Dragon Heart Tour

Dragon Heart Tour is one of the mysterious of the Himalayan Kingdoms. It lies landlocked in the eastern Himalayas between Nepal and India, amidst the highest mountains in the world. It is a land of diverse contrasts, with beautiful forests of rhododendrons, pine and cedar, rugged mountains, lush valleys, and lakes teeming with trout. Trexmount Ventures has included in the Bhutan itinerary The Dragon Heart Tour to gives an insight into the deep cultural heritage of Bhutan combined with a six day trek. We explore some of the monasteries and ancient fortresses (dzongs) of Paro and the capital Thimphu, and enter the beautiful Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), which, clings precariously to the rock cliff. Our trek takes us along trails leading high above the valleys, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. We trek through thick alpine and rhododendron forests and along remote trails, encounter yak herders establishing camps, and marvel at the spectacular backdrop of the beautiful Himalayan mountains.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air)
Transfer to hotel.  On a clear day, the flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will see major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. On the final  approach to Paro, view Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.  Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your Bhutan representative. Drive you a short distance to Paro. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts of antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.

Day 02: Paro valley sightseeing & Hike to Taktsang

After breakfast drive a winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, can be seen the on a clear day from Drukgyal village. You can visit a typical Bhutanese Farm House of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive to Shari to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The horse ride up or hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang. 

Day 03: Paro – Jeledzong (start of trek)
After an early breakfast you will be picked up our representatives from hotel and drive you to Paro and drive further up to TaDzong or the National Muesum. Start of Trek: Distance 08 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Ta Dzong, (2300m-7,545 ft) and camp at Jele Dzong (3,436m-11,273 ft). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and, if the weather is clear, the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7,314m-23,996 ft) and snowcapped mountains in the background.

Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Trek Day 2: Distance 09 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Jele Dzong (3,436 m-11,273 ft) and camp at Jangchulakha (3562 m-11,686 ft).

The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jumolhari is also visible today. At your campsite you can visit the Yak Herders tents. Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Trek Day 3 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 8-9 hrs. Starting at Jangchulakha (3,780 m-12,401 ft) and camp at Jimilangtsho(3,880 m-12,730 ft).
The trail follows the ridge and on clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake(6,989m-22,930 ft) Camp is close to lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout’s.

Day 06: Jimilangtso – Simkota Trek Day 4 : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jimilangtsho (3,880 m-12,730 ft) and camp at Simkota (4,040 m-13,255 ft)
The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake.

Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding Trek Day 5 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 3-4 hrs. Starting at Simkota (4,040 m-13,255 ft) and camp at Phajoding (3870 m-12,697 ft). You begin with a gradual climb upto Phume la (4,210m-13,812 ft) the highest elevation for this trek.
If the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum(7,541m-24,740 ft) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below you can see the entire Thimphu valley.

Day 08: Phojoding – Thimphu Trek Day 6 – End of Trek : Distance 4-5 Kms and walking time 3 hrs.
Starting at Phajoding(3,870m-12,697 ft) and end of trek at Thimphu (2,300m-7,545 ft) The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Thimphu valley sightseeing – Paro Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. After breakfast we drive north through the Thimphu Valley and glimpse Dechhenchholing Palace amid the forest of pine trees along our route. We continue our drive further on till we reach at the base of Tango Monastery. From here we walk for 2 hours to reach the top, where we visit the monastery. Founded in the 13th century, Tango Monastery is a monastic school founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa. The current buildings are 15th century and constructed by the memorably named ‘divine madman’, Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Residing at Tango today is an important reincarnate lama recognized to be the seventh reincarnation of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. After our visit we walk back to the memorable point and then drive back to Thimphu for lunch. After lunch take a walk in the beautiful Thimphu Valley and visit a Memorial Chorten, National Library, School of Arts and Crafts and then evening drive to Paro. Overnight and dinner at hotel Olathang.

