This pilgrimage offers spiritual seekers from all paths an opportunity to tread the paths that have been laid down by yogis and sages throughout centuries and experience the sacred energies of these majestic mountains that uplift the soul and recharge spiritual endeavour. This trek will take you from Rishikesh to Tapovan, which is a vast meadow surrounded by mountain peaks and nestled at the base of Shivaling mountain, it is one of the most beautiful and breath-taking places imaginable. It is here that Ganga (known as Akash or Sky Ganga) begins her descent . This sacred place is where yogis, seers and rishis have performed spiritual practices since time immemorial. Join us for a unique opportunity to deepen you own spiritual practices, meditation and consciousness.
“A pilgrimage to sacred places can awaken us to the Beingness of who we truly are”
Rishikesh. Introduction to the pilgrimage with fire ceremony and celebratory meal
Rafting Ganga, Satsang with Sdhvi Bhagavati,
Ganga Aarathi at Parmath Niketan
Vashista Gufa, Shivananda Ashram and Tat Walla Baba cave
Travel to Uttakashi – known as the Valley of the Gods, an ancient centre for yogis and rishis. Visit the Vishwanath temple and enjoy talks and satsang with Aadinath Swaroop, a learned teacher.
To Ganganani and Gangotri – Stop for a hot bath at a natural spring. At Gangotri we will visit the temple to Mother Ganga and experience the rich cultural heritage of this region.
Days 6 to 8: Gangotri
A unique opportunity to spend time with Swami Sundarananda considered to be one of the great yogi Himalayan Masters, who has mastered all the yoga postures and pranayamas and is a famous photographer and mountaineer. He has chronicled his devotion to the natural beauty of the Himalayas in his gallery. There will be an opportunity to share in meditation with Swamij and to visit Bhakti, a woman saint who lives in a cave. A devotee of Hanuman. She has spent 14 years of unbroken sadhana living in the Himalayas. Explore the Pandava Cave, which is famed as the abode of the 5 Pandava brothers described in the Indian classic – The Mahabharata.
Gangotri to Bhojvasa – experience the beauty and majesty of the Ganga river valley.
Days 10 to 13:
Tapovan: Immerse yourself in the sacred silence of a place where centuries of spiritual seekers have
come to experience the oneness. Have satsang and meditation sessions with Nagadas, who has lived there in silence for over 10 years and Sri Anand, a swami who recently came out of silence to share his wisdom with spiritual seekers.
Trek back (or pony) to Gangotri
Gangotri to Rishikesh
Rishikesh. Closing Fire Ceremony.
To ensure a deep and fulfilling experience, this pilgrimage is limited to a small number of spiritual seekers.
8 – 24 May 2021
This pilgrimage will be demanding both in terms of spiritual practice and the nature of the trek at high altitude. The trek is considered moderate to difficult so good health and a high level of fitness is required.
Please note that the dates to this journey are dependent on borders being open.
Donation to Prema Charitable Trust: $500
All other costs including tickets, meals and tours shall be borne by the participant.
… has been travelling to the Himalayas for the past 25 years living in ashrams in sacred regions and has been deeply inspired by the ancient pathway to Self-realisation. Over the past fifteen years she has undertaken an annual pilgrimage to Tapovan, living in a cave, amidst the silence, within the community of saints and yogis. These experiences transformed her own life and she wishes to play a role in sharing the transformative power of practice in places of spiritual power.