TOUCH THE SKIES AS YOU EXPLORE THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Trek along rolling Himalayan pathways, visit the National Memorial Chorten and explore thelegendary clifftop monastery of Taktsang. Explore Punakha, Paro and Thimpu – one of the world’s quietest capital cities – and discover the scenic and enchanting Haa Valley.
- Experience fascinating culture and history of Bhutan, closed off for centuries
- Walk in marvellous Himalayan scenery, past historic forts (dzongs) and monasteries in dramatic locations
- Walk up to the spectacular Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, clinging to the cliff face
- Explore the interesting towns of Punakha, Paro and Thimpu, one of the world’s quietest capitals
Hotel Malla, Kathmandu - 1nt at start and end of the tour
In Kathmandu we stay at the Hotel Malla at the the beginning and end of the holiday. This 4-star hotel is centrally located in the Thamel area of the city.
Peaceful Resort, Thimpu - 3nts
The Peaveful Resort offers a very comfortable place to relax, a little out of the centre, and with very friendly and efficient service.
Meri Phuensum, Punakha - 2nts
Located in a superb vantage point with views down over the river, the hotel is a little outside of town, affording us some peace and tranquility. Rooms are all en-suite, comfortable and spacious.
Risum Resort, Haa Valley - 2nts
In the Haa Valley, we'll stay at the Risum Resort, located a short distance from the main town, but offering a peaceful stay.
Tenzinling Resort, Paro - 3nts
In Paro, accommodation is at the Tenzinling Resort, a family run resort, in an elevated position overlooking the Paro valley.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
This culturally weighted sightseeing holiday with easy to moderate walks in the Himalayan foothills. Walks are 2-10 miles (3.25-16km) to a maximum altitude of 10,500 feet (3,150m). The most difficult walk is to Taktsang Monastery, taken slowly, with approximately 1,509 feet (453m) of ascent over 2 miles (3.25km).
Days 1-2: Outward flight & Kathmandu
Fly to Kathmandu via Delhi, and transfer to the Hotel, for 1 night. Afternoon to unwind and later a visit to the nearby sleeping Vishnu.
Day 3-5: Thimpu
Take a spectacular flight over the Himalayas to Paro, on a clear day some of the highest Himalayan peaks can be seen. On arrival, drive to Bhutan’s laid back capital Thimpu for 3 nights. Depending on flight times, we may have time to explore Thimpu and visit the Takin Sanctuary. If this is not possible, we will try to fit this in tomorrow.
The following day enjoy a short walk to the Tango Monastery, otherwise known as the 'Divine Madman' monastery. Visit the Folk Heritage Museum and the National Library of Bhutan. Evening visit to Taschicho Dzong, Bhutan's most impressive building.
We also take a day hike to Phadojing Monastery. Phajoding takes its name from the saint Phajo Drugom Zhigpo, who meditated there in the 13th century and is considered to be one of the most sacred meditational sites in Bhutan.
Days 6-7: Punakha Valley
This morning take a walk around Thimpu, visiting the handicraft stores, and the Arts & Craft school. We'll also visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Memorial Stupa of the 3rd King of Bhutan before driving to Punakha valley via the Dochula Pass (10499ft/3200m). Weather permitting there will be some great views of the Eastern Himalayan range from here. You'll pass 108 stupas donated by the Queen for the wellbeing of the country. We'll enjoy a walk enroute to the Divine Madman Temple. Arrive in Punakha late afternoon for a 2 night stay.
The next day we walk for approx. 4 hours to Khamsung Yuelley Namgyal Stupa. From the viewpoint we'll look down at the Mochu river valley. The walk is through picturesque untouched landscape. We'll also visit the Punakha Dzong, located at the confluence of two rivers, the Pho-chu (male) and Mo-chu (female). Time will be spent exploring Punakha town, a former capital of Bhutan.
Days 8-9: Haa Valley
A long but scenic drive crosses the highest pass Chele La Pass which separates the Haa Valley from the Paro Valley. The Haa Valley is known as the 'Hidden Land Rice Valley', one of the most picturesque places in Bhutan. (2 nights)
Here we'll walk from Haa town to Juneydrak Hermitage, which takes us through rhododendron forest with fine views.
Days 10-11: Paro & the Taktsang Monastery
A drive of approx 2 hours returns us to Paro (3 nights), one of Bhutan's most historical centres. Short afternoon walks to the National Museum and to Dzongdrakha, an unusual village built precariously on a rock face, with beautiful views of Bondey village and the valley below.
A gentle hike which takes us above Paro giving spectacular views over the valley. You can visit Zuri Goenpa, a 17th century monastery.
We'll also take the hike to the famous Taktsang Monastery, also known as the Tiger’s Nest, which clings to the cliffs high above the valley floor. The ascent has a number of places to stop and admire the views, and is taken steadily. The first buildings date from around 1680 and legend says that Guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, arrived here on the back of a flying tigress.
