On our Highlights of Himalaya tour you'll discover mystery, beauty, and tradition are ingrained into the great lands of the Himalaya. Tibet is wonderfully rich in natural beauty and tradition.
Often referred to as the "Roof of the World", this is a place both mystical and spiritual. While the ancient monasteries of Tibet emit a calming peace, Kathmandu hums with the life of its people.
Wedged between the high Himalaya and the steamy Indian plains, Nepal is the very watershed of Asia.
Nepal's cultural landscape is every bit as diverse as its physical one. Its peoples belong to a host of distinctive ethnic groups, and speak a host of languages.
Massive mountains, golden temples, fluttering prayer flags, Buddhist stupas, wild yaks, and wonderful people, Nepal really has it all.
Bhutan is perhaps the most exclusive destination in the Himalayas, a land of deep valleys and dzong (fortresses) perched on precarious peaks, this is one of the most isolated and least-developed nations in the world.
The breathtaking beauty, combined with the warmth and friendliness of the locals is what draws many to Ladakh. This is a land of jagged mountains, picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries),and iconic colourful prayer flags.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Due to the nature of internal flights, this tour requires a $1000 per person deposit. Due to Bhutan festival dates that are announced closer to departure, our 2024/25 dates are TENTATIVE and could shift slightly.
Optional Single Supplement: $1880 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $940 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
Breakfast and dinner are included daily; all meals included in Bhutan. Evening meals on tour will be taken mostly at hotels. In some locales we endeavour to break up the buffet dinners with a meal at a local restaurant but, overall, the imperatives of hygiene and quality dictate hotel meals.
All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees are included for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches in India, Nepal, and Tibet; drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers (our start hotel near Delhi Airport likely provide shuttle service). Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, visas.
"Visa Fees" are not included in the tour cost; we list these separately as they can change without notice (approx US$300). For this tour, these include the cost of your Bhutan pre-clearance and Tibet permit.
Seasonality and Weather
As most of this tour occurs at medium-high elevations, we can expect cool-cold temperatures overall. The only warm/hot locations are Delhi and Nepal, which are much lower and more temperate. That said, weather conditions can be highly-changeable throughout, and one should be prepared for a wide range depending on altitude, shelter from wind, time of day, and whether or not the sun is shining!
NEPAL: The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1310m (4,297 ft), has a mild climate, ranging from 17-23C (64-76F) in the fall.
LADAKH & TIBET, due to their its unique geographical characteristics, are cold in winter, cool in summer and early fall, and generally dry. Sunlight is extremely intense. The thin air neither blocks nor holds heat so sunshine feels warm, shadows chilly, and temperatures can vary greatly within a day. Rainfall occurs intermittently between May-Sep, bringing moisture to barley fields and greenery to the valleys. The most pleasant months for tourism are from Mar-Oct.
BHUTAN: The Monsoon occurs between Jun & Aug. Outside that time days are usually very pleasant (15C/60F) with clear skies and sunshine. Nights are cold. Oct/Nov is the best time to visit -- rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures are conducive to active days of sightseeing.
YOU WILL EXPERIENCE TEMPERATURE EXTREMES ON THIS TOUR. BE PREPARED FOR INTENSE SUN AND SOME CHILLY CONDITIONS.
Our departures coincide with a festival in Bhutan (actual festival chosen for our tour can vary from year-to-year). The Tsechu (festival) reflects the deeply rooted religious sentiments of the people. Various types of masked dances are performed. Many depict the story of good triumphing over evil, the day of judgment, matrimonial fidelity etc.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transportation is via private bus or Land Cruiser type vehicle depending on group size and/or conditions. Air-conditioning/heat in vehicles is generally not available in this part of the world. Road conditions are generally quite poor and can be bumpy, and as with all mountain roads the occasional delay can occur due to landslides or adverse weather conditions. The roads are also quite twisty on the mountain sections.
Internal flights via scheduled carriers. Porters are generally available at hotels but you must be able to manage with your baggage at airports.
This tour does not feature any hiking or camping, but it can be considered moderately strenuous due to the fact that it is very busy: you must be prepared for some early starts, be steady on your feet, and be able to endure some heat/cold and long travel days at high altitudes. We have numerous walking tours and visit several sites that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces.
ALL PASSENGERS are required to complete a simple medical self-assessment questionnaire attesting to your fitness for this journey. Those with pre-existing conditions that could be exacerbated by travel at high altitude or on poor roads, or persons with compromised immune systems and mobility problems, should carefully consider their participation.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
We will be staying in hotels with private bathrooms, and there will be hot water, though in more remote areas this may only be available in the morning and evening. Few of the hotels are centrally-heated, although coal fires can sometimes be provided in the bedrooms.
Generally hotels are comfortable and often spectacularly-located, though simple with quirks that can range from charming to frustrating.
Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.
Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Located on Old Fort Road, the hotel is at a two minutes walk from the main bazaar of Leh and about 5Kms from the Airport.
We welcome you for a pleasant stay with us.
Hotel Phuntsho Pelri offers multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, a well-equipped business center, free Wi-Fi, a coffee shop, a conference room, a saloon, and spa facilities are all available at this hotel Phuntsho Pelri in the center of Thimphu.