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Himalayan Capitals of Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan

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16 Days
Apr-May, Sep-Nov
  • Cultural and scenic tours to the famed beautiful places in Nepal-Bhutan and in Tibet 
  • In the backdrop of the high Himalayan mountain range and a visit to historical monasteries and temples 
  • With awesome views with sunrise and sunrise in the comfort of Hotels

The Kathmandu Valley is indeed a unique valley, wearing an exotic setting. Twenty-five centuries of history. It is completely surrounded by a tier of Green Mountain walls above which to the north tower the mighty snowcapped peaks during the winter. It consists of four major cities carrying great historic, artistic and cultural interest. Our tour takes you to fascinating spot at Nagarkot-Pokhara from Kathmandu a sweeping scenic flight to Bhutan the one and only Himalayan kingdom visiting at places of cultural interest from here back to Kathmandu for another leisure adventure to Lhasa-Shigatse in Tibet, tour of historical places with magnificent scenery on drive and visiting Lhasa and Shigatse most popular places, a tour in one package which is hardly organized by other agents, HimEX is here offering these beautiful historical cities of Kathmandu-Thimphu and Lhasa, this is the trip that grips and fascinate you throughout your memorable stay with us.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02:

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Day 03:

Drive to Nagarkot 2 hrs drive.

Day 04:

Drive to Kathmandu airport and fly to Pokhara with a tour of Bhaktapur.

Day 05:

In Pokhara sight seeing tour at places of interest.

Day 06:

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 07:

Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu, Bhutan.

Day 08:

Drive to Punakha (75 Km, 3 Hours )

Day 09:

Drive to Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours)

Day 10:

At Paro for tour.

Day 11:

Depart from Bhutan to Nepal. Sightseeing tour.

Day 12:

Fly to Lhasa and transfer to Hotel.

Day 13:

In Lhasa three days tour the fabled City of Lhasa.


Day 15:

Day 16:

Fly Lhasa to Kathmandu.

Day 17:

In Kathmandu at leisure.

Day 18:

Depart Kathmandu for departure for homeward bound.



Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.


On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, tours, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.


Day 02:

Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.


After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.
Bhaktapur is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and the city was once the capital of Nepal in 12th to the 15th century. It is 20 kms from the Kathmandu valley and also known as the city of Culture, the living heritage of Nepal cultural gem. The main attraction of Bhaktapur is Nyatapol (5-story) Temple, Golden gate palace with 55 windows, intricately designed woodcarvings etc. Bhaktapur is also famous for it’s pottery work. After a brief sightseeing of Bhaktapur we will now head back to Kathmandu and onto our next site for the day which is Pashupatinath temple.

Pashupatinath is situated 5 kms east of Kathmandu, the temple of Lord Shiva-Pashupatinath with two tiered golden roof and silver doors is famous for its superb architecture. Visitors can clearly see the temple and the activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. The temple is also one of the UNESCO world heritage site.

Bouddhanath is declared to stand as the largest Buddhist shrine of South Asia. The ancient colossal chorten was built in the 6th century  by King Man Dev. It rests on a series of three terraces and from the bird’s eye view it takes the relevant shape or of a lotus flower which indeed remains a very holy object for all the devout Buddhists of the world. The chorten is surrounded by a circular market, which forms a part of Tibet town. In this case, also the four pairs of the Buddha’s eyes give a vivid flash to the four cardinal directions, meaning to keep a diligent watch over the people and their commitments all day all night. The chorten embraces the authentic philosophy of Mahayana the faith of which is known as Lamaism in Sikkim, Ladakh, Bhutan and Tibet.

Patan Durbar Square: The ancient name of Patan is Lalitpur, meaning city of beauty. It is indeed a city of beauty and grace and is planned on a circular format with Buddhist stupa’s at each of the four points of the compass. The city is three kilometers south-east of Kathmandu across the southern bank of the river Bagmati. Like Kathmandu, its most photogenic centre of attraction is its Durbar Square complex, situated right in the middle of the market place. The city is full of Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, with fine bronze gateways, guardian deities also and wonderful carvings. Noted for its craftsmen and metal workers, it is also known as the city of artists. The city is believed to have been built during the reign of Vira Deva in 299 A.D.

An attraction of a different kind is the Tibetan Camp on the outskirts of Patan. The small Tibetan population living here has set up a number of shrines and stupas as well as several souvenir shops offering authentic Tibetan handicrafts such as prayer wheels of wood, ivory, silver or bronze, long temple horns made of beaten copper, belt buckles, miniature thunderbolts and jewels. In this area, one can also see the Tibetans weaving carpets by hand.


Day 03:

Drive to Nagarkot 2 hrs drive.


From the respective Hotel our guide will pick you up at the given time, afternoon time would be idle, after lunch in Kathmandu a scenic drive in the busy area of Kathmandu leads you to the suburb where the traffic fades slowly and then just by the outskirt of Bhaktapur, the drive climbs for an hour reaches at Nagarkot, on arrival check into respective Mountain Resorts offering great views of the snow capped peaks with sunsets and sunrise in comfort of the cosy room with a view Hotels and Resorts.


Day 04:

Drive to Kathmandu airport fly to Pokhara with a tour of Bhaktapur.


