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Nepal Trail Running + Wellness Retreat with Mira Rai 2024

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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

World Peace Pagoda Pokhara is situated atop a hill right above the famous Phewa Lake. The temple offers a great place to see the sunset over Pokhara and beautiful views of the Annapurna range and Fishtail mountain. You’ll be enchanted by the stunning 360-degree view of the Pokhara Valley's, Himalayan Mountains and the Phewa Lake. The temple is one of the many Peace Pagodas around the world. After the Second World War, Buddhist monks from Japan started a campaign to build Peace Pagodas around the world. This pagoda is one of the two World Peace Pagodas in Nepal, the other being located in Lumbini. These holy temples represent peace without discrimination.

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

Throughout your retreat you'll have the opportunity to enjoy either yoga, meditation classes or guided sound journey with Nepalese teachers who specialize in these deeply traditional wellness practices. These classes require no prior experience; this is a great opportunity to try something new in a setting that is supportive and non-judgmental.

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. She 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. She works with our local staff, such as guides and drivers, to keep things safe, on schedule and running smoothly and leads mindful running clinics that teach you how to run more efficiently and with more flow and ease. She manages the pace of each run so that you never feel rushed or get left behind and helps you get to scheduled events like yoga class, spa appointment and dinner reservations on time. She facilitates sharing circles, creating a safe space for the group to reflect and share openly and provides emotional support if ever you need it.

Retreat Meals

Experience exceptional dining! 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.

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.

 

Fishtail Lodge

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

Extend your stay in Nepal with this tailored package that includes one night before or after the retreat at Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu. This package includes personal transportation from the airport upon your arrival, or drop off at the airport for your return flight home. It includes a wonderful dinner at Dwarika's and breakfast the next morning. This is a wonderful way to simplify your travel planning! Book a private room if you're traveling alone or shared room if you're traveling with a friend. See the "Itinerary" section to add this extension to your retreat package either before or after your retreat. 

Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

Your retreat gift bag contains a curated selection of items designed to support your mindful travel experience with us. 

Add-on +US$50

Double your donation to the Mira Rai Initiative

Register by 10 Aug 2024

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.

Add-on +US$369

1-Hour Sightseeing Flight to Mount Everest

Register by 29 Jun 2024
Location : Mt Everest
Get a front row view of Mt. Everest on a sightseeing flight over the Himalayas. Starting from Kathmandu, this one hour flight will take you past 20 of the highest peaks in Nepal, and within 20 miles of Mt. Everest's peak.
Add-on +US$38

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. 

 

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