YOGA TOUR TO TIBET
Join us on a trip of a lifetime to Tibet!
Over three weeks, we will visit the most sacred sites in Tibet, such as Mt. Kailash, Drolma La Pass, Mansarovar Lake, Samye Monastery, Jokhang Temple, Sera and Drepung Monasteries, Ganden monasteries, Tashilhunpo Monastery and Palace of Tsaparang. The highlight of the trip will be the outer Kora around Mt.Kailash and optional radial access to the North Face. We will immerse ourselves in yoga practice, pranayama, Vedic lectures, group discussions on sutras during each step of this journey.
Mt. Kailash is the most sacred place for three religions - Buddhism, Hinduism and Bon. At Kailash, time changes its pace - even those who don’t believe in anything, experience moments, which change their lives forever. It is possible and necessary to bury all your weaknesses, fears and vices. Here everyone, who is truly ready to come into contact with their multidimensional existence and the passage to new dimensions, has a possibility to get to know themselves.
Trip Dates: September 5 - 25, 2024
Tour Leaders: Andrey Verba, club OUM.RU founder, and other club OUM.RU teachersThe map of our journey
During our tour we will practice asana and mantra OM and hold lectures and discussions on yoga.
Day 4 - Samye Monastery
Samye is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet, founded during the Padmasambhava and King Trisong Deutsen times. Excursion to the monastery. Radial access to the observation deck. Acclimatization at the altitude of 3,500 m. Transfer back to the hotel in Lhasa. Evening practice of the mantra Om.
Day 6 - Jokhang Monastery
Morning meditation and hatha yoga practice. Visit to the Jokhang Monastery in the morning. The Jokhang Monastery is the spiritual center of Tibet and a sacred place for all followers of Tibetan Buddhism. In the central hall there is the main treasure of the monastery - a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, which was made during his lifetime. In the afternoon, visit to the Drak Yerpa cave monastery. This complex consists of many meditation caves and small temples. The Drak Yerpa is considered the most ancient place in Tibet, where hermits practiced. Drak Yerpa is the oldest place in Tibet where anchorites practiced. Invited by King Trisong Detsen, Precious Guru Padmasambhava and his wife Yeshe Tsogyal meditated here. Guru Padmasambhava meditated here for more than seven months and developed part of his supernatural abilities.
Day 7 - Drepung Monastery
Morning meditation and hatha yoga practice. Visit to the Drepung Monastery. Drepung is the largest monastery of the Gelugpa school. There are many magnificent examples of wall paintings, fine sculptures and other works of masters in the monastery. The famous statue of the future Buddha Maitreya is located in the monastery.
Day 8 - Departure for Shigatse. Tashilunpo monastery
Morning meditation. Departure for Shigatse. Visit to the Tashilunpo monastery. The Tashilunpo Monastery is traditionally the seat of the Panchen Lama, which is considered to be the emanation of the Buddha Amitabha. The full name of the monastery in Tibetan literally means "all the happiness and prosperity is collected here." There is the largest statue of the Buddha Maitreya in the monastery. Transfer to Ladze (3 hours). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 - Transfer Paryang - Darchen. Lake Manasarovar and Chiu monastery
Transfer from Paryang to Darchen. Visit to the lake Manasarovar and the Chiu monastery, free time to practice near the lake. Lake Manasarovar is another legendary place in Tibet. According to the Vedic texts, Shiva's wife, the goddess Parvati, loved to spend time here. Individual practice in the Chiu cave ("Bird Monastery"), where Padmasabhava practiced the last 7 days before he left this world. From the top of the monastery you will see magnificent views of the Rakshas Tal and Manasarovar lakes, as well as the snow-covered peak of Kailash. Transfer to Purang. Overnight in Purang's guesthouse.
Special note: Trip to Kailash implies stepping outside your comfort zone. For most people this is an austerity. Not only sun, snow or rain might happen but also events and experiences which will test you for patience, strength and resistance.
