Wild & Ancient Himalaya: Nepal & Bhutan

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Spring 2025 dates are confirmed. Fall 2025 dates are pending confirmation of internal flight schedules and--while unlikely--may shift by a couple of days once confirmed. The Fall 2025 schedule is expected to be confirmed in June 2025. Dates will be allocated to guests on a first come, first-served basis. Mouse over or tap the departure dates to see trip prices.
Dates for 2026 are pending confirmation of internal flight schedules and--while unlikely--may shift by a couple of days once confirmed. Dates will be allocated to guests on a first come, first-served basis. The Spring 2026 schedule is expected to be confirmed in June 2025. The Fall 2026 schedule is expected to be confirmed in June 2026. Mouse over or tap the departure dates to see trip prices.
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*The trip pairings listed above line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure or Land of the Snow Leopard trip. Combine them for a comprehensive experience of the region.
*The trip pairings listed above line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure or Land of the Snow Leopard trip. Combine them for a comprehensive experience of the region.
*The trip pairings listed above line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure, India Tiger QuestIndia Tiger Photo Expedition, Land of the Snow LeopardSnow Leopard Quest Photo Expedition, or Sri Lanka Wildlife & Cultural Treasures trip. Combine them for a comprehensive experience of the region.
*The trip pairings listed above line up within 1-4 days of our Grand India Wildlife Adventure, India Tiger QuestIndia Tiger Photo Expedition, Land of the Snow Leopard, or Snow Leopard Quest Photo Expedition trips. Combine them for a comprehensive experience of the region.
We're still in the process of confirming 2021 dates, which we plan to announce soon. Contact an Adventure Specialist for more details: 800-543-8917.
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  • Trip Price
    $11995 to $12295 (+internal air)
Internal Air Cost: $1848 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2995. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $1000 per person (nonrefundable)
 

Prices listed are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.
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  • Trip Price
    $12995 to $13295 (+internal air)
  • Photo Expedition Price (see details)
    $14995 to $15395 (+internal air)
Internal Air Cost: $1997 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $2995 and $3995 on Photo Expedition. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $1000 per person (nonrefundable)
 

Prices listed are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.
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  • Trip Price
    $13895 to $14195 (+internal air)
  • Photo Expedition Price (see details)
    $15995 to $16395 (+internal air)
Internal Air Cost: $2147 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $3295 and $4295 on Photo Expedition. Click here to learn how you can avoid the single supplement.
Deposit: $1000 per person (nonrefundable)
 

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Group Size
Limited to 11 Travelers / 9 Travelers on Photo Departures
A very important feature of our Bhutan and Nepal adventure is the limited group size, as nature travel and cultural encounters are best experienced away from crowds within the intimate setting of a small group.
Make It Private
Take this trip on a private basis, traveling exclusively with your immediate family, multi-generational family or group of friends. Click for details.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
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Included
  • Trip price includes: Accommodations, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leader(s) and local guides, all meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on final day, some gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day (in Bhutan only), all activities and entrance fees, all taxes, permits and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: All flights within the itinerary (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and Nepal visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Physical Requirements
Moderate to Difficult
You must be able to walk unassisted (without the use of walking aids) for at least two miles at a steady pace 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 unpaved walking trails and typically last 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. The trip also involves many very early morning starts and long, full days of activities with little downtime, which can be quite tiring.

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.

On custom or private departures with smaller groups, our ability to accommodate varying levels of physical abilities or interests is limited, since these trips are staffed with a single Expedition Leader who may be assisted, pending availability, by local guides.
Important Information About This Trip
Most of our guests travel to Nepal for encounters with the country’s wildlife. While nature experiences in this part of the world are indeed remarkable, there is a fundamental difference between a safari in the Nepal jungle and a typical African safari. At times, guests 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 Nepal's surviving jungle habitat is thinly populated with wildlife, but, similarly to places like Costa Rica where the forest vegetation is very dense, and here, the elephant grass is also very tall, animals have mastered the art of camouflage and can be difficult to spot. That said, we have carefully designed our itineraries to capitalize on the best conditions 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, rather than being forced into the open to frequent waterholes. The secret to a successful nature adventure lies with the expertise of our Expedition Leaders and park rangers, as well as your knowing what to expect as a traveler, and in understanding that the privilege of stepping into a wild and untouched natural realm is a reward in itself.

A note about departure dates: Nat Hab cannot finalize confirmed dates for any given Nepal & Bhutan departure until the airlines publish their schedule for our internal flights on tour in the unlikely event that their schedule may force us to shift our itinerary dates. The airlines typically release this information in June of each year. Please do not book your international flights until departure dates have been confirmed by Nat Hab. 
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have, at minimum, medical evacuation insurance for this program. This is for the safety of all guests. We require that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage.

To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
You should plan to arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal by 3 pm on Day 1 of the trip in order to participate in an orientation and group welcome dinner beginning at 6:30 pm. For trips in February-April, you are free to schedule your departing flight from Bangkok, Thailand after 9 pm on the final day. For trips in November & December, you are free to schedule your departing flight from Bangkok, Thailand after 11 pm on the final day. In either case, 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 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 better fares online.
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