Nepal and Bhutan Tour

Start a cultural tour of two impressive kingdoms - Nepal and Bhutan.

Duration Duration 12 Days
Meals Meals
  • 11 Breakfast
  • 06 Lunch
  • 06 Dinner
Accommodation Accommodation
  • 3/4-star hotel accommodation
Activites Activities
  • Sightseeing
  • Jungle Safari
  • Monastery Observation
Price Reduced US$ 5575 Price Starts From US$ 4460
Destination Destination
Nepal & Bhutan
Difficulty Difficulty
Easy
Max. Altitude Max. Altitude
2334 Meter
Activities Activity
Sightseeing
Start and Point Start/End Point
Kathmandu/Paro
Best Season Best Season
March, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
Group Size Group Size
2 - 8 People
Transportation Transportation
Private Car and Flight
Activity Per Day Activity Per Day
5-6 hours sightseeing

Overview of Nepal and Bhutan Tour

The Nepal and Bhutan Tour takes you on a beautiful journey of discovery.  This unforgettable Nepal-Bhutan trip will let you experience unique mountain cultures and traditions that have remained untouched by modernization. Explore ancient heritage sites and step inside sacred temples and monasteries. Gain insight into the vibrant spiritual traditions. In less than two weeks, you will experience all the major highlights of these two fascinating destinations.


Nepal and Bhutan Tour Packages Highlights

  • Visit Thimpu, Paro, Punakha Valley
  • Visit the Heritage Historical Centre, Traditional School of Arts and Crafts, Punakha National Park, Jigme Dorji, and National Library.
  • Visit old Tibetan Buddhist culture.
  • Appreciate the richness and splendor of these nations, glimpsing the local way of life and traditions.
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing (Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square)
  • Pokhara -City of Paradise, sightseeing and sunrise view from Sarangkot
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park (Jeep Safari 3-4 hours, canoeing on Rapti River, Tharu Cultural Dance Show
  • Chitwan National Park (Jeep Safari 3-4 hours, canoeing at Rapti River, Tharu Cultural Dance Show

Take this Nepal and Bhutan Tour and visit two Himalayan nations renowned for their dramatic landscapes, outstanding mountain views, generous hospitality, and fascinating culture; for centuries, outsiders were forbidden to enter these two Himalayan kingdoms. While Nepal opened its doors to outsiders during the late 1960s, Bhutan introduced tourism only in the mid-1970s.

Following a strict policy of sustainable tourism to safeguard its environment and culture, Bhutan allows only a handful of tourists to visit the country yearly. Start an unforgettable journey and explore the Nepal and Bhutan Tour.

Journey into the heart of Nepal and experience this enchanting region’s colorful sights and culture. Mingle with local villagers and craftspeople, visit tranquil temples and sacred Buddhist sites, walk the cobbled streets of tiny mountain towns, and search for unique wildlife.

From the whirlwind of Kathmandu to the lush jungle of Chitwan National Park – with plenty of delightful hidden gems in between – take this unforgettable tour of Nepal, brimming with culture, history, and natural beauty.

Bhutan is the little secret of Asia. Overshadowed and nestled between China and India, it is a relatively new travel destination, with many undiscovered secrets in its natural landscape and quiet townships. The land has red-clothed monks, ancient Buddhist temples, and friendly smiles. It is one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Where gross national happiness is more important than money, where chilies are used as a vegetable rather than for spice, and the thunder dragon, Druk, is emblazoned on the national flag, symbolizing the people of Bhutan: loyal, patriotic, and living with a total sense of belonging within the kingdom.

Nepal and Bhutan Tour Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    A Peregrine representative will greet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. You will meet your tour leader at the hotel later that afternoon/evening for a briefing and discussion about the Nepal and Bhutan Tour. The briefing contains trip details, itinerary description, and schedule. If there are any last-minute changes, discuss them with the leader to rearrange them.

    Later in the evening, you are free to stroll around the streets of Kathmandu on foot. Kathmandu is a fascinating city supporting both ancient and modern architecture.

    Kathmandu is home primarily to the Newari people, whose rich history and original traditions can be seen in the local arts, architecture, and culture; furthermore, the cuisine is unique and well worth sampling. (consult your group leader for local restaurant recommendations). Take the opportunity to visit traditional bazaars like Ason and Indrachowk.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel Kathmandu or Ramada Encore Kathmandu or a similar hotel
    Meals: Not Included

  • Day 02: Mountain Flight to Mount Everest and Kathmandu return

    On the second day, you will take a mountain flight and fly over the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest. The flight’s weather can be unpredictable depending on the time of year. However, we have records of probable weather and will advise accordingly.

    Everest view from airplane cockpit
    Everest view from an airplane cockpit

     

    Mountain View during Scenic Everest Flight
    Mountain View during Scenic Everest Flight

    You will also get a panoramic view of Sagarmatha National Park during this flight. It is the first national park in Nepal to be listed as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.

    Leaving the mighty giant peak behind, we will return to Kathmandu and continue our tour exploring a few World Heritage Sites. Our next attraction is Boudhanath Stupa, located at the heart of the Tibetan trade to Kathmandu. The structure of Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest and unique in the world.

