The Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim and Darjeeling Tour encompasses almost all the entire east and middle Himalaya mountain regions. Nepal, Tibet and Sikkim were once the three Kingdoms of the Himalayas, and Bhutan is still a Kingdom. The region was one of the most secluded ones until recently, and Tibet and Bhutan are still relatively secluded ones. Even India's Sikkim region is relatively little explored than its cousin city Darjeeling. This tour offers to view the highlands of Tibetan culture including Lhasa, to drive along world's highest mountain roads, to visit various monasteries, chortens, temples, and to acquaint with the calm and serene spiritual lifestyle. The tour passes through highest mountains, valleys, forests, lowlands, with diverse cultural and geographical variations.
The 26-day tour starts from Kathmandu, Nepal and connects the flight to Lhasa of Tibet after making some sightseeing in Kathmandu. From Lhasa, we drive to Kathmandu along the Friendship Highway. After making some more sightseeing in Kathmandu, we fly to Paro of Bhutan. Then after making a cultural tour of Bhutan, we drive to Darjeeling of India via Phuentsoling. We further drive drive to Sikkim. The tour concludes at Bagdora Airport from where we fly to Calcutta or Delhi on our way to back home.
Himalayan Glacier's other trans-border Himalanyan adventure tours include: Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet Tour -14 days, Tajmahal to Potala Palace via Nepal - 15 days
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (Arrival day in Nepal should be Sunday or Tuesday or Thursday):
Upon our arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) we will be greeted by a representative from Glory NepalTrekking (HGT). After completing our custom formalities (Visa, etc) we pick up luggage and look for our representative with a Glory NepalTrekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After check in, we will visit at Glory Nepaloffice site and meet our trekking guide as well as other participants. In the evening, we find ourselves at a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program along with fine meal.
Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour:
After breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. We will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can also make our last minute shopping for personal items as we will be flying to the Himalayas next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Fly Kathmandu, Nepal to Lhasa, Tibet (3650 m/11972ft):
Our tour starts upon our arrival in Lhasa today. There are two ways to arrive Lhasa one is via Nepal and another via mainland China. If we choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa we will have 1 hour 10 minutes Trans-Himalayan flight which is considered one of the most beautiful air route in the world that takes uw over the Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8536m) and other Himalayan peaks. If we are coming via mainland China, we might fly from any major cities or take the world's highest train route to reach Lhasa. Upon our arrival we will be received by our Tibetan guide at the airport or train station. Approximately 1.5 hours drive along 93 km road from the airport or train station, we will be at Lhasa. It is better to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa's altitude. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 04: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft):
Foremost, our tour begins with a visit to Sera Monastery with an experienced tour guide also working as an interpreter escorts. Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery of white-washed walls and golden roofs. We further enjoy the equally adventurous and exciting rhythm builds up while touring Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. On the same day, we will be to Barkhor Markets which can be quite different from other sites as we roam around the city testing every details around the stalls and we may purchase some goods that displays Tibetan culture, custom and tradition. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 05: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft):
Today, our visit to Potala palace and Drepung monastery will bestow invaluable insights Tibet. From the Mar Po Ri Hill where the Potala Palace, the 17th century great monumental structure stands, we can get an awesome view of entire city. Potala Palace, an immense structure, its interior space being in excess of 130,000 square meters has private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms and chapels. Our next visit will be to Drepung Monastery, a residence of Dalai Lama before Potala Palace which was built in 14th century and used to shelter around 10,000 monks some time ago. Tibetans' immensely believe and respect this monastery. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 06: Sightseeing in Lhasa (3650 m/11972ft):
At the dawn, we visit Tibet Museum. Officially inaugurated in October of 1999, the museum houses a rich collection of prehistoric cultural relics including Buddha statues in different postures, imperial jade seals, gold albums, gifts granted by emperors, colorful Thankas, and various printed Sanskrit and Tibetan scriptures. We can also see variety of folk arts such as unique Tibetan handicrafts, costumes, jewelry, and adornments made of gold, silver, and jade, as well as fine Chinese pottery. Despite the collections the museum holds, the museum building complex with its ornamented beams, pillars, lintels, banners and wall hangings exhibit traditional Tibetan architectural styles. At noon, we can enjoy free shopping. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 07: Drive to Gyantse and sightseeing (3950m/12956ft): 265 km
Following Friendship Highway while driving past Khamba La (4794 m), we will have a break to appreciate majestic views of Yamdrok Tso Lake, a lake deep blue in color and Nazin Kang Sang glacier standing proud at 7252m. Ahead to westwards, we encounter another Karo La pass at 5045m. While glancing through the road, we can see huge glaciers tumbling down into the road. After hours of driving for 261 km, we enter town of Gyantse where we see beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages. Overnight in Gyantse.
