Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan - 20 Days
Discover the magical mystery and explore the rich culture, exquisite heritage, unique way of life and scenic beauty of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan in this 20 days trip.
- Explore the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Lhasa and Thimpu
- Panoramic sunrise with mountain views from Sarankot
- Discover the secrets of Lake side Pokhara with ancient city tour
- Explore the cultural and historical hearts of Tibet
- Experience the Barkhor markets in Tibet
- Guided wildlife tour of Chitwan National Park
- Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)
- Drugyel Dzong victory fortress
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 lakeside town of Pokhara. There a many must see places to discover, from the Gupteshower sacred Caves to the historical Memorial Museum dedicated to the famous Gurkha Warriors. Our journey continues to the wild and mysterious Chitwan National Park, a popular destination for visitors wanting to have a good experience of the region’s wildlife, tranquility and remoteness. Explore the jungle on a jeep and dugout canoe while observing the abundance of wildlife from the one horned rhinoceros to the Bengal tiger along with many species of birds, fish and butterflies.
After a breathtaking flight over the Himalayas we arrive at the incomparable “Roof of the World”, Tibet. For culture lovers you’ll witness displays of people so optimistic and proud of their religion and beliefs, remaining much the same as they have since centuries ago. Visits to Potala Palace and Jokhang temple can be quite a spiritually rejuvenating experience. The Potala Palace features an overwhelming array of intricate murals, temples, stupas and tombs of eight past Dalai Lamas, exquisite Tibetan Mandalas and other relics of Tibetan history.
Last but certainly not least we come to explore the unique and untouched wonders of Bhutan, which is cradled within the deep folds of the Himalayas, presenting a vibrant culture captivating many, snow-capped mountains, emerald green landscapes, fascinating wildlife and gentle hospitality of the Bhutanese people all await you. Bhutan is a unique and rare destination that few people have the privilege to visit.
Arrival at the Tribuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at a hotel.
Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
Drive to Pokhara (900m) on a private tourist Vehicle – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
Guided sightseeing tour in and around Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain views, then onto Chitwan National Park on a private tourist vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a Resort.
Activities in the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at a Resort.
More activities in Chitwan, and drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle- 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m). Overnight at a hotel.
Guided city tours in Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Guided City tour at the Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery. Overnight at a hotel.
Fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa. Overnight at a hotel.
Spare day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro, then a scenic 90-minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha for a day’s sightseeing. Overnight at a hotel.
Head back to Paro with sightseeing along the way. Overnight at a hotel.
Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Overnight at a hotel.
Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
Departures & Availability
We do not have fixed departure date for this trip. This trip can only be organized upon your request. There is an option of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. We have price discounts according to the group size, the bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. We allow complete flexibility on your departure date, please choose your preferable date.
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.
Tibetan-standard two-star hotel accommodation (mostly twin-sharing room) in Lhasa including breakfast.
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 ground transportation by private tourist vehicle.
Kathmandu – Lhasa – Kathmandu airfare with airport departure tax.
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 and Tibet 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 and sunhat (yours to keep).
All government taxes, vat and Tourist service charges
All official expenses.
USD 660 per person, if you want to upgrade to five star accommodation in Nepal best possible hotel accommodation in Lhasa. Five star hotels in Bhutan are very expansive between USD 500 to USD 1500 per night.
- International flight fare and airport departure tax
- Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip, see the travel insurance page).
- Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
Internet and telephone calls.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day (full board meals provided during your 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 tour staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
Detailed ItineraryExpand All
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.
Day 02-03: 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, three 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 9:45am. 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.
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 drive 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.
Day 05-06: 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 camp Tashi Ling, which is behind Gupteshwor Cave, is 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.
Day 07: Drive to Sarankot for sunrise and mountain Views, then continue onto Chitwan National Park by private 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 Sarankotit’s 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 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.
Day 08: Activities in the 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, 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 a guide will take you for jeep safari and jungle walk, visit the observation tower, nature walk with boat ride, back to the camp and have dinner.
Day 09: More activities in Chitwan, and drive back to Kathmandu in a private tourist vehicle-7 hrs.
An early morning wakeup call followed by tea/coffee. Your guide will take you for bird watching followed by breakfast with your departure back to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa (3,660m)
Early morning transfer to the international airport for the hour-long flight to Lhasa. This stunning flight, on a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 757, takes us right across the main Himalayan range and provides us with magnificent mountain views. After landing at Gongar Airport and meeting our Tibetan guide, it is a further 2-hour drive by Land cruiser to Lhasa. It’s advisable to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day due to Lhasa’s altitude.
Day 11: Guided city tours in Lhasa
We spend this day visiting several of Lhasa’s many monasteries in the company of a guide and interpreter. One of these is the Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet, within its whitewashed walls and golden roofs, several hundred monks live and study. After lunch we’ll visit the Norbulingka, the summer palace of the Dalai Lama, as well as the Jokhang Temple. This temple is possibly the most sacred shrine in Tibet and there is always a procession of devout Tibetans through the complex. Surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkor – a maze of narrow cobbled streets that is the central market of Lhasa.
Day 12: Guided City tour at the Potala Palace and the Drepung Monastery
In the morning, we visit the Potala Palace which is the crown jewel of Lhasa. It is a spectacular ancient building, containing private quarters of the Dalai Lama as well as numerous grand state rooms and many important chapels. There has been a Palace on this site since the 5th or 6th century, but the present Palace was constructed in the 17th century. After lunch, we visit the Drepung Monastery, which was founded in the 14th century and was once the largest in the world, with a population of around 10,000 monks. These days that figure is down to several hundred, but there is still much here of interest as it was left relatively unscathed during the Cultural Revolution.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu from Lhasa
Transfer to Gongar Airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.
