The Zen Masters (10 nights / 11 days)

Experience the unique charm of two Himalayan countries – Nepal and Bhutan – largely untouched by the rapid urbanisation of the outside world. This journey offers the chance to immerse in local culture, experience the idyllic life, and hike to some of the most picture-perfect spots on Earth.

Nepal is a country of sublime beauty, tucked away in the shades of the highest mountain range in the world, often called the “last paradise” on earth. Small yet charming, Nepal offers unique experiences – from thrilling treks to ethereal natural beauty, from adrenaline-pumping activities to quite spiritual retreats. Witness the magic and majesty of Nepal in this specially curated journey. Enjoy the warm Newari hospitality as you travel through some of the most significant towns of Nepal, exploring historic temples and monasteries.

Not far from Nepal lies the small nation of Bhutan. The allure of Bhutan is entrenched in its traditional monarchy and bountiful nature. This small kingdom is one of the world’s last remaining Shangri-La’s, a place of untouched beauty and happiness. Where prosperity is measured by the Gross National Happiness of the people and Buddhist traditions resonate through the streets and everyday life. Visit the ancient fortresses and temples of Bhutan while you the enjoy unparalleled natural beauty of its countryside.

Tour Expert

Binaya Rana
Culture and Religion

An expert in Buddhist religion and practices, Binaya has worn many hats over the years. As a teacher, editor and translator, he has worked in the scholarly depths of Buddhist texts and traditions. This background makes him a fascinating companion on any journey through the Buddhist regions of the subcontinent.

He has led enriching journeys for various US and international companies such as OAT, Road Scholar, Vantage, Gate 1, and Sierra Club, amongst others. Binaya’s travels through the region have made him a local expert in the regions of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and parts of India.

Friday, 20th September 2019: Arrive in Kathmandu – by flight

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
  • Welcome greetings & transfer to your hotel for check-in
  • Dinner & briefing by your journey expert
  • Overnight stay at the hotel

Saturday, 21st September 2019: In Kathmandu

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square & National Art Gallery
  • Enjoy a cooking class and lunch with a Newari Family
  • Afternoon sightseeing tour of Patan Durbar Square
  • Overnight at the hotel

Sunday, 22nd September 2019: In Kathmandu

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning drive to Budhanilkantha and start hike to Namkha Monastery
  • Lunch at a restaurant on route
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Evening interaction with an Everest Summiteer
  • Dinner at a restaurant in Thamel with rickshaw ride
  • Overnight at the hotel

Monday, 23rd September 2019: Kathmandu / Paro ( By Druk Air flight 0945 / 1105 hrs. ) / Thimphu (By Surface)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Fly to Paro
  • Drive to Thimphu (approximately 2 hours)
  • Explore Thimphu
  • Dinner & overnight at hotel

Tuesday, 24th September 2019: In Thimphu

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Trek to Tango Goemba (approximately 2 hours round trip)
  • Learn the art of Thangka painting
  • Visit Simply Bhutan museum, Textile Museum & Buddha Point
  • Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel

Wednesday, 25th September 2019: Thimphu / Punakha (By surface)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Punakha (approximately 2½ hours)
  • Tea/ coffee at Dochula pass
  • Visit Punakha
  • Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel

Thursday, 26th September2019: In Punakha

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Punakha
  • Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel

Friday, 27th September 2019: Punakha / Paro (By surface)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Paro (approximately 4 hours)
  • Tea/ coffee at Dochula pass
  • Afternoon visit Paro
  • Dinner & Overnight at hotel

Saturday, 28th September 2019: In Paro

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Hike to Taktsang Monastery
  • Vegetarian lunch on route
  • Evening enjoy a cultural dance show
  • Dinner & overnight at hotel

Sunday, 29th September 2019: Paro / Kathmandu (By Druk Air flight 1140 / 1240 hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Fly to Kathmandu
  • Evening free
  • Overnight at hotel

Monday, 30th September 2019: Depart Kathmandu (By Flight)

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to airport

End of Journey