    Swayambhunath
    Swayambhunath

    We will also visit the most significant Hindu Temple – Pashupatinath. Dating back to the 5th century, its complex temples and ashrams are situated on the banks of the divine river Bagmati. Walking around the temple, you may encounter Hindu funerals along the banks (ghat)with several cremations. (should you find this traditional sacred ceremony uncomfortable to see, let your guide know)

    Temple Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square
    Temple Square – Kathmandu Durbar Square

    We will walk around One of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, Kathmandu Durbar Square. We are surrounded by astounding architecture dating back to the Lichhavi Period in the third century.

    Moreover, these three complexes were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the same year, 1979 AD.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel Kathmandu or Ramada Encore Kathmandu or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Fly to Pokhara

    Today, we will take an early morning flight to Pokhara, famously known as the city of lakes. There are seven lakes in the Pokhara region, among which Phewa Lake is the second largest in Nepal. Our accommodation will be in one of the best hotels near Phewa Lake.

    Pokhara Sarangkot
    Pokhara Sarangkot

    During the day, we will visit the World Peace Pagoda, which is about a 20-minute ride by bus or taxi. Nepal has two of eight Peace Pagodas, one in Lumbini and another in Pokhara. You will see the magnificent Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (fishtail peak), and other surrounding snowcapped peaks. After exploring and gaining peace from visiting the Peace Pagoda, we will continue to our next attraction.

    World Peace Pagoda Pokhara
    World Peace Pagoda Pokhara

    Many people know Nepal as a mountainous country. Visiting the International Mountain Museum will teach you about the history and culture of the mountains.  Your day will end with memories of the mountains, their fascinating past, and alluring tales of mountain communities and famous climbers.

    Accommodation: Hotel Water Front or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 04: Pokhara: Exploration day

    Today you can explore the streets and see where it takes you to enjoy shops and local cafes. Or you can call your leader for more sightseeing tours. As mentioned earlier, there are seven lakes in Pokhara. You can take a bike, ride to the nearest lake, take a boat trip on the lake, or take a yoga/meditation class to enjoy a massage, paraglide, or bungee jump. The list is endless.

    Local People
    Local People

    Accommodation: Hotel Water Front or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 05: Drive/Fly to Chitwan National Park

    Today, we will depart for Chitwan National Park, the first national park in Nepal. We will drive for approximately four hours (depending on traffic) to arrive in the afternoon. Here you will check in on one of the ethnic and eco-lodge in Sauraha.

    Here, the lodge manager will welcome the group, and later on, he will introduce you to your nature guide. A nature guide is required for any activity done in the national park. The guide will brief you on the list of activities and their schedule.

    Chitwan Jungle Safari
    Chitwan Jungle Safari

    We suggest you rest in your lodge for a little while in the afternoon to recover from the road trip. Afterward, you can walk towards the riverside and enjoy the sunset with a chilled beer.

    Tharu people are the former inhabitants of Chitwan National Park. These people have their own culture, traditions, and customs. Every evening a group of Tharu people will present their cultural dance for an hour.

    Chitwan Tharu Cultural Dance Show
    Chitwan Tharu Cultural Dance Show

    You can consult your leader and organize to see a cultural program in a nearby theatre. After the show, you can return to the hotel or any bar and enjoy a drink with your friends.

    Accommodation: Hotel Parkland or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 06: Jungle Activities in Chitwan National Park

    Peregrine Tour and Trek is a travel agency that respects animals. We do not support any activities like elephant safari or elephant bathing. Instead, we offer other activities like Jeep Safari, Canoe Ride, Elephant Walk, and a lovely day with an elephant.

    In the morning, you can book the Elephant Walk, where you will follow an Asian captive elephant on foot. In this activity, you can get close to the elephant and learn about her natural behavior without causing harm. After that, get ready for the jeep safari.

    One horn Rhino in Chitwan National Park
    One horn Rhino in Chitwan National Park

    Chitwan National Park holds the second-biggest population of endangered Rhinoceros unicorns. Around 120 tigers (Bengal tiger) are inhibited in Chitwan National Park, but a sighting is rare.

    Apart from these magnificent creatures, you can see various deer, birds, and other wildlife. After finishing the jeep safari, you can join us for a canoe ride in the late afternoon and enjoy the quiet of the Rapti River.

    During your canoe ride, you can see Gharial and Marsh Muggers. These are the only two crocodile species in Nepal where Gharials are considered endangered. After these activities, you can rest, relax in the evening, and have dinner in the Tharu Kitchen.

    Accommodation: Hotel Parkland or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

  • Day 07: Return to Kathmandu

    We have another option if you like mingling with nature for the last time on this trip. You can join an early morning bird-watching program for a couple of hours. After that, we depart from Chitwan and fly to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we will end our Nepal trip and prepare for our destination, the country of Bhutan.

    Accommodation: The Everest Hotel Kathmandu or a similar hotel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 08: Fly to Paro and Drive to Thimpu

    We will take a short flight from Tribhuvan International Airport to Bhutan and land at Paro Airport. (If possible, request your seat on the plane’s left side to enjoy scenic views of the mountains).

    Upon arrival in Paro, we must go through the immigration office and complete a few custom formalities. Later, a licensed Bhutanese guide will receive you and take you to Thimpu’s capital. Driving for two hours, you will see varieties of Bhutanese features, from mountains, rivers, and agricultural fields to red rice plantations.

