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17 Days | Journey through the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan

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Explore the Himalayan kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan on a 17-day Premium adventure. Be blown away by the majestic snow peaks of the Himalaya mountains, explore the wild lands of Chitwan National Park, learn about black-necked Cranes in Phobjikha, uncover the sacred religions and devoted beliefs of the pilgrims, and find the secret to happiness in Bhutan. Discover spectacular landscapes, rich cultures and magnificent wildlife with experienced local leaders by your side on a journey to remember.

Trip overview

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Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Paro, Bhutan
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Nepal, Bhutan
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Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HNPEC
This trip generates 52.25 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience two incredible Feature Stays – a stylish and elegant resort right on the border of Chitwan National Park, and a traditionally beautiful and eco-conscious resort tucked away in the gorgeous valley of Paro.
  • Get an intimate look at local culture with Exclusive Experiences, including a cooking class with the Seven Women social enterprise, lunch with a Tibetan community in Nepal, and a conversation with a senior monk at a monastery in Bhutan.
  • Witness world-class mountain scenery during a picturesque hike through the inspiring landscapes of Pokhara.
  • Come face to face with rare and fascinating wildlife in the breathtaking Phobjika valley, including a visit to a protection and information centre for black-necked cranes, a Premium Exclusive Experience.
  • Climb to the teetering monastery of Taktsang (the Tiger's Nest) 900 metres above Paro’s valley floor and take in once-in-a-lifetime views.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Nepali infrastructure is still returning to normal after the 2015 earthquake, so some delays are inevitable. Embracing the slow pace and meditative atmosphere will go a long way toward your enjoyment of this beautiful country.
  • Prepare for some drives over narrow, winding roads. The drive from Pokhara to Chitwan is on very windy roads as you climb up and down mountains, there will be a lot of corners and don't forget to buckle up. In Bhutan short distances can take much longer due to small, narrow roads and mountain passes. Motion sickness can be an issue on longer driving days on windy roads.
  • A moderate fitness level is required for the hike in Pokhara and walks in Chitwan National Park. The hike to Tiger’s Nest can also be strenuous. The trek can take up to 5 hours and reach an altitude of 3120 metres.
  • Due to the high altitude of the places we visit in Bhutan some people can suffer altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender or fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary! Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • All meals are included due to the nature of travelling in Bhutan. This means there may be limited choices on some days.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

15 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Plane, Jeep, Canoe

Accommodation

Hotel (12 nights), Chitwan Feature Stay (2 nights), Paro Feature Stay (2 nights)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Kathmandu - Welcome dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Kathmandu - Pashupatinath Temple
  • Kathmandu - Durbar Square
  • Kathmandu - Boudhanath Stupa
  • Kathmandu - Thangka Painting Studio Visit
  • Bhaktapur - Leader-led walking tour
  • Nagarkot - Sunset local cocktail at Club Himalaya (one drink included)
  • Kathmandu - Cooking class at Seven Women
  • Pokhara - Phewa Tal Lake boat trip
  • Pokhara - Peace Pagoda
  • Pokhara - Tibetan community visit with momo lunch
  • Pokhara - International Mountain Museum
  • Pokhara - Sarangkot Viewpoint
  • Chitwan NP - Village tour
  • Chitwan - Sunset Snacks by Rapti River
  • Chitwan - Private bush dinner (on hotel grounds)
  • Chitwan - Canoe Safari
  • Chitwan - Jeep Safari Tour
  • Thimphu - Welcome dinner
  • Thimphu - National Library
  • Thimphu - National Textile Museum
  • Thimphu - National Memorial Chorten
  • Thimphu - Takin Conservation Park
  • Thimphu - Zilukha Nunnery
  • Thimphu - Voluntary Artists School
  • Thimphu - Buddha Dordenma
  • Thimpu - Simply Bhutan Heritage Museum
  • Punakha Valley - Chimi Lhakhang
  • Dochula Pass - Druk Wangyal Chortens
  • Thimphu - Simtokha Dzong
  • Punakha - Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
  • Punakha - Punakha Dzong
  • Punakha - Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery
  • Phobjikha - Gangtoe Goemba
  • Phobjikha - Black Necked Crane Information Center
  • Phobjikha - Valley hiking
  • Paro - Tadzong Museum
  • Paro - Drukgyal Dzong
  • Paro - Kaja Throm Market Visit
  • Paro - Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery hike
  • Paro - Home-cooked dinner
  • Paro - Complimentary Departure Transfer
Add on activities
  • Paro - Hot Stone Bath - USD25

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Important notes

1. Complimentary airport arrival and departure transfers are included. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Entry to Bhutan is very strict and travellers can only enter Bhutan on a group visa as part of a tour. All travellers must arrive on Day 9 and depart on Day 17 to be eligible for a group visa. At time of booking, please provide your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of your passport, a scanned colour passport photo, proof of travel insurance that includes your name on the certificate.
4. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport). Fees may apply for adding or amending details within 60 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
5. Bhutan's airlines are renowned for last minute changes to flight timetables into and out of Bhutan. Please allow a minimum of 24 hours transit time before and after your flights into and out of Bhutan. Timetables are available on the Druk Airlines and Air Bhutan websites.
6. This trip includes domestic and international flights as indicated on the trip map. The luggage allowance for domestic flights is 15kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. The international flight between Nepal and Bhutan has a luggage allowance of 20kg for check in luggage and 5kg for carry on. While in Nepal, you can store excess luggage at the Kathmandu hotel.
7. The Sustainable Development Fee, charged by the government of Bhutan, is included in your trip price. It only applies to the days you will spend in Bhutan.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 9 reviews submitted.
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Geraldine · Traveled October 2023
Great trip. Go to Bhutan before tourism really changes it. What a wonderful place to learn about Buddhism in everyday life. We were fortunate to coincide with a festival in Bhutan. Great guides.
Review submitted 14 Nov 2023

James · Traveled October 2023
Our driver Yoda and our group leader BJ went out of there way to keep us safe, comfortable, and excited to book our next Intrepid trip.
Review submitted 13 Nov 2023

Amanda · Traveled October 2023
This 17 days trip was so awesome. It was full of activities of both cultural and nature. The leaders were excellent in helping us understand the culture and beauty of the land.
Review submitted 30 Oct 2023

William · Traveled October 2023
The Premium Nepal and Bhutan trip was exceptional. Nepal and especially Kathmandu was no hectic and chaotic but very diverse from the Himalayan’s to Chetwin National Park. I learned a lot about the major religions (Hinduism and Buddhism) and how they influence everyday life. Bhutan was the highlight, right from arriving at the airport fragrant was so calming especially having just gone through the world’s worst airport in Kathmandu. The people in both Nepal and Bhutan were wonderful and seemed to be just as curious about me as I was about them. The highlight overall was the hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. A great trip, highly recommended.
Review submitted 03 Nov 2023

Fay · Traveled September 2023
Nepal and Bhutan were amazing! The scenery, the people, the food everything. They are just amazing counties and Intrepid has done a brilliant job in providing us with a tour that shows the best of these countries without having to trek for 10 days. Anyone can do this trip!
Review submitted 13 Oct 2023
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