Meet the Monks & Shamans

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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Meal

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel
  • Eco-lodge

Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Scenic Drive

Price From

USD 595

Reduced from 650

USD 595

Meet the Monks & Shamans

10 Days 9 Nights

Overview

Monks live a simple spiritual life to achieve “Nirvana” or peace of mind. And, Shamans are religious practitioners who can heal people through sacred practices. Getting to know two distinct kinds of masters is a new experience on its own. That is what this hand-made tour by Sabbatical Explore Nepal wants to offer.   

The tour begins with a sightseeing trip to the UNESCO cultural and historical sites of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, the three pieces of Kathmandu Valley. Out from the valley, the journey reaches a village of Shamans called Jhakri or Shamans Village. You will live in the community like the locals by enjoying the traditional lifestyle, practicing shamanism, celebrating their rituals along with greenery and panoramic view of the Himalayas.

After that, the tour guides you to a Buddhist monastery to live with the monks there. A full day will be there to experience the lifestyle of monks and know their wisdom. 

As you leave the monastery, you will have nothing but peace and good vibes to take along. Taking lots of learnings and experience, you will return to Kathmandu to depart. And this is how the 10 days long Meet the Monks and Shamans tour gets done.  

In brief, Meet The Monks and Shamans is an experiential tour through which one experiences a peaceful way of living and a religious healing method. Alongside, the tour enables one to traverse rich Nepalese art and culture heritages distributed across Kathmandu Valley. So, this trip is for anyone who wants to find the meaning of life in the surroundings of Monks and Shamans.

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Highlights

  • Gain novel experiences for the rest of your life.
  • Explore sprituailty and peace of mind within you.
  • Interact, eat, greet, worship, sleep with the monks of the monastery.
  • Visit a Buddhist Monastery and live like a monk for a day.
  • Enjoy astonishing mountain panorama of the Himalayas.
  • Experience the life, food, culture and Shamanism of Nepalese Shamans or Dhami/Jhakri.
  • Hike or drive to the rural and ethnic villages of Shamans.
  • Go to the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like Swaymbhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Sqaure, Patan Durbar Square, etc.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu & Patan Sightseeing

Day 3: Explore Bhaktapur Cultural city

Day 4: Hike or Drive to Jhakri Village

Day 5: Meet the Shamans (Dhami/Jhakri)

Day 6: Special celebration day

Day 7: Farewell to Shamans & meet the Monks

Day 8: Living with Monks in monastery

Day 9: Back to Kathmandu

Day 10: Fly back home or join next trip

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu

We will be there to welcome you to Nepal on your arrival. Together, we’ll head towards your hotel in Kathmandu. You’ll rest and get refreshments at the hotel. Later, we’ll pick you for a welcome dinner with the entire team of the tour. Overnight in Kathmandu’s Hotel.  

Day 2: Kathmandu & Patan Sightseeing

On the second day, we’ll start the tour from the important cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu and the Patan area. We’ll guide you to the places like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Basantapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swaymbhunath Stupa. You’ll explore the cultural and architectural sides of these UNESCO Cultural Heritages sites, which date back ages. After this watchful sightseeing tour, we’ll return to the hotel for the night. Overnight in Kathmandu’s Hotel. 

Day 3: Explore Bhaktapur Cultural city

Now, we will leave our hotel to visit the cultural Bhaktapur City. Just like Patan and Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a must-visit place inside Kathmandu Valley for cultural heritage. We’ll reach Bhaktapur after a short city ride. The sightseeing will start from Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the royal palace of old Bhaktapur.  From there, we will drive a little up to a hill where Changu Narayan Temple resides. The temple is one of the oldest temples in Nepal, which displays centuries-old architecture. After exploring both of the places, we’ll make a return to our hotel for the night.  

Day 4: Hike or Drive to Jhakri Village

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll leave for Jhakri Village, a village of Nepalese Shamans. We can reach the village via two ways, drive and hike. As per your liking, we’ll manage things.  En route to the village, we’ll get a breathtaking mountain panorama of the towering mountains of Nepal. Enjoying the walk/drive, we’ll reach the community, where we’ll get a warm welcome from the locals. The rest of the time will be around the settlement among locals. Overnight in the village.  

Day 5: Meet the Shamans (Dhami/Jhakri)

Now, finally, we’ll get to meet the Shamans or Dhami/Jhakri in Nepali. It will be the day when you’ll spend time interacting with the Shamans. You’ll know their wisdom and Shamanism practices. If you are one of them, you’ll have a great time with them sharing each other’s experiences. As we’ll spend the whole day in the village, we’ll go out for walks around the settlement for more interactions. Besides, we’ll witness the natural and cultural beauty of the community. Overnight in Jhakri Village.  

