Nepal and Bhutan Trek - 14 days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 12
  • 3 nights 3* hotel In Nepal
  • 3 nights teahouse in Nepal
  • 3 nights 3* hotel In Bhutan
  • 4 nights tented camp in Bhutan
  • 13 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Nepal and Bhutan Trek is a fantastic combo trekking adventure that takes you on an inspiring walk across two ancient trails. Experience two styles of trekking – teahouse and camping. Nepal Bhutan Trek lets you trek in Nepal through the picturesque Annapurna Poon Hill trail  and stay at quaint local teahouses. Walk close to the tenth highest mountain Annpurna 1 and other 8000 and 7000 metre Himalayan peaks. Enjoy old-school camping while taking the Druk Path Trek in Bhutan. Discover medieval kingdoms, Buddhist Monasteries, and hike past forests of blue pine and placid mountain lakes during your Nepal and Bhutan Trek. 

In Nepal, visit medieval kingdoms and discover cultural landmarks that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Take the famous Annapurna Trek and follow the trail to Ghorepani-Poon Hill. Enjoy a magnificent sunrise and tread along an ancient trade route to Tibet, used by traders in the bygone days. If you take this Nepal Bhutan Trek during spring, the trail will be covered with pink and red rhododendron blooms.
Fly into the hidden kingdom of  Bhutan while enjoying panoramic view of Himalayan peaks. Green and serene, Bhutan will steal your heart right away. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s iconic landmark and an architectural wonder. The trek along the celebrated Druk (dragon) Path will leave you rejuvenated. This is an old trail that connected the cities of Paro and Thimphu before roads were built. Nomadic yak herders still use this trail and you may encounter a couple of them with their herd on your Druk Path Trek. Enjoy some stellar views of Bhutan’s highest peaks - Mount Gangkhar Puensem and Jomolhari. An experienced local guide will accompany you throughout your Nepal Bhutan Trek. Check out some of our other multi-country trips - Nepal Trek and Bhutan Cultural Tour - 12 days, Nepal and Bhutan Tour - 9 days, Nepal and Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour - 12 days and Bhutan Nepal Tibet Tour - 14 days. 

Trip Highlights

  • In a short duration you get to experience the best trekking trails in Nepal and Bhutan - Annapurna and Druk Path trail. These are ancient Himalayan trade trails which have existed for centuries. 
  •  Experience two styles of trekking- Teahouse Trek in Nepal and Camping Trek in Bhutan. Stay at teahouses run by local families while trekking in Nepal and enjoy a camping adventure while on the Druk Path Trail.
  • Discover two distinct Himalayan socio-religious cultures – a blend of Hinduism and Buddhism in Nepal and Buddhism in Bhutan during your Nepal Bhutan Trek. Explore culturally rich UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Enjoy glorious views of 8000m and 7000m Himalayan mountains during your Annapurna Trek in Nepal and Druk Path Trek in Bhutan 
  • Hike to Poon Hill and enjoy an incredible Himalayan sunrise during your Nepal Bhutan Trek.
  • Take the Druk Path Trail, once the only path linking Paro with Thimphu. Walk through alpine meadows and share the campsite with nomadic yak herders. Hike to Tiger’s Nest- the iconic Buddhist monastery in Paro

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • While the Annapurna Trek is fairly easy, the Druk Path Trek is graded moderate.  Anyone who is physically fit and has done some hiking can complete this Nepal Bhutan Trek.
  • If you can climb stairs and walk for an extended period without getting out of breath you can do this trip.
  • You spend 4 days trekking on the Annapurna trail.  You will be spending around  3 hours minimum and maximum 6 hours walking on the trail. On an average you walk for  3 to 5 hours each day. 
  • 5 days of trekking on the Druk Path trail. Mininmum time spent walking is 4 hours and maximum, 6 hours. On an average you will be walking 4 to 5 hours.
  • Experienced local guides will be with you throughout your Nepal Bhutan trek. Please heed their advice and do not speed up when you feel like it. While in the mountains, it is important to walk at a steady pace to acclimatize your body.
  • On the Annapurna trail you will be staying at teahouses (local homes which provide food and lodging to trekkers). These are rustic as compared to city hotels.
  • Experience Camping Trek in Bhutan. You will be sleeping, dining and answering nature’s call in tents. These will be set up by the trekking crew.
  • No technical climbing involved. You walk on an up and down alpine trail.

