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What’s included

  • An English speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, on a twin share and bed & breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • Bhutan visa & departure tax
  • Nepal departure tax
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents) and all meals on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

Chorten Path Trek Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Chorten Path Trek
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  19 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days
Walks on: 1 days

Flight inclusive from £4,070,
Land only from £3,295

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Follow the original Chorten Path to reach the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals, Thimphu and continue to the original capital, Punakha.

Highlights

  • Trek the original trail, linking the Paro, Thimphu and Punakha valleys
  • Camp in the wilderness, fully supported, amongst high mountains and forests
  • Experience traditional rural villages and their people
  • Visit Dzongs and the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Reviews          

The trek leader was extremely generous of himself with a great knowledge of his country - the land and its politics and religion. He and all the staff on the trek were very well organised, the cook was fantastic and the food was delicious.
Ms A, London

The choice of route and places visited and the organisation of the holiday was faultless. Bhutan lived up to expectations and beyond.
Mr H & Mrs W, Cornwall

Bhutan was a wonderful country to visit - we felt privileged to be able to visit - beautiful scenery, friendly people, colourful surroundings. We felt the route, accommodation and staff were carefully selected by Mountain Kingdoms, who also managed our travel arrangements and expectations very well.
Mr H, Wiltshire

Our trek leader and his team throughout the trek could not have been more helpful - they were all knowledgeable and could not be faulted in anything they did. The food that was prepared for us was incredible compared to similar holidays we have been on.
Mrs F, Ross-shire

I have trekked with you since 1990. I know it is always going to be well organised and a great experience.
Mr J, Cheshire

Very efficient organisation and exceptional service from local staff - very professional, courteous and attentive. Good balance between trekking (natural beauty) and well-informed sightseeing (culture). Quite apart from the astonishing beauties that Bhutan itself has to offer.
Ms B, London

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Our time in Bhutan begins in Paro where we walk up to Tiger’s Nest Monastery before starting our first trek, which shares the route of the Druk Path, to the modern day capital, Thimphu. En route there are views of snow-capped Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak, and our high level trek gives an insight into Bhutan’s remoteness prior to the first roads being built. After a rest in Thimphu, a second four-day trek again takes us through glorious lower altitude scenery to reach the old capital of Punakha. Set in a verdant valley, Punakha has one of the most enchanting dzongs in the Kingdom, photogenically located at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu rivers.

In spring we enjoy the impressive spectacle of the Paro Tscechu where a sacred three-storey high ‘thangka’ is unfurled and in the autumn we join the celebrations at the Thimphu Tsechu.

Book 28th September 2017 departure and save £100 per person off the published online Land Only price.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  19 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days
Walks on: 1 days

Max. Altitude: 4,210m/13,812ft (Simkota La)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

April 2017 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

September 2017 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals included in Bhutan in hotels and on trek.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-3
This at a glance itinerary is based on our September 2017 departure. The exact itinerary varies by departure, please see our detailed itineraries for full details. Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu.
4-5
Attend Thimphu Tsechu. Return to Paro. Walk to Taktsang Monastery and local sightseeing.
6-10
On trek via Jili Dzong, Jana Tsho and Phadjoding. End the trek and drive to Thimphu.
11
Guided sightseeing in Thimphu.
12-16
Walk to Wangditse Monastery. Trek from Chumina via Bala Keba, Dopshing Pang and Chorten Ningpo, crossing the Sinchu La pass (approximately 11,155ft/3,400m). In Chorten Ningpo visit the temple of 'The Divine Madman' Drukpa Kunley. End the trek at Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong. Drive to Paro
17-19
Fly to Kathmandu, spend a day at leisure, sightseeing and shopping for souvenirs in this fascinating city. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

Our holidays in Bhutan are led by fully qualified English-speaking guides. Mountain Kingdoms have been taking visitors to Bhutan since 1986, and our guides are some of the best in the Kingdom. They speak fluent English, as this is taught in all Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan maintains that a Bhutanese trek or tour leaders must pass their guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Our guides receive regular ‘top- up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course organised by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Kathmandu

    Fly overnight London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE KATHMANDU

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You might like to venture out to Thamel for your evening meal, or eat in the restaurant if you are tired from your journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu Or Similar
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO PARO (2,250m/7,382ft). TRANSFER TO THIMPHU AND VISIT TSECHU IF TIME PERMITS.

