Come and join the team of the Ganga Jamuna Treks in our quest to explore the peaceful South Asian countries of Nepal and Bhutan. A 9 days tour to Nepal and Bhutan will enlighten us with the general information of the country and take us on a spiritual journey on the Buddhist land.
9 days Nepal and Bhutan Tour starts with your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, the sole international airport of Nepal. After a sightseeing tour of the world heritage sites and a two-night stay, we will take an early morning flight to the sole international airport of Bhutan. We will be in Bhutan for the rest of the tour until the 8th day. In Bhutan, we will be visiting the cities like Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. Major attractions for this trek are Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath and Nagarkot in Nepal. And the major attractions of Bhutan are the high peaks of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, Drukgyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Taktsang Monastery, Wangditse Gompa, Bhutan Broadcasting Service, Motithang Takin Preserve and several other monasteries and mountains.
The trip can be completed within 9 days or it can also be customized as per your schedule or liking. Nepal and Bhutan Tour can be booked all year round and can be completed by a person with a basic fitness level.
see also: Glimpses of Bhutan Tour
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (TIA)
Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03:Flight from Kathmandu to Paro (2250m / 7382ft / 1 hour) and sightseeing
Day 04:Paro to Thimpu (2320m / 7610m / 54km / 1 hour drive) and hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 05:Hike to Wangditse Gompa
Day 06:Thimpu to Punakha (1250m / 4100ft / 76km / 2-3 hours drive) and hike to Lungchutse Monastery
Day 07:Punakha to Paro (130km / 4 hours drive) and hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Day 08:Flight back to Kathmandu (TIA)
Day 09:Departure - Tour end
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (TIA)One of our representatives will pick you up at the airport and guide you to your hotel room. In the evening, we will meet in a dinner party where we will welcome you and brief you about the itinerary. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02Sightseeing in KathmanduExploration day today. We will explore the valley today as we will visit the major UNESCO world heritage sites within. A visit to the Kathmandu Durbar Square followed by Swoyambhunath then to Pashupatinath and at last to Bouddhanath will end the day for us. Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the three palaces made during the reign of the Malla and Shah Kings. Swoyambhunath is a collection of various temples and shrines famous for the views of the Kathmandu Valley from its top. Pashupatinath is the holiest place for the devotees of the God Lord Shiva. And, Bouddhanath is the biggest stupa of Nepal and is one of the holiest places for the Buddhist people. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03Flight from Kathmandu to Paro (2250m / 7382ft / 1 hour) and sightseeingA one hour flight will take us to the valley of Paro, the home to Bhutan’s sole international airport. Nearing Paro, we will be able to view great views of the Himalayas through the Chomlhari peak, also known as the bride of Kanchenjunga and the Mount Jitchu Drake, worshipped as the tutelary deity of Paro. Mt. Chomolhari is the second highest peak of Bhutan standing tall at a height of 7326 meters. After lunch, we will be visiting the ruined Drukgyel Dzong also known as the fortress of Victorious Drukpas built to celebrate the victory of the Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel over Tibet. We will also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and sacred temples in Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04Paro to Thimpu (2320m / 7610m / 54km / 1 hour drive) and hike to Taktsang MonasteryAfter having breakfast, we will be leaving for the most important and admirable pilgrimage sites of the Himalayas, the Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is made at a height of 3140 meters. Reaching Taktsang will be a little difficult as the hike is all uphill and it takes us around 4 hours to arrive at the top. The Taktsang monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest and the Taktsang Palphug Monastery has various temples and paintings worth our climb. After lunch, we descent to the valley floor and leave to the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05Hike to Wangditse GompaEarly in the morning, we will walk up to the famous tower of Bhutan Broadcasting Service, popularly known as the BBS Tower residing at a height of 2685 meters. The view from the tower is marvelous as we will be able to view the wonderful view of the Thimpu city on the hillside below. On the way, we will be visiting the Motithang Takin Preserve, a wildlife reserve area for the national animal of Bhutan, Takin. Takin is believed to be made by the popular Tibetan saint, Drukpa Kunley, and is said have a body of a cow and a head of a goat. From there, we will be hiking up to the monastery of Wangditse. The way up is quite hard at the beginning but gets flat and gentle as we move upwards through a footpath on the right side. We will see apple orchards and few houses above the trail. From there, the trail descends downhill through oak and pine trees until we arrive at the monastery of Wangditse. From the top, we will be able to get great views of the Thimpu city and the Tashiccho Dzong, another monastery on the banks of the Wang Chu. Getting down will be a lot easier and faster. We will also visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine after lunch. If time persists, we will also be exploring the Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium and the Tashiccho Dzong. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06Thimpu to Punakha (1250m / 4100ft / 76km / 2-3 hours drive) and hike to Lungchutse MonasteryDrive to the Dolchula Pass at a height of 3100 meters on a bumpy and muddy road. We will hike upwards to arrive at the Monastery of Lungchutse at a height of 3600 meters. The climb is through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until we arrive at an open meadow. From there, we will walk past prayer flags through bamboo and juniper forest to arrive at the Lungchutse Monastery. 360 degree views of the Himalayas can be seen from the top. We will be able to see the Chomolhari, Masang Gang and Zongophu Gang. After lunch, we will get downhill and get to the village of Metshina near the Punakha Valley to visit the Chhimi Lhakhang Monastery made by Drukpa Kunley. Overnight at Punakha.
Day 07Punakha to Paro (130km / 4 hours drive) and hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal ChortenEarly in the morning, we will be visiting above the beautiful ridge above the Punakha Valley to the temple of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The temple took nine years to build and holds an important place for the Bhutanese architecture, tradition and art. The Chorten offers great views of the Punakha valley. After lunch, we will visit the second oldest and largest dzong in Bhutan, the Punakha Dzong. Back to the city of Paro in the evening and an overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 08Flight back to Kathmandu (TIA)A one hour flight will take us back to the sole international airport of Nepal. We will transfer you back to your hotel room and once you freshen up, we will be visiting some of the world heritage sites of the Kathmandu Valley. Starting with the Patan Durbar Square, one of the royal palaces of the valley built during the Malla and Shah Regime. The Square has great historical importance to the Nepales people as the square contains ancient Newari art and architectures. From there, we will be visiting the last durbar square of the Kathmandu Valley, the Bhaktapur Durabr Square. The square showcases Newari art and architecture of the Malla and Shah regime. At last, we will get to the former VDC of Nagarkot for the broadest views of the Himalayas. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09Departure - Tour endOur representative will pick you up at the hotel and take you to the airport for your departure