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Nepal EBC trekking with Bhutan Tour - 21 days Nepal - 16 nights, Bhutan - 4 nights

This 21 days (3 weeks) trip in Nepal is a great adventure opportunity as it includes the Everest Base camp trek, the most popular trekking in Nepal and short tour of Bhutan. The tour involves two countries and gives you a unique experience interms of nature, culture, geography and lifestyle. Mt. Everest is the highest peak in the world and lies between Tibet and Nepal. This 14 day trekking experience is considered the best trekking route in Nepal as it has a combination of natural and cultural experience. While walking on the trail to Everest base camp you not only see the highest peaks of the world including Mt. Everest but also get opportunity to understand the Sherpa people, their culture and why they are best in mountain climbing. Bhutan on the other hand land of Mahayana Buddhism and this tiny kingdom is still a mystic land as it opened to foreigners only in the early 70’s.  It has great monuments calla the Dzongs and monasteries  with Bhutanese architecture, monasteries with artistic Thankgka painting and friendly, shy people with their own unique lifestyle.

Tour Highlights

Boudhanath

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the largest and sacred Buddhist sites situated in Kathmandu.

namche

Namche Bazaar, Everest/Khumbu Region

paro

Paro Airport, Bhutan.

Kyichu Lhakhang

Is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Majestic Thimpu Dzong

Majestic Thimpu Dzong the second oldest and most majestic dzong in Bhutan.

Market of Thimphu

Market of Thimphu Women selling Goods at the local market of Thimphu.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.

Boudhanath Stupa- Boudhanath stutpa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu valley and one of the first monuments with a written history. One of the biggest pilgrimages for Tibetans the area around this stupa is also known as the little Tibet in Kathmandu. This was listed in the UNESCO’s world heritage site list in 1979 A.D.

Pashupatinath Temple- Pashupatinath temple is the most important shrine for Hindus in Kathmandu. Although non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple premises, the cremation that takes place around the Pasupatinath temple area is interesting for foreigners. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1979 this area has a lot of Sadhus/Hindu holy men who are center of attraction for many foreigners. Make sure you want to pay them if you take their pictures as they ask for money for being photographed.

Patan Durbar Square- Patan unlike most of other cities in Nepal has majority of Buddhist population. The Patan city has more than 136 Buddhist monasteries and only 50 Hindu temples. Patan Durbar Square is famous for the south Indian style, Krishna temple, the sunken bath, the tall temple of Taleju and the golden temple. Patan Durbar Square is also famous for carvings done in metal, wood and stone.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla - Trek to Phakding/Monjo [2656m]
We will take an early morning flight to Lukla [2850m] where our trekking crew will be waiting for us. We will head towards the Dudh Koshi valley in a well defined stone paved path for 3 hours to reach Phakding for overnight stay. If we stay at Monjo it will be one more hour of walk from Phakding.

Day 04: Trek to Namche [3440m]
Today we will walk for around 5-6 hours to reach Namche Bazaar from Phakding/Monjo. After walking ahead of Monjo for some time we will head towards the entrance of the Sagarmatha National Park. After walking for sometime on a steep trail we will reach Namche bazaar, the famous settlement of Sherpa people and the gateway to the Everest base camp.

Day 05: Rest day for exploring and acclimatization.
We will rest today for acclimatization as we will be walking up hill tomorrow so getting acclimatized is very essential. You can explore the Namche bazaar which has lots of things to see. Khunde Hospital set-up by Sir Edmund Hillary, Everest View Hotel, the local market and the lifestyle of people are some things worth observing. Namche Bazaar offers fantastic view of the Himalayan peaks like Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse and Everest which you can enjoy just sitting at your hotel balcony. There is a small museum giving you information about Sherpa people, culture, religion and other things related to mountains.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche [3867m]
After breakfast we will head towards Tengboche which takes 5-6 Hours of walk, the trail continues high above the Dudh Kosi. From here onwards you will be getting much better view of the mountains in the Khumbu region including the Mt Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam. We will walk past small settlements hamlets and teashops and reach Phunki Tenga for lunch. We will take a brief rest at this village after lunch and then start the steep climb to Tengboche. After 3 hours of tiring walk up hill we will reach Tengboche, famous for the biggest monastery in the Khumbu region.

