Trekking de Maratika (Halesi Mahadev), cabane, 9 jours
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Trekking de Maratika (Halesi Mahadev), cabane, 9 jours

Jours: 9 / Difficulté: 2 of 5 (Modérée)

Trekking to Halesi Mahadev (Maratika Cave) Lodge, 9 Days
Maratika Cave (lit. ‘The Cave of Bringing Death to an End’) and Maratika Monastery are located in the Khotang District of East-Nepal, approximately 185 km south west of Mount Everest, at the hilly region between the holy rivers Dudh Koshi to the right and Sun Koshi to the left. In the local dialect it is also known as ‘Haleshi’. It is a place full of natural beauty, cultural inheritance and is popular among the Hindus, for whom it is associated with Lord Shiva, as well as Buddhists all over the world.
The Legend goes, that Lord Vishnu was the first ever devotee to pay homage to the Haleshi Mahadeva in the Satya Yuga, the ‘Golden Age’.  Afterwards, the last 6000 years until now, many kings, sages, devotees, philosophers, thinkers, hermits, abbots and ascetics have been paying homage to this sacred place. It is taken as a place for fulfilling wishes and giving boons to the real devotees, that their wishes will been fulfilled.

For Buddhists his power-place is generally associated with Guru Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), where he and his consort Mandarava were blessed with immortal life by Buddha Amitayus. The caves of Maratika are mentioned in tibetan literature up from the 12th century. The ‘Sanglingma’, a Kathang (biography) of Padmasambhava discovered by Nyang Ral Nyima Öser, describes the original event, which made the Maratika caves a sacred place for Buddhists:
At the request of the Bodhisattva Avaloketesvara, the Buddha Amitayus once taught eighteen tantras of long life. The Dakini Sangwa Yeshe recorded them and hid the teachings afterwards in the Maratika-Cave. While Guru Padmasambhava was in the kingdom of Sahor, he met king Arshadhara’s daughter, a sixteen-year-old maiden called ‘Mandarava-Flower’, who endowed the qualifying marks of a tantric adept. The Guru magnetized her and took her along as his spiritual consort and support in practice. Later on, the Master and his consort went to Maratika, disclosed the mandalas of Buddha Amitayus and practiced the earlier by Sangwa Yeshe hidded long-life-tantras. After three months they had a vision of Amitayus, who appeared in the sky and placed the nectar-filled vase of immortal life upon their heads. So he blessed Master Padma to be the daka Hayagriva and Mandarava to be his consort, the dakini Vajra Varahi. Thus they attained the vidyadhara level of longevity beyond birth and death. While the Guru later went to Tibet to establish Buddhism there, Mandarava stayed in India, where she had a lot of deciples.        

Other later written sources narrate this episode in the life of the great saint, for example the ‘Padma Thangyig Sheldrangma’ (14th century) a Terma (treasure-text) of Orgyen Lingpa. Also, the Samten Lingpa alias Tagsham Nuden Dorje, a Tertön (revealer of hidden treasures)  from the second half of the 17th century, consecrates six folios to this episode in his biography of Padmasambhava and his consort.
In ‘Guide to the sacred places of Nepal’ also Khamtrul Choki Nyima (1730-1780) had written about Maratika-Cave. Brief introductions by H.H. Dalai Lama, Trulshik Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Ngawang Chophel Gyatso and Lopon Karma Wangchuk, can also be found in ‘The Guide to Maratika’.

Itinerary in detail

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and meet with SFT representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel. Welcome drink and short briefing about the tour and trekking. Relax.   

Day 2: After breakfast a full day sightseeing in the Kathmandu-Valley with tour guide by private car. Overnight in Hotel.   

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lamidanda and trek to Halesi Mahadev,
Wake up in the morning and fly to Lamidanda. We have breakfast and start to trek to Halesi. Overnight in Lodge.   

Day 4: Exploring the Halesi Mahadev Temple and Caves,
Exploring the Buddhist Monasteries and Caves, Overnight in Lodge.   

Day 5: Exploring the Monasteries and surrounding hills,
Exploring the surrounding hills. Overnight in Lodge.   

Day 6: Trek from Halesi Mahadev to Lamidanda,
After breakfast, trek down to Lamidanda. Overnight in Lodge.   

Day 7: Fly from Lamidanda to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel,

Day 8: Full day Sightseeing Tour with Tour Guide by private car, overnight in Hotel.   

