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Yoga & Meditation Trek in Upper Mustang [Kingdom of Lo]

$2,435

Yoga & Trek in Upper Mustang is truly magical and off the beaten track.

Bringing yoga and meditation practices through this journey will help you find a deeper connection and meaning to each step on the way. You will have the opportunity to look inward into your own forbidden kingdom, discovering yourself and experiencing joy, peace and connection along the way.

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All about the Yoga & Meditation Trek in Upper Mustang [Kingdom of Lo].

Yoga & Meditation Trek in Upper Mustang

Mustang, the former Kingdom of Lo, is a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Since Upper Mustang was a restricted area until 1992, it is one of the most preserved regions in the world. This is an epic journey through remote and stunning stretches of Nepal.

The area is in between stunning landscapes. It flanks the Tibetan border in the north and is in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the south.

On this trek we go to the walled mountain city of Lo-Manthang, the capital of Upper Mustang. We follow old trails along rugged arid mountains, deep canyons, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. This gateway to Tibetan high passes and the hidden Shangri-La Dolpo also houses several monasteries and the ruins of the palace of the ancient kingdom.

During this journey you will:

  • Connect with nature, enjoy stunning hikes, admire blue sunny skies and milky way night skies
  • Experience 2 themed yoga classes daily: morning flow & yin/restorative evening
  • Deepen your daily meditation and pranayama practices
  • During the trek we will have moments of meditation and stretching
  • Experience one day of Mauna or Nobel silence
  • Learn about the mystic and culture of this magical place on Earth
  • Savour local Nepali vegetarian meals.
  • Connect with like-minded people and share an adventure of a lifetime, building a special kula, tribe, and maybe creating new long lasting friendships.

 

This trip is for everyone who is physically healthy and fit. So you do not need a certain level of experience or knowledge of yoga, meditation or trekking. However, it is important that you are able to walk a few hours a day during the trek with perhaps a small bag. You won’t need to carry your big bag as you will have a porter who carries your bag (of max. 10kg).

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“Just feel the magic in the air and the power in the breeze, feel the energy of the plants, the bushes and the trees, let yourself be surrounded by nature at its best, calm yourself, focus and let magic do the rest.” – Sally Walker


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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • international & domestic airport pick-up and drop-off
  • all trekking permits
    • TIMS Card
    • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
    • Upper Mustang Restricted Region permit
  • private vehicle Kathmandu-Pokhara
  • domestic flight Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara
  • domestic flight Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • experienced, English, French, Spanish speaking yoga guide. Classes in English.
  • experienced, English speaking mountain guide
  • experienced, English speaking local Upper Mustang culture guide
  • porter per two persons (carries max. 20 kg in total)
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu & breakfast
  • 3-star hotel in Pokhara & breakfast
  • mountain guesthouses in Upper Mustang
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner in Upper Mustang
  • government taxes, VAT and tourist service charges
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • international airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Nepal airport and airfare departure tax
  • travel health insurance
  • emergency evacuation if needed
  • lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • alcohol, hot and cold drinks
  • trekking equipments
  • tips for your trekking staff and drivers (will be expected)
  • all other expenses that are not mentioned below ‘cost includes’
  1. Day 1 Kathmandu (1400m)

    By Mountain People welcomes you at the international airport and brings you to your hotel with a private vehicle.

    At your hotel, your local mountain guide will talk about the trekking route,  and your yoga teacher will explain the yoga planning.

    If you have any questions, please ask. We will give you all the information.

    Note: Please bring your passport to the meeting along with three copies and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Furthermore, we request you to sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.

    airport transfer – evening yoga – hotel

  2. Day 2 Pokhara (830m)

    Like every morning during your time in Nepal, you wake up early with a cup of tea. Then, your yoga teacher will conduct yoga class. After yoga, breakfast will be ready for you.

    At 9:00 am, there will be a private vehicle at your hotel and drive you to your hotel in Pokhara.

