Bhutan·October 26 - November 4 2025

A Joyous Journey through Bhutan & Nepal

Explore the Kingdom of Happiness & Diverse and Dramatic Nepal

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Overview

The fragrant, perfumed Kingdom of Bhutan is considered The Last Shangri La on Earth. Secluded high in the Himalayas, it's an ancient empire with mesmerizing natural beauty and a rich cultural and religious heritage. Here, there is no traffic and no pollution. Bhutan is a true spiritual haven, a place to rediscover some inner peace. Bhutan places the well-being and contentment of its people at the forefront of its national priorities, emphasizing Gross National Happiness (GNH) over Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It is a profound experience to witness a culture that values spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being as much as material wealth. Your journey through Nepal promises to be a spectacular tapestry of cultural richness, historical intrigue, and breathtaking natural beauty. Each of the three cities you'll visit—Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan—offers its own unique experiences and insights into the heart of Nepal. Nepal has a stunning 142 ethnic groups. Known for its serene beauty and the stunning Himalayan backdrop, Pokhara is a haven for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Whether you choose the peacefulness of a Fewa Lake boat ride or the thrill of paragliding above lush landscapes, Pokhara has something for everyone. The early morning trek to Sarangkot to watch the first rays of the sun illuminate the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a magical experience. This tour through Bhutan and Nepal is not just a trip. It's an immersive adventure into diverse ecosystems, rich cultures, and ancient histories. Each destination holds its own charm, promising a journey filled with unforgettable memories and discoveries. Join us on this life-changing exploration.

Highlights

Visit a Kumari -the  residence of a living goddess

Visit a Kumari -the residence of a living goddess

Hike to the Tiger's Nest - Bhutan's' most revered temple

Hike to the Tiger's Nest - Bhutan's' most revered temple

Savor delectable cuisine, dances and customs of the Tharu people of Chitwan

Savor delectable cuisine, dances and customs of the Tharu people of Chitwan

Relish the splendor of Pokhara City and Phewa Lake

Relish the splendor of Pokhara City and Phewa Lake

Meet with local inhabitants of small villages to learn how they live

Meet with local inhabitants of small villages to learn how they live

Take in a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas from Sarangkot

Take in a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas from Sarangkot

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Day1

Kathmandu

Day 1: Sunday October 26, 2025

Arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport, where our representative will welcome you and transfer you to the Dwarika’s Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel. It's only 2 km from the international airport, so your transfer will be quick. 

Check into the hotel and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink. Relax and recuperate from your travels for the rest of the day. At extra cost, a jet lag spa treatment can be arranged for you in the hotel spa. 

Later this evening, we'll meet up for our welcome dinner at the hotel's Krisharpan Restaurant later that evening and discuss our plans for the next ten days. 

Included

Airport Transfer

Dinner & Welcome Drink

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Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu Valley

Day 2: Monday October 27th, 2025

Today, we awaken refreshed and ready to begin our adventure. After breakfast, we will head to the airport for our flight to Paro, Bhutan. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular in the Himalayas.

Upon arrival, our guide will welcome us at the Paro airport, and we'll transfer to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan

Shortly before reaching Chuzom, you will see Tschogang Lhakhang, “the temple of the excellent horse.” It is a private temple built in the 15th century as the result of visitation from Balaha, the excellent horse, a manifestation of Chenrezig, the compassionate Buddha. 

We’ll stop at Chuzom, the confluence of the Thimphu and Paro rivers. Three styles of stupas, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese, adorn this confluence. 

On arrival in Thimphu, check into the 5-star hotel, the Le Meridien Thimphu. The capital town of Bhutan and the center of Government, religion, and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with an unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. With a population of about 90,000, it is perhaps still the world’s only capital city without a traffic light. 

