Bhutan Cultural Heartland Tour

Trip Code

TTN-1281

Trip Type

Group

Difficulty Level

Easy

Accommodation

Hotel, Guest house

Group Size

1-12

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour in Paro and Thimphu.
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of Himalayan peaks.
  • Pay a visit to Chimi Lhakhang Temple.
  • Go to see Trongsa Dzong fortress.
  • Look in on Swiss farm.
  • Explore Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger’s Nest)
  • Stop by Bumthang village for shopping.

Trip Overview

Bhutan Cultural Heartland tour 10 days trip offers an opportunity to experience the rich oral and cultural heritage of Bhutan at its best. Bhutan, often referred as the Last Shangri La, is a beautiful country overlooking the Himalayan peaks.

The country’s rich biodiversity, high surrounding mountains, rich traditional architecture, temples and monasteries all contributed to the uniqueness of this mystical country.

This trip offers an immersive experience of cultural sightseeing around the most popular destinations of Paro,Thimphu, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Punakha and Tiger Nest Monastery for visitors. Along the journey, it takes you to the stunning Dzongs, monasteries and offers magnificent landscape views of Bhutan Kingdom.

Bhutan Cultural Heartland tour, you will explore the diverse flora and fauna through the country’s lush valleys. The beauty of the region with an abundance of diverse vegetation ranging from tropical to lush meadows offers visitors to enjoy the natural environment.

The unique landscape consists of forest which is a home to exotic animals such as Takin, Golden Langur, Red Pandas, Leopards, Royal Bengal Tiger and several bird species such as Himalayan Black Eagle, Parrotbill, Boreal Owl to name a few.

Come and explore Bhutan with us.

  • Detail Itinerary
  • Price & Departures
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  • FAQs
  • Equipment Lists
  • T&C

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01

    Arrival at Paro Airport

    Getting to Paro Airport, you can take flight from several destinations: Bangkok, Kathmandu, New Delhi and others. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok as the Druk Air, a full service carrier, operates its regular flight everyday to Paro.

    As the passenger aircraft flew past the Himalayan peaks, you can enjoy magnificent views of mountains and the valleys. Surrounded by a beautiful valley with the airport below, Paro is a beautiful place with its ancient fortress like dzong, rice fields and cultivated lands for growing fruits and vegetables.

    Upon your arrival, our Bhutanese tour guide welcomes you at the airport and then transfers to the hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel. Lunch and dinner included

  • Day 02

    Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu

    Today, we go for a guided sightseeing tour around Paro and then drive to Thimphu. We will pay a visit to Ta Dzong and Rinpung Dzong, which are the National Museum and the administrative centers of Bhutan's districts.

    Next, we visit the country’s fortress-like Drukgyel Dzong that contains monasteries and set in commanding positions nearby Paro. Built in 1647, this finest architecture was built to celebrate victory over an invasion from Tibet. From here, you can see the beautiful Mount Jomolhari on a clear day. Likewise, we go to see a farmhouse  where we can get acquainted with Bhutanese culture and lifestyle.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 03

    Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

    In the early morning, we enjoy a scenic drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We kickstart our day with sightseeing around Thimphu where we pay a visit to the National Library, National Institute for Zorig Chusum, textile and Folk Heritage Museum. Here, you will get insight into rich art forms of Bhutan along with everyday culture and lifestyle. Next, we visit Tashichho dzong, National Memorial Chorten and vibrant Thimphu bazaar in the evening.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04

    Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha

    Prepare yourself for Bhutan’s Himalayan Ranges as you drive from Thimphu to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. Along the way, you come across Gangtey Monastery built in the 17th century. Upon reaching there, we explore the surroundings of Phobjikha valley and the beautiful Gangtey village.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05

    Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang

    Continuing up the journey, we drive to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). From here, you will notice an abrupt change in vegetation surrounded by dwarf bamboos. Up here lies Chendebji Chorten that was built by Lama Shida in the 18th century. Before arriving at Trongsa, we can see the stunning Trongsa Dzong along the way.

    The drive to Bumthang takes about 3 hours over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m) from Trongsa. The road continued to wind and spiral until we reach Chumey valley where you can see shops selling a woolen textile called Yathra. Next, we continue our journey to Kiki La and then descend down to the Choekhor valley, the central region of Bumthang.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06

    Sightseeing in and around Bumthang

    The Bumthang valley comprises four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura that houses many sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries. 

