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Kamala Yoga Nepal

Pokhara, Nepal
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About Kamala Yoga Nepal
Kamala Yoga Nepal offers drop-in yoga classes at our beautiful, air-conditioned yoga studio in Pokhara Lakeside, with stunning views of lake, mountains and Peace Pagoda. We also specialize in Yoga Treks along some of the most beautiful, classic Himalayan trails, led by experienced local guides and yoga teachers.
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Cara wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China1 contribution
I’ve finished the yoga trekking retreat with my yoga teacher Priscilla and her local partner Karnesh. It’s a wonderful trip and everything was well organised. Before I arrived there, I was a bit worried about the tea houses on the hill but Karnesh and his team had arranged very nice tea houses with great view all along the trek. Karnesh, Kuma and Harry are lovely and very accommodating to all of our additional requests. We could not ask for more. I look forward to trekking with them again in the future.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Debby M wrote a review Nov 2019
Hong Kong, China230 contributions92 helpful votes
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My group of friends decided to book the Poon Hill Yoga Trek based on a recommendation from another friend...we couldn't have wished for a more memorable experience. From the start our emails were answered straight away and any questions answered immediately. The team at Kamala Yoga Nepal were exceptional with their communication and as we were all based in different parts of the world they made it so easy to organise everything before we left. We started our trip with a night in Kathmandu at the very nice Kasthmandap Boutique Hotel and it was a lovely hotel right in the middle of the shopping district. The complimentary breakfast in the morning was fantastic. Unfortunately, our flight with Yeti Airlines was cancelled after spending hours at the airport but our Team Leader was in touch with Kamala and they were fantastic as pushing everything back a day so we wouldn't miss out on any of the trekking. They re-arranged the accommodation in Pokhara, the tea houses on the trek and transport to and from starting and finishing points. They were also super helpful in sorting out a van to take us to Pokhara as the next morning the flight was also delayed so we made the decision to drive instead. It was a long 7.5hrs but we got to see some of the beautiful countryside and it passed a lot faster than we thought. We arrived at the Big Pillow Inn and Karnesh and Harry met us with smiles and the promise of a hot shower and good sleep before our trek. They had organised a wonderful welcome dinner at a fantastic restaurant across the road and we all got to know each other before starting the trek the following day. We also had a very informative information session after dinner where we received our packs, a blanket (which was one of the most used items on the trek), a hat and guide to the next 5 days. Upon waking we enjoyed our first yoga session with Karnesh which was fantastic in stretching out our bodies after the long day the day before. Our group consisted of people who had never done yoga to experienced and Karnesh made sure we all got the most out of the first class as possible. We were given our packs to repack our belongings the night before and although they look small you can fit in a lot of stuff....I couldn't fit my sleeping bag in so they allowed the porters to carry it in a separate bag. In terms of what to pack it would really depend on what time of year you were going but I would definitely recommend you leave some clean clothes at the hotel in Pokhara to use when you get back...it's amazing how quickly you can go through clothes! After a delicious breakfast, we were ready to go and jumped into two jeeps for the 3 hr drive to our starting point. Again, it was a mixture of villages and beautiful rivers where we stopped to have lunch. The first day was quite challenging as it was the 3280 steps to Ulleri but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be as you can rest as much as you like and take it slowly or fast depending on your fitness level. We went over streams. suspension bridges and through gorgeous little villages. Upon arrival at our first teahouse, Purnima Guesthouse & Restaurant, we weren't sure what to expect as it quite misty and we couldn't see much at all. After dumping our bags in our quaint rooms we enjoyed a well needed yoga session. Unfortunately due to the fog the ensuite rooms didn't have hot water but there was a gas heater shower downstairs which I did use and it was perfectly fine. Our first dinner was momos, rice, noodles and of course our hot ginger, lemon & honey tea...with some delicious desserts! We were all pretty tired after a big couple of days so it was early to bed. We woke up to the most majestic sight of the snow-capped mountains and it made for a very exciting day of trekking seeing them get closer and closer. After our first outdoor yoga session with the mountains in the distance, we had a long day of hiking but it was broken up with tea stops, lunch stops and mediation stops. There were definitely challenging areas of the hike (I'm not a fan of steps and there were many :-) The scenery was spectacular and we also enjoyed getting to know our Trek Guides, Karnesh & Harry. Finally, we reached the gateway to Poon Hill and as it was misty and foggy again we didn't get to see what we were going to wake up to the next morning but it did make it a little more exciting. We stayed at the SuperView Guesthouse and the rooms were basic but had an ensuite with hot water. We arrived quite late in the afternoon so after a very enjoyable yoga stretch session, we had showers and came down to the restaurant/living area with a fire and enjoyed another fantastic vegetarian dinner. As we needed to get up at 430am we all retired early... Heading off in the dark the next morning was super exciting as we woke up to crystal clear skies and the most magnificent views of the mountains. It definitely made the 45min/hr long trek