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Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Group Tour

Duration:
13 Days
Price:
From USD2706
Route:
Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu - Paro - Punakha - Paro
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Group Tour
Group Size:
Max 12
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Overview

This 13-day tour will take you to three separate countries - Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. In Tibet, you can explore the profound Buddhist cultural and historical sites, including Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Meanwhile, you can visit some monasteries such as Drepung Monastery and Tashilunpo 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 and admire its historical Hindu architecture. Taking a short-hop flight across borders to visit the last Shangri-La Bhutan, you can take some unique sights of the Bhutanese culture and religion, as well as join the trekking and murmuring.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities AccommodationMeals
1 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel Lhasa, 3★/4★
2 Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery, Tibet Museum, Norbulingka Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
3 Lhasa Sightseeing Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
4 Lhasa- Gyantse- Shigatse, 360km, Approx. 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
5 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak Nomad Tent(Dorm Bed) B
6 EBC – Gyirong Border, 370km, Approx. 8hrs Everest Base Camp, Pekutso Lake, Far view of Mt. Shishapangma Gyirong, Guesthouse
7 Gyirong - Kathmandu, 160km, Approx 7hrs Send off to Gyirong border/transfer to Kathmandu Kathmandu, 3★/4★
8 Day tour in Kathmandu: Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Pagoda Kathmandu, 3★/4★ B
9 Day tour in Kathmandu: Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur City Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Kathmandu, 3★/4★ B
10 Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2300m) then Transfer to Thimphu Send off and pick up, National Monument Thimphu, 3★/4★ B,L,D
11 Day tour in Punakha Dzong and Drive Back to Paro (1460m) Punakha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, National Museum Paro, 3★/4★ B,L,D
12 Trek to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) and Drive back to Paro Tiger's Nest, Kyichu Lhakhang Paro, 3★/4★ B,L,D
13 Departure from Paro Send off to the airport B

Daily Itinerary

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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 1 hour; from Lhasa Railway Station, about 20 minutes. After being transferred to the hotel, you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself for the rest of the day. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize to the high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not have a shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, the tour guide will take you to Drepung Monastery, the biggest Tibetan monastery that housed more than 10,000 monks in the past. Drepung means Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and cover the hillsides. It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

In the afternoon you will first visit the Tibet Museum. Here you can see life scenes, exquisite clothing, house architecture, and festival customs, etc. to explore the special and mysterious Tibetan customs. Then you will visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Today, we will go to 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 the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple, you'll have time to walk around the Barkhor Street, which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since the early days. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

We will pass by Kampala Pass(4,790m) on the way from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit Yamdrok Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Standing at the lakeside, you can see its blue water shimmering with charming light, as well as the snow-capped holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar(7,191m) in the distance.  

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

Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

In the morning, you will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo 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 by passing through Tsola Pass(4,600m), and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, with countless prayer flags flying in the wind. Afterward, you will ascend to Gawula Pass(5,198m), where you can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas. Then you will drive along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of Golden Everest Peak.

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent (Dorm Bed)

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. Then you will have Tibetan breakfast here, such as noodles, Zanba, etc. about CNY 30p.p. You are highly suggested to bring along some cookies, and instant coffee. etc. on your own. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border that connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5,236m), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Gyirong Town

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

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 dating back to the 12th century and is a great place to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

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. As one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Jenpalegso La (Welcome to Bhutan). On arrival, meet your private guide and driver who will stay with you for the rest of your trip. You will start in Thimphu. The drive is one hour by road. Thimphu is a charming city, probably the smallest capital in the world, resting in the heart of the Himalayas.

In the afternoon, visit the landmark - National Monument, which is not only to commemorate the late king but also for world peace. It is also the place where Thimphu people's daily koras are most concentrated. Locals believe that the kora can wash away previous sins.

Stay overnight in Thimphu

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
National Monument
National Monument

In the morning you will be driven from Thimphu to Punakha, crossing the Dochu La Pass at 3,100 meters, where you are able to see the 108 beautiful Chortens, also known as Druk Wangyal Chortens. It's to commemorate those who lost their lives in the suppression of the Assamese rebels in southern Bhutan and to pray for world peace. In Punakha, you will visit the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan Punakha Dzong, which was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After visiting the Dzong, you will get back to Paro.

Perched above Rinpung Dzong, the ancient Ta Dzong is a 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 in the shape of a conch shell, with 2.5m-thick walls. The watchtower suffered damage in the 2011 earthquake but reopened in 2016 as the nation's premier museum.

