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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
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • Bhutan visa
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on twin share, full board basis
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents) and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Bhutan visa and tourist taxes
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Dagana Wilderness Trek

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

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Dagana Wilderness Trek
Vigorous

Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Vigorous ? Vigorous
Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days
Walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £3,845,
Land only from £2,995

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A pioneering trek crossing high mountain passes to reach the lush forests of little-known Dagana, deep in the south of Bhutan.

Highlights

  • Be one of the first westerners to visit the remote region of Dagana
  • Trek through a variety of scenery and ecological zones rich with flora and fauna
  • Cross passes over 4,000 metres with fantastic views of Himalayan peaks
  • Visit iconic Taktsang Monastery and beautiful Punakha Dzong

Reviews          

This is an exciting new trek that has great contrast in scenery and terrain - from crossing snow-covered passes over 4,000m and gazing at fantastic views of Mount Chomolhari and Kangchenjunga, to descending through the forest with an abundance of birds and wildlife. Dagana is a place totally off the tourist track so you have a real feeling of pioneering on this trek.
Niki Morgan, Operations Manager, Mountain Kingdoms

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Little-known and largely undisturbed, Dagana is a verdant region of wildlife-rich forest and isolated villages in the southernmost reaches of Bhutan. Ranging from a lowly 200m to 4,720m above sea level it has an impressively diverse and rugged landscape unspoilt by development and with few signs of intrusion from the modern world. Few westerners have ever visited Dagana and Mountain Kingdoms is delighted to be the first British company to offer a trek here.

Starting a little south of Thimphu, this stunning new trek offers an incredible variety of scenery that leads from alpine meadows to sub-tropical forests. You cross high passes over 4,000 metres, marvel at the views of Himalayan giants such as Kangchenjunga, Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake, and enjoy walking through pristine rhododendron, pine and oak forests that host a rich variety of flora and fauna. You will also explore sacred lakes where, in true Bhutanese style, legends and tales of deities abound.  On the last couple of days you descend to walk in dense forest terrain – the territory of tigers, leopards and bears.

A genuine wilderness trek you are unlikely to bump into a soul except the occasional yak herder. But even though this trek is unspoilt and feels very remote, the path is well-established due to its history both as a cattle trading route and as a trail used by the old Daga Penlop (governor) to reach Thimphu from the south. Some ruins of his guesthouses are still evident along the route today. On reaching Dagana there will be time to visit its attractive dzong and view the three giant stone megaliths on the opposite side of the valley.

As the trek to Dagana starts at quite a high altitude you will spend a couple of days in Paro and Thimphu beforehand enjoying day walks to acclimatise, as well as seeing some important cultural sights including Taktsang Monastery – the Tiger’s Nest. Your sightseeing continues after the trek with a visit to the beautiful riverside dzong at Punakha before you return to Paro for your flight back to Kathmandu.

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


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous
Vigorous

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
On trek: 7 days
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 4,200m/13,780ft, Lawagu Pass, Day 9

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu. All meals in Bhutan.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro in Bhutan.
4
Walk up to Taktsang Monastery. Drive to Thimphu.
5
Day walk to Phajoding.
6
Drive to Geneka. Start Dagana trek. Camp at Lower Gur.
7-8
Trek to Labatama via Gur. Explore lakes at Labatama.
9
Cross the Lawagu Pass, 4,200m/13,780ft, to reach Tsibsaba.
10-12
Trek to Dagana via Wangrapang and Kunga. Visit dzong and view megaliths.
13
Drive to Punakha.
14
Sightseeing in Punakha. Drive to Paro.
15-16
Fly back 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: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

    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
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro in Bhutan. Sightseeing.
    dagana wilderness trek paro dzong j davies.

    Transfer to the airport for the flight to Paro. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns, to land at the tiny airstrip at Paro. You are at the mercy of the Druk air ticketing computer, but if there is an option, try to sit on the left hand side of the plane. In Paro you will be transferred to your hotel. There may be time for a wander around the streets of the small township of Paro, take a look at the Queen Mother's Winter Palace, and go for a walk up to look at the Dzong.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  4. Day 4 - Walk up to Taktsang Monastery in the morning, 3,110m/10,200ft - 4-5 hours. Afternoon drive to Thimphu - approximately 1½ hours.

