Transformative Travel LLC

Journey to the Himalayas - Nepal & Bhutan

Set out on a 10 day adventure from arrival to departure.

We’ll get you your private guide on this 10 days journey which includes single or double occupancy in carefully selected 3-star hotels and B&B’s while you discover hidden natural gems in unexpected places on your privately guided adventure to the Himalayas! You’ll have time to explore at your own pace with our local travel tribe experts.

  • Explore Nepal and Bhutan’s iconic sights.
  • Visit sacred spaces of worship.
  • Hike through villages and forests full of wildflowers.
  • See and identify local wildlife.
  • Connect to locals and learn about their lifestyle. 
  • Shop for local handicrafts and art from Bhutan or Nepal.

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Enjoy 10 Days in the Himalayas!

Starting at just $5,950 pp with a complimentary single supplement upgrade available for those who prefer privacy. 

Don’t hesitate to check with us about payment plan options, especially if your departure is more than 6 months out. 

If you are coming to Nepal, you will need to fly into Kathmandu. This is well connected with the USA, UAE, India and South-East Asia. In India, Nepal is connected from Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi and Kolkata. There is also an easy connection with Druk Airline, from Bhutan.

If you’re looking for a one-stop flight from the US to Nepal, you can’t go wrong with Qatar Airways. This airline offers service from New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Emirates is another great option for flying to Nepal from the US. It offers service from Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

If you’re looking for a two-stop flight from the US to Nepal, American Airlines has you covered. Their routes include Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Miami International Airport (MIA), New York Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS).

Nepal is a wonderful country to visit, and the best time to visit is between October and December. The skies are clear blue, the views spectacular, and the weather dry until about April. Temperatures vary between regions—but on average, January and February can be very cold, especially at night.

Day by day itinerary.

Day 1 | Welcome to Kathmandu: Once you’ve arrived at the airport and cleared immigration, head on out of the airport to meet your attentive guide. 

You’ll be picked up from the airport by our private car and driven to your hotel for a warm welcome. After checking in and breakfast, we’ll lead you on a tour of Kathmandu’s historic sites and neighborhoods—all while learning about their culture and history as well as local cuisine. During this time with us, feel free to ask any questions about what we’re doing today or tomorrow—we’re happy to answer them!

  • A visit to Patan Durbar Square, which is one of the best-preserved historic sites in Nepal

  • Lunch at Swayambhunath Stupa (one of two stupas in Kathmandu) where you can view Buddhist art and artifacts from ancient times. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

  • You’ll also see Pashupatinath Temple (dedicated to Shiva), where people come for prayer and offerings during festivals such as Dashain and Tihar.

 

Day 2 | Exploring the outskirts of Kathmandu: The day is finally here. Your hotel is ready, and you’ve made the trek to Nagarkot for an incredible day of guided explorations and learning about sustainable living practices practiced for generations. But first, a little drive out of town to hike through the hills and valleys of Nepal before exploring Nepali villages in search of sustainable living practices.

The Nagarkot Panoramic Hiking Trail is a 12 km hike near the community of Nagarkot, Nepal. It is about a 3 to 3.5 hour walk, with views of the Himalayas. It includes the Nagarkot Nature Trail and the Tamang Village Walk.

The trail begins at the entrance to Naga Khata National Park, which has been set aside for conservation by locals and other Nepalese people. On this trail, you’ll pass through forests, along lakes and streams, through fields filled with wildflowers and ferns, and over rocky terrain. There are benches along the way where you can rest and enjoy your surroundings.

After your hike, visit an old village where many people still make their living from farming or raising livestock. You can shop for handcrafted wares or taste local food made with ingredients from the area around Naga Khata National Park.

Day 3 | Fly to Paro Bhutan: After an early breakfast, you’ll board your short Himalayan flight to Bhutan and arrive at Paro airport. When you first arrive at Paro International Airport, you will be met by one of our delightful tour guides just outside the arrival hall. At 7,333 feet above sea level, the first thing you will likely notice is the effect of the high altitudes, so we will give you time to acclimate as we take a short drive to Thimphu and check into your hotel. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and the perfect location to transition from your familiar lifestyle to this unique country that is like no other place on earth. Here you will begin to appreciate local customs as you get your first glimpse of monks dressed in traditional red robes, men in striped ghos and women in brightly colored kiras. Once you settle into your hotel, we will begin to unlock the mysteries of Bhutan by touring Thimphu’s most important sites. The National Memorial Chorten (stupa) was built in 1974 to memorialize Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the third king of Bhutan (1928-1972). 

Day 4 | Explore Punakha: The journey to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan, is a spectacular one. Today we travel along the narrow, winding Dochula Pass, which provides stunning 360-degree views of the Himalayas.

The peak offers an impressive panorama that includes the Dochula Pass and Punakha Dzong. The dzong was built in 1637 and is considered one of the most beautiful sites in Bhutan. It sits at the fork of two rivers, and it’s considered a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture. Inside the fortress, there are three large courtyards that house bodies preserved as mummies from previous rulers.

Punakha Dzong is a stunningly beautiful dzong, which was built between 1649-1652 by the Drukpa Kagyupa order. The building style is distinctly Tibetan, with its tall walls and dark color palette. It is one of the largest dzongs in Bhutan and is home to several important Buddhist shrines.

The Punakha Dzong was built as a monastery for the Drukpa Kagyupa order. It was originally called Pungthang Dewa chhenbi Phodrang, which means “Drukpa Kagyupa Monastery at the top of the mountain.” This monastery served as a retreat center for the order’s members who lived in the Himalayas.

Today Punakha Dzong is an active monastery that houses hundreds of monks and nuns from all parts of Bhutan. It is also open to visitors who wish to explore its beautiful grounds and historic architecture during their stay.

