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Festivals of Bhutan

Bhutan
Available Departures: Nov

11 days from

US$4,345

without flights
Culture
Guided Group
LEISURELY LEISURELY

Discover the iconic wonders of the Kingdom of Bhutan, including its colourful Buddhist festivals

Trip Code: BDT
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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

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1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Festivals of Bhutan

Highlights
  • Join the festivities at one of Bhutan's colourful festivals or 'tshechu'
  • Visit the gravity-defying ‘Tiger's Nest’ Monastery in the Paro Valley 
  • The beautiful valleys and spectacular monasteries of Bumthang
  • Stay in the Phobjika Valley, winter home of the rare Black Necked Crane
  • Visit Bhutan’s impressive dzongs and enjoy an archery demonstration

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 16
  • 10 days touring and sightseeing
  • Max altitude - 3600 metres
  • Join In Kathmandu

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 7 nights Hotel
  • 3 nights Lodge
  • All meals included
  • 7 nights Hotel
  • 3 nights Lodge
  • All meals included
  • 7 nights Hotel
  • 3 nights Lodge
Overview

This is the ultimate cultural journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan, crafted from KE's 30 years’ experience travelling in The Land of the Thunder Dragon. The itinerary is designed to make sure you see all of the most iconic sights, from Paro as far east as Jakar and the Bumthang Valley and each departure is timed to coincide with one of Bhutan's colourful festivals or 'tshechu'.


Travelling via Kathmandu, the adventure begins with a flight across the Himalaya to Paro. We'll stretch our legs with a walk up to the incredible cliff-hanging Tigers’ Nest monastery, and enjoy an archery display (Bhutan's national sport), before driving eastwards to the quieter, central district of Bumthang. The valleys of Bumthang are famous for their unspoilt beauty and the area contains several important monasteries. Here we will also enjoy an excursion to the remote Tang Valley, where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony at the Pemachiling Nunnery. Leaving Bumthang we make our way back towards the west on one of the world’s most scenic roads. Crossing high passes bedecked with multicoloured prayer flags and in the company of grazing yaks, we can enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalaya. En route to the capital Thimphu we will stop overnight at Gantey in the Phobjika Valley, the overwinter home of the rare black-necked cranes, and in Punakha where the impressive Dzong was once served as the winter capital. We end with sightseeing in the capital of Thimphu before flying back to Kathmandu. 

**Please note that each departure follows a slightly altered itinerary in order to accommodate a festival visit.**

Please note also that the dates of Bhutanese festivals are tentative and can be changed at any time.

BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.

Is this holiday for you?

Though this is principally a cultural touring holiday, some of the most extraordinary sights in Bhutan, like the Tigers' Nest monastery, can only be accessed on foot and therefore you will want to be in reasonable physical shape to get the most out of your holiday - this is the Himalaya after all! As this is a comprehensive tour of Bhutan’s special places and iconic sights, there is by necessity …

Though this is principally a cultural touring holiday, some of the most extraordinary sights in Bhutan, like the Tigers' Nest monastery, can only be accessed on foot and therefore you will want to be in reasonable physical shape to get the most out of your holiday - this is the Himalaya after all! As this is a comprehensive tour of Bhutan’s special places and iconic sights, there is by necessity some time spent on the road and you should be prepared for this. Our 2024 itineraries drive to and from the central district of Bumthang (and we added a day to allow this). Unpredictable flight schedules meant that we could no longer include the outward journey to Bumthang by plane. Our drive back to Paro is carefully staged to maximise the time spent in each place we visit. During the road journeys there will be plenty of time to visit the key places of interest along the way, and to make the most of photo opportunities!

Why KE?

Your Bhutan visa fees, all meals, and return flights from Kathmandu to Paro are included, and there’s even FREE down jacket hire available too.

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The holiday starts at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. The rest of the day is free to relax or for independent sightseeing. We have also arranged for dinner in the hotel tonight, which you can take at your own leisure.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

D

The group will meet in the lobby of the hotel. We transfer together back to airport in time to check in for the flight to Paro.

The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. From the left side of the plane Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, three of the world's highest mountains, are clearly visible. The total flying time is only 45 minutes and soon we are descending into the Paro Valley, enjoying the splendid views of alpine forests, small monasteries, temples and flat-roofed farmhouses. On arrival we will be met by our Tour Leader who will accompany us to the hotel.

If the flight to Paro is in the morning, there may be time today to visit the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, high above the Paro Valley overlooking the Dzong.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we will make an excursion to Taktsang Lhakhang, the Tiger's Nest, one of the most recognised and important religious sites in the entire Himalaya. This iconic monastery clinging to a vertical granite cliff 2000 feet above the valley floor, dates from 1692 and was built around the cave where the Guru Rinpoche was said to have meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. According to legend the Rinpoche arrived at this spot in the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Droloe on the back of a flying tiger and subdued the evil spirits of the region which then became protectors of the dharma. One in particular called Singye Samdrup is recognized as the principal guardian of Taktsang. The Tigers Nest is only accessible on foot. Arriving at the trailhead we follow an uphill path and after one hour, we reach a small teahouse with a fantastic views of the monastery which is directly opposite on the other side of a gorge. In a further half-hour of climbing the path leads to the temple itself and depending on events taking place there it may be possible to look inside although it is not always possible to do so. For those that do not wish to go to all the way to the temple, the teahouse is the perfect place to sit and relax and admire one of the most amazing views you will ever encounter. Upon returning to Paro, if time permits we will watch an archery demonstation. More than just a sport, archery is the national pastime in Bhutan and the people here take the game very seriously.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

790 M

Descent

790 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs walking

Distance

8 KM

Setting out after an early breakfast, we head eastwards on Bhutan's main highway, passing close to the capital, Thimpu and climbing across forested slopes to the Dochu La (3050m), marked by many prayer flags and an impressive collection of large chortens. A viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and an array of snow-capped peaks. Dropping down into the Punakha Valley, we continue via the town of Wangdi with its commanding dzong on a spur above the river. Next we cross the Pele La (3300m), the boundary between Western and Central Bhutan. Entering the Trongsa district, we can stop at the picturesque Chenjebi Stupas for views of Trongsa Dzong, the largest monastery in Bhutan, The road crosses two further passes before reaching the Bumthang valleys and our accommodation in Jakar. We arrive in Jakar after a full day of driving and sightseeing and check in to our charming lodge in this sleepy outpost, with a few shops, a post office and its magnificent dzong.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Time

2 - 5 hrs walking

After breakfast at the lodge, we set out on our walking tour of the Bumthang Valley - one of the most beautiful and sacred in Bhutan. The valley is wide, filled with fields and villagers busy with their day's work. The guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to the region, meditated in many local caves in the Bumthang valley and each now has a temple or shrine associated with them. We start our exploration with a visit to the Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo who pledged the building of 108 temples during his lifetime. This temple can only be visited by special permission which we obtain for our groups. Next we visit the 17th century Kurje Lhakhang, together with its splendid new monastic annex which has been built in traditional style. From Kurje, we cross a bridge over the rushing Chamkhar Chu (river) and walk through paddy fields to Tamshing. This temple complex was founded in 1501 by one of Bhutan's most famous saints, Pema Lingpa 'the treasure discoverer". The monastery is home to many apprentice monks. We continue beyond Tamshing and end our walk just across from our guesthouse with a visit to the 'Swiss Project' where local people produce cheese, beer, apple juice and honey.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Time

3 - 4 hrs walking

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for approximately one and half hours through pine forests to the Tang Ugyencholing Manor house which houses a museum of ancient traditional culture. From here we drive to Pemachiling nunnery where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony performed by the nuns. We take our lunch here and some of the nuns will join us during our meal. After lunch we will visit the Membar Tsho (flaming lake), where the renowned Terton Pema Lingpa, is reputed to have discovered treasure from the lake in the late 15th century. Before returning to Jakar we will also visit the Zangtopelri - the celestial abode of Guru Rimpochey. In the evening we can take a stroll through downtown Jakar for some souvenir shopping or enjoy local coffee in one of the cafes.

FESTIVAL VISIT
No single event captures the enduring Bhutanese culture better than the Buddhist festival or Tsechus, which honour the great deeds of Guru Rinpoche, the 8th Century figure widely revered across the Himalaya as the Second Buddha, and other saints. The festivals consist of a series of prayers, and dances performed by monks and lay people in spectacular masks and costumes to a cacophony of drums, horns and cymbals.

BDT.2 will follow an amended itinerary on this day - visiting the Thangbi Mani Festival.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

From Jakar we follow the winding road through the folds of the Himalayan foothills, crossing the Yotong La (3600m) to reach Trongsa Sherubling after approximately 2.5 hours. We stop here to visit the 17th century Dzong, one of Bhutan's most impressive. Continuing our journey westwards, we leave the heavily cultivated valley of the Mangde Chu as the road climbs steadily up into the hills. The scenery is breathtaking as we travel through the Himalayan foothills, first passing through forests of tall pines, then an 'alpine' zone of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The high point of the day is the Pele La (3420) marked with a chorten and numerous prayer flags strung across the road. Given good weather the views from here are excellent, stretching over the Black Mountains to the distant snow-capped Himalaya. It is not uncommon to encounter grazing yaks by the roadside here. Having taken in the views we now descend from the pass and turn south off the main road. Approximately 4 hours after leaving Trongsa, we enter the beautiful and tranquil Phobjikha Valley with its well-tended fields encircled by pine forests. In the centre of the valley, rising from a small ridge, stands Gangtey Gompa one of the oldest private monasteries in Bhutan and one of a handful belonging to the Nyingmapa sect. The valley is famous as the winter home to the very rare Black-Necked Crane. Experts estimate that fewer than 800 cranes exist in the wild and every year they make an incredible journey from Tibet across the Himalaya to reach this small valley in Bhutan. The Cranes usually start to arrive from mid October and stay until early April. Our hotel in Gangtey is one of the best in Bhutan.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