    We pay a visit to Jakar Dzong built in 1667 A.D which is also the administrative center of Bumthang. We explore one of the oldest temples, Jambay Lhakhang, founded by Songsten Gampo in the 7th century. 

    Containing a majestic complex that sets the finest example of Bhutanese architecture, we get to see Kurje Lhakhang and Tamshing Lhakhang, the important pilgrimage sites of Buddhist as well as Bhutanese people.

    Then, we pay a visit to a farmer's house for refreshments and see the rich culture and traditions. Likewise, we make a trip to the Swiss farm and the brewery of local Bhutan beer. Next, we stroll around Chamkhar town in the evening where you can enjoy sightseeing and buy local handicrafts.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07

    Drive to Punakha

    In the morning, we drive from Bumthang to Punakha via Trongsa. We pay a visit to Trongsa Dzong that lies in a spectacular location in Trongsa. Upon visiting here, we drive to Punakha where we take a leisurely walk in the Wangdi market.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08

    Sightseeing in Punakha with overnight accommodation in Paro

    A short drive will take you to the majestic Punakha Dzong lying in a spectacular location between two rivers Phochu and Mochu. This dzong is the administrative center and home to Bhutanese spiritual leaders and monks. Next, the drive from Punakha goes to Lobesa where we take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. 

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09

    Sightseeing in and around Paro

    Today, we visit the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). It was already marked out as an important cultural heritage site in Bhutan and a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The Taktsang Monastery was founded in 1692, which is believed that Guru Padmasambhava meditated here for four months in the 8th century. Legend has it that he set out on the back of a flying tigress to locate an ideal place, followed him atop a beautiful cave of a sheer rock cliff where he meditated and emerged in eight incarnations.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10

    Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

    The trip ends today. Our airport representative will drop you to the Paro International Airport for your final departure.

    Breakfast included.

Price & Departures

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The price of this trip per person for the Small Group Journey is listed below. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey which can be suitable for you, your family and friends. Discounts is also available which is directly subjected to the increase with the number of people in your group. Hence, bigger the group, better the discount. Therefore, group bookings are highly encouraged.

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Price Includes
  • Pick up and drop off to and from the airport/hotel on a tourist car/van/minibus.
  • Standard government-approved accommodation (on twin sharing basis).
  • Full-board meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea & snacks - for the duration of your stay.
  • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
  • Country presentation and tour briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.
  • Licensed English-speaking Bhutanese tour guides.
  • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel. Luggage will be hauled by horses, mules or yaks at higher elevations, if required.
  • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
  • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
  • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
  • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
  • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.
  • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
Price Doesn't Include
  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (Please see the Druk Air flight info below)
  • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip).
  • Tips for tour guides, porters, driver, hotel lobby and in restaurants. (Tipping is expected)
  • Alcoholic beverages, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking equipment (Click on the Equipment tab).
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “Price Includes” section

FAQs

    • How fit do I have to be and is this tour for me?

      This tour is suitable for any kind of person, and no previous experience is required. If you are a fit and healthy person, then you can do this tour.

    • 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 a signboard with your name on it. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

    • What sort of accommodation conveniences can I expect on this tour?

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

    • What kind of food can I expect on this tour?

      Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine, always plenty to choose from. Local Bhutanese food is spicy like the Indian food.

    • What mode of transportation do you use?

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

    • What is the best time for this tour?

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

    • What is the weather and temperature like on 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 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays perfect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

    • Can I charge my electronic gadgets during this trip?

      Charging facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel. Remember to bring travel adapters with you.

    • 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.

    • Are there any means of communication and internet access during this tour?

      Telephones, international calls and internet facilities are readily available in most of the town during this trip.

    • Can I use credit cards in the places I visit during the tour?

      There are just a few ATM’s in Bhutan for credit cards (Master card / Maestro). Only a 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).

    • How much spending money do I need per day?

      It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for snacks, chocolates and a few drinks during the trip.

    • What is the weight limit for 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.

    • Do your guides have certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center? Have they received first aid training for high altitude?

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

    • Do I need to obtain Visas for Bhutan?

      We will handle the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival at Paro airport. Without a visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets. All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please email us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    • Do we book our international flights and Druk Air flights?

      Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page. Druk air is the only airline to and from Bhutan. We can ebook 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 offers flights from the following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as they have every day flights to and from Paro. 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. Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok = US$890 New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi = US$875 Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta = US$510 Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520 Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu = US$ 860 Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi = US$ 875

    • Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

      Well, tips/gratuity is customary in the tour and highly appreciated. Moreover, it’s personal and a great way to show admiration for all those involved in the trip, their hard work and devotion to make your journey a pleasant one. We have seen our previous clients tipping from USD 20- USD 1000 per person for guides. In general, we suggest spending at least 10% of the cost of the trip for tipping guides and drivers.

    • Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filters?

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

    • Are Trekking to Nepal’s staff insured?

      Yes, our entire staff are insured that includes trekking/tour guides, cooks, Sherpa and porters.

    • 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.

    • Can I add extra days to my trip?

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

    • I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

      Yes, there are so many options and choices available to extend your holiday before or after the trek. For more information, please visit our website.

    • Is there a minimum number 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.

    • Are there any laundry services available on this trip?

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

    • What immunizations will I need?

      No vaccinations are compulsory for traveling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We recommend a dental check-up prior to traveling and you know your blood group in case of emergency. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and us at the time of your booking.

Equipment Lists

For the Bhutan Cultural Heartland Tour for 10 days, you should bring comfortable clothes. You should consider the time of the year you are travelling to choose the right clothing and equipment for this trip.

Packing Suggestions

  • If you are going to Bhutan from Kathmandu, we provide you a complimentary duffel bag in Kathmandu, where you can pack the essential equipment and use it for shopping purposes.
  • The duffel bag is carried by the vehicles during the tour. 
  • You need to carry your own backpack (with waterproof cover) where you can carry your daily essential items. For instance: money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
  • The total luggage allotment is 20 kg per person for Druk Air flight.
  • You can store your luggage at the Hotel lockers, if not required during the tour.

We advise you to bring the following equipment for the Bhutan Cultural Heartland Tour 10 days.

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary duffel bag that is yours to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • T-shirts (2).
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are travelling in the rainy season from June to September.)

If you are travelling in the cold season (January, February and December)

Warm wool or synthetic hats that cover your ears.

  • A neck warmer.
  • 1 pair warm gloves.
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear/thermals.

Medicines and First Aid Kit

Note: Our guide will bring the first-aid kit bag during the tour. However we still recommend you to bring a personal medical kit.

  • 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.

Other essential important items

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline tickets (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of yours).
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Sunscreen (SPF 40)
  • Toiletries (Include toilet paper, wet wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap)

Terms and Conditions

Trekking to Nepal is owned and operated by Ace the Himalaya, a reputed trekking and tour company based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

These booking terms and conditions mentioned here establish a legally binding contract between Ace the Himalaya and you (Client) for our services. Please read our terms and conditions carefully prior to booking a trip with us.

Bookings (Nepal and India Trips)

You can process a booking via our website, our third-party websites or email us at info@trekkingtonepal.com.

Our trip prices are in USD. If you are booking the trip with us and making payment in your local currency, then the same day exchange rate set by Nepal’s Central Bank is applicable when converting your local currency into USD.

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 30% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 30% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • For Nepal trips, the remaining amount can be paid in USD/Credit card on your arrival day or pre-trip meeting at our office or hotel.
  • While for an India trip, the remaining balance should be paid in USD by bank transfer or Credit card at least 20 days prior to the trip departure date.

Bookings (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a completed booking form, a copy of your passport along with a 50% deposit of the total trip cost.
  • THE 50% DEPOSIT IS NONREFUNDABLE.
  • The remaining balance should be paid in USD/Credit card a minimum of 20 days before the trip departure date.

Last Minute Booking

  • For Nepal and India trips, we accept the last minute booking 10 days prior to the trip departure date, only if we have space available for the trip and full payment is then required.
  • For Bhutan and Tibet trips, we will accept your last minute booking 20 days prior to the tour departure date; full payment is then required.

Payment Method (Applicable for all trips)

You can pay via wire transfer or credit card payment.

Swift/ Wire Transfer in USD
Account number:  01901576560029
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Swift/ Wire Transfer in NPR
Account number:  01901576560018
Bank Name: Himalayan Bank Limited
Bank Address: KSK Building Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Bank P.O. Box: 20590
Phone: 00977-1-4227749, 450201
Fax: 00977-1-4222800
Telex No:  2789 HIBA NP
SWIFT:  HIMANPKA
Account Holder Name:  Ace the Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd

Note: We are not liable for the bank transaction fee and should be paid by the customer.