    Transfer for the flight by Druk Air, Bhutan's national airline, to Paro, the country's main airstrip. The flight often gives fantastic views of the Himalaya, including Everest, and particularly exciting is the section through the Bhutanese foothills and the thrilling landing. Try to sit on the left hand side of the plane. You will be met on arrival by your Bhutanese guide and then driven to Thimphu where you will check in to your hotel. If time permits, you will visit the Thimphu Tsechu and get a first taste of this celebrated festival.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel Or Similar, Thimphu
  4. Day 4 - VISIT THIMPHU TSECHU.

    You will spend the day at the Thimphu Tsechu which is held in the inner courtyards of the main monastery fortress, the Tashishhodzong. Tsechus are colourful festivals of music and ceremonial dance staged in honour of Guru Rinpoche. They commemorate his great deeds, all believed to have taken place on the tenth day of the month - the meaning of the word, Tsechu. These festivals offer the Bhutanese a chance to be immersed in the meaning of their religion as well as being a much-enjoyed social occasion.

    The Thimphu Tsechhu is one of the most important set-piece festivals of the year and is massively impressive. Beware the very naughty clowns who spend a lot of their time teasing the crowd. Participants are assured that The Black Hat Dancers and all the other colourful ceremonies will dispel the evil spirits that have accumulated over the ground during the previous year.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel Or Similar, Thimphu
  5. Day 5 - DRIVE TO PARO. WALK TO VIEW TAKTSANG MONASTERY. SIGHTSEEING IN PARO VALLEY.

    After breakfast, you make the return journey to Paro and on to the trail head for the walk up to the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang Monastery. The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padma Sambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. It is a steep uphill walk through woods, of about 1½-2hrs, to reach a tea house (an ascent of 340m/1,115ft.) Apart from offering welcome refreshment this tea house is one of the principle viewpoints of Taktsang, and those that prefer not to climb any further can relax here whilst others continue on. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the monastery but the further half an hour's ascent is well worth it, as it brings you to another viewpoint directly across from Taktsang. If you are able to make a visit, the final section of the walk takes you from here steeply down 100m/330ft into the gorge that separates you from the monastery and then climbs back up again to reach the monastery gate.

    You descend back to the valley floor by your outward route and then drive back to Paro. The full walk to Taktsang and back involves approximately 740m/2,428ft of ascent. There may be time today to see some of the treasures from Bhutan's National Museum. The Museum was closed until 2016 following the earthquake in 2011, but many of the artefacts and displays are now temporarily housed in a nearby building until the main building is refurbished.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel Or Similar, Paro
  6. Day 6 - TREK TO JILI DZONG, (3,450m/11,319ft), 4½ hours.

    The route is part of the original mule track that linked Thimphu Valley with Paro Valley and ultimately connected Bhutan to the Indian border. The walk is always done from Paro to Thimphu, as baggage horses are only available in Paro. It is a much more exciting way of reaching Bhutan's capital and after five days' trekking the sense of anticipation is keenly felt. The walk starts behind Paro Dzong itself. Starting from the watchtower, the path winds its way slowly and evenly upward, through the forest towards the ridgeline of the Himalayan foothills above. As the day passes, the views below of the highly cultivated Paro Valley, the Queen Mother's Winter Palace, and the monastery/fortress itself are wonderful. The walk is through firstly pine, then bamboo, followed by birch and finally rhododendron. You will probably have lunch near a Mani wall. The campsite is in a clearing just a few hundred feet below Jili Dzong. You will see plenty of interesting flora and fauna throughout the day and many interesting birds.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - TREK TO A LARGE YAK HERDERS' CAMP, (3770m/12,367ft), 5 hours.