This morning we have another opportunity to view the black-neck cranes in their specially protected meadow. The Bhutanese Government has recognised the importance of the birds and has made special provision for their protection in the Phobjikha valley. This initially involved paying compensation to the local people who are constrained in what they can do with their cropland over the winter period. Today the income from tourism compensates the farmers for leaving their fields to the birds. After breakfast we set off on our drive to Punakha and en-route there is the option for those who wish, to visit the yellow roofed Chimi Lhakhang temple. This involves a 20 - 30 minute walk across rice fields and a short climb up to the temple which is dedicated to the 15th century, Drukpa Kuenley, known as the divine madman. The temple was constructed in 1499 in honour of Drukpa Kuenley after the lama defeated a demon who lived on the nearby Dochu La. The temple is a popular pilgrimage place for local women to receive blessings of fertility and to select their future baby's name by choosing a bamboo tile. After the visit we continue to the iconic Punakha Dzong, strategically sited at the confluence of the `Pho' &`Mo' Chus (Father & Mother rivers). Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung, the impressive fortress / monastery guards the Southern entrance to the Punakha valley. Punkaha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is the winter residence of the `Je Khenpo' (head religious abbot) of Bhutan and most of the senior monks from Thimphu. The imposing appearance of the Dzong from all angles lends itself to photography and depending on what events are taking place at the time of our visit, we may be able to look inside also. After the visit we will check into our hotel near to the Dzong.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

1 hr optional walking

Leaving the Punakha Valley we rejoin Bhutan's main east-west highway and climb up to the Dochu La (3300m). Many prayer flags and a very impressive collection of large chortens mark the pass. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather, a viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and the peaks of Masangang, Tsendagang, Terigang and all the way to Gangkar Puensum (7497m), the world's highest unclimbed peak. From the heights of the Dochu La the road winds down through some magnificent temperate forest, with an abundance of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by Hongsto, an ancient village founded in 1525 by the 14th Drukpa hierarchy of Tibet and after a total of 3 hours of driving, we arrive in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. We will take lunch here before an afternoon of sightseeing which will include the Royal Palace, the Royal Grand Mother Memorial Chorten the Buddha Dordenma, the largest seated Buddha in the world. From the site of the statue we also have a superb bird's eye view of the Capital. Other possibilities for sightseeing include the Textile Museum, a paper factory and the 'Simply Bhutan' museum. Alternatively we can browse the many shops of the capital or visit the local farmers' market. We stay overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

We have an early transfer to Paro Airport for the morning flight to Kathmandu. The flight takes only 45 minutes and on arrival we transfer to our comfortable hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city or for shopping in the bazaars. An evening meal is included at the hotel, for those that wish to dine together, or you are free to head out into Thamel independently to a restaurant of your choice.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

The holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu airport are provided. If you would like to spend more time exploring Nepal, why not pre-book a full day-tour of the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to a wildlife reserve in Chitwan National Park. Contact the KE Team for more details.

Meals

B

The holiday starts at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. The rest of the day is free to relax or for independent sightseeing. We have also arranged for dinner in the hotel tonight, which you can take at your own leisure.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

D

The group will meet in the lobby of the hotel. We transfer together back to airport in time to check in for the flight to Paro.

The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. From the left side of the plane Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, three of the world's highest mountains, are clearly visible. The total flying time is only 45 minutes and soon we are descending into the Paro Valley, enjoying the splendid views of alpine forests, small monasteries, temples and flat-roofed farmhouses. On arrival we will be met by our Tour Leader who will accompany us to the hotel.

If the flight to Paro is in the morning, there may be time today to visit the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, high above the Paro Valley overlooking the Dzong.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we will make an excursion to Taktsang Lhakhang, the Tiger's Nest, one of the most recognised and important religious sites in the entire Himalaya. This iconic monastery clinging to a vertical granite cliff 2000 feet above the valley floor, dates from 1692 and was built around the cave where the Guru Rinpoche was said to have meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. According to legend the Rinpoche arrived at this spot in the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Droloe on the back of a flying tiger and subdued the evil spirits of the region which then became protectors of the dharma. One in particular called Singye Samdrup is recognized as the principal guardian of Taktsang. The Tigers Nest is only accessible on foot. Arriving at the trailhead we follow an uphill path and after one hour, we reach a small teahouse with a fantastic views of the monastery which is directly opposite on the other side of a gorge. In a further half-hour of climbing the path leads to the temple itself and depending on events taking place there it may be possible to look inside although it is not always possible to do so. For those that do not wish to go to all the way to the temple, the teahouse is the perfect place to sit and relax and admire one of the most amazing views you will ever encounter. Upon returning to Paro, if time permits we will watch an archery demonstation. More than just a sport, archery is the national pastime in Bhutan and the people here take the game very seriously.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

