15-Day Meditation Journey in Nepal & Bhutan


The Journey in a Nutshell

  • 15 Days in the Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan
  • Guided by Himalayan Hermitage co-founders Sisse &  Alex d’Artois
  • Explore Nepal and its most sought after sacred sites in the Kathmandu valley & Bhutan as we weave meditation practices into our days, combined with hikes in stunning nature
  • Walk in the footsteps of fully realised yogis and yoginis, as we visit monasteries and nunneries that are nestled inside a ‘pure-land’
  • ‘Early Bird’ special of $5599 USD per person
  • Please see the ‘Price & Inclusions’ tab below for more details
Buddhist philosophy sessions are roughly 1-hour per day, combining a short presentation with group discussion.

Throughout the journey we slowly walk through all 3 yanas (vehicles) of the Tibetan Buddhist path. We explore how & why shamatha/mindfulness (one-pointed ‘calm abiding’ meditation) + vipassana (insight) are used as tools from the beginning through to the end of the path. The foundational path of the Shravakayana is comprised of: ‘The 4 Turnings of the Mind’, ‘Refuge’, ‘The 3 Marks of Existence’, and ‘The Four Noble Truths’. There is an emphasis on exploring the middle yana – the Mahayana (the ‘great vehicle’ of the Bodhisattvas) which entails: ‘Bodhicitta’, ‘The 6 Paramitas (perfect actions)’, ‘Shunyayta (emptiness)’, ‘Relative and Ultimate Truth’, and ‘Lojong (mind-training)’.

We contemplate Lojong slogans as brought forth in an accessible way by great Tibetan/Western hybrid teachers Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. We touch upon the final yana of the Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism) by exploring its many expressions and intricate symbolism. At face value Tibetan Buddhism may look esoteric, but with investigation we may see first-hand how it is simply a system for training one’s mind by utilizing various methods which combine mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom cultivation practices.

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Meditation
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Morning session
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:30 Visiting sacred places
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner

Please refer to the ‘Price’ tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

  • DEPOSIT: The deposit is due at the time of registration
  • BALANCE PAYMENT: The full balance of the payment is due no later than 90 days before the starting date of the journey (unless booking last minute, which is generally not a problem – please inquire with Himalayan Hermitage about this). After filling out the REGISTRATION FORM and paying the deposit you will be sent an email with the ‘Payment Procedure’ which outlines how to transfer the balance of your payment into Himalayan Hermitage’s bank account.

‘Early Bird Special’: 5299 USD (expires 6 months prior to the starting date of the journey)

Normal price: 5599 USD

Single Supplement for both seasons: 575 USD


  • 14 nights/15 days
  • All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal & Bhutan
  • Experienced guides & instructors
  • Return flight between Kathmandu & Paro (Bhutan)
  • Healthy, vegetarian meals
  • Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
  • Notebook for journaling during the journey


  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the journey
  • Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the journey
  • Tip to local guide and porters