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Worldwide Small Group and Tailor Made Adventure Travel

What’s included

  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and domestic airport transfers
  • Comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu all meals elsewhere (except first night in Bhaktapur)
  • One night camping with all camping...

Tiger's Nest Trek, Bhutan & Kathmandu Valley Trek, Nepal Festivals

Walking & Trekking

Kathmandu, Nepal, Paro, Bhutan | Walking & Trekking

Tiger's Nest Trek, Bhutan & Kathmandu Valley Trek, Nepal
  • Grade:
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      Gentle / Moderate

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

      Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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    Gentle / Moderate

  • Duration: 16 days from the UK
  • On trek: 5 days Walks on: 2 days
  • Private Departures Available

Flight inclusive from £4955, Land only from £3835

Discover Nepal and Bhutan’s must see sights then step off-the-beaten-track with a short, yet spectacular trek, in each kingdom.

Highlights

  • A three day trek between villages and temples along the ridgeline of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims on the trail to the sacred temple of Namo Buddha
  • An overnight camping trek in Bhutan to reach the Tiger’s Nest Temple of Taktsang
  • Time to explore the heritage towns of Bhaktapur, Dhulikel and Panauti in Nepal
  • Gentle walks in Bhutan and the cultural highlights of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu
  • All the colour and celebrations of a traditional Bhutanese festival

Reviews

Having visited Nepal and Bhutan many times I believe this trip has great variety and character and is an excellent introduction to the treasures of Nepal and Bhutan. From exploring the ancient architecture of Bhaktapur to trekking to the pilgrim temple of Namobuddha and the pretty hilltop village of Dhulikhel, there is plenty to enjoy in the Kathmandu Valley. In Bhutan there are delightful walks...

Niki Morgan, Operations Manager, Mountain Kingdoms

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Trekking over just three days along the Kathmandu Valley Rim, I witnessed a wedding ceremony, saw children playing cricket, visited remote monasteries, saw cattle in people's backyards, attended a puja to cleanse a home of bad spirits, met monks, trekked through typical terraced farmland and villages, along prayer flagged ridges, down into gorges, crossed suspension bridges and stopped each night...

Steve Berry, MD, Mountain Kingdoms (Kathmandu Valley Rim trek)

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Temples, dzongs, and mythical tiger tales are at the heart of this two week journey into the Buddhist heartlands of Nepal and Bhutan. By taking to the trail on two short treks, you’ll not only enjoy the best approach to several key cultural and religious sights, but you’ll also get to experience the superb scenery and authentic rural life of these two captivating countries.

You begin in Kathmandu, but immediately leave the hubbub of the city behind and head instead to the quieter medieval towns, terraced fields and traditional villages of the Kathmandu Valley. Here you spend a full day exploring one of the jewels of the valley, Bhaktapur. This once royal city with its red-brick streets, open squares and towering, pagoda-style temples is a showcase for some of the finest, and best preserved, architecture in all of Nepal. From Bhaktapur you drive to Dhulikel, poised on the high ridge above the valley, and the starting point for your scenic trek. Over the course of three days you will enjoy sweeping views of Himalayan mountains, discover villages little-changed by time and visit the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namo Buddha Stupa. Also known as the ‘den of the tigress’ it is believed to be the place where the young Buddha prince valiantly sacrificed himself to save a clutch of starving tiger cubs.

Flying on to Bhutan, you will savour some equally impressive sights. Punakha and Paro Dzongs are two of the most magnificent in the kingdom whilst colossal Buddha statues and ancient lhakhangs (temples) reflect the deep, spirituality of the Bhutanese people. You explore on foot, taking easy-paced picturesque walks that give you time to enjoy Bhutan’s lush landscapes and to get a sense of its timeless quality. You will also attend a colourful festival for the complete Bhutanese experience.

Your holiday culminates in a two day trek to reach the kingdom’s most celebrated sight, Taktsang - the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Perched high on a cliff top its location and name stems from another epic Buddhist legend involving a flying tigress, an heroic saint and several evil demons! Your trek begins in the Paro Valley where you meet your trek crew and step out on the lesser known Bumdra Trail which climbs steeply from the valley floor to reach Bumdra Monastery. From here there are breathtaking views as far as the high Himalayan peaks in the north. You will enjoy a night under canvas in this privileged spot. The following day you trek on to the Tiger’s Nest, which is gradually revealed below you, giving a rare perspective of the most iconic sight in the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.