790 M

Descent

790 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs walking

Distance

8 KM

Setting out after an early breakfast, we head eastwards on Bhutan's main highway, passing close to the capital, Thimpu and climbing across forested slopes to the Dochu La (3050m), marked by many prayer flags and an impressive collection of large chortens. A viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and an array of snow-capped peaks. Dropping down into the Punakha Valley, we continue via the town of Wangdi with its commanding dzong on a spur above the river. Next we cross the Pele La (3300m), the boundary between Western and Central Bhutan. Entering the Trongsa district, we can stop at the picturesque Chenjebi Stupas for views of Trongsa Dzong, the largest monastery in Bhutan, The road crosses two further passes before reaching the Bumthang valleys and our accommodation in Jakar. We arrive in Jakar after a full day of driving and sightseeing and check in to our charming lodge in this sleepy outpost, with a few shops, a post office and its magnificent dzong.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Time

2 - 5 hrs walking

After breakfast at the lodge, we set out on our walking tour of the Bumthang Valley - one of the most beautiful and sacred in Bhutan. The valley is wide, filled with fields and villagers busy with their day's work. The guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to the region, meditated in many local caves in the Bumthang valley and each now has a temple or shrine associated with them. We start our exploration with a visit to the Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo who pledged the building of 108 temples during his lifetime. This temple can only be visited by special permission which we obtain for our groups. Next we visit the 17th century Kurje Lhakhang, together with its splendid new monastic annex which has been built in traditional style. From Kurje, we cross a bridge over the rushing Chamkhar Chu (river) and walk through paddy fields to Tamshing. This temple complex was founded in 1501 by one of Bhutan's most famous saints, Pema Lingpa 'the treasure discoverer". The monastery is home to many apprentice monks. We continue beyond Tamshing and end our walk just across from our guesthouse with a visit to the 'Swiss Project' where local people produce cheese, beer, apple juice and honey.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Time

3 - 4 hrs walking

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for approximately one and half hours through pine forests to the Tang Ugyencholing Manor house which houses a museum of ancient traditional culture. From here we drive to Pemachiling nunnery where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony performed by the nuns. We take our lunch here and some of the nuns will join us during our meal. After lunch we will visit the Membar Tsho (flaming lake), where the renowned Terton Pema Lingpa, is reputed to have discovered treasure from the lake in the late 15th century. Before returning to Jakar we will also visit the Zangtopelri - the celestial abode of Guru Rimpochey. In the evening we can take a stroll through downtown Jakar for some souvenir shopping or enjoy local coffee in one of the cafes.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

From Jakar we follow the winding road through the folds of the Himalayan foothills, crossing the Yotong La (3600m) to reach Trongsa Sherubling after approximately 2.5 hours. We stop here to visit the 17th century Dzong, one of Bhutan's most impressive. Continuing our journey westwards, we leave the heavily cultivated valley of the Mangde Chu as the road climbs steadily up into the hills. The scenery is breathtaking as we travel through the Himalayan foothills, first passing through forests of tall pines, then an 'alpine' zone of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The high point of the day is the Pele La (3420) marked with a chorten and numerous prayer flags strung across the road. Given good weather the views from here are excellent, stretching over the Black Mountains to the distant snow-capped Himalaya. It is not uncommon to encounter grazing yaks by the roadside here. Having taken in the views we now descend from the pass and turn south off the main road. Approximately 4 hours after leaving Trongsa, we enter the beautiful and tranquil Phobjikha Valley with its well-tended fields encircled by pine forests. In the centre of the valley, rising from a small ridge, stands Gangtey Gompa one of the oldest private monasteries in Bhutan and one of a handful belonging to the Nyingmapa sect. The valley is famous as the winter home to the very rare Black-Necked Crane. Experts estimate that fewer than 800 cranes exist in the wild and every year they make an incredible journey from Tibet across the Himalaya to reach this small valley in Bhutan. The Cranes usually start to arrive from mid October and stay until early April. Our hotel in Gangtey is one of the best in Bhutan.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

This morning we have another opportunity to view the black-neck cranes in their specially protected meadow. The Bhutanese Government has recognised the importance of the birds and has made special provision for their protection in the Phobjikha valley. This initially involved paying compensation to the local people who are constrained in what they can do with their cropland over the winter period. Today the income from tourism compensates the farmers for leaving their fields to the birds. After breakfast we set off on our drive to Punakha and en-route there is the option for those who wish, to visit the yellow roofed Chimi Lhakhang temple. This involves a 20 - 30 minute walk across rice fields and a short climb up to the temple which is dedicated to the 15th century, Drukpa Kuenley, known as the divine madman. The temple was constructed in 1499 in honour of Drukpa Kuenley after the lama defeated a demon who lived on the nearby Dochu La. The temple is a popular pilgrimage place for local women to receive blessings of fertility and to select their future baby's name by choosing a bamboo tile. After the visit we continue to the iconic Punakha Dzong, strategically sited at the confluence of the `Pho' &`Mo' Chus (Father & Mother rivers). Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung, the impressive fortress / monastery guards the Southern entrance to the Punakha valley. Punkaha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is the winter residence of the `Je Khenpo' (head religious abbot) of Bhutan and most of the senior monks from Thimphu. The imposing appearance of the Dzong from all angles lends itself to photography and depending on what events are taking place at the time of our visit, we may be able to look inside also. After the visit we will check into our hotel near to the Dzong.

