Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour
- Distinct culture and traditions, mainly a mixture of modern and ancient Buddhism.
- Multiple Dzongs, museums, caves, temples, fortresses, monasteries, and appealing valleys.
- Beautiful landscapes and natural scenarios.
- Breathtaking view of Pokhara beneath the roof of the Himalayas and the “Roof of the world” - Tibet.
- Many UNESCO world heritage sites with astonishing cultural and natural attractions.
- Hilltop settlement of Newa people at Bandipur.
- Monks debate on Sera monastery and Drepung monastery.
Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour is a 17 days tour package that covers three different nations in one single tour frame and gives you the best view, experiences, and culture of all three nations. Once known as 'forbidden kingdoms,' Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet remained isolated from the outside world for centuries. From the glorious city of Kathmandu and the stunning Durbar Square to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery of Bhutan, where it feels as if time stood still centuries ago, in the pastoral setting of the Paro Valley and the ancient capital city of Thimphu.
Then, you will have the pleasure of traveling to the city of lakes - Pokhara with the aspiring views of the Himalayan ranges. You will visit the world peace pagoda and international mountain museum while waiting for your Tibet visa. Then you will travel to Tibet, explore the sacred Jokhang Temple, and stand beneath the iconic Potala Palace in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa. This tour offers you a great opportunity to closely observe the most beautiful places in these three countries, where you will get to learn about the history, and experience the unique culture. Great Monasteries have significant roles in Buddhist Culture.
Nepal is a glorious country of the great Mt. Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The culture of Nepal is rich and unique. The cultural heritage of Nepal has evolved over the centuries. Nepal is rich in cultural and natural diversity and there are 10 natural and cultural heritage sites listed in UNESCO as world heritage sites. You will get to explore them enthusiastically during your Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour.
Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour offer you the opportunity to explore three nationalities in a short period of time, grabbing the essence of the three beautiful countries. In Nepal, you will be visiting the cultural heritages which are all listed in UNESCO as world heritage sites where you can see yourself surrounded by all the beautiful cultures and different beliefs.
Nepal is a country of high, snow-covered mountains and dense tropical forests full of beautiful creatures. You can explore local markets and bazaars in the center of centuries-old UNESCO heritage sites, including a wealth of temples, palaces, and shrines. While traveling through Nepal, you will find a land of jungles with world-known Chitwan National Park, snow-peaked mountains, the Himalayas, Buddhist Monks, and colorful, alluring towns that have been drawing travelers in with their charm for decades.
Kathmandu is the heart of cultural activity, and festivals such as Indra Jatra have been attracting wanderlust travelers since the 1960s. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the heart of the city’s culture, history, and art. The mesmerizing city of lakes Pokhara and ancient Newa village Bandipur add extra charm during your stay in Nepal.
The glory that the Himalayan country Bhutan holds cannot be expressed in words! Any words of appreciation would always be less for the beauty it owns. Bhutan is a country of myths, legends, and a kingdom of findings. Land of the thunder dragon is situated in the eastern Himalayas. The secluded nature of Bhutan has natural beauty and vibrant culture in its original state. The lush landscape, the wild Himalayas, and the colorful and spirited culture of Bhutan has made it on the top charts of any nature and culture lover.
The roof of the world - Tibet is widely known for its Buddhist monasteries and beautiful clear lakes, its high snow-capped mountains, and the unique Tibetan culture. Lhasa is a place of wonder. Owing to its wild landscape and unique Tibetan culture, it is a dreamland. The artistic Buddhist-influenced monasteries that hold the history of centuries back treasures an aspect of life that you would love to live with. It carries a devout Buddhist population with a blend of unique cultures. Uniquely developed to cope with life on the highest altitude plateau in the world, the Tibetan people live simple lives, based on their unique culture and the mysterious Tibetan Buddhism.
What to expect from Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour?
The Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour introduces you to the exotic culture of these beautiful countries, including highlights of some of the awe-spring cities of Nepal Bhutan and Tibet. You will explore the history, culture, arts and crafts of these three Himalayan Nationals. Stunning views of mountain ranges such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and many more historical monuments which are listed in UNESCO world heritages sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and other historical monuments.
You will be visiting some of the iconic monasteries such as Tigers Nest, Drepung, Tashilhunpo, Pelkor, and the majestic Potala Palace. This tour will provide you the opportunity to learn about the uniqueness, historical as well as cultural significance. Along with it, It will help you to witness the natural beauties of these three different countries consisting of their own blend of specialties.
