Have a mystical experience on the roof of the world!

Himalayan Yoga Adventures take you to the spiritual heart of yoga

A HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE IN LADAKH

Stay in charming heritage and boutique hotels

Watch the Cham Dance Festival at Hemis Monastery

Roadtrip over Khardungla, the highest motorable pass in the world

Deepen your yoga practice and learn about Buddhist dharma

Spin Tibetan prayer wheels and sit in meditation with monks

Hike through a high-altitude desert, surrounded with snow-capped peaks and dotted with remote Buddhist temples

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What You'll Experience

July 1 – 10, 2022 |  £2,195 

The Yoga Adventure in Ladakh is an authentic journey into yoga practice, Buddhist dharma and Ladakhi culture situated in awe-inspiring 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.

Ladakh is between the highest mountains in the world – the Himalayas in the South and the Karakoram in the North. You will visit impressive Buddhist temples with extraordinary murals and deities, watch a sacred Cham dance at Hemis Monastery, receive blessings and teachings from Rinpoches, a drive over Khardungla, the highest motorable pass at 5,430 m, to explore the high altitude desert in the Numbra Valley surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Karakoram range and a mountain landscape dotted with Buddhist monasteries. Himalaya means ‘abode of snow’. 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 Ladhak. 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. Ladakh is an inspiring destination that will leave you feeling nurtured, peaceful and serene.

Itinerary

Ladakh Yoga Adventure

July 1 – 10, 2022

 

Day 1 – July 01

Ule

Fly to Leh (3600m)

Drive two hours to Ule Ethnic boutique hotel

Lunch

Rest and acclimatise to altitude

Opening Ceremony and Restorative Yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 10000 ft / 3140m

Overnight: Ule Ethnic Resort

 

Day 2 – July 02

Ule

Meditation, pranayama and yoga

Visit the famous Alchi temple complex (11th CE) with incredible murals

Lunch at Alchi Kitchen

Evening yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 10000 ft / 31400m

Overnight: Ule Ethnic Resort

 

Day 3 – July 03

Ule

Meditation, pranayama and yoga

Hike to the village of Tar

Picnic Lunch

Evening Yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 10000 ft / 3140m

Overnight: Ule Ethnic Resort

 

Day 4 – July 04

Nubra Valley

Early breakfast

7 hour drive over Khardung La pass (5340m) to Nubra Valley

Lunch and explore

Evening yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 5 – July 05

Nubra Valley

Morning meditation and pranayama by Tirisa lake

Picnic breakfast

Visit Charasa ruins and walk to Murgi Petroglyphs

Visit Ensa Monastery

Evening yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 6 – July 06

Nubra Valley

Rise before dawn to attend morning prayers at Samstaling Monastery

Meditation, pranayama and yoga at monastery

Walk back via Sumur

Breakfast at hotel

Leisure time

Farm to table lunch with enterprising agriculturalist at Lar-i-mo.

Late afternoon yoga

Sunset walk through Sumyur (Sumoor) Sand Dunes for meditation

Dinner

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 7 – July 07

Sakti

Meditation, pranayama and yoga

Breakfast

Drive back towards Leh and hang prayer flags at over Wari La pass

(Option to cycle down to Sakti village)

Lunch at hotel

Afternoon walk through village

Evening yoga

Dinner

Altitude: 18,379ft / 5602m

Overnight: Fana Resort

 

Day 8 – July 08

Sakti

Morning prayers at Chemrey Monastery

Breakfast at Hotel

Tour of Chemrey Gompa

Lunch

Pranayama and yoga

Evening walk through Sakti village and visit the cave monastery at Dakthok

Dinner

Altitude: 18,379ft / 5602m

Overnight: Fana Resort

 

Day 9 – July 09

Hemis Cham Festival

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Breakfast at hotel

Drive to Hemis Monastery to see Cham festival

(Possible hike up to Gotsang hermitage)

Lunch

Drive to Leh

Late afternoon yoga

Altitude: 11483ft / 3500m

Overnight: Rabsal House

 

Day 10 – July 10

Leh

Meditation, pranayama and yoga

Tour the old fortified city of Leh to see Ladakhi architecture, the Leh Palace and monastery

Shop for pashminas and souvenirs at Looms of Ladakh and Jigmet Couture

Closing ceremony and dinner

Altitude: 11417ft / 3500m

Overnight: Rabsal House

 

 Day 11 – July 11

Departure Day

Fly to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

 

 Day 12 – July 12

Overnight in Delhi

 

Day 13 – July 13

Fly back home with memories of Ladakh

 

* If you’re arriving on an international flight you will need to spend a night in Delhi before flying to Ladakh. We also recommend two nights in Delhi on the return trip. This extra extra ‘security’ day in Delhi is in case your Leh to Delhi flight is cancelled due to weather.

