Update June 2019: Preparing for the yoga trekking
Only 3 months left until the yoga trekking to Nepal! Time to prepare our bodies and get to know each other. We will start training together soon by going for long distance hikes in The Netherlands. Last year, we did the same with the group and it was really nice to get to know each other a little better that way.
I have planned a number of days on which we will take a long walk in the most beautiful areas the Netherlands. The location will be determined later, depending on the subscriptions. The dates are as follows:
Sunday July 14 (afternoon)
Sunday July 28 (afternoon)
Saturday August 10 (full day)
Saturday September 7 (full day)
Saturday September 21 (full day)
Participation is FREE! The most important goal is that to build physical fitness together.
If you cannot make it, I recommend to start training by yourself regularly. Probably you will not find the Himalayas or something similar in your home country, but there are plenty of areas where you practice climbing and descending!
You can subscribe for the training days by simply sending me a message.
You can also still book the yoga trekking itself. We are with a group of 5 yoga enthusiasts now, and we have maximum of 10 people. So there is still spots left! Just don’t wait too long; now (June/July) is the time when flight ticket prices drop.
If you have any other questions, you can have a look at the overview below, but I also like to answer your questions personally, so feel free to email or call me.
Update March 2019: FAQs about the travel program
- Has this trekking been made more often?
The yoga trekking in Nepal will take place for the second time in 2019. Our guide Sahadev has extensive experience in leading tours in his home country Nepal and knows the Himalayas like the back of his hand. The itinerary of the yoga trekking will be in a different region each year, making every trip unique!
- How do I know my physical condition is sufficient for the trekking?
A multi-day trekking in the mountains can be a challenge. It is therefore important that you are in good physical and mental condition. However, a multi-day trip in the mountains sometimes completed by people who have never trained for it, and they can actually make it quite well! Nevertheless, it is advisable to do some training before you go. In August and September, there is the possibility to train together (in The Netherlands) as we will go for hikes in different areas in our country. You can also start hiking regularly yourself – which is only a delight, in my view!
- What are the daily distances during the trekking?
The daily distances are not easy to express in kilometers, because we will be climbing and descending on the route. You’ll get a better idea by looking at the altitude changes and the duration of hiking. You should count on 4 to 7 hours of hiking each day, depending on the pace. We will pause regularly, with at least a long stop for lunch in a small village on our way.
- What is the risk of altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness can occur above 3000 meters, especially if you rise too fast. It is caused by an oxygen deficiency in the brain. During the Pikey Peak Trek we reach an altitude of 4070 meters. We try to minimize the chance of this by not climbing more than 500 meters per day, but total prevention is not guaranteed. It is advisable to take pills against altitude sickness with you. In the unlikely event of symptoms occurring, the solution is to wait and rest for a while or descend. The tour can often be continued later.
FAQs about yoga classes
- In which yoga styles are the classes taught?
I will create a program adjusted to the trekking with classes that vary from powerful to more gentle practice. We often start the day with a good warm-up, for example vinyasa or hatha, and end with stretches and relaxation, such as yin yoga or a meditation. I will also adjust the lessons to the needs of the group.
- Can I also take classes in advance to get an idea of the style?
You’re always welcome to join me! I teach various weekly classes in yoga studios in Amsterdam. Take a look at my current schedule. There are also various workshops and other activities on the agenda that you can join.
FAQs about preparations
- When is the best time to book my flight ticket?
The prices of airline tickets often drop about 3 months in advance. Keep an eye on the rates by setting a price alarm for your desired travel dates on for example Skyscanner. Prices are the most affordable in June / July.
- Which vaccinations are recommended for Nepal?
There are some travel vaccinations that are recommended as standard when you go to Nepal: Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever and DTP. Consult your doctor or the Municipal Health Service for personal advice. Also take a good look at your health insurance policy and check whether it offers global coverage.
- Where can I get my visa?
In the Netherlands you can easily go to the consulate of Nepal in Amsterdam to apply for your visa. If you have the correct documents with you, they will be issued immediately. A visa of 15 days costs 45 euros, for 30 days you pay 65 euros and you want to stay 90 days, this costs 125 euros.
- How much luggage can I take with me?
A very important rule of thumb is: travel light! During the trek there are carriers who take the backpacks with them. But whether you have to carry your backpack yourself or someone else, you want to keep it as lightweight as possible. The packing list in the brochure contains an indication of the number of items of clothing that you can take with you. You can also opt for a yoga mat, sleeping bag etc. that is as light as possible.
You also bring a smaller daypack to store water, an extra warm / waterproof jacket and some snacks. Basically bring only what you need, nothing more.
- Where can I find good hiking boots?
The shoes that you wear during the draw are essential. Make sure you have good shoes with a sufficient profile. We generally walk on paved paths, but sometimes there are rocky parts that we have to cross or smoother parts. Profile A / B is often recommended. However, it also depends on your personal preference. Go to a specialized outdoor store for advice. Then it is important to walk in the shoes properly. You can do that immediately while training!
- Can I still buy the latest supplies in Nepal?
Of course! The first two days we are in Kathmandu, in the lively district of Thamel. This neighbourhood is full of shops with outdoor gear. After all, one of the most important reasons to go to Nepal is the impressive nature. The advantage is that most things are a lot cheaper here. However, it is advisable to purchase essential baggage in advance.
- What is the climate like in Nepal?
There are five seasons in Nepal: winter, spring, summer, monsoon and fall. In October it is fall and the monsoon is just over. This makes it an ideal period for trekking – everything is still in bloom after the abundant rainfall and the chance of clear views is greatest. It can get very cold at night, at freezing point, while it gets nice and warm and sunny during the day, up to around 25 degrees. So be prepared for anything, dress in layers and also bring sun protection!
- Which currency is used?
The currency is the Nepalese rupee. You can exchange your money at one of the many offices in Kathmandu or withdraw it at an ATM. It is wise to take some cash with you during the draw – although most are included, small amounts of water (this is cooked to purify), toilet paper and any extra refreshments are often required. Count on around 500 rupees per day – 5 euros converted.
- Do you have tips for continuing your journey in Nepal?
Absolutely! If you want to stay longer, there is much more to discover. For example, what about a visit to the birthplace of Buddha, a safari in a wildlife park to spot tigers and rhinos or a stay in a monastery? If you want to plan something in advance, then Sahadev and I can help you with that. But of course you can also go your own way, anything is allowed!
Hopefully you now know everything you wanted to know about the trip! If you have any other questions, please contact us . I also always like to make a personal call, in that case leave your telephone number.
You can book the trip through Himalaya Travel Adventures.