This Retreat is Level III
This retreat is rated Level III. This means it’s suitable for those with trail-running experience, good fitness and some experience running on trails, preferably in mountainous terrain. Runs range from 4 to 10 miles on superb, though challenging, singletrack trails. You should feel comfortable with heights and have the fitness to run up to 10 miles or more on the road comfortably. Learn more about how we manage run pacing here: https://runwildretreats.com/about-the-run-wild-retreat-experience/levels/
Each day’s run in this itinerary is represented by time spent on the trail rather than miles run because the mileage covered will depend largely on your run pace. Faster runners will cover more mileage than slower runners on some days. These run times include breaks to enjoy the views, take photos, eat and drink. The precise route and trails run may change due to changes to trail routes, weather conditions, guide recommendations and other safety considerations.
About Running in Nepal
Nepal hosts some of the most spectacular natural areas and biodiversity in the world. Home to the planet’s highest peak, Nepal boasts a wide variety ecosystems, vegetation, forests, and wildlife. The trails on this retreat will bring you on on a mix of well established single track trails, and dirt roads. The terrain is though expansive alpine valleys, not high alpine environments, or exposed terrain. On the trials you may experience obstacles like loose rocks or tree roots.
Nepal is 3300 feet above sea level on average. The retreat starts at about 4,500 feet above sea level in Kathmandu and the elevation decreases throughout the retreat to about 2200 feet above sea level, before returning to Kathmandu. On this retreat, runners will find they need to adjust their running pace at higher elevations. We have taken this slower pace into account, so you will have plenty of time to run or hike at your own speed. October is one of the best times to visit Nepal! As the monsoon dissipates in August/September, the hillsides are covered in lush greenery, and Nepal welcomes beautiful clear skies, fresh air and incredible views. The weather is typically dry, warm and sunny, making for great days on the trail. You can expect cooler evenings in the high 50s, with day time temperatures in the 70s and low 80s.
Run with Mira Rai, Internationally renowned trail runner
Born into poverty in the remote Himalayan foothills of Bhojpar in Nepal, Mira went from being a child soldier to internationally recognized ultrarunner in a few short years. When she was 15 years old, Mira's family was struggling financially due to the Nepalese Civil War, so she joined the Communist Party insurgents in order to support her family. Becoming a child soldier also provided her an escape from the traditional barriers surrounding women in Nepali society.
It was during her time training as a child solider that she found her passion for running – a passion that saw her go on to not only become one of the world's best female ultrarunners, but become a symbol of hope for her country. Today, Mira competes (and often breaks records) at trail races around the world. A portion of your retreat package is donated to the Mira Rai Initiative to support young women in Nepal. Learn more about her here: https://youtu.be/ibZyGtK1_v8
Pokhara Peace Pagoda
Visit to Namo Buddha Monastery
You don’t need to be religious yourself to appreciate the beauty and tranquility of Namo Buddha, where you'll see some of the best Himalayan views in the area. On the way, you will run past traditional villages, beautiful temples, the holy Panauti river, and amazing landscapes along the forest trail. According to the Buddhist legend, the King Mahasattva gave his body to a hungry tigress at this place. His reliquary Stupa remained underground for centuries. One day a hermit called Bhagavan (Sakyamuni) came to this site and was attracted to the bulge. It is said that he clapped his hands, and miraculously the Stupa appeared.
Sound Journey, Yoga + Meditation Classes
Guided Mindful Runs
Learn how to run more mindfully to become a better runner. This includes natural running form clinics during which you'll learn about the Power Posture: use proper alignment to make gravity do more of the work. This reduces the muscular force involved with running so it feels easier and less strenuous on muscles and joints.
Focus on efficiency: Use natural running techniques to drastically improve efficiency. You'll practice changing stride length, cadence and tempo on various types of terrain. Then put the pieces together to achieve the ultimate trail running experience. Learn to cultivate the circumstances for flow to occur by being relaxed and mindful.
Dedicated Retreat Leader
Our highly trained retreat leaders provide the space and support for you to have a potentially transformational experience. As experts in mindful leadership, she provides valuable guidance on how to be mindful on and off the trail. Here's more about what you can expect from your retreat leader:
- Leads the opening meeting on Day 1, explaining what you can expect, the general flow of each day, what's expected of you, how she'll support you and all the other logistics you need.
- Works with our local staff, such as guides and drivers, to keep things safe, on schedule and running smoothly
- Leads mindful running clinics that teach you how to run more efficiently and with more flow and ease
- Manages the pace of each run so that you never feel rushed or get left behind
- Helps you get to scheduled events like yoga class, spa appointment and dinner reservations on time
- Facilitates sharing circles, creating a safe space for the group to reflect and share openly
- Provides emotional support if ever you need it
Experience exceptional dining! Nepalese food is renowned for its diverse flavors, aromatic spices, and unique culinary techniques. Indulge in the rich tapestry of Nepali cuisine, from savory momos to flavorful curries, and tantalize your taste buds with authentic Himalayan dishes.
Please be aware that any food in a foreign country can cause digestive issues. We highly recommend you come prepared with medications or over-the-counter treatments you may want to have available to support your digestive health.
If you are sensitive to certain foods, spices, or have concerns about your health while traveling, we highly recommend that you consult with your doctor.
Most meals are included in your retreat package, and we handpick high-quality restaurants for unforgettable culinary experiences. We make every effort to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions. However, there are occasions when we may face limitations. You'll have a chance to indicate your specific dietary requirements in the retreat participant intake form.