Day 10: Paro – Departure (by Druk Air)
In the morning ABC escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home. -End of Services-

Itinerary Detail

Day 01 :Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air)
Transfer to hotel.  On a clear day, the flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. You will see major Himalayan peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. On the final  approach to Paro, view Bhutan’s own snowy peaks, Chomolhari and Jichu Drake.  Bhutan’s first gift to you as you disembark from the aircraft will be cool, clean fresh mountain air. After clearing customs and visa control you are met by your Bhutan representative. Drive you a short distance to Paro. After lunch visit Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. This dzong was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts of antique thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts. We also visit the Rinpung Dzong, built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks. The evening ends with a walk through Paro’s main shopping district. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang.

Day 02: Paro valley sightseeing & Hike to Taktsang

After breakfast drive a winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Mount Chomolhari, can be seen the on a clear day from Drukgyal village. You can visit a typical Bhutanese Farm House of a local family for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive to Shari to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The horse ride up or hike to the cafeteria will take around one and half hour. At the view point enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigeress in the 8th century. After lunch at the café walk back to the road point. Dinner and overnight at hotel Olathang. 

Day 03: Paro – Jeledzong (start of trek)
After an early breakfast you will be picked up our representatives from hotel and drive you to Paro and drive further up to TaDzong or the National Muesum. Start of Trek: Distance 08 Kms and walking time 4-5 hours. Starting at Ta Dzong, (2300 m-7,545 ft) and camp at Jele Dzong (3,436m-11,273 ft). The trek trail is rather gradual climb till the camp and, if the weather is clear, the Paro valley can be seen with the Mt. Jumolhari(7,314m-23,996 ft) and snowcapped mountains in the background.

Day 04: Jele Dzong – Jangchulakha Trek Day 2: Distance 09 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs. Starting at Jele Dzong (3,436 m-11,273 ft) and camp at Jangchulakha (3562 m-11,686 ft).

The trail takes you through thick alpine forest and rhododendrons trees and most of the walking is up and down on a ridge. Mt. Jumolhari is also visible today. At your campsite you can visit the Yak Herders tents. Dinner and overnight at your camp.

Day 05: Jangchulakha – Jimilangtso Trek Day 3 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 8-9 hrs. Starting at Jangchulakha (3,780 m-12,401 ft) and camp at Jimilangtsho (3,880 m-12,730 ft).
The trail follows the ridge and on clear day the views of the mountains and valley are beautiful, in particular the Jichu Drake(6,989m-22,930 ft) Camp is close to lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout’s.

Day 06: Jimilangtso – Simkota Trek Day 4 : Distance 11 Kms and walking time 4-5 hrs.Starting at Jimilangtsho (3,880 m-12,730 ft) and camp at Simkota (4,040 m-13,255 ft)
The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendrons trees and then you pass by the lake of Janye Tsho. Today you may come across some Yak herder’s camp and you can really have a look as to how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake.

Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding Trek Day 5 : Distance 10 Kms and walking time 3-4 hrs. Starting at Simkota (4,040 m-13,255 ft) and camp at Phajoding (3870m-12,697 ft). You begin with a gradual climb upto Phume la (4,210 m-13,812 ft) the highest elevation for this trek.
If the weather permits you will have beautiful views of Mt. Gangkhar Punsum(7,541m-24,740 ft) the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan peaks. Below you can see the entire Thimphu valley.

Day 08: Phojoding – Thimphu Trek Day 6 – End of Trek : Distance 4-5 Kms and walking time 3 hrs.
Starting at Phajoding(3,870 m-12,697 ft) and end of trek at Thimphu (2,300 m-7,545 ft) The trek to Thimphu is all the way down hill through a forested area of mostly Blue pine. By taking leisurely pace you can reach Thimphu in about 3 hours for a nice hot shower and lunch. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Thimphu valley sightseeing – Paro
Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. After breakfast we drive north through the Thimphu Valley and glimpse Dechhenchholing Palace amid the forest of pine trees along our route. We continue our drive further on till we reach at the base of Tango Monastery. From here we walk for 2 hours to reach the top, where we visit the monastery. Founded in the 13th century, Tango Monastery is a monastic school founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa. The current buildings are 15th century and constructed by the memorably named ‘divine madman’, Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Residing at Tango today is an important reincarnate lama recognized to be the seventh reincarnation of Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye. After our visit we walk back to the emorable point and then drive back to Thimphu for lunch. After lunch take a walk in the beautiful Thimphu Valley and visit a Memorial Chorten, National Library, School of Arts and Crafts and then evening drive to Paro. Overnight and dinner at hotel Olathang.

