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Price: USD 975

Activities: Sightseeing
Duration: 3     Days
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Accommodation: Hotels
Meals:All meals
Transportation:Private Vehicles/Flight
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Bhutan, the land of dzongs and monasteries; monks, majestic mountains and a rich heritage, is one of the few unexplored tourist destinations in the world.  Even with this short tour to Bhutan you will no doubt get a general idea of the culture, social life and history of the Bhutanese friendly people.

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Trip Details
Day 1 Fly from KATHMANDU - PARO; Drive to THIMPU
Day 2 THIMPU - TAKTSANG  - PARO
Day 3 PARO - Departure (by Druk Air)

Start: KATHMANDU     End: PARO

Day 1 Fly from KATHMANDU - PARO (1 hour flight by Druk Air), drive 54km (2 hours) to Thimphu
Transfer to airport and fly to Paro. A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. In Paro you will be received by your Bhutanese guide and after clearing customs and visa control you are transferred to your hotel. A short picturesque drive of about 2 hours along the valley brings you to the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu. After lunch at a local restaurant, start your sightseeing, visiting the Textile Museum, a traditional paper making factory and the Post office to see Bhutan's beautiful stamps which also depicts about the country’s myths, traditions etc. Alternatively you can do less formal sightseeing and walk around the town with your guide. Stay overnight at Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner

Day 2 THIMPU - TAKTSANG  - PARO

In the morning drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike to Takstang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery which is built around a cave in which Guru Rimpoche (also known as Guru Padmasambhava) meditated. The legend has it that Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress from Tibet and meditated in the cave there for three months.The monastery has been rebuilt after a disastrous fire destroyed in April 1998. The monastery can only be viewed from afar as it is not open to the public. The view is however worth the steep 1.5 hour walk up a wide mountain path. After lunch we visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temple in Bhutan. Over night at Hotel.  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner



Day 3 PARO - Departure (by Druk Air)
After breakfast, our Bhutanese agent will escort and bid you farewell at Paro Airport.  Meals: Breakfast



Trip Cost Includes
1.    Airfare from Kathmandu to Paro
2.    Airport transfers and other transportation as per itinerary in private vehicles.
3.    In Bhutan, A grade hotels
4.    All meals
5.    Welcome & Farewell dinners.
6.    Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees
7.    Bhutan Visa Fee
8.    English speaking guide


Trip Cost Excludes
1.    Airport Departure Tax.
2.    Bar bills and laundry.
3.    Travel insurance including evacuation.
4.    Tips for guides/staffs

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel; in case there have been changes that affect your plans.


Trip Highlights

Paro, Thimpu and Taktsang Gompa

Dossier Disclaimer

The information is provided in this web site or at the PDF TRIP DOSSIER has been compiled with attention and is provided in good faith. However it is can be changed without prior notice, and does not apply part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary prepared is correct while published and we do have most update information at the PDF or at the website. Occasionally we change our itinerary to make improvements that stem from past travelers, comments, and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra flight, hotels, sightseeing, and meal along the itinerary. Please note that we are LOCAL OPERATOR from Kathmandu and we do not produce fancy brochures but update trip/website information usually end of December each year.


Itinerary Disclaimer

We have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences we have both from our previous clients and from us. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so ACH reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.


Group Leader Description

All Alpine Club trips are accompanied by one of our local  leaders who speaks excellent English and the native language. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, manage health and safety, lead different things and places to see usually tourists do not familiar and introduce us to the local porters and villagers. As a local leader he/she has more specific knowledge to explain about historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.


Group Size Notes

Max 14 & Min 2


Your Fellow Travelers

Unless otherwise you are not travelling with your family or friends, there are people from around the world of multi lingual, multi cultural and multi racial and different ages too. We are requested to understand to the benefits maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.


Single Travelers

We do not have a policy to charge any sure charge unless you do not ask single supplement and we believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel because our group trips are designed for shared paired in twin or multi-share accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price if someone of the different sex for the duration of the trip.


Accommodation

In Bhutan, government has classified the hotels as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide grade A hotels in Paro and Thimphu. Our itinerary is designed on twin sharing basis, you share room with your fellow traveler but in case you prefer single rooms we charge USD 320 as single supplement.


Joining Hotel In Kathmandu

Kathmandu – Hotel Encounter Nepal

(close to Hotel Malla) Thamel, Kathmandu.

Nepal

Tel: +977-1-4440476, 4440534

Fax: 0977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com


Joining information

Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip. One who book land trip we will provide the airport pick up drop, hotels and sightseeing. We are flexibility our clients can join trip only in this case price will be relatively less, pick up and transfer, Kathmandu hotel and city sightseeing are not included.

When arriving into Kathmandu International Airport in Kathmandu you will notice how small the city really is. It is on 7km from the downtown area and the only way to get there is by taxi. You can arrange a prepaid taxi from the counter outside of the baggage hall run by the Airport Queue Taxi Service Management Committee for about 400-450 Rupees (approx 6-7 USD). Please be aware of people wanting to help you with your bags as they will ask for money once you get to your taxi. If you have paid for an arrival transfer or booked whole trip our driver will be waiting with your name or a ALPINE CLUB Sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival area.


Arrival Information

We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at info@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or sales@alpineclubofhimalaya.com or call us at +977 98510 20731 or your hotel +977 1 4440476/4440534 as emergency contact. If you have pre-booked an airport transfer and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Kathmandu Hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.


