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Hopping the Himalayas - 14 days, 13 nights

Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro
 
Explore Nepal, Bhutan, and China—three Himalayan regions all rapidly changing in the 21st century. Walk through palace squares and temples in Kathmandu; join Tibetan pilgrims in their kora around Jokhang monastery in Lhasa; hike to the Tiger's Nest in Paro and stroll the bazaars in Thimphu. On this 14-day tour you will see some of the most amazing mountain scenery in the world from your flights between the cities of Kathmandu, Lhasa, and Paro.
 
You have the option of beginning and ending the trip either in Bangkok or in Delhi. All hotels, transfers, private guides and vehicles will be arranged from Bangkok to Bangkok or Delhi to Delhi and are include in the price.

Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, dropoffs, and daily excursions. 
 
Choose Your Own Dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.
 
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you and let you know the change in costs.
 
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Trip Highlights

  • Monkey Temple and Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu
  • Potala Palace and the pilgrims’ circuit around Barkhor square, Lhasa
  • Drukgyal Dzong and Tiger's Nest, Paro
     

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Bangkok
Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.
 
Day 2:  Bangkok to Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)
Fly to Kathmandu where you will be welcomed by our Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Dinner)
 
Day 3:  Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)

Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to take you on a private tour of Kathmandu. Visit the Bodhnath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, and one of the several monasteries neighboring the stupa. After this Buddhist experience, visit Pashupatinath, the holiest of temples for the Hindus in hopes of witnessing a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River. Then head to Patan Durbar Square to take in ancient Nepalese architecture and enjoy lunch at the museum garden.  After lunch visit the Patan museum to view ancient Nepalese art. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Day 4:  Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)  
In the morning visit Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, overlooking Kathmandu city then continue onwards to Kathmandu Durbar square to explore a maze of temples and palace complex. After lunch, visit Patan Durbar Square. Overnight in Kathmandu. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
Day 5:  Kathmandu to Lhasa ( 11,800 ft.)   
Fly to Gongar where you will be welcomed by our Tibetan representative and driven to Lhasa. Enjoy the rest of the day free. Overnight in Lhasa (All meals)
 
Day 6:  Lhasa (11,800 ft.)
 
In the morning, visit Drepung Monastery and continue on in the afternoon to Sera Monastery and witness monks carrying out a traditional debate. Be part of the evening prayer ceremony at Jokhang temple and merge with pilgrims making the circuit of Barkhor Square. Overnight in Lhasa. (All meals)
 
Day 7:  Lhasa (11,800 ft.)  
In the morning visit the Potala Palace and continue on in the afternoon to Norbulinkha palace - the summer location of the Dalai Lama. Enjoy a free evening to relax and explore the city on your own.  Overnight in Lhasa. (All meals)
 
Day 8:  Lhasa to Kathmandu (4,400 ft.)  
In the morning transfer to Gongar for your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, enjoy a free day to relax and explore the city on your own. Overnight in Kathmandu (Breakfast, Dinner)
 

Day 9:  Kathmandu to Paro (7,300 ft.)  
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro where you will be welcomed by our Bhutanese representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the afternoon touring Drukgyal Dzong built in 1647 by the Great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan. Overnight in Paro. (All meals)
 
Day 10:  Paro to Thimphu to Punakha (4,300 ft.)
After breakfast, depart by car to Thimphu. Visit the school of Traditional Medicine and the Thimphu Painting School. After lunch stroll the Thimpu market, and then drive to Punakha. Overnight in Punakha. (All meals)
 
Day 11:  Punakha to Paro (7,300 ft.)  
After breakfast visit Punakha Dzong, the current home of the Bhutanese clergy. Take a five hour drive back to Paro, stopping to visit Chimmi Lakhang (temple of fertility) along the way. Overnight in Paro. (All meals)
 
Day 12:  Paro (7,780 ft.)  
After breakfast, hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest, a stunning monastery that rests on the side of a cliff. In the evening, visit Ta Dzong. Overnight in Paro. (All meals)
 
Day 13:  Paro to Bangkok

Fly from Paro to Bangkok. Overnight in Bangkok. (All meals)
 
Day 14:  Departure
Transfer to airport for final departure. (Breakfast)
 

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Packge Rates Include

  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodations with breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals in Lhasa and Bhutan are included at local restaurants
  • Sightseeing and transportation with private English-speaking guide
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • Bhutan tourism development fee
  • Bhutan visa application fee
  • Tibet Entry Permit
  • Flights:

    • Bangkok - Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu - Lhasa - Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu - Paro
    • Paro - Bangkok

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare to and from Bangkok
  • Nepal multiple - entry visa (can be obtained at the Kathmandu airport on arrival)
  • India visa (if arriving at Delhi instead of Bangkok)
  • Travel insurance
  • Supplements for stays and meals at upgraded hotels such as the Uma Paro, Uma Punakha, Taj Tashi, Haven Resort, or Zhiwaling
  • Beverage during included meals
  • Tips for drivers and guides
  • Expenses of personal nature
     

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
 
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.
 


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