Nepal Highlights – 14 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3293
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 14 Days
- Trip Level: ModeratePaths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,000m.
- Max Altitude: 2195m/7201.4ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and Cultural Tour, Jungle Safari
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini - Palpa - Pokhara - Nagarkot - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January to June; September to December
- Guided city tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.
- Guided village sightseeing in Pharping, a Newari Heritage Town.
- Panoramic views of the Himalayan range and sunrise from Nagarkot & Sarangkot.
- Floral tour at Godavari Botanical Garden.
- Jungle safari in the Chitwan National Park.
- Discover the scenic cities of Pokhara and Tansen.
- Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha – Lumbini.
Explore Kathmandu and experience its unique and exotic Newari culture. Lose yourself in the bustling streets, historical monuments that are heritage sites, exquisite temples and grand Buddhist stupas. Enjoy a meandering drive to the hills of Nagarkot for a breathtaking sunrise. It’s the perfect place to view many of the Himalayan greats such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, GauriShanker as well as Mount Everest in Nepal Highlights Tour.
Safari excursion at Chitwan National Park includes jeep safari, canoeing and bird watching. Surrender to the pure pleasure of jungle activities! Our expert guides knows how to track the shy and elusive wild creatures and you can enjoy a glimpse or two of some of these endangered animals. We explore the park looking for rhinos, tigers, elephants, wild boars and the masses of beautiful birds living here.
We visit Lumbini the birthplace of Lord Buddha – the apostle of peace and the ‘Light of Asia’. It is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centers from a very early period. Lumbini, in the south-western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world, like Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims.
Tansen, the main city of Palpa, the seat of Sen Kingdom that reigned over the region for 300 years, is located approximately 330 kms away from Kathmandu. It is a typical and historical Nepali town with numerous fairs and festivals, religious and cultural events. The scenic beauty of whole Palpa district is absolutely awe-inspiring. The major attractions of Tansen are Srinagar hill, Tansen bazaar, the centuries-old Palace and Ranighat. Though it’s a small town, Tansen is filled with natural, historical and traditional treasures.
In Pokhara, the delightful scenic lakeside town with the spectacular backdrop of Machhapuchhre rising behind it all creates an ambience of peace and relaxation. Pokhara is nestled in a tranquil valley and sports a tropical feel, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers that bloom throughout. There are innumerable must-see places to discover, from the holy Gupteshower Cave to the historical museums (dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors), Sarangkot Hill and the World Peace Pagoda.
During the course of this trip, you will have a professional guide at your disposal, and travel on a comfortable private tourist vehicle or a coach. Transfer across cities will be either on an airplane or ground transportation (private vehicle or tourist bus). All accommodation during the tour will be at 2 or 3 star hotels and lodges available in the area. You will have ample opportunity to purchase authentic souvenirs, including carpets, handicrafts, carvings and Thankas (traditional painting) in this trip.
- Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive Kathmandu to Chitwan on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a resort in Chitwan.
- Day 04 – Activities in the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a resort in Chitwan.
- Day 05 – Drive Chitwan to Lumbini (5 hrs.) on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 06 – Drive Lumbini to Palpa (3 hrs.) on a tourist vehicle, then onto Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 07 – Visit Sarangkot for sunrise and mountain views. Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 08 – Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 09 – Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu(7 hrs.) on a tourist vehicle. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 10 – Sightseeing in Pharping, Godavari and Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 11 – Sightseeing at Boudhanath & Changunarayan. Drive to the Nagarkot. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 12 – Sunrise view from Nagarkot and Bhaktapur sightseeing. Return to Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 13 – Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 14 – Transfer to airport for your final departure.
Day 01- Arrive in Kathmandu
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.
Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley
We host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your 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 your 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. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.
The sightseeing places we visit will include UNESCO World Heritage Sites of,
Kathmandu Durbar Square
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.
