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Classic Nepal and Bhutan

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

From $7200 per person in low season
From $8000 per person in high season

based on 14 nights & selected experiences

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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 unspoiled mountain views

  • Walk to the iconic Tigers Nest Monastery

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Nepal has a Monsoonal climate with four main seasons. Fall and spring are the two most favourable seasons for visiting Nepal. Fall (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 vacation.

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 traveled 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)

Experiences

  • A visit to Chimmi Lhakhang

    The Chimmi Lhakhang Temple is a temple of fertility dedicated to the Buddhist saint known as the Divine Madman. A short walk through paddy fields takes you to the temple and is popular with Bhutanese families wanting to start a family.

  • Back in time: The Medieval City of Bhaktapur

    As you walk into Bhaktapur, you cannot but be overcome by a feeling of inner harmony. Such is the art and architecture and the special layout here.

  • Blessing ceremony at Shyalpa Tenzin Monastery

    The interactive and personalized ceremony will be narrated in English or other European language throughout and will be held at Shyalpa Tenzin Monastery by His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzing Rinpoche. Ideal for a wedding blessing, anniversary or even a birthday

  • Cycling up the Pho Chhu River

    Take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery. Take a walk into the local village for a spot of tea before having a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the river before returning to Punakha.

  • Day in Thimphu

    You can easily fill an afternoon or day exploring Thimphu. It is worth visiting the Tashiccho Dzong, where essentially Bhutan is governed from. Also of interest is the Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Changagkka Temple & Folk Museum.

  • Dinner with an Everest Summiteer

    Having dinner with someone who has climbed Everest brings your experience in Nepal to life.

  • Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress

    Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!

  • Drukgyel Dzong

    The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.

  • Everest Mountain Flight

    Early this morning take a flight around Everest in a light aircraft.

  • Full-moon butter lamp ceremony at Bodnath Stupa

    Mark ‘Purnima’ or full moon in the traditional Buddhist way, by joining a monk from Shyalpa Tenzin Monastery to light a butter lamp (candle) and participate in evening prayers.

  • Giligang Trail

    Giligang has a 300-year old temple and a wonderful way to escape other tourists and see an authentic side to Bhutan, and can be added on to a visit to the Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Butterfly Trail.

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square & Swayambhu Stupa

    Head into central Kathmandu for a walking tour around Kathmandu Durbar Sq with your private guide before heading to Swayambhu Stupa overlooking the valley. Finish at Kaiser Cafe for lunch.

  • Khansum Yulley & the Butterfly Trail

    Take the short hike up to the Khansam Yulley Temple where you can sit back in awe at the wonderful views down the Mo Chhu Valley before heading off on the one-hour Butterfly Trail, stopping off for tea in the local home.

  • Kyichu Lhakhang

    The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.

  • Meet a Monk Your Own Age

    Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.

  • Nalanda Buddhist College and Nobgang Walk

    This fantastic experience combines the Sangchen Nunnery, the Nalanda Buddhist College and the Nobgang Village walk which takes you from the high hills above Punakha and winds gently down to the Punakha Dzong - you approach it almost vertically!

  • Night Photography Tour of Kathmandu

    Enjoy a unique photography class like no other, in the famous Durbar Square. As night falls, the lights of the temple and candles make for impressive shots.

  • Paro Dzong & National Museum

    The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.

  • Paro Sunday Market

    If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.

  • Pashupatinath & Bodnath

    Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath, both close to each other to the east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath is the largest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu whilst Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world.

  • Patan

    Patan is one of the major cities of Nepal located in the south-central part of Kathmandu Valley. It is best known for its' rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts.

  • Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong, otherwise known as the Pungtang Dechen Photrang literally means the palace of great happiness or bliss, and is the finest of its kind in Bhutan, dating from the 17th century and located on the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers.

  • Punakha Weekend Markets

    Khuruthang Saturday Vegetable Market is located in the small town next to the Punakha Dzong. On Sundays, you can visit the Wangdue Market, about a 30-minute drive away. Wander around the stalls, selling local fruit and vegetables.

  • The Butterfly Trail & Rafting in Punakha

    Take the Butterfly Trail which is a one hour trek through local villages and paddy fields, stopping for tea in a local home before hiking to the Khamsum Yulley Chorten and then rafting back to the main Dzong of Punakha.

  • The Haa Valley

    The unspoiled Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.

  • Thimphu Weekend Market

    You shouldn’t miss the weekend market in Thimphu. People from nearby valleys arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay to sell their goods – vegetables, other foodstuffs and handicrafts – until Sunday evening.

  • Tiger's Nest Monastery

    The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.

  • Try your hand at Archery

    Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.

Location

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

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