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What’s included

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

Gentle Walking Bhutan Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Gentle Walking Bhutan

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

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  15 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6, 7 or 8 days
Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £3,445,
Land only from £2,695

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a holiday that will be enjoyed to the full by those who enjoy weekend walks in the British countryside. As well as the main walk, on certain days a gentler or harder walk may also be possible. On certain days it is also possible to opt out of the walk, enabling you to relax in or around your hotel or lodge. There are also exciting road journeys following twisting mountain roads and crossing high passes in your comfortable mini-coach. By its nature this is an adventure with plenty of varied walking in a place that is only just emerging into the 21st Century. 

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

Private Departures

Gentle Walking Bhutan Private Departure

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

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At a glance

Grade: Gentle

Duration:  15 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6, 7 or 8 days

Max. Altitude: Cheli La Pass, 3,990m/13,090ft, Day 11

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels


The February departure attends Punakha Tsechu

The March departure attends Paro Tsechu

The October departure attends Thimphu Tsechu

The November departures attends Black Necked Crane Festival

The December departure attends Trongsa Tsechu

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

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
(This is the itinerary for our Nov departure. Detailed itineraries for all departures can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro.
Walk to Taktsang. Visit Kyichu Lakhang. Drive to Thimphu.
Walk to Wangditse Monastery and sightseeing in Thimphu.
Drive to Punakha. Village and valley walk. Drive to Gangtey.
Attend the Black-necked crane Festival and drive to Trongsa.
Drive to Jakar with walk in Chumey valley on way.
Walk to Swan Lakhang and to temples in valley. Visit Jakar Dzong.
Fly to Paro. Drive to Haa over the Cheli La with Kila Nunnery visit.
Haa Valley walk. Visit Dzong Drakha and return to Paro.
Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to London.
Full day in Paro valley with Taktsang visit and other sightseeing.
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: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to airport.

    You will be met and transferred to the luxurious and stylish Dwarika's Hotel which is filled with Nepalese wooden carvings and statues and has a superb restaurant where you can eat in traditional style. It also has a cool, elegant courtyard and a swimming pool. After the long flight from London there's no better place to relax.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu.

    Transfer to the airport for the short flight up to Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest and Kangchenjunga, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills and the landing, including a few steep turns to land at the tiny airstrip of Paro. Although you are at the mercy of the airline computer, if possible try to sit on the left hand side of the plane for the most spectacular views.

    In Paro you will be met by your Bhutanese guide and driver and will make the drive to Thimphu - this will take about 1½-2 hours. Depending on the flight schedule you may have time for a little sightseeing or exploration of the town on arrival. In any case you may drive up to the Buddha statue on a hill above the town for good views.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  4. Day 4 - Walk to Wangditse Monastery. Sightseeing in Thimphu.

    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 Gompa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the gompa 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.

    You will return to Thimphu and in the afternoon there will be time to enjoy some sightseeing. There are many places of interest to visit in Thimphu, including the Tashichhodzong (the main government buildings), the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the School of Painting and the silversmiths and pottery workshops. The Government Handicrafts Emporium is possibly the best place to look for local handicraft. It is interesting to visit the handmade paper workshop to see the paper being made and there are some nice items made from handmade paper for sale there. You could also visit the Post Office to buy some of Bhutan's very attractive stamps, they will even print a valid stamp with your face on it while you wait! They also have good t-shirts on sale.

    While in Thimphu you might also like to visit the 'zoo'. This is in fact a very large enclosure (several acres) just above the town, containing only Takin, the very rare animal found exclusively in Bhutan and parts of China and possibly one of the most quirky and strangest looking animals you will ever see.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  5. Day 5 - Drive over the Dochu La to Punakha. Visit Chimi Lakhang. Punakha Valley walk.

    Driving out of Thimphu you climb to cross the Dochu La Pass, 3,048m/10,000ft, a spot marked by 108 chortens. Here, weather permitting you may take in a magnificent mountain vista. On clear days there are fabulous views of the eastern Himalaya from here, but this is a beautiful spot even on misty days. You then drive down through varied forest into the lush Punakha Valley.

