Buddha eyes

Have a mystical experience in a remote Buddhist kingdom!

Our Himalayan Yoga Adventures take you to the spiritual heart of yoga

A HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE IN CENTRAL BHUTAN

Visit the famous Tiger's Nest temple perched on a mountainside

Have a traditional Bhutanese Khuney massage and Hot Stone Bath

Camp under the full moon and make an offering at the Dakini Temple

Visit the local Cham dance festival at Thamsing Lhakhang

Spin Tibetan prayer wheels and sit in meditation with monks

Hike through ancient forests to visit Buddhist temples and dzongs

What You'll Experience

October 4 – 14, 2022 |  $3,200 USD  | SARC price $1,500

The Yoga Adventure in Bhutan is the perfect opportunity to explore the land of the Thunder Dragon. It’s an authentic journey into yoga practice, Buddhist dharma and Bhutanese culture situated in breathtaking Himalayan landscapes where you can relax in pure nature. The tour is open to all levels of practitioner – yoga and Buddhist – and does not require previous experience.

Journey through spectacular landscapes to the more remote Bumthang in Central Bhutan. Attend the Cham Dance festival at Tamzhing Lhündrup Monastery, the seat of Bhutanese tertön and saint, Pema Lingpa and his tulkus; visit Kurgey Lhakhang, a sacred site where Guru Rinpoche left his imprint; and trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) in West Bhutan.

Visit impressive Buddhist temples and ancient dzongs, receive blessings and teachings from Rinpoches, meet local yogis, meditate with monks in monasteries, trek through first growth forests with views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks. We will wander through small villages, experience the gentle flow of rural life and meet friendly and hospitable local people.

The thread of this unique Himalayan pilgrimage is the Yoga and you will practice daily meditation, pranayama and asana, as well as receive Buddhist teachings continuously as we travel to sacred sites in Bhutan. Buddhist holy places are charged with divine presence. They are the abodes of the Gods. These mysterious power places open up a space within us where we may connect to our own divine essence. Bhutan is an inspiring destination that will leave you feeling nurtured, peaceful and serene.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – OCT 04

Thimphu

Fly to Paro

Drive to Thimphu  | 50 km | 1.5 hour drive.  

Opening Ceremony

Visit Pangri Zampa Monastery (16th CE),

a riverside monastery and Astrological Centre

Late Afternoon yoga

Altitude: 7010 ft / 2350m

Overnight at Thimphu

 

DAY 2 – OCT 05

Thimphu 

Morning Yoga

Attend Thimphu Festival

Druk Wangditse Lhakhang or Zilukha Nunnery

Open air yoga session at the temple ground

Thimphu market

Altitude: 7010 ft / 2350m

Overnight at Thimphu

 

DAY 3 – OCT 06

Bumthang

Fly to Bumthang

Attend the Cham Dance festival at Tamzhing Lhündrup Monastery.

This monastery was built be the great Bhutanese 

tertön and saint, Pema Lingpa, in 1501.

Afternoon yoga

Altitude: 9185ft / 2800m

Overnight in Bumthang

 

DAY 4 – OCT 07

Bumthang

See the unravelling of Tamzhing Trongdel 

Morning Yoga

Visit to Jampay Lakhang and Kurjey Lakhang.

Afternoon Yoga

Altitude: 9185ft / 2800m

Overnight in Bumthang

 

DAY 5 – OCT 08

Tang Valley

Morning yoga. 

Drive to Tang Valley. 2 h 2 min (46.1 km)

Naring Drak and Mebartso the sacred Burning Lake and 

Chel Baridrang (birthplace of Pema Lingpa).

Afternoon yoga

Altitude: 9185ft / 2800m

Overnight in Tang Valley

 

DAY 6 – OCT 09

Punakha

Drive to Punakha | 6 hours

Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong (the Palace of Great Happiness or Bliss), Bhutan’s capital for 300 years. Built in 1637 C.E., this ancient monastery is the second oldest in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures.

Rest or wander through Punakha market

Evening yoga

Altitude: 4430ft / 1350m

Overnight in Punakha

 

DAY 7 – OCT 10

Punakha 

Punakha to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Choeten | 1.5 hours (42.9 km)

Morning yoga

Walk through rice paddies and forests to an exquisite tantric temple, 

with a Zangtopelri to Padmasambhava.

