Duration: 9 Days
This dual package to the Himalayan countries Nepal & Bhutan is a perfect package to explore the mysterious land, several heritage sites, and Bhutan being the unspoiled kingdom of thunder dragon.
The rewards you get to experience this trek is exploring the unique culture and traditions, typical lifestyles of people of these countries inclusive of the beautiful surrounding views of the Himalayas. This is an easy journey applicable to every individual and can be done with family members, children, and even the elderly people having sound health.
Nepal is one of the best destination to observe several mystical heritage sites. The Pashupatinath temple is one of the sacred sites for Hindus. Another heritage site is the Swayambhunath temple (also known as monkey temple both worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists).
The next is the Boudhanath stupa. It is the hotspot for travelers and is one of the biggest stupas in South Asia. The Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient palace where the early rulers used for ruling the country. We will be also be visiting Patan Durbar Square which is one of the ancient square beautifully constructed with prehistoric arts, architecture and sideways, visit few temples. Next will explore another ancient city – Bhaktapur. From here, we drive to hill station Nagarkot to relish the sunrise and sunset views with several Himalayan mountains.
As in Bhutan, you get the stunning views of the sacred peaks like Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake during your flight. As we reach Paro, we will explore Paro city by visiting several monasteries like Kichulhankhang (the oldest temple constructed in 1646) and then visit Dzongs (fortresses) and hike to the famous monastery known as Taktsang monastery. It is also known as Tiger Nest Monastery located at the edge of a high cliff at 900 meters. And from here, we hike to Wangditse Gompa and then head to Thimpu (capital of Bhutan). Here we will be visiting several temples, nunnery temples, museums, and then head to explore Punakha. Then we retrace back to Paro and explore Paro city.
Finally, we fly back to Kathmandu to continue exploring Kathmandu city. This combo package can be done in every season but the preferable time would be in spring and fall as the weather will be perfect. The itinerary is designed for 9 days to cover this Himalayan country in a singular package. For further details, please feel free to contact or email us.
Here we list our detailed itinerary for Nepal Bhutan Cultural Tour:
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath
Day 03: Fly to Paro (2,250m/7,382ft): 1 hour flight, city sightseeing
Day 04: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day 05: Hike to WangditseGompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 06: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours’ drive: Hike to Lungchutse Monastery
Day 07: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours’ drive: Hike to KhamsumYulleyNamgyalChorten
Day 08: Fly to Kathmandu, sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur and sunset views from Nagarkot (2195m/7,201ft), 35 minutes’ drive from Bhaktapur
Day 09: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- All airport pick-up and drop
- All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles
- All meals in Nepal and Bhutan
- Twin-shared hotel accommodation in Nepal and Bhutan
- Sightseeing in Nepal and Bhutan with an experienced English speaking local tour guide
- Permits and sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments as per the itinerary
- Company services and all required government taxes
- Bhutanese visa fee
Not Included in the Cost
- All international flights
- Nepalese visa fee (easily available after arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu)
- All personal expenses (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry etc.)
- Other services not mentioned in 'What's Included' section
- Travel insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation.
For Nepal: Three Star Category Hotels in major cities.
For Bhutan: Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis.
A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.
Meals and Drinks in Bhutan
All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts such as pork, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.
Best Time to Travel
Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.
Luggage or Backpack for tour
You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.
Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:
- Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
- Copy of the first page of your passport
- Airline tickets
- Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural or City Tours
- 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
- 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
- Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
- Lip balm
- Sunglasses, prescription glasses
- 1 visor/sun hat
- Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
- Prescription medications
- Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
- Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)
Personal Expenses on Trek
Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.
Our Greetings at Airport
We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Nepal Bhutan Cultural Tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it
Our normal Itinerary includes 9 days for Nepal Bhutan Cultural Tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.
Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.
Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Nepal Bhutan Cultural Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Nepal Travel insurance page for more info about it.
Booking and Payment
You are required to make 20% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Nepal Bhutan Cultural Tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.