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Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking

20 Days
5 - Excellent ( Based on 3 travel reviews )
Enjoy the peaceful serene environment of Mid-West Himalayas

  • Hotels in Kathmandu and best available local lodges on treks
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • At Mu Gompa 3,700 m / 12,139 feet high
  • Interesting tour, scenic trek with exciting drives, includes yoga & meditation.
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • 14 Nights & 15 Days with drives both ways
  • 19 Nights & 20 Days from arrival to departure

Trip Highlights

  • A perfect place for Yoga and meditation retreat with singing bowl therapy.
  • Enjoy the peaceful environment in the harmony of towering snow peaks.
  • Walk on least ventured areas of scenic and amazing Tsum Valley of Happiness.
  • Follow the glacial Budi-Gandaki River from low warm farms to cooler hills.
  • In the land of Tsumbas enriched with ancient heritage cultures of Buddhism

Overview

Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking with MCT is a perfect way to enjoy your holiday in Nepal. With a combination of adventure and relaxation through Yoga and Meditation, as well with the serene sound of a singing bowl.

The main flow of tourism is trekking due to the country’s world’s highest mountain range known as the Himalayas. Where ‘Him means Snow and Laya the range’, comes from an ancient Sanskrit word. Which makes Nepal one of the most sought destinations for all types of adventure or leisure holidays.

Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking is quite different from other normal trekking adventures. The trek is guided by an expert Yoga guru and instructor as well, throughout your time in Nepal with MCT.

We have chosen this destination to Tsum Valley, which is less crowded than other main trekking routes of Nepal. Where you can enjoy practicing yoga and meditation within the peaceful surrounding, with the backdrop of the lovely scenery of snow peaks.

Tsum Valley was closed and remained a forbidden country for past decades, and opened its door from 2008 onwards. But remains a restricted area of Nepal Himalayas, conserving its pristine environment from the main flow of trekkers.

The country retains its age-old culture and traditions, as they were thousands of centuries, similar to its Tibetan predecessors. Enjoy the beautiful walks on untouched old farm villages and impressive monasteries around Tsum, the valley of happiness.

Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking begins in Kathmandu practicing yoga and meditation, with the sound of a singing bowl.

After an exciting tour around Kathmandu places of interest, as an introduction to Nepalese art and cultures.

The adventure to Tsum valley starts with an overland journey towards Nepal Mid-West around a lower warm farm country. Where walk follows uphill towards cool forested hill villages, with time for Yoga and Meditation exercise.

Then our route slowly branches off from the main trail of Manaslu Circuits, as the walk leads further northeast. Entering Tsum the valley of Happiness as it is known from the ancient Tibetan language called ‘Beyul Kyimolung’.

An enjoyable walk following one lovely village to another reaching the Nile, one of the most attractive villages around Tsum Valley. From Nile walk to Mu Gompa our final destination and the highest point of the adventure. Located in secluded surroundings behind massif Ganesh Himal, a great spot for retreat, relaxing, and practicing yoga and meditation.

Enjoy the wild areas of Mu Gompa with an interesting nunnery nearby, facing amazing views of dramatic landscapes. As well as a tour of the monastery interior of great religious and historical interest, and then getting ready for the return journey.

The walk leads back on the same scenic trail to Chumling and then down towards low warmer farm villages. As the trek finally ends reaching Soti-Khola village for an exciting drive to Kathmandu. After a wonderful experience on Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking.

Short Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek Preparation & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar
Square, Swayambhunath Stupa.
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) Meals: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola.
Altitude: 930 m/ 350 ft. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Trek to Jagat.
Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06:         Trek to Chisapani.
Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7, 350 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling.
Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08: Trek to Chokang-Paro 3, 010 m / 9,903 feet.                 
Altitude: 3,010 m/ 0,903 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Nile 3, 361 m / 11, 058 feet. Approx. 06 hours.
Altitude: 3,361 m / 11,058 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa.
Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12, 174 feet. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11: At Mu Gompa for meditation and exploration.
Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12, 174 feet.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12:         Trek to Burgi via Millerepa Cave.
Altitude: 3,245 m / 10, 644 feet at Burgi village.
Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight in simple lodge, guest house.
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling.
Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14: Trek to Philim village.
Altitude: 1,570 m / 5,103 feet. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 15: Trek to Khorlabesi.
Altitude: 970 m / 3, 182 feet at Khorlabesi.
Approx. 06 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse or simple lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 700 m /2,962 feet. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,350 m/3,182 feet.
Approx. 07 hours drives. Overnight at Tourist Standard Hotel.
Includes: Breakfast and Lunch only.

