High Himalayan Triplet: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan
The mountain ranges of the High Himalayas are immense rivers of turquoise blue and are sure to inspire and exhilarate. We offer general tourism, pilgrimages, trekking, fishing, kayaking, and bicycling, all with an expert guide in the field.
Nepal & Tibet
For less humidity, head for Mount Everest/Nepal in the springtime, a logical place from which to begin the triad. After that, a flight over Mt. Everest and the Himalayas in a fixed wing aircraft to the “Top of the World” is mandatory, and a light-to-moderate trek to the Mt. Everest base camps are extraordinary at sunrise.
After touring the Kathmandu Valley and the Medieval towns, process your visa for Tibet and Bhutan in Kathmandu and travel into Tibet over land or by plane, where Earth seems to touch heaven.
Bhutan: Kingdom of Happiness
Continue on to Bhutan, a Kingdom that only opened to tourists 3 decades ago. Even today only 17,000 visitors per year are invited as tourists. Fees are regulated by the government at a minimum of 200 USD per day, inclusive of accommodation, tour, and food.
Bhutan appears to be centuries behind the outside world because of its isolation, recent opening to tourism, and the absolute benevolent monarchy, but is surprisingly progressive. Buddhism is the foundation of spiritual life here and Bhutan is believed to be the last Shangri La on Earth.
Bhutan Travel Package
The government of Bhutan sets costs for a complete Bhutanese accommodation package. There are no hidden fees and it is all-inclusive with the exception of airfare.
With this basic accommodation package you can upgrade to luxury and exclusive properties.
35% of the tour costs are deducted by the government to help provide free health and education, and the remaining is disbursed to the tour operator in local currency to manage all the tour logistics. The cost is higher if you have fewer than three members.
The program cost for 2011, is USD $200 per person per night for groups of three travelers or more. For solo travelers, there is a $40 surcharge per night and for groups of two members, there is a $30 surcharge per night (240 for solo).
Since 2012, the government has increased the daily rate for basic tours and it is $50 extra per person per night (290 for solo).
Included in the package:
- All Accommodation in standard hotels (government approved & monitored) on twin/double sharing basis.
- Transfers by Hyundai/Toyota SUV and sightseeing within Bhutan.
- Visa fee & processing.
- Pack animals, porters, cook, trek guide.
- Accompanying English speaking tour leader/guide.
- All meals. Water is complimentary in the car. Empty bottles are recycled.
- 35% government welfare levy.
- Government tourism development fee.
- Museum fees and temple & monument permits.
Not included in the package:
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.)
- Tips, gratuities for staff (optional).
Hotel upgrade exclusive property option
We also arrange accommodations at upscale properties like Aman Resorts.
Amankora offers 5 Lodges for a journey through up to five different valleys:
- Amankora Paro
- Amankora Punakha
- Amankora Gangtey
- Amankora Thimphu
- Amankora Bumthang
Luxury properties include:
- Uma Paro
- Hotel Zhiwaling in Paro
- Namgay Heritage Hotel in Thimphu
- Taj Tashi in Thimphu
Call us for pricing of exclusive and luxury properties.
Visa requirement & procedure
Visa-only service is not offered in Bhutan or on arrival.
Goldenfish can arrange for your visa. Upon application, a government permit is sent to us to give to you to board the plane upon entering Bhutan.
This must be done four weeks prior to departure and is easily done via our agency.