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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • 5* Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-share, bed and breakfast basis
  • A high standard of accommodation throughout Bhutan on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Bhutan visa and Bhutan departure tax
  • All internal flights and dometic...

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Paro, Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

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  • Duration: 12 days from the UK
  • Walks on: 4 or 5 days

Flight inclusive from £4375, Land only from £3525

Attend a flamboyant festival on this perfect short holiday to Bhutan mixing easy half-day walks with indulgent accommodation and visits to the best-known cultural highlights.


  • Tiger's Nest, Punakha Dzong and the King's Memorial Chorten - Bhutan's foremost sights
  • Easy-paced walks on gentle trails
  • Join the festivities at an flamboyant Bhutanese Festival
  • Stay in first class accommodation throughout


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. A very special 'thank you' must be extended to our guide and driver. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the range of aspects and...

Mr G, Devon


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. A very special 'thank you' must be extended to our guide and driver. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the range of aspects and...

Mr G


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.

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Originally based on our highly popular Gentle Walking holiday in Bhutan this trip offers the same great combination of walking and sightseeing but in a shorter itinerary of just 12 days. Now, as an added enticement, accommodation for this itinerary has been upgraded to offer a more luxurious standard of accommodation throughout, including a stay at a 5 star hotel in Kathmandu.

A visit to Bhutan is a truly unique experience. Bhutan was never colonized and the Bhutanese are very proud of their independence and their country - of their own unique Buddhist culture and social traditions and of their own distinctive building style, seen in the magnificent fortified dzongs, monasteries and attractive farmhouses.

You start your visit to Bhutan with time in the Paro Valley to visit the amazing Paro Dzong and then travel on to the capital Thimphu to see some of its many attractions before travelling on to Punakha with its fabulous dzong. Driving back to Paro you will walk up to iconic Taktsang Monastery, the ‘Tigers Nest’ of Bhutanese legend, which clings improbably to a cliff high above the valley. On both departures you will also attend one of Bhutan's most impressive and significant festivals - the Paro Tsechu in April and the Thimphu Tsechu in September.

This trip offers the best of all worlds, walks in lovely countryside, a fabulous festival, some amazing sightseeing and indulgent accommodation.

At a glance



Duration: 12 days from the UK

Walks on: 4 or 5 days

Max. Altitude: 3,150m/10,355ft, Dochu La, Days 6 & 8

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels


The autumn departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu

Meal arrangements: All meals included in Bhutan. Breakfast only Kathmandu. 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 7 dinners.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-4 (This is the itinerary for our autumn departures. Detailed itineraries for all departures can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu. Fly to Paro. Sightseeing and then drive to Thimphu.
5 Attend Thimphu Tsechu.
6 Walk to Wangditse Monastery and sightseeing. Drive to Punakha with Chimi Lakhang visit.
7 Drive to Talo village and walk to Nobgang. Punakha Valley walk and visit dzong.
8 Drive to Dochu La and walk to Tashingang/Hongtscho. Drive to Paro.
9 Walk to Taktsang Monastery.
10-12 Fly to Kathmandu. At leisure. Fly to London.
Leader: 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.

Local leader, Bhutan

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly London to Kathmandu

Depart London on your overnight flight to Kathmandu.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu. Group transfer to hotel.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to Dwarika's Hotel. This is a wonderful hotel and a great favourite with our clients. It is built in Nepalese palace style and features many architectural relics rescued from palaces and temples in the valley as well as Nepalese furniture, carvings and statues. The hotel has a pleasant courtyard garden with swimming pool and bar and also has several good restaurants. The Toran Restaurant serves very good continental, Indian and Nepalese food while the renowned Krishnarpan Restaurant has a reputation for offering the very best of classical Newari cuisine in delightful traditional surroundings. This hotel is a lovely place to relax after you long flight.

Overnight icon Overnight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Day 3 - Transfer to fly to Paro in Bhutan, 2,200m/7,218ft.

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.

You will stay at the Hotel Zhiwaling, a lovely hotel set in a peaceful location not far from Paro in beautiful gardens. The hotel combines traditional Bhutanese architecture with top of the range facilities, including a spa. You may have time for some sightseeing in Paro depending on your flight schedule.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Zhiwaling Or Similar, Paro

Day 4 - Sightseeing in Paro and drive to Thimphu, 2,334m/7,657ft - 1½-2 hours.

