The Himalayan International Yoga Academy (HIYA) or Himalayan Yoga Resort is located in the countryside of Kathmandu, just 4.5 kilometers from tourist city Thamel and 11 kilometers from the airport. Founded in 2008, the centre was constructed with two eco houses called “Shiva” and “Buddha”, a typical Nepali style house named “Kailash Bungalow” and Safari Cottage Tents called “Bliss”, “Harmony”, “Tranquility” and “Wisdom”. Enjoy a restful nights sleep all nestled in 30,000 sq. feet of lush green gardens of vegetable, fruit and herbs. The retreat center is a pristine and spiritual holiday destination with a beautifully manicured garden. Experience nature like never before as you listen to the musical sound of nature and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
The retreat center has a Swagatgriha, a reception hall where guests are welcomed by the friendly staff of HIYA. Also, a Annagriha, which is where the food is prepared and the dining facilities are located. Enjoy a healing chamber known as Aarogyagriha, which is for deep relaxation, therapy and spa treatments. Continue the journey and enter the house of six cleansing acts for cleansing the different gates of the body known as Shuddigriha. For a more relaxing mindful cleanse you can find yourself at Chaitanyagriha, which is a house of prayer and a library with yoga textbooks.
To reach HIYA from Thamel go to Balaju Ring Road and once you’ve passed Swayambhu, take a U-turn right towards to Ichangu temple, drive 1.8 km up to Nagarjun Ward Office, then take a right up to the Big Tree and Temple, where HIYA is located. HIYA is 12 kilometers away from the international airport.
During these 10-days you will be navigating the wonders of Nepal's exciting trekking program.
On the second day, after breakfast and a yoga class you will venture to to Pokhara. On the third day, you will drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga on a nice dirt road alongside a beautiful river stream.
The beginning of the trek gives you glimpses of the Himalayan peaks and rest of the day you will enjoy the beauty of green mountains and local villages. You will spend the night at a comfortable guest house.
On day 4, you will start trekking after breakfast. The whole trail leads you through villages and forest to Ghorepani where your efforts will be rewarded with magnificent close up views of the Himalayas.
The next day will be welcomed with an early morning hike to Poon hill, the highlight of the trip, about 1.5 hours, to see the spectacular sunrise and the views of 10 different peaks.
You will trek back to Ghorepani for the breakfast. After enjoying the mountain breakfast, you will trek to Tadapani, another great place to take in close up views of the Himalayas. It is a pleasant walk through a lush green forest.
The 6th day you will enjoy another walk which will take you through beautiful mountain civilization and some forested areas. Upon reaching the destination, Jhinu, you can take a short relaxing break and then get ready to go to take a refreshing natural hot spring bath.
The last day of your trek in the mountain is a beautiful scenic walk, you will take a Jeep ride to Nayapul and another ride to Pokhara. You will go boating on the lake and visit a temple in the middle of the lake.
You will have plenty of free time to enjoy the beauty of Pokhara - you can take a relaxing massage, spa treatment and also try paragliding or a zip flyer for an extra cost.
You will then drive back to Kathmandu the next day after breakfast. Later in the evening, you will bid farewell through a Nepali dinner with a cultural show in Kathmandu.
The cost of this retreat includes your whole trekking experience, accommodation, meals, transportation and yoga sessions.