  • Body scrub massage
  • Enema
  • Footbath
  • Herbalism
  • Nasya
  • Reflexology
  • Shiatsu massage
  • Shirodhara
  • Svedana
  • Traditional Ayurveda massage
  • Traditional Thai massage

Beauty therapies
  • Facials - herbal, vitamin E, boutique, or Ayurveda
  • Nail care - manicure, pedicure, or polish
  • Threading - eyebrows, face, or chin
  • Waxing - full leg, half leg, or underarm

Cycling
Explore the countryside on a bike.

Explore the area
Explore the surrounding area and take a hike through the countryside, visit temples, monasteries, and local villages and farmlands.

Hiking to local villages
Hike into a local village and experience Nepali culture first-hand; stay a few nights with a Nepali family.

Jungle hikes
Explore the local jungle with its many hiking trails; meditate there to get real inner peace.

Monkey Temple hike
Take a 30-minute walk to discover world heritage sites.

Morning and evening walks
Enjoy the quietude of early morning or late evening while on a walk through the countryside.

Natural spring taps
Walk down to the nearby springs and see the running taps and villagers bathing and washing there.

Naturopathy treatment
  • Hip bath (hot or cold)
  • Mud bath
  • Shankhaprakshalan Kriya
  • Steam bath
  • Surya chikitsa (thermolume)
  • Upavasa and maunavrta
  • Vamana

Sightseeing
Explore Kathmandu Valley with a professional tour guide.

Spiritual walks
Go on a spiritual walk into the jungle with your yoga guru and take a rest for a while listening to the wisdom of the teacher.

Temples and monasteries
Around the centres, there are Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries. You can go there for spiritual activities in the morning, afternoon, or evening (puja, chanting, and kirtan).

Volunteer
Give back to Nepal for your great experience thereby travelling to local villages, temples, and health centres; spend time lending a hand on various projects.
Day 1
2pm
Check-in, room arrangement, and rest
3.30pm
Sauna-steam or swimming pool (only in summer)
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 2
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 3
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 4
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 5
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 6
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 7
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Therapy session, helping and cooking in the kitchen, and self study
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Nature/village/temple visit, jungle visit, or self-practice
5pm
Herbal tea
5.15pm
hakti yoga (prayer/chants), spinal asana/Suryanamaskar, yoga Nidra, Mudra, Dhyana yoga (meditation)
7pm
Dinner and herbal tea
7.30pm
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), Trataka (concentrated gaze), and discussion
8.30pm
Evening walk, Vajrasana, self-study, and practice
10pm
Bed time (lights out)
Day 8
6am
Wake up and ushapan (early drinking water)
6.30am
Jala Neti (nasal cleansing) and herbal tea
7am
Bhakti yoga (prayer/chants), warm-up exercise, Suryanamaskar, yogasana, Bandha, pranayama, Shanty Path (peace mantra)
9am
Breakfast and herbal tea
10am
Rest/pack, sauna/shower/rest
1pm
Lunch and herbal tea
2pm
Check-out

Accommodation

Caters for organic, vegetarian, and vegan diets
Spa
Garden
Yoga studio
Wireless internet
Dining area
Kitchen
Library

Check-in

14:00

Check-out

14:00

You will be accommodated at Himalayan Yoga Academy. The Himalayan Yoga Academy has twelve rooms with attached bathrooms, hot and cold showers, a yoga hall, a comfortable and hygienic kitchen, herbal tea, organic food, spa chambers, tiny beautiful gardens, meditation zones, library, music instruments, yoga mats, and Wi-Fi.

Facilities
  • Aarogya-griha: Healing chamber which is for deep relaxation healing, therapy, and spa treatments in order to get healthy
  • Anna-griha: House of food where the food is prepared and you will eat. The dining facility serves 25 people.
  • Chaitanya-griha: House of supreme consciousness which is for prathana (prayer), yogasana (postures), pranayama (breath control), and dhyana (meditation)
  • First aid box with normal dressing and medications
  • Shuddi-griha: House of six cleansing acts (shatakarma) which is for cleansing the different gates of the body
  • Svadhyaya-griha: Self-study room with yoga and different yoga-related books
  • Swagat-griha: Reception hall which is for welcoming guests where you will be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome
  • Wi-Fi Internet and print on request
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Single Room
Private room | Shared bathroom | $602

Food

During your stay, you will be provided with vegetarian or vegan dinner on the first day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on days two and three, and breakfast and lunch on day four, as well as herbal tea and water. During festivals and rituals, you will be offered cultural food. 

Himalayan Yoga Academy strives to provide organic and vegetarian/vegan meals, but if you have special dietary needs please notify them in advance. They will try to accommodate your needs as best they can.

If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate them to the organiser when making a reservation 

Location

The holiday will take place at Himalayan Yoga Academy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal and is the country's gateway to tourism. It is portrayed as a beautiful valley with historical landmarks, old monasteries, arts, and cultural heritage, and as a city of temples.

Nearby Towns

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfers from and to this airport are available at the additional price of 18 USD per way. Night transfers are available at the price of 27 USD, while from Thamel the transfers cost 6 USD.

Nearest airports
KTM Tribhuvan International Airport
Transfer available for additional € 17 per person
8 km

Instructors

Dr. Subodh Simkhada
Dr.
Dr. Subodh is the resident expert. He is a certified yoga teacher and a bona fide naturopathic physician. His other notable accomplishments include advanced training on different types of massage like Ayurvedic, Shiatsu, Thai traditional, and foot reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, and Ayurvedic panchakarma training in Kerala, India. He also holds a Reiki master degree in Nepal.
Rajkumar Karki
Rajkumar
Rajkumar got his Master's in human consciousness and yogic science from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. He participated in a national workshop on yoga and alternative therapies in 2014 and 2015. He also participated in a national workshop on neuropathy in Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya.

What's included?

  • 2 yoga sessions per day including yoga mat
  • Daily therapy session on main retreat days only
  • Sauna, steam room, and swimming pool (only in summer)
  • Towel and slippers
  • Library of yoga literature
  • 3 vegetarian or vegan meals daily (cultural food on festivals and rituals)
  • Daily herbal tea as mentioned above
  • Drinking water
  • 7 nights accommodation

What's not included?

  • Airport transfers (18 USD per way)
  • All transfers and transport to and from the academy
  • All excursions out of the academy including meals taken off-site
  • All personal expenses
  • Extra meals (available at an extra charge)
  • Laundry (available at an extra charge)
  • Extra therapies (available at an extra charge)

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a 70% refund

Changes

You may not change your dates after booking

Covid

No refund if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
Prices are based on an 8-day, 7-night stay, vary by season and are indicative only. Please enquire for details 
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