Himalayan tours to Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal

“A whistlestop tour of three beautiful but distinct Himalayan kingdoms, this well-balanced tour blends art, architecture, diverse culture and spectacular scenery.”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Bhaktapur | Patan | Paro | Thimpu | Punakha | Taschichoedzong Monastery | Zorig Chusum traditional school of arts and crafts | Punakha Dzong | Taktsang Monastery | Old Kathmandu | Bodhnath | Lhasa City | Potala Palace | Drepung Monastery | Jolkhang Temple | Pokhara | Sarangkot | Bindabashini Temple | Boating on Fewa Lake | Tibetan Refuge Camp

Description of Himalayan tours to Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal

This two week Himalayan tour incorporates the very best of the region's landscapes and cultural diversity with the snow-capped peaks of Nepal just as enticing as remote mountain monasteries and the fascinating local customs that you'll find in Bhutan and Tibet.

The unique art and architecture that's featured throughout this Himalayan holiday is often just as significant to local people as religion and royalty with visits to decorative palaces and places of worship adding to the intoxicating whirlwind of sightseeing in Kathmandu, Lhasa and Pokhara.

From the rituals of Mahayana Buddhism to the lesser-known cultural traditions of Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal, Himalayan tours give you the chance to understand what it means to live within the shadow of the greatest mountains on earth with internal flights enabling an efficient itinerary that's very hard to beat.

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Our top tip:
Think lots of light layers when packing - temperatures will vary.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people (min. age 10).
Activity level:
LesiurelyModerate.
Accomm:
3* and tourist standard hotels.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
Included:
Accomm., deluxe minibus, listed activities, English-speaking guide.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Himalayan tours to Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal

Environment

Our well trained guides are also very aware about the fragile state of the environment and are aware of proper rubbish management. They always explain about the fragility of the environment and rubbish management to the trekkers and advise them to dispose of their rubbish in proper places and take the non recyclable rubbish away with them. These kinds of activities always support nature.

Our company donates some reasonable funds to the different NGO/ local communities who are working in the environmental sector locally. Those NGO/ local communities help to maintain the trekking trail and running different kinds of environmental awareness programs within the local community. These kinds of programs have helped the local fragile ecosystem to remain unexploited and to maintain greenery in the surrounding area.

Our tour guides are also aware about Responsible Tourism and minimizing the impacts on nature; for example: Trash rubbish pits, purifying drinking water, litter removal, use of kerosene fuel for cooking rather than fire-wood, Use of local hotels/Guest houses.

Community

We are very aware about the environment and using local resources. Use of local resources help generate employment. We always use local people for all kinds of work. This work helps local people to earn their living with a good income. Thus, tourism enhances the standards of living of people from the area and the whole nation, as well as reducing poverty. Use of locally available vegetables and different kind of souvenirs also help people to be self employed. For example, due to tourism, the annual income of people from the Khumbu region and other tourist area has always been higher than the average for Nepal.

We support this by purchasing local products such as fresh fruits, handloom products, meat, drinks, and fresh vegetables and providing job opportunities and staying with local hotels/ Guest houses. These are often operated by local communities, which minimize impact on the environment - such as using kerosene/gas fuel instead of fire wood, manage garbage at proper sections etc.

We support the local school and health post , through donatations and educational materials to kids. We give support to local health posts by giving medical materials.

We use local man-power in the trip, such as local tour/ trekking guides. We hire local transport. It provides great opportunities for the local inhabitants to enhance their carrier & develop the community.

We always encourage local people to preserve their local culture and tradition by providing donations and other technical assistance as per the availability, for the continuation of their culture and indigenous knowledge. Thus, people can enjoy the differences within the community for the long term.

Reviews of Himalayan tours to Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Whole trip was very nice and all tree countries differ from each other on very unique way.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not miss Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, by spending some money people were able to earn a little and also historical sights got income for finacial support.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was 10 out of 1-10.

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Completing the two and a half hour walk up to the Taktsang Monastery (the Tiger's Nest) in Bhutan gave both of us "OAP's" a wonderful sense of achievement, especially after looking up at the tiny white speck so far above us on the cliff at the start of the trek. Bhutan is a fantastic place to visit, as is Nepal.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This is a very busy holiday, travel wise, so think about planning in an extra day or two (and/or a visit to Chitwan) for a bit more relaxation time.
Consider paying for the balance of your holiday before leaving as paying locally with a credit card adds up to 4% to the cost. Take enough dollars with you to pay for your Chinese & Bhutan visas when you arrive.
Don't visit Lhasa during Chinese New Year - it's largely closed!


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Nepal desperately needs more tourists to help support the local economy. Don't be put off by the recent earthquake - most of the major sights are still well worth visiting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


One of the most interesting and enjoyable holidays we have been on. The holiday providers looked after us really well throughout the holiday - even finding enough fuel for our K'mandu-Chitwan-Pokhara-K'mandu road trip during their fuel strike.

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip was memorable and exciting but one highlight was the hike up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan - quite a grueling walk for a Sunday afternoon but what memories! Also, visiting Lhasa in February when pilgrims
from the furthest reaches of Tibet were there was a joy. We met people from
remote regions who had never seen a foreigner - we were objects of great
interest and this made us feel like the relationship was more give and take and
less voyeuristic than some tourist experiences can be.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Practical tips - the temperatures varied a lot when we visited in February and got very cold at altitude. Thermal underwear and lots of layers are a must. Money wise - US dollars were accepted with delight and easy to change every where.
Nowhere in Kathmandu would accept travellers' cheques.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, the guides and drivers were all from small local travel agencies and we stayed in small hotels and ate at local restaurants. Achut, our excellent Nepalese travel agent supports a community school in Nepal and arranged for us to visit. This was another highlight for us. Unfortunately our time constraints meant a lot of flights, but we traveled from Tibet to Kathmandu overland which was a great experience and cut out one flight at least.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The trip of a lifetime - a long-held ambition realised.

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing new places and meeting new people from completely new cultures. The
amount of new things to see was exiting and sometimes overwhelming but always interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Prepare yourself to be open to new things like trying new foods and observing new different ways of life.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not particularly if I was honest. This was a tourist holiday but the people who
showed me around did love the places they lived in. From a conservation viewpoint - that wasn't the main agenda focused on.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was a fantastic break away from the norm and reminded me that there was a bigger world out the and whetted my appetite to see more of it.

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Watching the sun go down on Everest on the most perfect evening. Celebrating Diwali with the locals.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to suffer from altitute sickness. This includes not being able to sleep.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes I did particularly booking with a local Company. They were great and Achut looked after us very well and made sure that we were back in Nepal and had a great time for Diwali.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Except for suffering from a bug and altitute sickness it was absolutely fantastic.

Reviewed on 11 May 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This would be quite difficult to say. There is a list of memorable events; the highlights being waking up from your tent to the amazing sight of Mount Everest, and the first time you stand in front of the Potala Palace and view its true majesty.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take enough clothing. If you are staying in a tent at Everest Base Camp, you will require a few extra layers. Also get the guide to buy several bags of pencils, which you can give the children located away from Lhasa.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I did feel that the holiday benefited the local people, as the guides and the accommodation were Tibetan, some of the entrance fees went to the local people and we were able to give pencils to the mountain school children.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was exceedingly good. This was only the second package holiday that we have been on as we usually travel independently; but because of the Tibetan section we had to be on a tour. However I would say that we were very well looked after, the tour companies in Nepal and Tibet went out of their way to ensure that we had a good time.

Their knowledge of the sites and localities was extensive, and they correctly combined the flow of information with the time to wonder independently. I would definitely recommend the Tour Company and the holiday.

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