12 days Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour

Good to Know
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Group Size 1+
  • Trip Starts Paro, Bhutan
  • Trip Ends Lhasa, Tibet
  • Group Style Group and Private
  • Activities Tours
  • Best Season March-June and Sept- Dec

Highlights

  • Visit 3 Himalayan countries and 3 capitals in one multi-country tour
  • Bhutan’s Paro and Thimphu 
  • Nepal’s Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tibet’s Lhasa
  • Incredible Himalayan views along scenic routes
  • Visit historical and cultural landmarks
  • Informative and helpful local guides
     

Trip Introduction: 12 days Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour

Have one of the best Himalayan holidays with Trekking Planner’s Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days. This incredible 12 days multi-country sightseeing tour takes you to some of the best parts of Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet! Visit all three capitals Thimphu, Kathmandu, and Lhasa. Also enjoy guided sightseeing during the entire Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour!

The route of the Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour:

Trekking Planner takes you to some of the best parts of all three countries, in this exciting multi-country Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour. During the tour, we’ll visit historical and world-renowned monuments, such as the Tigers’ Nest Monastery, Kathmandu, and the Potala Palace. 

Bhutan and the Tiger’s Nest Monastery:

The Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days starts in Bhutan. Upon your arrival at Paro’s airport, our Trekking Planner representative and local guide will be awaiting you with a warm welcome. We don’t waste too much time and depart for Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city. After settling into our hotel we head out to explore Thimphu and head to the Memorial Chorten. The next day we go around sightseeing at the amazing School of Arts and Crafts, the Folk Heritage Museum, the National Library, the Motithang Takin Zoo, and the 51m/167ft tall Buddha Dordenma statue! For the last part of our Bhutan tour, we head back to Paro and visit the 3,120m/10,236ft high Taktsang Monastery. Also, known as the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery! The next day we say goodbye to Bhutan and fly to Nepal’s Kathmandu.

Nepal, and Pokhara lakeside city:

Being home to Trekking Planner’s main office, your first stop in Nepal is at Kathmandu’s Thamel area. Known as a backpacker’s paradise this tourist area is filled with hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops! For your first evening, Trekking Planner invites you to a welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with a live cultural show. The next day we go sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley’s most famous landmarks. First up is the legendary Swayambunath Stupa, resting on a jungle hill on the edge of Kathmandu city. Second, up is a visit and exploration tour around Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. This palace square is filled with cobbling alleys, markets, and ancient buildings! In the afternoon we visit the Boudhanath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. For your second day in Nepal, we travel to Pokhara. Located just southeast of the Annapurna Himalayas, this city comes just out of a painting. Resting peacefully at the shores of Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known as Nepal’s favorite touristic spot! We’ll spend time boating on Phewa Lake and visit the Tal Barahi Temple and the World Peace Shanti Stupa. On land, we can choose to see an amazing sunrise view from Sarangkot or go directly sightseeing at Davi’s Falls and the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave running below it! We spend the last day in Nepal traveling back to Kathmandu and enjoying Nepal for the last time. As we make way for Tibet and the last part of the incredible Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days!

Tibet, and Lhasa:

When you think of Tibet, you most definitely imagine secluded Himalayan Buddhist Monasteries and Buddhist monks! Well, you are not incorrect! Arriving at Lhasa makes you realize that. To end the Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days we plan sightseeing in Tibet’s capital city Lhasa. The city is incredibly clean and your eyes quickly catch a glimpse of the incredible big Potala Palace, which we’ll visit. It will take most of the day to travel to Tibet from Nepal and we can take an afternoon walk around Lhasa before turning in for the night. The next day we’ll visit the most famous place in Lhasa; the Potala Palace. The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. At Barkhor Street, you can do a round walking tour, as a sort of ritual to cleanse yourself of negative thoughts. The next day we plan a visit to two of the great Gelug Monasteries, the Drepung and Sera Monasteries. We’ll also plan a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving Workshop!

Filled with sightseeing, culture, and activities, the Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days is one of the most popular multi-country touring packages! Get ready to see the best parts of these three Himalayan countries and book today with Trekking Planner for a lifetime of experiences!

Important Note:

To offer an even better service to our travelers, we ask you to take a look at these information points before booking your trip with us.

