Bhutan Yoga Journey

Bhutan is a very special destination offering peace, serenity and rich culture.  Beyond The Clouds has created this Yoga Journey for you to experience yoga in a variety of stunning locations across beautiful western Bhutan.  On this nine night journey you will discover the well-preserved unique traditions of a country where Gross National Happiness is more important than economic growth! Step into this magical land with us whilst furthering your yoga practice.

Our carefully planned tours show you Bhutan’s stunning natural environment, ancient Buddhist temples and friendly and hospitable local people. Experience the mystical Land of the Thunder Dragon, where monasteries are part of the mainstream and traditional culture, and architecture and Buddhism thrive. A once in a lifetime journey not to be missed!


US$4,925*

9 NIGHT TOUR
DEPARTS: Auckland, New Zealand

Trip dates: 29th September - 8th October 2017
Your teacher:  Kathy Valler

 

Kathy Valler,  a Nelson, New Zealand based yoga teacher, shares her passion by teaching yoga which she's been doing continuously since 1999 when she became qualified with the IYTA. Kathy recently returned from being of service and enjoying the Sat Nam Fest West April 2016 (a huge Kundalini Yoga Festival) in Joshua Tree, California.  She is filled with energy and enthusiasm which she brings to daily classes, happily inspiring her students of all levels and ages.  She also runs regular workshops and retreats both nationally and internationally.  

* Price based on twin share accommodation. Single room supplement is US$45 per night, subject to availability. This trip can be joined from other countries.  Please contact us for details.

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here

TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • Transit accommodation if required
  • Transit visa
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Any additional activities eg: hot stone massage

 

Trip Inclusions

  • International flights from Auckland, New Zealand to Bhutan
  • Transport by luxury private bus
  • 4 nights luxury accommodation in the Naksel Boutique Hotel & Spa
  • 2 nights in the picturesque Haa Valley
  • 2 nights in a heritage hotel in Thimpu
  • 1 night in a resort in Wangdue Phodrang
  • All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums in Bhutan
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • Internationally qualified yoga instructor
  • Use of yoga mats

TRIP OVERVIEW

Your journey begins in the beautiful Paro Valley where we stay in a stunning Bhutanese-style boutique hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breath-taking views of Himalayan peaks in your deluxe villa. The spacious wood clad yoga studio looks out on one of Bhutan’s highest mountains, inspiring daily yoga practice.  We travel onward to Thimpu, the only capital city in the world without traffic lights! Spend two nights in our hand-picked hotel with excellent spa facilities, exploring this fascinating little city. Attend Thimpu Festival, one of the most popular festivals in Bhutan.

We continue our journey via the scenic Dochu La Pass to Punakha which served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years.  Walk to Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan before reaching the magnificent Punakha Dzong, an ancient monastery built in 1637. Situated on the confluence of two rivers, this is arguably the most beautiful dzong in Bhutan.   A short distance from Punakha, we spend the night at a relaxing resort.

Spend two nights in a traditional Bhutanese lodge in the picturesque Haa Valley.  After crossing the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres, explore the wonderful countryside, relax and attend your yoga sessions at this stunning off the beaten track location.  Returning to the picturesque Paro Valley, you’ll spend three more nights. Before leaving Bhutan, you’ll visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous landmark.  A hike up through blue pines, passing water-powered prayer wheels, leads you to this most holy site.  This ancient monastery clings miraculously to a sheer cliff, rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor.  The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

ITINERARY

 

DAY 1

Arrive Paro:  Visit the Dzong and museum.                                                                         Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro.

DAY 2

Drive to Thimpu:  Sightseeing.                                                                                                 Driving time: 1 hr                                                                                                             Altitude: 2,350 m                                                                                                          Overnight: Thimpu.  

DAY 3

Thimpu:  Attend the colourful Thimpu Festival.                                                             Overnight: Thimpu.   

DAY 4

Punakha: Drive to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong and hike to the Temple of Fertility at Chimi Lhakhang.                                                                                                                       Driving time: 3 hrs                                                                                                           Altitude: 1,310 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang.   

DAY 5 

Haa: Drive to the picturesque Haa Valley.                                                                                 Driving time:  6 hrs                                                                                                          Altitude: 2,700 m                                                                                                          Overnight: Haa.  

DAY 6

Haa:  Day hike.                                                                                                                           Overnight: Haa.  

DAY 7

Paro: Return to Paro for shopping and leisure.                                                                         Driving time: 2 hrs                                                                                                                   Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                                       Overnight: Paro.

DAY 8

Paro:  Day hike to Tiger's Nest.                                                                                               Overnight: Paro. 

DAY 9

Paro:  Visit Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong.  Watch an archery competition. Overnight: Paro.

DAY 10

Depart Bhutan.