Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, Bhutan and Tibet Tour - Trek Central

Price
$3500 per person
Duration
19 days
Travellers
1+
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Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, Bhutan and Tibet Tour is a combined trip to Poon hill, Bhutan, and Tibet. This trip offers you panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayas from Poon Hill with a cultural tour to Bhutan and Tibet. Also, you get to visit the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. You get to visit many Buddhist monasteries and stupas in Bhutan and Tibet. You can also observe the culture, tradition, and lifestyle in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet.

First of all, you begin the journey with a flight to Pokhara then drive to Ulleri. Further, you trek to Ghorepani and then hike to Poon Hill. Then, you trek to Ghandruk where you can enjoy the culture of the Gurung community. Next, you trek to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara and explore the valley. You’ll fly to Kathmandu and visit some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in the valley. Next, you fly to Paro and drive to Thimpu. You’ll sightsee in Thimpu, drive to Punakha, visit Gangtey, and drive to Bumthang. You return to Paro, visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and fly to Kathmandu. You’ll drive to Bhaktapur and head to Nagarkot. Further, you fly to Lhasa and visit many palaces and monasteries including the Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. Lastly, you fly back to Kathmandu.

This trip can be done all around the year and is one of the easier ones that explores Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. Similarly, anyone in average physical shape can do the trip.

At Trek Central Nepal, we aim to provide the best services to our clients. We have numerous trips across Nepal and Bhutan. Moreover, we also allow you the option to modify the trip itineraries.



Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 04: Hike to Poonhill and trek to Ghandruk
Day 05: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 06: Pokhara city tour
Day 07: Fly to Kathmandu and Kathmandu valley sightseeing
Day 08: Fly to Paro and drive to Thimpu
Day 09: Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Punakha
Day 10: Punakha sightseeing and drive to Gangtey
Day 11: Drive to Bhumtang and sightseeing
Day 12: Bhumtang sightseeing
Day 13: Fly to Paro, visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Paro sightseeing
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur sightseeing, and drive to Sarangkot
Day 15: Fly to Lhasa and sightseeing [Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Traditional Hospital]
Day 16: Exploration day [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Bazaar]
Day 17: Exploration day [Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave]
Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 19: Departure day

What's included

Price includes
  • 1 hour trekkers massage / Yoga after the trip completion.
  • 3 star accommodations during Bhutan tour
  • 3 star accommodations during tibet tour
  • 3 star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • A porter and his entire expenses.
  • All meals included in Bhutan
  • All monument entrance fees.
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Bhutan visa fee and permits
  • Breakfast,Lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Company duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map.
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags (provided upon request).
  • First aid medical kit
  • Flight tickets Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after the dinner (while on the trek).
  • Full day guided city tour in Kathmandu (Day 2) by a private vehicle.
  • Insurance of guide and porter.
  • Kathmandu-Lhasa-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu fly tickets
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight tickets
  • Lodge expenses during the trek.
  • Trekking permits/TIMS.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.
Price does not include
  • Airfare for international flights.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Lunch and dinner in during Tibet tour
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tipping to staffs (as an appreciation).
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15
  • Day 16
  • Day 17
  • Day 18
  • Day 19
Day 1

Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m)

You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and our representative will be there to meet you. He/she will transfer you to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be part of an introductory session in which you'll meet the guide and porters who will accompany you during the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2

Fly to Pokhara (820m) and trek to Ulleri (1,960m)

The morning commences with a short flight that leads you to Pokhara. The journey takes about 25 minutes and it will show you the green hills and pristine landscapes of Nepal. Once you arrive at Pokhara, gather your stuff and drive to Nayapul from where you will start the trek. Make your way through steep staircases and small streams. Walk past Tikhedhunga Khola and take a quick break at Tikhedhunga. From here, you climb additional steps to reach Ulleri. Overnight in Ulleri.

Day 3

Trek to Ghorepani (2,880m)

The morning rays welcome you with exquisite views of the Annapurna range. You begin to walk through the rhododendron-laden trails which see regular traffic of donkeys and porters. As you climb staircases, you will reach Nangethanti where you’ll have lunch. The trail climbs through some of the largest rhododendron forests in the entire country and passes a gateway. Hereon, you enter the premise of the Ghorepani village which is filled with Gurung and Magar inhabitants. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 4

Hike to Poonhill (3,210m) and trek to Ghandruk (1,960m)

Wake up early and before having breakfast, head out to Poonhill. It is a famous vantage point in the Annapurna region to witness the surreal view of mountains. We shall walk on the elevated trail and reach there just before sunrise to observe the panorama of mountains like Annapurna (8091m), Nilgiri (7061m), Tukuche (6920m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m). After observing the scenery, we head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and head out to Ghandruk. Walk past the Deurali pass and cross Tadapani to reach Ghandruk. It is the biggest Gurung settlement in this region and is the abode of Gurung culture. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Day 5

Trek to Nayapul (1,070m) and drive to Pokhara (820m)

Spend the morning in Ghandruk by relishing at the sight of snowy mountains and by visiting the Gurung Culture Museum. As we have breakfast, we learn the lifestyle of the locals. Then, we head back to Nayapul. The road goes through Kimche where we can have a delicious lunch. Slowly arrive at Nayapul and then catch a bus that takes you to Pokhara. Spend a night in Pokhara by exploring Lakeside. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 6

Pokhara city tour

There are many things to do in Pokhara and today we shall explore it thoroughly. The tour takes you along the serene waters of the Phewa Lake which later ends with a quick visit to the Tal Barahi Temple. We will visit the roaring Davis Falls and trace the waters to the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. We shall head out to the Bat cave and if time permits the head to the top of the World Peace Pagoda. Spend the evening at Lakeside and enjoy live music and lively streets. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 7