    Travelers with Guide
    Travelers with a Guide

    Reaching the hotel, you will have a delicious local lunch and visit nearby attractions. The guide will visit the two most popular and traditional factories. One is Nado Poizokhang Incense Factory, and the other is Gagyel Lhundrup Weaving Centre. You can then wander around the streets of Thimpu and explore the magical city at your leisure.

    After returning to the hotel, we will have dinner in the evening, followed by a small group session to discuss the Bhutan trip.

    Some Important Facts:
    • The Bhutanese Government has strict regulations in the tourism sector. They provide more provision for quality tourism rather than quantity.
    • Peregrine Treks and Tours is a valued travel agency for Bhutan tours, and we only provide a group visa.
    • The travelers are compelled to arrive and depart on the fixed dates arranged by the tour agency.
    • There might be a rare and unfortunate case of not getting a flight that causes early arrival or late departure.
    • In such cases, our agency can only book other accommodations associated with a particular individual visa.
    • Doing so could add an extra sum for your tour, around 600 USD, which you must pay for on booking.

    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel Amodhara or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 09: Exploring Thimphu and drive to Punakha

    During your stay in Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, you will have the opportunity to explore the vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the region’s rich cultural heritage. One of the highlights is a leisurely walk through the enchanting Tibetan Village, where you can witness the daily life of the locals, pass by lush agricultural fields, and venture into the natural blue pine forests, experiencing the serene beauty of the surroundings.

    Start a picturesque hike along the riverside trails; you will have the chance to visit Pangri Zampa Gompa, a monastery that serves as the national center for traditional astrology. Along the way, you will also pass by Tango and Cheri Gompa, adding to the spiritual and serene ambiance of the journey. A delightful picnic lunch awaits you on the bank of the river, providing a moment of relaxation and nourishment amidst nature’s tranquillity.

    Thimpu Valley - The Capital City of Bhutan
    Thimpu Valley – The Capital City of Bhutan

    In the afternoon, your sightseeing adventure in Thimpu continues as you visit some notable landmarks. The National Memorial Stupa, towering proudly as one of the tallest monuments in Thimpu, was constructed in honor of the esteemed third king, Jigme Dorje Wangchuk. Its grandeur and serene atmosphere make it a vital reverence and remembrance site.

    Another fascinating stop is the Zhilukha Nunnery, also known as Drubthob Gomba, which houses around 60 nuns and is the largest nunnery in Bhutan. Here, you can witness the dedication and spirituality of the nuns as they go about their daily rituals and prayers.

    Visiting the Choki Traditional Art School is necessary for those interested in Bhutanese art and craftsmanship. This renowned institution promotes and preserves traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, allowing you to witness the skillful artisans at work and perhaps even try to create your masterpiece.

    Visiting the National Textile Museum is highly recommended to delve further into Bhutan’s rich textile heritage. Here, you can admire the intricate craftsmanship of traditional Bhutanese textiles and learn about their historical significance and cultural importance.

    Lastly, indulge in some shopping at the National Handicrafts Emporium, renowned for its high-quality handmade traditional products. From intricately woven fabrics to exquisite handicrafts, this emporium offers a wide range of authentic Bhutanese treasures that make perfect souvenirs or cherished keepsakes.

    Throughout your exploration of Thimpu, you will be captivated by the city’s cultural richness, artistic heritage, and the warm hospitality of its people. This unforgettable journey will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for Bhutan’s unique traditions and customs.

    After sightseeing in Thimphu, we will drive to Punakha. Punakha is one of the districts lying at an altitude of 1,242m lower than Thimpu. Due to the lower elevation, the temperature is relatively warmer, and it is also considered Bhutan’s ancient winter capital.

    Dochula Pass
    Dochula Pass

    The distance between Punakha and Thimpu is around 72 km, taking approximately four hours by bus. During the journey to Punakha, we will pause at Dochu-La pass to appreciate the beauty of Gangkar Punsum. Gangkar Punsum is the highest peak, with an altitude of 24,770 ft/7,550, and is unclimbed.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: White Dragon Hotel or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 10: Exploring Punakha and drive to Paro

    Today we will visit the second largest and oldest dzong in Punakha Dzong. It is located at the junction of Bhutan’s main rivers: the Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Punakha Dzong carries the relics of Tibetan Buddhism, Bhutanese architecture, and the sacred remains of Ngawang Namgyal. He was the unifier of Bhutan as a nation-state.

    Punakha Dzong
    Punakha Dzong

    After lunch, we will hike from the Mo Chu River base for an hour to visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is situated at an altitude of 1800 meters, and the trail is mostly uphill on a loose earth mud path. Despite the trail as you reach the Chorten, the small hike is worth it. You will encounter awe-inspiring 360 views of Punakha Valley, seeing the paddy fields and the Mo Chu River.

    After sightseeing in Pukakha, we will drive to  Paro via the Dochu-La pass. Along the trail, you will encounter 108 memorials of Chortens (Druk Wangyal Chortens). Each Chortens honours the Bhutanese soldiers who defended Bhutan in 2003’s war against Assam, India.

    Dochula Pass
    Dochula Pass

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Mandala Resort or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 11: Tiger's Nest Monastery: Challenging but worth taking the trail.

    Soon after breakfast, we will drive from our hotel to the nearest starting point of the trail. We will take a challenging four-kilometre 2-3-hour hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang). It is located on a cliff 3000 ft straight above Paro Valley. (it is possible to hire a pony to take you some ways).