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Paro Bhutan

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu(1,400m/4,593ft) - Transfer to Hotel and Trip Preparation expand

If you arrive during the daytime, you will be welcomed by a wonderful sight of snow-capped peaks and rolling green hills. Kathmandu valley lies nestled in a deep bowl formed by the Shivapuri, Pulchowki, Champadevi and Chandragiri hills. Once you land, complete the immigration process and make your way to the airport terminal. Our representative will receive you and escort you to your hotel. After checking in, take some rest. Your guide will meet you in the evening and brief you about your upcoming Annapurna Trek in Nepal and Druk Path Trek in Bhutan. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel

DAY 2:

Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft), drive to Tikhedhunga (1,570m/5,170ft) and trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463ft) - 25 minutes flight , 3 hours drive and 3 to 4 hours (4km) trek expand

Drive to the airport with your guide to catch a flight to Pokhara. Once again, enjoy mesmerizing views of snowcapped Himalayan peaks from aboard. Once you reach Pokhara, board a private vehicle and drive to Tikhedhunga via Nayapul. Spend 3 hours on the road navigating the rough and bumpy jeep track. Once you reach Tikhedhunga, you start your Annapurna Trek by taking the trail to Ulleri. It’s a tough ascent as you have climb more than 3,000 steps to Ulleri. This is the toughest day of the trek, so brace yourself!  The trail winds up to a lush and green mountainside. Once you reach Ulleri, head to a local teahouse where your room has been booked. Overnight in Ulleri.

Accommodation: Hotel Kamala
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft) - 4 to 5 hours (9km) trek expand

It is uphill all the way. The trail is covered with lush vegetation. During March-April this trail is covered with red and pink blooms of rhododendron. Trekkers call this a ‘walk through paradise’.

After walking for around 4 or 5 hours you reach Ghorepani.  Do you know you are traversing an ancient Tibetan trade route that was once used by Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese merchants to ferry goods? Ghorepani, which means ‘horse water’, was a watering hole where traders took rest and fed their horses and mules. Though trade with Tibet through this route has long stopped, locals still use this ancient trail. The village of Ghorepani lies at the base of Poon Hill. Once you reach this picturesque village, your guide will lead you to the teahouse where your rooms are booked. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Hotel Sunny
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft) - 5 to 6 hours (9.5km) trek expand

Wake up early and hike up to Poon Hill to catch the sunrise. It may be still dark, so use a headlamp or a torch to see your way up the hill. Poon Hill is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Himalayan region.

Enjoy a glorious panorama of some of the highest peaks in the world - Annapurna Massif (including Annapurna I, 10th highest peak in the world), Dhaulagiri (7th highest peak in the world), Manaslu (8th highest peak in the world), Gangapurna, Machapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) etc. As the sun rears up from behind the mountains, it lights up the snow covered mountains in pink, red, golden and yellow hues. It is one of the most beautiful sights. Capture this moment in your camera. After taking selfies and group photos head down to Ghorepani and take the trail to Tadapani.

You walk past Banthanti, a magar village. Stop for a while at Deurali Danda and take in the heavenly views of mountains, terraced fields and hill-top villages. Walk for another few hours and reach Tadapani, a beautiful Gurung village which offers close up views of Mardi Himal, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. Overnight in Tadapani. 