    It is a short twenty minute hike from the camp to the dzong. This is a large monastery which is supposedly haunted and contains a huge statue of Padma Sambhava. There are birds nesting in the arrow slits and old Mongol helmets and shields hanging on the walls. The building was until very recently deserted, but has now undergone some renovation and is in use again. It sits astride a ridge, which affords dramatic views of the valleys on both sides and the Himalaya to the north. On a clear day the second highest mountain in Bhutan can be seen, Mt. Chomolhari, 7,314m/23,997ft. The path now follows a ridge for a short while before descending into forest. It then follows a snake-like route on rather magical paths, along mountainsides and through many different types of rhododendron. Occasionally you may meet local yak herdsmen and take in wonderful views of mountains, including another large peak called Kangcheeta. You will see this mountain has two peaks and is split by a straight, pronounced gully - locals believe that Kangcheeta is the brother of Chomolhari (female mountain goddess) who hit him with a stick because he wanted to marry her.

    To the south, the Dagala range dominates the skyline. Below Mt. Kangcheeta there is a temple, Tshomphu Monastery, where an idol is supposed to float in the air. In the past our guides said they had visited the temple and it was possible to pass a string underneath the statue, thus proving it floated. Eventually you pass through a number of yak herder clearings, stopping for the night at the largest of them.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - TREK TO JANA TSHO, (3956m/12,979ft) 7 hours

    From camp the path ascends to gain the ridge and then traverses along it, first one side and then the other, with wonderful mountain views. Eventually you cross a small pass and circle round, until above Jimi Langtsho Lake. This is a large beautiful lake, stocked with trout, and a large chorten (religious obelisk) stands at one end. You zigzag down to the shore, which is thick with rhododendron and hemmed in by rocky bluffs. The path then leads up from the lake and along cliff paths with massive drops below. Eventually you arrive at a second lake, Jana Tsho, another magical campsite.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - TREK TO PHADJODING, (3690m/12,106ft) 5-6 hours.

    Again a lovely walk in glorious high mountain country, crossing the highest pass of your trip, the Simkota La (also known as Phume La) 4,210m/13,812ft. From the lake a wide stone path between rhododendrons leads down to traverse a basin which contains the third lake. Two other lakes are above and out of sight, one male, one female. Collectively they are called Dungkar Tsho. The latter of these has a very strong spirit and if anything 'dirty' is done nearby, a cloud comes down and only goes away with many prayers. The path is a mixture now of small passes, mountain tracks, some of which wander underneath cliffs. You may meet monks on their way from Thimphu to visit the sacred lake of Jimi Langtsho, where they meditate for a few days before returning. The rocky mountain next to the highest pass, Thujedraj, used to be used for sky burials in the old days. Lower down there is one smaller pass with a chorten which looks directly down onto Thimphu.

    Here you will have lunch (3½ hours to here) and then the path zigzags down to Phadjoding (2½ hours). There is time to rest, wash and then see the temples. There is a recent one, constructed with funds donated by the fourth king's secretary, to Padma SambHava, but the 9th and 16th Jey Khempos (head monk of Bhutan) built the two main ones. These are gorgeous buildings with golden roofs, and acolyte monks will show you the inner temples. Phadjoding is a great meditation centre and there are a number of houses dedicated to retreat. A particular type of branch is put outside the front door, showing that the incumbent is not to be disturbed. High up on the cliff behind Phadjoding is a famous hermit temple, built many hundreds of years ago and still used today.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - END TREK, DRIVE TO THIMPHU, (2,350m/7,710ft).