Day 18-19: In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only.
Two day of Yoga & Meditation with Singing Bowl practice.

Day 20: Final International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound.
Meals: Breakfast only.

Detailed Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight at Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Welcome Dinner in a nice typical Nepalese Restaurants.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg.
Then join in with other members of the group, for briefing at meeting halls or garden.
Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Before dinner, includes special briefing and introduction on yoga, meditation as well of singing bowl exercise. An introduction with your Guru, or master instructor for yoga and meditation, including teachers in the art of singing bowl.

Meal Included: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Moring after a hearty breakfast, as per the time informed by our guide and staff our tour guide will meet. A short drive and walk in the heart of Kathmandu city, where the famous old Durbar Square located.

An ancient palace and courtyard of earlier kings from Malla to former Shah Period. Interesting areas adorned with temples and old palace, as well with resident of famous Living Goddess the Kumari. Includes a temple of Kasthamandap, where Kathmandu name derived from, meaning a temple built from the wood of a single tree.

The temples and monuments of Durbar Square, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour, a short drive leads west of the city to another famous landmark of Nepal. The Swayambhunath Stupa of Buddhist monuments, located on a hillock, one can enjoy views of Kathmandu city and the valley.

The Stupa one of the oldest in Nepal and probably in the world of more than 2,600 years of history. After an impressive morning tour back to hotel, rest of the day preparation for the wonderful Tsum Valley Trek.

As well for yoga and meditation practice and learning the skill of ancient art of singing bowl. The exercise also takes place early morning before breakfast and tour of Kathmandu.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Depart for wonderful adventure to Tsum Valley Trekking, taking a private car, comfortable tourist standard bus, or coach. As per the size of a group, a long drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley towards the Gorkha district.

Located Nepal Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of low and mid-hills, heavily cultivated farm areas. The drive follows Nepal’s main busy highway for some hours and then diverts heading north to Arughat town.

Arughat town is situated on low farm areas close to the raging Buri Gandaki River, from here another few hours of drive on the dirt country road to Soti-Khola for an overnight halt.

Soti-Khola a small farming area slowly growing into a town, as the motorable road has been connected. Time permitting enjoy a little bit of yoga and meditation practice at the lodge or close to Buri-Gandaki River.

Altitude: 930 m/ 350 feet. Approx. 6-hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. Start the first-day trek of the adventure, heading due north following the Buri Gandaki upstream. The morning walk leads to a short climb for a few hours past smaller farm villages then end the day at Machha Khola.

A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, the second-day walks lead to cooler hills. On leaving the low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas, the route follows slow ups and downs. Walking through a patch of forest reaching Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, enjoy the refreshing bathing as time permits.

Walk to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a nice farm village for a short refreshing stop and continue the climb. As the day ends reach a nice moderate size hill village at Jagat for an overnight halt.

At Jagat, with time a short walk around to observe the local cultures, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 1,660 m / 5,444 ft. (Chisapani) Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. After a pleasant time at Jagat, from here onwards starts the Restricted Area of Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu. After Jagat all foreign visitors need to obtain a special permit to enter Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu.

The walk leads to climbing and then crossing a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages, a lovely farm area. As route leads past the neatly tended farm terraces reaching a cool shade of the forest on reaching Deng. From here onwards into strong Buddhism culture, as walk follows higher area, past Deng. Slowly the long day trek comes to an end on reaching at a small farm village of Chisapani for an overnight stop.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Trek to Chumling
Altitude: 2,380 m/ 7,806 feet. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. From here onwards entering the hidden valley of Tsum, morning walk to a narrow river gorge. Leads to a short descent, and then with steep up reaching a forested path lined with rhododendron and pine trees. The walk continues past smaller farm villages. Then to a gradual uphill as walk heads east above a stream then reaching at first village of Tsum in Chumling overnight halt.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 2,380 m/ 7,806 feet. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. After first overnight around Tsum region, having breakfast morning walk leads further east. Adventure continues through cultivated farm terraces villages facing views of Ganesh, Sringi and Manaslu Himal. Walk then heads downhill to cross a bridge above Smatiking Khola / stream to reach at Chokang-Paro for overnight stop. A nice moderate traditional farm village facing views of stunning landscapes with snow-capped peaks.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring the village of strong Buddhism culture and custom adorned with prayer monuments.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 3,361 m / 11,058 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before
Breakfast. Start the morning overlooking great scenery of dramatic landscapes, after a pleasant overnight. From this nice village walk leads closer to our main highlight destination around Tsum Valley towards Nile and Mu Gompa. Following on windswept terrain, then reaching into a wide open scenic valley.

