Nepal and Bhutan – 15 Days

Nepal and Bhutan – 15 Days

Discover the magic and mystery of Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Take an early morning meandering drive to delightful
Go on 15 day trip for
$3,000 PP
  • Trip Code: ATH3465
  • Country: Nepal, Bhutan
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Easy
    Just about anyone can participate in one of these holidays. Minimum walking time is 2 hours and maximum walking time is approximately 5 hours a day. By the time you walk around a number of historical sites you’ll be surprised at how quickly the time passes. You do have the chance to take your time and there are plenty of places where you can rest if needed.
  • Max Altitude: 3,050 m /10004 ft
  • Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour
  • Starts at: Kathmandu
  • Ends at: Paro
  • Trip Route:

    Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chitwan – Kathmandu – Paro – Punakha - Tiget Nest – Paro

  • Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu
  • Panoramic sunrise with mountain views from Sarankot
  • Discover the secrets of Lake Side Pokhara with ancient city tour
  • Guided wildlife tour of Chitwan National Park
  • Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Drugyel Dzong victory fortress

Trip Information

Discover the magic and mystery of Kathmandu, immerse yourself in the fascination throughout the colorful array of bustling streets, rich historic heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites. Take an early morning meandering drive to delightful scenic lakeside town of Pokhara with the spectacular backdrop of Machhapuchhre rising behind it all, creates an ambiance of peace and magic. There are many must-see places to discover, from the Gupteshower sacred Caves to the historical Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors. Our journey then continues to the wild Chitwan National Park, a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife, tranquility and remoteness you will explore the jungle on elephant back and dugout canoe while observing the abundance of wildlife.

We have taken the best of Bhutan and combined the rich culture, exquisite heritage, unique way of life and scenic beauty to make your stay here in the Magical Kingdom a flight of fantasy. We want to take you along our journey and share with the rest of the world the experience magic that Bhutan has to offer.

We offer visitors the perfect insight, while highlighting many traditional landmarks and culture customs of the Bhutanese people. The skills of the Bhutanese artisans are so vivid in the handicrafts that, it never fails to amaze visitors to the kingdom.

Itinerary

  • Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 02 and 03 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 04 – Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a tourist vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Days 05 and 06 – Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 07 – Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain Views, then continue onto Chitwan National Park by tourist vehicle, 7 hrs. Overnight at a Resort.
  • Days 08 – Activities in Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Resort.
  • Day 09 – More Activities in Chitwan and drive back to Kathmandu by tourist vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 10 – Fly from Kathmandu to Paro with a scenic 90-minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 11 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 12 – Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 13 – Head back to Paro with sightseeing along the way. Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 14 – Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) . Overnight at a hotel.
  • Day 15 – Transfer to the international airport in Paro for your final departure.
Day 01 - Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No Meals Included)

Days 02 and 03 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley

At around 8am on day 2, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your tour leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your tour. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.

After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Overnight at a hotel.

The sightseeing places we visit will include:

Bouddhanath Stupa (World Heritage Site)
Lies about 6 kms to the east of downtown Kathmandu and is the largest stupa in the valley. It looms 36 meters high and presents one of the most fascinating specimens of stupa design. Buddhanath is also known as Khasti, or dew drops, after an account that builders had to use dew to mix the mortar as Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during the construction of Bouddhanath.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
As you walk in, you will feel a sense of inner harmony. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

Changunarayan Temple (World Heritage Site)
Situated on a ridge overlooking the Kathmandu valley, about 12 km to the east of the city. It is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. It is one of the finest and oldest specimens of pagoda architecture built in 323 AD by King Haridutta Verma. The temple is richly decorated with sculptures and carvings, and its position above the Kathmandu valley affords a beautiful view of the surrounding countryside.

Kathmandu Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th- century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar Square is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also three museums inside the palace building.

Khokana and Bungmati Village
Founded in the 7th century, Bungmati is home to one of the most important Gods of the Kathmandu Valley known as Matchyendranath, the God of Rain and compassion, worshipped equally by Hindus and Buddhists, and accredited by local people with the introduction of rice plantations in the valley. The rich heritage and relatively unchanging lifestyle of the Newar people is clear to see both in Bungamati and in the nearby village of Khokana, which we also visit. On the southern edge of the Kathmandu valley, the mighty Lichchhavi rulers of Nepal and remain relatively isolated from modern Nepali life.

Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple (World Heritage Site)
Watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge stupa is one of the holiest Buddhists sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and the Monkey temple because of the countless monkeys living in the premises.