Please note that alcoholic drinks are excluded, and snacks and beverages outside of meals and trail runs are not included. Embrace the culinary delights of Nepal and savor every moment of your gastronomic journey!
The Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
Dwarika's hotel is an oasis in the bustling city of Kathmandu. The hotel's elegant courtyards, buildings and rooms aim to revive the stunning Newari architecture, capturing the beauty and spirit of ancient Kathmandu. Dwarka's ancient wooden hand carved masterpieces date back to the 13th century, creating a certain indefinable aura that enfolds the hotel. Enjoy relaxing by the pool or recharging at the Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa that draws inspiration from ancient Ayurveda, Buddhist medicine and traditional rituals and treatments.
The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel
Inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine, the Dwarika's Resort in Dhulikhel is built on the philosophy of respecting nature and self. The Himalayan belt has been home to holistic healing and wellbeing for more than three thousand years. The resort has been designed based on the knowledge of ancient understandings about holistic wellness with all the spaces being consecrated and brought to life. The lifestyle spaces within the resort are designed to attract positive energy and keep negative energy at bay. Each element of the resort has been designed to enhance the wellness journey within, by addressing each of the five senses. Various experiences have been created in the resort to guide you through your personal journey. Spend time at the Pancha Kosha Himalayan Spa, or enjoy access to the many wellness experiences like the Himalayan Rock Salt House, Meditation Maze, and Chakra Sound Chambers. Under the guidance of the in-house Ayurvedic doctor and naturopathy expert, meditation, yoga and astrology masters, Hindu priest and visiting monk, you will be able to find an atmosphere of complete harmony, renewal and growth.
Begnas Lake Resort
The Begnas Lake Resort is surrounded by tropical jungle and a beautiful lake. It is the perfect setting to experience incredible peace and quiet. Observe the rich and diverse natural world as you relax by the pristine lake, or enjoy a walk around town to see authentic village life. Nestled among lush vegetation on a tranquil lake a short distance from Pokhara town, this all-natural sanctuary faces the snow-clad Annapurna massif that towers above flourishing paddy fields and the gentle Begnas lake. Rooms and suites look out to these picture-perfect lake and mountain views and are built in ethnic Gurung style stone-houses. All are tastefully appointed and enjoy bundles of space, with the waterfront cottages providing the maximum privacy. At the Begnas Lake Resort you'll have access to traditional Ayurvedic treatments and Yoga classes.
The resort is surrounded by chestnut, orange and other fruit trees, as well as coffee and cardamom bushes. The beautiful natural surrounds are echoed throughout the resort, creating a nourishing and healing environment, from traditional Ayurvedic remedies at the Himalayan Spa to a mountain spring water pool, and homegrown produce served at the restaurant.
The Fish Tail Lodge is uniquely located on a peninsula across from Fewa Lake and has panoramic views of the Annapurna range and Mount ''Machhapuchre" (Fish Tail). Round cottages amidst a lush garden set the scene at this charming hotel. Relax and rejuvenate with a soothing treatment at the Spa, and freshen up your travel wardrobe by taking advantage of the laundry services offered at the lodge.
All profits generated by Fish Tail Lodge are donated to the Princess Jayanti Memorial Trust. The Trust provides free cardiac care to underprivileged Nepalese people and conducts various programs to raise public awareness regarding the causes of heart diseases in Nepal.
Kathmandu Extension Package
Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag
We provide you with a gift bag filled with Run Wild Retreats running and travel souvenirs.
Double your donation to the Mira Rai Initiative
Your retreat package includes a $50 donation to the Mira Rai Initiative. Add this item to your booking to double your contribution to this worthy cause.
Founded in 2017, Mira Rai Initiative (MRI) is a non-government organization (NGO) committed to supporting trail-running and trail-running community in Nepal. The organization was founded by the legendary ultra-trail runner Mira Rai whose story continues to inspire trail-runners all over the world.
Mira Rai’s story has inspired thousands of young people all over Nepal but especially young girls who see Mira as a role model. She is now committed to use the platform and the voice she has to promote trail running in Nepal and empower female trail runners in Nepal. Mira now wants to be that bridge for them and encourage young girls and young people in general to chase their dreams and defy the challenges that hold them back by giving them the opportunity to shine.
Transformational Travel Journal
One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. Price includes shipping.
Pre-retreat Package in Kathmandu (Private Room)
We will book you a night in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 11th. Includes meet & greet at the airport and private arrival transfers to the hotel, dinner and breakfast. This rate includes all taxes and resort fees. This add-on is subject to availability at time of booking.
Pre-retreat Package in Kathmandu (Shared Room)
We will book you a night in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 11th. Includes meet & greet at the airport and private arrival transfers to the hotel, dinner and breakfast. This per-person rate is available for two friends traveling together and stay in a shared room, and includes all taxes and resort fees. This add-on is subject to availability at time of booking.
Post-retreat Package in Kathmandu (Private Room)
We will book you a night in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 21, 2023. Includes private airport transfer, dinner and breakfast. This rate includes all taxes and resort fees. This add-on is subject to availability at time of booking.
Post-retreat Package in Kathmandu (Shared Room)
We will book you a night in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 21, dinner that evening and breakfast next morning, plus transfer to the airport for your flight home. This per-person rate is available for two friends traveling together and stay in a shared room, and includes all taxes and resort fees. This add-on is subject to availability at time of booking.
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