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What’s included

  • Comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option

Nepal & Bhutan Explorer

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Bhutan, Nepal | Tour

Nepal & Bhutan Explorer

Duration:  14 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £3,590,
Land only from £2,795

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Uncover the cultural and scenic highlights of these two extraordinary Himalayan nations.

Highlights

  • Explore the artistic and cultural heritage of ancient Kathmandu
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Himalayan giants
  • Visit all the key cultural sights in western Bhutan, including iconic Taktsang Monastery
  • Experience traditional Nepalese village life in Bandipur
  • Enjoy time in scenic Pokhara with a boat ride on the lake
  • Stay at comfortable hotels throughout

Reviews          

What we enjoyed was the amazing scenery combined with the happy friendly people of Nepal and Bhutan. Our guides were excellent, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and punctual.
Mr & Mrs M, Oxfordshire

A real Himalayan extravaganza
Jude Limburn Turner, Mountain Kingdoms Product & Design

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Our two-part holiday starts in laid back Nepal. The country has a chaotic charm which has made it a favourite with travellers and trekkers alike since the hippy era while its wonderful mountains, vibrant culture and friendly people mean that for many people that ‘once in a lifetime visit’ has proved to be just the first of many. Bhutan has a quieter attraction but its unspoilt mountain scenery, living Buddhist culture and the wonderful architecture of its fabulous ‘dzongs’ have made it popular with our clients.

Highlights in Nepal include a visit to Bandipur, Kathmandu and Pokhara, we also visit Dhulikhel before flying east, past Everest, to Bhutan. In Bhutan we explore the most important monasteries including Taktsang - the famous ‘Tiger’s Nest’ and the beautiful monastery/fortress of Punakha, scenically situated at the confluence of two rivers. This really is a trip of two halves!


At a glance

Duration:  14 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,236ft, Taktsang Monatery, Day 12

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
(This itinerary is for our 2017 departures. A detailed itinerary for our 2018 departures can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu.
3
Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
4-5
Drive to Pokhara via Bandipur. Boat ride on Phewa Tal lake.
6
Sightseeing around Pokhara.
7
Fly to Kathmandu. Drive to Dhulikhel.
8
Fly to Paro, Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu.
9
Sightseeing in Thimphu.
10
Visit Punakha Dzong. Walk to Chimi Lakhang. Return to Thimphu.
11
Sightseeing in Paro Valley.
12
Visit Taktsang Monastery. Afternoon sightseeing in Paro Valley.
13-14
Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Nepal
Local Leader, Nepal

Whether it's a cultural tour, gentle walking holiday or strenuous trek, our holidays in Nepal are led by professionally-trained English speaking leaders. They have an intimate and expert knowledge of the history, culture and nature of Nepal.

They will be sure to provide you an unforgettable experience in their wonderful country of Nepal. 

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 - Depart London.

    Fly overnight from London to Kathmandu.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Kathmandu
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu.

    On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to the Shangri-La Hotel.

    Kathmandu is a wonderful mixture of the ancient alongside the modern - crowded bazaars still throng with colourful local people today as they have for hundreds of years while roads are crowded with cars, roaring motorbikes and buses belching out black smoke; ancient temples and crumbling shrines sit alongside modern offices, picturesque palaces slowly sag into dereliction while Buddhist stupas gaze over the bustling scene with their all seeing eyes. Meanwhile, in the tourist hub of Thamel you will find restaurants and bars, shops and internet cafés. Although this is a crowded, noisy and polluted city, it is also fascinating, friendly and vibrant.

    Tonight, you may choose to eat at the hotel or you could head off into Thamel to one of the famous restaurants there such as Rum Doodle Restaurant, a place frequented by trekkers and climbers alike, with pride of place given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    Today you will have a full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.

    In the morning you will visit Swayambhunath, also known as 'The Monkey Temple'. This fascinating temple is perched on a hilltop to the west of the city and is a site of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. You'll then get an introduction to Thamel, a tourist hub and a great place to pick up some souvenirs or to enjoy a cup of tea and some people watching!

    Later you will visit Patan, another of the historic cities of the Kathmandu Valley built by the Malla kings, an ancient royal dynasty of Nepal. Here there is a very fine Durbar square with temples and palaces. Patan has long been a centre for Newari craftsmen who are superbly skilled in woodcarving and working in bronze. A visit to the excellent museum in Patan will introduce you to many fine works by Newari artists and craftsmen, especially famed for producing fine bronze statuary by the lost wax method.