Day 13: Kathmandu & return flight
Fly to Kathmandu (1 night) for an afternoon tour of the historic centre and a farewell dinner.
The following day we transfer to the airport for a return flight to London via Delhi.
Extend your stay- Chitwan National Park extension
Fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and a transfer to the Jungle Villa Resort, your accommodation for exploring Chitwan National Park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
A full day of activities ranging from wildlife viewing with experienced naturalists to elephant safaris into remote regions of the park (breakfast, lunch and dinner included).
Day 16: One last chance to search for wildlife this morning before transferring to Bharatpur and your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your final night’s accommodation at the Hotel Malla (breakfast included).
Day 17: transfer to the airport for your flight home (breakfast included).
- 3 nights en-suite accommodation
- Transfers and return flights to Bharatpur
- 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Please note there will not be an HF Holidays' leader nor a local leader in Chitwan. All activities are accompanied by local experts.
A full passport valid for the duration of the stay is required.
All visitors to Bhutan need a visa. This will be arranged in advance by our agents and is included in the holiday cost. IMPORTANT: In order to achieve this we will require a photocopy of your passport details at least 10 weeks before departure.
Visas are also needed for Nepal, because if travelling with the group one night is spent in Kathmandu either side of the Bhutan visit, and as such a Nepalese multiple-entry visa is required. If you intend to stay longer in Nepal, a visa for the appropriate number of days will be required. Full details will be supplied with your travel documents.
It is possible to obtain Nepal visas on arrival in Kathmandu, however it can take time completing the form and queuing. If you plan to get your visa on arrival, please download and complete a form from the Nepalese Embassy web site. This will save time on arrival.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: http://www.fitfortravel.co.ukwww.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus & Polio vaccinations are recommended. Malaria and Rabies are sometimes recommended too.
Most of the region through which we travel enjoys a temperate climate, with the temperatures seldom exceeding 28°C (82°F) in summer or dropping below 0°C (32°F) in winter. Due to the altitude temperature can drop at night, and all hotels are heated. All things considered the best time for travel is from the end of February until May and from October to mid December.
In Bhutan the currency is the Ngultrum (BTN). The Indian rupee is also legal tender. Major convertible currencies and travellers' cheques can be exchanged at banks in all major towns. Certain credit cards (Mastercard, Visa & American Express) are accepted at a few large hotels and shops.
In Nepal the currency is the Nepalese Rupee (Rs). The import of local and Indian currency is prohibited. Away from major centres Rs500 & Rs1000 notes can be difficult to exchange, please carry some smaller notes. Credit cards are widely accepted. ATM’s are available in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Nepal GMT + 5.45 hrs, Bhutan GMT + 6 hrs
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates & Prices tab.
Richard has led for HF Holidays for 11 years, travelled extensively throughout the world and has led several worldwide holidays. He lives on the edge of the Lake District, runs a guided walking business and holds a Mountain Leader Certificate. A keen rock climber he is involved in the writing and production of rock climbing guidebooks for the Lake District. As a member of a Lake District Mountain Rescue team Richard is proud to hold the Queen’s Medal for service to Mountain Rescue. He has a passion for all aspects of mountains and mountaineering including photography.
Richard has previously led our Passage to Patagonia, Grand Canyon and Burma tours
Richard is leading our 08 October 2018 departure
Len has a passion for the mountains and has been walking them since his school days, where he headed to the Lake District on regular monthly trips. He has extensive experience of mountain walking in the UK, Europe and Nepal. During his first trip to Nepal, he successfully trekked to the summit of Mardi Himal, the most southerly mountain of the Annapurna range.
Len has been a leader for HF Holidays since 1995, leading holidays throughout the UK, Europe and has led the Nepal Panorama holiday including the first HF trip after the earthquakes affected the Nepal nation. With his love of meeting people and interest on learning other cultures, he is looking forward to returning to the region, in particular comparing cultures between Nepal and Bhutan, and is keen to share this passion with our groups so that they have a truly memorable holiday.
When he is not leading, Len is an active member of a mountain rescue team in South Wales and an executive officer of the South Wales Search and Rescue Association.
Len will be leading our 05 November 2018 departure.
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Dates & Prices
Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.
|8 Oct 2018||
BHWHW - Bhutan with Chitwan Extension
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|9 Oct 2018||BHWHW - Bhutan Adventure - Without Flight||12||£3,095.00||Book Now|
|5 Nov 2018||
BHWHW - Bhutan Adventure
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|6 Nov 2018||BHWHW - Bhutan Adventure - Without Flight||12||£3,095.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 12 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on day of departure
- A full programme of guided walks led by local guides and an HF Holidays’ leader
- All sightseeing and entrance fees
- Travel by coach/minivan
- Return flights between Kathmandu and Paro with Druk air
Other important information
Single room £425 (2018)
Chitwan extension from £560 (2018)
- Single room charge: from £380
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person