Classic Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu, Annapurna Trek, Dhilikhel, Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

From £6800 per person in low season
From £7600 per person in high season

based on 14 nights & selected experiences

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Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes subject to availability

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on 2 people sharing.

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At a Glance

  • Combine both Nepal & Bhutan - a fantastic combination seeing the two great landlocked Himalayan countries

  • Trek in the Annapurna foothills where you can take in unspoilt mountain views

  • Walk to the iconic Tigers Nest Monastery

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Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Autumn and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Autumn (September to early December) brings in clear weather with sunny days and warm nights. Spring (March to May) with occasional rain falls. From June to September, is the monsoon season. Uncomfortable time to visit as the climate of Nepal at this time of year brings about hot weather and rain falls almost every day.

In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.

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Insider's View

On the Druk Air flight to Paro try to sit on the left side of the plane for the best mountain views

Be sure to eat at Dwarikas's award-winning restaurant

Visit Bodnath Stupa - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu

Ensure you camera is fully charged prior to arrival in Bhutan - one the prettiest counties you are likely to visit!

Try your hand at archery - Bhutan's national sport.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

This classic itinerary combines the best of Nepal and Bhutan, visiting the main highlights with a fantastic trek through the Annapurna foothills and a visit to the world-famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery. With intriguing culture, incredible scenery and plenty of opportunity for hiking, Nepal and Bhutan complement each other brilliantly and make for a fantastic adventure.

  1. Days 1-3: Kathmandu

    You’ll start the itinerary in Kathmandu with two nights in the city. As the international gateway to Nepal, it is natural that you would start your trip here. With your private guide, we have included a full day of touring in the city with stops at Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathamandu Durbar Square full ancient temples and palace squares and Bhaktapur which is Kathmandu’s best district at giving an insight into the history of the region as the best preserved medieval area.

    Accommodation: Dwarika's (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Annapurna Region

    From Kathmandu you will then take a short internal flight to Pokhara in order to start your trek into the Annapurna foothills.  The Annapurna region is home to both Annapurna and Machhapuchhare and is set in a natural basin with a host of some of the world's highest mountains.  Treks between lodges last from three to five hours and are done at a balanced pace, your private guide will ensure you are walking at a pace that suits you. You will have local Gurkha guides who are eager to share their heritage and local knowledge, often taking the road less travelled and avoiding the main tourist trails.

    On your first day you’ll follow the lower foothills of the Annapurnas as you make your way to the Modi River Valley to Birethanti, where you will be spending your first night. On reaching the lodge you can choose to explore the local village of Birethanti, surrounding river valley or simply relax overlooking the beautiful views of Fishtail Mountain.  

    Accommodation: Sanctuary Lodge (1 night)

  3. Days 4-5: Annapurna Region

    After one night in Birethanti you will continue the trek to Ghandruk which is approximately five to six hours away. During the day you’ll pass through farmland, small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests providing a beautiful scenic journey with incredible views of the surrounding mountains.

    Accommodation: Himalaya Lodge (1 night)

  4. Days 5-6: Annapurna Region

    For your final full day on the trek, you’ll leave the village of Ghandruk behind as you venture to Majgaun. Again, your day of walking will be about five to six hours in length. As you will be walking along the trade routes today you may be lucky enough to come across a donkey or mule train taking goods to and from the Gurkha settlements.

    Accommodation: Gurung Lodge (1 night)

  5. Days 6-8: Dhulikel

    After one night in Majgaun, today you will complete your trek on your way back to Pokhara. Passing through subtropical forests of tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias this is a beautiful way to end your time in the Annapurna’s.  Your guide will meet you at the end of the trek and transfer you by road to Pokhara airport in order to connect to your onward flight to Kathmandu. We have included two nights for you here in Dhulikhel, just outside of Kathmandu. Take in impressive mountain views, although from a distance, and take life slow. We have not included a guide for you here so that you can have a couple of days to relax and unwind after your Annapurna trek.

    Accommodation: Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel (2 nights)

  6. Days 8-10: Thimphu

    From Kathmandu you will then travel to Bhutan with a direct flight to Paro, taking you over some of the highest peaks in the Himalayan range. Bhutan is blissfully untouched and is one of the most pristine counties you will ever visit. Discover a rich heritage and fascinating culture that remains unchanged in centuries - this tiny Himalayan Kingdom is like stepping back in time. Like in Nepal we have included an expert guide for you, who will accompany throughout your itinerary, to introduce you to this truly beautiful country. Your guide will meet you on arrival in Paro and transfer you directly to Thimphu where you will be spending the next two nights. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan and a great place to start your journey. Over the full day that you have here you’ll be able to visit all of the highlights with your guide.

    Accommodation: Druk Hotel (2 nights)

  7. Days 10-13: Punakha

    From Thimphu you will continue east driving just over three hours to Punakha where you will be spending your next three nights. Due to its lower elevation, Punakha is much more tropical and warmer than other areas in Bhutan, with much of the surrounding countryside being farmland. The Punakha Dzong dominates the town and will be a key highlight of your trip to Bhutan. Throughout Bhutan there is some fantastic hiking and in Punakha there are some beautiful routes that can be taken here alongside rafting which is a lovely way to enjoy the surrounding region.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Punakha (3 nights)

  8. Days 13-15: Paro

    Your final stop in Bhutan will be back to Paro for two nights. Paro contains Bhutan’s most iconic landmark, Taktsang Monastery, constructed on the sheer cliff face and with your guide we have included a challenging but rewarding hike to this incredible site. Further during your time in the city you’ll be able to visit the national museum and The Fortress of the Victorious Bhutanese gaining a great insight into the history of this beautiful country.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Paro (2 nights)

Location

Kathmandu, Annapurna Trek, Dhilikhel, Thimphu, Punakha & Paro

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