    Today you visit the Paro Valley, site of the famous Tiger's nest, the Taktsang Monastery, which is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. Taktsang 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's a steep uphill walk to reach the tea house viewpoint and another 45 minutes to the temple itself. You return by the same route.

    In the afternoon you drive to Thimphu, a journey of around 1½ hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  5. Day 5 - Walk to Phajoding, 3,600m/11,811ft - 5-6 hours.

    Phajoding takes its name from the saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who meditated there in the 13th century, and it is considered to be one of the most sacred meditational sites in Bhutan.The monastery itself is an open complex that comprises many holy buildings and relics and a state monastic school that currently houses 40 monks.

    To start the walk you'll be driven to just beyond the zoo housing the intriguing looking Takin. The hike to Phajoding is a continuous uphill climb through forested area of blue pine, fir and spruce. There are great views of Thimphu from here. You can visit the monastery and then descend back down to Thimphu. This is a lovely walk in its own right, and also provides excellent acclimatisation for the trek.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Geneka, 2,800m/9,186ft, for start of Dagana trek and walk to Lower Gur, 3,300m/10,827ft - 3 hours.

    It takes about 2 hours to reach Geneka from Thimphu. Your crew will be waiting for you at the road-head ready to load up the horses with your kit bags. You cross the suspension bridge and begin your ascent. It's a beautiful, peaceful walk on a well-established trail through dense pine, oak, rhododendron and larch forest. It takes about 1½ hours - 2 hours climbing before you reach the viewing point adorned with prayer flags overlooking Geneka village and the community chorten.

    You continue winding your way upwards on a good, dusty trail until you reach Lower Gur - approximately 45 minutes from the viewing point.

    It's a short day's walking today but this is necessary to avoid excessive altitude gain to the next camp. You can walk up towards the following day's camp in the afternoon and return, to aid acclimatisation. Lower Gur campsite is in a clearing in the forest - a pleasant grassy area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Walk to Upper Gur 3,600m/11,811ft - 2 hours. Acclimatisation walk in afternoon.

    You continue ascending after you leave Lower Gur campsite and after about half an hour you reach a clearing with a good view of the surrounding forested hillside. A further 1-1½ hours weaving your way uphill brings you to your campsite at Upper Gur (Kipchen) 3,600m/11,811ft There are spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake here. Your camp is surrounded by hemlock, larch and spruce forest. As this is a very short walk, we recommend that you do a further acclimatisation walk in the afternoon with your guide. You can easily climb above the forest and get some great views along the ridge. Your guide will give you the options.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Walk to Labatama, 4,000m/13,123ft, crossing pass of 4,100m/13,451ft - 6 hours.
    dagana wilderness trek to labatama.

    You ascend from the campsite quite steeply at first, and then make a gradual ascent on a very good trail that contours around the hillside. You have superb views of Kangchenjunga, Mount Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Here you are on a splendid open hillside. It's very peaceful, and other than your trekking crew, you are unlikely to see anyone. It takes around 2-3 hours before you reach a cairn and some prayer flags and it's another half an hour or so until you reach the pass, marked by 3 cairns and adorned with silk scarves and prayer flags. In November there could be some ice on the path. After taking some photos at the pass, you begin descending, and contouring around the hillside, with fine views of the Dagala range of rocky peaks in front of you. You'll see some yak herders' camps - stone shelters where yaks are brought to graze in the summer, before returning to lower pastures in winter. In November, they should be empty. It's really wild, remote country here.

    You descend to a stream, then climb up to Watshachen, which has a tourist stone campsite shelter and toilet. You contour for a bit until you descend into Labatama Valley. You then ascend gently until you reach Upper Labatama, at a stone shelter, by the river, and just down from Lake Yu Tsho. It takes about 2 hours to reach the campsite from the pass.