    Before driving to your hotel for lunch you will visit Chimi Lakhang a 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 many houses date back to his teachings. Chimi Lakhang is especially popular with women who come here to make offerings and to pray for children. This charming lakhang is reached by a short walk across the paddy fields and the short excursion takes about 45 minutes each way.

    In the afternoon you will do a lovely walk in the Punakha Valley. You drive further up the valley and start your walk at a pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the Mo Chu River and follow up through paddy fields to the base of the hill where Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal chorten is sited. The climb to the top is then quite steep, but takes only 45 minutes or so. This chorten was consecrated in December 1999 and contains sacred relics donated from Punakha Dzong. Leaving the grounds of the chorten via a different gate you descend to join a contouring path which ultimately leads you to the small village of Yabesa and you then follow the Mo Chu downstream past Sonagasha, the King's Palace and on to Punakha Dzong.

    The fabulous Punakha Dzong, one of the most spectacular and important in the Kingdom, is situated at the confluence of two rivers. In 1994 there was a major flood in the town which caused a lot of damage to the dzong, but it has now been beautifully renovated and is a real showcase for Bhutanese craftsmanship and painting. You are normally allowed into the dzong unless there are VIPs visiting. After your visit you may have time to extend your walk southwards down the valley for a further hour or so to reach the large settlement of Khuruthang and continue on to your hotel for lunch or to meet up with your transport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  6. Day 6 - Attend Punakha Tsechu. Drive to Gangtey.

    Today you attend the Punakha Tsechu, a festival held in the fabulous Punakha Dzong. This is an annual festival introduced by the Zhabdrung to commemorate Bhutanese victories over the Tibetans. During the festival there will be masked dances and other enactments recalling the days when, in the absence of an army, men from the eight Tshogchens, or great village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the Tibetan forces out of the country, ushering in a new-found internal peace and stability. Such festivals are great fun for visitors and locals alike giving the chance to attain religious merit, celebrate together and socialise.

    Later you will drive to Gangtey a journey of about 3-4 hours. From Punakha you continue down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang whose massive and important dzong unfortunately burnt down in 2012. It is now under reconstruction. You drive through the few houses which mark the former township of Wangdi and then drive up the beautiful wooded valley of the Dang Chu towards the Pele La Pass at 3,300m/10,825ft. Passing the turning to Gangtey you may drive up to the pass for the fine mountain views from there before returning to drive down in to Gangtey.

    Gangtey, also known as Phobjikha, is a beautiful glacial valley, wide, wooded and unspoilt. It is particularly famous as a major wintering ground for Black-necked Cranes, which arrive here late October and stay until early spring before heading back to their breeding grounds in Siberia. These birds are particularly respected in local culture and feature in local tradition as 'heavenly birds'.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Gakiling Or Yo Lo Koe Lodge or Similar, Gangtey
  7. Day 7 - Half day Gangtey Valley walk. Drive to Trongsa. Visit Ta Dzong Museum.

    Today you may see the Black Necked Cranes, if they are still resident. It can be worthwhile arranging to go to see them before breakfast as they awake and before they fly off to their feeding grounds for the day. Speak to your guide about this.

    This morning you will have the chance for a pleasant walk in the valley. In addition to glorious scenery the valley boasts some wonderful legends surrounding events and geography, including tales about two different types of Yeti, a large one and a small variety, and many other interesting legends. A number of different walks are possible here and your guide will suggest a suitable one.

    Firstly, it is a short 10-minute drive to reach the Black necked Crane Information Centre. The cranes are usually only resident here between October and mid-February. The centre has interesting displays on the ecology of the valley, a small library on Bhutanese wildlife and birds and some telescopes for observing birdlife. Driving on it is another 10-15 minutes to reach the small hilltop settlement of Gangtey and its impressive gompa, built in the 17th Century. From the gompa you can follow a network of foot trails and farm tracks down from the hill top and down the valley visiting various villages and points of interest.

    Later, you drive out of the valley and over the Pele La to reach the town of Trongsa. You will see Trongsa's splendid dzong long before you reach it because the road takes you up a long side valley before eventually turning back to Trongsa town. Trongsa has an exceptionally dramatic dzong, the ancestral home of the royal family. Because of its important strategic location this was one of the most important dzongs in the country. Set above the dzong is the Ta Dzong, the watchtower, a lovely old building which has been recently beautifully renovated and houses an excellent museum with several floors of royal memorabilia and sacred artefacts. The views from the roof are worth the climb.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Yangkhil Resort, Trongsa or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Drive to Chumey and Tharpaling. Ridge walk 3-4 hours. Drive to the Bumthang Valley.

