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Culture, Scenery and Wildlife of Nepal and Bhutan

20 Night Itinerary from  £7,653

Gangtey Tour

An exploration of Nepal's scenery, culture and wildlife combined with 9 nights in beautiful, unspoilt Bhutan full of cultural discoveries

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • Explore the culture, scenery and wildlife of Nepal with our exceptional local guides.
  • Discover the treasures of Kathmandu, with its shines, temples and bustling old city. 
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Pokhara including a boat trip on beautiful Lake Phewa.
  • Take a leisurely trek with a private porter in the Annapurna Mountains, staying a comfortable lodges
  • Visit local villages, houses and schools for an understanding how local people live in the Himalayas.
  • Stay in a jungle lodge in Royal Chitwan National Park and enjoy jeep safari in search on one horned rhinos and other wildlife
  • Explore the arts and bazaars of Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, a capital city with no traffic lights!
  • Admire the Phobjikha Valley bathed in oak and rhododendron.
  • Take part in the Morning Prayers with Buddhist monks at Gangtey Monastery. Travel in November for the Black Necked Crane Festival
  • Trek to the incredible 'birds nest' Taktshang Monastery, the highlight of your journey.
  • Discover the culturally-rich Haa Valley.

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

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Fly to Kathmandu - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Fly to Kathmandu

Day 2 - Arrive Kathmandu

Day 3 - Guided tour of Kathmandu

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Wednesday, 01 February 2023

Fly to Kathmandu

Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.


Thursday, 02 February 2023

Arrive in kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu in the morning and transfer to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Friday, 03 February 2023

Full day tour of Kathmandu

Enjoy a full day city tour today in the company of your expert Veloso Tours guide visiting Durbar Square,  Kumari Bahal, a building richly decorated with beautiful woodcarvings, which is home to the Royal Kumari, the Living Goddess, a manifestation of the great goddess Durga and Swayambhunath, the most ancient of the Valley’s holy shrines this golden-spired stupa tops a wooded hillock. In the afternoon, explore Boudhanath Stupa, one of the most important Buddhist sites in Nepal.  

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Fly to Pokhara - 1 Night

Day 4 - Fly to Pokhara

 

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Saturday, 04 February 2023

Fly to Pokhara

Transfer to the airport and take a scenic flight to Pokhara. On arrival, our guide will transfer you to your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Pokhara - First Hotel

Centrally located in Pokhara and sitting beneath magnificent snow peaks, Shangri~La Village Resort, Pokhara is a peaceful retreat to enjoy when touring Nepal.

Public facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views, international dishes at the Caravanserai restaurant in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. The Spice Route is an alternative restaurant, ideal for those looking to tease their taste buds with Eastern flavours. After a hearty meal, one can have a cocktail at Trails End Bar, with its cozy ambiance and a pool table as an accompaniment. There is also yoga and other activities on offer.

The 30 deluxe rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathroom, TV, telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, bottled water and free Wi-Fi.

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Annapurna Mountain walk - 2 Nights

Day 5 - Mountain walk to your lodge

Day 6 - Trek to Tomijong

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Sunday, 05 February 2023

Annapurna Mountains walk

Travel by road to Nayapul, from where we walk for an hour to Sanctuary Lodge, in the Annapurna Mountains. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the village of Birethanti or explore the surrounding river valley. The views and mountain air are truly invigorating.


Monday, 06 February 2023

Trek to Tomijong

Following a leisurely breakfast, we walk to Tomijong Lodge, located at 1,395 meters, built along the lines of a traditional Nepalese village. Every room has spectacular views of the surrounding valley and mountains. After lunch at the lodge, option to visit the local village of Tanchok where we visit a local house, now made into a museum. 

Birethanti Lodge

Pokhara - Tourist Lodge

Over a suspension bridge bedecked with prayer flags, on a promontory overlooking the Modi Khola, sits the aptly named Birethanti Lodge, amid half a mile of river frontage and blooming lawns full of marigolds, poinsettias and butterflies. The lodge has 18 rooms, each with en-suite bathroom, hot running water, a comfy bed, cold bottled water, a hot water bottle—plus an Ayurvedic massage service, laundry, and FREE wifi.