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

In the morning you will visit the impressive dzong and you may also see some of the treasures housed in Bhutan's National Museum, the Ta Dzong. This 17th century, circular watchtower has recently undergone significant restoration. Displays include depictions of a wide range of Bhutan's history and culture and an impressive collection of ancient thangkas featuring Bhutan's important saints and teachers. You will also find some fearsome festival masks, a collection of religious statues, some early stone carvings and the original iron links from the nearby Tamchhog Bridge.

Later you will visit the temple of Kyichu Lakhang, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Bhutan. According to tradition the temple is said to have been built in the 7th century, one of 108 temples built by the famous Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, to pin down an enormous demon that was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism in the region.

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

Overnight icon Overnight: Druk Hotel Or Similar, Thimphu

Day 5 - Attend Thimphu Tsechu and sightseeing in Thimphu.

This morning you will attend the Thimphu Tsechu. This is one of the most important set-piece festivals of the year and is massively impressive. It is held in the inner courtyards of the main monastery fortress, the Tashishhodzong. Such festivals are important cultural and religious events and are also a chance for the local people to attain merit, but as importantly to socialise and have fun. Beware the very naughty clowns who spend a lot of their time teasing the crowd (and the dancers). The Black Hat Dancers and all the other colourful ceremonies are thought to dispel the evil spirits that have accumulated over the ground during the previous year. Archery is also important to the Bhutanese and if there is a competition going on you may have the opportunity to visit. These are great fun as the opposing teams take every opportunity to barrack each other.

In the afternoon you will have time to see some of Thimpu's sights. You may visit 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. The handmade paper workshop is a very interesting visit to see the paper being made. 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 often have good tshirts available to buy there. You might also just walk along the main street in town and watch local life go by.

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

Overnight icon Overnight: Druk Hotel Or Similar, Thimphu

Day 6 - Walk to Wangditse Monastery. Drive to Punakha, 1,242m/4,075ft, via the Divine Madman's Temple.

This morning you will drive up to Sangaygang next to the Bhutan First Broadcasting Service tower, located in the North West of Thimphu. It is only about a mile drive up to the tower so if you feel like you would like to burn a bit more energy you can always walk up instead. From the tower you will have great views over Thimphu Dzong and the Thimphu valley as you start your walk contouring the beautiful hills to visit Wangditse Gompa. This walk should take around 1.5 hours. You will have time to visit the gompa before you walk down for another 30 minutes to reach Dechen Phodrang Monastery. This monastery houses around 450 student monks enrolled in a 8 year course and is also home to some fantastic UNESCO monitored 12th century paintings. You will then meet your vehicle and be driven back to Thimphu.

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

Before driving to your hotel you will visit Chimi Lakhang, a temple built by Drukpa Kunley. Known as the 'The Divine Madman', Drukpa Kunley was a 15th Century Bhutanese Lama and is Bhutan's most popular Saint and one of the most important figures in Bhutanese folklore. Despite the apparent conservatism of the Bhutanese people, Drukpa Kunley with his unconventional views on sex is a great favourite throughout the country - the phallus symbols painted on the outside walls of many houses date back to his teachings. Chimi Lakhang is especially popular with women who come here to make offerings and to pray for children. This charming lakhang is reached by a short walk across the paddy fields and the short excursion takes about 45 minutes each way.

Overnight icon Overnight: Dhensa Boutique Resort Or Similar, Punakha

Day 7 - Visit Talo Village and walk down to Nobgang. Afternoon valley walk from Khansum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten to Punakha Dzong.

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

Later you will do a lovely walk in the Punakha Valley. From your hotel you drive further up the valley and start your walk at a pedestrian suspension bridge crossing the Mo Chu River. You then follow up through paddy fields to the base of the hill where Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten is sited. The climb to the top is then quite steep, but takes only 45 minutes or so. This chorten was consecrated in December 1999 and contains sacred relics donated from Punakha Dzong. Leaving the grounds of the chorten via a different gate you descend to join a contouring path which ultimately leads you to the small village of Yabesa and you then follow the Mo Chu downstream past Sonagasha, the King's Palace and on to Punakha Dzong. This walk can be shortened if time is tight, or, if you do not want to walk the whole way to the Dzong, you can return the way you came or walk halfway. We suggest you discuss this with your guide on the day.

