Designed for experienced & active travellers in good physical condition. These itineraries may include full-day hikes (sometimes at high altitude) and/or full-day excursions. Trails often include steep ascents/descents on mountainous terrain.
Discover Tibet, the rooftop of the world. A sacred land of nomads and endless space where mantras of compassion have been recited for centuries.
Mount Kailash is the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhist cosmology, so this truly is the-pinnacle-pilgrimage-of-a-lifetime with a three day circumambulation, or kora, around this sacred mountain in far-west Tibet, starting on the auspicious time of the full moon!
All inclusive 18 day / 17 night itinerary of; healthy vegetarian meals, accommodation, and transportation.
Himalayan Hermitage founders Sisse & Alex d’Artois will be guiding this journey.
Explore Lhasa, the city of the Gods in Tibetan, with scents of butter-lamp offerings and juniper incense wafting out of its temples, monasteries, and houses, while visiting some of the most sacred sites in the city.
We make the journey out to west Tibet where, on the full moon, we will start a three day kora around Mount Kailash, believed to be the centre of the universe in Tibetan cosmology. This is an epic pilgrimage journey of a lifetime.
Please make sure to arrive in Kathmandu no later than Monday, May 22nd to hand in your passport for us to prepare the Chinese group visa for Tibet.
High altitude sickness is not uncommon for those who embark on a journey up into the thinner layers of oxygen in the Himalayas. The main thing to do throughout the journey is to hydrate plenty, and making sure to have at least three warm and nutritious meals in a day. This helps the body adapt to the lesser intake of oxygen. We will be bringing extra oxygen all throughout our journey through the Tibetan plateau in case it will be needed. To learn more about how to stay healthy on a big trip, especially into higher altitude, read this blog here.
Going on a pilgrimage journey across Tibet is no small feat. We recommend spending some time before going to really reflect on the reasons for why you would like to join. Visiting sacred sites where meditators have engaged in practices of mindfulness, wisdom and compassion for centuries can be quite a powerful experience. Whether you are a Buddhist practitioner or not, keeping an open and curious mind will enrich the experience considerably. The intention behind our journeys is very much to immerse ourselves into the cultures, traditions, philosophy and history of the Himalayas.
Famous Farm House in Nuwakot, Nepal.
This beautifully located Newari heritage Manor House is nestled in the Himalayan foothills in the ancient kingdom of Nuwakot.
As we prepare to welcome back travellers onto our journeys throughout the Himalayas, please review our new Covid-19 Travel Protocol carefully, to help us ensure safety for all travellers.
* Please note that in the event that there is no other solo traveller of the same gender with whom to share a double room, participants will be liable to cover 50% of the single room. During the two nights when we do Kora around Mount Kailash, a single room will not be an option as dormitory is the only possibility.
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The whole of the Buddhist path is designed to orient us towards sanity and ultimately freedom from suffering. There are many meditation practices along the path, and we will start at the very beginning with Shamatha practice. Shamatha is Sanskrit for calm abiding and is where mindfulness comes from. In Tibetan, the word for meditation is gom, and this means to become familiar. This is an important aspect of the path because meditation is not another self-development practice to become a better person, or to create further self-deception of any kind, it is simply a practice to become familiar with one's mind and reality as it already is.
Geshe scholars, who are in the same school of Tibetan Buddhism as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, will study philosophy for a minimum of 20 years! In our 18 days together, we will do our best to cover the basics and outline of the Tibetan Buddhist path. This includes exploring the:
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