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Nepal Shamanic Summit 2021

Kathmandu, Nepal September 28-October 11, 2021

A Global Gathering of Shamanic Traditions– From the Four Corner of the World

Hosted by the Shamans of Nepal to coalesce power and presence for healing our planet!
This unprecedented, four-day summit ‘open to all’ will have cultural programs, as well as shamanic ceremonies and rituals by shamans from different traditions. Although an academic presentation will be a part of the program, is not a folklorist presentation or anthropological survey.
This will be an expression of traditional shamanic trance, ceremony and power.
The following programs will be presented:
Shamanic Dances, Sacred Ceremonies, Rituals, Ethnic Music and Dances, Fire-walking, group shamanic healing, books exhibition, shamanic attires and sacred ritual objects presentation and exhibition

…and the Stunning Beauty of Nepal


Nepal Shamanic Summit


We walk the path of the spiritual practitioner visiting ancient power points and sacred spaces in Nepal and Tibet

Our journey is the quest of the spiritual seeker, who surrenders to the spiral of life, follows the etheric energy of the land, practices teachings of inner transformation, and strengthens the connection to their spirit and Divine power. We will practice and share ancient teachings through story, Sanatana Hindu, Jain, Bon and Buddhist philosophy, mala practice and ancient Himalayan shamanism, to seek deeper understanding and open the gate for spiritual rebirth. Below are some of the places we will be visiting. The pilgrimage will also include shamanic ceremonial work.

The Itinerary

30 August 2022 arrival day in Kathmandu, or you may wish to come a couple of days earlier to acclimatize. We will spend a few days in the city visiting sacred sites before flying to Lhasa.

In Lhasa we will visit:

Jokhang Temple, a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa. This Temple is considered the most sacred and important Temple in Tibet – the place where the Dalai Lamas received part of the religious teachings. .

Drepung Monastery, located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries. It was here that the first Dalai Lama was proclaimed and up to the 5th Dalai Lama ruled Tibet from here. Drepung is one of the “great three” Gelug university gompas of Tibet. The other two are the Sera and Ganden Monasteries.

Sera Monastery – The biggest centre of learning which used to have the largest number of monks. Yamantaka chapel is the main and most important shrine of the monastery.

Potala Palace – The administrative and religious centre of Tibet and residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 5th to the 14th.

After a few days exploring Lhasa while we acclimatize to the altitude we will travel to Gyantse –  visits to PelkorChode Monastery, the main monastery in the Nyangchu river valley, and Kumbum Monastery – Kumbum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. There are nine levels, 108 cells and 75 chapels in the shrine. Each chapel is decorated with wall paintings, some have various statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and deities.

From Gyantse we journey to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. We visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, the second most important spiritual leader of Tibet, the reincarnation of Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of infinite lights. A huge temple complex with hundreds of resident monks.

Then we travel to Sakya Monastery, the seat of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight here is the right turning conch shell, the library, which houses thousands of volumes of sacred Buddhist scripts, and the temple of Tara on the other side of the river.

Our travels take us to Chiu Gompa Monastery, the palace of Guru Rinpoche, at the base of Mt Kailash, near the revered sacred lake, Lake Manasarovar, where we will spend a few days. There is a cave in the monastery where Milarepa, Padmasambhava, many yogis and ascetics had meditated.

Mount Kailash is also the domain of Shiva. The August full moon one of the most powerful spiritual times to visit the Lake and mountain. We will do the purification ritual by the lake and also the full moon ritual. Here we have a mix of traditions that come together: The Buddhist tradition identifies the mountain as the place of Lama Demchok, eternal bliss Lama. The Shamanic tradition of the Himalayas identifies the mountain also as the domain of Shiva, the enlightened being that dances surrounded by fire, having transformed the basic nature into the enlightened state and the destructor of illusion.

In mountain Kailash we have two options: Some of the participants will visit the sacred lake, the mountain and also the monastery in the area to devote the days in ceremony and spiritual practice. However, for those who are physically fit, they can undertake the circumambulation of the holy mountain. They will be supported by the practices of the rest of the group in the monastery.

We return to Lhasa before flying back to Kathmandu. Departing Kathmandu 21 Sept 2022.

Every step of our journey is guided through spiritual practices and a team of teachers in spirit that work with Bhola Banstola and Fotoula Adrimi, who have spent time meditating and channeling the guidance and spiritual practices that will bring this pilgrimage together.

Registrations are open.

Please send an email for full details to

Bhola Banstola at

Fotoula at





SEPTEMBER 11-25, 2021


Join Ilka together with Bhola Banstola on this trip into the magic of Nepalese shamanism, to the discovery of the healing traditions of the Himalayas.

Bhola Banstola is an experienced guide and traditional Nepalese jhankri/shaman, he will be your guide on this journey.

Ilka is a shamanic teacher and founder of the international school SHAMANKA and will be facilitating the adventure.

Mt Kailash

(AUGUST 10- SEPTEMBER 2, 2021)
Nepal-Tibet-Mt Kailash

This unique once in a lifetime journey has been designed for dedicated participants who are interested in a powerful and challenging pilgrimage to the most sacred places in the Himalayan region, Mount Kailash.
During this pilgrimage, we will start the spiritual practices from Kathmandu itself which includes the ceremonies, empowerment, visit sacred places, propitiating the ancestors, the practices and rituals of ‘Chakra-Samhar’-the termination of a cycle, etc. Open to participants of any faith or spiritual practices, it is a ‘journey of once in a lifetime’.

Though today this sacred mountain is in TAR, China it was the centre of spiritual refuge, veneration and a source of inspiration from the beginning of time. This unparalleled pilgrimage is considered to be the path of “Salvation” and at the same time is regarded as the greatest and hardest of all earthly pilgrimages.



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