Bumthang Cultural Tours & Treks
US $3285

(TripID #NV-00 96)

Trip Overview

Bumthang is one of the 20 districts comprising Bhutan, containing four mountain valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Choekhor.

Bumthang valley cultural trek starts from Thimpu, passing through several Buddhist villages. The rural trek provides an exceptional opportunity to observe Bumthang’s rural life. You'll travel along scenic trails through traditional villages and Eco-conservation areas, into lush valleys and shady woodlands and along spectacular mountain ridges and riverside trails.

Rich in Buddhist architecture, the trail follows through numerous monasteries, ancient temples, spectacular mountain sceneries and praying monks. Membar Tsho, Kurje Monastery, Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Padtshaling Gonpa are few of the most notable landmarks of Bumthang.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02:
Kathmandu sight seeing and trip preparation
Day 03:
Fly to Paro and sightseeing (2,135m/7,000 ft)
Day 04:
Drive from Paro to Thimpu
Day 05:
Thimpu to Wangdiphodrang
Day 06:
Wangdiphodrang to Bumthang
Day 07:
Bumthang to Ngang Lhakhang (2900m/9,512)
Day 08:
Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing
Day 09:
Ugyenchholing to Bumthang
Day 10:
Bumthang to Wangdiphodrang
Day 11:
Wangdiphodrang to Paro
Day 12:
Paro to Kathmandu
Day 13:
Half day Kathmandu sight seeing
Day 14:
Departure from Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary for Bumthang Cultural Tours & Treks

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sight seeing and trip preparation
Today, morning after breakfast at the hotel we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise.

