Experience the diversity of Nepal from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan National Park
This adventure encompasses much of what makes Nepal so beloved by travellers. Whether you’re exploring the exotic capital of Kathmandu, discovering Pokhara, beneath awe-inspiring snow-capped peaks, or exploring the rural beauty around the hilltop village of Bandipur, exploring Chitwan National Park in search of big game or wandering around the ancient Newari capital, Bhaktapur. Undoubtedly the amazing flight to view Sagarmatha (Mount Everest) up-close will take your breath away. Nepal is incredible. You’ll be left with no doubt why so many return to the country time and time again.
Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world. It is a land of contrast – with lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, art and architecture unique to the region. Our journey begins in Paro and we head straight to Thimphu, where we have two days to explore this charming and serene capital. We then venture out into the countryside to visit the beautiful Punakha, Bumthang and Gangtey Valleys. Here we explore the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan before returning to Paro where, on one of the highlights of our tour, we visit Taktsang (the Tiger’s Nest) - a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor.
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- Physical rating
- Min 15
- Group size
- Min 1, Max 16
Why we love this trip
Beginning in Kathmandu, there's ample time to discover the capital's staggeringly rich cultural and artistic heritage
Whether it's flying, hiking, driving or canoeing, you'll experience Nepal's stunning natural beauty from all angles
A breathtaking Everest flight gives you the chance to witness some truly world-class mountain scenery
The beautiful Chitwan National Park, brimming with exotic bird life and game, offers a vast array of activities. Enjoy a jeep safari and a jungle walk with an expert resident naturalist
Get a great overview of Nepal's diverse architecture, from the stately Newari dwellings in Bandipur to the hill-perched Buddhist Peace Pagoda in Pokhara
Bhutan is perhaps the most mysterious and diverse of all the Himalayan kingdoms, where for centuries a traditional Buddhist culture has thrived in isolation from the rest of the world.
It is a land of contrast - with lush forested valleys, fortified monasteries, sacred mountains, art and architecture unique to the region.
The Capital Thimphu is charming and serene, a delight to explore.
The opportunity to explore the rural lifestyle and architecture of Bhutan via the beautiful Punakha and Haa Valleys
Visiting Taktsang (the Tiger's Nest) - a small monastery clinging to a rocky cliff 900 metres above the valley floor in Paro is truly a highlight.
Is this trip right for you?
The hotel in Bhaktapur is very centrally located, though not quite of the same standard as the other accommodation on this trip.
Exploring Chitwan National Park's beautiful trails on foot requires a reasonable level fitness.
Please be aware of altitude when you arrive in Bhutan. Paro is 2250 Metres.
The hike to Tigers nest is strenuous, altitude reaches 3120 metres and takes around 5 hours return.
In Bhutan short distances can take much longer due to small, narrow roads and mountain passes.
Motion sickness can be an issue on longer driving days on windy roads.
Meals17 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
TransportBus, Minibus, Plane
AccommodationHotel (18 nights)
- Everest Scenic Flight
- Pokhara - Fewa Lake boating
- World Peace Pagoda
- Bandipur - Guided walk
- Chitwan NP - Village tour
- Bhaktapur - Walking tour
- Folk and Heritage Museum
- Thimpu - National Library
- Punakha - Chimmi Lhakhang
- Punakha - Dzong tour
- Punakha - Punakha Dzong
- Paro - Tadzong Museum & Trongsa Dzong
- Paro - Tiger's Nest Monastery
The flight Kathmandu to Paro is included on day 11
Airport arrival and departure transfers included in both Nepal and Bhutan
Please provide Peregrine or your booking agent with a scanned colour copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. Failure to do this delays group visa.
Please advise all international flight details at least 60 days prior to departure.
Bhutan's airlines are renowned for last minute changes to flight timetables into and out of Bhutan. Please allow a min of 8 hours transit time between your international flight and flight into Bhutan. Timetables are available on the Druk Airlines and Air Bhutan websites.
All travellers must depart Bhutan together on day 19 of the trip for group visa purposes
A single supplement is available on this trip and is valid for all nights of the tour. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information..