Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan are three Himalayan kingdoms captivating with their thick Buddhist atmosphere, innumerable cultural heritages and never-ending natural landscapes. Traveling them together unquestionably gives you a lifetime-long memory.
This 13 days small group tour will lead you to uncover the veil of mysterious faces of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Starting from Tibet – the roof of the world, you can enjoy an overland driving journey to Nepal via magnificent Mount Everest. Then, set your foot to Bhutan – real-life Shangri-La after an amazing sightseeing flying trip. All the must-see attractions of these three lands will be covered in the itineraries, including Potala Palace, Mount Everest, Durbar Squares, Taktsang Monastery, etc. Why hesitate!
Note: If you have any questions concerning the requirements or the unique demands for your particular tour package, please feel free to contact one of our helpful Travel Consultants for further information.
It's advisable to have a body check-up or have your doctor's advice before visiting Tibet. Visitors with a record of heart, lung, liver, or kidney problems must seek medical advice before making the decision to go to Tibet Also, people with any of the following problems should not go to Tibet.
High Altitude Sickness is one of the biggest challenges when travelling in Tibet. According to our experience, most people will be fine up to 3500m above sea level, as the altitude go higher up to 4500m, mild symptoms as shortness of breath, headache might occur. Adverse reactions may vary from person to person. In most cases, the symptoms are mild and will subside in several hours to several days as the body acclimatizes.
Mild Symptoms of AMS include:
After arriving at Lhasa on the Day 1, you will go to visit the most classic attractions in Lhasa on Day 2 and Day 3, including the grandiose Potala Palace, holy Buddhist sites Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery, also the exotic Barkhor Street and quiet Norbulingka.
On the Day 4, you will travel from Lhasa to Shigatse and visit the tranquil Yamdrok Lake, imposing Karola Glacier and unique Palcho Monastery on route. Then keep on traveling to Shigatse to visit Tashilhunpo Monastery. Set out in the morning to drive to Mount Everest and visit the highest monastery in the world - Rongbuk Monastery on the Day 6. After some free time spent in the morning of Day 7, drive to Gyirong Town for accommodation. On Day 8, cross Gyirong Port and drive to Kathmandu.
On the Day 8 and Day 9, you will tour Kathmandu Valley of Nepal by visiting Swayambhunath, Patan, Pashupatinath and Bodhanath. On the Day 11, take a flight from Kathmandu to Paro.
Visit beautiful Punakha Dzong from Paro and then drive back to Paro on the Day 11. On that day, you will also visit Bhutan National Musuem. On the Day 12, you will have a great hiking experence to Taktsang Monastery. Leave Paro on the Day 13.
You are warmly welcome to Tibet by hearing Tashi Delek at the Train station/airport from the local guide and you'll be escorted to reserved hotel in Lhasa. After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimate yourself to the high altitude and weather of Lhasa.
After arrival at your hotel, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the local area and acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city.
In today(or tomorrow)'s evening, a welcome dinner will be held to meet other members of this group tour. Enjoy the party.
Tips of today: 1. Keep taking medicine of preventing high altitude reaction 2 days before going to Tibet; 2. Go for some walking to acclimate but avoid strenuous activity; 3. You’d better not have bath; 4. Drink more water.
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In the morning, the overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street where you can buy Tibetan traditional or religious things as souvenir.
Tips of today: 1. Wear hat and sun glasses to prevent ultraviolet radiation, but remember to take off when visiting in the monasteries. 2. Usually taking photos is not allowed in chapels inside monastery. 3. Remember to bring your passport which is needed to showcase when check in Potala Palace.
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Then drive about 30 minutes to visit the Drepung Monastery. This Gelug monastery has a history of more than 500 years. It used to be the largest monastery in the world with totally 10,000 monks there. Many precious stupas, sculptures, paintings, Thangka...are displayed in the hundreds of chapels. And the annual Shoton Festival is organized here.
In the afternoon, you will visit another famous Gelug monastery around Lhasa city - Sera Monastery, which is famous for its “Buddhism Scriptures Debating”. It is only 3km away from Lhasa city. Enjoy the debating.
Tips of today: 1. Feel free to ask tour guide questions about Buddhism or else; 2. Obey Buddhist manners and talk appropriately; 3. If you don't know where to have meals, restaurant in your hotel is a great choice.
After breakfast, start your overland tour from Lhasa to Gyangtse. After about 2 hours driving along Nyangchu Valley, crossing over the summit of Kamba La Pass(altitude: 4794m), you’ll get to the tranquil turquoise Yamdrok Lake (altitude: 4,400m). Stop and enjoy the stunning views. Yamdrok is one of the clearest lakes without any pollution in Tibet. The water is as clean as crystal, and the glimmer in sunshine under blue sky. Far in the distance you’ll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang (altitude: 7191m). Leaving Yamdrok and driving forward, you can see the imposing Karo-la Glacier (5045m) along the highway.
Keeping driving from Karola Glacier, you will finaly arrival at Gyantse, feel hungry? Have a good lunch, then stroll to visit the Palcho Monastery (altitude: 4,040m). The highlight is the Kubum Stupa has a 35m-high chorten with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.
