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Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Trip

Trip Overview

This 24 days Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet tour takes you to the various gorgeous places in Nepal,
Bhutan, and Tibet. You can visit to various mesmerizing destinations. This multination trip will
be one of your best travel memories as this package is the combination of adventurous,
cultural, spiritual, and religious trip at once.
Ghorepani Poon Hill:
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the awesome trek routes suitable for all types of trekkers as
it combines of unspoiled Rhododendron Forest and mesmerizing mountain view. During the
trek you can explore the lifestyle and culture of Hilly region of Nepal, and you can enjoy the
sunrise view over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range which will be one of the highlight of your
whole trip.
Bhutan:
Bhutan is small South Asian landlocked country which is full of cultures, traditions, and natural
beauty. During the trip you will get to explore some of the magical things in Bhutan and involve
into culture and spirituality of Bhutan along with enjoyment of various natural wonders.
Tibet:
Tibet is the autonomous region of China that is very rich in natural beauty, culture, architecture,
and many others. During the journey you can experience and explore the lifestyle of Tibetan,
their culture, arts, monasteries, and stupas along with natural beauty from various destinations
of Tibet.

Itenerary

Upon your arrival in international airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. After all checking in procedure, you can rest and relax at the hotel. In the evening you will be taken to Thamel where you can find good restaurants, gear shops, money exchangers, ATMs, and others. After the exploration of the Thamel you will be taken to our office for the explanation and short brief of the trip. Overnight at the hotel. And if your arrival is late then briefing would be done next day.

