Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10092
- Package: Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour
- Duration: 16 Day(s)
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Start At: Chengdu
- Ends At: Bhutan
- Unique and Enriching Experience: The Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan-Chengdu trip offers a one-of-a-kind travel experience, allowing you to explore four distinct destinations in a single journey.
- Majestic Landscapes: From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the breathtaking Tibetan Plateau and serene valleys of Bhutan, this trip showcases some of the world's most awe-inspiring natural wonders.
- Ancient Cultures and Spiritual Traditions: Discover the rich cultural heritage and profound spiritual traditions of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan as you explore ancient monasteries, temples, and sacred sites.
- Iconic Attractions: Highlights include the Potala Palace in Lhasa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the vibrant city of Kathmandu with its historic temples, and the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan.
- Close Encounters with Giant Pandas: Make a stopover in Chengdu, where you can have intimate contact with the adorable giant pandas, visit Jinli Street, and indulge in delicious Sichuan cuisine.
- Thrilling Adventures: Experience the thrill of trekking in the Himalayas, including the renowned Everest Base Camp trek, and engage in exciting outdoor activities amidst stunning landscapes.
- Cultural Immersion: Engage with the friendly locals, savor local cuisine, witness colorful festivals, and gain insights into the unique philosophies and way of life in each destination.
- Expert Guided Tours: CoreTreks, a reputable travel company, provides expert guides who will ensure you have a seamless and memorable journey, offering in-depth knowledge and personalized assistance.
- Sustainability and Responsible Travel: CoreTreks is committed to sustainable tourism practices, respecting local communities, and minimizing the environmental impact of travel.
- Unforgettable Memories: This trip promises to create lifelong memories as you soak in the beauty, spirituality, and cultural richness of the Himalayas, leaving you with a deep sense of wonder and fulfillment.
Join CoreTreks on this extraordinary expedition, the Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour, and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the enchanting Himalayas. Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures, breathtaking landscapes, and spiritual wonders of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and Chengdu.
Embark on an extraordinary expedition, the Nepal-Tibet-Bhutan-Chengdu trip, where you'll discover the wonders of three remarkable countries in a single unforgettable voyage. This captivating adventure will lead you through Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, revealing their majestic landscapes, ancient cultures, and profound spiritual traditions.
Begin your odyssey with a brief stopover in Chengdu, a city renowned for its ancient Shu civilization and the beloved giant pandas. Stroll along the famous Jinli Street, engage in close encounters with these adorable creatures, and indulge in a tantalizing array of renowned Sichuan cuisines.
From Chengdu, board a scenic train journey lasting 43 hours, traversing the awe-inspiring natural splendor of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau before your official arrival in Lhasa, Tibet. In Lhasa, you'll be guided to explore numerous sacred Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and behold natural wonders as you venture from Lhasa to Gyantse, Shigatse, and ultimately to Everest Base Camp. Exiting Tibet through the Gyirong Port, you'll then proceed to the vibrant city of Kathmandu.
During your time in Tibet, you'll witness the breathtaking beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and the iconic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the ancient monasteries, such as Jokhang Temple and Sera Monastery, and soak in the profound spiritual atmosphere of Tibet's Buddhist culture. Marvel at the serene turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake and conquer the high-altitude mountain passes of Kamba La and Karo La, including the renowned Everest Base Camp trek.
In Nepal, embrace the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where bustling markets, historic temples, and UNESCO World Heritage sites await your exploration. Engage in thrilling trekking adventures amidst the breathtaking Himalayan landscapes.
Lastly, in the enchanting Kingdom of Bhutan, you'll encounter a land steeped in tradition and untouched natural beauty. Discover magnificent monasteries and dzongs, including the renowned Tiger's Nest Monastery (Taktsang), perched majestically on a cliffside. Experience the warm hospitality of the Bhutanese people and gain insights into their unique philosophy of Gross National Happiness.
Throughout your journey, relish the flavors of delicious local cuisine, partake in vibrant festivals, and engage with the friendly locals who will open a window to their rich cultural heritage. From the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the mystical landscapes of Tibet and the serene valleys of Bhutan, this expedition promises an unforgettable adventure, fusing spirituality, natural wonders, and immersive cultural encounters.
