JOURNEY TO DRUK YUL

The tour is perfectly tailored to offer you an insightful cultural immersion in Bhutan. You travel from Paro to Thimpu and thereon to Wangduephodrang. The journey is silhouetted by outstanding panoramic views. Drugyel Dzong majestically towers Paro with dominating views of Mount Chomolhari. Ta-Dzong houses distinctive cultural monuments and artifacts that reflect a long and varied history. In Thimpu you get to experience indigenous culture at its most authentic form on visiting monasteries, museum, Stupa, library, chorten and many such sites of cultural importance. You can explore the local markets for a good selection of crafted artifacts, ceramics, basketry, traditional wood carvings and contemporary paintings. Wangduephodrang and Punakha Dzong further acquaint you with the deep-rooted cultural values of Bhutan.

Tour begins with warm traditional welcome and quick safety briefing. Next day comprehensive trip briefing will be given and entertain last minutes questions followed by sensational of trans-Himalayan flighty by Druk Air enjoying views of world highest mountains including Everest.

Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft (BB) Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden OR similar in Kathmandu (BB)
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu: (BB) After breakfast, tour briefing will take place around 9 am and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden OR similar in Kathmandu (BB)
Fly Kathmandu – Paro: 2380m/7382ft: Lunch at Paro (Full Board) The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by representative of Basanta Adventure and transfer to Kichu Resort. O/N at Kichu Resort OR similar in Paro (AP)
Paro Sightseeing. Then drive to Thimpu: 2317m/7600ft, 65km – 2 hours drive: Lunch at Thimpu (Full Board) Visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong which still attracts visitors due to the strategic location of the fort. The fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mount Chomolhari 7320 meters can be seen towering over the Dzong. Proceed through the beautiful valley to the watch tower or locally known as Ta-Dzong. It was housed into the National museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. The seven floors museum highlights various aspects of Bhutanese culture and history dating back to the 7th century. Late afternoon drive 2 hours to Thimpu (65 Kms) which is a capital of Bhutan. Evening free time. O/N at Hotel Riverview OR similar in Thimpu (AP)
Drive to Wangduephodrang: 3100m/10168ft, 70 km – 3 hours drive: Lunch at Wangduephodrang (Full Board) Visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, 15 century Changangkha monastery and the new Drupthob nunnery temple. PM: drive 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Dzong from outside and the market area. O/N at Wangdi Kichu Resort OR similar in Wangduephodrang (AP)
Drive to Punakha. Sightseeing and drive to Paro: 2380m/7382ft, 13km – 45 minutes drive (OW): Lunch at Paro (Full Board) Drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans. Drive 3 hours to Thimpu for lunch and proceed 2 hours to Paro via visiting the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. It now serves as a Buddhist university. O/N at Kichu Resort OR similar in Paro (AP)
Transfer to airport, fly to Kathmandu: 1300m/4264ft (BB) You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. Arrival in Kathmandu: where you will be met and transferred to Hotel. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden OR similar in Kathmandu (BB)
Day at leisure: (BB) This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N at Hotel Nirvana Garden OR similar in Kathmandu (BB)
Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure: Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. Tour concludes.
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Priya ShyamsundarProgram Director South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics

“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us.  It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends.  Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it.  The help we got during the trip made all the difference –   our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to.  The kids still talk about Subash.  We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”

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David Wells, United Kingdom

“The service provided by Basanta Adventures was excellent from the time we were met at the airport and taken to the Hyatt where Basanta Adventures came to our hotel with a detailed itinerary including 2 days sight seeing and then a 6 night trip from Lakpa to Nanche Bazaar with Gelzing acting as the Sherpa guide and 2 porters for a group of 3. We stayed at comfort lodges and the trip was excellent in terms of organisation and the trek itself to the base of Everest.

One of the most exciting trips that we have undertaken.

I can highly recommend Basanta Adventures.”

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Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France

“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”

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Thea Gibbs, Gap Year student 2001, United Kingdom

“Thank you all the help and support during my time in Nepal.

It has been such comfort both me and family to know that I could come to you with any problem and that you would do your best to help.”

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Helena, Gap Year Student, 2006

“This is just a quick note to thank you for all your help over the last few months. I really have had a time of my life and I am so sad to leave.”

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Birte Milne, Denmark

“I can’t find the words to express a big enough Thank You to you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us. Everything was just such and wonderful experience. The first days with Kristian and his friends, the Trekking with Yam’s and Prem’s consideration, the scenery, villages and people, and finally our stay at Dwarika’s. We couldn’t have hoped or asked for anything more.

This is definitely a holiday I’ll never forget and would like to repeat. “

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Elizabeth and Robert Johnson, United Kingdom

“My Mum and I wanted to write and thank you for making our holiday so special, and for looking after us so well.  Many people in Britain were concerned about our safety when they saw Nepal on the news, but we never felt in danger – a credit to your expertise and care.  It was reassuring to know during our stay, that you had our best interest at heart in order for our itinerary to be completed safly, thank you also for both flower arrangements, those personal touches were very welcome. It was such an amazing time to visit your country, making it a holiday, which we will never forget.”

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Thomas Wells, Chairman of Future For Nepal.

“I regard Basanta Adventure as one of the best trekking organizations in Nepal- I recommend it for any individual who values a highly personalized, excellent service”.

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David Finnegan, United Kingdom

I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.

What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.

Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

In summary, I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to many places around the world and with many companies….if you can, you MUST go to Nepal and if you do, you cannot do better than let Basanta Adventures arrange your trip.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

Cost Includes:

Kathmandu Portion:

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in Hotel Nirvana Garden on twin sharing BB basis as per the itinerary
  • One full day guided sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Transportation by private vehicle during sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

 

Bhutan Portion:

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotel in twin sharing AP basis as per the itinerary
  • All meals during tour in Bhutan (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Transportation by private vehicle during tour in Bhutan
  • Good English speaking guide during tour in Bhutan
  • Tourism Development Fund tax
  • All necessary entrance fee
  • Visa fee
  • Complimentary kit bag

 

Cost Excludes:

  • Insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
  • Nepal Visa Fee
  • Airfare KATHMANDU – PARO – KATHMANDU
  • Lunch and Dinner in Nepal
  • Gratuities to staffs
  • Alcoholic beverages & all expenses of personal nature
  • All airport taxes
  • Porters and other vehicles in between in case of landslides other natural calamities beyond our control
  • Services not mention herein

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