Nepal Bhutan Tour

Duration: 13 Days5/5(2 reviews)
At a Glance
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Destination Multi-Country
  • Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Group Size 1-12
  • Max. Altitude 3140m

Highlights

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu like, Boudhnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, & Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Explore Pokhara, the city of lakes, and visit places like Davis Falls, Sarangkot, Gupteshwar cave, Phewa Lake, etc
  • Get close to wildlife and plants in the Chitwan National Park, go on a jungle safari, bird watching, canoeing, and meet with an indigenous community
  • Explore Paro Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, and Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest) in Paro
  • Visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang in Punakha
  • Thimphu has the Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicrafts Emporiums, Institute of Traditional Medicine, and the famous Thangka Painting School.

13-Day Nepal Bhutan Tour Overview

Nepal Bhutan tour explores the rich history, historical sites, and natural heritage of these two countries for 13 days. From superb mountain views to mystical monuments, visits will give you a fantastic ride into the histories of these two Himalayan nations. The journey will spark your curiosity and enchant your beliefs.

The Nepal Bhutan tour is all about introducing you to these two Himalayan kingdoms and taking you on a rollercoaster of emotions that will humble you, inspire you, and give you a great perspective on life. And maybe it sounds cliche to you, but traversing deep within these Himalayan nations and learning about their cultural heritages will give goosebumps to you. You will find yourself amazed and fascinated with all the discoveries on this tour.

Many people around the world love the whole idea of mystical kingdoms, hidden away from bustling cities. And here we are offering you a magical 13 days journey into the mythical tales, brave history, abundant wildlife, and majestic mountains of these two countries. Nepal and Bhutan are two very different countries tied by the Himalayas. The culture and natural experiences on this tour are phenomenal. The harmony between adventure and tranquillity is unparalleled.

Nepal is the land of giant mountains, high passes, stunning lakes, deepest gorges, centuries-old monasteries & temples, and whatnot. From the start to the end of the Nepal Bhutan Tour 13 days, you will spend nine days in Nepal, exploring its various cities, historical monuments, caves, waterfalls, viewpoints, and a national park. Your time in Nepal will teach you profoundly about Nepalese art, architecture, history, wildlife, and culture.

The Nepal-Bhutan tour includes four full days in Bhutan. You explore the ancient dzongs, monasteries, national libraries, traditional medicine institutes, handicraft markets, palaces, and fortresses. The tour is divided between Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha. The commute between these places crosses the Dochula pass and includes panoramic rides. You will come across Bhutanese art and architecture, get to see their culture and practices, and come across ancient scriptures, manuscripts & antiques.

The Nepal Bhutan tour lets you enjoy breathtaking mountain views, pristine landscapes, and intimate interactions with the locals. You'll be face to face with exotic animals & birds and present with a first-hand experience of both countries' spiritual sides. The entire tour will be guided by an experienced guide, so you will not feel clueless. The tour guide will be able to communicate in your language, which makes the venture furthermore immersive.

Major attractions during the Nepal Bhutan tour 13 Days

Nepal

Kathmandu - The Capital of Nepal

In Kathmandu, you will visit many historical monuments that date thousands of years back. Kathmandu is a city of temples and museums. The tour in Kathmandu involves a visit to Swayambhunath, which is also known as Monkey temple. Located on a hilltop, this place offers a great aerial view of Kathmandu. Then you will visit one of the most important religious sites in Nepal, Bouddhanath Stupa, which is the largest stupa in the country. The tour then takes you to two royal palaces- Kathmandu Durbar Square. Apart from these places, you stop by museums, art galleries, and local markets.

Pokhara - Tourist Hub of nepal

Pokhara is the second biggest city in Nepal and is known as the city of lakes. You stay near Phewa Lake. The Lakeside Market is like the Thamel of Pokhara. The tour takes you to Saragkot, from where you can see the stunning aerial view of the city, along with a superb view of Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Annapurna, and Lamjung Himal. You will then visit the Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Bindhyabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Cave, etc.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is home of wilderness. You'll go on a deep jungle safari and come face-to-face with wildlife such as one-horn rhinos, elephants, wild boars, tigers, bears, deer, pheasants, etc. Here you will visit the village of an indigenous community, Tharus, and also do other activities like canoeing, jungle walking, elephant bathing, bird watching, etc.

Bhutan

Paro

In Paro, you will visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, also known as the fort of the heap of jewels. This place houses the Paro District Civil Administration, the Paro Monastic Body, and the Paro District Court. This small dzong was built in the 15th century and later got reconstructed in 1645 by Shabdrung. Then in 1905, the fort caught fire and was rebuilt by the Paro Penlop Dawa Penjor. You also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 638 AD by Tibetan King Songtsengampo. It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. You will then hike to Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest).

Thimphu

The tour in Thimphu takes you to Memorial Chorten constructed in memory of the late third king of Bhutan. We will then visit the weaving center, where you can see the clothes of Bhutanese royals. The tour proceeds to the National Library and Handicrafts Emporiums. Depending upon the time, you will also visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine and the famous Thangka Painting School.