Day 10: Paro – Departure (by Druk Air)
In the morning ABC escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home. -End of Services-

Includes and Excludes

What’s Included • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners • All Activities + Entrance Fees as per Itinerary • Fully Escorted Tour – Local Bhutanese Guide, Cook & assistant on trek • Horses to carry luggage & equipment for trek • Airport Transfers • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) Transport – Accommodation • Hotels – 4 Nights, Camping – 5 Nights • Private Vehicle and on Foot

Equipments and Packing

EQUIPMENT: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes.

FOOT WEAR:
Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair).

CLOTHING:
Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1).

OTHER EQUIPMENT:
Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.

OPTIONAL:
Toilet Articles, Insect Repellent, Notebook and Pen, Laundry Soap, Toilet Roll, Pocket Knife, Binoculars, Sewing Kit, Soap, Camera, GPS, Cards and Personal Medical Kit and items of your personal interest.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair. If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

For Water Purification: You should not drink the water from the tap in Nepal because of bacteria. You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a days, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.
Bottled mineral water and boiled water are available for purchase throughout Trekking.  However, water purification tablets or your own filter can be useful with your interest.

  • Steripen
  • Water filter
  • Iodine or chlorine dioxide purification tablets

Checklist for Documents:
The Following documents listed below are a must and should be with you at all times.

  • Valid Passport
  • Medical Insurance card(s)
  • Address book | Our Company contact details (for any emergency)
  • Flight tickets (e-tickets).
  • Passport size photos ( At least 4)

Note: We do recommend you to make copies of passport, visas, permits, airline tickets/schedule and so on. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a separate place in your luggage.

 

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip Highlights

Trip Information's

Bhutan The Land of Thundering Dragon:

Bhutan, a small country known as the land of ‘thundering dragon’ enriched with culture, custom its old traditions which is similar to Tibetans, Bhutan one and only Buddhist kingdom around Himalaya and last bastions of Mahayana Buddhism, against the backdrop of great Himalaya range; Buddhist spirit permeate almost all aspect of Bhutanese culture.

Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and Dzong (fort) villages dot the hilly landscapes, and religious festivals are celebrated all the year around.

Bhutan, although a tiny country but full of exciting sceneries of rolling hills, enchanting rhododendron, pines and magnolia forest with high eastern Himalayan peaks, enriched with ancient traditions and culture, one of the last Himalayan Shangri-La, where the national flower is Himalayan blue poppy, found in the high altitudes. The national tree is the cypress, which is often associated with religious places. The national bird is the raven, which adorns the royal crown.

It represents the deity Gonpo Jarodonchen, one of the most important guardian deities of Bhutan and the national animal is taken, an extremely rare species of the ovine-carpine family. Found in herds in the high altitudes above 2,500 meters and over, living on a diet of bamboo.

Bhutanese people wear the traditional clothing that has been worn for centuries. Bhutanese men wear a gho, a long robe tied around the waist by a small belt called a kera. A woman’s ankle length dress is called a kira, made from beautifully colored and finely woven fabrics with traditional patterns. Necklaces are fashioned from corals, pearls, turquoise, and the precious agate eye stones which the Bhutanese call ‘tears of the gods’ or dzi beads.

Beside, cultural tour of Bhutan which includes famous historical monasteries and Dzong (Fort palaces) trekking and hike can be done leading to remote areas of Drokpas the Yak herder’s country in the shade of high snow capped mountains.

