Nepal & Bhutan
14 days from arrival to departure
Our trip to Nepal and Bhutan starts with a direct flight arrival in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. In Kathmandu, we’ll take relaxing sightseeing tours in its world-famous medieval villages with the largest assemblages of historical monuments and shrines ever built and visit the Pokhara. These tours are also essential for obtaining Visa to Tibet. We then take a Panoramic short flight to Pokhara to sight the beautiful panorama of Annapurna and return to Kathmandu, again with a short domestic flight.
From Kathmandu we set off on a flight to Bhutan, featuring panoramic views of the Himalaya including Mt. Everest, the mother goddess of the earth. On arrival in Bhutan we will spend several days sightseeing in its significant towns, monasteries, dzongs, and markets, and then roundup to our fabulous tour with a flight back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, we spend an overnight with some free times for last hour essentials to give an end to the, at least once in a lifetime, tour program!
- Visit the medieval villages Kathmandu, one of the largest art museums in the open air
- Visit the Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities of Nepal for its natural setting
- Enjoy the beauty of Annapurna, the first eight-thousand, to have been climbed by the human in the earth planet.
- Enjoy the Sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot and Sarangkot
- Visit the Only Buddhist Kingdom in the World
- Visit the most significant sites of Buddhism and Hinduism
- Experience the Nepali and Bhutanese cultures
- See and admire the great monasteries, Dzongs.
- Get a divine Phallic blessing!
- The total length of the trip: 15 days from arrival to the day of departure
- Number of the night in Nepal: 5-nights / visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Number of the night in Pokhara: 1-nights / visit UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Number of the night in Bhutan: 7-nights
- Tour grade: easy, involving leisurely walk and a short hike in Paro to visit Taktsang Monastery.
- Ground transport: A comfortable vehicle fully airconditioned
- Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu and Kathmandu – Paro (Bhutan) – Kathmandu
- People/Culture: Newar is the primary native ethnic group of Kathmandu but being capital city all ethnic groups lives. The Newars are divided into Buddhism and Hinduism. Pokhara is a new city, and it is home to multi-ethnicity. Bhutan part is mostly Bhutanese practising Mahayana sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Accommodation: Hotel with breakfast for Nepal part and hotels on a full board basis in Bhutan.
- Best season to trek: The tour is recommendable for all year round still the best of the months are from the end of February to mid-June and from last week of September to mid-December.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPUR
DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOT
DAY 04: NAGARKOT / POKHARA
DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING OF POKHARA CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDU
DAY 06: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHU
DAY 07: VISIT THIMPHU
DAY 08: THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEY
DAY 09: PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHA
DAY 10: PUNAKHA / PARO
DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
DAY 12: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PARO
DAY 13: PARO / KATHMANDU
DAY 14: DEPARTURE
DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 1,350m.Our personnel will be waiting at the Kathmandu international airport to receive you with a traditional welcome. After checking into the hotel and refreshment, your guide of the circuit will inform you about necessary formalities and the upcoming program. Depending on arrival time, you will have the choice of visiting nearby shrines or resting.