    Later you will travel to Boudhanath where you will visit the ancient Buddhist stupa. Here pilgrims from all over the Indian subcontinent circle the stupa clockwise, turning prayer wheels as they pass. If you are there just before sunset, a pleasant way to end the day is watching the sun go down over the stupa from the rooftop terrace of a café, while sipping a cold beer.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  4. Day 4 - Drive to Bandipur.

    Today you will drive to the historic village of Bandipur, situated on a ridge in the Mahabharat range of hills, west of Kathmandu and south of the Annapurna range of mountains. Once a thriving Newari town on the trade route to India, Bandipur was left stranded when the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road was built far below in the valley. Nowadays Bandipur has found a new lease of life and is proud of its environmental credentials being twinned with Hydra, a Greek island, as well as a national park in Italy. The village has been carefully restored and pedestrianised, but at the same time a traditional lifestyle still continues. The locals are happy to see visitors, particularly because the village has benefited so much from visitors appreciating this careful restoration. There are just a few places to stay and money from tourism ventures is ploughed back into restoring the various temples and traditional houses in the town. The village commands panoramic views of the Himalaya and on a clear day, from the village, you can see the whole Annapurna range, as well as peaks in Langtang to the east and Dhaulagiri in the west. It is a place where it is a pleasure to watch daily village life going on around you.

    There are many easy and pretty village walks starting from your hotel in Bandipur bazaar. You could visit Siddha Cave (30 minutes) or hike to Ramkot village (2 hours), take a nature walk in the mixed Sal forest at Raniban east of the bazaar, or walk to Purano Kot, originally a fort, 20 minutes/500m west of the bazaar. There is a small temple containing some old statues and next to it a newly built temple. Local people believe that praying here during a drought to the god Mahadev will bring rain.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Gaun Ghar Hotel or Similar, Bandipur
  5. Day 5 - Drive to Pokhara. Sightseeing and boat ride on Phewa Tal lake.

    Today you will drive to Pokhara, a journey of about three hours. You drive down from Bandipur village into the valley of the Marsyangdi River and then follow the main Kathmandu-Pokhara highway westwards through a lovely pastoral countryside of paddy fields and small villages. Arriving in Pokhara you will check into your hotel.

    Pokhara is Nepal's second city and has the most lovely location on the banks of Lake Phewa Tal with the most amazing views north of the mountains of the Annapurna range. Alongwith the rather brash lakeside area there are many hotel, internet cafes, bars and restaurants and countless shops and road side stalls for souvenir shopping.

    In the afternoon you will leave this razzmatazz to take a boat ride on the lake where you will see local people going about their daily lives, fishing and bringing their animals down to the water's edge to drink or wallow. It is a very relaxing boat ride and gives you excellent views of the mountains and the surrounding countryside and the opportunity to stop off at a small temple set on an island, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Barahi and a famous religious and pilgrimage site.

    In the evening you will be able to choose from a wide selection of restaurants to take dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Village Hotel, Pokhara or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Sightseeing and time at leisure in Pokhara.
    nepal and bhutan explorer phewa tal lake pokhara d long.

    It is well worth getting up early to see sunrise on the mountains, as the moment when the first flush of pink colours the peaks the view is truly stunning; you might ask the hotel reception to arrange an early morning call for you, so that you do not miss it.

    Then you will have the day for sightseeing and relaxation in Pokhara. In the morning you will visit Pokhara museum as well as Devis Falls. Devis Falls is an interesting geological feature - take a look at the precipitous gorge and strange rock formations - there may not be any water flowing over the falls at all times of the year but this still makes an interesting visit. You could then continue across the road to the nearby Devis Falls Tibetan Settlement where you can see carpets being woven and the older ladies spinning and dyeing the wool for the carpets. Handicrafts are also for sale here and there are opportunities for some serious souvenir shopping.

    You will have the afternoon free for relaxation or further exploration.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Village Hotel, Pokhara or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Fly to Kathmandu. Drive to Dhulikhel, afternoon at leisure.

