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Spiritual Nepal

The towering snow-capped peaks of Nepal have inspired awe and wonder across the centuries, and they continue to offer clarity and transformative experiences to those who tread their trails. Visitors can lose themselves amidst the slopes and valleys, and find themselves too.

Sherpas maintain a strong spiritual relationship with the mountains, festooning the slopes with prayer flags, and supporting communities of monks in foothill monasteries. Even now, many peaks remain strictly off-limits as they are seen as home to powerful, protective gods. The majority Hindus share this sense of connection, with pilgrimage sites marking where Ganesh, Shiva, Parvati and Annapurna - the goddess of food and nourishment - reside.

There are many opportunities for those on a journey to Nepal to tap into their spiritual side:

Stone stack looking out over the clouds
Sun rising over the mountains
Prayer flags fluttering from a temple spire
Temple spire with a bird flying by
Sacred rituals on the banks of the river

Daily lived religion with Community Homestay

There are just a handful of households in the tiny, rarely-visited village of Lubra, all of whom follow the ancient, indigenous Bon religion. At the gateway to the Upper Mustang, you can stay with and support a local family, while nearby monks carry out sacred ceremonies in ancient monasteries and meditate in hidden caves. 

In the Newari communities of Panuti and Kirtipur - both easily accessible from the capital - you can enjoy tranquil views of the Kathmandu Valley and share the Taudaha Lake with devotees of Nag, the Snake God. As well as visiting local temples to learn about Newari culture, there are opportunities to share pujas with your hosts before heading off on treks to the pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha. 

Overnight in monasteries

Also easily reached from the capital are the monasteries of Neydo Tashi Choling (in Pharping) and Thrangu Tashi (in Namo Buddha, one of the most important religious sites for Buddhists). Get a glimpse into the lives of the monks, meditating with them and awakening to the sound of chanting and drumming. 

From Pharping you can take a short walk to the Asura Cave, where Guru Rinpoche meditated and achieved the highest realisation.

Sacred cremations at Pashupatinath

The Bagmati River, at Pashupatinath in Kathmandu, is the site of the city's most important Hindi open-air cremations. 

Funerals take place daily on the ghats (steps) to the south of the temple. Bodies are wrapped in shrouds and laid out along the riverbank, before being cremated on a wooden pyre.

Just across the river, you can catch sight of yogis' caves that have been used as shelters and sites for meditation for hundreds of years. 

Morning meditation at Boudhanath Stupa

The Boudhanath Stupa’s gilded tower, painted with Buddha’s all-seeing eyes, tops a sacred structure that represents the stages to pass through to achieve nirvana.

Experience if first thing in the morning, away from the clicking cameras and chattering crowds. In these early hours, it exudes an aura of peace and tranquillity: dawn mists clear, incense drifts, prayer flags flutter, monks chant and pilgrims meditate, moving clockwise as they recite mantras and spin prayer wheels.

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The birthplace of Buddha

Situated in the far south of Nepal is Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The Maya Devi Temple marks the spot, and the adjoining garden contains an Ashokan pillar to commemorate his birth.

Maroon- and saffron-robed monks congregate under a Bodhi tree bowing under the weight of prayer flags, and Hindu and Buddhist devotees from all over the world make pilgrimages here. 

Spiritual treks

There is a very real sense that every trek through Nepal’s valleys and mountains is spiritual. The sense of awe and mystery is deepened by taking things at your own pace, with a private guide on a lesser-visited trail, away from the groups and thoughts of the daily grind.

The solitude of the mountains provides an ideal setting for reflection, meditation, and spiritual contemplation. Remote temples, secluded monasteries and hidden caves filled with seekers and mythical stories, can make your journey physically challenging and spiritually transforming.

Lose yourself in wonder and find yourself in Nepal.

Wellness your way 

Put wellness and holistic treatments at the heart of your Nepal experience with an itinerary built around having traditional and complementary therapies on hand. Our destination specialists will build you a trip providing wellness facilities your way, available at your accommodation or nearby. We can even include a spiritual guide, therapist or yoga instructor to act as your private mentor while you are away. 

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Rhinos & Rhododendrons

Taking an alternative approach to a classic Nepal combination, this journey contrasts the heady and hectic streets of Kathmandu with the open savannah of Chitwan National Park. Slow down to search for tigers and rhinos amid the wilderness, before strapping up your boots for a light trek between two atmospheric lodges in the Himalayan foothills around Pokhara.

Price from: £2,490 US$2,790
Ideal length 11 days
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