Fitness Level : Gentle Max-Altitude : 5250m / 17224.20ft
Country : Bhutan,Tibet,Nepal Group Size : 2-12 people
Trip Start : Paro, Bhutan Trip Finish : Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals : Breakfasts at all location and full board in Bhutan
Accommodation : Superior hotels at all locations

What's Included

  • Airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Twin share accommodation at all locations
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Guided excursions with a local, experienced English speaking  guide at all locations
  • All necessary paper work and Tibet travel permits
  • Bhutanese Visa Fee
  • Internal travel in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • All monuments entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

Trip Highlights

  • Bhutan sightseeing: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
  • Hike the surreal Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery
  • Spiritual temples: Nunnery temple, Kichu Lhakhang & Chimi Lhakhang temple
  • Rinpung Dzong (fortress), Drugyal Dzong, Punakha Dzong
  • Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional medicinal and painting school
  • Kathmandu sightseeing: Temples, Pagodas and World Heritage Sites
  • Nagarkot, the premiere hill station with spectacular sunrise view and the lofty Himalayas
  • Visit Bhaktapur: The City of Devotees
  • Explore ‘Lhasa’: The cultural, political and economic hub of Tibet
  • Visit the majestic Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace: The summer palace of Dalai Lama
  • Discover the hidden secrets and myths behind the antique and ornate Tibetan monasteries
  • Pay homage to the most revered religious structure in Tibet, Jokhang Temple

Trip Description

The Himalayan nations of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet are shrouded in mystery making every traveller’s desire to unravel it for a culturally enriching sojourn. This bespoke journey features some of our favorite spots in the former Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal, Tibet: the Roof of the World and Bhutan: the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Begin your adventure in Bhutan and experience the vibrant culture, natural landscape, exquisite heritage and exotic cities this mystical kingdom has to offer. Explore the major Bhutanese townships of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, hike the incredible Tiger’s Nest monastery and pay your respect to some of the ancient temples and dzongs while in here.

Your next jaunt in Nepal takes you to Kathmandu city brimming with temples, stupas, and shrines of various shapes and sizes scattered throughout the squares and the fascinating backstreets in and outside the city. Whereas Bhaktapur is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines showcasing rich history and vibrant culture in every nook and cranny, making it a living heritage. Behold the Himalayan panorama unfold right before your eyes in Nagarkot as you enjoy a picturesque sunshine amidst the verdant hills in the morning- feel invigorated!

Finally your adventure takes you to Tibet: a mythical paradise. From remote retreats to pilgrim paths, magnificent monasteries, raw high-altitude valleys, lake and mountains, Tibet is shrouded in myths, mystery and mysticism. Enjoy this visual journey as we take you through the cultural centers of Tibet like Lhasa, Gyantse and Xigatse. In Lhasa, you explore the heritage sites, ancient monasteries, old traditional quarter of the city including some of the popular Tibetan landmarks like Potala and Norbulingka Palaces, Drepung and Jokhang Temple to name a few.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Flight to Paro, Paro Sightseeing (2235 m)
Day 02 : Hiking to Taktsang, transfer to Thimphu (2648 m) 1.5 hr drive
Day 03 : Sightseeing of Thimphu, transfer to Punakha (1200 m) 3 hrs drive
Day 04 : Sightseeing of Punakha
Day 05 : Transfer to Paro 4-5 hrs drive
Day 06 : Fly to Kathmandu (1400 m), Sightseeing of Bhaktapur, transfer to Nagarkot (2195 m)
Day 07 : Kathmandu city sightseeing
Day 08 : Flight to Lhasa (3650 m), accommodation
Day 09 : Lhasa sightseeing: Potala, Drepung
Day 10 : Lhasa sightseeing: Jokhang, Norbulingka, Drak Yerpa caves
Day 11 : Transfer to Gyantse via Yamdrok tsho, sightseeing of Gyantse, transfer to Xigatse (3800 m) 7-8 hrs drive
Day 12 : Sightseeing of Xigatse, transfer to Zhangmu (2300 m)
Day 13 : Cross the border, transfer to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs drive
Day 14 : Final departure
Important Notes
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary in cases of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, a health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible if required.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Flight to Paro, Paro Sightseeing (2235 m)

Your flight to Bhutan offers you the most spectacular view of Himalayan range which includes the sacred Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks as your flight descends to Paro. Once in Paro, you will be greeted by a representative from Wind Horse Adventures and transfer you to your hotel. As soon as you are settled, your adventure in this mystical land begins. Our representative will then take you to Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the District Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. Today you will also visit the oldest temple of Bhutan, Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyal Dzong which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600’s. Overnight in Paro.

