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25 Days Best of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour with EBC

25 Days Best of Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour with EBC

(TNBT007) Kathmandu - Nagarkot - Chitwan - Lumbini - Pokhara - Kathmandu - Lhasa - Shgatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro

Overview

The 25-day Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour gives you a panoramic view of the Himalayan travel in South Asia. You can visit the most of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal during the first 12 days, like the beautiful Kathmandu Valley, the scenic Chitwan National Park, the birthplace of Lord Buddha - Lumbini, etc. Besides, you can also enjoy the stunning sunrise over the snow mountains in Nagarkot and the best Australian Camp trek in Pokhara. Your 7-day epic Tibet tour starts with the flight from Kathmandu to Lhasa, which takes you to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yamdrok Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Mt.Everest Base Camp, etc. Then you can fly back to Kathmandu and travel to Bhutan. In the last five days, you can visit the top three dzongs in Bhutan (Paro Ringpun Dzong, Thimphu Dzong, and Punakha Dzong) and participate in the scenic trekking to Paro Tiger’s Nest.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 2: Full-day Sightseeing in Kathmandu (B)

After breakfast, full day valley sightseeing with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swayambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu, Visiting Patan city, the second largest town in the valley, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 3: Transfer from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (approx. 45 minutes’ drive) (B)

After 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.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 4: Transfer from Nagarkot to Chitwan (Approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

Early morning sunrise view over the Himalayas (weather permitted). After breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park. We experience you lots of Safari activities; jungle walks, canoeing, Elephant safaris and so forth. Once the night falls down, we entertain you with cultural performances including bonfire before getting in bed.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 5: Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park (B)

Breakfast, the next, you get a full day safari activity in Chitwan National Park - if you are lucky, you will see many amazing creatures that you spend most time to looking for; 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: Transfer from Chitwan to Lumbini (Approx. 3 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, drive to Lumbini. Visit Lumbini Garden, The birthplace of Lord Buddha including Buddhist monasteries.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 7: Transfer from Lumbini to Pokhara (approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, scenic drive to Pokhara via Palpa. Afternoon, you may enjoy the relaxing boating at Fhewa Lake.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 8-10: 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 11: Full-day Sightseeing in Pokhara (B)

Early morning drive to Sarangkot, Sunrise view over the Himalayas (weather permitted). After breakfast, half day sightseeing of Pokhara city, the most popular destination in Nepal after Kathmandu, spend the enjoyable 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. Rest. In the evening walk around Lakeside Market.

Stay overnight at Hotel

Day 12: Get back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (approx. 6 hours’ drive) (B)

After breakfast, Scenic Drive back to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight at hotel

Day 13: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa

In the morning, you will take the flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Gonggar international Airport, in Lhasa. On arrival, your guide will greet you warmly with the phrase, "Tashi Delek", which means 'wish you all the best', and take you across the bridge over the Lhasa River, to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is yours to rest and acclimatize.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tips: High Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can be avoided by resting and acclimatizing to the increased elevation. We recommend that you rest and eat plenty of high-protein foods and drink lots of water while you get used to the high altitude. It is also a good idea not to shower for the first two days to avoid catching a cold.

Day 14: Lhasa tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

The following day your first stop will be the world-famous Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Sitting atop Moburi (Red Hill), the palace looks down on the town of Lhasa from its 3,750-meter vantage point. The temple dates back to the 7th century and houses artifacts and works of art from throughout Tibetan History. The palace also has the gilded burial stupas of the past Dalai Lamas, and below ground lies the ancient meditation cave of the 33rd King of Tibet.

After some lunch, you will head downtown to Jokhang Temple, the primary seat of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built by the 33rd King of Tibet in 647AD and is the spiritual center of Tibet and the holiest temple in Tibetan Buddhism. Inside sits the most precious object in the temple, a life-sized statue of Buddha Sakyamuni when he was just 12 years old. Adorned with many precious gems, this gilded statue is the most sacred object in Tibet.

Running around the temple is the famed Barkhor Street. As well as the route of the holy kora, or religious circumambulation, it is also the site of many sellers where you can buy authentic souvenirs from across the region. You can join the pilgrims on their clockwise walk around the temple.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 15: Lhasa tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery (B)

The next morning you will leave early for a trip outside Lhasa, first to Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Sitting at the foot of Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers outside Lhasa, it was founded by Jamyang Choge, one of the disciples of Tsong Khapa, in 1416. The Ganden Potrang, sited in the southwest corner of the monastery, was the former residence of the Dalai Lama, until the move to the Potala Palace.

In the afternoon, you will travel back across the city to the northern suburbs, to visit Sera Monastery, another of the Great Three monasteries. Founded in 1419, the name, Sera, means "wild rose" in Tibetan, and was named because of the roses that were in bloom on the hill behind it when it was built. The main attraction of the monastery is the colorful and animated debating of the monks, held under the trees in the debating field every afternoon. Definitely, something to watch, even if you do not understand what is said.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 16: Lhasa - Shigatse via Gyantse 360 km (B)

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa.

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse,  we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer). 

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 17: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200) (B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalayaat Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.

Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.

Day 18: EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse. 

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day 19: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)350km (B)

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa. 

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 20: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu/transfer to hotel

In the morning, you will take the flight from Gonggar international Airport, in Lhasa to Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu. On arrival, your guide will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel, where you can spend the rest of the day relaxing or take in the local sights.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan 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 China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese 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; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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