Credit Card Payment

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express Card, and a 3.5% levy will be added as a card processing fee. We are not liable for those 3.5% bank transaction fee and is not affiliated with the total cost of the trip.

For secure and quick payment by credit card, you can fill up our direct payment form.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Nepal and India Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 20 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 20 days prior to the trip departure date, then 30% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 20 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Cancellation and Refund Policy (Bhutan and Tibet Trips)

  • You should provide us a valid written notice via email a minimum of 30 days prior to the trip departure date. Cancellation is valid with approval only after receiving the notice.
  • Cancellation of the trip 30 days prior to the trip departure date, then 50% of the trip amount would be deducted from the advance paid and the remaining amount after the deduction would be refunded.
  • Cancellation of the trip made less than 30 days notice prior to the trip departure date, there will be a 100% charge applicable (no refund policy). If you cancel the trip and need to submit a claim to your insurance company, we can help with the supporting documentation such as a receipt for monies paid.

Reschedule the Trip (Nepal, India and Bhutan)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 20 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 20 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 20 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

Reschedule the Trip (Tibet)

  • You should provide us with written notice including reasons that make you unable to travel via email 30 days prior to the trip departure date. If you are preponing the trip, you should notify us in writing 30 days prior to your new departure date.
  • A FEE OF USD 200 PER PERSON WILL BE CHARGED IF YOU POSTPONE OR PREPONE OR TRANSFER YOUR TRIP TO ANOTHER PERSON NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TRIP DEPARTURE DATE. THE CLIENT IS RESPONSIBLE TO FIND ANOTHER PERSON FOR TRANSFERRING HIS/HER TRIP.

INCOMPLETE TRIP

IN CASE OF ANY FAILURE TO COMPLETE THE TRIP, FOR WHATEVER REASON, BY THE CLIENTS, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS FOR ANY MEALS, ACCOMMODATION OR ANY SERVICES NOT USED DURING THE TRIP. FURTHER, IF YOU COMMIT ANY UNLAWFUL ACT DURING THE TRIP AND ARE COMPELLED TO LEAVE NEPAL, WE ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY REFUNDS.

Passport and Visas (Nepal and India)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • A Nepalese visa can be obtained from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visa costs are the sole responsibility of clients. For more details, please read this link about Nepalese Tourist Visa.
  • You can fill in the Nepalese Tourist Visa form online. Here is a link- Department of Immigration. The online form will be valid for 15 days, which means you must fill it in less than 15 days before your arrival date. You will receive a receipt by your email after filling in the form. You should print the receipt and keep it with you as you need to produce it before the immigration authority.
  • For Indian visas and cost, please contact the Indian embassy in your home/resident country. There is no on arrival visa facility for Indian visas.

Passport and Visas (Bhutan and Tibet)

  • A valid passport is needed with a minimum validity of 6 months from the return date.
  • As you are unable to obtain visas to Bhutan and Tibet directly, Bhutan as well as Tibet permit and visa will be organized by Ace the Himalaya. This cost is all included in the trip price.
  • To facilitate this, you need to send a clear, color scanned copy of your passport to us via email at the time of booking.

RISK AND LIABILITIES

ALL OUR NEPAL, INDIA, BHUTAN AND TIBET TOURS ARE CONDUCTED BY FOLLOWING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TOURISM BOARD OF THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRY. ACE THE HIMALAYA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGES IN ITINERARIES DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. FOR INSTANCE: LAST MINUTE CHANGE IN GOVERNMENT RULES, LOCAL POLITICS, GOVERNMENT RESTRICTION, BAD WEATHER, ILL HEALTH CONDITION OF TREKKERS, DEATH, ROAD BLOCKAGE, FLIGHT DELAY/CANCELLATION, NATURAL DISASTERS (EARTHQUAKE, LANDSLIDE, FLOOD, SNOWFALL, AVALANCHE, ETC) AND ANY OTHER THINGS BEYOND OUR CONTROL. ANY ADDITIONAL EXPENSES NECESSITATED BY SUCH AN EVENT WILL BE BORNE BY THE CLIENT/S. FURTHER, WE RECOMMEND YOU TO HAVE TRAVEL INSURANCE WHILE TRAVELING IN NEPAL.