Travel in Bhutan is restricted by the Government where visitors can enter in a group wise with proper travel agencies of Bhutan, where Treksa Holidays have counterpart agents to make your travel at ease, to minimize the flow of tourist Government of Bhutan allows foreign travelers to spend minimum of US$ 200 per day / per person to make the country sustainable form eco and friendly tourism.

To support your travel in the area chosen in Bhutan we have listed some suggestions and information which will provide you with sustainable help and idea.

For Trekking and Travel which involves some High altitude.

AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
Traveling in Bhutan involves some high altitude as per the area chosen and could be strenuous. Travelers with known heart or lung or blood diseases should seek doctor’s advice before booking the trip. It is always advisable to drink at least 3 liters of water every day while on the tour.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS):
Depending upon the zone of trekking, AMS might occur is not acclimatized well while trekking in the high Himalayan region, usually the symptom of AMs can be felt above 3,000m with thin air, lack of oxygen from low air pressure. The Rapid Ascend, dehydration and Hypothermia are the cause of the symptom. We have rated three different level of the Altitude Sickness;

The initial symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness starts with headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue / tiredness, Loss of appetite, disturbance in sleep which is mild a symptoms that will make like hangover / not feeling well.  You don’t need to worry much this will take time to heal after a good acclamatsation, this can be avoided after slow ascend or resting into the same elevation.

HAPE – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema:
This second level of the sickness may get water in the lungs with the symptoms of increasing Headache, wish to vomiting or vomiting, diarrhea, Dizziness’, Breathing hard, severe cough (dry or Productive), increasing tiredness/weakness, high pulse, Fatigue while walking, Blueness of the face, Lips, Fingers nails which means inability to circulate the Oxygen into the blood. If these symptoms occur, you shouldn’t ascend higher, take medicine & rest/stay into the same altitude for extra night, if it does not improves, you need to descend into lower elevation.

Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema
The final level is a extreme stage of altitude sickness with the symptoms of worsening headache & Vomiting, mental confusion, swelling hand & face, walking like drunk, irritable, unconsciousness or coma. If these serious symptoms appear, you need to get into the hospital as soon as possible either by other possible arrangements.

All the decision is made by the victims and by the leader or guide for
evacuation by any means of quick transportation if possible by helicopter.

Above symptom can be Prevented earlier: 
A proper acclimatization before heading higher elevation, not to make Rapid Ascent; not to walk faster and drink plenty of fluid like water.

Listen your body & Let them more comfortable & rest more than usual. 

Avoid alcohol, Narcotic Drugs, sleeping pills and smoking. 
Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc. 

Do not carry heavy packs, 10 – 12 Kilograms is ok. 

Climb higher sleep lower.
Above 3000m, a 300m ascent a day if possible and walk with someone.

Treatment:

The main healer and treatment is Descent, Descent, Descent is the best way of recovering, however there are few medicine which is helpful when suffering; Oxygen, Diamox (Acetomolide) for AMS 125 mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated, Nafedipine for HAPE, Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE, Hyperbolic Bag – Gamow Bag

Important:
Go up slowly with taking your own pace, Don’t let your body in the cold, Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter, Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day), Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Clothing accessories:
Depending upon the season of travel and trip chosen as per altitude, Bhutan a small country with varied temperature range from subtropical, alpine to arctic climates in the higher Himalaya Mountains above 4,000 meters.

In addition on booking with Trexmount Ventures we will provide you with much information as per the season of travel in Bhutan.

From October till March, warm clothes such as thermal underwear are required. April till September, light clothes for the day and a warm jacket or a sweater is must for the evenings.

The other recommended items are: personal medical first aid kit, water purification tablets (though mineral water can be bought), toilet & tissue papers, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, sleeping bag, dust mask, sun hat, sun glasses and sun block cream.

Food and drinks:
Bhutan due to its culture, religion and customs similar to Tibetan, so much of the main foods and cuisine are almost the same with few varied types of meals. It is always handy to carry dry food and biscuits or anything that can be brewed with hot water such as coffee and drinking chocolate.

