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Mythical Bhutan and Nepal


13 days 12 nights

Code NLT136

Category Bhutan Classic Tours

  • Group Size 2-10 Persons
  • Difficulty Level 1
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude 3100m (10,168 ft.)
  • Trip Starts From Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Trip Ends At Paro, Bhutan
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Kathmandu Bhaktapur Chitwan Pokhara Patan Thimpu Punakha Paro
Dates & Prices

Overview

Discover the near-mythical destinations of Bhutan and Nepal in one trip. Bhutan and Nepal, nestled in the lap of mighty Himalaya offer beautiful landscape, panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, virgin forests, rich cultural heritage, UNESCO recognized world heritage sites, colorful festivals; the list goes on and on.

On this trip, we explore the cultural heritage sites that include the former palaces, fortresses, temples, and monasteries, explore the wildlife by jeep or elephants, take brisk day hikes to the villages and ridge top monasteries, meet the farm families and experience the local life and culture. The day hikes are short, and you can do them at your pace. Feel free to stop at the paddy fields and chat with the farmers or take a sneak-peek into a private dwelling.

The highlights:

  • Tour the rich cultural heritage sites which are former palaces, fortresses, temples, and monasteries.
  • Day hiking to the ridge-top monasteries and villages.
  • Farmhouse visits
  • Opportunity to attend the weekend market and local festivals.
  • Meet the local people, monks, and school children.
  • Try local cuisine and drinks.
  • Enjoy breathtaking mountain views.
  • Exciting jungle safari excursions.
  • Tour led by experienced local guides.
  • Mid-range boutique style and first class to deluxe hotels where available.

Trip Cost Land

US$ 2925 per person (September to November and March to May).
US$ 2825 per person (December to February and June to August).
US$ 440 per person (Private room supplement).

Plus estimated in-tour airfare (Varies with the departure city).

US$ 450 (Kathmandu/Paro/Kathmandu), or
US$ 650 (Kathmandu/Paro/Delhi), or
US$ 700 (Kathmandu/Paro/Bangkok)

Note: Airfares are estimates only and are subject to change. Return international airfare to the gateway city is not included.

Trip dates:

  • 15 Jun 2019
  • 10 Jul 2019.
  • 13 Aug 2019
  • 25 Aug 2019
  • 30 Aug 2019
  • 7 Sep 2019
  • 29 Sep, 2019~Trip times with Thimphu Tsechu, Bhutan.
  • 26 Oct, 2019~Trip times with Tihar festival, Nepal.
  • 9 Nov 2019.
  • 25 Feb 2020~Trip times with Punakha Tsechu
  • 27 Mar 2020~Trip times with Paro Tsechu
  • 13 Apr 2020~Trip times with Nepali New Year
  • 2 May 2020~Trip times with Lord Buddha's birthday
  • 30 May 2020
  • 29 Jun 2020
  • 18 Aug 2020~Trip times with Nepali women's Teej festival
  • 19 Sep 2020~Trip times with Thimphu Tsechu festival, Bhutan
  • 18 Oct 2020~Trip times with Dechenphu Festival, Bhutan
  • 8 Nov 2020~Trip times with Deepawali festival

Trip dates don't work for you? Take a private trip and depart when you want.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrive in Kathmandu on your own. You can apply for Nepal visa on arrival; bring one passport-type picture and prepare to pay US$25 cash in visa fee. After clearing immigration and custom, you’ll be greeted by your Nepali guide and driver at the arrival gate and then transfer to the hotel in the city (25-30 minutes).

After checking in, we’ll begin exploring the fabled Kathmandu Valley. We start with the 2,000-year-old Swayambhunath Stupa atop an 80-meter-high hillock in the western part of the city, a shrine to the evolution of Kathmandu Valley and its civilization. Then to Durbar Square of Kathmandu, in the heart of the old town. The Durbar Square includes the former Royal Palace complex and a cluster of ancient and medieval temples, all rich in art and architecture. We visit the Kumari House-the residence of the Living Goddess of Nepal. The last earthquake in Apr 2015 destroyed some parts of the palace, and a few temples here and the restoration works are currently underway, but there are quite a few other monuments still intact, and the surroundings and atmosphere are always appealing.

