Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour

Duration:
13 Days
Price:
From USD2150
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 cultural and historical sites, including Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Meanwhile, you can visit some monasteries such as Sera Monastery 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 trekking and 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 / transfer to Kathmandu
8 Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City
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 the 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★

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 was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
  • 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 stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
khang Temple has a beautiful golden roof, which will attract you when you get close to it. The golden roof of Jokhang Template. Ancient wooden beams and rafters can be found under the roof.
  • 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 Chode 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★

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
  • 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 the 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 the dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

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

Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
To celebrate Sakyamuni’s birth, Saka Dawa Festival is held in Rongbuk Monastery on every April 15th according to Tibetan calendar. You can watch monks do Tibetan dances there.
  • 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

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
Day 7 Gyirong to Nepal Border / 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 for you to look around the area, or just rest in your hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 8 Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City

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 transfer you to the hotel. You still have lots of time to wonder around the town of Paro. You could appreciate the famous Queen Mother’s Winter palace and get a view of the Dzong architectures.

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

Stay overnight in Paro.

Mt. Jumolhari in the background.
Mt. Jichu Drake
  • Mt. Jumolhari
  • Mt. Jichu Drake
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.
  • Punakha Dzong
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 from the Paro Valley to the monastery is worth your climb. The hike starts from a gentle forest with some prayer flags. After passing a creek and some water-powered prayer wheels, the trail starts getting steeper.

On the half way up the monastery, there is a nice teahouse with great views of Tiger's Nest that makes a welcome stopping point. You can get some tea and take a break here. You can continue climbing to the viewpoint, where you can overlook Tiger's Nest. 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.

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

Stay overnight in Paro.

Taktsang Monastery is the prominent Buddhist sacred spot in Bhutan.
Taktsang Monastery is also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery.
  • Taktsang Monastery
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)

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Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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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

Schedule

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2019-10-28 USD2350 open for booking Book
2019-10-31 USD2350 open for booking Book
2019-11-07 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-11-14 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-11-21 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-11-28 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-12-05 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-12-12 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-12-19 USD2150 open for booking Book
2019-12-26 USD2150 open for booking Book
2020-05-04 USD2350 3 Book
2020-06-11 USD2350 1 Book

No desired date of departure? Please send us an inquiry and we will try to arrange your tour according to your plan.

Our Service

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 Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 13:00 pm and 16:00 pm on the first day;

*Free drop-off from your hotel to the airport 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; (We’d like to book the flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)

* If you miss the free transfer schedule due to flight delay or cancelation, then you are required to pay private transfer from USD 80/vehicle/time.

* 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 --- 2%);

* 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, the single supplement is required at the time of booking. If later we manage to match you with another traveler to share the twin room, the single supplement will be refunded.

Asked Questions from our Clients

Jane***

2019-09-18

I am in inquiring about short notice trip Tibet Nepal Bhutan. 60th birthday in Oct this year...would like to travel with a group

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour in October to celebrate your birthday. We happen to have a fixed tour on Oct.14th and 21st. Besides, we will prepare a birthday cake in Lhasa for the clients who are on birthday. Here is the itinerary,

mari***

2019-08-03

I am a US citizen and would like to know about visa requirements in Nepal, Tibet and Burma. if I book the tour with you, will you take care of the visa requirements for these countries? Will I have to have it here in the States prior to leaving the country? Regarding the tour, will the trip be on a bus ride most of the time.? Is Crossing the border from these country by bus? I will be travelling alone?Will it cost more than the double occupancy? When is the best time to go and visit these countries.? Thanks

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beatrice

There are several questions from you. I would like to answer your questions one by one.

1. Would like to know about visa requirements in Nepal, Tibet and Burma. if I book the tour with you, will you take care of the visa requirements for these countries?

We can arrange the Bhutan visa. For your Nepal visa, you can get it at Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. For your China Visa, you need to apply for it from the Chinese Embassy nearby. We can provide all the necessary documents if you need to.

2. Will I have to have it here in the States prior to leaving the country?

For China Visa, you will have it first, then we can apply for your Tibet Travel Permit. For Nepal Visa and Bhutan Visa, since you will come to Lhasa - Nepal(get it at Tribhuvan Airport by paying 25USD)- Bhutan(we will give you the visa in Kathmandu), you don't have to have it before leaving.

To make it simple, you just need to have your China Visa in the states.

3. Regarding the tour, will the trip be on a bus ride most of the time.? Is Crossing the border from these country by bus?

Yes, you will have an overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu to enjoy the scenery from Lhasa to Kathmandu. There're usually 3 to 5 travelers in our group, so we ususally arrange a vehicle(almost new) with 8 ~ 9 seats instead of a bus. You will walk through the Gyirong border and then change a car from Kathmandu cos the vehicle in Tibet can't cross the border. From Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan, you will take an airplane.

4. I will be travelling alone? Will it cost more than the double occupancy?

Just the single supplement, not the double occupancy. If we find someone else to share the room(same hotel class) with you, we will refund you that cost. Or we can arrange a single room with big bed for you.

5. When is the best time to go and visit these countries.?

From May to November. Right now, we have group tours in September and October. Please let me know your idea. Different month, different price.

 

Meag***

2019-08-02

Assuming we are responsible for transfer from Kathmandu to Lhasa?

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Cherry

Yes. The transfer from Gyirong border to Kathmandu is included in the tour package. 

Nanc***

2019-07-26

I would prefer to travel in a small group with my adult son (2 beds/room). Villages are preferred as opposed to large cities. Walking is acceptable for me, but not interested in trekking 9 or 10 miles. Would prefer April 2020. Thanks. Looking forward to your response. Nancy Smithson

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Catherine

 We happen to have a fixed group tour in May. We can also open a tour for you in April if you can confirm the booking soon. You don't need to trek or walk a lot, we will drive you to all the spots.

Cath***

2019-07-13

Is this price a return airfare?

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beatrice

In your inquiry, you mentioned you are interested in 13 days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Tour starting on July 15th. Right now, there's no time left for applying for Tibet Travel Permit for the tour with departure date on July 15th. May you consider other tours in July?  Tibet Small Group Tour

And the 13 days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan tour price doesn't include the return flight fare. It's a long journey across three countries.

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