Rishikesh Ashram and Yoga Trek Combo Trip

  • Yoga & Ayurveda Reisen
  • Yoga Reisen
  • Trekking Reisen

Overview

A yoga trip in which we combine the two highlights of India: An ashram stay in Rishikesh followed by a six-day Himalayan yoga trek over the Kuari Pass.

The spiritual place Rishikesh is located on the holy Ganges at the foot of the Himalayas. Framed by forest and mountains, the village consists of a colourful collection of temples, ashrams and yoga schools. Every day pilgrims come from all over India to take a holy bath in the Ganges and take part in the ceremonial ceremonies. Baba ji’s (holy men) sit in deep meditation on small rocks on the bank of the Ganges, glowing candles float on the river for the fire ceremony every evening and Hindu prayers and mantras sound from everywhere.

The lived spirituality is contagious and very quickly one becomes a part of it and develops an intensive yoga practice in a structured everyday life.

In this wonderful energized place is the Parmath Niketan Ashram, one of the oldest and largest ashram complexes in Rishikesh and located directly on the banks of the Ganges. Despite the size, the ashram is a wonderful oasis of calm with many gardens and green areas, temples and yoga halls.

Here all aspects of yoga and spiritual life are brought together into one unit and the two daily yoga lessons are a wonderful combination of asanas, pranayama, mantra, mudra, philosophy and meditation, in which the focus is brought to the inside and often magical moments arise.

The ashram offers a good framework for a healthy yogic lifestyle with a regular daily routine, delicious and vegetarian dishes, yoga lessons and ashram events, such as the morning fire puja (prayer), the famous Arti (light) ceremony on the Ganges, satsang (exchange) Singing with the spiritual leaders of the Ashrams Pujya ji and Svadhvi ji and Kirtan.

The beautiful Kuari Pass Trek, north of Rishikesh in the Himalayas, has everything that makes a good trek: a great landscape with wonderful, beautiful camps and a 4200 meter high mountain pass. It is ideal for yoga trekking with two yoga lessons a day in the morning and evening.

Program

Day 1 (Sa) Independent arrival from Germany

Day 2 (Sun) Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel / flight to Rishikesh and entry into the ashram.

You will be met by us at the airport and taken to the hotel. After some rest and relaxation, our journey to Rishikesh continues by flight (1 hour) to Dehradun (1 hour transfer). In the evening we arrive for dinner at the Ashram. (Overnight in Ashram B / L / D)

Day 3 (Mon) to 7 (Fri) Yoga retreat in the ashram

We enjoy the next 5 days in the ashram with daily morning meditation, two yoga classes, the fire ceremony, three healthy yogic meals and an evening ashram program. (Kirtan, Satsang, Singing Bowl Concerto)

For the morning and afternoon there is a varied, daily changing offer consisting of Ayurvedic massages, yoga workshops or excursions. (Overnight in Ashram B / L / D)

Daily program (subject to change):

  • 5: 00-6: 00 a.m. – Morning prayers and own meditation practice on the Ganges (voluntary)
  • 6: 00-8: 00 a.m. – Yoga class with asana practice, pranayama and meditation
  • 8: 00-8: 30 a.m. – Yagna fire ceremony
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Breakfast
  • 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Leisure / excursions / workshops / massages
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Having lunch
  • 2: 00-3: 30 p.m. – Leisure / excursions / workshops / massages
  • 3.30pm-5.30pm – Yoga class with mantra chanting, philosophy, gentle asanas, relaxation, meditation
  • 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – Ganga Arti, light ceremony
  • 7: 00-7: 45 pm – Satstang
  • 8:00 p.m. – Dinner
  • Afterwards evening program and free time (kirtan singing, relaxation exercises, meditation)

Day 8 (Sat) Transfer: Rishikesh – Nandprayag – Ghat (210 km / 7-8 hours )
After breakfast we drive towards the Ghat via Devprayag and Nandprayag. Ghat is the base of our hike. Arrival at the Ghat in the evening, here we will stay in a guest house.

