A Journey to the Source for Himalayan Shilajit

Oct 03, 2013

The search for Himalayan Shilajit

In previous posts, I have shared with you what started my passion for finding the elusive high-grade Himalayan Shilajit and bringing it to western markets. Today, I will share more about exactly how I finally located the source.

Search for Himalayan shilajit

Motorcycles and monks in the Himalayas!

In search of the legendary shilajit I had heard so much about, I traveled for a total of six months throughout the Himalayas by motorcycle, foot, and sometimes pushing the motorcycle! My friend and spiritual mentor, Bikkhu Siribodhi, a Buddhist monk from the Royal Thai Temple in Bodh Gaya, traveled with me so that he could learn more about the Buddhism practiced in these remote areas. It was a harrowing trip. In many of the areas we visited we needed to get special permission and permits from the military. Having a monk with me certainly helped as the military and everyone we met treated him with reverence and respect. We passed over some of the highest mountain passes in the world reaching altitudes above 18,000 feet above sea level. We met amazing people and experienced the wonderful cultures of the indigenous Himalayan people. We saw some of the most beautiful landscapes and scenery on earth. We also experienced many hardships including engine problems, terrible roads, freezing cold, snow storms, and sand storms.

The Test

Over one pass the weather changed without warning and we were suddenly driving with zero visibility in a snow storm! I honestly feared for our lives. The cold was so bitter that I had to stop every couple of minutes to warm my hands on the engine of the motorcycle to avoid frostbite. I knew that if our motorcycle broke down, which it had done several times in the past, we would certainly perish. I’m not too proud to admit that I cried and cursed as my mind filled with terror and thoughts of my family getting the news that I had met my demise in an icy mountain grave. As I tried to navigate slowly through the dark, cold, and blinding snow, I could hear the monk gently chanting. We never spoke until finally, and miraculously, we descended into the valley and reached a small village where we were able to warm ourselves by a fire and drink what was probably the most delicious chai I had ever tasted. I asked Siribodhi, “What were you chanting?”. He calmly replied that he was chanting a special sutra that he was told to chant when he was preparing for death. I was very relieved that his chants had proved to be unnecessary!

Search for Himalayan shilajit

Woman of the Himalayas.

It was shortly after this that I found hope at discovering a source of high grade himalayan shilajit. An elderly woman told us about a traditional doctor who had a supply of very good quality shilajit in a village nearby. She said she had been taking it for years and it kept her strong and relieved her joint pain. We visited the doctor and he welcomed us into his home. He gave us some purified shilajit to sample and it was very potent. I immediately felt a sensation of vibrations flowing throughout every cell in my body. I asked him about the quality and then he pulled out a gold and reddish colored rock from a metal box. Throughout the rock I could see black shilajit glistening in the light. This was the rare and legendary type of himalayan shilajit I had heard so much about! I asked if he could sell me some. He said he could, but only a little, and that if I wanted more I would have to visit his brother who collected this quality of shilajit high in the mountains. “Where can I find him?” I asked. “He’s only about a four hour walk from here,” the doctor replied. The next day we started what turned out to be a very grueling and slow six hour hike high into the mountains for search of the elusive Himalayan Shilajit.

4 thoughts on “A Journey to the Source for Himalayan Shilajit

  1. Nichalus says:

    Your story never ceases to amaze me, Johann. Got my 2nd jar from amazon, and it’s real good. I think you really deserve to be featured and/or sponsored by the national geographic magazine. Only thing is I guess you have to be cautious about is the limits of supply vs demand. I guess it’s a fine balance. Well for those of us in the know, I would like to say that I appreciate the lengths you have gone to in locating this unique and legendary substance.

    1. Johann Helf says:

      Thank you so much Nichalus for your kind words of encouragement and appreciation! I have had offers from two different companies who would like to film my journey into the Himalayas to source and select shilajit but I have declined them. I do not want to give away my source after spending so much energy and time finding it. If I did there would be many unscrupulous competitors rushing into these areas with no regard for the people and their environments well being. Please consider reviewing our shilajit here and on Amazon and share the benefits you have enjoyed from our product with others. It means so much to us when our customers recognize the lengths we go to in order to provide a product of integrity and authenticity. Be happy and healthy!
      With gratitude, Johann

  2. Patrick C. says:

    Your story is so inspiring. Shout out to Michael Meissner for introducing shilajit to me. Shout out to you for giving Michael the opportunity to learn, and to promote this awesome stuff! Please continue to do what you do. May your journey continue with safety, and bring you joy.

  3. Carlos says:

    Engaging story of discovery! Thank you for your integrity to keep your source unpolluted by would-be charlatans. Shilajit reminds me of the coveted Soma of the gods. At least we mortals can have some semblance of immortal vitality. I just found out about Shilajit although I have been taking Rasayanas for years. I will report back once I have imbibed this legendary substance. Thanks for sharing Johann!

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