Duration: 16 Days
This is an inspiring cultural tour that leads you to three Himalayan kingdoms of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan in a single package. This trio tour is one of best tours which leads you through an adventurous trip over these nations that exhibits the unique culture, natural wonders, spiritual and environmental diversities. This tour completes within 16 days and be your best journey traveling to the Himalayan countries at a time.
First, we will be sightseeing Tibet by visiting the splendid Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Tibetan museums and explore the Namtso Lake. This lake is the highest salt water lake surrounded by beautiful Himalayan mountains. At Lhasa, we will be visiting several monasteries like Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and last but not least, we wander around Barkhor Bazaar and end our tour in Tibet.
Next, we take an airstrip to Kathmandu for visiting several heritage sites like the Durbar Square, Swayambhunath temple, the Pashupatinath temple, and the Boudhanath stupa. We then drive to Bhaktapur - an alluring city which offers lots of local products. We will be sightseeing the Bhaktapur city and then drive to Changu Narayan temple which is one of the oldest temples of Kathmandu. Our drive would be to Nagarkot, near the village of Bhaktapur to get the splendid Himalayan views and if you wish to see the sunset and sunrise, we can also extend a day here.
Our next tour will be in Bhutan taking a scenic airstrip to Paro where we will be visiting memorial chorten, zoo, nunnery temple, heritage museums and Tashi Dzong. Next, we drive to Punakha to visit Chimilhangkahang temple, Punakha Dzong and the oldest temple Kichulhangkhang. We also make a hike to the most famous monastery of Bhutan i.e. Taktsang monastery which has a legend that the spiritual guru Rimpoche mediated in this cave riding in the back of a tiger. Hence, it is also recognized as Tiger Nest Monastery. It is located on the high cliff at 3180 meters. Finally, our trip to these Himalayan country comes to an end and we depart to our destination.
This tour can be done all year round according to your vacation schedule. As we are only touring, there is no such exact period and trekking to high hills is easily achievable. If you want to inquire more about this trip, please feel free to email or contact us.
Below we enlist our day to day route for this tour:
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Day 01: Arrival in Beijing (44m/144ft)
Day 02: Beijing sightseeing
Day 03: Fly to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft)
Day 04: Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace and Tibet Museum: 5-6 hours
Day 05: A day excursion to Namtso Lake: 8 hours
Day 06: Lhasa sightseeing: Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar: 5-6 hours
Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft.)
Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath
Day 09: Sightseeing: Thimi, Bhaktapur, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot
Day 10: Fly to Paro, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 1 hour
Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 12: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100 ft): 2 - 3 hours
Day 13: Sightseeing in Punakha
Day 14: Drive from Punakha to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 4 hours
Day 15: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 16: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- All airport pickup and drop
- All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet
- All meals in Bhutan and Nepal and 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 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
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:
- 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).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 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.
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.