Swoyambhunath Stupa – The Monkey Temple
The temple watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side. The huge white domed 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 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.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 03 - Drive to the Chitwan National Park on a tourist vehicle
After an early breakfast we head to Chitwan or the Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal, established in 1973. There are more than 43 species of mammals in the park. The park is especially renowned for its protection of the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tiger, and gharial crocodile along with many other common species of wild animal.
On reaching resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort. Overnight at Resort.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 04 - Activities in the Chitwan National Park
An early morning wake-up 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, jeep 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 you would be entertained with the Tharu Cultural Program. Overnight at Resort.
Overnight at Resort in Chitwan. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 05 - Drive to Lumbini (5hrs.) on a tourist vehicle
After breakfast in Chitwan, we will head to Lumbini on a 5-hour drive on a tourist vehicle. We will spend half the day on a guided sightseeing in Lumbini, which is one of the most religiously significant sites in Nepal. It is the birth place of Lord Buddha, born in 623 BC, and is now developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage site.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 06 - Drive to Palpa on a tourist vehicle - 3 hrs, then onto Pokhara
We will reach Palpa after a 3-hours drive. Palpa is a Nepali town with numerous festivals, and religious events. It is also known for its scenic beauty. After some sightseeing in the Palpa, we will drive to Pokhara, one of the most famous cities in Nepal for its natural beauty and stunning mountain views. We will spend the remainder of the day resting and relaxing in this beautiful city.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 07 - 30-minute drive to Sarangkot for sunrise and mountain views. Pokhara Sightseeing.
Before breakfast, we’ll drive to Sarangkot, one of the best destinations in Nepal to view the sunrise and sunset over the snowcapped mountains, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. We return to Pokhara after the morning spectacle for more sightseeing. The places we visit are as follow:
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.
Locally known as Patale Chhango, Davis Falls lies in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley. Here 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.
The revered Gupteswar Cave is situated 2 kms from Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis Falls 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 fours. This cave holds a special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 08 - Guided sightseeing in Pokhara
Your sightseeing trip will start in the morning after breakfast. We provide a private vehicle and a professional tour guide. The places we visit are as follows:
Seti River Gorge
Carved by Seti-Gandaki, the gorge 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 Camp
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.
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.
Lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagawati, yet another manifestation of Shakti.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 09 - Drive back to Kathmandu on a Tourist vehicle - 7 hrs
After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara with great sceneries along the way. We’ll make a few stops to taste the fruits and fish from the local market. Once in Kathmandu, you may want to take a relaxing stroll or do some shopping in Kathmandu for the evening.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 10 - Sightseeing in Pharping (Daksinkali/ Gorakhnath cave), Godavari (National botanical garden) and Patan Durbar Square
We’ll drive around the valley to visit some important religious, natural and historical sites. We’ll visit the following places:
Located about 19 kms away from the main city, Pharping is a Newari heritage town. During medieval times it was a thriving city known by the name of “Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)”. Now a sleepy old town, Pharping has several religious and historical sites and monuments. Padmasambhava or Guru Rinpoche, who introduced Buddhism in Tibet, meditated at a cave located on the outskirts of this ancient town.
Dakshinkali Temple, one of the main temples of Nepal, is dedicated to Kali, the fearful form of Lord Siva’s consort, Parvati. The main deity in the temple is the black stone, six-armed form of Kali, standing on a prostrated figure. Dakshinkali is located 22 km outside Kathmandu, and about 1 km outside the village of Pharping at the south end of the valley between two hills and at the confluence of two rivers. Sacrifices – the main way that the goddess is worshipped – are made two times a week at this temple, on Saturdays and on Tuesdays.
Godavari (National Botanical Garden)
It is located only about 19 kms south-east from Kathmandu. The garden which lies at the foot of Pulchowki Hill, hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its garden. Godavari Botanical Garden has been of prime importance for scientific research and observation and is popular among both the locals and tourists because of its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen natural forest. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Godavari, where you can feel a sense of tranquility and refreshment.