If our trip itinerary doesn't suit your holiday schedule or you wish to change the itinerary, then feel free to inbox us. We want our valuable visitors to enjoy their travel according to their needs and desires. Altitude Himalaya provides a variety of packages for student groups/family groups/corporate teams and many more. Our every travel package differs according to the group size and the demands of the guests. We are also more than happy if you blend it with any travel plans. Please let us know and we'll create a tailor-made itinerary, designed especially for your travel group.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you traditionally at Kathmandu airport and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
At 06:00 PM: Today in the evening we will meet for a coffee talk at the hotel and will brief you in detail about your onward tour program.
At 09:00 AM: Have your breakfast and be ready for today's guided Kathmandu cultural sightseeing. You will be exploring some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites of Nepal, located within the Kathmandu valley.
At. 09:30 AM: Visit Pashupatinath temple.
At. 11:30 AM: Visit the Boudhanath stupa, you can have your lunch around the Boudhanath, there are several local and continental restaurants and cafes within the Boudhanath square along with the stupa view from the rooftop.
At. 02:00 PM: Visit Swayambhunath Stupa.
At. 04:00 PM: At the end visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous local market area of old Kathmandu.
At. 06:00 PM: You will be dropped back at your hotel.
Drive to Pokhara
At. 08:00 AM: After you have your breakfast start driving towards Pokhara, Pokhara is 210 KM far from Kathmandu, takes approximately 6-7 hours to reach. On the way, you can participate in river rafting at Trishuli River (Rafting costs USD 30 per person) or also can visit Manakamana temple by cable car (A cable car ticket is USD 22 per person).
At. 05:00 PM: Once you reach the hotel, complete your checking and get refreshed. Today’s evening will be leisurely so you can either rest or self-explore the nearby area.
Sarangkot Sunrise | Pokhara sightseeing
At. 05:30 AM: Today early in the morning you will drive to Sarangkot hilltop to experience a breathtaking sunrise view through the Himalayan range. Three out of eight 8000m mountains (Dhaulagiri 8167 m, Manaslu 8163 m and Annapurna 8091 m) can be seen from Sarangkot.
At. 10:00 AM: After sunrise, visit and breakfast at the hotel you will advance for a day sightseeing of the major attractions of Pokhara such as David's fall, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, World Peace Pagoda, International Mountain Museum, and Fewa Lake. Short boating at Fewa lake is recommended.
Drive back to Kathmandu
At. 09:00 AM: After you have your breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu.
At. 04:00 PM: Upon arriving in Kathmandu check in at the hotel and you will have free time for self-exploration, you can rest at the hotel or visit the lively streets of Kathmandu.
Fly to Lhasa (Welcome to Tibet)
At. 10:00 AM: you will be dropped at the airport for your outbound flight to Lhasa which will take around 1hr 30mins. Upon arriving at Lhasa, a local tour guide will welcome you at the airport/train station, then transfer you to the hotel. After checking in the hotel you will visit the following places:
Lhasa City, Potala Palace, and Barkhor Street.
The tour will begin from the UNESCO World Heritage site – Potala Palace, It is situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It is a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals, and artifacts. It will take about 30 mins to reach Potala palace from Lhasa city.
Then continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet. Next, to the temple, there is Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry. After exploring these inspiring places you will return to the hotel and rest for the next day.
Monasteries in Lhasa | Drepung | Sera
In the morning, you will be going to visit the Drepung monastery which is 30 mins away from Lhasa. It is one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace was used as the Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala Palace.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera monastery. It is also one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monk's debate at around 3 – 5 in the afternoon.
Lhasa | Gyantse | Shigatse
At. 07:45 AM: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. Admire the Gampala pass (4790 m) on the way, and get a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso (4400m), surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. Then continue to drive west towards Gyantse. In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hours of driving, you will arrive in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet.
Shigatse to Lhasa
At. 08:00 AM: Today, you will explore the Tashilhunpo monasteries of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama, built-in 1447. The monastery houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha (Buddha of the future) and a tomb of the Panchen Lama. It contains jewels and gold. In the afternoon, you will drive back to Lhasa, which will take around 6 hours.
Fly back to Kathmandu
At. 08:00 AM: Today after you have your breakfast you will be dropped off at the airport for your ongoing flight to Kathmandu. After arrival and visa formalities and the collection of baggage, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Once you reach the hotel, complete your checking and get refreshed. Today’s evening will be leisurely so you can go shopping and collect some souvenirs and have quality time, however, we recommend a guide.
Fly to Paro, Drive to Thimphu
At. 07:00 AM: First we will drop you at Kathmandu airport for your onward flight to Bhutan. After arrival in Bhutan, complete your visa formalities and the collection of baggage, you will be welcomed by our tour representative who will be your tour guide during your entire trip to Bhutan.