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

Overnight icon Overnight: Dhensa Boutique Resort Or Similar, Punakha

Day 8 - 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 towards Paro. 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 icon Overnight: Hotel Zhiwaling Or Similar, Paro

Day 9 - Walk to Taktsang Monastery. Sightseeing in the Paro Valley.

Today, you will make the trip on foot to visit the famous Tiger's Nest, Taktsang monastery, one of the iconic sites of Bhutan and a fitting climax to your trip.

Taktsang 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. 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 in any case 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. You descend the same way. The whole excursion takes about 4 hours.

Later you will have time to explore further the Paro valley. You might drive up the valley to visit the ruined monastery fortress of Drukgyel Dzong. Drukgyel Dzong was built in 1649, during the time that Bhutan was resisting foreign invasion and consolidating its power, and it was an important base for defence of the region right up until 1951 when it was destroyed by fire. Some imposing stone walls and rammed earth ramparts still remain to indicate what an impressive structure it must have been. From here there are good views to the north and if the skies are clear you can see Mount Chomolhari, the second highest peak in Bhutan. If you didn't visit the Paro Museum on day 4, you should have time today.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Zhiwaling Or Similar, Paro

Day 10 - Fly to Kathmandu.

After breakfast you will transfer to Paro airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. Here you will be met and taken to Dwarika's hotel. The afternoon will be at leisure.

Overnight icon Overnight: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Day 11 - At leisure in Kathmandu. Group transfer to airport and depart for London.

You will have time at leisure in Kathmandu today when you may choose do some sightseeing, shopping or simply relax by the pool at your delightful hotel. Later, you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to London.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 12 - Arrive London.


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What’s included

  • An English-speaking Bhutanese leader
  • 5* Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-share, bed and breakfast basis
  • A high standard of accommodation throughout Bhutan on full board, twin-share basis.
  • Bhutan visa and Bhutan departure tax
  • All internal flights and dometic airport transfers
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All walks and sightseeing where specified
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meet in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

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

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Remarkable holiday in Bhutan          

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. 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.

Mountain Kingdoms' comment: Please note - this review was given on return from our non-in-style Thunder Dragon Trails itinerary.

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.

Mountain Kingdoms' comment: Please note - this review was given on return from our non-in-style Thunder Dragon Trails itinerary.

Extend your holiday

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!

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.

Shivapuri Heights Cottage extension

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.

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.

Bumthang Extension

Bumthang Extension
  • 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.

Tibet Extension

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.

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.

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal

Kathmandu Valley sightseeing, Nepal
  • 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.

The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

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.

Bumdra Trek Extension, Bhutan

Bumdra Trek Extension, Bhutan
  • A two-day trek that can be added to the end of your holiday in Bhutan
  • Camp beneath Bumdra Monastery in a beautiful, scenic spot
  • Enjoy views of the High Himalayan mountains
  • Trek to Taktsang Monastery on a path that few others take
  • Full service camping experience experience with porterage
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If you would like to experience a night under canvas in the mountains of Bhutan this short, two-day trek is the perfect opportunity. Setting out from the Paro Valley you walk up 900m to a beautiful, scenic spot by Bumdra Monastery with wonderful views across the high Himalaya. Here you camp for the night before a leisurely descent the following morning to reach iconic Takstsang Monastery - enjoying a vantage point that very few others get to see.

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan
  • Three full days at Royal Manas National Park - a birder's paradise
  • Accommodation in a comfortable hotel close to the park, plus hotel nights en route
  • Accompanied by an expert wildlife guide throughout
  • Private transport, driver and all meals included
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Extend your stay in Bhutan with time at the Royal Manas National park, a wonderful birder’s paradise close to the Indian border. Our extension package gives you three full days to explore the park and surrounding area, with all meals, private transport and comfortable accommodation included. You will be accompanied throughout by an expert guide to maximise your bird and wildlife viewing.

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