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Nepal short trekking with Bhutan tour - 15 daysNepal - 9 nights, Bhutan - 5 nights

This is an easy trekking experience of 2 weeks  in Nepal combined with the tour of Bhutan. This Trek is often referred as the Ghorepani /Poonhill trek or the Sunrise Trek. The main highlight of this trek is the 45 minutes of walk from Ghorepani, early in the morning which leads to the point of best Himalayan sunrise on Annapurna region. This is a short but one of the most fascinating trek in the Himalayan region. This is a good trek if you are a beginner. This trek provides you an opportunity to explore the different vegetation, culture and lifestyle as you walk past villages like Ghorepani, Ulleri and Ghandruk.

Bhutan lies between two giant countries India and China and it has a Monarchy. It has set one of the best examples in the world for protection of environment and ethnicity. This 7 day tour of Bhutan provides you an insight into the life of Bhutanese people, culure and the model of development Bhutan is developing. The country of gross happiness index, this small kingdom has preserved its own style of Buddhism. This combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan can be an eye opener for every westerner as these two countries in the lap of the Himalayas have a very distinct lifestyle and traditions.

Tour Highlights

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is enclosed with remarkable structural design and brilliantly settings the abilities of the Newar artists and craftsmen over some eras.

poon-hill-sunrise

Sunrise at Poon Hill 3210 m. view point of Annapurna

Kyichu Lhakhang

is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

Rinpung Dzong

Is a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist monastery and fortress in Paro District in Bhutan.

Changgangkha Monastery

Oldest temple in Thimphu, built in 12th century.

Nunnery Temple

Nunnery Temple of Bhutan.

Kathmandu Durbar Square

The Kathmandu Durbar Square is enclosed with remarkable structural design and brilliantly settings the abilities of the Newar artists and craftsmen over some eras.

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 covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.

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.

Khokana and Bungmati- These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s age old heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 03: Fly/Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). The drive is 7 hours and flight will take only 30 minutes. Pokhara is a beautiful city which is in close proximity with the mountains and lakes in this city are very beautiful.

Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri
We will take a drive of 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara after breakfast and start walking. We will walk past sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After walking through Tikhedhunga we will reach the base of the hill that has around 3500 steps that lead to the village of Ulleri, where we will spend the night.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani
We start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars and has the biggest collection of rhododendron.

Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani
We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast we will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. We will walk through the stone paved trails for one hour and reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. We will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for sometime afterwards to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will walk for half an hour to reach Tadapani for overnight stay. It will be 6-7 hours of walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk
Today is a short walk of around 4 hours when we reach Ghandruk from Tadapani. We will walk past the forest of Oak, Bamboo and Rhododendron and reach Ghandruk. Throughout the trail we are able to see a magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, especially the Annapurna south peak. The Gurung people of Ghandruk have a very rich culture and tradition. You can meet some ex-British Gurkhas who have served in the 2nd world war for the British government here.

Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara
We will walk downhill until we reach Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. Another half an hour walks from Birethanti we reach Nayapul from where we will take a bus to Pokhara. Rest and relax at Pokhara.

Day 09: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu
From Pokhara you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10: 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 11: 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 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Final departure.

Cost Includes:

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

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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