Included meals: Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 02 : Hiking to Taktsang, transfer to Thimphu (2648 m) 1.5 hr drive

Start your day with 4-5 hours hike to Taktsang monastery which is commonly known as Tiger’s Nest. Standing tall at 3,180 meters, the monastery is precariously perched atop a cliff face which gives it a surreal look. History has it that Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) flew on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands and served as the divine resting place of the Guru. Surrounded by breathtaking panoramas, you can feel peace and tranquility surrounding you as you ascend the glorious monastery. You will have your lunch in Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain and then descend down to the valley floor. You will then drive to Thimphu in the afternoon and spend the night. Overnight in Thimphu.

Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Migmar
Day 03 : Sightseeing of Thimphu, transfer to Punakha (1200 m) 3 hrs drive

After breakfast, you visit the King’s Memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972. Then embark on the nunnery temple and the mini zoo to see ‘Takin’, the national animal of Bhutan. You may also ascend the radio tower for a great view of the Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong. Next up is the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school and the traditional paper factory. Today you will also be visiting the folk heritage museum and the ancient Tashichho Dzong. If it’s a weekend, you might as well explore the weekend market while in Thimphu as some of the attractions and landmarks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Just get overwhelmed with what this day has to offer- wonderful memories! Overnight in Punakha.

Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort
Day 04 : Sightseeing of Punakha

You start your day with scenic drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass (3100m), where on a clear day you get spectacular views of the Himalayas. The road to Punakha descends from the pass through the magnificent pine and rhododendron forests and wanders through some of Bhutan's most spectacular countryside with beautiful rice fields along the river banks on your way. Upon reaching Punakha, you have your lunch and later visit Punakha Dzong. Punakha Dzong symbolizes Bhutanese architecture where dzongs were built without iron nails. Built in between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan constructed strategically to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region. This tour is a relish to cherish- so a visit to Punakha is a must-see trip not to be missed. Overnight in Punakha.

Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort
Day 05 : Transfer to Paro 4-5 hrs drive

After breakfast, you drive to Paro. You will visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kunley en route. It’s a pleasant 20-minute walk across fields from the road at Sopsokha to the temple. Make a small offering and you will be rewarded with a blessing from the lama’s wooden and bone phalluses and his iron archery set. Mothers-to-be pray to a fertility goddess and then select their future baby’s name from a collection of bamboo slips. Once you are done touring the temple, continue your drive. Once in Paro, you can explore the street life and markets around Paro and even purchase souvenir for your friends and family. Overnight in Paro.

Included meals: Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Tashi Namgay Resort
Day 06 : Fly to Kathmandu (1400 m), Sightseeing of Bhaktapur, transfer to Nagarkot (2195 m)

As you bid goodbye to Bhutan and get on board for an hour long flight to Kathmandu, you will be rewarded with sensational views of the Himalaya, but particularly exciting is the approach of unnerving Everest. Once in Kathmandu, you jumpstart with sightseeing in Bhaktapur which is filled with monuments, carved wooden columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines showcasing rich history and vibrant culture in every nook and cranny, making it a living heritage. A short drive of about 30 minutes will take you to Nagarkot, the premier hill station of Nepal.

