Multi-Country Himalayan Culture Tour - 16 Days

Multi-Country Himalayan Culture Tour

Although Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet all this countries are Himalayan nations bound by natural features and spirituality, there are distinct differences between Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal and this tour enables you to explore all three countries. Flying in and out of Kathmandu 5 times, you'll spend 7 scattered days touring Nepal's diverse cities, 4 days in Bhutan immersed in the Vajrayana Buddhist culture for which the country is famed, and 4 days in peaceful Tibet, visiting both residences of the Dalai Lama, the largest monastery in the world, and the incredible Bhakor Free Market, where pretty much everyone sells everything. This is a busy trip with quite a lot of travel involved, but the use of domestic flights maximizes your time in each country and the itinerary is very well planned, so you'll never feel rushed.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m). Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02: Bhaktapur and Patan Tour. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu (65Km, 2hrs). Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 04: Explore Thimpu and transfer to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Punaka and transfer to Paro . (142 Kms/5.5 hrs). 
Day 06: Paro Sightseeing and Tsaksang Monastery Excursion. Overnight in Paro
Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu. Rest and relax. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pashupatinath), Relax in afternoon. 
Day 09: Fly to Gonggar, drive to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 10: Lhasa Sightseeing.
Day 11: Sightseeing and excursion around Lhasa.
Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 13: Drive to Pokahra, the city of natural beauty (200km/06 hrs)
Day 14: Pokhara Tour. Overnight in Pokhara
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu and check into hotel.
Day 16: Departure to Airport.

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arriving in Kathmandu airport, you could have some excellent views of snowcapped mountains, after custom clearance; meet with Wilderness Excursion representative at the airport to welcome you. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Bhaktapur and Patan Tour
After breakfast drive to Bhaktapur, the city examples of wood-carving. Visit Durbar Square through the Royal Gate, the sparseness of the temple is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar Squares of Kathmandu and Patan. We will see highly decorated temples and other ancient architectural show pieces: the Lion Gate, the Art gallery, the statue of Bhupatendra Malla, the Palace of 55 windows, the Bell of the barking dogs, the Batsala temple, the Nyatapola temple and the replica of Pashupatinath. Continue to Patan, the city of art and beauty. Visit Patan city Visit Patan city with its intricately carved temples, narrow lanes and quaint shops. Then drive back to Kathmandu and check into hotel.

Day 03: Fly to Paro airport of Bhutan and drive to Thimphu (65Km, 2hrs).
Late morning, check out of the hotel. Transfer to a local restaurant for early lunch. After lunch, transfer to Kathmandu airport to fly to Paro. Welcome by our Bhutan tour agent. Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Once a rustic village sitting in a broad, fertile river valley, Thimphu is today the nation's bustling capital city. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 04: Explore Thimpu and transfer to Punakha
Full day tour in Thimpu visiting Taschichoedzong, "the fortress of the glorious religion": Taschichoedzong houses some ministries, His Majesty's secretariat, and central monk body; Mini Zoo, to observe Takin (national animal of Bhutan). Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undertake a course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; National Library, which holds an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back to several hundred years back, as well as modern academic books, mainly on Himalayan culture and religion; The Post office; The Institute of Tibetology; National Memorial Chorten; Handicrafts emporium Lunch at a local restaurant “Bhutan Kitchen” which serves typical Bhutanese cuisine. Overnight in Punaka.

Day 05: Sightseeing in Punaka and transfer to Paro . (142 Kms/5.5 hrs).
Morning visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, has played prominent role in civil and religious life of the kingdom. Damaged by the fire, flood and earthquake over the centuries, it has now been fully restored in its original splendor.Lunch at hotel Afternoon drive back to Paro. the capital of Bhutan. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Paro Excursion
In the morning, take an excursion (2 hrs hike uphill) to Taktsang Monastery also known as Tiger's Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on a back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. Taktsang Monastery was damaged severely by fire in 1998 and the present restoration work is almost completed. On return, visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. It was from here that Bhutanese repelled several Tibetan-invading armies during 17th century. Thereafter, visit Kichu Lakhang. Free or possibility of visiting the local farm houses (if not hiking to Taktsang monastery). Overnight in Paro

