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Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet tour (14 days)

Wander the mystical streets of Kathmandu with an experienced guide by your side. Discover ancient courtyards, temples and bustling markets. Gain a taste of the remarkable cultural heritage of this unique and varied land. 

Tibet is known as the rooftop of the world.  Explore the capital city Lhasa and experience the Tibetan people, culture, palaces, monasteries and other attractions in this holy city.  Drive out to Namtso lake (sky lake), one of the highest lakes in the world, and witness a stunning sunset and sunrise view over one of the 3 sacred lakes in Tibet. 

Experience the rich culture and unique lifestyle of Bhutan and its people.  Visit the beautiful townships of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Witness ancient fortresses and monasteries, including the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, a sacred temple hanging onto a rocky cliff.  Explore the King’s Memorial Chorten, nunnery temple, folk heritage museum and much more.  All of this whilst enjoying the constant company of the amazing Bhutanese landscape.

Trip Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Tours

Day 03:  Kathmandu to Lhasa

Day 04:  Lhasa Sightseeing Day


Day 05:  Lhasa to Namtso Lake (Sky Lake)

Day 06:  Namtso Lake (Sky Lake) to Lhasa


Day 07:  Lhasa to Kathmandu


Day 08:  Kathmandu to Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs), Sightseeing Thimphu

Day 09:  Thimphu - Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing & Trekking

Day 10:  Punakha – Paro (By car, 3 hrs), Paro Sightseeing

Day 11:  Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery

Day 12:  Paro to Kathmandu

Day 13: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)

Day 14:Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters)

Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.  Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal.  You will then be transferred by private car to your hotel to settle in.  You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.

Hotel in Kathmandu-B

Day 02: Kathmandu guided city tour

In the morning after having breakfast you will drive to Bodhnath. Bodhnath is the largest stupa of Nepal. Around the octagonal base of stupa there are 108 images of Buddha where prayer ceremonies of Buddhist Lamas are taking place since over 2000 years. Then you will proceed to visit the temple of Pashupatinath which is Nepal's most important Hindu pilgrim site on the banks of the Bagmati River. The temple of Pashupatinath is dedicated to god Shiva. In the afternoon proceed for a half day sightseeing tour of Patan city. Patan was the second largest town in the valley but it has been absorbed into Kathmandu. After visiting Patan you will proceed to visit the Swayambhunath. The stupa at Swayambhunath is the most important and oldest site of Buddhist worship in Nepal. Swayambhunath Stupa is famous for the eyes of Buddha which seem to be observing the world from all 4 directions.

Hotel in Kathmandu-B

Day 03:  Kathmandu to Lhasa

After breakfast it’s time to fly to Tibet.  You will be driven to Kathmandu airport to catch your flight.  It’s a one hour flight over the highest mountain range in the world.  Your guide and driver will meet you at the airport with a warm Tibetan style welcome ceremony by presenting you Khata (scarf) and will escort you to Lhasa.  On the 2-hour drive, you'll enjoy the heart-stopping views along the Yarlong Tsangpo River.  After checking into your hotel, have a rest to acclimatize yourself to this high altitude city at the top of the world.  We then go to visit the Tibet Museum, which is not only a source of information and inspiration for Tibetans themselves, but also educates visitors from the world on the unique culture.

Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing Day

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop.  As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of the Dalai Lama.  Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.In the afternoon, visit the Johkang Temple, the centre of Tibetan Buddhism, built in 647 A.D.  After the Johkang Temple, we will start a circular pilgrimage route along Barkhor Street where you can purchase traditional Tibetan and Nepalese artefacts, religious implements, antiques, books, music instrument and Thangkas (paintings).

Hotel in Lhasa-B

Day 05:  Lhasa to Namtso Lake (Sky Lake)

After breakfast we drive north towards Namtso Lake which is known as the Sky Lake among Tibetans.  Namtso Lake is also one of the highest lakes in the world with as altitude of 4718 meters.  The deep blue water makes the lake look like a part of the sky. The perennial snow-capped Nyenqing Tangula Mountains, with peaks over 7000 meters, tower above the lake to the south.  You could also see vast Namtso grassland with nomadic families and yaks dotted around.  The sunset and sunrise over the lake are definitely two highlights of this Sky Lake tour.