The popular hilltops of Nagarkot are often crammed with early-morning sun seekers. Wake up to the spectacular sunrise over the hills and enjoy lush green valleys, authentic villages and breathtaking Himalayan panorama with others. From any clear point on the ridge, you can take in spectacular view of the Himalayas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga in the east. This is sure to enliven and refresh you. Overnight in Nagarkot.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Club Himalaya Resort
Day 07 : Kathmandu city sightseeing

Today we have a lot of Kathmandu sightseeing in store for you. Kathmandu, the nerve-center of Nepal flaunts rich history and vibrant culture in every possible nook and cranny. Kathmandu Durbar Square is rich with ancient palaces with spectacular art and architecture whereas Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest places for Hindus. You then make your way to the largest stupa in the world: Boudhanath Stupa followed by Swayambhunath Temple. Swayambhunath meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among foreigners owing to the large monkey population residing in the area. No wonder why it’s called “Monkey Temple”. Make sure you keep an eye out for these notorious creatures. Take a leisurely walk through the local shops and streets of the city in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
Day 08 : Flight to Lhasa (3650 m), accommodation

A direct flight from Kathmandu will take you to Gonggar Airport in Lhasa whereby you are entitled to an hour-long trans-Himalayan flight which is considered to be one of the most mesmerizing air routes in the world that takes you over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) allowing you to savor the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan range. A cheerful Wind Horse Adventures representative will pick you up either from the airport upon your arrival and drive you to your designated hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 09 : Lhasa sightseeing: Potala, Drepung

Begin your sightseeing right away after breakfast with Potala Palace. The majestic white and red building complex, set against grey/green mountains and blue sky, is an iconic image of the Roof of the World. The magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa's cardinal landmark. It is a huge treasure house of Tibetan history, religion, culture, and art. The palace is widely known for precious sculptures, Buddha statues, murals, antiques, and religious jewelry housed within. It is the must-see attraction which is included on almost all Tibet tour itineraries. Up next is Drepung Monastery which was built in the 14th century. The monastery is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past but as of now there has been quite a declination resulting in only a few hundred. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery.  This would be discovery that would make your moments in Lhasa a big worth. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 10 : Lhasa sightseeing: Jokhang, Norbulingka, Drak Yerpa caves

Today you visit the sacred Jokhang Temple followed by Norbulingka Palace and Sera Monastery. Jokhang Temple is the most revered religious structure in Tibet which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. The Jokhang also known in Tibetan as the Tsuglhakhang, is thick with the smell of yak butter, echoing with the murmur of mantras and bustling with awed pilgrims, the Jokhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. You move on to Norbulingka Palace, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama comprising of houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet.

You then walk towards Sera Monastery which is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. The monastery is worth a visit particularly in the morning when the monastery is at its most active, but also between 3pm and 5pm (not Sundays), when debating is usually held in the monastery’s debating courtyard. End your sightseeing for today with Drak Yerpa caves. For those with an interest in Tibetan Buddhism, Drak Yerpa hermitage is one of the holiest cave retreats. Among the many ascetics who have sojourned here are Guru Rinpoche, King Songtsen Gampo and Atisha, the Bengali Buddhist. The peaceful site offers lovely views and is a great day trip from Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kyichu Hotel
Day 11 : Transfer to Gyantse via Yamdrok tsho, sightseeing of Gyantse, transfer to Xigatse (3800 m) 7-8 hrs drive

After breakfast, you will now drive towards Gyantse while you enjoy the beautiful view. Along the way you will pass the mystifying Yamdrok-tsho Lake also known as the Turquoise Lake which is one of the three largest sacred lakes of Tibet. Yamdrok-tsho, at almost 4,500 meters is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world with water an incredible hue of turquoise and teal. You might as well pack a picnic for the views from above the lake are stunning. And with almost nobody around, you are sure to experience a very unique and tranquil picnic.

