Nepal Short Trekking with Bhutan Tour

Nepal Short Trekking with Bhutan Tour

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

15 Days

Max Altitude:

3190 m

Group Size

Min 2 Pax

Trial Access:

Flight/Private Vehicle

Best Season:

All Year Round

Nepal Short trek with Bhutan Tour is a reliable tour package where you can have a combined and unforgettable experience... These two countries lie in the lap of the Himalayas. Both countries have very distinct lifestyles and traditions.

So, this combined tour of Nepal and Bhutan can be an eye-opener for every Westerner. This Ghorepani trek provides you an opportunity to explore the different vegetation, culture, and lifestyle as you walk past villages like Ghorepani, Ulleri, and Ghandruk. Coupled with Bhutan, the Monarch nation, lies between two giant countries India and China. It has set one of the best examples in the world for the protection of the environment and ethnicity. This 15-days tour of Bhutan provides you an insight into the life of Bhutanese people, culture. It is the country with a very good Gross Happiness Index.

This small kingdom preserves its own style of Buddhism. You will get to see the cultural sites during city sightseeing. And you will see the natural beauty like snow peaks, rivers, mountains, and lush green forests, during your trek. From Nepal, you travel to another beautiful country, Bhutan. You land at the only airport in Paro and go for sightseeing, in the evening. You can send back your lot of memories to your homeland...

 

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.
Day 03: Fly/Drive to Pokhara.
Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani.
Day 06: Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk.
Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara.
Day 09: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).
Day 11: Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).
Day 12: Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.
Day 13: Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) and free time in the evening.
Day 14: Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath before checking in to the hotel. Evening Farewell dinner with the Cultural program.
Day 15: Final departure.

Starting Price

USD 2575 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. Meet the representative of Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expedition (AMN) and transfer to Hotel.

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu covering Kathmandu Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa and Khokana Bungmati.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that, the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also referred to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction, this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Khokana and Bungmati - These two Newar Villages are located in the outskirts of the Patan District and are proposed as Tentative UNESCO heritage sites by the Nepal government. Khokana has the temple of Rudryaini and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, 20 minutes walk from Khokana through paddy fields is full of old Newari houses and architecture. These twin villages are one of the best places to experience Nepal’s old age heritages and to observe the daily life of the People. You will feel like walking in the 18th century Europe as you go through these streets.

Day 3

Fly/Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, we will drive or fly to Pokhara. (You can choose either flight or driving option based on the cost you want to pay). The drive is 7 hours and the flight will take only 30 minutes. Pokhara is a beautiful city which is in close proximity to the mountains and lakes in this city are very beautiful.

Day 4

Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri

We will take a drive of 45 minutes to reach Nayapul from Pokhara after breakfast and start walking. We will walk past sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After walking through Tikhedhunga we will reach the base of the hill that has around 3500 steps that lead to the village of Ulleri, where we will spend the night.

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani

We start walking in the morning after breakfast along the path that leads to the Rhodendrons forest and you can see the Annapurna South, hidden by a ridge smiling at you. We will walk past the villages of Banthanti and Nangathanti through the forest to reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a settlement of Poon Magars and has the biggest collection of rhododendron.

Day 6

Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani

We will hike to Poonhill [3210m], early morning for 45 minutes for sunrise view over the Manaslu range, and after breakfast, we will leave Ghorepani through the rhododendron forest amidst the magnificent natural vistas. We will walk through the stone-paved trails for one hour and reach Sikha, a Magar village on a ridge. We will continue descending till Ghar Khola and climb for some time afterward to cross the Kali Gandaki River on a large suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge we will walk for half an hour to reach Tadapani for an overnight stay. It will be 6-7 hours of walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Day 7

Trek to Ghandruk

Today is a short walk of around 4 hours when we reach Ghandruk from Tadapani. We will walk past the forest of Oak, Bamboo and Rhododendron and reach Ghandruk. Throughout the trail, we are able to see a magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range, especially the Annapurna south peak. The Gurung people of Ghandruk have a very rich culture and tradition. You can meet some ex-British Gurkhas who have served in the 2nd world war for the British government here.

