November 4, 2019
8:00 am – 9:30 am
Watch a 30-minute Q&A informational session with Brad and Karuna.
Join us for a 15-Day trek to the Nar-Phu Valley – starts 11/4/19 from Kathmandu; we are flying, driving, and trekking to where the snow leopards play! Along the way we will be doing some volunteer work and staying in age-old monasteries well off the normal tourist grid. Our guide is Brad Clement – the Founder and Executive Director of the Pangje Foundation. Brad is also a badass climber – having summited Mt. Everest several times and many other serious mountains as well. Karuna, Founder and Executive Director of Mind Oasis, will be leading the retreat aspects of meditation, Dharma talks, and a service project for Panjge.
Join Mind Oasis for a 15-day trek to the Nar-Phu Valley – home to several important Monastaries. The 108th (a significant Buddhist number) and final Monastery built by original Tibetan settlers way back when is in the village of Phu. Along the way we will be overnighting in monasteries that are unique and completely off the tourist track. Our guide – Brad Clement is the Founder of Pangje – the nonprofit we’ll be raising funds and engaging in a seva project with for this trip. The Nar-Phu Valley is where Pangje is initiating new programs with the local communities. Snow Leopard sightings are not guaranteed, but tracks and scat are! (photo credits: Brad Clement).
Over the 15-day adventure, we will be meditating in many amazing beautiful and profound places under the gorgeous back drop of the Annapurna Range and the Chulu peaks. Our trip ends at a gorgeous resort that is farm to table, organic, and slightly decadent in all the right ways (food is literally grown on premises, with stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range) before heading back to Kathmandu for one final night before people head home or continue travels.
$6,500 includes all in-country logistics, flights, transport, food, lodging, and a professional experienced support team of sherpas. Along with Brad we will find ourselves accompanied by his long time Nepal friends (Kusang and/or Dayula) to handle the support crew and local needs. Brad has not only stood on top of Everest with Dayula, but Dayula is a Buddhist Monk and takes meditation and Buddhism very seriously – we will learn so much from this precious being!
We will have excellent views of the Chulu Peaks, and the Annapurna range. We will average 5 hours/day while trekking. This is appropriate for anyone in good health. However – altitude is a consideration, as we will see 16k feet!
This is a seva (service) meditation retreat. Our goal is to collectively raise $3,800 to provide new beds, matresses, and sheets for the monks that live in a very special Monastery. The local Lama of the Phu Monastery — in North Central Nepal — is helping teach several programs in coordination with Pangje that include empowering cultural heritage lessons for school kids, as well as endangered species (snow leopard) programs. Dating back to the 8th Century, the Phu Monastery (the 108th in the region, which is a profound number in the Buddhist culture) is a revered institution; and is currently undergoing renovation. Pangje wants to help and is proud to support true community based conservation. You can help us in our efforts by donating here.
DAY 01 Arrive Kathmandu. Overnight Kathmandu.
DAY 02 Day in Kathmandu. Overnight Kathmandu.
DAY 03 Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar, Overnight Besisahar.
DAY 04 Drive Besisahar to Koto (one of the most amazing, dramatic, 4×4 experiences ever!). Overnight Koto.
DAY 05 Trek Koto to Meta. Overnight Meta.
DAY 06 Trek Meta to Phu. Overnight Phu.
DAY 07 Day in Phu visit local Monastery. Overnight Phu.
DAY 08 Trek Phu to Nar Phedi. Overnight Nar Phedi Monastery.
DAY 09 Day in Nar Phedi. Overnight Nar Phedi Monastery.
DAY 10 Trek Nar Phedi to Nar. Overnight Nar.
DAY 11 Trek from Nar to Ngawal via Kang La Pass. Overnight Ngawal.
DAY 12 Trek from Ngawal to Pisang, Drive to Besisahar. Overnight Besisahar.
DAY 13 Drive Besisahar to Pokhara. Overnight Pokhara and visit Stupas around Pokhara.
DAY 14 Return to Kathmandu via flight from Pokhara. Overnight Kathmandu.
DAY 15 Depart for Home.
Other expenses not included in fare:
- International Airfare to and from Nepal
- Immunizations and Visas
- Tips for local crew
- Meals at hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara…so 4 nights in hotels. Breakfast is always included at the hotels we stay in, but lunch and dinner are not. All meals while trekking are covered (except alcohol and bottled drinks like sodas, etc.)
$1,000 Deposit reserves your spot (non-refundable). Balance is due 90 days prior to start of trip (8/4/2019)
$6,500 payment in full is refundable less 10% up until 90 days prior to start of trip (8/4/2019)
If you would like to be billed monthly – Mind Oasis is happy to accommodate you!