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Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet in one adventure


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Taktsang Monastery Jean Pilon
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14 days 13 nights

Code TNB3

Category Bhutan Classic Tours

  • Group Size 5-16 persons
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 3100m (10,168ft) at Dhochula Pass
  • Trip Starts From Chengdu, China
  • Trip Ends At Paro, Bhutan
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Chengdu Lhasa Kathmandu Nagarkot Thimphu Punakha Paro Bangkok
Dates & Prices

Overview

An inspiring cultural circuit of three Himalayan countries- Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet in one trip!

The region of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, situated atop the mighty Himalayas, is among the near-mythical destinations dreamed of by many travelers to Asia. These countries are rich in history, culture, religion, arts, and architecture; they are sanctuaries of great mountain vistas, pristine nature, thundering rivers, lakes, and valleys.Travels there offer opportunities for short, brisk day hikes to ancient villages, ridge top monasteries, traditional arts and craft workshops and colorful markets. Some trips are timed with the local festivals that connect travelers, close up, to the local culture and traditions. You will have opportunity to meet the monks and villagers and try the local cuisines.

This trip takes you to the region’s great capitals – first to Lhasa, Tibet; then Kathmandu, Nepal; and finally Thimphu, Bhutan. You need to first arrive in Chengdu (or Beijing) where you pick up the Tibet entry permit. After the trip concludes in Bhutan, you have option to fly to Bangkok or Delhi or Singapore. 

Highlights of the trip

  • Visit the majestic Dzong fortresses, ancient temples, farmhouse and traditional arts and craft school and hike the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan.
  • In Nepal, visit the Durbar Squares and the UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and a moderate hike from Changu Narayan to Nagarkot through the rural villages.
  • In Tibet, visit Dalai Lama's Potala palace and major Buddhist monasteries and excursion to the Drak Yerpa Hermitages.
  • Opportunity to meet the monks and locals.
  • Some trips are timed with local festivals.
  • The trip includes some short hikes.

Is this trip for you?

This is basically a motor vehicle based cultural sightseeing with some optional hikes but travelers are still expected to be in good shape. There are at least three short hikes in Bhutan (Two of them are less than an hour long and one can take up to 5 hours up and down).There is one hike in Nepal which is about three hours long. Hiking usually involves walking in the hills or uneven terrain with rough trail. If you are not keen on hiking, you can stay back with the driver and join the group later.
Lhasa (Tibet) is in high altitude (12,000 ft. or higher). So, you are likely to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness but with enough rest and acclimatization, the symptoms should go away in a day or two. Travelers with hearts and lungs issues should consult with their physician before you sign up for this trip.

Land Cost 2018

  • US$ 3098  per person double occupancy basis (Minimum group size 5 persons).
  • US$ 680 Private Room Supplement (Mandatory if no-one is available to share the room).

Additional estimated In-tour Airfare

US$1200-1300 (Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu-Paro-Bangkok).

Note: International airfare to Chengdu and return from Bangkok needs to be booked separately and is not included.

Small group supplement: If the group size falls below 5 persons, tour will still go but the following mandatory supplement will be applicable: US$ 100 per persons (group size 4), US$ 300 per person (small group size 3) and US$ 500 (group size 2).

Trip Dates 2018-2019

  • 08 Nov, 2018.
  • 06 Dec, 2018. 
  • 23 Dec, 2018.
  • 4 Feb, 2019 (Trip timed with Punakha Tsechu, Bhutan).
  • 17 Apr, 2019.
  • 11 May, 2019.
  • 14 Jun, 2019 (Trip timed with Saga Dawa Festival, Tibet).
  • 12 Jul, 2019.
  • 24 Aug, 2019~Trip timed with Teej festival in Nepal).
  • 28 Sep, 2019~Trip timed with Thimphu Tsechu festival in Bhutan.
  • 19 Oct, 2019~Trip timed with Tihar Festival in Nepal.
  • 8 Nov, 2019.

Dates don't work for you? You can pick your own date for a private trip.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Chengdu, China

Arrive in Chengdu on your own. Complete immigration and custom formalities on your own and take the shuttle van to the hotel.

Overnight: Chengdu Airport Hotel
Day 02~Flight to Lhasa, Tibet

Today: Tibet. After an early morning breakfast, take shuttle van to the Chengdu International Airport. It's two hours 20 minutes long flight. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you are met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in the city (1 hour).