Day 9 (Sun) Start of the Yoga Trek Ghat – Sutol – Ghunni (14 km on the road and 3 km hike)
In the morning we climb a local jeep to the village of Sutol and from here we hike to the village of Ghunni. On this day we will camp on the school grounds of Ghunni. We stay in the tent. Yoga in the evening

Day 10 (Mon) Ghunni – Jhinjhi Village (14 km / 6-7 hrs)
Today we will get up early, as the day is intended for a long hike towards the village of Jhinjhi. The Trek is a mixture of many ascents and descents. We stay in the tents. Yoga in the morning and in the evening

Day 11 (Tue) Jhinjhi – Pana Village (14 km / 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast we leave for the village of Pana. Today we walk through a valley, through forests, along the river and finally cross the bridge. We will pitch our tents in the village of Pana. Dinner and overnight in the tents. Yoga in the morning and in the evening

Day 12 (Wed) Pana – Dakhwani (14 km / 6 hrs)
Today we will hike towards Dakhwani, the hike is a mixture of forest, alpine meadow, water fountains and side streams. Overnight in the tents. Yoga in the morning and in the evening

Day 13 (Thu) Dakhwani – Kuari Pass (4264 m) – Tali (9 km / 5-6 hours)
After an early breakfast we hike along the Kuari pass path to the Tali meadow. From the pass you have a wonderful view of the peaks such as Dronagiri, Nanda Devi, Changbang, Hathi Godhi Parvat etc. Overnight in tents. Yoga in the morning and in the evening

Day 14 (Fri) Tali – Auli – Joshimath – Rudraprayag (7 km hike and 115 km drive / 7-8 hours)
The last day of our hike will be easy. We hike to the Auli Meadow, one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the Indian Himalayas. From there we drive via Joshimath, Chamoli and Karnprayag down to Rudraprayag. Overnight at the hotel in Rudraprayag. Morning yoga.

Day 15 (Sat) Rudraprayag – Rishikesh (160 km / 5 hours)
In the morning after breakfast we drive to Rishikesh and on to Dehradun, from here we fly to Delhi. Independent departure from Delhi.

Services

  • If you arrive early or late departure) 1 x hotel room with breakfast in Delhi (double room)
  • German-speaking travel companion
  • Total transport with 2 domestic flights
  • Ashram in Rishikesh:
  • 6 x nights in a double room with attached bathroom with full board, yoga lessons and ashram program
  • filtered water
  • Transport to the start of the trek and from the end of the trek
  • 6 nights in a two-man tent with full board and 2 x daily yoga during the trek
  • Guide, porter, cook, complete equipment during the trek
  • Accommodation in a guest house in a two-man room in Ghat and Rudraprayag with breakfast and dinner
  • Visa
  • International flight
  • unmentioned meals
  • Lunch during the transfer days

Highlights

Prices and Dates

09.04.2022 – 23.04.2022

As a group trip from 4-16 people: 1550 € in a double room / tent

Single room surcharge: € 200

Also possible as a private trip all year round

Travel Info

requirements

The yoga classes are suitable for all levels and ages.

The yoga trek is a moderate trekking tour. Those who like to hike and spend time in nature will have no problem with the daily hikes of around 5 hours.

More information

Clothes in the ashram

Please make sure that your clothes cover your shoulders and knees. White clothing can be comfortable during the retreat.

Kurtas, wide, loose trousers or leggings are recommended.

Suitable clothing can also be purchased cheaply in Rishikesh.

The Yoga Lessons

Sarah will teach the yoga classes. Every now and then the teachers of the ashram will also teach or we will visit teachers in other ashrams.

The classes are characterized by traditional yoga and a combination of asanas, pranayama, relaxation, meditation, mantra, mudra and philosophy. All levels are welcome.

The Journey and Guide and Yoga Teacher

The journey is accompanied by Sarah Appelt. She herself has been living in India for several years and is a trained and 1000+ hour certified yoga teacher and experienced tour guide. She knows India very well and will help you to understand and get to know Indian culture.

Furthermore, she will give some yoga lessons and accompany you on the yoga trek

At the same time, Sarah can be available during the retreat in case of translation and mediation problems.

The journey begins and ends in Delhi at the international airport.

