Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour

Duration:
13 Days
Price:
From $2150
Destination:
Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Tingri - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu - Paro - Punakha Dzong - Paro - Taktsang - Paro
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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This 13-day tour will take you to three separate countries, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. In Lhasa, Tibet, you can see some culture and historical sites including the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Meanwhile, you can visit some unique monasteries such as Sera Monasteries and Drepung Monastery. After catching a glimpse of Mount Everest, you will cross the vast expanse of the Tibetan Plateau to delve deep into the Kathmandu Valley to explore Nepali culture. Before flying across to Paro, in Bhutan, you can visit some unique sights of the Bhutanese culture and religion. Taking a short-hop flight across borders to visit the beautiful country of Bhutan, you can join the shuffling, murmuring.

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
2 Lhasa sightseeing
3 Lhasa sightseeing
4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx 7hrs
6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
7 Gyirong to Nepal Border (B) / transfer to Kathmandu
8 Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City (B)
9 Day tour in Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur City
10 Fly from Kathmandu to Paro International Airport /transfer to Thimphu (2300m)
11 Day tour in Punakha Dzong / drive back to Paro (1460m)
12 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and drive back to Paro
13 Departure from Paro
Day 1 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Airport/Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Airport to downtown Lhasa, it usually takes about one hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Other service: Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on first & last day, Free Lhasa Airport transfer on first & last day at times
Day 2 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery  is one of three famous monasteries in the city
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center.

Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3★/4★

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
  • Breakfast
Day 4 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

We will pass by Kampala pass (4794m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake. Covering 638Km², Yamdrok Lake is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and is fed by numerous small streams. 

Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier on the roadside. It is about 300m from the main highway with easy access on your way to Gyantse.

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery. Pelkhor Choede in Gyantse town is located about 230km to the south of Lhasa and 100kmto east of Shigatse. The monastery is a short walk from the heart of the town.

Stay overnight in Shigatse, 3★/4★

Bathing in sunshine, Yamdrok lake is dispalying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
  • Breakfast
Day 5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx 7hrs

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery and then drive to Lhatse, a small town located 150 km from Shigatse, and you may have lunch in local restaurant. After a short rest, you will go ahead to Tingri. You will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

If it’s summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but only dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongbuk guesthouse

Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa. It is founded by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in 1902, distinctively housing both monks and nuns.
  • Breakfast
Day 6 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs

We didn’t include breakfast this morning. You will understand why when you’re at the spot. Tibetan breakfast, such as noodle, zanba, etc. abt CNY 30 is available here. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, instant coffee. etc. of your own. You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, we can drive you to the Everest Base Camp. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.

Stay overnight in guesthouse

Since there is a very simple post office at EBC, you can send postcards  from this highest place to your families, your friends, and even to yourself.
The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Day 7 Gyirong to Nepal Border (B) / transfer to Kathmandu

In the morning, Your guide will take you to the border of Nepal and our guide from Nepal will meet you on the other side. Then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of the day is yours to look around the area, or just rest in your hotel after the rigorous trip across Tibet.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8 Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City (B)

Today, we will explore the Kathmandu City. The guide will take you to visit the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Royal Palace square in the city which is surrounded by ancient buildings from the early 16th century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items give a great insight into Nepali culture.

After that, continue the tour to visit the Swayambhunath Pagoda which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city. Then make your way to Patan City, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley area. Patan City has one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal that dates back to the 12th century and is a great place to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a world heritage in Kathmandu.
Swayambhunath Stupa
Day 9 Day tour in Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur City

Today, we are going to visit the ancient Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, and a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Set on the banks of the Bagmati River, Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s famous UNESCO sites, and the sunset over the temple roofs is spectacular.Then head to Boudhanath, located on the ancient trade route. It is a place of meditation and part of the spiritual journey around Kathmandu. With one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath Temple
The Boudhanath Stupa, it's one of the is the largest Buddhist stupas in the world.
Day 10 Fly from Kathmandu to Paro International Airport /transfer to Thimphu (2300m)

Today you will be taken to the airport, for the flight from Kathmandu to Paro, and you will get to see the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the plane, including the sacred Mt. Jumolhari, known as the “bridge of Kanchenjunga”, and its companion mountain, Mt. Jichu Drake, in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro International Airport, your guide will receive you, and take you on the 1 hr 30 minute drive to Thimphu.

