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Religious & Spiritual
Located at Ka-Nying Sheldrup Ling Gompa, the institute offers a fairly advanced 10-day course (‘Vajrayana empowerment’) on Tibetan Buddhist teachings, practice and meditation, led by the monastery’s abbot Chokyi Nyim...
It’s an activity that’s very much in its infancy, but climbers keen for some action can tackle a 25m rock here (US$65)...
Hiking & Trekking
A popular trail is the four- to five-hour trek loop around Nagarkot, which passes through Rohini Bhanjyang and scenery of terraced hills, fields of mustard flowers and rustic mudbrick farmhouses belonging to Tamang a...
Health & Wellness
Kopan is probably the best place in the Himalaya to learn the basics of meditation and Tibetan Buddhism...
Faced with one too many hairy male yoga teachers displaying contortive poses in their underpants, the owners of this centre decided to set up a modern, comfortable environment for drop-in practitioners...
This friendly dharma centre offers guided meditations and talks on Tibetan Buddhism, with free guided meditation on Saturday mornings and regular Buddhist teachings...
Food & Drink
If you’ve got time on your side, you might want to pop in to this small but interesting factory for a quick look at how the cheese is produced. To get here take the downhill path from Hotel Shivapuri on the main road.
The Kamma Healing Centre offers classes in t’ai chi, yoga, transcendental meditation and anything else you can dream up...
If you need to polish your climbing skills before heading to the big peaks, try this wall on the Ring Rd on the city’s northeastern edge. A day’s membership costs Rs 350 and equipment rental costs Rs 100...
A decent health club for aerobics addicts is Banu’s Total Fitness , hidden down an alleyway southeast of the New Royal Palace. There are aerobics classes at 7am, 10.30am (women only) and 5...
A gay-friendly tour company in Kathmandu.
On the edge of the valley at Satungal, overlooking Matatirtha Village, 8km west of Kathmandu, this is a nonprofit yoga retreat offering courses in hatha yoga and teacher training.
This company has a solid reputation. Its Trisuli trips (one/two days US$55/95) stay at the Trisuli Center camp, near Big Fig beach, while its Seti trips hike in from Bandipur.
This company specialises in long participatory rafting/kayaking trips and kayak instruction.
Offers a week’s course (12 hours) for US$60.
Associated with the New Zealand company Ultimate Descents International (www.ultimatedescents.com). The Kathmandu office is shared with The Last Resort.
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