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What’s included

  • Comfortable hotels (13 nights), twin share basis
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option

Nepal & Bhutan Explorer

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Bhutan, Nepal | Tour

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Nepal & Bhutan Explorer

Duration:  15 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £3,895,
Land only from £2,995

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Uncover the cultural and scenic highlights of these two extraordinary Himalayan nations.

Highlights

  • Explore the artistic and cultural heritage of ancient Kathmandu
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan giants
  • Visit all the key cultural sights in western Bhutan, including iconic Taktsang Monastery
  • Experience traditional Nepalese village life in Bandipur
  • Enjoy time in scenic Pokhara with a boat ride on the lake
  • Stay at comfortable hotels throughout

Reviews          

What we enjoyed was the amazing scenery combined with the happy friendly people of Nepal and Bhutan. Our guides were excellent, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and punctual.
Mr & Mrs M, Oxfordshire

A real Himalayan extravaganza
Jude Limburn Turner, Mountain Kingdoms Product & Design

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Our two-part holiday starts in laid back Nepal. The country has a chaotic charm which has made it a favourite with travellers and trekkers alike since the hippy era while its wonderful mountains, vibrant culture and friendly people mean that for many people that ‘once in a lifetime visit’ has proved to be just the first of many. Bhutan has a quieter attraction but its unspoilt mountain scenery, living Buddhist culture and the wonderful architecture of its fabulous ‘dzongs’ have made it popular with our clients.

Highlights in Nepal include a visit to Bandipur, Kathmandu and Pokhara, we also visit Dhulikhel before flying east, past Everest, to Bhutan. In Bhutan we explore the most important monasteries including Taktsang - the famous ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and the beautiful monastery/fortress of Punakha, scenically situated at the confluence of two rivers. This really is a trip of two halves!

Book 1st April or 21st October 2017 departures now and save £50 off the published price.


At a glance

Duration:  15 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,116m/10,233ft at Dochu La in Bhutan (Day 10) and 3,120m at Taktsang (Day 12)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere.

Leader: Local Leader, Nepal
Local Leader, Nepal

Whether it's a cultural tour, gentle walking holiday or strenuous trek, our holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English speaking leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal.

They will be sure to provide you an unforgettable experience in their wonderful country of Nepal. 

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
Fly to Kathmandu.
3
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu visiting the monkey temple at Swayambhunath in the morning, and Tibetan Buddhist Boudhanath and Pashupatinath in the afternoon.
4
Drive to the mountain town of Bandipur which is dramatically perched on a ridgetop. Explore the bazaar and the classic Newari architecture.
5
Drive to lakeside Pokhara, gateway to the Annapurna mountain range. Take boat ride on Phewa Tal, the second largest lake in Nepal.
6
Sightseeing in and around Pokhara with a visit to Devi’s Falls, time spent in the museum.
7
Fly to Kathmandu. Drive to the Newari town of Dhulikhel for panoramic views of the high Himalaya – weather permitting!
8
Part two of the holiday starts with the breath-taking flight to Paro from which there are sensational views of the Himalaya. Drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and in the afternoon visit the Giant Buddha.
9
Sightseeing in Thimphu which may include visiting the Tashishoddzong, the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the School of Painting or the silversmiths and pottery workshops. Afternoon walk to Wangditse Monastery and return to Thimphu.
10
Day trip over the Dochu La pass, which has good mountain views on a fine day, to Punakha. Walk across the paddy fields to the small temple of Chimi Lakhang. Drive back to Thimphu.
11
Drive to Paro for an afternoon of sightseeing in the valley. You may visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, walk around the main courtyards of Paro Dzong and perhaps visit the museum.
12
Visit Taktsang, the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery in the morning, with further sightseeing in Paro Valley in the afternoon.
13
Fly to Kathmandu, usually an early morning flight back over the Bhutanese mountains, passing Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest.
14-15
A day at leisure in Kathmandu to explore further or undertake some haggling for souvenirs in the bazaars. Fly home.

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    From £560
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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

  • Comfortable hotels (13 nights), twin share basis
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


Review your holiday

Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Nepal and Bhutan - amazing scenery          

What we enjoyed was the amazing scenery combined with the happy friendly people of Nepal and Bhutan. Our guides were excellent, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and punctual.

Himalayan extravaganza          

A real Himalayan extravaganza.


Extend your holiday

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


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.


Bumthang Extension, Bhutan
  • Extend your Bhutan visit to Bumthang, often thought of as the cultural heartland of the country.
  • Home to some of Bhutan's most important and spectacular temples and fortresses

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The region of Bumthang in central Bhutan is often thought of as the cultural heartland of the country. If your trip to Bhutan does not include a visit to Bumthang, domestic flights now enable us to offer a 3 night visit to see the best of what the region has to offer. Here are found some of the country’s most important and spectacular temples and fortresses. The region is also of great cultural importance and is a center for Bhutanese weaving.

Bumthang encompasses four major valleys, Chokhor, Ura, Chumey and Tang.  The township of Jakar where you stay is located in the main valley called Chokhor. The other valleys are the Ura Valley which is to the east, the Tang valley which is slightly more off the beaten track to the northeast and the Chumey Valley which is west of Jakar.


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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