At Lhasa’s altitude of 3,650 meters or 11,972 feet, symptoms of altitude discomfort and sickness are common. The symptoms include headache, lightheadedness, breathlessness, disorientation, and loss of appetite. So, today, we take it easy and rest. It’s advisable to drink plenty of water and take liquid food in meals. The hotels also can supply oxygen pillow on request. Discomfort should go away in a day or two; but if the symptoms persist or worsen, please see a doctor immediately.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Lingkhor walking Tour, visit Potala Palace, and Sera Monastery

We’ll start early today to make the most of our time. First, by car to Dickey Lam (Deji Zhonglu in Chinese) to join the hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims heading to the Potala Palace. The trail takes us through the rock carvings and a chorten built entirely of the carved mani stones. At the intersection of Beijing Road and Dickey Lam, we might see devout Tibetans rubbing their backs, shoulders and hips against a series of holy rocks! We walk past to the Golden Yak statue and, if time permits, we can climb scenic view points on the way to Potala Palace, Lhasa's cardinal landmark.

Potala Palace, situated atop a 130-meter hill, is among the greatest architectures of the world. It was the power center of Tibet until the Dalai Lama's departure to India in 1959. The complex has two palaces – white and red. The White Palace basically contains the throne rooms of the 13th and 14th Dalai Lamas, a reception hall, meditation room, and the bedrooms used by Dalai Lamas. The Red Palace houses various chapels and the tombs of several Dalai Lamas. A visit to Lhasa is incomplete without visiting Potala Palace.

The other great Gelugpa monastery of Lhasa is the Sera Monastery, our next stop. Three miles north of central Lhasa, it was founded by Sakya Yeshe, the disciple of Tsongkhapa. In its heyday, the monastery was home to 5,000 monks; now only 500 live there. Yet, the monastery has not lost its charm. One notable part of the Sera Monastery visit is the Monks’ debating ceremony each afternoon. Beforehand, we might want to visit the various chapels of the monastery. Enthusiastic hikers can also hike on the monastery’s pilgrimage path.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Drak Yerpa Hermitage, Barkhor Street and Jorkhang Temple

We set out after breakfast to explore the rural areas of Lhasa. Today, visit the Drak Yerpa Hermitage, a cave retreat 18 miles north east of Lhasa. Many Buddhist teachers including Guru Rinpoche and King Songtsen Gampo mediated here. The site is peaceful, with stunning views, and an experience of rural Tibet that is away from the crowds of Lhasa.

We retrace drive to Lhasa and visit the old town of Barkhor and the Jorkhang Temple, built in the 7th century, and now the most revered of all the religious shrines in Tibet. Thick with the smell of butter lamps, burning incense, the murmur of sacred Tibetan mantras, prostrating Tibetan devotees, visiting the Jorkhang is an unrivalled Tibetan experience. We’ll make time for a walking tour of the old town, unaffected by the Chinese influence, and full of craft workshops and back-street chapels, and on the pilgrimage path with the Tibetan devotees spinning prayer wheels or counting beads with the utterance of sacred mantras. The complete circuit can take up to 3 hours but you may cut it short and return to Barkhor Square from anywhere if you choose.

Overnight: Four Points By Sheraton
Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu,Nepal

After breakfast, your guide and driver will transfer you to the airport for flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s a beautiful 1 hr-30m long scenic flight over the vast Himalayan mountains. On a clear weather day, you will be able to see Mount everest on the right side!

You can apply for a Nepal visa upon arrival, if you don't have one yet. Bring one passport-size photo and prepare US$25 cash for the visa fee. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll be greeted outside the airport by your Nepali guide and driver. The drive into the city takes about 30 minutes. 

You will have time to settle into your room before we leave for sightseeing. We start with the 2,000-year-old Swayambhunath Stupa atop an 80-meter-high hillock in the western part of the city, a shrine to the evolution of Kathmandu Valley and its civilization. Then to Durbar Square of Kathmandu, in the heart of the old city. The Durbar Square includes the former Royal Palace complex and a cluster of ancient and medieval temples, all rich in art and architecture. We visit the Kumari House, the residence of the Living Goddess of Nepal. The palace and some temples here were destroyed by the last earthquake in Apr 2015 and some restoration works are going on currently but there are quite a few other monuments to see around.

We’ll walk through the vibrant markets of Indrachowk and Assan, then to Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, and home to all manner of budget accommodations, restaurants, and curio shops.

