The Yoga Adventure in Upper Mustang takes you on an authentic journey into yoga practice, Buddhist dharma and Mustangi culture, in spectacular mountain landscapes dotted with colourful prayer flags, chortens and monasteries. We will wander through small villages with white Tibetan-style rammed earth houses in the midst of barley and buckwheat, and mustard fields reminiscent of early Tibetan medieval civilisation.
Upper Mustang is the Last Forbidden Kingdom, one of the most remote places in the world, and the gateway to the mysterious world of the old Buddhist kingdom of Mustang, also called Lo. Mustang only opened to travellers in 1992, so the kingdom has its own distinctive culture and rich traditions closely tied to Tibet. Mustang was a separate kingdom within the boundaries of Nepal until 1950. The Royal family still lives here. Being in the walled town of Lo Manthang, a Buddhist refuge, makes you feel as if all your worldly sufferings momentarily come to a standstill.
Mustang was part of South Asian Silk Road and the heritage path has been trodden by a great saint and yogis. Padmasambhava, or Guru Rinpoche, came through Mustang in 8 CE on his way to Tibet to spread Vajrayana Buddhism. It was here that he slew the demon responsible for destroying Samye Ling Monastery in Tibet. We will wander through this mythical landscape, along the Mani Wall at Ghami that said to be the demon’s intestines, the Dakmar Cliffs stained red with blood, and to the oldest monastery in Mustang, Lo Gekhar, under which the demon’s heart is buried. Lo Gekar is one of the most significant sites of cultural and religious heritage of Mustang.
We will travel in luxury jeeps, and take short hikes, through deep gorges of the Kali Gandaki river valley, surreal high altitude deserts on the edge of the Tibetan plateau with steep jagged cliffs sheltering monastery caves, expansive terrain stretching into infinite sky, to visit the royal palaces and dzongs of Tsarang (14 CE) and the fortified village of Lo Manthang (15 CE) adorned with exquisite wall paintings, old Buddhist thangkas, and manuscripts in silver and gold. Lo Manthang, a Buddhist refuge, makes you feel as if all your worldly sufferings momentarily come to a standstill.
The thread of this unique Himalayan pilgrimage is the Yoga and you will practice daily meditation, pranayama and asana, as well as receive Buddhist teachings continuously as we travel to sacred sites in Mustang.
Buddhist holy places are charged with divine presence. They are the abodes of the Gods. These mysterious power places open up a space within us where we may connect to our own divine essence. Upper Mustang is a trip of a lifetime that will leave you feeling inspired, peaceful and serene.
The tour is open to all levels of yoga practitioner – yoga and Buddhist – and does not require previous experience.