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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa and Bhutan departure tax
  • 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
  • Good quality 4* hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in Paro, on a 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
  • All porterage on trek, usually horses and yaks
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Mount Chomolhari & the Bonte La

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Mount Chomolhari & the Bonte La
Vigorous / Strenuous

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

Strenuous: Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous ? Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On Trek: 8 days
Walks on: 1 day

Flight inclusive from £3,345,
Land only from £2,795

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Magnificent high mountain trekking beneath snowy peaks, through remote valleys and across high passes.

Highlights

  • A well-paced trek with excellent acclimatisation including two rest days
  • Trek to the Base Camp of Mount Chomolhari and return via the lesser trekked route across the beautiful Bonte La
  • Time included to explore the base camp area and the stunning Soi Yaksey valley
  • Walk to Taktsang Monastery and sightseeing in Thimphu

Reviews          

All the organisation before and during the holiday that MK could control ran like clockwork. The company always seems to attract like-minded people and our trekking group all got on extremely well and were great company.
Mr & Mrs H, Kent

This was a beautiful trek. The service and trekking staff were very good with just the right mix of trekking and cultural visits.
Mr R-H, Belgium

What we enjoyed about Mountain Kingdoms was their personal service and their choice of adventure and walking holidays.
Mr Y & Miss G, Middlesex

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After a walk and visit to the celebrated Tiger’s Nest Monastery, we begin our high mountain trek northwards up the beautiful Paro valley to the base camp for Mount Chomolhari. At 7,314m/23,996ft, this is the second highest peak in Bhutan. With time to trek up to the mountain’s glacier and acclimatise, we then ascend past the stunning Tso Phu Lakes to cross the Bonte La pass and enter the remote Soi Yaksey valley. Two nights are spent here giving time to explore the ruins of an abandoned hermitage known as Sey Dzong, impressively set into a crack in a huge rockface, hanging some 60 metres above ground. We will also visit local farmhouses for a fascinating insight into rural Bhutanese life.

We turn southwards to cross another high pass and camp in the Thangbue valley, inhabited only by seasonal yak herders and ‘blue sheep’. A classic ridge walk leads us back down to the Paro valley, from where we tour the cultural sights of Thimphu before heading to back to Kathmandu.

For an added bonus, for those joining our October 2019 departure, there will be time at the Mount Chomolhari Festival, a unique celebration of the mountain communities of the region.


At a glance

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Vigorous / Strenuous

Duration:  15 days from the UK  
On Trek: 8 days
Walks on: 1 day

Max. Altitude: 4,890m/16,043ft , Bonte La, Day 9

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

October departure attends the Mount Chomolhari Festival.

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals in Bhutan.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
Arrive Kathmandu. Fly to Paro in Bhutan.
4
Sightseeing Paro Valley. Trek to Taktsang - 5-6 hours.
5
Trek and drive from Paro to Shana, 2,788m/9,148ft - 5-6 hours.
6-7
Trek to Soi Thangthanka, 3,519m/11,545ft - 7-8 hours. Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (Jangothang), 4,090m/13,416ft - 5-6 hours.
8
Rest and acclimatisation day. October 2019 departure attends the Mount Chomolhari Festival.
9
Trek to Soi Yaksey Valley, 3,800m/12,460ft, crossing the Bonte La Pass, 4,890m/16,040ft - 8-9 hours.
10
Visit Sey Dzong and return to campsite.
11
Trek to Thangbue, 4,100m/13,500ft, via the Tagulun La Pass, 4,540m/14,800ft - 7 hours.
12-13
Trek to Gunitsawa via the Thombu La Pass, 4,270m/14,005ft - 5 hours. Drive to Thimphu – sightseeing. Drive To Paro.
14-15
Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to London.
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Local leader, Bhutan

You will have an English speaking Bhutanese guide. Mountain Kingdoms have been working with the same partner in Bhutan since 1986. Their 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 insists that a Bhutanese trek or tour leader must pass his/her guiding exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors. Guides receive regular ‘top-up’ training and 15 of our regular leaders have completed an extended training course run by Mountain Kingdoms in Bhutan.


Mount Chomolhari & the Bonte La Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart London.

    Fly to Kathmandu by overnight flight.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

    You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. You might like to venture out to Thamel for your evening meal, or eat in the restaurant if you are tired from your journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Paro.

    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 - Sightseeing Paro Valley. Trek to Taktsang - 5-6 hours.
    mount chomolhari and bonte la taktsang paro b howe 1.

    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. There may also be time today to see some of the treasures from Bhutan's National Museum. The museum was closed following the earthquake in 2011, but many of the artefacts and displays are temporarily housed in a nearby building until renovation is completed. There will also be a chance to wander around the small township of Paro itself and to visit the market.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro
  5. Day 5 - Trek and drive from Paro to Shana, 2,788m/9,148ft - 5-6 hours.

