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Explore Nepal & Bhutan

Combining superb hiking with great cultural experience, this trip offers a huge variety of scenery, flora, fauna and culture. We want you to relax and absorb the ambience of the colorful villages, rich forests and rushing mountain streams. This trek will truly take you on a journey, from the expanse of Kathmandu Valley, down the Trisuli river line to the splendor of the Pokhara Valley. This itinerary is an ideal first visit trek to Nepal for those who want a truly comprehensive look at this beautiful country.

In Bhutan, we offer a wonderful, easy paced tour designed to get under the surface of Bhutanese culture. Visit all the key cultural sights, including the iconic Taksang Monastery called Tiger’s Nest. We meet villagers in their own homes and explore surrounding monasteries with gentle walks. On this tour, we will delve into all aspects of Bhutanese culture and  excited to introduce you to this one-of-a-kind combined tour with us..

 

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

Accommodation: Hotels and Lodges

Grade: Gentle

Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days

On Tour: 13 days

Trek Leader: English Speaking Guide

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Transfer to Himalayan Height Resort (1852 mts)
Day 02: Day hike to Champadevi (2278 mts) ( 3-4 hrs)
Day 03: Drive to Summit River Lodge at Brigands Bend (400m / 3- 4hrs Drive)
Day 04: Village Walk
Day 05: Drive to Pokhara
Day 06: Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon sightseeing
Day 07: Transfer to the airport Departure for Paro
Day 08: Sightseeing including Taksang Monastery
Day 09: Drive to Haa Valley (2hrs)
Day 10: Village Walk
Day 11: Drive to Thimpu
Day 12: Transfer to Airport

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu, Transfer to Himalayan Height Resort (1,852 mts)

You are met at the airport and then transferred to the Resort, an hours’ drive through the lovely countryside. Located south-west and around 400 meters above the valley, the views from here and the peaceful environment is most welcoming after a long flight. Overnight Himalayan Height Resort.

Day 02: Day hike to Champadevi (2,278 mts) (3-4 hrs)

An early morning hike up the Champadevi hill. Once at the top, the views of the mountains stretching from Manaslu in the west all the way towards the eastern Himalaya is a treat. Back at the hotel you can either take the afternoon off or do some sightseeing of the local villages and small towns of Pharping and Dakshinkali. Overnight Himalayan Height Resort.

Day 03: Drive to Summit River Lodge at Brigands Bend (400m / 3- 4hrs Drive)

Drive from Kathmandu along a scenic highway through the middle hills, descending to the Trisuli River and along its banks to Kurintar, a journey of approximately 3 hours. Leave your vehicle this side of the river and cross it on a pedestrian bridge spanning the river to the village of Thaywatar-on-Trisuli. The village homes are strung out along the edges of a flat, fertile expanse of farmland, the forested hills clothing their northern slopes. Walk through the village for about 30 minutes to reach your accommodation for the night, an isolated spur of the hills that slopes down steeply towards the Trisuli River, with great views of natural forest looking across the flowing waters to the terraced fields across and the enclosing hills all around. For those interested in rafting, they will stop at Majhimtar, from here it is 14 km ride down the river, approx time of 3 hrs, where they will be dropped at the banks of the river just below the lodge. Overnight: Summit River Lodge.

Day 04: Village Walk

After Breakfast, for the nature enthusiast, today’s walk into the hills behind to visit the village homes of the Chepangs and Magars, these are the indigenous people still living the semi-nomadic life style. The walk through the village homes above are as yet unscathed by the modernity a road generally brings. Views from here are calmly wonderful, cataracts cascade off the hills into narrow gorges, villagers attend to collecting fodder for their domestic animals, chattering children traipse off to school, uniformed and loaded with books, butterflies of a myriad varieties flutter along the trail. You may come across a village woman at her still, making an alcoholic brew from fermented cereals. Orchids hang off the trees along shaded paths and once more you enter the forest, descending and entering a narrow valley out of which a small stream gushes. Back at the lodge, relax by the pool side and enjoy the evening. Overnight: Summit River Lodge.

Day 05: Drive to Pokhara

After Breakfast, Drive to Pokhara,( 2.5hrs) Check in and start your walk which takes you along the ridge as far as the brilliantly white Japanese Peace Pagoda. This peace pagoda is one of a series built around the world by Buddhist monks to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds and to help to unite them in a search for world peace. Walk down from the Peace Pagoda through dense forests of chestnut to arrive at the shores of Lake Phewa Tal. Reaching the lake, take a boat ride around the lake visiting the Barahi Temple situated on a small island in the middle of the lake. Fishtail Lodge is set in a lovely position on the lakeside with good mountain views. Overnight: Fishtail Lodge.

Day 06: Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon sightseeing

Morning you have time to walk by the lakeside for last minute souvenir shopping. In the Afternoon take a short scenic flight to Kathmandu (20min), You have the option of sightseeing in the afternoon, check into the Hotel. Overnight: Hotel Yak and Yeti.

Day 07: Transfer to the airport Departure for Paro

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. 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 taken to your hotel. There is usually time to wander around Paro township and visit the Ta Dzong, which is converted into a museum. Overnight: The Village Lodge.