Customs:
No prohibition on still and video cameras, tape recorders or radios as long as they are registered with custom officials and are of personal use.
Printed matters considered unsuitable by the Bhutanese Government are prohibited.

Insurance Policy:
It is most advisable that clients should have full insurance against medical and personal accidents.

Booking formalities and visa:
Minimum 2 weeks required booking the trip from Kathmandu to travel in Bhutan , Trexmount Ventures requires advance payments along with the deposit of your passport for visa process and a full payment of the tour should be done. From overseas, at least 2 weeks with all your personal and passport details are required with payment required as per the company’s rules and regulations.

Equipments & Packing: 
The main necessary and important that one needs to prepare with seasonal clothing and the trip selected with Bhutan varied climate as per seasons.

If you are doing trekking and going above 3000m you need warm clothing all year round.

Clothing list (especially for trekking) 

Head wear: 
Woolen tops, baseball caps or sunhats. 

Body wear (this all required on your duration of Holiday): 

Please bring all your necessary daily wear as per the duration of the holidays in Bhutan / Nepal and as per the season regarding clothing and other wear Trexmount Ventures will supply you with clothing list if necessary before trip departure to Nepal and Bhutan.

Foot wear: 
For normal tours and sightseeing a runners and sports shoes is the best, as this involves short walks and climbing on steps also.

For Trekking it obvious that you need a good comfortable walking boots if possible water proof (wax polish to be carried on other leather boots and shoes against wet areas and snow) with warm woolen shocks and for leisure walk soft cotton socks.

Equipments:
Daypack: A small rucksack as day to carry your necessary and valuable items; camera, water bottle, money, passport, towel, toiletries items, water proof for the walk and Sleeping Bags and walking poles as options.

Personal:
Camera and batteries, spare passport photos, water bottle, money belt, Torch / Flash Lights, Sewing kit, Sunhat/ Sunglasses, Ipods, Books, Wet Ones, Detergents to wash clothes, Writing materials, Swiss Army knife, Calculator, Personal toiletries, including tampons, Contraceptives, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen.

Note: 
If you are wearing glasses, it is advisable to bring a spare pair since opticians are few on route trekking traveling remote areas.

If you wear contact lenses you may find that climatic changes and dust can create visual irritation, therefore, it is advisable to bring a pair of glasses.

Vaccinations:
Your doctor might suggest you while traveling in Asia or any 3rd world countries, as in Nepal / Bhutan vaccinations are not compulsory unless coming from a yellow fever infected region but we do recommend you are covered for: *diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, *hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. NB* a Yellow Fever certificate is required if arriving from infected areas.

For traveling in the countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat hepatitis A. We advise you to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.

Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure.

You may need additional inoculations so please contact your GP or a travel medical centre for further information. Please consult your doctor for up-to-date information and prescriptions for vaccinations, anti-malarial requirements and any reasonably foreseeable illnesses whilst traveling into Asia.

Note:
Please don’t forget check up with your Doctor & get advice whether your health permit or not to go into the region.

We also recommend:
A dental check-up prior to traveling, you know your blood group in case of emergency and to send your medical / dietary lists.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your Travel Agent at the time of your booking

Medical Supplies:
In every trip we do provide with essential comprehensive medical kits however you may carry your own medical kits as per your doctor’s recommendations.

List of some recommended items:
Band Aids / Bandages, laxatives, upset stomach remedy, anti-diarrhea remedy, Panadol /Aspirin, rehydration remedy, antiseptic cream/powder, sterile.

Currency:

The Bhutanese currency is the ngultrum, which is pegged to the Indian rupee and thus trades with the currency. There are no coins, and you can expect to be handed wads of cash. The smallest note is for 1-ngultrum, and it’s worth only about $0.02 USD. As of April 2013, USD1 is equivalent to about 53 ngultrum if you are using USD50 or USD100 notes. Please take note that USD50 and USD100 notes are given a better exchange rate than USD20 notes or lesser. The smaller USD notes fetch about 5% less.