Day 08: Drive to Shigatse and sightseeing (3900m/12792ft) -92km:
Upon our arrival at Gyantse, we see the prides on Gyantse Dzong and Kumbum. Gyantse Dzong is a historical fort built in the 14th century and overlooks a mesmerizing view of entire Gyantse and surrounding Nyang Chu Valley. Kumbum has large gold domed 35m high chorten(stupa) and houses with several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. Kubum means 100,000 images in Tibetan. After enjoying and exploring Gyantse, we take a 90 km drive to Shigatse. On our drive to Shigatse, we enjoy the views of Shalu monastery built with Han, Tibetan and Indian architectures. After a brief overview of the monastery we drive further to Shigatse, second largest city of Tibet. At our arrival in Shigatse, we will be welcomed bu Tashilhunpo Monastery, the major attraction of Shigatse as being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet. Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 09: Drive to Shegar (4150m/13612ft), visit Natang and Sakya Monastery en route-274km:
Today, we transverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. We visit Natang Monastery which is 12 kms far from Xigatse. Again we drive to Sakya Monastery where we can see the largest book in the world in gold. At the evening, we will be at Shegar. As the route opens into plains, we can view many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders become visible in route to Shegar. Overnight in Shegar.
Day 10: Drive to Rongbuk (5050m/16564ft)-Explore Everest Base Camp (5250m/17,220 ft)-130 km- continue drive to Zhangmu (2300m/7, 544ft)-245 km - Hardest day!!!:
Away from Shegar, we drive to the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m/16890. Along the drive, we can laze around in the splendor of majestic views of snow capped peaks such as Makalu and Shishapangma. After driving for 85 km, we eventually reach Rongbuk from where we get spectacular sight of Mt. Everest. The program today is to explore to Everest Base Camp through the day. Driving to Everest Base Camp is allowed only for expeditions. Hence, we have to walk 8 km (one way) or take a horse or local bus to reach the Everest Base Camp. At this occasion, we also visit Ronbuk Monastery, a Buddhist pilgrimage site founded in 1902 by a Nyingmapa Lama in an area of meditation huts that had been in use by monks and hermits for over 400 years. At this site, we have the views of many walls and stones, carved with sacred syllables and prayers, line the paths. Overnight in Rongbuk.