Day 14: Spare day in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel
Day 15: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro, then a scenic 90-minute drive to Thimphu
You will be met by our Bhutanese airport representative upon arrival. After some formalities we drive to the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 16: 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.
Day 17: 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 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.
Day 18: 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 kilometers from the Paro town. 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.
Day 19: Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
The trail to the tigers 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 900m 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.
Day 20: Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
Gears and Equipment
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
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FAQs for Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan
Do your guides speak good English?
During the tour in Nepal, you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Nepali guide. Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life.
Many Tibetan guides have different accent of English speaking capacity due to their mother tongue and Tibetan language, which makes hard to understand while in the conversation with them. Hence, our travelers must consider these facts before you book for any trip to Tibet.
In Bhutan, the local Bhutanese guide speaks very good English so you will be easily able to communicate with him.
For travelling group of six and more people travelling in Tibet, we will provide experienced prefect English speaking Nepalese guide from Kathmandu.
Are there any volunteer projects that we could visit after the tour?
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!
Click here to learn more about our volunteer programs
Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?
We cater to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.
Do you handel Bhutan and Tibet visa and travelling permit?
YES, we do handle all the procedure for Bhutan and Tibet Visa and Travelling permit. The process charge is all included in the trip price. Please e-mail us the clear color scan copy of passport for the visa procedure.
The Govt. of Bhutan 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. Please carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in Bhutan.
Are there any photography restrictions?
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.
Is Ace the Himalaya's staff insured?
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpa, and porters. Please browse through our legal docment page to view insurance details.
What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?
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
What immunizations will I need?
- COVID-19 vaccination (Negative PCR report in case of unvaccinated travelers.)
- Typhoid vaccination is recommended but not required
We suggest you have a dental checkup before your trip and know your blood type. It is helpful if you inform us of any medical condition that is relevant so we may convey this information in the event of an emergency. Ace the Himalaya keeps your medical condition confidential unless treatment is necessary.
I want to extend my holiday, any recommendations?
Yes, you can extend your holiday. Ace the Himalaya offers many options and alternatives for your holiday extension. For more information, you can visit our Day trips pages.
How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me?
This trip is suitable for any kind of people. No previous experience is required. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical condition must seek medical advice before considering the trip.
Payments and extra costs
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit?
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
Besides Chinese Yuan, only US dollars can be accepted in Tibet. Also shops that accept American currency are very limited and you might not be able to get a good deal for an exchange rate. Credit cards can only be used at some hotels. The Bank of China also accepts credit cards. ATM is not widely available. Exchanging your money to Chinese currency will be the best option for you, which can be done at the Bank of China. While changing money at the local money exchange centers, please make sure that you are accompanied by your guide and do consult him as you may easily be duped with counterfeit notes.
How much additional money do I need per day?
It depends on your spending habits. USD 15 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner (in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in Lhasa), bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the tour.
All meals are included during your stay in Bhutan and Chitwan tour in Nepal. While in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa only the breakfast included in the trip price.
There are many shops in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lhasa and Bhutan that sell traditional handicrafts. We recommend you to bring extra money to spend on souvenirs.
Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
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.
Arrival and Visas
Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?
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.
Weather and Temperature
What is the best season for this tour?
The best time for Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet Tour is between February to June and September to December.
What is the weather and the temperature like during the tour?
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 1°C at night to 20°C. Between March and September, the weather stays prefect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From October to December, 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.
What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and tour?
We use twin sharing standard rooms starting from three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. In Lhasa, accommodation will be in 2-star hotels. The hotel offer room with breakfast.
In Chitwan we provide the most popular resort on full board meals including all the activities inside the national park.
We provide government-approved three star hotel accommodation in Bhutan including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There will be additional charge of USD 660 per person to upgrade the four to five star hotel accommodation in Nepal and in Lhasa. Five star hotels in Bhutan are very limited and expansive between USD 500 to USD 1500 per night.
What sort of food can I expect in the tour?
Most of the restaurants serve local Nepali, Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine always plenty to choose from.
All breakfasts are included during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa while in Chitwan and Bhutan all your meals are included in the trip price
Your guide will help you find good restaurants in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lhasa. You can try ethnic Nepali and Tibetan cuisine. Meals will either be in the hotel or at a restaurant of your choice (where available). Expect to spend around USD 15 to 20 per day for meals in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in Lhasa.
Will it be possible to get any clothes washed/Laundry ?
Laundry service is easily available at your hotel by paying additional charge. Please note that laundry service is not included in the package price.
Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?
In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
In Bhutan the trip price included the drinking water. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.
Transportation and Flights
What mode of transportation do you use?
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. These vehicles are extremely sturdy, spacious and reliable and they make the journey as comfortable as possible.
Do we book our own international flight, flight to and from Lhasa and Druk air flight?
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.
We book your Air China flight to and from Lhasa and this is included in the price.
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
Are there any weight restrictions on Druk air flights?
Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.
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What makes this trip different ?
Our CSR with Sambhav Nepal
- Ace the Himalaya believes in giving back to the communities that surround and support tourism in Nepal. Ace provides logistical support and, if needed, cash donations to the projects of Sambhav Nepal (a local NGO).
- Sambhav Nepal and Ace work together to plan volunteer programs that will bring in foreign volunteers and make use of their enthusiasm, time, and talents in a variety of projects.
Sustainability and Responsible Tourism
- Of the few Travelife Partners in Nepal, Ace the Himalaya is one. We respect the procedures for sustainable tourism. Our excursions are socially and environmentally conscious, leaving the lowest possible impact in the Himalayas.
- About 80% of Ace the Himalaya’s staff members are natives of the regions where our trips are organized. It is one of our sustainable and responsible efforts to help local communities, support small businesses, and promote regional culture and way of life.