Day 07: Trek to Pheriche [4252m]
After breakfast we will start descending towards the Imja River and then climb towards the village of Pangboche. As Ama Dablam stands in front of this village you can have an excellent view of the mountain from here. After walking for couple of hours from Pangboche we will reach the Pheriche village for overnight stay.

Day 08: Rest and explore around the Pheriche
Today you can rest or explore around the village for acclimatization.

Day 09: Trek to Lobuche [4930m]
We continue up the wide valley beneath the impressive peaks of Cholatse and Tawoche on the left. We then turn right and take a steep climb towards the foot of the Khumbu Glacier. The tea house at Duglha is a good spot to have lunch. The trail zigzags up through the boulders of the glacier's terminal moraine. At the top of this climb there are many stone cairns, built as memorials to the many Sherpas who have died while climbing Mt Everest. The path then climbs gently along the glacier, to eventually reach the cluster of houses at Lobuche.

Day 10: Trek to Gorak Shep [5184m]
Today we will follow the Khumbu Glacier to reach Kala Patthar. We will walk in the not so well defined trail for 4 hours until we reach Gorak Shep for lunch. After lunch and a brief rest we will walk up to the finest viewpoint in the Khumbu region, Kala Pattar [5554m]. We will hike down and have a early dinner so that we can prepare well by taking much needed rest for tomorrow’s trek to the Everest base camp.

Day 11: Trek to Everest Base Camp [5357m]
Today is the day you have been looking forward since last one and a half week. Today we will start early since it is a long walk of about 7 hours through ice pinnacles and past the crevasses of the Khumbu Glacier. On the return leg, we can take a higher route to get a spectacular view of the Khumbu icefall and the route to the South Col. We return to either Gorak Shep or Lobuche.

Day 12: Trek to Pangboche [3985m]
We will walk downhill for most of the day to Duglha and descend to Pheriche today before we reach Pangboche for overnight stay. You can visit The Himalayan Rescue Association and trekker’s aid post at Pheriche. We will cross the Khumbu River on a wooden suspension bridge and continue ahead to the Imja River to reach Pangboche.

Day 13: Trek to Namche [3440m]
We follow the trail along the Imja River and, after crossing it, climb back up through the rhododendron forest to reach Tengboche.  You can see many Himalayan peals from here. Some of them include Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Thamserku, Amadablam and Kantega. We will walk further for 5 hours until we reach Namche for overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek to Lukla [2800m]
Today is the last day of the trek as we will descend down to Lukla. Since you have completed the most exciting trek in the world it calls for a party so engage in the local restaurants with the crew and have some beer and dance with the local Sherpas in the evening.

Day 15: Fly to Kathmandu
We will reach Kathmandu for breakfast as we will take an early morning flight from Lukla. You are free in the day time to explore or take rest.

Day 16: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 17: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first dalai lama, Padmasamvav flied on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch at halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 18: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc.Besides that we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hill top, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 19: Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) and free time in the evening.
We will start our journey to Paro in the morning after breakfast. The couple of hour of journey goes through the winding road with lush green forest and small settlements. We will arrive Paro for Lunch. In the evening spend time around the local market.

Day 20: Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath before checking in to the hotel. Evening Farewell dinner with Cultural program.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa- Swayambhunath stupa is also referred as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hill top about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hill top also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Day 21: Final departure.

Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on full board in Bhutan and Nepal except in Kathmandu.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on Private vehicle.
  • Bhutan Visa fees.
  • Ktm-Lukla-Ktm Flight.

Cost excludes:

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unfavorable circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals in Nepal
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Air fare to Paro and back.
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