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What’s included

  • A Bhutanese leader
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Shangri La Hotel in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All walks and sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Bhutan visa clearance
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

Thunder Dragon Trails Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Thunder Dragon Trails
Gentle

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

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle

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The perfect short holiday to Bhutan mixing easy half-day walks with visits to the best-known cultural highlights.

Highlights

  • Tiger's Nest, Punakha Dzong and the King's Memorial Chorten - Bhutan's foremost sights
  • Easy-paced walks on gentle trails
  • Experience one of Bhutan's great festivals on our April and September departures
  • Stay in comfortable, quality hotels in Bhutan and Kathmandu

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The pre trip information and advice was excellent and very comprehensive. MK staff were very helpful and answered all our queries. The arrangements worked flawlessly and the people who met us for transfers to and from our flights were most helpful and efficient.
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Based on our highly successful Gentle Walking holiday in Bhutan, Thunder Dragon Trails offers the same great combination of walking and sightseeing, but in a shorter holiday. This is no whistle-stop tour however, as we spend a minimum of two nights in each of the principle towns of western Bhutan and have plenty of time to explore both the delightful countryside and the major cultural sights.

From Paro we’ll make the walk to visit the atmospheric Tiger’s Nest monastery, whilst in the capital, Thimphu, we’ll see the pilgrims circumnavigating the King’s Memorial Chorten and discover the curious takin, the national animal. Crossing the 3,200m/10,500ft Dochu La road pass we enter the lush Punakha Valley to walk to the Divine Madman’s temple and visit the beautiful dzong — widely regarded as the country’s finest.

Our spring departure visits the Paro Tsechu and our autumn departure visits the Thimphu Tsechu – one of Bhutan’s most significant festivals.


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Max. Altitude: 3,150m/10,344ft, Dochu La, Day 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels

Festival:

March 2018 departure attends the Paro Tsechu.

September 2018 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu.

Meal arrangements: All meals included except lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-3
(This is the itinerary for our September 2017 departure. Download detailed itineraries for other departures which may vary). Arrive Kathmandu. Fly to Paro in Bhutan.
4-5
Sightseeing in the Paro Valley. Walk to Taktsang Monastery. Drive to Thimphu.
6
Attend Thimphu Festival (tsechu). In the afternoon walk to Wangditse Monastery.
7
Drive to Punakha. Visit the Divine Madman’s Temple. Visit Talo and Nobgang villages.
8
Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. Continue down the river valley To Punakha Dzong.
9
Drive to the Dochu La Pass. Walk to Trashigang and Hongtsho. Drive to Paro.
10-11
Fly to Kathmandu. Day at leisure.
12
Transfer to the airport and 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

    Depart London for the overnight flight to Kathmandu via either Delhi or the Gulf states.

    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. This is a comfortable hotel situated north of the main tourist hub of Thamel. It has a garden with swimming pool and a very pleasant restaurant and coffee shop. The bustle of Thamel with all its restaurants, shops and bars is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride away

    Tonight you might 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, where pride of place is given to a board with the signatures of many Everest summiteers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu or Similar
  3. Day 3 - Transfer to fly to Paro.
    thunder dragon trails view of everest on paro flight baylis.

    Transfer to the airport for the short flight 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.

    On arrival in Paro you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting you will have a sightseeing tour of the Paro valley to introduce you to Bhutan.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Sightseeing in Paro Valley.

    You will have various choices for sightseeing today. You could drive up to visit the ruins of Drukyel Dzong, visit Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most picturesque of the valley's temples or visit Paro Dzong or the museum situated in the watchtower above the Dzong. The watchtower was damaged in the earthquake of 2011 and until it is restored the museum will be housed in a building nearby.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Walk to Taktsang Monastery. Drive to Thimphu.
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    Today, you will make the trip on foot to visit the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang monastery, one of the iconic sites of 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 Taktsang, and those who prefer not to climb any further can relax here whilst others continue on. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the monastery but the further half an hour's ascent is well worth it, as it brings you to another viewpoint directly across from Taktsang. If you are able to make a visit, the final section of the walk takes you from here steeply down 100m/330ft into the gorge that separates you from the monastery and then climbs back up again to reach the monastery gate.

    This afternoon you will drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, a drive of about 1½-2 hours. Time permitting you will do some sightseeing in Thimphu. There are many places of interest to visit, including the Tashishoddzong (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. The handmade paper workshop is a very interesting visit to see the paper being made. Some nice items made from handmade paper are also 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  6. Day 6 - Attend Thimphu Tsechu. In the afternoon walk to Wangditse Monastery.

