Plan a spiritual trip to Himalayan Kingdoms and explore the mysterious "Shangrila"
How to Plan a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour 2020/2021
Nepal - the paradise of trekkers, Tibet - the roof of the world and Bhutan - the pure land of the world, are three mysterious Kingdoms of Himalaya. All of them own rich seams of attractions from natural landscapes to cultural heritages. A tour combing these three Kingdoms of Himalaya will deliver endless numbers of surprises to you.
You can spend about two or three weeks to view the highlights of the three kingdoms, and it is also recommended to have an in-depth discovery with over one month. There are some travel ideas and tips to help you plan a better Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour. Whether you get two weeks or two months, these travel ideas provide a starting point for a trip of a life time.
Nepal Tibet Bhutan Travel Routes
There is no flight or accessible port between Tibet and Bhutan at present, so travelers are unable to travel between them directly. Nepal is linked with Tibet by both flight and overland driving and with Bhutan by flight, so we always use Nepal as a travel stopover.You can travel to Nepal first by an international flight, and next travel to Tibet, then Bhutan, or travel from Nepal to Bhutan, then come back to Nepal, and travel to Tibet. It is also available to get to Tibet first, and then travel to Nepal, and visit Bhutan at the end, or take the opposite route from Bhutan to Tibet via Nepal. According to different gateways to Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan, you can have different travel routes.
Route Map of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour
Tibet - Nepal - Bhutan (Most Economical and Classic Tour)
Usually, starting your tour from Tibet and ending in Bhutan is the most economical and classic Nepal Tibet Bhutan travel route. Tibet can be easily reached by flights as well as trains from other cities in China, like Chengdu, Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Xining etc. Chengdu has long been the main logistical gateway city to Tibet which offers up to 17 daily flights and one train in every two days to Lhasa. Choosing traveling to Tibet from China mainland gives tourists an additional great China tour to the man-made wonder - Great Wall, the royal palace - Forbidden City, one great archeological find - Terracotta Warriors, China’s best landscape – Guilin, the mother river – Yangtze River for a leisure cruise etc.. As you get to the holy city Lhasa, you can feel thick Buddhist fragrance. After your Lhasa tour, you could fly to Kathmandu directly or overland drive to Kathmandu via Mount Everest and Gyring Airport. Next, take a flight to Bhutan, which provides an incredible sight of Himalayan Peaks including Mount Everest. Then immerse yourselves in the tranquility of Bhutan.
Nepal - Tibet - Nepal - Bhutan（Enjoy the Convenience to Enter Nepal ）
Usually, most tourists prefer to start their trip from Nepal for Nepal is convenient to get into, compared with Tibet and Bhutan. Since Gyirong Port was open to foreigntravelers in 2017, Kathmandu Lhasa overland driving tour becomes popular. After exploring the beauty of Nepal, you can have a Kathmandu Lhasa overland travel, with visits to Mount Everest, Shigatse and Gyantse. If it’s your first time to high plateau areas, you are suggested to take a Kathmandu Lhasa flight to Lhasa first, and then have an overland driving tour to Kathmandu via Mount Everest, so you can get accustomed with the high altitude gradually. After your Tibet Tour, get back to Kathmandu again, and fly to Bhutan for another mind-purifying trip.
Nepal - Bhutan - Nepal - Tibet (Enjoy the Convenience to Leave from China)
Among those travelers who choose Nepal as their first station, some will extend their trips to Bhutan next. After the Bhutan trip, they fly back to Nepal and then overland drive to Lhasa via Mount Everest. In this route, you won’t miss the highlights of China as well. Taking a train or flight from Lhasa to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai etc., you will enjoy the diversity of China. These cities also offer many international flights and you many easily leave for your country.
Bhutan - Nepal - Tibet （Avoid Visiting Nepal Twice）
To avoid visiting Nepal twice, you can start your Bhutan Nepal Tibet tour from Bhutan, which is only recommended to those travelers who come from or just end another tour in Thailand, Singapore or India, because Bhutan is only connected with these countries and Nepal by flights. After a stay in Nepal, you can continue your trip to Nepal and Tibet. Then travel to China to take an international flight or travel back to Nepal to leave.