Accommodation: Hotel Grand View
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Kimchi (1,640m/5,380ft) via Ghandruk (2,010m/6,595ft) and drive to Pokhara - 3 to 4 hours (9km) trek and 3 hours drive expand

This is the final leg of your trek in Nepal. From Tadapani you head to another Gurung village Ghandruk. Compared to other days, this day’s trek is a bit easy. You follow a gentle forested trail. Cross Bhise Kharka and walk downhill and through an even trail to the Gurung heritage village of Ghandruk. From here, you hike for around 30 minutes to reach the small settlement of Kimchi. A vehicle will be waiting for you. Board the vehicle and drive towards Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 6:

Fly to Kathmandu and sightseeing in Kathmandu expand

Activities: Explore Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square

Take an early flight to Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, your tour guide will be waiting for you for your sightseeing tour.  Visit some of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From the airport you will be driven to Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal’s largest Buddhist stupa.

Boudhanath is one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. This massive white stupa, topped by a golden spire, is said to contain the bones of Kasyapa Buddha (previous incarnation of Lord Buddha). When you set eyes on this sacred stupa for the very first time, make a wish. It is believed that your wish will come true. The stupa is surrounded by Buddhist monasteries and colourful shops selling Buddhist art and souvenirs. Join the many pilgrims and walk clockwise around the stupa, spinning the prayer wheels. Light a butter lamp and pray for a god trip or whatever you wish.

Later head to Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Nepal. This ancient temple was built during 400 AD and has been a pilgrimage site for Hindus for centuries. Dreadlocked and ash-smeared Hindu god men or Sadhus are seen meditating or roaming around the temple’s precincts. Non-Hindus are not allowed inside the temple. If you cannot enter the temple, you can get a close up view of the temple from the eastern bank of Bagmati River. You can also witness the cremation rituals as Arya Ghat, the Hindu cremation site, lies just opposite of the eastern bank.

Lastly drive to Patan and stroll around the celebrated Patan Durbar Square. Built by Malla Kings, the durbar square is home to some of the finest collection of buildings and sculptures created by Nepalese artisans. Golden Temple (Hiranya Varna Mahavihar), Patan Palace (now converted into a museum), Krishna Temple etc. are some of the few jewels adorning this palace square. Overnight in Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

DAY 7:

Fly to Paro(2,280m/7,480ft) and Paro sightseeing expand

Activities : Sightseeing at Ta Dzong, Rinpung or Paro Dzong

The flight to Paro is nothing short of incredible. You get to see some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. Get your cameras ready as you will be flying above the mighty Himalayan range. If the weather is clear you can view Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. As the plane enters Bhutan, you fly above the majestic Jomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak. Your guide will be waiting for you at the airport terminal. Once you cross the immigration section, you will be greeted by your guide. After refreshments or lunch, your sightseeing tour begins.

Head to Ta Dzong, a traditional watchtower dating back to the 17th century. This ancient building is now known as the National Museum. You can find an impressive collection of traditional Buddhist paintings, ceremonial masks, bronze statues, religious relics etc.

Later head down to Rinpung Dzong (Heap of Jewels Fort). Also known as Paro Dzong, this impressive fortress was built by Zabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (founder of Bhutan). Built in the old Bhutanese style of architecture, this fortress houses government offices and a monastery. The biggest festival in Paro, Paro Tsechu, is held in the courtyard of this dzong. After your sightseeing tour, you will be driven to your hotel. Check in and have a good night’s sleep. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgyal Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

DAY 8:

Acclimatization hike to Taktsang Monastery/ Tiger’s Nest (3,180m/10,434ft) expand

After an early breakfast, drive to the outskirts of the city and reach the trailhead to Taktsang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest. Clinging onto a cliff, the Taktsang Monastery is an architectural marvel built by the Penlop of Paro in 1684. One of the most sacred places in Bhutan, the monastery is said to have been the meditation cave of Padsambhava or Guru Rinpoche. According to local legend he flew to Bhutan from Tibet riding a tigress and meditated at a cave where this monastery is built. Begin your hike. It is an uphill ascent all the way to the monastery. Ponies are available on hire (not included in the package), but they only go up to a halfway point and you will have to make the rest of the journey on foot.