Hotel in Lhasa-B

Day 06: Namtso Lake (Sky Lake) to Lhasa

In the morning, after appreciating the breathtaking sunrise over the lake, we will drive back to Lhasa.  In the afternoon, you will have a chance to watch the famous scripture debating among monks at Sera Monastery.  This is one of three main Gelug monasteries in Lhasa.

Hotel in Lhasa-B

Day 07: Lhasa to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will be driven to the airport.  Farewell from Tibet!  On arrival back in Kathmandu you will be driven back to your hotel.  In the afternoon, visit UNESCO enlisted monuments of Kathmandu valley.  Or simply rest

Hotel in Kathmandu-B

Day 08:  Kathmandu to Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs), Sightseeing Thimphu

After breakfast your guide will brief you on your trip to Bhutan.  Your flight will be with Bhutan’s national airline Druk Air, the only airline in Bhutan.  If the weather is clear, you will have wonderful views of the Himalayas.  It’s a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom of Bhutan.  Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang Iron Bridge en route. Hotel check-in, then head for the Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Takin Sanctuary, where you'll see Bhutan's unique national animal the Takin.  Continue to meet the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery, before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD $4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative centre (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Hotel in Thimpu-B, L, D

 

Tip: Bring an SD card/USB drive with your photo to avoid lining up at the Post Office

Day 09: Thimphu - Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing & Trekking

After breakfast we head towards Punakha.  On your way, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas.  If the weather is clear, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya.  Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman, a sacred place where people pray for children.  Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very grand building of Bhutanese architecture, armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. You will also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).

Hotel in Punakha -B, L, D

Day 10:  Punakha – Paro (By car, 3 hrs), Paro Sightseeing

Drive back to Paro and start today's tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative centre. Later visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.  This ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine.

Hotel in Paro- B, L, D

Day 11:  Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery

This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley.  After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders.  If the weather is clear, you'll see a great distant view of Mt.Chomolhari.

Hotel in Paro -B, L, D

Day 12: Paro to Kathmandu

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the land of the Thunder Dragon.  You will be escorted to the airport where you will fly back to Kathmandu.  Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed back to Nepal and taken to your hotel.  The remaining day is free.  Rest or let our guide show you more hidden sights around Kathmandu.

Hotel in Kathmandu-B

Day 13: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Explore the ancient Patan city, one of the three main cities of the valley which is renowned as city of art and craft. Main highlights of Patan city are Durbar square, ancient temples, Tibetan refugee camp and Patan industrial area. Enjoy the afternoon buying gifts, souvenirs or visit more sights with our Kathmandu expert tour guide. Overnight in Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu-B

Day 14: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel with private car and offer you a Khada (scarf).  Wearing a Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards they will drop you to the airport. Farewell from Nepal.

Note of above Itinerary:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch 

D = Dinner

Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We will follow accordingly.

Cost Includes

• All accommodation where available
• Airport Pickup/Drop off
• Domestic flights
• International flights to Bhutan and one way flight to Lhasa, Tibet
• All ground transportation
• Private guide with insurance
• Entrance fees to all sights
• First Aid Kit
• All government and local taxes
• Meals as per the Itinerary

 Cost Excludes

• International flights
• Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
• Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
• Personal gear and expenses
• Alcoholic and soda drinks.
• Tips and gratitude for guide/porter

 

Normally we have open date. We do operate from 1 person group to 20 person group in one time. If there is people more than 20 person then we divide it on to two groups. For the price you could mail us on info@thirdeyeadventure.com

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Travel Insurance

It would be best of you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don"t arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations
All accommodations for Annapurna Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. You will spend two nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and during your trekking you will spend 10 nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement.

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisen, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu and breakfast will be provided in Pokhara.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
The effects of high altitude on humans are considerable. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen. Athletes use these adaptations to help their performance. There is a limit to the level of adaptation: mountaineers refer to the altitudes above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) as the "death zone", where no human body can acclimatize.

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