We’ll walk through the vibrant markets of Indrachowk and Assan, then to Thamel, the tourist hub of Kathmandu, and home to all manner of budget accommodations, restaurants, and curio shops. Our day ends in a typical Nepali restaurant, for a welcome dinner and folklore dancing.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel or similar
Meals : Dinner
Day 02~Explore Kathmandu Valley

Following breakfast, we’ll set out for the exploration of the valley.

Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, is among the most revered Hindu Temples in South Asia. The main temple is reserved for Hindu worship only, but we can have a complete view of the temple and rituals in the courtyard from the high embankment of the river another side. The sacred river also provides cremation sites (ghat) to for deceased Hindus. The temple area is vibrant with wandering sadhus (holy men), rites, and rituals taking place in the temple and ghats

The next stop will be at Boudhanath Stupa, the largest Buddhist monument of this kind in Nepal! It's a solid whitewashed dome with an octagonal base, symbolizing the universe, topped by a 13-stepped golden spire and the pinnacle with a parasol. The monument has a pair of all-seeing eyes of Buddha in each cardinal direction. There are numerous Monasteries linked with different Buddhist schools represented.

The final destination of the day will be Bhaktapur city-the best preserved of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We will visit the palace museum, the courtyard and the Royal Bath Tank of the palace. We take a stroll on the cobbled street through the old brick houses, with stops in the interesting sites-: five-storied Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and the Pujarimath Complex. The peacock window of the Pujarimath Complex is a masterpiece of Nepalese wood carving, and at the pottery square, you can learn the traditional method of pottery making.

Late afternoon, we return to our hotel in Kathmandu. The balance of the day is at leisure for your interests.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Chitwan National Park

(100 miles, 5 or 6 hours)

Today, we have a long day drive, and so we need an early start as we are traveling to Chitwan National Park-Asia's one of the most famous game park. We take a scenic drive, first on the winding road and later following Trishuli River with the view of terraced fields and snow-capped mountains in the backdrop. If you are on a private trip, you also have the option of taking rafting (grade 3+) for two or three hours.

About halfway, we stop at Kurintar for a cable-car trip to the famous temple of Goddess Manakamna situated atop a hill across the river. Thousands of devotees pay the visit to the temple with offerings daily and expect to get their wishes full-filled! (Warning: animal sacrifices are made here, and so you can opt it out if you wish).

We arrive at our resort just in time for lunch. After lunch, your guide will take you for a leisurely walk through Tharu Village, home to the aboriginal inhabitants of Chitwan and have a close look at their lifestyle that has remained unchanged over hundreds of years. Depending on your arrival time in the park, you may go for an elephant safari or canoe trip.

In the evening, you will enjoy the Tharu folk dance show at the resort.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Jungle Safari excursions

Today, led by in-house certified naturalists, we will participate in various jungle safari activities that include dugout canoe trip on Rapti River; a jungle trek (optional); elephant safari bird-watching, etc. During the dry season, the park also offers jeep safari excursions. Most commonly spotted animals are One-Horned Asian  Rhinoceros, monkeys, deer and wild boars, etc. Chitwan National Park is also home to more than 100 Royal Bengal Tigers, but they are seen rarely due to thick vegetation. Chitwan National Park is also a haven for the bird watchers; it has more than 600 different species of residential and migratory birds.

Overnight: Jungle Villa Resort
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~Pokhara-the capital of nature

Following breakfast, we leave for Pokhara (90 miles, five hours)- the capital of nature- nestled in the lap of Annapurna Himalaya. We retrace our drive for about 36 miles, 2.5 hours on Chitwan-Kathmandu highway and then the road divides, and we take the left one that leads us to Pokhara. Again, it will be a scenic drive, first along Marshyangdi River upstream and then Seti River.

We arrive in Pokhara in the mid-afternoon. We will have time to settle into our room before we proceed for the exploration of the valley. This afternoon, we visit the thrilling Davis Falls, the neighboring Tibetan Village, and the stunning Seti River Gorge, etc. Evening time is for a relaxed stroll in the lakeside.

