Nepal·November - March
Go offline and seek true presence through meditation and hiking in the Nepalese Himalayas.VIEW DATES
Escape the daily grind and get a deeper understanding of yourself and your worth. This journey will not only teach you the value of getting off the digital grid, but will give you something better in return: The tools to focus, concentrate, and to deal with your innermost thoughts. Learn the true meaning of being in the moment. Escape your phone, look up, and discover a whole new world of wonder. There's no better place to immerse yourself in the present than Nepal with the beautiful Himalayas as a backdrop. This journey will give you back the ability to be present in the moment happening right now. Not yesterday, tomorrow, or on Instagram. This presence with your fellow travelers can give a completely different connection – one that's real and not just digital. You'll be forced to live with the awkward silence with no phone to escape into, and it will transform your social interaction moving forward – if you let it!
Learn some of the ancient Buddhist tools of meditative focus and apply them to your everyday life once you return. This will be a journey where you leave behind technology for a couple of weeks to be present in the moment. Some of it will be slow and monotonous, but what you’ll gain in return is patience, concentration, and presence. All skills that are scarce in today’s day and age.
The Himalayas will serve as a gorgeous backdrop while you’re exploring Nepal with your new travel friends. Tall mountains that will take your breath away! Both by looking at them, but especially once you venture into them and start your hike. We’re not going to lie: It will get tough along the way, but it’s also an opportunity to put some of what you’ll learn into good use.
Take a journey not only to the gorgeous Himalayan mountains but also a journey inward where time to explore yourself will give you greater insights and understanding of who you are and maybe even where you need to go next. This is your chance to rediscover your own values and worth without being influenced by those at home, but still in the comfort of the company of other, like-minded travelers.
Welcome to the home of Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, the land of diversity, where you eat Dal Bhat and Momo, and enjoy the Himalayan range as a breathtaking backdrop wherever you go. There's lots to learn in a place that embraces different cultures, religions, and people the way they do in Nepal. Are you ready for an adventure that will give you the best of trekking, meditation, and self-reflection?
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3 x breakfast
3 x lunch
3 x dinner
17 nights accommodation
Small travel group
Welcome to Kathmandu! This is where your journey begins. It’s up to you if you want to arrive earlier, but today is the day you’ll meet all of the people you’ll be sharing this incredible journey with. You’ll be welcomed with traditional Nepali tea before having some time to settle in. Tonight, we’ll share a welcome dinner as a group.
Today you’ll be introduced to the traditions and places surrounding the two major religions of Nepal: Buddhism and Hinduism. You’ll start the day at Swayambhunath – an ancient religious complex consisting of a stupa, a variety of shrines, and temples surrounded by forest, resting on the top of a hill. After that, we’ll make our way to Kathmandu and explore some of the important Buddhist and Hindu sites around.
It’s time for some self-exploration. Today, we look inward for an interactive introduction to the tools that lie in meditation and yoga. Within you lies endless possibilities waiting to be discovered. The workshop is meant to give you a greater insight into who you are to be able to tap into your potential for a greater version of yourself. You’ll be introduced to yogic breathing exercises to help you release stress and anxiety and to bring back clear and positive thoughts. You will also learn some easy yoga poses that you can incorporate into your daily routine for better health, focus, and relaxation.
Today, you’ll be free to explore Kathmandu by yourself or with your co-travelers. Kathmandu has a unique blend of art, culture, and history. Take the chance to connect with your new travel crew, practice some of what you learned yesterday, and prepare yourself for the upcoming days in the mountains. Stock up on snacks and cash and enjoy a day of relaxation in the colorful city of Kathmandu.
Get comfy! This day will mainly be spent driving up the hills of Kathmandu to Dhunche. The drive should take around seven hours, so make sure you’ve downloaded a nice podcast or prepared a game you can play with your co-travelers while driving. You can also just enjoy a quiet moment while you pass by Himalayan mountains, terraced fields, and rustic villages. You’ll end your day at 1960 meters high and stay in a teahouse for the night.
