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What’s included

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

Gentle Walking Bhutan Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Gentle Walking Bhutan
Gentle

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

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

Flight inclusive from £3,545,
Land only from £2,695

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

Highlights

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

Reviews          

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private Departures

Gentle Walking Bhutan Private Departure

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


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At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

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

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

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

29 September 2017  departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

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

19 December 2017 departure attends the Trongsa Tsechu.

20 February 2018 attends the Punakha Tsechu

18 March 2018 attends the Paro Tsechu

16 September 2018 attends theThimphu Tsechu

04 November 2018 attends the Black Necked Crane Festival

09 December 2018 attends the Trongsa Tsechu

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

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
(This is an example itinerary for 2018. Each departure varies and has its own Detailed Itinerary which can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu. At leisure in Kathmandu.
3-4
Fly to Bhutan and drive to Thimphu with sightseeing and Wangditse Monastery visit.
5
Drive to Punkaha with valley walk and dzong visit.
6
Attend the Punakha Tsechu Festival. Drive to Gangtey.
7
Visit Gangtey Dzong & Black Necked Crane centre.
8
Drive to Chumey Valley with visit to Nimalung and Prakhar monasteries and ridge walk from Tharpaling. Drive to Jakar.
9
Explore the Bumthang valley with valley walk and monasteries of Jakar. Visit Jakar Dzong.
10
Fly to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro Valley.
11
Drive to Haa with Kila Nunnery visit and views at Chele La.
12
Walks in Haa Valley. Return to Paro with visit to Dzong Drakha.
13
Full day in Paro valley with Taktsang visit and other sightseeing.
14-15
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.

    You will be met and transferred to the luxurious and stylish Dwarika's Hotel which is filled with Nepalese wood carvings and statues. The superb restaurant at Dwarika's offers traditional Newari cuisine and the hotel also has a cool, elegant courtyard and an inviting swimming pool. After the long flight from London there is no better place to relax.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro. Drive to Thimphu with visit to Tachog Lakhang on the way.

    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 guide and driver and will drive to Thimphu, 1½hours drive. En-route you can stop to visit Tachog Lakhang, a temple built in the 14th century. To reach it you have to walk across one of the ancient bridges built by the famous 'Iron Bridge' builder Thangthong Gyalpo. Thangtong Gyalpo was a great Buddhist master and also a pioneering civil engineer of the 15th century who is said to have built 58 iron chain suspension bridges around Tibet. He is often portrayed holding a section of iron chain in his right hand. This is just a short walk of about 15 minutes and the temple has a wonderful atmosphere of old Bhutan and is a lovely place to visit.

    Thimphu itself has an attractive valley location and is relatively small for a capital city but it has grown greatly in recent years. There are many places of interest to visit there and initially, before checking in at your hotel, you might drive up to the giant Buddha statue to enjoy the splendid views out over the town.Depending on your flight schedule there may also be time for a little sightseeing round town or an orientation walk downtown.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  4. Day 4 - In and around Thimphu - sightseeing and visit Wangditse Monastery.

    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 Dochu La to Punakha. Visit Chimi Lakhang and Talo village.

    In the morning you will have time to visit Thimphu's bustling streets again, before you leave for Punakha. 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.

    After lunch you will drive up to the charming village of Talo (altitude 2,800m). This attractive, well kept village is well known for its pretty girls! First you will drive up to its fine gompa, built above the village and worth a visit for the spectacular views. After a visit there you walk down through the village and will see traditional village life going on. It's all very pretty - the beautiful farm houses of the village have their own well kept flower gardens and corn and vegetables are grown in profusion. There is an air of prosperity and contentment. You come out back onto the road below the village and then you have time to drive to the village of Nobgang, the birthplace of the four girls who in 1979 married King Jigme Singye Wangchuk, the current king's father, to become his four queens. After the king's abdication they became Bhutan's Queen Mothers. The Gompa in Nobgang is sponsored by their family. The two villages of Talo and Nobgang have a longstanding rivalry in archery.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  6. Day 6 - Punakha Valley walk. Visit Punakha Dzong. Drive to Gangtey.

    This morning you will do a lovely walk in the Punakha Valley. From your hotel you drive further up the valley and start your walk at a pedestrian suspension bridge crossing the Mo Chu River. You then 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. This walk can be shortened if time is tight, or, if you do not want to walk the whole way to the Dzong, you can return the way you came or walk halfway. We suggest you consult your guide on the day.

    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.

    After lunch you will drive to Gangtey which takes around 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 being reconstructed. You drive through the few houses which mark the former township of Wangdi and on 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 Tibet and Siberia. These birds are particularly respected in local culture and feature in local tradition as 'heavenly birds'.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dewachen Hotel, Gangtey or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Walk in Gangtey Valley and drive to Trongsa.

