An exclusive Yoga retreat in Bhutan with an experience of the reminiscence of the British Raj and a trek along the Singalila ridge, which is one of the most beautiful ridges in the world!

While you practice yoga and meditation everyday during the trip, this adventure takes you on a journey to the Eastern Himalayas and its Jewels- Darjeeling and Bhutan. We begin with a unique experience of the reminiscence of the British Raj- Darjeeling. Live in centuries old Victorian Bungalows, visit Tea Estates of Darjeeling and witness the making of the World’s best tea- Darjeeling tea. After visiting Darjeeling, we begin our 5 days fascinating trek along the Singalila ridge, which is considered as one of the most beautiful ridges in the world. You can get views of 4 of the world’s highest mountain from this trek, viz. the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest 8848m, the 3rd highest mountain Mt. Kanchendzonga 8586m, the 4th highest mountain Mt. Lhotse 8510m and the 5th highest mountain Mt. Makalu 8481m.  At the end of the trek we make a stop at a beautiful village of Shiri Khola where you get to participate in Ghee (clarified butter) making class, and a cooking lesson to make some mouth watering organic vegetables dishes cooked in the ghee that you made. We then venture in to the Land of the Dragon- Bhutan. A fascinating tour in this fabled land of Happiness, where the country’s achievement is calculated in the Gross National Happiness, gives you an amazing experience of this happy Kingdom.

Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger’s nest

Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan Kingdom, never cease to amaze the world with its incredible policies which can only be a dream for most of the countries. The Bhutanese government considers that the happiness of the people is the most important thing in any decision or policy that it makes, so Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross domestic product.
Bhutan is the only country in the world where its citizens have constitution obligation to protect their environment, which means 60% of the nation have to stay forest. It is the only country in the world to be carbon negative.
Bhutan regulates tobacco and tobacco products, banning the cultivation, harvesting, production, and sale of tobacco and tobacco products in the country. However in 2012, Parliament passed urgent amendments with the effect of greatly increasing permissible amounts of tobacco and reducing penalties, although sale and distribution remain prohibited.
Although a small country, and considered as the least developed country in Asia, it actually comes 1st in economic freedom and ease of doing business and peace and ranks 2nd highest in per capita income in all of south east Asian countries. It is indeed the Happiest country in the world!

No wonder Bhutan has become the favorite vacationing destination for celebrities!

Some of the celebrities who have vacationed in Bhutan– Prince William and Kate Middleton (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), Their Majesties The King and Queen of Sweden, politician Aung San Suu Kyi to Hollywood superstars like Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves, Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mick Jager, Justin Timberlake, Cher, Michael J Fox , Cameron Diaz, Bryan Adams, K.D. Lang, Demi Moore, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, Steven Seagel , Micheall Yeow, Eva Mendes, Nathalie Kelley, Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, Emily Blunt and John Hoskins, Ricki Martin, Jet Li, and South East Asian celebrities like Charm Reya Osthanond, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Khalil Ramos, Enrique Gil, Xiong Naijin, Gretchen Barretto, Martinez, Tony Leung, Carina Lau and many more.

What makes this trip special:

  • Train ride with the 139 years old UNESCO World Heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railways
  • Stay at a Victorian Bungalow at Goomtee Tea Estate established in 1899
  • Witness the processing of the World’s best tea- The Darjeeling tea
  • Participate the tea tasting of the first flush tea and make your own tea
  • Sightseeing around Darjeeling (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Snow Leopard and Red Panda breeding centre, Tibetan Refugee Self Help centre)
  • 5 days spectacular trek along the world famous Singalila ridge
  • Views of 4 of the worlds highest mountains- The highest mountain Mt. Everest 8848m, the 3rd highest mountain Mt. Kanchendzonga 8586m, the 4th highest mountain Mt. Lhotse 8510m and the 5th highest mountain Mt. Makalu 8481m
  • Ghee making workshop and cooking class5th highest mountain Mt. Makalu 8481m
  • Spectacular mountain flight to and back from Paro
  • 6 nights/ 7 days trip in Bhutan
  • Visit Punakha, Phobjika and Thimpu
  • Hike to the famous Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

Itinerary:

Day 1: Fly to Bagdogra and drive to Darjeeling/ Overnight at Hotel Windamere
Day 2: Morning Yoga session/ Sightseeing in Darjeeling- Overnight at Hotel Windamere
Day 3: Drive to Tonglu and start trek to Tumling
Day 4: Morning Yoga session/ Trek to Kalpokhari
Day 5: Morning Yoga session/ Trek to Sandakhphu
Day 6: Morning Yoga session/Trek to Sabargram
Day 7: Morning Yoga session/Trek to Shiri Khola (Ghee making workshop, cooking class with organically produced fresh vegetables form the garden)
Day 8: Drive to Goomtee Tea estate
Day 9: Morning Yoga session/ Tea tour/ after lunch drive to Siliguri/ visit local market
Day 10: Fly to Paro/ Afternoon sightseeing (Tuesday or Friday)
Day 11: Morning Yoga session/Hike to Taktshang (Tiger’s Nest)(3,200m)- 5 to 6 hours
Day 12: Paro to Punakha/ Sightseeing Afternnon Yoga
Day 13: Rest at Punakha / Yoga workshop
Day 14: Punakha to Thimphu/ Sightseeing
Day 15: Morning Yoga session at the Great Buddha Dordenma/ Sightseeing in Thimpu
Day 16: Drive to Paro and fly to New Delhi/ Fly home

