- Accommodation on double occupancy basis
- All transfers and sightseeing, as listed on the itinerary, by private vehicle.
- Three meals a day
- English speaking local tour guide
- Sightseeing admission fees
- Bhutan visa fee
- Service of internal airfare reservation.
Cost Does Not Include
- Airfare to and from Bhutan and airport taxes (separately quoted).
- Expenses of personal nature such as drinks, tip, laundry, phone, etc.
- Extra expenses or loss due to acts of nature, and unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, delay, accident, illness, etc.
- Travel Insurance
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport
This is a motor vehicle-based tour with some optional hikes, and can be undertaken by anyone in general good health. The itinerary’s highest altitude is Chele La (12,497 feet, or 3,810 meters) for a brief stop. Our accommodations are in lower altitude where altitude sickness is not a concern. Some of hiking excursions are steep, but they are optional. Travel on a given day can include three to six hours of driving, sometimes on rough or damaged roads that are carved out of the hillside. If you are traveling during monsoon, there can be temporary washouts.
Far & High Travel provides Korean- or Japanese-made SUVs or minivans, or Japanese coaster buses, depending on the group size. Drivers are skilled and know Bhutan’s roadways. Drivers, unlike guides, may speak little or no English. Flat tires and mechanical breakdowns are possible in these conditions, but our drivers are capable of taking the situations under control. We will appreciate your cooperation and flexibility when something unexpected happens during the tour.
Majority of Bhutanese hotels are small properties with 25 or 30 rooms; some are even smaller. They are built in local architectural style and has traditional Bhutanese decor. They are classified as “three-star” properties, but in fact have limited choices even you want to upgrade. You will have private bathroom with running hot and cold water. There may be disparity in the rooms; so travelers of the same group may get different type of rooms. Toiletry supplies may be limited. Hotels in the towns may have internet and long distance calling available.
Some international chain resorts, such as Aman Kora, Uma Paro, Taj, and some heritage hotels, can be booked at an additional cost.
Our tour features three meals each day, most of them at our hotel. In Bhutan, meals are usually served in buffet that includes rice, vegetables, noodles, and breads. Our guides can arrange some dinners at local restaurants at your request. One note: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies, and the most popular dish, "ema dates," is made with large, hot, green chilies in a cheese sauce.
Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly, they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.
International and internal airfares
The tour starts and finishes in Paro, Bhutan. There are no direct flight connections from USA or Europe to Bhutan. You need to first fly to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkatta or Kathmandu, spend a night there and next day fly to Bhutan. Bangkok is the most popular gateway for travel to Bhutan as there are daily 2 flights from Bangkok and US citizens and most European passport holders don't need visa for Bhutan.
From Kathmandu and Delhi, also there are 5-6 flights a week depending on the season. Please, do not buy your international airfare until Bhutan flight schedule is available.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last day of your trip and there must be 1 or 2 blank pages on your passport for the visa sticker, entry and exit seals. Bhutan visa is pre-processed by Highland Asia Travel and we will get clearance for you before your flight into Bhutan. Your passport gets actual visa seal upon arrival at the Paro airport. If you are traveling via Indian cities, you need to obtain Indian visa before your travel begins. If you are traveling via Kathmandu, Nepal, you can obtain Nepal visa upon arrival.
Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Booking Deposit & Payment Schedule
A deposit of US$ 300 is requested along with completed trip registration form to hold your place on the trip. We also need a color scan of the passport. You can charge the deposit on any major credit cards.
When its time to purchase the Bhutan flight tickets, we will request you the second payment for the flights.
Final and balance payment is due 90 days prior departure.
Final payment by credit card also attracts additional 3.5% fee. You will save this fee by paying personal check or cashier's check.
We reserve the right to refuse certain form of payment.
Cancellation and Refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below:
- 90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee)
- 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%
Travel Protection Plan
While we leave no efforts to make your tour smooth and enjoyable, there may be unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, flight cancellation, missed connection, or loss of baggage etc. which may cause interruption, 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. Highland Asia’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.