DAY 02: VISIT SWAYAMBHUNATH STUPA / PATAN / BASANTAPURAfter breakfast, we'll drive to Swayambhunath. Located on a lovely little hill, Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the fascinating architectural jewels of the world. This Buddhist shrine is said to have been built around 250 b.c. The main feature of the stupa, the white dome, is identified with the spotless, pure jewel of Nirvana, crowned by a thirteen-tiered golden spire of conical shape. On the cube at the base of the spire is a pair of the Buddha's all-seeing eyes, painted on all four sides. The stupa stands on a typically stylized lotus mandala base, believed to have surfaced years ago from the lake that originally filled the Kathmandu Valley. From the hilltop one can enjoy a panorama of Kathmandu and the rest of the valley. A long stairway reaches the stupa up the wooded hillside and past statues of the Buddha. But watch out for the monkeys! At the top, you'll see devotees making rounds of the stupa, spinning the praying wheels as they go. Then we'll head on to Patan Patan. Patan was once an independent Buddhist city-state, and a rival of Kathmandu, separated by the Bagmati River. It is also called Lalitpur ("City of the Arts"). The old centre has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Patan boasts a multitude of temples and wonders of art in and around its Durbar Square. We'll visit the Royal Palace, which occupies one side of the square, where works of art on every piece of wood, stone and metal is incredible. We also visit the temple of Krishna, the temple of Jagat Narayan, the Golden Temple and the Temple of Thousands Buddha, among other sites. In the evening we’ll visit the Basantapur, Kathmandu's Durbar Square, the old palace complex (Durbar means "palace"). There admire the multitude of temples and palaces, including the Gaddi Baithak Durbar (a palace constructed in the Rana style in 1908), Basantapur Durbar (the main building of the old royal palace), the residence of the Living Goddess the Kumari Chowk, and Kumari Bahal (where her family resides). All these are located in Basantapur. Some two hundred years ago, a Western traveller gave his note that there were as many temples as there were houses and many idols as there were people, in the city. Indeed Kathmandu boasts one of the largest assemblages of magnificent historical shrines and monuments ever built. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the heart of the city. Locally, it is also called Hanuman Dhoka Palace Square. The fascinating parts of this palace complex are the towering Nautale Durbar (Nine Storey Palace) overlooking the beautiful cityscape and the vast Basantapur Square. King Prithivi Narayan Shah built a mansion to commemorate his conquest of the valley in 1768 A.D. This building complex is known for intricately carved wooden doors, roof struts and massive lattice windows full of mythical figures.
DAY 03: VISIT PASUPATINATH / BHAKTAPUR / NAGARKOTAfter breakfast we'll set off to Pasupatinath temple: Pasupatinath is considered one of the holiest of Hindu shrines. Pasupati has remained the presiding deity of all Hindu Nepalese royalty. The precinct occupies an area of 281 hectares. The main temple, displaying a golden tiled roof is off-limits to non-Hindus. To view the main temple and one of its few main gates you'll have to cross the river and climb steps to the terrace lying opposite. Along the way, you may come across Hindu sadhus and Santas there on a pilgrimage. This ghats (cremation group) along the Bagmati River are where the bodies of recently deceased Hindus of the Valley cremated. The trip takes us on to Bhaktapur via a small medieval town know as Thimi. An hours visit will be paid to Thimi and continue to Bhaktapur, the third major city of the Valley. Bhaktapur or Bhadgaon (literally "City of Devotees") is truly a living museum. There is the 55-windowed Royal Palace, the temple of Taleju, the palace of the Kumari, the temple of Pasupati, the main square of Tanmadhi Tole, Nyatapola (the temple of the Five Pagoda Roofs, the tallest such in all of Nepal), the temple of Akash Bhairab (the second most important temple of Badhgaon). We will also visit the square of Dha Hateya and the Square of the Potters. UNESCO, as a World Heritage Site, recognizes Bhaktapur. Finalize the visit of Bhaktapur, take lunch in its one of the medieval restaurants. In the evening we drive up to the resort hill Nagarkot. The village of Nagarkot situates in the highest point in the northeast of Kathmandu Valley (2175 m.), lays 30-Kilometers to the east of Kathmandu and north-east of Bhaktapur. Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination. The village has a magnificent panoramic view of the east Himalayas: Manaslu (7,111m.), Langtang (7,246m.), Choba Bhamre (6,016m.) and even Everest (8,848m.). The view is particularly memorable at the end of the day when the sun slowly sets beyond the horizon, and the mountains glow in the evening light.
DAY 04: NAGARKOT / POKHARAMost visitors to Nagarkot (2000m) wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise, to enjoy the heavenly view of the first rays of the sun strike the tops of the giant white peaks. You can witness the dramatically changing colour of the mountain range from grey to silver to gold. Both sunrise and sunset are truly breath-taking. Sometimes the lower valley remains under a thick cloud, setting off the mountains high above them. After breakfast, we'll drive back to Kathmandu airport for a short domestic flight to Pokhara. The city of Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. It has many beautiful lakes and on the far horizon a panorama featuring Annapurna, Fishtail and Lamjung. Arrive in Pokhara, checking into the hotel, and rest of the time remains free. In the evening enjoy hours boating on Fewa Lake.