From here into dry, arid landscapes similar like Tibetan terrains, where green
vegetation and tall trees fades for smaller juniper bush. Walk continues along
with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal.

Finally the long day walk completes reaching Nile for overnight stop in a nice
simple lodge. Probably the best overnight accommodation and food provided
around Tsum area, due high and harsh conditions.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,174 feet. Approx. 04 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before
Breakfast. Enjoying a pleasant time and overnight in Nile village, morning from Nile a short day hike to Mu Gompa. Reaching our final destination at the end of Tsum Valley morning walk leads with gradual climb on a dry windswept terrain.

As walk continues facing dramatic scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes
and of snow peaks. After hours of exciting trek, then finally ending the walk on
reaching Mu Gompa the highest spot of the trip. Having rest then transfer to a
simple huts, which serves as a guest house for overnight stop.

Apart from basic accommodation and facilities, the surrounding scenery is Impressive, overlooking views of Ganesh Himal and array of peaks.

Late afternoon or evening enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,174 feet. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before
Breakfast. After a continues walks of several days, enjoy a free rest day in Mu
Gompa on the highest spot of the adventure. Tour of the oldest monastery
around Tsum Valley, the interior of the Mu Gompa treasures valuable ancient
relics and idols.

Observe the statue of Lord Buddha and idols of famous saints and Gurus with
vibrant religious paintings. Explore around Mu Gompa the highest and remote
part of Tsum Valley. Interested people can take a short visit of Dhephu Doma
Gompa, a nunnery.

Late afternoon or evening enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 3,245 m / 10,644 feet at Burgi. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight: at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. On reaching the main highlight of the adventure, after a pleasant overnight stop at Mu Gompa for two nights. Return journey leads further from Nile to a small farm village of Burgi, before reaching Burgi. Enjoy a side trip to an interesting cave of 11th saint and guru Millerepa of Tibet, who stayed here for mediation. Millerepa a renowned Buddhist saint lived his whole life as a hermit meditating and staying in caves.

From this tranquil and interesting spot head downhill to and uphill to Burgi small village for overnight halt.

Altitude: 2,386 m / 7,827 feet. Approx. 05 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before Breakfast. After an exciting visit of Mu Gompa, Nile and Burgi villages walk towards Chumling, return route heading south to cross a bridge on the west bank. Walk leads through Chokang Paro, and then downhill to join the main trail at Chumling for last overnight stop around Tsum Valley area.

Late afternoon or evening enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 1,570 m / 5,103 feet. Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. Morning walk to Lokpa and then downhill to Philim nice farm village, the route leads to gradual ups and down. Then reaching on the main trail of Manaslu trail as walk continues heading further down leaving Tsum valley area.

The trail follows past Deng then at Philim village for an overnight stop, where the climate is mild. A lovely spread out village with neat tended farm terraces. Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 970 m / 3, 182 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. From Philim down to Jagat village for possible lunch stop, after a refreshing break walk continues on downhill. As altitude drops along with change of vegetation and landscapes, reaching warmer low farm areas at Kholabesi. A small farm village for overnight stop, before ending our walk at Soti-Khola.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 700 m /2,962 feet. Approx. 06 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before breakfast. Enjoy the last day walk of the adventure, as route leads into a cool shade of forest to Tatopani. A place with natural hot-spring, time permitting enjoy the hot bathe relaxing the muscles after a long downhill walk.

From Tatopani another few hours of pleasant walk to Soti-Khola for last overnight
in the comfort of a nice simple lodge. Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Altitude: 1,350 m / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu. Includes breakfast and lunch.
Drive approx. 07 hour sharing jeep or Bus. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

Final day around the Himalayan remote farm villages of Gorkha district, leaving Soti-Khola, after breakfast. Depending upon the size of a group and types of vehicles. A long overland journey but interesting on winding road through farm areas of Gorkha and Dhading districts. As drive leads past Arughat towns and farm village and then joining the main Kathmandu highway.

Drive continuers with last uphill on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley, then finally reaching Kathmandu city and back to your hotel. Arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Tsum Valley Trek.