The rest of the day is yours to stroll around the town or take a rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Day 11 Day tour in Punakha Dzong / drive back to Paro (1460m)

In the morning you will be driven from Paro to Punakha, crossing the Dochu La Pass at 3,100 meters, where you will be able to see the 108 beautiful chortens. These chortens were commissioned to be built by Her Majesty, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the Queen Mother, and the first of the four wives of former king of Bhutan, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. In Punakha, you will get to visit the famous Punakha Dzong, which was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After visiting the dzong, you will drive back to Paro.

Perched above Paro Dzong, in Paro, is the ancient ta Dzong, or watchtower. It was built in 1649 to protect the undefended Dzong. And it was renovated into a National Museum in 1968. The unusual round building was built to be in the shape of a conch shell, with 2.5m-thick walls. The watchtower suffered damage in the 2011 earthquake but was reopened in 2016 as the nation's premier museum.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Phnakha Dzong, the exquisite Bhutan style architecture.
Day 12 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and drive back to Paro

In the morning you will trek from the bottom of Paro Valley to the Taktsang Monastery, perched on the side of the mountain. Taktsang (commonly known as Tiger's Nest) is one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan and one of the most challenging monasteries to get to. Located at an elevation of 3120 meters, Taktsang is the birthplace of Bhutanese Buddhism. Guru Rinpoche flew here from Tibet on the back of a tigress, which was the manifestation of his divine consort Yeshe Tsogyal.

You can ride a horse or walk to Tiger’s Nest. It is a challenging trek so you will gain merit with every step. The view of Paro Valley from the monastery is worth the climb. The hike starts with a gentle forest climb among prayer flags. After passing a creek and some water-powered prayer wheels the trail starts getting steeper.

About half way up the climb is a nice teahouse with great views of Tiger's Nest that makes a welcome stopping point. On your way up or on your way down, you can get some tea and grab some food to eat here. You can continue climbing to the viewpoint that overlooks Tiger's Nest after the tea-house. The viewpoint is the best place to take photos of Taktsang. From here, you will walk down a series of steep stairs to a waterfall to achieve your final ascent to the entrance. Here you will be required to leave your backpacks, cameras, and phones. There are lockers to leave your things, so make sure to bring a small lock.

After the trek up and down the mountain, you will head back to Paro.

Stay overnight in Paro.

Tiger’s Nest, also known as Para Taktsang or Taktsang Palphug Monastery, is located at a cliff of the Paro valley in Bhutan.
Day 13 Departure from Paro

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport, and help you with checking in for your flight home from Bhutan.

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

2018-11-01 ~ 2019-03-31 2019-04-01 ~ 2019-04-30 2019-05-01 ~ 2019-06-30 2019-07-01 ~ 2019-08-31 2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31 2019-11-01 ~ 2019-12-31
$2150 $2300 $2350 $2450 $2500 $2350 $2150

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

2018-11-01 ~ 2019-03-31 2019-04-01 ~ 2019-04-30 2019-05-01 ~ 2019-06-30 2019-07-01 ~ 2019-08-31 2019-09-01 ~ 2019-10-07 2019-10-08 ~ 2019-10-31 2019-11-01 ~ 2019-12-31
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Discount Policy

You may only enjoy one of the advantageous policy, not both.

Option A:3 or More to Join the Same Group $30 / person
Option B:Tour in Apr~Oct
  • To book 6-month prior tour starts 5% Off / person
  • To book 3-month prior tour starts 3% Off / person

Booking Policy

A minimum of 2 people for opening a new group is required.