After breakfast, your trip for today start as you will be going for Pashupatinath temple -a famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva located at the bank of Bagmati river which is one of the significant temples of Hindu devotees from around the world and listed in the UNESCO world heritage site. Here you can see the cremation of the dead bodies. Now you will head towards Bouddhanath Stupa, another World Heritage Site of UNESCO and one of the largest Buddhist stupas.
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport foe the short flight to Pokhara. After short 30 minutes flight you will be transferred to the Nayapul from the airport. From Nayapul the trek starts, and your gears will be sorted out to the porters. The trial follows Modi Khola, a beautiful river coming from Annapurna Valley. You will reach Tikhedhunga and search for a lodge in Tikhedhunga. Overnight at local lodge.
After breakfast at the local lodge, the trek starts in which the first part will be the trek to steeply up stone stairs to Ulleri. Ulleri will bring the first view of the snowy peak and we continue to Banthatnti, where we will have lunch. After lunch we will walk through the forest. Walking through Nagthanti, we walk to Upper Ghorepani located at the center of Rhododendron Forest. We can enjoy spectacular view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peak from Ghorepani. Overnight at local lodge.
Early morning trek to Poonhill from where you can enjoy the view of the Annapurna, Fishtail, Himchuli and other peaks long panorama with the view of sunrise. He we will have some tea or coffee to escape the freezing temperature. Poonhill is surrounded with blooming Rhododendron in the spring. After some time at the Poonhill we will return to the lodge for breakfast. Now steep uphill trek will start before heading downhill to Deurali through the Rhododendron and pine forest. Now we will head toward Banthali where we will have our lunch. After lunch we will head steeply down to the stream and make final steep uphill walk to Tadapani. Overnight at local lodge.
After breakfast we start our trek towards Jhinu where hot spring is located. We walk downward through the forest to a small settlement above a river. We cross the suspension bridge and trek uphill to the point where trial goes two separate ways – one towards Chhomrong and other towards Jhinu Danda. We trek down to Jhinu Danda for overnight. We will go to enjoy the hot spring located 20 minutes down from the lodge. Overnight at local lodge.
We walk through the ridge of Modi Khola on its right bank as it easy day of walking. We can see beautiful waterfalls, green farming terraces and beehives hanging on cliffs. After passing through various villages, we reach Nayapul from where we take the drive to Pokhara and enjoy the evening in the lake city. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to the airport. The flight will be short flight in domestic airline. Now you will be taken to the hotel where you will rest and relax and prepare for next day journey.
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport, and you will fly to Paro of Bhutan. After going through all visa and customs procedures, come out of the airport. Here you will be welcomed by our representatives. After you meet our representative, you will be transferred and checked into the hotel. We will go for a sightseeing tour of Paro later in the afternoon. Paro sightseeing tour today includes some of the incredible places in the city where we can learn about the Bhutanese culture, tradition, and lifestyle. A visit to Farmhouses will bring us closer to the lifestyle of Bhutanese farmers. We will then visit one of the 108 7th century temples known as Kyichu Temple built by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo to stop a demon who was preventing the spread of Buddhism. Later we will visit Ripung Dzong which is one of the 17th-century fortresses built to protect Paro valley from Tibetan invaders. We will have some free time for an evening stroll in the Paro streets.
After breakfast we will take a short drive to Thimpu, the capital city of kingdom of Bhutan. On the way to Thimpu, we will stop at Tachog Lhakhang which is 14 th century temple. The drive will take us past Chunzom, the confluence of beautiful rivers of Pachu and Wangchu flowing through Paro and Thimpu valley. We reach to Thimpu and check into the hotel. Later we will go to Bhutan Postal Museum where we can get our photo printed on Bhutanese postal stamps. The personalized stamps work to send postcards to your friends and family. Now we will visit to Folk Heritage Museum, Traditional Painting School, and Textile Museum where you can learn various things of Bhutanese artists. In the evening we will visit to 17 th century Tango Monastery where monks get the advanced level monastic education. Now you will return to the hotel and overnight at hotel.
We will drive toward Punakha enjoying the scenic landscapes. We will cross the Dochula pass at the elevation of 3140m from where excellent view of Himalayas can be seen on clear day. After crossing the pass, we will visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang for some time where mural paintings can be seen which showcases the significant events in Bhutanese history. When we reach Punakha we will visit Devine Madman’s Monastery – Chhimi Lhakhang famous for fertility shrine and people believes the blessing of fertility. Later we will visit Punakha Dzong which lies between Pho chu and Mo Chu which are considered as male and female river. The 17 th century Dzong is an example of intricate wood carving works. Punakha is also a great example of Bhutanese culture where many important Bhutanese events took place. We will also drive to upper Punakha to visit Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang after taking a short hike to top of the hill. We can see a beautiful view of Punakha valley the from here. We will return to Punakha after some amazing moment here and overnight here.
After breakfast we drive back to Thimpu and after checking into the hotel, we will go for sightseeing tour of Takin preserve where we will see a rare animal called takin found only in Bhutan. We will also go to watch archery game at Changlimithang National Stadium. We visit Tashichoe Dzong, a 17 th century fortress and then Buddha Point where the largest statue of Buddha is located from where spectacular view of Thimpu Valley can be seen. Later we will visit to National Memorial Chhorten for spiritual indulgence and Craft Bazar to see the amazing skills of Bhutanese artisans.
We head towards Paro after breakfast today. After checking into the hotel, we will go for the hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery which is famously known as Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The hike will be uphill walk and when we reach the top, we will enjoy the view of Buddhist Monastery clinging to a cliff and breathtaking view of Paro valley. After some time here we will hike down to the cafeteria for lunch and drive back to Paro valley to witness the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong which is a 17 th century fortress. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Paro international airport by our representative. After the flight when you arrive out of the airport in Kathmandu you will be taken to the hotel where you will relax and have some rest in the hotel, or you can take some local sights. Stay overnight at hotel.
You will be taken to Tribhuvan International Airport after breakfast for the flight to Gonggar International Airport in Lhasa. When you arrive out of the airport after going through all the visa and customs procedures, our representative will welcome you with famous phrase “Tashi Dalek” which refers “wish you all the best” and then you will be taken to the hotel where you will take rest and acclimatize. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast you will be taken to Jokhang Temple nicknamed as Power Palace by local which was built in 7 th century built by Queen Bhrikuti. After some time here we will make our way to the spiritual site Sera Monastery which was founded on 1419. The monastery sits on the base of Mount Purbuchok and it is an important place for learning where 550 monks sits approximately. After the exploration of the monastery, we will visit to Barkhor Bazar where you can find handicraft items, Buddhist artifacts, carpets, and paintings. Now we will return to hotel and overnight at hotel.
Today we will head towards Potala Palace as the spectacular site contains private quarters of Dalai Lama along with numerous grand state rooms and several important chapels. Now we will have lunch and we will visit to Deprung Monastery founded in 14 th century which was once a largest monastery. now in the evening we return back to hotel and overnight at hotel.
This morning we will visit Ganden Monastery located at the altitude of 3805m on mount Drokri founded dating back to 15 th century. After touring the monastery we will take a hike of 3 to 4 hours to Trup Shi village where you will meet the local Tibetian family for some local drinks and snacks. Now you will return to driver at the afternoon and overnight at hotel.
Today journey starts towards Shigatse via Gyantse. You will cross Khamba La pass(4794m) from where stunning view of Yamdrok Tso lake can be seen. After the pass you will wind around the bank ofTurquoise lake. As the trip continues Karo La pass(5045m) arrives from where huge glacier tumbling down towards the road. After passing through several beautiful valleys and colorful Tibetian village Gyantse arrive where we will visit to Khumbum Monastery and Pelkhor Chode Temple. After exploring here, we will continue our trip to Shigatse where we will have our overnight.
After breakfast we spend our morning at Tashilhunpo Monastery which have 39 awe inspiring chapels and huge Maitreya chapel coated with gold. Now we will set out journey to Tsetang. We will check into the hotel and overnight at hotel.
Today’s excursion starts with Samye Monastery built between 762 AD which was molded after University of Otantapuri in India as a representation of universe. Now the day will be spent touring the Yarlung valley also called as ‘valley of tombs’ or ‘valley of kings’. Here we will see the massive burial mounds of these kings in Chongye and Yumbulakhang is another attraction today which is considered as oldest building in Tibet. Now we will return to Tsetang for overnight.
Today is the last day at Tibet as you will be transferred to airport in Lhasa from where you will fly to Kathmandu. When you reach Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel where you will rest and relax. Overnight at hotel.
Today we take a walking tour of the local area to experience the historical, cultural, and spiritual riches of Kathmandu. We unveil the social and historical mysteries, see the artistic heritage and traditional crafts, and capture shots of the centuries-old monuments. You will discover some of the city's hidden places on this sightseeing tour. We explore the local market of Ason, glass bead market at Indrachowk, the oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, the Hidden Stupa, etc. Then we walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most unique experience in the square is a visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. Durbar Square walking tour is a perfect mixture of the culture, history, art, architecture, and traditional values prevalent in the Kathmandu Valley. When we finish sightseeing, you can return to the hotel by walking, or you can hire a rickshaw if you want to experience a ride in the 3-wheeled bicycle famous in Thamel and Kathmandu Durbar Square area and overnight in hotel.
We will bid you goodbye and you will be taken to the airport 3 hours before the flight time by our representatives.

