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We journey across the length of this enigmatic, hermit kingdom visiting Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, Trongsa and include the opportunity of a short, easy trek in the cultural heartland of Bumthang. We will also be in Gangtey in time to see the unforgettable black-necked crane.


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Day 1

Group rendezvous (Kathmandu)

Day 2

Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu (Kathmandu)

Day 3

Free day (Kathmandu)

Day 4

By mountain flight to Bhutan passing Mt. Everest en route! (Paro)

Day 5

Sightseeing in and around Paro including a half day walk up to the 'Tiger's Nest' hermitage of Taktsang (Paro)

Day 6

Short drive to Thimpu with time for sightseeing/shopping (Thimpu)

Day 7

Drive via the dramatic fortress at Wangdue Phodrang to Gangtey Gompa and Phobjikha Valley, autumn
destination of the migrating black-necked crane. (Gangtey) 

Day 8

Continue via the Pele La  pass to Bumthang, Bhutan's ancient, cultural heartland. (Jakar)

Days  9, 10 and 11

This easy three day trek passes through a remote mountain landscape of terraced fields and traditional alpine villages. (Two nights of fully supported camping; one night Trongsa) 

Day 12

Drive to Bhutan's former capital and a hotel with Bhutan's only swimming pool! (Punakha)

Day 13

Over the Dorchu La pass for more time in Thimpu before returning to Paro (Paro)

Day 14

Morning flight back to Kathmandu (Kathmandu)

Day 15

Free Day (Kathmandu)

Day 16

Tour ends in Kathmandu


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Accommodation & Meals

In Kathmandu we stay in a well appointed 3/4 star hotel. In Bhutan we stay in a mixture of comfortable tourist class hotels often with local character. On trek we stay in good quality two man tents with full cook and camp support (sleeping bag required).  Accommodation is on a twin share basis. Meals are full board while in Bhutan, breakfast only in Kathmandu. Single supplements available on application.  

Mode of travel

By private minibus in Bhutan; private bus for airport transfers/sightseeing in Nepal.


Full services of a leader from The Oriental Caravan leader assisted by an English-speaking Bhutanese guide in Bhutan and drivers. Local guide in Kathmandu.

Group size

Minimum 6 - Maximum 12.

Flights, visas & Insurance

For information on flights and suitable insurance please contact The Oriental Caravan. Nepali visas are available on arrival at a cost of  $30. Visas for Bhutan are issued on arrival at a cost of $20.

Price Includes...

All airport transfers; all transportation as per itinerary (flights from London not included); all accommodation (on a twin share basis); full services of Tour Leader, local guides and drivers; sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary; full board in Bhutan (10 nts); breakfast only in Kathmandu (5 nts).

Price (land only)

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For further details or to make a booking please contact The Oriental Caravan

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