You’ll start the day with one last stretch of driving while you can try to catch a glimpse of the Langtang and Tibetian ranges. The trek begins in Bharkhu where you’ll start the climb towards Thulo Syabru. Along the way, you’ll pass by apple farms, pine forests, and a few settlements. Today is mostly an uphill trail, but it’s not too steep. The trek ends at 2250 m. in Thulo Syabru, where you’ll stay in another teahouse.
With approximately six hours of hiking in front of you, it’s a good idea to practice some of the yoga exercises from a couple of days ago before starting the trek. Today you’ll pass a suspension bridge crossing the Langtang River, the small village of Pairo Besi, the dense Nepalese forest. We'll take a small break in the village of Bamboo while we prepare for the final countdown of the day. The last bit of today’s trek is also the most difficult one with lots of stairs toward your destination for the night.
Prepare for another day of trekking awaits towards Langtang Village – perhaps the most difficult one. As we pass places such as Ghore Tabela, you can experience the breathtaking views of Langtang Lirung. We’ll go by water mills, Buddhist prayer wheels and chortens with sacred mounds of carved rocks, and by temporary settlements. These are used by herders who bring their cattle here to graze during the summer months. The route today is mostly ascending, but it’s a gentle climb until you reach Langtang Valley.
Another day of hiking – but today is a short one to also give you time to recover after four hours of going uphill. Today you get the chance to experience tiny villages, stone-built houses, streams, and moraines. We end the trek in Kyanjin where you’ll have time to explore the surroundings, give your legs a needed rest, or simply take in the snow-covered peaks that surround you in all directions. There’s also a monastery and a cheese factory if you prefer to explore even more.
Do you need time to get your journal updated and your legs a chance to rest? Good news! Today you can put your legs up, lean back, and enjoy the spectacular views surrounding you. You can also stroll around the village and maybe make a new friend?
If you’re up for it, you can also opt-in for an optional hike to Tserko Ri. It is definitely worth it if your legs are up for it, but it is also a hard, full-day trek. However, the views of this hike will help you look beyond exhaustion.
Prepare your knees or find a decent hiking stick: Today we start the descent! It might be easier on your breathing, but harder on some muscles, you didn’t even know you had. Today you retrace the route from Kyanjin through Langtang Village to Lama Hotel while catching the incredible mountain views you might have missed on the way up. End the day with some much-needed yoga stretches.
As you continue walking downhill, take the opportunity to connect with your co-travelers on a deeper level. It can be difficult going up because there’s a stronger focus on breathing and inner thoughts, but now you have the chance to get some 1-1 time with the people walking at your pace. Try digging a layer deeper and share a secret or open up about why you needed to recharge in Nepal.
Get up early and enjoy the morning in the mountains before we start the drive back to Kathmandu. Find a creative way to keep your co-travelers entertained for part of the journey, get comfy and prepare for a long nap or enjoy the scenic foothills passing by outside your window. Tonight, you’ll sleep in a hotel after a long, well-deserved shower.
After a week of hiking, you need a little pampering. Give your body a rewarding massage and try to practice some of the breathing exercises you were given on day 3 if the pain reaches your comfort zone. Remember, you can always tell the masseuse if it’s too strong. You can also try meditating to give your body and mind the ultimate experience of relaxation.
Switch off your phone and get ready for a deeper connection with yourself and the world around you! The next couple of days you’ll be staying in a Buddhist monastery in the sacred land of Padmasambhava. Here, you can get closer to harmony, peace, and contentment if you surrender to the process. This includes leaving your phone switched off and giving in to the experience of yoga and mediation. If you succeed, you can transform unwanted patterns into blissful living.
Wake up to a full day of yoga, meditation, and inner exploration. You’ll get a deeper understanding of Asana yoga, we’ll do breathing exercises and you’ll learn different meditation techniques. We will seek knowledge of the eternal journey of life and life beyond. These days can seem intense, but try to surrender to what you’re being taught. This way you can bring the skills of meditation, breath-work, and yoga with you back to your life at home and integrate them for a better and happier lifestyle.
