The Himalayan Sacred River Trek
On this seventeen-day transformative trekking journey in the midst of the Himalayan Mountains of India. Explore the Source of the Ganga at Gaumuch, then ascend to Tapovan, 1000 feet above the Gangotri Glacier with views of the Bhagirathi Peaks and the Shivling Massiv. We will trek to a village in the lower Himalayas and learn about life and culture. We visit two sacred cities along India’s most holy rivers with our expert and highly experienced team: a professor of South Asian Studies and psychotherapist, a professional photographer and photo journalist versed in the topography of our tour, and a master yoga trainer and meditation guide, for the tour!
We Invite You!
To profoundly enrich your knowledge and practice of yoga
Through guided practice, educational talks and discussions, and profound encounters with the devotional, mystical, and world-service traditions of yoga in India. All levels of yoga welcome, from beginner to advanced.
To open yourself to personal transformation through group engagements, self-exploration, and mindful practices to help bring your inner world most fully to the outer flow of this life-changing adventure.
To immerse yourself in Indian culture and spirituality, and so expand your sense of the world and the possibilities of life through educational talks and walks, ongoing discussion, back-alley explorations, vast ceremonies of devotion, guided visits to temples, palaces, and ashrams, cultural presentations on cuisine, music, architecture, and history.
the journey's Course
We begin our journey in Delhi, the capital city of India, and then travel by train to Haridwar and Rishikesh, where the Holy Ganga - the river goddess - flows onto the plains. From there we ascend to Mussoorie with our first trek to the roadless village of Kanda. We then move to Uttarkashi and experience a temple visit. We continue to the remote pilgrimage city of Gangotri, where our premier trek initiates to Gaumuch (Source of the Ganga) and to the Tapovan Meadow at 15000+ feet. We descend along mountain roads to Shivpuri, where we celebrate our trip at a resort. We end our time together in the beautiful Haveli Hari Ganga Hotel on the banks of the Ganga, complete with a personal Indian Classical Music Concert. Throughout the tour there are talks on the cultural and spiritual significance of temples and topographical locations, as well as meditation and yoga. Enjoy special meals, programs, cultural events, and growth as a group through our dynamic experiences.
This adventure with all of these beautiful souls was a life changing experience for me. I couldn’t fathom the impact at the time because I was trying to absorb so much of the experience. There is not a day that goes by without a lesson or a memory of my experience in India.
Courtney S., 2019
The trip was magnificent! Scott and Dan guided the tour with knowledge and kindness. In the cities we visited, such as Delhi, Rishikesh, and Haridwar, our days were filled with exciting religious excursions. We visited temples, met with swamis, worshiped with locals at artis (a sacred Hindu fire ceremony), bathed in the holy Ganges river, and gave offerings of puja. I enjoyed immersing myself with the local people and seeing first hand the emotion that is wrapped into their religious expression. We were also given free time during the days to explore the cities in small groups, dine in restaurants, and shop. Indians were overwhelmingly welcoming and we struck up conversation anywhere we went.
Sally M, 2017
I am so blessed to have gone to India with Scott and Dan in 2007 and again in 2008. Words cannot describe all the sensations such an adventure has to offer from the exotic smells, the colorful fabrics, the spicy flavors, the beautiful terrain! Most of all, I was humbled to have shared wordless conversations with locals, to have shared deep spiritual moments among strangers, to have shared naan with the locals and walked alongside the tour mates and the wonderful people of India! Scott and Dan are not only two of my favorite people of all times but they are great travel companions who will challenge you to open your heart, pallet and eyes to this new adventure!
-Liana M, 2008