Background

Experience the rich history, diverseculture, and natural beauty of the three most beautiful nations in Asia- Nepal,Tibet, and Bhutan. Nepal remains one of the most popular tourist destinationsin South Asia for its pristine mountains, historical sites, and lushlandscapes. Tibet, on the other hand, has intrigued foreigners for centuries.While the Tibetans follow Tibetan-Buddhism, the greater inhabitants of Bhutanpreach Vajrayana Buddhism. Himalayas and Buddhism unite these nations. The tourintegrates the history of Buddhism and the present practices across threedifferent countries and explores the union of Buddhist lifestyle, culturalmonuments, and architecture.

The 14-day unforgettable Nepal TibetBhutan Tour begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Kathmandu, youwill indulge in a tour of the historical Kathmandu valley and explore few ofits 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 adventuroustrans-Himalayan flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa in Tibet. A brief Tibet Tourtakes you on an exciting journey into the ‘Forbidden City’ amidst thecenturies-old monuments. Here, you’ll explore the historic Potala Palace(Winter Palace), Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, and Norbulingka (SummerPalace). The last leg of the tour takes you through another trans-Himalayanflight to the small mountainous country of Bhutan. Bhutan lies on the lap ofthe eastern end of the Himalayas surrounded by big-neighbors India and China. InBhutan, 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’sNest) 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 a4-day tour of Bhutan, you will fly back to Kathmandu for round 2 of theKathmandu tour.

Himalaya Holiday specializes has beenorganizing custom tours in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan for years. We organizefull-board holiday packages for private, group, and family tours at areasonable cost. Our all-inclusive tour package covers an experienced guide,permits, and the entire logistics.

Trip Facts:

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

Trip Highlights:

  • Tour through three different countries with rich culture and religion
  • Visit the Potala Palace, and explore the Barkhor Street (the oldestmarket in Lhasa)
  • Explore three cities in Bhutan and visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley learning about the UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites

Itinerary

Nepal Visit | 2 Days

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our company representative will warmly receive you at TribhuvanInternational Airport upon your arrival in Kathmandu and escort you to yourhotel. After checking-in, you will meet with your tour guide and discuss thetrip in detail. Your guide will look over your VISA and permits required for thistrip. Afterward, you can head out to explore the nearest market to shop forgears, accessories, goodies, or snacks.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Today, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour ofthe historical Kathmandu valley. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’llvisit 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 shortdistance to reach Kathmandu Durbar Square. Next, you’ll drive toPashupatinath, 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 entirecountry.

Tibet Visit |4 Days

Day 03: Flight to Tibet Lhasa (609km) and Lhasa Sightseeing

After an early breakfast, you’ll drive to the internationalairport in Kathmandu and fly to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. The flight may lastaround 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. Youcan 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 tourof Lhasa. The ancient city boasts a history spanning 1300 years. The first day ofthe tour takes you toPotala 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 asyou advance towards other historical and cultural monuments in Lhasa. You’llfirst visit Drepung Monastery, a Buddhist shrine and one of the three greatmonasteries in Tibet. Then, you’ll make your way to Jokhang Temple located inthe Barkhor Market. A Buddhist temple, Jokhang was founded during the reign ofKing Tsongtsen Gampo. You’ll get to explore Barkhor Street, also the oldestmarket in Lhasa.

Day 06: Optional Excursion to Yamdrok-TshoLake outside Lhasa

As anoptional tour, you can make a brief excursion to Yamdrok-Tsho Lake. Yamdrok-Tshois 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 inShannan region. It is situated at the great height of 4,440 m. You’ll drive tothe lake and explore the site before heading back to Lhasa.

Day 07: Fly from Lhasato Kathmandu

Today, you’ll catch a flight back to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Atrans-Himalayan flight over the pristine mountains will bring you back toKathmandu 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 beescorted to your hotel. There are no other scheduled activities for the day andyou can do as you please. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Bhutan Visit | 4 days

Day 08: Fly from Kathmandu to Bhutan anddrive to Thimphu

Afteran early breakfast, you’ll head to the international airport fly to Paro,Bhutan. After lunch, you’ll visit Rinpung Dzong ‘fortress of the heap ofjewels’ and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. If the weather isclear in Paro, you can catch the sight of Mount Chomolhari (7,314m), Bhutan’ssecond-highest mountain. In the evening, you’ll take a scenic drive to Thimphu,capital of Bhutan.

Day 09: Thimphu Exploration

Afterbreakfast, you’ll drive to BBS Tower and hike for an hour to Wangdi Tse Gompa. Onthe way, you can catch the view of Samtenling Palace, home of the fourth King. You’llalso visit the mini Zoo in Thimphu to catch the sight of Takin (the nationalanimal of Bhutan). After lunch, you’ll visit a few attractions like King’sMemorial Chorten, the nunnery temple, National Library, and National Instituteof Traditional Medicine.

Day 10: Thimphu to Punakha and back to Thimphu(150 kilometers) 7 hrs

Afterearly breakfast, you’ll drive from Thimphu to Dochu La pass (3,100m) thatoffers a spectacular view of the Himalayas. You’ll embark on a 2hr uphill hiketo Lungchutse Monastery passing through rhododendron forests. You’ll hike backto Dochu La Pass and drive down to Metshina Village. You can walk through ricefields 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

LeavingThimphu, you’ll drive to the Paro Valley. Once in Paro, you’ll embark on ascenic 4-5 hours walk to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. It is Bhutan’s mostfamous monastery situated at 3,180 meters on a cliff. Padmasambhava GuruRinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cavewhere the monastery now stands. After lunch, you’ll hike down to Paro valleyand 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 inKathmandu, 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 andanything else you would like to do.

Day 13: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Todayis the second part of your Kathmandu tour. You will visit the rest of theUNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. You’ll drive to the Patan DurbarSquare filled with ancient arts and architecture. You can explore the oldsettlements there and afterward, drive to the next district, Bhaktapur, toenjoy the charm of the oldest city inside Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur DurbarSquare has an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries.

Day 14: Final Departure

We’ll drop you off at TribhuvanInternational Airport so you can catch your scheduled flight back home. Our companyrepresentative will take you to the airport, approx. 2 hours early. You canshare your trip experience or your next adventure with us on the way. We hopeto go on other trips with you in the future. Farewell!