FESTIVAL VISIT
No single event captures the enduring Bhutanese culture better than the Buddhist festival or Tsechus, which honour the great deeds of Guru Rinpoche, the 8th Century figure widely revered across the Himalaya as the Second Buddha, and other saints. The festivals consist of a series of prayers, and dances performed by monks and lay people in spectacular masks and costumes to a cacophony of drums, horns and cymbals.

BDT.1 will follow an amended itinerary on this day - visiting the Talo Goemba Festival in Punakha.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

1 hr optional walking

Leaving the Punakha Valley we rejoin Bhutan's main east-west highway and climb up to the Dochu La (3300m). Many prayer flags and a very impressive collection of large chortens mark the pass. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather, a viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and the peaks of Masangang, Tsendagang, Terigang and all the way to Gangkar Puensum (7497m), the world's highest unclimbed peak. From the heights of the Dochu La the road winds down through some magnificent temperate forest, with an abundance of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by Hongsto, an ancient village founded in 1525 by the 14th Drukpa hierarchy of Tibet and after a total of 3 hours of driving, we arrive in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. We will take lunch here before an afternoon of sightseeing which will include the Royal Palace, the Royal Grand Mother Memorial Chorten the Buddha Dordenma, the largest seated Buddha in the world. From the site of the statue we also have a superb bird's eye view of the Capital. Other possibilities for sightseeing include the Textile Museum, a paper factory and the 'Simply Bhutan' museum. Alternatively we can browse the many shops of the capital or visit the local farmers' market. We stay overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

We have an early transfer to Paro Airport for the morning flight to Kathmandu. The flight takes only 45 minutes and on arrival we transfer to our comfortable hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city or for shopping in the bazaars. An evening meal is included at the hotel, for those that wish to dine together, or you are free to head out into Thamel independently to a restaurant of your choice.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

The holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu airport are provided. If you would like to spend more time exploring Nepal, why not pre-book a full day-tour of the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to a wildlife reserve in Chitwan National Park. Contact the KE Team for more details.

Meals

B

The holiday starts at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. The rest of the day is free to relax or for independent sightseeing. We have also arranged for dinner in the hotel tonight, which you can take at your own leisure.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

D

The group will meet in the lobby of the hotel. We transfer together back to airport in time to check in for the flight to Paro.

The flight from Kathmandu to Bhutan is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. From the left side of the plane Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga, three of the world's highest mountains, are clearly visible. The total flying time is only 45 minutes and soon we are descending into the Paro Valley, enjoying the splendid views of alpine forests, small monasteries, temples and flat-roofed farmhouses. On arrival we will be met by our Tour Leader who will accompany us to the hotel.

If the flight to Paro is in the morning, there may be time today to visit the National Museum housed in an ancient watchtower, high above the Paro Valley overlooking the Dzong.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we will make an excursion to Taktsang Lhakhang, the Tiger's Nest, one of the most recognised and important religious sites in the entire Himalaya. This iconic monastery clinging to a vertical granite cliff 2000 feet above the valley floor, dates from 1692 and was built around the cave where the Guru Rinpoche was said to have meditated for 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks, 3 days and 3 hours. According to legend the Rinpoche arrived at this spot in the wrathful form of Guru Dorji Droloe on the back of a flying tiger and subdued the evil spirits of the region which then became protectors of the dharma. One in particular called Singye Samdrup is recognized as the principal guardian of Taktsang. The Tigers Nest is only accessible on foot. Arriving at the trailhead we follow an uphill path and after one hour, we reach a small teahouse with a fantastic views of the monastery which is directly opposite on the other side of a gorge. In a further half-hour of climbing the path leads to the temple itself and depending on events taking place there it may be possible to look inside although it is not always possible to do so. For those that do not wish to go to all the way to the temple, the teahouse is the perfect place to sit and relax and admire one of the most amazing views you will ever encounter. Upon returning to Paro, if time permits we will watch an archery demonstation. More than just a sport, archery is the national pastime in Bhutan and the people here take the game very seriously.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Ascent

790 M

Descent

790 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs walking

Distance

8 KM

Setting out after an early breakfast, we head eastwards on Bhutan's main highway, passing close to the capital, Thimpu and climbing across forested slopes to the Dochu La (3050m), marked by many prayer flags and an impressive collection of large chortens. A viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and an array of snow-capped peaks. Dropping down into the Punakha Valley, we continue via the town of Wangdi with its commanding dzong on a spur above the river. Next we cross the Pele La (3300m), the boundary between Western and Central Bhutan. Entering the Trongsa district, we can stop at the picturesque Chenjebi Stupas for views of Trongsa Dzong, the largest monastery in Bhutan, The road crosses two further passes before reaching the Bumthang valleys and our accommodation in Jakar. We arrive in Jakar after a full day of driving and sightseeing and check in to our charming lodge in this sleepy outpost, with a few shops, a post office and its magnificent dzong.

