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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today you begin your Druk Path Trek. Wake up early and drive to Ta Dzong. The trekking crew and ponies (to carry the supplies) will be waiting for you at the trailhead. Take an uphill trail and walk past traditional farms, apple orchards and forests of blue pine. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can change this itinerary, services, accommodation, duration of this trip etc.to suit your needs and budget. The choice is yours. Let us help you tailor your perfect holiday.
All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip
Monument entry fees during Sightseeing tour
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 trail. 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 meals are included in the package price. 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).
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We have more than 23 years of experience in planning adventure holidays in the Himalayas. Our trips are fully-supported and we offer personalized service to our clients. The care and attention that we put in your trip ensures that your holiday is more enriching, satisfying and successful. When you travel at your personal timeframe with your own group it's guaranteed that you will have the trip of a lifetime.
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.
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:
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.