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:

Taktsang Monastery (3120 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 in these two Himayalan countries rich in distinct cultures, lifestyles, and traditions. 

This 15 days 14 nights incredible journey offers you the ancient history and cultural insights along with adventurous trekking experience in the land of Mount Everest; Nepal, and unique Bhutanese culture, tradition, and vast landscapes as well as magnificent gompas, and dzongs in the Land of the Thunder Dragon; Bhutan. 

Our one week Ghorepani trek provides you an opportunity to explore different vegetation, culture, and lifestyle of different ethnic groups of Nepal 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.

The trip initiates with guided sightseeing in the Kathmandu valley followed by an exciting trekking experience to Ghandruk village and a flight to Paro International Airport for exploring the thriving cities such as Paro and Thimpu in Bhutan. 

Starting Price

USD 2575 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu (1,400m)

Arrive at Kathmandu after a scenic flight over the mountains. A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. 

You can spend rest of the day by relaxing or strolling around the streets. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will have a guided sightseeing of four sites in the Kathmandu Valley. 

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, now a museum are some of the interesting buildings in Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

Swayambhunath Stupa - Swayambhunath stupa is also known as the ‘Monkey temple’ and is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. Situated on a hilltop, 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 panoramic 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 by the Nepalese government as interim UNESCO heritage sites. Khokana has Rudryaini Temple and is also famous for the Mustard oil production. Bungmati, a 20 minute 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.

Return to Kathmandu by the late afternoon. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly/Drive to Pokhara

Meals included: Breakfast

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).

Pokhara is a beautiful city which is in close proximity to the mountains and lakes in this city are very beautiful.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs drive/30 mins flight

Day 4

Trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 45 mins drive & 5-6 hrs trek

Day 5

Trek to Ghorepani

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Local Guest House Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs hike

Day 6

Trek to Poon Hill - Tadapani

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We will hike to Poonhill [3210m] early in the morning for a 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.

Accommodation: Local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs trek

Day 7

Trek to Ghandruk

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Local Guest House Estimated Walking Distance: 4 hrs drive

Day 8

Ghandruk to Pokhara

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9

Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

Meals included: Breakfast

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

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6 hrs drive/30 mins flight

Day 10

Arrival in Paro, Bhutan & sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, a representative will greet you and transfer you 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.

A comfortable night at the hotel. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour+ flight and 1/2 hour drive

Day 11

Hike to Tiger's Nest (3,120m) & drive to Thimpu (2,350m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs trek & 2 hrs drive

Day 12

Full-day sightseeing of Thimpu

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 13

Drive back to Paro

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 14

Fly to Kathmandu & sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

After breakfast, you drive to the airport for a flight back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be taken to guided sightseeing of two World Heritage Sites in the city that are Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa. 

Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage sites in the world and one of the oldest temples of Nepal. Situated on the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Boudhanath Stupa lies in the northeastern outskirts of the city and is one of the biggest stupas in the world. This historical site for all the Buddhist devotees around the globe was built around the 14th century which is also called "little Tibet". 

Stroll around the streets, shops, and fooderies in the hustling Thamel area. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hour+ flight and 1/2 hour drive

Day 15

Final Departure

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the aiport for the flight back to your hometown/onward destination. 

 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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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. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek and in Bhutan are also included in the cost.  

For other meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara, 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 or 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

  • All airport transfers 
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Hotel accommodation in Bhutan, Kahtmandu & Pokhara 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in Bhutan & during the trek 
  • All guided sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • All permits and entrance fees
  • Guide and driver fees 
  • A bottle of mineral water
  • Welcome/farewell dinner
  • All applicable taxes and office surcharges 

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in INCLUSION section 


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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