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Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we are committed to ensuring that your travel experience is tailored to your preferences. Whether it's adjusting the itinerary or accommodating your preferred travel dates, we are always ready to go the extra mile to make your journey unforgettable.
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|Arrival in Chengdu: Your Gateway to Adventure
|Experience Pandas and Begin Your Journey to Tibet
|Embrace the Scenic Train Journey to Lhasa
|Immerse Yourself in the Breathtaking Scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Arrive in Lhasa
|Explore the Magnificence of Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
|Discover the Spiritual Treasures of Lhasa - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
|Journey from Lhasa to Shigatse - Captivating Scenery and Spiritual Marvels
|Journey from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp - Majestic Landscapes and Sacred Monasteries
|Old Tingri (4300m) to Gyirong Port
|Gyirong to Kathmandu (1300m)
|Sightseeing in Kathmandu
|Kathmandu to Thimphu (2340m) via Paro (2200)
|Sightseeing in Thimphu and Drive to Punakha (1245m)
|Wangdue and Punakha Sightseeing and Drive to Paro
|Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (The Tiger’s Nest Monastery) (3120m)
|Fly back to your destination
Nepal Tibet Bhutan Tour Itinerary
Arrival in Chengdu: Your Gateway to Adventure
As you arrive at Chengdu airport or railway station, our dedicated guide will warmly welcome you and assist you in transferring to your hotel in Chengdu. Take this opportunity to relax and settle in for the day.
If time permits, you can embark on a delightful stroll along the historic Jinli Street, immersing yourself in the charming ambiance of ancient Chengdu. Alternatively, you may choose to visit the renowned Wenshu Monastery, where you can savor a delectable vegetarian dinner and experience the tranquility of this sacred site. Another captivating option is to indulge in a cultural extravaganza by attending a Sichuan Opera performance in the evening (the cost of this activity is based on your personal preference and will be borne by you).
Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Chengdu, eagerly anticipating the exciting adventures that lie ahead.
Experience Pandas and Begin Your Journey to Tibet
Start your day with a memorable visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center. After a short 30-minute drive, you will arrive at this renowned sanctuary, home to adorable giant pandas. Witness their feeding time, as both adult pandas and playful cubs showcase their lively antics. Explore the extensive 230-hectare park, which includes a panda museum, offering a wealth of information about these fascinating creatures. Allow approximately 2.5 hours to fully immerse yourself in this captivating experience.
The afternoon presents an opportunity for you to freely explore and discover the wonders of Chengdu at your own pace.
As evening approaches, our team will transfer you to the Chengdu Train Station in preparation for your overnight journey to Lhasa. The train departs from Chengdu North Railway Station, and it is recommended to arrive at the station at least one hour or even earlier before departure, as the train accommodates approximately 1,000 passengers. Upon arrival, your Tibet Permit will be checked during the check-in process.
Your overnight train to Lhasa, Train Z322, departs at 21:37, offering you a comfortable and scenic route to your next destination.
Enjoy a restful overnight stay aboard the train as you eagerly anticipate the adventure that awaits you in the mystical land of Tibet.
Embrace the Scenic Train Journey to Lhasa
As you embark on this remarkable journey from Chengdu to Lhasa, prepare to spend the entire day aboard the train, traversing through captivating landscapes. The train ride from Chengdu to Lhasa is indeed a lengthy one, spanning approximately 43 hours and 7 minutes.
During the first day of your train adventure, you will pass through two significant provincial capital cities in northwest China, namely Lanzhou, and Xining. Xining holds special significance as it marks the beginning of the legendary Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the railway route, you will be treated to picturesque views of the countryside and cities that adorn the northwest region of China.
As the day draws to a close, your final stop for the day will be Xining, where you will arrive at approximately 11:54 PM. Take this opportunity to rest and rejuvenate aboard the train, as you prepare for the continuation of your awe-inspiring journey to the mystical land of Lhasa.
Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay aboard the train, allowing yourself to be embraced by the anticipation of the wonders that lie ahead in Tibet.
Immerse Yourself in the Breathtaking Scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway and Arrive in Lhasa
As you embark on the remarkable Qinghai-Tibet Railway, be prepared to be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring landscapes that unfold before your eyes. Delight in the breathtaking vistas of snow-capped mountains, expansive deserts, vast grasslands, and majestic ice-covered peaks. Along the way, be captivated by the serene beauty of sparkling lakes that dot the route, leaving an indelible impression on your heart.
After an unforgettable journey, you will arrive in the enchanting city of Lhasa at approximately 16:00. Look for your tour guide, who will be holding a sign bearing your name, eagerly waiting to welcome you at the exit of the train station. Your guide will then accompany you to your reserved hotel in Lhasa, ensuring a smooth and comfortable transition.
Take this opportunity to settle into your accommodation and embrace the atmosphere of this mystical city. Rest and rejuvenate as you prepare for the extraordinary adventures that lie ahead in Lhasa, the heart of Tibetan culture.
Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Lhasa, ready to embark on a transformative exploration of this captivating destination.
Explore the Magnificence of Lhasa - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today, prepare to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Lhasa as you embark on a captivating tour. Your first stop is the iconic Potala Palace, an architectural masterpiece and the revered winter palace of the Dalai Lama. With a history dating back to the 7th century, this grand palace has served as a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism for centuries. Marvel at its magnificent structure and delve into its storied past as you explore its halls. The Potala Palace houses invaluable treasures, including the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Following a delightful lunch, your journey continues to the revered Jokhang Temple. Founded in the 7th century by the visionary 33rd great king of Tibet, this temple stands as a testament to the promotion of Buddhist teachings. Inside, you will encounter the revered statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the tender age of twelve, a sacred and venerated object within Tibetan Buddhism. As you venture outside the temple, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Barkhor Street. Join pilgrims and locals as you engage in the kora, a spiritual circumambulation around a sacred building or mountain. Take the opportunity to browse through the local market, where you can acquire souvenirs that serve as cherished mementos of your visit.
After an enriching day of exploration, retreat to your accommodation in Lhasa for a restful overnight stay. Allow the experiences of the day to linger, as you eagerly anticipate the wonders that await you in the days to come.
Discover the Spiritual Treasures of Lhasa - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Today, embark on a journey to explore two significant monastic sites in Lhasa, immersing yourself in the profound spirituality that permeates these sacred grounds.
Your first destination is the illustrious Drepung Monastery, nestled at the foothills of a majestic mountain. Founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choeje, this monastery once served as a residence for an astounding 10,000 monks. Notably, the Ganden Podrang within Drepung Monastery holds historical significance as the former government center, later relocated to the renowned Potala Palace during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama. As you wander through the monastery's halls, absorb the serenity and delve into its fascinating history.
Following a delectable lunch, continue your journey to the enchanting Sera Monastery. Established in 1419 by Jamchen Choeje, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, this monastery holds great significance within Tibetan Buddhism. The highlight of your visit is the spirited Buddhist Scriptures debating sessions, which take place in the monastery's courtyard. Witness the lively exchanges between scholars and gain insights into the depth and nuances of Buddhist philosophy. Typically held between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, this enlightening experience offers a unique glimpse into the monastic tradition.
After a day of spiritual exploration, return to your accommodation in Lhasa for a peaceful overnight stay. Reflect upon the profound encounters of the day and prepare to continue your journey of discovery in this captivating land.
Journey from Lhasa to Shigatse - Captivating Scenery and Spiritual Marvels
Embark on a scenic drive from Lhasa to Gyantse, where you will be treated to awe-inspiring vistas and remarkable cultural landmarks. The day begins with a drive over the breathtaking Gampala Pass, situated at an elevation of 4,790 meters. As you ascend, prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing beauty of Yamdrok-tso, a pristine lake nestled amidst snow-capped mountains. Take in the panoramic views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, standing tall at an impressive height of 7,191 meters, creating an ethereal backdrop.
