Explore Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet

 
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Trip facts

Duration: 9 Days

Country: Nepal

This 9-days short tour covers several heritage sites, cultural sites and many other fascinating locales for you get an abundant experience in three Himalayan countries within a short time frame.

This tour is carefully designed for those travelers who want to explore the three Himalayan countries having less vacation time but to foremost explore best visiting spots. We will be touring Bhutan - the land of thunder dragon, Kathmandu and Tibet respectively.

During your airstrip to Bhutan, you get the magnificent view of Mount Jomolahari and Dichu Drake. Reaching Paro, we will start our tour visiting some of the prime landmarks of Paro such as Rinpung Dzong, Kichulhangkhang temple, Drugyal Dzong. Next, we will be hiking to the most visited tourist vantage spot – the Taktsang Monastery, which is constructed at the high cliff. Next, we will be wandering around the Thimpu city visiting Thimpu Dzong, monasteries, museums, art school etc. and fly back to the Kathmandu city.

At Kathmandu, we will be only covering two heritage sites – the Boudhanath stupa and the Pashupatinath temple. We then explore the ancient cities - Patan and Bhaktapur. In Patan, we will be sightseeing Patan Durbar Square and in Bhaktapur, we will be visiting several temples and so on.

Likewise in Tibet, we will be visiting the most visited tourist site – the Potala Palace which is very beautiful and uniquely constructed. Next, we visit the nearby palace - Norbulingkha Palace and also sightsee various monasteries and temples such as Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery. We will be wandering around the Barkhor bazaar for a while and lastly depart to our own destination.

We the Accent Himalaya operates this short Himalayan tour which covers the three best destinations where you get to travel easily within 9 days and for is perfect during spring and fall season but we operates this tour every season as per your holiday schedule. For more information about this tour or if you want to inquire more about this tour, please feel free to contact or email us.

Here we list our detailed itinerary for this tour:

 

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

In your flight to Bhutan, you’ll be enjoying great views of the Himalayas including sacred peak Chomolhari and Jichu Drake. After landing at the airport, representative of Accent Himalaya will welcome you and take you to the hotel. After lunch and freshen up, we begin our tour by visiting the Ringpung Dzong (fortress heap of jewels). Next, we will be visiting the Kichu Lhankhang temple - an ancient temple and next - we will head to Dugyal Dzong and if the sky is clear, we will get to perceive the beautiful second highest peak of Bhutan - Mt. Chomolhari at 7314 meters. We will spend our night in Paro.

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive then hike to Taktsang Monastery

Today after having our breakfast, we will be at least hiking for 4-5 hours to the famous monastery situated at the precarious cliff at 3180 meters. A Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tiger to meditate into this cave which is now known as Taktsang or simply Tiger Nest Monastery. After that, we will have lunch at the café restaurant positioned at the midway up to the mountain. After enjoying the lunch and exploring the monastery in depth, we will retrace back to the valley and take a drive to Thimpu. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

Day 03: Sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning - we will be visiting several landmarks of Thimpu such as the Memorial Chorten (constructed in the memory of the late 3rd king who ruled from 1952- 1972). Next, we will explore the nunnery temple, the zoo of Thimpu & also observe the national animal of Bhutan – Takin. After that, we will visit the traditional medicine center, painting school, legacy museum and the regal Dzong Tasho Cho Dzong and then visit the traditional paper factory. As most of the landmarks of Bhutan are often closed during the weekends, so if we arrive during the weekends - we will wander around the Thimpu market. We will spend our night in Thimphu.

Day 04: Fly from Paro to Kathmandu (1,300 m/4,264 ft.), Chinese visa process, half day tour

Today after breakfast, we will head to Paro airport and take a flight to Kathmandu. Reaching Kathmandu airport, our representative will drive you to the hotel. Relaxing for a while and freshening up in the hotel room, next we will visit two heritage sites of Kathmandu - the Boudhanath stupa and the Pashupatinath temple. Boudhanath Stupa is the largest stupa in the world which is beautifully constructed surrounding by thousands of prayer wheels. Next, we will be exploring the Pashupatinath temple - a holy site of Hindus and lots of Hindu devotees come from different parts of the world to explore this temple. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Day 05: Sightseeing of Patan and Bhaktapur

After having breakfast, we will explore two ancient cities which are famous for ancients’ typical Newari arts and architecture. We will be visiting two sites which are listed in the UNESCO world heritage sites. First the Patan Durbar square - surrounding this square you will be exploring the ancient palace and several old temples. Next, we will head to the overwhelming city - Bhaktapur. The people living in this city still practice their culture and traditions very strictly. In this city, we will be visiting several landmarks of Bhaktapur which are the golden gate, water spouts, Nyata Pola temple and palace having 55 windows. We will spend our night in Kathmandu.

Day 06: Fly from Kathmanduto Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)

Today we take a scenic flight to Lhasa where we will be viewing pictorial view of Mt. Everest which is 8848 meter, Kanchenjunga at 8536 meter and several snow capped peaks and glaciers. When you arrive at the Lhasa airport our representative from the Accent Himalaya will greet you and take you to the hotel. Today we will taking ample rest and adapt the altitude. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 07: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum

Today after breakfast we will began with sightseeing Lhasa where we will visit the exquisite Potala palace and the Norbulingkha palace. This beautiful Potala palace was constructed in 17th century and from here one get the astonishing view of Lhasa city. This palace is earlier the abode of Dalai Lama. After that we will visit the Norbulingkha palace which is the summer palace of his holiness the Dalai Lama. After that we will be visiting other landmarks like Tibetan traditional medicine center. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar

Today we will explore Lhasa by visiting several cultural sites which are sera monastery, Drepung monastery, Jokhang temple and the Barkhor market. Describing a short brief of this Drepung monastery is that this monastery was constructed in 14th century and prior this monastery is home to 10000 monks but now it has decline with only few hundreds of monks. Next is sera monastery which is the exquisite and preserved monastery having golden roof with white washed walls. Next we will visit the Jokhang temple which is the sacred site of Buddhism. Next will be the Barkhor market which is the market of Lhasa where you can find open stalls people selling local products. We will spend our night in Lhasa.

Day 09: Final departure

Today your journey Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet comes to an end. Today before heading to airport you can stroll on souvenir shops where you can buy some gifts to your loved ones. After that our representative from the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport one hour earlier than your flight schedule.

Includes and Excludes

 

Included in the Cost

  • All airport pick-ups and drops
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicles
  • All meals in Bhutan and Nepal. Breakfast in Tibet
  • Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet
  • Sightseeing in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet by an experienced English speaking local tour guide
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
  • Bhutanese visa fee and Tibet entry permit
  • Company services and all required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All international flights
  • Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • Chinese visa (US $175 for Americans and the US $85 for other nationals)
  • All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
  • Lunch and dinner in Tibet
  • Other services not mentioned in 'Included in the Cost' section
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Trip Note

 

 

Accommodation

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation and food.

For Nepal: 3-Star Hotels in major cities.

For Bhutan: Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.

For Tibet: 3-Star Hotel

A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food.

While on the trek, the dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination.

We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to travel are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

 

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

 

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm your trip with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes days for the trip which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in the trip (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book the trip along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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