Raft the river to a picnic lunch

Late afternoon yoga

Altitude: 4430ft / 1350m

Overnight in Punakha

 

DAY 8 – OCT 11

Thimphu

Morning yoga

Drive through ancient forests and fertile valleys to Thimphu. Visit the famous 

‘fertility’ monastery, Chimi Lhakhang, en route. 

Stop at Dochula Pass (10142ft / 3091m) with the 108 Druk Wangyal Khang Zhang 

memorial chortens and panoramic views of the snow-covered peaks of the 

Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges. 

Relax in Thimphu, have a Kunney Massage, sightsee or shop for souvenirs.

Evening Yoga

Altitude: 7010 ft / 2350m

Overnight at Thimphu

 

DAY 9 – OCT 12

Paro

Early morning yoga at Buddha Park in Thimphu.  

Drive to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest monastery in Bhutan. 

Have a teaching at the Memorial House of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. 

Shop for souvenirs in Paro town

Afternoon yoga

Altitude: 7218ft / 2200m

Overnight in Paro

 

DAY 10 – OCT 13

Taktshang Paro

Hike up to the ultimate Buddhist site – Guru Rinpoche’s Taktsang Monastery, or Tiger’s Nest – perched on the edge of a sheer cliff, rising 1000 meters from the valley floor. The trail then wanders through a blue pine forest, past fluttering prayer flags and hydro-powered spinning prayer wheels, to your awaiting vehicle to take you to the hotel.

Late afternoon yoga class and Closing Ceremony

Altitude: 7218ft / 2200m

Overnight in Paro or Thimphu

 

DAY 11 – OCT 14

Departure day

 

*Note: Sacred Himalayan Travel and Heather Elton Yoga reserve the right to change the schedule due to circumstances that may arise and in the highest interests of the program.

Yoga Adventure in Bhutan
The Yoga
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Heather Elton and has led international yoga retreats in India and Nepal for over decade. She believes the Himalayas are the most authentic place to practice yoga. Ancient yoga traditions are still alive and practiced by yogis. This realisation led to the creation of Himalayan Yoga Adventures in 2014.  Heather began her practice of Modern Postural Yoga in the 1986 and has taught yoga for 15 years. She is also a Buddhist practitioner and has been initiated into the Nath Sampradaya. Heather is the main teacher on the Yoga Adventure but you will also have encounters and teachings with lamas, Rinpoches, khenpos and yogis. Heather teaches Pranayama, Meditation and Asana, as well as Tools of Tantra. Hatha Vinyasa Yoga is taught in a way that integrates ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives.

The ‘Tools of Tantra’ section of the program includes basic techniques of spiritual practice:  How to use a mala, recite a mantra, spin prayer wheels, walk the Kora. Practice Tantric visualisations of prana/nadis/bindu and chakra meditations to deepen your understanding of the subtle energy body. Receive darshan, puja and blessings, make a Bhakti offering to a deity, and learn how to enter a temple in a respectful way and what to do inside.

For details about Heather see here.

Where You'll Stay

We’ll travel in a luxury bus and stay in a variety of hand-picked hotels from stylish boutique resorts with luxurious spas, to traditional rustic and charming Bhutanese guesthouses, and glamping under the stars. All hotels blend modern conveniences with traditional architecture and are situated in a peaceful natural environment. You will awaken to the peaceful sound of birdsong and awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks. We’ll eat delicious local vegetarian cuisine, and dress and behave respectfully in accordance with local custom.

Is This Adventure For You?
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If you have an interest in yoga, Buddhism or Bhutan, this Yoga Adventure is for you! It’s great if you’re interested in spiritual practice and have read a few yoga philosophy texts and have a regular asana practice, but that’s not a pre-requisite. The Adventure is open to everyone and all levels of yoga practice will be nurtured. You do need to be fit enough to hike a couple of hours per day. Dharma practitioners, artists, sculptors, and photographers are all welcome. This adventure is ideal for yoga teachers who want to integrate yoga philosophy and texture into your teachings, or for academics and scholars who want to embody the theory into a living practice. A curious mind and a desire to experience the wider realms of yoga are essential.

What People Say

"Only one problem! It was so good gotta go back."

