10 Days Adventure Bucket List Yoga Retreat in Bhutan

10 Days Adventure Bucket List Yoga Retreat in Bhutan

  • Thimphu - Punakha - Paro

Adventure and Yoga Retreat Bhutan

Bhutan, a well-guarded and preserved moment in time, is the dramatic background of this yoga adventure. Jenniferlyn Chiemingo leads this journey of a lifetime out of your comfort zone to find yourselves going deeper into your own personal layers. This sweetly serene country is home to centuries of spiritual potency that is sure to break right into your heart space and make you rediscover the joy and laughter in life. Strip away the fast pace with heart opening and stress relieving yoga sessions while absorbing the culture through temple treks, stupa visits, and the local Bhutanese loveliness.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • White water rafting on the Mo Chu River
  • Day trip to Haa and visits to Lhakhang Karpo and Lhakhang Narpo
  • Nature encounter with Bhutans national animal at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Hike to the iconic Tigers Nest and Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Explore Pangri Zampa Monastery and Chimi Lhakhang
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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Thimphu (3 nights)

Nested on the bank of the Thimphu Chu river, your first nights in Bhutan are a blend of natural beauty and modern comforts. Soak up river views at meal times which feature Thai, Chinese, Indian, and continental cuisine as well as traditional Buddhist dishes. If you can, find some free time to try your hand at Bhutans national sport on their archery field during the day and sit by the fire and enjoy the stars by night.

Punakha (3 nights)

From the river, you will head to the forest and gorgeous views of the Punakha Valley below. Contemporary design melds perfectly with cultural aesthetics from the quiet of reception to the simple luxury of the rooms with their individual meditation-inspiring balconies. Floor to ceiling windows create a view that enhances the local and organic cuisine from a menu that boasts Thai, Western, and Bhutanese options.

Paro (3 nights)

Bhutanese art and culture are felt from the colors and woodwork of the awe-inspiring reception hall to the subtle accents in each room of this five-star, wholly Bhutanese owned, boutique hotel. Spacious rooms, all with sitting areas and balconies, include the modern comforts of Wi-Fi and heated floors for a luxury in-room experience while a temple, built from the 450-year-old timber of the Gangtey Monastery, on the second floor and an outdoor meditation and separate tea house complete the beauty out-of-doors.

Day 1

Fly into Bhutan through the Paro Valley and spy the Pa Chu (Paro River) and Ta Dzong (watchtower)

Exit the arrivals at the airport to meet up with your guide and head out for the one-hour drive to Thimphu

Stop to visit Tamchogg Lhakhang - one of the 108 chain link bridges built in the 14th century

Check in and unwind and relax (for a little bit)

Head to Thimphu to explore the Kings throne room and nations largest monastery at Tashichho Dzong

Opening yoga circle and class

Group dinner and welcome to Bhutan

Day 2

Early morning yoga and hearty breakfast

Morning hike across the Thimphu River to the Cheri Goempa Monastery

Time to meet and learn from the monasterys Buddhist monks and receive a special blessing

Transfer back to town for a lunch sampling the local cuisine

Explore the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Pangri Zampa, which is still in use today as a school of astrology

Return to the hotel for the evening yoga class

Group dinner at the hotel

If youve got the energy, head out to one of Thimpus dance clubs (optional)

Day 3

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Visit Memorial Chorten, set up for the man popularly thought of as the Father of Modern Buddhism

Travel on to the beautiful Buddha Dodernma, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world

Sample authentic Bhutanese cuisine in a local restaurant

Visit Motithang Takin Preserve and learn the folklore and history of the takin - the national animal of Bhutan

Afternoon visit to the national library and the superb examples of old and new Buddhist manuscripts

Explorations of Thimphu, including the Folk Heritage Museum and the school of Zorig Chusum

Evening yoga practice

Group dinner at the hotel

Day 4

Early morning yoga session and breakfast

Drive to Punakha up and down through the Dochula Pass in the gorgeous Himalayan mountains

Mid-drive stop to visit the 108 stupas at Dochu La and the Druk Wangyel Lhakhang

Hike to the Chimi Lhankhang - a temple dedicated to a great yogi known as the Divine Madman

Lunch at a local restaurant en-route to Punakha

Explore the Punakha Dzong - the religious and government center of Punakha between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers

Dinner at the local hotel (no evening yoga)

Day 5

Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel

Head out for a big day on the river rafting either the Mo Chu or Po Chu rivers

Freshening up and lunch at the hotel and a small rest

Drive to visit the Nalanda Buddhist College and walk down to Punakha Dzong on an ancient walking path

Dinner at the local hotel (no evening yoga)

Day 6

Early morning yoga and group breakfast

Drive to the suspension bridge and begin a hike to the gorgeous lhakhang of Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten

Enjoy a picnic lunch and stunning view of the valley after the hike

Visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery

Walk back to the hotel and enjoy the quick stroll through the pine trees and town

Evening outdoor yoga (weather dependent) at the hotel

Group dinner at the hotel

Day 7

Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to the historic town of Paro

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in town

After lunch stroll to the National Museum

Head down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong with a commanding view of the Paro Valley

Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the seventh century

Evening yoga session at the hotel

Group dinner at the hotel

Day 8

Get an early start this morning for breakfast

A short drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha to begin your hike to the Taktsang Monastery Tigers Nest