    In the morning you will have the chance for a pleasant walk in the Gangtey valley. The valley has glorious scenery and some lovely small villages and temples which you may visit. There is a network of footpaths through woods and meadows of the valley and a number of different walks are possible here - your guide will suggest a suitable one for your group. He will also no doubt regale you with some of the tales and legends of the valley including stories about the two different types of Yeti which are rumoured to be found here, a large one and a small one. Before heading off on your walk you may drive up to visit the Black Necked Crane information centre where there are interesting displays about the cranes and the valley and also visit Gangtey's impressive 17th century gompa, recently beautifully restored. You may start your walk down the valley from here.

    After lunch you will leave Gangtey and drive out to the main road and up to cross the Pele La Pass at 3,300m/10,827ft. You might like to stop to admire the views from here. You then descend from the pass and drive down, passing the large chorten at Chendebji and on to 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. The drive from Gangtey takes between two and three hours.

    Trongsa's dzong is exceptionally dramatic. It is the ancestral home of the royal family and because of its important strategic location 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. It houses an excellent museum with several floors of royal memorabilia and sacred artefacts. The views from the roof are well 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 - Explore Bumthang Valley and valley walk - 2-3 hours.

    Today you will have free time in Bumthang and time to explore the Bumthang Valley and Jakar town.

    You can make a short, almost entirely level walk taking in some of the principle sights of the valley. From the hotel you either walk, or make the short drive to reach 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, with perhaps a stop in Jakhar town-ship or a visit to the spectacular Jakar Dzong (Castle of the White Bird) , so called because a white bird was supposed to have indicated the most auspicious place to build.

    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. 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 then you will drive back to Paro over the next two days.)

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  11. Day 11 - Visit Kyichu Lakhang. Drive to Cheli La. Walk to Kila Nunnery.

    Today you will have a full day to explore the Paro Valley. In the morning you will visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang. This is one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples and was one of 108 temples built in the 7th century by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon which was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    Later you will drive in about 1 ½ 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. You 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 and drive you back down to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Attend Paro Tsechu.

    Today you will join the crowds to visit the Paro Festival. Tsechus are colourful festivals of music and ceremonial dance staged in honour of Guru Rinpoche. They commemorate his great deeds, all believed to have taken place on the tenth day of the month - the meaning of the word, Tsechu. Such festivals are primarily religious but they are also a rare opportunity for the people to come together in all their finery to socialise, celebrate and have fun. The Bhutanese believe that they will achieve merit by attending the festival and by watching the masked dances and the event draws people in from even the remotest villages of the surrounding district.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Walk to Taktsang, 3,110m/10,203ft, 4-5 hours. Afternoon at leisure in Paro.

    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 itself but a 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 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.

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

    Again a sensational take-off and scenic Himalayan flight past Chomolhari, Bhutan's second highest peak, past Kangchenjunga and Everest back to Kathmandu, where you transfer to the Dwarika's Hotel.

    The rest of the day is at leisure for sightseeing or last minute shopping.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu
  15. Day 15 - Depart Kathmandu.

    This morning you will transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  16. Day 16 - Fly 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)
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and internal Bhutan flights
  • Dwarika’s 5* hotel in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • Hotel/airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Bhutan Visa
  • Bhutan Departure Tax
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive bookings)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

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


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Overall score:           (Based on 15 reviews)

Memorable holiday to Bhutan          

A fantastic and memorable experience which exceeded all my expectations, superbly organised with excellent guides and drivers. A holiday of a lifetime, thank you all so very much.

Gentle walking in Bhutan          

The trip was well organised.

A fascinating introduction to a fascinating country          

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

Wonderful two week holiday in Bhutan          

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

Bhutan walking holiday          

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


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Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Nepal
  • Luxuriously furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy stunning mountain views of the Himalaya
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Restaurants serve locally sourced organic food

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Dwarika’s Resort is a charming hotel located just an hour’s drive from Kathmandu city and set on a ridge above the town of Dhulikhel. At an altitude of 1,700m/5,600ft and enjoying panoramic views of the mountains, Dwarika’s Resort is the perfect way to relax and feel revitalised and rejuvenated. The resort promises ‘a Himalayan approach to well-being in rustic luxury.’

Built in Dwarika’s own inimitable style the resort offers a relaxing atmosphere of complete harmony in the tradition of ancient Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. The rooms are spacious and luxurious and are set in lovely gardens with inspiring mountain views. Facilities include an infinity pool overlooking beautiful countryside, top of the range spa facilities, a fitness centre, a Chakra sound therapy centre and a Himalayan salt room and meditation room all inspired by a blend of Vedic Philosophy and Buddhist Medicine.

The resort offers an impressive range of ayurvedic treatments as well as yoga and meditation and classes. Its wonderful restaurants offer delicious food, sourced locally and from Dwarika’s own organic farm, with delicious menus carefully created to complement Dwarika’s philosophy and treatments. Other activities include lovely walks to visit their farm or to explore the surrounding area and visit traditional villages such as the legendary Namobuddha Monastery or the Newari village of Panauti, to experience the simple joys of Nepalese rural life.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from lovely boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.

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For our brochure trips to Bhutan we offer good standard tourist hotels and lodges. However, nowadays Bhutan also offers some lovely boutique and spa hotels which we are pleased to offer as upgrades on your trip.


