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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)
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and internal Bhutan flights
  • Dwarika’s 5* hotel in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Bhutan Visa
  • Bhutan Departure Tax
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Gentle Walking Bhutan Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Gentle Walking Bhutan
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (Mar, Nov & Dec 17), 6 days (Sep 17)
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3,745,
Land only from £2,795

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The best of Bhutan - gentle walks, cultural highlights and comfortable accommodation.

Highlights

  • First rate accommodation in Bhutan using comfortable hotels and lodges
  • Relax at Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu – a unique heritage property
  • Explore the cultural highlights of Bhutan including iconic Taktsang Monastery
  • Excellent and varied programme of gentle walks

Reviews          

It exceeded all expectations, plus we had so much fun with our group. Terrific organisation right from the word go when our dossier arrived. Excellent day to day itinerary. Can't heap on enough praises and would recommend you to anyone interested.
C & B M, Switzerland

Your expertise and knowledge of the country showed in the itinerary and dossier provided. Everything ran smoothly. You gave me a holiday which I will always remember. I embarked on it feeling that I was in safe hands.
Ms G, Lancs

The holiday was wonderful - truly the adventure of a lifetime. Bhutan is a magical Shangri La, beautiful scenery, quite stunning views - almost a lost world. Everything was perfectly organised, Mountain Kingdoms is quite simply the best holiday company we have ever travelled with. Thank you.
Mrs C, West Sussex

The choice of local guide and driver added immensely to the overall holiday experience. In particular their ability to immerse us in local culture was outstanding. We liked the choice of hotels, particularly the more rustic ones, which reflected Bhutanese lifestyle and culture. In Kathmandu, Dwarika's was superb particularly the relaxing ambience and wonderful architecture.
Dr & Mrs T, Dunfermline

I had a lovely time... Best travel company I have ever used...Great customer service, good itinerary, well chosen hotels, good leader and driver. Felt like things had really been thought through. Maximum group number of 12 is good too - we had 9 on our trip and it was a good number.I would highly recommend Mountain Kingdoms - I've travelled with a number of adventure tour operators and you are by...
Ms P, London

The group was small enough to give an intimate view of Bhutan. Our guide and driver were excellent and the choice of areas to visit gave us an insight into both rural and town life in Bhutan. The stay in Gangtey valley was wonderful.
Ms B, Kent

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From our many years of experience in Bhutan we have created this great itinerary, our most popular walking holiday with the aim of combining interesting walks, great scenery and comfortable accommodation. We have researched walks to give you the best possible experience, ranging from easy valley walking visiting temples, in effect sightseeing on foot, to more demanding walks for a bit more of a challenge.

We will visit the main towns of Paro and Thimphu as well as Punakha with its fabulous dzong and Bumthang, the cultural heart of the kingdom. You will also visit the lovely Gangtey valley where in the winter months you may see the rare Black-Necked Crane. Finally no holiday to Bhutan would be complete without a visit to iconic Taktsang, the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, clinging to a cliff.

Each departure takes in a festival where you can mingle with the locals as they celebrate and socialise.

Private Departures

Gentle Walking Bhutan Private Departure

Gentle walking Bhutan Private Departure
We can offer a private departure of this Bhutan walking holiday for a minimum of two people sharing. Contact the office for further details or to book your private departure.


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At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (Mar, Nov & Dec 17), 6 days (Sep 17)

Max. Altitude: Shutre Sae Pass - 3,700m/12,139ft, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

03 March 2017 departure attends the Punakha Tsechu.

28 March 2017 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

29 September 2017  departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

05 November 2017 departure attends the Black-Necked Crane Festival.

19 December 2017 departure attends the Trongsa Tsechu.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board elsewhere.

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.


DayActivity
1-2
This is an example itinerary only, each departure varies, download pdf for details. Fly to Kathmandu. At leisure in Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Bhutan and drive to Thimphu with sightseeing and Wangditse Monastery visit.
5
Drive to Punkaha with valley walk and dzong visit.
6
Attend the Punakha Tsechu Festival. Drive to Gangtey.
7
Visit Gangtey Dzong & Black Necked Crane centre.
8
Drive to Chumey Valley with visit to Nimalung and Prakhar monasteries and ridge walk from Tharpaling. Drive to Jakar.
9
Explore the Bumthang valley with valley walk and monasteries of Jakar. Visit Jakar Dzong.
10
Fly to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.
11
Drive to Haa with Kila Nunnery visit and views at Chele La.
12
Walks in Haa Valley. Return to Paro with visit to Dzong Drakha.
13
Full day in Paro valley with Taktsang visit and other sightseeing.
14-16
Fly to Kathmandu; at leisure in Kathmandu. Fly to London.