Check into your hotel in Thimphu. You will be free until lunchtime for some rest from the early morning flight. After some rest, you will have refreshments and lunch.
Afternoon, you can choose to visit any or all of the following places:
Tachogang Lhakhang is located in the Paro district, on the way to Thimphu. It was founded by Thankthong Gyelpo after he experienced a vision of Guru Rinpoche, Amitabha, and Avalokiteshvara near the site. The caretakers today are said to be descendants of Thangtong Gyalpo. Inside the temple, one can see the master's relics, including his walking stick.
National Memorial Chorten:
The National Memorial was built by Bhutan’s third king, H.M. Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. He is also known as the “Father of Modern Bhutan.” He wanted to build a monument carrying the message of world peace and prosperity. However, he was unable to give shape to his idea during his lifetime due to the pressures of the state and other legal responsibilities.
The Tashichho Dzong is a Buddhist monastery cum fortress at the northern edge of Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. The Dzong was built on the western bank of the river Wang Chu and has historically served at the seat of the DrukDesi or the Dharma Raja of Bhutan’s government. After the king assumed power in 1907, this post was combined with that of the king and Thimphu served as the summer capital of the kingdom before being the full-time capital of Bhutan.
Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting the following places:
The Kuensel Phodrang or the Buddha point is the world’s largest sitting Buddha statue. The statue is 167 feet high. The statue is situated on top of a hill. About 15 minutes away from the city’s center, it is accessible by road. The word “Kuensel” means “everything is clear”. This place surely provides you with a great view of the Thimphu Valley on both sides. The statue will house a temple inside it, the statue and its adjoining car park and recreational center.
The statue is constructed out of bronze and is studded with many semi-precious stones. Since there were no factories in the country to make such a large bronze cast structure, the statue was manufactured in China. The pieces were brought to Bhutan and assembled here.
Motithang Takin Preserve:
The Motithang Takin Preserve is also known as the “Thimphu Zoo”. It is a small natural preserve for the Golden Takin, Bhutan’s national animal. It was originally a mini zoo, but later on, it was converted into the preservation of the Takin. The mini zoo contained a small number of Takin but the King of Bhutan later decreed that it was improper for a Buddhist nation to keep an animal in captivity.
This popular temple, perched like a fortress on a ridge above central Thimphu, hums with pilgrim activity. It was established in the 12th century on a site chosen by Lama Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who came from Ralung in Tibet. Parents traditionally come here to get auspicious names for their newborns or blessings for their young children from the protector deity Tamdrin (to the left in the grilled inner sanctum). Children are blessed by a phurba (ritual dagger) and given a sacred thread.
The Simtokha Dzong is a small Dzong located approximately 5 kilometers south of Thimphu. The Dzong is officially called the Sangak Zambon Phodrang. It is the “Palace of the profound meaning of secret mantras”. It is said to be the first fortress built in Bhutan by the legendary Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. It is an important historical monument and former Buddhist Monastery.
Thangtong Dewachen Nunnery is a Buddhist Monastery in the small Himalayan country of Bhutan. The nunnery is located in Zilukha, Thimphu overlooking Tashichho dzong. It is a few minutes' drive from the town. It is popularly known as the Zilukha Anim Dratshang. It was built in 1976 by the 16th emanation of Thangtong Gyalpo, Drubthob Riley Jadrel. Currently, the nunnery is home to about 60 nuns.
Drive to Punakha
Post early breakfast, you will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. You will stop over for tea at Dochula (3,100 m). From there, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges on a sunny day. The Dochula Pass is probably the best-known mountain pass in Bhutan. It is located at an altitude of 3150 meters above sea level. The Dochula Pass is about 30 kilometers away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. On a clear day, the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges.
The Chimi Lhakhang or the Chimel Lhakhang is a Buddhist monastery located in the Punakha District of Bhutan. It was built in 1499 by Drukpa Kinley's best followers. Drukpa Kinley is popularly known as the “Divine Mad Man”, the 14th Drukpa Hierarch. The monastery stands on a small hill close to the village of Lobesa.
The Dzhong was constructed by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal Wangchuck in 1638. It is the second-largest and second-oldest Dzong in Bhutan. It is the most majestic and gorgeous Dzong, also considered the place of great happiness. a 3 hours drive from the country’s capital Thimphu takes you here. It lies between two rivers; Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) combine to form the Puna Tsang Chu, a tributary of the mighty Brahmaputra River. The climate here is temperate. During the spring season, lovely Jacaranda trees grow and bloom around the Dzong.