Pashupatinath Temple (World Heritage Site)
Pashupatinath is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world and lies 5 kms east of the city center. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred Linga, or phallic symbol, of Lord Shiva. Chronicles indicate the temple’s existence prior to 400 AD. Devotees can be seen taking ritual dips in the holy Bagmati River flowing beside the temple

Patan Durbar Square (World Heritage Site)
Patan Durbar Square is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 04 - Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a Private tourist Vehicle - 7 hrs

Our tour staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30am in the morning to pick you up. The bus to Pokhara will leave at around 7.30am. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect getaway for our tour. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Days 05 and 06 - Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara

Your sightseeing trip will start at 9am in the morning after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as below:

Bindhyabasini Temple
Lies in the center of religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Begnas and Rupa Lakes
The two lakes lie in the north-east of the Pokhara valley at the distance of 13kms from the main city of Pokhara. These lakes are located at the foothill of Begnas, mountain and are separated by the Pachabiya hill.

Devi’s Fall
Locally known as Patale Chhango and in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley is where the stream flowing from Fewa lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteswar Cave
The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Devi’s fall and the cave is almost 3 kms long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Mahendra cave
Lies at the north of the Pokhara valley. It is a large limestone cave which is one of the few stalagmites stalactite caves found in Nepal.

Museums
During the tour, we will visit two different museums: one museum displays the lifestyles and history of the Gurungs, Thakalis and Tharu while the other, Gurkha Memorial Museum, is dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors who earned their name in many fierce battles fought during the World Wars and numerous operations around the world since 1815. The soldiers of the Gurkha regiment won 13 Victoria Cross medals awarded for exceptional bravery shown in the field.

Phewa Lake and Barahi Temple
Situated at an altitude of 800m above sea level, it is the second largest lake in the kingdom. With the Barahi Island Temple in the middle of the lake it is the most important religious monument in Pokhara. Built almost in the middle of Phewa Lake, this two-storied pagoda is dedicated to the female force Shakti. The reflection of Mt. Machhapuchhare and Annapurna can be seen in its serene water. Thick forest lies on the adjoining southern slopes of the lake.

Seti River Gorges
Carved by Seti-Gandaki is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool & Prithivi highway Bridge near bus park, provides a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s. Overnight at Hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 07 - Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain Views, then continue onto Chitwan National Park by Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs.

Early in the morning about 45 minutes drive with 25 minutes hike take us to the top of Sarankot to see the best sunrise and close views of many mountains like Annapurna range, Dhauligiri, Fishtail including views of the beautiful the Pokhara Valley and Phewa lake. After we have some breakfast at Sarankot its a 15-minute walk down and 45 minutes drive take to the hotel in Pokhara. From there we continue our drive to Chitwan National Park. On reaching the resort in the National Park, our Guest Relations Officer will brief guests after which you will be participating in an Elephant Safari / Jungle Walk / Nature Walk with Boat Ride and dinner will be ready about 8pm. Overnight at a Resort.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Days 08 - Activities in Chitwan National Park

An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. The early morning tour provides you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with bird watching, elephant safari and jungle walk.

After breakfast a 45-minute walk through the grassland and forest upstream of the Narayani River. Climb aboard the local boats to observe crocodiles along the banks while floating back to the camp to enjoy lunch. Late afternoon a guide will take you for elephant safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner. Overnight at a Resort.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 09 -More Activities in Chitwan and drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs

An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. Again your guide will take you for a bird watching, elephant safari, jungle walk followed by breakfast with your departure back to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 10 - Fly from Kathmandu to Paro with a scenic 90-minute drive to Thimphu

You will be met by our Bhutanese airport representative on arrival after all the formalities we take a 90 minute drive to the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu and transfer to your hotel for you to settle in. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11 – Sightseeing in and around Thimphu
Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12 - Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing

Leaving Thimphu we drive about 3 hours, with the road climbing steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see rhododendrons, magnolias, junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We drive onto Lobesa to take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Driving North to the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. After our day of sightseeing we head back to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13 - Head back to Paro with sightseeing along the way

An early morning drive towards Paro we stop to visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, along the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger’s Nest climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 15 - Transfer to the international airport in Paro for your final departure

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast Included)

  • We do not have fixed departure date for Nepal and Bhutan tour. This trip can only be organized upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 11 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount. There is a free trip available to one person if your group is above 14. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
    Group Size Price Per Person Remark
    1 pax $4100
    2 pax $3800
    3 pax-4 pax $3600
    5 pax-7 pax $3400
    8 pax-10 pax $3200
    11 pax+ $3000
  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
    • 11 plus six =
  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
    • 7 − two =

Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Pokhara Breakfast included.