    On the way to Taksang Monastery
    On the way to Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

    You might feel it is impossible to complete during the climb, but the pain dissolves with the mesmerizing scenes of the monastery perched on a rocky cliff and the surrounding valleys. The religious construction and historical and peculiar features make the monastery an iconic special place. Exploring the monastery and experiencing its tranquil aura will captivate you like no other place, leaving a lasting impression. After capturing some beautiful pictures, we climbed and spent our last night in Paro Valley.

    Tiger Nest - Paro Taktsang
    Tiger Nest – Paro Taktsang
    Essential Tips for Travelers:
    • The trekking trail is a bit challenging. Hence, wear proper and comfortable hiking boots.
    • Carry the required amount of water and proper energy-giving snacks.
    • Use trekking poles, which will make your walk less painful.
    • Wear proper layers and sunglasses.
    • There is no wheelchair ramp.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    Accommodation: Mandala Resort or a similar 3-star hotel

  • Day 12: Farewell from Paro

    On the last day of the Nepal and Bhutan Tour, you will have a delicious breakfast before traveling to Paro Airport. Leaving Bhutan behind and taking the memories, we depart and fly back to your destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Note: All travellers from the group are required to leave Bhutan on the same day as per the requirement of a group visa.

Includes/Excludes

What's included

  • All land transportation during the Nepal and Bhutan Tour
  • Kathmandu – Paro (Bhutan) flight
  • English Speaking Tour Guide during the Nepal and Bhutan Tour
  • Sightseeing entrance fees as per Nepal and Bhutan Tour Itinerary
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Bhutan Visa Fee and Sustainable Development Fee (USD 100 per day)
  • All government taxes and company service charge

What is excluded

  • International airfare except for Kathmandu – Paro flight and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance and domestic flight ticket
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tipping to the guide and driver

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    Good to Know

    We accept major currencies such as the US Dollar, the Great Britain Pound, the Euro, the Australian Dollar, the Singapore Dollar, the Indian Rupee, the Swiss Franc, the Canadian Dollar, the Japanese Yen, the Chinese Yuan, the Saudi Arabian Riyal, the Qatari Riyal, the Thai Baht, the UAE Dirham, the Malaysian Ringgit, the South Korean Won, the Swedish Kroner, the Danish Kroner, the Hong Kong Dollar, the Kuwaiti Dinar, and the Bahrain Dinar.

    Type C, D, and M power plugs and sockets are used. The standard voltage and frequency are 230 V and 50Hz, respectively.

    Vaccinations You must be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days before traveling to Nepal. Vaccination documentation is required.

    On Arrival Visas are available at Nepal's entrance points for travelers. Travelers from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria, on the other hand, are required to obtain a visa through their nearest Nepalese diplomatic post (embassy/consulate).

    Tourist Visa Fee

    15 Days – US$ 30
    30 Days – US$ 50
    90 Days – US$ 125

    To confirm the trek/tour package, we want a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour/trek fee. The remaining balance must be paid when you arrive in Nepal. We take Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, American Express, and other major credit cards. The total cost of a Bhutan and Tibet tour must be paid in full at the time of booking.

    We strongly advise you to purchase a SIM card for reliable internet access throughout Nepal. Nepal Telecom (owned by the government) and NCELL (owned by the private sector) are the two main SIM card providers in Nepal. It is preferable to get a SIM card at an airport, where staff will assist with activation and data plan purchases. If you have a SIM card, it will be easier for you to contact us and locate our airport agent.

    You can charge your electrical devices at hotels and lodges because there are no power outages. In the Himalayan region, however, hotel owners may levy a nominal fee.

    Essential Information

    When is the ideal time to visit Bhutan, and what is the weather like there?

    Bhutan can be visited all year long. Summer (June, July, and August), autumn (September, October, and November), winter (December, January, and February), and spring are the four seasons (March, April, and May). However, the country has a wide range of altitudes, and the north Indian monsoons significantly impact the climate.

    Temperatures in the southern hemisphere typically range from 15°C to 30°C all year round in a humid, subtropical climate. Warm summers and chilly, dry winters, which feature softwoods, characterize the climate in central Bhutan. Winter temperatures in the north are substantially lower. Mountain summits are always covered in snow due to their height, and the lower regions are kept cool in the summer.

    The Indian monsoon season primarily affects the southern regions and lasts from late June or July until late September. Summer is the primary farming season because crops grow in lush surroundings.

    The wet season is followed by autumn, which lasts from late September or early October through late November. Its defining features are bright, sunny days and perhaps early snowfall at higher elevations. As farmers enjoy the rewards of their labor, this is the time of year for celebrations and feasts.

    The winter arrives in late November and lasts until March. Most of the country experiences frost, and snowfall is frequent above elevations of 3,000 meters. Bhutan’s official language, Dzongkha, translates Drukyul as “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and describes the region as having gale-force winds at the highest elevations and via high mountain passes. The winter northeast monsoon causes this phenomenon.

    Bhutan’s typically dry spring season begins in early March and lasts through mid-April. With nature in its prime, it is a botanist’s dream. With sporadic showers, summer weather starts in mid-April and lasts until late June.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Nepal and Bhutan share similar climates with distinct wet and dry seasons. Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer the best months. During these seasons, you’ll experience clear skies, pleasant temperatures, and minimal rainfall, making them the peak tourist times. Be sure to book your accommodations well in advance for these popular periods.