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

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

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


Tibet Extension
  • Visit some of Tibet's most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Offers a scenery completely different to that of Bhutan and Nepal.
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu.

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​A visit to Tibet offers an exciting extension to a visit to Nepal or Bhutan. Regular flights to Lhasa from Kathmandu make it possible to visit most of the major sights in and around Lhasa on an 8 day itinerary and a visit to Tibet will provide an exhilarating contrast to your trek or tour in Nepal or Bhutan. Tibet’s high plateau offers totally different and starker scenery to that of the other Himalayan countries. Here you will see some of the most important historical and cultural sites and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace and Samye, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries.

If taking this extension you will need to spend an extra day beforehand in Kathmandu while our agents there process your Tibet visa. They will need your passport for the day for this purpose. You need to let us know in good time if you wish to take this extension as we need to put this process in hand and send your details to the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu well before your departure date.


Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the Annapurna range of Nepal
  • The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting
  • Beautiful outdoor swimming pool reflecting view of the Annapurna range
  • Delicious Nepali dishes & continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients, home-grown herbs & garden salads

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting the beautiful Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge is a lovely place, situated on a ridge half an hour outside Pokhara and enjoying the most stunning mountain views over the Annapurna range of mountains.

The lodge is an ideal base for you to relax in a rural mountain setting, away from the bustle of town. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. All have attached bathrooms, private verandas and Himalayan views. Daily menus feature a range of Nepali dishes as well as continental specialities made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. You may enjoy lovely walks through the forests and villages of the lovely countryside surrounding the lodge, escorted by trained local guides. The beautiful swimming pool reflects the distant white peaks of the Annapurna range. The lodge also offers a range of Ayurvedic and shiatsu therapy and yoga and meditation sessions are also available (at additional cost). You may also venture further afield to visit Pokhara, Nepal’s second city located on a lovely lake and also enjoying spectacular views.


Everest Flight - extension
  • Fly within five nautical miles of Everest
  • As well as Everest, see views of other 8,000m giants; Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Cho Oyu and Lhotse
  • Flights operate in the early morning, when weather conditions are at their best.

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience the spectacular sight of Mount Everest? Instead of trekking into the region to gain a good view of this must-see landmark you could see it in under an hour! We fly with either Buddha Air or Mountain Air who both operate modern Raytheon Beechcraft 1900 aircraft. These hold between 16 and 18 people and as the seating is only two abreast everyone is guaranteed a window seat.


Chitwan National Park - extension

Chitwan National Park - extension
  • Activities include; bird watching, elephant washing, canoe ride, elephant experience, landrover safari and jungle walks
  • Choice of accommodation from budget to luxury
  • Suitable to add to any holiday flying in/out of Kathmandu

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Why not extend your adventure in Nepal by visiting Nepal’s jungle region for a complete contrast to the high mountains and the Kathmandu Valley. Chitwan is home to a rich and varied wildlife. Here are found wild elephant, rhinos, leopard, sambar, chital (spotted) deer, wild boar and
arguably the most magnificent of cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. You may even see sloth bear, gaur (wild cattle) and crocodiles. Chitwan is also wonderful for birdlife especially in the spring, when the jungle rings day and night to the calls of several kinds of Asian cuckoo.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (Nepal)
  • 3-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add to the beginning or end of your holiday in the Himalaya
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventurous trek to the Himalaya why not add an exciting trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. For those travelling to or from Kathmandu for their holiday it is very straightforward to stop off in Delhi en-route to make a side-trip in India. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, and have time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


Bardia National Park - extension

Bardia National Park - extension
  • Jungle activities including an elephant experience, bird watching, rafting and nature walks
  • See wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger
  • Stay at the delightful Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge situated on the edge of the park

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After your adventurous time in the Himalaya why not add a relaxing Jungle Safari to your trip?
The Royal Bardia National Park is situated in the west of Nepal. We use Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge, which is acknowledged to be the best lodge in the area. Bardia’s remote geographic location and the fact that the lodge has only 12 rooms, lends a degree of exclusivity to the experience, in comparison to other more popular parks. From the lodge you will be able to participate in safaris and have the chance of seeing some of the country’s wonderful wildlife, for instance, wild elephant, rhinoceros, leopard, deer, wild boar and if you are lucky, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger. There is also the possibility of visiting the villages of the Tharu tribal people that surround the lodge. With its abundant wildlife, relaxing lodge and first class service, our Bardia extension is an experience you will savour!


Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension
  • Escape the crowds and hustle and bustle of Kathmandu
  • Walks available from the cottage - explore the nearby countryside
  • Single and double rooms available, or exclusive hire of the entire cottage
  • Breakfast and dinner included, plus unlimited tea and coffee

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While in Kathmandu, why not experience an exclusive, private, home away from home? Shivapuri Heights Cottage is a “home-stay-style” property that offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the City. It is located in 2 acres of land at an altitude of 6,000ft /1,830m on the edge of the protected Shivapuri Reserve, with beautiful views looking down into the Kathmandu Valley.


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