Nepal Bhutan and Tibet Tour Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu:
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. After exchanging warm welcome greetings at the arrival section, we will lead you to our vehicle to drop you off in our trip hotel. It’s a day at complete leisure, you will be on your own and you can do whatever you want to do for refreshment. But we definitely will be happy to guide you around the city.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip Preparation:
On the second day of arrival, we will be interacting with each other. After early breakfast, every guest needs to arrive at the Company to review their trip so that they can buy and manage the required stuff for their trips. After talking about the trip, we will be taking our guest for the cultural sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. The destination for sightseeing include Swoyambhunath - the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square – to see the temple of Living Goddess and other medieval architectural wonders, Pashupatinath – to immerse into Hindu death rites on the bank of a holy river, and Boudhanath – a massive Buddhist shrine considered as the biggest in the world.
Day 3: Transfer Airport and fly to Paro, city sightseeing:
During flights, we can relish the stunning scenery of the Himalayas consist of sanctified Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Himalayan scenery treks and expedition who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, our journey begins, first we visit Rinpung Dzong, importance ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, we visit Kichu Lhakhang, the temple made in the country before times. From here we will go to the Drugyal, which was constructed to memorialize Bhutan's victory over Tibetan interlopers. If the day remains clear we can able to see Mount Chomolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain, at 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
Day 4: Drive to Thimphu and Hike to Taktsang Monastery:
Early in the morning after having breakfast, we hike for 4 -5 hours to Taktsang Monastery well-known for Tiger’s Nest. It is Bhutan's most renowned monastery to be found at 3,180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have soared on the back of a tigress to reflect in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. The monastery is rested on the top of a steep cliff, around 900 meters directly above the Paro Valley. After you explore the monastery, we head ahead towards the valley floor and leave for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 5: Hike to Wangditse Gompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu:
In the morning, we drive to Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) Tower and then hike for 1 hour to Wangditse Gompa on the smoothed way along with the great sight of Tashichho Dzong. From here, you will have stunning sight of the Samtenling Palace. It is also home to the fourth King. After visiting the Gompa, we return back to Thimphu. Through the way, you will visit the mini Zoo where you see the Takin, national animal of Bhutan. After lunch, we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses the oldest documents) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We may also go to the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory, and the majestic Tashichho Dzong. In the evening, we enjoy strolling in the streets of Thimphu with the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 6: Drive to Punakha and Hike to Lungchutse Monastery:
After enjoying the beautiful morning with breakfast, we drive to Dochula pass, where we can get beautiful views of the Himalayas. We will hike about 2 hours to get Lungchutse Monastery from 108 chortens. The path will cross along with rhododendron forests. Next, we walk through the high ridges sprinkled with colorful Buddhist prayer flags which offers us remarkable sights of Himalayas. After lunch, our rides descend through the rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. At Metshina Village we will stop and takes the 20-minute walk to reach Chimi Lhakhang along the rice fields, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 7: Drive to Paro and Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten:
In the beginning, begin our 2-hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten after driving 12 km north of Punakha. It also contains intricate paintings dedicated to the old group of Buddhism. On the way back, we visit the Punakha Dzong, second oldest and the second largest Dzong in Bhutan which was built in 1637. In the afternoon, we drive to Paro and spend the night. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8: Fly back to Kathmandu, accommodation day:
Today we will fly back to kathmandu. Arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airpot, a representative for Himalayan Scenery Treks and Exp. will transfer you to your hotels. Rest well or you can use the free time to explore the Thamel city and buy some souvenirs for your friends and family.
Day 9: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa:
Early morning, we take an hour-long flight to Lhasa. The flight takes us over Mt.Everest (8,848m), Kanchenjunga (8,536m) and other beautiful Himalayan peaks and attractive glacier. Upon our arrival in Lhasa, a representative from Himalayan scenery treks and expedition will pick us up from the airport for about an hour’s drive to our chosen hotel in Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 10: Sightseeing in Lhasa: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar:
Today, we visit the attractive Palace which was built in the 17th century. The palace provides you that you have ever seen before, wonderful views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, many grand state rooms and sanctuaries. Sera Monastery is the unspoiled monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. Here, Jokhang Temple is another significant site which unties more deep-rooted thrillers of Tibetan Buddhism. We may stroll through Barkhor Bazaar (market. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 11: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse:
After breakfast in the early morning, we move towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Today’s journey will be time-consuming because it takes about 8 or 9 hours through a day. We drive past Khamba La Pass (4,794m) and enjoy the views of Yomdrok-Tso (Turquoise Lake). It is one of the sacred lakes in Tibet and the remarkable Mt. Nazin Kang SA (7,252m). Headed for the west, we pass across another pass, Karo La (5045m) from where we get beautiful views of the royal glaciers. Upon accomplishment Gyantse, we visit the Khumbum Stupa, phalkot Monastery, and Gyantse Dzong, which is one of the best-maintained dzongs in Tibet. From Gyantse, we continue to Shigatse enjoying charming mountain landscape along the way. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 12: Drive to Lhatse:
Today, at first you will drive by Lhatse, which is 150km to the southwest of Shigatse. Along the route, you will have beautiful sights where you can take photos of your galleries or for some memories. This route contains two-lane asphalt road with the smooth road surface for most parts. In some areas, the road is a little bumpy. After some hours you will reach Lhatse to stay overnight there.
Day 13: Drive to Lahsa:
Very good morning with a peaceful atmosphere of Lhatse. After breakfast head for a visit to the inherited monastery of the Sakya group of Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya Monastery. Sakya Monastery is also known as the “Second Dunhuang”. It is because of its rich collection of arts and historical remnants, includes 24,000 Buddhist books, 3,000 Thangkas, and many Buddha statues, porcelains, wall paintings, etc. Here, you will see several gray and white walls painting and ancient temples. Then we will leave Lhatse and drive for 3 hours to reach Shigatse. Here you will have lunch and complete a short rest. Then another drive of 5 or 6 hours on a well-maintained highway back to Lhasa. Overnight stay in Lhasa.
Day 14: Fly back to Kathmandu:
In the morning you will visit the remaining place nearby Lhasa. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Lhasa Gonggar airport. Afterward, flights take off within one hour you will be in Kathmandu. From there the representatives of Himalayan scenery treks will transfer you to the hotel. Next, in the early evening, you can have sundown stroll Thamel area also well-known for the tourist market. From here you can take some memories or some gifts to your family members too. Today, the day is last so you will be invited for Nepali typical dinner with live Nepali music. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 15: Final Departure:
The journey full of excitement, enriching experiences, and exploration of natural, historical and cultural heritage has now come to an end today. If you haven’t extended the stay in Nepal, we shall assist you with your onward flight to your destination. Our representative shall escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight. We are sure that you’ve enjoyed one of the best holidays trip ever & will go back home with unforgettable memories of this amazing country. It’s been wonderful knowing you. We hope to see you again.