On the trail of Pema Lingpa

This journey will follow the footsteps of famous Bhutanese saint Pema Lingpa. You will visit important pilgrimage sites of Pema Lingpa, Longchenpa and of course Guru Rinpoche. This tour is perfect for people who want to know more about Buddhism in Bhutan and how it manifests in everyday village life. Hike to monasteries, meet with monks and lamas and enjoy a short meditation retreat in a very remote hermitage.

16 Nights/17 Days in Bhutan

DAY 1: Arrival at Paro & Thimphu
Drive to Thimphu and light sightseeing
DAY 2: Thimphu
Hike to a monastery & Thimphu sightseeing, introduction to Buddhism
DAY 3: From Thimphu to Punakha
Dochu la and hike to Lungchutse lhakhang on the way
DAY 4: Punakha
Chimey lhakhang, Punakha Dzong, Nalanda Buddhist College
DAY 5: From Punakha to Phobjikha
Hike or drive, Phobjikha village life
DAY 6: Phobjikha
Valley hike, Gangtey Gonpa
DAY 7: From Phobjikha to Bumthang, Chumey
Trongsa Dzong and Tadzong on the way
DAY 8: Bumthang, Chumey
Tharpaling monastery, meet with monks, village life
DAY 9: From Chumey to Ura
Ura Man Gi lhakhang & village life
DAY 10: Ura
Visit village temples and families tracing back to Longchenpa and Pema Lingpa
DAY 11 – DAY 13: Retreat
2,5 days retreat at a remote Pema Lingpa meditation centre (simple), on the last day drive to Chokhor valley
DAY 14: Chokhor
Visit most important temples (Tamshing, Kurje, Jampe, etc.)
DAY 15: Flight to Paro
Sightseeing in Paro depending on time of arrival
DAY 16: Paro Taktsang
Hike to Taktsang, Tiger’s Nest
DAY 17: Departure

The tour will be guided by Sonam Choden, a young Bhutanese, born and raised in Bumthang. Her family belongs to the Ngoe lineage of Pema Lingpa. For her textual studies Sonam came all the way to Germany where she is currently completing her Master’s degree in Tibetology at Hamburg University.


This tour is tailored to those interested in Buddhism & pilgrimage. Experience with meditation and retreats (getting up very early in the morning, chanting mantras, fasting, etc.) will be of advantage. The retreat centre is authentic and remote. Guests will sleep in the meditation hall and facilities will be simple. You will get a glimpse into the fascinating life of Bhutanese yogis who retreat  from society, leading a life without any amenities in order to pursue enlightenment. A celebration at the end of the small retreat with prayer flag hoisting is included.


You can book this tour with GESAR Travel or E/T/C Edutainment travel. For reasons of originality we refrain from detailing our programme here. For more information on this group tour or if you want to book this tour individually please contact us  

  • Activities: Special interest tour, pilgrimage, Buddhism & Pema Lingpa lineage, village life and retreat, meeting with interesting people
  • Overnights: Hotels, homestays & retreat centre (basic!)