Time permitting if not tired from day walks, enjoy a yoga and meditation practice at available quiet place.

Overnight: In Hotel at Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only.
Day of Yoga & Meditation with Singing Bowl practice.

Early morning practice Yoga & Meditation with the Guru or instructor before
Breakfast. These two days, free to learn art and skill of Yoga & Meditation, as well how to use a singing bowl. With time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.

Interested people having spare time can join in for exciting tour of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur cities. Well worth a visit not to be missed takes you back into medieval era times.

Overnight: In Hotel at Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only.
Day of Yoga & Meditation with Singing Bowl practice.

Meal Included: Breakfast Only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable adventure around Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trek. Our staff transfer you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trek total duration of 19 nights and 20 days, a flexible itinerary leaving rooms for acclimatization and climb preparations. Especially walking at high altitudes, where trekkers should be in perfect physical fitness with sound health.

Some days are tough and tiring going over uphill and downhill.
We have set and planned this program for all types of people who are interested for an adventure. Trekking around remote areas of Himalayas and can cover a long-distance walk in good time. Most lodges on the route are simple and basic, with a common bathroom and toilets.

The meals are served according to the menu list of foods available seasonal-wise, meat products are quite rare. Due to Buddhism religion where raw and fresh meats are not available. Even though if available will be old and stale, and not fit for a hygienic reason, however, all foods are cooked in a healthy manner and hygienic.

Drinking waters are available in each lodge, which is boiled and filtered and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available, we do encourage plastic bottled water as it created waste and garbage. As we are committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism, one can buy only in emergency situations.

MCT organize and runs daily routine of Yoga & Meditation class with expert Yoga Guru and instructors, as well practice in the ancient art of Singing Bowl:

At 5.00 A.M. (sharp)
Wake Up and refresh yourself and with right dress code for the Yoga or meditation class.

6:00 A.M.
After refreshing oneself walk towards the Yoga assemble spot with mantra chanting as OM….


7:00 A.M.
As per the instruction of the Guru and instructor perform Shatkarma an art of yogic cleansing of the mind and body.

7:30 A.M.
Follow the instructor the Guru with yogic posture of Asana and pranayama meaning yogic breathing.

8:30 A.M.
After a wonderful refreshing morning with Yoga exercise morning meal is important and necessary to keep the energy level flowing healthy and hygienic breakfast served.

9:00 A.M.
This is kind of social work where you can take part in the daily domestic duty or routine known as Seva and karma yoga which includes centre help like gardening, kitchen, cleaning, etc.

11:00 A.M.
After free, leisure social routine assemble for Meditation and yogic discussion where you can provide with queries to get the answers and information required.

12:30 P.M.
With interesting morning and discussion and exercise a healthy lunch
provided strictly vegetarian meals with pure organic items.

1:00 P.M.
After a delightful lunch time for own personal activities time where one take a stroll, study and refresh taking a shower or a bath.

2:30 P.M.
Western culture called it a Siesta after having lunch in Yoga a Nidra a psychic sleep with deep rest for the mind and body.

3:30 P.M.
Seva or social service and duty known as karma yoga with centre help like gardening, kitchen, cleaning, etc. to keep oneself occupied with domestic routine which helps to refresh mind and body.

4:00 P.M.
After an impressive time an interval is needed with refreshing Tea break where you can interact with fellow members.

4:30 P.M.
As the day closes with near sunset Sana’s a yogic posture and pranayama a yogic breathing exercise is performed where you will be instructed fully with the exercise and practices.

6:00 P.M.
An early light dinner of pure organic vegetarian food served to energies your body strength.

7:00 P.M.
After every dinner socializing is important a human nature since ancient times where one take part in Trataka a yogic gazing and concentration or kirtan / bhajan includes chanting with music and playing some light instruments.

8:00 P.M.
An early bed time retire for the day after an interesting and enjoyable moment of various Yoga postures and exercise.

A brief note and information of Yoga: 

Yoga meaning Unity to be Oneness, derived from ancient Sanskrit word which means to join. The science of life, the integration of body, mind and soul!

What is Yoga?

A perfect union of the spirit to the divine, via tools left behind from rishis (hermits), ascetics and yogis of ages past.
The Eight Fold Path of Yoga (not to be confused with Buddha’s Eight Fold Path), from sage Patanjali s yoga sutra delves deeply into the morality of living and plunges into the human psyche.