Our day ends in a typical Nepali restaurant, for a welcome dinner and folklore dancing.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 06~Patan City, Bungamati Village and Kirtipur

After breakfast, off to Patan, one of the three medieval principalities of the Kathmandu Valley, along with Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Patan is called the "City of Arts and Crafts." We begin from Patan's Durbar Square, with former Royal Palace complex and an array of ancient and medieval temples – Golden Temple, Kumbheshwar Temple, Mahaboudha Temple, and Macchindranath Temple.

Now, we drive to the traditional Bungamati Village of Newari, untouched by modern influences. We walk on the narrow alleys and visit the Machhindranath Temple in the center of the village. 

Our final destination of the day is Kirtipur-a historic town just 3 miles outside Kathmandu that lives with faded glory and impressive temples, back-alleys and courtyards. The town was listed by UNESCO as temporary cultural heritage in 2008.

Balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Thimi,Changu Narayan Temple and Nagarkot

After breakfast, we transfer to the traditional town of Thimi- one of the ancient, cultural and historical places along the trade route from Bhaktapur to Kathmandu. Now, we proceed to Changu Narayan Temple (1 hr.). Changu Narayan claims to be the oldest functioning Hindu Temple in Nepal and it's also listed by UNESCO as the world heritage site. The last earthquake damaged the temple a bit but restoration work is in progress and still the temple and the vicinity is worth visiting.

Now, we proceed to Changu Narayan Temple (30 minutes). Changu Narayan claims to be the oldest functioning Hindu Temple in Nepal and it's also listed by UNESCO as the world heritage site. The last earthquake damaged the temple a bit but restoration work is in progress and still the temple and the vicinity is worth visiting.

After spending some time in this ancient temple, we begin our hike to Nagarkot. Luggage will be transferred by vehicle. If you want to pass the hiking part, your driver can drive you to the hotel. Initial part of the hike is through the jeep track. You will be surprised to see just how much the local life along the trail is laid back and still maintain the culture and traditions. We will see on the way people busy in farming or harvesting, tending livestock, living in joint family and maintaining close bond in the neighborhood. Walking is easy with fairly level paths and we will enjoy the mountain views from most part of the trail. Later, we follow the jeep track to our hotel in Nagarkot.

Overnight: Club Himalaya Resort
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa

On a clear weather day, Nagarkot offers spectacular sunrise view over the Himalaya and valley panorama.  

After breakfast, we travel back to Kathmandu with stops along the way in Bhaktapur, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa.

Bhaktapur is the best preserved of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We enter the city from its eastern gate and walk through the pottery street and arrive at Duttratraya Square with an ancient temple and a monastic complex. All the houses and temples exhibit beautiful wood carving. The peacock window of Pujarimath Complex is the master piece wood carving in Nepal.

Continuing on the brick paved street, we arrive at Taumadhi Square where rises an impressive 5 storied Nyatapola Temple that survived two major earthquakes of Nepal. Finally, we enter the Bhaktapur's Durbar Square that constitutes the former palace and a number of temples with intricate wood carving and beautiful stone sculpture. The Golden Gate-the main entrance of the palace is the master piece metal work of Nepal. We will visit the palace museum, the courtyard and the Royal Bath Tank of the palace complex.

Next stop will be at Pashupatinath Temple- the holiest Hindu Temple of Nepal. It's situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River which is also one of the tributaries of holy Ganges. Admission to the main temple sanctum is reserved for Hindus but you are able to view the temple and activities in its courtyard from other side of the river.

Final stop of the day: Boudhanath Stupa- the biggest Buddhist stupa architecture in Asia! The stupa is believed to be one of the "must visit" site for all Buddhists in their life time. There a number of monasteries belonging to different schools of Buddhism. The area is predominantly Tibetan and reminds of Barkhor area of Tibet.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel
Meals : Breakfast
Day 09~Flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan

On arrival at Paro, Bhutan, airport, meet your guide and driver after clearing immigration and customs. Note: Flights to Paro usually arrive from Bangkok, Kathmandu or Delhi. Please, report two hours before departure to allow smooth check-in. You’ll need to present your Visa Approval Letter, which we will email to you about three to four weeks prior to the trip date. In Paro, you are required to present the document again, and there you will get actual visa sticker on your passport. 

After introductions, your guide and driver will transfer you to a scenic one-hour drive to Thimphu, the capital, with a stop for a short walk at the 13th century temple of Tamchog Lakhang. The temple was built by the famous Tibetan iron-bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo – architect, physician, teacher, and a saint! The temple is owned and maintained by his descendants.

