Join Ven Robina Courtin for a fifteen-day Himalayan adventure – from Kopan, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s monastery in the Kathmandu valley, to his cave in Solu Khumbu in the mountains of Nepal.

The purpose of Lawudo Trek is to raise money and awareness of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s hermitage, Lawudo. For each person who joins us on the trek, US$500 will be donated to Lawudo Gompa.


14 – 28 March 2018 


From Kopan Monastery to Lawudo Gompa and back.


The cost of US$2150 includes:

  • US$500 donation to Lawudo. This is based on a minimum of 16 participants. If there are less than 16 trekkers, the donation to Lawudo will be less.
  • Internal flights
  • Daily teachings and meditation with Ven Robina
  • Food: all meals except on Day 14, when you can buy your own lunch and dinner; and Day 15, when you can buy your own lunch
  • Double room, with attached bathroom, at Kopan
  • Double room, with shared bathroom, during the trek 
  • Two- or four- person rooms, with shared bathroom, at Lawudo
  • Double room, with attached bathroom, at the Hyatt Regency

An extra US$300 for a single room includes:

  • Single room, with attached bathroom, at Kopan Monastery
  • Single room, with shared bathroom, at the lodges during the trek. First come, first served
  • Single room, with attached bathroom, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kathmandu

Read more about accommodation here

The cost does not include:

  • Passport
  • Visa. Read more about visas here
  • Roundtrip airfare from your country to Kathmandu
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance is compulsory. Please send us a copy of your insurance policy no later than 1 September 2018. Read more about travel insurance here
  • Lunch and dinner on Day 14 and lunch on Day 15


Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thami, near the Everest Region of Nepal, in 1945. At the age of three he was recognised as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, Kunsang Yeshe. From 1956 to 1959 he studied at Domo Monastery in Tibet. He then fled Chinese oppression and continued his study and practice in Tibetan refugee camps in India. There Rinpoche met  Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935–1984).

They met their first Western students in the late 1960s and Lama eventually established what is now Kopan Monastery in the Kathmandu valley. The annual November Lam Rim courses attracted students from all the over the world.

In 1974 the lamas accepted the invitation of their students to teach in Australia, the USA, and Europe, and a year later Lama Yeshe named his burgeoning network of centres the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.

Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the FPMT, overseeing more than 160 centres and related activities in 30 countries.

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Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven Robina Courtin has worked full time since then for her gurus Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s. Over the years, she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism.

An award-winning film by her nephew Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Chasing Buddha documents her life as well as her work with prisoners. She is one of the subjects of Vicki Mackenzie’s book Why Buddhism? and a film by Christine Lundberg, On the Road Home.

I’ve wanted to go to Lawudo for years and finally I have the opportunity. I’m so delighted to lead this trek and to raise money for Rinpoche’s holy cave.’
~ Ven. Robina Courtin

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Amber Tamang is from a small village in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. He became a porter in 1992, to put himself though high school and college; he graduated as a lawyer. He is an advocate of better working conditions for trekking staff.

Amber has worked as the local guide for Dharma Journeys pilgrimages with Ven Robina since 2001. Those who’ve traveled with him praise his patience and kindness. He is very knowledgeable about local customs of the Himalaya and its people. Amber and his family live in Kathmandu.


Based in Sydney, Australia, I have been a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche since 2014 when I attended the Lam Rim November course at Kopan. It was during this course that I first heard about Lawudo from my tutor Ven. Thubten Gyatso.

The Kopan November Course was my formal introduction to the Dharma which has since become my compass in life. I have tried to maintain a strong connection with the FPMT and my teachers as a student and volunteer at Vajrayana Institute, in Sydney. It was during a weekend workshop earlier in 2016 at the centre that I met Ven. Robina Courtin, after which planning and organisation for Lawudo Trek really took flight.

The idea of this trek was quite simply to travel with a group of open-minded and inspired people to Rinpoche’s cave and raise money for Lawudo Gompa, its carers and community. This trek is not run through a company; it is the result of the hard work of a few people who have generously offered their time and services to make it happen.

Thank you Ven Robina Courtin, Amber Tamang, Effie Fletcher and all the FPMT centres and groups who shared our information with their communities.

I am so grateful for the opportunity that has manifested to organise this trek. I believe that this trip will be unique and fulfilling for all.

Look forward to meeting you,

Kristina x

Download a PDF of the itinerary for Lawudo Trek 2018 here