Travel Insurance

Having Travel Insurance is compulsory for all clients while traveling with us. The travel insurance must cover weather delays, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, air ambulance, trip cancellations, natural disasters, theft of baggage, loss of gear and equipment etc.

Domestic flight delay/Cancellation

Generally, due to bad weather conditions and poor visibility, flight delays or cancellation are likely to happen in mountain countries/regions. In such a case, we are not liable for any extra expenses or inconveniences. Since the weather of the mountain region is quite unpredictable, we suggest you arrange a minimum of 1 or 2 extra days (especially Everest region treks) so that you won’t miss your International flight. Further, we suggest you bring some extra cash to prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

Changes to your trip and price due to natural disasters, flight delay etc.

In the event of cancellations/changes of the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, flight delay etc., we will arrange another trip for you of the same price value. Also, you are free to reschedule the trip. While rescheduling the trip of either the same price value or higher value, you need to pay the amount of used services from your previously booked trip. Similarly, if the price increases for the rescheduled departure, you will pay the difference between new prices and old prices.

Most of our trip packages are based on twin-sharing accommodation. Furthermore, a single-room supplement charge will be imposed on the clients who don’t have another tour participant to share accommodation with.

Likewise, we reserve the right to revise pricing rates posted in our marketing material under any circumstances or on the pressure of various external factors like changes in exchange rate, government action, etc. which are far from our control.

Health and Fitness

You should be physically and mentally fit when trekking in high altitude regions. Therefore, we suggest you undergo a medical examination with a general practitioner (GP) regarding your health and fitness before traveling with us. If you have any preexisting medical conditions or disabilities, please notify us at the time of booking.

Children

A legal guardian/parent must accompany the participant below the age of sixteen.

Privacy

Ace the Himalaya is concerned to protect the privacy and confidentiality of your personal information. No private or personal information that you provided to us when booking will be disclosed for any other purposes.

PUBLICITY

YOU AGREE THAT ACE THE HIMALAYA MAY USE IMAGES OF YOU TAKEN DURING THE TRIP WITHOUT RECOURSE TO YOU AND WITHOUT COMPENSATION TO YOU, FOR PUBLICITY AND PROMOTION PURPOSES THROUGH WHATEVER MEDIUM IT CHOOSES.

Complaints

Should you have a complaint about the trip, make it known to our staff at the earliest opportunity, so that s/he may take appropriate actions to resolve it. Your satisfaction is our top-notch priority.

Acceptance of Terms

These terms and conditions are valid only if you book the trip with us directly. If you book our trip through a third party or any agents, you are liable to their terms and conditions as well as our terms and conditions.

Applicable Law and Choice of Forum

Ace the Himalaya main office is located in Kathmandu, Nepal. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of Nepal. Any dispute arising out of these terms and conditions shall be resolved exclusively by the District Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court located in Kathmandu, Nepal. There is no case in a foreign country, and the parties agree that the court of Nepal is the appropriate forum for any claim or proceeding commenced in relation to these terms and conditions.

Trip Notes

Druk air flight costs are not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. 

Druk air offers flights from the following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as they have every day flights to and from Paro.

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.

Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok = US$890

New Delhi – Paro- New Delhi = US$875

Calcutta – Paro- Calcutta = US$510

Kathmandu – Paro- Kathmandu = US$520

Bangkok – Paro – Kathmandu = US$ 860

Bangkok – Paro – New Delhi = US$ 875

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking to Nepal is an online booking platform of Ace the Himalaya. Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of non-profit organization Sambhav Nepal.

Ace the Himalaya covers the administration cost of Sambhav Nepal as the staff working at Ace also help in admin work of Shambav Nepal. For instance: making proposals, collecting information for the related projects, visiting the project sites, coordinating the local governments/authorities etc. That’s why, Sambhav Nepal doesn't have their admin cost in the project it runs.

Furthermore, Sambhav Nepal  provides support to people with needs such as education and health in villages of Gorkha through the children sponsorship program. We sponsor children for school which are conducted successfully in full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

Why Trekking to Nepal?

  • Client-friendly trips
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable trekking
  • Experienced guides and porters
  • Safety and comfort a priority
  • Young, innovative team

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We can customize the trip as per your need. We can help you make it fit your budget.

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