    From Trongsa you drive across the Yotong La and towards Bumthang. The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys and Jakar town where you will stay for two nights is in the main valley called Chokhor. The other valleys are the Ura Valley which is to the east, Tang valley which is slightly more off the beaten track and the Chumey Valley. In Chumey your first port of call is the Nyimalung Monastery. Founded in 1938, the monastery is home to over 100 musically talented monks. From here you can walk down in 10 minutes to visit Prakhar Monastery a quaint village temple. Then rejoining your vehicle you will visit Zugney, a famous centre for weaving, where you will see the industry that is an integral part of Bhutanese society. It's said that every Bhutanese home is equipped with a loom for weaving and young girls are proficient in the craft before they reach the age of twenty.

    You then drive up to the cluster of temples at Tharpaling - a sacred spot and place of meditation, founded by Geluwa Lonchen Rabchampa (1308-1363) during his self-exile from Tibet for ten years. Several picturesque monasteries dot the hillside above the Chumey Valley with views over Domkhar (Chumey) and Domkhar Summer Palace. After a picnic lunch, you start the 4 hour walk along an old trail back towards Chumey. The path starts out beneath craggy cliffs, from where it climbs fairly gently up to the ridge top and reaches the Shutre Sae Pass at 3,700m/12,139ft. Sited on the pass in a glass case is a statue of the founder of Tharpaling. From here the views are phenomenal - looking south you can see over the Chumey/Domkhar Valley with the Black Mountains in the distance. The other way you get fabulous and unexpected views over Jakar town with the new airport runway and the dzong clearly seen far below. Beyond and further north, you can see towards the high mountains - perhaps even Mount Gangkar Punsum on a clear day.

    You descend from the pass in beautiful forest, nearly all downhill. On the higher reaches, you pass through pine, fir and rhododendron forest. Eventually you reach the road again at a huge area of prayer flags where you will meet your transport and head to your hotel in Jakar.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Bumthang Valley walk with temple visits - 2-3 hours. Visit Jakar Dzong.

    Today you will be able to explore around Jakar town with a short, almost entirely level walk taking in some of the principle sights of the valley. From the hotel you can walk to Jambay Lakhang. This is one of the country's oldest temples, built in the mid-7th Century. One interesting feature to look for is the set of three steps in the main temple. The first step, now hidden below floor level, is said to represent the time of the past or 'historical' Buddha. The second, very well worn, step represents the present Buddha, whilst the third step above, is said to represent the age of the future Buddha. The point at which the second step is worn down to ground level is held to be the time when the world as we currently know it will end.

    From Jambay you take a farm track along the valley floor and walk for 30 minutes to reach Kurjey Lakhang, a series of three large temples. The oldest of the temples here houses a rock indented with the body shape of Guru Rinpoche, whilst the most recent dates back just 25 years and was built by the Queen Mother - Ashi Kesang Wangchuck. Descending from the temples you cross a suspension bridge and walk downstream for 45 minutes to Tamshing Lakhang, the most important Nyingma gompa in the Kingdom, established in 1501 by Pemalingpa. Inside you can see a suit of chain-mail armour, which Buddhists believe will bring good fortune if worn and then walked around the inner temple three times. Your transport will meet you outside the gompa and return you to your hotel. On the way you visit Jakhar town-ship and later you may visit the picturesque Jakar Dzong, the 'Castle of the White Bird', so called because a white bird was supposed to have indicated the most auspicious place to build. Before returning to your hotel you will have some free time or time for more exploration or shopping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ugyenling Hotel, Jakar or Similar
  10. Day 10 - Fly to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

    Today you will transfer to the small domestic airport at Jakhar for the short flight to Paro.

    The Paro Valley has had a great strategic importance in the history of Bhutan and was in the past an important staging post on the trade routes with Tibet. Paro Dzong, situated on a rocky outcrop above the Paro Chu and with views down both sides of the valley was historically one of Bhutan's strongest and most strategic fortresses and before the rebuilding of the Tashidodzong in Thimphu it was also the seat of Bhutan's National Assembly.