We'll take an exploratory walk around Thimphu Main Street and the market area in the evening. Also, visit the Local Crafts Bazaar to browse through examples of Bhutan's fine traditional arts. Here, you can buy hand-woven textiles, Thangkha paintings, masks, ceramics, slate and wood carvings, jewelry, and interesting items made from local materials. 

Included

All Meals

Flight to Paro

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Thimphu

Day 3: Tuesday October 28th, 2025

After breakfast, we'll go for a sightseeing in Thimphu Valley. We'll visit The National Library, housing an extensive collection of priceless Buddhist manuscripts, and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, commonly known as the Painting School, where students undergo a 6-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. 

Later, we'll visit the Textile Museum, which provides insight into Bhutan’s one of the most distinct art forms. We'll also visit Simply Bhutan, a living museum and studio encapsulating the cultural heritage of the Bhutanese people.

After lunch, take a short drive to Pangri Zampa, 16th century, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, located just north of Thimphu. Here is a monastic school where Buddhist student’s monks learn Lamaism and astrology based on Buddhist philosophy.

Afterward, we'll visit the Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang). Located a short drive from Thimphu city centre, visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (KuenselPhodrang). You can pay your obeisance and offer prayers to the Buddha, the largest statue in the country and then walk around and take a glimpse of the valley.

King's Memorial Chorten continuously circumambulated by people, murmuring mantras and spinning their prayer wheels. Construction of this landmark was the idea of Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk (“the father of modern Bhutan”), who wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his death, it serves as a memorial to the Late King and a monument to peace.

Later visit to Trashichhoedzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses the Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King, and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot and central monk body.

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All Meals

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Thimphu – Paro

Day 4: Wednesday October 29th, 2025

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and drive to Paro along a scenic highway. En route, visit Simtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress of the country, built in 1627, which now houses the School for Buddhist Studies.   

Upon arrival in Paro, we will check into the Riverfront Le Meridian. After lunch, proceed to visit Ta Dzong, originally built as Watchtower, which now houses National Museum. The extensive collection includes antique Thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons &armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artefacts. 

Our Ta Dzong visit is followed by a short walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (ParoDzong), meaning (“fortress of the heap of jewels”), which has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the inner courtyard are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore such as four friends, the old man of long life, the wheel of life, scenes from the life of Milarepa, Mount. Sumeru and other cosmic Mandala. 

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All Meals

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Paro Valley

Day 5: Thursday October 30th, 2025

After breakfast, excursion to Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest (approx. 5 hours walk):  It is one of 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’. This site has been recognised as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. 

Afternoon drive to Drukgyel Dzong, a ruined fortress where Bhutanese warriors fought Tibetan invaders centuries ago. The snowy dome of sacred Chomolhari, "mountain of goddess'' can be seen in all her glory from the approach road to the Dzong. 

Evening, visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built in the Himalayas by Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo. The building of this temple marks the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. 

Included

All Meals

Guided Tour

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Paro - Kathmandu - Pokhara 

Day 6: Friday October 31st, 2025

After waking and freshening up, enjoy breakfast and prepare to check out. Today, we are traveling back to Kathmandu. We'll transfer to Paro International Airport for a scenic 40-minute flight to Kathmandu. Then from the domestic terminal, we'll board a 30-minute flight to Pokhara. 

Once in Pokhara, we'll check into the Sarangkot Mountain Lodge, and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and program brief. Lunch is at the hotel. 

Meet your guide for a half-day city tour in the afternoon. The tour will take you to Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and the Tibetan Camp. You'll end the day with a boat ride on Phewa Lake. 

Dinner tonight is at the lodge's elegant multi-cuisine restaurant.

Included

All Meals

Flight

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Pokhara - Sarangkot Village

Day 7: Saturday November 1st, 2025

Today, wake up early viewing one of the best sunrises from the hotel or view tower. you can have a clear view of the Annapurna Range on a clear day with the sunrise. After watching the sunrise back to the Hotel for breakfast and prepare yourself for an exploration of Pokhara City. Your will tour you around the Sarangkot village where you will observe the local lifestyle and local people later you will visit Pokhara International Museum and World Peace Stupa. Also, if you want to buy any souvenirs or anything that you want to take back to your country you can shop around the lakeside. 

