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Asian one-horned rhinoceros, Chitwan National Park, NepalTaktsang Monastery, Paro, BhutanThimphu, BhutanTaj Tashi, Thimphu, BhutanThimphu, BhutanPunakha Dzong, Punakha, BhutanPunakha Valley, Punakha, BhutanPunakha Dzong, Punakha, BhutanKyichu Lhakhang, Paro, BhutanBoudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu, NepalIndian elephants, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Eric Rock: Taktsang Monastery, smiling child, Punakha Dzong, prayer wheel, Punakha Valley, Kyichu Lhakhang, Boudhanath Stupa
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Home Asia & Pacific Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal Dates, Prices & Inclusions

Natural Jewels of Bhutan & Nepal

A Soulful Journey Among the Cultural & Wildlife Treasures of Two Himalayan Realms
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Departure Return Notes
02/20/2018 02/20/2018 03/03/2018
03/04/2018 03/04/2018 03/16/2018
03/17/2018 03/17/2018 03/29/2018
03/31/2018 03/31/2018 04/12/2018
04/15/2018 04/15/2018 04/27/2018
Custom Departures: Customized private departures can be arranged for this destination. Please contact us for more information; we'd be happy to assist you.
2016 Fees (mouse over departure dates to view specific trip prices)
$8895 - $9095
Single Supp.: $2095
Internal Air: $1325 (subject to change)
Deposit: $1000 (nonrefundable)

Dates & Pricing Note
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Please note that we are not running this trip in 2017, but will be offering departures in 2018 and fees may change. Dates for 2018 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.

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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.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
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 for at least two miles over uneven terrain, climb stairs without hand railings, and be active at altitudes exceeding 7,000 feet above sea level in order to participate in this adventure. 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 and typically last about about two hours. Climbing short ladders is required in order to get into and out of safari vehicles, and wildlife drives in the park travel dirt roads that are sometimes very rough and bumpy with potentially dusty conditions. Those with back problems or other health issues that could be exacerbated by such circumstances should take this into consideration.

All areas visited in Bhutan lie above 4,000 feet, with several over 7,000 feet in elevation. We also drive over a mountain pass that is 10,000 feet in elevation. The most difficult excursion is the hike to the Tiger’s Nest monastery in Paro, which involves 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 partway up (weight restrictions do apply; riders cannot exceed 200 pounds), 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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