DAY 05: SIGHTSEEING OF POKHARA CITY & FLY TO KATHMANDUEarly in the morning drive to Sharangkot hill tower, to enjoy the sunrise view. Sharangkot is one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Pokhara for its fine panorama of Annapurna I, II, III, Mt. Lamjung, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Mt. Fishtail etc. and a complete view of Pokhara city. After visiting Sharangkot, drive back to Pokhara for breakfast. Then we continue to David's fall, the point from where all the water from the lake Fewa goes underground forming a big waterfall. The name given to this waterfall is given after when a person called David became a victim falling in the drainage. We then go to visit the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara, where we will see and understand the history of the mountain and mountaineering in the highest peaks in the world. We will understand the importance of the Nepal Himalayas and the benefits given by the Himalayas to billions of people and natural habitat where we will also know a bit of the different ethnicities of Nepal. After visiting all the interesting points of this small town drive to the lakeside to enjoy a hearty lunch. In the evening we drive to Pokhara airport for a flight back to Kathmandu. Arrive at Kathmandu and drive to our hotel.
DAY 06: KATHMANDU / PARO / THIMPHUWe'll take our breakfast and then drive to Trivuwan International airport to board our flight to Bhutan. The flight into Paro is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the Himalaya and Bhutan. In good weather, magnificent views of the world's highest peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. A tour guide from our agent in Bhutan, who will be your host throughout your stay in Bhutan, will be waiting to welcome you and assist you with customs and immigration formalities. After finalizing the immigration formalities, we'll take a short drive to the town for lunch and continue further drive to Thimphu, the Capital city of Bhutan with a population of about 100,000. Thimphu is situated at 2,320 metres above sea level. Arrive in Thimphu check into the hotel. In the evening, walk into the street for leisure time.
DAY 07: VISIT THIMPHUAfter breakfast, we visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honour of late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lakhang, one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit the National Library, stocked with ancient manuscripts, and the Painting School, where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls). Lunch in Khamsa Oriental Restaurant and after lunch, we'll drive to the Traditional Medicine Hospital where medicines are prepared according to ancient practices and to Lungtenzampa to observe traditional gold and silversmiths at work. Other highlights include a visit to the Tashichho Dzong, the seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). The Tashichho Dzong is open to visitors only in winter when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body move to Punakha the ancient winter capital of Bhutan. We finally visit the Handicraft Emporium followed by shopping for souvenirs in the shops of Thimphu. Dinner will serve in the same hotel itself, pure vegetarian meal.
DAY 08: THIMPHU / WANGDUE/ PHUBJIKHA VALLEYBreakfast at hotel and set off for a day's excursion to Punakha and Wangdue valley. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a lovely forest of pine and clear, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass 3,050 metres above the sea level. This pass is well known for panoramic views of the Himalayan. From Dochula the road descends along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and Wangdue. We will stop here for our lunch in Wangdue in Tashiling hotel. After lunch, we drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, a glacial valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain national park. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winter here (from late October to late March), it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country beautiful pine-covered mountains circle Phobjikha Valley. Along the way, look for nocturnal red pandas that sleep in the trees during the day. At the valley's centre, rising dramatically from a small ridge, stands Gantey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingma Buddhist monasteries in Bhutan. Gantey Tulku Rimpoche, the head lama of Gantey Gompa is the ninth incarnation of Terton Pema Lingpa, the famous 14th century Treasure Revealers from Bumthang, one of Bhutan's famous Buddhist saints and an ancestor of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Visit the Gangtey monastery overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the gonpa itself, the monks' quarters, meditation centres, and schools. Evening: Visit the Black-necked cranes' roost in the swampy marshland from the Observatory overlooking the fields.