    On arrival you will transfer to your hotel. Later you will have time for some sightseeing in the Paro Valley. You may visit the historic Paro Dzong which sits above the valley. Above the dzong the ancient watchtower houses Bhutan's National Museum and a fantastic collection of Bhutanese national treasures. Displays in the various galleries depict a wide range of Bhutan's history and culture and includes an impressive collection of ancient thangkas depicting Bhutan's important saints and teachers, as well as some fearsome festival masks, a collection of religious statues and some early stone carvings as well as some original iron links from the nearby Tamchhog Bridge. During reconstruction of the Tza Dzong (watchtower) the museum may be housed in a nearby building. You may like to walk down into town from the watchtower and have a wander round Paro township before returning to your hotel.

    (If the flight to Paro is cancelled today then you will drive back to Paro over the next two days instead of visiting the Haa Valley)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  11. Day 11 - Drive to Cheli La and on to Haa. Walks in the Haa Valley.

    After breakfast you will drive in about 1½ hrs up to the Cheli La, a pass at 3,990m/13,090ft, where in clear weather you will have wonderful views of the snow-capped mountains to the west which mark the border with Tibet.

    After admiring the views, you drive down into the Haa Valley down many zig zags. As you approach you will notice three almost identical conical hills in a line on the other side of the valley. These are believed by the locals to be the physical manifestations of three very important Buddhist saints. The left one is Manjushri (the god who holds the flaming sword which cuts the knot of ignorance), the middle one is Chenrizig (the Buddha of compassion of which the Dalai Lama is the human incarnation) and the right hand hill is Chana Dorji (this being the protector god of Bhutan). Collectively they are known as Rigsum (three hills). As you descend further you look down on the square yellow roof of the main monastery/fortress, Namgay Dzong. Spread around the dzong are the buildings of the Indian Army dating from the visit of President Nehru - the Indian army has a presence in Bhutan ostensibly to protect the kingdom from possible invasion from China. Although part of the dzong is used by the Indian Army the central tower of the Dzong is still used by the local people. The old town itself is just to the north-west and is really quite attractive with traditional two storey shops and a post office. There is a large school in Haa.

    It is worth driving up to the very top of the valley for an overview. This takes about 40 minutes (11kms) and is a very pretty drive. From here you will get really good views of Haa valley itself as well as over to the mountains in the west. Coming back down towards the town you take a spur road to Talung village which is 20 minutes on a rough road. This village is situated in a small side valley and it's a good idea to take the vehicles to the top of the village and then walk down through the houses for a look at a typical Haa village. You may well receive 'invites' into one or two of the farmhouses which would provide an interesting look at the way of life and standards of living of typical Bhutanese farmers.

    You can re-join your vehicle at the bottom of the village and then drive the short distance to the bottom of a track for a nice walk up to Yongto Gompa, an ascent of 100 metres which takes about 30 minutes. Yongto Gompa is perched on a ridge overlooking the main valley and is one of the oldest monasteries in Haa, thought to have been built in the 15th century. From here you walk steeply down the hill, 30 minutes and 200m descent, through pine trees, to Yangtha village. This is a large village on the floor of the main valley. In 2001 they suffered a huge fire which destroyed 12 houses. Amazingly, the fire left the temple of the village perfectly intact. After the fire the King visited the people of the village and paid for the reconstruction. The new houses are built in exactly the same traditional style and blend in remarkably well.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Lechuna Heritage Lodge or Similar, Haa
  12. Day 12 - Walk to Kila Nunnery. Drive back to Paro.

    After breakfast you drive back up to the Cheli La. You will then walk to the Kila Gompa nunnery. The gompa is surrounded by a lush forest dominated by tall firs and sparkling mountain streams tumble down slopes which are covered with a variety of wildflowers and plants. The Gompa is a peaceful retreat for Buddhist nuns who dedicate their lives to spiritual fulfilment. About 30 nuns live here, ranging in age from about 20 to 80 years. The community is one of the oldest of seven nunneries in Bhutan, and was initially established in the early 9th century as a meditation site. The nuns live a life of contemplation and seclusion, with daily prayer and spiritual practice. The temple itself is surrounded by numerous meditation huts, and many hidden caves lie inside the rocky cliffs. After being destroyed by fire, the temple was rebuilt and officially established in 1986. Your vehicle will meet you for the drive back to Paro.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  13. Day 13 - Walk to Taktsang, 3,110m/10,203ft - 4-5 hours. Further sightseeing in the Paro Valley.