    Winter (December-February) brings colder temperatures and snow to the higher elevations. While this might limit high-altitude treks, lower regions remain pleasant and offer alternative trekking options. Summer (June-August) is the monsoon season with frequent rain. However, some areas in both countries experience little to no rainfall during this time, allowing for travel and even trekking in specific locations.

    Nepal:

    • Travel Document: A valid passport is necessary for Nepal entry
    • Visa: Fortunately, obtaining a visa for Nepal is straightforward. You have two options:
      • Fill up the form in advance of the visa.
      • Fill out the form upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. This option is available for most nationalities, and the visa processing typically takes around an hour after you submit your application and pay the visa fee.

    Bhutan:

    • Valid Passport: Similar to Nepal, a valid passport is essential.
    • Pre-Booked Tour: Unlike Nepal, Bhutan requires tourists to confirm their Bhutan Tour through a licensed tour operator like Peregrine Treks and Tours. This simplifies the visa process, Peregrine will handle obtaining your visa and any necessary permits on your behalf.
    • Once you book your tour itinerary and provide a digital copy of your passport, Peregrine will take care of the visa application and permits.
    • You’ll receive a visa approval letter allowing you to book your flight to Bhutan.
    • Your visa and permits will be issued upon arrival at Paro International Airport in Bhutan.
    • Tour Guide and Driver: As part of the regulations, a licensed guide and private vehicle will be included in your Nepal Bhutan Tour package.

    Nepal:

    Yes, independent travel is permitted in Nepal. You’ll have the freedom to explore most areas of the country on your own. There are no restrictions on movement throughout Nepal, with the exception of some trekking trails. For trekking in certain regions, you’ll need to obtain a permit, but hiring a guide is optional.

    Bhutan:

    Bhutan’s approach to tourism differs. Due to their environmental protection policies, independent travel is not allowed. All tourists must book their trip through Peregrine Treks and Tours. This ensures responsible tourism practices and minimizes environmental impact. The tour will include a guide, driver, and private vehicle throughout your stay, even for trekking expeditions. This allows for a more controlled and sustainable tourism experience while also providing valuable support for visitors.

    A Nepal and Bhutan Tour might seem pricey. However, Bhutan’s “Minimum Daily Package” (typically ranging from USD 300 to $450 per day) is quite inclusive. This package typically covers your accommodation, meals, transportation with a private vehicle and driver, and your guide throughout the trip. This means you’ll have minimal additional expenses beyond your visa, flight to Bhutan, and any personal spending on souvenirs, gifts, tips, or alcoholic beverages. Considering everything that’s included, a Nepal and Bhutan Tour offers great value for the price.

    Flying is the most convenient way to travel between Nepal and Bhutan on a Nepal Bhutan Tour. Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, offers regular flights to Paro International Airport in Bhutan. This makes for an easy connection between the two countries.

    During peak season, flights between Kathmandu and Paro operate daily, with additional flights sometimes available to accommodate high demand. The flight itself takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, arriving in Paro sometime in the late morning. The cost is typically around USD 300 per person, making it a relatively affordable leg of your Nepal Bhutan Tour. This flight is included in the Nepal and Bhutan Tour Package.

    While both Nepal and Bhutan offer a wealth of cultural and scenic wonders, here are some of the most iconic landmarks you won’t want to miss on your Nepal and Bhutan Tour:

    Nepal:

    • Kathmandu Valley: This historic valley is home to some of Nepal’s most impressive sights.
      • Boudhanath Stupa: This massive stupa, built in the 14th century, is the largest in Nepal and a significant pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists.
      • Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple): Perched atop a hill overlooking Kathmandu, this ancient temple complex offers stunning panoramic views and is known for its resident monkey population.

    Bhutan:

    • Paro Valley: This picturesque valley is home to several iconic landmarks.
    • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest): Clinging precariously to a cliffside, this monastery is a national treasure and a breathtaking sight. Bhutanese lore tells the tale of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered figure credited with bringing Buddhism to the kingdom. Legend has it that he arrived dramatically, riding on the back of a tigress.
    • Punakha Dzong: This massive dzong (fortress-monastery) is one of the most beautiful and historically significant religious buildings in Bhutan, with its stark white walls contrasting with the vibrant jacaranda trees that bloom in spring.

    A Nepal and Bhutan Tour Package offers a chance to delve into the unique flavors of the Himalayas. Both countries boast distinct cuisines but with some shared influences.

    Nepal:

    Nepali cuisine draws inspiration from its Indian and Chinese neighbors while maintaining a strong local identity. Here are some popular dishes:

    • Dal Bhat: Nepal’s national dish, dal bhat, is a hearty and comforting meal. It features lentil soup (dal) served with steamed rice (bhat) and a variety of colorful and flavorful side dishes. These may include pickles (achar), curries (tarkari), various meats (masu), yogurt (dahi), and even fish (machha).
    • Momos: These ubiquitous steamed dumplings are a Nepali staple. Traditionally filled with vegetables, they also come in meat variations. Momos can be enjoyed with a spicy tomato-based sauce or a sesame seed dip.

