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Nepal: A Sacred Journey in the Himalaya  

Revitalize your head, heart, and mind on this very special journey through the Himalayas in Spring 2020 with Explorer X Co-Founder Michael Bennett. Commune with monks, learn from a meditation wizard, and experience the best of Nepal on this 13-day journey.

March 17—29, 2020 | From $3,985/pp



Overview | Itinerary | Accommodations | Travel Mentor | Pricing | Apply

 Program Overview

Imagine waking up in the shadow of six 20,000-foot mountains, a steaming chai in your hand, and the rhythm of mantras filling the room as you prepare for your daily trek. On this spiritual journey, join Michael Bennett, Ed.D as he leads you through Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the Himalayas. Explore the ancient kingdom of Kathmandu with an expert cultural guide as you get introduced to the spiritual and historical tapestry of Nepal. Then journey into the Annapurna region and trek along Khopra Ridge and be dazzled by a Rhododendron forest in bloom. Be filled with wonder while you watch the sun rise over the Annapurna massif from Poon Hill. Reflect daily on your trekking journey with a Nepali meditation guru as your guide. This is an adventure to revitalize your head, heart, and mind and reset your perspective. Join us!



Itinerary Outline

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March 17

Welcome to Kathmandu!
Transfer to your centrally-located hotel
Welcome dinner featuring traditional foods and dance

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March 18

Introduction to Buddhism and Hinduism by PhD guide
Circumambulate Bodnath Stupa with monks and seekers from around the world
Very special lunch at a monastery in Kathmandu


March 19

Short, scenic flight along the spine of the Himalayas to Pokhara
Drive along the Modi Khola river to the starting point of your trek at Kimche
Begin the Khopra Ridge Trek with a gentle hike to the large Gurung village of Ghandruk


March 20

Ascend through thick Rhododendron forests and look for Langur monkeys on route to Deurali
Remarkable views much of the day of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapuchare

March 21

Group morning stretching and mindfulness
Streep hike uphill towards Dobata
Dramatic vistas of the iconic Macchapuchare, or Fishtail, dominate the skyline

March 22

Gentle day of trekking on “Nepali flat” terrain… a little up, a little down
Follow a trail along a ridge through a forest, before it opens up in a pasture and you arrive at Chistibung
Evening guided meditation

March 23

Begin day with steady ascent through forest, and soon enter scenic alpine meadows
Short hiking day, and arrive at Khopra Ridge for lunch
Enjoy awe-inspiring, Instagram worthy vistas of the Annapurna range



March 24

Optional strenuous hike along ancient pilgrimage trail to Khayer Lake
Or choose a day of rest and relaxation at the lodge
Evening guided meditation


March 25

Day of Descent! All that uphill led to this day with hot springs as your reward
Rest at Magar villages of Lareni and Poudhwar as you hike thorugh forests, pastures and terraced fields
At Tatopani, enjoy a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs

March 26

Congratulations, you made it!
Return to Pokhara in a 4x4 vehicle along a jeep track
Evening free for shopping, laundry, massage or eating out

March 27

Visit with Tibetan Refugees at learn about their plight to escape their homeland
Wander through the International Mountain Museum to learn about mountains and mountain cultures around the world
Evening free for shopping, laundry, massage or eating out

March 28

Morning return flight to Kathmandu to visit Hindu & Buddhist sacred sites
Learn to make dumplings from locals in a Nepali home
Eat a spectacular, well-deserved, home-cooked meal that you helped cook

March 29

Farewell to Nepal and the Himalayas!
Transfer to the airport for your flight home

Note: Extension options available; ask us for more info!




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Hotel Tibet: Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is conveniently located in Kathmandu within walking distance of the famous shopping center of Thamel, yet is peacefully removed from the noise. It is a short distance from the International Airport and has panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the surrounding hills. Their 53 stylish Deluxe Rooms are designed with modern conveniences complemented by creative touches that are reflections of Nepal. Hotel has a rooftop bar, as well as an in-house restaurant and kitchen offering mostly Nepali and Indian foods.

Local Lodging: Himalayas

During the trek, you will stay in a different local lodge each night, and our partners choose the best lodge in each village. Lodges are a cross between a commercial “homestay” and a budget family guest house each with its own kitchen. Sizes vary from 8 rooms to 20 rooms per building, and most rooms have twin beds and are not heated. Shared bathrooms are common, and electricity in rooms is limited. All lodges have a heated common room where dining, lounging and communing take place. Local lodges are an integral part of an authentic Himalayan experience!

Big Pillow Inn: Pokhara

A B&B in the heart of the Lakeside district of Pokhara, Big Pillow Inn is centrally located within walking distance of Pokhara’s major shops and restaurants. Run by a German-Nepali couple, the hotel combines European standards with Nepali uniqueness. The 25 rooms are inspired by traditional Nepali architecture with modern comforts like free WiFi, television, A/C and heating, rooftop terrace, and laundry service. Guests should feel like they are in a traditional Nepali home, but without compromise in comfort. The hotel, with a heavenly view of the surrounding mountains as well as Phewa Lake, provides the perfect base for your stay in Pokhara.



Your Travel Mentor: Michael Bennett, Ed.D.

Once described as “a disarmingly earnest combination of spiritual guru and travel agent with a strange obsession with Joseph Campbell,” Michael is a seasoned traveler, speaker, consultant, educator, entrepreneur, and organizational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping others transform their lives through travel. He believes that through travel, we all embark on our own Hero’s Journeys, and that the experiences we have while traveling can not only transform our lives but create lasting change in our families, communities, and the world. Inspired by his own life-changing travel experiences, Michael launched his first travel company, Muddy Shoe Adventures, in 2012 as a way to support others in traveling with more intention and mindfulness, ultimately inspiring them to use their experiences as catalysts for changing their lives. Michael earned his MBA and Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. He is Co-Founder of the Transformational Travel Council and helped launch Explorer X in 2017.


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 Pricing & Inclusions


  • $3,985 per person (based on double occupancy)

  • $365 single supplement

What’s Included:

  • All accommodations listed above

  • All airport transportation

  • All activities

  • Nepali meditation teacher on trek

  • Pre-trip mentoring and daily mindfulness practices

  • RT Airfare from Kathmandu to Pokhara 

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary  

What’s Not Included:

  • Round-Trip Flights to/from Nepal > We Can Help Book Flights!

  • Optional Adventures in Nepal, Bhutan or India > We Can Plan These!

  • Travel Insurance > We Can Help!

  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be provided) 

  • Meals/Drinks Not Listed on the Itinerary

  • Photographic and Video Permits

  • Visa Fees 

  • Items of a Personal Nature

  • Souvenirs


 Apply Now!

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