Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2023)

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, as you ascend to stunning “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and enjoy a meal in the home of a local Nepali family.

Journey Overview

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, as you ascend to stunning “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu’s Durbar Square and enjoy a meal in the home of a local Nepali family.

Journey Highlights

  • Absorb the grace, beauty and remoteness of Punakha, where you visit the ornately designed Dzong and wander in hand-painted courtyards among crimson-robed monks
  • Feel the spirit of remote Bhutan on a pilgrimage hike to the revered “Tiger’s Nest” Monastery, perched high on a sheer rock face, followed by a celebratory Champagne toast
  • Explore Kathmandu’s storied Durbar Square, and connect with Nepal’s rich spiritual heritage during a guided meditation at Kopan Monastery
  • Hear firsthand from a Mount Everest summiter about his experiences scaling the world’s tallest peak
  • Savour a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a visit with a local family in their home
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Day 2: Paro & Thimphu, Bhutan | Among Towering Peaks

Fly to Paro, your gateway to Bhutan, a nation whose cultural traditions remain well preserved. Travel to Thimphu, admiring the mountain scenery, before visiting the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see Tashichho Dzong, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fortress. Then, gather for your welcome dinner.

Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colourful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman), a storied fertility temple, continuing to Punakha Dzong, also called the “Palace of Great Happiness.”

Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BL

Day 4: Thimphu | Design Your Day

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Hike Wangditse Nature Trail, a two-hour scenic walk through fields to Wangtse Monastery, with stunning views.
  • Offer Butter Lamps at a Monastery in Thimphu, and explore the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums.
  • Visit Pangrizampa, where you meet with a local astrologer and practice meditation with an expert.

Tonight, gather for dinner at a local restaurant.

Taj Tashi, Thimphu | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers & Relics

Journey overland to Paro, stopping to visit local farmers at their farmhouse to better understand their traditional way of life. Once in Paro, view the religious thangka (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum of Bhutan. Proceed to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress on a mountain river.

Zhiwa Ling Heritage | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the “Tiger’s Nest”

Today, you may choose to attempt the climb to Taktsang Monastery (“Tiger’s Nest”). This hike is intentionally difficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhist devotees. Upon your descent, celebrate your trek with a Champagne toast and a specially arranged picnic breakfast with local entertainment. Later, try your hand at archery, Bhutan’s national sport.

Zhiwa Ling Heritage | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride Like a Local by rickshaw to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Taleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari), and stroll through the bazaar and old city. Continue to Swayambhunath, one of the most sacred shrines for Tibetan Buddhists. Later, hear a lecture by a summiter on the epic challenge of scaling Mount Everest.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Kathmandu | A Guided Meditation

Visit Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple built in a pagoda style. Then, on an experience exclusively for A&K guests made possible by our local office, enter Kopan Nunnery and Monastery, where a monk or nun leads you in a private guided meditation session. Continue to Boudhanath, home to one of the world’s largest Buddhist shrines, and enjoy a Scenic Sundowner.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BL

Day 9: Kathmandu | A Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine

Explore Patan to see Durbar Square and the former royal palace. Participate in a Chef ’s Table cooking class at a local family’s home, learning about local cuisine and daily life in Nepal. Later, savour a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu | Meals: BLD

Days 10–11: Depart Bangkok

On Day 10, fly to Bangkok, where you enjoy the use of an executive room, available through Day 11, when you depart on your flight home.

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport | Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Bangkok/Paro/Kathmandu/Bangkok
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: flight to Paro at 6:50 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: return flight to Bangkok arriving at 6:30 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

Included with every Luxury Small Group Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Mar 8, 2023 - Mar 18, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Mar 29, 2023 - Apr 8, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Apr 19, 2023 - Apr 29, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
May 3, 2023 - May 13, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Sep 20, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Oct 11, 2023 - Oct 21, 2023
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Oct 18, 2023 - Oct 28, 2023
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Oct 25, 2023 - Nov 4, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 8, 2023 - Nov 18, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 15, 2023 - Nov 25, 2023
Price AU$15,370pp Single Supplement AU$4,925 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire

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