Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan Cultural Tour 16 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Destination Tibet
  • Transportation Private Comfortable Transportation
  • Activity Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Best Season Feb - May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Min 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Beijing, China/Paro, Bhutan
  • Max Altitude 3,660m/12,007ft

Highlights

  • Explore the capital city of China- Beijing and visit the Tianmen Square
  • Lhasa- the roof of the world and cultural delights
  • The world-renowned Potala Palace, culturally magnificent Norbulingka Palace
  • The sacred Namtso Lake (4718 meters), which is the highest located Salt Lake in the world
  • The most sacred Jokhang temple, impressive Sera monastery, and Drepung monastery
  • Explore the medieval town of Kathmandu
  • The Hindu pilgrimage destinations and open museums- Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashupathinath temple
  • The historical town of Bhaktapur, ancient temples, and square
  • Nagarkot- the excellent Himalayan viewpoint of Langtang range, Gauri Shanker range, and Manaslu
  • Visit the land of Dragon- Bhutan, hike to Tiger's Nest
  • The impressive Punakha Dzong, Thimphu Dzong, Tassicho Dzong

Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan Cultural Tour Overview

Nepal, and Bhutan Cultural Tour- 16 Days offers you a delightful memory of meandering around the world-renowned cultural monumental sites of Nepal, and Bhutan. The tour embarks on exploring the historical site of China, which is Tiananmen Square and flies further to Lhasa, which is an autonomous region known as the roof of the world. The tour combines the cultural aura of Lhasa along with the medieval architects of the Kathmandu and Bhaktapur of Nepal along with the excellent sites of Bhutan.

Lhasa is the capital city of the Tibetan highland. You will need proper acclimatization to explore this destination, especially arriving from a lower altitude. You start the Lhasa sightseeing tour by witnessing the huge and artistic Potala palace, which was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. The Norbulingka monastery is another ancient palace, which was the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Taking a tour around this impressive town, you will further get the breathtaking cultural scenes around the Sera monastery, Drepung monastery, and the Jokhang temple. Along with the cultural fascinations, you take a day-out tour to Namtso Lake, which is the highest located salt water Lake in the world.

The medieval monumental sites along with the historical palaces in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur are included in the touring itinerary of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan Cultural Tour. The historical and culturally significant Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as an open museum. The stone and wooden sculptures are just incredible. Pashupathinath, on the other hand, welcomes culture lovers with the pagoda shrine, which is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage destinations. Swayambhunath and Buddhanath Stupa are renowned Buddhist cultural sites in Kathmandu. Bhaktapur Durbar Square welcomes temples, palaces, and artistic craftsmanship. Exploring the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley- Changu Narayan Temple, you drive to Nagarkot, which is a brilliant Himalayan viewpoint of Langtang and Gauri Shanker range.

Tour in Bhutan is an excellent wandering around the luminous cultural sites of the Last Shangri La. Some of the enticing sites that you explore around Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha include Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest), Punakha Dzong, Namgyal Chorten, and Druk Wangyal Monastery offer unique and spiritual prosperity of this country, where happiness level in the higher level. You will visit the Khamsum valley and get the attractive scenery. Along with the cultural exploration, the hand-woven textiles, thangka paintings, masks, ceramics, slate, and wood carvings exhibit how impressive it is to explore the local markets.

If you are looking forward to enjoying an exclusive tour in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan, Adventure Club Trek offers an ideal package of 16 days itinerary. We can also customize it based on your schedule and preference. Please, feel free to contact us for detailed information about the tour.