Overnight: Atithi Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Explore Pokhara Valley

We wake up early morning for a sunrise tour to Sarangkot. It's a 30-minute drive, followed by a short stair climbing to the viewpoint, where the  Himalaya panorama will be waiting for us! As the first rays of the sun, kisses the Himalaya mountains, we will experience an exhilarating scene.

With prior arrangements (and at an additional cost), you can enjoy tandem paragliding flights or ultra-light flights that offer an altogether different type of breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountains, valleys, and lakes from the air!

We return to the hotel for breakfast, and then we continue the exploration of Pokhara. We will first take a boating trip in Lake Fewa to visit the Island temple of Goddess Barahi-which perhaps is the most revered shrine of Pokhara. Lake Fewa-the second largest lake of Nepal is the big draw for visitors to Pokhara. 

Afternoon time is for the World Peace Pagoda. The pagoda sits on top of a tall hill on the southern shore of Phewa lake. First, we drive about 45 minutes and then take a short hike (less than 30 minutes) to the top of the hill. The route goes through a forest and across a suspension bridge to reach the stupa. The sizeable Buddhist stupa is picturesque in itself, and it offers excellent views of the Annapurna range of the Himalayas, Phewa lake, and Pokhara. There is also an option of a longer hike, directly from the shores of the lake and it takes about two hours through the forested trail!

Depending on available time and interest, there are quite a few other attractions that you can visit; your guide can advise, such as  Bindhebasini Temple-the most revered temple of Pokhara, and the Old Bazaar and the museums.

Overnight: Atithi Resort & Spa
Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Flight back to Kathmandu. Visit Patan City this afternoon

It's a 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. On a clear day, we will have the opportunity to view the Himalayan mountains on the left side. 

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet your local guide and driver and proceed for sightseeing of Patan City. Patan City-also known as Lalitpur which means the "city of art." In Patan, we will visit the central courtyard of the former palace that displays the intricate wood carvings on the balconies, plinths, and struts. There are many temples in the main square, most of which are multi-roofed pagodas; others are Shikhara-style architecture with multiple pinnacle and stone doors and windows

Next, we drive in the outskirt of Patan and visit the traditional village of Bungamati, which is very much laidback despite it being so near to the capital. The houses here are old and made from bricks. We can see people vegetables that include spinach, chilies, onions, and garlic hanging from the balconies and windows of the houses. You may get the chance to visit private homes, local art and crafts workshops, and the famous temple of Matsyendranath in the village center.

Late in the afternoon, you will drive back to the hotel and the rest of the evening is open for your leisure or your own explorations.

Overnight: Maya Manor Boutique Hotel or similar
Meals : Breakfast
Day 08~Flight from Kathmandu to Paro

Enjoy a scenic flight to Paro, Bhutan. On clear weather, you will see spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya at the left side.

Upon arrival at the Paro airport (Altitude: 7,380 feet), meet your Bhutanese guide and driver who will be with you for the next five days. We take a scenic drive Thimphu-the capital city of Bhutan (41 miles, 1 hour). About half-way between Paro and Thimphu, we have a stop to visit Tamchog Lakhang Temple across the river. It is built by the famous iron bridge builder Thangtong Gyalpo, a Tibetan saint, architect, engineer, physician, and builder in the 14th century.

Settled into your room and refreshed, your guide will lead you on a stroll through the streets of Thimpu- the only capital in the world without a single traffic light! You will visit the Memorial Chorten, or shrine, dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. Hundreds of devout Bhutanese circumnavigate the sanctuary, while they are spinning the prayer wheels and humming the sacred mantra: Om Mane Padme Hum!

Overnight: Khang Residency or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 09~Explore Thimphu

After breakfast, with our guide and driver, the adventures begin as we get a feel for the city. On the weekend, it's worth visiting the weekend market. Archery is the Bhutanese the national sport, and we’ll hope for matches while we’re there.

Next, visit the National Institute Zorig Chusum that offers a six years course on Bhutan's traditional arts and crafts that include painting, wood carving, embroidery, and statue making (Closed on Sunday and public holidays). Then, visit the Simply Bhutan Museum, a living museum of Bhutan, resembling a typical village that promotes the cultural heritage and local lifestyle. Here, you will have a chance to wear traditional Bhutanese costumes and pose for photographs, if you wish.  

