In Tibet, an isolated land cut off from the world for all but the last century, beauty and strangeness appear in equal measure. What causes our enduring fascination with Tibet? Surely its inaccessibility, mysterious gompas, lunar landscape, and tenacious citizens transfix us. Beneath an often crystal-blue sky, the Tibetan people exist in a medieval world.

From the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and the amazing views of Everest from the 18,000-foot Kala Pattar to the bazaars and historic sites of Kathmandu, a visit to Nepal is truly rewarding.

Tucked away high in the Himalayas, bordering Tibet and the Northeastern Frontier provinces of India, Bhutan is a place of peace and natural beauty. The landscape consists of a succession of fantastic, snow-capped peaks and deep valleys.

Himalayan Kingdoms allows you to visit all three of this mystical and compelling destinations in one spectacular and unforgettable 20-day journey.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1  Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu!

Day 2  Tibet

Fly to Tibet and drive to the scenic Tsedang Valley

Day 3  Yarlung Valley & Samye Monastery

Visit the stunning Yarlung Valley, considered to be the birthplace of Tibetan civilization.

Day 4  Tsedang to Gyantse

The highlight of today’s tour will be a visit to the famed Kumbum chorten.

Day 5  Gyantse to Shigatse

Visit the region’s monasteries.

Days 6-8  Lhasa

Spend the next several days exploring the capital’s many sights, including the Potala Palace.

Days 9-10  Kathmandu

Enjoy two days in Kathmandu, visiting its temples and its vibrant bazaars.

Days 11-12  Pokhara

Explore this beautiful setting in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya.

Day 13  Return to Kathmandu

Return to Kathmandu and visit the rug weaving center of Refugee Tibetans.

Day 14  Bhutan

Fly to Bhutan and drive to Thimpu.

Day 15  Thimpu

Explore the markets and museums of Thimpu.

Days 16-17  Punakha

Explore Punakha for two days, visiting the fortress, temples, and enjoying a hike through the beautiful valley.

Days 18-19  Paro

Spend two days visiting the sites of Paro. The highlight will be a visit to Taktsang Monastery, also known as “Tiger’s Nest.”

Day 20  Departure

 

Trip Dates & Pricing

Dates:

Oct 29, 2017 - Nov 19, 2017
Mar 11, 2018 - Apr 1, 2018
Land:

$14,200 per person/double occupancy

Activity Level

Be advised that touring will reach altitudes of more than 16,000 feet as we drive over high passes with sleeping elevations consistently above 11,500 ft in Tibet. This tour is subject to mountain weather (high winds, cold morning, possible snowfall) and other high mountain hazards. Circumstances may mean that some days could be long and arduous for some people. Anyone with a history of medical problems, particularly cardiac or respiratory, should consult a doctor before considering this tour. Release of liability and a medical certificate, signed by a physician will be required from all participants. Flexibility, a good sense of humor and an adventurous spirit are essential on this tour.