15-Day Meditation Journey in Nepal and Bhutan

  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Nov 8 - 22, 2020 (15 days)

Event Highlights

  • We will immerse ourselves in the serene nature, as well as visiting sacred sites where yogis have meditated for decades and where Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags characterize the surroundings.
  • We visit several Buddhist sacred places, and learn about the Traditional Buddhist philosophy and daily meditation practice.

Schedule

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to our guesthouse in Boudha, five minutes walking distance to the sacred Boudha Stupa. There may be time to rest from the journey or go for a walk to the Boudha Stupa. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the meditation journey by instructors Alex d’Artois & Sisse Budolfsen.

DAY 2 – FULL DAY IN BOUDHA
Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we walk to the Boudha Stupa and Shechen Monastery, the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu. We get to visit Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s meditation room, the founder of Shechen Monastery and one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of out time. We have dinner in Boudha and overnight at the guesthouse.

DAY 3 – HIKE FROM KOPAN TO SHIVAPURI NATIONALPARK
Morning meditation and breakfast. After breakfast we start our 6-7 hike that day up to Kopan and from there across the Northern hills of the Kathmandu valley to Shivapuri National Park. On our way we stop at Nagi Gompa, a nunnery nestled in the national park and we pay homage to Tulku Urgyen, the late founder of the nunnery and one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of his generation. We take our lunch at the nunnery before doing the last stretch of the hike up to the beautifully located cottage where we will stay for the next coming nights. Dinner and overnight at the cottage.

DAY 4 – FULL DAY AT THE COTTAGE IN SHIVAPURI NATIONAL PARK
Morning meditation and breakfast. We spend the full day at the cottage in the Shivapuri National Park. Free morning and lunch at the cottage. In the afternoon we have a meditation and philosophy session followed by a sunset view over the Kathmandu valley. Dinner and overnight at the cottage.

DAY 5 – WE DRIVE TO SWAYAMBHU
Morning meditation and breakfast at the cottage. After breakfast we drive to Swayambhu and settle into our hotel which is 20 min walk from the Stupa. We take lunch at the hotel.

DAY 6 – WE FLY TO PARO / BHUTAN
After breakfast we depart for the international airport and fly to Paro, Bhutan. We visit Dhuntse and Kyichu Lakhang – the house of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of this century. We spend the night at a lovely resort.

DAY 7 – JALA DZONG
After breakfast, we drive to up the hill behind the dzong to begin our walk to Jala Dzong. We have lunch at camp and then visit the Dzong and enjoy the day at this location. This is also a famous location for encountering the national flower of Bhutan – the blue poppy – but only during summer season. We spend the night camping at Jala Dzong.

DAY 8 – CAMP AT LATAYKHA MONASTERY
After breakfast, continue our walk to Lataykha monastery, which as retreat location for Buddhist practitioners of the region. From this location, we can enjoy Great views of Hemphug Monastery, Bemri and Phurdo Gompa.

DAY 9 – HIKE TO BEMRI, THE SITE OF THE 100,000 DAKINIS
After breakfast, we walk to Bemri a sacred site which is known as the mountain of 100,000 dakinis who took flight from here. We continue hiking for visits at Dhunkalha or Phurdo Gompa and return to hotel by vehicle. We spend the night at a beautifully located resort in Paro.

DAY 10 – CHELE LA & KILAY NUNNERY
We rise early for the drive to Chele la and visit Kilay gompa (nunnery) along the way. We have a picnic lunch at the top of the pass where we will get great Himalaya views if the weather is clear. After this continue down the back side of the pass to Haa valley. We spend the night at a beautiful farmhouse.

DAY 11 – VISIT TO SHEKHAR DRAK & THIMPHU
We visit Shekhar Drak (dedicated to Avalokitsvara) and continue on driving the back road of Haa. We will stop for a picnic lunch at the scenic Dobsey Dzong. We continue onto Thimphu and check into the hotel. In the afternoon – free time for exploring the city. Prior to dinner, we pay a visit to the Dordenma Buddha which sits above the city and overlooks the entire Thimphu valley.

DAY 12 – RETURN TO PARO
We spend the morning (half day) in Thimphu – select from visits to: Zorig Chusu the School of 13 Traditional Arts, Textile Museum, the Traditional Medical Center or Memorial Chorten. Lunch in Thimphu and then return to Paro with a stop at Tamchoe monastery the famous location of Iron bridge builder Thang Thong Gyalpo and see his chain bridge and other relics located here. We spend the night back at a beautiful resort in Paro.

DAY 13 – TAKTSANG/TIGER’S NEST
We begin our early morning pilgrimage walk to Taktsang Monastery or the famous Tiger’s Nest. On the way back down, we have lunch at the Taktsang “cafeteria”. Return to the hotel where an optional Bhutanese hot stone bath can be organized (at an additional cost) and a farewell dinner for our last night in Bhutan.

DAY – 14 – RETURN TO KTM
We return to Kathmandu, Nepal by morning flight and spend our last night in Boudha. Free day and farewell dinner at Roadhouse in Boudha, with direct view to the Stupa.

DAY -15- DEPARTURE
Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.

About This Event

With this Meditation Journey in Nepal & Bhutan we start our first 6 days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, where we explore the sacred areas of Swoyambhu, Pharping, Namo Buddha and Boudha Stupa – listed to be some of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage spots in the world. After becoming acquainted with the Nepali Buddhist cultures of the Himalayan region, we travel to the other sacred Buddhist land of Bhutan. Here we spend 8 days, embarking on a journey where we get to both observe and learn about the spiritual heritage of Bhutan, as much as taking time to practice ourselves and take in the many blessings of this place.

Sarah Helt, pilgrim from Los Angeles, USA “My experience with Himalayan Hermitage has been life-changing. The friendly, knowledgeable and charming guides lead you through some of the most challenging situations with grace and compassion. Whenever I thought I hit my limit physically or mentally I was able to fall back into the practices they taught me; or simply open my eyes to the beautiful of Nepal to be reinvigorated on the journey. I am so grateful” Sarah Helt

What's Included

  • 14 nights/15 days
  • All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal & Bhutan
  • Experienced guides & instructors
  • Return flight between Kathmandu & Paro (Bhutan)
  • Healthy, vegetarian meals
  • Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
  • Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

What's Not Included

International flight ticket to Nepal
Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
Tip to local guide and porters

Venue Highlights

Based on our many years of traveling and visiting beautiful, little pockets of Nepal we have handpicked some unique places for our 14-Day Journeys in Nepal. The accommodation that we have chosen for our pilgrimage vary from a stay at a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery guesthouse in Pharping, to a beautifully located resort in Namo Buddha, both located in the Kathmandu Valley. In both of these places we have access to hot water, wifi, delicious and fresh vegetarian meals.

Accommodations

Accommodation includes a shared room unless the guest books a single room at additional cost. During our days in the Kathmandu Valley the accommodation is of high standard, with access to hot water, and with meals served as fresh and vegetarian food.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free

Menu/Cuisine

We will enjoy vegetarian and organic meals throughout the meditation journey.

Directions

Fly to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. The visa for Nepal is easily obtained upon arrival and costs $25 USD for 15 days or $40 USD for 30 days.

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