Leave Gyantse, and drive about 2 hours to Shigatse City (altitude: 3,800m), the second largest city in Tibet. Accommodate in Shigatse City.
Tips of today: 1. Wear warm clothes to prevent from cold and wild; 2. Prepare some food and drinks in advance because you will spend much time on the road.
Today after breakfast, you will firstly take a visit to the official seat of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery which is also the largest and most influential Gelug Monastery in Shigatse prefecture. Here you will see a giant statue of Future Buddha, the largest one of its kind on earth ( 26.2 meters high and 11.5 meters wide ), decorated with precious pearls, turquoises, corals and ambers.
Then set out to chase the journey to the peak of the world - Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse city, via Lhatse, you will witness spectacular high plateau views that you can never see in other places - super blue sky, float light clouds, stretching snow mountains, endless grasslands... Finally you will reach the outstanding Everest. Stop and go to visit Rongbuk Monastery (altitude: 4,980m), the highest monastery in the world. Enjoy the intoxicating view of Mt. Everest.
If you visit Mount Everest during off season (November to April), you will usually accommodate at Rongbuk Guest House near Rongbuk Monastery; if you visit Mount Everest during the peak season (May to October), you will usually accommodate at the Tibetan Tent Camp which is about 4km further from Rongbuk Monastery. Please note that the accommodation conditions at both places are very basic. Only dorm beds are available.
Tips of today: 1. Bring more food and drinks for long driving; 2. Bring a warm and thick coat for low temperature in Everest. 3. Avoid strenuous activity.
Wake up early to enjoy the marvelous sunrise on the highest peak of the world. You will see the top part of Mount Everest is covered by snow and ice all the year round. When the sun shines on the mountain, the peak is like a giant golden pyramid. More often, the thick freely moves clouds and fogs, seems as if a flag with the mast of the peak was swinging, will shroud the peak. This peculiar phenomenon of Mt. Everest is known as “Flag Cloud”. An additional wonder generated here are the bright glaciers, where ices are formed into various shapes like bridges, pagodas and others.
Till now your Mount Everest adventure is about to end. The rest of today is to drive to Gyirong Town. The views along the road are stupendous. In clear days, you can see the clear face of Shishapangma Peak and enjoy the beautiful view of Pekutso Lake.
Tips of today: 1. To protect the environment of Mount Everest, currently Everest Base Camp is not open for tourists. Travelers can also enjoy the beautiful Everest landscape at Rongbuk Monastery and Tibetan Tent Camp; 2. The sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7am on Mount Everest; 3. Keep warm all the time.
After breakfast, drive 25km (about 40 minutes) from your hotel to Gyirong Port where you will walk across the custom to Nepal territory and transfer to Kathmandu. Though the distance is only about 160km, it takes more than 6 hours to drive to Kathmandu from Gyirong Port because the road is narrow and bumpy. During the rainy season, the road is muddy and may be closed for the landslides.
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Today’s activities start with a wonderful stroll around the grand Kathmandu Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. With the complex made between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient Malla Kings of Nepal, it provides many interesting things to see, like Taleju Temple, Kal Bhairab (God of Destruction), Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Big Drum and the Jagnnath Temple etc. Then you will visit the Kathmandu’s most ancient and enigmatic holy shrine - Swayambhunath, also known as “Monkey Temple”. It lies 2km west of Kathmandu City. On the clear days, you are able to see a line of Himalayan Ranges. From its hilltop setting, you can get a fine view over Kathmandu of and the valley.
After the Swayambhunath visit, you will head to next destination - Patan, once a glorious independent kingdom, but now almost a suburb of Kathmandu city. It is known for the crowding Patan Durbar Square which is honored as the finest collection of temples and palaces with exquisite carvings in the whole of Nepal. It also attracts tourists with the treasures and souvenirs in the various shops around the square. The square consists of three main chowks, or courtyards - the central Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Main Keshab Narayan Chowk.
After breakfast, you will pay a visit to Pashupatinath which is one of the world most sacred places of worship for the Hindus delicated to lord Shiva. This temple has a reputation of “the Temple of Living Beings”. Every day you will find hordes of people from all over Nepal and India pilgrimaging to the Pashupatinath Temple in order to give worship to Pashupati. They start off this process early in the morning where they are blessed by Lord Shiva. Each year there is a formal celebration called Shivaratri, which means “night of Lord Shiva”, that is attended by thousands of people.
After that, move to see the giant Bouddhist stupa - Bodhanath, the largest stupa in Kathmandu Valley at about 131ft (40km) high and one of the largest and most important Buddhist stupas in the world. The all-seeing red, white and blue eyes of Buddha are painted on all four sides of the stupa, similar to Swayambhunath, and surrounded by hundreds of fluttering prayer flags, prayer wheels and small images of Buddha.