Afternoon, take a short 10-minute hike through the forest to visit the Takin Sanctuary. Takin – a kind of sheep by way of antelope, are the National animals of Bhutan and believed to exist only in Bhutan Himalaya. On the way back to our hotel, we’ll stop at the Zilukha Nunnery in Drubthob Goemba, home to 40-60 Buddhist nuns.

Thimphu's latest addition is Buddha Dordenma, a massive 177 ft tall Buddha statue on a ridge overlooking the valley.

Time permitting, visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, a dispensary of traditional Bhutanese herbal and other medicines, the textile academy that preserves the centuries-old living art of Bhutan. 

Hiking option: hiking enthusiasts keen to experience a monastic lifestyle away from the crowds of town can take a half-day hike to Tango Goemba monastery. You’ll miss some sights listed above, though. Tango Goema Monastery is Bhutan's highest learning center for Buddhist studies. All Je Khenpo, the religious head of Bhutan, must complete a nine-year program here and a three-year, three-month, three-day in mediation at the nearby Cheri Goemba Monastery! With luck, the monks will be in recess, and we can join them for tea. (If you are a part of the group, the decision to hike must be unanimous)

On our way back, we can stop at Pangri Zampa Temple-an astrology school for the state clergy. More than a hundred monks study astrology in this center, and they welcome the public for astrology consultation if anyone is interested. A week-advance notice is requested for scheduling purpose, though. 

In the evening, a Bhutanese parliamentarian or government official joins us over dinner for an informal talk on Gross National Happiness, a doctrine introduced by the 4th King of Bhutan that emphasizes the prosperity of the country based on the happiness of the people, rather than the mere commerce of gross domestic product!

Overnight: Khang Residency or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Across the Dhochula Pass to Punakha

(Distance 49 miles, 2.5-3 hrs. from Thimphu, altitude 9840 ft.).

Following breakfast, you will leave for Punakha-the former winter capital of Bhutan. The road winds up through the picturesque villages and pine forest to Dhochula pass at 10, 004 feet, where we stop briefly to enjoy the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and the valley. The mountain passes are holy places for the Buddhists people.

From the pass, the road drops through the changing vegetation and in about two hours, we arrive at our hotel in Punakha. 

Refreshed and after a hearty lunch, we will set out to explore Punakha valley. First, visit the Punakha Dzong Fortress- the former winter capital of Bhutan and is probably is the last stop for the day. Situated at the confluence of two important rivers the Phochu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River), it's among the most beautiful Dzong architecture in Bhutan.

Now, we take a short drive through Changyul village, cross the river by a suspension bridge and take a short hike, first through the paddy fields and then along a trail that spirals up the hillock leading us to a beautiful ridge top temple of Khamsum Yuelley. The total climb takes about 30 minutes and rewards us with panoramic views of the surroundings. We backtrack to the parking and transfer back to the hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Rafting opportunity: If you want, you can experience a thirty-minutes long rafting trip down Mochu River (Grade II or III). The rafting put in point is just below the suspension bridge, and it's taken out near the Punakha Dzong. (Cost: US$ 150 for a group of six persons)

Overnight: Drubchu Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Retrace your drive to Paro

(142 km/89 miles, 4 hrs). 

This morning, we visit the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery on a hill overlooking the valley. The nunnery houses a 14-foot bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrigzig Chagtong Chentong), Buddhas and Taras. The temple complex also houses a permanent center of higher learning and meditation for nuns. The nuns here also learn skills such as tailoring, embroidery, statue making, and thangka painting.

Next, a short and easy hike leads us to Chime Lhakhang. It's less than 25 minutes from the main road, and the trail goes through paddy fields and villages. The houses are decorated with phallic arts on the walls and doors! You might even see the door handles or knobs carved out in the shape of a phallus! Ask your guide why. The temple is nick-named as 'Fertility Temple,' and it's associated with the Lama Drukpa Kuenley who is famous as the Divine Madman! Bhutanese childless women pay the visit to the temple for fertility blessing.

