I just found out about a pilgrimage tour I would love to go on. The destinations are Tibet and Nepal and the experience will be a sacred journey into the ancient mysteries of these legendary lands.
Tour leaders are Mark Amaru Pinkham and Andrea Mikana-Pinkham. My wife and I went to sacred sites and power places of Peru with Mark and Andrea, and the experience was both life-changing and unforgettable.
Mark is a renowned researcher, lecturer and spiritual teacher as well as being the author of “The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom”, “Conversations with the Goddess,” and “The Truth Behind the Christ Myth.”
The dates of this trip are August 25 – September 6, 2008. This will be a wonderfully small group. The number is limited to 10 people and they currently have but 2 spaces left, so it is recommended that interested pilgrims should register quickly to assume their place. The closing date for registration is August 11, or earlier if the group is filled sooner.
Every time I listen to the Bob Seger song “I’m going to Kathmandu” I long to see that legendary place, and it is where this itinerary begins. Here are details of the tour:
Day 1. Monday, August 25. Arrive Kathmandu / Introductory Group Meeting & Mysteries of Nepal Lecture with Mark Pinkham / Durbur Square & Syambhunath Stupa / Welcome Dinner (D) Overnight Kathmandu.
Day 2. Tuesday, August 26. Kathmandu: Bodhnath, Pashupatinath, Patan, Bungmati (B) Overnight Kathmandu.
Day 3. Wednesday, August 27. Kathmandu: Meditation Caves (B) Overnight Kathmandu.
Day 4. Thursday, August 28. To Medieval Temple City of Bhaktapur/ To Dhulikhel (B/L/D) Overnight Dhulikhel.
Day 5. Friday, August 29. To Lhasa: Barkhor Market (B/D) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 6. Saturday, August 30. Lhasa: Sacred Mysteries of Tibet Lecture with Mark Pinkham / Jokhang and Barkor Temple Circle(B/D) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 7. Sunday, August 31. Lhasa: Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery (B/D) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 8. Monday, September 1. Lhasa: Drak Yerpa Meditation Caves (B/D) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 9. Tuesday, September 2. To Gyantse: Yamdrok Tso, Khumbum Stupa (B/D) Overnight Gyantse.
Day 10. Wednesday, September 3. To Shigatse: Tashi Lunpo Monastery (B/D) Overnight Shigatse.
Day 11. Thursday, September 4. To Lhasa. Free Time (B) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 12. Friday, September 5. Free Day in Lhasa; Farewell Dinner (B/D) Overnight Lhasa.
Day 13. Saturday, September 6. Return to Nepal; Depart Nepal (B)
More details are available at the Body Mind Spirit Travel website, or call Andrea Mikana-Pinkham at 800 231-9811 or 928 284-2384. Her email address is: BMSJourneys@aol.com.