What is Included?

    In Nepal:

    • Airport Pick up and drop.
    • All accommodation
    • All meals (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner).
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day).
    • A professional trekking guide, tour guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5
    • pax.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking
    • Staff.
    • Private transfer
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation,
    • and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
    • All government taxes

    In Bhutan:

    • Airport pickup and drop.
    • All accommodation.
    • Bhutan visa fees.
    • Roundtrip airfare to Kathmandu – Bhutan – Kathmandu.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
    • A professional tour guide.
    • Entrance fees for mentioned places
    • Private transfer.
    • All taxes.

    In Tibet:

    • Airport pickup and drop.
    • All accommodation.
    • Tibet visa fees.
    • Roundtrip airfare to Kathmandu – Tibet – Kathmandu.
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
    • A professional tour guide.
    • Entrance fees for mentioned places
    • Private transfer.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    In Nepal:

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, or cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal
    • insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
    • Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected.)
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion.

    In Bhutan:

    • Insurance Premiums.
    • Personal expenses and tips.
    • Payment of services provided on personal basis.
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion.

    In Tibet:

    • Insurance Premiums.
    • Tips for guide, Porters, Driver, or to any other
    • Payment of services provided on personal basis.
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion.

Equipment Checklist

General

  1. Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel bag or Rucksack and suitcase ((Optional/duffel bag we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek.
  3. Daypack.
  4. Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, Feruary, November and December (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust, and wind.
  4. Headlamp.
  5. Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  6. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season (optional).

Hand

  1. Golves(not too warm and not light ).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Shirts
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton.

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

  1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton.
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  4. soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
  8. 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
  9. 2 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  10. light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
  11. pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  12. pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still
recommend you bring your personal first aid kit as well).

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.(Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.)
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous:

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. 2 bandanas.

Optional

  1. 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generall clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  2. Favorite snack foods.
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.(Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.Remember to keep these items light weight.)
  4. Binoculars.
  5. 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use.
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late-night trip.

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