The trail is lined with pine trees and colourful prayer flags. From the top you can enjoy incredible views of the mountains and Paro Valley. Visit the monastery, take pictures and return by the same route. Please note cameras are not allowed inside the monastery. Depending on your speed it will take around 4 to 5 hours to complete the hike. Later visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Bhutan, Kichu Lakhang. Built by Tibetan emperor Songsten Gampo in 659 AD, the temple was constructed to subdue an evil demoness who was obstructing the spread of Buddhism. Locals believe the temple was built in a day. Overnight in Paro.

Accommodation: Tashi Namgyal Resort
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

DAY 9:

Drive to Damchena Village (2,487m/8,159ft) and trek to Jele Dzong (3,480m/11,417ft) - 30 minutes drive and 4 to 5 hours (9km) trek expand

Today you begin your Druk Path Trek. After breakfast, you will drive for 30 minutes through apple orchards and pine forests to reach Damchena Village. There, you will meet your trekking crew and begin the trek. After a quick descent from the ridge below Jele Dzong, you reach the campsite. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the valley below as you make your way up. After an uphill climb you reach Jele Dzong, a 16th century fortress. You camp on the grassy meadow located right below the ancient fortress.

Unlike your trek in Nepal, you will not find any teahouses on the trail. This is purely a camping trek and you will be sleeping and dining in tents. A toilet tent will also be pitched up. Do not worry you can take care of your business in privacy. At each stop, the crew will pitch tents and prepare the food. Camp at Jele Dzong. 

Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Trek to Jangchulakha (3,770m/12,368ft) - 4 to 5 hours (10km) trek expand

There will be a wake-up call and you will be served bed-tea by one of the crew. Warm water is provided for washing up. After a hearty breakfast, continue your trek. After going a steep ascent, you along a ridge. If it’s a clear day you will get to view Jomolhari (3rd highest peak in Bhutan). The mountain is known as the ‘Bride of Kanchenjunga’ and the abode of the five goddesses who protect Bhutan and Tibet. Find yourself captivated by the delightful sights of snowcapped mountains and rolling green hills. After walking for around 4 or 5 hours you reach your campsite. There may be a few yak herders with their yaks sharing the campsite. Camp at Jangchulakha.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Trek to Jimilangtsho (3,870m/12,696ft) - 5 to 6 hours (11km) trek expand

Take a short ascent through a trail filled with junipers. You reach a grassy meadow and walk on level ground for some time. Walk past green meadows and forests of pine and rhododendron. Follow an up and down trail till you reach Jangchu La (4180m) a high mountain pass. En route enjoy inspiring views of Mount Jitchu Drake, the protective deity of Paro, and other giants. Savor views of the green valley spread below. After a series of ups and downs you finally reach your campsite. You set up camp close to Jimilangtsho, a sacred mountain lake and a meditation site. Jimilangtsho in Bhutanese means ‘Sand Ox Lake’. According to local legend the lake was named after a bull that emerged from its waters. The bull joined the cattle of the family who used that spot as a summer grazing ground. The lake is home to giant trouts. Fishing is allowed if you have a permit. Camp at Jimilangtsho.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 12:

Trek to Simkotra Tsho (4,110m/13,484ft) - 5 to 6 hours (11km) trek expand

Walk towards the southern end of the lake and take an upward trail.  The route goes through another mountain lake Jahnye Tsho. Continue onwards enjoying the alpine scenery. You walk past  sacred monasteries which are pilgrimage sites for Bhutanese. You will find a meditation centre hanging precariously on a rock face. It is a wonder what faith and devotion can do. The path becomes wider as you climb higher.  Your campsite is located near Simkotra Tsho, another high-altitude lake. From here you can see the trail that you have covered. Surrounded by rhododendron shrubs, the campsite looks lovely in spring when the rhododendrons bloom. This is an old yak herders’ camp and you will find a couple of nomadic yak herders camping with their yaks. Camp at Simkotra Tsho.

