- Accommodation on twin sharing in the listed hotels or similar
- 3 meals a day in Bhutan.
- Daily breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and Chitwan National Park full board.
- All ground transportation
- Sightseeing admission fees
- Service of internal airfare reservation
- Bhutan visa fee
- Bangkok and Paro airport taxes
- Service of English speaking local guides
Cost Does Not Include
- Meals other than listed
- International and internal airfare
- Nepal visa fee. (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 Difficulty Level, Road and Transport.
This motor vehicle-based tour is suitable for travelers of all ages 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. Chances of getting flat tires and mechanical breakdowns are not out of the question, 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 we have chosen other alternatives, we will stay in moderate to best- available accommodations; in general this means 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 some new first class-deluxe range properties such as Zhiwaling and Naksel in Paro, Termalinka , Namgay Heritage hotels have opened in Thimphu. We can book them for you on additional cost.
The hotels listed in the itinerary are suggestions only; a final list of hotels will be provided about six-to-eight weeks prior the trip date. Comparing to Bhutan, we have more choices of hotels. The hotels suggested in the itinerary are our preferred properties and they range from first class to deluxe category. They are locally managed and staffed with the friendly locals.
Our preferred hotels in Nepal are the first class and deluxe category hotels with most modern amenities. They are comfortable, staffed with friendly locals and welcome you with traditional hospitality.
The trip features three meals each day in Bhutan .We expect to eat most meals at our hotel; some meals also can be arranged in local restaurants. In Bhutan, meals are usually served in buffet that includes rice, vegetables, noodles, breads, etc. 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. During your trip in Nepal, we have one welcome dinner in Kathmandu and three meals a day in Chitwan National Park. Otherwise, the tour includes full breakfast at the cafe of your hotel. When you are buying your own meal, expect to pay $10-12 per meal in regular tourist standard restaurant. Meals in the hotel can cost slightly more.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted local guides for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Our guides are university graduates, fluent in English, trained and licensed by Tourism authorities. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of our trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. They show us the wonders of the areas we’d otherwise never find on our own and make sure everything goes as smoothly and safely as possible. More than just guides, they positively elevate our experience by being teachers and companions. Guides in Bhutan and Nepal will be different people.
International and internal airfares
In-tour airfare reservation is taken care of by us. In this trip, you have two domestic flights within Nepal (Kathmandu to Chitwan NP and Pokhara to Kathmandu). The airfare between Kathamndu (Nepal) and Paro (Bhutan) can be booked on airlines' website or we can book these flight for you. Currently there are only two airlines flying between Nepal and Bhutan. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines. You need to book your return international airfare to Kathmandu on your own but we are also able to help you with on your request.
Passport and Visa
Remaining validity of your passport must be minimum 6 months on the last day of the trip and make sure there are minimum 2 blank visa pages for visa stickers, entry and departure seals. Bhutan visa is taken care of by us and we will email you the visa document (pdf) 3 to 4 weeks prior the travel date. You can obtain Nepal visa beforehand from Nepali Embassies and consulates or wait until you arrive at Kathmandu airport. If you want to buy it at the port of entry (Kathmandu), do not forget to bring one passport size picture. Visa fee costs US$ 25 for a 15 day valid multiple entry. 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
If your trip involves internal air tickets, we may have to get the tickets issued within the deadline given by the airlines and we may request you the cost of the ticket along with the tour deposit. After we receive the tour deposit, we process the booking of internal air tickets and hotels, and will get back to you with the confirmation within a week. If some internal airfares require immediate purchase, we will ask you to wire the payment for. Some hotels and supplier may ask for a non-refundable deposit to guarantee the booking and we will request to include this in the second payment.
The balance and final payment is due 90 days prior departure. If your trip involves internal air or train tickets, we may also request the cost of the tickets with booking deposit to guarantee the lowest fare. Credit card payment 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.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form.
- 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- 90 days prior departure: Administratie 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 begins. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.
Far & High Adventure Travel
We are an active adventure travel company, based in Minneapolis, USA with destination management offices in Kathmandu, Thimphu and Lhasa. We are a BBB accredited business with A+ rating, and an active supplier member of American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Outside Sales Support Network (OSSN), Skal International and Midwest Travel Suppliers Association (MTSA). We have set the standard for adventure travel and have a strong reputation for excellence that we do everything we can to maintain. Our managers and guides have more than 15 years of experience in organizing and leading adventure trips in the highlands of Asia. For us travel is not just a business, but a way of life.
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. 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.