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Upcoming Journeys

Oct 18- Nov 4, 2017, Bhutan Journey, SOLD OUT

This expansive journey will sweep across Bhutan, from the capital of Thimphu to secluded far- east villages, blending monastery visits, handicraft demonstrations, village bonfires, and mask dance festivals with two short, remote treks. The first trek, at higher altitude, will offer sweeping views of the Himalayas–only a few groups have ever walked this route. The second trek, at lower altitude, will venture through villages, temples, and schools in an area only recently opened to tourists. We are likely to be one of the first tourist groups to follow this route. Both treks have well-established local trails.

In the wilderness and towns of the Himalaya’s most protected kingdom, you will find yourself welcomed by monks, herders, weavers, and farmers. This is an ideal journey for those wanting both an active adventure and an in-depth cultural experience—and it is a path rarely traveled.

Parahamsa creates unique journeys, ensuring comfortable and exciting travel. My intent is to connect you with people and places in a meaningful way while showing you the best of the country. In particular, I strive to balance popular local sights with more remote or unusual areas, offering in-depth information and cultural entree throughout the trip.

 

April 2018 Chomolari Trek

An unforgettable adventure to the spiritual land of Bhutan, nestled high in the Himalayas. Experience Bhutanese culture, customs, monasteries, and landscape lush with rhododendrons and alpine forests. Breathtaking views of unclimbed summits, high ridges and deep river gorges will reward us.

Our tour of Bhutan starts in the town of Paro, located in a lush valley of rice terraces and white painted monasteries and temples that populate the hillside. We visit one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan, Takstang Gompa. Known as the “Tiger’s Nest,” Takstang is perched on the side of a cliff 3,000 feet about the valley floor.

Along the way the snow-capped peaks and spectacular views will captivate you. We will camp beneath the sacred mountain of Chomolhari (7314 meters or 23,930 feet). Our highpoint on the trek is going over the Yeli La at 16,130 feet (4930 meters). We will conclude our journey with a cultural tour of Thimphu Valley, and our final brush with the mystical east before departing for home.

*This trip in partnership with Mountain Madness.

 

October 2018 Bhutan: Tantric Journey Through the Inner and Outer Worlds

Connect with your higher self, learn ancient wisdom teachings, and be immersed in the culture and spiritual depth of the Himalayas! This is a new journey combining intentional personal growth with monastery visits, teachings from a Buddhist Rinpoche, day hikes, village visits, a horse adventure, and a weekend trek. The days will be a blend of such outer exploration along with activities oriented around inner exploration: cultivating personal vision, examining our obstacles, writing & reflection, small-group sharing, guided meditation and relaxation, creative movement, etc.–all of which will be tied to the rich iconography of Tantric Buddhism, as will some of our cultural touring.

You do not need any experience with meditation or Buddhism to participate. What is most important is that you bring a willingness to explore yourself, explore Bhutan, and be open to what you discover. Please note this is not explicitly a Buddhist philosophy or teaching. It is a journey of personal discovery steeped in the rich spiritual beauty of the local culture. Your personal faith and beliefs are welcome and accepted.

 

Please contact me for further details on any trip.

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