Accommodation: Tented Camp
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 13:

Trek to Phajoding (3,650m/11,975ft) and drive to Thimphu (2,334m/7,657ft) - 5 to 6 hour (15km) trek and 30 minutes drive expand

Walk on a rocky trail till you reach an even path. Continue on level ground and take a short descent before ascending Phume La (4210m), the highest point of your trek. If the weather is not cloudy you can enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Gangkhar Puensem (7570m), Bhutan’s highest peak and the highest unscaled peak in the world. Thimphu valley spreads below. Walk on the edge of the ridge past the chorten and fluttering prayer flags. You make your way down to Phajoding Monastery, an ancient Buddhist monastery founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo. Walk down a trail shaded by blue pine. Your Druk Path trek in Bhutan ends once you reach the highway, above the Takin Sanctuary.

Our vehicle will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. Bid goodbye to the crew and ponies and board the vehicle. Drive to your hotel in Thimphu and enjoy a warm shower or a relaxing soak in a bathtub. If you don’t feel too tired, you can explore Thimphu on your own. Visit a local market and shop for souvenirs. Bhutanese handicraft pieces made of bamboo, wood and paper and traditional textiles are awesome gift items. Ask your guide where you can get good bargains. Overnight in Thimphu.

Accommodation: Namgay Heritage Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 14:

Drive to Paro Airport for final departure expand

You will be driven from Thimphu to Paro Airport well on time to catch your flight. If you want to travel onward to Nepal, Tibet or India do let us know. We have some exciting tours and trips in all these destinations.

  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast

Tailor Your Holiday

You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star accommodation in Nepal with breakfast
  • Bhutan Government's Sustainable Development Fee USD 200 per night per person
  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Tent and other utensils service during Bhutan trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Government-approved 3-star accommodation in Bhutan with breakfast
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Domestic flight(Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Professional English-speaking, government licensed local tour guide for sightseeing
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour

  • Bhutan visa fee and special permit
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flight (Kathmandu-Paro)
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control


Nepal: Stay for 2 nights in Kathmandu at the 3 star hotel,  Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel. Spend I night in Pokhara at Hotel Pokhara Batika. Both these establishments lie close to business centers and sightseeing spots. Both hotels feature tastefully decorated rooms, restaurants, bars, café, travel desk etc.

During the Annapurna Trek, you will be spending 3 nights at teahouses run by local families. Do bear in mind, compared to city hotels, teahouses on the mountains are extensions of family homes and have basic facilities.

Bhutan:  You spend 2 nights at Tashi Namgyal Resort in Paro, and 1 night at Namgay Heritage Hotel in Thimphu. Located in picturesque settings, amenities at these hotels include multi-cuisine restaurant, bar, free wif-fi, wellness centre etc.

Camping during Druk Path Trek. Camps will be set up at each stop en route and you will be sleeping and dining in tents.

Accommodation at hotels during your Nepal Bhutan Trek is on twin-sharing basis. If you are a solo traveller, you will share the room with a group member of the same sex. If you need a single room, it will be made available at an extra cost. Simply click on the ‘single supplement’ tab at the time of booking.


Nepal: In Kathmandu enjoy breakfast and farewell dinners. Only breakfast is provided in Pokhara.

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided on the trek. Have breakfast and dinner at the teahouse where you stay overnight. Lunch will be at a teahouse en route. Food on the trail will include dal-bhat (rice, lentils and curry), momos (vegetable or meat dumplings), chapatis (flat bread), noodles, pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese etc.

Bhutan:All breakfast are included in the package price in city. Local Bhutanese restaurants and eateries serve continental, Indian and Bhutanese dishes. Bhutanese dishes are usually made with chilies, cheese, meat, mushrooms, red rice and buck wheat.