Continuing your journey, you will venture westward along the tranquil shores of the lake, making your way toward Gyantse. Historically renowned as Tibet's third-largest city, Gyantse beckons you with its rich heritage. Explore the famous Pelkor Monastery, an architectural marvel, and marvel at the Gyantse Kumbum, an intricately adorned stupa that showcases the artistic mastery of Tibetan craftsmanship.
After an enriching visit to Gyantse, proceed further to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. Here, you will have the opportunity to explore the esteemed Tashilhunpo Monastery, which serves as the seat of Tibet's revered second-highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this sacred site, adorned with stunning architectural details and revered relics.
As the day draws to a close, settle into your accommodations in Shigatse, where you will spend a restful overnight stay. Reflect upon the natural wonders and cultural treasures encountered throughout the day, cherishing the memories of this remarkable journey through Tibet.
Journey from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp - Majestic Landscapes and Sacred Monasteries
Prepare for an extraordinary adventure as you depart from Shigatse, armed with your Alien's travel permit, and embark on a remarkable journey towards Everest Base Camp. The day begins with a drive to Lhatse, a charming small town where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely lunch, replenishing your energy for the road ahead.
Continuing your drive, you will make your way to Shegar, eagerly anticipating the mesmerizing sight of Mt. Everest on the horizon, weather permitting. As you descend towards Shegar, the majesty of the world's highest peak will unveil itself, leaving you in awe of its grandeur.
After approximately 4 to 6 hours of driving, you will reach Rongbuk Monastery, a significant milestone on your journey. En route, you will traverse the Pang La Pass, situated at an impressive altitude of 5,050 meters. From this vantage point, you will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the five highest peaks in the world, an awe-inspiring sight that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.
Upon arrival at Rongbuk Monastery, located at a staggering altitude of 5,000 meters, you will have the opportunity to explore this sacred site, known as the highest monastery in the world. Belonging to the Nyingma sect, Rongbuk Monastery exudes an air of spiritual significance and offers a unique insight into Tibetan Buddhism.
As the day draws to a close, settle into your accommodations at a tented camp at Everest Base Camp or the guest house at Rongbuk Monastery. Embrace the tranquility of the surroundings and marvel at the remarkable feat of nature that is Mt. Everest. Allow the serene ambiance to envelop you as you prepare for an unforgettable overnight stay amidst the majestic Himalayan landscape.
Old Tingri (4300m) to Gyirong Port
From Old Tingri, your day begins with a breathtaking spectacle as you witness the sunrise casting its golden hues upon the majestic summit of Mount Everest, standing tall at a staggering height of 8,844.43 meters. This awe-inspiring sight is sure to leave an indelible mark on your soul, a moment to cherish for a lifetime.
After immersing yourself in the beauty of the sunrise, your journey continues toward the border town of Gyirong Port. As you traverse the road, you will be treated to magnificent vistas of the Himalayas, offering panoramic views from both the Tibetan and Nepalese sides. The grandeur of the world's highest mountain range will captivate your senses, leaving you in awe of nature's grand design.
While the road to Gyirong Port may not present significant challenges, it is important to note that the altitude and atmospheric conditions will undergo rapid changes before your very eyes. Embrace the dynamic nature of the landscape as you venture towards the border, allowing the allure of the mountains to guide your path.
Prepare yourself for a truly memorable experience as you bid farewell to Tibet and prepare to cross the border into Nepal at Gyirong Port. Reflect upon the extraordinary journey through the heart of the Himalayas, savoring the moments of natural splendor and cultural immersion that have shaped your adventure.
Gyirong to Kathmandu (1300m)
From Gyirong, your next leg of the journey takes you across the China-Nepal border at Gyirong Port, marking the transition from the vast landscapes of Tibet to the enchanting city of Kathmandu. As you embark on this final stretch, the distance between Gyirong and Kathmandu spans approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles).
The road journey from Gyirong to Kathmandu typically takes around 7 to 9 hours, though travel times can vary depending on road conditions and traffic. As you wind your way through the picturesque countryside, be prepared to witness the natural beauty of Nepal unfold before your eyes.
Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, lush valleys, and charming villages that dot the route. Enjoy the serenity of the journey, reflecting upon the memorable experiences and incredible sights you encountered during your exploration of Tibet.
As you approach Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, anticipate the vibrant atmosphere and cultural richness that awaits you. Prepare to be captivated by the bustling streets, ancient temples, and warm hospitality that define this captivating destination.
Embrace the final leg of your remarkable journey, savoring the transition from the heights of the Himalayas to the vibrant energy of Kathmandu. Let the anticipation of new experiences and the allure of this enchanting city guide you as you arrive in Kathmandu, the culmination of an unforgettable adventure.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Embark on a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, immersing yourself in the rich cultural and religious heritage of this vibrant city. Explore the following iconic attractions:
1. Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple): Begin your day at Swayambhunath Stupa, a revered religious site perched atop a hill in Kathmandu. Marvel at the magnificent stupa adorned with prayer flags, while enjoying panoramic views of the city. Discover the serene atmosphere and learn about the spiritual significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. Kathmandu Durbar Square: Next, venture to Kathmandu Durbar Square, the historic heart of the city. Explore the intricately designed temples, royal palaces, and ancient structures that showcase the rich architectural and artistic traditions of Nepal. Admire the exquisite wooden carvings and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3. Boudhanath: Continue your journey to Boudhanath, a sacred Buddhist site and home to one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. Experience the peaceful ambiance as you walk around the stupa, spinning prayer wheels and observing devotees engaged in their religious practices. Explore the surrounding monasteries, shops, and restaurants, and soak in the spiritual devotion that permeates the air.
4. Pashupatinath: Conclude your day at Pashupatinath, a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Witness the magnificent architecture, intricate woodcarvings, and vibrant religious rituals that unfold within the temple complex. Observe devotees engaging in prayers and religious ceremonies, and gain insights into the deep-rooted traditions of Hinduism in Nepal.
Throughout your full day of sightseeing, absorb the cultural diversity and spiritual significance of these iconic sites. Learn about the interplay between Buddhism and Hinduism, two major religions that have shaped Nepal's cultural fabric. Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Kathmandu, where ancient traditions coexist with modern influences, creating a truly unique and captivating experience.
Kathmandu to Thimphu (2340m) via Paro (2200)
On day 11 of your journey, you will arrive at Paro Airport, where our representative will warmly welcome you. Your Bhutanese adventure begins as you explore the charming town of Paro. Visit Bhutanese farmhouses, where you can experience the local way of life and learn about traditional farming practices. Explore the sacred Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan, known for its historical and spiritual significance.
Next, delve into the rich history of Paro as you visit Rinpung Dzong, a magnificent fortress-monastery that stands proudly on a hilltop overlooking the valley. Marvel at its intricate architecture and vibrant Buddhist artwork, while learning about its role in Bhutanese culture and governance.
Take some time to explore the handicraft stores in Paro, where you can find unique Bhutanese textiles, artwork, and souvenirs to commemorate your journey.
After immersing ourselves in the beauty and culture of Paro, we will embark on a scenic drive towards Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The journey will take approximately one and a half hours, allowing you to witness the breathtaking landscapes and natural beauty that Bhutan is renowned for. Keep your camera ready to capture the stunning vistas along the way.
Upon reaching Thimphu, settle into your accommodation and take some time to relax and unwind. The capital city offers a blend of tradition and modernity, where ancient Bhutanese customs coexist with contemporary influences. Enjoy the evening at your leisure, perhaps exploring the local markets or indulging in delicious Bhutanese cuisine.
Overnight, you will stay in Thimphu, ready to continue your exploration of Bhutan's captivating landscapes and cultural treasures.
Sightseeing in Thimphu and Drive to Punakha (1245m)
After a fulfilling breakfast, we will begin our sightseeing adventure in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Our first stop will be the Kuensel Phrodang Nature Park, where we will hike up to the iconic Great Buddha Dordenma statue. This majestic statue stands at a height of 169 feet and offers panoramic views of Thimphu Valley. Marvel at the impressive craftsmanship and serene ambiance as you explore this renowned Buddhist landmark.
