Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan)


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWC068
Trip Duration
18 Day(s)
Activities
Hiking, Culture
Start Point
Lhasa, Tibet
End Point
Paro, Bhutan
Max Altitude
5330m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
April-May, Sept-Dec
Difficulty Level
Demanding
Accomodations & Meals

  • 4N 3-Star Hotels in Lhasa & Shigatse
  • 2N Guesthouses in Tibet
  • 7N 3-Star Hotels in Nepal
  • 4N 3-Star Hotels in Bhutan
  • Daily Breakfast, Mineral Water
  • All Meals in Bhutan & Chitwan (2N)
Location Covered

Trip Highlights

  • Sky train experience from Beijing-Lhasa via lofty Tibetan plateau
  • Visit impressive Potala Palace and Monasteries in Lhasa, Tibet
  • Explore Everest Base Camp from the north face
  • Visit Ancient Durbar (Palace) Squares and Temples in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) and visit several Dzongs and Temples in Bhutan
  • Experience exciting flight from Kathmandu to Paro with panoramic views of the Himalayas

Overview


Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) provides an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes as well as the craftsmanship of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Your 18 Day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Overland Tour is the unique combination of three countries starting with a train ride from Beijing or Chengdu. Choose to arrive in Tibet via sky train from Beijing to Lhasa. The popular Beijing-Lhasa train crosses 6 provinces of China before reaching Lhasa. The duration of the 3-Day Beijing Lhasa train journey is 40.40 hours, you can experience a roller coaster ride especially the train leaves Taiyuan and climbs Qinghai provinces to the Tibetan plateau. On this classic journey of Tibet Nepal Bhutan, you will be touring the most popular landmarks of each country including Everest Base Camp from the north face. On this Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient…

Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) provides an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes as well as the craftsmanship of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Your 18 Day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Overland Tour is the unique combination of three countries starting with a train ride from Beijing or Chengdu. Choose to arrive in Tibet via sky train from Beijing to Lhasa. The popular Beijing-Lhasa train crosses 6 provinces of China before reaching Lhasa. The duration of the 3-Day Beijing Lhasa train journey is 40.40 hours, you can experience a roller coaster ride especially the train leaves Taiyuan and climbs Qinghai provinces to the Tibetan plateau.

On this classic journey of Tibet Nepal Bhutan, you will be touring the most popular landmarks of each country including Everest Base Camp from the north face. On this Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient Durbar Squares (Palaces), Stupas, Monasteries, and Temples and meet friendly local people, learn their culture and lifestyle. During your travel in Tibet, will visit the impressive Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera, and Drepung Monastery and drive to Everest Base Camp before reaching to Nepal. The overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp is an exciting epic journey through the high Himalayan passes and pristine lakes.

In Nepal, you will visit historic monuments in Kathmandu valley and drive to Chitwan to see Royal Bengal Tigers (If you are Lucky!) and one-horned Rhino, then drive to Pokhara to observe spectacular views of the Annapurna massif.  Finally, you will fly to Bhutan, the country of gross national happiness. You will visit the impressive Dzongs (fortress), hike the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). 

Besides, you will be thrilled with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Paro with panoramic views of the Himalayas! If you are looking for a short holiday starting from Kathmandu, you may check the 11 Day 3 Country Tour (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan).

HimalayanWindows puts every effort in making your Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) smooth and pleasant by keeping all the possible attractions.

Itineraries Expand All


Arrive in Lhasa from Mainland China (Beijing/Chengdu). Pick you up from Lhasa Train station – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.

Please read: You may choose to take a flight to Lhasa or several cities of China or Kathmandu. If you are taking a flight from Beijing/Chengdu, we recommend you to stay at least for a night in China in order to deliver your original permit before boarding for Lhasa. If you are flying from Kathmandu, you must acquire a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) which takes 3-4 working days in Kathmandu.

Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery – O/N at Hotel

Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse and Yamdrotso. Visit Phalkhor Monastery in Gyantse and Tashilhopo monastery in Shigatse. Overnight at the hotel.

Early in the morning, you will drive to Tingri from Shigatse. The total distance is 270 Kilometers and takes approximately five to six hours. You can choose to stay at Tingri and early morning drive to Rongbuk or continue to drive to Rongbuk for overnight. It takes about two hours to cross 90 KM drive from Tingri to Rongbuk.

Overnight at Guest house

Rent a horse cart or walk to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and explore around – back to Rongbuk – Drive back to Tingri and further to Kerung. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the Mt. Xishapagma (8,212m) & Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m). Overnight at Guesthouse at Kerung

After necessary border formalities at Kerung (Gyirong) border crossing; continue scenic drive to Kathmandu through the green lush countryside- transfer to your Hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you at the border Nepal side. Continue to drive to Kathmandu

A full Day sightseeing tour will combine various monument culture and Heritage site within the valley- Boudhanath Buddhist stupa, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Patan durbar square, Swoyambunath Budhist and Hindu Shrine. KTM Durbar Square, Hanuman dhoka museum and Kumari (virgin) living goddess temple. Overnight at hotel

Take 160km scenic drive to Chitwan by Car / Coach Depend on the group size and lunch in safari Lodge. After lunch activities- village/birds watching tour, evening Tharu culture programs. Overnight at hotel

Full DayJungle wildlife activities; – Elephant ride, Jungle walk, canoeing, Bird watch etc and overnight safari lodge. Overnight at hotel

Take a scenic drive from Chitwan to Pokhara following the picturesque view of rivers and beautiful landscapes. Overnight in Pokhara

Early morning visit Sarangkot Sunrise tour and back to hotel and afternoon excursion around valley and overnight hotel. The sightseeing trip includes visits to all these exotic places. Phewa Lake is the center of all attraction it is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across visit the island temple in the middle of the lake. The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all travelers’ restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located. Overnight at hotel

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes. OverNight Hotel In Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel

Flying to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu

After breakfast proceeds on to visit Thimphu valley.

