Join Emory Hall and immerse yourself in the cultural landscape and spiritual traditions of Nepal. An eight day off-the-beaten path experience in the Mountain Kingdom will allow us to deeply connect with local cultures, explore ancient temples, stay in Himalayan Villages, talk with local masters, visit an NGO, and so much more. Come embark with us on the journey of a lifetime as we learn from local perspectives, engage in meaningful cross-cultural communication and inspire positive impact. We believe that, through travel, we can change our world for the better.

OCTOBER 4th-12th SOLD OUT

OCTOBER 14th-22nd 2019 SOLD OUT

What’s Included:

✔️ 7 Night’s Accommodation (Twin Share)

✔️ Daily Breakfast at Chhahari

✔️ All Transportation & Flights Within Nepal

✔️ 2 Night Village Stay - All Meals & Accommodation

✔️ All Necessary Permits & Heritage Site Entrance Fees

✔️ Final Cultural Dinner (Excl. Alcohol)

What’s Not Included:

Flights To & From Nepal

Lunch & Dinners (Except Final Dinner & Village Stay)*

*An opportunity to experience local cuisine on your own or as a group. Average meal in Nepal costs less than $5 USD.

Max Participants: 12 pax

COST: $3600 USD

DEPOSIT: $750 USD

STAY

Nestled at 1600m on a hill on the northern side of the Kathmamdu Valley sits the beautiful Chhahari Retreat Center. Tucked away in the Shivapuri National Forest, Chhahari offers a more authentic getaway where you can stay in traditionally designed rooms, taste food grown from Chhahari’s organic garden, enjoy hiking up to Buddhist shrines while taking in views of the entire valley, and much more.

VILLAGE

For two nights we will say goodbye to the bustling city of Kathmandu and head to a much quieter and simpler way of life. Just a 30 minute flight will take us to the lakeside town of Pokhara where we will be surrounded by some of the tallest peaks in the world. From there, we will journey together into local villages and get a glimpse into a way of life far removed from the modern world.

EXPLORE

While in Kathmandu we will explore many of the ancient temples and cultural heritage sites. We will sit with sadhus (yogis) at Pashupatinath, learn from a Rinpoche (high monk) at a local monastery and wander the alleyways of Patan with a local scholar. Kathmandu is a city rich with history and the intersection of the ancient and the modern paints a vibrant, complex and fascinating picture of life in Nepal today.

Trip Highlights

➕ Explore local temples, INCLUDING Pashupatinath and Boudhanath

➕ Learn from local masters about Nepal’s UNIQUE spiritual traditions and history

➕ sit for a Dharma talk with a rinpoche (HIGH MONK) at a local monastery

➕ 2 NIGHT excursion through villages surrounding the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara

➕ 2 night village homestay

➕ Traditional Newari cultural dinner

We will begin the trip in the Kathmandu Valley at the beautiful Chhahari Retreat Center where we will get accustomed to the culture and landscape that we are about to explore. A trip to an ancient Buddhist site and a dharma talk at a local monastery will help us deepen into the rich tradition and history that pulses through the Kathmandu Valley. We then delve into Newari culture in the ancient town of Patan - the seat of art in the Kathmandu Valley - where we will wander the alleyways with a local scholar. From there, we leave the Kathmandu Valley and fly to the stunning lakeside town of Pokhara. Embraced by the world’s highest snow-capped peaks, we will journey for two days and nights into local villages and learn about their ways of life and traditions. Back in Kathmandu, we will celebrate our final night together with a traditional Newari dinner and taste one of the of the yummiest and most unique cuisines of the Himalayas. There’s so much more that we can’t wait to share!

Once you reserve your spot, we’ll be sharing many more details about this special journey.

 
 
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EMORY HALL

Emory Hall is a Boulder, Colorado based photographer, writer and visual journalist. Her work documents the complex realities, vibrant cultures and ancient wisdom of communities from the farthest reaches of the Himalayas to the Mesopotamic borders of the Middle East. Using her photographs and writing as creative outlets, Emory has attempted with her work to bring awareness to important global issues, to inspire others, and to offer a voice to those whose circumstances inhibit that.