Day 07: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Check into hotel. Afternoon visit of old Kathmandu city with its stone-paved lanes, colorful bazaars, the House of the living Goddess-Kumarai who is considered to be the incarnation of the "Virgin Goddess". The old Durbar Square consists of innumerable temples of different architecture. Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa, situated west of Kathmandu. It is a 2500 years old Buddhist stupa located at a top of green hillock with the eyes of Buddha painted on its pinnacle overlooking righteous behaviour of the valley inhabitants. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
After breakfast drive to the temple of Pashupatinath, situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, temple of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath, with a tiered golden roof and silver doors, is famous for its superb architecture. Then drive to Boudhanth, the largest Stupa. This Stupa, set in a pattern of Mandala is encircled by houses and monasteries where Rinpoches reside. Around the base of this is a ring of 108 images of the Buddha and 147 insets containing the prayer wheels. Then drive back to hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Fly to Tibet
Early morning fly over the Himalayan ranges from Kathmandu to Gongar Airport, meet with tour coordinator at airport, then drive to Lhasa. Check into hotel. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 10 & 11: Sightseeing in Lhasa city
Visit Potala Palace (Winter Palace of Dalai Lama now more a museum than a palace), Drepung Monastery (The largest monastery in Tibet as well as in the world which once harbored 10000 monks although as a rule it was to house only 7700 monks), Sera Monastery (The 2nd biggest monastery in Tibet, famous for it horse-necked Hayagriva), Jolkhang Temple (The most sacred and oldest temple in Tibet, built particularly for the enshrinement of the Sakyamuni image), Norbulingkha Palace (Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama, where it is possible to visit Dalai Lama's private apartment) and Bhakhor Free Market (The ancient and largest market in Tibet where almost everyone has something to sell). Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu
Early morning after breakfast drive from hotel to Gongar Airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport transfer to hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Pokhara
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Pokahra, the city nature beauty (200km/06 hrs) and check into hotel. Visit Phewa Lake side area.

Day 14: Pokhara Tour
Early morning visit at Sarangkot for beautiful sunrise views over the exotic Himalayan ranges. On the way back to hotel visit Bindabashini Temple, Goddess of long life. After breakfast visit Davi's Falls and Tibetan refugee camp. Experience boating on Phewa Lake and back to hotel.

Day 15: After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu and check into hotel.

Day 16: Fly back to home

Packing List

This packing list is just a suggested advice for your reference. Everything is optional for you to select yourself. Extra luggage can be left at your hotel or our office. It's best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home. Print a copy of your booking and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.

Clothing

Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton.
Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer, Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts, Undergarments
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket and/ or rain poncho depending the season you travel
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap, Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)

Footwear

your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks

Baggage

  • Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (Ziplocs and garbage bags work)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer

Electronics

  • Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Cell Phone, Camera, lenses, memory disks
  • Video camera, tapes/disks, Tripod, Spare Batteries and charger
  • Electricity converter/adapter, Alarm clock


Toiletries

  • Soap, Shampoo, conditioner, gel, Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss , Deodorant, Moist towelettes (hand-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer, Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful), Sunscreen, Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Small towel and washcloth, Toilet paper, Facial tissue, Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush, Insect repellent, Q-tips, sewing kit
  • Feminine products, Cosmetics

First Aid

  • You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
  • Ibuprofin, Aceteminophen
  • Bandaids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat losenges, Vitamins
  • Diahrea medicine, Antihistemines
  • Ace bandage, Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Malaria pills (if necessary, talk to doctor)
  • Antibiotics (talk to doctor) Prescription drugs (talk to doctor)

Documents

  • Document organizer
  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas for all countries as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Copy of AWR travel itinerary, Medical insurance card
  • Address book, Business cards

Make copies of passport, visas, driving license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), traveler's checks numbers, frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud).
Other

  • Sunglasses, straps, Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars, Pocket knife, Notebook, pencil and pen
  • Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite (optional)
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
  • Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
  • Matches or lighter
  • Cash, travelers checks, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • Gifts for guides and local children
  • Banner/flag/sentimental item to hold up in an important place, santa hats for your holiday photo
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Water bottles and or Camel back
  • Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
  • Bottled water is also available for purchase at hotels and stores

Packing for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, travel itinerary, Books, magazines, e-reader
  • U-shaped neck pillow (optional)
  • Eye shades, ear plugs (optional)
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We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...

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  • Max Elevation: 3,650 m
  • Group Size: Min 4 Pax
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

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