If you plan to bring $100 U.S. notes be aware that the banks in Bhutan do not accept notes printed in 1996 does to counterfeiting that took place in that year.  So go through your notes carefully–also, no tears, ink marks, staple holes etc. 

Bhutan is a cash economy! Visa and Master card are not accepted at smaller shops, but bigger shops and some hotels accept Master card.   There is an American Express office in the capital, and Amex is accepted in a few rare instances. More important, an Amex office means you can get your travelers’ checks replaced if necessary.

If you bring in cash, best option is to change dollars or whatever you bring into ngultrums at the airport. The exchange rate is the same as in the banks in town. Keep in mind that banks get much harder to find outside the capital. You can also change your money at the hotels in Thimphu, but the rate is not as good.

For a stay of two weeks 100-150$ will cover your expenses, inclusive drinks with meals, and some souvenirs. However, this will certainly not be enough to cover tips.

In most of the world, currency exchange is a fairly straightforward process. In Thimphu, it involves several lines and just waiting around until you’re called. Do not be surprised if you invest more than 30 minutes just exchanging money. It’s best to avoid doing this more than once, so get what you need the first time. Another way of avoiding long waiting times is to ask your guide to assist in changing money.  Since you are arranging your tour with a local tour company ask them to bring an envelope to the airport with $100 U.S. in ngultrum and exchange that for a crisp $100 note and you’re all set.   Locals do not have to give their passport details, etc and thus save time.

If you go, you’ll mainly need money for some beautiful handcrafted souvenirs. The philatelic bureau also sells some nifty stamps in Thimphu. Everything else is included in the price of the tour, from meals to hotels to gasoline, so it’s best not to get too much money at the bank. You may find yourself with souvenir cash later.

Because Indian money trades at par with the ngultrum, rupees are generally accepted in Bhutan and may be occasionally given as change.  But since 2012 there have been shortages of Rupee notes due to Bhutan’s high import economy so if you can, bring and spend Rupees–you will be doing your guide and driver a big favor. 

Accommodations: 
In Bhutan most places have tourist standard facilities depending upon the choices, as we have put a lot of effort into locating the most appropriate type of accommodation for each tour.

It will always be clean and hygienic, comfortable and of a very high standard. Accommodation for Bhutan trips is in a combination of good standard tourist class hotels and Guest Houses in the Treks operated by the local people, which offer Twin Sharing accommodations, please be prepared for the common Bathrooms.

If you wish to spend a few additional days in your start city before the departure of your tour, then we can arrange accommodation for you. On the last day of the tour we usually arrive at our final destination in the late afternoon, when the tour ends. If you would like to book accommodation for that night or even stay additional nights, we will be more than happy to arrange this for you as well. All our accommodation is carefully chosen, conveniently located, clean and comfortable.

Travel / Medical Insurance: 
Travel / Medical insurance a compulsory in all Trexmount Ventures trips, all clients MUST be insured to cover personal accident, medical expenses, cancellation, curtailment and repatriation. Please Note you should check that your insurance policy is adequate for Trekking & Tours in Tibet.

Tipping & Bargaining: 
Tipping in Bhutan is not compulsory but it is a way of traditions handed by earlier visitors this might be expected by the guides, porters and Tour Driver, any gratuities for good service will be gratefully accepted at the end of the tour.

Bargaining is kind of culture, especially in markets when hiring the Local Vehicles, Buying the Jewelries and Local Clothing.