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 a hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 11- Guided sightseeing at Boudhanath Stupa, Changunarayan Temple and an evening drive to the Nagarkot hillstation
We’ll spend another day on a guided sightseeing tour in the valley. In the evening, we’ll head to Nagarkot (a 1-hour drive from Kathmandu). We will visit the following places before driving to Nagarkot.
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.
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.
Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots situated about 35 km east of Kathmandu from where an excellent view of snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan Ranges in eastern Nepal can be seen (weather permitting). The place is also renowned for spectacular sunrise sights. There are also some great hiking trails in Nagarkot.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 12 - Watch the spectacular sunrise, and Bhaktapur sightseeing. Return to Kathmandu
We’ll wake up very early in the morning to watch the stunning sunrise from Nagarkot, which the place is most renowned for. We will drive to Bhaktapur around noon and do some sightseeing in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a collection of Pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a 55-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the Lion Gate, the Golden Gate, the 55-window palace, art galleries and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast Included.
Day 13 - Leisure day in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner in the evening
You enjoy a free day in Kathmandu. Explore the city on your own. Stroll around the local market and shop for souvenirs or chill at the hotel. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner for you in a typical Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance and music. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included.
Day 14 - Transfer to airport for your final departure
The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount rate. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal Check Availabile Dates:
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- 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.
- 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.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private Vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu (6 nights), Nagarkot (1 night), Pokhara (3 nights), Lumbini (1 night) and Chitwan (2 nights), including breakfast.
Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Chitwan as well as all jungle activities in the national park.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
All Ground Transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle.
Guided city and sightseeing tours during the trip on a private vehicle.
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking guide.
The required number of ground staff during the tour.
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 and sunhat (yours to keep).
All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax. See the international flights page)
Your travel insurance. (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).
Lunch and dinner in all places except Chitwan (about USD 15 to USD 20 per person per day).
All Items of Personal nature like drink, Laundry etc.
Tips for tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
USD 600 extra per person if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip.
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 Bagpack, is the time of the year you are traveling.
In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipments. But the Personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It’s therefore, advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof 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.)
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (only if you are traveling 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 you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February and December).
- T-shirts (2).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling 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 trek. 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 Kathmandu 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.
- 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 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 an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We provide two or three star hotel accommodation for the entire trip. The hotels offer the facilities of attached bathrooms, dining room, a bar, Internet services, hot shower and so forth. You can upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip for an additional charge.
All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American-based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from. The breakfast is provided at the hotel you are staying at and is included in our price. Lunch and Dinner excluded in all places except for Chitwan (It will cost you around USD 10 to USD 20 for lunch & dinner per person per day).
We use comfortable and reliable cars, jeeps, vans or micro-buses to transport our guests. These light-weight vehicles are maneuverable in the narrow roads of Nepal. You will have a vehicle, a guide and a licensed driver at your disposal at all times. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation…Click to know more about our fleet service!
The best season for this Tour is anytime between January to June and September to December.
It depends on the season you’re traveling. 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.
Yes. In fact, our company is the active member of Nepal Tour and Travel Agencies Association.
Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
Ace the Himalaya is one of the prime supporters of the social organization Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!
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We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
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.
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel and there are many laundry store in the Kathmandu and Pokhara. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
These facilities are available in all the places in your hotel. Remember to bring your adapters!
There are telephones and Internet facilities available so you can always stay in contact with your family.
ATMs are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Major credit cards are accepted in all places but you need to pay 4% extra as bank levy, which might make cash more preferable.
It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 12 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.
Tips are always expected. It is a small gesture of thanks to the field staff towards the end of the tour USD 20 per guide and USD 10 per driver per day is recommended per group, but it is entirely up to your wishes.
Bottled water is available in all places. If you wish to drink normal water, you are suggested to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
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.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in 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.