    Bhutan:

    Bhutanese cuisine is renowned for its fiery flavors, characterized by the generous use of chilies and a unique local cheese called datshi. Spice lovers will be in their element here:

    • Ema Datshi: This national dish is a fiery favorite. Spicy chilies (ema) are simmered with datshi to create a robust stew. Be prepared for a flavor explosion!
    • Jasha Maroo: This Bhutanese take on chicken curry is another flavorful option. Packed with spices, it offers a kick similar to Indian curries but with a distinct Bhutanese twist.
    • Red Rice: A staple food in Bhutan, this unique rice variety boasts a nutty flavor and vibrant red color. It’s a delicious accompaniment to many Bhutanese dishes.

    Ready to start your Himalayan adventure? Here’s how to secure your Nepal and Bhutan Tour:

    1. Book Online: Locate the “Book Now” button on the tour Peregrine Website. Clicking this will initiate the booking process.
    2. Complete the Booking Form: Fill out the required information on the booking form. This typically includes details like your travel dates, the number of participants, and any specific preferences you might have.
    3. Deposit Confirmation: To confirm your spot on the tour, a deposit of at least 20% of the total tour cost will likely be required. Peregrine will provide the specific payment details and instructions.
    4. Confirmation Voucher: Once Peregrine receives the deposit and your passport details, they will send you a confirmation voucher via email.
    5. Retain Your Voucher: This confirmation voucher serves as important documentation for your trip. It would be best if you showed it for various purposes, such as airport transfers or upon arrival at your accommodation.

    Additional Tips:

    • Review Cancellation Policy: Before confirming your booking, be sure to review the Peregrine cancellation policy thoroughly.
    • Ask Questions: If you have any questions or require clarification on anything related to the tour, don’t hesitate to contact Peregrine.

    After experiencing the wonders of Nepal and Bhutan, you might be seeking the next adventure. Here are a couple of options to consider:

    1. Tibet: The Roof of the World

    Earning its nickname “the roof of the world,” Tibet provides a spectacular extension to your Himalayan adventure. Here’s what awaits you:

    • Breathtaking Landscapes: Tibet boasts the world’s highest plateau, offering stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and vast plains that are unlike anywhere else on Earth.
    • Center of Tibetan Buddhism: As you mentioned, Tibetan Buddhism is a cornerstone of Bhutan and Nepal’s cultures. Tibet itself is the heartland of this religion, allowing you to experience Tibetan Buddhism in its purest form: witness grand monasteries, vibrant prayer flags, and a deep spiritual culture.

    Important Considerations for Tibet:

    • Travel Restrictions: Keep in mind that travel to Tibet requires special permits and arrangements. Make sure to research the process well in advance.
    • Altitude: Tibet’s high altitude can be challenging for some travelers.
    1. Explore More of South Asia

    Depending on your interests, you might also consider venturing further into South Asia:

    • India: Explore the vibrant culture, historical sites, and diverse landscapes of India, a land with deep connections to Nepal and Bhutan.
    • Darjeeling: Situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Darjeeling offers stunning mountain views, colonial charm, and a renowned tea industry.

    Ultimately, the choice depends on your preferences. However, Tibet offers a natural extension to your Nepal and Bhutan adventure, while exploring other parts of South Asia provides a contrasting yet culturally rich experience.

    To ensure an enriching experience throughout your Nepal and Bhutan adventure, we provide you with expert local guides in each region:

    • Nepal: In Kathmandu, a knowledgeable heritage guide will bring the city’s rich history and cultural landmarks to life. Pokhara will be explored with the assistance of a city guide, ensuring you get all the hidden gems.
    • Bhutan: Throughout Bhutan, you’ll be accompanied by a Bhutanese guide. Their local expertise and fluency in English will provide invaluable insights into Bhutanese culture and traditions.

    Multilingual Support Available:

    If you require a guide in a language other than English, please let us know during the booking process. We’ll be happy to arrange a guide who speaks your preferred language, ensuring clear communication throughout your tour.

    We understand the importance of safety for solo female travelers. While Nepal and Bhutan are generally considered safe destinations, here’s what we do to ensure your well-being on our Nepal and Bhutan Tour:

    • Experienced Local Guides: Expert local guides, well-versed in the region, will accompany you throughout the tour, ensuring a safe and informative journey. They can also provide valuable insights into local customs and etiquette.
    • Reputable Accommodations: We ensure your overnight stays are in well-established and secure hotels located in central areas.
    • Group Activities (Optional): Depending on your comfort level, you can choose to participate in some group activities with other tour participants, fostering a sense of community and shared experience.
    • 24/7 Support: For your peace of mind, Peregrine’s knowledgeable staff is available 24/7 to address any questions or concerns you may have throughout your trip.

     

    Important Note:

    While we strive to create a safe and secure environment, it’s always wise to be generally aware of your surroundings and practice common travel safety precautions.

    We recommend visiting the U.S. Department of State’s travel advisories for Nepal and Bhutan for the latest safety updates before your trip:

    Through a combination of responsible travel practices and the comprehensive support offered by our tour, you’ll be well-equipped for a safe and rewarding adventure as a solo female traveler in Nepal and Bhutan.