    Today you will walk up to the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang Monastery - a fitting climax to your trip. 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's 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 the monastery, and those who 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 the monastery. If you are able to make a visit, the final section of the walk takes you from here steeply down approximately 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 back to where your vehicle will be waiting. The full walk to the monastery and back involves approximately 740m/2,428ft of ascent.

    There will then be time for further sightseeing in the afternoon to places you have not already visited. You may visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon who was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet. You might also drive up the valley to the atmospheric ruins of Drugkyel dzong, a fort which originally protected the Paro valley from invasion from Tibet.

    You may also visit the fabulous Paro Dzong and the Paro Museum if you have not done so already.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  14. Day 14 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    Today you will say goodbye to your Bhutanese guide and driver and check in for your flight back to Kathmandu. After a sensational take-off and weather permitting you should have a scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan's second highest peak, Kangchenjunga and Everest to arrive back to Kathmandu, where you will be met and transferred to the Dwarika's Hotel.

    The rest of the day will be free for some sightseeing and last minute shopping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  15. Day 15 - Group transfer to airport. Fly to London.

    This morning, there will be a group transfer to the airport for your international flight home.


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What’s included

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

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  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
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Bhutan, an experience!          

When you say that you are going to Bhutan, most people say, "Where's that?" but honestly what a place! Starting with a night at the Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu which was an oasis in the chaos of Kathmandu and on to Paro in Bhutan. From the moment you drive out of the airport you know that you are somewhere different, soaring mountain scenery and crashing rivers in the valleys. Most of the people you see and meet are in National costume and are very friendly. The local festivals are brilliant brightly coloured events for the locals to put on their Sunday best. Travelling high across mountain passes on roads (well almost) you would not believe, the skill and patients of the driver was incredible! The Dzongs and Temples are fascinating structures, but some such as 'Tiger's Nest' do take a bit of hiking uphill to get there, but it is worth it when you are there. If you are looking to go somewhere different, this is definitely the place to go, but hurry it won't stay this way forever!

Gentle Walking Bhutan          

Group size just right. A good mix of ages. The trip ran smoothly as far as meals were concerned everywhere, prompt and efficient.

I had a seriously good time on this trip!          

Personally the trip exceeded expectations in terms of accommodation, comfort, food etc and every day was just excellent. Bhutan has been a dream for a long time, and I was just in awe of the scenery, the wonderful people and all the special experiences.

Gentle Walking Bhutan          

This trip was well structured to provide a very interesting look at a beautiful country. The balance of culture, hiking and being in nature, culminating in the Paro festival and ascending the Tiger's Nest monastery worked well. The walks were challenging but provided the perfect build up to Tiger's Nest.

Gentle Walking Bhutan          

Thank you for a fabulous holiday, my husband and I enjoyed every minute and have many precious memories. We look forward to planning our next trip!

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.

Bumdra Trek Bhutan

Bumdra Trek Bhutan
  • Take a two day trek from Paro that visits several monasteries and sacred sights
  • Reach iconic Taktsang Monastery from above - unlike virtually all other visitors
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the high Himalayan mountains and the Paro Valley
  • Camp overnight beneath Bumdra Monastery with fabulous panoramic vistas
  • Fully supported trek with a guide, trek crew and mules to carry your kit

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The Bumdra trek is a wonderful two day trek, with a perfect mix of challenging walking and culture. You ascend 900m to Bumdra monastery above the Paro Valley, and then on up to a viewing point for stunning views of snow-capped Mount Chomolhari. You camp the night at a scenic spot just below the monastery and the following day you have a leisurely descent, stopping at four monasteries, culminating in the famous Taktsang Monastery. This extension can be added to any of our scheduled group holidays in Bhutan.

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.

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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