    In the afternoon we recommend you explore the stunning sacred lakes around Labatama. There are several lakes nearby and you can have a good hike around the surrounding hills to see as many lakes as you can. Time and energy permitting, a 3 hour round trip should enable you to see around five of the lakes.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Tsibsaba campsite, 3,780m/12,402ft via Lawagu Pass 4,200m/13,780ft - 5-6 hours.

    You have a short descent from your campsite to the river to cross it and begin ascending on a rightwards diagonal trail. The path is well established and not too steep so the going is fairly gentle. You ascend for about 1½ hours until you reach a cairn. There are great views of Kangchenjunga here. It'll take another 1½ hours or so to reach the pass from here and there are a couple of route options. One is leftwards towards the beautiful Langtsho (Ox) Lake. The lakes are sacred in this area so try to keep noise to a minimum and no popping in for a dip! Bhutanese, especially locals, strongly believe that making noise or polluting the lakes, angers dieties and brings bad weather and misfortune to the area. From the lake you ascend to Lawagu Pass 4,200m/13,780ft which is marked by prayer flags and cairns. A great view of Mount Chomolhari can be had here. It's quite a windy, cold spot and there could be snow and small patches of ice, so not a place to linger.

    You descend on a good trail, steeply at first until you reach an open pasture where you'll probably have your lunch. From the pass, it takes around 1½ hours of descent to reach your campsite which is an open pasture next to the old Daga Penlop's guesthouse, at an altitude of 3,870m/12,697ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Trek to Wangrapang 2,900m/9,514ft - 5 hours.

    The trail starts with a slight descent through shrub and rhododendron forest. You pass by ruins of Daga Penlop's guesthouse where there is a yak herder's winter pasture below which is likely to be occupied if you trek in November. The trail continues descending through the forest, passing through a range of ecological zones from dry alpine scrubs, juniper, rhododendron, fir, spruce, hemlock, blue pine forests to warm broadleaved forests. Walking is primarily in the forest today, on a good trail, which can be muddy when wet. You'll come across some open pastures where there may be a herd of yaks or horses. After 5 hours of so of leisurely descending, you'll arrive at a big open meadow which is Wangrapang, and this is your campsite for the night. Enjoy the relative warmth of low altitude here!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Kunga, 2,100m/6,890ft - 5 hours.

    You continue descending through broadleaf forests, which become denser as the day progresses. The horsemen saw two bears here in 2017! After about three hours you reach a stream. You'll probably need to take your shoes and socks off to wade across - it'll be around calf height but not too fast flowing. You really feel you're in the heart of the jungle here. Yellow throated laughing thrushes and long tailed magpies were spotted here on the 2017 recce trip.

    From the stream, you ascend quite steeply for a short while and then the trail is undulating, through dense forest. You eventually take a right hand path off the main trail which leads to your campsite - Kunga. Your lungs will thank you for the lower altitude here and it will feel some degrees warmer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Dagana, 1,790m/5,873ft - 6-7 hours.
    dagana wilderness trek trek end dagana.

    You climb for 20 minutes or so out of the campsite to the main trail. Today the going is trickier than previous days and full concentration is required to negotiate the precipitous sections of the trail. There were lots of signs of bear activity here so your guide and crew will utter loud noises and whistles to warn them of your arrival so hopefully they will scatter before you encounter them! Today you really get the sense of being in wild jungle territory and you see a wealth of colourful birds, monkeys and hopefully deer. The undergrowth is dense and this one section of the trail isn't that well maintained. It's undulating and, unlike previous days, you don't emerge at large clearings/meadows, so the going will feel a bit more relentless. After a while you'll be following the water pipeline to Dagana which runs parallel to the trail. Eventually you emerge at the road-head - the end of this trail is marked with prayer flags and a small shrine. Congratulations on completing a wild, adventurous trek in the heart of rural Bhutan.