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival in Beijing, our representative receives you at the airport and transfers you to the hotel. You spend the day resting and exploring the city from your hotel. Beijing is located at 44 meters elevation and is south-central of the municipality. Overnight in Beijing.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude44m/144ft

After breakfast at the hotel, we move out for the sightseeing tour. Beijing preserves centuries-old historical sites and cultural ambiance. We visit Tiananmen Square, which is a historical zone with an extensive open area. Then we move towards the north into the Forbidden City. Another attraction today is the 18th-century-built Summer Palace. It has got elaborate Qing-style pavilions and walkways. Exploring the city, we back to our hotel. Overnight in Beijing.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude44m/144ft

From Beijing, you fly to Lhasa, which is 4.5 hours trip flying over the Himalayas. Upon your arrival, our representative picks you up from the airport of Lhasa and transfers you to the hotel. Lhasa is located at 3656 meters altitude, which is an alpine zone, thus, you need to acclimatize to the altitude to avoid mountain sickness. Stay at the hotel is warm and rest. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,660m/12,007ft

Having breakfast in the hotel, we begin to explore the culturally significant sites. The 17 century built Potala palace is a real epitome of the history of Tibet. We get an opportunity to witness this huge palace and its private quarters, which used to be the abodes of the Dalai Lamas during the winter. Even the entire city can be explored from this palace. The Norbulingka palace is known as the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, which has got the biggest man-made garden in Tibet. After that, we visit the Tibet Traditional hospital which applies tthe raditional method of medicines, does research, and gives training. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.of

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,660m/12,007ft

We begin to drive towards Namtso Lake after breakfast at the hotel. It takes about 4 hours to reach the Lake to cross a 112 km distance northwest of Lhasa. Located at an altitude of 4718 meters/15479 ft, with a surface area of 1,900 km2 (730 sq mi), the Lake is the world's highest located saltwater Lake. It is synonymous with heaven, which is a literal meaning of Namtso. Namtso has five uninhabited islands of reasonable size. Spending a wonderful time taking abundant pictures, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude4,718m/15,479ft

We begin our sightseeing today by visiting the magnificent Drepung monastery, which is a 14th-century-built monastery, once sheltering about 10000 monks. Still, it shelters hundreds of monks and the monastery holds a strong cultural fascination welcoming travelers to explore the history and culture. The Sera monastery is an ideally conserved monastery with golden roofs and white-washed walls. Next, we visit another yet most sacred site of Tibet, which is the Jokhang temple, located in the Barkhor Bazaar. The marketplace is a commercial hub for pilgrimage seekers and souvenir sellers. Strolling around the marketplace can give some options to buy keepsakes for your loved ones and family. Overnight at the hotel in Lhasa.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude3,660m/12,007ft

Flying to Nepal from Lhasa is incredibly outstanding. This 1.5-hour Himalayan flight offers brilliant sceneries of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and the surrounding peaks. Arriving at Kathmandu, a representative of Adventure Club Trek receives you and transfers you to the hotel. Today is just a rest day which allows you enough time to explore the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,345m

Good morning Kathmandu. A beautiful set of breakfast welcomes you and our guide picks you up from the hotel for the sightseeing activities. We explore the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. These monumental sites offer the cultural prosperity of the Kathmandu valley that flourished in the medieval centuries. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as an open museum, typical architecture of the Malla dynasty. Along with other temples and palaces, the "Kumari Ghar", a literary meaning house of virgin Goddess, is another prominent attraction. Swayambhunath Stupa is located at the top of the hill, which is also known as the Monkey Temple. It allows exploring the brilliant stupa, temple, and picturesque view of the Kathmandu valley.

Pashupathinath temple, another UNESCO-listed monumental site is an ideal pilgrimage destination for Hindus around the globe. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva, who is the most powerful God in Hindu mythology. Boudhanath Stupa is another attraction, which is one of the biggest Stupas in the world. A huge dome in the central part of the city, the prayer flags hanging around the stupa spread love and peace. Then you back to the hotel and take a rest.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude1,345m

having breakfast at the hotel, we move out for the sightseeing tour. First, drive to Bhaktapur, which is a wonderful Newari town, where people love their traditional lifestyles and celebrate ancient festivals. We explore the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It has got abundant attractions like Nyota-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts, and the 55 Window Palace which come together to offer an ambiance of a miraculous open-air theater to its visitors. The pottery Square exhibits the traditional lifestyle of the local people. Next, we drive to the Changu Narayan Temple, which is the most antique temple in the valley with its pagoda-style architecture. We drive further together to Nagarkot, which is the hilltop above Bhaktapur and has a stunning viewpoint of the Himalayan peaks. We get the breathtaking sunset view in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Nagarkot.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Max. Altitude2,195m/7,201ft

