No. 4 Nepal and Bhutan
Ktm-Paro 12 days, 11 nights
A wonderful introduction to the splendour of the range of classic Himalayan culture, people and landscape. You see the lushness of the foothills as well as the wonderful subtropical-alpine meeting. There are temples and palace squares with art rich and varied beyond all imagination, and monasteries where the air, redolent with the odours of butter lamps and juniper incense, carries through the wind centuries of tradition. The fluttering prayer flags everywhere are the most obvious expression of the spirituality and faith that permeates every aspect of the lives of Bhutanese Buddhists. In Nepal, the cosmopolitan history of the Newars of Kathmandu Valley comes alive in the sophisticated palace squares, while in Bhutan's Thimpu you see one of the last remaining capitals of the world that truly have not changed much. The more time you spend in Bhutan, the more you get lulled into the absolute serenity of its landscape, all emerald green, bright flowers, and looming icy peaks. Of all treks in Bhutan, and compared with many other Himalayan treks, this is one of the most accessible (it does not go too high), and certainly one of the most unique in terms of what you will see. Unlike in Tibet or many higher treks in Nepal, there is no desert here, but instead a welcoming green everywhere. There is an aneormous wealth of bird life and wildflowers, and you're sure to chance upon fruit orchards in bloom too. The landscape provides a perfect backdrop to the rural, largely farming and livestock-tending population of Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Free day in kathmandu,night at hotel.
Day 3: Free day in kathmandu,night at hotel.
Day 4: The flight out to Paro (2,400 m), Bhutan, is on a clear day one of the msot spectacular mountain flights you can do, with great views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ganesh Himal, Kanchenjunga, and many other 6-7,000 m peaks in Nepal, as well as Chomolhari (7,300 m), the highest peak in Bhutan. A drive through the lovely, verdant Paro valley from the airport brings you to your hotel.
Day 5: Drive through the pleasing landscape to the capital Thimpu, and from there on past Wangdiphodrong, and over a 3,000 m pass called Docuchu La (pass) to reach Gangtey.
Day 6: Gogona, a village settled by one-time nomads.
Day 7: A similar walk today, though involving a 3,350 m pass, Shabju La, to come to the village of Khotakha.
Day 8: It's an easy amble down past soothing scenery to Wangdiphodrong, from where you get transport back to Thimpu.
Day 9: Enjoy the unbelievably quiet capital city that Thimpu is, savour its atmosphere nad bazaar before you make the short drive back to Paro.
Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu. There is time built in today for you to explore on your own, look around, and go shopping. night at hotel.
Day 11 Free day in kathmandu,night at hotel.
Day 12: Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Cost on your request
The above cost includes:
· Airport-hotel transfer at arrival and departure
· Accommodation in Nepal with breakfast as described in itinerary
· Full board in Bhutan as per program, including lunch and dinner
· Lland transport as described in itinerary, with private transportation where applicable
· All sightseeing with an English-speaking guide
· All city/ monument /monastery entrance fees
· The services of our support staff
· All trekking and camping equipment including Gamow bags (to alleviate severe altitude sickness), tents, sleeping bags, and oxygen cylinders
The above cost does not include:
· Air fare KTM/PARO/KTM at US$390 per person
· Bhutan visa fee US$30 to be paid on arrival
· Nepal visa fee US$30 to be paid on arrival
· Airport taxes
· Your international flight into and out of Nepal
· Travel insurance
· Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (US$4-8 per day)
· Tips, souvenirs or other shopping
· Photography and/ or videography charges in the monasteries and other tourist attractions.
· Personal expenses incurred for drinks, snacks, tips, etc
· Any extra cost involved on the road should there be an unavoidable delay due to, for example, a landslide or similar unforeseeable events.
· Rescue/ evacuation and any additions costs associated with being split from the main group or from a serious health condition
Please note : The airfare,visa fee are subject to change without prior notice.
Risk & Liability:
We , Tin - Tin Trekking do our best to ensure that you have a smooth and pleasant journey. When travelling to Bhutan, you should, however, be aware that all tours/trekking there are run strictly as per conditions set by the Bhutan Tourism Authority. Therefore neither Tin -Tin Trekking or its agents shall not be responsible for any change or cancellation of program due to unavoidable circumstances such as a road blockade, a flood, snow, unrest, cancellation of flight, delay in arrival of clients, sickness or accidents, and breakdown of vehicles. Any extra cost incurred as a result of any such occurrence will be borne by the clients on the spot. It is most important that clients have full medical and personal accident risk insurance.