Visit Pelkor monastery and Gyantse Dzong (Fortress), one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibet, en route. Like most Tibetan towns, Gyantse radiates old-world charm when its whitewashed buildings are viewed from on high. In addition to Gyantse, clear views are afforded of the entire fertile pound of the Pelkor Chode Monastery. Founded in 1418, the red-walled Pelkor Chode was once a compound of 15 monasteries that brought together three different orders of Tibetan Buddhism- a rare instance of multidenominational tolerance. You now head towards the second largest city after Lhasa in Tibet, Xigatse. Overnight in Xigatse.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Gesar Hotel
Day 12 : Sightseeing of Xigatse, transfer to Zhangmu (2300 m)

Xigatse is a sprawling place, with dusty, uneven streets humming with traffic. The town, formerly known as Samdruptse, has long been an important trading and administrative centre. As you drive in across the plains, the site of the Potala-look alike Shigatse Dzong, high on a hilltop overlooking the town, will probably fire up your imagination. It is the Tashilhunpo Monastery, to the west of town that is the real draw. It holds both historical and cultural importance for being founded by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama in 1447. Covering 70,000 sq metres, the monastery is essentially a walled town in its own right. Circumnavigating the compound is a one hour kora that takes you into the hills behind the monastery. You further drive downwards towards the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu in the Nepalese border. Overnight in Xigatse.

Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Zhangmu Hotel
Day 13 : Cross the border, transfer to Kathmandu 4-5 hrs drive

After a few kilometers drive from Zangmu to Friendship Bridge over the Bhote Koshi River brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari where you are expected to complete some custom formalities. You then bid farewell to your Tibetan guide, walk across the river where a Wind Horse Adventures representative will be waiting for you. You now take 4 hours drive through deep valleys and reach Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal. You can take some time off in the noon and explore the bustling streets and local markets from around Kathmandu. Unwind yourself with a relaxing dinner in the evening we have arranged for you to recollect and share your travel stories. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Shanker
Day 14 : Final departure

Today is the day you bid goodbye to the land of Himalayas. They say goodbyes are not forever. Perhaps you might be back for more mountain adventure. Who knows! Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to your departure. Safe travels!

Included meals: Breakfast
Important Notes
We reserve the right to amend the itinerary in cases of unforeseen circumstances: weather conditions, a health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc, can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The tour leader will make the changes for safety reasons and also to improve the trip as well as your experience. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, so one needs to be flexible if required.

Want to customise this trip? You can contact us

What's Included

  • Airport transfers to/from hotel
  • Twin share accommodation at all locations
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Guided excursions with a local, experienced English speaking  guide at all locations
  • All necessary paper work and Tibet travel permits
  • Bhutanese Visa Fee
  • Internal travel in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • All monuments entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

What's not Included

  • Tibet Visa fee
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra night accommodation if required Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Tibet and Nepal
  • Any optional activities other than above included ones during free time
  • International flights/train fare (international or national)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘Trip Cost Included’ section

Accommodation

In Nepal for this tour 4-star hotels will be used for accommodation on twin sharing basis. You will be staying at Hotel Shanker in Kathmandu, The Club Himalaya in Nagarkot. In Bhutan the hotels 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. The hotels will be as follows: Hotel Migmar in Thimphu, Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha,Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro. On this tour 3-star hotels will be used in Xiagste and Lhasa and basic hotels en route (Zhangmu to Kathmandu) will be basic due to the remote locations on twin sharing basis. You will be staying at Zhangmu Hotel in Zhangmu, Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa and Gesar Hotel in Xigatse. It is also possible to upgrade to a better hotel in Lhasa by paying additional amount. Single supplement will be provided on request for which there is an additional amount USD 790.00.

Meals

Breakfasts will be served in the hotels where you are staying whereas for lunch and dinner, you can go in any restaurant of your choice while you are Tibet and Nepal. Varieties of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being Tibetan, Nepalese and Chinese, and the more common continental food. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are also available in every restaurant and hotel.  But in remote towns and areas in Tibet, your choices could be limited.  Our guide will help you in this matter. The cost of your lunch and dinner also depends upon the standard of restaurants. Local restaurants are cheaper. Also, note that the hotel facilities including meals are very basic in rural parts of Tibet, outside of the major cities and towns. All meals will be provided during your stay in Bhutan. On the night before the final departure you have a Farewell Dinner selecting from a well crafted menu at one of the recommended restaurants in town.

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Nepal
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Paras Mani Amgai Tour Leader
Nepal
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Bhutan
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Bhutan
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Tibet
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Tibet
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