Drive to Paro
At. 08:00 AM: After breakfast, you will drive to Paro.
The Paro Dzong is probably Bhutan’s best-known and most iconic Dzhong. This is probably the first building you will notice when you land at Paro International Airport and will probably be your first memory of Bhutan. The imposing Dzhong is perhaps the finest example of Dzong architecture existing in the world today. The massive buttered walls of the fortress dominate the valley. The Rinpung Dzong names translate to the “ Fortress on a heap of Jewels”.
After early morning breakfast, you will go for a morning hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktsang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold.
Tiger’s Nest Monastery:
Taktshang or the Tiger's lair as the monastery is called is widely regarded as one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. Its history is deeply associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD.
Built in 659 by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, Kyichu Lhakhang is the oldest surviving temple of Bhutan. It is located in the north of Paro. Ornamented temples reflect 7th-century architecture and decoration. The temple’s construction was done overnight. This was initially small in size but after multiple visits over the years by the Buddhist saints, the temple expanded both in grandeur and size. The prominent Buddhist saints Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, Lam Kha Nga, Guru Rinpoche, and much more aid in the expansion of the temple.
In the evening, you will visit the local market of Paro and overnight in a hotel in Paro.
Fly back to Kathmandu.
At. 07:00 AM: You will be transferred to Paro airport to catch your onward flight to Kathmandu. After arrival and visa formalities and the collection of baggage, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kathmandu. You will have a whole day for rest or you can go shopping around the nearby market.
At. 06:30 PM: We will meet for a cultural (traditional local dance live performance in folk songs) Nepali dinner in Kathmandu for your farewell.
(Have a safe home return!): We will drop you back at the Kathmandu airport to board your outbound flight before 3 hours of flight time.
The information about the Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour is in-depth; feel free to contact us 24/7. We will be available on WhatsApp to assist you instantly. You can write an email if this trip doesn't fit your vacation schedule and requirements. Altitude Himalaya aims to offer the best possible travel experience to the customers. Depending on the needs of the visitors and the group size, we customize each vacation package. We will put together a bespoke itinerary just for your private group.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I customize the trip itinerary?
Yes, absolutely, Altitude Himalaya will be more than happy to customize the trip itinerary according to your preference in terms of duration, cost, and party size.
What is Bhutan famous for?
Bhutan is best known for its travel destinations such as Paro which is famous for the iconic (Taktsang Lhakhang) also known as Tigers Nest.
What is Pokhara famous for?
Pokhara is famous for its spectacular backdrop of the snowy peaks of Annapurna Range and serene Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa lakes making this destination ‘the jewel of the Himalayas’.
What is special about Tibet?
Tibet is well known for its Phenomenal landscapes, its high mountains, and sacred land. Tibet is also known as the roof of the world because the Tibet plateau stands over 3 meters above sea level and is surrounded by impressive mountain ranges.
When is the best time to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet tour?
September - November is the best time to visit Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet as the weather is clear and fresh with sunny skies. March and May as the climate remains dry and pleasant, and at the end of the spring, more than 57 species of rhododendron blooms cover every corner of the hills providing you a spectacular view.
Can we add a free day to relax and explore the place by ourselves?
Yes, absolutely, Altitude Himalaya will be more than happy to customize your tour itinerary according to your preference. We do suggest a guide but if you want to experience the personal time you are permitted to have it.
Can we get a direct flight from Lhasa to Bhutan?
No, there is no direct flight from Lhasa to Bhutan (Paro), similarly, there is only one flight to Bhutan or Lhasa from Kathmandu per day and 3 to 4 flights per week.
All required airport pick-up and drop-off on a private basis.
Private vehicle with A/C for all mentioned transportation and sightseeing.
Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Kathmandu flight transfer.
Kathmandu to Lhasa and Lhasa to Kathmandu flight transfer.
All (16 nights) hotel accommodation is based on double/twin sharing deluxe rooms at 3 star hotels.
Sightseeing entrance fees.
Daily Breakfast at the hotel throughout the trip.
Lunch and Dinner has been included in Bhutan as mentioned in the itinerary.
English speaking local and experienced tour guide in Bhutan and Tibet, and during the cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu.
All government and tourism taxes.
Driver’s allowance, salary, fuel cost, and toll taxes.
One complementary Nepali cultural dinner in Kathmandu.
All required permit and visa fee to Bhutan and Tibet.
Nature of personal expenses.
Lunch and dinner aren’t included in Nepal and Tibet.
Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 40 USD cash to get a visa on arrival, can fill the form online before reaching)
Tips to the drivers and guides. (not required but recommended)
Services that aren't mentioned above.
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