up the stairs to the summit of Poon Hill a lot easier. We were super lucky to experience a spectacular sunrise and were greeted with hot tea and biscuits and spend the next hour or so basking in the beauty that surrounded us. Karnesh had arranged for us to hang a prayer flag at the top and it was very easy to get a little emotional with his beautiful words before we hung it up. It was most definitely the highlight of the trek and something that I will never forget. There were a lot of people but the area was quite large so you will always get some incredible photos without people in them. After we headed back down we had one of the most incredible yoga sessions I've ever had - it was hard to concentrate on Karnesh and not just sit in awe of the views that were in front of us. We had breakfast outside on the deck which we were lucky to have all to ourselves and it was just spectacular! To be honest we all wished we could have spent the day and another night at this hotel to relax and enjoy the surroundings and I think if we'd known how amazing it was perhaps we could have extended the trip by a day to accommodate this. Maybe this is something that you could offer clients? After packing up we were ready (albeit a little unwilling to leave this magical place) to start the trek back down. It was one of the longest days as we had already been up so early and we followed a trail that was on the mountainside and had views of the Annapurna Range the whole day. There were downhill and uphill sections but again we were treated to stops at little teahouses for tea, shopping and lunch. After a very long day we arrived at Hotel Magnificent and it was getting dark when we arrived so we had a stretching session inside with the fire (it was freezing there!). This was the only place we stayed that had the shared bathroom/shower and you had to go outside to use the shower, but at least it was warm. The walls in this place were very very thin and you could hear everything but as we were so exhausted it was okay to fall asleep but I would definitely recommend your ear plugs. Dinner was great and they made the most delicious desserts here. As it was quite noisy the majority of us woke up early and went outside to watch the sunrise over the mountains - simply beautiful but it was really really cold. Our morning yoga session was in front of the mountains and again was simply breathtaking. After two days of a lot of trekking and being cold it took a while to warm up but Karnesh's session made us all feel energised and ready for the day. It was quite a short trek on Day 4 but we thoroughly enjoyed the walks through the forest floor and Karnesh had asked us to be silent for an hour to meditate and enjoy our surroundings in a very peaceful state which was such a beautiful way to surrender to where we were. We arrived at Little Paradise and were greeted by the resident dogs and chickens. It was very foggy and again we weren't sure what we'd wake up to ...also unfortunately due to the weather our ensuite showers weren't hot but we did find another shower which was hot but by that point we were already changed and couldn't be bothered. We enjoyed a lovely lunch outside and then spent the next couple of hours relaxing on the property. Karnesh then led a meditation session inside a studio on the property and it was so relaxing that none of us wanted it to end. After dinner we were all pretty relaxed and not as tired as the other days so we were more than happy to sit around the first inside the dining room and we were surprised to have Karnesh, Harry and the porters play music and sing for us. It was a memorable way to end our trek and I think it was great for the porters to relax and enjoy some time out after carrying our bags for us for the past 4 days. We woke to another gorgeous view of the mountains in the distance and our morning yoga session was again so amazing and you could definitely feel a lot more limber and able to try some harder poses. We enjoyed our breakfast in the sunshine and packed up ready to head back to our end point. The last part of the trek was of course downhill and it started with some charming little villages where we met some absolutely gorgeous Nepalese children. Again the scenery was spectacular and you definitely know you're near the end when you come across the road construction and noise. We took some great photos at the end and bundled up again into the jeeps for the 4hr drive back to Pokhara. We stopped on the way for lunch and arrived in Pokhara ready to enjoy a very long hot shower. Karnesh and Harry arranged massages for us at Jiva Spa and they were absolutely amazing - I had a Trekkers Massage and it was an hour of absolute bliss for my tired and sore calves. We all met up for our farewell dinner and our last goodbyes to Karnesh and Harry. We were able to get in a bit of shopping before and after dinner. A few tips... Most of us had bladders for our water but to be honest there are so many places along the way to fill up your water bottles that they aren't needed (and it's much lighter in your day packs without them) Take plenty of toilet paper (but you can buy it along the way) Get a good quality sleeping bag Pack ear plugs Wet wipes in case of no hot water Dry shampoo - you won't be washing your hair a lot I packed a solar portable charger which was a lifesaver on the trek for taking photos all day You meet a few local children so we took notepads, coloured pens, stickers, little balls and bubbles to give them Have your group organise a medicine pack - a few people got bad colds and they needed decongestants like Sudafed. I also used altitude sickness tablets on the two highest days. Hiking poles were great for getting up all the steps You do not need to pack snacks, you will enjoy a large breakfast, lunch & dinner and Karnesh always had a supply of biscuits, fruit and chocolate for our tea stops Try and spend an extra day/night in Pokhara, there is so much to see and do and we wished we could have had that extra time there. Overall it was one of the most amazing trips I've ever done and I would highly recommend Kamala Yoga Nepal if you want to do a Yoga Trek in Nepal. Where else in the world can you go that you are woken up with singing bowls and a hot cup of ginger, lemon and honey tea! I would go back tomorrow if I could! Personally, I got so much out of it and I found a sense of inner peace that is hard to get in your everyday life. It was so great to switch off from social media and emails for a week and just enjoy being alive and living in the moment. Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for Karnesh and his positive energy and genuine caring, Harry for his knowledge and happy spirit and our always happy and friendly porters for carrying our belongings. We couldn't have asked for a better team to take care of us and all our needs. You all went out of your way to ensure that our trip was one we will never forget. This is a trip that I"m going to remember forever and I really hope I can get back there again soon!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Lotta Hansson wrote a review Oct 2019