Best seasons for the Bhutan Nepal and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days

Either fall/autumn or spring will be the best seasons for the Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days. In the fall/autumn which lasts from September until early November, the weather is a bit cooler but the skies are clear blue. Do note that the days are shorter during the fall/autumn season. In spring the weather is warmer, but in the afternoon more clouds can block the views.

Climate and Weather or 12 days Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet sightseeing tour

Before booking any trip to a Himalayan country it’s important to understand the climate and weather of the country you plan to visit. As stated above the best seasons are spring or fall/autumn. When you think spring you think warm weather, in Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet this is as well but in the early morning and night the temperatures can get to around or even below zero! So always make sure to check which season you which to travel to and what to pack.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Paro + drive to Thimphu
Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03: Drive back to Paro and + Sightseeing
Day 04: Fly to Kathmandu, Nepal
Day 05: Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 06: Drive to Pokhara
Day 07: Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu 
Day 09: Fly to Lhasa, Tibet
Day 10: Lhasa sightseeing 
Day 11: Lhasa sightseeing
Day 12: Departure

Itinerary
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    • Trekking Planner’s representative awaits you with your name card at the airport
    • Meet & greet with your local guide
    • Drive by private vehicle to Thimphu
    • Arrival at Thimphu
    • Explore Thimphu’s Memorial Chorten
    • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

    Traveller’s note: Did you know that arriving at the airport a Trekking Planner representative will be awaiting your arrival together with your Bhutanese guide? The first day we’ll spend traveling to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. In the afternoon we go sightseeing at the famous Memorial Chorten.

      • Hotel breakfast and check out
      • Enjoy guided sightseeing in Thimphu:
      • Visit the School of Arts and Crafts
      • Visit the Folk Heritage Museum
      • Visit the National Library
      • Lunch
      • Visit the Motithang Takin Zoo
      • Visit the Buddha Dordenma after sundown
      • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

      Traveller’s note: Did you know that the Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and at the Motithang Takin Zoo you’ll get the chance to see this exotic animal? The 51m/167ft high Buddha statue of Buddha Dordenma reflects the moonlight at night! If you plan your itinerary to visit Thimphu at the weekend you can enjoy the weekend market as well.

         

        • Hotel breakfast + check out
        • Drive back to Paro
        • Hotel check-in
        • lunch
        • Afternoon tour to the famous Tiger’s Nest, the Paro Taktsang Monastery
        • Either hike up or choose to hire a pony
        • Enjoy a few hours at the monastery
        • Head back down to the hotel
        • Evening walk around Paro’s Old Town
        • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel

        Traveller’s note: Did you know that the Taktsang Monastery is the second largest monastery in Bhutan and is presumed to have been built around the 16th century at the height of 3,120m/10,236ft! You can visit the Paro Dzong at the edge of Paro Old Town.
         

          • Hotel breakfast and check out
          • Transfer to the international airport
          • Scenic flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
          • Meet and greet with our representative
          • Transfer to your hotel
          • The rest of the day is free at leisure
          • Welcome dinner with a live cultural show
          • Overnight stay at your hotel

          Travelers’ note: Did you know that Trekking Planner’s main office is located in Kathmandu, Thamel? During our welcome dinner, we’ll introduce you to our team and go over your itinerary during your Nepal visit.

            • Hotel breakfast
            • Pick up from our guide
            • Enjoy sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
            • Visit the Swayambunath Stupa
            • Visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square
            • Visit the Boudhanath Stupa
            • Visit the Pashupatinath Temple
            • Transfer back to your hotel
            • Overnight stay at your hotel

            Travelers’ note: Did you know that today we’ll spend the entire day on a guided sightseeing tour? For lunch, we do recommend one of the rooftop restaurants around the Boudhanath Stupa. Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is also filled with unique Nepalese handicraft shops making it a great place to find some authentic souvenirs!

              • Hotel breakfast + check out
              • Drive to Pokhara lakeside city
              • Lunch on the way
              • Arrive at Pokhara + hotel check-in
              • Enjoy an evening walk around Phewa Lake
              • Overnight stay at your hotel

              Traveler’s note: Did you know that you can also fly to Pokhara in just a 35min flight? This always you to spend more time in Pokhara but is not included in this package rate. If you wish to fly to Pokhara instead, then do let your Trekking Planner representative know to make the arrangements.