    Whilst in Dagana you can visit its attractive dzong - the Daga Trashi Yangtse Dzong which was built in 1655 under the command of the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Also worth seeing are the three stone megaliths, known as "Sky Pillar Rock", "The Rock of Ancient Steps" and "The Frontier Sky Fortress". Legend has it that when the dzong was being constructed, the "Frontier Sky Fortress" emitted telepathic messages to the builders stating that the dzong would collapse if it was built any higher than it currently stands. Which is why the golden cupola of the Dzong is said to be level with the tip of the 20m high megalith.

    You will overnight at a basic 'hotel' which will be similar in standard to a Nepali tea house. There are no tourist standard hotels in Dagana.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lodge
  13. Day 13 - Drive to Punakha - 6 hours.

    It's about 5½ - 6 hours driving from Dagana to Punakha. The drive is pretty spectacular as you wind your way on twisting, turning mountain roads northwards. As you head further towards Punakha you'll see a massive hydro-electric project going on. This is due to be completed in 2025 and is so ambitious in scope that the goal is for it to help Bhutan become self-sufficient financially and free of outside support from India and NGOs. You pass through Wangdi and will see the dzong which is under re-construction since being damaged by fire.

    Eventually you reach Punakha and will see the dzong and its picturesque setting by the river. You'll be taken to your hotel. After a luxurious and well deserved hot shower and rest, there may be time to explore Punakha Dzong in the afternoon. If not, you can do this tomorrow morning.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Similar, Punakha
  14. Day 14 - Morning sightseeing in Punaka. Afternoon return to Paro - 3½-4 hours.

    Before leaving Punakha you will visit its spectacular Dzong (if you did not do this yesterday). The main monastery/fortress in Punakha was the power base for the old system of re-incarnated rulers. The remains of the original ruler of Bhutan, Nawang Namgyal, are kept in a small room at the top of the highest tower; only the King and the head of the Monastic Order are allowed to enter it. Provided the head of the monastic order and his monks have not migrated from Thimphu, it should be possible to view the inner courtyards of Punakha Dzong. In 1997 there was a major flood in the town as a glacial lake burst up in the mountains causing tremendous havoc in the town. The dzong was badly damaged but has been beautifully restored and renovated.

    You will also pay a visit to Chimi Lakhang, taking a short walk across the paddy fields to see this delightful small temple built by Drukpa Kunley. Known as the 'the Divine Madman', Drukpa Kunley was a 15th Century Bhutanese lama and is Bhutan's most popular saint and one of the most important figures in Bhutanese folklore. Despite the apparent conservatism of the Bhutanese people, Drukpa Kunley with his unconventional views on sex is a great favourite throughout the country - the phallus symbols painted on the outside walls of houses date back to his teachings. Chimi Lakhang is especially popular with women who come here to pray for children. The temple is characterised by its many phallic symbols.

    You then return to Paro via Thimphu. The drive to Thimphu on winding mountain roads takes about 2 hours and crosses the Dochu La, 3,116m/10,223ft where on a clear day panoramic views can be had of the eastern Himalaya, including the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar Punsum, at 7,550m/24,770ft. You continue on to Paro which takes another 1-1½ hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  15. Day 15 - Fly back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

    Today you will have another chance to enjoy a flight along the Himalaya, passing Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to the Shangri La Hotel, where rooms will be available from midday. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy some final sightseeing, souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  16. Day 16 - Transfer to airport. Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Kathmandu airport to catch your flight back to the UK.

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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
  • A single, timed group airport transfer (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the group flights)
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Bhutan departure tax
  • Bhutan visa
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on twin share, full board basis
  • The use of a good quality down jacket and sleeping bag (when travelling to Bhutan via Kathmandu).
  • All camping facilities (twin share tents) and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • Bhutan visa and tourist taxes
  • 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
  • Tips


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New off the beaten track Dagana Wilderness Trek          

This is an exciting new trek that has great contrast in scenery and terrain - from crossing snow-covered passes over 4,000m and gazing at fantastic views of Mount Chomolhari and Kangchenjunga, to descending through the forest with an abundance of birds and wildlife. Dagana is a place totally so you have a real feeling of pioneering on this trek.


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.


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.


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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