  • Two nights three days wildlife activities inside the Chitwan national park.

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks such as tea, coffee and water while in Chitwan.

  • All guided sightseeing in Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • All gourd transportation by private tourist vehicle.

  • Standard government-approved three/four star accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) in Bhutan.

  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay in Bhutan

  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour in Bhutan

  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.

  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance (Please e-mail us your color scan copy of passport)

  • Government royalty of Bhutan (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.

  • All guided city tours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan as mentioned on day-by-day itinerary.

  • Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide, driver and all support staffs.

  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.

  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.

  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).

  • All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges

  • All official expenses.

  • USD 320 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star accommodation in Nepal. Please note five star hotels in Bhutan are very expansive between USD 500 to USD 1500 per night.

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).

  • Internet and telephone calls.

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day (Full board Meals provided during yout stay at Chitwan and Bhutan).

  • Item of Personal nature like alcohol, hot & cold drinks and laundry.

  • Personal clothing and equipment.(See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

Please note: Druk air flight cosst are not included in the trip price. You have to pay an additonal cost for the Druk air flights. Druk air offers flights from following location. We recommend you to fly from Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok as they have every day flight from Paro to Bangkok.

Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

  • Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok = US$810
  • Kathmandu – Paro- New Delhi = US$780
  • Kathmandu- Paro- Calcutta = US$510
  • Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520

All you need to bring for this Tour is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of  special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipments and your Bag-pack, is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which is required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Tour:

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e January, February and December.(optional)
  • 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if your are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers..
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer
  • 2 bandanas.

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 
 
 

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

This culture tour is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required.

Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying Ace the Himalaya signboard or sign of your name . Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

We use twin sharing standard rooms starting from three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included.

In Chitwan we provide the most popular resort on full board meals including all the activities inside the national park.

Hotels in Bhutan vary in style and quality. All Government approved hotels are clean and well maintained with hot and cool water, telephones with international dialing and fax facilities. We use three to four star hotels for this trip. All the meals and hot drinks are included in the trip price.

Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine to choose from. Local Bhutanese food are spicy like the Indian food.
All breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, while in Chitwan and Bhutan all your meals are included in the trip price.

Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Using a variety of private transport is an integral part of our Himalayan tours, enhancing the experience!

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups; whereas we use the best 4WD SUVs as our support vehicle. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible. For larger groups, we also use supported trucks to carry your luggage.

The best time for Nepal and Bhutan tours is between February to June and September and December.

It depends on the season you’re travelling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters!

You will have many photo opportunities during the tours. Please ask for permission before taking a person’s photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted, but outdoor photography is. To be sure when visiting such places, you may consult with your guide just to make sure. Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara you can use ATMs or change your money into local currency.

There are just a few ATM’s in Bhutan for credit card (Master card / Maestro) & only few establishments in Bhutan accept credit card payments hence US Dollars (cash or Amex travelers cheques) or Euros Cash is suggested and convenient to cover any personal expenses (eg. beverages , laundry ,phone bills , tipping , shopping etc) that the Pax may make in the Kingdom. 1US$ is equivalent to Nu. 55 & 1 Euro is equivalent to Nu.69 as of today (the day we writing this text). . NU= Ngultrum, the Bhutanese currency.

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in Chitwan and Bhutan. You can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 for meals in Kathmandu and Pokahara.

Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training

We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets.

All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

Druk air is the only one airline to entre and exit Bhutan. We will book the Druk air flight to and from Bhutan and e-mail you the e-ticket.

Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to fly from Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok as they have every day flight from Paro to Bangkok.

Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the up-to-date Druk air flight rate.

  • Kathmandu – Paro – Bangkok = US$810
  • Kathmandu – Paro- New Delhi = US$780
  • Kathmandu- Paro- Calcutta = US$510
  • Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520

This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

You can buy the bottle of water in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

The trip price included the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. 

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
  • Flight tickets
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go through the trip extension page for more information. 

We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

Laundry service is easily available at your hotel. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.

No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Nepal and Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.

We also recommend:

  • A dental check-up prior to travelling.
  • That you know your blood group in case of emergency.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


    Druk Air, Bhutan’s national airline is the only airline to entre and exit Bhutan. The Druk air flight tickets sold out two to eight months in advance. We recommend you reserve your Bhutan trip as early as possible, so we can secure these flights for you.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org