Against the hum of the roaring river, you’ll find fine service and pleasant routine guiding life at the lodge: afternoon tea served at 4.30pm, happy hour with free drinks at six, a communal dinner at seven. At sunrise, guests gather outside for steaming cups of tea followed by breakfast of porridge and eggs, then most head out for their day's hike in the stunning mountains. A short walk takes you down a gentle hill is the trekker’s base in Birethanti. Modi Khola and the nearby subtropical forests are excellent for botanical and birdwatching expeditions.

The rates are on a full board basis.

Trekking in the Annapurna Mountains

Tomijong Lodge

Pokhara - Tourist Lodge

The traditional-style stone buildings of Mala Lodge huddle in the Annapurna lowlands amongst rice terraces, near to a quaint bee-keeping village. Getting here is an hour’s drive from Pokhara to Lumle, followed by a ninety minutes hike on a winding trail through a picturesque forest, past rice terraces and perfect panoramas.

The lodge has 18 new rooms, each with comfortable twin beds, slate floors, rafted ceilings, and spacious bathrooms with hot showers and pampering amenities.

This quiet and serene place set among tranquil gardens and paved terraces feels like a sanctuary, protected by looming Machapuchare, the Fishtail Mountain. It is not part of the regular trekking circuit and ideal for travellers seeking a more leisure exploration of the Annapurna lowlands. 

One of the highlights is a trek to a local village through a pitchwork of fields and terraces.

The rates are on a full board basis.

 

Tomijong Lodge entrance
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Return to Pokhara - 2 Nights

Day 7 - Return to Pokhara

Day 8 - Guided tour of Pokhara 

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023

Return to Pokhara

After breakfast trek to the village of Chandrakot (1580 metres) through forests with surrounding views of the valley and mountains. We continue for a short walk to the village of Lumle, where we meet our vehicle and transfer to Pokhara, a journey of about 1-hour. Arrive Pokhara and the rest of the day at leisure.


Wednesday, 08 February 2023

Guided tour of Pokhara 

Today enjoy a guided tour of Pokhara with your local guide visiting Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwor Temple, the Gurkha Memorial Museum and the highlight, a cruise on beautiful Fewa Lake. This lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. The wooden boats at the lake with the endless book shops, lodges and restaurants along the lakeside make the whole environment vivid and vibrant. The famous Barahi temple is in the middle of the lake.

Shangri-La Village Resort, Pokhara

Pokhara - First Hotel

Centrally located in Pokhara and sitting beneath magnificent snow peaks, Shangri~La Village Resort, Pokhara is a peaceful retreat to enjoy when touring Nepal.

Public facilities include an outdoor swimming pool with beautiful Himalayan views, international dishes at the Caravanserai restaurant in an elegant yet casual atmosphere. The Spice Route is an alternative restaurant, ideal for those looking to tease their taste buds with Eastern flavours. After a hearty meal, one can have a cocktail at Trails End Bar, with its cozy ambiance and a pool table as an accompaniment. There is also yoga and other activities on offer.

The 30 deluxe rooms are all air-conditioned, with private bathroom, TV, telephone, mini-bar, tea/coffee maker, bottled water and free Wi-Fi.

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Chitwan National Park - 2 Nights

Day 9 - Drive to Chitwan National Park

Day 10 - Games drive and canoe ride

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Thursday, 09 February 2023

Drive to Chitwan National Park

This morning we drive to your chosen Lodge for a 2-night stay on full board basis. Royal Chitwan National Park is the first and best protected area in Nepal with an array of mammals such as the one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, sloth bear and wild bison, as well as more than 400 species of birds. In the afternoon, we take a traditional Patela boat ride downstream the Rapti River towards the western boundary of the park formed by Himalayan Narayani. Enjoy chilled sundowners and hot grilled snacks at sunset and a cultural performance at the lodge on the evening.


Friday, 10 February 2023

Game drive and canoe ride

Enjoy a morning Jeep safari and an afternoon canoe ride in the National Park. In-between game drives you have the option of visiting a local village. You will get a chance to learn and explore while streaming through stretches of farmlands and ancestral homes and welcoming locals.

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Kathmandu - 1 Night

Day 11 - Fly to Kathmandu

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Saturday, 11 February 2023

Fly to Kathmandu

Morning at leisure at your lodge. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Fly to Paro, transfer to Thimpu - 2 Nights

Day 12 - Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu

Day 13 - Full Day Tour of Thimphu

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Sunday, 12 February 2023

Fly to Paro and drive to Thimphu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Paro. Welcome to Bhutan, where you will be met and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan and check-in to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. The capital town of Bhutan and the centre of Government, religion and commerce. With a population of 90,000 it is the world’s only capital city without traffic lights. Enjoy an exploratory walk around Thimphu main Street and market area in the evening. 