    Pokhara is located in a beautiful valley on the banks of Phewa Lake. The city is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (shape of a fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. Not to mention, Pokhara is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu.

    morning yoga, meditation & breakfast – private vehicle – evening yin yoga & meditation – hotel

  3. Day 3 Kagbeni (2800m) - 3 hrs

    The day begins as we board the flight to Jomsom. The flight itself is exciting when the plane flies along the beautiful Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

    The trek officially begins when we arrive in Jomsom and start a short trek to Kagbeni. Once we are in Kagbeni (2800m) we are at the main gateway to Upper Mustang.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – domestic flight –  stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  4. Day 4 Chele (3100m)- 5/6 hrs

    Our day begins with a trail that leads us up towards the east bank of the Kali Gandaki river. In a couple of hours we reach the village of Tangbe. The village is a combination of narrow alleys with white houses, surrounded by buckwheat and barley fields intercepted with apple orchards. The majestic view of the southern skyline of Kagbeni is the Nilgiri peak that accompanies us through the trek. After Tangbe an one and a half hour trek leads us to Chhusang village. From this point we leave the valley of Kali Gandaki behind us and we climb steeply up a rocky gully to the village of Chele.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  5. Day 5 Ghiling (3570m) - 5/6 hrs

    Now the trail becomes more steep with increasing altitude as well. However, it offers us some of the most spectacular views along the way. We see the barren land, naked hills, rugged terrain and the enchanting ambiance of Mustang and the adjoining regions. The Annapurna mountain range that is still dominated by Nilgiri, is also visible far to the South. We trek up the Samar village and then a gradual descend leads to Shyangboche. Tonight we sleep in the village of Geling.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  6. Day 6 Tsarang (3575m) - 4 hrs

    From Geling the trail climbs gently up to the pass Nyi La and descend below the blue, gray and red cliffs. Then we climb another pass (3600m) and the trail makes a long and gentle descend to the village of Tsarang.

    This village has several Tibetan Monasteries which are the source of attraction to Buddhist tourists. The place is also popular for traditional thangka’s as well as other kinds of paintings. Tsarang has numerous stupa structures, a monastery (gompa) and a fortified palace (dzong), built in 1378.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  7. Day 7 Lo-Manthang (3840m) - 3 hrs

    Our trek to Lo-Manthang takes us via two villages. One of them is Lo-Gekar that has a Buddhist Gompa that is older than the Samye Gompa in Tibet. It is considered as one of the oldest Gompas of Nepal. The trek from Lo-Gekar to Lo-Manthang is moderate with some steep parts. Lo-Manthang is also considered as the Kingdom of Upper Mustang.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  8. Day 8 Chogo La (4210m) & Drakmar (3820m) - 6/7 hrs

    We begin our day with a trek steadily up a ridge (4070m). Then we continue climbing to Chogo La pass (4210m), the highest point on our trek. Then we make a short, steep descend and cross the Charang river to reach Ghar Gompa, a small monastery. From there is left another ridge to hike steep up, a valley to cross and a gradual descend to Drakmar.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  9. Day 9 Shyangmochen (3800m) - 5/6 hrs

    We begin our day with a descend, passing the stone walls and fields of Drakmar. When we descend further down, we reach Jaite (3820m) and then Chhung-Kah. Then we reach Tama village (3710m) and continue descending until Shyangmochen where we spend the night.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  10. Day 10 Chhuksang (2980m) - 6 hrs

    From Shyangmochen the trail keeps descending till the trails splits in two. Yet, both trails lead to Chhuksang. Or you follow the second route that passes the village of Samar and Ranchung Cave and takes about 30-minutes extra than the original trail.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner – mountain guesthouse

  11. Day 11 Jomsom (2700m) - 6 hrs

    Today, we head to one of the hallowed and sacred pilgrimage destinations for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims: the Muktinath Temple. The trail to Muktinath is attractive as we cross small streams, pass suspension bridges and walk through several villages.

    Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. To the Hindu, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation because they believe that to wash in the water here guarantees salvation after death. To the Buddhist, it is the place that the great sage Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated at. 

