Himalayan Sacred Walk - Option 1

This journey will bring you in touch with the higher energy of the Himalayas as these mountains have been charged with spiritual vibrations for thousands of years. This particular range of the Himalayas has been favoured by yogis, sages and seekers for many years, and for those willing to make this pilgrimage, it will be a life-changing experience to trek these areas of the sacred mountain and the places where the sacred teachings of yoga were first imparted to the sages.

This amazing experience is a 14 day journey consisting of 7 days of travelling in the Himalayas and 7 days at the Vedic Yoga Centre with opportunities to practice yoga and enjoying Ayurvedic treatments. It requires a high degree of both physical and spiritual discipline, so those wishing to join us on this adventure must be willing to prepare themselves for the experience.

Himalayan Sacred Walk - Option 1

How to Prepare Yourself Physically and Mentally

The journey involves trekking at an altitude of 13,000 feet, over distances of up to 17 kilometers at a stretch. To make the most of this trek, we strongly recommend that you start an exercise regime at least a month prior to the trip which includes:

  1. Daily walking or jogging for 5-8 km.
  2. Daily pranayama and meditation practices.

Physical and mental fitness is required, since at times participants may face difficulties due to limited facilities and extreme weather conditions. Horses are available for hire during the trek to Kedarnath at additional cost if required by individuals.

What to Pack

As we will be travelling by bus, it is advisable to pack as light as possible. A backpack with waterproof cover is needed for the treks and also to carry the daily requirements and frequently used items inside the bus. The rest of the items can be packed in a suitcase or backpack. Due to the confines of space, it is necessary to keep luggage on the bus roof; therefore it is advisable to bring bags that are rain resistant and durable.

We recommend the following items:

  1. Rain-proof jacket with hood and rainproof pants – 1 each
  2. Overcoat /Jacket – 1
  3. Warm T-shirts / sweatshirts and pants – 2 each
  4. Regular clothing (please avoid saris /dhotis) – 6 sets
  5. Sweater and shawl – 1 each
  6. Thermal inner wear – 2 pairs
  7. Wide rim hat – 1
  8. Woollen cap and scarf – 1 each
  9. Water-proof or water resistant trekking shoes with a good tread – 1 pair
  10. Woollen gloves – 1 pair
  11. Woollen socks – 4 pairs
  12. Camera (optional)

Other essential items:

  1. Personal clothing
  2. Toiletries
  3. Inflatable pillow
  4. Sunscreen lotion
  5. General footwear
  6. Towels
  7. Regular prescribed medications
  8. Toilet tissues
  9. Water bottle
  10. Sunglasses
  11. Dry fruit/nuts
  12. Hand sanitise
  13. Powerful flashlight (with extra batteries)
  14. Extra large plastic garbage bags – 4-5 (to protect your clothes from moisture)

First Aid Medical Kit

  1. It is important to carry a personal medical kit with electrolyte packs, pain killers, muscle relaxant cream, bandaids, knee guard for support, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, indigestion, and any other necessary medication.
  2. If you are being treated for diabetes, please check with your physician if any change in medication is needed due to the altitude and trekking involved.

Communication

In the upper ranges of the Himalayas the communication signals are weak so those wishing to use their personal devices during the trek will need to arrange 3G connections prior to departure. Use of these devices is discouraged as this journey is a pilgrimage.

Himalayan Sacred Walk - Option 1

Temperature and Weather Conditions

Day time temperatures can be as high as 15° degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can drop as low as -6° Celsius. Check the weather forecast for daily weather conditions.

2015 – Travel Itinerary Option 1:

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Personal arrangements to travel from New Delhi to Rishikesh, the “world capital” of yoga located at the foot of the sacred Himalayas.

Day 2: Rishikesh
Rest in Rishikesh at the Vedic Yoga Centre.

Day 3: Guptakashi
Early morning travel to Guptakashi. Known as secret Kashi, it is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple. Along the way, glimpse the Rudraprayag, the confluence of Alakananda and Mandakini Rivers.

Day 4: Kedarnath
Early morning travel to Kedarnath. Trek to the ancient and powerful Kedarnath temple, site of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Camping overnight in tents. Evening satsang and meditation.

Day 5: Badrinath
Early morning trek return to transport. Arrive early evening at Badrinath which is known for its ancient Vishnu temple and for its natural hot springs.

Day 6: Badrinath
Early morning visit the Badrinath temple, Vyasa cave, Bheempul and Mana – the last Indian village near the Indo-Chinese border. Satsang and meditation in the evening.

Day 7: Rishikesh
Early morning return to Rishkiesh. Along the way glimpse the Karnaprayag, Vishnuprayag and Nandaprayag. Karnaprayag marks the confluence of the Alakananda and Pindar rivers. Vishnuprayag is the confluence of Alakananda and Dhauliganga Rivers, where Vishnu appeared to sage Narada. At Nandaprayag, Krishna’s father Nanda, is supposed to have conducted a great sacrifice, where the Alakananda and Nandakini Rivers come together.

Day 8: Rishikesh
All day travel to Rishikesh. Arrive in the evening and stay at the Vedic Yoga Centre overnight.

Day 9: Rishikesh
Early morning hatha yoga class. Personal time until evening kirtan and satsang.

Day 10: Rishikesh
Early morning hatha yoga/kriya class. Take advantage of Ayurvedic treatments offered by the Centre (for additional cost) and/or silent walk to the Waterfall. Evening kirtan and satsang.

Day 11: Rishikesh
Early morning hatha yoga class. Travel to Haridwar for site seeing and visiting temples and sacred locations. Evening kirtan and satsang.