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Now I have had another amazing trekking with Kamala Yoga Nepal. Based on my wishes, Karnesh put together a trekking that became beyond my expectation, completely magical. In glorious October weather, we did an 11-day trekking from Poon Hill to ABC which will be one of my best memories forever. Every morning I woke up to a Tibetan singing bowl, got warm ginger water and then yoga in fantastic outdoor environments. The trekking began in the beautiful Nepalese jungle, turned into forest and ended in a harsh and incredibly beautiful landscape in ABC, which is absolutely magical and must be experienced. Every day after the trekking we did a much needed streching and the meditation in the evening gave a nice balance of body and soul. Karnesh and the porter Diwa's joy, positive energy and caring are genuine and makes the mood to be at the top all the time. Their knowledge, experience and commitment make you feel safe all the time and can therefore enjoy the trekking to the maximum. They really want the trekking to be something extra special for you and they succeed to the fullest. Already I am looking forward to my third hike with Kamala Yoga Nepal, so thank you for this incredible lifetime experience and for sharing with you some of your joy of life that I will always remember. I am so grateful and happy for this experience. Namaste'
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from kamalayoganepal, Owner at Kamala Yoga Nepal
Responded Nov 4, 2019
Dear Lotta, Thank you so much for your detailed review! It was lovely to have you back on a trek with us and we are so pleased that you had such an enjoyable time. See you again soon! With our warmest regards, Your KYN team
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jamainep2 wrote a review Aug 2019
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Kamala Yoga Nepal is a secret tip for yoga and singing bowl meditation in Pokhara. They know what they are doing. I am practicing yoga for a couple of years now and I was very happy with their way of practicing it. I also experienced the singing bowl meditation / sound immersion with them for the first time and they shifted me to another world, just as their very engaging chanting session. Last but not least, I was so privileged to enjoy tea on their terrace, where you have a stunning view over the lake and mountains. The studio itself is stunning. Most importantly, it is very clean and bright, has AC, great equipment and an amazing view. I highly recommend them, because they are not only professional but spending time with them is very delightful. I will be back! 💜
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from kamalayoganepal, Owner at Kamala Yoga Nepal
Responded Aug 12, 2019
Dear Jamaine, Thank you so much for writing such a detailed review for us! We are so pleased you are enjoying the classes with us, and look forward to welcoming you again soon. Namaste! Your KYN team
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Gwenaelle M wrote a review Jun 2019
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The Poon Hill Yoga Trek with the Kamala Yoga team has been a fantastic experience I can only recommend. Karnesh and his team are very welcoming, knowledgeable and forthcoming; and have done an awesome job at making our trip nothing short of amazing. Early wake up with Tibetan singing bowls, energising yoga classes in the outdoor, and nourishing breakfasts at traditional The Poon Hill Yoga Trek with the Kamala Yoga team has been an absolutely incredible experience I can only recommend. Karnesh and his team are very welcoming, knowledgeable and forthcoming; and have done an awesome job at making our trip nothing short of amazing. Early wake up with Tibetan singing bowls, energising yoga classes in the outdoor, and nourishing breakfasts at traditional tea houses run by local families ensured a great start of the day. The Poon Hill circuit itself is carefully planned to give the participants a great overview of the varied landscapes Nepal has to offer; from the beautiful Nepalese jungle and terraced farmlands to the 360 panoramic view from Poon Hill of the Annapurna Holy mountains. Evening yoga did wonders at stretching our tired limbs; and we particularly enjoyed listening to the local songs played by Karnesh and his team after dinner. The trek would definitely not have been the same without the hospitality and dedication of our amazing guides and porters. Many thanks to Karnesh, Sudip, Sailes and the rest for sharing their joy, knowledge and wisdom with us; and for going out of their way to make this experience so unique and fulfilling. My only regret? Not having been able to stay a few more days in Pokhara after the trek to enjoy more yoga and meditation classes at Kamala Yoga's beautiful studio. That, and not being able to return before next year, of course...
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from kamalayoganepal, Owner at Kamala Yoga Nepal
Responded Jun 2, 2019
Dear Gwenaelle, Thank you so much for leaving such a detailed review. We are so happy to read it! It was an absolute pleasure to trek with you and we hope to welcome you again soon. Very best wishes and Namaste! Your KYN team
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