Nepal is land of medieval cities, snow-capped peaks, jungle adventures, Sherpas, yaks and Yetis. The Nepal cultural highlights center on Kathmandu Valley which is gathered with the most cultural highlights of Nepal, including over six UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You are suggested to spend 4 ~ 10 days starying Nepal.
4 Days Classic Kathmandu Valley Tour
If you want to make full use of your quite limited time, you could take a visit to Kathmandu Valley ( Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) and Nagarkot. Within four days, you are able to admire the rich history and architectural art in Kathmandu Valley and enjoy the great Himalayan views from Nagarkot.
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu and take a good rest.
Day 2 - Visit the essence of Kathmandu Valley, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple and Boudhanath, and then drive to Nagarkot for accommodation.
Day 3 - Get up early and you will be awarded with a breathtaking sunrise over Mount Everest. Then return to Kathmandu via the former royal kingdoms - Patan and Bhaktapur. You won’t miss the other two Durbar Squares where you can take a spiritual stroll around centuries-old stupas and monasteries.
Day 4 - You can take a flight or drive overland to Tibet, or fly to Bhutan.
Of course, the beauty of Nepal is not confined in Kathmandu Valley and traveling Pokhara. In Pokhara, you’ll get a better chance to enjoy the picturesque landscape of Nepal.
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu and take a good rest.
Day 2 - Kathmandu Valley tour.
Day 3 - Drive to Pokhara from Nagarkot after watching the sunrise.
Day 4 – You will begin your Pokhara tour with another sunrise which illuminates the Himalayan Peaks from Sarangkot. Then turn to the dazzling white World Peace Pagoda to capture a panoramic view of Pokhara. After lunch, visit Phewa Lake with short stops at Devil’s Fall and Gupeteswar. (If you love in trekking, Pokhara offers many classic trekking routes.)
Day 5 – Drive back to Kathmandu via Patan and Bhaktapur.
More than Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, there are many other things to do in Nepal. Visiting the Chitwan National Park, you will have an interesting and meaningful journey for jungle fun, like riding elephant, watching bird or rolling to the forest. For Buddhist pilgrims and Buddhist culture lover, it will be a shame to miss Lumbini – the home to the Lord Buddha (Shakyamuni). Besides, Dhlikhel and Pharping are also divine sites worthy of a pilgrimage. A classical Nepal Buddhist tour (Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini, Dhlikhel and Pharping included) takes about 8 days totally. If you want to have an in-depth Nepal tour, it takes at least 10 days to enjoy the nature as well as culture of Nepal. Read more about How to Plan Nepal Tour>>
Pranoramic View of Kathmandu City from Swayambhunath
Old Architectures in Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Paddling a Colorful Boat on Phewa Lake
Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini
Riding Elephants in Chitwan National Park
Spend 4~16 Days Touring Tibet
4 Days Lhasa Highlights Tour
If you are just interested the cultural charm of Tibet, Lhasa is enough to give you a great sightseeing journey.
Day 1 - Arrive in Lhasa by flight or train, and take a rest to acclimatize your body to the high altitude.
Day 2 - Enjoy the most highlighted parts of Lhasa, including most outstanding Potala Palace and the spiritual center of Lhasa – Jokhang Temple. After the sightseeing, take a stroll in Barkhor Street to feel the believes of the pilgrims.
Day 3 - Visit Drepung Monastery which once was the largest monastery in Tibet, and listen to chanting monks if you are lucky. Travel to Sera Monastery and see the monk debating.
For a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour without any regrets, an overland tour via Mount Everest is an experience you can’t miss.
Day 1 - Arrive in Lhasa
Day 2 ~ 3 - Lhasa city tour.
Day 4 - Starting from Lhasa, you will travel to Shigatse via Gyantse. On your road to Gyantse, you will pass through beautiful Yamdrok Lake and majestic Karola Glacier. In Gyantse, pay a visit to Palcho Monastery with Nepali style Kumbum Stupa. Drive to Shigatse for Accommodation.
Day 5 - In the morning, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery which is the residence of Panchen Lama, and drive to Mount Everest . Accommodate in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse or local Tibetan camps near Everest Base Camp.
Day 6 - Enjoy a stunning sunrise and drive to Gyirong Town for accommodation.