Day 5 | Journey to Paro: When you drive into Paro, the first thing you’ll notice is the mountain. Mount Jomolhari (7,300m/ 23622 ft) is at the northern end of the valley. Its glacier water forms the Pa Chhu flowing through the valley.

Kyichu Lhakhang – Also known as Kyerchu temple or Lho Kyerchu, it is the oldest temple in Bhutan. Just like Jambhay Lhakhang in Bumthang, it is one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo to subdue and pin down an ogress that was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. According to legend, all 108 temples were built in a single night. Go back in time and history and visit the seventh century Kyichu temple.

Day 6 | Trek up to Tiger’s Nest (optional): On our final day in Bhutan, we trek to Taktsang Monastery (or Tiger’s Nest), one of the most recognizable sites in Bhutan. Built precariously on a hillside cliff, it sits more than 10,000 feet above sea level. Accessible only by foot, we follow a steep trail decorated with colorful prayer flags along the way to protect travelers from evil spirits. Built over the caves where Guru Padmasambhava meditated, this eighth-century father of Bhutan Buddhism is said to have been brought there on the back of a tigress. One of the most sacred sites in Bhutan, it offers breathtaking views to those energetic enough to make it to the top. On our way up, we stop for lunch at a traditional house or cottage where we enjoy traditional dishes and interact with local people who share their story about why they chose this place as their home. Overnight at Paro Hotel.

Day 7 | Fly back to Kathmandu: Upon arrival back in Kathmandu, meet up with your guide at the airport and be chauffeured to your hotel before heading over to explore the ancient streets of Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, housing some of the oldest temples in Nepal. The city was established during the 8th Century AD, when a Hindu king named Vishwakarma built the first temple and started worshiping Buddha. You will see many different temples and shrines as you wander through this ancient city.

Your guide will take you on a walking tour through Bhaktapur, pointing out landmarks as you go. You’ll visit some of the oldest temples in Nepal including Pashupatinath Temple, which houses an important Buddhist image of Buddha; Boudhanath Temple, where pilgrims come from all corners of the world; and Gyaneshwor Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Stopping by local shops along the way will allow you to buy souvenirs from Bhaktapur before continuing on your journey back to Kathmandu!

Day 8 | Explore the Kathmandu area. Enjoy a leisurely start to the day and visit some of the historic parts of town such as Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, Chandragiri Hills, Kopan Monastery guided by your attentive, local host and guided.

This tour is recommended for people who have visited Kathmandu before, but are looking for an alternative way to explore its history and culture. It is also suitable for travelers who want to see the main attractions in an organized way.

Day 9 | Enjoy the day at leisure, reflection and indulge in a afternoon cooking class.

You will learn how to prepare an authentic Nepali meal with your own hands, while learning the history behind it. You will be guided by our chef and chef’s assistant who will give you all the knowledge you need to make this recipe come alive.

This is a perfect opportunity for you to learn about Nepali culture, traditions and cuisine. This is also a great way for you to spend quality time. 

Day 10 | Fly back home: We hope you’ve enjoyed your stay in Nepal!

After breakfast, we’ll transfer to the hotel for final departure and a quick check-in before we head home. Your flight will be departing from Tribhuvan International Airport at noon, so please keep an eye out for our driver who will be waiting outside to escort you to the airport. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Choose your plan

Confirm your spot. Book your flight. Get your insurance. Complete Visa paperwork and be on your way to two amazing countries. 

Holiday Season

Dec. 22 - Jan. 4, 2021
$ 6,350
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Guided Activities
  • Most Meals

10 Days

9 Nights
$ 5,950
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Guided activities.
  • Most Meals

Groups

6+ Travelers
$ 5,450
Per Person
  • Nepal Bhutan return airfare.
  • Guided activities.
  • Most meals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, US citizens do need visa for Nepal in order to enter. Yes, you can I get a Nepal visa at the airport. However, it is important to know that if you have already entered the country and landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) (KTM) in Kathmandu, you will need to apply for a visa in advance. 

*A visa is one of the requirements for entry into the country. 

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival.

Yes, all US citizens must have a visa to travel to Bhutan. This is required before you can purchase a plane ticket to this destination – but it can only be obtained through a licensed tour operator and a pre-booked tour. 

The first step to going to Bhutan is to get your passport validated. Your passport must be valid for at least six months following the date of your arrival to Bhutan. You need a Bhutanese visa to enter and exit Bhutan. All visitors, including those on official U.S. government business, must obtain visa clearance from Thimphu before traveling to Bhutan.

Nepal is a wonderful country to visit, but the best time to visit is between October and December. The skies are clear blue, the views spectacular, and the weather dry until about April. Temperatures vary between regions—but on average, January and February can be very cold, especially at night.

Nepal is an incredible destination for adventure, but you must know when to go. Nepal is a country of incredible beauty and adventure. It’s one of the most remote places in the world, with mountains that reach more than 7,000 meters (22,000 feet), and it’s home to some of the highest-altitude valleys in Asia. But while you’ll find plenty of opportunities for hiking or trekking here during springtime, there are also some things you should know before going. 

Nepal is a country of the Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, and it’s also the birthplace of Gautama Buddha. As well as being a popular destination for adventure tourism and ecotourism activities, there are many other reasons why this region is so popular with those who visit it from different parts of Asia. For example: Adventure Nepal is a country with a rich culture and natural resources. It has many beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes. The people there live in peace and harmony with no war or violence. Nepal is known for its adventure tourism and ecotourism because it has many beautiful places to visit such as Mount Everest Base Camp, Langtang National Park or Kathmandu Valley. Many tourists come here every year to experience these adventures first hand!

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