Next, we will visit the Bhutan Postal Museum, where you can learn about Bhutan's unique philatelic history and even personalize your own postage stamps. Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Bhutanese mail services and discover the country's rich postal traditions.
Continue our cultural exploration with a visit to the National Textile Museum, a treasure trove of Bhutanese textile art and craftsmanship. Admire intricate weavings, vibrant patterns, and traditional textiles that reflect Bhutan's rich cultural heritage.
We will then delve into the Bhutanese folk heritage at the Folk Heritage Museum. Gain insights into the traditional way of life, rural customs, and cultural practices of the Bhutanese people through exhibits and demonstrations.
In the afternoon, we will embark on a visit to Tango Monastery, a significant religious site located on a hilltop in Thimphu. This monastery is known for its spiritual significance and is home to highly revered Buddhist monks who dedicate their lives to meditation and religious studies. Explore the monastery's serene surroundings and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.
Later in the day, we will drive to Punakha, a picturesque town known for its stunning natural beauty and historical significance. The journey will take you through scenic landscapes and across mountain passes, offering breathtaking views of the Bhutanese countryside. Upon reaching Punakha, we will check into our hotel and rest for the night, ready for further exploration of this enchanting region.
Get ready to be captivated by the beauty of Punakha as we continue our Bhutanese adventure the following day.
Wangdue and Punakha Sightseeing and Drive to Paro
Day 13 of our Bhutan journey will be dedicated to exploring the fascinating sights of Punakha and Wangdue before heading to Paro. Get ready for a day filled with cultural discoveries and natural beauty.
Our first stop will be the Divine Madman's Monastery, also known as Chhimi Lhakhang. This unique and charming temple is dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, a revered Bhutanese saint known for his unorthodox teachings and eccentric behavior. Explore the monastery and learn about the fascinating legends and folklore associated with the "Divine Madman."
Continuing our journey, we will visit Wangdue, a town renowned for its exceptional woodcrafts. Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the intricate carvings and traditional Bhutanese architecture. Immerse yourself in the local culture and appreciate the highest standards of woodwork.
Next, we will embark on a hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang, a stunning Bhutanese temple nestled in the picturesque Punakha Valley. Enjoy the scenic trail as we make our way to this peaceful sanctuary, built to promote peace and stability in Bhutan. Admire the beautiful architecture and soak in the serene atmosphere as you explore the temple and its surroundings.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Paro, a charming town with a rich cultural heritage and breathtaking natural beauty. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening, taking in the tranquil ambiance of Paro.
As we conclude our day, take some time to unwind and prepare for the final leg of our Bhutanese adventure, which will include exploring the iconic sights of Paro and immersing ourselves in the rich Bhutanese history and spirituality.
Hike to Taktsang Ghoempa (The Tiger’s Nest Monastery) (3120m)
After a hearty breakfast, get ready for an unforgettable adventure as we embark on a hike to one of Bhutan's most iconic landmarks, Taktsang Goempa, also known as the Tiger's Nest Monastery. This sacred site is perched dramatically on the side of a sheer cliff, offering a magnificent view that will leave you in awe.
Our hike to Taktsang Goempa will take approximately five hours, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of Bhutan. As we ascend the trail, be prepared for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with glimpses of the monastery appearing in the distance.
Upon reaching the Tiger's Nest Monastery, take a moment to marvel at its remarkable location and architecture. Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, meditated here in a cave in the 8th century. The monastery holds great spiritual significance for the Bhutanese people and is a symbol of their faith and devotion.
As we explore the monastery, soak in the peaceful atmosphere and learn about its history and cultural importance from our knowledgeable guide. Capture stunning photographs of this awe-inspiring site and create lasting memories of your visit to Taktsang Goempa.
After descending from the monastery, we will visit a farmhouse in the Paro Valley, offering a unique opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyle of Bhutanese farmers. Engage with the friendly locals, learn about their daily routines, and gain insight into their agricultural practices and customs.