After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we'll drive to the City of Devotees (Bhaktapur). This traditional and traffic free town is the third biggest town in the Valley. We'll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant town. After a stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bhaktapur it's time to drive back to Kathmandu and meet up with travel manager for your Bhutan tour briefing and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft)
This morning you’ll be transferred to intl. airport for your flight to Paro with dramatic Himalayan scenery flight and arrive at Paro Bhutanese representative will pick up you and transfer to the hotel. After refreshed briefing and start our trip by today. Paro is a small town situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley. We’ll visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong in its strategic position where it once defended the Paro valley from Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari (7320m) can be seen towering over the dzong. From here we’ll continue on and take a short hike (2-3 hours) uphill through traditional villages and pine forest to reach the viewpoint at Taktsang Monastery. Horses can also be arranged for the journey uphill in extra payment. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800m above the Paro valley. We’ll continue on through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong. The tower was housed into the National Museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. After visit around explore the local market as well and back to hotel for overnight.
Day 04: Drive from Paro to Thimpu (2300m/7,544ft)
After breakfast, we'll have a morning drive through the beautiful Bhutanese landscape to Thimpu, perhaps the least visited of all Himalayan capitals. This morning we'll take the scenic route and drive to the capital of Bhutan. Thimpu is a small and charming city situated in a river valley in the heart of the Himalayas with traditional low level Bhutanese buildings. On arrival we'll check in to our hotel and this afternoon we'll visit some of the many highlights of Thimpu including Tashichho Dzong, Changangkha Temple, the National Library, the School of Painting and the indigenous hospital. After exploring the area take back to hotel for the overnight.
Day 05: Thimpu to Wangdiphodrang (1300m/4,264ft)
Today again, we'll continue our sightseeing around Thimpu before our afternoon drive (4 hours) to Wangdiphodrang via Punaka. This is the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan and it's a typical small Bhutanese town. Arriving in Wangdiphodrang we'll check in to the hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening enjoying the surrounds.
Day 06: Wangdiphodrang to Bumthang (2600m/8,528ft)
Today we'll drive to Bumthang, around 6 hours. Bumthang is a charming and beautiful valley and the name for the area where four smaller valleys meet. It's also the spiritual heartland of Bhutan and shrouded in religious legends and mysticism. On arrival we'll check in to our local guest house and relax for the evening.
Day 07: Bumthang to Ngang Lhakhang (2900m/9,512)
Today we'll begin our trek, following the trail along the Chamkhar Chu, a river well known for its stocks of trout. The trail leads us past local villages and temples and through open meadows and forests of blue pine and scrub bamboo on a very relaxing and comfortable walk, around 5 or 6 hours to cover 14km. As we walk we'll enter the Ngang Yul (Land of the Swan), a valley that was once populated with swans after which it is named. In the centre of Ngang Yul is Nang Lhakhang, the Swan Temple where nearby we'll camp for overnight.
Day 08: Ngang Lhakhang to Ugyenchholing (2800m/9,184ft)
This morning the trails climbs gradually up to Phephe La pass (3350m), the highest point on the trek. From here the trail descends through beautiful forest into the Tang valley to reach Ugyenchholing village. We'll camp near the river tonight after our day's walk of around 7-8 hours over the 16 km route.
Day 09: Ugyenchholing to Bumthang (2600m/8,528ft)
This morning we'll visit the Ugyenchholing Dzong and the surrounding village before making our way back to Bumthang, past Membertsho Lake and along the Tang Chhu River. Arriving in Bumthang we'll check in to our local guesthouse with the rest of the evening at leisure.
Day 10: Bumthang to Wangdiphodrang (1300m/4,264ft)
This morning, we'll drive to Wangdiphodrang via Punaka, around a 6 hour drive through the countryside. This is the last town on the highway before entering central Bhutan and it's a typical small Bhutanese town. Arriving in Wangdiphodrang we'll check in to the hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening enjoying the surrounding area.
Day 11: Wangdiphodrang to Paro
Today we'll drive back to the beautiful Paro Valley. After checking in at our hotel the remainder of today is free to rest, relax and enjoy the fresh air and stunning views with snow capped Chomolhari (7,320m/24,010ft) ruling supreme at the northern end of the valley.
Day 12: Paro to Kathmandu
This morning we'll transfer to the airport at Paro to catch our short but very scenic flight over the
Himalayan range to reach Kathmandu, Nepal with great views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga,
Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake can be seen returning to the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu we''ll pick up transfer to the hotel. Remaining time rest and relax at the hotel or explore the Thamel area.
Day 13: Half day Kathmandu valley sight seeing
After your breakfast at hotel we'll be ready for 3 hrs Kathmandu valley sight seeing as visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and afternoon back to hotel for the lunch and remaining time last minutes shopping or simply relax at the hotel.
Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!



Price

US $3285 per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Pick Up » : Welcomes you with garland of flower in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative.
  • » Domestic Drop/Pick Up » : Kathmandu Domestic Airport drop & pick up as flight indicated in itinerary.
  • » All the pick up and drop as per the itinerary
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Tour file consisting broad trip information 
Sight Seeing:
  • » Sightseeing » :  Day guided tour of Kathmandu by tour guide
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Kathmandu » : Four Star deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary
  • » Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Bhutan (B Category hotel)
  • » 09 nights/ 10 days Druk Path Trek( 6 days of trek and 3 days of cultural tour)
  • » Full board of meals and accommodation(city at Gov. approved hotel and trekking with tented camp)
  • » All the snacks and tea coffee
Flight / Transportation:
  • » Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • » Required transport on the trip by private car
  • » Filght » : Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu Flight tickets
Tour/Trekking permit :
  • » Major Entry permit fees
National Park Fare:
  • » All the entrance and monument feesin Kathmandu
  • » All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as per the itinerary in Bhutan
  • » All Entry fees
First Aid:
  • » Exclusive medical kit bag
Tour/Trekking crews :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English speaking guide
  • One English speaking Bhutanese tour guide in Bhutan, all of his cost and expenses
  • » Required porter transport while on trek
Porter Equipment :
  • » N/A
Insurance:
  • » N/A
Tour Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt
  • » Down Jacket and sleeping bag on hiring basis
Certificate:
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
Others:
  • » All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excluded:

Visa:
  • » Bhutan visa fees
  • » Nepal » : Nepal entry visa fees
Airfare:
  • » All flights (except Kathmandu to Paro & return) and departure taxes
Meals:
  • » Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
Drinks:
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price.
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price. 
Insurance:
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request. 
  • » Optional Excursions » : Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest
Trekking Equipment:
  • » You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list).
Tipping:
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost.
Others:
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included.
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section. 