What to bring for the ashram stay:

  • Loose and light clothing (knee and shoulder covered, preferably white or bright colours)
  • a scarf
  • thick socks
  • Sweater
  • Flipflops
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (sunscreen) and small medical equipment (in Rishikesh you can get everything)
  • Passport (copy), credit or debit card, some cash in your currency (approx. € 50-100),
  • Mobile phone, camera, charger (no adapter), maybe laptop
  • notebook, writing material
  • a lot of curiosity and excitement

Information about trekking in the Indian Himalayas with Chalo! Travel

Mountain guide and trekking team

On all our treks we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants or two) trained local mountain guides. Our mountain guides have all completed at least the Indian mountaineering training, many of them have also taken part in the advanced courses.

You are familiar with the trekking routes and know the terrain excellently. Our mountain guides all speak English.

In addition, there is a local team consisting of a cook (if the group consists of only two participants, the mountain guide also takes over the tasks of the cook), helpers, horsemen with horses or Nepalese carriers, depending on the type of trek.

All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to provide our guests with a great trekking experience. Their English is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.

Trekking routes

The trekking routes are designed for the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.

In between, rivers may have to be crossed or crossed. The paths are partly well developed, but sometimes also almost non-existent. On our trekking routes there are hardly any villages in between, so we will take enough food for the whole tour.

On our treks you can cross passes, snow or glaciers. On steep slopes, we have safety equipment with us.

Daily routine (Depending on the length and intensity of the trek, the times may vary)

7: 00 Get up with tea

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

7:00-9:30 a.m. Dismantling of the camp

8:00- 9:30 Start Trek

13:00 Lunch on the way

15:00-17:00 Arrival at the camp and camp construction

15:30-17:30 Snacks

19:00 Dinner

Altitude and altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our trekking tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. To prepare for the highs on our treks, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the trek or slowly ascend during the trek to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire tour group or the participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain treks we will also have oxygen with us.

Luggage

Each trekking participant is responsible for his own clothes and personal belongings. Depending on the trek, we are either on the road with horses or carriers. If we have load horses, one bag per participant can be loaded onto the horse. In the case of treks with carriers, all personal luggage must be carried independently. Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and food are carried by our porters.

For trekking tours with horses, a day backpack with space for the lunchbox, a water bottle and warm overcoat clothing should be taken with you. Here to the complete packing list for our trekking tours.

Packing list for trekking tours

  • Sleeping bag at least -10 ° C
  • large backpack or soft tote bag so that the pack animals can carry the luggage
  • Small backpack for the day approx. 30-40 l with rain cover
  • Flashlight / headlamp
  • 2 refillable water bottles
  • Walking sticks
  • Passport and passport copy
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory card
  • Headgear as sun protection
  • Good sunglasses
  • Cap
  • Scarf, buff
  • gloves
  • Windpants
  • Trekking pants
  • Functional underwear long
  • Walking shoes
  • Socks thick and thin
  • Sneakers, sandals and / or slippers
  • Windbreaker
  • Warm jacket
  • Fleece pullover / jacket
  • Tshirts
  • Sun cream, lip balm min. Protection 40
  • Fat cream
  • Water purification tablets
    (boiled and filtered water is provided)
  • own medication for headaches, nausea, digestive problems, colds)
  • Blister plasters and bandages
  • own hygiene article
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand disinfection

Meals

There will be full vegetarian sattvik meals during the trek. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.

Breakfast (daily selection):

  • Tea
  • Oatmeal porridge / muesli / Indian porridge
  • Indian breakfast
  • Sliced fruit/vegetables

Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp

  • Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)
  • Juices
  • Fruit

Snacks

  • Tea
  • Indian snacks
  • Fruit

Soup

Dinner

  • Vegetable dish
  • Lentil dish
  • Rice/noodles
  • Chapati
  • Salad
  • Dessert

Accommodation and camp

We have very comfortable and spacious two-man tents. Our mattresses are practical but simple if there are problems with sleeping on hard surfaces, please take your own mattress with you or order from us. Our sleeping bags are freshly washed and have a very good quality with comfort zone up to -5°C/extreme zone up to -20° C. It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.

In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, a kitchen tent for the team and a toilet tent. For treks up to 4 people, the kitchen tent can also act as a dining tent at the same time.

For trekking tours with porters, we will take our smaller, lighter tents with us and do without a toilet tent.

Weather

In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming, but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus-grade at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes.

Rishikesh Ashram and Yoga Trek Combo Trip

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