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Along the Great Himalayan Trail

Best time to travel
Oct – May
Ideal Length
10 nights
Perfect for
All

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Kathmandu and home from Paro.
  • All private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 10 nights’ luxury accommodation in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel, Thimpu, Punakha and Paro.
  • In Nepal, explore the Kathmandu valley and its UNESCO listed sights of Swyambhunath Stupa & Bhaktapur.
  • Visit beautiful temples and shrines, enjoy a scenic flight over the Himalayas & Mount Everest, hang prayer flags on the Dochu-La Pass embark on scenic hikes through the mountains.
  • In the Paro Valley, hike to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery and take a lesson in archery, the national sport of Bhutan.
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Introduction

Discover the world’s tallest mountains, its oldest religious sites, ancient cities, medieval palaces, fortresses and stupas in this incredible itinerary. Crossing Nepal and Bhutan, traverse the great Himalayan trail and immerse yourself in the incredibly rich culture of the Indian Subcontinent. Discover the hardworking and welcoming people that inhabit this untouched part of the world and create memorable experiences with them. Spend your days enjoying exciting cultural and historical excursions and each night, relax in a beautiful luxury hotel. Escape modern life and return home filled with life, excitement and memories.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Kathmandu.
You will be met on arrival and privately transferred to your hotel, where you’ll spend your first night settling in and relaxing.
The following day, explore some of the most famous spiritual landmarks in Kathmandu.
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most imposing landmarks of Kathmandu and is a centre of Tibetan Buddhism. With the help of your guide, you will light butter lamps which are one of the most powerful offerings you can give to a deity.
Boudhanath
After touring the stupa, visit the magnificent temple of Pashupatinath.
Set on the banks of the Bagmati River, the pagoda style temple is the most sacred of all Lord Shiva temples.
Pashupatinath
Take to the skies for a helicopter tour around Mount Everest.
Allow us to arrange a thrilling ride which will take you up the valleys of the Khumbu region and to Everest. Savour the breathtaking view of Mount Everest and the other magnificent majestic peaks that surround it from a unique vantage point.
Helicopter Everest
Later on, visit the famous Monkey Temple.
Also known as Swayambhunath Stupa, this temple is an ancient Buddhist shrine which has incredible, panoramic views of the city. The temple is so beautiful; it is said that the glory of Kathmandu began at this site.
Monkey Temple
Fly to Kathmandu and privately transfer to Dhulikhel for some well-deserved relaxation.
Spend two nights at an eco-luxury resort relaxing in the Himalayan salt room, indulging in chakra sound therapy or wandering through the beautiful gardens.
Wellness retreat
En route to Dhulikhel, stop at Bhaktapur, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bhaktapur is a beautiful city with brick roads, traditional cottages and an old-fashioned way of life. Full of temples, monuments and historic sites, the city has remained largely untouched by urbanization and oozes culture and charm.
Bhaktapur
Fly to Paro and privately transfer to Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu.
Spend two nights at a relaxing hotel located just outside of the city. Unwind each evening in the peace and quiet of the forest, the perfect antidote to a busy day of sightseeing.
Thimphu
Explore this bustling city with your own private guide.
Visit the memorial stupa of the 3rd King of Bhutan and the Tashichhoe Dzong, an impressive fortress which houses the throne room of the king, government offices and much more.
Thimphu Fortress
Buddha Point is not to be missed.
The Buddha Dordenma is located atop a hill in Kuenselphodrang Nature Park and overlooks the Southern entrance to Thimphu Valley. The statue fulfils an ancient prophecy dating back to the 8th century and is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.
Buddha Point
Hike north of Thimphu through shaded rhododendron forests to Tango Monastery.
Visit the fascinating three storey towered building which has existed since the 15th century. You’ll have the chance to interact with the monks that live here today and learn more about their peaceful way of life.
Monks on hill
Privately transfer to Punakha, a town in the Himalayas.
Arrive at a charming Bhutanese property with views of the rice fields. Enjoy a relaxing evening before jumping into even more activities.
Punakha
Visit Dochu-la pass; a famous landmark adorned with prayer flags.
Stop off at the pass and hang your own prayer flag to join the thousands fluttering in the wind. Then continue on to Punakha Dzong, a majestic structure built in 1637 which is now the administrative centre of the Punakha district.
Dochu-la pass
Hike to the four storey temple of Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
Trek through the rice fields to reach this incredible piece of Bhutanese architecture. The temple is dedicated to the wellbeing of the kingdom and it took nine years to build.
Khamsum Yulley
Privately transfer back to Paro.
Visit Ta Dzong which was originally built as a watchtower but now houses the national museum. Explore the extensive collection of antique paintings, weapons, armour, textiles and other historical artefacts.
Paro, Bhutan
Check into a relaxing wellness property.
Spend two nights in a secluded retreat surrounded by nature. At the hotel, take a lesson in archery, Bhutan’s national sport.
Archery
Hike to the Taktsang Monastery.
The monastery is a photographer’s delight; it is adorned with prayer flags and surrounded by granite rocks 300 metres above the valley floor. Practise your photography and offer butter lamps at the monastery for good karma.
Taktsang Monastery
Privately transfer to Paro airport for your flight home.
It is time to fly home. Arrive in Dublin.

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Dwarika's-Hotel

Dwarika’s Hotel

Home to one of the largest private woodwork collections in the world, Dwarika’s Hotel is a beautiful Nepalese property full of history and heritage. The exterior of the hotel is covered in terracotta clay from the nearby valley and inside, the furniture and textiles have all been handcrafted by local tradespeople. Soak up the culture from the comfort of this luxurious property which boasts a sizeable outdoor pool and spacious bedrooms and suites.

The-Postcard-Dewa

The Postcard Dewa

The Postcard Dewa is newly built, a 15-key hotel in Bhutan with hilltop views of Thimphu valley. It’s a 20-minute drive to the city and one of the world’s highest Buddha statues. The 13 rooms and two suites come with private sit-outs overlooking the forest. There’s fresh mountain trout and ema datshi on the menu. Soak up a traditional hot stone bath or swim in the temperature-controlled pool, hike up monasteries and take a picnic basket to Raidak River.

Dhensa-Boutique-Resort

Dhensa Boutique Resort

Located deep in the heart of the verdant Punakha Valley, Dhensa Boutique Resort offers a unique combination of contemporary design coupled with architecture the comes  straight from Bhutan’s ancient past. Interiors are spacious and designed to encapsulate the beauty of simplicity. Each of the 24 suites, set in six cottages, benefit from private balconies and bathrooms with tubs set against large French with stunning views.The spa is uniquely equipped with an outdoor wood-fired bath as well as a steam room and a sauna with a window overlooking the forestry. Treatments use hand-blended oils for the ultimate in revival.

Bhutan-Spirit-Sanctuary

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary

Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary is an upscale mountainside retreat tucked into the hills of the Paro Valley. It offers luxury accommodation just outside of Paro and centres on an understanding of Buddhism, Bhutanese culture and well-being. A ‘well-being inclusive’ hotel, the property offers a number of programmes and experiences including yoga, meditation,  meetings with monks and local interactions as well as cookery class, hiking, archery and cultural visits. There is also a well equipped spa which offers the traditional therapies such as massages and is conceived of as a place to really come to understand one’s physical and spiritual ailments.

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