Early this morning, your driver will meet you at your hotel and then take you to the airport to catch your international flight to Paro Airport, the sole international airport in Bhutan. If you sit near the left window of your plane, and fly in a clear day, you will be very lucky to enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalaya peaks, including the world’s highest mountain - Mount Everest (Alt: 29,029ft) and its neighbors - Mt. Lhotse (the world’s fourth highest mountain, Alt: 27,940ft), Mt. Makalu (the world’s fifth highest mountain, Alt: 27,838ft) and Mt. Nuptse (Alt: 25,791ft) as you approach Paro (Alt: 7,364ft).The captain’s broadcast introduction and the magazines on the plane will help you recognize these peaks.
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to you hotel in Paro and the rest of today is for you to stroll around the town.
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After breakfast, you will start the day by driving to Punakha through a forest of pine and hemlock, up to cross cover the Dochu La Pass (Alt: 10142ft/ 3,050 m). From the place, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the majestic Himalaya Mountains. Keep driving along the winding road to the fertile valley of Punakha (Alt: 4430ft/ 1,350 meters). In Punakha, you’ll visit Punakha Dzong, situated between Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu (male and female rivers) and featuring in three docheys (one more than other dzongs). It is praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 dzongs, especially in spring when the lilac jacaranda trees in blossom.
After sightseeing driving back to Paro. In Paro, you won't miss Bhutan National Museum where you are going to learn a crash course in Bhutanese rich culture and history. There are many impressive collections displayed in its five galleries, including traditional thangkas, festival masks, religious statues, interesting carvings, etc.
Start the day with short drive to Paro’s upper valley. If the day is clear, you’ll have an unforgettable view of the “Goddess” – Mt.Chomolhari (23,640 feet).
Afterward, it’s a short drive to Taktsang trail ahead. Take a challenging but necessary 2~3 hours’ trek to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous monastery in Bhutan, also known as “Tiger Nest Monastery”, because Guru Rinpoche reportedly flew to the site on the back of a flying tiger late in the 7th century. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700 feet above Paro’s valley floor. Break along the way for tea and snacks in small tea house, and the view of both Taktsang Monastery and Paro Valley is magnificent. Hike down the mountain, then drive back to Paro for accommodation.
Tips: 1) it takes about 2 ~ 3 hours to trek from the parking lot to Taktsang Monastery, and you could ride a horse for the first hour; 2) photography is strictly forbidden in the monastery, but you can take a nice shot on your road to Taktsang Monastery; 3) travelers have to deposit all belongings (cameras, phones or other electronic equipment and bags) at the entrance.
Your journey in Bhutan comes to an end today! Today is free until your guide pick you up from the hotel to the airport for the flight to your next destination. Before that, you can take a rest at the hotel or go for a walk nearby.
Tips: Please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charge, power adaptor, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet and towel. If your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12pm.
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Note: 1. The above departure dates are subject to change, you'd better contact us to comfirm the final depature before your booking；2. The quoted price is based on double occupancy, 3 star accommodation level in low season, and subject to change according to group size and payment methods.
(1) The above calendar is not the final calendar, and subject to change. Please make inquiry or contact us to confirm availability. (2) Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.9. The USD quote is based on current exchange rate, it may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will remain the same.
We offer free transfer between hotels and airport or train station if your flight or train schedule meets our available time, and your hotels are booked with us.
1. we use shuttle bus to transfer travelers together to or off airport; 2. you may have to wait for other travelers if you arrive at airport much earlier than the designated time; 3. If you miss out our designated time for airport pick up because of flight delay, or prefer a private transfer, you have to pay extra fee.
Lhasa Train Station pick up and drop off are free for all train schedules of arrivals and departures.
While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.
When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.
A great way to enjoy the lowest possible price is to invite more people to join your trip to share the travel experience as well as the tour expense. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)
Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.
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Getting more people in the group is a great way to save money. Our group tour is very suitable for solo travelers and students. When inquiring, please ask our travel consultants if there are other people also travel alone and indicate if you would mind to travel with like-minded people.
Our group tour is a join-in tour. You will travel with other visitors from all over the world. You will share the costs of hiring vehicle, guides and accommodation with other visitors.
Our group size is from 2-20 people. To make sure the tour guide is able to take good care of everyone in the tour, there will be less than 8 people for most of our group tours. We had handled tours only had 3-4 peoples, which is like a private tour.
Tibet Permits - There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. Since you will travel to Shigatse and Mount Everest in this trip, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit and Tibet Border Pass. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.
Nepal Visa - If you have no a prior Nepal Visa, you can apply for and obtain this visa at the Nepal Immigration Offices at Gyirong Port.
Bhutan Visa - All foreigners (except for citizens of Bangladesh, India, and Maldives) must obtain a visa before visiting Bhutan. Only the licensed Bhutanese tour operators or one of their international partners can help apply for Bhutan Visa.
It is recommended to have a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour in spring (April ~ May) and autumn (September ~ October). It rains a lot in Nepal and Bhutan’s summer (July ~ August) and the winter is rather cold in Tibet.
The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m;). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay. While in Kathmandu and Bhutan, you don't have to worry about the High Altitude Sickness.
Firstly you can’t forget your passport, Chinese Visa and Bhutan Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.
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