Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions offer Trekking Packages which combine the best of nature and culture in two Himalayan countries.
Explore the culture of Nepal:
This tour is designed to share the rich history and culture of the Kathmandu Valley. Nepal is a colorful mosaic of diversity and harmony created by antiquity and modernity, Hinduism and Buddhism, ethnicity and caste creating the fabric of a vibrant society. The Kathmandu Valley is comprised of three ancient cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. These were once independent states ruled by the Malla kings from the 12th to the 18th centuries. There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in these three cities.
Explore the culture of Bhutan:
This tour explores the highlights of this mystic Land of the Thunder Dragon, or Druk Yul as it is known to the Bhutanese. This beautiful Shangri La, nestled in the heart of the Himalayan Mountains, has been little affected by globalization or modernization. Bhutan’s rich cultural and traditional heritage remains immersed in ancient Buddhism, mythology and legend. A spiritual nation, Bhutan measures its development by Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Procuct.
Travelers to this Buddhist kingdom are enraptured with spectacular unspoiled scenery of verdant valleys, forests and Himalayan peaks. Bhutan’s beautiful western valleys of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang offer diverse mountain landscapes, a rich Buddhist heritage including monasteries, temples and chortens, centuries-old fortresses and an extremely warm and happy people with ancient ways of life.
Optional/Additional Day Trip: About a 2-hour scenic drive from Paro takes you to the beautiful Ha Valley where few tourist venture.
The Haa Valley Trip takes you via the beautiful Chele La Pass, 3988m. There is a superb view of Mt. Chomolhari and Jitchu Drake from the pass. After a picnic lunch by the river, visit Lhakhang Karpo, the White Temple and Lhakhang Nagpo, the Black Temple. Haa Valley is one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan with its surrounding rugged and mountainous terrain. Outdoor fans will love the Haa Valley. It is still basically unknown to tourists, as it was opened for tourism only in 2001. summer visitors may enjoy some of the Haa Valley festivals where there is yak riding, archery and other traditional games and sports. They can also get to know the nomadic lifestyle of the Haaps and taste their traditional delicacies.
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 3 : Fly Kathmandu - Paro Drive to Thimphu
Day 4 : Sightseeing Thimphu
Day 5 : Drive to Punakha
Day 6 : Sightseeing Punakha
Day 7 : Drive from Punakha- Paro
Day 8 : Paro-Tiger’s Nest
Day 9 : Fly Paro to Kathmandu
Day 10 : Sightseeing Bhaktapur and Patan
Day 11 : Departure from Nepal
Tourism in Bhutan
The government of Bhutan imposes a tourist tariff, currently set at $250 a day, as an effort to keep the country from being overrun by tourists. Although tourists are very welcome, limiting the number is important to preserve their unique environment and culture.
The daily tariff is included in the price of your package tour: it is the minimum amount a tourist must spend per day in Bhutan. It covers the cost of visa, 3-star lodging, meals, tax, guide, and travel within the country. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will help you arrange visas. (Although you can't spend less than that rate per person, you can spend more, especially if you opt for luxury accommodation.)
Most tours concentrate on the western midsection probably because the rest of the country lacks necessary infrastructure. Arriving at the international airport in Paro, most tourists visit Thimphu, the capital, and, if possible, the Punakha valley.
At the time of booking you must provide a scanned copy of your passport. We also require your flight details to finalize the visa process, including arrival and departure flight numbers, times and point of origin.
We will send you the scanned copy of your Bhutan group visa prior to your tour. In some cases this may only be issued close to your date of arrival into Bhutan. You must show the copy of your Bhutan Group visa when you check-in for your flight to Bhutan and on arrival at immigration in Paro, Bhutan where you will have your visa stamped into your passport.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 11 Days
Price : US $2750 p/p
Trip Grade : Easy
Group Size:2 - 12 Persons
Transport:By Air & Land
Hotel in Kathmandu:4 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
I did the above mentioned trip in December 2016. The trip was perfectly planned and everything went smoothly. The itinerary allowed for perfect acclimatisation, especially having two nights at Island Peak Base Camp. Tashi, the trekking guide for the trip picked me up at the airport and helped me through…Lukas
A friend and I worked with Annapurna Foothills Treks to be guided trekking on the Annapurna circuit from Besi Sahr over the Thorong La pass to Jomsom, with a guided climb of Chulu West on the way. Our trekking guide Dawa was outstanding all the way to Pisang, and provided…Craig
Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy