Enjoy beautiful mountain landscapes and exotic culture in Paro, Thimphu, Kathmandu valley and Lhasa
Tour through the magic of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet and savor the pristine wilderness and the unique cultures of the region. The 9-day tour begins in Bhutan also known as the Land of the Thunder Dragon where we visit the country’s landmarks including Kichu Lhakhang temple, Rinpung Dzong and Memorial Chhorten. We also hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery before flying to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu the next day. In Kathmandu we visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and tour Patan and Bhaktapur cities. Fly to Lhasa, Tibet’s most alluring city and explore the city’s many landmarks like Potala Palace, Tibet Traditional Hospital, Drepung Monastery and others.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan we can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here we will be taken to 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 we can see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain, at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): hike to Taktsang Monastery then drive to Thimphu: 54km, 1 hour drive
After breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and drive to Thimphu for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu
In the morning, we visit Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Today, we also visit other landmarks of Thimphu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimphu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft), Chinese visa process, half day tour
After breakfast we drive to the Paro airport and board a flight to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we check-in to our hotel and freshen up. We also visit two UNESCO World Heritage Site, Boudhanth Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Boudhanath is one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath is one of the most revered spot for Hindu devotees; meet the famous holy men while you are there. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 05: Sightseeing of Patan and Bhaktapur
After breakfast we visit Patan and Bhaktapur cities within the Kathmandu Valley. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Patan Durbar Square is rich in ancient arts and architecture. Bhaktapur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, we get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambiance of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. We also immerse ourselves in the authentic delicacy of the locals in Bhaktapur. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 06: Fly from Kathmanduto Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)
Today we get to enjoy a beautiful hour-long trans-Himalayan flight that takes us over Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from the airport for about an hour’s drive to our designated hotel in Lhasa. We are advised to take plenty of rest for the remainder of the day in order to minimize altitude sickness. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Traditional Hospital
We begin sightseeing in Lhasa after breakfast. Today is the day we visit the beautiful Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17th century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Traditional Hospital which is the center for the treatment, training, research and production of Tibetan medicine. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar
After breakfast we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, 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 hundreds. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We further stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the nerve centre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 09: Final departure
Our Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet tour comes to an end today. There is nothing else to do but shop for souvenirs or just rest in our hotel room. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will take us to the airport an hour before the scheduled flight. (direct fligts are available to China or Nepal)
Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. 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, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group 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.
Included in the Cost
- All airport pick-ups and drops
- All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicles
- All meals in Bhutan and Nepal. Breakfast in Tibet
- Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet
- Sightseeing in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet by an experienced English speaking local tour guide
- Sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
- Bhutanese visa fee and Tibet entry permit
- Company services and all required government taxes
Not Included in the Cost
- All international flights
- Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
- 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
- Other services not mentioned in the 'What Is Included' section
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.
We use 3 and 4-star accommodations on twin-shared basis for this trip. Single Supplement fee USD 490
Bhutan: Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro and Hotel Migmar in Thimphu.
Nepal: Yatri Suites and Spa in Kathmandu.
Tibet: Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa.
Varieties 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 also available in every restaurant and hotel. We will be served breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Nepal and Bhutan. In Tibet, only breakfast will be served. We will have to take care of Lunch and Dinner on our own in Tibet.
Best Time to Travel
Spring (April and May), summer (June, July and August) and autumn (September, October and November) are the best seasons for Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet Tour. We can also equally enjoy this trip during winter months but it may get a bit cold.
Equipments & Packing List
The following basic equipment check list should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
The documents provided below are a must and should be with you at all times.
- Valid passport
- Medical insurance card(s)
- Address book
- Airline tickets, e-tickets, etc.
- Passport size photographs (minimum 4)
- All necessary permit(s)
We recommend that you make copies of your passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule, travelers check numbers, etc. Leave a copy with someone at home and put another copy in a separate place in your luggage.
In Tibet, the weather is cool during summer (with cold winds) and excruciatingly cold in winter. Since you will not be staying in one place for long, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.
- Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
- A pair of shorts, mid-thigh or longer
- Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
- T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
- Undergarments (optimum supply)
- Sport bras for women (roads can be bumpy)
- Rain jackets and pants
- A warm cap and a sun hat with brim and chin strap
- Bandanna or scarf
- Decent swim suit
- Comfortable and sturdy shoes (if possible waterproof)
- Tennis shoes or sandals
- Comfortable, breathable socks ("Smart wool" or "Thorlos" are both excellent)
- Soap, shampoo (2-in-1 shampoo with conditioner is preferable instead of carrying a separate conditioner bottle)
- Shaving items
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Hairbrush, comb, mirror, nail clippers
- Hand sanitizer
- Sun-block lotion (at least SPF 15)
- Facial tissue
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Insect repellent
- Small towel
- Toilet paper
- Tampons and sanitary napkins
- Sewing kit
- Duffel bag or a suitcase
- Day pack bag for daily activities and easy access
- Waterproof plastic bags or zip-lock bags (Plastic garbage bags are useful to protect sleeping bags, etc. from wet weather, and zip-lock bags are useful for storage in dusty/wet environments)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera, lenses, filters, memory disks (you will not be able to download)
- Video camera, tapes
- Batteries (extra batteries are always a good idea)
- Alarm clock
- iPod, MP3 player
- Calculator (for currency conversion) or calculator app
- Battery chargers, plugs
Note:It’s always a good idea to keep electronics warm and dry, so storing them in sealed water-proof bags is recommended. Also, note that the electrical current in Tibet is 220v, AC 50 Hz. There are numerous different plug types used in Tibet, so it might be easier to purchase an adapter once you get there.
Medical supplies/ First Aid
Take an adequate supply of any prescription medication(s) you use regularly and consult your doctor before the trip. Most over-the-counter medicines are available in Lhasa but are more difficult to obtain outside of urban areas.
- Ibuprofen or aspirin
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Iron supplements (for women)
- Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
- Gauze bandages and tape
- Throat lozenges
- Vitamin supplements (available in Lhasa but of lower quality and dosage)
- Ace bandage
- Malaria pills (consult your doctor)
- Anti-biotics (consult your doctor)
- Water-purification tablets
- Bottled mineral water and thermoses of boiled water are available for purchase everywhere throughout Tibet. However, water-purification tablets can be useful during excursions.
- Water filter
- Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets
- Good UV protection sunglasses with straps (this is very important against strong high-altitude sun)
- Eyeglasses or contacts and plenty of cleaning solution (carrying extra eyeglasses is recommended)
- Swiss knife
- Notebook (small size recommended), pencil and pen
- Playing cards, games, books, frisbee, football, kite
- Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
- Cash, travelers checks, credit cards ($500 or more in cash and/or travelers checks, including some small U.S., Euros, or local currency)
- Money belt (waterproof is best)
- Maps, guidebooks
- Umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
- Salt and pepper for bland food, flavoring for coffee or water
- Water bottles and Camelback (useful on bumpy roads)
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