Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Khachodling The Vision and Projects of Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Khachodling Events

About Pilgrimage
On pilgrimage we open heartedly visit holy sites where great masters have meditated. As we do this we leave behind our usual comforts and luxuries and joyfully surrender to the journey so that we can allow ourselves to feel the ever-present blessings that awaken deep spiritual insight.

In Tibet, people went on pilgrimage by foot and often prostrated all the way. They knew that the more obstacles they faced the better it was for purification. Purification means that more spacious attitudes are created in everyday life rather than automatically following narrow negative habits. In purifying one can then lead life in fearless dignity, with respect to oneself and others. It is therefore very important to see obstacles as an opportunity to deepen the practice of the pilgrimage.

Since childhood, Khandro-la's family vacations were pilgrimages to holy sites. Together they would make puja offerings, hoist prayer flags, offer butter lamps and meditate deeply at these sites, sending powerful energies to all beings. So she has enjoyed the wisdom and adventure of this spiritual practice for many years. Khandro-la has many stories and experiences with her masters and parents on these journeys of fun and devotion.

Khandro-la now focuses on leading pilgrimages as a spiritual practice. She enjoys sharing her expertise of the Himalayan regions, her family connections to the great places and practitioners of this area, and acting as a cultural bridge between east and west.

In 2009 Khandro-la, for the first time, led a pilgrimage to the centre of Australia - called “Return to the Heart”. Journeying with other pilgrims and an aboriginal guide, she visited many special places starting from Uluru through the backcountry towards Alice Springs. This journey brought significant benefit to all, and Khandro-la now plans to continue leading pilgrimages to holy sites outside of the Himalayas.

It is a very special experience to go on pilgrimage with Khandro-la. Lives have been transformed and deep spiritual insights awakened. At the very least it is a fun and adventurous journey!

      Upcoming Pilgrimages 2015  

Indian Himalaya Pilgrimages 2015
This year we are offering two special journeys into the Buddhist lands of the Indian Himalayas, both with the title "Open Heart Open Road". One is a pilgrimage with Khandro Rinpoche travelling by car and the other is a special motor bike journey which will essentially run in parallel with Khandro Rinpoche’s group and whom will meet with her briefly in Manali, Lahoul and later in Leh to conclude the last week of their tour together in Ladakh.

Open Heart Open Road Himalayan Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Amritsar to Dharmasala, Manali and overland to Ladakh!

23 days ex Delhi
26th July 2015 - 18th August 2015

This years Himalayan journey will begin with the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, then, after a sojourn in Dharmasala, home of His Holiness Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile, we will continue to Manali via of Bir, and Tso Pema (Guru Rinpoche's lotus lake and caves of great practitioners). In Manali we will visit Khandro Rinpoche's family and marriage gompas and also meet with 85 year old Imi Drupten, the attendant of her father Apho Rinpoche. Then we begin the spectacular overland journey to Leh, first of course stopping in the "Land of the Dakinis" for its many blessings. We will explore Leh and its surrounds, including this time Pangong Lake and Lamayuru and Alchi as well as the ancient Hemis Gompa , Gotsang retreat cave. The highlights of this tour are the meeting of great yogis and masters within the Vajrayana tradition, the experiencing of local culture at a very personal level by interacting with locals, and in depth visits and practice at very special holy sites. To be accompanied by Khandro Rinpoche on this journey makes our pilgrimage very deep, intimate and joyous!

Download full itinerary here (300kb pdf)

Download flyer here (1.7MB pdf)

Open Heart Open Road Himalayan Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Amritsar to Dharmasala, Bir, Tso Pema, Manali and return to Delhi

15 days ex Delhi
26th July 2015 - 9th August 2015

This is a shorter pilgrimage to the lower Himalayas that is offered for those whom have only a few weeks. You will travel to all the special Buddhist places in the lower Himalayas and then return from Manali back to Delhi.

Open Heart Open Road Motor Bike journey through the Indian Himalayas!
19 days ex Delhi
31st July 2015 - 18th August 2015

The renowned Royal Enfield motor bike will be your "modern day horse" on this tour. Your guides will be experienced in the Himalayas and you will have a journey you will never forget. You will travel to Manali where you will practice first on your bike as you explore this special town, then you will meet Khandro Rinpoche's Himalayan pilgrimage group in Lahoul and later travel on the spectacular road that takes you over 4 high mountain passes to Leh, in the Himalayan range.

Download full itinerary here (1MB pdf)

Further Details on both Indian Himalayan Pilgrimages For those whom wish to come along more details and registration can be made by emailing

Bhutan Pilgrimages in 2015
This year Khandro Rinpoche will again host two special interconnected pilgrimages to Bhutan. The 21 day East to West pilgrimage begins in Guwahati, India and crosses the border into Bhutan whereupon you will visit the more remote and rugged eastern Bhutan. Here you will see a nomadic area, Shakya Shri nunnery, retreat hermitages and little villages with rural customs. The 10 day group will travel immediately to the mountain centre of Bhutan, known as Bhumthang where you will meet the eastern group. After spending 3 beautiful days (4 nights) exploring this region we will together travel to the very well known tourist areas of the west, including Gangtey, Punakha, Thimphu and Paro, including Paro Taktsang, the famous Tigers Nest.