In Thimphu, we’ll have time to settle in and enjoy lunch before a walking tour of the tiny city. Thimphu is probably the only capital in the world without any traffic lights! We will take a leisurely stroll and visit the memorial chorten (shrine) of the 3rd King of Bhutan Jigme Dorje Wangchuk, and whatever else time and our interest allows.

Overnight: Khang Residency or similar.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Thimphu sightseeing and hiking

After breakfast, with our guide and driver, the adventures begin as we get a feel for the city. On the weekend, it's worth visiting the weekend market. Archery is the Bhutanese the national sport, and we’ll hope for matches while we’re there. We’ll visit a small handmade paper factory across the river to see the traditional Bhutanese paper making method that uses “daphne” or mulberry plants.

We return to the town and visit the National Institute Zorig Chusum that offers a six years course on Bhutan's traditional arts and crafts that include painting, wood carving, embroidery, and statue making. Then we head to the Folk Heritage Museum, a three-story mud and timber building that replicates a century-old traditional farmhouse that gives us a glimpse of not only the lives of ancient Bhutanese people, but also many rural people even today.

Next stop – the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, dispensary of traditional Bhutanese herbal and other medicines; then the Trasichoe Dzong that houses the Royal Throne, National Assembly, and the seat of Chief Abbot of the central monastic body.

Late afternoon will bring us to a grand panoramic view of the valley, followed by a short 10-minute hike through the forest to visit the Takin Sanctuary. Takins – a kind of sheep by way of antelope, are the National animals of Bhutan and believed to exist only in Bhutan Himalaya. On the way back to our hotel, we’ll stop at the Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba, home to 40-60 Buddhist nuns.

An option: hiking enthusiasts keen to experience a monastic lifestyle away from the crowds of town can take a half-day hike to Tango Goemba monastery. You’ll miss some sights listed above; and if you are a part of group, the choice will be made by majority vote. Tango Goema Monastery is Bhutan's highest learning center for Buddhist studies. All Je Khenpo, the religious head of Bhutan, must complete a nine-year program here and a three-year, three-month, three-day in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba Monastery! With luck, the monks will be in recess, and we can join them for tea.

Overnight: Khang Residency
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

(77 km/ 48 miles, 3 hrs.).

Following breakfast, we begin a scenic drive to Punakha, the former winter capital of Bhutan. As we leave Thimphu behind, the road gradually winds up through villages and pine forests to Dochula Pass (3100m/10168 ft.), marked by 108 Buddhist shrines, flickering with sacred prayers flags offered by the Buddhist devotees. We’ll hang our prayer flags. On a clear day, the pass offers superb panorama of the snow-capped mountains and the valleys.

Two hours later we’ll be in Punakha, the end of a road that drops slowly through the changing vegetation to the sub-tropical lowlands of the Punakha and Wangdue Valleys. After lunch at our resort, you will visit the 17th Century Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. There’s more to explore: Perhaps a gentle 25-minute hike to the Rinchengang Village with traditional two-story houses; or a similar hike through paddy fields and villages to Chimi Lakhang Temple (a.k.a., the Fertility Temple); or the Nalanda Buddhist College, locally known as Dalayn, where we’ll have a chance to meet with the monks, who will want to try their English with their visitors.

Overnight: Drubchu Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Transfer back to Paro

 (142 km/89 miles, 4 hrs). 

After breakfast, we start with a pleasant hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – about 45-60 minutes up, but only 30 minutes down. The temple is situated atop a beautiful hillock overlooking the valley. Built by the Queen Mother, and is an example of Bhutan's finest traditional architecture.

Back down, we ride to the stunning Punakha Dzong, probably the most impressive of all the Dzong (fortress) architectures of Bhutan. It has served as the winter capital of Bhutan, and even today the chief abbot moves there from the capital. After lunch at our hotel, we will proceed to Paro, retracing our drive across Dhochu La pass. We’ll check in to our hotel and, as time permits, explore Paro.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13~Hike Takstang Monastery and visit the attractions of Paro

A special day, with an early start. After breakfast, we’ll hike to the famous Takstang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest, a highlight of any trip to Bhutan. The monastery is dramatically perched on the edge of a 4000-foot cliff above the valley floor; it is an unbelievable sight. The hike up is less than three hours. With a prior arrangement, ponies can take us two-thirds of the way up, but no further. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche by Tibetans and Bhutanese, flew on a tigress from Tibet and landed at the monastery’s site. Guru meditated in a cave here, it is said, and subdued the local demons and established the supremacy of Buddhism in Bhutan.