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AMRIT ALE

Amrit grew up in the foot hills of the Nepali Himalayas in a small village to the West of Pokhara. He has lead trips for the National Leadership School (NOLS) and instructs courses in the Indian, Ladakh and Nepal Himalayas for Where There Be Dragons. Each January, he works as an ice climbing instructor for the Khumbu Climbing Centre in the Everest region.

Emory first met Amrit in 2010 during her semester with Where There Be Dragons and they have since spent the last decade trekking in the Himalayas and leading humanitarian relief efforts together.

Amrit is an avid climber, mountaineer, rafter and outdoor educator and is Wilderness First Responder qualified.

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KRISTA LETTKO

Krista Lettko has been working as Emory’s manager since January 2018. Krista runs a marketing agency in San Francisco called Authentic Audience and has helped lead retreats all over the world for the past 6 years. Her mission is to help healers, artists, writers, yogis, and inspiring people to spread their message and grow their brands. She first visited Nepal with Emory in September 2018 and fell in love with the country and the people.

Krista will be helping Emory facilitate this trip and will also be leading morning meditations during our journey together!

Deeper connection and positive impact through travel …

 

We believe that, through travel, we can change our world for the better. That is why we’ve curated this 8-day journey in Nepal, one of the most unique areas of our world where history, tradition, spirituality, politics and identity all weave themselves into a giant, mystical puzzle. During this trip, we will foster meaningful cross-cultural connections with local masters and activists, learn about a rich and ancient culture, experience the many different ways of life that exists in the Himalayan Kingdom, and, most importantly, come home to tell a more informed story.

Our passport is not simply a form of identification, but a gateway to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world that we live in. As travelers, we carry our backpacks and we also carry the ideas, values and perspectives born of our own culture and experiences. In that way, we serve as windows into a place which people both learn and gain perspective. Perhaps more importantly, however, when we travel we are given the opportunity to step into the role of the student and learn from a diversity of perspectives and ways of life. We are asked to leave our preconceptions at the door and to open ourselves, our hearts and our minds, to the unknown.

Rather than build walls, travel breaks walls down. Rather than teaching us to reject the so-called strange, travel welcomes us to embrace it. Rather than perpetuating the rhetoric of differences, travel teaches us a universal language. Rather than telling us who we should be, travel reveals who we truly are. This is the philosophy behind this journey and we can’t wait to learn and grow together. 

 

 

Testimonial

Traveling with Emory in Nepal was a life changing experience. Because she has been visiting Nepal for nearly a decade, she has a deep knowledge and respect for the unique traditions and cultural heritage. She speaks Nepali and is able to communicate with the people there. Because of this, I was able to forge connections with the Nepali people and felt less like an outsider. Her ability to speak the language truly enriches the experience. She curated a trip for me that showed me so much in the short time I was there about a country I previously knew little about. This journey awakened in me so much appreciation and love that was sitting just below the surface, waiting to be explored. I have so much trust and respect for Emory and it is a true gift to be able to see Nepal through her eyes. - Krista Lettko

 
 

A major mission behind leading these trips is creating opportunity to make a lasting, sustainable and positive impact on Nepal. We will therefore be donating a percentage of every trip back to the people of Nepal. Emory is in the process of founding the Mountain Kingdom Foundation, which will work directly with NGOs on the ground in Nepal to uplift Nepali youth.


 

OCTOBER 4th-12th SOLD OUT

OCTOBER 14th-22nd 2019 SOLD OUT

COST: $3600 USD

DEPOSIT: $750 USD

Max Participants: 12 pax

More Info

If you have any questions regarding the trip or reserving your space, please feel free to contact us at info@emoryhall.com

 

We can’t wait for you to join us in the Mountain Kingdom.

Namaste!