    While travel insurance isn’t mandatory to join our Nepal and Bhutan Tour, we strongly recommend it for your peace of mind. Here’s why:

    • Comprehensive Coverage: Your trip cancellation, medical emergencies, lost luggage, or flight delays is covered by your insurance company.
    • Medical Expenses: Medical care, particularly in remote areas, can be expensive. Travel insurance can safeguard you against these unforeseen expenses, allowing you to focus on receiving the medical care you need without financial stress.
    • Peace of Mind: Knowing you’re covered for unforeseen circumstances allows you to relax and enjoy your vacation without unnecessary stress.

    Bhutan Visa and Permits Included:

    It’s important to note that while travel insurance is separate, this specific tour package does include the cost of obtaining your Bhutan visa and permits. This simplifies the process for you and ensures you have the necessary documentation for your trip to Bhutan.

    We recommend researching different travel insurance options to find a plan that best suits your needs and budget.

    We understand the importance of dietary restrictions. We’re happy to accommodate vegetarian and vegan travelers on our Nepal and Bhutan Tour. Here’s how:

    • Variety of Options: While meals might not be served buffet-style, we’ll ensure a selection of delicious vegetarian and vegan options are available at each included meal.
    • Prior Communication: To ensure we can best cater to your needs, please inform us of your dietary preferences during the booking process. This allows us to communicate your requirements to our partner restaurants and hotels in advance.
    • Customization: Whenever possible, we’ll work with restaurants to customize dishes to fit your vegetarian or vegan diet.

    By letting us know your dietary needs in advance, we can create a more enjoyable and inclusive dining experience for you throughout your Nepal and Bhutan Tour.

    Absolutely! You’re encouraged to capture photos throughout your Nepal and Bhutan Tour to document your incredible journey. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    • Respectful Photography: While snapping photos in most outdoor areas is welcome, remember to be respectful of religious sites. Some temples and monasteries may have restrictions on photography. Always consult with your guide before taking photos inside these sacred spaces.
    • Local Courtesy: The people of Nepal and Bhutan are known for their hospitality. When encountering locals, especially in villages, it’s courteous to ask permission before photographing them. A simple smile and gesture towards your camera can go a long way in ensuring a positive interaction.
    • Memorable Moments: With stunning landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique encounters, Nepal and Bhutan offer endless opportunities to capture unforgettable memories through photography.

    Absolutely! Exchanging currency during your Nepal and Bhutan Tour is possible. Here’s a breakdown for each country:

    • Nepal: You’ll find many currency exchange offices and banks in major tourist areas throughout Nepal. They typically accept major currencies like USD, GBP, Euro, SGD, and others.
    • Bhutan: While some currency exchange options might exist in Bhutan, they are less readily available compared to Nepal. Therefore, we highly recommend carrying USD with you in Bhutan in exchange for local currency (Bhutanese Ngultrum). Exchanging currency beforehand ensures you have readily available cash for any unexpected expenses throughout your trip.

     

    Additional Tips:

    • Check exchange rates: Compare rates offered by different exchange offices before finalizing your transaction.
    • Consider using ATMs: ATMs can be another option, particularly in Nepal’s major cities. However, be aware of potential withdrawal fees associated with international transactions.

    By planning your currency exchange strategy, you’ll be well-prepared to navigate both Nepal and Bhutan with ease.

    Reviews

    5.0
    5 Star Rating

    Based on 11 Reviews

    Stephan Schultheiss
    München, Germany
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Decadent Cultural and Historical Tour

    My experience with the Peregrine team on the Nepal Bhutan Trek was incredible. The entire adventure was distinctive and full of a tranquil mood across two Himalayan nations. First and foremost, thank the tour operator for providing us with a private vehicle for our Kathmandu sightseeing. It was great that the flight ticket cost was also part of the package. More than that, I adored exploring the Dzongs of Bhutan, and the atmosphere was serene. Through the Bhutan Tour, I was able to witness the Buddhist culture as well as the stunning architecture of Paro and Bhutan. It was one of the most decadent cultural and historical tours I’ve ever experienced.


    Steffen Baumgartner
    Ebersberg, Germany
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    One of the best tours of my life

    With this expedition’s help, I could visit over 50 monasteries and stupas from Nepal to Bhutan. The ancient sites of Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, and Boudhanath were magnificent discoveries. I also witnessed the magical view of the Kanchenjunga and the Jomolhari peak on the flight to Bhutan, which was also priceless. My lodging and food while I was in Bhutan were the most crucial aspects of my adventure. Everything was great, and my fantastic highlight was trekking to the Taktsang monastery.
    Furthermore, the Dzong or some monasteries in Thimphu were enticing to behold. The tour was enjoyable, and I want to thank Peregrine for providing the opportunity.


    Tim Richter
    München, Germany
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Fantastic Nepal and Bhutan Tour

    The itinerary was fantastic, and when I asked the tour operator if I could add the Pokhara tour to this adventure, he changed the schedule following my request. The entire Peregrine crew handled things with great class and humility. The local Bhutanese tour guide was also so great that he brought us to every corner of Bhutan. I tried some native food in Paro, and it was pretty excellent. I had a historic sensation as I visited the Paro Ringpung Dzong and descended to Paro’s city center. Also noteworthy was the Tashicho Dzong and King’s Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, both of which feature stunning architecture. Thanks to Peregrine Treks & Tours for taking me to such beautiful spots in a short amount of time.