Arriving in Bhutan & Transfers: 
Before you depart for Bhutan please send us your flight details so that we can arrange a complementary transport from the airport to the hotel in Kathmandu, where our staff and representative will have a sign board with “Trexmount Ventures “, please look for it when reaching outside the main terminal, please note our phone numbers if incase of flight delay and change in time & Schedule or if you don’t see our Sign Board on your arrival in case of emergency:
Please notify on these + 977- 1- 4701237, 4701238, 4701239 or Cell: 9851058054

Please be aware of hawkers at the airport who will try to carry your bags for you and direct you to specific guesthouses.  Please carry your own luggage and “don’t give any money who ever ask for it”. Luggage

Standard commercial airline baggage restrictions apply. Usually this is 20 kg for economy passengers and one piece of carry-on luggage. It is advisable to check with your airline before traveling.

Travel Tip: 
You might be tempted to buy a few souvenirs here and there, so leave a little room for those extra purchases!

Passport: 
Your passport is a valuable document and you should exercise extreme care in keeping it safe. We recommend that you keep your passport on you at all times, preferably in a money belt that is worn under your clothing. We advise that you take copies of relevant pages in your passport and any visas that you may purchase in case of loss or damage. Your tour leader will require your passport details at the pre-departure meeting. Again, we recommend that you have a photocopy of your passport details, kept separate. Your passport must be valid for six months after the END of your tour, and must have one blank page for each country to be visited.

Visa Requirements: 

All Travelers except Indian residents requires visa, to obtain the visa at 20 days prior to date of entry into Bhutan with PP details and photo’s.
Visa only service is not entertained in Bhutan one should have to join for full tour package services from local tour operator which includes guide, accommodations, food, tours and transportation.

Visa fee of US$ 40 (increased from Jan 2013 AD) which is mostly included in the trip package.

Guests require multiple entry visas for India, Nepal if they are traveling to Bhutan and back to India or Nepal.

Traveling into Bhutan must be obtained from Nepal through Bhutan counterpart agents. Please note that; Once the visa is issued, it will not be amended, revalidated and visa fees will not be refunded.

Tourism Council of Bhutan issues visa clearance which will be e-mailed or Fax to your local travel agents to Bhutan and to Trexmount Ventures. Travelers are required to produce visa clearance copy at the time of check in for Druk Air flight, entering by overland must produce Visa clearance letter at the entry point.

Actual Visa is stamped at passport on arrival in Bhutan.

Restricted Travel:
To enter Bhutan, foreigners are issued with Entry Permit valid for Thimphu and Paro only. Rest of the Bhutan considered as restricted area, and foreign travelers requires special permits to enter immigration checkpoints located at main / major junction around the country.

Safe Travel:
Do not take unnecessary valuables with you, a money belt, or similar, worn close to your body is the best way to carry passports, airline tickets, money and other Valuables.

Do Not leave any valuables in hotel rooms, please use SAFETY DEPOSIT BOXES in the Hotel. Items are left at the individual’s risk.

Pickpockets are not common in Tibet but it can happen, especially in tourist areas and in crowded markets; you must always exercise care.

Be aware that anything left lying around will also be liable to theft.

Departure Tax: International Flight departure taxes are included in your flight ticket from Nepal. However If you are flying with in the country, there are some departure tax inclusive with air tickets.

Time Zone: Bhutan Greenwich Mean Time (GMT + 5:30 Hours).

The year is divided into 4 different seasons in Bhutan – winter, spring, summer and autumn. The best period to visit the country for plant lovers is during spring when the flowers are in full bloom. The mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers. Spring season commences from early March and continues until late May. Even though the days are clear haze disturbs the mountain views. Late May, and the downpour begins. It continues till late August. Come September and the autumn season begins. It continues till late November. With temperate climate, clear blue skies and extraordinary mountain views it is the best season to visit the country. Winter begins in late November and continues till late February.