                • (Optional: Early wake-up call, to drive to Sarangkot hill for a stunning sunrise view)
                • Hotel breakfast
                • Activities in Pokhara:
                • Boating on Phewa Lake + Visit Tal Barahi temple
                • Hike to the Shanti World Peace Stupa
                • Visit the famous waterfall Davi’s Falls
                • Explore in the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave
                • Overnight stay at your hotel

                Traveler’s note: Did you know that Pokhara is considered one of the cleanest cities in Nepal? Today’s sightseeing tour goes to some of the most famous places in Pokhara, but there is much more to here. If you want to stay longer in Pokhara then do let us know to organize any additional activities.

                  • Hotel breakfast + check out
                  • Transfer to the airport in Pokhara
                  • Fly back to Kathmandu
                  • Transfer to your hotel
                  • The rest of the day is free at leisure
                  • Overnight stay at your hotel

                  Traveler’s note: Did you know that there are many more things you can do and see within Kathmandu? Talk with your Trekking Planner representative to organize any other activities for this day!

                    • Hotel breakfast + check out
                    • Transfer to the international airport in Kathmandu
                    • Scenic flight to Lhasa, Tibet
                    • Transfer to your hotel
                    • The rest of the day is free at leisure
                    • Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel

                    Traveler’s note: Did you know that although Tibet’s Lhasa is relatively close to Nepal it will take most of the day to travel there by flight?
                     

                      • Hotel breakfast
                      • Pick up by your guide
                      • Enjoy sightseeing in Lhasa
                      • Visit the famous Potala Palace
                      • Visit the Jokhang temple
                      • Visit and make a circle around Barkhor Street
                      • Transfer back to your hotel
                      • Overnight stay at your hotel

                      Traveler’s note: Did you know that the Dalai Lama resides at the Potala Palace during the winter? During today’s sightseeing tour, you can also see the incredible culture of the Tibetan people!
                       

                        • Hotel breakfast
                        • Pick up by your guide
                        • Enjoy sightseeing in Lhasa
                        • Visit the Drepung Monastery
                        • Visit the Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop
                        • Visit the Sera Monastery and the discussing monks
                        • Transfer back to your hotel
                        • The rest of the afternoon is free for leisure
                        • Overnight stay at your hotel

                        Traveler’s note: Did you know that the Drepung and Sera Monasteries are two of the three only great Gelug Monasteries of Tibet? At the Sera Monastery, we can witness the monks discussing getting rid of bad karma. 

                          • Check-out
                          • Our team will transfer you to the airport approx. 3hrs before departure
                          • We hope you enjoyed the Bhutan Nepal and Tibet sightseeing tour of 12 days with Trekking Planner, and can’t wait to organize your next adventure!
                             

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                          Inclusions
                          What's Included
                          • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle.
                          • Bhutan and Tibet entry visa fees and special permits for Tibet.
                          • Twin/double shearing accommodation on full board at 3-star category hotels in Bhutan.
                          • Bhutan to Nepal to Tibet flight.
                          • Guided sightseeing tours by private vehicle and all necessary entrance fees in Bhuta, Nepal (Kathmandu and Pokhara), and Tibet.
                          • Kathmandu to Pokhara by land and Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight 
                          • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB at 3-star category hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Tibet.
                          • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English-speaking, well-trained, Government license holding local guide. price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance.        
                          • Welcome dinner in an authentic restaurant in Nepal.
                          • First aid kit box.
                          • Trekking Planner’s T-shirt, cap, duffle bags, and city maps – if necessary.
                          • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company).
                          • All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.
                          What's Excluded
                          • Your Nepal Visa fees 
                          • All the International airfare To Bhutan and from Tibet 
                          • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and in Tibet.
                          • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation (Helicopter rescue insurance is highly recommended. If you have any problem and you have to be evacuated, without your insurance you have to pay for the helicopter in cash).
                          • Your Personal expenses such as (laundry, phone calls, bar, beverage bill.. etc).
                          • The Tips to the guide and drive.
                          • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather conditions, or any event out of our control.
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