    After breakfast you will transfer to Pokhara airport to fly to Kathmandu, a flight of about 45 minutes. In Kathmandu you will be met and you will drive out to the small town of Dhulikhel, located some 30 kms east of Kathmandu on the Kodari Highway, the road leading to the Tibetan border. Dhulikhel is set on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an altitude of 1,676m/5,500 ft and is famous for its fine mountain views. Your hotel, the Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, is a pleasant hotel set in lovely gardens and enjoying excellent views.

    You will have the afternoon in Dhulikel. You might choose to relax in the gardens of the hotel with a cold beer or there are some pleasant walks in the countryside to visit some pretty villages nearby. Your guide will be able to make some suggestions. Alternatively you could walk up to the nearby ridge top for the fine views and later for a stunning sunset over the Himalaya - if the weather is clear you get views from Everest far away in the east as far as Annapurna far to the west.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Dhulikhel Mountain Resort, Dhulikhel
  8. Day 8 - Fly to Paro, Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu.

    You will transfer to Kathmandu 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 will drive to Thimphu (1½-2 hours). There should be time for some sightseeing in Thimphu depending on the flight schedule.

    Thimphu has an attractive valley location and is relatively small for a capital city but has grown greatly in recent years. There are many places of interest to visit there. Initially you might like to drive up to see the giant Buddha figure and enjoy the views over the town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  9. Day 9 - Sightseeing in Thimphu.

    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 handicrafts especially if you are looking to buy national dress. It is interesting to visit the handmade paper workshop to see paper being made. Some nice items made from handmade paper are for sale there. You could also visit the Post Office to buy some of Bhutan's very attractive stamps. They also have good t-shirts on sale there.

    Later 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 Ghompa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the Ghompa 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  10. Day 10 - Drive to Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong and walk to Chimi Lakhang.
    nepal and bhutan explorer thimphu dzong baylis.

    After breakfast you will drive east to Punakha about a 3 hour drive. Leaving 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. This is a very atmospheric spot even on misty days. You then drive down through varied forest into the lush Punakha Valley.

    In Punakha you will visit the fabulous Punakha Dzong, one of the most spectacular and important dzongs in the kingdom. The dzong 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 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.

    You will also 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. Chimi Lakhang is especially popular with women who come here to pray for children. The lakhang is reached by a short walk across the paddy fields and this short excursion takes about 45 minutes each way. Afte the walk you will return to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  11. Day 11 - Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

    Today you will drive to Paro and spend the afternoon sightseeing in the Paro valley. Firstly you could drive up the valley to Drukyel Dzong, the impressive ruins of a fortress and monastery which burnt down in the last century. On a clear day you get views of Mount Chomolhari from here. Returning towards Paro you visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lakhang, 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. Back in town you may see some of the treasures from Bhutan's National Museum. The museum itself was closed, following the earthquake in 2011 but many of the artefacts and displays were temporarily housed in a nearby building. Hopefully the main building will soon be open again. The nearby spectacular Paro Dzong is also worth a visit, as is the typical cantilever bridge below the dzong.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Visit Taktsang Monastery, 3,120m/10,236ft. Afternoon sightseeing in Paro Valley.
    nepal and bhutan explorer paro dzong n sloman.

    Today you will walk up to the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang Monastery - a fitting climax to your visit to Bhutan. 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 upwards. Even if you are not going as far as the actual monastery it is worth climbing a further half hour to some prayer flags and a viewpoint directly across from the monastery. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress you will not be able to enter the monastery but if this is allowed 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 steeply back up again to reach the monastery gate - Taktsang was built to be isolated! You return down the same way to where your vehicle will be waiting. The full walk to the monastery and back involves approximately 740m/2,440ft of ascent and takes about four hours.

    In the afternoon you may complete any sightseeing you did not do yesterday or you may relax at your hotel. Perhaps take a hot stone bath - a revitalising Bhutanese tradition!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    You will transfer to the airport where you will say goodbye to your Bhutanese guide and driver. You will then fly to Kathmandu with a further opportunity to see the peaks of the high Himalaya including Everest and Kangchenjunga (if conditions are clear). You will then drive to the Hotel Shangri La and have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  14. Day 14 - Fly to London.

    You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to London.

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What’s included

  • Comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals elsewhere
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


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Nepal and Bhutan - amazing scenery          

What we enjoyed was the amazing scenery combined with the happy friendly people of Nepal and Bhutan. Our guides were excellent, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and punctual.

Himalayan extravaganza          

A real Himalayan extravaganza.


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
  • 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
  • 8203;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 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 - 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.


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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