Private Departures

Definitive cultural tour of japan matsumoto castle

Tiger's Nest Trek, Bhutan & Kathmandu Valley Trek, Nepal - Private Departures

If you would prefer to travel just with your partner, friends or family, we can arrange a private departure of this holiday. You follow the same itinerary, but travel on dates that suit you. Alternatively we can include elements of this holiday in a bespoke Tailor Made itinerary. Contact our friendly team for details and prices, and to make a booking.


At a glance

Grade:

Gentle / Moderate

Duration: 16 days from the UK

On trek: 5 days Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 3,800mm/12,467ft, Bumdra Monastery, Day 11

Private Departures Available

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Kathmandu

Accommodation types: Hotels, Camping

Festival:

Spring departure attends the Paro Tsechu

Autumn departure attends the Dechenphu Tsechu

Meal arrangements: Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu, all meals elsewhere (except dinner on day 2 in Bhaktapur). 12 x breakfasts, 10 x lunches, 10 x dinners.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 (This is the itinerary for our autumn departure. Detailed itineraries for all departures can be downloaded below). Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to Bhaktapur.
3 Tour of Bhaktapur.
4-5 Drive to Dhulikel. Trek to Namo Buddha and Balthalli Village.
6 End trek at Khopasi. Drive to Bhaktapur.
7-8 Fly to Paro in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu. Attend the Dechenphu Tsechu.
9 Walk to Wangditse Monastery and sightseeing in Thimphu.
10-11 Drive to Punakha. Valley walk. Visit Punakha Dzong return to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.
12-13 Trek to Taktsang - the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Bumdra Trek).
14-16 Fly to Kathmandu. Sightseeing. Fly to London.
Leader: 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 and will make your trip a memorable experience.

Local Leader, Nepal
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 in Bhaktapur.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Bhaktapur. This ancient city, located just nine kilometres from Kathmandu, is a real cultural gem. Bhaktapur is one of three major cities built in the Kathmandu Valley by the old Malla kings who ruled the valley hundreds of years ago. These cities, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, are repositories of traditional Nepalese architecture and local Newari craftsmanship where you will find ancient Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas, crumbling shrines, picturesque Rana palaces and crowded bazaars.

Overnight icon Overnight: Heritage Hotel, Bhaktapur

Day 3 - Tour of Bhaktapur.

Today you will explore the streets and historic buildings of Bhaktapur.

Many of the buildings in Bhaktapur have their origins in the 15th Century and the side streets, being mostly brick paved, still have a really medieval feel to them. There is still evidence of the damage caused by the devastating 2015 earthquake; restoration has been slow but this hasn't spoiled Bhaktapur's ancient charm. This is very much a lived in city, and, with much of it closed to traffic, walking around is a pleasure and you will get a feeling for how things must have been in medieval times. Bhaktapur is quieter than Kathmandu city and still has quite a rural feel. The local people are predominantly farmers and the town is famous for its home-made yoghurt, as well as for its pottery made from the local red clay - you can see this production going on in the so-called 'pottery square' and other side streets.

On your tour you will see fine palaces and temples with gilded roofs, open courtyards and elaborate windows carved in wood. The main focus for the town is the central Durbar Square where many of the finest buildings are found, including the famous Palace of 55 Windows which shows some of the best examples of elaborately carved windows and doors.

Overnight icon Overnight: Heritage Hotel, Bhaktapur

Day 4 - Drive to Dhulikel - 1 hour. Start trek at 1,557m/5105ft, trek along the ridge to Namo Buddha, 1,750m/5,830ft - 3-4 hours.

You will leave this morning by vehicle climbing out of the Kathmandu Valley passing through the town of Banepa before climbing up to the Newari hilltop town of Dhulikhel where you begin your trek. It is a delightful trail with superb mountain vistas, verdant terraced fields, and picturesque villages where local people live their traditional rural lives.