    This morning you will attend the Thimphu Tsechu one of Bhutan's most important festivals. Tsechus in Bhutan are primarily religious festivals 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 remotest villages of the surrounding district. These colourful festivals of music and ceremonial dance are staged in honour of Guru Rinpoche and commemorate his great deeds, all believed to have taken place on the tenth day of the month - the meaning of the word, Tsechu. The Thimphu Tsechu features spectacular dances by lavishly costumed monks and laymen, some in terrifying masks.

    This afternoon 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 Ghoempa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the Ghoempa 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.

    If time 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. This very rare animal is found exclusively in Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Northern Burma and parts of China and is possibly one of the most quirky and strangest looking animals you will ever see.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu
  7. Day 7 - Drive to Punakha. Visit the Divine Madman’s Temple. Drive to Talo and Nobgang.

    Today you drive out of the Thimphu Valley and over the Dochu La pass at 3,109m/10,200ft marked by 108 chortens. There are fabulous views of the Eastern Himalaya from here on clear days but this is a beautiful spot even on misty days. You then drive down through fine forest into the lush Punakha Valley.

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

    Later you drive up to the charming village of Talo, 2,800 m. This village is well known for its cleanliness and tidiness. First you will drive up to its fine gompa built above the village and worth a visit for the spectacular views. After visiting the gompa you may walk down through the village and see traditional village life going on. The beautiful farm houses of the village have their own flower gardens where corn and vegetables are grown in abundance. You come out back onto the road and may then either walk down through woods and fields, or drive down to the village of Nobgang the birthplace of four girls who in 1979 married King Jigme Singye Wangchuck to become his four queens. After the kings abdication they became Bhutan's Queen Mothers. The Nobgang gompas are 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
  8. Day 8 - Walk to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and walk down the river valley To Punakha Dzong.
    thunder dragon trails punakha dzong skb.

    Today you will do a lovely walk in the lush almost sub-tropical Punakha Valley. You drive for 20 minutes up the valley and start your walk at a pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses 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.

    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 extend your walk southwards down the valley for a further hour or so to reach the large settlement of Khuruthang and then on to your hotel or meet up with your transport for the drive back to the hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zhingkham Resort or Damchen Resort or Similar, Punakha
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Dochu La. Walk to Trashigang/Hongtsho – 4 hours. Drive Paro.

    From your hotel you drive up through dense forest to reach again the Dochu La Pass, 3,109m/10,200ft. From Dochu La you will take a lovely walk of about 4 hours from the pass to rejoin your transport further down along the road to Thimphu. This is a pleasant trail which takes you up the ridge in rhododendron forest to Lungchezekha Gompa, from where there are further fantastic mountain views. Your trail then descends in beautiful mixed forest, passing Tashigang Gompa to emerge at the road at Hongthso, where you will meet your transport. You then drive to Paro.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Olathang Hotel, Paro or Similar
  10. Day 10 - Fly to Kathmandu.

    After breakfast you will transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Here you will be met and taken to your hotel. This afternoon will be at leisure.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  11. Day 11 - At leisure in Kathmandu.
    thunder dragon trails kathmandu sightseeing boudhanath js.

    Today you will have time at leisure in Kathmandu. You might choose to visit Patan to view its Durbar Square and some of the many nearby palaces and temples. The museum is also well worth a visit and you could take lunch in the restaurant attached to it.

    You might also visit the important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath on the banks of the Bagmati River. It is a real experience to go there first thing in the morning when local people visit the temple with offerings for Lord Shiva. Nearby, Boudhanath with its ancient Buddhist stupa and crowds of circumambulating pilgrims is just a 15 minute taxi ride away and is also well worth a visit. It is nice to visit there just before sunset and watch the sun set over the stupa while sipping a cold beer on the rooftop terrace of a café; a fitting way to bid goodbye to Nepal. You can easily get a taxi there and back.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Shangri La Hotel, Kathmandu
  12. Day 12 - Fly Kathmandu to London.

    Today you transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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What’s included

  • A Bhutanese leader
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and hotel/airport transfers
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Shangri La Hotel in Kathmandu, bed & breakfast on twin-share basis
  • In Bhutan, good standard hotel accommodation in main towns and best available hotels in outlying towns, on full board, twin-share basis.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All walks and sightseeing where specified
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Bhutan visa clearance
  • The opportunity to attend a pre trip meet 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 3 reviews)

Thunder Dragon Trails - Helpful staff          

The pre-trip information and advice was excellent and very comprehensive. MK staff were very helpful and answered all our queries. The arrangements worked flawlessly and the people who met us for transfers to and from our flights were most helpful and efficient.

Good itinerary Bhutan          

A shorter version of our popular Gentle Walking Bhutan, perfect if you are short on time or want to combine your holiday with another destination.

Remarkable holiday in Bhutan          

A very special 'thank you' must be extended to our guide and driver. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the range of aspects and adapted the itinerary to our personal wishes and abilities. His English was excellent and at times we had to remember he was Bhutanese. He certainly went out of his way to show us places that might easily have been missed or not strictly on the itinerary. Altogether, a most remarkable and special holiday. Thank you.