In the evening, we will return to our hotel in Paro, where you can relax and reflect on the incredible journey you have experienced in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Take this time to savor the memories and the beauty of Bhutan before bidding farewell to this enchanting country the following day.
Fly back to your destination
On the final day of our journey, we will enjoy a delicious breakfast before preparing for our departure. As we bid farewell to the captivating landscapes and warm hospitality of Bhutan, you will have several options for your return flight.
From Paro, you can choose to fly back to Bangkok, where you can connect to your onward destination or enjoy an extended stay in Thailand's vibrant capital. Alternatively, you may opt to fly back to Kathmandu, immersing yourself once again in the cultural richness of Nepal before continuing your travels. If you prefer, you can also fly to Delhi, India's bustling metropolis, where you can explore its historical sites and vibrant culture.
Our team will assist you in arranging the most convenient and comfortable flight based on your preferences and travel plans. As you board the plane, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you have gathered throughout your journey in Bhutan.
Although your adventure in Bhutan has come to an end, the memories, insights, and newfound appreciation for this extraordinary country will stay with you forever. As you fly back to your destination, carry the spirit of Bhutan with you, and may it continue to inspire and enrich your life.
To ensure a smooth and legal travel experience in Tibet, joining an organized tour is necessary for most foreign visitors. Here are some important permits and documents required for your journey:
Chinese Group Visa (Nepal Departure)
If you are traveling from Nepal to Tibet, you will need a Chinese Group Visa. This visa is obtained through the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. As the visa process takes 3-4 working days, our tour includes four days in Nepal before your Tibet departure to facilitate the visa application. Our team will collect your passports and necessary documents and handle the visa process on your behalf.
Tibet Travel Permit
Every visitor to Tibet must have a Tibet Travel Permit. To obtain this permit, our partner agency in Tibet will submit important documents and passports to the Tibet Travel Bureau (TTB) on your behalf. The permit is usually issued within 9-10 business days and will be provided by your Tibetan guide upon your arrival in Tibet.
Alien's Travel Permit:
The Alien's Travel Permit is required for travel in western Tibet and to visit Everest Base Camp. As our Kathmandu to Lhasa Overland Tour includes a visit to Everest Base Camp, your Tibetan guide will obtain this permit for you. It allows you to explore the stunning landscapes and cultural sites of western Tibet, including the famous Everest Base Camp.
By joining our organized tour, you can rest assured that all the necessary permits and documents will be taken care of, ensuring a legal and hassle-free journey through Tibet. Our experienced team will guide you through the process and provide assistance at every step, allowing you to focus on enjoying the breathtaking beauty and unique cultural heritage of Tibet.
Read More About Tibet Travel Permit from Nepal
If you are planning a trip to Nepal, it is essential to have a valid passport and obtain a Nepal Visa. Depending on your country of origin, you may need to secure a Nepal Tourist Visa before your arrival. To be eligible, your passport should have a minimum validity of six months from the start date of your tour. If you intend to visit multiple countries during your trip, it is recommended to obtain a multi-entry Nepal Visa.
Bhutan Visa Clearance:
Prior to your visit to Bhutan, all travelers must obtain a valid Bhutan Visa Clearance. To obtain this clearance, you will need to submit a color-scanned copy of your passport, which must remain valid for at least six months from the start date of your tour. Your tour operator will assist you in obtaining the Visa Clearance, which you must present at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during check-in. Upon arrival at Paro Airport, your original visa will be stamped in your passport.
When planning a visit to Tibet, it is crucial to be aware of certain items that should be avoided due to local regulations and cultural sensitivities. Here are some things you should not carry while visiting Tibet:
- Political or Sensitive Materials: It is advisable to refrain from carrying any materials or literature that could be perceived as politically sensitive or controversial. This includes materials related to Tibetan independence, the Dalai Lama, or any other politically sensitive topics.
- Religious Artifacts: Unless you have obtained proper documentation or permission, it is recommended not to carry religious artifacts or items related to Tibetan Buddhism, such as statues or thangkas. Exporting religious artifacts without authorization is illegal.
