The inner journey 2016, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas

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The Inner Journey 2017, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas

Explore, Relax & Heal with Yoga, Meditation, Chanting, Ritual Himalayan Mindfulness Journey

Contract and Travel Info

Himalayan Mindfulness JourneyJuly 3-18, 2017 • 16 Days & 15 Nights

All Meals, Travel within India & Accommodations Expedition to Ladakh through Indian Himalayas

Intimate Group Experience, max 12 people

kim@mindfulchai.com or: 561.714.613

Inclusions in the tour:

1. ACCOMMODATION THROUGH THE TRIP – All stays at premium hotels and campsites

2. FLIGHTS FROM DELHI TO BHUNTAR

3. ALL MEALS EVERYDAY, INCLUDING:

  • HERBAL TEA AND FRUITS FOR MORNING SESSIONS AT 6 am
  • HEALTHY BREAKFAST AT 8 am
  • LUNCH 1 pm
  • TEA AND SNACKS 4 pm
  • DINNER 7 – 8 pm

4. TRANSFERS IN INNOVA WITH 4 PEOPLE IN EACH CAR

5. PERMITS AND PASSES THROUGH THE TRIP

6. TRAVEL GUIDE AND LOGISTICS MANAGER: Two-member team will accompany the guests through the tour

7. CAMEL SAFARI IN HUNDAR, NUBRA VALLEY

8. RAFTING IN ZANSKAR RIVER

9. MONASTERY AND WILDLIFE FEES

10. FILM SCREENINGS

OPTIONAL ON PAY: CYCLES WITH FULL GEAR AND TEAM LEADER WILL BE PROVIDED ON REQUEST TO ACCOMPANY THE GUESTS THROUGHOUT THE TOUR. CYCLING FRIENDLY STRETCHES WILL BE MARKED ENROUTE. CYCLING EXTRA PAYABLE 26,000 INR PER PERSON (approx $400 US Dollars)

Daily Details

  • Altitude range: 9000 ft to 15000 plus ft TRANSPORTATION:
  • TOYOTA INNOVA (with only 4 max in each car) CYCLING OPTIONAL: GIANT PRO BIKES with gear and crew
  • HIGH-ENERGY PLACES FOR WELLNESS SESSIONS ON THE JOURNEY:
  • LEH: SHANTI STUPA PLATFORM
  • NUBRA: 100-FOOT BUDDHA STATUE PLATFORM LIKIR: LIKIR MONASTERY
  • PANGING LAKE: LAKESIDE RETREAT
  • JISPA: RIVERSIDE RETREAT
  • SERCHU: MINDFUL WALK IN THE PLATUE
  • HIGH PASSES: BLESSINGS AND OFFERINGS ON HIGH PASSES ON THE JOURNEY
Day 1

ARRIVE IN INDIA, NEW DELHI: Our representatives will receive the guests at the IGI airport in Delhi and move to the hotel in Delhi. Visit old Delhi? Himaun’s tomb? Depending on the time of arrival. Group intro- duction sessions

Accommodation: Hotel in airport compound

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 1 hour to hotel

Day 2

DELHI TO BHUNTAR: The guests will leave the hotel to check in flight for Bhuntar. On reaching Bhuntar the guests will drive up to Manali on our first leg of journey. We will check in hotel in Manali and will relax for the rest of the day in Manali.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 11 drive hours

Day 3

FULL DAY RETREAT IN MANALI: Morning chanting and meditation sessions. Today the guests will visit Hadimba temple, Jana falls and Riddick gallery in Nagar. These places are around Manali and the day’s drive is short and relaxed. In the evening the guests will have dinner in a riverside café in Old Manali.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 3 drive hours

Day 4

MANALI TO JISPA: In the morning the guests will leave from Manali to Jispa crossing the first high Himalayan pass called the Rothang la (la in Ladakhi means Pass). On reaching Jispa the guests will check in the riverside camp and will spend the evening engaging in retreat programs and walking by the riverside.

Accommodation: Jispa Journeys

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 6 – 7 drive hours

Day 5

JISPA TO TSOKAR LAKE: Today the guests will drive to Tsokar lake, the only source of Salt for Ladakh before the market economy took over. On the way crossing Tsokar lake (Himalayan Salt Lake) On reaching Tsokar lake the guests will check in the campsite around the lake.

Accommodation: Pastureland camps

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 4-5 Drive hours hours

Day 6

TSOKAR LAKE RETREAT: Guests will spend the day around Tsokar lake, enjoy retreat programs and may visit the nearby monastery. Acclimate to the elevation.

Accommodation: Pastureland camps

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 7

TSOKAR TO TSOMORIRI: After the morning session the group will start towards Tsomoriri lake (The highest fresh water lake in the world). On the way, we will be visiting Nomadic settlements and Puga Sulpher hot springs. On reaching the lake the group will check in the campsite at Tsomoriri lake.