Day 12: Rishikesh
Early morning sunrise trip. Personal time/Ayurvedic treatments at the Centre (at additional cost)/shopping. Evening kirtan and satsang.

Day 13: Rishikesh
Early morning short hatha yoga class and “yagya” (fire ceremony). Travel to the Vashistha Cave Temple around Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganga for meditation. Evening kirtan and satsang.

Day 14: Preparation for departure
Early morning hatha yoga class. Preparation for departure according to personal itinerary.

To register please send a copy of your flight ticket and US$200 deposit. Cancellation is possible up to one month prior to the date of leaving, or the money can be used for future travel through the Centre.

What is included:

Clean accommodation, wholesome vegetarian food, and the entrance fee for all places on the itinerary will be provided throughout the trip.

Note: Please plan for additional costs towards pony, porter and helicopter service if needed during the trek.

Medical alerts:

This trek is not advised for pregnant women and those suffering from chronic health problems, such as epilepsy, heart ailments, uncontrolled blood pressure, asthma, psychological problems, physical disabilities and obesity.

Himalayan Sacred Walk - Option 1

General Information About the Himalayas

The Sanskrit word ‘Hima’ means ‘snow’ and the word, ‘alaya’ means ‘abode’ but the mighty Himalayas are more than just an abode of snow - they are nature’s biggest miracle, overwhelming us with their sheer size.

Home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world (with Mt Everest being the highest), the Himalayas are revered the world over. Climbing the mountains offers many people a personal challenge which helps them discover their inner strength. For others, the mountain ranges offer some of the most pristine and stunning landscapes in the world. But for individuals on a spiritual journey, the Himalayas are the ultimate destination for the soul.

The ancient mountains are considered to be the spiritual centre of the world, and the abode of the Gods. There are hundreds of temples and shrines throughout the Himalayan foothills. It’s mist-shrouded snow-capped peaks have given birth to many myths and legends that form the basis of Indian culture and religions.

The Himalayas are the home of India’s most significant spiritual places such as the Kailash Manasarovar, Amarnath, Vaishno Devi Temple, the Char Dhams (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri), and many beautiful monasteries. The Himalayas are also known as Giriraj or the ‘King of Mountains’, which is a deity by itself in the Hindu tradition.

A visit to the Himalayas is a treat for the senses and will show you some of the most breathtaking panoramas on earth, offering your taste sensations many different experiences - feeling the crisp mountain air, hearing the chanting of devotees along with the songs of the wind, and smelling the fragrance of the mountain trees and flowers.

Three of the world’s primary river systems - the Indus Basin, the Yangtze Basin and the Ganga-Brahmaputra - have their origins in the Himalayas. Geological tests have proven that the Himalayas, covering an area of 612,021 sq. kms, across six countries — Bhutan, India, Nepal, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan — are geologically alive. The mammoth mountain range is said to be moving approximately 20mm every year!

The Himalayas have always been the source of immense peace, tranquility and enlightenment for countless sages, yogis and spiritual gurus. Every year, devotees undertake a holy trek to these sites in spite of all the challenges offered by the extreme geographical and weather conditions.

With all of these experiences on offer, the Himalayan Sacred Walk offers you the opportunity to soak up the sacred energies of these enchanting and majestic mountains and come back deeply transformed.

The total cost of this trip including travel, meals, accommodation and entry fees to the sites visited is $US1,500.00. Please allow for additional expenses to cover incidentals and costs towards pony, porter and helicopter service if the need arises.

The Option 2 travel to the Himalayas will take place immediately following the completion of Option 1. The cost of joining week 1 of Option 2 is $US700.

To register complete the application form

UPCOMING TOUR - KAILASH MANASAROVAR

Dates for this tour will be posted on our Website in the near future when the route through India to Kailash is opened. Negotiations are underway with the Chinese Government for this to take place by approximately mid-2015.

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About Kailash Manasarovar

This sacred mountain Kailash Manasarovar is one of the most powerful places on earth, and most people who visit it do so through a spiritual calling. It stands 21,778 feet high, located in the Himalayas in the remote Southwestern corner of Tibet. It is one of the highest parts of the world and the source of four mighty rivers of Asia — the Brahmaputra, the Sutlej, Ganges and the Indus. It is also one of the most significant spiritual spots in the world, with thousands of pilgrims from different religions paying homage to it each year. However, only those who have discipline and dedication will be able to overcome the challenges required of this trek - for those that can achieve this, the experience will be life-changing.

Different religions and cultures consider this area sacred for many different reasons:

  • Hindu legend has it that the the holy Manasarovar Lake at Mount Kailash was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma.
  • Hindus also believe that Mt Kailash is the abode of Lord Shiva, the holy centre of the earth and the manifestation of heaven itself.
  • Tibetan Buddhists believe that Kailash is the home of the Buddha Demchok who symbolizes supreme harmony.
  • For Tibetan ‘Bons’, Mount Kailash is their spiritual seat of power.
  • Jainists believe Kailash is the place where the creator of their faith, Rishabhadeva, attained freedom from the cycle of life and rebirth.

Just 20 kilometers from Mount Kailash, the sacred Manasarovar lake that lies at a height of 15,015 ft, is known for its healing properties and is believed to wash off all mortal sins.

For these reasons a trip to Kailash Manasarovar is an intense spiritual experience.

The Vedic Yoga Centre will shortly be providing details of the Sacred Walk planned for this area. Get ready for some incredible experiences which will include soaking up the sights of cliff-top monasteries, yak caravans and the mighty peaks of the Himalayas. For those interested in this Sacred Walk, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details.

To register complete the application form

 

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