Day 7 - Cross the Gyirong port and turn to Kathmandu.
More than Lhasa and Mount Everest, you can also experience many other Tibet tours themed in local life, festivals, trekking, pilgrimages, photography etc. If you like the high plateau views, you can visit Namtso Lake, Nyingchi and Ngari (Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar). If you want learn more history and culture of Tibet, you can visit Tsedang, Gege Kingdom Site and some other historical sites. Among them, Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Tour is favored by many travelers. Read more about How to Plan a Tibet Tour>>
The highlights of Bhutan are its tringle golden cities, including Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
6 Days Bhutan Highlights Tour
Day 1 - Arrive in the Paro Airport and accommodate in Paro Twon which is one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot. The flight between Kathmandu Airport and Paro Airport takes only 1 hour, and you can begin your trip in Bhutan on the first day if you travel to Bhutan from Nepal.
Day 2 - You will visit National Museum first, which once was the watchtower above Rinpung Dzong. There is collection of paintings cherished there. Then go on with your trip to Rinpung Dzong, also called Paro Dzong, one of Bhutan’s finest architectures you may see. After the sightseeing, you can drive to Thimphu - the capital city of Bhutan Kingdom. ( If you arrive in Bhutan in the morning on day 1, you can start your joureny to Paro and then drive to Thimphu directly.)
Day 3 - Visit the National Memorial Chorten which is delicated to the past 3rd king of Bhutan. Then, continue to visit Traditional Painting School where you can see the students learning to make Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Next, photograph the seriously odd-looking takins.
Day 4 - Starting your next journey from Thimpu to Punakha, the drive will lead you to the balmy and lunsh landscape of Punakha Valley. You will firstly get to Punakha Dzong, praised by many people as the most beautiful one in Bhutan’s 21 Dzongs. You next stop is yellow roofed Chimi Lhakhang – a mysterious temple where many childless women go to receive bless.
Day 5 - You won’t miss the Taktsang Monastery, which is also known as Tiger Nest Monastery. Between blue pines and a blue sky, the monastery perches miraculously on a cliff nearly 2,700feet above Paro’s valley floor. After the sightseeing, drive back to Paro for accommodation.
Day 6 - Take your international flight on the next day.
About one week’s stay in Bhutan helps you to appreciate the tranquility and beauty of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. But more time will deliver a better exploration of Bhutan. Additional two or three days in Bhumthang let you see the impressive valley and some most important temples. There are still many other attractions hidden in Bhutan and waiting for your discovery. If time permits, you could also travel more places at a much more relaxed pace.
Important Notes for Planning a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour
● Travel with an Authorized Agency: In order to protect the local environment and traditions, all foreign travelers are not allowed to travel Tibet and Bhutan independently. You have to use the service of a travel agency, including car, driver and tour guide.
● Necessary Permits and Visas: Visiting Tibet, Tibet Permit and Chinese Visa are the most important document to enter Tibet. If you travel from Nepal to Tibet, you need Nepal Group Visa instead of Chinese Visa. Tibet Border Pass is also necessary if you want to visit Mount Everest or have an overland tour from Nepal. Visiting some other areas in Tibet, you may also need Military Permit. Bhutan Visa and Nepal is a must to visit Bhutan and Nepal. Travelling with Tibet Discovery, we will help deal with every permits well.
● Best Time to Go: It is recommended to have a Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour in spring (April ~ June) and autumn (September ~ October). It rains a lot in Nepal and Bhutan’s summer (July ~ August) and the winter is rather cold in Tibet.
● Accommodation: The capital city can always provide good hotels with well-equipped facilities and great service, but some other places may not have real hotel, but guest houses or tents. In some remote areas, like Everest, Ngari or several places in Bhutan, the accommodation is really basic.
● High Altitude Sickness: Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan all enjoy a high altitude. It is very important to avoid high altitude sickness during your travel, especially in Tibet. When travel to the high altitude area, avoid strenuous activities, eat more food with carbohydrate, and drink more water.
Following are some of our most recommended Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour packages that you may be interested in. All of our tour packages are classic itineraries, and can be tailor-made to meet your personal requirements. You can get more Bhutan Nepal Tours, or contact us to customize a trip if you want.