Background unforgettable Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour:
Experience the rich history, diverse culture, and natural beauty of the three most beautiful nations in Asia- Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Nepal remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Asia for its pristine mountains, historical sites, and lush landscapes. Tibet, on the other hand, has intrigued foreigners for centuries. While the Tibetans follow Tibetan-Buddhism, the greater inhabitants of Bhutan preach Vajrayana Buddhism. Himalayas and Buddhism unite these nations. The tour integrates the history of Buddhism and the present practices across three different countries and explores the union of Buddhist lifestyle, cultural monuments, and architecture.
The 14-day unforgettable Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Kathmandu, you will indulge in a tour of the historical Kathmandu valley and explore few of its unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath. Next, you will visit Tibet for a 4-days inland tour. You’ll embark on an adventurous trans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet. A brief Tibet Tour takes you on an exciting journey into the ‘Forbidden City’ amidst the centuries-old monuments. Here, you’ll explore the historic Potala Palace (Winter Palace), Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and Norbulingka (Summer Palace). The last leg of the tour takes you through another trans-Himalayan flight to the small mountainous country of Bhutan. Bhutan lies on the lap of the eastern end of the Himalayas surrounded by big-neighbors India and China. In Bhutan, you will visit the cities of Paro and Thimphu (the capital city). In Paro, you will visit Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, and Kichu Lhakhang (the oldest temple in the country). In Thimphu, you will visit the BBS Tower, Lungchutse Monastery, the mini Zoo in Thimphu, King’s Memorial Chorten, and also hike for an hour to Wangdi Tse Gompa. After a 4-day tour of Bhutan, you will fly back to Kathmandu for round 2 of the Kathmandu tour.
Himalaya Holiday specializes has been organizing custom tours in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan for years. We organize full-board holiday packages for private, group, and family tours at a reasonable cost. Our all-inclusive tour package covers an experienced guide, permits, and the entire logistics.
Geography : Mountain/Hills/Forest
Location : Nepal/Tibet/Bhutan
Level of Difficulty : Moderate
Duration of Trip : 14 Days
Max Altitude : 3750m
Religions : Buddhist/Hindu
Ethnic People : Tibetan/Nepalese/Bhutanese
Accommodation : Hotel
Transportation : Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
Minimum Pax : 2
- Tour through three different countries with rich culture and religion
- Visit the Potala Palace, and explore the Barkhor Street (the oldest market in Lhasa)
- Explore three cities in Bhutan and visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley learning about the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Nepal Visit | 2 Days
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Our company representative will warmly receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival in Kathmandu and escort you to your hotel. After checking-in, you will meet with your tour guide and discuss the trip in detail. Your guide will look over your VISA and permits required for this trip. Afterward, you can head out to explore the nearest market to shop for gears, accessories, goodies, or snacks.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the historical Kathmandu valley. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll first drive to Swayambhunath, a popular Buddhist stupa located atop the hill. Afterward, you’ll drive a short distance to reach Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next, you’ll drive to Pashupatinath, one of the biggest Hindu temples in Nepal. To end the tour, you’ll drive northeast to Boudhanath and visit the largest stupa in the entire country.
Tibet Visit |4 Days
Day 03: Flight to Tibet Lhasa (609km) and Lhasa Sightseeing
After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to the international airport in Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The flight may last around 1hr 25min and will offer a scenic aerial view of Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and Makalu (8463m) along with the arid Tibetan landscape. Tibet is known as the Roof of the World since it is situated in high altitude. You can indulge in a brief sightseeing tour of the city once you land.
Day 04: Lhasa Exploration Day 1
After breakfast, you’ll get a complete guided tour of Lhasa. The ancient city boasts a history spanning 1300 years. The first day of the tour takes you to Potala Palace (Winter Palace). It was the residence of the former Dalai Lama. Afterward, you head to Sera Monastery. It is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries in Tibet. Next, you’ll visit Norbulingka Palace (summer palace) which was inhabited by the former Dalai Lama until 1959.
Day 05: Lhasa Exploration Day 2
Day 3 in Lhasa begins as you advance towards other historical and cultural monuments in Lhasa. You’ll first visit Drepung Monastery, a Buddhist shrine and one of the three great monasteries in Tibet. Then, you’ll make your way to Jokhang Temple located in the Barkhor Market. A Buddhist temple, Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Tsongtsen Gampo. You’ll get to explore Barkhor Street, also the oldest market in Lhasa.
Day 06: Optional Excursion to Yamdrok-Tsho Lake outside Lhasa
As an optional tour, you can make a brief excursion to Yamdrok-Tsho Lake. Yamdrok-Tsho is a freshwater lake and one of the largest sacred lakes in the entire Tibet. The lake lies at the south of Yarlung Tsangpo River within Langkazi County in Shannan region. It is situated at the great height of 4,440 m. You’ll drive to the lake and explore the site before heading back to Lhasa.
Day 07: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu
Today, you’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu from Lhasa. A trans-Himalayan flight over the pristine mountains will bring you back to Kathmandu city. You are returning to Kathmandu to catch a flight to Bhutan. There are no direct flights from Lhasa to Bhutan. Upon arrival, you’ll be escorted to your hotel. There are no other scheduled activities for the day and you can do as you please. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Bhutan Visit | 4 days
Day 08: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhutan and drive to Thimphu
After an early breakfast, you’ll head to the international airport fly to Paro, Bhutan. After lunch, you’ll visit Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’ and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. If the weather is clear in Paro, you can catch the sight of Mount Chomolhari (7,314m), Bhutan’s second-highest mountain. In the evening, you’ll take a scenic drive to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.
Day 09: Thimphu Exploration
After breakfast, you’ll drive to BBS Tower and hike for an hour to Wangdi Tse Gompa. On the way, you can catch the view of Samtenling Palace, home of the fourth King. You’ll also visit the mini Zoo in Thimphu to catch the sight of Takin (the national animal of Bhutan). After lunch, you’ll visit a few attractions like King’s Memorial Chorten, the nunnery temple, National Library, and National Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Day 10: Thimphu to Punakha and back to Thimphu (150 kilometers) 7 hrs
After early breakfast, you’ll drive from Thimphu to Dochu La pass (3,100m) that offers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. You’ll embark on a 2hr uphill hike to Lungchutse Monastery passing through rhododendron forests. You’ll hike back to Dochu La Pass and drive down to Metshina Village. You can walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman / Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Afterward, you’ll drive back to Thimphu.
Day 11: Thimphu to Paro
Leaving Thimphu, you’ll drive to the Paro Valley. Once in Paro, you’ll embark on a scenic 4-5 hours walk to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. It is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters on a cliff. Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where the monastery now stands. After lunch, you’ll hike down to Paro valley and rest for the night.
Back in Kathmandu | 2 Days
Day 12: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu
Today, you’ll fly back to Kathmandu. It is a short flight and once you land in Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted to your hotel by our company representative. There is nothing else scheduled for the day. So, feel free to explore nearby areas on your own, do souvenir shopping and anything else you would like to do.
Day 13: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today is the second part of your Kathmandu tour. You will visit the rest of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. You’ll drive to the Patan Durbar Square filled with ancient arts and architecture. You can explore the old settlements there and afterward, drive to the next district, Bhaktapur, to enjoy the charm of the oldest city inside Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur Durbar Square has an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries.
Day 14: Final Departure
We’ll drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. Our company representative will take you to the airport, approx. 2 hours early. You can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us on the way. We hope to go on other trips with you in the future. Farewell!