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2017

DatesAvailabilityLand OnlyFlight Inclusive from
Fri 29 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2017Limited & Guaranteed£3285 Book£4145 Book
Sun 5 Nov - Mon 20 Nov 2017Fully BookedContact usContact us
Tue 19 Dec - Wed 3 Jan 2018Available£2795 Book£3745 Book

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Optional supplements
  • Single room supplement
    From £550
  • Single Room Supplement
    From £610
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £114
No Surcharge Guarantee

No surcharges will be applied to your holiday after you book. Prices on this website are updated regularly. The Flight Inclusive holiday price, or Land Only holiday price, will be confirmed to you at the time you make your booking. There will be no surcharges after your booking has been confirmed.

Flight inclusive holidays

The 'flight inclusive' holiday prices shown on this website are based upon our preferred airlines and the best priced economy class fares we are able to secure at the time of publication.

We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • An English speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and internal Bhutan flights
  • Dwarika’s 5* hotel in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Bhutan Visa
  • Bhutan Departure Tax
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

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


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

A fascinating introduction to a fascinating country          

Absolutely perfect introduction to Bhutan with a mix of walks, guided tours of temples and dzongs, and a festival. Hotels were of high standard of comfort. Guide was knowledgeable, personable and really made the trip. Even the driving was a fascinating experience.

Wonderful two week holiday in Bhutan          

A great two weeks spent exploring Bhutan with a great guide - Karma. This is my third visit to Bhutan and I was happy to be seeing new places. Everything went to plan and both Guide and Driver could not do enough to ensure we were well cared for. We had some super "spontaneous" experiences - came across the semi-final of an Archery competition; a darts match; and even met and spoke to the King!! Also stumbled upon a Buddhist ceremony involving a bonfire and firecrackers. The walking was challenging, being at altitude, but there was always an alternative if you couldn't or didn't want to walk.

Bhutan walking holiday          

Prompt relies to emails, clearly laid out and comprehensive trip dossier and itinerary. Whole trip well-organised, guide and driver experienced.

Magical holiday to Bhutan          

Bhutan is a magical experience - it surpassed our expectations. Excellent organisation. Superb attention to detail. This is the third time I have travelled with Mountain Kingdoms and every time the trips have been excellent. Mountain Kingdoms are our first choice of company for this type of trip.

Gentle Walking Bhutan          

Because the tour was so rich and varied I, for one, did not feel I had missed out on anything essential. I very much enjoyed the wonderful places we visited, the excellent local guide and drivers, the lovely people we met and the excellent company of the other participants.


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.


Horse Riding day excursion, Bhutan
  • Enjoy great mountain views and rides through beaufitul meadows
  • Suitable for all grade of rider from beginners or less advanced riders to more experienced riders
  • Ideal excursion from Bumthang

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If you are visiting the Bumthang region during your visit to Bhutan we are now happy to offer a day excursion to go horse riding up in the Tang Valley.  The Tang Valley, located east of Jakar, is the most remote of the valleys of the Bumthang region and is a region of dense forest with small villages and farms with several interesting temples found there. The fine Ugyencholing Palace, formerly a royal palace and now an interesting museum is also located in Tang and houses many fine exhibits providing an interesting insight into the former life of a Bhutanese noble family.

These excursions are organised from the Tang Community Farm. The horses are a small but sturdy local breed called Yueta, normally standing less than 15 hh. As the horses are quite small there is a weight limit of 100kgs for this excursion.  Horses are ridden in English saddles with snaffle bridles and hard hats are available on loan. While there may be occasional opportunities to trot or possibly even to canter, due to the nature of the trails and the terrain rides are normally taken at quite a quite slow pace.
We offer three options for riding in Tang, two of which are suitable for all grade of rider from beginners or less advanced riders to more experienced riders, while a longer ride is suitable for more experienced riders.


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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