    It only takes two or three hours to reach the road, descending through the forest, steeply at times, on a well-worn path. It is worth getting up early for the clear views of the Eastern Himalaya. Seen clearly on the horizon behind the temples is the highest mountain in Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum, at 7,550m/24,770ft now the highest unclimbed peak in the world. There are several paths leading down to Thimphu; perhaps the best is the one leading to the Radio Station, which takes about 3 hours. Quite often the valley below may be filled with cloud, with just the mountains poking up into the clear air. Your vehicle will meet you at the road head for the short transfer to your hotel in town. In the afternoon there will be time for some sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  11. Day 11 - REST DAY, AT LEISURE IN THIMPHU - SIGHTSEEING.

    Your Bhutanese guide will take you on a tour of the city, which doesn't follow a set pattern, but will no doubt include the Tashishhodzong (main monastery/fortress), the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the late king's memorial chorten, the silversmith and pottery workshops and possibly the National Library. There will also be plenty of time to explore the streets and emporiums of town. Today is market day in Thimpu so you will also no doubt have time to visit the bustling market.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel, Thimphu Or Similar
  12. Day 12 - WALK TO WANGDITSE MONASTERY. DRIVE TO CHUMINA, TREK TO BALA KEBA, (3,250m/10,663ft).

    This morning you will drive up to Sangaygang next to the Bhutan First Broadcasting Service tower, located in the North West of Thimphu. It is only about a mile drive up to the tower so if you feel like you would like to burn a bit more energy you can always walk up instead. From the tower you will have great views over Thimphu Dzong and the Thimphu valley as you start your walk contouring the beautiful hills to visit Wangditse Ghoempa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the Ghoempa before you walk down for another 30 minutes to reach Dechen Phodrang Monastery. This Monastery houses around 450 student monks enrolled in a 8 year course. The monastery is also home to some fantastic UNESCO monitored 12th century paintings. You will then meet your vehicle and be driven back to Thimphu.

    After lunch you will drive to the village of Chumina where you will start your trekking again. You will trek for around 2-3 hours up through mixed forest of hemlock and fir, which get more impressive in size as you climb, also through rhododendron. Finally you arrive at a clearing amongst giant trees at a place called Bala Keba. From here you will have glimpses of snow peaks to the west.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Camp
  13. Day 13 - TREK TO DOPSHING PANG, (2,450m/8,038ft), 5-6 hours.

    From the camp it takes about half an hour to reach the Sinchu La Pass, approximately 3,400m/11,155ft. The track winds up through thick forest and is quite steep and muddy in places, but is an easy path. The pass is marked by a square chorten and affords wonderful views of the Eastern Himalaya. Villages can be seen in the distance including Thinleygang. The walk down to camp takes about 3½ to 4 hours and the path down is easy, though rocky in places. Eventually the path opens out on to an open slope where you camp. Sunsets can be spectacular on the peaks in the distance.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Camp
  14. Day 14 - TREK TO CHORTEN NINGPO, (1,850m/6069ft), 3½-4hours.

    From camp it is 1½ hrs down to the river, an easy but rocky path through the forest that becomes increasingly lush and sub-tropical. There is a clearing for a rest spot just before the river is reached. You cross it at a small waterfall, before the valley opens out into cultivated fields with occasional houses which make up the hamlet of Helo; this is a beautiful walk and a lovely village. A gentle two hours or so on the same contour brings you to the village of Gabji, where you camp outside the impressive dzong/monastery of Chorten Ningpo. There are orange groves and a temple, which dates back to 'The Divine Madman' Drukpa Kunley, which can be visited. There is a tree outside, which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley. It is possible to buy local wine, sin-chang, at the village. You may have the opportunity to visit village houses, or the very energetic may choose to trek up to Gabji Tso, a holy lake two hours through the forest along an old irrigation channel or you could try a wash in the village 'bath'.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Camp
  15. Day 15 - END TREK AND DRIVE TO PUNAKHA. VISIT DZONG.

