Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) provides an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes and the craftsmanship of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Your 18-Day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Overland Tour is a unique combination of three countries, starting with a train ride from Beijing or Chengdu. Choose to arrive in Tibet via sky train from Beijing to Lhasa. The famous Beijing-Lhasa train crosses six provinces of China before reaching Lhasa. The 3-Day Beijing Lhasa train journey is 40.40 hours; you can experience a roller coaster ride, especially when the train leaves Taiyuan and climbs Qinghai provinces to the Tibetan plateau. On this classic journey of Tibet, Nepal Bhutan, you will be touring each country's most famous landmarks, including Everest Base Camp from the north face. On this Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient Durbar Squares (Palaces), Stupas, Monasteries, and Temples…
Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) provides an opportunity to explore the culture, history, and landscapes and the craftsmanship of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Your 18-Day Classic Tibet Nepal Bhutan Overland Tour is a unique combination of three countries, starting with a train ride from Beijing or Chengdu. Choose to arrive in Tibet via sky train from Beijing to Lhasa. The famous Beijing-Lhasa train crosses six provinces of China before reaching Lhasa. The 3-Day Beijing Lhasa train journey is 40.40 hours; you can experience a roller coaster ride, especially when the train leaves Taiyuan and climbs Qinghai provinces to the Tibetan plateau.
On this classic journey of Tibet, Nepal Bhutan, you will be touring each country’s most famous landmarks, including Everest Base Camp from the north face. On this Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), you will explore ancient Durbar Squares (Palaces), Stupas, Monasteries, and Temples and meet friendly locals to learn about their culture and lifestyle. While traveling to Tibet, you will visit the impressive Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Bazaar, Sera, and Drepung Monastery and drive to Everest Base Camp before reaching Nepal. The overland journey from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp is an exciting epic journey through the high Himalayan passes and pristine lakes.
In Nepal, you will visit historical monuments in Kathmandu valley and drive to Chitwan to see Royal Bengal Tigers (If you are Lucky!) and one-horned Rhino, then go to Pokhara to observe spectacular views of the Annapurna massif. You will visit the impressive Dzongs (fortress) and hike the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s nest). Finally, you will fly to Bhutan, the country of gross national happiness.
Besides, you will be thrilled with an exciting flight from Kathmandu to Paro with panoramic views of the Himalayas! If you are looking for a short holiday starting from Kathmandu, you may check the 11-Day 3 Country Tour (Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan).
HimalayanWindows puts every effort into making your Cross Country Tour (Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan) smooth and pleasant by keeping all the possible attractions.
Arrive in Lhasa from Mainland China (Beijing/Chengdu). Pick you up from Lhasa Train station – Full rest for acclimatization – O/N at Hotel.
Please read: You may choose to take a flight to Lhasa or several cities of China or Kathmandu. If you are taking a flight from Beijing/Chengdu, we recommend you to stay at least for a night in China in order to deliver your original permit before boarding for Lhasa. If you are flying from Kathmandu, you must acquire a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) which takes 3-4 working days in Kathmandu.
Two Full Days Sightseeing Tour In Lhasa Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Bazaar, Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery – O/N at Hotel
Drive to Shigatse via Gyantse and Yamdrotso. Visit Phalkhor Monastery in Gyantse and Tashilhopo monastery in Shigatse. Overnight at the hotel.
Early in the morning, you will drive to Tingri from Shigatse. The total distance is 270 Kilometers and takes approximately five to six hours. You can choose to stay at Tingri and early morning drive to Rongbuk or continue to drive to Rongbuk for overnight. It takes about two hours to cross 90 KM drive from Tingri to Rongbuk.
Overnight at Guest house
Rent a horse cart or walk to the Everest Base Camp (EBC) and explore around – back to Rongbuk – Drive back to Tingri and further to Kerung. One can enjoy the magnificent view of the Mt. Xishapagma (8,212m) & Mt. Cho Oyu (8,201m). Overnight at Guesthouse at Kerung
After necessary border formalities at Kerung (Gyirong) border crossing; continue scenic drive to Kathmandu through the green lush countryside- transfer to your Hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you at the border Nepal side. Continue to drive to Kathmandu
A full Day sightseeing tour will combine various monument culture and Heritage site within the valley- Boudhanath Buddhist stupa, Pashupatinath Hindu Temple, Patan durbar square, Swoyambunath Budhist and Hindu Shrine. KTM Durbar Square, Hanuman dhoka museum and Kumari (virgin) living goddess temple. Overnight at hotel
Take 160km scenic drive to Chitwan by Car / Coach Depend on the group size and lunch in safari Lodge. After lunch activities- village/birds watching tour, evening Tharu culture programs. Overnight at hotel
Full DayJungle wildlife activities; – Elephant ride, Jungle walk, canoeing, Bird watch etc and overnight safari lodge. Overnight at hotel
Take a scenic drive from Chitwan to Pokhara following the picturesque view of rivers and beautiful landscapes. Overnight in Pokhara
Early morning visit Sarangkot Sunrise tour and back to hotel and afternoon excursion around valley and overnight hotel. The sightseeing trip includes visits to all these exotic places. Phewa Lake is the center of all attraction it is the largest and most enchanting of three lakes. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across visit the island temple in the middle of the lake. The eastern shore, popularly known as Lakeside or Baidam, is the favorite haunt of all travelers’ restaurants, handicraft shops and other tourist facilities are located. Overnight at hotel
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes. OverNight Hotel In Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel
Flying to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport received by our representative and transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan and Overnight at the hotel in Thimpu
After breakfast proceeds on to visit Thimphu valley.
