Why visit just one destination when you can visit three? The Himalayan Odyssey takes you to Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan in one unforgettable 20-day journey.
Begin in Tibet, where you will visit the stunning Yarlung Valley, believed to be the birthplace of Tibetan civilization. You will also see the famed chorten and visit the monasteries of Gyantse and Shigatse before heading to Lhasa to see the city’s many treasures, including the Potala Palace.
Next, venture to Nepal, the “Roof of the World”, where wonders await in its two largest cities. Witness breathtaking views of Kathmandu from the Swayambhunath stupa, where the Lord Buddha gazes serenely upon the surrounding valley. Fly along the high Himalaya to Everest and back aboard a turbo-prop aircraft with specially-outfitted wide viewing windows. In Pokhara, revel in the glory of the mighty Himalaya as you visit sites and explore the city.
Finally, Bhutan is a place of peace and stunning natural beauty, tucked away high in the Himalayas, bordering Tibet and the northeastern provinces of India. The landscape consists of a succession of fantastic, snow-capped peaks and deep valleys. Here you will wander the markets and museums, visit fortresses, hike through the beautiful Punakha valley, and spend two days visiting the sights in Paro, including the “Tiger’s Nest”, Taktsang Monastery.
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
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.