bhutan trek and tour

Adventure Tour in four Himalayan Countries: India, Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet -21 days

Trip Introduction

Make an ultimate journey into the Himalayas with our travel package encompassing the four Himalayan countries: India, Bhutan, Nepal and China's Tibet. These four countries encompass almost all of the Himalayas and are a traveler's paradise, a heaven on earth. Behold your surprise when you walk through the ancient and medieval streets full with architectural wonders of the East. The package includes such exotic places as the colorful town of Jaipur and the Mecca of Love or the Taj Mahal of Agra, to the pagoda structures in the medieval streets of Thimphu, Kathmandu and Lhasa, among others. Thus, from Taj Mahal to Potala, our tour encompasses the kaleidoscopically diverse Himalayan civilization. This is a journey that takes you up from the lowlands of the Ganges to the dizzying heights of Tibet.

The 21-days India, Bhutan, Nepal & Tibet Tour starts from India capital Delhi. From Delhi, we drive to the historic towns Jaipur and Agra. Then we fly to Paro of Bhutan. Drive from Paro to Punakha and back to Paro. From Paro, fly to Kathmandu. After making two full days of sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with its many medieval towns, we drive into Tibet along the Friendship Highway. During the rest days of the journey, discover Tibet's highland including the Everest Base Camp, the spiritual air, an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy.

Note: Please note that we have to start our tour on Sunday from Delhi in India to accommodate the flight schedules to Paro, Kathmandu and Lhasa.

Our other trans-border Himalanyan adventure tours include: Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet Tour -14 days, Druk Yul and Nepal Tour - 9 days, Dzogchen valley, birthplace of Namkhai Norbu and Lhasa: from Kham to Kathmandu overland tour - 17 days, Tajmahal to Potala Palace via Nepal - 15 days.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrival Delhi (India): Sunday

After your arrival in Delhi airport, our local guide will pickup you up and transfer to your hotel. Relax in the rest hours of this day and also visit the traditional bazaars as well as historic and monumental sites in Delhi. Overnight at Delhi hotel.

DAY 02 : Delhi to Jaipur - 258 kms/ 6.5 hrs

After breakfast, we make a historic sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit to the majestic Red Fort or Lal Kila, the beautiful marvels covered in red sandstone. Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Taj Mahal fame. Rajghat - a memorial of Mahatama Gandhi. After exploring the Old Delhi monuments, we visit Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the India Gate - a memorable monument built in the honor of Indian soldiers, and Qutub Minar , one of the tallest towers in the world. After taking our Lunch, we drive further to Jaipur. Overnight at Jaipur.

DAY 03 : Jaipur Sightseeing

After morning breakfast, we make an excursion to the 16th century Amber fort. Also enjoy elephant ride at Amber Fort. The fort was built by Akbar's Rajput Commander, Raja Man Singh. Visit and shop at textile industry. Other attractions of Jaipur are the City Palace of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal or Wind Palace and Jantar Mantar or Observatory which was built by Raja Jai Singh. Also visit Laxmi Narayan Temple. Overnight at Jaipur.

DAY 04 : Drive Jaipur to Agra - 240 km/ 5 hrs

We visit Amber fort in the morning. Then via Fatehpur Sikri, we drive to Agra. Mughal Dynasty's Fatehpur Sikri with magnificent red sandstone building, built by the Moghal Emperor Akbar to commemorate Saint Salim Chisti, who blessed Akbar with three sons. Marvel at such graceful buildings as the Jami Masjid, the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Panch Mahal, Diwan I Khas and other palaces. The monuments are examples of the fusion of Islamic architecture with Hindu and Jain decorative art. After arrival in Agra, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Agra.

DAY 05 : Agra to Delhi: 210 km/4.5 hrs

After taking morning breakfast, we make a sightseeing tour of Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal, a finest amalgam of love and architecture - one of the wonders of the world. We also visit Agra Fort, a large fortified strategic point of Mughal Empire. In the afternoon, we drive to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, we visit the monuments of Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Birla Temple, and Raj Ghat. In the evening, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 06 : Delhi Sightseeing

After breakfast, we make a historic sightseeing tour of Delhi. Visit to the majestic Red Fort or Lal Kila, the beautiful marvels covered in red sandstone. Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India that was built by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Taj Mahal fame. Rajghat - a memorial of Mahatama Gandhi. After exploring the Old Delhi monuments, we visit Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace), the India Gate - a memorable monument built in the honor of Indian soldiers, and Qutub Minar - one of the tallest towers in the world. Overnight in Delhi.

DAY 07 : Fly Delhi to Bhutan (Paro)

Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Our next visit would be the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro

DAY 08 : Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Drive Paro -Thimphu (2350m / 7710ft) - 54Km/ 2hrs

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche (8th century Indian saint) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria on the way. In the afternoon we drive to Thimphu. In the evening we explore Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, and absorb the lifestyle of the people. We also visit some interesting handicraft shops. Overnight in Thimphu.

DAY 09 : Thimphu - Punakha (1250m/4100 ft): 2-3 hrs/76 km

After breakfast this morning, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive a special fertility blessing from Lama's wooden phallus if you wish. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong, stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.

DAY 10 :Punakha-Paro: 4 hr/140 km

After breakfast, you will drive back to Paro via Dochula pass. Here you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. You will stop at Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, continue drive to Paro. In the evening, you can stroll through Paro town. Overnight in Paro.

DAY 11 : Fly Paro to Kathmandu

Drive to airport for departure. Today you will bid farewell to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and would enter the recently declared republic of Nepal and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. Enjoy again the flight over the mountains with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Overnight at Kathmandu.