Consists of Yama (self-restraints), Niyama (self-observances) Asana, Pranayama (breath techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dayana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure consciousness).

Yoga conjures up with images and postures (Asana) to develop flexibility, general body health and of course awareness. 

This is just the beginning, while yoga’s central theme remains the highest goal of the spiritual path; yogic practices can provide direct and substantial benefits to everyone regardless of their spiritual aims.

An inter-relationship between yoga and meditation:
Part of Lord Buddha’s contribution to humanity was to focus on meditation to develop Samadhi (while focusing on a platform of ethics and morality). You can choose whether to focus wholly on yoga, or more specifically on meditation, or saturate yourself in both of these. For millennia, the Himalayas have played a key role in mankind s journey to self-realization. Its total isolation from the rest of the world, its serene solitude has been an ideal environment for looking within. Nepal has inherited this unique past which is evident in its everyday life and culture when it comes to diving deep into your consciousness or floating in total awareness. It still does have individuals and institutions capable of guiding you to this noble path; to the cosmic universe which has an infinite beauty of its own.

There are various courses and classes where one can choose.
Himalayan Smiles in Kathmandu offers and hires many practitioners / Ayurveda healers an expert yoga medicinal masters or Guru and provides primary source for the treatment of illness. 

Please contact us for Ayurveda Section as there are many branches of yoga, such as: raja, hatha, Janna, karma, bhakti, mantra, kundalini and laya. 

Note that you are not selecting a particular course at random.
Here are a few ideas in choosing the right path.

The teacher’s personal conduct as one who lives with daily yoga, on which area of yoga do you wish to learn and focus, ability to communicate smoothly with your teacher or Guru, opportunity for personalized instruction on requirement, intensive or live in courses if required as per your money value worth.

What is Meditation?

Ipasana, one of the most ancient meditation techniques, long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2,500 years ago.
Vipassana means ‘to see things as they really are’; it is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One starts by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind.

With this sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experience the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and ego-less. 

The entire path Dharma is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism.
For this reason, it can be practiced freely by all without conflict of caste, creed or religion, in any places and at any time and proves equally beneficial to one and all.

Vipassana, an art of living it frees the individual from all the negativities of mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a practice which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society.

Benefits and Attributes of Yoga:
Yoga for health and fitness practice provides both physical and mental therapy.
It considers ageing as largely an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning. 

It keeps the body parts and organ clean and well- lubricated, cell deterioration can be greatly reduced. To get the maximum benefits of Yoga one has to follow three main guidelines i.e.

Practice of Asana:
With the regular practice of asana, one can control our cholesterol level, reduce weight, normalize blood pressure and improve cardiac performance.
Asana harmonize mental energy flow by clearing any blockages in the subtle body, leading to mental equilibrium and calmness.

Pranayama’s:
The practice of Pranayama’s, with correct breathing technique, helps to manipulate energies.

Most of the people breathe incorrectly (only theoretically not using abdomen, thereby utilizing only half of our lung capacity). 

Pranayama, a technique wherein it re-educates our breathing process, helps to release tension and develop a relaxed state of mind. It balances our nervous system, reduces the need for sleep and encourages creative thinking. Increasing oxygen to our brain, improves mental clarity, alertness and physical well-being.

Yoga Nidra:

Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation, performed while lying on the back in the Shavasana pose. It relaxes the physiological and psychological systems. 

This technique completely rejuvenates the body and mind, giving a sense of well-being.

More about Yoga:
Yoga exercises are customized on the spot by veteran and professionals Guru combined with tasteful, informative, innovative approach to nutritional healing. This will be the first yoga holidays where you will experience weight loss while enjoying food and be rested at the same time!

For the experienced, you will enjoy this yoga tours even more as your practice will be enhanced; introducing new techniques during your stay with us.

The emphasis on our yoga tours is giving you unique insights into what each destination has to offer. 

We perform varieties where average tourist won’t have the opportunity to experience, only with us as our guides and leaders have an in-depth knowledge of each vibrant location for Yoga and Meditation with alluring vista of mountains and amazing landscapes.

Singing Bowl:

A Tibetan singing bowl is a type of bell that vibrates and produces a rich, deep tone when played. Also known as singing bowls or Himalayan bowls, Tibetan singing bowls supports relaxation and offer powerful healing properties. Buddhist monks have long used Tibetan singing bowls in meditation practice.

