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Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet Tour -14 Days

Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet Tour

Trip Introduction

Join our travel package to roof of the world that includes the three Himalayan countries: Bhutan, Nepal and China's Tibet which would definitely prove to be a truly Asian experience. These three countries encompass almost all of the Himalayas and are a traveller's paradise, a heaven on earth. The first destination of this travel is Bhutan, the only Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom in the world. Bhutan is often referred to as the last Shangri-la, and three-fourths of the country is covered in forest.

The second destination, Nepal lies between the cultural and geographical crossroads of Asia. The high lands of Nepal along with the friendly people make a pulsating society rich in color, vigor and spirituality. Our third destination, Tibet, has long been a mysterious land of lakes and rivers, mighty snow peaks, and temples and monasteries - with its spiritual air, an unearthly mystical land of Buddhist culture and philosophy.

Discover the thrills of such experiences: from mountain flight over the majestic Himalayas to hiking to the high mountains and to bathing with elephants in their natural habitat. Behold your surprise when you walk through the ancient streets full with pagoda architecture of the Buddhist and Hindu sites Stroll through the medieval streets of Thimphu, Kathmandu and Lhasa among others, and visit Dalai Lama's Potala and Norbulingka and visit Barkhor Market in Lhasa. This is a journey that takes you up to the dizzying heights, through rich sub-tropical forests, glacial lakes and across beautiful passes that offer amazing views of snow-capped mountains.

Note: Please note that since the flights from Paro to Kathmandu and and Kathmandu to Tibet operate only on the specific days of the week, we will have to start the tour from Sunday(Day 1). Then we will catch the scheduled flight from Paro to Kathmandu on Thursday. Similarly, we will catch the scheduled flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa on Tuesday.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrive Paro (2250m / 7382ft)

Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks like Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga and including the sacred Bhutan peaks such as Jumolhari and Jichu Drake. On arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the Paro Dzong, built in 1646, and now houses government offices and religious institutions Paro valley. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we move to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. In the evening, stroll through the Paro market and town. (Lunch, Dinner).

DAY 02 : Hike to Tiger Monastery, then Drive to Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft): 1 hr/54 km

1After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery - Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley After exploring the monastery, hike down to the Paro valley and drive to Thimphu in the evening -, the capital of Bhutan. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).

DAY 03 : Morning Sightseeing, Then Drive Thimphu to Punakha [1250m/4000 ft]: 76 km/ 3 hrs

After breakfast, visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan, the takin. From there, visit nunnery temple, National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and School of Arts and Crafts (also known as painting school). After lunch, drive to Punakha with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day one can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. Visit Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. (B, L, D)

DAY 04 : Punakha to Paro [2250m / 7382ft]: 130km/4 hours

After breakfast, you will drive back to Paro. On the way, visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive blessings from the Lama`s wooden phallus! You will stop in Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Majestic Tashichhodzong. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro.(B, L, D)

DAY 05 : Fly Paro to Kathmandu [1300 m / 4264 ft]: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. After arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, we make a sightseeing tour of some of the 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 Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world. 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. (B)

DAY 06 : Drive Kathmandu to Chitwan

We take an early morning breakfast and drive to Chitwan, 150 kilometers from Kathmandu and a 5 hour's drive into the mountains. All the way we descend down along the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about full nature programs by our nature guide. Then we head on for activities. There will be a guided village walk and a walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, dinner with cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. (B, L, D)

DAY 07 : Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari

The Chitwan National Park has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Today you will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly getting extinct from this planet. You're almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat. The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, Gangetic dolphin, 500 birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. You can do a number of activities here - an elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. You may even take a bath with an elephant and learn how to wash your elephant! Don't forget take a video of your elephant-bath which will be one of the fondest memories of the lifetime. (B, L, D)

DAY 08 : Drive to Pokhara Pokhara (910 m/2986 ft)/5 km: Sightseeing Davis Fall & Shiva Cave

