Distinctive and remote, Bhutan offers beauty, history and adventure by the bucketload.
Bhutan is the little secret of Asia. Overshadowed and nestled between China and India, it is a relatively new travel spot, with many undiscovered secrets in its natural scenery and quiet townships. The land is dotted with red-clothed monks, ancient Buddhist temples and friendly smiles. It is one calm country, where gross national happiness is more important than money, where chillies are used as a vegetable rather than for spice, and the thunder dragon, Druk, is emblazoned on the national flag, symbolising the people of Bhutan: loyal, patriotic and living with a total sense of belonging within the kingdom.
Beginning in Kathmandu, there's more than enough time to discover the Nepali capital's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage
Whether it's flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, this trip will let you experience Nepal's stunning natural beauty from all angles
Witness world-class mountain scenery from heavenly viewpoint, with a breathtaking Everest flight
Take a jeep safari and jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist Chitwan National Park, a beauty brimming with exotic bird life and game
Get hands-on overview of Nepal's diverse architecture, from the stately Newari dwellings in Bandipur to the hill-perched Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Pokhara
The happiest land on earth, Bhutan is a hidden paradise with no traffic lights, laws governing minimum forest coverage and some amazing feats of archery.
Only a small number of visitors are allowed into Bhutan each year. Its pretty special.
The climb to Tigers nest while tough, is a richly rewarding and sobering experience
The hotel in Bhaktapur is very centrally located, though not quite of the same standard as the other accommodation on this trip.
The Nepal section of this trip does not go to high altitude, so acclimatising should be easier. Paro is 2,195 m above sea level.
Bhutan is at altitude, a day or two taking it easy makes for a much more comfortable trip. Drink tea and lots of water on arrival and don't do strenuous exercise.
Whilst only a small country, there are long travel days in Bhutan, most roads are single lane and travel by vehicle is slow and tiring
The trek to Tigers nest is quite vigorous, but its well worth the climb. A good level of fitness is required.
1. The flight between Kathmandu and Paro is included on day 12
2. An airport arrival and departure transfer is included in both Nepal and Bhutan
3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. Failure to do this delays group visa for Bhutan.
4. Please advise all international flight details at least 60 days prior to departure.
5. Please be aware that Bhutan's airlines are renowned for last minute changes to flight timetables into and out of Bhutan. Please allow a longer (8 hrs) transit time between your international flight and flight into Bhutan. Timetables are available on the Druk Airlines and Air Bhutan websites.
6. All travellers must depart on Day 18 to be eligible for a Bhutan group visa. See Trip Notes for more details.
7. A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights on tour. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information..