The metamorphic evolution of the Eastern Himalayan Syntaxis (EHS) is of primary importance in understanding the tectonic framework of the India–Asia collision. However, the age of formation and exhumation of the high-pressure granulites from the EHS remains controversial. In this paper, we report the age of metamorphism of high-pressure (HP) granulite-facies paragneisses from the Namche Barwa Complex (NBC). These paragneisses consist of variable proportions of garnet, biotite, plagioclase, K-feldspar, quartz, rutile and ilmenite. Using phase equilibrium modelling of garnet growth combined with partitioning of rare earth elements (REEs) between zircon and garnet, we link multistage zircon growth to garnet growth to date the prograde stage to the interval 32.6–25.2 Ma, the pressure peak to c. 25–24 Ma and the retrograde stage to the interval 23.5–13.1 Ma. Taking into account published ages from the literature, for the NBC we propose that the prograde to peak metamorphism persisted until c. 25–24 Ma. This was followed by exhumation and melt crystallization during the interval 24–8 Ma, and cooling through the amphibolite facies after c. 8 Ma.