INITIATION IN THE HIMALAYAS
An Extraordinary Spiritual Adventure trekking in the Mystical Land of Nepal
October 20 ~ November 3, 2017
The mighty Himalayas are venerated as the abode of the “enlightened” and the spiritual center of the world. The mystical snow-capped peaks have given birth to many legends about the revered spiritual masters and yogis who have been empowered by this enchanting energy.
I AM Avatar presents a powerful trekking adventure to soak in the sacred energies of the Himalayas in central Nepal. It is here that we will embark on a hiking adventure amidst the splendor of the gigantic Annapurna range, which forms one of the most dramatic and scenic spans of peaks found anywhere in the world.
You will be initiated into indescribable spiritual strength as you intimately commune with the raw power of Mother Nature and her elements amidst glistening glaciers and gushing waterfalls, verdant valleys, exotic villages and the Nepalese diverse culture.
At high elevation, a natural container of the most pristine tranquility will overwhelm you with some of the highest feelings of inspiration and oneness that you may have ever experienced.
This soul initiation takes you into the depths of communion with the rich purity of Divine Presence. It is a spectacular trip of a lifetime, guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.
“It is on this trekking adventure that you will be initiated into a deep and direct experience of oneness and the single binding unity behind the diversity in all that exists.”
Tiara Kumara, Group Leader
October-November is the start of the dry season and the locals say this is the best time of year to visit and trek Nepal. The weather is balmy, the air is clean, visibility is perfect, and the country is lush following the monsoon.
We first gather and prepare as a group in eclectic Kathmandu, an extraordinary city of carved rose-brick temples and shrines. The next day we take a dramatic 30-minute flight to the city of Pokhara, our trekking gateway into the Himalayas.
This immense spiritual initiation takes place in the Annapurna mountain range. The physical beauty along our pilgrimage route is absolutely breathtaking. We are trekking in between the mountain ranges of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri. Between these two spectacular ranges, there are views of eight of the 20 highest mountains in the world.
A highlight is trekking through a gorge carved by the Kali Gandaki River, which originates in the Tibetan plateau to eventually flow into the Ganges in India. The scenery of the trail ranges from mystical forests and glistening glaciers to rocky cliffs and the Mustang desert, a Tibetan Plateau.
You will have many moments of overwhelm due to the indescribable feeling of the great Divine Presence that is everywhere present.
It is on this journey that you will tangibly feel first hand the interconnected spiritual oneness that is in all existence.
The trek also gives a marvelous insight of rural Nepalese life. During the day, we pass through many fascinating villages and at night, we sleep in simple teahouses hosted by local Nepalese families who also cook our every delicious meal.
Nepal’s mountain sides are scattered with small villages that offer small tea houses/lodges accommodations. This hassle-free way of trekking provides you with a bed, meals, and shower facilities. The rooms generally are cozy with two beds and attached bathrooms. Some teahouses offer a wide variety of food and some actually have basic Nepali and Tibetan meals.
We are trekking with a professional, English speaking trekking leader from Nepal along with professional sherpa porters to carry our heavy bags. We walk only with our day packs. The trekking day is designed to make the hike both challenging and enjoyable for everyone.
The day’s trek always begins after breakfast, and after a few hours of hiking, we will stop for lunch and relaxation around noon. After another hike we usually arrive at our overnight destination around 4 pm. This provides time to unwind, watch the sunset and bond with our group during the evening hours. Dinner is normally served around 7:30.
Nepal is the land of cultural diversity because of its ethnicity. Nepal is a mixed culture mostly formed by people from both Indian and Tibetan origin. This interaction gave birth to unique new culture. There are reportedly more than 100 tribal groups and up to 92 local languages are spoken here.
The spiritual culture among the trail is ultra rich being a mixture of Hindu and Tibetan Buddhism.
You will love this route that weaves up through the lower Mustang region of Nepal, which borders country of Tibet at Kagbeni, a Tibetan influenced village filled with prayer wheels, chortens and a Buddhist monastery. It is really special and may bring tears to your eyes.
This is an ancient, holy temple site that has been held sacred for centuries by both Buddhists and Hindus. The Hindu Creator God, Brahma, is said to have lit the eternal flames that burn at Muktinath. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place of salvation.
Rather than walking back, we instead take a dramatic flight out from the small mountain village of Jomsom and return to Pokhara. Once in the city, we can opt for a much needed massage at our lovely hotel and celebrate our trekking accomplishment with a great dinner with our group.
The next day, we fly back to Kathmandu for more exploring and cultural sightseeing. From ancient Buddhist stupas (temples) and monasteries, to the colorful prayer flags that cast their mantras into the breeze, our time in Nepal, will most certainly stimulate your expanded senses while initiating a deep level of spiritual awareness.
Daily Itinerary and Walking Distances
Day 2: Kathmandu Trek Preparation
This day is for trek preparation and the purchase of any needed supplies. Group dinner.
Day 3: Flight to Pokhara
We take a spectacular morning flight to the beautiful city of Pokhara, the gateway to our trekking adventure.
Day 4: The Trek begins! Destination: Tikhedhunga (1540m)
walking distance – 9.6 km, 4-5 hours
Day 5: Tikhedunga trek to Ghorepani (2750m)
walking distance – 9.4 km, 6-7 hours
Day 6: Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to Tatopani (1180m)
walking distance – 13.3 km, 6-7 hours (Tatopani has natural hot springs)
Day 7: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2000m)
walking distance – 11.7 km, 5-6 hours
Day 8: Ghasa Trekking to Marpha (2665m)
walking distance – 22 km, 6-7 hours
Day 9: Marpha to Kagbeni (2810m)
walking distance – 13.5 km, 6-7 hours
Day 10: Kagbeni to Muktinath (3800m)
walking distance – 8.7 km, 5-6 hours
Day 11: Muktinath Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
walking distance – 16.7 km, 6-7 hours
Day 12: Jomsom fight to Pokhara
Free time in Pokhara. Group dinner.
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
Free time for shopping and cultural sightseeing. Group dinner.
Day 14: Kathmandu ~ Cultural Sightseeing Tour and Shopping
There is a lot to see and do. Kathmandu has several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries.
Day 15: Departures
Return to your country… Namaste!