- Three-star hotel accommodation in the cities and best available guesthouses where choices are limited.
- English speaking certified guide.
- All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
- Three meals a day.
- Bhutan visa.
- Sightseeing admission tickets.
- Domestic airfare within Bhutan (Paro-Bumthang).
Trip Does Not Include
- All international airfares arrival and return to the gateway city.
- Travel Insurance.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet, and other personal expenses.
- Extra expenses or loss due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show, emergency evacuation, etc.
- Taxi from Bhutan border to Guwahati ( Budget $ 60 or 70)
Trip Difficulty Level, Road, and Transport
Travelers with an average health condition can join this trip. The trip involves no strenuous activities but a few long days of the drive. The road condition deteriorates as you enter the eastern part of the country. Due to damages by the monsoon rain, repairs works are a continuously ongoing process that may cause some travel delays.
We use good conditioned Japanese or Korean SUVs, minivan, or minibusses depending on the group size. The trip involves the crossing of a few high altitude passes, and the highest one is the Chelela (3810m, 12,497 ft.). We stop in these passes momentarily and all the towns where we overnight in much lower elevations and hence, altitude issues are minimum or non-existent.
The trip also has a few optional day hikes that you can do at your own pace.
The suggested hotels in the itinerary are three-star properties by local standard. You will have an en-suite bathroom with running hot and cold water. The hotels are usually small properties, built in a local architectural style with traditional decor and ensure essential amenities, and facilities. However, hotel standard deteriorates as you advance to the east. There is often a disparity in rooms and sometimes, members of the same group may get different types. While the hotels promise essential amenities and facilities, hair dryers, iron and ironing tables may not be available in some hotels. You will have to be prepared to adjust your normal routine and mentally be okay with things that may not work or be available when you want them to.
As there are limited hotels in Bhutan, the hotels listed in the itinerary are suggestions only. There will be massive demand for accommodations during the fall and spring, and in particular around the festival dates. We will send you a finalized itinerary and trip notes that include the list of your confirmed accommodations.
The trip features three meals a day, and you will eat most of the meals at your hotel. Meals are either a set menu or served in a buffet. A typical set or buffest include rice dishes, stir-fried or curried vegetables, noodles, bread, and one or two meat dishes. While in Paro and Thimphu, your guide can arrange few dinners in a la carte restaurants in the town, but there are no a la carte restaurants in the central and western part. 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.
The guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by the local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services. They are always willing to show you the wonders that you may never have been able to find on your own. Your guide will bring the necessary permit and vouchers for the suppliers and deal with the checkpoints and local bureaucracies.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least six months at the time of travel and make sure you are not running out of blank visa pages. You will need one dedicated blank visa page for each Bhutan and India.
We will apply for your Bhutan visa and will email you the clearance document about three weeks before the trip date. You need to produce this document when you check in for the flight and again at Paro airport immigration upon arrival.Y our passport gets the actual visa seal at the Paro airport.
You need to obtain Indian visa on your own before the travel begins. But nowadays, you can apply Indian visa online.
Best time for this trip:
You can take this throughout the year, but undoubtedly, the fall ( October and November) is the best season when you have mild weather, clear skies, and clean air. The second preferred season is spring ( March, April, and May) when the weather is pleasant, and the plus point is the rhododendron and other wildflowers that come in bloom during this time of the year. You can also travel during winter which has dry weather. The day time temperature is okay but night time temperature could fall below freezing point. The summer months of June, July and August are rainy months in Bhutan that can cause mudslides and road wash-ups, causing road blockades.
Note on Itinerary
Although Far & High will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control such as weather, road conditions, flight delays, etc. The sights and activities listed in the itinerary indicate the scope of activities and opportunities during the trip, rather than an inflexible schedule of events. Itinerary order might change depending on the local conditions, time availability, your pace, and interests. Every evening, the guide advises of the following day's schedule and explains what your expectations and preparations should be like for the day.
Booking, deposit and payment
There are limited hotels and flights to Bhutan, and so early planning is essential. We request an initial deposit of US$ 300 along with a completed trip booking form and a passport scan.
The second payment will be for the in-tour airfare.
The balance and final payment is due 90 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on a case to case basis. Balance payment by credit card payment attracts an additional 3.5% fee.
Cancellation and refund
If you need to withdraw from the trip, please send us written notice by email or fax. Far & High's cancellation policy is as following.
- Ninety days before departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
- 60-89 day's before departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Forty-five days to 59 days before 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%.
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, 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 any unfavorable conditions.