- Drones and Satellite Phones: The use of drones and satellite phones in Tibet is strictly regulated. Bringing drones into Tibet without special permits is generally prohibited, and the use of satellite phones requires prior permission.
- Prohibited Items: Avoid carrying any items that are considered illegal or prohibited in China, such as narcotics, weapons, ammunition, or certain types of literature.
- Wildlife Products: It is important not to carry products made from endangered species, including ivory, animal skins, or products derived from protected plants or animals. Respecting wildlife conservation efforts is essential.
- Offensive or Obscene Materials: Refrain from carrying materials that could be considered offensive or obscene in Tibetan culture or Chinese society. This includes explicit content, pornography, or materials that disrespect local customs and traditions.
Always check the specific regulations and guidelines before your visit to Tibet, as rules may change. It is recommended to consult with the Chinese embassy, local authorities, or your travel agency for the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding items you should not carry while visiting Tibet.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes, it is possible to travel from Nepal to Tibet. There are two primary routes to choose from:
- Flight from Nepal to Tibet: The quickest and most convenient option is to take a flight from Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. This direct flight will transport you directly to the heart of Tibet and is ideal for travelers with limited time.
- The overland route from Nepal to Tibet: For those seeking a more scenic and adventurous journey, the overland route from Nepal to Tibet is a popular choice. This route involves crossing the Sino-Nepal border via road. The most common overland route starts from Kathmandu and takes you through stunning landscapes, including the breathtaking Himalayas and the famous Friendship Highway. The journey typically concludes in Lhasa, Tibet's capital.
Both routes offer unique experiences and allow you to explore the beauty and cultural richness of both Nepal and Tibet. Choose the option that best suits your preferences, travel time, and desired experiences.
Nepal to Bhutan by Road Distance: 787km and how to travel:
From Kathmandu, you can take a direct bus that covers a distance of approximately 457 kilometers to reach Kakarbhitta. The journey usually takes around ten hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. Once you reach Kakarbhitta, you will be at the Nepal-India border.
From there, you would need to proceed with separate arrangements to enter Bhutan. This typically involves crossing the border into India and then making your way to Bhutan via either flight or another mode of transportation. It is recommended to consult with local travel agencies or authorities for the most up-to-date information and assistance in planning your journey from Kakarbhitta to Bhutan.
Keep in mind that travel requirements, including visas and permits, may apply when entering Bhutan. It is advisable to check the latest regulations and guidelines provided by the Bhutanese authorities or consult with a reliable travel agency specializing in Bhutan travel to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.
Yes, Bhutan shares a border with Tibet. The border between Bhutan and Tibet extends for approximately 470 kilometers along Bhutan's northern edge, which is also the border between China and Bhutan. The rest of Bhutan is surrounded by the Indian states of Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and West Bengal. This proximity to Tibet allows for cultural and historical influences between the two regions.
Begin your extraordinary journey by arriving in Nepal, a country renowned for housing the majestic Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Upon your arrival, we will escort you to Nagarkot, a captivating hill station near the bustling city of Kathmandu. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, verdant hills, and lush landscapes that surround you in Nagarkot.
Next, we will transport you to the enchanting UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Explore the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, marvel at the ancient Swayambhunath stupa, witness the spiritual aura of the revered Pashupatinath temple, and be awestruck by the grandeur of the Boudhanath stupa.
Continuing your journey, you will board a flight to Lhasa, the administrative center of the Autonomous Region of Tibet. Here, you can delve deeper into the wonders of Tibet with our optional 10-day Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour, if you desire to further explore this captivating region.
The final leg of your tour takes you to the mesmerizing country of Bhutan, where you can discover numerous places of significance. Visit Ta Dzong, Kichu Lhakhang, the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, the Memorial Chorten, Changangkha Lhakhang, the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum, the Textile Museum, and the splendid Trashichhoedzong.
Concluding this unforgettable adventure, you will board a return flight to Kathmandu, where you will bid farewell to these incredible countries, taking with you cherished memories of your Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan tours.