Yoga-Pilgrimage to Nepal

4th – 18th November 2019

With yoga teacher Sybil Foster

This yoga pilgrimage to Nepal will begin at the Vajra Hotel in the area called Swayambhu, ten minutes walk from the Swayambhu stupa in Kathmandu. In this beautiful oasis, surrounded by trees and with big views overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, is where our sessions of mediation and yoga will take place. After having settled into Kathmandu for the first few days, we continue our yoga pilgrimage into the foothills of the Himalayas. We fly into the town of Phablu, in the lower Everest region, which is our starting point. From here, we begin our hike through the upper valleys of Chiwang and Ringmo until we reach the nunnery of Thubten Choling on a hill, nestled into pine tree forests and prayer flags. Here we spend a full day, taking part in the lives of the nuns, before making a loop back to Phablu during our 5-day hike. If weather permits, we will get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas from Phablu. The following day, we travel back toward Kathmandu Valley by jeep, and stop by the beautiful Namo Buddha Resort and spend a night here. The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into our days, both in Kathmandu and in the mountains, as we embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.

Introducing the Facilitators

This yoga pilgrimage will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Sybil Foster and a Himalayan Hermitage instructor in meditation and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.  The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.


A yoga practitioner for over 15 years Sybil joined the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training. As a 200 hrs. graduate she now follows her dream of sharing her experience with others while still active in the corporate world.

Sybil is an avid world traveler and adventurer, humbled by the forces of nature and always curious to discover new cultures. The values close to her heart are humanity, love, nature and healing. Her life goal and purpose are to help people reach their highest potential by sharing her knowledge and passion of yoga, meditation, nutrition and wellbeing including the great significance of self-love. She is extremely grounded, thoughtful, generous, focused and grateful for life.  Sybil is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

– We are very excited to be facilitating this yoga pilgrimage together for the first time!

The Buddhist culture of the Himalayas, with the countless blessings of the many yogis and yoginis who have practiced the path of awakening here for centuries, seep out of every temple and shrine in the Kathmandu Valley. In the daily meditation sessions, we will explore the inner capacity for the mind to fully rest, and familiarise ourselves with the experience of being free from the constant, and very subtle dichotomy of hope and fear.

We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding our awareness into the body through yoga, and in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. In the evenings after returning home, we salute the day through unwinding evening yoga.


Sample Daily Schedule (note. schedule will vary day-to-day during travel into the mountains and we cannot always guarantee a set schedule for yoga and meditation)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Morning session
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:30 Visiting sacred places
  • 5:00 – 6:00 Yoga
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner

Info on Meditation

There is no prerequisite for joining the yoga pilgrimage, or to have in-depth knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation.  Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its functions is enough. There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation, or to visit sacred places and shrines. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself. In fact, it is simply put a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope and fear, grasping and expectations that are all such strong habits of the mind.  With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, and to become familiar with the groundless and raw quality of reality.

Info on Yoga

The yoga sessions will combine carefully sequenced including a different theme each day.  Classes will range from a vigorous morning practice including pranayama and meditation and a more gentle restorative practice in the afternoon. Detailed alignment, exploration of anatomy, sensory awareness and mindfulness is emphasized to encourage deep listening and a compassionate understanding of one’s own mind-body with the overall intent of cultivating prajna (insight and wisdom) within the yoga experience and beyond. The sessions are suitable for all levels including those those new to yoga, and modifications of poses and props will be used as needed.


Neydo Monastery in Pharping


Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to Neydo Monastery, in the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There may be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by instructors Sybil Foster & Himalayan Hermitage guide

Rapseed fields on our hike up to the Asura cave


Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and Meditation session. We spend the night at Neydo Monastery.


The majestic Swayambhu stupa


Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. In the afternoon we venture out to the majestic Swayambhu Stupa for a sunset pilgrimage. We return to Neydo monastery for dinner, followed by meditation session.


The majestic Boudha stupa


After breakfast we drive to Boudha and check in at our guesthouse. Boudha Stupa, the wishfulfilling Stupa, is another very sacred site in the Kathmandu Valley. Many Tibetans settled here after 1959 so you will find many Tibetans living in this area.