Stay overnight in Paro

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 the most sacred site in Bhutan and one of the top ten super temples in the world to go. 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 halfway up the monastery, there is a nice teahouse with great views of Taktsang Monastery that makes a welcome stopping point. You can get some tea and take a break here. You can continue climbing to the viewpoint, which's 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.

In the afternoon, you will visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan. After visiting today’s attractions, if time permits, the tour guide can also take you to visit the ordinary market in Paro, where you can buy some handicrafts with Bhutanese characteristics.

Stay overnight in Paro

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Meals:
  • Breakfast

Cost & Calendar

All prices are in US Dollar / Person

Economic Class (3-Star Hotels)

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USD2926 USD2876 USD2796 USD2706

Comfortable Class (4-Star Hotels)

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USD3310 USD3289 USD3169 USD3066

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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;
*Breakfasts provided by hotels;
*Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
*Transfer from Gyirong border to Kathmandu by Jeep;
*Free Lhasa Railway Station transfer at all times on the first day;
*Free pick-up from Lhasa Gonggar Airport to your hotel at 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 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 fees mentioned in the itinerary;
*Permit: Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit; Alien's Travel Permit to be applied in Shigatse with your original passport which takes about 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 can help you 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 a 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 the gratuity 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 --- 4.4%. 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;

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Laur***

Hello
Can you provide me quote about either joining a group either private for around 10 days in Nepal/bhutan and Tibet

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Laur****,

We can arrange the Tibet Nepal Bhutan tour for you. For 1 pax, I suggest you consider our group tour. Currently, we have a 13-day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Group Tour on 11 October and you can join. According to our experience, 1 October to 10 October is the China National Holiday and we'd better avoid this period.

Asked by Mr M***

Greetings,
My wife and I will be traveling for our 20 year wedding anniversary. We have been looking a few different tours and this seems pretty close to what we are looking for. It is important that we get to spend some time at the holy lake and not just drive by as well as visiting the monasteries on our way to EBC.

We would also be VERY interested while visiting a monastery to have our marriage blessed if possible.

We are not very interested in spending hours at museums as this seems to cut into our free time to relax and enjoy the local culture.

Not sure if we should be looking at a private or small group. Traditionally we do private tours but small groups are ok as well.

I am happy to answer any other questions regarding our goals to be sure the trip is planned to our liking.

Emily
Answered by Emily

Dear Mr Mich**** ,

We can arrange the Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Group Tour for you. I will answer your questions one by one.

Usually, the itinerary of the group tour is fixed. It takes about half an hour to walk around the holy lake -Yamtrok because we need to apply for the Alien's Travel Permit on that day. There are many monasteries along the way, such as Pelkor Chöde Monastery in Gyantse, and Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse. If you aren't interested in the Tibet Museum, you can stay outside and drink butter tea, then visit Norbulingka together.

Asked by Ev***

Hi Would like to check if the price of the tour is based on single or twin sharing? And also on the estimate cost for the flight not covered by the tour. Thanks

Merry
Answered by Merry

Dear Evon****, 

For 13 Days Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Group Tour, the tour cost is based on a twin sharing room. If you travel alone, there's a single supplement. 

Asked by Sara***

Hello,
I am looking to do a combined Tibet/Nepal tour with my mother. I’d like for the Nepal portion to start mid-September to get good weather. I think up to 14-15 days total is good. We are interested in cultural sightseeing as opposed to trekking/camping.

We wish to stay in a nice, comfortable hotel - no hostels. Preferably two beds in the room.

We both have L visas (US citizenship) and I think we will be coming in from Xi’an to Lhasa.

I see that your tour also includes Bhutan within 13 days. Is this enough time to see all 3 sites or is it very rushed? we have flexibility of a couple extra couples days to maybe see a bit more things.

Are there very long car journeys? 

I would appreciate any information on tours you offer.

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

Dear Sara****,

We can arrange the Tibet Nepal Bhutan group tour for you. We can open a group departure for you on 6 September now. 

It's a cultural sightseeing tour without trekking. I suggest you consider comfortable 4-star hotels.

The 3 days are enough to see the most popular sightseeing in Bhutan. If the Bhutan part is short for you, we can arrange a private Bhutan tour for you but the private cost will be higher than in a group.

Asked by Luca***

Good evening, I have a questiona about the Everest Base Camp: how long does it take to get there? I've read that it takes few days but in the plan, basically in just one, it will be possible to arrive and leave. May you please help me out? thank you very much

Jennie
Answered by Jennie

We can arrange the Mt.Everest tour for you. For solo travelers, I suggest you consider joining our group tour. In our group, it will take 2 days from Lhasa to EBC. If you want to go to Kathmandu after your tour, the group tour will be 7 days.

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