Punakha

Punakha is reached after a 2.5-hour drive from Thimphu. Here we will visit Punakha Dzong and Chimi Lhakhang. En route to Chimi Lhakhang, stop at Wangdue Dzong, a beautiful temple located on a small hill. Chimi Lhakhang is a sacred place dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, also known as Divine Madman. It is one of the most religious sites in Bhutan.

Itinerary

Find the Detail itinerary for the Nepal Bhutan tour 13 Days. We also have shorter version of Nepal and Bhutan tour for 8 days for those having limited days. Or, you can also have short Bhutan tour for 4 days or 5 Days Bhutan tour.

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We meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport on the day you arrive in Kathmandu. The team picks you up from the airport and drops you at the hotel. Check-in and freshen up. Explore the vibrant streets of Thamel.

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We have a full-day tour in Kathmandu today. The day begins with a delicious breakfast and a short meeting with the tour guide. The tour guide will accompany you to all the historical sites and introduce you to them. Kathmandu is a literal open museum. There is much more to look around than you can imagine.

We first visit the Swayambhunath, aka the Monkey Temple. From here, it's the drive to Boudhnath Stupa. The next part of the tour takes you to two royal residences; Kathmandu Durbar Square. You'll be exploring palaces, courtyards, shrines, museums, and local markets around these places.

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On this day, we drive to the city of lakes, Pokhara. The commute from Kathmandu to Pokhara is very scenic either way. Upon reaching Pokhara, we will drop you at the hotel. Explore the bustling Lakeside Market and Phewa Lake today. Many people love to enjoy the sunset while boating on Phewa Lake.

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A full-day tour in Pokhara. Early in the morning, we'll drive to Sarangkot. The aerial view of Pokhara from this place is excellent. We can also see the stunning view of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, and Lamjung Himal from here. Throughout the day, we'll be visiting different tourist sites, such as Peace Pagoda, Davis Falls, Bindhyabasini temple, Gupteshwor Cave, etc.

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Now it's time we travel to the wilderness part of our tour. The Pokhara Chitwan ride is long but comfortable and beautiful. It will be late afternoon till we reach Chitwan. So, we have planned a visit to the nearby village of Tharu people. Tharus are an indigenous group in Nepal. You get to see their stick dance and traditional clothing. It will be an intriguing event.

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We have a full day of wild activity waiting for us. After breakfast, the guide will take you to the Chitwan National Park. We do activities like jeep safari, bathing with elephants, and exploring the jungle. The jeep safari lets us see animals like elephants, one-horn rhinos, tigers, pheasants, deer, etc. We also have the option to go canoeing early in the morning or bird watching.

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After a big breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. As usual, the drive will offer superb views of rivers, green hills, and terraces. The guide will drop you at your hotel and leave you to rest. Enjoy the evening, strolling on the streets of Thamel and doing window shopping.

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Today, we begin our journey towards the land of dragons, Bhutan. We fly to Paro and do the visa approval obligations. After that, you can meet with a representative of Outfitter Himalaya waiting for you at the waiting lounge. He will transfer you to Thimphu. It is a two-hour drive from Paro to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. You will rest for a bit and later explore your surroundings.

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The morning begins with a delicious breakfast, and we then proceed with visiting some moments like Memorial Chorten, the National Library, and Handicrafts Emporiums. Memorial Chorten was built by the Grand Queen Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of the Third King of Bhutan in 1974. Likewise, the National Library stores a vast collection of manuscripts, modern academic books, and ancient Buddhist scriptures. If time allows, you will also visit the Institute of Traditional Medicine and the famous Thangka Painting School, and the big Buddha statue.

After the tour, we’ll drive to Wangdiphodrang and Punakha. It's a short two -three-hour drive. The route from Thimphu climbs up to Dochula pass (3,010 m). We'll stop here to enjoy the unparalleled view of the snow-capped mountains. You can see hundreds of prayer flags and numerous stupas near the pass. The road then descends to the lowland of Punakha.

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We will visit places like Punakha Dzong, the former winter capital of Bhutan. We will then drive to a village and go on a pleasant hike to Chimi Lhakhang temple. This is a fertility temple, and the shrine is devoted to Divine Madman. After a short tour in Punakha, we begin driving back to Paro via Thimphu. On the way, we will stop at multiple places to relish the wonderful landscapes.

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Today is your last day in Paro. After a filling breakfast, you begin the tour. We will visit the Taktsang monastery. It is also known as Tiger's Nest, attached to a cliff. There is a story that says Padmasambhava (the second Buddha) flew on the tigress' back and meditated there. This monastery is a significant religious site in Bhutan.

From our hotel, we reach the trailhead of Tiger's Nest in a 20 minutes drive. We then have to walk for 2 to 3 hours before we reach there. There is also an option to hire a pony ride up to the halfway point, which makes the hike easier. The trail goes through long dense pine forests and offers breathtaking scenery.

After spending some time, we will descend to the trailhead and drive back to our hotel. In the evening, we will explore the local market in Paro and do some shopping. Enjoy the nightlife of Bhutan and head back to the hotel for a good night's sleep. And do not forget to pack your stuff as tomorrow you will be flying back to Kathmandu.