Now, we retrace our drive across Dhochula Pass to Paro. Shortly before the pass, we can stop at Lamperi Botanical Garden that preserves the rich fauna including Rhododendron flowers. After a lunch stop in the Dhochula pass, we will continue to Paro.

The balance of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~Hike Tiger's Nest Monastery

A big day with an early start! After breakfast, we’ll hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest, a highlight of any trip to Bhutan, a must-visit site; only physical limitations should stop you. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, known as Guru Rinpoche by Tibetans and Bhutanese, flew on a tigress from Tibet and landed at the site where today perches the monastery. Guru meditated in a cave here, it is said, and subdued the local demons and established the supremacy of Buddhism in Bhutan. The monastery dramatically sticks out from the edge of a 4000-foot cliff above the valley floor; it is an unbelievable sight. The hike uphill should take about three hours and return trip downhill is about two hours or less. You can also rent a pony, but it can take you up only about two-thirds of the trail; onward the path is narrow, and pony ride can be risky and so the downhill trip. (Pony ride with the lead costs about $10 or $15, negotiated on the spot)

On the way back to the town, we will take a detour to the ruins of the historic Drukgyel Dzong. It was built in the 16th century to mark the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders. We will also stop to visit the ancient Kyichu Lakhang Temple, notable as one 108 temples that King Songsten Gampo of Tibet built miraculously over a single night in the 7th century to subdue a demoness!

Experience Traditional Hot Stone Bath (Optional):

After such an active day, we recommend a traditional Bhutanese Hot stone bath, an ancient Bhutanese method of curing skin ailments, joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, arthritis, and many other diseases. Some hotels also offer the hot stone bath farmhouse is better for an authentic experience. The estimated cost is $25 or $30 per person, payable to the family on the spot.

Overnight: Khangkhu Resort or similar
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13~Depart Paro

Transfer to the airport in time for flight to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • 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.

Accommodations

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.

Meals

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.

Guides

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. 

Cancellation Policy

  • 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.

Accomodation

Accommodations and facilities

There are limited choices of accommodations in Bhutan. Except a few upmarket international chain properties, most hotels in Bhutan are small, with 25-40 rooms. Our preferred hotels are these small, comfortable, locally managed properties with traditional décor and warm, friendly services. You will have en suite bathroom with 24-hour running hot and cold water. Part of the character of these hotels is that not all of the rooms the same, so there could be some variation even within the same group. They provide some essential toiletry supplies, but hair dryers, irons, and ironing boards might not be available. Hotels in Bhutan are 3-4 star by local standards. In Nepal, there are more choices and we use comfortable 4 star hotels.
Hotels listed on the itinerary are our preferred accommodations, but their limited inventories of rooms means they can be subject to change. We will accommodate you in comparable alternative hotels, and we appreciate your understanding. A confirmed list of hotels will be provided with the final trip dossier about seven or eight weeks prior the trip date.

Hotel Khang Residency
HOTEL KHANG RESIDENCY, THIMPHU
Drubchu Resort
DRUBCHU RESORT, PUNAKHA
Khangkhu Resort, Paro
Khangkhu Resort, Paro
Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Atithi Resort Pokhara
Atithi Resort and Spa Pokhara
4-Points By Sheraton, Lhasa
Jungle Villa Resort Chitwan

Add Ons

Everest View Flight

US$ 215

Mountain Flight

Buddha Air and other major domestic airlines of Nepal operate one hour daily mountain flight over the Himalayas - a wonderful opportunity to view Mount Everest and other majestic peaks without venturing into a laborious trekking. Of the fourteen peaks higher than 8000 meters, eight are in Nepal. Although there is no denying that walking up and down the hills for a close up view of the Himalaya is very much worth the effort, this we have to confess is not for everyone, due to the physical and time requirements. Buddha Air’s Everest Experience is meant especially for those who don’t want to leave Nepal without touching the sacred and majestic Himalaya. To get the best of the weather conditions in the mountains where strong winds start blowing gathering clouds and raising snow plumes which block the view as the day progresses ahead, mountain flights take place early in the morning. Mountain flight is something you don’t want to miss while you are traveling in Nepal.

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