    You leave the hotel and walk up a hill to a village. You continue trekking along forested ridges until you reach Kyichu. You will visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo, an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon that was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

    From here it's an hour's drive to Gunitsawa from where it is a short walk through the army base to cross the river on a small bridge and walk upstream to camp at Shana.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  6. Day 6 - Shana to Soi Thangthanka, 3,519m/11,545ft - 7-8 hours.
    mount chomolhari and bonte la view from soi thangthanka camp_b howe 1.

    Still following the river in heavily forested country, the route is dotted with isolated farmhouses and plenty of bird life. You may be advised by the Bhutanese to walk in pairs on this section as there are still bears in this area. You pass a junction en route, where another trail leads north over the Tremo La to Tibet. Spencer Chapman crossed the Tremo La in 1937 on his way to climb Chomolhari from Tibet.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  7. Day 7 - Trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (Jangothang), 4,090m/13,416ft - 5-6 hours.

    It is worth getting up early to photograph the dawn colours on Bhutan's second highest mountain, Chomolhari, which is framed at the end of the valley. After about an hour's walk you slowly leave the forest line and gradually climb into a beautiful valley, passing Tengethang, a winter home of yak herdsmen. You should see lots of yaks today before you arrive at a row of small chortens and stone huts, which is the base camp for the mountain. At 7,314m/ 23,997ft Chomolhari overlooks the camp and nearby there are ruins of the old fortress which used to guard Bhutan against Tibetan invasion.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  8. Day 8 - Rest and acclimatisation day (May departure). Attend the Mount Chomolhari Festival (October departure).

    It is highly advisable that you do some sort of walk today involving height gain in order to help with acclimatisation. There are several excellent walks to choose from today. You may walk up to the Chomolhari glacier, climb the grassy ridge just north of the base camp to reach a small peak at 4,760m/15,617ft for gr eat views, or for an easier option walk up the valley towards Jitchu Drake base camp.

    In addition, on the October departure you will be able to attend the Mount Chomolhari Festival. This is a two-day event celebrated at the base of Chomolhari by communities from along the trekking route such as Soe, Yaktsa, Nobri and Lingzhi, in collaboration with the Jigme Dorji National Park. The festival celebrates the unique culture of these communities and the natural wonders that surround them, and in particular is held to raise awareness about snow leopard conservation. It is a festive time when people of the highlands come together as a community to celebrate their life and culture. Festivities includes snow leopard themed folk songs and dances performed by the local people, staff from Jigme Dorji National Park organization and local school children. There are also opportunities to participate in traditional sports such as Khuru (darts), shot put, horse and yak riding as well as sampling traditional delicacies and buying local handicrafts.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  9. Day 9 - Trek to Soi Yaksey Valley, 3,800m/12,460ft, crossing the Bonte La Pass, 4,890m/16,040ft - 8-9 hours.
    mount chomolhari and bonte la glacial lake above chomolhari base camp a harrison.

    The walk today is fabulous. An initial steep climb takes you up a wide, grassy hanging valley used by yak herders in the spring. There are marmot burrows everywhere and you may well see blue sheep on the steep rocky hillsides. It is well worth stopping several times as you climb up the side of the valley to look back at the stunning views of Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake. Towards the top of the valley are the remote and beautiful Tso Phu Lakes.

    The path leads up the side of the valley for an hour or so, with great views down to the lakes. Once you reach the top, the views open out with stunning peaks and wild countryside all around and the ascent becomes more gradual. It is another couple of hours beautiful walking before you gradually climb to reach the pass. There are surrounding views of big mountains including the Basingthang Peaks. The route now descends to the dramatic and steep sided Soi Yaksey valley, dominated by huge cliffs at its head. You may well see yak herders on the upper grassy slopes, before the exciting descent to the green valley far below.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  10. Day 10 - Visit Sey Dzong and return to campsite.

    The relatively low altitude of the Soi Yaksey valley makes it a good place to do some washing before setting off on exploration of this remote, but permanently inhabited valley. We highly recommend walking up a small side valley to view the remains of Sey Dzong. This is an impressive ruined Dzong wedged into a cliff face, presumably for defensive purposes, and now abandoned. There are many legends attached to the history of the Dzong. It is also well worth walking up the main valley in the opposite direction to visit the beautiful remote farmhouses.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - Trek to Thangbue, 4,100m/13,500ft, via the Tagulun La Pass, 4,540m/14,800ft - 7 hours.

    After climbing to a clearing with a mani wall the trail descends to cross the river before ascending for a couple of hours through beautiful forest of indigenous spruce, juniper and rhododendron draped in lichen. There are occasional glimpses of farmhouses perched on the valley wall opposite. The trail now turns up a stunning side valley on a flat trail, before you start climbing to the pass. Again, the views from the pass are fabulous and you can look back to see Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake and look forward to the wide valley below, sporadically inhabited by yak herders, and site of your next campsite.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - Trek to Gunitsawa via the Thombu La Pass, 4,270m/14,005ft - 5 hours. Drive to Thimphu - 2 hours.