Morning after sunrise over the chain of snow capped peaks, leave after breakfast for the downhill drive towards Bhaktapur for the sightseeing at places of interest inside the age-old Durbar Square Bhaktapur lies only a short distance from the capital, but it could be another planet, so great is the difference in the atmosphere and sense of history. It really feels, despite the gradual encroachment of satellite dishes, that little has changed here for centuries. After a wonderful time here, drive to the airport for the short flight to Pokhara. As per the flight schedule, transfer to the domestic airport for the flight to Pokhara. Half hour scenic flight brings to the stunning Pokhara Valley. Pokhara is the second largest township in Nepal and enjoys a beautiful setting beside the large lake of Phewa, Rupa and Begnas. From here are magnificent views of Mt. Maccahapuchare the famous fishtail peak, with time in the late afternoon or evening to have a look around the town which is situated on the mid-west Nepal.


Day 05:

In Pokhara sight seeing tour at places of interest.


Today you will be engrossed with tour at places of interest in Pokhara with the constant panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range of mountains including the majestic Mt. Maccahapuchare.

Morning a short drive to Sarankot for the sunrise over the chain of snow capped mountains overlooking the beautiful Pokhara Valley with the Phewa Lake. After breakfast boat ride at Phewa Lake followed by visit of the Brindabhasini Temple premises, the Seti Gorge, the Devi’s fall (David) or Pathele chhago, Gupteswor Cave and Tibetan Refugee Camp.


Day 06: 

Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.


As per the morning flight time transfer to Pokhara airport for the flight back to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel for another adventure tour to Bhutan.


Day 07:

Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu.


Arrive in the Paro Airport. Our representative in Bhutan will greet you, brief you about the trip and will take you to the capital city Thimphu (2,320m), one and half hour drive. Visit the Weekend market, Mini Zoo and Tashichoo Dzong, hike to Cheri Monastery, visit hand made paper factory, 13 Arts and Crafts institute, museums, see people playing archery, stroll around the cit and a night in down town Thimphu. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate design on cloth. Visit Handicrafts Emporium which displays wide assortment of beautifully hand-woven and crafted products. Then drive to Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s Third King who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu


Day 08:

Drive to Punakha (75 Km, 3 Hours )


After breakfast drive to Punakha with a short stop at Dochula pass (3,080m) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m), Kangphugang (7,170 m), Zongphugang (7, 060 m), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.

Later visit Punakha Dzong, built strategically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative centre of the region, Punakha Dzong has played an important role in Bhutan’s history. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has now been fully restored.

After that drive to Wangduephodrang visiting Dzong and local market, the district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate and stone carvings, and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.


Day 09:

Drive to Paro (125 Km, 4 Hours)


After breakfast drive to Paro en route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for religious studies.

Afternoon in Paro visiting Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom, originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is serving as the National Museum of the country and holding fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. 

Afterwards, walk down a hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong. Built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal , the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body of Paro, the office of the Dzongda (district administrative head) and Thrimpon (judge) of Paro district, overnight at the hotel in Paro.


Day 10: 

In Paro for short tour.


After breakfast drive north of Paro valley to ruins of Drukgyel Dozng.


Day 11:

Fly Paro / Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Sightseeing Tour


After breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to Kathmandu. Check in to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is the historic seat of royalty. The Durbar Square, with its old temples and places, epitomizes the religious and cultural life of the people. It is here that Kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized. Interesting things to seek here are; Taleju Temple built by King Mahendra Malla in 1549 A.D., Kal Bhairav, the God of destruction, Nautalle Durbar, Coronation Nasal Chowk, the Gaddi Baithak, the statue of King Pratap Malla, the Big Bell, Drum and the Jagannath Temple.

Proceed to Swayambunath, one of the world’s most glorious Buddhist Chaitya. It is said to be 2000 years old. Painted on the four sides of the spdire bases are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. It is three kilo meters west of Kathmandu city and is situated on a hillock about 77 m. above the level of the Kathmandu Valley.


Day 12:

Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa.


Morning drive to Kathmandu International airport for the flight to Lhasa if the weather is clear enough you can have the spectacular view of World’s highest peaks including Mount Everest, received at the Airport by the Tibetan guide from our counterpart agents and drive to respective Hotels for about 2 hours.


Day 13-15:

Sightseeing tour of Lhasa.


These days you will be engrossed with sightseeing and excursion of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple at the Barkhor Market, Drepung and Sera Monasteries. Last day you will visit Namtso Lake – full day return journey.


Day 16:

Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu.


In the morning after breakfast, transfer to airport. During the flight you will see Yarlung Tsangpo River, Lake Yamdrok, Mt. Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt. Makalu (8463m) and Mt. Everest (8848m).


Day 17:

Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.


A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight.


Day 18:

Transfer to Airport for the International departure.


Today as per your international flight time, keep your air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing adventure in neighboring Himalayan Capitals.


Includes / Excludes

Price includes following services:

 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Lhasa as per itinerary on Bed & Breakfast basis.

 2.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Bhutan as per itinerary on full board basis.

 3.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Paro and Lhasa.

 4.  Guided sightseeing tours as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.

 5.  Flight Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu, Kathmandu / Paro /Kathmandu and Kathmandu / Lhasa / Kathmandu.

 6.  Entry Visa fee for Bhutan and Tibet.

 7.  Transportation by private vehicle.


Our price does not include followings:

 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.

 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.

 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara and Lhasa Hotels.

 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.

 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.

 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.

 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.



If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.


Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.



It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.



Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.



Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.



Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.



The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.



The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.



River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.


Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.


Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.



Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.


Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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