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Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal

A Soulful Journey Through the Cultural and Wildlife Treasures of Two Himalayan Kingdoms
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Departure Return Notes
02/06/2015 02/06/2015 02/18/2015
02/13/2015 02/13/2015 02/25/2015
03/03/2015 03/03/2015 03/15/2015
03/17/2015 03/17/2015 03/29/2015
04/02/2015 04/02/2015 04/14/2015
02/06/2016 02/06/2016 02/18/2016
02/13/2016 02/13/2016 02/25/2016
03/03/2016 03/03/2016 03/15/2016
03/17/2016 03/17/2016 03/29/2016
04/02/2016 04/02/2016 04/14/2016
Custom Departures: Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information; we'd be happy to assist you.
Pricing
2015 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$8,495 - $8,695
Single Supp.: $1,965
Internal Air: $1,325 (subject to change)
Deposit: $1,000 (nonrefundable)

Dates & Pricing Note
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. 2016 fees may change slightly. Dates for 2016 are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered.
Location of Adventure
Bhutan and Nepal
Group Size Limit
Approximately 10 Travelers
A very important feature of our Bhutan and Nepal adventure is the limited group size, as nature travel and cultural encounters are best experienced in a small group.
Our Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Paro, accommodations, all meals from dinner Day 1 to breakfast final day, purified drinking water during activities and drinking water and soft drinks during meals, services of an NHA Expedition Leader and local guides, most gratuities, Bhutanese visa fees, all permits, entrance fees and taxes.
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end points of the trip (Kathmandu, Nepal and Bangkok, Thailand), transfers in Bangkok, internal flights, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport fees, Nepali visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, Internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance and optional travel insurance.
Physical Requirements
Moderate to Difficult
You must be able to walk unassisted at least 2 miles over uneven terrain, climb some stairs without hand railings, and be active at altitudes exceeding 7,000 feet above sea level in order to participate in this tour. The Kathmandu city tour may last 2-3 hours (with stops) and include climbing steep stairs in order to visit all cultural sites. Our excursions in Chitwan National Park include easy nature walks over maintained, unpaved walking trails lasting 2 hours in length. Climbing short ladders is required in order to get in and out of safari vehicles, and wildlife drives in the park traverse sometimes very rough and bumpy dirt roads in potentially dusty conditions. Those with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such conditions should take this into consideration.

All the areas visited in Bhutan are situated at over 4,000 feet above sea level, with several above 7,000 feet. We also drive over two mountain passes that are 10,000 and 13,000 feet in elevation. The most difficult excursion is the hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro, which includes a 4-hour round-trip walk with a 3,000-foot elevation gain ending at 10,000 feet above sea level. There are also many stairs to navigate in order to reach the monastery. Mules are available to transport clients part of the way up (some weight restrictions do apply), but guests must walk on their own back down to the bottom. There is a viewing place at the halfway point on the hike, where you can stop to view the monastery without traveling the entire distance.
Important Information About This Trip
While the nature experiences in this part of the world are indeed remarkable, there is a fundamental difference between the wildlife experience of Nepal and that found in Africa. At times, guests that are lured to Nepal by tourist brochures promising “wildlife safaris” can be disappointed to see fewer animals than they expected, or at least fewer than they might normally see in Africa. It is not that the surviving jungles are thinly populated, but, similar to places like Costa Rica or Panama where the forest is thick with vegetation, the creatures have mastered the art of camouflage and deception and can be extremely difficult to spot. At Nat Hab we design our itineraries to capitalize on the best areas to spot wildlife. But various factors can affect potential sightings, including inclement weather, which creates small pockets of water that allow the animals to remain hidden in the forest. The secret for visitors lies in the assistance of expert guides, as well as knowing what to expect and in understanding that the privilege of stepping into a pure and untouched world is a reward in itself.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for our guests' safety. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat, we request that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We will add the cost of a medical evacuation policy to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, contact number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
Getting There & Getting Home
You should plan to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal by 4 pm on Day 1 of the trip and schedule your departing flight from Bangkok, Thailand after 9 pm on the final day. We recommend that you stay an extra night in Bangkok to account for any flight delays. We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 1-800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.

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