Visit Trashichhoedzong (Thimpu Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visits Handicrafts Emporium which displays a wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as the Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Late afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochula passes (3,080m). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha

After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built tactically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate, and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to the monastery takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings, and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.

Overnight at the hotel in Paro

After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

What's Included


  • Private transportation.
  • All necessary travel permits
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Accommodation on a twin room basis.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Meal plan: Full Board Basis in Bhutan and B/B Plan

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal and Tibet
  • Single Supplement
  • Insurance of any kind
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips &, etc

Customer Reviews


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John UY . Jul 24, 2019
3 Country Tour - Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my…

Hassle-free is the word. If you plan to visit these countries? Anup at Himalayan Windows is the guy you need to see. Almost a year of planning and he was on top of things every single time. Any questions? He answers. Any suggestions? He answers. Better yet? You don’t need to plan anything. Have him plan it for you! He even booked us a fine dining restaurant in which my wife was really surprised! Thanks for that one, sir! Our only interest was Bhutan and they offer everything including visas. Then, he was kind enough to suggest Tibet and we were like, why not? Since it’s a neighboring country and we haven’t visited it either. We ended up booking the 3 Country tour. Including Nepal yes! Nepal was very entertaining and with our very educated guide Anish! He knew his stuff. Smiling fella! Minus the rain coz we missed our helicopter ride to see up close and personal the all-mighty Mt Everest. But don’t get me wrong. Even if Anup knew that our helicopter ride would be canceled he still showed up, at 6 am! He kept trying and calling constantly if there could be any possibility that we could do the tour but sadly no. That is customer service at its finest. Haven’t encountered such customer service like his. 5 stars on that! Tibet was something else. Altitude sickness yes but we managed. Karma our guide was very accommodating and will give us time to wander around on our own. Knows how to manage time especially visiting the Potala Palace. When he said he’ll meet us at 7 am. He was at the hotel right on the dot. Talk about punctuality! Bhutan was magical! The moment when you land. Everything is just a breeze. Even immigration was very friendly! I have no complaints! Sangay our guide was great! We felt like we weren’t tourists. More like friends. He explained everything perfectly. He even told us to roll down our windows coz of the fresh air. The hike to Tiger’s Nest is no joke but Sangay was there all the way. We have no negative feedback the whole time we were there in the kingdom of Bhutan. A must place to visit! Our only concern was the breakfast at Shambhala Palace in Tibet. To us, it was a cool experience to have Tibetan breakfast such as the tsampa but to the others, they might not be able to enjoy it. Fewer choices of food but that didn’t bother us. Eggs, toast coffee, and tea. No continental breakfast here but we were happy about it. The hotel is nice though! Loving the touch of every piece of furniture they have. Hi-tech shower! When we had dinner they have to fetch it from the other hotel coz the cook wasn’t there anymore. They didn’t say the kitchen is closed. They still provide. We were shocked! We felt bad for the guy delivering the food to us but we gave him a decent tip. Wish we knew all their names coz they were all very nice to us from the beginning when we arrived greeted with a smile and the day we left. The security guard even gave us bottled water on the way back to Nepal. We will surely miss those hardworking folks over there! Keep smiling! One word. Anup will do anything to make your trip a memorable one coz ours was. Even side trips such as having breakfast and having us tried all the dishes or snacks that we wanted to try! Also, even if we were at other Countries he keeps in touch thru WhatsApp just to make sure everything was still in order. He even kept on checking the helicopter ride when we were away! Thumbs up, sir! Hope your business will continue to grow and may you have more customers and friends to come! You are indeed an amazing travel consultant. Thanks again for having us and making our trip a memorable one! Thank   you all, Mr and Mrs. Uy
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Trip Information


PAYMENT & CANCELLATION 

Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and no extra fee is charged.

Cancellation: For cancellation more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS 

Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.

Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals where you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. Nepal visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross country tours.

Check the latest update and requirements to enter Nepal post-COVID-19

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more Bhutan travel info.

Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.

BEST TIME TO VISIT 

Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share the climate from high mountains to the low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon season.

Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.

TRAVEL INSURANCE 

HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all the travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.

FAQS


Where is Tibet? Tibet is situated to the South-West of China, also bordering Nepal, India, Burma, and Bhutan. The historical territory of Tibet would make the world’s tenth-largest nation. At present, Tibet is under China’s occupation and has been divided up, renamed, and incorporated into Chinese Provinces. If China refers to Tibet, It means only part of historic Tibet; what it names the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China. How… Read More »

Do I Need A Visa To Enter to Nepal? Yes, all the foreigners, Except Indians need a Nepalese visa in order to enter Nepal. Most of the national can get On Arrival visa at the TIA airport, however, it is advised to consult with your nearby Embassy or Consulate of Nepal. What do I need to get my visa? You need to have a valid passport and some passport-sized photographs… Read More »

Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a tour operator to book my travel? Yes, it… Read More »

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