Himalayan Tours

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Trip Introduction

This four weeks Himalayan tours incorporate the very best of the region's landscapes and cultural diversity with the snow-capped peaks of Nepal just as enticing as remote mountain monasteries and the fascinating local customs that you'll find in Tibet, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan. The unique art, architecture, history that's featured throughout this Himalayan holiday is often just as significant to local people as religion and royalty with visits to attractive palaces and places of worship adding to the exciting whirlwind of sightseeing. From the rituals of Mahayana Buddhism to the lesser-known cultural traditions of Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim and Nepal that Himalayan tours give you the chance to understand what it means to live within the shadow of the greatest mountains on earth.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Meet us at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyabhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu
Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Kathmandu – Lhasa
Drive to Kathmandu airport, fly to Lhasa (3650m). Transfer to Hotel. Rest. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Lhasa Tour
Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Lhasa Tour
Visit Drepung monastery and Sera monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) (approx. 5hrs drive)
Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, on the way visit  Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. In Shigatse visit Tashilunpo Monastery. Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200) (approx. 5 hrs drive)
Drive to Rongbuk Monastery via high passes. Overnight at Tent or Monastery.

Day 09: Everest Base Camp (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)
In the morning, Explore Everest and you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest. And back to Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)
After breakfast, Drive back to Lhasa, The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 11: Lhasa - Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to airport, fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12: Kathmandu - Chitwan (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan. After lunch, Afternoon, Jungle Activities. Evening, Dinner will be served at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13: Chitwan
After breakfast, Full day jungle activities including Elephant Back Safari, Canoeing Ride, Elephant Breeding Centre Visit, Bird Watching, Tharu Village tour etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14: Chitwan - Pokhara (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, Drive to Pokhara. Afternoon, boating at Fewa Lake. Visit Barahi Temple. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 15: Pokhara
Early morning Sunrise view over the Himalayas from Sarangkot. Half day Pokahra city tour. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, Scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 17: Bhadrapur Airport - Darjeeling
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu airport, fly to Bhadrapur Airport meet our representative and transfer to Darjeeling (146kms/5hrs). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 18: Darjeeling Best points Sightseeing
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Kanchendzonga (Worlds 3rd highest peak), Full day tour in Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Darjeeling - Sikkim, Gangtok
Morning after breakfast transfer to Gangtok (110kms/4hrs), at an altitude of 5500ft. Overnight at hotel.

Day 20: Gangtok Local Sightseeing
Early morning visit Hanuman Tak, Ganesh Tak, Tashi view Point (These three points are famous for watching beautiful early morning view on Mt Kanchenjunga). After breakfast, full day sightseeing tour. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 21: Gangtok - Kalimpong
Morning transfer to Kalimpong (85kms/03hrs), another quiet hill station in Eastern Himalaya. Half day sightseeing in & around Kalimpong. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 22: Kalimpong - Puntosling (Bhutan border - 195 kms / 6 /7hrs).
After breakfast, drive to to Puntosling (Bhutan) meet Bhutan guide at night and Overnight stay in Puntosling.

Day 23: Puntosling - Thimpu (2300m) - approx. 5/6 hrs. Drive
Drive to Thimpu. Afternoon, If time permit you can visit Kyichu Lhakhang & Paro Dzong in Paro and continue drive to Thimphu.

Day 24: Thimpu sightseeing / Late afternoon transfer to Punakha (1250m.) 3/4 hrs. drive
There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Full day Thimphu sightseeing tour, and drive to Punakha.

Day 25: Excursion to Gangtey (2890m.) / Wangdiphodrang (1460m.) - 6/7 hrs. drive
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzhong, After visit Punakha drive to Gangety (Phobjikha). Explore Phobjikha valley and Gangtey Monastery.

Day 26: Wangdiphodrang / Paro (2260m.)- 3/4 hrs. drive
Morning, drive to Paro. Afternoon, Paro Tour.

Day 27: Paro - hike to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. After lunch you can visit other important site which you could not complete previous days.

Day 28: Paro Departure.
After Breakfast, transfer to airport and fly onward destination - Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi (India) etc.

Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Meet us at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: No

Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast, Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu, Visiting Patan Durbar Square, the second largest town in the valley, Krishna Mandir, Golden Temple etc. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Kathmandu
After breakfast, Visit Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples in Nepal. We keep going for walk to see the huge of stupa of Buddha, also known as Bodhanath, the largest stupa in Nepal. Afterward taking a ride to Bhaktapur, a fascinating town, visit Bhaktapur's Dubar Square featuring the Victorian illustrations style with temples and temples complex. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 04: Kathmandu - Lhasa
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu airport, fly to Lhasa (3650m). Transfer to Hotel. Rest. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 05: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Potala palace, the seat of both religion and politics in Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo and later renovated by the 5th Dalailama in the 17th century.  Afternoon visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor market, this is the holiest shrine in Tibet and houses of golden statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha which was brought to Tibet by the Chinese princess Wenchen. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 06: Lhasa Tour
After breakfast, visit Drepung monastery, which is the largest Monastery of the Gelugpa sect in Lhasa, which was built in 1416 by Jamyang chojie a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Afternoon visit Sera monastery located in north of Lhasa city, It was built in 1419 by Jamchen Choeji, a disciple of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelugpa sect. Sera monastery is one of the three major monasteries of yellow sect in Tibet. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 07: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) (approx. 5hrs drive)
After breakfast, Drive to Shigatse via Yamdrok Lake, on the way visit Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. In Shigatse visit Tashilunpo Monastery. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200) (approx. 5 hrs drive)
After breakfast, After few  hours you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery but on the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world. Overnight at Rongbuk Monastery or Tent.

Accommodation: Tent or Monastery, Meals: Breakfast

Day 09 Everest Base Camp (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)
After breakfast, In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest. You can trek approx. 4km to Everest Base camp or you can go via local bus and back to Shigatse. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: No

Day 10: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)
After breakfast, Drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway, The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet). Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Lhasa - Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to airport, fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Kathmandu - Chitwan (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, drive to Chitwan. After lunch, Afternoon, jungle activities. Evening, Dinner will be served at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13: Chitwan
After breakfast, Full day jungle activities including Elephant Back Safari, Canoeing Ride, Elephant Breeding Centre Visit, Bird Watching, Tharu Village tour etc. In the day time lunch will be served at Hotel and Evening dinner will be served. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14: Chitwan - Pokhara (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, Drive to Pokhara. Afternoon, boating at Fewa Lake. Visit Barahi Temple. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 15: Pokhara
Early morning drive to Sarangkot, Sunrise view over the Himalayas. Back to hotel. After breakfast, Half day Pokahra city tour. Afternoon, free for personal activities. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 16: Pokhara - Kathmandu (approx. 5/6hrs drive)
After breakfast, Scenic drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 17: Bhadrapur Airport - Darjeeling
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu airport, fly to Bhadrapur Airport meet our representative and transfer to Darjeeling (146kms/5hrs). Once the summer capital of India, Darjeeling is a land of infinite variety and charm. It will cater you a mix-experience of lively nature charming Himalayan people. Surrounded by Tea gardens; this little town faces some of the highest peaks of the Himalayas. Take a rest and then a walk around town to appreciate the new culture you are in. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Darjeeling Best points Sightseeing
Early morning start for Tiger Hill to watch the spectacular sunrise and its amazing effects on the Mt. Kanchendzonga (Worlds 3rd highest peak), Visit Ghoom Monastery and Batashia Loop War Memorial while returning to the Hotel. After breakfast followed by Half day best point local sightseeing covering Japanese Temple, Peace Pagoda, Padmaja N. Zoological Garden, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-help Center and Rock side. After that visit to the Mall (Chowrasta) along with local Market for City Life and toy Train in Darjeeling. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day19: Darjeeling - Sikkim, Gangtok
Morning after breakfast transfer to Gangtok (110kms/4hrs), at an altitude of 5500ft Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim is a beautiful and clean town promising of the best monasteries and landscapes. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 20: Gangtok Local Sightseeing
Early morning visit Hanuman Tak,Ganesh Tak,Tashi view Point(These three points are famous for watching beautiful early morning view on Mt Kanchenjunga).After breakfast best point sightseeing tour in and around this capital city of Sikkim, covering Chortan, Stupa, Institute of Tibetology Institute of Handicrafts and handlooms along with Rumtek Monastery & Dharma Chakra Centre (24Kms/45Mins), the sect of the Kargyupa Sect - one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist Sect,& Flower Show. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 21: Gangtok - Kalimpong
Morning transfer to Kalimpong (85kms/03hrs), another quiet hill station in Eastern Himalaya . Kalimpong is famous for its Orchids & Nurseries and some of the rarest cacti & Orchids can be seen. Oak, Maple and Chestnut stretch up the ridge as far as the eye can reach. Check in rest & Lunch at Hotel followed half day sightseeing in & around Kalimpong covering Durpin Dhara, Zong Dong Palri Fo-Brong Monastery and flower & Orchid Nursaries and Kalimpong Market. Overnight at Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 22: Kalimpong - Puntosling (Bhutan border -195 kms / 6 /7hrs).
Break fast in the morning. Check out from hotel transfer to Puntosling (Bhutan) meet Bhutan guide at night and overnight stay in Puntosling.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast

Day 23: Puntosling - Thimpu (2300m) – approx. 5/6 hrs. Drive
Morning Meet with Bhutanese guide and transfer to Thimpu. Afternoon, If time permit you can visit the following places in Paro:
- Kyichu Lhakhang
- Paro Dzong

In the evening you can drive to the capital town of Thimphu.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 24: Thimpu sightseeing / Late afternoon transfer to Punakha (1250m.). 3-4 hrs. drive
There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 45,000 people and the streets are wide and tree lined. You will almost certainly visit the Late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum - the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, jewellery etc

Late afternoon you will drive to Punakha (the former capital of Bhutan), with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 25: Excursion to Gangtey (2890m.) / Wangdiphodrang (1460m.). 6-7 hrs. drive
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzhong, which is noteworthy both for being one of the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan and also for having been built by the first Shabdrung in 1636.

After visit Punakha drive to Gangety (Phobjikha) Is one of the few flacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home for Black Neck Cranes Which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit to Gangtey Monastery the only Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan.  Evening you will return to Wangdiphodrang for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 26: Wangdiphodrang / Paro (2260m.). 3-4 hrs. drive
Today we drive along the winding mountain road to Paro. Afternoon, tour of Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures ranging from ancient armour to textiles and thangkha paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount. Jumolhari (23,996ft /7314m) can be seen from here. Also visit Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farm house.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 27: Paro - hike to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery)
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. The hike to reach the viewpoint to the monastery makes for a nice half-day excursion. After lunch you can visit other important site which you could not complete previous days.

Accommodation: Hotel, Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 28: Paro Departure.
After Breakfast, transfer to airport and fly onward destination - Kathmandu, Bangkok, Delhi (India) etc.

Meals: Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Please contact us for your own tour date as we offer tour on any dates that is suitable for you. And also please note that this is tailor-made tour, you can add or reduce the tour program as per your time availability.

Trip Level:
Moderate to Strenous - Suitable for all level of physically fitness, family, single, grouping, students and senior groups; have experiences of high altitude trek.

 

Himalayan Tours

Natalya S Novosibirsk

Russian Federation

2012-4-26

My husband and I traveled to Nepal in April 2012 with "Friendship Nepal Tours and Travel". The trip was organized perfectly, from the rapid provision of information on the calculation of the tour till transfer to the airport. On our request we were given Russian-speaking guide - Naryana, who told us about Nepal in very interesting way and professionally showed sightseeings, and our driver was great. In the future, we will recommend the service of this company not only for travel to Nepal, but also to Bhutan and Tibet.

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What is Included in the Cost

    • Airport pickup and drop
    • Hotel accommodation at respective hotels on BB (Bed & Breakfast) basis
    • Lunch & Dinner in Bhutan and Chitwan for 2 days
    • All transfers and sightseeing tours accompanied by local guide with driver.
    • Necessary entrance fees to Monuments.

What is Excluded in the Cost

    • International flight ticket.
    • Internal flight ticket during the tour.
    • Nepal visa fee - available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport - USD 25.00 per person for multiple entry upto 15 days.
    • India visa that you issue in your own country.
    • Bhutan & Tibet visa we (Travel Agent) will arrange.
    • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
    • Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
    • Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
    • Personal Insurance.

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trips information

  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Air Ticket
  • Airport Pickup

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code: ftm025
  • Trip duration: 28 Days
  • Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Group size: 2-12
  • Max-Altitude: 5200
  • Activity: Sightseeing tours
  • Starts in: Kathmandu
  • Ends in: Paro
  • Accomodation: Hotels & Lodges
  • Transportation: Private Transport
  • Best Time: April - November
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