We get an early morning Himalayan view. Have early morning breakfast, drive to the airport, and take a trans-Himalayan flight to Paro enjoying the admirable view of and Jichu Drake peaks. A representative of Adventure Club Trek receives you at the airport and transfers you to Thimphu within an hour's drive. We arrive quite early, thus if you prefer, we may explore some cultural sites or just take a rest and enjoy the scenery around. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,320m/7,610ft

Good morning the capital city of the land of Dragon. After having breakfast, we visit the Memorial Chhorten of the King, who reigned in the mid of the 20th century. Then we visit the nunnery nearby and visit the zoo to see the Takin, which is the national animal of Bhutan. Some of the sites we visit today in Thimphu include the Traditional Painting School of Bhutan, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, and Tashichho Dzong. It is a Buddhist monastery and a Dzong, which has traditionally been the seat of the Druk Desi, the head of Bhutan's civil government. Exploring the paper factory, we back to our place. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,320m/7,610ft

We are not in a hurry today as we have a short driving distance to Punakha. After breakfast, we begin to drive through the eye-catching Highway Road. On the way, we stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang temple. It is a temple where women who seek fertility will be blessed by the Divine Madam. For this reason, people pay their homage to expecting babies. Driving further, we arrive at Punakha, which is the epitome of peace and serenity. After having lunch, we explore the Punakha Dzong, located between two rivers. This beautiful fortress and monastery in Bhutan is the second oldest and largest monastery in Bhutan. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1200m/3,937ft

We leave the hotel after breakfast to see further enticing sites in Punakha, which was an ancient capital of Bhutan. Located at an elevation of 1200 meters only, Punakha resembles the meadows of paradise; full of paddy fields that cultivate a couple of times a year. The Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten is another place we visit today, which was commissioned by the Queen Mother. It was built in 2004 to ward off all the evil spirits and prevail in peace in the world. Besides the cultural sites, you can further explore Limbhukha Village the Koma Tsachu water springs, Jigme Dorji National Park, and Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang in Punakha. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1200m/3,937ft

We drive back from Punakha to Paro valley via Dochu La Pass. We visit the Druk Wangyal Monastery, located at the magnificent viewpoint. At this place, you can witness the 108 chhortens that are unique and it is the only one of its kind in the nation. Then we drive back to Paro via Thimphu and take a rest. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude2,200m/7,217ft

After the energizing breakfast at the hotel, we proceed towards hiking to the Taktsang Monastery (aka Tiger's Nest). It is located on the Cliffside (3180 meters altitude) and has got a spiritual significance dating back to the era of Guru Padmasambhava. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava came to this cave flying on a back of a tiger and settled here who spread the teaching of Vajrayana. The round trip takes 4-5 hours depending on how fast can you walk. It's all the way steeply uphill and downhill. Having lunch, we come down and back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max. Altitude3,120/10,236ft

You leave Bhutan, the land of Dragon early in the morning. The national airline of Bhutan- Druk Air operates flights in the morning to avoid bad weather conditions. You bid farewell to this magnificent country with the last gaze.

  • MealsBreakfast

NoteYour safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illnesses or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu; Nagarkot with Breakfast.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Beijing with Breakfast.
  • Standard twin-sharing hotel accommodation in Lhasa with Breakfast.
  • Standard hotel accommodation on a twin-sharing basis in Bhutan.
  • Bhutan Visa fees
  • Tibet Travel Permit and Visa fees
  • All guided city tours in China, Tibet Nepal, and Bhutan as per the itinerary.
  • Licensed English-speaking local tour guides.
  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and snacks - for the duration of your stay in Bhutan
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour in Bhutan
  • All gourd transportation by comfortable private tourist vehicle.
  • Staff salary, Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
  • All Government taxes 

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa – 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 USD
  • International flights other than specified in the cost inclusion sections
  • Travel insurance covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Beijing, and Lhasa
  • Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu economic class
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Paro economic class
  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot and cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Tips for tour staff and driver ((Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

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