“I have never before witnessed such a beautiful country. The Bhutanese people shine with the energy coming from the nature all around them. 10 days with Heather was a fantastic way to experience this nature, cultural heritage and religion, with clear perception from practicing yoga and meditation all the way.” – Pete Lausberg

“Bhutan with Heather was the ultimate life experience!"

“I felt fully immersed and it sunk deep into my heart to take back home. Heather and Sacred Himalayan Travel put on the most memorable visits and incredible picnic lunches… Bhutan is an exceptionally beautiful and unspoiled country, and Heather’s knowledge and passion brings out the best it has to offer, as well as guiding you into a deeper practice of yoga, meditation and Buddhism. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Heather for organising such a magical and memorable trip.” – Varvara Dranidis-Morgan

"Heather is a spiritual polymath"

“A spiritual polymath, Heather is able to draw on an enormous range of secular and spiritual sources to demonstrate the union of wisdom teachings, from Gandhi to Tagore, from Nagarjuna to something she read in the paper last week.” –  Jonathan Ekstrom

"The perfect balance of asana and philosophy"

“Heather is an outstanding yoga teacher. She is authentic with a strong approach and style of teaching. Our group was a mixed level group and Heather excelled at teaching to all levels. I’m a yoga teacher and am very impressed with how Heather handled the group. By the end of the week, everyone’s practice had evolved and deepened. She is open and friendly. Heather provided the perfect balance of asana and philosophy. Every thing she taught was relevant and interesting. Heather is an excellent instructor and she very quickly became familiar with each of us, our abilities, limitations and levels of expertise. She understands alignment principles and her adjustments were spot on. I really enjoyed the way she conducted each class and I particularly enjoyed the sequencing. She is concise, competent, and supportive yet firm. She created an atmosphere of trust and we all bonded as a group from the first day. It was truly a memorable week.” – Connie Muradyan

"She speaks truth to what is."

My yoga teacher from Nepal has created an authentic yoga journey in Bhutan. Go if you are called to exploring the roots of Buddhism, yoga and meditation.  Go if you are curious about where you are capable of reaching in this life. Go if you are seeking exploration outside of this modern, West, consumerist, white supremacist, patriarchal worldview. She is a true yogi, has dedicated her life to study and practice with gurus; she is the real deal when it comes to teachers who can facilitate spiritual growth and curiosity because she has first faced herself, she has looked inward and done the work for decades.  She speaks truth to what is.

"A profound experience"

“Heather provided a safe and nurturing environment, which facilitated the group dynamics as well as the individual’s pace of learning and development. It was a profound experience.” – Ellie Roberts

"Being taught yoga by a true yogi"

“Once again, THANK YOU for a great retreat. The setting was amazing, the company was great and the teaching was excellent. It has been great being taught yoga by a true yogi and I have totally enjoyed and learned plenty during the week. Thank you also for inspiring and empowering us to self-practice…” – Maria da Cunha

"A life-changing journey"

“I feel like this is the beginning of the rest of my life. I’ve taken that first, very difficult step, on a very long road. I’ll be eternally grateful for the support and guidance you’ve shown me in making a life-changing journey.” – Sarah Osborne

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Your Investment
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Dates: October 4 – 14, 2022

Cost: $3,200 USD | SARC price $1,500 USD

(Note: SARC price does not include domestic airfare.)

Single Supplement: $500 USD

 

Bhutan Yoga Adventure is produced in partnership with Sacred Himalaya Travel in Bhutan. Laxmi Sherpa is happy to arrange your international flights and further travels in Bhutan.

TRIP INCLUDES

  • Return domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang
  • SARC price does not include domestic airfare
  • Bhutan Tourist Visa
  • 10 nights accommodation in hand-picked 3* heritage and boutique hotels; twin sharing
  • Three vegetarian Bhutanese meals per day;
  • Mineral water, tea & coffee
  • Kuney massage and Hot Stone Bath
  • Transport by luxury vehicle in Bhutan
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums in Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • Yoga tuition

 

TRIP EXCLUDES

  • International air fare
  • International airport taxes
  • Medical or Travel Insurance (we always recommend)
  • Expenses arising from unexpected fuel hikes, and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Optional excursions or spa treatments
  • Personal expenses (telephone calls, laundry, shopping, massage etc.)
  • Tips. Tipping is part of Bhutanese culture and are appreciated by Rinpoches, scholars, guides, drivers, waiters, etc. 
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As long as sentient beings exist,
So long may I, too, remain,
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