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Bhutan Pilgrimage with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche – September 19th to 26th, 2015 

Phakchok Rinpoche invites his sangha to embark with him on a pilgrimage to sacred sites of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. The pilgrimage concludes with two additional days of retreat. Many of the sites Rinpoche will be visiting are particularly connected to the Chokling New Treasures lineage and to Phakchok Rinpoche’s own root teachers; Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Join us on this wonderful and once in a lifetime occasion.


Pilgrimage Itinerary

September 19th

  • Arrive into Bhutan
  • Evening: Drak Karpo

September 20th

  • Paro Taktsang
  • Evening: Drive to Thimbu
  • Public Teaching in Thimbu by Phakchok Rinpoche

September 21st

  • Morning:  Drive to Bumthang
  • Stay Overnight

September 22nd

  • In Bumthang:
  • Kurjhe Lhakhang
  • Jhamphel Lhakhang
  • Beyul Shukdrak
  • Thamshing Lhakhang
  • Konchoksum Lhakhang

September 23rd

  • Guru Rinpoche Day: Tsok Offering in Kurjhe Lakhang
  • Evening: Travel to Tharpaling

September 24th 

  • Retreat in Tharpaling

September 25th

  • Conclude Retreat
  • Travel to Thimbu
  • Overnight in Thimbu

September 26th

  • Morning: Drive to Paro
  • Depart Bhutan

Pilgrimage Cost

The cost of the pilgrimage is $2,750 and covers all expenses within Bhutan. This includes lodging, meals, private transportation, practice texts as well as the 1 day retreat. Phakchok Rinpoche will be guiding the pilgrims throughout the pilgrimage and retreat.

You should arrive in Kathmandu on the 18th and we will be flying from Kathmandu airport to Paro, Bhutan as a group on the 19th and returning as a group on the 26th. By registering for the pilgrimage you will automatically be included on this flight. The cost for the flight is $450.00. There is also a one-time $40 visa fee for entrance into Bhutan(see below for details).

Total cost is $3,240 (updated total)

Registration Process

Please register now in order to secure your place on the pilgrimage.

  • Please make a $1,000 usd deposit using the details below in order to secure your place on the pilgrimage.
  • Amount due after deposit: $2,240.00usd. This includes flight cost, please see below.
  • Please do send in the full amount as soon as possible in order to secure all travel arrangements.
  • Payment in full is due latest by July 31st.
  • Once registered there will be a $500 cancellation fee.

Our bank details are as follows:

Account Name: Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation Limited
Bank name: The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd
Account number: 499-811826-838
Bank address: 1 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Swift code: HSBC HK HH HKH
Recipient (CGLF) address: Suite 2801-03, China United Centre, 28 Marble Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Recipient tel: +85263112269

In order to complete your registration you must email the below three items to [email protected]

  1. Copy of your bank transfer receipt.
  2. Completed Bhutan Visa Application. (Please complete this form and send it back as a pdf file. We will take care of the visa process for you and will be sending you your Bhutan visa via email. You will need to print it out and bring it with you on the pilgrimage. That printed visa will be stamped upon entry into Bhutan).
  3. Scanned copy of your passport.

More Information

  • You are advised to bring: Walking shoes, a sleeping bag and sitting cusion for the retreat, hat and sunglasses.
  • The weather in Bhutan in September is very pleasant, with averages between 11.7 C/53F – 23.4C/74F.
  • Dharma texts will be provided at the beginning of the pilgrimage.

You may contact [email protected] for registration and pilgrimage questions. We look forward to seeing you!

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Suggested Reading

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Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

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Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.