Fly to Kathmandu and Kathmandu valley sightseeing

The journey for the day sees us fly back to Kathmandu. The flight takes about 25 minutes and once in Kathmandu, you will indulge in a sightseeing tour. You will visit the architectural sites like the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. These sites are rich in Malla culture. Later, we shall head out to visit the Pashupatinath and Swayambhunath temple. After visiting these sites head back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8

Fly to Paro (2,200m) and drive to Thimpu (2,334m)

Today, we shall head out to Bhutan. We shall catch a flight from Kathmandu that will take us to Paro, Bhutan. Once you arrive at the airport, you can feel the fresh air invigorate your soul. After completing the formalities in the airport, you will head to the capital city Thimpu. The drive goes along the Paro-Thimpu highway and may take more than an hour depending upon traffic conditions. Overnight in Thimpu.

Day 9

Thimpu sightseeing and drive to Punakha (1,242m)

The capital of Bhutan, Thimpu has a lot to offer and we shall explore it thoroughly today. We shall visit the Tashichho Dzong which stands out in the green pastures as a symbol of solitude. Its intricate architecture and pagoda structure is something to admire. We shall visit the folk heritage museum which has a history that dates back to the 18th century. It gives us an insight into the lives and culture of the people here. After visiting the memorial Chorten, we head to Punakha which takes at least 2 and a half hours. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 10

Punakha sightseeing and drive to Gangtey (3,000m)

The journey today sees us visit the Punakha Dzong which is a palace that sits beside a roaring river. This palace has a history that dates back to the 17th century. We shall explore the Chimi Lhakhang temple, which has a history that states that it was built to ward off evil spirits. You can explore the lively street market in Punakha and do some souvenir shopping as well. Gangtey will be our stopping point for the day and we shall drive for at least 3 hours to reach there. Overnight in Gangtey.

Day 11

Drive to Bumthang (2800m) and sightseeing

The tour initially starts with a tour of the Gangtey valley which was formed by the glacial remains. It is U shaped and it is the major abode of Black-necked cranes. There are marshland and other cultural sites. The Gangtey Valley is recognized as one of the most pristine and beautiful natural heritages in Bhutan. After exploring Gangtey, we head to Bumthang. The journey makes take at least 6 hours. Overnight in Bumthang.  

Day 12

Bumthang sightseeing

An exploration of the major tourist sites awaits us in Bumthang. We will visit the Jambey Lhakhang temple which has a deep linkage to Buddhist culture and traditions. You can visit the Kurjey Lhakhang monastery, which is believed to have a direct linkage to Guru Rinpoche, the great sage. If you fancy beverages, then you can scout the Bumthang brewery, which produces amazing beer and hard drinks. Overnight in Bumthang. 

Day 13

Fly to Paro, visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery and Paro sightseeing

From Bumthang, we shall get on an airplane and fly to Paro. This short flight takes about 35 minutes and once you reach Paro, you will visit the Tiger's Nest monastery. This is the most iconic monastery in Bhutan. It is perched on a cliff and it is believed that Guru Rinpoche meditated there after arriving there on the back of a tigress. From here, we visit the other sites in Paro, which include the Rinpung Dzong and the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight in Paro.

Day 14

Fly to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur sightseeing and drive to Nagarkot (2,175m)

From Paro, you shall catch a flight that takes you back to Kathmandu. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will have lunch and then head out for a quick sightseeing tour. You will visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changunarayan temple, and Pilot Baba Ashram. After visiting these sites, we navigate to Nagarkot and enjoy the tranquil ambiance there. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15

Fly to Lhasa (3656m) and sightseeing [Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Tibet Traditional Hospital]

Our journey today takes us to the capital of Tibet, Lhasa. The short flight gives us an amazing picture of the Tibetan plateau and the barren lands. Upon arrival at the airport, gather your luggage and head out to visit the iconic Potala Palace. This site was the home of the Dalai Lama, but now it has been converted into a museum. We visit the Norbulingka palace as well, which is a summer residence of the Dalai Lama. The architecture here is something to marvel at. We visit the Tibet traditional hospital too. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 16

Exploration day [Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Bazaar]

Another day of exploring Tibet awaits us today. We visit the Sera monastery, which is often called as the big three monasteries in Tibet. This monastery is linked to the founder of the Gelugpa Order. From here, we visit the Drepung monastery, which sits on the Gambo Utse Mountain. The magnitude of the temple is something to marvel at. Jokhang temple will teach us about the myths of Buddhism and at Barkhor Bazaar, we can do some shopping. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 17

Exploration day [Ganden Monastery and Drayerpa Cave]

The final day of Lhasa exploration takes us to the amazing monastery called Ganden Monastery. This monastery dates back to 1409 and has withstood the test of time. After exploring the corners of the monastery, we head out towards the Drayerpa cave. This cave has seen many sages and monks. After visiting these sites, we head to our hotel to rest and prepare for the flight back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 18

Fly to Kathmandu (1,300m)

From Lhasa, we shall get on a flight that takes us back to Kathmandu. The journey may take about one and a half-hour. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can do some souvenir shopping and even visit the sites which you did not visit previously. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19

Departure day

Today is your final day in Nepal and our representative will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The company staff shall have a brief session with you and we hope to see you soon.

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      Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, Bhutan and Tibet Tour

      Price
      $3500 per person
      Duration
      19 days
      Travellers
      1+

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