Cultural Tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan)


Trip Facts

Trip Code
HWC069
Trip Duration
20 Day(s)
Activities
Trekking, Culture
Start Point
Kathmandu
End Point
Paro, Bhutan
Max Altitude
5210m
Group Size
1-12 Pax
Best Season
March-May, Sept-Nov
Difficulty Level
Demanding
Accomodations & Meals

  • 6N 3-Nights Hotels in Nepal
  • 4N Teahouses in Nepal (Trek)
  • 4N 3-Star Hotels (Lhasa/Xigatse)
  • 2N Guest Houses in Tibet
  • 3Nights 3-Star Hotels in Bhutan
  • All Meals in Bhutan & Trek ONLY
Location Covered

Overview


Cultural tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan) give an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes as well as the craftsmanship of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Your 20 Days trip starts from Kathmandu or Mainland China where you will be touring the most popular landmarks of each country. Not only touring, but you will also get an opportunity trekking to the most amazing destination to the Annapurna region. This 20 days trip is also called ‘Cross Country Tour’ across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. On this Cultural tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient Durbar (Palace) Squares, Stupas, and Temples in Kathmandu, Nepal. Next, you will visit the impressive Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera, and Drepung Monastery and finally, you will fly to Bhutan to experience the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) and several fortresses, Temples, and Dzongs. In addition, you…

Cultural tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan) give an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes as well as the craftsmanship of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Your 20 Days trip starts from Kathmandu or Mainland China where you will be touring the most popular landmarks of each country. Not only touring, but you will also get an opportunity trekking to the most amazing destination to the Annapurna region. This 20 days trip is also called ‘Cross Country Tour’ across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

On this Cultural tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient Durbar (Palace) Squares, Stupas, and Temples in Kathmandu, Nepal. Next, you will visit the impressive Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera, and Drepung Monastery and finally, you will fly to Bhutan to experience the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest) and several fortresses, Temples, and Dzongs. In addition, you will be thrilled with an exciting flight with panoramic views of the Himalayas!


Highlights: Cultural Tour and Trekking (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan)

  • Ancient Durbar (Palace) Squares and Temples in Nepal
  • Trekking in the Annapurna Region and a magnificent view of Annapurna ranges
  • Potala Palace and other monasteries in Tibet
  • Tiger’s nest and Dzongs in Bhutan
  • Exciting flight with panoramic views of the Himalayas

Itineraries Expand All


It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Stay overnight.

After an early breakfast, you are ready to do a sightseeing tour in 4 major places in Kathmandu – Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu durbar squire. We begin today’s sightseeing tour with a visit to Swoyambhunath a 2500-year old site where, it is believed, the Radiant Lotus of the valley-mythology, settled when the water was drained by Manjushri, the god of Wisdom. The 5 Dhyani Buddha’s attended by their consorts are enshrined at the base of the stupa. (Non-Hindus are not allowed inside Swayambhunath temple) then continues to tour into Boudhanath it is the world,s largest stupa and of Tibetan Buddhist Culture in Nepal. Antique shops where you can buy things of your interest relating to Buddhist surrounded the monastery. After Boudhanath, your next spot is The Pashupatinath temple stands along the side of Bagmati River. It is the holiest Temple for Hindus. Many people from different

Today we drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately seven hours away by tourist bus (a flight is available at an additional charge and takes around 40 minutes). We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara, an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on a bicycle or on foot as well as taking a boat out on Phewa Lake while the Annapurna Mountains gaze down at us. O/N Pokhara Hotel

After breakfast, we drive to Nayapul (48 km.) 1.5 hours by a vehicle over hilly ridges of Lumle/Kande and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where we have Lunch. After lunch climbs steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile at 1495m near Tikhe Dhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga. O/N at Tikhe Dhunga.

Breakfast served in the morning around 7 am. From Tikhe Dhunga the trail crosses a stream (Bhurungdi Khola) on a suspension bridge to start the long steep climb to the large Magar village Uleri at 2070m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent rhododendrons and oak forests and we lunch in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house”. In the winter, the trail can be covered with a show. From Nangethanti about one hour walks to Ghorepani at 2848m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. O/N in Ghorepani.

we will visit the popular viewpoint of the region, Poon Hill (3210 meters). You will wake up early in the morning at about 5 am and get ready to go. It takes about 50 minutes to reach the small flat top. You will see the sun gradually rise in the mountains and the views are breathtaking. The mountain peaks you will see are Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri I, and glaciers. Afterward, we begin walking from here on the long trail from Ghorepani to Tadapani. The trail continues through Ghorepani pass, known as Deurali and it finally emerges on a grassy knoll that offers good mountain views, including a view of Macchapucchre. Keep climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a crest at 3,030 meters. Descend to the second pass, also called Deurali. Ghandrung trail descends, passing through the village of Banthanti and finally reaches the village of Tadapani. Walking takes approximately about 5 hours to reach this village.

Ghandrung is a huge Gurung village considered to be the second-largest village in Nepal. The trek from Tadapani to Ghandrung is beautiful going through mixed-forest regions. The trails are sometimes very high, and you can see the valley down for about 400 meters. Mainly Gurung people inhabit the area and many of them are ex-British Gurkha soldiers. The village is beautiful and has frontal views of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

After breakfast head down the trail descends steeply to the village of Phedi from where you will take a coach to Pokhara, which is about a 30-minute drive. This is the end of ours. O/N Pokhara Hotel

After a normal drive of seven hours, we reach Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin, and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable Car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple.

Pick you up from Lhasa airport or Train station – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.

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 Gyantse via Yamadroke Lake and high passes: Kora LA (5,010m) & Kamba La (4,794m) & Sight-seeing in Gyantse including Pholkor & Kumbum Monastery. Scenic drive to Xigatse (1.5hrs) through the typical Tibetan Countryside- Hotel.

AM: Visit Panchen Lama’s Tashilhumpu Monastery. Then Drive to Xegar crossing over Gyatchula (a pass of 5,200m) and drive further to Ronbuk 90 Km, this is a kind of rough road and takes about 3-4 hours. O/N at Guest House.

Rent a horse cart or walk to the Everest BC and explore around – back to Rongbuk – Drive back to Tingri and further to Nyalam/Kerung by over-crossing the high pass of lulang La (5,050m) from where one can enjoy the magnificent view of the Mt. Xishapagma (8,212m) & Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m). Overnight at Guesthouse.

After necessary border formalities 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.

During the flight, on a clear day, you can see breathtaking views of the Himalaya Mountains, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel.

If time permit in the afternoon you can visit the following places:
-Kyichu Lhakhang
-Paro Dzong

There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree-lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewelry, etc. Stay overnight.

Afternoon you can also visit Thimpu Dzong which is the administrative headquarter of Bhutan. Late afternoon drive to Paro for an overnight stay.

After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tinger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint of the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch, you can visit other important sites which you could not complete in previous days.

After lunch, a tour of Bhutan’s national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armor to textiles and thangka paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Also, visit Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farmhouse.

After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport to connect flight for onward destination
[Hotels in Kathmandu can be booked if you are flying back to Kathmandu.]

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 during trekking in Nepal

What's Excluded


  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal (except trekking) 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 in order to confirm the tour with HimalayanWindows (HW). The remaining balance will be charged 7 days prior to 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 | TIBET | BHUTAN

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 prior to the travel 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.

Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance prior to 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 prior to the travel date in order to 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.

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


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 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 »

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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