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Lodge

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Time

2 - 5 hrs walking

After breakfast at the lodge, we set out on foot to explore the Bumthang Valley - one of the most beautiful and sacred in Bhutan. Our visit coincides with the annual Jambay Lhakang Drup Festival and we will aim to spend a good part of the day at the festival. It's just a short walk to this important temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan, built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo. Depending on how much time we spend at the festival, we will also be able to walk through the surrounding farmland, where villagers are normally busy with their day's work. Bumthang is overlooked by a number of caves where the guru Padmasambhava, who introduced Buddhism to the region, is believed to have meditated. Other places on our list to see today include the 17th century Kurje Lhakhang and the temple complex at Tamshing, founded in 1501 by one of Bhutan's most famous saints, Pema Lingpa. Also, as we walk back to our accommodation we can check out the 'Swiss Project' where local people produce cheese, beer, apple juice and honey.

FESTIVAL VISIT

No single event captures the enduring Bhutanese culture better than the Buddhist festival or Tsechus, which honour the great deeds of Guru Rinpoche, the 8th Century figure widely revered across the Himalaya as the Second Buddha, and other saints. The festivals consist of a series of prayers, and dances performed by monks and lay people in spectacular masks and costumes to a cacophony of drums, horns and cymbals.

Accommodation

Lodge

Meals

B L D

Time

3 hrs walking

After breakfast at the hotel, we drive for approximately one and half hours through pine forests to the Tang Ugyencholing Manor house which houses a museum of ancient traditional culture. From here we drive to Pemachiling nunnery where we can witness an elaborate drum ceremony performed by the nuns. We take our lunch here and some of the nuns will join us during our meal. After lunch we will visit the Membar Tsho (flaming lake), where the renowned Terton Pema Lingpa, is reputed to have discovered treasure from the lake in the late 15th century. Before returning to Jakar we will also visit the Zangtopelri - the celestial abode of Guru Rimpochey. In the evening we can take a stroll through downtown Jakar for some souvenir shopping or enjoy local coffee in one of the cafes.

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Lodge

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B L D

From Jakar we follow the winding road through the folds of the Himalayan foothills, crossing the Yotong La (3600m) to reach Trongsa Sherubling after approximately 2.5 hours. We stop here to visit the 17th century Dzong, one of Bhutan's most impressive. Continuing our journey westwards, we leave the heavily cultivated valley of the Mangde Chu as the road climbs steadily up into the hills. The scenery is breathtaking as we travel through the Himalayan foothills, first passing through forests of tall pines, then an 'alpine' zone of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. The high point of the day is the Pele La (3420) marked with a chorten and numerous prayer flags strung across the road. Given good weather the views from here are excellent, stretching over the Black Mountains to the distant snow-capped Himalaya. It is not uncommon to encounter grazing yaks by the roadside here. Having taken in the views we now descend from the pass and turn south off the main road. Approximately 4 hours after leaving Trongsa, we enter the beautiful and tranquil Phobjikha Valley with its well-tended fields encircled by pine forests. In the centre of the valley, rising from a small ridge, stands Gangtey Gompa one of the oldest private monasteries in Bhutan and one of a handful belonging to the Nyingmapa sect. The valley is famous as the winter home to the very rare Black-Necked Crane. Experts estimate that fewer than 800 cranes exist in the wild and every year they make an incredible journey from Tibet across the Himalaya to reach this small valley in Bhutan. The Cranes usually start to arrive from mid October and stay until early April. Our hotel in Gangtey is one of the best in Bhutan.

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Hotel

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B L D

This morning we have another opportunity to view the black-neck cranes in their specially protected meadow. The Bhutanese Government has recognised the importance of the birds and has made special provision for their protection in the Phobjikha valley. This initially involved paying compensation to the local people who are constrained in what they can do with their cropland over the winter period. Today the income from tourism compensates the farmers for leaving their fields to the birds. After breakfast we set off on our drive to Punakha and en-route there is the option for those who wish, to visit the yellow roofed Chimi Lhakhang temple. This involves a 20 - 30 minute walk across rice fields and a short climb up to the temple which is dedicated to the 15th century, Drukpa Kuenley, known as the divine madman. The temple was constructed in 1499 in honour of Drukpa Kuenley after the lama defeated a demon who lived on the nearby Dochu La. The temple is a popular pilgrimage place for local women to receive blessings of fertility and to select their future baby's name by choosing a bamboo tile. After the visit we continue to the iconic Punakha Dzong, strategically sited at the confluence of the `Pho' &`Mo' Chus (Father & Mother rivers). Built in 1637 by Zhabdrung, the impressive fortress / monastery guards the Southern entrance to the Punakha valley. Punkaha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and is the winter residence of the `Je Khenpo' (head religious abbot) of Bhutan and most of the senior monks from Thimphu. The imposing appearance of the Dzong from all angles lends itself to photography and depending on what events are taking place at the time of our visit, we may be able to look inside also. After the visit we will check into our hotel near to the Dzong.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