    Steven E. Marmol
    United States of America
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Unforgettable Nepal and Bhutan Tour

    My remarkable and unforgettable Nepal and Bhutan Tour was the drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The vista of Manaslu, Hiunchuli and the gigantic white face of Annapurna from Pokhara excited me. The paragliding experience in Pokhara was also an enjoyable and noteworthy part of the adventure. The magnificent Ringpung Dzong in Thimpu also connects me to the cultural and traditional aspects of the native Bhutanese people. The tour guide was modest and helped us learn about numerous monasteries while facilitating communication with the locals. For making this possible, we appreciate Peregrine Treks and Tours.


    Ronald A. Day
    United States
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Excellent Tour Package

    When one of the guides drove me to a hotel in Bhutan, I experienced a cozy atmosphere. Throughout the Nepal and Bhutan tours, the food and accommodations were excellent. Additionally, the panorama of the entire Punakaha region and the view from the Dochu La pass (3,110m) was thrilling. Similarly, we practiced mediation at one of the Dzongs, which for some reason, gave me a substantial feel and serenity. The other spectacular sights are the villagers fishing along the Pho Chu and Mo Chuu rivers. Overall, the tour was impressive, and the itinerary was well-planned, so we could see everything in the allotted time.


    Matilda Bindon
    Australia
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Imressive Mountain View and Buddhist Culture

    I did not anticipate that I would be paddling my boat next to Mount Macchapuchre and Annapurna. The feelings I had from Mahendra Cave to David’s fall were remarkable. The tranquility of Pokhara was on a completely distinct dimension. Also impressive was the view of the magnificent Rupa and Begnas lakes. The northern Himalayas of Pokhara were visible to us as we proceeded to the Buddha stupa. More than this, the lakeside evening was phenomenal, and the entire tour was first-rate. The exquisite flavor of the local breakfast and coffee I had at the Thimpu still lingers, and I will never forget either. Thanks to Peregrine treks and tours for this excellent Nepal and Bhutan Tour.


    Zac Gipps
    Australia
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Ultimate Experience of Himalayan Nation

    My ultimate experience was discovering Pashupatinath and Boudhanath historical and cultural sites for the first time. The best part was losing me in the incredible ambiance of these spiritual sanctuaries. Likewise, Pokhara’s sightseeing was fantastic. Similarly, visiting Bhutan’s “Simply Museum” gave us insight into the country’s culture and allowed us to admire its beautiful handicrafts and artwork. The Tashicho Dzong, also known as Thimpu Dzong, is where we eventually entered as we continued toward Thimpu. The entire yard and the inside decorations were stunning. Dzong had a multicolored Dzong with brown paint applied on both sides. The Nepal and Bhutan tour was exciting, and we are grateful to Peregrine for making it so.


    Elfie van Uum
    Denmark
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    14 Days Worthy Tour

    My surprising part of this tour was the 360-degree panorama of Thimpu from the Buddha Dordenma. The serene atmosphere of the site and the numerous Buddha statues gave an impressive sight. In the same way, I’ll never forget the experience I got on the trek to Taktsang Monastery. Even though the 3000m trek was a little challenging, it was worth it once I arrived at the monastery. The spectacular panorama was visible from there. More than this, I was glad about the Nepal and Bhutan tour because everything went smoothly thanks to the services of the guides and personnel. For this fantastic journey, I am thankful to Peregrine Treks and Tours.


    Sven Neustadt
    Germany
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Decadent Cultural and Historical Tour

    My experience with the Peregrine team on the Nepal Bhutan Trek was incredible. The entire adventure was distinctive and full of a tranquil mood across two Himalayan nations. First and foremost, thank the tour operator for providing us with a private vehicle for our Kathmandu sightseeing. It was great that the flight ticket cost was also part of the package. More than that, I adored exploring the Dzongs of Bhutan, and the atmosphere was serene. Through the Bhutan Tour, I was able to witness the Buddhist culture as well as the stunning architecture of Paro and Bhutan. It was one of the most decadent cultural and historical tours I’ve ever experienced.


    Bernard Girard
    Reine Elisabeth, France
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Enjoyable Nepal and Bhutan Tour

    With this expedition’s help, I could visit over 50 monasteries and stupas from Nepal to Bhutan. The ancient sites of Pashupatinath, Swaymbhunath, and Boudhanath were magnificent discoveries. I also witnessed the magical view of the Kanchenjunga and the Jomolhari peak on the flight to Bhutan, which was also priceless. My lodging and food while I was in Bhutan were the most crucial aspects of my adventure. Everything was great, and my fantastic highlight was trekking to the Taktsang monastery. Furthermore, the Dzong or some monasteries in Thimphu were enticing to behold. The tour was enjoyable, and I want to thank Peregrine for providing the opportunity.


    Senior Laforest
    Isambard, France
    5 Star Rating

    Excellent

    Beautiful Himalayan Spot

    The itinerary was fantastic, and when I asked the tour operator if I could add the Pokhara tour to this adventure, he changed the schedule following my request. The entire Peregrine crew handled things with great class and humility. The local Bhutanese tour guide was also so great that he brought us to every corner of Bhutan. I tried some native food in Paro, and it was pretty excellent. I had a historic sensation as I visited the Paro Ringpung Dzong and descended to Paro’s city center. Also noteworthy was the Tashicho Dzong and King’s Memorial Chorten in Thimphu, both of which feature stunning architecture. Thanks to Peregrine Treks & Tours for taking me to such beautiful spots in a short amount of time.


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