Day 08: Sightseeing including Taksang Monastery

This morning you’ll take the walk to Taksang Monastery – the Tiger’s Nest. The monastery is perched some 00m/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/1,125ft.) Apart from offering welcome refreshment this tea house is one of the principle viewpoints of the monastery, and those that prefer not to climb any further can relax here whilst others have the option to continue on. If there is a particular religious gathering or VIP visit in progress, you will not be able to enter the monastery but a further half an hour’s ascent is well worth it, as it brings you to another viewpoint directly across from the monastery. 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 back to the valley floor by your outward route and continue your sightseeing to the impressive ruins of Drukgyel Dzong and visit Kyichu Lhakhang – one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. If you prefer not to make the walk it is also usually possible to hire a pony to ride up as far as the tea house (please speak to your leader about this the day before.) Alternatively your driver will be able to take you instead further along the valley to visit Drukgyel Dzong. Nearby there is also an excellent viewpoint for the summit of Mount Chomolhari, which at 7,313m/23,997ft, is the second highest peak in Bhutan. Overnight: Village Lodge.

Day 09: Drive to Haa (2hrs)

Today we drive to Haa valley (75 kms) via Chele La Pass, which offers magnificent views of the Himalayan Range. Overnight will be spent at the Heritage Lodge, at 2960m. The Lodge is located nearby a local temple, where you can relax and catch a glimpse of beautiful fields and the various typical farm Houses. Overnight: Lechuna Heritage Lodge.

Day 10: Village Walk

After breakfast, between 830 am and 9 am, begin your day by walking through the lower village of Lechuna and continue on down to the Haa Chhu (river) before crossing a quaint wooden bridge. From here the walk to the Jamte Gompa is a gradual ascent of not more than 1.5 hours through pristine forest which later opens up to the village. Visit the 300 year old plus monastery, which is presently undergoing renovation work due to earthquake damage. This is followed by a visit to a local farmers house for a cup of tea and 'zau'. The views of the southern Haa valley can be enjoyed best from here. After the tea break we will take a seldom-used animal track that connects onto to the main trail after about half an hour and continue on to the Chumpa Bridge to stop for a picnic lunch beside the river. After lunch we walk slowly through the beautiful Chuma village taking time to see the villagers at work and even have some interaction. Walking along the village path we continue on to our lodge in time for high tea. For those who are interested in looking around the Lechuna village our local guide can accompany them. The option of having a hot stone bath is open and can be arranged either before or after dinner. Overnight: Lechuna Heritage Lodge.

Day 11: Drive to Thimpu

After breakfast we shall take the lower road along first the Haa Chhu and after the confluence with the Wang Chhu, along the latter towards the capital at Thimphu, 115kms to the East a drive of about 3-4 hrs. Enroute we may stop at Dogar Dobji Dzong, a 16th century structure, built by the brother of the Divine Madman, Drukpa Kinley. Legend has it that the statue of the Guru Landrachen housed here, complained when the apostate Tibetan monarch Langdharma tried to smash it with a hammer. This dzong became Bhutan’s first jail in 1976 but has since returned to its monastic origins. Overnight at Hotel Druk

Day 12: Transfer to Airport

Transfer to the airport for Departure. Arrive in Kathmandu. Rest of the day free. Over night: Hotel Yak and Yeti

TARIFF

PAX2-34-67-910-12
Price per person in Double Room: $3381 $2941 $2814 $2701
Price per person in Single Room: $4206 $3766 $3639 $3516

Cost Includes:

  • 2 Nights at Himalayan Height Resort on Full Board
  • 2 nights at Summit River Lodge on Full Board
  • 1 night at Fishtail Lodge Pokhara on Full Board
  • 3 night at Hotel Yak and Yeti on BB
  • Airfare: Pokhara - Kathmandu with airport tax
  • 5 nights in Bhutan on Full Board
  • All Sightseeing as per itinerary with entrance fees
  • All Transfers by private vehicle
  • English Speaking Cultural Guide
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • All logistic support

Cost does not include:

  • Meals unless stated
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Medical Insurance
  • Visa Fee USD.40 for 30 days
  • Airfare to Bhutan
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Rescue and Evacuation
  • Expenses occurred as a result of delay beyond our control In case of weather, flight cancellation or natural calamities.

Flight Supplement: ( As of 2014, Subject to Change)

BKK/PBH : US$ 511 with airport tax from Bangkok, business class difference – US$ 80

PBH/BKK : US$ 399 with airport tax from Paro, business class difference – US$ 80

DEL/PBH : US$ 413 with airport tax from Delhi, business class difference – US$ 112

PBH/DEL : US$ 364 with airport tax from Paro, business class difference – US$ 65

CCU/PBH : US$ 237 with airport tax from Calcutta, business class difference – US$ 69

PBH/CCU : US$ 239 with airport tax from Paro, business class difference – US$ 40

KTM/PBH : US$ 229 with airport tax from Kathmandu, business class difference – US$ 40

PBH/KTM : US$ 229 with airport tax from Paro, business class difference – US$ 40

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