Practicing yoga in the morning

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Grading

Our grading system for trekking:

There are many different factors that contribute to the difficulty of a particular trip
Our grading are based on various factors such as length of trek and walking day, trail conditions, maximum altitude and average altitude, elevation gain/loss per day, prevailing weather conditions, temperature range, remoteness and general level of comfort.
Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please contact us at info@hionlifeadventures.com

Grade A: Leisure

These adventure tours are our least demanding trips suitable for people with a basic level of fitness and good health. These trips may involve long drives usually on private transport. Sightseeing trips are conducted on foot. The itinerary may also take you to remote places with basic lodging facilities and may also involve a day or two of hiking. We expect you to carry a small back pack weighing about 4 to 5 kgs.
Recommended preparation: Walking on undulating terrain for an hour, for at least 2-3 months prior to departure.

Grade B: Easy to moderate

These adventures involve trekking between 7 to 10 days in remote areas where facilities are often basic. These trips involve some camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 3 to 6 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined and relatively easy, but it doesn’t mean it will be a walk in the park. In the Himalayas, flat trail are extremely rare sights, so there will be plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 3800m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 400m with perhaps an odd day ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to 0C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade C: Moderate

These treks are slightly more difficult. Our moderate treks are between 11 to 15 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 4 to 7 hours of walking each day on good trails with plenty of time for sightseeing. The itineraries often include 1 or 2 rest days. The trails are generally well defined but with plenty of ascents and descents on rocky terrains and often on stony steps. The altitudes are moderate and rarely go above 4500m. The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with occasional harder days ascending/ descending about 800m. There are no extremes of weather and the daytime temperatures generally do not get lower than 5C with exceptional cases during bad weather when it can get down to -5C.

Recommended preparation: Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure.

Grade D: Challenging

These adventures are more challenging and remote and with altitudes up to 5600m. Our challenging treks are between 13 to 24 days in remote areas with camping or basic lodging. The trekking days are often between 5 to 7 hours of walking each day with some days involving crossing a pass with up to 10 hours walking. Generally the trails are well defined, but there will be days which involve climbing steep rocky terrains at high altitudes and crossing icy and rocky glaciers in harsh weather conditions.
The average daily ascents and descents will be about 300m to 500m with a few harder days ascending/ descending about 1000m. The itineraries often include rest days after such big ascents.
Temperatures can get below Zero in the daytime at high altitudes and can fall down to -10C at night.

Recommended preparation: Stamina is essential, as walking days are long. We recommend previous trekking experience, preferably at altitude. Walking or jogging 45 mins to 1 hour for at least two times a week on undulating terrain or on a tread mill with inclined angle for at least 3 months prior to departure. Cycling is recommended. Long day hikes on weekends with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

 

 

Booking terms and conditions

What are the booking procedures, terms and conditions?

The following procedures, terms and conditions apply if you are joining one of our trip.

Booking:

At the bottom of each tour/trek/ expedition page that you wish to participate, you can click the link to book that trip and you will come to a page with instructions on how to book a trip with us. We will then send you an invoice for deposit payment of 250 USD, which is non-refundable. Once we receive this payment we will send you a confirmation on your reservation of the trip.

Balance Payments:

The balance payment is to be made at least 45 days prior to departure, payable by bank account transfer. If the balance is not paid when due, Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to regard the reservation as canceled.

Cancellations & Refunds:

In case you should cancel your reservation, the following cancellation charges apply:

Days prior to trip Start date                      Cancellation Fee

31-45 days                                                              50% of trip price
16-30 days                                                              75% of trip price
0-15 days                                                                 100% of trip price

Exceptions to these policies cannot be made for any reason. However, if you wish to transfer from one trip to another, we are happy to assist you at no extra charge, provided that it is done before 60 days prior to the trip start date. Thereafter, our cancellation policy applies. Hi On Life Adventures reserves the right to cancel a trip for any reason. In such an instance, we will refund all payments received, which will be regarded as full settlement.

 

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Quick Facts

Destination:
 Bhutan
Trip Code:
 BH-YT
Trip Grade:
 Moderate
Duration:
 16 days
Trek Distance:
 51 kms approx
Starting Elevation:
 2100m
Peak Elevation:
 3700m
Accommodations:
 Hotels and camping while on trek
Best Season:
 March till April & October till November

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If you have extra days in Nepal, you can book an extension.

Available Extensions

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Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: 7 days

Pokhara & Bandipur

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: As per package

Chitwan Jungle Safari

Grade: A- Leisure

Duration: According to package

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