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)-123km:
Today, we drive toward Kathmandu. Driving past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at (5124 m/ 16068 ft) and Shung La pass at (5200 m/ 17056 ft), Nalyam Pass (3800m/12464 ft) offer enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gaurishanker. We further tumble down gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau to arrive at Zhangmu on the Nepal border. After a short drive away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi River brings us closer to Immigration Control in Kodari. The four hours drive through the deep valleys from Kidari, we finally arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 12: Kathmandu City Tour: Bhaktapur, Thimi and Changunarayan:
After breakfast, we head towards Thimi. Our arrival at Thimi, a medieval pottery village we also have close expeerience with the medieval town Bhaktapur and its devotees, preserves medieval arts, architecture, culture, and lifestyle. Travelling through the streets of Bhaktapur make us to feel like travelling back into the past. Further, we also do not miss the opportunity to be at Changu Narayan Temple, the oldest temple in the Kathmandu valley boasts of being the oldest pagoda of Nepal. The route to Changu Narayan passes through small villages and farmlands with farmers working at their fields. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Kathmandu Valley: Patan, Bungmati and Khokana:
Our trip to Patan, The City of Fine Arts will be nostalgic view of ancient places, temples and shrines, noted for their exquisite carvings. The Patan Durbar Square is also a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Khokana village dates back from the medieval age, and the village has been nominated to be listed as a World Heritage Site, with its mustard-oil seed industrial heritage. Bungmati is another medieval sleepy little village with a beautiful temple in the village square and medieval houses hanging onions and red chilies from their windows. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14: Fly Kathmandu, Nepal to Paro, Bhutan:
Today, you will be escorted to the airport for our flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival a representative from Glory Nepallead us to hotel for a short rest and to have lunch. Later on the day, we explore around the Paro valley and also visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong from where on a clear day we see Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314m. We further continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 15: Paro Sightseeing:
Today, after breakfast, we make a sightseeing tour of Paro. We hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, the most famous monastery situated at 3180m. We further roam around other important sites of Paro Valley. Overnight in Paro.
Day 16: Drive Paro-Punakha (1250m/4100 ft): 130km, 4 hrs
During our drive, we enjoy the scenic journey to Punakha. The road leads through the Paro Valley to the confluence of Paro and Thimphu rivers at Chuzoum. Three different styles of Chortens adorn the confluence. A short way beyond, on the left is the Tachogang Lhakhang built in 15th century by Thangthong Gyelpo, a trader who first introduced Iron Bridges in Bhutan. We stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100m), where on a clear day we can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Upon our arrival at Punakha we further traverse through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, we will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Upon our choice we can receive blessing from the Lama's wooden phallus! Overnight at Punakha.
Day 17: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten, Afternoon drive to Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft): 76km, 3 hrs
After breakfast, we drive 12km north of Punakha Valley and from the road point, we will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, located on a beautiful hillock overlooking the villages. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. After lunch, we will drive to Thimphu via Dochu la. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 18: Thimphu Sightseeing:
Today, we visit the Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, and the zoo. The zoo contains the national animal of Bhutan, the Takin. From there we visit the nunnery temple, the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and School of Arts and Crafts (also known as the painting school). After a relaxing lunch, we make excursion around Folk Heritage Museum, traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichhodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest Buddha Shakyamuni in the world. In the evening, we can stroll through downtown Thimphu and absorb the life style of the people there. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 19: Thimphu to Phuntsholing (300m/985 ft): 176 km, 7- 8 hrs:
Today, we take a 6 hour drive from Thimphu to Phuentsholing, the border town with India. The Highway is considered to be the the lifeline of Bhutanese economy. Hence, it is the most heavily trafficked road of Bhutan. There may be traffic jams that may last upto hours. Still, it's a scenic drive from the hills to the plains along a hair-raising mountain roads. Overnight in Phuntsholing.
Day 20: Phuntsholing (Bhutan) to Dooars to Darjeeling (India): (2,134m/7,000ft): 200 km, 06 hurs:
Today, we drive for Darjeeling. On the way we complete the boarder formalities. Our drive to Darjeeling passes through the doors, through deep forests criss-crossed at many points by the Tista and other rivers. On the way, we pass through the vast plains with tea plantations and enjoy being among the vast Tea fields. From the plains, we climb to the hilly Darjeeling region via Ghoom and along the famous narrogaze steam engine railway. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 21: Darjeeling sightseeing:
Dawn in Darjeeling, we visit to Tiger Hill to see the view of sun rise over Mt. Kanchendzonga. While returning, we also have shot visit to Yiga-Choling (Ghoom). After a couple of hours breakfast and refreshment, we roam around beautiful Darjeeling. The day's roaming covers Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center, Tea Garden, Tea Factory, and Peace Pegoda. Then in the evening, we back to the hotel. Overnight in Darjeeling.
