Come on a Journey Back to the Self and experience the Power Of The Cosmos arising in You in each Moment.

Join Ian Baker and Mark Whitwell on his first ever pilgrimage to the sacred mountain in Tibet where his teacher, Sri T Krishnmacharya, revealed the essence of modern yoga. Every experience is different and always magical.  Step into the freedom that you already are and journey to Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash, which is always a unique and auspicious gathering of friends.

Journey with Mark Whitell to the home of Tiramalai Krishnamacharya’s guru Ramamohan Bramachari. Krishnamacharya, the founder of modern yoga. He studied with him for seven and a half years in his early life. This pilgrimage is a common ritual to Hindu and Buddhist Yogis.

Krishnamacharya was from a family of Vedanta scholars. But he wanted these ideas at a deeper level, so as a young man he set off to the source of Yoga, the Himalayas, after religious and academic studies in the intellectual hub of the Tantra, Varanasi.

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For seven years he studied with his guru Ramamohan Brahmachari, near to Lake Manasarovar in the sight of Mount Kailash, the sacred pilgrimage place for both Buddhist and Hindu devotees.

We will explore these ancient sites and participate in the ancient nexus for intimacy with life: the power of the cosmos arising as pure intelligence and unspeakable beauty, in perfect harmony with the seen and the unseen cosmos.

Mount Kailash

Please understand, this will not be tourism. It is a pilgrimage. We will share our lives with the thousands of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims who pass this way and circle Mount Kailash.

Earth’s sacredness can be experienced everywhere equally, but the journey to Mount Kailash is an auspicious gathering of friends.

“Everywhere on earth is as sacred as Mount Kailash so there’s no necessity to come… but please do if you want to, it will be an auspicious gathering of friends.”

Mark Whitwell

Tibet’s Mount Kailash is embraced as the meeting place of earth and heaven and is one of the most ancient and spectacular pilgrimage destinations on the planet. Yogic traditions from India, Tibet and beyond converged at mount Kailash, inspiring the modern yoga of today.

We carefully select the most interesting “top of the field” practitioners, explorers and adventurers across many disciplines to create an unforgettable and knowledge-packed experience for all. Pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash is your journey of a lifetime to the source of yoga. It didn’t begin in a yoga studio…come feel for yourself

Quotes to Inspire

“Happiness arises when you relax into the reality of your natural condition. The secrets of the universe are already in you as you. Seeking anything implies that you don’t have it; every search for the idea of enlightenment leads you further away from it. The magnificence of life does not await you – it actually is you.”

— Mark Whitwell

“Ian Baker’s journeys inspire others not only to venture into unknown lands on a geographical level, but also to discover the inner realms within which our own deepest nature lies hidden.”

His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

“You don’t need to come on this ancient Hindu Buddhist Yogi’s pilgrimage to the source of Yoga because every where on Earth is the sacred abode for your Yoga practice, your direct intimacy with your reality, the power of this cosmos arising as the whole body, pure intelligence and unspeakable beauty. Stay home and do your Yoga! You are already standing in the foothills of Mt Kailash… body breath and mind, a unitary movement of infinity.

— Mark Whitwell

“A form of consciousness beyond the veils of discursive thought, a space forever present for those who seek it, not in some far-off wilderness, but in our innermost hearts. When that realization dawns in the depths of one’s being, the world effortlessly transforms into that which was sought.” Ian baker

— Ian Baker

IAN BAKER

IAN BAKER studied art history, literature, and comparative religion at Oxford University and Columbia University and Medical Anthropology at University College London. He is the author of seven books on Himalayan and Tibetan culture including The Heart of the World: A Journey to the Last Secret Place and The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple, a collaborative work with H.H. The Dalai Lama illuminating Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. His latest book, Tibetan Yoga: Practices and Principles, will be published in 2019. A leader of numerous Himalayan expeditions, he was profiled by National Geographic Society as one of seven “Explorers for the Millennium”.

Ian has led trips in Tibet for Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society, in addition to numerous private expeditions. As the Dalai Lama wrote; “Ian Baker’s journeys…inspire others not only to venture into unknown lands on a geographical level, but also to discover the inner realms within which our own deepest nature lies hidden.”

MARK WHITWELL

Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.

Mark has taught yoga for over three decades throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and is the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.

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Things You Should Know

The itinerary will as much as possible accord with what is shown in this prospectus, but changes in scheduling or hotels are always possible. Due to the unpredictability of Chinese Government.

The itinerary will as much as possible accord with what is shown in this prospectus, but changes in scheduling or hotels are always possible. Due to the unpredictability of Chinese policies, it cannot be guaranteed, for example, that we will be allowed into Mount Kailash’s Inner Sanctuary.

The comprehensive trip fee of $8,000 (USD) includes domestic airfare from Chengdu to Lhasa and Shigatse to Chengdu. All accommodations on the trip are on a twin-share basis. A supplementary fee of $568 (USD) is payable by those who desire single accommodations and individual tents throughout the journey.

All meals are included on the trip, including complimentary bottled water. All land transportation is covered throughout the trip. All entry fees and permit costs in Tibet are included throughout the trip, as well as the cost of yak support. In addition to the services of Mark Whitwell, Ian Baker, Eliska Vaea, and Rosalind Atkinson, the journey to Mount Kailash will also be supported by expert Tibetan guides, drivers, and a dedicated chef who will provide highly nutritious ‘yogic’ cuisine.

The comprehensive trip fee DOES NOT include the cost of international airfare to and from Chengdu; China visa fees; travel insurance; alcoholic or soft drinks; laundry; activities not shown in the trip prospectus; and tips for local guides and drivers.