- Thirteen nights first class (3-4*) hotel accommodation, based on double occupancy.
- Meals: Bhutan, full board; one welcome dinner in Kathmandu, and rest of the days daily breakfast only.
- All transfers and sightseeing as on itinerary.
- English-speaking local guides.
- Bhutan visa and Tibet entry Permit.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Service of in-tour airfare reservation. (Estimated airfare indicated separately and actual quote is given after booking is made).
Trip Does Not Include:
- Nepal Visa.
- China visa.
- Lunch and dinner while in Nepal and Tibet.
- Drinks, tips and other personal expenses such as phone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature and unforeseen events beyond the control of our management.
- Travel Insurance.
- Airfares. ( Estimated in-tour airfare$1200 or 1300 for Chengdu-Lhasa-Kathmandu-Paro-Bangkok).
- Hotel and services in Bangkok.
Note on Itinerary:
We do our best to adhere to the itinerary but it should be taken as a generic guideline in terms of what you expect to do or see during the tour and may differ in the practical ground from exact sequence or order of the sights to the overnight places depending on the local conditions. As we continuously work to improve the tour, the final tour itinerary may be different which will be sent to you about 2 months before the trip date.
Trip Activity Level.
This trip is basically motor vehicle-based sightseeing with some short hikes and village visits; it is suitable for all travelers in general good health. Hiking to Takstang Monastery in Paro can be strenuous, but ponies can be provided with prior arrangement. Some sights are high on the hillock and require climbing stairs.
The longest drive in this trip will be four hours, from Punakha to Paro. Otherwise, drive times are short. We will certainly have occasional stops for photography and for refreshments. Roads in the Himalaya are narrow, and some portions may be rough and damaged. While in Tibet, we stay in an elevation of 3,500m (11,480 ft.) . On the first day in Lhasa, it is normal to experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness that include dizziness, a light headache, disorientation, and breathlessness. Most people feel better within a couple of days. The itinerary allows time for acclimatization. It is nonetheless advisable to keep physically fit and start mild exercises like jogging, swimming, cycling or practice some aerobics in the months before the trip. It’s your responsibility to determine that your fitness for this trip. If you have any health conditions, please consult your physician before you sign up for this trip.
Our Tour Guides are local people with college degrees, government certifications, and experience with and knowledge of the destinations and their history, culture and religion. Our guides are just as importantly, easy-going, detailed oriented, patient, and committed to a high level of customer service. They will uncover the wonders of the destinations that you would never find on your own, and make sure your tour is without a hitch. Your guide will also deal with the bureaucracy and passport or permit control, carry all necessary documents and vouchers, and stay alert to road and weather conditions. Note: Guides will change in each country, due to local licensing requirements.
We use clean, reliable, comfortable vehicles for all transfers and tours, often the Toyota Hiace microbus (capacity 8-9 persons) and Toyota Coaster Bus (capacity up to 20 persons); depending on group size, we might also use Japanese-made sedans, SUVs or minivans. We provide separate drivers and guides. Our drivers might speak little or no English, but they know the roads and are in a pinch, mechanically skillful.
Altitude sickness and health Concerns
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for traveling in Tibet. However, you may consider vaccination against rabies and Hep A. We recommend that travelers with cardiac-pulmonary issues or any other medical conditions consult their physician before departure. The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You might initially experience some mild symptoms, such as headaches, lethargy, nausea, and sleeplessness; most people feel better within a few days. Just in case, a supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times, and hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors are also available on call.
You’ll be glad if you start some physical exercises in the weeks before leaving; jogging, swimming, cycling, hiking, and aerobics are all helpful. Fitness makes for a better trip and helps you accommodate the altitudes. You should have a good sleep the night before you fly in to Lhasa and take complete rest on the first day. It's also advisable to drink three or four liters of water daily, and consume liquid food. Hydrate!
International and Internal Flights
The trip starts in Paro, Bhutan and concludes in Lhasa, Tibet. Flights to Paro arrives from Bangkok, Kathmandu (Nepal) or Kolkata and New Delhi, India. Most travelers prefer to fly from Bangkok as there are more flights than from elsewhere. We book the airfare from Bangkok to Paro for you and bill you separately. After trip concludes in Lhasa, you have option to fly to Chengdu or Beijing or other mainland Chinese cities. We are also able to help you book these flights. You need to make flight arrangement to Bangkok and return from Chengdu or Beijing on your own or we will be more than happy to book these flights for you as well.
Visa and Permits
Your passport must be valid for at least six more months beyond your return date. Nepal visa can be obtained from any Nepali embassy or consulate in your country, or you can wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. In either case, you will need to complete visa application and attach a picture. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for a 15 day valid visa.
We will obtain Bhutan visa for you and it's part of the tour. Bhutan visa will be emailed to you three or four weeks prior the trip date.
While Tibet entry is obtained by us, you are responsible for Chinese visa application. We will provide you with necessary supporting document, such as hotel and flight reservation that you need to enclose with visa application. Once you obtain Chinese visa, please, scan it to us and we need that about 45-days prior the trip date so that we have time enough to obtain Tibet entry permit. We will provide you necessary supporting document such as flight and hotel reservation details that you need to provide to Chinese embassy.
Booking and payment schedule
When you are sure you are traveling, please don't delay in booking so that we can confirm you in preferred hotels and flights. A deposit of US$300 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with a completed trip application form plus copy of the photo page of your passport. Balance payment is due 90 days prior to your departure. Reservation booked within 90 days prior departure requires making full payment at the time of booking. Balance payment must be paid by personal check or wire transfer. Final payment on credit card attracts 3.5% additional fee.
Cancellation and refund
- Cancellation request must be received by us in written form. Cancellation fee of the land cost will be as below.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 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%.
- Visa fee are non-refundable.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per airline policy and $25 will be levied by us to process refund. For details, please view booking and cancellation terms and conditions