Day 22: Darjeeling - Gangtok (1700m/5,600ft): 115 km, 4 hrs
After the excursion within Darjeeling, we take a 4-5 hrs drive (105 km) to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. First we make a steep descent through the tea plantations and forests. On the way, we complete the formalities at the Tista Bridge, the entry point of Sikkim and climbtoward Gangtok. At Gangtok we check in at hotel in Gangtok. Overnight in Gangtok.
Day 23: Sightseeing Gangtok Area & Martam(1450m/4,428 ft):
Today early in the morning we visit for Tashi View point about 8 km from Gangtok, a resting shed. The viewpoint offers us the astounding view of Khangchendzonga, the Siniolchu Range, and its distant north Sikkim monasteries. Then we back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we make our visit at Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Enchey Monastery, Research Institute of Tibetology, Rumtek Monastery, and Tashi View Point. Overnight in Martam.
Day 24: Martam, Kalimpong(1247m/4,100 ft): 4 hrs:
Our four hours drive to Kalimpong, a small town established for the Trade with Bhutan and Tibet by India offers us views of some landmarks and distinct markets of Kalimpong. Overnight in Kalimpong.
Day 25: Kalimpong Sightseeing:
Today, we make inclusine visit within kalimpong which includes the Shri Diwakar Vahara Institute in Kalimpong and other sightseeing places like Dello View point and Hat Bazar. Then in the evening, we enjoy free leisure. Overnight at Kalimpong.
Day 26: Kalimpong to Bagdora to Delhi or Calcutta:
Today, we are on the eve of saying goodbye to the Himalayas and so we have to make some predeparture preparations. After breakfast, we will be escorted to Bagdogra Airport from where the flight connects to Delhi or Kolkata for our flight for onward trip.
Where is Nepal ?
Nepal is landlocked country located in southern Asia couched between two Asian giants India and China. Nepal is geographically, culturally and linguistically diverse. The capital city of the country is Kathmandu, commonly known as ‘city of temples’ where we can explore traditional artistic beauty. Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. Moreover, it's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya's most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu valley- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur - home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage.
What is Nepal known for?
Nepal is Known for Mt. Everest, highest peak in the world and Lord Buddha, who was the pioneer of Buddhist religion. Besides, among 14 eight thousand meters cross mountains in the world, eight are located in this naturally beautiful country. Nepal has been the focus of outstanding achievements in the world of peak climbing expeditions with the identification of more than one thousand peaks above 6,000 meters .Trekking through the Everest region offers astounding mountain views, an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of world heritage sites, discovering variety of Himalayan flora and faunas, and an opportunity to explore the highest Buddhist monasteries in the world. Overall, Nepal is known for its hospitality and the local people believes in the mantra ‘Atithi Deba Bhaba’ (Guest are god).
Can I get Nepal visa on arrival?
Yes! Nepal visa is easily available up on arrival in the entry places. Make the process easier by downloading & completing the application form, having the correct USD cash and two passport photographs.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
Is the country politically safe and stable?
Nepal is one of the new democratic countries in the world with many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. As such there might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. But it does not and will not affect the daily life of the residents in the other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
How to enter Nepal?
Nepal can be enter by two ways,
By air: Some of the major international airlines operating schedule services to Nepal are Royal Nepal Airlines, British Airways, Biman Bangladesh, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, India Air, Thai Airways, Qatar, Pakistan Air, Jet Air and Singapore Airlines. By air, you will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport (only one international airport) located in the heart of Kathmandu City.
By Road: There are several entry points by land route mainly from Nepal / Indian borders;
Scheduled public as well as tourist buses run to and from Kathmandu. Traveling by bus is recommended if you can cope with 10 to 12 hours of long drive in return for a fascinating mountainous views and snail tail roads that meet above the clouds.
Do you have Airport pickup facilities?
Definitely! We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked for our any packages. We don't charge any money. As the time you booked your trip, you have to inform us.
What is the best time to visit Nepal?