    The final climb of the trek is a relatively short one, through azaleas and dwarf rhododendron, to reach the top of a ridge. You follow this ridge for the next hour or so, with fabulous views on either side and to the tree filled valley ahead, before the long descent to the Paro Chu valley. The initial descent is on a rocky path before you reach the tree-line and then on a more gradual trail before you eventually reach the army camp at Gunitsawa. From here you will be met by the vehicle and driven to Thimphu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  13. Day 13 - Sightseeing in Thimphu. Drive To Paro.
    mount chomolhari and bonte la thimphu dzong b howe 1.

    Thimphu has been the permanent capital since 1955 and has two cinemas and a radio station. This is the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals. Thimphu has a population of around 100,000 and has wide streets and a rather relaxed air. Its sights include the Late King's Memorial Chorten, the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the silversmiths and pottery workshops, the indigenous hospital specialising in herbal medicine, the thangkha painting school, the Bhutanese paper factory, the recently built Changlingmithang Lhakhang temple, and the National Library. After a day's sightseeing, you will be driven back to Paro.

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

    This is normally an early morning flight which takes you out and over the Bhutanese Mountains and past Kangchenjunga, Makalu and Everest, finally dropping down into Kathmandu Valley. You will be met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel, after which there will be plenty of time to relax and gather your thoughts.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  15. Day 15 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to London.

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2019

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2020

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    From £185
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    From £265
Insurance
  • Cover starts from £124
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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Bhutan visa and Bhutan departure tax
  • 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
  • Good quality 4* hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, on a twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in Paro, on a 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
  • All porterage on trek, usually horses and yaks
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our four pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • Airport transfers (if your flights do not coincide with the Mountain Kingdoms group flights)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 8 reviews)

Private Departure - Mind, body and spirit all deeply nourished!          

I had dreamt of going to Bhutan for many years and ALL my hopes and expectations were met! It is a real jewel of a country, in such sharp contrast to India and Nepal (which I also love!). The landscape is, of course, stunning, the Bhuddist culture is rich and embracing, and the history and politics, not least the GNH, are deeply thought-provoking and optimistic. We only scratched the surface in two short weeks, but our itinerary and our wonderful guide have left me with an enriching and mind-expanding insight into a country with a very exciting approach to development.

Private Departure - A holiday of a lifetime!          

This holiday lived up to all my expectations - and more. An excellent guide; a trek that took us into truly spectacular, remote areas and such an interesting, exciting country to visit at this stage in its development.

What an experience - just great          

The trip of 14 days broken down by 7 nights in a tent whilst trekking and 7/8 night in hotels which worked very well. The views on trek in Bhutan were exceptional - thank god for the good weather. Parts of the trek were fairly brutal but the pace was more or less left up to the individual. One part of the trek was changed with the consent of all in the group to take in a mountain festival. A great time was had by all especially our tug of war team which won a prize. Nothing was missed by this change. Our group consisted of a great mix of people and the guide/porters were excellent. A beautiful country. 

Mount Chomolhari trek          

Excellent guide and trek staff - really helpful and attentive. Well-thought out itinerary - particularly the addition of time in Thimphu.

Two Weeks in Bhutan          

An excellent trip to a wonderful country. The first time we had used MK, but organisation, communication and information beforehand was first class. The trip involved a week's trek and a week touring, much of which also involved a good deal of walking. Our guide in Bhutan, Kencho, was excellent, and the quality and quantity of food on the trek was simply outstanding. There are one or two small points that could be attended to, not least the state of the first campsite on the trek at Shana, more closely it resembled a land-fill site. Also, it would have helped if our guide Kencho had spent more time at the rear of the trekking group to ensure any back markers were not left behind (me, twice). Lastly, on the unmade roads in much of the country, a 4x4 would have been a more comfortable option than the Toyota Hiace people carrier used. Apart from that wall to wall blue skies made for a truly memorable experience in magical Bhutan.

Mountain Kingdoms' comment: Thank you for your feedback, we will aim to improve the aspects of the holiday you mention. We are pleased you had a wonderful holiday.


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  • Enjoy superb dining in the renowned Krishparnan restaurant
  • Indulge yourself in Dwarika's Aururvedic spa and pool

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Dwarika’s though is so much more than a living museum. Large, luxurious rooms come complete with every comfort and the hotel has a library, fitness centre, Ayurvedic spa and free Wi-Fi throughout. Outside, it has a delightful courtyard and an enticing swimming pool that offers a haven from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. Dwarika’s has several bars and dining options including the renowned Krishparnan restaurant. Here you can enjoy a true feast of traditional Newari cuisine made from the finest and freshest ingredients.


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  • 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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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.


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  • 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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Koshi Tappu, Nepal

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  • 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.

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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.


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  • Relax in luxuriously furnished accommodation with stunning Himalayan views
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the top of the range spa
  • Take a dip in the refreshing infinity pool
  • Enjoy locally sourced organic food at the resort's restaurant

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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 boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.
  • Stay in luxurious properties with first rate service and facilities
  • Enjoy fine dining and indulgent rooms

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge - Extension
  • 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

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. The excursion includes hotel transfers, a celebratory glass of bubbly and a certificate signed by your captain after you land.


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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