On the way back to the town, we will detour to the ruins of the historic Drukgyel Dzong. It was built in the 16th century to mark the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. We will also stop to visit the ancient Kyichu Lakhang Temple, notable as one 108 temples that King Songsten Gampo of Tibet built miraculously over a single night in the 7th century in order to subdue a demoness!

Following lunch, we will visit the legendary Dungtse Temple which is built on top a hillock that resembles the head of a turtle shaped demon.

Our next stop is the National Museum, housed at Ta Dzong fortress that served as the watch tower for the Rinpung Dzong in the past. The museum exhibits good collection of Bhutanese textiles, manuscripts, books, murals, armors, crafts, traditional utensils, philatelic collections, and more. Then, we can either descend or visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong Fortress that houses the office of the district administration and monastic body; or we can visit a typical Bhutanese farm family and their colorful farmhouse, made up of wood without use of a single nail! With prior arrangement, we can share a traditional meal with the family. 

Experience Traditional Hot Stone Bath (Optional):

After such an active day, we recommend a traditional Bhutanese Hot stone bath, an ancient Bhutanese method of curing skin ailments, joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, arthritis, and many other diseases. Your guide needs one day advance notice to arrange the hot stone bath and it can be taken at some hotel or a private farm house. Estimated cost is $25 per person.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14~Flight to Bangkok

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for flight to Bangkok or your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes:

  • Thirteen nights first class (3-4*) hotel accommodation, based on double occupancy.
  • Meals: Bhutan, full board; one welcome dinner in Kathmandu, and rest of the days daily breakfast only.
  • All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
  • English-speaking local guides.
  • Bhutan visa and Tibet entry Permit.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Service of in-tour airfare reservation. (Estimated airfare indicated separately and actual quote is given after booking is made).

Trip Does Not Include:

  • Nepal Visa.
  • China visa.
  • Lunch and dinner while in Nepal and Tibet.
  • Drinks, tips and other personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events beyond the control of our management.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Airfares. ( Estimated in-tour airfare$1200 or 1300 for Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu-Paro-Bangkok).
  • Hotel and services in Bangkok.

Note on Itinerary:

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions. As we continuously work to improve the tour, the final tour itinerary may be different which will be sent to you about 2 months before the trip date.

Trip Activity Level.

This trip is basically motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits; it is suitable for all travelers in general good health. Hiking to Takstang Monastery in Paro can be strenuous, but ponies can be provided with prior arrangement. Some sights are high on the hillock and require climbing stairs.

The longest drive in this trip will be four hours, from Punakha to Paro. Otherwise, drive times are short. We will certainly have occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads in the Himalaya are narrow, and some portions may be rough and damaged. While in Tibet, we stay in an elevation of 3,500m (11,480 ft.) . On the first day in Lhasa, it is normal to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness that include dizziness, a light headache, disorientation, and breathlessness. Most people feel better within a couple of days. The itinerary allows time for acclimatization. It is nonetheless advisable to keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics in the months before the trip. It’s your responsibility to determine that your fitness for this trip. If you have any health conditions, please consult your physician before you sign up for this trip.

Guides

Our Tour Guides are local people with college degrees, government certifications, and experience with and knowledge of the destinations and their history, culture and religion. Our guides are just as importantly, easy-going, detailed oriented, patient, and committed to a high level of customer service. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations that you would never find on your own, and make sure your tour is without a hitch. Your guide will also deal with the bureaucracy and passport or permit control, carry all necessary documents and vouchers, and stay alert to road and weather conditions. Note: Guides will change in each country, due to local licensing requirements.

Vehicle

We use clean, reliable, comfortable vehicles for all transfers and tours, often the Toyota Hiace microbus (capacity 8-9 persons) and Toyota Coaster Bus (capacity up to 20 persons); depending on group size, we might also use Japanese-made sedans, SUVs or minivans. We provide separate drivers and guides. Our drivers might speak little or no English, but they know the roads and are in a pinch, mechanically skillful.

Altitude sickness and health Concerns

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for traveling in Tibet. However, you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. We recommend that travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions consult their physician before departure. The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You might initially experience some mild symptoms, such as headaches, lethargy, nausea, and sleeplessness; most people feel better within a few days. Just in case, a supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times, and hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors are also available on call.