The path initially winds up from Dhulikhel on the 1,000 steps which pilgrims use to reach the Kali Temple viewpoint, 1,688m. This takes about an hour. A very fine giant statue of Shakyamuni Buddha sits gazing out at the panorama of Himalayan peaks towering above 7,000m including Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar and Melungtse. You can also see the 14th highest peak in the world, Mount Shishapangma, 8,027m, which lies inside Tibet. Continuing on, you descend through the village of Kavre to cross a road at the Kavre Bangjang Junction. You then climb again through little hamlets up another set of steps to a shrine. You may see boys playing cricket, cattle in the yards of houses, and general village life. In November 2021 we saw a wedding ceremony, watched chlidren playing on a swing, and listened to the sounds of tropical birds, barking dogs, tinkling of temple bells, and as people passed by the greeting of 'Namaste'.

You come to the very nice stupa Pasthali, next to a football pitch. Descend from here to avoid the hotel built on the col. At a junction take the upper track to arrive at the beautiful Namo Buddha Lodge. Set on a hilltop the property was built in 2006 and is a collection of individual small houses set in forests and gardens. It is very eco friendly and has a sauna, two cats and three buffaloes and serves vegetarian food. There are also grand views of the Himalya from the lodge.

Overnight icon Overnight: Namo Buddha Lodge Or Similar, Namo Buddha

Day 5 - Trek to Balthalli Village, 1,562m/5,125ft - 5 hours.

Dropping down a short way you come to a forrested ridge with big drops on either side until you descend to a rough road. from here you get your first views of Namo Buddha Monastery.

For centuries Namo Buddha has been a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site where, it is said, the reincarnated Buddha selflessly offered his body to a hungry tigress so that she could feed her cubs. Hence the name, the Tigress' Den. The stupa is believed to house the bones of the young Buddha. The stupa is accessible by road and pilgrims visit Namobuddha from all over the world to accumulate merit by making offerings and circumambulating the site. Sitting above the stupa, is the Thruangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery complex, founded in 1978 and now home to over 250 monks. Here you will find a stone depiction of the legend of the Buddha.

After visiting the impressive stupa you descend on a trail decked out with masses of prayer flags. Continue losing height through forest to reach a road high above a large river below. Turn left down the road to reach a bridge and then climb into a beautiful valley of terraced fields, scattered houses and hamlets.

Entering Lower Balthali Village you come to a village temple with an enormous metal head of a trident spear propped against its wall. Cross fields on narrow paths and don't be surprised if friendly local dogs attach themselves to your party - they may stay with you today and tomorrow! Climb again easily now for quite a long way to Upper Balthali Village. The lodge sits astride a ridge and hilltop with fabulous views. There is an open fire to sit around in the evening to swap stories.

Overnight icon Overnight: Balthalli Resort Or Similar, Balthalli Village

Day 6 - Trek to Panauti, 1,400m/4,593ft and Khopasi, 1,447m/1,474ft - 3-4 hours. Drive to Bhaktapur - 1 hour.

Your last day on trek in Nepal is a really nice one. Saying farewell to your hilltop stay, you begin with a 'short cut' down to the dirt road below. Across the other side of the valley are lovely terraced fields and hamlets. Carry on down to a village with a temple then continue down to cross a suspension bridge high above a deep gorge. Up a mostly forested hill on the other side and down to a second suspension bridge. Beyond here signs of 'civilisation' appear and before too long you enter a typical 'out-in-the-sticks', scruffy Nepalese town called Khopasi. Such a change in culture! As you leave town visit the paper factory and silk factory.

Carry on crossing fields to gain houses and Panauti town. As you reach the town proper you come to a 12th century temple with its own small museum. Here you meet your vehicle and drive to your hotel in Bhaktapur.

Overnight icon Overnight: Heritage Hotel, Bhaktapur

Day 7 - Transfer to Kathmandu Airport and fly to Paro in Bhutan. Drive to Thimphu and visit the giant statue of Buddha.

This morning you will transfer to the airport for the short flight across to Bhutan. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, and include Everest and Kangchenjunga, but particularly exciting is the approach through the Bhutanese foothills into Paro which includes a few steep turns. Although you are at the mercy of the airline seating allocation, 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. On the way you can stop to visit the 14th century Tachogang Lakhang, a beautiful spot.

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 but a good starting point is the giant Buddha figure perched high above the town which offers splendid, orientation views of Thimphu and beyond.