Please be prepared for any unusual conditions. Be also prepared to remind yourself that these situations are manifested only for your self-development and due to the karmic conditions created by you in the past.
Austerities help you to get stable on your Path and begin to see it in a new light.
Why I wanted to go to Tibet, what I need is there? Trip review
I’ve asked myself so many times: “ Why do I want to go to Tibet, what I need is there?”. And every time I couldn’t answer to this question, I just knew that I want to go there, that’s it.Read more
Road to Kailas, the Path to Yourself
It’s been five months since we got back fr om Tibet, but it seems as if we were there just yesterday. Still fresh in my memory are the mighty Kailas, Tibetan scenery, clean mountain air, friendly Tibetans with braided hair and turquoise earrings and pilgrims with prayer wheels in their hands.Read more
Tibet: the traveller's notes
Traditionally our travel across the Tibet begins with visiting Samye monastery. After the city and the airport this site shifts us to completely another rhythm of life, literally leading out of the ordinary.Read more
Tibet. Kora. Before and after
For the first time I knew about the expedition to Tibet four years ago. It was when my daughter came back from her another travel and told about the terrific places, incomparable beauty and incredible power of the holy mountain Kailash, and the difficulties she had during Kora around Kailash.Read more
Happiness to move forward overcoming the limits of the possible
It lefts only few hours before our departure to Russia, light sadness because of this, at the same time, there is awareness that the time to return has come. It is time to share the experience.Read more
- shuttle bus transportation along the route in Tibet
- hotel accommodations in Lhasa and Shigatse (double occupancy, with a shower and toilet in the room)
- accommodations at the guest houses in the small towns and during Kora (4-6 people occupancy)
- entrance fees along the route
- excursion program and tour guide support
- lectures and yoga practices
- porters or yaks for 3 days of Kora around Mount Kailas (1 porter for 2 persons (maximum 12 kg)
- payment of transit road sections and some parking lots where buses are required to stop.
- Flight to Lhasa
- Chinese visa ($100)
- Meals (~$200)
- Video recording and photography fees in temples and other places that we visit
- Tips for the tour guide and drivers ($30-50)
- Health insurance
- Additional charges for hiring porters, indentured servants, apartments, housing, and food
- Additional costs incurred in connection with political and economic strikes or natural phenomena
- San Francisco - Guangzhou - San Francisco (~ $600-700)
- Separate arrival to Xi’an airport. Flight to Lhasa with a group
TOUR LED BY
Andrey Verba is a certified yoga teacher, a member of the governing board of the International Yoga Federation (IYF) and a coordinator of the IYF for the Russian Federation. He’s been teaching yoga and various self-development methods since the early 90’s. Andrey is one of the leading yoga teachers in Russia who holds the highest possible IYF diploma of the Yogacharya - Grand Master. His current main activities include training and certification of the qualified yoga teachers, conducting vipassana retreats and seminars to promote yoga.
Andrey has been organizing trips to the sacred sites in Russia, India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and other countries since 2000. He’s been traveling to Tibet for the last 17 years.
The trips that Andrey organizes are not the ordinary tourist trips with picture taking and writing home how fun it was. The main goal of his trips is to try to practice the methods of self-development in the places of power where the mystics of the past had left their mark. Practice in in such places allows travelers to take a better look into themselves. And, perhaps, find their own path, on which they have been traveling from life to life.
Maria Asadov is a certified yoga teacher who began her yoga journey over ten years ago. She has since studied various traditions of Hatha and Kriya yoga with teachers in the US and Russia and traveled to India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet to deepen her practice. Practicing and teaching yoga remains for Maria one of the most powerful tools of self-discovery which can benefit not only her life, but also the lives of others.
Maria’s inspiration for guiding tours to the places of power is to help others observe the sides of themselves which they wouldn’t notice in the familiar environment, meditate deeply on their path, get inspired to learn, create and share with others, and find the stillness and silence while being on the road.
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