DAY 12 : KTM Sightseeing Tour: Kathmanu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu, Boudhanath

Today, after breakfast, we start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the then Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Overnight at Kathmandu.

DAY 13 : Sightseeing Tour: Patan & Bhaktapur

We start our tour of two more UNESCO World Heritage Site cities adjacent to Kathmandu: Patan & Bhaktapur. Patan is also known as The City of Fine Arts. Patan Durbar Square is one of the places in the Kathmandu Valley where the medieval arts and architecture still remain in its original state. The Durbar Square is full of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings, mostly the Hindu and Buddhist monuments. Similarly, the medieval town of Bhaktapur, or the Town of the Devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle to this date. One is sure to feel like travelling back into the past while walking along the Bhaktapur thoroughfares, squares and streets. Overnight at Kathmandu.

DAY 14 : KTM-Nylam (3,750m/12,300ft): 153 Km/5 hrs

After morning breakfast we start our journey along the Friendship Highway for the Tibet border. Lunch at the border. Then we pass through the Nepal side of the customs and immigration. Cross the Friendship Bridge to arrive at Tibet! Then we take a 30 minutes drive from Kodari to Zhangmu, where second immigration formalities have to be done. From Zhangmu to Nylam is to an hour's scenic drive. Overnight in Nylam.

DAY 15 : Morning Acclimatization, Nyalam to Lotingri/old Tingri (4050m/13,284 ft): 147 Km/5-6 hrs

In the morning, we take some walk around Nylam which would help us to acclimatize with the high altitude. Then we rest for some time, take our breakfast, and head for Tingri. Cross two spectacular passes: Nyalam pass (3800m/12,464 ft) and Lalung La pass (5082m/16,668 ft). Enjoy the fabulous views of the high mountains including, Mount Everest (8848m/29,028 ft) Jugal Himal, Mt. Makalu (8464m/27,761 ft) and more. Overnight at Ms. Snow Leopard or a similar category hotel in Lotingri/Old Tingri.

DAY 16 : Lotingri/old Tingri to Rongbuk (5050m/16564ft): 105 Km - Visit Everest Base Camp (5,250m/17,220ft)

After breakfast easy and short drive to Rongbuk. Rongbuk monastery is the highest monastery in Tibet. Enjoy the unique view of Mt. Everest also known as Mount Quomolangma in the Tibetan side. It's certainly a great experience to be face to face with the greatest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest. We make about 16 kms round trip around the Everest base camp. The base camp itself is dry and barren, but the views of Everest are more than compensating. It is a truly awe-inspiring place with the sheer north face of the highest mountain in the world towering above you. Overnight in Rongbuk.

DAY 17 : Drive to Sakya Moanstery, evening arrive in Xigatse (3800m/12,464 ft): 345 Kms

Morning drive to Sakya to visit famous Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is the ancestral temple of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), also the founder of Sakyapa sect of Lamaism. Sakya, means "Grey Soil" in Tibetan since the soil surrounding it is gray. The monastery is to the Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening we arrive in Xigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet. Overnight at Xigatse.

DAY 18 : Drive Xigatse to Gyangtse to Lhasa (3650m/11,972 ft): 365 Kms/ 7 hrs

In the morning visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. After breakfast, embark on a pleasant 2 hours drive to Gyantse. Here, we visit the Khumbum Stupa and Phalkot Monastery. From Gyantse, we continue to Lhasa: cross the Karo La (5010m/16,432 ft) and Kamba La (4794m/15,725 ft) pass and lake Yamdrok Tso(Turquoise Lake). You will cross the Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahamaputra) river and see the distant views of the Potala Palace. Overnight in Lhasa.

DAY 19 : Lhasa sighsteeing: Potala, Sera, Jokhang Temple

Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. An experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter will guide us through this preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Then we visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. Visit to Barkhor Market can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city. Overnight in Lhasa.

DAY 20 :Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepang Temple, Norbulinka Palace

Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. The 17th century Potala Palace offers an awesome view of entire city and also has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Ancient history has it that Drepung Monastery which was built in 14th century used to shelter around 10,000 monks but as now there has been quite a declination resulting in only few hundreds. Tibetans' respect and belief are immensely knotted with this monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.

DAY 21: Final departure from Lhasa or extend your tour

Your adventure tour of the four Himalayan countries comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport for your onward journey. You can either get back to Kathmandu or continue to mainland China on your way to home. We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and we are sure you will be back for a trip to the Himalayas again.

Important Note and Optional Activities

Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Travel Insurance

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Information about Visa and Travel Permits

Aside from visas for China, travelers to Tibet must also obtain permits from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau. Himalayan Glacier Trekking will organize your Tibet travel permit. Please send copy of your passport if you are planning to enter Tibet via Nepal as soon as you book the trip. In the condition you are planning to enter Tibet via China; you need to send us copy of your passport and Chinese visa as soon as you book the trip. Read More

Additional Information

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Traveller's Reviews

  • We are having a fantastic time. It is the vacation of our lives. The planning, places, accommodations and people are superb. We know you work very hard to make dream vacations come true and it is appreciated. We are in Paro Hotel and what a rare treat. This place is fabulous. No one could have planned a better vacation.

    Vancouver, Canada
  • We appreciated this local Travel Agency, because of friendly and experienced Staffs, who are working in it. They always tried to do their best, to make everything perfect, on what you agreed before beginning of the trip. This is important for clients, who decide to travel in Asia, because experienced tourists know, that it's not always like this here. I hope, they will remain the same, when their company will grow up.

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