DAY 09: PHUBJIKHA / WANGDUE / PUNAKHAAfter breakfast drive to Punakha valley via Wangdue town. In Punakha, we take a stroll through the small town and view the Punakha Dzong, winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu. The Dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. We'll take lunch in Chimilhakhang Restaurant in a small village near Punakha and visit the temple. Chimi Lhakhang is one of the most famous temples dedicated to a favourite Drukpa Lama, the Drukpa Kuenleg, also called "divine madman". Drukpa Kuenleg is said to be against the monasteries since the priests were in the habit of asking everything from people, and the teaching was in a slow process. He was with people teaching them through humour, poetry, song, dance and love and various walks of life. While Drukpa Kunleg was wandering around Bhutan, an old-man named Tenzin, from a village called Logthang Kyamo, requested for spiritual teaching. Drukpa Kunleg taught him a refuge prayer containing vulgar verges and told him to recite it whenever he thought of his teacher (guru). On return to home, the older man's daughter asked him to repeat the prayer he had learned from Drukpa Kunleg. The father did so, as instructed by Drukpa Kunleg. The daughter was ashamed to hear the verses and his wife told him not to repeat it in front of his daughter. But, he persisted with the refuge prayer, and so he was confined to a makeshift shelter, roofed of hey, where he continued his recitation. After about a month, his wife, not hearing the sound of the prayer, got suspicious and sent her daughter to see what was happening. The girl found only a heap of quilts. Inside, there was a sphere of rainbow light, in which the white syllable "AH" was glowing brightly. The people there saw light spiralling into the western sky. Through his profound devotion to Drukpa Kunleg and his teaching, the man had attained liberation from cyclic existence. Drukpa Kunleg, using the old man’s rosary as a relic, built a small stupa on the spot where the old man had died. In 1949, when Kyabje Ngawang Chogyal visited the place, he created a temple, keeping the stupa at the centre. It is today called the Chimey Lhakhang and is venerated as one of the holiest temples in Bhutan. The Iron Bow and arrow of Drukpa Kunleg are kept in the monastery. Many couples visit the monastery praying for a child. A symbolic phallus blesses the couple that visits the temple. After a hearty lunch in this holy place and visit of the temple, we continue to drive down the valley to visit the Wangdue Dzong, located on a hill spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu.
DAY 10: PUNAKHA / PAROTake hearty breakfast at the hotel and prepare for the drive back to Paro through Dochula Pass at 3,140 metres and continue your journey through Thimphu valley. We'll stop in Thimphu for lunch, this time at Orchid Restaurant. After lunch, we'll continue to Paro by stopping to visit Simtokha Dzong built-in 1627-1629 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal who unified Bhutan. This Dzong is the first Dzong in Bhutan and serves as a religious and administrative headquarter. Continue drive to Paro arrive and check into hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro.
DAY 11: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PAROWe’ll take breakfast and drive till the point from where a hike starts to reach to Taksang Monastery viewpoint. Taktsang means "Tiger's den" is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated. The monastery clings to a cliff at 3,000 feet above the valley floor. For the local people and the pilgrimage group to Bhutan, it is a place of pilgrimage. Still, for tourists, a hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The legend says - the Guru Rimpoche flew to the site on the back of a tigress and meditated in the cave for three months. We'll take lunch at the cafeteria, on our way to Taktsang monastery. After visiting the monastery, we hike down to the road head and drive back to Paro. Evening at leisure or visit the local shops.
DAY 12: SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF PAROToday we drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong, a Dzong of historical importance, from whose ramparts the Bhutanese repelled Tibetan invaders. On a clear day, one can view the sacred Mount Chhomolari, Mountain of Goddess (24,000 ft). On the way back visit the courtyard of Kichu Lhakhang one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan - dated 7th century AD. After lunch we visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, which has a beautiful collection of classical Thangka painting, textiles, weapons and artefacts. See also the traditional wooden bridge.
DAY 13: PARO / KATHMANDUWe'll take breakfast and get ready for our departure flight back to Kathmandu. We'll receive a hearty farewell at Paro airport and board for a short flight to Kathmandu. Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport Arrive at Kathmandu airport and drive to our hotel. In the evening we will visit the Boudhanath stupa, located about 8 kilometres from the centre of Kathmandu, is one of the world's largest stupas. The base of the stupa is composed of three successive mandalas, geometrical representations of the cosmos. The base itself represents the element earth, the dome on top of it symbolizes water, the cube represents fire, and the finial represents air. Finally, the culminating flame symbolizes ether. This great stupa is much like Swayambhunath except for its finial. Also, it is much bigger and lies on the valley floor. This stupa is said to have been built in the 5th-century a.d. The site attracts great numbers of Buddhists pilgrims from all over the Himalayan region, and indeed the world.
