This 12-day cultural tour of Bhutan and Nepal offers a unique glimpse into the beauty, tranquility, and culture of South Asia. Known as “The Last Shangrila,” Bhutan is a mountainous nation renowned for its breathtaking views, ancient monasteries and fortresses (or dzongs), and dramatic landscapes. As one of the highest-rated countries in terms of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan provides an experience of peace and harmony that can't be found elsewhere. Additionally, this tour provides a brief visit to Nepal and an opportunity to explore both countries in a short period. Enjoy the best of Bhutan and Nepal with this unforgettable tour.
Why this trip
This trip is perfect for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the culture of South Asia while also getting a glimpse of two of the most beautiful and unique countries in the world. The tour offers a great balance of activities, allowing travelers to explore both Bhutan's iconic monasteries and fortresses as well as Nepal's vibrant cities, lush landscapes, and magnificent natural wonders. In addition, the tour provides opportunities to interact with locals and learn more about the culture and heritage of both countries. This is an ideal tour for those looking for an immersive and unforgettable experience in Bhutan and Nepal.
- The Kingdom of Bhutan is also famously known as "The Land of the Thunder Dragon".
- Since 2012, there have been eight tentative sites declared for UNESCO inclusion.
- The pristine environment and cultural heritage of Bhutan have earned it the reputation of being The Last Shangri-La.
- Explore paddy fields, traditional villages and take in the stunning mountain views while walking.
- Visit Buddhist monasteries, dzongs (fortresses and castles) and sacred shrines.
- Day 1 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Greetings! Our representative will be at the airport to welcome you. Once you have arrived, you will be taken to the hotel. In the evening, we will gather for a traditional Nepali dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy a cultural dance performance.
- Day 2 KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
We offer you a cultural journey through the Kathmandu Valley, where you can explore seven of its UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We have carefully selected some of the most renowned sites to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.
- Day 3 DEPART FOR PARO
On the day of departure for Paro, our transfer will take you to the airport based on the flight schedule. Upon your arrival, our guide will be there to welcome you and escort you to the hotel by private car. Later in the evening, we will visit the National Museum, which is located in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). This museum is a treasure trove of Bhutan's culture, history, and heritage. Just a brief stroll downhill will lead us to the majestic Paro Dzong, a masterpiece of traditional Bhutanese architecture.
- Day 4 PARO – JELELA DZONG (DRUK PATH TREKKING)
Today's trekking day is short, but we take our time as we ascend a significant altitude. After breakfast, we drive to the National Museum (2,487m) above Paro, where we begin our trek. We hike uphill, passing through apple orchards, smallholdings of Damchena Village, and pine forests. We then come to JeleDzong (3,490m), perched on a whaleback ridge. Jele Dzong is mostly in ruins and contains a Lhakhang with the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. On a clear day, we can see the beautiful view of Paro town far below and of mount Jomolhari (7,314m). We will be spending the night at our campsite at 3,480m.
- Day 5 JELELA DZONG TO TSHOKAM
Start by hiking up gradually, and then come down below the ridgeline to traverse through thick forests of alpine and rhododendrons. There may be yak herders in the area, and beautiful sights of Jhomolhari and other snow-capped mountains. You may also hear the calls of monal birds during the day. Continue the uphill journey and reach Jangchulakha (3,780m), a yak herders' pasture with spectacular views of the Himalayan range. From there, make your way to Tshokam, today's campsit
- Day 6 TSHOKAM TO SIMKOTA
The trail follows the ridge and at times through juniper trees and dwarf rhododendrons. The views of the mountain valleys are sensational. After making an ascent and then a steep descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3,880m). The lake is famous for their giant sized trouts. Near the camp, you can have great views of 6,989m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro and pass we will reach our campsite for the day. Overnight camp at Simkota 3880M
- Day 7 SIMKOTA TO THIMPHU
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetsho. You may come across some yak herder’s camp and get an idea how these people live. Trail winds and undulates with magnificent view of the Himalaya across deep valleys. Simkotatsho Lake (4,110m) can be seen below after crossing one final spur. We continue our trek until we reach Phajoding. From here, you will enjoy great view of Thimphu city far below. The trail slowly descends through junipers trees to a community hall near Phajodhing (3,870m). Walk way downhill to Thimphu through forests of blue pine and juniper until you arrive the road head of Sangaygang on the outskirts of Thimphu valley. Overnight in Thimphu | Altitude 2400m.
- Day 8 THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING TO PUNAKHA
After breakfast, We visit KuenselPhodrang (Buddha Statue) world largest sitting Buddha statue which gives awesome views of Thimphu valley, National Memorial Chorten (Stupas) which remembers the father of modern Bhutan. Later visit Changangkha Monastery the oldest temple in the valley, Sangaygang View Point often known as BBS tower and lovers point. Later, we will prepare to drive to warm valley of Punakha over the most beautiful pass in the country called Dochula pass at 3150 m. 108 DrukWangyalChortens built over the pass by queen mother in 2003 marks the pass more important and beautiful thus the pass is one the must visit passes in Bhutan. If the weather permits, we can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a photo break, we will continue our drive downhill from the pass. Afternoon, we will visit the most beautiful PunakhaDzong, which houses the most elaborated temple in the country. The Dzong, showcase the finest example of the arts and crafts of Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha, altitude 1350m.
- Day 9 PUNAKHA TO PARO
After the breakfast, we will check out from the hotel and retrace the drive to Paro. On arrival in Paro, will hike to Taktsang Monastery or often called Tiger Nest Temple which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The eighth century old monastery is perched on a rock overlooking a sheer drop and clings seemingly impossible to a cliff of rock at 900m above the valley floor. Overnight in Paro.
- Day 10 ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
Our representative from Bhutan will drop you to the airport, after few hours of flight you will arrive at Kathmandu. You'll be immediately transferred to hotel for rest. Today you can enjoy complimentary service of Trekkers' massage and spa treatment for relax your tired body from constant moving.
- Day 11 BHAKTAPUR SIGHTSEEING
Today we take you the ancient city of Bhaktapur also known as 'City of Devotees'. This historical city of Bhaktapur is filled with artistic culture, architecture, traditions that have been preserved from hundreds of years. Return back to Kathmandu
- Day 12 DEPARTURE
On this day, we’ll probably have energy left for shopping around in the city. We’ll have breakfast together and leave to the Airport for a flight back home.
Hotel: 8 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 3 Night(s)
Authorised English speaking guide
- Airport Transfers
Like mentioned in the itinerary
- International Flights
- Farewell/Welcome Dinner
Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
- Guide Insurance
- Domestic Airport Transfers
- Public Liability Insurance
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