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16 Days In-depth Nepal Bhutan Tour with Australian Camp Trekking

16 Days In-depth Nepal Bhutan Tour with Australian Camp Trekking

(NBT004) Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro

Overview

The 16-day Nepal Bhutan tour takes you to explore the splendid natural scenery and numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in those two great Himalayan countries of South Asia. After visiting Kathmandu Valley and Nagarkot, you’ll go to enjoy bird-watching and jungle safari in Chitwan National Park and 3-day Australian Camp trekking in Pokhara. Then you’ll get back to Kathmandu and fly to the land of happiness - Bhutan. In the last five days, you’ll pay a visit to Paro Kyichu Lhakhang - the oldest temple in Bhutan, explore Bhutanese material culture and way of life at Thimphu Folk Heritage Museum and appreciate the majestic architecture arts at Punakha Dzong. Finally, you can travel back to Paro and end the tour with the scenic trekking to Tiger’s Nest.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable tour guide and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley half day Tour and Drive to Nagarkot (B)

After welcome breakfast, we will take you a glimpse of half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley: Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temple in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge stupa of Buddha, also known as Boudhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterward taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex.

Keep the route connecting to Nagarkot and stay overnight in the resort.

Day 3: Nagarkot to Kathmandu: Durbar Square, Kumari Temple, Swayambhunath (B)

After breakfast, we return to Kathmandu and keep half day valley sightseeings with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal. You will visit Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess; Swayambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley; Patan city, the second largest town in the valley; Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 4: Kathmandu to Chitwan with Rafting (B)

After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. On the way, you will experience 2-3 hours' rafting at Trishuli River. Then continue drive to Chitwan.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 5: Chitwan National Park Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, you will get full day safari activities in Royal Chitwan national Park. If you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for, such as rhinoceroses, Chitwan's royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Check your camera gear, preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 6: Chitwan to Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, we travel overland from Chitwan to Pokhara. In the afternoon, we will boat at Fewa lake.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 7-9: Three days Trek to Australian Camp (B)

Trekking via Kande to Australian camp offers stunning views of the Central Himalayas. It is one of the best treks from Pokhara. Everything from the mountains to the villages and terrace farms along the trails of this trek is superbly beautiful. Return to Pokhara via Dhampus Village.

Stay overnight at best available teahouses

Day 10: Pokhara City Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Pokhara city, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. Enjoy the morning trip along the bank of Phewa Lake, you can admire the stunning view of the Fish Tail's Peak reflected in the silver surface of the water. You can also see the wonderful Annapurna panorama forms a superb backdrop to Pokhara from the lake. Aside from Phewa Lake, we keep visiting the Seti River gorge - one of the best places to see, Mahendra Gufa, used to be well-known for its stalactites.

In the evening, walk around Lakeside Market.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 11: Return to Kathmandu from Pokhara (B)

After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. You can appreciate the stunning view along the way.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 12: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)

Today you will be taken to the airport, for the flight from Kathmandu to Paro, and you will get to see the breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the plane, including the sacred Mt. Jumolhari, known as the “bridge of Kanchenjunga”, and its companion mountain, Mt. Jichu Drake, in Bhutan. Upon your arrival in Paro internatonal airport, our Bhutan guide and driver will be expecting you and later transfer you to your hotel.

After a brief rest at your hotel, in the afternoon, with time permitting, we may visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc. And Later explore the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace.

In the evening, we will head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and spend the night there.

Day 13: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive) (B)

As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimpu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air and loveable local people. Today’s tour begins with a visit to Late King's Memorial Chorten, and explore the National LibraryFolk Heritage Museum and Hand-made Paper Factory, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where you will have a panoramic view of Bhutan history and learn more of textile and the handicraft making in the most traditional way.

Of course, the highlight comes as we tour the Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will travel northeast to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for refreshing tea. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas.

After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha.

Stay overnight in Punakha

Day 14: Sightseeing in Punakha Dzong and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (4 hrs’ drive) (B)

Get up in the morning to visit Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Never miss the Punakha festival around mid-Feb if you come at the right time.

After touring Punakha, we are about to drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to the National Museum of Bhutan, which looks like a round watchtower. You can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 15: Trek to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest) (B)

Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest).Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.

After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby.

Stay overnight in Paro

Day 16: Departure from Paro

Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of Nepal and Bhutan;
  • Bhutanese and Nepali Visa Fee (Note: we could help you with the visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need.)
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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