DAY 14: DEPARTUREVehicle arrive at your hotel to serve you till the airport. Drive to Kathmandu international airport see off formalities and departure.
|Group Size||COSTS PER PERSON|
|2 - 3 Persons||4,058$|
|4 - 5 Persons||3,865$|
|6 - 7 Persons||3,764$|
|8- 10 Persons||3,688$|
|Single room supplement||860$|
|NAGARKOT||The club Himalaya|
|POKHARA||The Lakeside Resort|
|PUNAKHA||Zangthopelri or Damchen Resort|
|PARO||Hotel Tashi Namgay|
What is included
- Airport pick up and departure services as per itinerary
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara, Breakfast included.
- Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
- Bhutan visa and visa fee. City and monument entry fees (Nepal and Bhutan).
- Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu Airfare (Tax included). Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu Airfare (Tax included)
- Airport pick up and departure service in Bhutan.
- Hotel accommodation into Bhutan, on full board basis.
- All regional permits and monastery entrance fees.
- Guided sightseeing of Bhutan as per itinerary (English Speaking Bhutanese guide).
- Transportation into Bhutan by a 4x4 vehicle.
What is not included
- Travel insurance.
- Lunch and dinners for Nepal part.
- Tips and those, not mentioned in above price include section.
Nepal has four primary seasons:
1. Winter: December–February
2. Spring: March-May
3. Summer: June–August
4. Autumn: September – November
The best time is from mid-September to the end of January or from mid-February to the end of May. July and August are rainy months for Nepal, but each season has its richness. During rainy month the jungles will be lush to the rain forest, and the rivers will swell, the lowlands or the fields of the hills will be full of rice and other crops.
During these month Japanese tourists and from other countries, loving the high Himalaya flower, comes to sight flowers. And most of the tourist willing to travel to Tibet comes from May to mid-October. And we also have a lot of Spanish tourists touring and trekking in Nepal in these months.
During rainy months the parts of Terai may see with flood and travelling during these months is hot and temperature may reach to around 38 degrees, but during this time the Indian tourists visit Nepal to escape the heat in their lowlands. During winter months the part of Terai will be misty and may find under winter mist until late morning (11 a.m.).
End of February to mid-May is the best time for fauna and flora both in the mountains and in Terai. During this time one may find a lot of rhododendron flower, magnolia, wild orchids and birdlife. The weather mostly remains fine in all parts of Nepal.
January February are winter, and from the end of January to February, the high passes in the mountain valley will be in the snow. During this time, the temperature around the Everest Base camp will be -17 degrees (after sunset and before sunrise). During day time will be around 5 to 11 degree and more if sunny. Nepal is a sunny country, so the temperature, even full winter, is much better than some European country and in America and in Canada. Many of them from those countries travel to Nepal to escape their cold weather and to enjoy the sunny Himalaya Panorama.
- Travel insurance
- Passport copy of each (need to send by email in JPEG format)
Booking Payment Conditions
Booking and payment conditions
As soon as we have your Booking, with a specific program and more or less number in the group, we will release an invoice for a confirmation deposit as per following.
(A) 200$ per person for trekking and tours
(B) 400$ per person for trekking peak climbing and trekking in restricted areas
(C) 600$ per person for mountaineering expeditions ranging 6,600m to below 8000 metres
(D) 3,000$ per person for all mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m. meter into Nepal
(E) 4,000$ per person for mountaineering expeditions above 8,000m mountain into Tibet.
1. The final confirmation will require at least three months in advance of the tours commence with 50% of the tour payment.
2. The final and total payment will require at least 25-days before the program commences.
3. The banking transaction charges of each time payment will be needed to be borne by the sender, and a net amount of the total amount will require deposited in the company account.
- To compensate the administrative charges, and other expenses in dealing with the booking process, the following cancellation fees will be charged:Cancellation after the confirmation - loss of the deposit
- Cancellation 45-days before trip commences - 20% of the total cost
- Cancellation 25-days before trip commences - 50% of the total cost
- Cancellation less than 21-days before the trip commences - 70% of the total cost
- Cancellation after arrival or during the trip - 100% of the total cost
We, Annapurna Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd., accept responsibility for ensuring that the services booked with us are as close as possible to the itinerary outfitted in our mutual understanding. You agree and understand that it may be necessary to adjust the program due to unforeseen factors. In such a case, the group leader and sirdar/guide, in the team, will make the final decision.