Jewels of the Himalayas Trip

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  • Destination:Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet
  • Total Duration:21
  • Start Point:Paro
  • End Point:Lhasa
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Max Elevation:2800m/ 9240ft

Overview

This Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet trip begins with a flight into the Himalayas with scenic and breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains of the world. This trip includes Kuenselcholing View Point, from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley.  You will hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest), this is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. You can also enjoy a trek to Guru Sangpo cave and trek to Sekung Lake.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Paro Airport and then drive to the capital city Thimphu. Altitude: 2320m/ 7656ft above sea level. (1 hour 30 minutes drive)
The flight into the Himalayas reveals scenic and breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains of the world. If weather permits you will be able to see Mt Everest (8848m, 29,198ft) and other Himalayan mountains. Our office representative will meet you at the airport and drive you to the capital city, Thimphu. On the way to Thimphu visit, Tamchhog Lhakhang which is located on the opposite side of the river. This is a temple built by Thang Thong Gyalpo of Tibet, who was responsible for building numerous iron bridges throughout Bhutan.

Kuenselcholing View Point: A place from where you can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley is the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang). It is again a short drive from the town. You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.
Memorial Chorten: This particular chorten was constructed in 1974 as a memorial for the third King of the country, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Bhutan.
Tashichho Dzong : The name means – Means Fortress of Glorious Religion. It was built in 1641 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel. It houses the secretariat building, the throne room and the office of the king, and the central monk body. Later relax for the day and stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu

The morning takes a hike to Cheri Monastery (Includes Dodina and Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary): Hike about 1hrs (to and from) leads to Cheri Monastery (Cheri Dorji Dhen). Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620 and established the first monk body here. A chance to spot birds such as Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Long-billed Thrush, Ultramarine Flycatcher.

Paper factory: The handmade paper making in Bhutan stemmed from the age-old tradition that originated in the 8th century of Bhutanese history. The handmade paper constitutes a valuable National heritage of Bhutanese cultural identity and is preserved through all the ages. The Traditional paper is recognized and held in high esteem both in-home and outside the world.

The weekend market: Held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the people crowd the stalls every day, dressed in full color and gathering to meet and barter, much like the street markets in London!Bhutan Craft bazaar: The private stalls had a variety of high-end quality products from places across the country such as wood carved national symbols, bags and western wears with a touch of traditional designs, wooden and clay utensils, Bangchung, Dhapa, key hangers of jewelry boxes, bookmarks and handmade packing papers (Deysho) in different patterns, antique items and etc. The stalls have a distinctly rich outlook with fine tones of elegance and a warm and inviting atmosphere. The craft bazaar is also an exemplary of how bamboo can be used to construct houses in the country. Later you can stroll around the city. Overnight in Thimphu.

Altitude: 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level (5 hours drive)
Morning driving towards Gangtey, we come across a pass known as Dochula (3140m, 10362ft) from where a beautiful panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range can be seen, especially on clear winter days. The beauty of this place is further enhanced by the Druk Wangyal Chortens- 108 stupas built by the eldest Queen, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck.

In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black-necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Overnight in Gangtey.

Altitude: 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level (2 hours drive)
Morning visit, Gangtey Goemba: In the mountains east of Wangdue Phodrang lies the beautiful Phobjikha valley, on the slopes of which is situated the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km. down from the monastery, on the valley floor.

This quiet, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Hike to Chimi Lhakhang(Temple of fertility): This Temple was built by lam Drukpa Kuenley (The Divine Madman) in 1499. It is about thirty minutes hike across fields from the road –Wooden phalluses are often found hanging in the four corners of the houses and also phalluses are painted on the walls of houses. It is the common belief that this helps in driving away evil spirits. (30 minutes hike to and fro, gentle steep, good footh path across the valleys and villages). Overnight in Punakha.

Altitude: 2280m/7524ft above sea level. (4 hours drive)
Morning visit, Punakha Dzong (fortress): Built-in 1637 by Zhabdrung which is remarkably located between the rivers of Mo (Female) Chu (river) and Pho (Male) Chu. Until the time of the second king, it served as a seat of the king.
Later drive to Paro and later visit Rimpung Dzong: The Bhutanese Dzongs are huge architectural structures constructed for a variety of functions throughout the country, from administrative buildings to monasteries and temples, yet they are carefully and thoughtfully designed and are strikingly beautiful. The Rimpung Dzong, known as the “fortress of the heap of jewels” in the picturesque setting of the Paro valley, is of course no exception, built in the time of the dynamic spiritual and political leader Zhabdrung in 1644. Once a year, as part of the Tsechu festival, one of the oldest Thongdol (gigantic scroll paintings) is ceremonially unfurled here.

