Himalayan Wonders

Nepal & Bhutan

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Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Thimphu, Punakha, & Paro

This adventurous journey takes us to the “Roof of the World” with visits to two fascinating Himalayan countries: Nepal and Bhutan. On our guided tour, we’ll see iconic sites like the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world; Swayambhunath Stupa, one of Kathmandu’s crowning glories; and Punakha Dzong, where all of Bhutan’s kings have been crowned. We’ll take in the scenic vistas of the majestic Himalayan mountains, enjoy walks in nature, see mountain villages, and dive into Nepali traditions and Bhutanese culture with a Buddhist blessing ceremony, a Bhutanese cooking class, and more. We’ll have the opportunity to hike up to Tiger’s Nest and the chance to relax in a traditional hot stone bath. Along the way, we’ll meet the people of these mystical lands, like a yoga master, a renowned weaver and Bhutanese village host, a senior Buddhist monk, and an Everest Summiteer!

Itinerary at a Glance

Tour Itinerary:

  • 2 nights Kathmandu
  • 2 nights Nagarkot
  • 2 nights Thimphu
  • 1 night Punakha
  • 2 nights Paro
  • 1 night Kathmandu

Tour Highlights

  • Visit a Tibetan Singing Bowl & Healing Center
  • Visit a school in Nagarkot
  • Lunch at Nobgang B&B community project
  • Yoga session with an award-winning instructor
  • Learn to make the most sought-after Bhutanese dish at a cooking class
  • Experience the life of a Bhutanese in a village home
  • Taktsang Temple (Tiger's Nest)
  • Soak in a hot stone bath at a Bhutanese farmhouse
  • Blessing Ceremony with a Lama (Senior Monk)
  • Meet and talk with an Everest Summiteer

Your Tour Includes

  • Optional round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) including taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-tour flights and transfers
  • Ground transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • 24 Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 10 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director

Is this tour right for you? Find out What to Expect

Tour Itinerary


Passengers who purchase flights will depart 1 day before the tour starts and return on the same day as the tour ends.

You can find more details on the Before You Depart page.

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal's capital city, Kathmandu. Surrounded by Himalayan mountains, Kathmandu Valley is home to three ancient cities: Kathmandu City, the largest as the royal capital of the Kingdom of Nepal; Patan (or Lalitpur) which is also called "the city of festivals and feasts" and is a traditional center of handicrafts; and Bhaktapur, an ancient Newar city whose name translates to “the city of devotees,” known for its many temples, rich culture, and traditional architecture. Travelers who purchased our air-inclusive program will be met and transferred to our centrally located Kathmandu City hotel. This evening our tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation.

Accommodations: Hotel Yak & Yeti Kathmandu or similar
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley

Day 3: Kathmandu Valley – Nagarkot

Day 4: Nagarkot

Day 5: Nagarkot – Thimphu

Day 6: Thimphu

Day 7: Thimphu – Punakha

Day 8: Punakha – Paro

Day 9: Paro

Day 10: Paro – Kathmandu

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu

Guided Tour Pricing

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Prices listed as “with flights” below include round-trip airfare from one or more airports in the USA.

2024 Tours With Flights Tour Only  
Oct 9–20
Flights not available
Oct 10–20
$4,599 $4,249
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Nov 6–17
$6,399 $6,049
Nov 7–17
$4,599 $4,249
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Mar 19–30
Flights not available
Mar 20–30
$4,599 $4,099
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single supplement applies when not sharing a room. Select a date above to see the rates for that specific departure.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Eastern) at 1.800.337.7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made online or by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 125 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

What to Expect

Max Group Size: 20 travelers

Activity Level: Level 3

Expect most included touring to require walking and standing periods of up to 4 hours at a time (up to 2 times per day). Included touring may feature hikes, stairs, and/or climbs which may be on hilly and/or uneven terrain at potentially high altitudes. Learn More

Pacing Level: Moderate

Expect full-day tours most days with some limited free time at specific sites, for meals, and/or in the evenings. You can expect several early mornings and/or long travel days by bus (don’t worry—there are always comfort stops!), and you may expect to stay in most accommodations for 2+ nights (with limited 1-night stays). Learn More

Additional Entry Requirements for U.S. Passport Holders

A valid passport is required for international tours. There are entry requirements for U.S. passport holders. Please visit our Passports & Visas page to learn more about any required actions, next steps, and additional costs.

This tour includes destinations with high altitudes. Most overnight stays are in locations with elevations of up to 7,700 ft however some sightseeing and travel like Dochula Pass (10,334 ft) takes us to elevations of 10,000 ft or more.

For more detailed information about this tour and destination, visit our Before You Depart section.