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Have a mystical experience on the roof of the world!

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

A HIMALAYAN YOGA ADVENTURE IN LADAKH

Stay in Heritage hotels owned by the Royal family

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

June  21 – July 4, 2020 |  $3,400 USD 

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. 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

June 21 –  July 4, 2020

 

DAY 1 – June 21

Delhi

Arrive and overnight in Delhi.

Rest or take a tour of Delhi.

Overnight:  Delhi

 

Day 2 – June 22

Nimmu

Fly to Leh (3600m).

Drive to the boutique hotel, Nimmu House.

Rest and acclimatise to altitude. Short walk thru village.

Opening Ceremony and Restorative Yoga class before dinner.

Altitude: 10000 ft / 3140m

Overnight:  Nimmu House

 

Day 3 – June 23

Nimmu

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Drive to Alchi and have lunch in Alchi Kitchen and drive to Mangyu Monastery.

(If time permits visit the Sasapol Caves.)

Altitude: 10000 ft / 31400m

Overnight:  Nimmu House

 

Day 4 – June 24

Nimmu

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Rest and adjust to altitude at Nimmu House.

Visit Copper workers in Chilling and hike to Sumda temple (Alchi group of temples)

Altitude: 10000 ft / 3140m

Overnight:  Nimmu House

 

Day 5 – June 25

Nubra Valley

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Drive over Khardung La pass (5340m) to Numbra Valley.

Lunch at Lar-i-mo. Late afternoon yoga

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 6 – June 26

Nubra Valley

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Drive to Charissa. Picnic lunch.

Hike to Ensa Monastery.

Late afternoon yoga.

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 7 – June 27

Nubra Valley

Walk to Samstaling Monastery via Sumur town for puja.

Drive to Lake Yarabso.

Picnic lunch or Panamik Hotsprings lunch.

Late afternoon yoga.

Altitude: 10335ft / 3150m

Overnight:  Lchang Nang Resort

 

Day 8 – June 28

Stok

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Drive over Weri La pass.

Cycle down through Shakti village to Chemdray Monastery.

Drive to Stok Palace.

Altitude: 11473ft / 3497m

Overnight: Stok Palace Chulley Bagh

 

Day 9 – June 29

Stok

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Visit Stok Palace Museum and hike to the ruins above Stok village.

Or visit Matho, Thikse Monastery and Shey chortens

Late afternoon yoga.

Altitude: 11473ft / 3497m

Overnight: Stok Palace Chulley Bagh

 

Day 10 – June 30

Stok

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Visit Hemis monastery to see Cham Dance.

(Possibly hike up to Gotsang hermitage)

Late afternoon yoga.

Altitude: 11473ft / 3497m

Overnight: Stok Palace Chulley Bagh

 

Day 11 – July 1

Leh

Meditation, pranayama and yoga.

Tour the ‘old town’ 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: Stok Palace Chulley Bagh

 

 Day 12 – July 2

Departure Day.

Fly to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 13 – July 3

Extra ‘security’ day in Delhi in case Leh to Delhi flight is cancelled due to weather.

Various tours of Delhi by Shanti travels.

 

Day 14 – July 4

Fly to your next destination.

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 three locations so you will experience different areas of Ladakh. The stylish Nimmu House is a renovated ‘royal’ heritage house and the Stok Palace which is the residence of the King are both traditional rammed-earth Ladakh buildings, hundred of years old restored to modern standards. In the remote Nubra Valley, Lchang Nang Retreat, or the 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. 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: June 21 – July 4,  2020

Cost: $3,400 USD

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

  • Daily meditation and yoga classes with Heather Elton
  • 24 X 7 assistance from Shanti Travel & Himalayan Mantra Travel Expert
  • Welcome by your travel expert or our representative upon your arrival at the airport.
  • SIM card to allow you to communicate with your driver and travel expert during your tour.
  • Domestic flights (prices subject to change depending on seat availability. Domestic flight schedules may be delayed or changed without notice). Note that local flights do not always include the same baggage allowance as your international flights. Any extra baggage will be at your expense, to be paid by you during the check-in.
  • 10 nights in handpicked heritage and boutique hotels; twin sharing room.
  • 3 nights in Delhi with possibility of Delhi tour
  • Transportation to and from airports to hotels
  • Three vegetarian meals per day
  • Transport by luxury vehicle in Ladakh
  • English speaking guide
  • Entry fees for temples, monuments and museums in Ladakh
  • Government taxes and service taxes

 

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International air fare
  • Travel Insurance (we always recommend)
  • International airport taxes
  • India Visa
  • Bank fees and charges for payments using bank card like during bank transfer.
  • Optional excursions or spa treatments
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips. They are part of the culture of the country (the locals themselves are used to giving it).
  • Personal items or souvenirs
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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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