21 Days Rishikesh Ashram and Yoga Trek Combo Trip

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Overview

A yoga trip where we combine the two highlights of India: A one-week ashram stay in Rishikesh followed by a seven-day Himalayan yoga trek to the Seven Lakes.
The spiritual place Rishikesh is located at the holy Ganges at the foot of the Himalayas. Framed by forest and mountains, the town consists of a colorful collection of temples, ashrams and yoga schools. Pilgrims from all over India come here daily to take a holy dip in the Ganges and participate in solemn ceremonies. Baba ji’s (holy men) sit in deep meditation on small rocks on the banks of the Ganges, glowing candles float on the river for the fire ceremony every evening and Hindu prayers and mantras resound from everywhere.

The lived spirituality is contagious and very quickly you become a part of it and develop an intense yoga practice while living a structured daily 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 its size, the ashram is a wonderful oasis of tranquility with many gardens and green space, temples and yoga halls.
Here all aspects of yoga and spiritual life are brought together as one and the daily two yoga classes are a wonderful combination of asanas, pranayama, mantra, mudra, philosphy and meditation, bringing the focus to the inner self and often creating magical moments.
The ashram offers a good framework for a healthy yogic lifestyle with a regular daily schedule, delicious and vegetarian food, yoga classes and ashram events such as the morning fire puja (prayer), the famous arti (light) ceremony on the Ganges, satsang (sharing) with the spiritual leaders of the ashrams Pujya ji and Svadhvi ji and kirtan singing.
The beautiful Seven Lakes Trek at Mcleod Ganj, has everything that makes a good trek: great scenery with beautiful, beautiful camps, high mountain passes, small mountain villages and sacred lakes. It is perfect for yoga trekking with two yoga classes daily in the morning and evening.
Before and after the trek we have one day each to explore the mountain village of Mcleod Ganj – the exile home of the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan refugee community.

Program

Day 1 (Sat) Independent arrival from Germany


Day 2 (Sun) Arrival in Delhi and transfer to the hotel, exploration of Delhi
You will be met by us at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After some rest and relaxation you will go on a short exploration tour of Delhi (overnight at hotel, -/-/-)


Day 3 (Mon) Transfer to the ashram in Rishikesh (approx. 5 hours)
By cab we will go to Rishikesh to the Ashram. In the evening we will participate in the Ganges Lights Ceremony. (Overnight stay at the Ashram (B/-/D)

Day 4 (Tue) to 10 (Mon) Seven days Yoga Retreat at the Ashram
We enjoy the next 7 days at the ashram with daily morning meditation, two yoga classes, the fire ceremony, three healthy yogic meals and evening ashram programs. (Ganga Arti, Kirtan, Satsang, Singing Bowl Concert).
For the morning and afternoon there is a varied daily program consisting of yoga workshops or excursions. (Overnight stay in the ashram B/L/D)


Daily program (subject to change):

  • 5:00-6:30 am – Morning prayers and own meditation practice on the Ganges (Optional).
  • 6:30-8:00 am – Yoga class with asana practice, pranayama and meditation
  • 8:00-8:30 am – Yagna- Fire Ceremony
  • 8:30-9:30 am – Breakfast
  • 9:30-13:00- Free time/excursions/workshops/massages
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00-16:00 – Rest
  • 16:30-17:30- Yoga class with mantra chanting, philosophy, gentle asanas, relaxation, meditation
  • 17:30-19:00 – Ganga Arti, light ceremony
  • 19:00-19:45 – Satsang
  • 20:00 – Dinner
  • Afterward evening program and free time (Kirtan singing, relaxation exercises, meditation)

Day 11 (Tue) Transfer to Mcleod Ganj by cab 10 hours
After breakfast we will drive to Mcleod Ganj in the Himalayas.(Overnight at Yoga House, F/-/-)


Day 12 (Wed) Exploring Mcleod Ganj`s
Today we will use the day to explore the mountain village of Mcleod Ganj with the Dalai Lama Temple. (Overnight stay at Yoga House, -/-/-)


Day 13 (Thu) to 19 (Wed) Yoga Trek
For seven days we are on the road in the Himalayas. With us is a trekking team consisting of a mountain guide, cook and horse man with his pack horses. We trek daily to a new camp. Here we enjoy yoga classes in the afternoon and morning. This trek takes us over mountain passes, to sacred lakes and small mountain villages. The trek starts and ends in Mcleod Ganj. (Overnight in tent, on the last day arrival in Mcleod Ganj and overnight in yoga house, full board).


Day 20 (Thu) Relaxing day in Mcleod Ganj, night drive to Delhi in the evening.
We enjoy the last day in the mountains. A morning guided Buddhist meditation is on the program. The rest of the day can be used for shopping and relaxing. In the evening we take the night bus to Delhi (10 hours). (Overnight stay in the bus, -/-/-)


Day 21 (Fri) Departure home
Upon arrival in Delhi in the early morning, you take your flight back home

or

Add on Tour:

we will continue our trip to Agra by train or taxi. In Agra we enjoy a chai at Sheroes, a cafe run by female acid survivers, the Taj Mahal Sunset and a street food tour. (Overnight stay in hotel, -/-/D)

Day 22 (Sa) Taj Mahal and Delhi

We visit the Taj Mahal in the early morning, to then enjoy a good hotel breakfast and maybe a swim in the pool?

Afterward, we depart for Delhi. In Delhi we will see what time permits: some more sightseeing, shopping or just a good dinner? In the night or next day you will have your flight back home (Overnight stay in hotel, B/-/-)

Services

  • 1 x hotel room with breakfast in Delhi (double room)
  • Tour Guide and Yoga Teacher
  • Total transport as mentioned
  • Ashram in Rishikesh:
  • 8 x nights in a double or single room with an attached bathroom with a 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 3 nights in the Yoga House in Mcleod Ganj (double room)
  • Visa
  • International flight
  • unmentioned meals
  • Last day hotel room (50 €)
  • add on tour to Agra 2 days

Highlights

Prices and Dates

11.06.2022 – 01.07.2022

22.04.2023 – 12.05.2023

from 2 participants: 2350 € per person in a double room/tent

from 4 participants: 2100 € per person in a double room/tent

Single room surcharge: 175 € (tent, Delhi and Mcleod Ganj)

Add on trip Agra ( 2 nights in hotel, Taj Mahal entry, private Taxi, Steetfood and Sunset tour): 250 €

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 sattvic 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.

21 Days Rishikesh Ashram and Yoga Trek Combo Trip

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