bhutan trek and tour

Nepal & Bhutan Tour -9 Days

Trip Introduction

The Bhutanese name for their country is a Druk Yul, which means Land of the Thunder Dragon.Thus, the Druk Yul tour is by name a comprehensive tour package in which you will get chance to see everything that the Druk Yul has to offer along with some noticeable glimpse of Kathmandu. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some major heritage sites and architectural values of Kathmandu valley with spectacular mountain scenery of remarkable natural beauty and remote and dramatic monasteries of Bhutan that rule in the pristine and intact Bhutanese landscape. Above all, you will get a chance to interact with the local people and to witness the way of life in Bhutan and Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

DAY 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Your Druk Yul tour starts as you arrive at the airport at Kathmandu. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel Shanker or similar standard hotel for rest since you will be just past through a long flight. You might visit our office if interested after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.

DAY 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing:

The day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual attractions; including the historic Durbar Square, the famous Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) from where you will see beautiful view of Kathmandu valley, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, and Bouddhanath Stupa, which is the second biggest Stupa of the world . After returning back to the hotel, you will make some preparation for next day’s journey to Bhutan.

DAY 03 : Kathmandu-Paro

Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft) that offers fascinating views of the eastern Himalayan range of Nepal including the Mt. Everest. On arrival, our Druk Yul representative will pick you up and transfer to the hotel for a short rest and lunch. Later the day, you will explore around the Paro valley, visit one of the strategic but ruined fortress of Drugyul Dzong. From here, on a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. You will continue through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong which is now the National Museum of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Paro.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included).

DAY 04 : Paro-Thimphu

Today, after breakfast you will hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Druk Yul most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, you will hike down to Paro. Then drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)

DAY 05 : Thimphu-Wangduephodrang

Today, you will explore the major sites of Thimphu on a relaxed guided tour. Highlights include the memorial Chorten built in memory of the late third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, commanding 15th century Changangkha Temple, the traditional indigenous hospital, the National Library with its treasure troves of manuscripts and ancient texts and the traditional painting school where education is free for students to learn the ancient skills of traditional painting. Later on, you will drive through beautiful countryside to Wangduephodrang across the Dochula Pass, where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Check into the hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Wangduephodrang. (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)

DAY 06 : Wangduephodrang-Paro

After breakfast, you will visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. On the way back, you will visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama’s wooden phallus! Continue drive to Paro via Dochu La Pass. Here, you will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Stop in Thimphu for lunch. Later in the evening, you can drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel in Paro.(Breakfast, Lunch & dinner are included)

DAY 07 : Paro-Kathmandu

Today you will be back to Kathmandu from Druk Yul. This morning we will transfer you to the Paro airport to catch your short but very scenic flight to reach Kathmandu that goes again above the massive Himalayan range such as Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake. On arrival at Kathmandu, we will pick you up and transfer to the hotel. Remaining time you can just rest and relax at the hotel or can explore surrounding areas in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast & farewell dinner are included).

DAY 08 : Leisure at Kathmandu

After a wonderful visit to Druk Yul, today is a free day at Kathmandu to relax at the hotel and watch and observe Nepalese lifestyle or if interested you may extend your trip as additional sightseeing or one hour Himalayan flight on request. Today, you can do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included).

DAY 09 : Departure from Kathmandu or extend your trip

If departing, you will be transferred to the international airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination or if you have other trips to extend, you can simply go ahead with your program.

Important Note and Optional Activities

Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier Trekking. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Dates and Season

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. Autumn and spring season are the best time to travel in Nepal and Bhutan. It is suitable for travel to Bhutan from mid September to beginning of December and March to May. December and January is the frozen time in Bhutan. The sunlight in Bhutan is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. The thin air can neither block off nor retain heat so that the temperature extremes can be met in day time and the same night respectively in Bhutan. Most annual rainfall comes in the rainy season that starts from June to September but July and August is called off season for both country.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle in Nepal & Bhutan as per itinerary
  • Twin sharing hotel accommodation on Deluxe Hotel Shanker or similar in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Complementary welcome & farewell dinner in one of the finest Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with local tour guide, all necessary arrangements
  • Major entry permit/s & fees with Bhutan visa fee
  • Local tour guide & private vehicle, necessary payment in Bhutan
  • Twin sharing accommodation in standard hotel (A categories) in Bhutan
  • Meals on full board in Bhutan and breakfast in Kathmandu as per itinerary

Trip Cost Does Not Include

  • Flight from to/from home city/Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu flight (USD 450 for the round trip economic class)
  • Personal travel insurance & helicopter evacuation
  • Personal expenses & tips for guide & driver
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Nepal visa fee

Accommodations

During the visit in Kathmandu we provide you twin sharing accommodation in 4 star Deluxe Hotel Shanker or similar in Kathmandu and 'A' categories hotel in Paro and Thimphu and 'B' categories hotel in Wangduephodrang. Single supplementary available on request and it cost USD 390 but it's hard to get on festival time in Bhutan.

Meals

Regarding the foods we provide you breakfast in kathmandu and full board in Bhutan. Complementary welcome dinner and farewell dinner provided by the company in Kathmandu. Lunch & dinner are not included in the cost during the kathmandu stay and bar & beverage bills also excluded on the cost.

Equipments & Packing List

While packing for "Nepal and Bhutan Tour"certain gears are essential to be considered. Please Click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

For our tour group, there will be one Tour guide & driver in Kathmandu sight seeing and in Bhutan their will be one local Guide, if necessary helper and driver during the visit. In fact during the Kathmandu visit our guide will be fluent English speaking as well treated you as a well coming good hospitality and even in Bhutan there is standard tourism and respect to the tourist. Our all guide is very good and well treat during the journey.

Pre Trip Meeting

Prior to all our tours, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu on the 2nd day of your itinerary starts in the morning during the breakfast and provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your tour and to introduce you to other team members.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: US telephone: 704-200-7512

Traveller's Reviews

  • We are having a fantastic time. It is the vacation of our lives. The planning, places, accommodations and people are superb. We know you work very hard to make dream vacations come true and it is appreciated. We are in Paro Hotel and what a rare treat. This place is fabulous. No one could have planned a better vacation.

    Vancouver, Canada
  • We appreciated this local Travel Agency, because of friendly and experienced Staffs, who are working in it. They always tried to do their best, to make everything perfect, on what you agreed before beginning of the trip. This is important for clients, who decide to travel in Asia, because experienced tourists know, that it's not always like this here. I hope, they will remain the same, when their company will grow up.

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