- Accommodation on twin sharing in the listed hotels or similar.
- Three meals a day while in Bhutan and Chitwan National Park (Nepal) and breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- All ground transportation by a private vehicle.
- Sightseeing admission fees including cable car ticket and national park fees.
- One domestic airfare within Nepal (Pokhara-Kathmandu)
- Service of airfare booking but the fare is not included in the package.
- Bhutan visa fee.
- Service of English speaking local guides.
Trip Does Not Include
- Meals other than listed.
- Airfares (Booked separately)
- Nepal visa fee $ 25. (You can apply for Nepal visa on arrival).
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone and other expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses or loss due to the nature of unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, inclement weather, illness, accident, civil unrest, etc.
Trip start & finish points:
The trip starts in Kathmandu, Nepal and concludes in Paro, Bhutan. After the tour ends in Paro, you have the options to fly back to Kathmandu or choose other destinations such as Bangkok or Delhi or Mumbai or Singapore.
Kathmandu is well-connected with major international carriers such as Emirates, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Air India, Jet Airways, Singapore Airlines, etc. and you can easily book the airfare back to home.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport
This motor vehicle-based tour is suitable for travelers of all age in general good health. The highest altitude that we attain in this trip is a brief stop at Dhochula Pass (3,100 meters/10,168 feet). The other destinations are at lower elevations, significantly reducing the risk of altitude discomfort and sickness in this trip. Sightseeing involves some short hiking (two-to-four hours) through terraced fields or forests. Temples and monasteries are often in higher elevation and require climbing stairs. When we travel from one city to another, it's usually a three-to-six hour drive, with occasional stops for photography or refreshment. Roads are narrow, often cut into hills, and follow rivers; some parts may be rough or damaged due to monsoon rain. If you are traveling during the summer, there can be temporary road blockades due to mudslides when it rains heavily. Please, do not compare the South Asian roads with the ones in the developed countries.
We provide good conditioned vehicles – mid-size sedans, SUVs, or vans, depending on the group size. While guides are always fluent English speakers, drivers may speak little or no English. Due to rough road condition, there may be chances of having flat tires or mechanical breakdown, but our drivers are capable of taking the situation under control. We need your cooperation and flexibility when something unexpected happens during the tour.
In Bhutan, unless you have chosen to upgrade, the tour includes decent three-star hotels by local standard. These, in general, are small hotels with 25-30 rooms, with private bathroom with running hot and cold water. We do not expect our hotel to have a gift shop for "sundry" items. There are a handful of international chain resorts such as Aman, Uma, and Taj and Le Meridien We can book them for you on additional cost.
Hotels in Nepal are decent four-star hotels by local standard and are adequately comfortable.
Bhutan: The trip features three meals a day while in Bhutan. You expect to eat most of the meals at your hotel. When you are on a day hike or local sightseeing or a road trip, your guide will bring lunch packs or provide lunch in local restaurants.
Meals are either a set menu or buffet and include rice dishes, stir-fried or curried vegetables, noodles or spaghetti, bread, and one or two meat dishes. Beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datshi made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.
There is no whole lot of choices, and soon you will realize that the meal pattern is repeating! Meat lovers are also likely to be disappointed as the meats are imported and are chewy or tough. They don't slaughter animals in Bhutan!
There are a few restaurants in Thimphu and Paro where you can order a la carte! If you want to eat a la carte, surely you can but please, pay out of your pocket and we will reimburse you $10 for each hotel meal you skip.
Nepal: Nepal portion of the trip includes daily breakfast at your hotel, one Nepali welcome dinner in Kathmandu and three meals a day while in Chitwan National Park. You are responsible for other meals. Please, budget $10-12 per meal in regular tourist class restaurants.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted local guides for whom leading tours is a true vocation. Our guides are university graduates, fluent in English, trained and licensed by Tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of our trip and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. They show us the wonders of the areas we’d otherwise never find on our own and make sure everything goes as smoothly and safely as possible. More than just guides, they positively elevate our experience by being teachers and companions. Guides in Bhutan and Nepal will be different people.
International and internal airfares
International airfare and in-tour airfares, except the domestic airfare within Nepal are not included. However, we can book the flights for you and bill separately.
Passport and Visa
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum six months on the last day of the trip and make sure there are minimum two blank visa pages for each country for visa stickers, entry and departure seals. Bhutan visa is taken care of by us, and we will email you the visa document (pdf) 3 to 4 weeks before the travel date. You can obtain Nepal visa beforehand from any Nepali Embassies and consulates or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. Whether you want to apply for a visa in your country or obtain it upon arrival, you need to provide one picture. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for 15-day valid multiple entries. A 30-day visa costs US$ 40. Visa fee must be paid in cash US$ or other convertible foreign currency.
US citizens and most European passport holders don't need a visa for Bangkok, Thailand. If you are traveling via India, you need to obtain Indian visa beforehand as India does not grant visa on arrival.
Booking and Payment Schedule
We request an initial trip deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed trip booking form and a passport scan. You can send a check or charge the credit card.
The second payment will be due for the in-tour airfare. We will quote the airfare after we book your reservation.
Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment by credit card attracts an additional 3.5% fee. We accept the payment from traveler's account only.
- One hundred eighty days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- Ninety days before departure: Administrate fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Thirty days to 44 days before departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets cost will be as per the airline's policy plus the consolidator will levy a service charge of US$ 25 per segment. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary which we will inform you on the case to case basis.
No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once the tour begins. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage, etc. that may cause interruption or 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. Far & High’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.