Day One — 02.04.18

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 our guide and head out for the 1 hr drive to Thimphu

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

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

Head to Thimpu to explore the King’s throne room and nation’s largest monastery at Tashichho Dzong

Welcome evening yoga circle/class and group dinner


Day Two — 02.05.18

Early morning yoga and a hearty breakfast

Morning hike across the Thimphu River to the Cheri Goempa Monastery

Time to meet and learn from the monastery’s Buddhist monks and receive a special blessing

Back to town for a sampling of local cuisine

Explore the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Pangri Zampa, which is now a school of astrology

Return to the hotel for evening yoga and group dinner

Optional — if you have the energy, head out to one of Thimpu’s dance clubs


DAY THREE — 02.06.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast

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

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

Enjoy lunch at a local Bhutanese restaurant

Visit Motithang Takin Preserve to learn the folklore and history of Bhutan's national animal

Hike through the preserve among colorful prayer flags and small temples

Visit the National Library to view superb examples of old and new Buddhist manuscripts

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

Evening yoga practice and group dinner at the hotel


DAY FOUR — 02.07.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Drive to Punakha through the Dochula Pass in the stunning Himalayan mountains

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

Hike to Chimi Lhankhang — a temple dedicated to a great yogi known as the “Divine Madman”

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route to Punakha

Explore the Punakha Dzong — the religious and government center of Punakha, located between the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers

Group dinner at the local hotel (no evening yoga)


Day Five — 02.08.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast

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

Raft through the stunning Bhutanese backdrop and by the 17th century Punakha Dzong — no experience necessary, just a willingness to paddle, have fun, and get wet!

Back to the hotel to freshen-up and lunch

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

Group dinner at the local hotel (no evening yoga)


Day Six — 02.09.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Hike to the gorgeous lhakhang of Khamsum Yuelley, Namgyal Chorten

Enjoy a picnic lunch and stunning views

Visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhendrup Lhakhang Nunnery, which is also a meditation center, and explore the beautiful statues of Avalokiteshvara, Gautama Buddha

Walk back to the hotel for an outdoor evening yoga practice (weather permitting) and group dinner


Day Seven — 02.10.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel

Transfer to the historic town of Paro for lunch at a local restaurant, and a 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 7th century

Evening yoga practice and group dinner at the hotel


Day Eight — 02.11.18

Early morning breakfast before a long day of hiking (no morning yoga)

Drive to the north of Paro Valley to Ramthankha to begin your hike to the Taktsang Monastery Tiger’s Nest — this most famous of Bhutan landmarks requires a hike of approximately 5 hours to reach the monastery!

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 rest

Restorative evening yoga (to unwind hiking muscles) and group dinner at the hotel


DAY NINE — 02.12.18

Early morning yoga and breakfast

Head out for a 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

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Haa

Visit the White Temple, Lhakhang Karpo — the main seat of Haa’s guardian deity, Ap Chundo

Follow up the White Temple with a visit to the Black Chapel, Lhakhang Narpo

Head back to Paro for final yoga class, farewell dinner, and packing


DAY TEN — 02.13.18

Group breakfast and final Bhutan goodbyes (no morning yoga)

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


WHAT'S INCLUDED

Ten days in Bhutan with an expert, local English-speaking guide

Bhutan visa and permit management

Roundtrip flight from Bangkok to Bhutan

Breakfast every morning at the hotels

All lunches including local eateries and picnics

All dinners in local restaurants or at the hotels

Morning and evening yoga on most days

Three night stays at the luxury hotels in Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro

Full day excursion and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery

White water rafting on the Mo Chu River

Nature encounter with Bhutan’s national animal, the takin, at the Motithang Takin Preserve

Hike to the Cheri Goempa Monastery

Visit with Buddhist monks and individual blessing (if desired)

Opportunity to hang your own prayer flag

Explore Pangri Zampa Monastery

Up close and personal with one of the worlds largest Buddha statue — the Buddha Dodernma

Explore Chimi Lhakhang — the temple of the “Divine Madman”

Drive through and time to explore the Chelala Pass’s vibrant flora and views of Mt. Jomolhari

Day trip to Haa

Visit to Lhakhang Karpo (the White Temple) and Lhakhang Narpo (the Black Chapel)

All entry fees for the above sights and additional activities as listed on the itinerary


WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Roundtrip airfare to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)

Video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest

Alcohol and personal items such as souvenirs, phone calls, spa services, etc.

Gratuities for your Bhutanese guide (all other gratuities are covered)

Travel insurance (required)


Frequently Asked QuestionS

What airport do I fly into? Please arrive in Bangkok (BKK) at least one day before the retreat begins. The included flight from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan is on Day One, but flight times are determined closer to the trip so everyone needs to be in the night before. The flight back to Bangkok is on the last day of your adventure. Please do not book your outbound flight from Thailand any earlier than 9pm on Day Ten.

What is the passport/visa situation? All U.S. travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of arrival and have at least one blank page for entry stamps. The Travel Yogi will obtain visas for all travelers and require a full color, scanned copy of your photo passport page (photographs are not allowed). Entry information can change, so please visit the State Department’s website for up-to-date information. Travelers from all other countries should check with their government for passport entry requirements.

What is the electrical situation in Bhutan? Electricity in Bhutan runs on 220 volts. Most U.S.-based electronic devices work with outlets ranging from 110–240 volts, so they typically do not require a power converter. Please check your individual electronics to confirm voltage and bring a power converter if needed. The voltage information is located on the plug itself and is usually very easy to find. Outlet configurations in Bhutan are normally European-style: round, two- or three-pronged. However, outlets can vary from place to place, so please bring an outlet adapter kit just to be safe. Hotel Zhiwa Ling in Paro uses U.S. outlets.

Is there internet access? Yes, wifi is available at all three hotels.

Do I need to bring my own mat? Yes, please bring your own yoga mat. The guides will carry it for you, along with your luggage.

Do I need any inoculations? There are no inoculation requirements at this time but it is suggested that you be up to date on your tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. Questions about your specific inoculation needs to should directed to your physician in advance of this adventure.

Do I need travel insurance? Yes, please note that travel insurance in required for all travelers and proof on insurance will be required on Day One. All plans must include medical evacuation coverage. Please contact The Travel Yogi with questions.