** If you want to go on a trek or extend your stay in Ladakh, or do sightseeing in Delhi, we’re happy to make arrangements for you.

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 places to practice yoga in that ancient yoga traditions are still alive here. 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 close to 2 years. She is also a Buddhist practitioner and has travelled extensively in Himalayan regions. Heather is the main teacher on the journey and 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. Experience darshan and learn how to enter a temple in a respectful way and what to do inside. Make an offering to the deity. Receive darshan, puja and blessings. Respectful conduct in the presence of realised beings.

For details about Heather see here.

Where You'll Stay

We’ll stay in hand-picked, boutique and heritage hotels located in four locations so you will experience different areas of Ladakh. Ule Ethnic Resort is a peaceful place set on the cliffs beside the Indus River in the Sham Valley. In the remote Nubra Valley, Lchang Nang Retreat (House of Trees), is an eco resort, fully solar powered, set amidst an orchard of elm, apricot, and apple trees, further blessed by the continuous flow of the Siachen river. Fana Resort is located in the picturesque village of Sakti, surrounded by majestic mountains, wildflower meadows, pristine rivulets and blue skies and is a perfect place for visitors looking to relax, unwind and escape from their otherwise hectic and stressful lives. Rabsal House is small charming boutique house in Leh built in a very simple traditional Ladakhi Architecture. In each location you will awaken to the peaceful sound of birdsong and awe-inspiring views of Himalayan peaks in these serene natural environments. 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, Ladakh or mountain culture, this Yoga Adventure is for you! It’s great if you’re interested in spiritual practice and have a regular asana practice, but beginner’s are welcome too.  You need to be fit enough to hike a couple of hours each day and to deal with high altitudes. Ladakh is on the roof of the world. 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

"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: July 1 – 10, 2022

Cost: £2,195

Single Supplement: £500

 

Check the current Covid protocols for international travel to India.

The Yoga Adventure in Ladakh is produced in partnership with Mantra Himalaya in Leh. Jigmet Wangchuk is happy to arrange your international flights and further travels in Ladakh.

INCLUDED IN THE TRIP

• 10 nights in handpicked heritage and boutique hotels; twin sharing room.

• Three vegetarian meals per day

• Assistance from arrival until departure 

• Welcome by your travel representative upon your arrival at the airport.

• Daily meditation and yoga classes with Heather Elton (Please note that there are no proper yoga studios in Ladakh. We will do the best we can given the circumstances in each location.)

• English speaking senior travel guide to accompany tour leader

• Transfers from airports to hotels in Leh

• Transport by min-bus in Ladakh

• Entry fees for temples, monuments and museums in Ladakh

• Heritage Walk of Leh Old Town

• Alchi specialist

• Chemrey scholar

• Government taxes and service taxes

• Environmental fee

• Oxygen cylinder in car

• GST as applicable

 

NOT INCLUDED IN COST

• India Tourist Visa 

• International airport taxes

• International flight

• Domestic flights (Domestic flight schedules may be delayed or changed without notice.) Also, note that domestic flights do not include the same baggage allowance as your international flight. Any extra baggage will be at your expense.

• Medical or Travel Insurance (we always recommend)

• Costs towards evacuation of customers for medical or any other reason

• 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.)

• Personal items or souvenirs

• Tips. Tipping is part of Ladakhi culture and are appreciated by Rinpoches, scholars, guides, drivers, waiters, etc. 

• Please note that it’s recommended to spend three nights in Delhi. One on arrival day with a flight to Leh the following day, and two nights at the end of the tour. Two nights are recommended on the return trip in case your Leh to Delhi flight is cancelled due to weather. We will send you a list of recommended hotels.

Mantra Himalayan and Heather Elton Yoga reserve the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides and extreme weather conditions etc.

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As long as space endures,
As long as sentient beings exist,
So long may I, too, remain,
To dispel the miseries of this world
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