Bhutan

Bhutan Tiger's Nest Tour

Tiger's Nest, Taktsang Monastery, Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan.

Tiger’s Nest, Taktsang Monastery, Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, in Bhutan.

Visit the Tiger’s Nest on our 4 day visit to western Bhutan.


Bhutan is no ordinary country; unique for its culture and traditions amongst others. Reputed to be the last traditional Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom, just to view their spartan way of life is an experience. Any traveller has to visit Bhutan at least once.

This 7 day trip UK – UK, visits Thimphu, Paro and of course the Tiger’s Nest Monastery (locally known as Taktsang).

We recommend using Kathmandu as the access point to fly to Bhutan as the 55 min direct flight into Paro flys straight past Mt Everest. You’ll be pushed to get a better view!

Our tour arrives into Paro and we spend the rest of this day exploring the two imposing buildings you will see from the aircraft as it lands; the Rinpung Dzong and the Watchtower. The following day, we drive to Thimphu, where you have a full 24hrs to discover what this capital city has to offer; the must see Memorial Chorten, the huge Tashichho Dzong, the Textile Museum, the Radio Tower (great views of the city), and so much more. You will return to Paro on Day 3 for an afternoon’s trek up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

It is a stiff walk up and will take anything between 90 mins and 2 hrs. There is a convenient rest place half way up with good views of the Monastery across the valley. To get to the Monastery and see its precarious position is well worth the effort.

You depart the following morning, back to Kathmandu and onto to London.

Highlights

  • Fly into Bhutan straight passed Mt Everest
  • The ‘must see’ Tiger’s Nest Monastery
  • Visits Thimphu and Paro
  • Transit through Kathmandu, Nepal

Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.

Date and Prices Content

Dates With Flights Meet in Country Availability
3 – 9 Sep 2017 With Flights £1920 Without flights£660
15 – 21 Oct 2017 With Flights £1920 Without flights£660
29 Mar – 5 Apr 2018 With Flights £1920 Without flights£660
6 – 12 May 2018 With Flights £1920 Without flights£660
Other dates are available, ask for details

Min number to guarantee the trek’s departure – 1
If Sole Occupation is requested – £85 (includes 3 nights hotel in Bhutan and 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu)

The above prices are based on the relevant months of travel (see below) and an overall min group size of 3. If the overall group size is less than 3, the price will be adjusted; ask for a quote.

International flights are from London to Kathmandu and subsequently into Bhutan. Adjustments can be made for flights into Bhutan from other cities such as Delhi and Bangkok for example; ask for details.

Meet In Country prices (Land Only), exclude any flights.

Low Season months: Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Dec
High Season months: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

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  • The trip will not be cancelled
  • The trip will run on the dates as advertised
  • You will not be surcharged

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What the Price Includes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu return and Kathmandu – Paro (Bhutan) return (if flight inclusive)
  • 2 x overnight hotel stays Kathmandu (B&B basis) including all airport transfers (if applicable)
  • Guide, dedicated vehicle and driver in Bhutan
  • All hotel accommodation in Bhutan
  • All meals in Bhutan
  • All entrance fees to local sights, Monasteries and the Festival
  • Tourist visa for Bhutan

What the Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese visa
  • Tips for Guide and driver
  • Personal spending

Tailor Made Option

We can tailor make this trip to suit you; dates, extensions, reductions, adjusted trek itinerary, just about anything. Additional charges only apply when additional services or time are added.

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This itinerary uses Kathmandu as the access point into Paro, Bhutan. It is possible to adjust this, OR you can choose Land Only.

For Land Only, we meet you on arrival at the airport in Bhutan; you organise your own flights.

Day 1.  Depart UK, fly to Kathmandu

Day 2.  Arrive Kathmandu (Nepal), Transfer to hotel
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay at the comfortable Manang Hotel (3*).

Day 3.  Fly Kathmandu to Paro, transfer to hotel
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Paro, Bhutan. This amazing 1 hr flight goes straight past Mt Everest (sit on the left hand side of the aircraft). You will be greeted by your Guide at the airport and transferred to your hotel, probably for lunch.

Your first impression of Bhutan will be the sight of two imposing structures; the Rimpung Dzong and the Ta Dzong (the medieval Watchtower that sits close by). You will visit both. The Dzong is a huge fortress, well worth a visit as it houses the annual Festival. The Watchtower is siz stories high and now houses the National Museum. Overnight Paro, LD

Day 4. Drive to Thimphu
Take a 2hrs scenic drive to the capital Thimphu and spend the next 24hrs exploring. There is enough in this area to keep you busy throughout the day and depending on the weather and your wishes, you can visit and/or see the following:

The huge and imposing Thimphu Dzong (Tashichho), the Folk Heritage Museum, the Radio Tower, the many craft shops, the numerous interesting Govt buildings (the Library is good), Traditional School of Arts and Craft, Indigenous Hospital, Textile Museum, Handicraft Emporium and the Hand-made Paper factory and the Zilukha Nunnery (one of the very few monasteries for female monks still in existence).

Perhaps ask your Guide to take you to one of the local restaurants (no additional cost). In addition, you can stroll the streets and explore whatever takes your fancy. Overnight Thimphu. BLD

Day 5.  Drive to Paro, Trek to Tiger’s Nest
After a leisurely breakfast, it’s back to Paro in preparation for an afternoon trek up to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Monastery). This iconic Monastery is perched 900m off of the valley floor and takes around 90 mins – 2 hrs to trek there. The path can be quite steep in places. It is well worth the effort. In the evening, you can visit a traditional farmhouse and enjoy a typical Bhutanese dinner (optional). Overnight Paro. BLD

Day 6.  Depart Bhutan – Fly Paro to Kathmandu
Your Guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay. It is possible to fly to London this evening but please read the warning box (bottom left). B

Day 7.  Depart Kathmandu for London

A morning flight, arriving London same day. B

Note – B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

Prices

Without flights
from £560
With flights
from £1820
Trip at a Glance
Family Friendly

Duration
7 days UK - UK
Days on Trek
0 Days
Accommodation
3 nights Bhutan
2 nights Kathmandu
Meal Included
Breakfast 5-01
Lunch 3-01
Dinner 3-01

Maximum Altitude
2500m
Difficulty
Grade 1 - Leisurely-01
Sole Occupancy
£85

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