Later in the evening, you will witness the Evening Aarati (Ritual for Gods/ Goddess during evening) at the bank of Tal Barahi where you can see how Hindus worship their gods and goddesses. 

After finishing the trip drive back to the hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner. 

Included

All Meals

Cultural Visit

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Pokhara to Bharapur

Day 8: Sunday November 2nd, 2025

After breakfast, we'll pack up and check out. We're back to the Pokhara International Airport for a 25-minute flight to Bharatpur, Chitwan. 

We'll be staying at the Barahi Jungle Lodge in Chitwan. We'll check in and take some time to rest and explore the resort. 

Later in the day, we'll get to know the area by taking a village walk, when you'll learn about the Tharu People and their rich culture. The Tharu community will showcase their traditions, culture, and food for us providing us with a unique and enriching experience. 

Dinner tonight is at the lodge.

Included

All Meals

Safari

Flight

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Chitwan National Park

Day 9: Monday November 3rd, 2025

After an early breakfast at the resort, we'll depart for jungle activities, including a canoe ride, a short nature walk, and an Elephant Safari. 

We'll also visit the Elephant Breeding Center to learn more about these majestic creatures. We're traveling by Safari jeep with a private English-speaking guide to witness the natural wonders of Nepal. 

After a long day in the wild, relax and unwind before dining at the resort tonight. 

Included

Flights

All Meals

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Kathmandu

Day 10: Tuesday, November 4th, 2025

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Bharatpur Domestic Airport for your flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy a scenic flight back to Kathmandu, where your guide will receive you at the airport.

On the way to the hotel, we'll stop for an important visit to a local school and DOCS Foundation Nepal, an orphanage run by Liladhar Bhandari who helped us put this tour together. 

During the day, you will explore Kathmandu's major attractions, including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa.

After the tour, we'll drive back to the Dwarika’s Hotel to rest and refresh. 

We'll meet later for a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and folklore at Babarmahal Revisited Restaurant.

Included

All Meals

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Day 11: Wednesday, November 5th, 2025

After having breakfast and visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square (depending on the departure time), check out and drive to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward flight.

You'll Be Staying Here

Dwarika’s Hotel

Dwarika’s Hotel

Born out of Mr. Dwarika Das Shrestha’s quest to preserve the Kathmandu Valley’s heritage, Dwarika’s Hotel is a sanctuary for the architectural grandeur of the Newari civilization. The intricately carved wooden treasures, each an original, are the soul of the Dwarika’s. Titled as an oasis in the middle of a bustling city, the peaceful courtyards display the grand architectural wooden masterpieces while being overlooked by the meticulously decorated spacious rooms, offering a sumptuous lifestyle deep-rooted in Nepalese culture. The Dwarika’s is many things- a labor of love, a realization of architectural heritage conservation, a place where you are treated like royalty, but never just a hotel.

Le Méridien Thimphu

Le Méridien Thimphu

Offering an array of luxurious amenities, including an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and wellness and fitness centers, Le Méridien Thimphu is in the heart of Thimphu. Each air-conditioned room at Le Méridien Thimphu features a minibar and a comfortable seating area. The private bathrooms come with a bath or shower, along with a hairdryer and bathrobes. Guests can enjoy stunning mountain views from their rooms

Riverfront Le Meridien Paro

Riverfront Le Meridien Paro

The Riverfront Le Meridien in Paro is a luxury spa hotel nestled on the edge of the Paro River with breathtaking views of the Eastern Himalayas, making it the perfect stopover for visitors to Bhutan. Each chic hotel room features Le Méridien's signature LM BED and a separate soaking bathtub.

