Friday, November 22 - Travel Day
DAY 1: We will gather in Bangkok late-afternoon and start getting to know one another.
DAY 2: Fly to Paro and visit our first temple.
DAY 3: Drive to Chele La where we will see spectacular views and visit the Kila Nunnery temple.
DAY 4: Drive to Punakha with various stops along the way.
DAY 5: Hike through villages and farmland, and end up at Khamsum Yuli Namgyal Temple, a fabulous three story temple built on the top of a hill by the Queen Mother as an act of protection for her son the King.
DAY 6: Drive to Phobjikha Valley to explore and visit another monastery
DAY 7: Drive to the Bumthang province, the spiritual heart of Bhutan and stay in the Chumey Valley.
DAY 8: Spend the morning at Tharpaling Monastery and hike to KiKiLa Pass.
DAY 9: Drive to the Tang Valley, visit the Pema Choling Nunnery and arrive at the Ogyen Choling Palace where we will stay for three nights.
DAY 10: Settle in for a day of practice.
DAY 11: Hike to a remote cliff temple that is also a long-term retreat place.
DAY 12: Drive to Chokhar and visit Bumthang’s most treasured temples.
DAY 13:Take a flight from Bumthang to Paro
DAY 14: Begin our overnight trek to Bumdra monastery.
DAY 15: Trek back to Paro visiting other remote monasteries including Taktsang Monastery.
DAY 16: Conclude our retreat journey in Bhutan, returning to Bangkok. (Sunday, December 8th)