(From Rishikesh to World Highest Shiva Temple in Himalayas)
Enjoy your perfect yoga holiday with trekking in the Mighty Himalayas! Our spiritual retreats packages are all-inclusive. From the moment you arrive in Rishikesh in Mother India, we at Mahatma Yoga will take care of everything for you! The transportation, accommodation, food, trekking permits, spiritual guide, and yoga lessons are all organised for you!
On your first week of the spiritual retreat in India you’ll enjoy yoga retreat at Mahatma Yoga Ashram, right on the banks of the holy river Ganges. You will have a bright private room with Ganga view and attached bathroom. Besides learning yoga and meditation, you will be visiting spiritual sites like temples and meditation caves in and around Rishikesh. The first week of the spiritual retreat is excellent chance to get to know your fellow trekkers from all over the world. It will give you the opportunity to tune into the upcoming trekking in Himalayas in a calm and comfortable way.
The second week of the spiritual retreat will take you to the world’s highest Shiva temple and Chandrashila peak with one of the finest views of the world – you’ll be witnessing sunrise over 7000 meters high Himalayan peaks! After the trek in Himalayas, we’ll be enjoying some stretching yoga and calming meditation in the midst of wild nature. Your Indian yoga and meditation teacher on the trek is Mahatma Yoga Ashram’s Yoga Master Yogi Ji.
We finish the spiritual retreat at Mahatma Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, where we will have a good night rest after returning from the mountains. The free day at our Rishikesh Ashram gives you an appreciated time to reflect on everything you have achieved in the last week and the memories you have made with your new friends from all over the world. On the last morning along with a delicious breakfast, we’ll say farewell to the group.
The trail offers splendid views from green meadows with livestock to fertile valleys and fields of the Himalayan foothills. The journey will take us along an ancient pilgrim trail that will lead us to Tungnath - the world highest Shiva temple.
After reaching the Tungnath Temple, Just 1.5 km ahead we will arrive at Chandrashila peak. On the altitude 11,352 ft (3460 m) it is the world highest Shiva temple. We will attend the puja, daily worship of Shiva in this magical ancient Himalayan stone temple.
06th Apr 2020 – 12th Apr 2020
18th May 2020 – 24rd May 2020
Our guide will tell you all about Shiva, also known as the God of Yoga! This will be one of the highlights of your spiritual retreat, adding some profound mysticism to your beautiful Himalayan yoga and trekking experience! The trek to the Chandrashila peak is moderately easy but still among one of the most beautiful treks in the Indian Himalayas.
In the spring the Chopta forest will be blooming with magical pink and red Rhododendron trees, making the area look like a fairy-tale. The region is home for an abundance of rare Himalayan birds, beautiful wildlife and some of the rich flora of the Himalayan region. Chandrashila that literally means “The Moon Rock” is a summit of Tungnath, part of the Himalayan mountain range. It’s located 12,083 feet (3683 m) above the sea level and offers a famous 360-degree view of the snow- capped peaks of the Himalayas, including Nandadevi (25,643 ft / 7816 m), Trisul (23,360 ft, 7120 m), Kedar Peak (22, 770 ft, 6940 m), Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks.
Early morning wakeup at Mahatma Yoga Ashram at 6 am. We will drive towards Himalaya, enjoying on the route the beautiful mountain views from the windows of our private car. This eight hours journey will take you to the traditional Himalayan village Sari, the first base camp for our Chopta and Chandrashila trek. Breakfast on way at Devaprayag; a unique place and confluence of river Alakananda and Bhagirath to form river holy Ganges. The beautiful confluence of this Indian holiest river is such an admirable view. Lunch break on way.
By 3-4 PM evening, we will reach Village Sari, settle into the guesthouse and admire the pristine nature. The evening will have a yoga session in nature. Get your body stretch after the long day drive, followed by a peaceful and calming meditation on the hills of the Sari village. Night stay at Sari guesthouse.