Learn the history and significance of the monastery as one of the most sacred and venerated sites in Buddhism

Hike down and head back to the hotel for a late afternoon rest

Evening yoga to unwind hiking muscles

Group dinner at the hotel

Day 9

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Head out for a journey to Haa via the stunning scenery of the Chelela Pass

Enjoy a relaxed lunch in Haa at a local restaurant

Visit the main seat of Haas guardian deity, Ap Chundo, at Lhakhang Karpo (the White Temple)

Explore the duality of the region by following up the White Temple with the Black Chapel, Lhakhang Narpo

Head back to Paro for the adventures final yoga class

Group farewell dinner and packing

Day 10

Group breakfast and final Bhutan goodbyes

Transfer to the Paro airport for your flight to Bangkok and onward back home

  • Explore the beautiful statues of Avalokiteshvara, Gautama Buddha
  • Explore the duality of the region by following up the White Temple with the Black Chapel, Lhakhang Narpo. These temples were built on a lake in the seventh century by Tibetan King Gampo in his mission to build 108 monasteries in a day
  • Explore the Kings throne room and nations largest monastery at Tashichho Dzong
  • Explore the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Pangri Zampa, which is still in use today as a school of astrology
  • Explore the Punakha Dzong, the religious and government center of Punakha between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers
  • Explore Thimphu including the Folk Heritage Museum and the school of Zorig Chusum
  • Hike across the Thimphu River to the Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Hike to the Chimi Lhankhang which is a temple dedicated to a great yogi known as the Divine Madman
  • Hike to the Taktsang Monastery Tigers Nest. This most famous of Bhutan landmarks requires a hike of approximately 5 hours to reach the monastery
  • Journey to Haa via the stunning scenery of the Chelela Pass. Stop along the Pass to enjoy the stunning roses, irises, rhododendrons and prayer flags. On a clear day, you can also take in stunning views of the sacred mountain of Jomothari
  • River rafting either the Mo Chu or Po Chu rivers. Raft through the stunning Bhutanese backdrop and by the 17th century Punakha
  • Travel on to the beautiful Buddha Dodernma, one of the largest Buddha statues in the world
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to the seventh century
  • Visit Memorial Chorten, set up for the man popularly thought of as the Father of Modern Buddhism
  • Visit Motithang Takin Preserve and learn the folklore and history of the takin, the national animal of Bhutan. You can enjoy a hike through the preserve among the prayer flags and small temples
  • Visit Rinpung Dzong with a commanding view of the Paro Valley
  • Visit Tamchogg Lhakhang - one of the 108 chain link bridges built in the 14th century
  • Visit to the national library and the superb examples of old and new Buddhist manuscripts
  • Visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery

This Bhutan yoga adventure weaves together the best of the countrys culture and nature as you explore ancient fortresses and temples, mingle with monks and hang prayer flags, ride the rapids and discover the significance (and crazy mish-mash look) of the native takin. By limiting the number of tourist visas issued each year, Bhutan is one of the few countries able to sustain their endemic culture while welcoming in the wider world. The result is a moving feast of culture, nature, and local infectious smiles. Bring your sense of wonderment and humor as you travel alongside the inspiring locals who measure their life and success by their gross national happiness and call the awe-inspiring Land of the Thunder Dragon home.

All meals are included in this retreat. You will be served breakfast in your hotels; all lunches, including local eateries and picnics; and all dinners in a local restaurant or at the hotels.

  • Head out to one of Thimphus dance clubs
  • Visit with Buddhist monks and individual blessing
  • 3 nights accommodation at a luxury boutique hotel in Paro
  • 3 nights accommodation at a luxury boutique hotel in Punakha
  • 3 nights accommodation at a luxury boutique hotel in Thimphu
  • All dinners in a local restaurant or at the hotels
  • All lunches including local eateries and picnic(s)
  • All entry fees for the above sights and additional activities as listed on the itinerary
  • All excursions and adventure activities in Bhutan
  • Breakfast each morning at the hotels
  • Bhutan visa and permit management
  • Day trip to Haa
  • Drive through and time to explore the Chelala Pass’s vibrant flora and views of Mt. Jomolhari
  • Explore Chimi Lhakhang – the temple of the “Divine Madman
  • Explore Pangri Zampa Monastery
  • Full day excursion and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Hike to the Cheri Goempa Monastery
  • Round trip flight from Bangkok to Bhutan
  • Morning and evening yoga on most days
  • Nature encounter with Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, at the Motithang Takin Preserve
  • Opportunity to hang your own prayer flag
  • Ten days in-country with an expert local English speaking guide
  • Transfers to excursions
  • Up close and personal with one of the worlds largest Buddha statue – the Buddha Dodernma
  • Visit to Lhakhang Karpo (the White Temple) and Lhakhang Narpo (the Black Chapel)
  • Visit with Buddhist monks and individual blessing (if desired)
  • White water rafting on the Mo Chu River
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Any video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities
  • International flights to and from Bangkok, Thailand
  • Items of personal nature
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa and other passport fees

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand. You will then fly into Bhutan from Bangkok. The flight from Bangkok to Bhutan is included in the price.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday February 4, 2018
Departure: Tuesday February 13, 2018

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