Departure Dates for Bumthang Cultural Tours & Treks

We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

Note: All Departure Are 100% Guaranteed If you are booked you are going

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Useful information before joining this trip

Our Effort 
Our trek is managed by a team of professionally trained leader/guide who are responsible for all aspects of operation of the trek. We will make every effort to keep the treks as the proposed itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote Himalayan region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and health conditions of the member of the trekking team can be a factor compelling us to change the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs accordingly, but please be prepared to be flexible when if it is necessary.

Please note that the flights to and from Lukla are heavily dependent on weather conditions and, delays can occur. So we always recommend you to have one/two additional nights in Kathmandu after your Everest base camp trek which would ensure you that there is no impact on your international flight even if your trip delays due to the flight problem. If everything runs smoothly as per the plan, you can use these days for city tours, Bunjee jumping or River rafting as per your interest.

Trekking Group
Nepal has abundance of offers to establish it as a round the year travel destination. Based on this fact, many international tourists are indeed incorporating Nepal in their wishful travel itinerary. For this Everest Base Camp trek, in our trekking group there will be one trek leader and one Sherpa porter for each group of two trekkers but we provide one assistant guide as per group size. Generally in our group the minimum number of tourist will be two and the maximum group size is ten. For single traveler, we organize the trip with single supplement. We saying 10 people are our maximum pax for the trek doesn't mean we are not operating more than 11 persons, we do it on request. However it is good to keep the limit group size which means we can provide a best services and personal take care to our valuable clients during their trip with us.

Physical and Mental Requirements 
Trekkers who are making their plan to travel in the Himalaya, most require three basic components of preparation - aerobic, strength, and mental. Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will trekking in thin air, up to 50% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning you will be able to minimizing the potential effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). Hiking for at least two hours per day with some weight on your back is the best way to prepare yourself for trekking. Running, cycling (outdoor or stationary), Nordic track, hill climbing, or any exercise that gets your heart rate into the aerobic range for sustained periods of time.

Every day you will walk in the Himalaya around 4 to 7 hrs and reaches at highest place to 5550m/18204 feet. So, health is a most essential part for your adventure travel. Nepal Vision treks most require your medical fitness certificate prior to your booking. Before the trip booking with us we suggest to consult with your Medical Doctor and in his/her references go for your trip booking process.

Trekking in the Himalayas is a relatively safe activity and mishaps or problems are usually minor. However, unpleasant things can occur on a long trek. You might have a bout of mild illness, not sleep as well as usual, find the trek pace too fast or slow - any number of things might be annoying or stressful during some part of your trek. Before you leave for Nepal, or for any foreign destination for that matter, think about the journey as more than just a quest to reach a destination. Try to imagine your trip as an opportunity to experience whatever happens as an essential part of the journey. It doesn't matter so much whether you actually reach Everest Base Camp. You should be prepared to find joy and fulfillment in all the moments of your trip, including the less pleasant ones that you hadn't expected. Preparing to keep a very positive frame of mind throughout your trip, along with good physical conditioning, will insure that you are ready to experience all the wonders of Nepal.

Our Trek Leaders and Staffs
Your Trek Leader's role is to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly. He will share their local knowledge, advice on how to fill your free time and co-ordinate the day to day running of the tour - although occasionally he may need your understanding if things do not go according to plan. If you have any problems on the tour, please let your Trek Leader know so that steps can be taken to put it right.