Today we rise early to participate in offering and praying with the monks of the monastery and for morning yoga. After breakfast, we are ready to take a short hike to the cave where Ghuru Rinpoche meditated and discovered enlightenment. After you enjoy the last lunch at the monastery, it’s time to say goodbye and head back to Kathmandu for the final evening together. We celebrate the time we’ve spent together with a goodbye dinner.
Now’s the time to connect with each other on social media or exchange contact information for the upcoming reunions! It’s time to pack our bags one last time and say goodbye to your hosts and fellow travelers.
You can choose to extend your stay – there’s still plenty to see and do in Nepal. Of course, some of you have to go home, and in that case, there’s an airport transfer for you.
√ 7 nights in Kathmandu. You get to spend a total of seven nights in Kathmandu. Four at the beginning, two at the end, and a couple in between your trips to the mountains.
√ 7 days trekking (8 nights in local Teahouses) in the Nepalese Himalayas. Accompanied by professional mountains guides, you're in safe hands to explore the mountains and challenge your breathing in the thinning mountain air (at least if you're a beginner).
√ 3 days, 2 nights in Buddhist Monastery. Yoga and meditation are key ingredients in the Buddhist tradition. By staying in a monastery, you get close to and under the skin of the culture.
√ English speaking guides & workshops. Your guides along the way will speak English, and your re:discover workshop will also be in English. At other times, we urge you to use body language and listen with your heart.
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Sometimes things change. This includes the itinerary in some cases. This could be weather conditions or an unforeseen opportunity that will make your journey even better. Just to let you know that this is not set in stone, but will include the activities you sign up for sooner or later.
Meals outlined in the itinerary
Necessary trekking permits
Guided meditation sessions
Transportation outlined in itinerary
English speaking guide and carriers where needed
1 hour of massage
Guided yoga sessions
Transfer on arrival and departure
KILROY goodie bag before departure
Personal travel insurance
Transportation to and from Nepal
Meals not outlined in itinerary
Tips to guides and carriers throughout itinerary
Hot showers and bathrooms while on trek
Other personal expenses
Where you'll be staying
While you're in Kathmandu and when you're living in the Buddhist monastery, you'll be staying in shared twin rooms.
On the trekking days, you'll be staying in teahouses, also known as 'Bhatti' in Nepalese. These are typically family-owned and can provide you with traditional home-cooked meals and stories of the mountains. You will typically share the room with 1-3 of your co-travelers. Don't expect luxury as most of them are basic but do expect to wake up to the most stunning views every morning.
All personal equipment including:
The journey begins and ends in Kathmandu.
You can either get picked up at the airport or meet everyone at the first hotel on the day the journey begins if you choose to arrive earlier. From there, adventure in nature awaits!
The journey begins and ends in Kathmandu.
You can either extend your stay and explore more of Nepal at the end of the journey, or get a lift to the airport once we've said goodbye.
None at all. We do recommend that you're in decent physical shape, however, as you'll be trekking every day for almost a week while in the altitude of the Himalayas.
For the trekking part of this journey, we will be trekking for about 4-8 hours per day depending on the day, the conditions on the day in question and the physical strength of the group.
On re:discover journeys, we like to keep groups small. This helps you better assimilate into the local communities you'll be visiting, and gives space for you to truly connect and get to know your fellow travel mates. Group size will vary but expect around 6 to 12 people plus your local guides and teachers.
Overall, you'll be staying in basic, but comfortable accommodation.
While in Kathmandu, you'll share a twin room in a central hotel. While on the trek, you'll be staying in authentic, often family-owned teahouses.
In the Monastery, you will be sharing a room betwen 2-4 people.
You will be sharing with one or more of your co-travelers. Maybe your next BFF or TBFL (travel buddy for life)? Because we try to gather people with similar interests who are in the same place in life, we're convinced that you will find people to bond with on your trip, and one of the best ways is to share a room with them.
We recommend that you do! Either arrive early, stay longer or do both. It's impossible to do and see everything in 18 days – there's always more to do and to see. We've set the length of this journey so that you won't have to take off too much time from work, but if this is not a concern of yours, well, then it's almost an obligation to stay a bit longer to see what else Nepal has to offer!
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