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The guide will drop you at the international airport as per your flight departure time. You will fly back to Kathmandu, enjoying a sensational mountain panorama. Our representative will pick you up from Kathmandu airport and drop you at the hotel. Spend the remaining day relaxing and shopping. We have a farewell dinner in the late evening on this day.

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The Nepal Bhutan Tour has ended, and it is time to fly back to your home. You can also join some other activities with us if you want to continue your trip to Nepal. If not, our airport team will drop you at the international airport and bid you our last goodbye.

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Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • All ground transportation by private vehicles
  • All the Accommodation – 12 nights (8 nights in Nepal and 4 nights in Bhutan)
  • Sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan by experienced English speaking local tour guide
  • Government taxes, permits, entrance for national parks, and monuments.
  • Meals (Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners)
  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Bhutan – Kathmandu

Exclusions

  • International flights to and from Nepal
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Nepal Bhutan tour difficulty & altitude sickness

The Nepal-Bhutan tour combines easy-to-moderate hikes at some points. You will use a comfortable drive from one monument to another. In Nepal, we do not have any hikes, but in Bhutan, you will be hiking for a couple of hours to reach Taktsang monastery. The hiking trail ascends through dense forests. Many travelers opt for a pony ride up to halfway to ease it.

There is no risk of altitude sickness on the Nepal Bhutan tour even though we touch high elevations during a tour in Bhutan. You will cross Dochula pass at 3,010 meters while driving from Thimphu to Punakha. Your body will not face any strain nor see any difficulty in breathing. As we stay at a high elevation for a very short period, the chances of altitude sickness are almost zero.

Preparation for the Nepal Bhutan tour

To prepare for the Nepal Bhutan tour for 13 days, you have to be well-packed as per the season you are traveling in. Follow our packing guidelines. Our travel consultants will let you know all the important things that you should do to prepare for this tour.

Other tour packages

You can also check out our short Nepal Bhutan Tour, Nepal Tibet Bhutan tour, and Nepal Tibet Tour. These are some of our other famous tour packages; Glimpse of Nepal, Spirit of Nepal, Nepal Winter Tour, Nepal Student Tour, and Kathmandu Transit Tour.

Best time for Nepal Bhutan Tour

You can go on the Nepal Bhutan tour throughout the year. However, March to June and September to December is the most preferred time of the year to go on the Nepal-Bhutan Tour.

Hotels Provided on Nepal Bhutan Tour

We provide a 3-star hotel on the Nepal - Bhutan Tour, and There are all the modern facilities and services in these hotels. You can book either a single or double/twin room as per your choice. The rooms are spacious, well-furnished, and clean with a private washroom.

Hotels we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Jampa
  • Hotel in Pokhara: Hotel Splendid view
  • Hotel in Chitwan: Hotel Rhino land lodge
  • Hotel in Thimpu: Hotel Amodhara
  • Hotel in Punakha: Hotel Pema Karpo
  • Hotel in Paro: Hotel Mandala Resort

Note:

  • We provide similar categories of hotels if these hotels are not available.
  • There is also an option to upgrade hotels on this tour to 4–5-star luxury hotels. Let us know if you want to upgrade.

Meals on Nepal Bhutan Tour

A total of 29 meals (14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners) are provided in the Nepal-Bhutan tour, and these meals are served as per the menu of the hotel.

Transportation on Nepal Bhutan Tour

We provide private tourist vehicles throughout the Nepal - Bhutan tour from airport to airport from your arrival to departure.

Extra tours/activities on the Nepal Bhutan Tour

There are some tours that you can add to the Nepal Bhutan tour. As such, the Everest Mountain flight tour on the morning of day two before the tour starts, and this tour does not require any extra day.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Nepal and Bhutan Tour

    Outfitter Himalaya provided guided tours of Kathmandu, Nagarkot, and Bhaktapur and arranged the most enjoyable flight to Bhutan. We had a very nice time on the Bhutan tour. It is a very different world, and you need to be there once, and it's a great country. We would highly recommend traveling with them.

    Guides were well educated and knowledgeable. They were also polite and respectful even at times of difficult circumstances.

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    SamerFrom: Germany,May 03, 2022
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    Dear Samer,

    Thank you for your good review about the Nepal and Bhutan tour and it is our great pleasure to know that you had good travel holidays with us. We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again.

    Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd
     

  • 5/5

    Best itinerary for Nepal and Bhutan tour

    I followed a group of friends who have already known Outfitter Himalaya. Overall, the service is very professional, excellent, and exceeds our expectations. The whole itinerary was well planned, and I am impressed with the details like proper briefing before the trip and getting feedback from each of us with a nice dinner treat.

    I was a bit nervous before the trip because it was my overseas travel. But our tour guide and his crew had taken care of each of us very well, and each day of the tour was fun.

    Strongly Recommended Nepal Bhutan tour and Outfitter Himalaya.

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    NigelFrom: Malaysia,Mar 22, 2022
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    Dear Nigel,

    Thank you for your review about Nepal and Bhutan tour. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided on this tour. We are based in Kathmandu and also offer the tours to Bhutan.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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