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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

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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:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days
Walks on: 1 days

Flight inclusive from £3,870,
Land only from £3,185

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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.

Our spring trip attends the most important religious festival in the Bhutanese calendar, the Paro Tsechu, where we see the unfurling of the sacred three-storey high ‘thangka’.

* Receive a free copy of Cicerone’s ‘Trekking in Bhutan’ guidebook when you book your place on any 2019 departure between 1st August and 31st October 18.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  17 days from the UK  
On trek: 9 days
Walks on: 1 days

Max. Altitude: 4,210m/13,812ft, Simkota La, day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

March 2018 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
(This is the itinerary for our 2018 autumn departure. Please download the relevant Detailed Itinerary below for other departure dates). Fly to Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Paro. Sightseeing including Taktsang Monastery.
5-9
Trek to Thimphu via Jili Dzong, Jana Tsho and Phadjoding. Cross the Simkota La, 4,210m/13,812ft. End trek. Drive to Thimphu.
10
Sightseeing and time at leisure in Thimphu.
11
Walk to Wangditse Monastery. Drive to Chumina. Trek to Bala Keba, 3,250m/10,663ft.
12-14
Trek across the Sinchu La Pass, 3,400m//11,155ft, and continue to Chorten Ningpo. End trek and drive to Punakha. Visit Dzong.
15
Drive to Paro. Sightseeing en route.
16-17
Fly to Kathmandu. 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 from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  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. Sightseeing in the afternoon.

    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 transferred to your hotel. Depending on the the flight schedule there may be timer for a little sightseeing in the afternoon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Walk to view Taktsang Monastery. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.
    chorten path trek thimphu tsechu b stallion.

    This morning you drive up the valley 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 following the earthquake in 2011, but many of the artefacts and displays are now temporarily housed in a nearby building pending full renovation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Day 5 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
  6. Day 6 - Trek to a large yak herders' camp, 3,770m/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
  7. Day 7 - Day 7 Trek to Jana Tsho, 3,956m/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
  8. Day 8 - Trek to Phadjoding, 3,690m/12,106ft - 5-6 hours.
    chorten path trek to jana tsho b hayllar.

    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.

    Alternatively today you may camp at Simkota Lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - End trek. Drive to Thimphu.

    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 or Similar, Thimphu
  10. Day 10 - Sightseeing and time at leisure in Thimphu.

    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 Thimphu so you will also no doubt have time to visit the bustling market.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  11. Day 11 - 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: Camp
  12. Day 12 - 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 can be 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: Camp
  13. Day 13 - 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: Camp
  14. Day 14 - End trek. Drive to Punakha. Visit Dzong.
    chorten path trek trail to chorten ningpo b hayllar.

    The holy lake, Gab Jitso, some two hours away 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
  15. Day 15 - Drive to Paro. Sightseeing en 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
  16. Day 16 - 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  17. Day 17 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferred 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 Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel
  • 5* Dwarika's heritage hotel in Kathmandu with a pool
  • Stylish Dwarika's Dhulikhel resort with panoramic mountain views
  • Relax in style with Ayruvedic Spa facilities and beautiful pools
  • First rate dining and luxurious rooms

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Extend your stay in Kathmandu at either of Dwarika's indulgent properties: a 5* heritage property offering a tranquil haven in central Kathmandu or a mountain retreat above the pretty town of Dhulikhel.

Both offer wonderfully spacious rooms with many touches of luxury together with Ayurvedic spa facilities and enticing outdoor pools. Dhulikhel's resort also offers a Himalayan salt room, a meditation room and a Chakra sound therapy centre - the ultimate in relaxation.

With produce grown on their own organic farm, Dwarika's has a reputation for serving superb food using the finest, local ingredients. The Krishparnan Restaurant at their hotel is considered one of the finest in Kathmandu and offers a true feast of Newari cuisine.


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.


Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal

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.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.
  • Stay in luxurious properties with first rate service and facilities
  • Enjoy fine dining and indulgent rooms

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges, however, Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip. We offer a range of properties in Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and other towns all of which provide excellent facilities and service as well as attractive locations.


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.


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
  • 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
  • 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.


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.


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!


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