- Accommodation on twin sharing in the listed hotels or similar.
- 3 meals a day in Bhutan.
- Daily breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and full board while in Chitwan National Park.
- All ground transportation by a private vehicle.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- Three domestic airfares within Nepal.
- Service of airfares booking from Bangkok to Paro (Bhutan) to Kathmandu (Nepal) and for onward journey. The airfare is not included, though. Quote will be given after you decide the gateway city).
- Bhutan visa fee.
- Service of English speaking local guides.
Trip Does Not Include
- Meals other than listed.
- International airfares and airfares between Bhutan and Nepal.
- Nepal visa fee $ 25. (Nepal visa can be purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu airport).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, phone, laundry etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature of unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, inclement weather, illness, accident, civil unrest etc.
Trip start & finish points:
Trip starts from Paro, Bhutan and finishes in Kathmandu, Nepal. You need to first arrive in Bangkok or Delhi or Kathmandu, spend a night there and then you can fly to Paro, Bhutan the following day. Bangkok is the most convenient gateway to travel to Bhutan as there are daily flights from Bangkok (at least one flight a day). Flights from other destinations operate only certain days of the week. Please, plan to spend minimum a night in the gateway city before your flight to Bhutan. While you can book your international airfare to the gateway city (e.g. Bangkok or Delhi or Kathmandu) on your own, we will book the onward airfare for you and bill you separately.
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 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 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 just 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 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 sightseeing tour or on the road trip, lunches will be booked in local restaurants. When you are on a hike, you will be provided with packed lunch.
Meals are either a set menu or buffet and include rice dishes, stir-fried vegetables, noodles or spaghetti, breads and one or two meat items. Beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datse 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 chewy as they are imported. 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 trips 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 help you book the reservation. In this trip, you have three domestic flights within Nepal (Kathmandu-Chitwan NP-Pokhara-Kathmandu) and the fares are included in the trip cost. The airfare from Bangkok (or Delhi or Kathmandu) to Paro (Bhutan) to Kathmandu and return journey is not included. We will give you exact quote after you decide the gateway city you will use to fly in to Bhutan. In general, Bangkok-Paro-Kathmandu route costs about $750 and Delhi-Paro-Kathmandu costs about $650. You can also start the trip from Kathmandu and round trip airfare Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu should costs under $450.
Passport and Visa
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum 6 months on the last day of the trip and make sure there are minimum 2 blank visa pages for each country for visa stickers, entry and departure seals. Bhutan visa is taken care of by us and we will email you the visa document (pdf) 3 to 4 weeks prior the travel date. You can obtain Nepal visa beforehand from any Nepali Embassies and consulates or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. Whether you want to apply visa in your country or obtain it upon arrival, you need to provide one provide one picture. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for a 15 day valid multiple entries. A 30 day visa costs US$ 40. Visa fee must be paid in cash US$ and in exact change.
If you have stops in other countries before this trip, you may need visa for those countries. US citizens and most European passport holders don't need visa for Bangkok, Thailand. Please, check with the Thai embassy at your country. But 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
Tour Deposit US$ 300 per person or 10% of the total trip cost is requested along with completed booking form and passport scans. You can pay the deposit by credit card or personal check.
After we receive your booking, we initiate internal airfare reservation. When it's time to purchase the tickets, we will request you for the second payment for the airfares. Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure. Balance payment on credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. We accept the payment from traveler's account only. However, we reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment. Wire transfer fees are to be borne by the traveler.
- 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrate fee US$ 150 per person.
- 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%.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets cost will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary which will be informed per 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 tour begin. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Travel Protection Plan
While we plan 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.