Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Once you have settled in our hotel, you will embark on your journey to Paro.
In Paro, you will visit places such as the Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple with the Ugyen Perli Palace visible through its fence, the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery, the national museum, and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple. Overnight in Paro.
Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km trek, 1 hour drive
After breakfast, you will take a scenic hike for about 4-5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), the most sacred monastery in Bhutan, built on steep cliff, offering you enchanting views of the Paro valley.Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, is said to have meditated there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. You will then hike back down the valley and drive to Thimpu. Overnight in Thimpu.
Day 03: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast, we enjoy the drive to Dochula pass (3,100 meters) in Punakha, a mountain pass where 108 memorial chortens
or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. To the east of the pass, the snow clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen prominently and among them is the Mt. Masanggang at 7,158 metres (23,484 ft), which is the highest peak in Bhutan. We will drive down hill from the pass through a rhododendron garden, fir and hemlock forests, rice fields, and rivers, while enjoying the panoramic views of the Bhutan Himalayas. After lunch, we will visit Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan built between 1637-1638. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 04: Punakha to Paro (2250m/7382ft): 140 km, 4 hours
After breakfast, we drive to Paro via Dochu La pass (3,100 meters), a mountain pass where 108 memorial chortens
or stupas known as "Druk Wangyal Chortens" have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. To the east of the pass, the snow clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen prominently and among them is the Mt. Masanggang at 7,158 metres (23,484 ft), which is the highest peak in Bhutan. After the tour of the monastery, we continue our drive with a stop in Thimphu for lunch. Overnight in Paro.
Day 05: Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft): 1 hour flight, Sightseeing in Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. We will collect your passport to obtain the visa for Tibet. We take a short tour to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati Rive, and Boudhnath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 06: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan: 150km, 5 – 6 hoursWe drive to Chitwan, the fifth largest city in Nepal located at the foot of the Churia range, famous for its Chitwan National Park (CNP), the first national park in Nepal established in 1973, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the park, you can either embark on a jungle safari or nature walk depending on the time of arrival. The safari will take you deep into the jungle to spot deer, the endangered one-horn rhinoceros, and other wild animals. If lucky, we may even spot the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger. During nature walks you will enjoy the company of a wide variety of flora and fauna and spend some time bird watching. In the evening, there will be a presentation on the wide range of flora and fauna which include
more than 700 species of wildlife and a not yet fully surveyed number of butterfly
species, king cobra and rock pythons, 17 other species of snakes, starred tortoise, and monitor lizards. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 07: Chitwan National Park
Early in the morning, we will be mounted on elephant backs for a jungle safari through dense grasslands to witness wildlife in their natural habitat. After breakfast, we visit the elephant stables and even enjoy bathing the elephants. In the afternoon you can either drive through the jungles followed by a canoe ride down the Rapti River, while getting a closer look at the Gharial and Mugger crocodiles along with fresh water dolphins, otters, and birds. Or, you may opt for bird watching or nature walks. Overnight in Chitwan.
Day 08: Drive to Pokhara (910m/2986ft): 200km, 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast we leave for Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu, close to the Annapurna mountain range. The altitude varies from 827 m in the southern part to 1740 m in the north within 30km. Also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city, it offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 09: Sightseeing in Pokhara and sunrise at Sarangkot Hill, Fly to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we leave for Sarangkot, a hill that overlooks the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges in the north and Pokhara city in the south. From here, we catch amazing views of sunrise in the mighty Himalayas. We then head back to Pokhara and tour the city; Davis Falls is a unique waterfall that flows directly into a narrow and deep canal, The Shiva Cave houses a shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We also do some boating in Phewa Lake, the largest lake in Pokhara and visit the Bindyabasini Temple located at the center of the Lake. From the lake, and possibly even from your hotel bed, you can enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountains, just twenty or so kilometers away. Then we visit the famous International Mountain Museum (IMM) that records, documents and chronicles the past and present development of mountaineering activities in the world and the Himalayas in particular. We fly to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Fly to Lhasa (3,650m/11,972ft): 1hour 30 minutes flight
You arrive at the Gonggar Airport in Lhasa, Tibet's administrative capital and one of the highest cities in the world. You will enjoy an hour of breathtaking views of The Himalayas on what is considered to be one of the most beautiful air routes in the world. You will be greeted by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya upon your arrival at the airport. You are advised to rest for the rest of the day to adjust to the altitude and minimize altitude sickness, as Lhasa has an elevation of about 3,600 m (11,800 ft) and lies in the centre of the Tibetan Plateau with the surrounding mountains rising to 5,500 m (18,000 ft), and thus the air only contains 68 percent of oxygen. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 11: Sightseeing in Lhasa Day 1: 5 - 6 hours
Sightseeing in Lhasa begins with a visit to the Potala and Norbulingka Palaces. Built in the 17century, Potala Palace provides amazing views of the entire city and houses the private quarters of the Dalai Lama, numerous grand state rooms, and chapels. Norbulingka Palace is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama and houses what is considered to be the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Next, we visit the Tibet Museum, the official museum of Tibet, which has a permanent collection of around 1000 artifacts related to the cultural history of Tibet. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 12: Sightseeing in Lhasa Day 2: 5 - 6 hours
After breakfast, we visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar. Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 We visit the Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar. The Drepung Monastery, which was built in the 14th century, is believed to have sheltered around 10,000 monks in the past. The history, culture, and religious beliefs of the Tibetan people are strongly concentrated and centered in this marvelous monastery. The Sera Monastery is a preserved monastery with white-washed walls and golden roofs. Jokhang Temple is another important sacred site which unravels more deep-seated mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. We then stroll through the Barkhor Bazaar (market). With its open air stalls, shops and crowd of pilgrims, it is the epicentre of Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 13: Excursion to Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave: 5 - 6 hours
In the morning, we drive to Ganden Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet located at the top of Wangbur Mountain at an altitude of 4,300m. Ganden Monastery has extremely delicate and fine murals and sculptures, with more than two dozen major chapels with large Buddha statues. The monastery also houses artifacts that belonged to Tsongkhapa, including his tomb. It also has an armor suit decorated with gems worn by Emperor Qianlong, which was bestowed to the monastery as an offering to Tsong Khapa, founder of the Gelug sect. We then drive to Drayerpa Cave located in a beautiful valley with a stunning landscape, that has more than 30 caves for Lamas who wish to meditate. In the evening, we drive back to Lhasa. Overnight in Lhasa.
Day 14: Departure; Home Sweet Home
Departure day. Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.