Explore Nepal Bhutan | 10 Days Tour

Explore Nepal Bhutan | 10 Days Tour

TripGrade: Easy
An Easy Grade Trip - as the name suggests if a trek not that difficulties to trek around. This trip reaches up to 3000 meters high in altitude. The trails will not be that rugged and are highly suitable for family trips. The trips are generally around of a week or little bit more.

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Duration:

10 Days

Max Altitude:

Gangtey (2900m)

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Private Vehicle / Flight

Best Season:

All Year Round

Explore Nepal Bhutan Tour is a combination of natural and cultural attractions of two of the culturally rich nations in the lap of the Himalayas. Nepal boasts of great world heritage sites and high mountains. It is also the melting pot of two very old religions- Hinduism and Buddhism.
Bhutan, the country of thunder dragon opened itself for foreigners only in the mid 70’s. There are still many places in Bhutan where foreigners have not set foot yet. The Bhutanese people have set the best examples in the preservation of their natural and cultural heritage including Dzong, shortens, palaces, forest, and wildlife. The trip starts at Paro, where the only international airport of Bhutan is situated. Then it goes ahead to Thimpu, the capital city and further ahead to Punakha and Gangtey.
This trip begins from Kathmandu, where you go for sightseeing to the Cultural Heritage Sites. You start your sightseeing trip after morning breakfast at the hotel. You can enjoy your lunch at the surrounding of the Heritage Sites itself. We suggest you try the local dishes because they are absolutely delicious. After the sightseeing, you get back to the hotel and spend the evening on your own. The next day, you take a flight to Bhutan. After landing at Paro International Airport, you shortly start the sightseeing of Paro city. The next day is the excursion day to the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan, Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Furthermore, you drive to Thimpu in the afternoon. The next day is the full day sightseeing at Thimpu.

You see many Dzongs during your stay in Bhutan. After Thimpu, you drive to Punakha valley followed by the drive to Gangtey, on the next day. After spending one day each at Punakha and Gangtey, you drive back to Paro, the next day. You stay overnight at Paro to explore around the area. Then, you take a flight back to Kathmandu from Paro on the next day. You go for the sightseeing at the remaining Heritage sites in Kathmandu. In the evening, you are taken for a complimentary dinner and the trip ends when we drop you back at the airport the next day, for you to catch up on your flight.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square.
Day 03: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
Day 04: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 05: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 06: Drive to Punakha (1250m)3 hours/77 km.
Day 07: Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km.
Day 08: Drive back to Paro.
Day 09: 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 the Cultural program.
Day 10: Final departure.

Starting Price

USD 2399 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

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 2

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu comprising of Boudhanath stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square

Boudhanath Stupa - Boudhanath stupa 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 Pashupatinath 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 the other cities in Nepal has the 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 3

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 4

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, Padmasambhav flew 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 5

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 hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 6

Drive to Punakha (1250m)/77 km

We start the day in the morning with a drive to Punakha via Dochu La (3,100 meters). The drive is around 3 hours long and is 77 km from Thimpu. This town derives its name from the river on whose banks it is situated, the Punakha River. We will make a brief visit to the fertility temple known as Chimi Lhakhang. You can receive blessings of fertility with a phallus (Symbolic representation of male sexual organ) from the Lama. Upon arrival at Punakha, we will have lunch and visit the Punakha Zhong in the evening.

Day 7

Drive to Gangtey (2900m) 4 hours/85 km

We will start the day with a visit to Wangduephodrang town to see the stone carvings. Our destination today is Gangtey a beautiful settlement with the White Mountains and green hills around it. After spending some time at the Gangtey we take a short walk in the Phobjikha village and drive back to Punakha.

Day 8

Drive back to Paro

Although Paro is only 130 km away from Punakha it takes us 4 hours because of the hilly road and also the speed limit in Bhutan is 50 Km/hour. We will make a stop at the Dochula pass to spend some time at the Druk Wangyal Monastery. We will stop in Thimpu for lunch. Explore local farms in the evening.

Day 9

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 to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop 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 hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Day 10

Departure Day

Departure Day

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Paro, and Thimpu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Accommodation on BB basis in Nepal.
  • Accommodation on full board in Bhutan.
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on the private vehicle.
  • Bhutan Visa fees.

Whats Not Included

  • 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.
  • Airfare to Paro and back.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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