Bhutan Average Temperatures in Degree Celsius High/Low)

 

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

Paro

9.4/
-5.8

13.4/
1.5

14.5/
0.6

17.6/
4.6

23.5/
10.6

25.4/
13.1

26.8/
14.9

25.3/
14.7

23.4/
11.7

18.7/
7.4

13.9/
1.4

11.2/
-1.7

Thimphu

12.3/
-2.6

14.4/
0.6

16.4/
3.9

20.0/
7.1

22.5/
13.1

24.4/
15.2

18.9/
13.4

25.0/
15.8

23.1/
15.0

21.9/
10.4

17.9/
5.0

14.5/
-1.1

Punakha

16.1/
4.2

19.6/
5.3

21.2/
9.2

24.4/
11.9

27.2/
14.8

31.2/
19.5

32.0/
21.6

31.4/
19.8

29.9/
20.0

27.8/
18.9

22.3/
13.0

15.0/
7.9

Wangdue

17.0/
4.3

19.0/
7.8

22.8/
10.4

26.2/
12.9

29.1/
17.7

29.2/
20.1

18.4/
16.2

29.1/
20.0

27.5/
19.1

26.1/
14.7

22.6/
9.6

19.1/
6.3

Trongsa

13.0/
-0.2

13.9/
0.4

16.7/
4.4

20.1/
6.6

21.0/
11.6

22.2/
13.6

25.3/
15.3

23.8/
15.0

22.6/
14.2

21.8/
11.7

19.8/
6.4

18.2/
2.5

Bumthang

10.8/
-5.1

10.0/
-1.4

16.2/
3.5

18.7/
3.9

21.3/
9.5

22.5/
13.5

14.1/
10.9

23.0/
13.7

21.6/
12.1

19.5/
5.9

16.1/
-0.5

12.3/
-2.3

Mongar

15.5/
8.2

15.9/
8.3

20.0/
11.6

22.8/
14.0

25.1/
17.4

26.1/
19.5

16.1/
15.8

25.4/
19.6

24.7/
19.4

22.7/
15.8

19.9/
11.2

15.7/
9.5

Trashigang

20.4/
10.5

21.7/
11.5

24.8/
14.4

28.3/
17.0

30.0/
20.6

30.7/
22.6

31.5/
23.1

30.2/
22.7

30.0/
23.9

29.1/
17.7

26.1/
13.6

23.0/
11.6

 

Cancellation:
Incase of any cancellation of the tour prior to departure, a cancellation policy as per the company’s rules and regulation shall be applied.

Risk and Liability: Tibet tours are run strictly under BHUTAN TOURISM BUREAU, we or our agents shall not be responsible for any changes or cancellation of the programs due to road blockade, cancellation of flight, sickness or accident, political unrest etc. Any extras cost thereof shall be borne by the clients.

Package cost includes:
Flight fare Kathmandu-Bhutan -Kathmandu, hotel/guest house accommodation on full board basis, sightseeing tour as per the itinerary, An English speaking guide, transportation by private vehicle during the tour and monastery entrance fee.

Cost excludes:
Nepal / Bhutan visa and entry fees, International airfare beside flight to Bhutan and back to Kathmandu, personal medical / travel insurance, emergency evacuation or any charges in case, if required, expenses of personal nature etc.

Voltage: 
Electricity in Bhutan is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles. We do have two pins & 3 pins power sockets, you better to have two Pin travel plug adepter which will be useful to charge your batteries.

Drug Policy: 
Under no circumstances are any illegal drugs allowed on any part of the trip. Anyone discovered in possession of any such drugs, will be asked to leave the tour immediately without question or refund.

Water:  
You should not drink the water from the tap in Bhutan because of bacteria.
You can either use water purification or buy the bottle of water. Now a day, some people are bringing their own water filter which is very impressive & useful.

Photography: 
Photography is important part of the holiday that carries the memory of holiday in the photos.  Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission. It is absolutely forbidden by law to take photos at any borders, as they are all active military installation.

Contact details: 
Trexmount Ventures:
Ciltron Garden 495, Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal Phone: +977-1-4701238 | 4701239 |  Cell : +977-9851058054 | Fax : +977-1-4701237 Email :uniquepath@mail.com.np | Url : http://www.nepalholidayinfo.com

Note: 
This tour is operated by Trexmount Ventures. Information provided in all brochures, leaflets and dossiers is offered in good faith by the company, based on the latest information available with update while in publication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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