Emergency Contact

Should you need to contact Alpine Club during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call to the following contacts

Personal

Sujan +977 98510 20731 Mobile

Pramod +977 98510 55970 Mobile

Office 9.00 am -5.00 pm Nepal Time +5.45 hrs

Hotel Encounter 24/7 (Kathmandu Hotel) +977 1 4440534, 4440476

Fax: +977-1-4412922

Website: www.encounternepal.com   


What to Take

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the places or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible and keep the weight of your bags between 15-20kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for trekking and mountaineering because it is hard to handle by the support sherpa while in the mountain also some of our trips non support sherpa porter trip. Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to carry by the porters in the mountain although you have chance to left some of your bags at the hotel you are staying. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones. If your trip involves overnights in home stays, villages or camping and Alpine Club do not provide the sleeping bags or warm Jackets then you usually have the opportunity to rent sleeping bags if need be instead of bringing them from home.


Checklist

Passport (with photocopies)

Photos for Nepal visa on arrival

Travel insurance (with photocopies)

Airline tickets (with photocopies)

USD cash and travellers cheques

Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)

Alpine Club Invoice , pre-departure information and  Travel dossier

Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Day pack for daily personal items

Wet wipes / Moist towelettes

Hand sanitizing lotion

Alarm clock

Flashlight

Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses

Moisturizer, Lip balm

Insect Repellent

Water bottle, Plastic mug, Cutlery

Tampons

Ear plugs for light sleepers

Small towel and swim wear (optional)

Toiletries (biodegradable)

Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals

Money belt

Shorts for summer months (June – September)

Long trousers

Hiking pants/track pants

Shirts/T-shirts

Warm clothes for April-November. Hat and gloves Wool jumper / sweater / fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months. Down jackets in winter.

Umbrella or waterproof jacket.

Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry or dustfree.

Camera and film

Reading/writing material, cassettes/CDs or other entertainment for long travel days.

Binoculars

Pocketknife

First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Presents from home like photos, toothbrushes, stickers, postcards, children’s books, souvenir pins.

Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.


Destination Travel Guide

For more information on travel such as weather, costs, festival, visa information, politics and much more, please visit our Destination Travel Guide is the pages to visit!  This short and handy info will tell you in detail the places you visit! Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/travel-guide for more information.


Must have Good Health

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure where you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our local leader is carrying enough First Aid Kids. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. Alpine Club reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.


Safety and Security


Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure.

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.


Consult your Doctor for Medical Advice

We are a small and personalized group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest tour programs. But travellers must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking 3400m and above, at least walking 7-8 hrs each day at high elevation. And for trek, climb and mountain expedition you are requested to have the complete medical approval from your travel doctor to attend the trip.


Must Have Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.


Responsible Travel

Being a responsible adventure travel company is at the heart of what Alpine Club is all about. From the start, Alpine Club has been committed to offering low-impact travel that benefit traveler and host alike.  We are responsible holiday's planner to Himalaya areas we conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people to the region we travel. And alpine Club plan and organize our operation to maximize the net benefit for the poor people by empowering and by training on skills development that help them to take part on different tourism activities. We have strong policies to employ the local people and use the local products as much as possible while we travel. We are guided by "Take a photographs & leave zero foot print" and always travel that maximizes the benefits to local communities, minimizes negative social or environmental impacts, and helps local people conserve fragile cultures and habitats or species. Nature is not just for current generation what we firmly believe that meets the needs of present travelers and host regions while protecting and enhancing opportunities for the future.


We will warmly welcome to you all to take part this sustainable adventure travel and a couple of tips to start you thinking about traveling sustainably.


-Please bring rechargeable batteries, a battery charger (and plug adapter if necessary). Batteries are incredibly toxic and many places that we travel do not have proper disposal facilities. Rechargeable are best but if this is not possible we recommend that you bring any used batteries back home with you for proper disposal.


-Please ask before taking pictures. Just as you would not like to have a stranger come up to you and take a picture of you while sitting on your front porch either do the locals of the places that we visit. As you can imagine pictures of their children are also not appreciated.


Associated Children Education Project

Alpine Club is not just a business firm; it has a strong policy commitment to ensure that we are socially responsible as well. We are helping per person per day US$1 donation to the charity www.cennepal.org.np from each person each trip.


How you can help?

There are numbers of children still are away from to have an opportunity of Education in this 21st Century. Our aim to provide these children a great opportunity to educate them and we warmly welcome you if anyone interested to help for sponsoring a child 80-100US$ for a child for one year.


Respect Local Dress

In Asia  the standard dress is more conservative than it is back home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.


Feedback

we are not 100% but we do 110% towards your complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. After your travels, we want to hear from you! Your feedback information is so important to us. Please help us to help your friends, families and itself for your next adventure travel. Please visit www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/feedback


Newsletter

Alpine Club travel e-newsletter is cover of trip information, recent travel news, and special offers other necessary contents which might be interesting and helpful for you. Please do not miss special offers and updates from Alpine Club, subscribe at www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/newsletter_singup


We Want Your Photos

Every travelers are fun in taking great photos while travelling, we always expect the great photos from your Alpine Club Travel then post them online in our photos collection! We will give you copywriter on your name. Simply go online to www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/photo_collection


Departure

Bhutan Tour – Date and Prices

www.alpineclubofhimalaya.com/dates & Prices

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