1 hr optional walking

Leaving the Punakha Valley we rejoin Bhutan's main east-west highway and climb up to the Dochu La (3300m). Many prayer flags and a very impressive collection of large chortens mark the pass. If we are lucky enough to have clear weather, a viewpoint just above the road offers one of the finest panoramas in the Eastern Himalaya, stretching out over Lunana and the peaks of Masangang, Tsendagang, Terigang and all the way to Gangkar Puensum (7497m), the world's highest unclimbed peak. From the heights of the Dochu La the road winds down through some magnificent temperate forest, with an abundance of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by Hongsto, an ancient village founded in 1525 by the 14th Drukpa hierarchy of Tibet and after a total of 3 hours of driving, we arrive in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu. We will take lunch here before an afternoon of sightseeing which will include the Royal Palace, the Royal Grand Mother Memorial Chorten the Buddha Dordenma, the largest seated Buddha in the world. From the site of the statue we also have a superb bird's eye view of the Capital. Other possibilities for sightseeing include the Textile Museum, a paper factory and the 'Simply Bhutan' museum. Alternatively we can browse the many shops of the capital or visit the local farmers' market. We stay overnight in a hotel in Thimphu.

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Hotel

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We have an early transfer to Paro Airport for the morning flight to Kathmandu. The flight takes only 45 minutes and on arrival we transfer to our comfortable hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city or for shopping in the bazaars. An evening meal is included at the hotel, for those that wish to dine together, or you are free to head out into Thamel independently to a restaurant of your choice.

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Hotel

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The holiday ends after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu airport are provided. If you would like to spend more time exploring Nepal, why not pre-book a full day-tour of the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to a wildlife reserve in Chitwan National Park. Contact the KE Team for more details.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional and qualified tour leader
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • FREE down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese visa costs
  • Tips for drivers and trek staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - beer and souvenirs etc

The holiday starts at the group hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving Kathmandu on Day 1 and departing on the last day of the Land Only itinerary and all clients with additional nights booked through KE.

Hotel contact details and an emergency telephone number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals are included in the holiday price.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

Typically the food in Bhutan is not very spicy, though the Bhutanese do themselves eat a lot of chillies both raw and cooked. Hotels throughout Bhutan generally offer a range of dishes including those designed for the western palette. All meals are included in the trip price.

This holiday includes 2 nights in Kathmandu, one en route to Bhutan and one on the return journey. In Kathmandu we use a comfortable, centrally located hotel.

In Bhutan, we use the best available standard of hotel and lodge accommodation at Paro, Thimphu, Jakar, Gantey and Punakha.

All rooms are en suite throughout. Accommodation is twin share. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another traveller of the same sex. Single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning to extend your holiday, additional nights in Kathmandu are available on request.

The group will be met and escorted in Kathmandu by a local KE representative. Once in Bhutan the group will accompanied throughout by a professional and qualifed tour leader.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately £150 - £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including drinks and the £40 - £50 you can expect top pay in tips to local staff. There are some quite interesting souvenirs to be bought in Kathmandu and in Bhutan. The Nepalese unit of currency is the Rupee and Bhutan’s is the ngultrum which is tied to the value of the Indian rupee. It is not necessary to purchase Nepalese or Bhutanese currency before you travel. You will need very little Nepalese currency during your outward transit through Kathmandu and you can change a small amount at the airport or in your hotel for drinks etc.. You will be able to obtain your Bhutanese currency on arrival at the airport in Paro. Sterling and US dollars and are readily exchanged in Nepal and in Bhutan. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Kathmandu and larger towns in Bhutan and are particularly useful for expensive souvenirs. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines Kathmandu using credit and debit cards.

Tipping is discretionary but is an accepted way of saying thank you for good service. The total amount that you can expect to pay in tips for your guides, drivers etc.. is $110 (in ngultrum equivalent). Around $20per person of this should go into a kitty for hotel porters and restaurant staff (you can give this to your tour leader who will make sure it is distributed fairly).

We suggest you then collect the remaining amount into a group kitty, which you can divide between your Bhutanese tour leader, assistant guides and drivers at the end of your time in Bhutan.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. It is possible to leave extra baggage at the hotel in Kathmandu and also in Paro. Checked baggage allowance for the flight from Kathmandu to Paro is 30kg and for the domestic flight from Paro to Jakar it is 20kg. For other international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa process is partly automated and the fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days. The visa is FREE for children under 10 years. The visa allows multiple re-entry. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted.

