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In search of Meaning Dolpo, Nepal

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If you are willing to search for an answer- what is the Meaning of your busy life? Then this long mystical trip exactly for you.

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In search of Meaning Dolpo, Nepal

  1. 1. SEARCHING FOR THE MEANING Dolpo Region Philosophy of Happiness Himalayas October - November 2017. (The Plan)
  2. 2. If you are willing to search for an answer- what is the Meaning of your busy life? Then this long mystical trip is exactly for you.
  3. 3. A trek that is not only about enjoying the beautiful sceneries but also getting to know about the traditional way of practicing Shamanism and Bon-Buddhists meditations and teachings. That still thrive today. Its a special land with a different spiritual value where people believe in almost every aspects of life.
  4. 4. Main aspects of the journey • Tents will be our home & resting place. • Yoga in the morning; • Talks and meditations in the evening; • During the trip - conversations with monks and wise people. • The answer to your question about the Meaning.
  5. 5. Conditions to join the hike: 1. You have to have a recommendation. To avoid people – who are leaning towards conflicts, are aggressive, likes to drink a bit to much and has mental illnesses for whom the high passes could provoke attacks. 2. Alcohol is forbidden during the whole trip. 3. Spartan style - no 5 star hotels, personal butlers and so on.
  6. 6. 1 day. Arrival to Kathmandu
  7. 7. 2 day. Exploring Kathmandu
  8. 8. 3 day. Fly to Nepalgunj At 150m, Nepalgunj is one of the lowest and one of the hottest places in Nepal where the temperature can rise up to 44’c in summer.
  9. 9. 4 day. Fly to Juphal (2490m) and trek to Kageni (2272m). Along the way we shall pass wild marijuana, walnut trees, cactus, agave, and the occasional lizard zipping across the trail.
  10. 10. 5 day. Trek to Reichi (2940m). Trekking time 6–7 h. The trail along the Suligad River is verdant, with a mixed, semi-tropical forest. It covers beautiful canyon views.
  11. 11. 6 day. Trek to Ringmo (3615m). Around 5 h walk. Shortly after Reichi we will find the amchi (local equivalent of our naturopaths) The town of Ringmo has many traditional older two-story houses with animals (yak, dzo, horses) living underneath.
  12. 12. 7 day. Explore Ringmo. This is our rest and acclimatisation day. Without it, it would be dangerous to go on. It’s also great time to explore the village and monastery and to rejuvenate from the rigours of the trail. During the day we will go to praise the lake for its beauty.
  13. 13. 8 day. Trek to riverside camp (3677m). Trekking time 7 h. On this morning we will have one of a more exciting hikes— with rugged paths along a high cliff sides with cliffs dropping steeply into the lake. This section was the source for the most amazing mountain scenes filmed in the movie, “Himalaya.”
  14. 14. 9 day. Nangdala Base Camp (3750m). Trekking time 6–7 hours. We are now entering the main upper section of Dolpo and where landscape starts to get more rigid and the air more thin while, Canyon walls rises 305m vertically.
  15. 15. 10 day. Shey Gompa (4375m). Three-hours of steep uphill trail to reach the summit of Nangdala (5345m) — marked, like many hillocks and mountain passes, with colourful Buddhist prayer flags. In summer and early fall, people come to camp in the valley to gather the Chordyceps mushroom and caterpillar symbiosis. Known as the “yarsagumba”, Chordyceps is a medicinal that brings hard cash into the Upper Dolpo.
  16. 16. 11 day. Exploration at Shey Gompa. A rest day to recover from the challenging hike yesterday, visit Shey Monastery and relish the views of Crystal Mountain.
  17. 17. 12 day. To Namgung (4430m). Trekking time 6–7 hours. Shey Gompa marks the junction of several trails once used by the old salt trading caravans and today by trekkers.
  18. 18. 13 day to Saldang (4090m). Trek time about 4-5 hours. After lunch, we shall explore a local school a monastery and partake activities in the daily village life.
  19. 19. 14 day to Nisal Gaon (3750m). Trekking time 6 hours. Our path will lead north, following the Nagaon Khola River to Gungar Khola which flows from the northwest.
  20. 20. 15 day to Shimen Gaon (3790m). Trekking time 7–8 hours. The first visit in the morning, will be Yangjer Gompa, one of the most important religious sites of the area.
  21. 21. 16 day - to Chharka Bhot. Depending on the situation it might be a rest day or not.