    The central shrine of Muktinath is considered one of the eight most sacred shrines. This particular temple is very small and one of the most ancient Hindu temples of God Vishnu. In the temple is an old Buddhist monk present and if you’re lucky you may see very young monks studying as well.

    From Muktinath, we continue our trek trek downhill. Along the way we come across the valley of the Kali Gandaki river and the village of Kagbeni. This last day of our trek we end in Jomsom.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching & lunch – yin/restorative yoga & dinner- mountain guesthouse

  12. Day 12 via Pokhara (830m) to Kathmandu (1400m)

    In the morning we catch a flight to Pokhara. After that, we catch the connecting flight to Kathmandu. Here, we take you back to the hotel where your trip started.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – stretching at lunch time – yin/restorative yoga in the evening – hotel

  13. Day 13 Kathmandu (1400m)

    In Kathmandu, you can enjoy a free day. And there are many things you can do.

    In many ways the Kathmandu Valley is Nepal. Created by the sword of the Buddhist deity Manjushri, the natural basin is a patchwork of terraced rice fields and sacred temple towns that showcase the glory of the architects and artisans or Nepal. The valley is literally full of medieval villages, centuries old temples and sacred sites. While just beyond the valley rims lie the massive Himalayan mountains. If you like, we can recommend you wonderful places to visit.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast – yin/restorative yoga in the evening – hotel

  14. Day 14 Tribhuvan International Airport

    Today, your time in Nepal has ended (for now). After the morning yoga exercises and breakfast, we will bring you back to the international airport for your final flight departure.

    yoga, meditation & breakfast  – airport transfer

Hotels & Mountain Guesthouses - Shared rooms

Hotels

In Kathmandu and in Pokhara you will be staying at a 3-star hotel with a private bathroom and wifi. Both hotels have a prime location. In Kathmandu you will be staying in the travellers neighbourhood Thamel. And in Pokhara you will be staying in Lakeside. Both hotels are nearby many restaurants, trekking gear shops and supermarkets.

Mountain Guesthouses

During your Yoga Trek in Upper Mustang, you will be staying at local guesthouses.  Shared double rooms and a shared bathroom.

Hot shower and wifi are sometimes available and for an additional fee.

In the heart of the Himalayasrediscover yourself
Yoga trek by Daniel Mingook Kim
Peaceful environment
Charang by Jean-Marie Hullot
Local guesthouses, off the beaten track

Trekking Guide: Govinda 

Govinda was born in Nepal and is the owner of By Mountain People. 

He is very proud to welcome you to his magical country. When he first started doing business, he run a trekking gear shop in Thamel, Kathmandu. Since he has discovered the joy of traveling himself, he got the license for mountain trekking guide.

Now, with By Mountain People, he is very excited to take you on wonderful adventures in Nepal’s most beautiful places.

 

“Life is beautiful.”

 

 


Yoga & Meditation Guide: Ludmila

Ludmila Bueno

Ludmila discovered yoga in 2014 through a Mindfulness training. This was her stepping stone into a complete life transformation that lead her to Asia into a wild adventure. It was during her Everest Base Camp trek that her intuition told her studying yoga was the next experience to be lived and from there she travelled to India where she became a certified yoga teacher. Her curiosity lead her into the world of Yin Yoga and Yoga Psychology and she is always studying and deepening her practice.

She believes the body-mind-heart-soul connection holds the magic of life and yoga allows us to connect deeper with ourselves, bringing self-awareness and transformation. Her yoga style is a blend of strong physical practice with philosophy/spirituality/psychology that allows space for personal inquiry and development. She believes in movement with meaning and intention and use mindfulness techniques to teach a connection with the body sensations and presence here & now.

 

”I believe finding balance in all aspects of life is one of the most incredible journeys. Balance of body and mind brings me grounding, strength, flexibility and presence in the here and now. Coming to the mat with an open heart and mind allows me to find that balance and constantly transform my life. Today it’s my mission to share that with others and guide them on their own journey”