Visit Trashichhoedzong (Thimpu Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that drive to Arts & Crafts School, famous for traditional thangka paintings. Here you will see, students at work producing intricate designs on cloth. Later visit Textile and Folk Heritage Museums, a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions. After lunch visits Handicrafts Emporium which displays a 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 the Father of modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside this monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy. Late afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochula passes (3,080m). Overnight at the hotel in Punakha
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, Built tactically at the junction of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative center 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. Then drive to Wangdiphodrang visiting Dzong and the local market. The district of Wangdiphodrang is also famous for its bamboo products, slate, and stone carvings. After lunch drive to Paro with a short stop at Dochula pass. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the Kingdom built in 1627, it now houses the School for Buddhist studies.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
After breakfast take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, the most famous of Bhutanese monasteries. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery hence it is called “Tiger’s Nest”. The excursion to the monastery takes about 5 hours for a round trip. Afternoon visit Ta Dzong, the National Museum of the Kingdom. Originally built as Watch Tower since 1967 it is acting as the National Museum of the country and holding a fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings, and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
Overnight at the hotel in Paro
After breakfast drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.
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Payment: 30% of the total tour cost is required as an advance deposit to confirm the tour with Himalayan Windows (HW). The remaining balance can be paid 3 days before the departure date. Payment can be made through Wire Transfer or Credit Card. We process your credit card payment securely and a bank fee is applicable.
Cancellation: For cancellations more than 30 days before the Tour Start Date, No Cancellation fee is charged. For cancellation from 29 calendar days up to and including 4 calendar days before the Tour Start Date, a charge of 30% of the total invoice amount is charged. For a cancellation occurring within 3 days of the date of travel or No Show shall be charged 100% of the total invoice amount. Learn more about Terms and Conditions.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in twin rooms in cities unless a special request is made for a single supplement with an additional fee. Accommodation is in twin or dormitory at lodges on the trek, especially in a peak season, it is difficult to find single/twin rooms in the mountains. Our main focus is to provide clean and safe rooms to our valued guests.
Meals: Basically, every package we offer includes breakfast; lunch, and dinner are provided based on the cost we offer on the tour. In Bhutan, every package is on a full board plan that includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. During the trek, we provide all meals and you will need to pay extra for drinking water and snacks.
Nepal Visa: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Nepal needs to obtain a Nepal Visa. A Nepal Tourist Visa can be obtained on arrival and some countries need a visa before traveling to Nepal. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Make sure to obtain a multi-entries Nepal Visa if you are planning cross-country tours.
Bhutan Visa Clearance: Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Bhutan needs to obtain a Bhutan Visa Clearance before the travel to Bhutan. We obtain your Bhutan visa; you need to send your color-scanned clear passport copy. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the Tour Start Date. Before flying to Bhutan, a Visa Clearance will be sent to you from your tour operator, you have to print the clearance paper and show it at the Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines counter during the Check-in. The original visa would be stamped into your passport upon arrival at the Paro airport. Learn more about Bhutan travel info.
Tibet Group Visa (TGV): Every traveler from any country who wanted to visit Tibet from Nepal needs to obtain a Tibet Group Visa (TGV) in Kathmandu through the help of a tour operator. Make sure to land in Kathmandu 3-4 working days before the travel date t process for TGV. If you are traveling from China, no TGV is required, a Chinese Visa & Permit are needed, though. Learn more about the Tibet entry procedure.
Nepal & Bhutan: Nepal and Bhutan share a climate from high mountains to low land sub-tropical plains and jungles. Both countries have similar weather and are ideal to visit at the same time of the year. March to April (spring) & October to December (autumn and early winter) are the best time to visit as the air is clean and fresh with sunny skies. January and February are colder and June, July, and August (summer) are monsoon seasons.
Tibet: The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October as the weather is warmer, fresh, and sunny skies. November to March are usually very cold, but still possible to visit if the route is not blocked by the snow, especially in the regions like Namtso, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kailash, etc.
HimalayanWindows advises bringing proper Travel Insurance to all travelers who are interested in traveling in the Himalayas. Travel Insurance is a policy that helps cover medical problems, emergency evacuation, theft, loss of belongings, last-hour tour/ticket cancellation, etc.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Bhutan tour Where is Bhutan? Bhutan is a small, landlocked country situated in the eastern Himalayas between China and India. Its landscape ranges from Subtropical plains and forests in the south to subalpine forests and the snowy Himalayas in the North. Bhutan is a principally Buddhist country, and it is recognized as the last stronghold of Mahayana Buddhism. Do I need to use a… Read More »