Kichu Lhakhang(Monastery): It is one of the two most sacred and oldest temples in Bhutan. It was built in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo.Overnight in Paro

Morning hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s nest): This is Bhutan’s most recognizable cultural icon perched 800m/2640ft up a seemingly sheer cliff. Although it was tragically and mysteriously consumed by fire in April 1998 it has now been restored to its former glory.

It is believed that in the 8th century, the great tantric master Guru Rimpoche/ Padmasambhava (2nd Buddha) flew on the back of a tigress to the site where the monastery now stands. (Five hours hike to and from, some gentle and some steep hikes, some stony footpaths, and some good ones) If you ride a horse upward it will cost an extra US$25 per person.

Visit Farmhouse: Picturesque farm houses dot the valley amongst fields and hillsides. We welcome you to enjoy the hospitality of the Paro farmers. Thrill yourself as the farmers welcome you to their homes with genuine smiles. The two to three-storied Bhutanese farm houses are handsome in appearance, with colorfully decorated outer walls and lintels, and are traditionally built.

A visit to a farmhouse gives an interesting glimpse into the lifestyle of a farming family. (If you take a hot stone bath in the farmhouse it will cost an extra US$25 per person.)Later stroll around the town and see how locals live. Overnight in Paro.

After breakfast drive to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu.

Cost includes:

  •  Bhutan visa fees
  •  Flight from Paro to Kathmandu
  •  Private transportation.
  •  All necessary travel permits
  •  English-speaking local guide.Accommodation on a single/twin room basis.
  •  Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per the itinerary
  •  Meal plan: Full Board Basis

Cost excludes:

  • Insurance of any kind.
  • Additional cost due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstance
  • Personal expenses such as drink, guide tips & etc.

You will be received by our office representative and will transfer to your hotel Kathmandu Guest House. Afternoon at leisure doing shopping and sightseeing tours. In the meantime we will collect your passport for the Tibet visa. Evening is set up for trek briefing and welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant.

We will do the boating visiting the Baharahi temple. Visit the Guptesor cave , Peace Pagoda and Gorkha museum. Overnight at Pokhara.

Explore Lower Mustang. Drive to Kagbeni. Visit the monastery and tour the village. Overnight at Kagbeni.

Drive to Vishnu temple in the morning and later drive to Nauri Kot. Afternoon visit Naurikot village and the monastery. Overnight at Thasang Lodge.

Trek to Guru Sangpo cave and trek to Sekung Lake. Trek back to the lodge.

Drive to Jomsom and then fly to Pokhara. Visit the Mountaineering museum and taking the evening at leisurely.
Here you can also enjoy doing paragliding or take a helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp. For this you have to pay extra.

You will be received by our jungle camp naturalist at Bharatpur Airport and will transfer you to Jungle Villa Lodge. Afternoon jungle activities.

After reaching Kathmandu we will deliver your passports and Tibet Visa permit. Overnight in Kathmandu enjoying the shopping and visiting the world heritage sites or you can take it easy.

What is included:

  • Arrival and departure transportations
  • Friendly, experienced and knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • Sherpas to assist you on the trail
  • Porters to carry your luggage
  • Twin sharing commodation at Kathmandu Guest House on bed and breakfast basis
  • Welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant
  • All domestic flights, Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom- Pokhara- Chitwan-Kathmandu
  • Tour and trek experience at Lower Mustang.
  • Twin Sharing hotel accommodations at Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
  • All sightseeing tours as mentioned above with entrance fees
  • All accommodations on the trail on twin Sharing basis
  • All meals in the trail including breakfast, lunch and dinner with morning and afternoon cup of tea /coffee
  • Complimentary duffle bag
  • Warm sleeping bags, inner liner and down jacket for you to use in the trek
  • At Chitwan National Park, Jungle Villa Lodge with all the jungle activities. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
  • Chitwan National Park Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project trek permit
  • TIMS card
  • Trek map
  • Medical kit
  • All staff insurance

Cost excludes:

  • Your international flights.
  • Visa fees and visa extension costs.
  • Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs.
  • Personal expenditure, bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc.
  • Tipping at the end of the trip for the trek staff.
  • Lunch and evening meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Optional trips.
  • Charges incurred as a result of flight delays or cancellation which is beyond Mystic Himalayas control.
  • Although we do provide insurance letter with which you can claim to your insurance company.
  • Anything not mentioned in the trip cost included list.

