“I am planning to do a yoga and hiking retreat in Pokhara and then would like to do a short trek. I am not a big hiker, but I enjoy being outside and meeting locals. I have about 4 days for my trek.”
Raj Gyawali, a local specialist from Nepal, helped this traveler put together a customized itinerary based on Ghandruk Trek - Scenic 3-4 day trek through the Annapurna Foothills.
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welcome to kimkim, happy to help put a trip together for you!
Looks like you were interested in the Ghandruk trek?
and i am planning to do a yoga and hiking retreat in pokhara
Ok, sounds good. Would you like our help with the yoga retreat as well?
I found one, but maybe you have also a good idea.
Sure thing, we can help with that as well. Here is a Yoga retreat we recommend: http://pranamaya-yoga.com/contact/yoga-in-pokhara/ It's run by a Dutch woman (I am guessing you may be Dutch as well, so am I :)
If you like we can help you put together a complete itinerary incl yoga retreat and trek.
I think i prefer : my yogic adventure, piple village at begnas lake.
Sounds great. So just to confirm: You are organizing your Yoga retreat yourself, and you would like help with the following:
* Airport transfer on Oct 11
* Hotel in Kathmandu Oct 11 - 13 (2 nights)
* Trek near Pokhara, starting on Oct 22.
Should we go with the Ghandruk trek? Or are you considering other treks as well?
Yes please. Also, after the yoga retreat I'd like to stay in Pokhara for one day, and then the trek of 4 days.
I have been to Chitwan, so i do not want to go there again. Maybe you know something else for me.
Hello, my name is Raj joining in from a very sunny Kathmandu. It will be Mr pleasure to design this for you. It's the middle of the day on Sunday and am busy with family.
Can I get back by the end of the day or early tomorrow.
That is very good. Have a nice day.
I see you can arrange a cooking class . I love to cook.
Lovely... Will be writing in detail to you tomorrow...
I am sure you will enjoy the cooking class.. will ensure thats part of the suggestion
Ok... here we go.
If you do leave Amsterdam on the 11th, this means you will probably only reach Kathmandu on the 12th. So this is what it looks like to me
12th Oct - Arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
I would recommend that you stay at Hotel Tibet in Lazimpat, which is just outside of the craziness of Thamel, but still accessible under a 10 minute walk, or a Rs. 150 (tourist price) ride by Taxi.
In the afternoon, just to ensure that you feel like you are back in Nepal, we would like to take you for a Sunset Walk to the Soyambhunath Temple (monkey temple) on the hill, and then for a welcome Traditional Nepali Dinner at a renovated palace. You will arrive in Nepal in style!
13th Oct - Considering your interests and that you have already been to Nepal, I can imagine that you might want to do the Walk with Monks program we have, which lets you discuss Buddhism with a real practitioner - a monk. A chance to ask questions. I though this might be better than a standard heritage site trip, unless you are missing some of the places and want to visit them. Lets talk about this day.
14th Oct - Flight to Pokhara and an overnight at a hotel. Perhaps Mount Kailash, or if you want to prepare for the retreat and treat yourself a bit, Temple Tree (please check these places out on tripAdvisor, or online to choose one or the other)
15th Oct - Drive you to the Retreat in Begnas?
22nd Oct - Drive you back to Pokhara back to the hotel you choose, or start trekking that day. I would say a day to calm down and come back to the artificial world we live in should be given before you start the trek. Plus you might have left your trekking stuff in Pokhara in the hotel, so need to go back.
23rd - start the trek by driving to Phedi and trek to Dhampus.
24th - Trek to Landruk
25th - Trek to Ghandruk, our main attraction
26th - Trek to Nayapul and than drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
27th - Now its a bit open. and I do have recommendations, but mostly based on how many days you have left and what might interest you... relaxation to reward yourself an d I would recommend a night or two at Brigands Bend (now called River Summit Lodge) on the way back to Kathmandu.
Once you are in Kathmandu, you can always do the cooking course, and also a market walk. You could also do a day hike to Lunch with Nuns and end it with a stay at the Shivapuri Heights Resort (an amazing place, really!)
So, depends on your interest and time... let me know a bit more and I can fill that part up as well.
Have a great evening!