We are a well stabilized adventure company and we employed professional trek leader (who are based on English speaking and few are multi-lingual's) and required crew member (they have basic knowledge of communication). We also provide the training to our staff increasing their work efficiency. And our guides are intimately familiar with all local castes and customs along the trails and will share with you many cultural insights that are not covered in any guide book. You will have good chance to learn Nepali phrases, cultural things and more on your Trekking. Nepal Vision trained its guide/trekking staff on following course.

  • Trekking Guide Training & licensed- Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • English Language KEEP
  • Conservation & Biodiversity TAAN
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Our Experience
Nepal Vision has been operating in the Himalaya for over 15 years and specializes in responsible travel. We offer small group adventure expeditions to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and the Indian Himalaya. Our unrivalled itineraries reflect our long experience in the region. All our treks are accompanied by a highly experienced local leader ensuring safe acclimatization at every stage. You can hike, mountaineer and climb your way through the homeland of the adventure holiday.

Nepal Vision is one of the world's leading adventure travel company offering hundred of itineraries on this continent for small group active adventures and expeditions, walking tours and cultural journeys. The company has been operating trekking and adventure travel holidays and vacations since 1992. Each itinerary has several scheduled departure dates throughout the whole year.

Our all-inclusive, no hidden extras pricing policy combined with longer, creative itineraries and the use of quality ground services attracts people who have high expectations of their travel experiences.

Acclimatization
We are experts at operating at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our treks are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on hiring basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness, and our leaders are trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

Diamox (Acetazolamide) 
Diamox (Acetazolamide) allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. This is especially helpful at night when respiratory drive is decreased. Since it takes a while for Diamox to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days at higher altitude. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night). (The standard dose was 250 mg., but their research showed no difference for most people with the lower dose, although some individuals may need 250 mg.) Possible side effects include tingling of the lips and finger tips, blurring of vision, and alteration of taste. These side effects may be reduced with the 125 mg. dose. Side effects subside when the drug is stopped. Contact your physician for a prescription. Since Diamox is a sulfonamide drug, people who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take Diamox. Diamox has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions to people with no previous history of Diamox or sulfa allergies. Frank Hubbell of SOLO recommends a trial course of the drug before going to a remote location where a severe allergic reaction could prove difficult to treat.

Travel Insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in the hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing.

If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Nepal Vision Treks have an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.

Everest Base Camp trek is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20 degree C to -15 degree C.

Passport and Visa Requirements

All foreigners require a visa for entry into Nepal (except Indian nationals). It is your responsibility to obtain the entry visa. Visas can be obtained from the Nepalese embassy prior to travel or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and various international border crossings between Nepal and its neighbors. Make the visa process easier a passport-sized photograph for immigration and having the correct USD cash is required - please bring this in your hand luggage. In addition, trip in Nepal requires photos for the various permits. Please bring a total of 3 photographs.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency.
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency.

You will require visa fee in cash (this is payable in any major currency but NOT travellers cheques) and passport photos to purchase a Nepal visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport or at the Nepal entry point.

If you plan to obtain your visa in your country, you can download the application form from the website at: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Please note: Visa regulations and costs do change frequently so it is advisable to check the current rules with your nearest Nepalese embassy or consulate.

Permits and fees
In Nepal, you most require permits and fees to enter a certain areas such as World heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing as well. All the trip prices are including the cost of relevant permits and entrance fees. Incase of any such conditions we will inform you if required any additional permit fees before you make a booking with us.

Health and Fitness for trekker
We strongly recommend our clients for consulting the doctor before planning your holidays. You should obtain professional advice from a travel clinic or your local GP about which vaccinations to have before you arrive in Nepal. Your doctor will advise current inoculation requirements. If a doctor has recommended against travel or indicated travel may be inconvenient then inform us of the details. On all trekking and exploratory trips technical experience is not required, hiking/camping experience is an advantage, but by far the most important thing is a positive attitude and a generous amount of determination. We strictly maintain hygiene foods on the trek. We carry extensive medical kits and, if the need should ever arise, we are able to evacuate seriously ill group members by helicopter. We run regular first aid courses for our all trekking guides and Sherpa helpers.