Here we will learn about the sacredness of the stupa; circumambulate the stupa, and walk up to the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Shechen Monastery, built by the great Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. we will have our Buddhist philosophy and meditation session in his meditation room.

After lunch the afternoon will be free to explore Boudha. Dinner and meditation.

View of the Kathmandu Valley


After breakfast we continue our journey to the lovely Namo Buddha Resort, where we spend the next two nights. We will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the Namo Buddha Resort followed by a free afternoon. After dinner we will have a meditation session.

View of Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery


Morning meditation session and breakfast at Namo Buddha Resort. After lunch we hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha where it is said that the previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving Tigress and her cubs. We visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa. We overnight again at the beautiful Namo Buddha Resort.

We pass small Buddhist shrines and temples along the path


After breakfast we depart for Phablu and venture into the foothills of Lower Everest region of Nepal.  We go on a beautiful jeep ride up through Central West Nepal where we drive along the Trisuli river and lush landscapes of Central Nepal. The roads are a lot better now compared to in past years but we can prepare ourselves for an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight in Phablu.

Crossing a bridge over a creek


After breakfast, we hike up for 3-4 hours up to Chiwang Monastery for a day’s visit. We can sit in on practice of the monks and pay homage to the monastery shrine room. Afternoon meditation.

We spend the night in Phablu.

Hiking through lush forests in the Everest region


After breakfast, we begin our 5-6 hour hike up to Thubten Choling, a nunnery located up in the lower Everest region. We stop for lunch in Junbesi and climb the last bit after lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner.

Nun climbing the stairs at Thubten Choling


Morning practice with the nuns. At Thubten Choling we experience the living tradition of a sacred heritage, passed down from the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, to the present day, in an unbroken lineage of masters whose teachings have been passed on to their students, seeking the qualities and realisation of awakening. We join the nuns in their daily practices in the main gompa (place of meditation), and otherwise there is the chance to go for short hikes in the astounding surroundings of hillsides, dotted with prayer flags and retreat caves.

Nuns at Thubten Choling


We take a few days off hiking and spend the day at Thubten Choling, where we are able to sit in at the nunnery gompa with the nuns practicing. It is possible to go for short hikes in the area around the nunnery. The day is partly guided, partly free for own adventures. According to Tibetan terminology, Thubten Choling is seen as a pure realm; a Buddha field. This signifies a place where many prayers and mantras have been whispered throughout the years, of the many nuns living there; mantras and prayers of compassion and loving kindness for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, and very naturally one senses the result of this accumulation of merit.

Crossing a bridge in Solo Khumbu


After breakfast we make our descend to Phablu. Lunch in dinner. We spend the night in Phablu.

Folklore in Boudha


After breakfast, due to the unpredictability of the weather in the mountains, if weather permitting, we fly back to Kathmandu. If weather does not permit we will take the jeep back to Kathmandu. We overnight in Boudha.


Last day of the programme is free to do shopping, visit sights in Ktm etc. We meet for a farewell dinner at the pizza joint Fire an Ice.

WHERE – NEPAL –  Kathmandu Valley & Thubten Choling in Solo Khumbu, Mt. Everest Region, see Nepal map

WHEN – April 1st – April 14th 2019

PRICE  – EARLY BIRD OFFER UP UNTIL JANUARY 1ST  – 2900 USD /    –  Twin room to share: 3160 USD / Single room supplement: 350 USD

Please wait with transferring the full amount to us, as well as the booking of your flight ticket before we have confirmed that we have the minimum of pilgrims to run the Pilgrimage Journey.

BOOKINGS – Please refer to our booking procedures via this link and our cancellation policy via this link.


  • All accommodation, meals and transport in Nepal
  • Experienced guide and instructor – Nathalie Royer & Alex d’Artois
  • Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Phablu and flight from Phablu to Kathmandu


  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the yoga pilgrimage
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the yoga pilgrimage
  • Tip to local guide and porters

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