Extend your holiday

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel

Dwarika’s Hotel & Dwarika’s Dhulikhel
  • 5* Dwarika's heritage hotel in Kathmandu with a pool
  • Stylish Dwarika's Dhulikhel resort with panoramic mountain views
  • Relax in style with Ayruvedic Spa facilities and beautiful pools
  • First rate dining and luxurious rooms

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Extend your stay in Kathmandu at either of Dwarika's indulgent properties: a 5* heritage property offering a tranquil haven in central Kathmandu or a mountain retreat above the pretty town of Dhulikhel.

Both offer wonderfully spacious rooms with many touches of luxury together with Ayurvedic spa facilities and enticing outdoor pools. Dhulikhel's resort also offers a Himalayan salt room, a meditation room and a Chakra sound therapy centre - the ultimate in relaxation.

With produce grown on their own organic farm, Dwarika's has a reputation for serving superb food using the finest, local ingredients. The Krishparnan Restaurant at their hotel is considered one of the finest in Kathmandu and offers a true feast of Newari cuisine.


Bumdra Trek Bhutan

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

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


The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal
  • Spend two or more tranquil nights in rural Pokhara
  • Sample the organic and locally sourced Nepali cuisine
  • Idyllic setting with mountain views
  • The resorts offers a swimming pool, spa and gym
  • Eco-friendly

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We are delighted to offer this new luxury stay in a rural location just outside Pokhara.  We are sure this is set to become a favourite with our clients.

The Pavilions Himalayas is a luxury resort set in beautiful farmland amid paddy fields in a tranquil rural location approximately 5km outside Pokhara. There are dramatic mountain views from the resort as well as Pokhara’s famous Peace Pagoda seen on top of a nearby ridge.

The beautiful rooms are set in individual villas and are large and comfortable, all having whirlpool baths, separate rain shower cubicles, enormous beds and offering wonderful hand made soaps and shampoos made with herbs from their garden.

All facilities at the resort are top of the range and include a lovely swimming pool and spa.  From the resort it is just a short drive to explore Pokhara or there are pleasant walks from the hotel or you can just chill at the resort, have a massage and enjoy the facilities.


Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • Visit the ancient cities of Bhaktapur, Patan, Kathmandu and Timi with their stunning art and architecture
  • Observe traditional crafts such as pottery, woodcarving and thangka painting
  • Choose from a selection of full and half day guided tours
  • Travel in a private car with a driver and an English-speaking guide

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The Kathmandu Valley has a long and rich history and a vibrant culture and there is much that is worthwhile to see there - crowded bazaars, ancient temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines and picturesque palaces. The Malla kings who ruled in the valley created three major cities in the valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan and each of these cities has buildings that are showpieces for the art and architecture of local Newari craftsmen. We offer a selection of half day trips and full day trips to these sites the valley.


Koshi Tappu, Nepal

Koshi Tappu, Nepal
  • Koshi Tappu is home to over 500 species of birds
  • Look out for exciting wildlife like jungle cats, crocodiles and rare water buffalo
  • Explore the park by foot, raft and jeep
  • Stay in the pleasantly located Koshi Camp

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Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of the finest birdwatching and wildlife areas in all Asia. Located in south-east Nepal, the reserve covers 175 square kilometres with large expanses of open water created by the Koshi barrage, with marshes, lagoons, sandbanks and mudflats offering an outstanding wetland habitat. The reserve is home to over 500 species of birds, with the resident inhabitants being joined by large numbers of migratory species from Siberia and Tibet, which take up residence from November to February. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve provides one of the best places in Nepal to view migratory water fowl, waders and shore birds with many species seen here which are not recorded elsewhere in the region.

There is also much wildlife to be seen in Koshi Tappu including blue bull, golden jackal, Bengal fox, fishing cat, jungle cat, mongoose, civet cat, porcupine, Indian flying foxes and rare Gangetic dolphins as well as rare Marsh Mugger crocodiles.  In addition, Koshi Tappu is the last habitat of the endangered Arna, a type of wild water buffalo.

During your visit you will explore the park with bird and animal spotting from a raft trip on the Koshi River, birdwatching walks, jungle walks and jeep trips. You will also have the opportunity to visit a family in one of the very interesting nearby local villages for a taste of rural Nepalese life. The Koshi Camp offers simple but comfortable accommodation and an expert staff of naturalists and birdwatchers to give you a comprehensive introduction to this wonderful area.


Bhutan Hotel Upgrades
  • Upgrade your accommodation for your trip in Bhutan.
  • Choose from boutique and spa hotels in various destinations.
  • Stay in luxurious properties with first rate service and facilities
  • Enjoy fine dining and indulgent rooms

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Bardia National Park - extension

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

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


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