    There is a lake some two hours away that is worth a visit and you may like to explore in this direction and return to the village. The trek down to the rough road takes only about an hour, passing through the pretty village of Kabesa. There are fabulous views back up the valley.

    The vehicle will meet you here and you drive to Punakha, the old winter capital, where you will visit the Dzong. It is said that the remains of the first Shabdrung are kept in the very top room of the highest tower of the main monastery/fortress at Punakha. Only the king and the head of the monastic order, the Jey Khempo, are allowed to enter this room. In 1994 there was a terrible flood in Punakha caused by a glacial lake bursting its banks. It killed many people and caused considerable damage. The corner of the dzong was washed away and 'miraculously' temple idols were left suspended above the water. The dzong has now been beautifully restored and embellished. As with all these places there are many fascinating stories. One of the best ones about Punakha is how, when the Shabdrung was surrounded by enemies and under siege in the Dzong, one of his followers, dressed up as a peasant and carried him out through the besieging armies in a basket on his back, pretending that he was carrying a sack of vegetables.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort Or Damchen Resort Or Similar, Punakha
  16. Day 16 - DRIVE TO PARO. SIGHTSEEING ON ROUTE.

    The drive to Paro on winding mountain roads takes about three or four hours and crosses the Dochu La, 3,140m/10,302ft, where on a clear day panoramic views can be had of the Eastern Himalaya, including the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum (7,550m/24,770ft). You will probably have lunch at one of the new cafeterias on the Dochu La before continuing on your journey back to Paro, a further 2 hours driving. Along the way there will be opportunities for sightseeing.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro Or Similar
  17. Day 17 - FLY TO KATHMANDU.

    Today you will have another opportunity to fly past Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga on the short flight to Kathmandu. Try to sit on the right hand side of the plane this time! There are fabulous views of the Himalaya in every direction. On arrival transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  18. Day 18 - MORNING SIGHTSEEING. REST OF THE DAY AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU.

    Kathmandu is a fascinating city, a mixture of the modern and medieval. Rickshaws, taxis and hooting motorists add to the din and create the special atmosphere Kathmandu is so famous for.

    Today you will have half a day's included sightseeing in the city. One of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal, Pashupatinath Temple, is located on both banks of the sacred Bagmati River on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. Later you will explore Boudhanath where you will visit the ancient Buddhist stupa. Here pilgrims from all over the Indian subcontinent circle the stupa clockwise, turning prayer wheels as they pass. If you are there just before sunset a pleasant way to end the day is watching the sun go down over the stupa from the rooftop terrace of a café while sipping a cold beer.

    The rest of the day will be at leisure to do some more sightseeing on your own or to shop for souvenirs.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  19. Day 19 - FLY TO LONDON.

    Transfer to the airport for your flight back to London.

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What’s included

  • An English speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • 4 star hotel in Kathmandu, on a twin share and bed & breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on a twin share, full board basis
  • Bhutan visa & departure tax
  • Nepal departure tax
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents) and all meals on trek
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Opportunity to attend a pre-trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 8 reviews)

Bhutan trek          

Well organised trip.

Chorten Path Trek          

Food on trek was excellent. Well organised itinerary. Good standard of service from the office, like the personal approach.

Beyond our expectations          

The choice of route and places visited and the organisation of the holiday was faultless. Bhutan lived up to expectations and beyond.

Chorten Path Trek - Beautiful scenery          

Bhutan was a wonderful country to visit - we felt privileged to be able to visit - beautiful scenery, friendly people, colourful surroundings. We felt the route, accommodation and staff were carefully selected by Mountain Kingdoms, who also managed our travel arrangements and expectations very well.

Chorten Path Trek          

The trek leader was extremely generous of himself with a great knowledge of his country - the land and its politics and religion. He and all the staff on the trek were very well organised, the cook was fantastic and the food was delicious.


Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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