Day 6: Special celebration day

After spending a whole day together with the Shamans of the village, we’ll be ready for a special celebration day. On this day, the Shamans will perform their rituals to display spiritual powers and healings. The shamans will celebrate the time by forming a circle, playing drums, humming chants, and dancing jointly. You’ll enjoy and participate in the unique practices of the Shamans of Nepal. Another overnight in the village.  

Day 7: Farewell to Shamans & meet the Monks

Following two days in the Jhakri Village, it is time to bid a farewell to the Shamans and the village. We’ll drive towards the Buddhist monastery to meet the monks. The monks will greet us with a lovely welcome into the monastery. We will communicate with the monks about how they do things from dawn till dusk at the monastery. They will impart to us their learnings and philosophies throughout the time. We will also observe Buddhist Ceremonies, perform meditation, join prayers, dine with the monks. Overnight in the monastery. 

Day 8: Living with Monks in monastery

We’ll wake up with the monks at their times to perform morning prayers. After that, we’ll have breakfast with them before doing other things at the monastery. We will use the day to learn more things about life from the monks. We will repeat performing prayers and meditation.   We will spend the day as one of them, doing their daily things from waking up to sleeping. It will be a well-spent day with the monks. You will know yourself better than ever as the Buddhist Monasteries teach you to explore yourself. Overnight in the Monastery. 

Day 9: Back to Kathmandu

We will thank the monks and monastery for their hospitality and teachings. Saying them goodbye, we’ll trace back to Kathmandu. On our journey back, we'll explore some ancient cities like Panauti and Nagadesh Thimi breifly.  Next, We’ll arrive at our hotel for a rest. The remaining time will be free time in Kathmandu. If you want to explore some more places in the valley or do some shopping, this will be the time. Overnight in Kathmandu’s hotel.

Day 10: Fly back home or join next trip

If you want to return home, we’ll leave you at the airport for your departure. We’ll bid farewell to you until your next trip. Or if you want to join another trip with us, we’ll start preparing for the next one.  

Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • All ground Private transport.
  • 4 nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Bhaktapur with Bed & breakfast plan.
  • Lunch, Dinner & Breakfast (Nepali style) in Village & Monastery.
  • Guest House/Tea House accommodation in Village & Monastery.
  • Professional German Speaking Guide (airport to airport).
  • Government tax.

What's excluded

  • Nepal Visa
  • International Flight
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Entrance fees to Spiritual Sites
  • Personal Extra expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Bhaktapur
  • Tips to Driver & Guide

Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Magda, Terese and Group

Magda, Terese and Group

We had a great time with Shiva and his team, from being picked up from the airport to being dropped off there, everything was just perfect!  We had "culture tour and a trip to Shaman Village" Hiking.  Got to see many cultural sites around Kathmandu and was an incredible experience in monastery visiting monks. The program was great and fantastic as far as we wanted away from the tourist crowds, all accommodations were good. It’s really a great opportunity to explore Nepal as local. 
The “TeamSabbatical” were very helpful and friendly as well. When we have a questions or a problem can find someone on the spot immediately to find a answer and solve it. We highly recommend the trip Meet the Monks with Boudhanath Stupa tour, and the Kathmandu Cultural tour together.

Felix

Felix

I had an amazing experience with Sabbatical Explore Nepal when I visited Nepal during my Gap year 2018. Our guide and driver were so experienced and helpful. I remember seeing many animals like tigers, deers, rhinos during Jungle Safari in Chitwan. I even went to the Elephant Breeding Centre and that was amazing. In Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha I visited Maya Devi Temple and other monasteries. I was mesmerized by the architectural designs of the Temples and Monasteries built by different countries. I was a little sad that I couldn't visit other amazing places but the 6 days I spent in Nepal were very meaningful and memorable. I am looking forward to my next trip to Nepal.

Harish Gupta

Harish Gupta

We have just finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Sabbatical Explore Nepal. Our guide Shiva and Samir  were excellent, very friendly young men with good English. The looked after us very well, staying with us and supporting us as we trekked, and making sure our meals and accommodation were sorted each day. Shiva and Samir  were very knowledgeable about the mountains, the areas we visited and Nepal in general. It was lovely to share stories with them, and I’m sure they will make excellent guides as well.


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