September and April are warm with the temperature ranging between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. In October, November, late February and March it is typically 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. In December and January it is much cooler, between 45-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and you may experience foggy conditions as well. As there is an ideal time to visit Nepal. Nepal can be visited the whole year round. Light weight clothing is recommended from May to October. Warm garments are required from October to March. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the rainy season.
How can I make the payment?
There are various payment options by which you can make payment to Glory Nepal team. You can make payment by cash, bank transfer, online credit card payment and Travelers checks. If you wish to use another option of payment suitable to you, then Glory Nepal will assist you for that.
Why should I book the tour through Glory Nepal?
Glory Nepal team is a recognized Holiday Planner and service provider related with the Nepal Tourism Sector. The Team of Glory Nepal is able to work on your any kind of travel requirements as it is associated with a team of Tour Escorts, Guides who are well trained, fluent in different languages and with long experience in related sectors. We do offer verities of Nepal Tour, Trek, Jungle Safari, Adventure packages but beside that we are best in organizing special tailor made itineraries in any areas of Nepal. As our motto is "Guest's Satisfaction is our Achievements" we are always here to assist you for your holiday to Nepal.
What does grading (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous) means?
"Grading" is a term used for rating treks based on difficulty. According to Himalayan Glacier standards and experience, we have divided the trekking into four types, namely Easy, Moderate, Difficult and Strenuous- the challenge in terms of both technicality and geography increases as we move higher in that order. Thus, Easy Treks could be suitable for all while Strenuous and Difficult Treks are meant only for those who have certain experience and capability.
This can help you choose a trek or climb especially in the Himalayan Region that best suits your fitness level and experience. Please keep in mind that this is a general guide only. A variety of factors, including weather, may add to the challenge.
No previous trek experience and any physical preparation are required to attempt this trek. An interest in walking will be enough to take up such treks. Such treks usually vary from 2 days hike to 5 days trekking and can reach up to an altitude of 3000 m. Treks usually on well maintained paths and passes through ridges and involve walking up to 5 hours a day.
Moderate Treks will require at least 6-7 hours of walking every day, crossing 4000 m above high altitude passes, and long and exhausting walks through often rough trails, rocks and boulders. Therefore, you will require physical and mental fitness, positive attitude and interests and previous hiking or camping experience is preferred. You should prepare to face high altitude.
Previous trekking experience and technical knowledge is essential in Difficult Treks. Besides walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours and crossing high passes as high as 5000 m, you will also be glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air with low level of oxygen and continuous walking over huge stretch of Himalayan valleys. Positive attitude and perseverance is required.
Strenuous Treks involve long days, long hours of challenging walks, high altitude passes above 5000 m, difficult terrains and glacier and snow walking. No doubt you need to be mentally and physically fit and in excellent health condition. As part of technical requirements, you will require to have rock and ice climbing experience with the knowledge of use of ice axe and crampons. You should consider joining one of the rock climbing and glacier walking classes prior to heading for Trek.
Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
There are many ATM machines in the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valley. ATM machines are slowly being introduced to other cities like Bhuwtal and Dharan.
What types of cards are accepted? Debit or Credit? Visas or Masters or Discovers or Dinners?
Most popular cards accepted in Nepal are VISA, MASTERCARD and American Express. Both Debit and Credit Cards are accepted here. American Travelers Cheques are also accepted in most Banks, Hotels, and Travel companies.
Are there any tourist police in Nepal?
Of course there is tourist police located near the Nepal Tourism Development Board's Office. Also, there are complaint counters at the airport and Basantapur Durbar Square. Tourist police are specially trained in English and have detailed local knowledge to assist tourists. For security and travel related assistance, you can reach any of the officers from telephone 4-247041, 4-4268969 during 11 a.m to 5 p.m
Is Nepal safe? Is a woman traveling alone safe with your company?
Absolutely Nepal is safe for traveler. Firstly, Nepal is considered as one of the peaceful countries in the world (chances are it's safer here than your home-country). Secondly, while you're on one of our trips, we take personal responsibility for your well-being, a responsibility we commit very seriously.
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