  22. 22. 17 day. Trek to Thinkyu-Tinje Gaon (4150m). Trekking time 5–6 hours. Today the trek will take us along the Panzang Khola riverside trail, passing several ancient meditation caves. Most of the time will be an easy trek along the riverbank. Tinje village which is also one of the closest villages to Tibet used to have a long trading history with Tibet.
  23. 23. 18-19 day to Chharka Bhot (4310m). From Tenje Gaon until we reach Chharka Bhot, we’ll encounter only seasonal yak pastures. We’ll pass no villages nor hike a wide trail; but consider that this trail is in existence since the ancient times.
  24. 24. 20 day to Nulungsumde Kharka (4920m). Trekking time 8-9h. Once we depart on the trail from Chharka, we shall be alone. Just us and nature no civilisation.
  25. 25. 21 day. 7-8 hours trek to Niwar and Jungben Pass. We will start our trail early as we shall face a rigorous day reaching Jungben Pass. After about three hours uphill, we will reach the summit of Niwar. After crossing the first pass of Niwar (5200 m), we have about two more hours before we reach the second — Jungben La (5486 m).
  26. 26. 22 day. 6 hours trek to Sanghta (3780m). The highlands of Mustang. Its among the most remote parts we will reach in our trip and if lucky you might encounter a snow leopard.
  27. 27. 23 day. 7-8 hours trek to Phalyak (3175m). The day will start with a hard trek it will take almost all of the morning climbing difficult traverses, crossing many ridges until we will finally reach the „pass“ at about 4500m. From here a magnificent vista will open up - looking out to snow-capped peaks and down to Mustang's patch-work of trails and villages far below.
  28. 28. 24 day. Trek to Jomsom. We will climb a ridge of 400 meters above Phalyak, and then head directly south down a steep, sandy trail towards Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang, back to 'civilization' .
  29. 29. 25 day Fly Pokhara and Kathmandu
  30. 30. Trek price per person 5500 €; The group minimum 5 and maximum 15 participants The costs will include: 1. Permits 2. Camping tents of foreign brand 3. All lodging and meals on the trek 4. Domestic flight 5. Group transportation by private vehicles 6. Kitchen staff and Sherpas as assistants 7. Mules for carrying luggage etc. While the costs excludes: 1. International flights 2. Nepal visa fees 3. Meals while not on trek i.e. in Pokhara and Kathmandu 4. Excess baggage charges 5. Travel and rescue insurance 6. Personal expenses like laundry, bar bills, bottled water, instrument charging like mobiles and laptops. 7. Monastery donations 8. Helicopter evacuation 9. Shower in the lodges 10.Renting of equipments 11.Tips for the staffs.
  31. 31. THE MAIN QUESTION IS What is the Meaning? http://www.versloknyguklubas.lt/lt/component/virtuemart/? page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&pro duct_id=130&category_id=7
  32. 32. The search for the meaning, idea or to find a solution to the stuck problem requires to pass certain rites of passage. These rites of passage can be found in many different tribes’ myths like The Hero’s Journey. Interesting that this path regularities in every myth are the same.
  33. 33. Searching for the meaning, solution or ideas are gates to the unknown. Once crossed you can find stuff that you couldn’t imagine today. Usually The Heaven Office is late by one year, but during the trip the answer could appear in a few weeks. This is a special trip, that is why to make the first step you have to have courage and determination.
  34. 34. Our trip – a way to feel freedom and to be with yourself. To leave for some time the mundane world and to explore the spiritual space, where the routine leaves your horizon – with job routine, family, friends, etc.
  35. 35. The trip – is not an intellectual game – but clear deliberate, physical and spiritual crossover. This is only possible to reach when combining all three elements:
  36. 36. 1. Body. Every morning we will start with yoga exercises, because Your body is the temple of Your Spirit.
  37. 37. 2. Emotions. Every day will be special exercises allowing to understand oneself.
  38. 38. 3. Spirituality. Meditation and communication (Meaning as a perpetual change at companies or life). During the trip we will meet and converse with monks and spiritual gurus. You will be able to ask beforehand prepared questions, share ideas or discuss the Meaning of life.
  39. 39. Overcoming high mountain passes will allow to start a natural wave crystallisation mechanism and receive a reply to the most difficult question..
  40. 40. If you want to join the team, contact me ASAP: Darius Radkevičius +37069841027 darius.radkevicius@gig-europe.eu

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