Meals and Accommodation
In Kathmandu we use deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charge US$200.

While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Whilst trekking on the Everest, the accommodation is in guesthouses which are basic structures, generally with shared facilities but very comfortable. In some guesthouses, showers are available; where there are no showers; there are private facilities in which you can sponge bath.

Ethical and Environmental considerations 
The Nepal Vision Treks is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities visited and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. We have developed a Responsible Tourism policy which aims to ensure that The Nepal Vision treks and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound.

  • On this trip: Our policy of staying in locally owned accommodation, having local group members and using transport owned and operated by local people wherever possible is continued in Nepal. Our small groups (maximum of 10 people) have a minimal impact on the Himalayas' fragile environment as we explore predominantly on foot. All trek guides are responsible for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimize the impact that they may have. Our porters in Nepal are equipped with suitable clothing and footwear for the type of trek they are about to work on, and this is recorded at the start of the trek.
  • Our Travel Code: Clients who travel with us will automatically receive a copy of our Travel leaflet. This contains details and advice on how you can make a positive difference when you travel. If you would like a copy in advance of travel please contact us.
  • Charity: We work in partnership with rural village communities. We work with some of the world's poorest communities where three out of four children die before the age of five. We also support local people to develop a balance between their needs and the wildlife with which they share the natural habitat and ecosystems.

How to Book
To join a Trekking adventure, please contact us and advise which adventure you'd like to book.

We'll send you the relevant booking form (along with our terms & conditions) which you'll need to complete and return to us.

A completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of 20% (per person) is required to confirm a place on your selected adventure.

Please don't hesitate to contact us in relation to any questions you may have regarding our booking process.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan adventure with us!

Clothing and Equipment

The packing gear list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum weight. Our intention is to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Please remember to bring only what is necessary, this will be helpful to you and also to the field staff.

Packing List for Cultural Tours
3 pair’s light weight long pants, 2 pairs dress pants / dresses for evening, 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses, and 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples & monasteries). Underwear, Socks, Sleepers, Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb), 1 sweater or light weight jacket, 1 windbreaker, 1 pair comfortable walking shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of dress shoes, Personal toiletries , Insect repellent, Spare nylon duffel for purchases, SPF 20 + more sunscreen, Lip Balm, Sunglasses, Prescription glasses, 1 visor/sun hat, Flashlight, Daypack/Hip pack for day trips, Beach Towel, First-Aid kit with pain medications, antiseptic/anesthetic for sunburn and the prescribed medications.

Packing List for Trek
Warm Sleeping bag (approx -10 degrees centigrade), Duffel for gear (if not weatherproof, bring lg. plastic bags), SM first aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin &/or ibu, cough drops, tape),Headlamp, 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, bring a nalgene, also), Water purification (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack), Insulated drinking mug, Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size is best for trekking!), Sunscreen & lip screen, Small towel

Suggested Clothing List
Down parka, Gore-Tex shell & pants, Warm fleece jacket , Comfy trekking boots, Lightweight shoes , 4 pr trekking socks ,2 long sleeve capilene shirts, 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy wt), 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!) , Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice!), 1 pr shorts, 1 bandana , 1 pr winter gloves (i.e. ski), 1 pr lightweight gloves (i.e. fleece), Flip flops (or similar around camp shoes), Warm hat, Sun hat, 2 pair sunglasses

Toilet Kit: Bring your own "toilet kit," and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Always remember to discard the toilet tissue, a waste basket and not along a trail or in the toilet.

For women: Women are advised to bring their necessary health supplies with them, as such items might not be available in Bhutan.

Luggage Weight Restrictions
The gear and clothing items are divided into "trek" and "non-trek" items beginning of the trek. Non-trek items are left at the staff office in a locked room.

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.
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