Confirmed DatesBook at least 12 works days ahead of time
Dates Listed2 Persons or above, 45-day prior
Dates Not Listed2 Persons, 90-day prior
3 Persons or above, 45-day prior

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INCLUSIONS

*Bhutan Visa

*Lodgings: 10 Nights, twin room en suite in 3★/4★; 2 Night in GUESTHOUSE;

*Meal: as listed in the itinerary

*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;

*Transfer from Gyriong border to Kathmandu by Jeep.

*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all time on the first day;

*Free pick-up from airport to hotel at 9:30 am, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from hotel to airport at 6:00 am,8:30 am and 12:30 pm on the last day;

*Guide: experienced local English-speaking tour guide

*Attractions: all entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary

*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB); Alien's Travel Permit(PSB) to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes abt 30mins;

*Travel Agency Liability insurance;

*Government Tax;

*Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express)

*Food & lodgings for guide & driver;

*Oxygen tank for emergency use;

*Two bottles of mineral water per person per day;

EXCLUSIONS

* Nepal Visa

*International flight to and out of China; 

* Domestic flight/train to Lhasa, Flight from Kathmandu to Paro and Paro to Kathmandu; (We’d like to book the flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* Lunch & Dinner are not included in Nepal and Tibet but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.

* While Gratuities for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;

* All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. Wire transfer --- 7%);

* Personal expenses;

* Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Note

*Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) usually takes about 12-working-day to apply. If you couldn’t provide the required docs & info on time, an extra handling fee will be charged. Please consult your travel consultant for details;

*We reserve the right to change the itinerary order and attractions in Lhasa;

*If you prefer to book your own hotels over those included in our group tour, please meet the rest of the group at their daily hotel on time. We don’t include the transfers to your own hotels;

*We need to pick up and drop off all members of the group on the first day from Lhasa Airport/Railway, thus there may not always have guide presence but driver;

*Single Supplement: our quote is based on twin rooms. For single travelers, single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin rooms, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Debo***

2018-12-06

We are just starting our planning for a trip to Tibet and saw this trip itinerary that includes Nepal and Bhutan. We are thinking it will be possible for us to book round trip from Seattle to Chengdu and take a train to Lhasa to meet a tour there. Questions: Is it possible to fly from Bhutan back to Chengdu following our tour? If so, about how much US$? What is the approximate extra cost of the flight to Paro? What should we expect to pay for one-way train trip to Lhasa from Chengdu in soft sleeper? Thanks for your assistance.

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join the 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour. 

Here is the itinerary of 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour.

Marg***

2018-11-21

Twin share please

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join the 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour with the departure date May.5th. We have this group tour with the departure date May.6th. Is it available to you?

Osca***

2018-11-18

We are two couples one flying from Washington DC and the other from Bogota , Colombia . we would like to have the cost including the flights and other transportation with the Comfortable package . Also the recommended best time to travel between May and October 2019 Thank You

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that four of you would like to join our 13-day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour in 2019. Regarding the flight, the following is my suggestion.

 

Washington DC – Chengdu – Lhasa

Bogota, Colombia - Los Angeles – Chengdu – Lhasa

 

Then, you four could gather in Chengdu first, and get the original Tibet Permit there before boarding the flight to Lhasa.

 

The best time to have this tour is in September. So far, we don’t have a set group. But we could open a new group based on your schedule. Please check the itinerary as below.

Gigl***

2018-11-17

I’d like a quote and itinerary for Bhutan Tibet and Nepal tour pls

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nance

Here is the brief itinerary for your interested 13 days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour

Alis***

2018-11-16

Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to join our 13-day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour with a departure date on 20th. April 2019. For this tour, a minimum of 2 people for opening a new group is required. Although we don’t have a set group so far, we have other clients asking about the same tour. Of course, it will be better if you could find another friend to join you. Then we could open a new group just for you two. Please check the following itinerary.

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