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Retreat Course In Nepal

From US$ 2,900 per person
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  • Become familiar with meditation & mind training practices,from within Buddhist philosophy
  • Visit sacred places in the Kathmandu Valley, such as Sankhu, Pharping, Boudha & Swayambhu
  • Experience a living tradition of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in the Everest region
  • Partake in the three-day pilgrimage journey to Thubten Choling, in the Everest region
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, 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.

We kindly refer to the Day-by-Day itinerary for a detailed schedule.

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to Himalayan hermitage in Swayambhu, West Kathmandu. There will be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the sunset on the rooftop in the afternoon/evening. After dinner there will be an introduction to the retreat course by instructor Sisse Budolfsen.

Day 2 SWAYAMBHU Homestay

Followed by morning meditation and breakfast, the first morning session will be on ‘How to deal with Uncertainty and Change’. After lunch, we hike up to Trulshik Rinpoche’s nearby monastery in Sita Paila, located in the Western hills of Kathmandu Valley, to do some sitting practice, and watch the sunset with vue over Kathmandu Valley.

Day 3 PHARPING Homestay

Followed by morning meditation and breakfast, we have the first session on ‘Becoming familiar with Groundlessness and Basic Space’. After lunch we visit the sacred place of Pharping, in the South-western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche attained his ultimate enlightenment in this place. We will visit the cave of the self-arisen Tara; manifesting naturally from inside the cave, and other Guru Rinpoche caves.

Day 4 BOUDHA Homestay

Followed by morning meditation and breakfast, we have the first session on ‘the Importance of Pilgrimage and Devotion from within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition’. After lunch, we journey out to the Eastern side of the Kathmandu Valley, to the other holy stupa of Boudhanath (Sanskrit name). Here we will learn about the sacredness of the stupa; circumambulate it, and walk up to the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Shechen Monastery, built by the great Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.


Early morning we fly from Kathmandu domestic airport to Pablu.

Pablu is located in the district of Solo Khumbu, Mt. Everest region, right at the foothills of the Himalayas. We will then have between 4-6 hours of walking from Pablu airport before we reach our destination, Thubten Choling. In Tibetan Buddhist terminology, Thubten Choling is what is referred to 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.

Day 6 THUBTEN CHOLING Guest house

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.

Day 7 THUBTEN CHOLING Guest house

We spend the day at Thubten Choling, joining the nuns in prayer in the main gompa, go for hikes, offering butter lamps.

Day 8 THUBTEN CHOLING Guest house

We spend the day at Thubten Choling, joining the nuns in prayer in the main gompa, go for hikes, offering butter lamps.


Around Midday we walk to Pablu and spend the night there. Next morning we return to Kathmandu by flight.


We spend the afternoon and evening resting. Meditation session after dinner.


This day we will get a full day to gain more experience with the clarity aspect of the mind, and we will get a chance to put into practice what we have learned from the previous days. We will dedicate this day to take the vow of silence the full day, resting quietly with the awakened quality of the mind, free from distraction of speech. The vow of silence will work as a greater support for the mind to rest. We will do continuous meditation sessions from morning till night, in between meals.

Day 12 SANKHU Homestay

Followed by morning meditation and breakfast, we have the first session on ‘The practice of Tonglen, and How to Extend our Compassion toward Others’. After lunch, we will visit the sacred place of Sankhu, located in the far North-eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley, on the old road to Tibet. Above the village of Sankhu is located the sacred Vajra Yogini temple. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche came to this place, and during his meditation concealed many treasure texts, hidden for future generations of yogis to reveal and benefit from.

Day 13 DAY FREE Homestay

On this last full day of the programme we will have morning meditation practice, breakfast and the rest of the day will be free to explore Kathmandu, go for a kora around Swayambhu stupa, or lie with a book in the sun in the hammock on the rooftop. We will meet again for a last night dinner in the evening.


We will provide transportation to the airport for those who return home, and for those who stay in Kathmandu we will help organise transportation for the onward stay or journey.

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what’s included
  • All accommodation, meals and transportation in Nepal
  • Experienced guide and instructor - Sisse Budolfsen
  • Return flight to Thubten Choling
  • Kind and friendly Nepali house staff and driver
what’s excluded
  • Flight to and from Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the retreat course
  • Any alcoholic beverages during the retreat course
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Private Tour - Max 5 participants 
Minimum Participants 3 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
meeting/Start point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
Cancellation In case of cancellations one week prior to the Retreat Course, the cancellation fee to be charged will be the initial deposit, 1/3 of the overall price, and the remaining amount will be returned to the customer.
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