On the Bhutan Trek  the cook will prepare your meals. Enjoy some healthy meals made with cheese and organic produce (vegetables, rice, eggs, meat etc).

Dates and Prices

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Best Time To Travel

Spring, Autumn and early Winter are the best seasons to take this Nepal and Bhutan Trek. The daytime temperatures are just right - not too hot nor too cold. There may be brief spells of rain and thundershowers during Spring and early Autumn, but the weather will remain generally pleasant. While trekking, expect the temperatures to drop below 10 degrees at night and early morning.

Nepal and Bhutan Trek FAQs

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Yes, you can purchase local SIM cards for your cell phone at both these countries. You may have to fill up a form and submit a passport photograph and a photocopy of your passport. The price for these SIM cards is nominal and may cost about a dollar (US). It will be easier for you to connect with your family and friends and access internet using these SIMs. 

Yes, you are allowed to take pictures of the places. However, taking photographs in certain areas need permission and you can consult your tour guide for that matter. Please do seek permission of people before taking their pictures.

If the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather there is no alternative but to stay an extra day. You will have to bear the cost for the accommodation. Sometimes even when the airlines cancel their flights, helicopter companies offer charters. If you would like, you can take a heli flight. This will incur an extra cost and you have to pay for it. 

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.

The permits needed are - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System fee).

The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattress, pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cosy feel to them.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.

Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services - small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too. 

You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.

Yes, single supplement will be available in the cities and at lower elevations while trekking. At higher elevations there are very few teahouses. During peak season when there is high demand for rooms, it will be difficult to book single rooms. However if you are travelling during off season a single room can be arranged at all places.

Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.

Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.

We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.

Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk up in the higher reaches.

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:

  • Keep your body hydrated. Drink at least 4 liters of water daily.
  • Give up smoking, alcohol and caffeine, the major causes of dehydration and headache.
  • Go slow- it’s not a race. Take plenty of time to acclimatize to the increase in altitude.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization day. Take Diamox, an over-the-counter pill used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.

We would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.

Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.

No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.

Yes, for a first time traveller to Nepal and Bhutan, the Jewels of Nepal and Bhutan itinerary is the perfect one. This tour introduces you to the main highlights of both these countries. While you get to explore World heritage Sites at one of Nepal’s oldest cities Kathmandu, in Bhutan  you get to visit three major cities in Bhutan – Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The exploration walks are easy and doable. The places and sites that have been incorporated in this itinerary are  an integral part of these countries cultural heritage. By visiting these sites with our knowledgeable guide you will get an insight of these Himalayan nations unique cultures and traditions. 

No, this is not possible. The government of Bhutan has made it mandatory for tourists (except Indian nationals) to book a tour with a registered travel agency. In order to get a tourist visa in Bhutan, you need to book a tour with an agency. Your guide is selected by the agency with whom you book your tour.

Most of our tour guides speak English, which is a common communication medium. They are also trained, experienced and know the areas very well.

If you have to leave the expedition due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do note refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the expedition beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.       

Price From
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1 - 1   USD 5290
2 - 8   USD 4490
No of traveller
USD 5290
Total: USD 5290

Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.

