Experience Bhutan

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The Experience Bhutan trip itinerary is ideal as an introduction to Bhutan and adventure travel. Suitable for all abilities and all ages, including families. This adventure holiday itinerary is also ideal for small groups wanting a privately guided trip choosing their own dates throughout the summer holiday period. Based in the UK summer holidays, it means it is prefect for those not able to travel in the traditional Bhutanese tourism season, and for this reason we can make it more affordable too! Using the many comfortable and traditional hotels as a base each night, we spend just over a week exploring this Buddhist Kingdom combining culture and adventure. Each day, we travel by private transport mixing visits to its fortresses and Monasteries with opportunities to experience the stunning landscape, by foot, on bike or paddling down the river by raft. Unique to this itinerary is a visit into the Haa valley away from the tourist route and offering the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the culture with a stay at a traditional converted home for visitors.

 

Day 1 – Arrive from Delhi Airport and transfer to the capital Thimphu. This is the largest city of Bhutan and is situated in the western/central part of Bhutan. Spend the first evening at your leisure in Thimpu exploring one of the world’s most intriguing countries.

Day 2 – Spend the morning sightseeing in Thimphu visiting the local markets, the famous Tarkin reserve and the Buddha Dordenma. Late afternoon drive over the Dochula Pass to the Punakha Valley. On the way we will stop and visit the 108 Stupas (Buddhist commemorative monuments) and Druk Lhakang (temple) at Dochula. Spend the evening in Punakha.

Day 3 – Morning hike through the pine forests, rice fields and villages, or take a mountain bike up to the put in of the Lower Pho Chhu and Raft the class 2/3 section down to the confluence of the Mo Chhu where the Phunkaha Dzong is located. After the raft trip and lunch, visit the fantastic Phunkaha Dzong.

Day 4 – Drive back over the Douchula Pass to Thimphu. Enroute visit the Chhimi Lhakang (aka Temple of Divine Madman). Spend the evening at leisure in Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5 – Drive or mountain bike, whichever you choose part of the way to the valley of Haa via Dawakha. Spend the evening here at an old local home now converted into a house for visitors. Sightsee around the quaint valley of Haa.

Day 6 – Drive or mountain bike again to Paro via the Chele La Pass. This is a spectacular journey with magnificent views if the weather is good. Late afternoon spent sightseeing around Paro valley. Spend the evening at a hotel in Paro.

Day 7 – Day excursion and hike to the Taktsang Monastery perched on a cliff 3000 feet high overlooking the Paro Valley and one of the most spectacular sights in Bhutan. Drive to the North end of Paro valley and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress of the Victorious Drukpass). We will then have our final meal together.

Day 8 – Depart hotel to Paro Airport to catch your onward flight out of Bhutan.

Passport Information

Your passport must have at least six months valid duration at the time of travel. We will also need a copy of your passport for our files in the UK. We also advise you carry photo copies of your passport whilst travelling.

Visa Information

Your visa for entry into Bhutan will be arranged by ‘Live the Adventure’ Worldwide Travel.  We will send you a copy of the visa form for you to fill out and return to us and we will then arrange your visa for you. Dependant on your travel arrangements and your itinerary, you may be required to apply for an Indian visa if you are entering India at any time in transit. This can be done via the Indian embassy.

Medical Information

For all up-to-date medical information please visit: http://www.masta-travel-health.com.  This website will inform you which inoculations to you need for the countries you are travelling to, and all advice on medical kit you may want to take with you. Inoculations must be done at least 6 weeks prior to your trip departure.

Flight Information

Live the Adventure has a dedicated flight account manager at STA Travel who understands the intricacies of our travel itineraries. If you complete the form on our Check Flights page it will be sent to STA Travel and also to Live the Adventure. If you would prefer to talk through any details with Live the Adventure first i.e. before completing the STA Travel Flight Enquiry Form below, please call us on 01746 718 436. We are very happy to talk through and recommend arrival and departure scenarios to fit in with your choosen travel itineraries, as well as different flight options and stop overs before you confirm or book your international flights and help make your flight booking process as smooth and as hassle free as possible.

Once your flights are booked, we will also need a copy of all your flight information. Bhutan Entry Flight options: all entry into Bhutan is through Paro (PBH) airport. These flights are not included in the listed price and upon confirmation of your connecting international flights we will book these for you and in doing so arrange your entry visas into Bhutan. Current flight options fly in from Delhi, Bangkok, Kathmandu and Mumbai.

Insurance Information

We have worked with many companies that supply insurance for our trips. Should you need any assistance with this we can put you in contact with them. We advise that you take your insurance out straight away so that if anything was to happen from now to the trip departure date then you will be able to claim.  Your insurance must cover you for the whole of the trip and all the activities listed in your Trip Itinerary. We will need you to send us a full copy of your insurance policy before your trip departs.

20-27 March 2016 (High Season): $3450.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2488.00 as of 29.02.16)

20-27 August 2016 (Low Season): $2850.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2055.00 as of 29.02.16)

Prices are quoted in US Dollars.  When paying for your holiday you will be charged in Pounds Sterling (GBP) based on the rate of exchange on the day of purchase.

The cost of this Adventure Holiday in Bhutan includes:
All accommodation on twin/double occupancy basis and meals
Private land transport
Permits, fees and taxes for all itinerary destinations
All mountain bike and rafting equipment
Fully experienced and qualified cultural and activity guide

The above costs do not include the following:
Costs for consumption of alcoholic beverages, sodas and bottled drinks which will have to be paid for individually
Hot stone bath option
International Flights – Please contact us for flight options and prices
Guide Gratuities
Personal insurance


Privately Guided Closed Trips: This trip can be privately guided for a minimum of 4 people with dates can be chosen to suit you using the following prices:

High Season (MAR,APR,MAY,SEPT,OCT,NOV):
$3450.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2488.00 GBP as of 29.02.16)

Low Season (AUG,DEC,JAN,FEB):
$2850.00 USD per person for 2016 (£2055.00 GBP as of 29.02.16)

 

Please contact us to check availability before completing this booking form. A 25% deposit is required with all bookings.  Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit you will receive a full set of joining instructions including kit list.

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Experience Bhutan

Summary

Trip Rating
Culture
Fitness
Adventure
Date(s)

20-27 March 2016 - High Season
20-27 August 2016 - Low season

This trip can be arranged as a private itinerary, dates to suit you, for a minimum of 4 people.

Price

$3450.00 per person for 2016 (£2488.00 as of 29.02.16) High Season / $2850.00 per person for 2016 (£2055.00 as of 29.02.16) Low Season

Length

8 days

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