Part of this on-arrival visa process involves filling in a ‘Tourist Visa Application Form’ and you can simplify the procedure at Kathmandu Airport by filling this form in online (within 15 days of travelling) at this link. This generates a receipt which you present (hard copy or saved on your phone) on arrival. This should allow you to go straight to the cashier to pay for your visa and has the potential to save you time in the visa queue.

Whilst these are not now needed for the visa process, we recommend that you travel with at least 2 spare passport photographs.



Visa Bhutan

All nationalities require a visa. KE will apply for the visa for you and the visa fee is included in your holiday cost.

Please note that this will be a group visa and will list the names, date of birth and passport details for all members of the group. A copy of this visa will be issued to each member of the group in Kathmandu prior to your check-in for the flight to Paro in Bhutan and your passport will be stamped on arrival in Paro.

We require a copy of the information page of your passport in order to make the arrangements for your Bhutan Visa. A colour scan must be emailed or posted to us at the earliest opportunity.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience.

The best time to visit Bhutan is in the period before and after the Indian Monsoon which brings heavy rain to the foothills of Bhutan. The pre-monsoon months of March and April are the best for seeing the colourful blooms at lower altitudes, particularly the rhododendron. The post-monsoon months of October and November usually offer the clearest skies for views of the Himalaya. During both pre- and post- monsoon, the weather in Bhutan is normally bright and clear in the mornings with possible cloud building through the day. Day-time highs of around 20°C can be expected at altitudes around 2000 metres, whilst at the high points of the trip the maximum daytime temperature will be around 15°C. At night it can be quite chilly and in some places the temperature will drop to a few degrees above freezing.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

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  • Bhutan. (Lonely Planet Guide).

  • Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon. Edmunds.

Bhutan Himalaya. 1:390,000. Nepa Maps (Himalayan Maphouse)

This map gives a general overview of Bhutan. Relief is indicated by shading and selected altitudes of peaks and passes. Highways, main roads , minor roads, and trekking routes are marked. Symbols denote post offices, dzongs, monuments, places of interest etc. The map is indexed for place names, dzongs, passes and peaks. Inside the map cover are printed some geographical notes on the country and driving or walking times between selected locations.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Walk jacket (down)*

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Socks

  • Trousers

  • Underwear

  • Shirts

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Headlamp or torch

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottle (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Small daypack 15 - 20 litres

  • Basic First Aid Kit including; antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

  • Shorts

  • Scarf or buff

  • Swimwear

  • Travel clothes

  • Camera

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes

*FREE down jacket hire is included in your KE holiday booking upon request.

Please make all requests at least 6 weeks prior to the trip departure date. Note all hire / rental equipment is issues in Bhutan. Please remember to allow room in your luggage for these items.

FESTIVAL DRESS CODE

The Bhutanese always come dressed in their finest clothing for a festival and so you may want to bring a smarter set of clothes with you to use on the days you are attending the festivals. Long sleeves and long trousers are best, women might want to bring a scarf. Dirty boots or open toed sandals should be avoided where possible. Hats and umbrellas should be avoided.

FESTIVAL ETIQUETTE

Bhutan’s Tshechus (festivals) are religious events and the festival grounds are purified and consecrated by lamas. The dancers are in a state of meditation, they believe that they transform themselves into the deities they represent on the dance ground, generating a spiritual power, which purifies, enlightens and blesses the spectators. Out of respect, whilst watching the dances, you should not eat, drink, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times. You should not use flash photography and please be respectful when photographing dancers or onlookers. The festivals are not tourist attractions, they are manifestations of religious traditions thousands of year’s old, which we are fortunate to be able to witness.

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DATES & PRICES

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2024

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  • Festivals of Bhutan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BDT /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Fri 13 Sep and ends on Mon 23 Sep
  • This departure is available and departs within 50 days. Secure your place today with full payment
  • Single Supplement Price: US$705 - All hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan
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  • Festivals of Bhutan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BDT /03/24/
  • This trip begins on Wed 13 Nov and ends on Sat 23 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$625
  • Single Supplement Price: US$705 - All hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan
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2025

Dates

Adults from

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  • Festivals of Bhutan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BDT /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Fri 3 Oct and ends on Mon 13 Oct
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$625
  • Single Supplement Price: US$705 - All hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan
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  • Festivals of Bhutan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BDT /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 30 Mar and ends on Wed 9 Apr
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$625
  • Single Supplement Price: US$705 - All hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan
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  • Festivals of Bhutan
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BDT /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 2 Nov and ends on Wed 12 Nov
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$625
  • Single Supplement Price: US$705 - All hotel nights in Kathmandu and Bhutan
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Land Only Information

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for joining at the hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Tribhuvan International (Kathmandu) Airport to/from the group hotel are provided on the first and last day of the holiday.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

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