Sarangkot Mountain Lodge

Sarangkot Mountain Lodge

Perched at an elevation of 5250 feet, Sarangkot Mountain Lodge offers luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of the magnificent Annapurna mountain range. Each room provides guests with an opportunity to enjoy the pristine mountain air and witness the stunning sunrise from their private balcony. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the Himalayas as you relax and unwind in the comfort of your room.

Barahi Jungle Lodge

Barahi Jungle Lodge

Located on the banks of the Rapti River, opposite Chitwan National Park, Barahi Jungle Lodge offers a truly magical jungle experience for guests. The property is home to a diverse array of local birds and wildlife, providing an unforgettable nature experience. Barahi Jungle Lodge features an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness center. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the resort. The rooms include air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, and electric kettle. The private bathrooms are equipped with a shower, hairdryer, and complimentary toiletries.

Hosts

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri Kendrick

Cheri calls the tiny island of Utila Honduras home. She loves the sea and tropical gardens. She is a lover of the natural world and all things ALIVE! Travel for her is a deeper experience where she can immerse herself in culture, learning, gastronomy, places of great beauty, and horticulture. She is the Operations Manager for Girls Guide to the World. Her second career is in tourism and hospitality and has expertise in planning wellness retreats, creating order out of chaos, and managing people.

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$9,995

A land of untouched natural beauty and serene tranquility

A Joyous Journey Through Bhutan and Nepal

The mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan is blessed with astonishing natural beauty and a rich cultural history. Here, you can bathe your soul in tranquility, free from the crowds and pollution so common at retreats around the world. Nepal, high up in the Himalayas, is likewise blessed by nature - a serene retreat you'll never forget. 

A Joyous Journey Through Bhutan and Nepal

What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including all meals + wine with dinner

Luxury 4 & 5 star accomodations

All in-country transport including transfers to and from the airport in Paro

All Entry Fees and Activities listed above

All national flights

Any additional Spa Treatments as desired

Any personal souvenirs or purchases

Personal laundry service

Additional wine, beer or spirits beyond what is offered

Round Trip International Airfare

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

Reviews

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Extremely well organized incorporating all the highlights and must see experiences of Bhutan. We all had a great time and the group soon became firm friends. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Bhutan but not sure how or when to go, this is the trip to choose. It was an outstanding and memorable experience. Bravo to all involved in making this such a special trip. Thank you!! - Tania E, Bedford, NY

Tania E, Bedford, NY, 2023 Trip Guest

Exceeded my expectations - was worth every penny and more! The itinerary was well developed to highlight the beauties of the country. It was very well organized, felt safe and enjoyed the group.

Lillian, C - Los Angeles, 2023 Trip Guest

FAQs

Fly direct from your nearby international airport to Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. 

The trip officially starts in Nepal on October 26, 2025. Consider arriving in Asia a day early so you have time to rest, relax, and adjust to the local time zone. If you decide to arrive early, spend a day (or more) in Kathmandu. Or maybe stay in Bangkok or Delhi if you're flying through one of these cities. 

October in Bhutan brings a pleasantly cool autumn season with stable and moderate weather conditions. Average temperatures hover around 72°F, making it an ideal time to visit. In higher altitude areas like Punakha and Thimphu, the climate is cool.

October is considered the autumn season in Nepal, making it one of the most favorable months. With daytime temperatures hovering around 70 F and mostly dry and sunny weather, October offers perfect conditions for hiking and exploring adventures. The clear skies and comfortable temperatures allow you to enjoy the stunning landscapes and breathtaking views without the hindrance of rain or extreme cold.

You need a tourist VISA to enter each country. The government also charges daily tourist fees. These fees are added to the total price, at checkout when you book the trip. We will take care of obtaining the VISA and pay your fees in advance. 

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips. 

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A Joyous Journey through Bhutan & Nepal

Bhutan· October 26 - November 4 2025· 9 nights

FROM$9,995/pp