Day 9: Final Departure to International Airport for your further destination.      

Our Tour Package included;
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Sightseeing Tour as per above Itinerary.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin sharing basis at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, (1 porter for 2 participants), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM/Lamidanda/KTM (flight only possible Sunday and Wednesday) and airport tax.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kids.
* All transportation by private car.
* Tourist service charge.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.

Doesn't include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Emergency Evacuation.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...                                          

                                    Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

N.B: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss  Family Treks  & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves. 


Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu. Our representatives will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our hotel.  

Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
Known for its rich history and culture, Kathmandu valley offers a wide variety of sights to be seen. A rich pot of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the artwork in the local temples and spaces such as the durbar square are truly awe-inspiring. We will visit the most iconic places of Kathmandu today that includes temples such as Pashupatinath which is one of the biggest sites for the worshippers of Hindu faith and Boudhanath and Swayambhunath which are significant Buddhist sites. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Lamidanda and trek to Halesi Mahadev,
Early in the morning, we will take a flight to Lamidanda which is in the eastern part of Nepal. It is a short flight and will give your glorious views of the Himalayas of Nepal. It is a mesmerizing moment when we first set our sights on the mountains seems so small from the air above but in fact are the tallest structures of the Earth. Lamidanda is known as the gateway to Halesi Mahadev and we will begin our day-long trek to Halesi. Overnight at Halesi Mahadev.

Day 4: Exploring the Halesi Mahadev Temple and Caves,
Today, early in the morning, we will make a visit to Halesi Mahadev temple. Situated in a cave, this region is believed to be the hiding place of Mahadev (Shiva) at one point of time and the three caves represent the three eyes of the Lord. It is a truly wonderful feeling knowing that we are visiting one of the oldest sites in Nepal, the traces of which can be felt up to the 12th century. Today after the puja we will explore the majestic caves and relax. Overnight at Halesi Mahadev.

Day 5: Exploring the Monasteries and surrounding hills,
Holding equal importance for people of the Buddhist faith, the legend has that Guru Padmasambhava meditated in these caves for 3 months? This region is made of up three hills a smaller one and two main ones. Next to the cave is the Maratika Chimney Takten Choling Monastery. We will explore the sacred sites of the monastery and call it a rest for the day. Overnight at Halesi Mahadev.

Day 6: Trek from Halesi Mahadev to Lamidanda,
From Halesi, after we have had our share of puja, darshan and spiritual guidance, we will make our way to Lamidanda following the same path that we came in earlier. Due to its position in the east, we will have the chance to view some lush green hills and the snowcapped mountains of this region. On reaching Lamidanda we will check into our guest house. Overnight at Lamidanda.

Day 7: Fly from Lamidanda to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel,
From Lamidanda, with the breathtaking view of the Himalayas, and the mountainous terrain of Nepal we will make our way back to Kathmandu via flight. This is one of the most wonderful opportunities to appreciate the mountains and take some good pictures. You can stroll around the local areas upon arriving in the city. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 8: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
Today, we shall explore the beautiful Patan and Bhaktapur. Both the places boast an incredible artwork and immense history. Ruled by Kings, one can see the richness in art and culture this place must have had during its glory days. The famous Krishna temple is a stone temple which is an example of fine stonework and the museum holds many ancient sculptures. In Bhaktapur which is the capital of Newar heritage, we can see the famous Naytapola Temple a towering beauty of woodwork and the equally magnificent Dattatraya temple. You can also for souvenirs in the meantime. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9: Final Departure from Kathmandu.  
Being your last day, our representative will drop you to the airport ending you Nepal tour.

Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at snftnepal@yahoo.de

Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks  & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.

Prix Adulte Status *
USD 1,195
EUR 1.126
SFr 1.199
Tour est disponible
* Dates can be flexible, please contact us for individual dates.

Our Trek Package Cost included;
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* Sightseeing Tour as per above Itinerary.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin sharing basis at 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, (1 porter for 2 participants), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* Domestic flight ticket from KTM/Lamidanda/KTM (flight only possible Sunday and Wednesday) and airport tax.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kids.
* All transportation by private car.
* Office Service charge.
* All Government Tax.



Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Emergency Evacuation.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...                                          
 
                               Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.


Trekking de Maratika (Halesi Mahadev), cabane, 9 jours


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