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Nepal and Bhutan tour (9 days)

Wander the mystical streets of Kathmandu with an experienced guide by your side. Discover ancient courtyards, temples and bustling markets. Gain a taste of the remarkable cultural heritage of this unique and varied land. 

Experience the rich culture and unique lifestyle of Bhutan and its people.  Visit the beautiful townships of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.  Witness ancient fortresses and monasteries, including the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, a sacred temple hanging onto a rocky cliff.  Explore the King’s Memorial Chorten, nunnery temple, folk heritage museum and much more.  All of this whilst enjoying the constant company of the amazing Bhutanese landscape.

Trip Overview

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters).

Day 02: Guided tour of Kathmandu Valley; Bodhnath, Pashupatinath, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot.

Day 03: Sunrise walk, Patan, Monkey Temple, Kathmandu.

Day 04: Kathmandu to Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs), Sightseeing Thimphu

Day 05: Thimphu - Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing & Trekking

Day 06: Punakha – Paro (By car, 3 hrs), Paro Sightseeing

Day 07: Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery

Day 08: Paro to Kathmandu

Day 09: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345meters).

Your tour starts as you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu.  Upon your arrival we will greet you with a traditional garland (floral wreath worn around your neck). This is our way of saying welcome to Nepal.  You will then be transferred by private car to your hotel to settle in.  You might choose to go for a walk around after some rest and later in the evening we will organize a welcome dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 02: Cultural tour of Kathmandu Valley; Pashupatinath, Bodhnath, Patan and Nagarkot.

After breakfast your guide will take you by private vehicle to Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred sites for Hindus in Nepal.  Our next stop will be Boudhnath, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world.  This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch explore the medieval town of Patan and then head up to Nagarkot for sunset.  This town has become famous as one of the best spots to view Mount Everest, as well as other snow-topped peaks in the Himalayan range of eastern Nepal

Hotel in Nagarkot- B

Day 03: Sunrise, Bhaktapur, Garden of Dreams, Monkey temple.

Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise from your hotel, or a 45min walk will lead to a viewing tower, where 360º views of the surroundings High Himalayan Ranges can be seen.  After Breakfast we drive down to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, before heading back to our hotel in Kathmandu.  After lunch escape the urban bustle with a trip to the tranquil garden of dreams, a beautiful garden oasis in the heart of the city.  Your last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography.  This is a great place to end your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 04:  Kathmandu to Paro - Thimphu (By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs), Sightseeing Thimphu

After breakfast your guide will brief you on your trip to Bhutan.  Your flight will be with Bhutan’s national airline Druk Air, the only airline in Bhutan.  If the weather is clear, you will have wonderful views of the Himalayas.  It’s a breathtaking journey, culminating in an exciting descent past forested hills into the kingdom of Bhutan.  Upon arrival, be greeted by your local guide and escorted to the capital Thimphu, passing by Tamchog Lhakang Iron Bridge en route. Hotel check-in, then head for the Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Takin Sanctuary, where you'll see Bhutan's unique national animal the Takin.  Continue to meet the nuns at Zilukha Nunnery, before going to Bhutan Post Office Headquarters where you can make stamps with your own photos (USD $4 for 12 stamps, at your expense). Later visit Thimphu Dzong (Trashichho Dzong), the largest religious building in Thimphu as well as the central administrative centre (open after 5 pm, Monday to Friday).

Hotel in Thimpu- B, L, D

Tip: Bring an SD card/USB drive with your photo to avoid lining up at the Post Office

Day 05: Thimphu - Punakha, Punakha Sightseeing & Trekking

After breakfast we head towards Punakha.  On your way, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas.  If the weather is clear, take in the enchanting views of Mt. Himalaya.  Proceed to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to the Devine Madman, a sacred place where people pray for children.  Next embrace the highlight - Punakha Dzong, a very grand building of Bhutanese architecture, armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. You will also visit the Suspension Bridge nearby (the longest bridge in Bhutan).

Hotel in Punakha- B, L, D

Day 06: Punakha – Paro (By car, 3 hrs), Paro Sightseeing

Drive back to Paro and start today's tour with Paro Dzong, perhaps the finest example of Bhutanese architecture as well as a local religious administrative centre. Later visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower housing the National Museum, with abundant culture relics. Next go to Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.  This ends at a local farm house, where you can chat with local people, see how they live and may taste some homemade wine.

Hotel in Paro- B, L, D

Day 07: Paro Hiking – Tigers Nest Monastery

This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley.  After that, move to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over the Tibetan invaders.  If the weather is clear, you'll see a great distant view of Mt.Chomolhari.

Hotel in Paro- B, L, D

Day 08: Paro to Kathmandu

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the land of the Thunder Dragon.  You will be escorted to the airport where you will fly back to Kathmandu.  Upon arrival you will be warmly welcomed back to Nepal and taken to your hotel.  The remaining day is free.  Rest or let our guide show you more hidden sights around Kathmandu.

Hotel in Kathmandu- B

Day 09: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel with private car and offer you a Khada (scarf). Wearing a Khada means good luck and protection.  Afterwards they will drop you to the airport. Farewell from Nepal.

Note of above Itinerary:
B=Breakfast
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

Cost Includes

  • All accommodation where available
  • Airport Pickup/Drop off
  • Domestic flights
  • International flights to Bhutan
  • All ground transportation
  • Private guide with insurance
  • Entrance fees to all sights
  • First Aid Kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Meals as per the Itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Personal gear and expenses
  • Alcoholic and soda drinks.
  • Tips and gratitude for guide/porter

Normally we have open date.We do operate from 1 person group to 20 person group in one time. If there is people more than 20 person then we divide it on to two group. For the price you could mail us on info@thirdeyeadventure.com

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Travel Insurance

It would be best of you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don"t arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations
All accommodations for Annapurna Base Camp Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. You will spend two nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and during your trekking you will spend 10 nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying single supplement.

Meals
During the Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisen, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner, a farewell dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu and breakfast will be provided in Pokhara.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Acclimatization
The effects of high altitude on humans are considerable. The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the saturation of oxyhemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen. Athletes use these adaptations to help their performance. There is a limit to the level of adaptation: mountaineers refer to the altitudes above 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) as the "death zone", where no human body can acclimatize.

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To makes your Annapurna Base Camp Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders that we can offer from our side. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Black Diamond only employs Nepalese staffs who have fact and uptodate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
Intensive Wilderness First Aid
Trekking Guide Training
Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
English Language
Conservation and Biodiversity
Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

 

Environmental Concerns
The Annapurna Region is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a "zero impact" policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do"s and don"ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact.

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring(March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Base Camp Walk, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us.

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