Today, we drive to Pokhara, 200 km from Chitwan into the mountains and about 5 hour's drive. Pokhara, also nicknamed as the Lake City, is not only Nepal's but one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara's numerous lakes, known as 'Tal' in Nepali, offer fishing, boating and swimming. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna Region. Reaching Pokhara, we visit Davis Fall and Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa). We also make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara's marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks. In the evening, explore the surrounding lakeside areas. (B)

DAY 09 : Morning Sunrise from Sarangkot Hill, Flight to Kathmandu

Early morning we drive to the Sarangkot Hill to have the sunrise views over the Himalayas. Around afternoon, we fly to Kathmandu. Catch left side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend the day leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. (B, D)

DAY 10 :Fly to Tibet (3650 m/11972ft), Transfer to Tsedang/ 95 Km

Fly to the highest capital in the world Lhasa of Tibet. Relish the astonishing views of the Himalaya, including Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and the Tibetan valleys. We will be greeted at Gonggar Airport by our Tibetan guide. From the airport, a two hours drive takes us to Tsedang. Check into hotel. Take it easy today to acclimatize to the high altitude. (B)

DAY 11 : Drive Tsedang to Lhasa: 220 km/4 hrs

hrsWhile driving to Lhasa we also explore the cultural and historical monuments of Tsedang. A visit to the 2nd century BC palace of Yumbulakhang, built by first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo. Proceed toward Lhasa visiting on the way the Chedruk Temple and the oldest monastery in Tibet, the Samye Monastery. The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is considered to be the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. The main hall has three stories, and each floor has a separate style from Chinese, Tibetan and Indian. Hike up to the meditation chapel and caves, quite a steep climb, passing lots of hermit's cabins on the way. (B)

DAY 12 : Lhasa - Sightseeing

We spend some days in Lhasa for sightseeing and acclimatization purpose. While we acclimatize with the high altitude, we also visit important landmarks in Lhasa. Our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery. Equally adventurous and exciting tempo builds up while touring 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 Markets can be quite a change from other visits as we roam around the city. (B)

DAY 13 : Lhasa Sightseeing

Lhasa life certainly offers glimpses into one of the most preserved ancient cultural heritages. Like the previous day, you experience invaluable insights during your visits to Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. This 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. (B)

DAY 14 : Fly Home

Your adventure in the Himalayas 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'll be back for a trip to the Himalayas again. (B)

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.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport pick ups and drops
  • All ground transportation by private vehicle in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet as per itinerary
  • Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and excursion in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet by an experienced English speaking local tour guide
  • Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments
  • Bhutan Visa fee and Tibet entry permit
  • Full board in Bhutan and Nepal and breakfast in Tibet
  • Domestic flights in Nepal as per itinerary

Trip Cost Does Not Include

  • Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
  • All international flights (Paro to Kathamndu US $225 & Kathmandu to Lhasa US $400)
  • Nepal visa (available easily upon arrival in Kathmandu airport-prepare small bill cash US $40)
  • Chinese Visa (US $175 for Americans and US $85 for other nationals)
  • All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver

Accommodations

Accommodation during this trip are on twin sharing basis and are of different category according to the place of visit:

Bhutan: Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and B grade hotels in Punkha. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro, Hotel Migmar or similar in Thimpu, Meri Puensum Resort or similar in Punakha.

Nepal: We accommodae you in Hotel Shanker or similar hotel in Kathmandu, Temple Tiger or similar in Chitwan and Hotel Barahi or similar in Pokhara.

Tibet: Yalung River or similar Hotel in Tsedang, Kyichu Hotel or similar hotel in Lhasa.

Meals

A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Indian, Chinese, Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan and the more common continental food. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available in every restaurant and hotel. We provide breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Nepal and Bhutan and in Tibet only breakfast will be provided. You need to take care of Lunch and Dinner yourself in Tibet.

Information about Visa and Travel Permits

Himalayan Glacier Trekking organizes your Tibet visa (permits), Bhutanese visa, Chinese visa. Nepal visa is easily available upon arrival in Kathmandu airport (please keep with you small denomination of USD or Nepalese rupees for payment for Nepal visa).

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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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