- Accommodation on double occupancy basis
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle
- 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners
- English speaking local certified tour guide
- Sightseeing admission fees
- Bhutan visa fee
- Service of internal airfare reservation
Trip Does Not Include
- Internal and international airfare. Internal airfare separately quoted.
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport
This trip has been designed for hiking enthusiasts who want to travel to the areas away from the motor vehicle tracks and explore the areas less traveled. While we use motor vehicles for city visits and transfers from one town to other, we generally plan to head off on foot for some of the finest walking and hiking once we’ve arrived. All the walks and hikes can be done at our own pace, interacting with the locals, and capturing the beautiful scenery and unique Bhutanese architecture. Hikes can be two to four hours long, sometimes a bit longer, but no hiking or trekking experience is necessary to join us. Hiking trails are often the traditional path of Bhutanese locals and pilgrims; at times it can be steep.
We do not attain any significant altitude in this trip, so altitude related sickness is not a concern. Keep in mind that roads can be an adventure in themselves – they are not always paved; they are times steep, dusty and bumpy as they skirt steep hills; and they can at times be blocked temporarily due to erosion or landslide. We don’t drive far, but sometimes we drive slowly for four or five hours. Some days can be shorter.
Anyone in general good health can enjoy up this trip, although we suggest some advance walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming ahead of the time to keep yourself fit.
For the most part, we will stay in moderate to best-available accommodations, which are usually small hotels with 20 to 40 rooms, locally classified as three stars.They are adequately comfortable, provides with en-suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. Most hotels do provide cabled internet or WiFi, tea-coffee maker, basic toiletries etc. They may not have hairdresser and iron and ironing board.The hotels are built in local architectural style and rooms are decorated traditionally. During festival period, there will be high demand for accommodations sometimes means we have to use alternative hotels; your cooperation and understanding in this matter will be very much appreciated.
Recently, there are one or two new up market properties in town, for example, Le Meridien, Taj Tashi, Como Hotels etc which are exclusive properties and booked on additional surcharge.
Hotel Khang Residency, Thimphu
Drubchu Resort, Punakha
Khangkhu Resort, Paro
Dewachen Hotel, Phobjikha
Bhutan trips feature three meals each day, mostly at our hotel, usually served in a buffet that includes rice, vegetables, and noodles. Our guide can arrange some dinners at local restaurants, but remember that traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies, and the most popular dish, ema dates, is made with large, hot, green chilies in a cheese sauce.
Our guides are college-educated Bhutanese, proficient in English, and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Just as important, they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.
International and internal airfares:
The tour starts and finishes in Paro, Bhutan. There are no direct flight connections from USA or Europe to Bhutan. You need to first fly to Bangkok or Delhi or Kolkatta or Kathmandu, spend a night there and next day, you can fly to Bhutan as the flight is usually in the morning. Bangkok is the most popular gateway for travel to Bhutan as there are more fligths from than other citizens. Secondly, US citizens and most European passport holders don't need visa for Thailand.
From Kathmandu and Delhi also, there are 5-6 flights a week depending on the season. You need to book your international airfare to Bangkok (or Delhi or Kathmandu) on your own and we will take care of the flight owards. Please, do not buy your international airfare until Bhutan flight schedule is available.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of your trip and there must be 2 blank visa pages on your passport for the visa sticker, entry and exit seals. Bhutan visa is pre-processed by Far & High Adventure Travel and we will get clearance for you 3-4 weeks prior your trip date. Your passport gets actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If you are traveling via Indian cities, you need to obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa on arrival. If you are traveling via Kathmandu, Nepal, you can obtain 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 and Payment Schedule
A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with 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 its time to purchase the Bhutan flight tickets, we will request you the second payment for the flights. Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure.
Final payment by credit card also attracts additional 3.5% fee. You will save this fee by paying personal check or cashier's check. We reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below.
- 90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee)
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%
Far & High Adventure Travel
We are an active adventure travel company, based in Minneapolis, USA with strong network of ground partners in the destinations we go. We are a BBB accredited business with A+ rating in Minnesota and an active supplier member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), National Tour Assocation (NTA), Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), Society of International Travel Professional (SKAL) and Midwest Travel Suppliers Association (MTSA) and National Tour Association. Our ground operation offices are licensed by the local authorities. We have set the standard for adventure travel and have a strong reputation for excellence that we do everything we can to maintain. Our managers and guides have more than 15 years of experience in organizing and leading adventure trips in the highlands of Asia. For us travel is not just a business, but a way of life.
Travel Protection Plan
While we leave no efforts to make your tour smooth and enjoyable, there may be unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. which may cause interruption, delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Highland Asia’s Tour cost does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.