Accommodation: Tsomoriri camp and resort

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 3-4 drive hours

Day 8

TSOMORIRI TO LEH: The guest will start on their onward journey to Leh. On the way crossing Chu- mathang hot water springs.  On reaching Leh the guests will check in hotel and relax for the evening at the hotel.

Accommodation: Eco Poplar resort

Meal plan: Herbal tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 6-7 drive hours

Day 9

LEH CHILLED DAY: In the morning the guests will drive to Shanti Stupa for the morning meditation session. The day has been kept free for the guests to explore the township and relax while acclimating to the elevation. However, there are places marked around the town we will be visiting in the afternoon. In the evening a documentaries on the trans Himalayan region of Tibet and Ladakh will be screened.

Accommodation: Eco Poplar resort

Meal plan: Herbal tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 10

LEH TO NUBRA: Today we shall start the day with the same morning Yoga session at Shanti Stupa as the day before. Once the guests are back at the hotel breakfast will be served and the guests will be on their way to Nubra valley. At Shayok River rafts with professional guides will be waiting for the group and we will raft our way into Nubra valley close to Hundar village. On reaching Hundar the group will drive to the sand dunes and switch to double hump Bactrian Camels and will enjoy the ride through Sea buckthorn bushes, wild pastures and Sand dunes. The group will check in Organic retreat. The group will be received warmly at the retreat with a hot cup of Tea. The group shall rest till the evening bonfire and dinner is served.

Accommodation: Earth homes, Hundar

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 4-5 drive hours

Day 11

NUBRA VALLEY FARM DAY: Early morning the guests will drive to the 100 foot Buddha statue for the morning Yoga session. The platform on top of the hill overlooking the valley of Nubra is a spectacular spot for a morning session of Yoga. After the session the group will return to Organic retreat to freshen up and have breakfast. The guests will then spend the day exploring farming practices in Hundar village. We will visit Organic vegetable gardens, insulated green houses for winters and apricot production. In the evening the guests will go to sand dunes for an evening yoga session around the dunes. Acclimate to the elevation.

Accommodation: Earth homes, Hundar

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 12

NUBRA VALLEY FARM DAY: Early morning the guests will drive to the 100 foot Buddha statue for the morning Yoga session. The platform on top of the hill overlooking the valley of Nubra is a spectacular spot for a morning session of Yoga. After the session the group will return to Organic retreat to freshen up and have breakfast. The guests will then spend the day exploring farming practices in Hundar village. We will visit Organic vegetable gardens, insulated green houses for winters and apricot production. In the evening the guests will go to sand dunes for an evening yoga session around the dunes. Acclimate to the elevation.

Accommodation: Earth homes, Hundar

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 13

PANGONG LAKE RETREAT: In the morning the guest will be driven down to a silent point by the lake for the morning Yoga session. Mats, fruit salad and herbal tea will be organized at the point. After the morn- ing yoga session the guests will walk back to the retreat for breakfast. After breakfast the guests will spend time walking around the lake a chilling. Lunch will be served at the camp and after lunch the guests will drive to Maan village for a tour around the village. In the evening there will be bon fire for the guests to warm themselves up. Acclimate to the elevation. Dinner will be served at the camp.

Accommodation: Himalayan Retreat

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 13

PANGONG LAKE RETREAT: In the morning the guest will be driven down to a silent point by the lake for the morning Yoga session. Mats, fruit salad, and herbal tea will be organized at the point. After the morning yoga session the guests will walk back to the retreat for breakfast. After breakfast, the guests will spend time walking around the lake a chilling. Lunch will be served at the camp and after lunch the guests will drive to Maan village for a tour around the village. In the evening there will be bonfire for the guests to warm themselves up. Acclimate to the elevation. Dinner will be served at the camp.

Accommodation: Himalayan Retreat

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner

Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: No driving

Day 14

PANGONG LAKE TO LEH: The morning will be- gin with the yoga session at the same spot as before. After breakfast the guests will start on their way back to Leh crossing Changla pass. On reaching Leh the guests will check in the resort enjoy dinner at a good restaurant in town.

Accommodation: Eco Poplar Resort

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 4-5 drive hours

Day 15

RAFTING / INDUS VALLEY MONASTRY TOUR: (4 hours drive): After breakfast the group will leave for Chiling village to raft in Zanskar river through the beautiful Himalayan rockland. We will finish the rafting at Nimoo village and have our lunch there. After rafting in Zanskar river the group will drive around ancient monasteries in Ladakh. We will visit Thiksey monastery with the two-storied Matrya Buddha statue. Then we will move on to Hemis monastery and museum. One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh Hemis holds relics of Guru Padmasambhava and other early masters to have traveled to this region. A gala group dinner will be organized in a restaurant in Leh.

Accommodation: Eco Poplar resort

Meal plan: Morning tea / fruits / breakfast / lunch / eve snacks / dinner Transport: TOYOTA INNOVA

DRIVE HOURS: 3-4 drive hours

Day 16

LEH DELHI DEPARTURE: The guests will leave in time for their flights from Leh to Delhi on their onward journey. 

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