Captivating encounters and the highest highlights of the Himalayas await you on this 21-day adventure through Nepal and Bhutan. Filled with a unique wealth of natural wonders, each country also possesses deep cultural traditions, remote villages and towns with bustling markets, golden stupas, Buddhist and Hindu temples and monasteries, and farmers all living at the top of the world. This is an experience that will take your breath away!
This incredible journey begins in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan, three of the country’s 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This colorful triangle of towns, brimming with Hindu and Buddhist temples, stands next to Nepal’s ancient kingdom’s medieval remnants, forming a vibrant and eclectic mix. Continue to Chitwan National Park for a two-night safari at the stunning Taj Meghauli Serai Lodge to search for Nepal’s abundant wildlife, including rhinos, tigers, and elephants.
Next, journey through the countryside to Pokhara, enjoying dramatic Himalayan views en route. Pokhara, renowned for its lively bazaar and ethnically diverse traders, will have you delving deeper into Nepal’s natural attractions with a visit to Seti Gorge, Devi’s Falls, and the sacred Gupteshwor Mahadev Gupha Cave, all the while surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of the mighty Himalayas. Finally, return to Kathmandu via a scenic flight along the Himalayas for a final day of exploration and creating your own final memories.
The journey continues to Bhutan with a short flight from Kathmandu to Paro, Bhutan, before a short drive to Thimphu. In Thimphu, engage with the monks of Tango Goenpa, a Buddhist monastery, and university before meeting the students of Zorig Chusum, a school for Bhutanese arts. Leave energetic Thimphu behind to traverse the intoxicating pine and cedar forests and mountain serenity of Punakha. En route, stop at the Dochula Pass for stunning views of the Himalayas, and marvel at the 108 stupas of Dochu La. The day also brings one of your Evolved Experiences with time at the Gyalyum Community School, an initiative supported by The Evolved Traveler to sustain schools for rural children that would otherwise be closed.
Once in Punakha, soak in nature with a hike through the verdant valley before visiting one of the country’s most renowned historical sites, the Punakha Dzong, an impressive 17th-century fortress. Next, are Phobjikha and Gangtey, considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in the country. Walk the Gangtey Nature Trail to attend the evening prayers and chanting at the Shedra, a monastic school of some 300 monks. Continue to Bumthang, Bhutan’s religious heartland, and home to many of the oldest and most sacred monasteries.
This remarkable journey concludes in Paro, where two more highlights await you – a visit and lunch with local farmers for an authentic glimpse into the lifestyle of a traditional Bhutanese family. And finally, a visit to the renowned Tiger’s Nest, one of the most venerated and sacred of all Buddhist sights in the world.
Visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan
Mt. Everest flightseeing (weather permitting)
2-night safari at Chitwan National Park
3-night stay in Pokhara at Pavilions Ecolodge
Visit historic Old Bazaar in Pokhara
Himalayan Sunrise Experience
Engage with the monks of Tango Goenpa monastery in Thimphu
Marvel at the 108 stupas of DochuLa Pass
Spend time at the Gyalyum Community School
Attend evening prayers with the monks of Shedra
Have lunch with Bhutanese farmers
Trek to the renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Dates & Rates
$15,995 USD per person based on double occupancy
Any day – this tour is fully customizable
Private groups of 2 to 12 people