Monday, 13 February 2023

Full Day Tour of Thimphu

Enjoy a full day tour of Thimpu today, visiting the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, the Institute for Zorig Chusum -  Commonly known as Arts and Crafts School or Painting School. We also visit the King's Memorial Chorten, Trashichhodzong an impressive fortress and monastery that houses Secretariat building, throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body. Visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, to browse through example of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewellery, interesting items made from local materials. 

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Gangtey - 2 Nights

Day 14 - Drive to Gantey

Day 15 - Gangtey Monastery and Phobjikha Valley

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Tuesday, 14 February 2023

Drive to Gangtey

In the morning, drive to Gangtey visiting Dochula Pass (Altitude 3080m) en route. The approach to Phobjikha valley is through a forest of oak and rhododendron. Phobjikha is one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen home of black necked cranes (from November till February), which migrate from the central Asiatic Plateau to escape its harsh winters. The Black Neck Crane Festival is celebrated here in November, a truly memorable experience. On arrival at Gangtey, check-in to your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. Later this afternoon, take a walk around Gangtey village and visit Gangtey Goempa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in this region. 


Wednesday, 15 February 2023

Gangtey Monastery and Phobjikha Valley

Up early to take part in the Morning Prayers at Gangtey Monastery. You are welcome to explore the monastery and experience everyday life of monks deeply rooted iBuddhist philosophy. After breakfast, explore Phobjikha valley, a remote valley which is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the arid plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). 

 

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Punakha - 2 Nights

Day 16 - Drive to Punakha

Day 17 - Exploring Punakha

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Thursday, 16 February 2023

Drive to Punakha

In the morning, drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan. On arrival, check-into your chosen hotel for a 2-night stay on a full board basis. Later visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. Further visit to Chimi Lhakhang known as the temple of fertility. 


Friday, 17 February 2023

Exploring Punakha

This morning hike through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens and consecrated in 1999. After lunch, we visit Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang Nunnery and the magnificent structures of Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Lhakhang (Temple) on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking valleys of Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang,  

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Paro - 3 Nights

Day 18 - Paro Valley

Day 19 - Hike to Taktshang Monastery

Day 20 - Haa Valley

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Saturday, 18 February 2023

Paro Valley

Morning drive to the beautiful valley of Paro, an area rich in culture, scenic beauty and hundreds of myths and legends. It is home to many of Bhutan's oldest temples and monasteries, and the National Museum. En-route visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country built in 1627 which now houses the School for Buddhist studies. On arrival in Paro, check into your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay on a full board basis. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.


Sunday, 19 February 2023

Hike to Taktshang Monastery

One of the highlights of this journey, a trek to Taktshang Monastery, perhaps the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Ponies are available to reach until first viewpoint. 


Monday, 20 February 2023

Haa Valley

Today we visit the Haa Valley, extraordinarily picturesque and culturally rich with famous sites such as the 7th century Lhakhang Karpo (White temple) and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple) at the foothills of a venerated three brotherly mountains known as Meri Puensum. A wonderful final day in Bhutan.

Mountain landscapes

Return to Kathmandu and fly home - 1 Night

Day 21 - Fly to Kathmandu

Day 22 - Fly back to the UK

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Fly to Kathmandu

Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 1-night stay on a bed and breakfast basis. Rest of the day at leisure at the end of your Himalayan journey.


Wednesday, 22 February 2023

Fly back to the UK

Transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK, arriving later the same day.

Price Guidelines

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates March to September October - February
Room Arrangement Tourist First Tourist First
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £7,653 £9,116 £9,788 £10,766

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.


What's Included

  • 22 days / 20 nights
  • International flights (1 overnight)
  • Domestic flights in Nepal 
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Paro
  • 9 nights in Nepal, meals as shown on the itinerary
  • 9-night tour of Bhutan on a full board basis
  • All entrance fees 
  • All excursions, sightseeing and activities as described
  • Services of English speaking naturalist, guides and porters 
  • All transfers
  • Arrival & departure transfers with assistance at the airport
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • Bhutan government royalty, taxes and visa fee

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