Bhutan Tour & Bumthang Trek

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Explore Bhutan on a private tour

The Bhutan Tour and Bumthang Trek is a varied tour. It takes us from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon.’ The trip includes sightseeing and exploration of several unique Bhutanese monasteries, forts, and a lovely three-day trek through the mountains from Bumthang Valley to the Paro Valley. You get to witness a nation where tradition, religion, and ritual are still very much a part of life.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

Day 02: In Kathmandu, walking tour of the old bazaar; visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa

Day 03: Flight to Paro (Bhutan); city tour

Day 04: In Paro, walk to Taktsang Monastery

Day 05: Drive to Punakha via Dorchu La pass; visit Punakha Dzong

Day 06: Via Wangdi Phodrang Dzong to Jakar in Bhumtang Valley

Day 07 to 09: Three-day Bhumtang trek

Day 10: Drive to Gantey Gompa; optional walks

Day 11: Drive to Thimpu; afternoon sightseeing

Day 12: Morning free, then drive to Paro

Day 13: Flight from Paro to Kathmandu; drive via Bhaktapur to Nagarkot

Day 14: Sunrise walk; drive to Kathmandu; optional visit to Patan

Day 15: Depart

Cost Includes:

  • Four nights in boutique hotel in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu — Paro return airfare, all transfers
  • Meals on the trek and hotel
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Entrance fee
  • Local leader or hire Raj
  • Pack animals or porters on the trek
  • Food for porters and crew members
  • Insurance for crew and porters, including helicopter evacuation when necessary and medical treatment
  • Trek permit
  • Park fees
  • Staff insurance
  • Transport
  • Sightseeing as indicated

Cost Excludes:

  • International airport taxes
  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transfers outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance (purchase on your own)
  • Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tip at your discretion)

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.

Do I need a visa?
You are required to have a valid visa to enter Bhutan. The Bhutanese Embassies abroad do not issue visas, and visa on arrival is non-existent. It is best to get the visa for Bhutan before arriving.

You are required to submit a scanned copy of your passport details four weeks before your arrival date. Your travel company will process your application and provide you with a copy of the visa. It usually takes 2-3 working days for the application to be approved.

You need to have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the length of stay.

The visa fee is US$40, and Tourism Development Fund (TDF) is US$10. These fees need to be sent together with the tour payment.

What should I bring on a Trek?
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us