- Seven nights tented camp or eco-lodge, one-night basic hotel and
- Eight nights three-star hotel accommodation.
- 3-meals a day as indicated in the itinerary.
- Bhutan royalty, visa, and permits.
- Service of English speaking guides and staff ( cook, kitchen aides, and pony drivers).
- All camping gears, if eco-lodges are not functional.
- Pack-animals to transport equipment and supplies.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle as per the itinerary.
- Sightseeing admission fees.Service of airfare booking (fares are quoted separately).
Trip Does Not Include
- Airfare to and from Bhutan and airport taxes (Estimated internal airfare is $980 for Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok and one domestic fare).
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other personal expenses.
- Extra expenses or loss due to acts of nature, and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, accident, illness, etc.
- Travel Insurance.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport
This trip includes six days of low altitude trekking in the foothills of the Black Mountain Range that's the part of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. You can walk on your pace, interacting with the locals, watching the birds and wildlife along the trail. Walking duration should vary from three to six hours and sometimes a bit longer, but no hiking or trekking experience is necessary to join this trip. The trek altitude ranges from 2,273 ft to 5,412 ft, and so there is no risk of high-altitude on this trip.
Activities in Royal Manas National Park includes an elephant safari, rafting trip, and birding walk. We will use an SUV or a van for all transfers and sightseeing and another supporting vehicle to transport the gears and supplies to the trekking trailhead. During the trekking, we use ponies led by their owners.
Keep in mind that roads can be an adventure in themselves – they are not always paved; they are at times steep, dusty and bumpy as well; and they can at times be blocked temporarily due to erosion or landslide. We don’t drive far, but some days can be long, due to road condition. Anyone in general good health can enjoy this trip, although we suggest some advance walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming ahead of the time to keep you fit.
The hotels on the cities are 3-star by local standard. Majority hotels in Bhutan are usually small, on average with 25 to 40 rooms, built in the local architectural style and have traditional decor. The hotels are adequately comfortable, with private bathroom, running hot and cold water and heating and cooling features. However, hair dryers, iron, and ironing tables, etc. may not be available in some hotels. We have to be prepared to adjust our routine and mentally be okay with things that may not work or be available when we want them to. Most hotels do provide cable or wireless internet in the room, but speed is not that great. They offer space heaters, but it may not be adequate during the winter. So, your guide will provide you one hot-water bag, that you can fill with hot water and use in the bed during the night time.
The government is trying to promote sustainable tourism on the Nabji Trail, and the villagers provide accommodation and food in homestays or eco-lodges and local guides to explore the areas so that they get the direct benefits. However due to the low flow of tourists, the lodges and home-stays are not fully functional, and in that case, we back up with our crews with camping gears and supplies. Camping gears include tents (one tent for two), thermal pads, blow pillow, hot-water bag, etc.)
The trip includes three meals a day. You expect to eat most breakfast and dinner at your hotels. During the road trip, we will book our lunches in the roadside restaurants. During the hiking excursion, your guide will bring packed lunches. While in the city of Paro and Thimphu, your guide will book dinner in the restaurants in the town. Meals are served in a buffet style or a set menu.
During the trekking, the meals are prepared by a host family when we are in the home-stays or eco-lodges and prepared by our trekking cook when we are in our camps.
A typical meal includes rice dishes, curried or stir-fried vegetables, noodles or spaghetti, one or two meat items, etc. There are limited verities and chefs are not trained in western style dishes. So, you will find the menu pattern repeating. Your guide may take you out for dinner once or twice for change of taste. Meats tend to be chewy as they are imported. They don't slaughter animals in Bhutan. Beware, local style meat sauces can contain bones. Traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies, and the most popular dish is ema datse made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.
Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to delivering the best services. They are always willing to show the wonders that you would otherwise never find on your own. Every evening, you can discuss with your guide about the next day's schedule. You will have the opportunity to ask for any changes in the plan if need be and our guide will do his or her best to accommodate your requests.
International and internal airfares
The tour starts and finishes in Paro, Bhutan. There are no direct flight connections from the USA or Europe to Bhutan. You need to first fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata or Kathmandu, spend a night there and next day to Bhutan. Bangkok is the most popular gateway for travel to Bhutan, as there are daily two flights from Bangkok and the US citizens and most European passport holders don't need a visa for Thailand.
From Kathmandu and Delhi also there are five or six flights a week depending on the season. Please do not buy your international airfare until Bhutan flight schedule is available.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the last day of your trip, and there must be one or two blank pages on your passport for the visa sticker, and entry and exit seals. Far & High will apply Bhutan visa for you in advance, and we will email you an eVisa copy about three weeks before your trip date. Your passport gets an actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If you are traveling via Indian cities, you need to obtain an Indian visa before your travel begins. If you are flying via Kathmandu, Nepal, you can get Nepal visa upon arrival.
Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Booking Deposit & Payment Schedule
A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with a completed trip registration form to hold your place on the trip. We also need a color scan of the passport. You can charge the deposit on any major credit cards.
When it’s time to purchase the Bhutan flight tickets, we will request from you the next payment for the flights.
Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Final payment by credit card also attracts an additional 3.5% fee. You will save this fee by paying personal check or cashier's check. We reserve the right to refuse some form of payment.
Cancellation and Refund
If you need to cancel, please email or fax your cancellation notice to us soon you decide. The general cancellation fee structure will be below:
- Ninety days before departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
- 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days before departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to 44 days before US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Travel Protection Plan
While we spare no effort to make your tour smooth and enjoyable, there might be unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage, any of which can cause interruption, delay or total cancellation of your trip, thus putting your hard-earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you might need medical assistance, emergency evacuation, or medical transportation when you become ill or are involved in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. The trip cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses, and so we strongly recommend that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.