Into the Heart of the Dragon - East to West Pilgrimage
with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Guwahati, Samdrup Jongkhar, Pema Gatsel (Shakya Shri Nunnery), Trashigang, Merak (nomads), Trashiyangtse, retreat centres of Khapte Bhekhar and Tshenpu, Ombah (Guru Rinpoche sacred site) Lhuentse (tradtional weaving), Kurizampa (Yogic training centre), Bhumthang, Trongsa, Phobjikha, Gangtey, Punakha, Thimphu, Paro (Tigers Nest)
22 days days ex Guwahati (incoming) and Paro (outgoing)
1st - 22nd November 2015

Download itinerary here (330kb pdf)

Into the Heart of the Dragon - Central to West Pilgrimage
with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon

Bhumthang, Trongsa, Phobjikha (black cranes), Gangtey, Punakha, Thimphu, Paro (Tigers Nest)
13 days days ex Paro
10th - 22nd November 2015

Download itinerary here (200kb pdf)

For those whom wish to come along more details and registration can be made by emailing

      top of page  
      Previous Pilgrimages  

Himalaya Pilgrimage


2013 is a special year when Khandro Rinpoche and her Khachodling is sponsoring a medicine making ceremony in Kardang Gompa, Lahoul, the place of Khandro-la's birth.

To coincide with this special event we will be offering a pilgrimage which will begin from Dharamsala (home of His Holiness XIVth Dalai Lama), through Tso Pema (Guru Rinpoche holy site) and Bir (visit gompas and Tibetan communities) and on to Manali (Khandro Rinpoche's hometown to visit her family and marriage gompas) then to Lahoul for the last week of the special ceremonies where we will also have teachings from special Masters of the lineage.

Main tour for the Drubchen 2nd-15th July 2013
Dharamsala area 27 June - 3 July 2013
continue to Leh, Ladakh 13-20 July 2013
continue to Zanskar till 8 August (includes self retreat and voluntary work).

"Dechog Pema Vajra" Drubchen - Ceremony and Practice in the Indian Himalayas 2013
Kardang Gompa, above Keylong town, Lahoul, Indian Himalayas
Dates: Sunday 28th June - Friday 12th July 2013 (these are the dates of the drubchen - the pilgrimage reaches it in its last week)

Zanskar teachings and nunnery visit
Following the Dechog Pema Vajra drubchen in Lahoul, Khandro Rinpoche will proceed to Sani, Zanskar (Khachodling Nunnery) where she will offer some teachings and practices for the local community. On the way she will stay a few days in Leh, Ladakh and some days in Khachodling Gompa at Mulbeck, Ladakh where her amchi medical projects are located.

  Bhutan Pilgrimage  

20th April - 10th May 2013 for between 11 and 21 days
After a personal retreat Khandro-la will again lead a special pilgrimage to Bhutan.

East of Bhutan, Shakya Shri nunnery in Pema Gatsel, Bhumthang, the beautiful mountain centre of Bhutan, Punakha, Gangtey, Thimphu and Paro (including hiking to the famous Tigers Nest monastery).


Amanjiwo's Inner Journey

20th - 26th September 2012
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

Amanjiwo welcomes Khandro Rinpoche back for its third annual meditative retreat. A
comprehensive programme offering guided meditation and in depth tours of Borobudur and other prominent local Buddhist holy sites. For both novice and experienced practitioners, this retreat is an opportunity to delve into one’s personal spiritual journey at the foothills of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument.

  Dochula Pass, Bhutan  

Bhutan - Home of the Dragon
November 2011

Home of Bhutan (west to east) - 2nd-19th November
Eye of Dragon (western and central) - 2nd-13th November
East Bhutan - 11th-19th November


Borobudur, Indonesia
Amanjiwo's Inner Journey
23rd - 29th September 2011
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java,

Amanjiwo’s second annual meditative retreat returns this September with a
comprehensive programme offering guided meditation classes, private yoga
instruction and in-depth archaeological tours of Borobudur and other prominent
Buddhist monuments. For both novice and experienced practitioners, this 3- or
6-night retreat is an opportunity to delve into one’s personal spiritual journey at the
foothills of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument.

Amanjiwo welcomes back meditation teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon

Download Flyer (500kb.pdf)




Discover the Heart of Ladakh
13th August - 2nd September 2011

  Bhutan   Bhutan 2010
"Into the Heart of the Dragon"
20th October - 3rd November, 2010


  tsomorriri woman   Ladakh and its Nomads
HH Dalai Lama's teachings in Nubra and Lake Tsomoriri (incl. eye camp)
24th July - 9th August 2010

Indonesia 2010
"Inward Journey to Borobudur"
PIlgrimage and retreat - Amanjiwo
14th - 20th May 2010

  Return to the Heart   "Return to the Heart"
Pilgrimage to the Heart of Australia - Uluru to Alice Springs
1st - 14th June 2009

Nepal Pilgrimage - Maratika Cave
December 2008 - January 2009

  South India  

South India Pilgrimage and Healing Tour
December 2007 -
January 2008

1) New Year Renewal & Rejuvenation Retreat for Mind and Body
(Ayurvedic Treatment and meditation) with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
29th December 2007 - 12th January 2008.

  Ajanta   2) Pilgrimage to Ajanta and Ellora Buddhist Caves
15th - 20th January 2008
  Amchi   Pilgrimage and Herb Collecting in Ladakh
July 4th - 25th 2007


      top of page  
  Bhutan   Bhutan
8th - 18th October, 2006



Zanskar (Ladakh)
Pilgrimage and visiting nuns
15th July - 4th August, 2006



Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Western Sikkim
28th March - 11th April, 2006



Zanskar Pilgrimage
An Intimate spiritual Journey to far North India and Zanskar

August 6th - 29th 2005


    top of page