After breakfast drives to Tribhuwan International Airport and fly to Lhasa. Your Guide will meet you at the airport and will transfer you to Kyichu Hotel. Overnight at Lhasa.

After Breakfast visits Sera and Drepung Monastery.

After breakfast visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, and Barkhor market.

Drive to Ganden monastery. If you wish you can do the kora around the monastery. After visiting the monastery drive back to Lhasa.

Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House

Cost Includes

  • Tibet Visa
  • Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu flight
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation as per the Itinerary with breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • English Speaking Tibetan Guide
  • Transportation as per the Itinerary by Van \ Bus
  • Monastery Entrance Fee .
  • Tibet Travel Permit.

Cost Excludes

  • Insurance of Any Kind.
  • Natural or Political disturbances which are beyond our control.
  • Personal Expenses such as drinks, tips, Porter charge.

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For anyone considering doing a Nepal tour, we highly recommend Binoy Rai, the owner of Mystic Himalaya Trekking and Expedition. We were really impressed by the efficiency, courtesy and the caring attitude demonstrated by Binoy in handling all our questions in such an easy manner. We highly recommend them for any future travelling prospects.
juanofdbucketliz,
Philippines

EBC 2018 – Amazing

I completed the Everest Base Camp trek with my wife and two great friends in October 2018. The trip was amazing with some of the best scenery on the planet. The Nepalese people are wonderful and so welcoming to visitors. Our trip and itinerary was perfectly put together by Binoy and the team at Mystic Himalaya and the trek superbly guided by Chogyal. This was my second EBC trek organized by Binoy and we’re already planning our return in 2020 to explore the Annapurna region. I highly recommend Mystic Himalaya Trekking and look forward to my next trek with them.
549scottw,
Sunshine Coast, Australia

Amazeballs

After my husband's 12 years of incessant nagging, I finally agreed to trek to Everest Base Camp. Having kept in contact with Binoy from his last trek 16 years ago, we had the privilege of trekking with Mystic Himalaya. The professionalism and care shown by the Mystic team was outstanding. From the moment we were picked up from the airport, to the moment we were dropped back, we were completely taken care of. Everything was so well organised, and our trekking crew, Chogyal, Pemba, Buddhi and Sujan were fantastic, every step of the way. We will definitely be back.
TryhardTravelBug,

Wonderful trip to Nepal

We recently went on a trek and tour with Mystic Himalaya Trekking. It was one of the most adventurous and fun trips we have ever been on. One of the owners and our trekking guide named Binoy was the absolute best. I can’t even begin to say how informative he was about the area and how he attended to our every need. He has his own personal crew that hauled our bags and they cooked all our meals. They were so delicious. I would recommend anyone considering going on a trek to Nepal to check them out. I can’t imagine anyone else could be better than they were. Thanks for a memorable and amazing trip.
Brad and Vicki Godfrey,

Absolutely the best Nepal Guides

My son and I had the privilege of trekking with Pranoy and Pemba in the Mustang district, and it was an amazing experience. What sets the Mystic Himalaya experience above other treks is the depth of cultural knowledge and history that the guides have to offer. In addition to breathtaking scenery, we got a fascinating look at the history, architecture, and culture of that region, presented by a guide who is articulate and very well-educated in his field. And let's talk about logistics. We managed to hit the tail end of the monsoon season and got a LOT of rain. With limited time (only one week), our Plan A was to fly to Jomsom and start trekking there. Since planes weren't flying (and didn't for 3 more days), Pranoy got us a driver. We drove for a day and were halted by a massive landslide. Pranoy came up with a new itinerary, and we got some spectacular hiking on our way to Jomsom. With each new "obstacle," Pranoy came up with a new plan and we had a superb trek. We were joking that we went through Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, etc. and were on Plan E by the end. Every bit of it was gorgeous and a lot of fun! With all of those changes, we felt safe and extremely well cared-for. Food was excellent -- supervised and sometimes prepared by Pemba. Accommodations were very comfortable and exceeded expectations. Best of all, Pranoy stayed in constant communication with locals and other guides to ensure our safety every step of the way. With this team, you are working with real professionals that have guided for National Geographic. I wouldn't trek with anyone else -- they are the best!
Lisa,

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