Based on 3 reviews
Very good

Evie Shillito
flagsUnited States of America
Dec 23, 2019
My first Ever Nepal and Bhutan Trek
A few months ago, I saw a video on YouTube about trek to Nepal and it caught my mind instantly, looked it for more than 10 times, and wanted to do it in Spring. But the problem was that I did trekking in Nepal for many times and so I thought of doing Multi-Country Trek. Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon was yet another beautiful country to explore on my bucket-list. Looked for Bhutan and Nepal trek and found NEPAL BHUTAN TREK- DRUK PATH AND ANNAPURNA - 14 DAYS hosted by Third Rock. Tested them if they could actually satisfy me with their answers. Asked alot of questions and they were up to the mark. Impressive! I could not wait another day to book my first ever Multi-Country Tour. It was awesome traveling to two exotic Himalayan destinations in Asia. Nepal has always been my best country to explore and this time it was more than ever- my spring travel was among the best travels. Note here, I will be doing another multi-country soon, probably with my boyfriend.
Nathan Lapointe
Jun 25, 2019
Awesome Nepal Bhutan trek
We did the Druk Path Trek and substituted the Poon Hill Trek with Kathmandu tour and day hike, as we had already done the Ghorepani trek. We actually wanted do the Manaslu circuit but the weather turned lousy and we had to abandon our trekking plans in Nepal. We changed our itinerary several times but the team at Third Rock was always understanding and flexible. The Bhutan portion of our trek was awesome. I had never been on a camping trek and the experience was incredible. Walking with the horses, dining under the open sky and sleeping in tents, it was a novel experience. The trail was nearly empty and it felt great to have it to ourselves. Breathing the pure mountain air is one of the best experiences in life. Monasteries in the middle of nowhere, the laidback lifestyle of the people, stretches of green forests and the influence of Buddhism - exploring Bhutan was worth every penny that we spent. Thanks to Sonam, Wangdi, Kamal and Ram. We had a great time. Will be back for more!
Good Value,
We wanted to so something adventurous in Nepal and Bhutan.
Try to be flexible and keep an open mind, and yes, act respectfully.
Manuel Mendoza
flagsUnited States of America
Jun 12, 2019
Annapurna and Druk Path Trek - the best combo trek!
We did this trip in spring and boy, did we love it! My wife and I are ardent hikers and we tend to take off to the mountains whenever we get a chance from our busy schedule. We had trekked through the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, Grand Canyon and the Chadar (River Zanskar) Trail. Bhutan had been in our bucket list for a long, long time. Initially we wanted to do the ‘Snowman’s Trek’ but when our Travel Consultant from Third Rock Adventures suggested this trek, we couldn’t say no. This trip combined a trek in the Annapurna Mountains with a trek in Bhutan. Since we could visit two countries in one go, we finally decided to book this trip. We rarely get to take long vacations and the option of combining two destinations in one trip appealed to us greatly. Moreover the Ghorepani Trek was also one of the treks that we wanted to do. Taking this trip was like killing two birds with one stone. It was raining when we arrived in Kathmandu. But thankfully the weather cleared when we began trekking. The first day’s walk to Ulleri was kinda tough. Those were never-ending killer steps! This was the only tough portion; the rest of the trek was easy. The rains cleared up the sky and we were presented with some outstanding Himalayan views. It was humbling to stand so close to these great mountains! At Banthanti, a villager whom we befriended on the way invited us to his home to taste a dish made of local frog. Amy declined, but I gladly tried it. It tasted like chicken. Kathmandu was chaotic and we were glad to leave it behind. The flight to Paro was almost surreal. The Himalayan range towered above white wispy clouds and I went crazy clicking on my camera. I felt as if nature was giving us a big hug when we arrived in Bhutan. There is so much of greenery around that you automatically feel soothed and restful. Though tougher than the Annapurna Ghorepani Trek, the Druk Path Trek left us with a feeling of achievement. Some portions were challenging and we struggled especially when the weather turned inclement. It was a good thing that we had packed our rainproof gear. Through those brief spells off spring showers, we were able to keep ourselves dry. The kitchen crew and our guide kept us entertained and well-fed. Their humor and good cheer kept us in good spirits and helped us ignore the harsh weather. All in all we had a great trip. Thank you so much to the team at Third Rock Adventures for planning our trip and introducing us to Bhutan. We have completely fallen in love with this country and we sure will be back for more adventures! This trip as well as this agency is highly recommended!
Good Value
Because we liked this itinerary.
Do not forget to pack your waterproof rain gear because you don't know what the weather has in store for you, especially in Bhutan.


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