Day 8

Ghandruk to Pokhara

We will walk downhill until we reach Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. Another half an hour walks from Birethanti we reach Nayapul from where we will take a bus to Pokhara. Rest and relax at Pokhara.

Day 9

Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

From Pokhara, you can either fly or drive to Kathmandu.

Day 10

Arrival at Bhutan, Paro International Airport and sightseeing in the afternoon (2250m).

The flight into Bhutan is one of the most interesting Mountain flights in the world. You will be welcomed by the representative of Adventure mission Nepal treks and expedition and transferred to the hotel. After a brief rest and lunch, we will head towards the Ta Dzong, the National Museum of Bhutan. After the visit to the Museum, we take a short walk to the Rinpung Dzong often described as the fort with heaps of Jewel. Khichu Lhakhang is the next place we visit. It is the oldest monument in the small kingdom of Bhutan. By the late afternoon, we reach the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built around the mid 17th century in the memory of the Bhutanese victory over the Tibetan invaders.

Day 11

Excursion to the Tigers Nest (3190m) and Drive to Thimphu (2 hours/54km) in the afternoon (2350m).

After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel, we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan since a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayani Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Padmasambhava flew on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation. While coming down we will have lunch halfway down the hill and continue to Paro. We drive to Thimpu in the late afternoon. This is a scenic drive through the hills for around 2 hours.

Day 12

Full day sightseeing of Thimpu.

The places we visit today include the King’s Memorial Chorten, Nunnery Temple, Changgangkha Monastery, Majestic Thimphu Dzong etc. Besides that, we also go to the Central zoo to see the animals over there and among them the Takin, a goat-antelope is a major attraction as it is the national animal of Bhutan. In the afternoon visit the Weekend market famous for all kinds of local products ranging from handicrafts to vegetables. You can also visit the radio tower on a hilltop, which offers a panoramic view of Thimpu city.

Day 13

Drive back to Paro (54km/ 2 hours) and free time in the evening.

We will start our journey to Paro in the morning after breakfast. A couple of hour of the journey goes through the winding road with lush green forest and small settlements. We will arrive at Paro for Lunch. In the evening spend time around the local market.

Day 14

Early morning checkout from the hotel and drive to the Airport. Upon arrival at Kathmandu sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Swayambhunath before checking in to the hotel. Evening Farewell dinner with Cultural program.

Kathmandu Durbar Square - Kathmandu Durbar Square lies in the center of the Kathmandu valley and has some of the most interesting monuments in Nepal. The Kasthamandap, the building from which Kathmandu derived its name, the Kumari Ghar, the House of the Living goddess Kumari, the Taleju temple and the most interesting the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. Besides that, the program of different kinds and gathering of people from all over Nepal makes it a lively place and the best place to understand Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also referred to as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop about 4 Km from the city center this stupa is one of the oldest monument in Kathmandu and comes from the Vajrayana sect of Mahayana Buddhism. With a pair of eyes in each direction, this place is a spiritual center for the locals and tourist visiting this area. The hilltop also offers the scenic view of the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayas.

Day 15

Final Departure

You fly back to your desired destination with a good time!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Paro, and Thimpu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Accommodation on full board in Bhutan and Nepal except in Kathmandu(BB).
  • English speaking guide per as the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Guide Fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing on the private vehicle.
  • Bhutan Visa fees.

Whats Not Included

  • Drinks, Tips, Insurance and any extra cost occurring from the unfavorable circumstances such as weather, road blockade, flight cancellation Etc
  • All personal nature expenses such as tips, donations, bar bills etc.
  • Meals in Nepal
  • Travel insurance.
  • Nepal visa fee.
  • Airfare to Paro and back.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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