You can alter the tone and create a variety of sounds from one singing bowl. All you have to do is to practice. Small and medium-sized metal singing bowls typically ring for 40-60 seconds, with the overtones lasting longer. Some singing bowls only ring for 30 seconds, while others ring for more than a minute.

Tibetan singing bowls are one of the strongest musical instruments for healing with sound therapy and vibrations. They are called singing bowls because their exotic sound continues to float for a long time after being played.

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trekking, is in spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours.

Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, the temperature drops in the early morning and night times.

During springtime, the hills are bright with wild flowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But much shorter days, due to sunlight hours but pleasant and high times for trekking around the Himalayas.

Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district where Manaslu high valley is located, are of mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars with some Bhot migrated from high Manaslu and Tsum areas.

The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Jagat and Philim villages.

But from Jagat village onwards the native of high Tsum & Manaslu valley are interwoven to strong Buddhism religion. Follows the ancient heritage and culture similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the border to Tibet is at a mere distance.

The people of higher Tsum Valley are known as Tsumbas the highlanders of Tsum Valley beyond Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

The native of Tsum Valley, interwoven with strong Buddhism religion heritage culture, similar to their Tibetan predecessors. Every house is adorned with prayer flags and villages have religious monuments and prayer walls.

The Tsumbas, a descendent from Tibet. Most villages around higher areas of Tsum and Manaslu from Namrung onwards have monastery, with rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels.

The Tsum Valley, where the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route passed to and from Nepal / Tibet. Yaks and pack animals laden with goods from the good side of the country.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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What is Yoga?

A perfect union of the spirit to the divine, via tools left behind from rishis (hermits), ascetics and yogis of ages past.

The Eight Fold Path of Yoga (not to be confused with Buddha’s Eight Fold Path), from sage Patanjali s yoga sutra delves deeply into the morality of living and plunges into the human psyche.

Consists of Yama (self-restraints), Niyama (self-observances) Asana, Pranayama (breath techniques), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dayana (meditation) and Samadhi (identification with pure consciousness).
Yoga conjures up with images and postures (Asana) to develop flexibility, general body health and of course awareness.

This is just the beginning, while yoga’s central theme remains the highest goal of the spiritual path; yogic practices can provide direct and substantial benefits to everyone regardless of their spiritual aims.

What is Meditation?

Ipasana, one of the most ancient meditation techniques, long lost to humanity, it was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2,500 years ago.

Vipassana means ‘to see things as they really are’; it is the process of self-purification by self-observation. One starts by observing the natural breath to concentrate the mind.

With this sharpened awareness one proceeds to observe the changing nature of body and mind and experience the universal truths of impermanence, suffering and ego-less.

The entire path Dharma is a universal remedy for universal problems and has nothing to do with any organized religion or sectarianism.

For this reason, it can be practiced freely by all without conflict of caste, creed or religion, in any places and at any time and proves equally beneficial to one and all.
Vipassana, an art of living it frees the individual from all the negativities of mind, such as anger, greed and ignorance. It is a practice which develops positive, creative energy for the betterment of the individual and society.

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  1. Delightful trekking experience
    (5 months ago)
    We joined Tsum Valley Yoga Meditation Retreat Trek with Manaslu Circuit Trek last year. My entire travel and trekking experience was delightful. From the accommodations to meals and transportation, all were as promised. MCT organized all paper works like trekking permits and Conservation fees. I am coming for another great adventure next year and certainly going to choose MCT. Thanks for everything!
    Paul Sanders Brooklyn
    from United States (US) Minor Outlying Islands
  2. A perfect holiday
    (3 years ago)
    A perfect holiday for Yoga and Meditation in the backdrop of impressive views on daily walks. Especially around Tsum Valley enjoyed it and much exciting country and it was a fantastic trip. Exploring local culture of great fascinating ancient heritage. Thank you MCT and team of staff and guide for wonderful arrangement with Yoga and Meditation teacher, guru and guide.
    Patrick Clarkson
    from Canada
  3. Amazing times around Tsum Valley
    (3 years ago)
    Amazing times around Tsum Valley Yoga & Meditation Retreat Trek in the comfort of nice lodges on route with warm great services of MCT guides and staff. It was a fascinating and mind-blowing trip enjoyed it. Thanks for everything it was too good and brilliant, cannot explain in writing Danka-san to whole and team of staff and guide.
    Tom Wolfgang Hamburg
    from Germany

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