Overnight icon Overnight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu

Day 8 - Attend Dechenphu Tsechu.

Today you will attend a traditional Bhutanese festival, or tsechu. The Dechenphu Tshechu takes place annually at Dechenphu Lakhkang near Thimphu. The Lakhang, and the tsechu, are dedicated to Gay Ngyen Jakpa Melen, a powerful guardian deity of Bhutan. Festivals are welcome opportunities for the Bhutanese to get together, not only to socialise and have fun, but also because the very act of attending a festival is thought to confer merit and wash away sins. Spectacular masked dances are performed, called shams, which are intended to give moral instruction, drive away evil spirits, promote good crops and celebrate the Buddhist faith in its many guises. Watch out for the very jolly clowns who tease onlookers and dancers alike.

Overnight icon Overnight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu

Day 9 - Morning walk to Wangditse Monastery. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu.

This morning you will drive up to Sangaygang next to the Bhutan Broadcasting Service tower, located in the northwest of Thimphu. The drive up to the tower isn't a long one 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 1½ hours. You will have time to visit the gompa before the 30 minute descent to Dechen Phodrang Monastery. This monastery houses around 450 student monks enrolled on an eight year course. The monastery is also home to some fantastic UNESCO monitored 12th century paintings. You will then meet your vehicle and be driven back to Thimphu.

You return to Thimphu and in the afternoon there will be time to enjoy some sightseeing. There are many places of interest to visit in Thimphu, including the Tashichhodzong (the main government buildings), the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum, the late King's Memorial Chorten, the National Library, the School of Painting and the silversmiths and pottery workshops. The Government Handicrafts Emporium is possibly the best place to look for local handicraft. It is interesting to visit the handmade paper workshop to see the paper being made and there are some nice items made from handmade paper for sale there.

You could also visit the Post Office to buy some of Bhutan's very attractive stamps, they will even print a valid stamp with your face on it while you wait! They also have good t-shirts on sale.

Overnight icon Overnight: Phuntso Pelri Hotel or Similar, Thimphu

Day 10 - Drive to Punakha over the Dochu La. Visit Chimi Lakhang. Walk in the Punakha Valley.

After breakfast you will drive east to Punakha. 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 from here including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 7,550m - the highest unclimbed peak in the world. But even on misty days this is a beautiful spot.

You descend from the pass into the lush Punakha valley. Before reaching Punakha 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. He 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 especially popular with women who come here to pray for children. The temple is characterised by its many phallic symbols. The lakhang is reached by a short walk across the paddy fields and this short excursion takes about 45 minutes each way.

In the afternoon you will do a walk in the lovely Punakha Valley. You drive further up the valley and start your walk at a pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the Mo Chu River and 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 - an extremely photogenic spot, particularly in the springtime when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom. You will have time to explore the dzong tomorrow morning before heading back to Paro.

Overnight icon Overnight: Zhingkham Resort Or Similar, Punakha

Day 11 - Visit Punakha Dzong. Drive to Paro. Sightseeing in Paro.

Your day begins in style with a return to Punakha Dzong. Originally built in the 17th century, it was beautifully restored after a major flood in 1994, and is a real showcase for Bhutanese craftsmanship and painting. All of Bhutan's kings have been crowned at the dzong and it remains the official residence of the Dratshang - the body that oversees monastic affairs in Bhutan. There are a number of beautiful and unusual features to discover in the dzong including three courtyards, the 'hundred pillar assembly hall' and its cantilevered bridge. If there are VIPs visiting the dzong, access may be restricted.

You now drive back to Paro, crossing the Dochu La again. Once in Paro, you will enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing. You will visit the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest in Bhutan, which was one of 108 temples built by Songtsen Gampo an important early Tibetan king, to pin down the Bon demon that was thought to hover over the whole of Tibet.

You will also spend time at Bhutan's National Museum to see some of the treasures housed in the Ta Dzong, or watch tower, above the Dzong. Displays include a fascinating collection of ancient thangkas depicting Bhutan's important saints and teachers. You then visit the spectacular Paro Dzong. This dzong is one of Bhutan's most impressive and best-known, and is perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture you'll see. The massive buttressed walls that tower over the town are visible throughout the valley. The dzong's correct name, Rinchen Pung Dzong (usually shortened to Rinpung Dzong), means 'Fortress on a Heap of Jewels'. In 1644 Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal ordered the construction of the dzong on the foundation of a monastery built by Guru Rinpoche. The fort was used on numerous occasions to defend the Paro valley from invasions by Tibet.