You’ll be glad if you start some physical exercises in the weeks before leaving; jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking, and aerobics are all helpful. Fitness makes for a better trip and helps you accommodate the altitudes. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly in to Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. It's also advisable to drink three or four liters of water daily, and consume liquid food. Hydrate!

International and Internal Flights

The trip starts in Paro, Bhutan and concludes in Lhasa, Tibet. Flights to Paro arrives from Bangkok, Kathmandu (Nepal) or Kolkata and New Delhi, India. Most travelers prefer to fly from Bangkok as there are more flights than from elsewhere. We book the airfare from Bangkok to Paro for you and bill you separately. After trip concludes in Lhasa, you have option to fly to Chengdu or Beijing or other mainland Chinese cities. We are also able to help you book these flights. You need to make flight arrangement to Bangkok and return from Chengdu or Beijing on your own or we will be more than happy to book these flights for you as well.

Visa and Permits

Your passport must be valid for at least six more months beyond your return date. Nepal visa can be obtained from any Nepali embassy or consulate in your country, or you can wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. In either case, you will need to complete visa application and attach a picture. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for a 15 day valid visa. 

We will obtain Bhutan visa for you and it's part of the tour. Bhutan visa will be emailed to you three or four weeks prior the trip date.

While Tibet entry is obtained by us, you are responsible for Chinese visa application. We will provide you with necessary supporting document, such as hotel and flight reservation that you need to enclose with visa application. Once you obtain Chinese visa, please, scan it to us and we need that about 45-days prior the trip date so that we have time enough to obtain Tibet entry permit. We will provide you necessary supporting document such as flight and hotel reservation details that you need to provide to Chinese embassy.

Booking and payment schedule

When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Reservation booked within 90 days prior departure requires making full payment at the time of booking. Balance payment must be paid by personal check or wire transfer. Final payment on credit card attracts 3.5% additional fee.

Cancellation and refund

  • Cancellation request must be received by us in written form. Cancellation fee of the land cost will be as below.
  • 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days:100%.
  • Visa fee are non-refundable.

Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per airline policy and $25 will be levied by us to process refund. For details, please view booking and cancellation terms and conditions

Accomodation

Accommodations and facilities

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan and Tibet. Except a few over-priced international chain properties, most hotels in Bhutan are small, with 25-40 rooms. Our preferred hotels are these small, comfortable, locally managed properties with traditional décor and warm, friendly services. You will have en suite bathroom with 24-hour running hot and cold water. Part of the character of these hotels is that not all of the rooms the same, so there could be some variation even within the same group. They provide some fundamental toiletry supplies, but hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards might not be available. Hotels in Bhutan are 3-4 star by local standards. In Nepal and Tibet, there are more choices and we use comfortable 4 star hotels.
Hotels listed on the itinerary are our preferred accommodations, but their limited inventories of rooms means they can be subject to change. We will accommodate you in comparable alternative hotels, and we appreciate your understanding. A confirmed list of hotels will be provided with the final trip dossier about seven or eight weeks prior the trip date.

Hotel Khang Residency
HOTEL KHANG RESIDENCY, THIMPHU
Drubchu Resort
DRUBCHU RESORT, PUNAKHA
Khangkhu Resort, Paro
Khangkhu Resort, Paro
Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Club Himalaya Nagarkot
Club Himalaya Nagarkot
4-Points By Sheraton, Lhasa
4-Points By Sheraton, Lhasa

Add Ons

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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  • "Everything was planned out smoothly."
    5star

    We just returned from a trip to Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet. It was absolutely amazing and I'm still trying to mentally process everything we saw and did. Our guides were wonderful and everything was planned out smoothly for us. We would definitely choose to travel with Far & High again


  • "A fantastic experience all the way through"
    5star

    A friend and I joined a Far & High Adventure Travel small group tour of Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet (7 people in total). It was a fantastic trip and we never worried about a thing ! The guides were knowledgeable and personable and we were transported everywhere in a comfortable van. They kept a supply of bottled water in the van so we didn't even have to worry about keeping hydrated ! A totally fantastic experience all the way through - the trip of a lifetime !


  • "Excellent trip"
    5star

    We used Far and High for a September 2015 private group tour of the Himalayas, China, Tibet,Nepal, Bhutan and ending in India. Hotels were very good. Guides and drivers were excellent and very reliable. We would use Far & High again.


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