This will be our first trekking day! Your yoga mat is calling before you put your trekking shoes on, get ready for asana class in the midst of the morning fresh nature! The morning yoga session will expire with Pranayama and breathing exercises. After a delicious Indian breakfast in the village, it’s time to start hiking in the mighty Himalayas!
You trek starts with moderate hiking, walking in the Himalayan forest, passing some village houses and a temple along the way. Once the forest ends, there come beautiful views of the Himalayas! If the weather is clear and you are lucky, you can see our trek destination – Chandrashila peak from a distance and below it the holy Tungnath temple - the world’s highest Shiva Temple. The trail continues through a beautiful forest, blooming with pink and red rhododendrons in the spring.
Rest and relax in between, restore your energy, take a quick break for capturing some viewpoints with good views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Soon you will reach the destination of the day – Deoriatal Lake campsite. Spend your time here how you wish to after lunch. The place is a perfect time to enjoy the beauty and soak with some of the powerful energies of the Himalayas! This beautiful lake is surrounded by a nice dense forest of the maple tree. This blooming valleys and wildflowers greet you along with some rare birds of the great Himalayas in this region. The evening will have meditation followed by a group dinner and chat around the campfire next to the lake and what a magnificent night it will be; yes our camp/guesthouse will be right at this beautiful lake side gazing at the star in the night. We have the possibility to choose between tent and guesthouse throughout the trek as per the availability.
Early morning wakeup, get ready and welcome the rising sun with a set of Sun Salutations. Practicing pranayama session in the Himalaya is itself a lifetime memory. Purify your lungs with some yogic breathing exercises. Enjoy hearty Indian breakfast, start the trek and get ready for moderate but longer and challenging than the previous day. Trek 13 km to reach Baniyakund, the trek is about of 7-8 hours via syalmi by passing Rohini Bugyal and then after 6 km drive to Chopta. Hike through some lovely forest trails in the midst of blooming rhododendrons, oak, and dense maple forest.
On the forest ridges, the trail offers some beautiful unobstructed panoramic view. You can have a glimpse of Kedar Dome, Kala Parvat peaks and Chandrashila peak among other grand peaks of the Himalayas from here. Lunch at one of the viewpoints.
Hiking in the Chopta forest is memorable, followed by a beautiful bird song in the background, meadows with old shepherd huts. You might spot some tracks of wild animals, like foxes and leopards if you are lucky.
Afternoon reaches to the Chopta campsite, followed by meditation and dinner. Night stay at this beautiful landscape Chopta at a campsite in a tent/guesthouse.
(The fifth day is for the holy Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak. The sunrise at temple and Chandrshila makes it magnificent, so we start the trek early, before the sunrise! The pilgrim trail to the Tungnath temple is steep and short, about 2 km, and is a traditional route of the temple from ancient time. Congratulation you are at world’s highest Shiva Temple- Tungnath.
Ascend about 1.5 km from Tungnath temple to Chandrashila. The top of the Chandrashila peak will award you with unbelievable 360-degree views of over 7000 m peaks on the rising Sun. Witness the sunrise from Chandrashila and capture in your unforgettable memory. The view is truly magical and can be cherish always.
After the sunrise, it’s time to enjoy the spectacular views, slow descent back to Chopta at the campsite. Practice yoga and have your much-deserved delicious vegetarian lunch! Explore and enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the Chopta village in the afternoon. Night stay at Chopta campsite in a tent/guesthouse.
Start your morning with stretching and light yoga asana with some relaxing pranayama practice that will cure the sore muscles after yesterdays trek! Stuff your tummy with yummy breakfast. Drive back to Rishikesh to reach Mahatma Yoga Ashram around 6 - 7 PM. Dinner at the Ashram with overnight cozy stay.
Breakfast at the Ashram and farewell to the group. Time to say goodbye to your fellow team member, wrapping some beautiful memory, and everything you have achieved during the week. You leave Mahatma Yoga Ashram with a beautiful experience of a yoga and mountain trekking holiday in the powerful Indian Himalayas
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