From the museum you may like to walk down into the town and have a wander around the streets before returning to your hotel.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro

Day 12 - Start the Bumdra Trek. Camp beneath Bumdra Monastery, 3,800m/12,467ft.

After breakfast you will take a short drive to the starting point of the two day trek to the Tiger's Nest Monastery, known as the Bumdra trek. You meet your trek crew and ponies, and then begin following a little trodden trail up from Paro Valley. Your initial ascent takes you up through forest to reach a ridge then to a clearing from where you will be able to see back down the Paro Valley. Continuing up, you next reach Chhoe Tse Lhakhang temple, nestled in the side of the mountain, where you can rest and enjoy fine views of Paro beneath, and the snow-capped Himalaya in the distance. Today's final stage is now ahead of you as you ascend through ruins and thick forest to a high, open yak pasture bedecked with chortens and colourful prayer flags. This will be your campsite for the night at around 3,800m/12,467ft.

Above the pasture sits the 17th century Bumdra Monastery, hugging the cliff face. After a chance to rest and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite you can walk up to the monastery and explore its many caves where legend has it that a thousand angels, or dakinis, once covened. If you have the energy, you could also make the 45 minute climb of Namgo La just behind the monastery. The 4,100m peak provides a natural viewing 'platform' to enjoy the commanding vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Overnight icon Overnight: Camp

Day 13 - Trek to Taktsang Monastery. Return to Paro.

After a tough day of ascent yesterday, today is all downhill. Once breakfast is finished at the camp, you will begin your descent. Following the monks' winding path down through larch and silver pine you can take your first welcome breather on the conveniently located deck chairs at the small hermitage of Yoselang at 3,300m. Continuing down the trail you will shortly reach Zangto Pelhri Monastery, from where you can peer over the side for your first fantastic views down to the golden roofs of Taktsang Monastery. From here it's a steep half hour down a rock hewn staircase to Taktsang - an approach that very few people experience to reach the famed Tiger's Nest.

The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking Paro 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.

If open, you will be able to visit the monastery before continuing down to reach the car park where your vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Paro, and your last night in Bhutan.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Olathang Or Similar, Paro

Day 14 - Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Time at leisure.

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). On arrival you will be driven to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Shanker Or Shangri La, Kathmandu

Day 15 - Morning tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa. Transfer to airport. Depart Nepal.

After breakfast you drive the short distance from your hotel to the important Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. Here there is a large temple to the god Shiva and nearby, on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, are burning ghats where Hindus bring their dead to be cremated.

You will drive on to Boudhanath where you will visit its important and ancient Buddhist stupa. Pilgrims from all over the Indian subcontinent come to visit Boudhanath where they circle the stupa in a clockwise direction, turning prayer wheels as they pass, or visit one of the many Buddhist temples which have been built around the stupa.

In the late afternoon or early evening there will be a group transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

Overnight icon Overnight: In flight

Day 16 - Arrive London.

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What’s included

  • Experienced English-speaking guides
  • All flights between Kathmandu and Paro and domestic airport transfers
  • Comfortable hotels on a twin share basis
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu all meals elsewhere (except first night in Bhaktapur)
  • One night camping with all camping facilities (twin share tents) and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa fees and departure tax
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag
  • Carbon offsetting with the Ecoan Tree Planting Project (for clients taking our flight inclusive option)
  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu. Dinner on first night in Bhaktapur
  • Tips



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.

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.

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.

Lumbini Extension, Nepal

Lumbini Extension, Nepal
  • Visit one of Nepal's most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel next to Lumbini
  • Spend a full day touring the site with an expert local guide
  • Flights and transfers to/from Kathmandu included
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Enjoy a three day extension to the birthplace of Buddha, one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. Take the short flight from Kathmandu, and spend two nights in a comfortable 3* hotel, just steps from the Lumbini temple complex, with a full day to explore the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site in the company of an expert local guide.

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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