"Roof of the World"
High Himalayan Triplet: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan
The mountain ranges are immense rivers of turquoise blue, inspire and exhilarate. We offer general tourism, pilgrimages, trekking of the highest order, fishing, kayaking bicycling, all with an expert guide in the field.
Nepal & Tibet
April, and the humidity can press upon the spirit. Head for Mount Everest/Nepal, a logical choice from which to begin the triad.
A flight over Mt. Everest and the Himalayas in a fixed wing aircraft to the "Top of the World / pole three" is mandatory, and a few light to moderate treks toward the Mt. Everest base camps are extraordinary at sunrise.
After touring the Katmandu Valley, and the Medieval towns, or doing a safari, process your visa for Tibet and Bhutan in Katmandu and travel onto, Tibet overland or flight, where Earth touches heaven and inspiration is in the air.
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 minimum 200usd per day, inclusive of accommodation, tour, food.
Bhutan appears to be centuries behind the outside world because of its isolation, recent opening to tourism and the absolute benevolent monarchy. However, when the rulings of the king are scrutinized, one realizes the countries' progressive aspects. Cut a tree, plant two. No plastic bags or smoking allowed anywhere, all education and medical are free. 15 acres of free land are available to every citizen who applies. All Government employees receive free housing, art school students are paid stipends and given free tuition for 6 years, traditional Bhutanese dress is mandatory from 8am-5pm the Western dress allowed thereafter. Beetle nut is about to be banned in public. These decrees are not at all imposing, but rather just a way of life.
Buddhism is the foundation of spiritual life and Bhutan truly is the last Shangri La on Earth!
Bhutan Travel Package
THE GOVENRMENT OF BHUTAN, set costs for an all inclusive package at basic level Bhutanese accommodation.
There are no hidden fees and it is all-inclusive with the exception of airfare.
At this Set basic accommodation package you can upgrade ot luxury and exclusive properties.
35% of the tour cost is deducted by the government to help provide for free health and education, and the remaining is disbursed to the tour operator in local currency to manage all the tour logistics. The cost will be higher if you have less than three members.
The program cost for 2011, is US$ 200 per person per night for group of three travelers or more. For solo traveler, there is US$40 surcharge per night and for group of two members, there is US$30 surcharge per night (200-230- & 240 for solo).
From 2012, the government has increased the daily rate for basic tour and it is US$50 extra per person per night (250-280- & 290 for solo).
What’s included in the package
- All Accommodation in standard hotels (government approved & monitored) on twin/double sharing basis
- All transfers by Hyundai/Toyota SUV and sightseeing within Bhutan
- Visa fee & processing
- Pack animals, porters, cook, guide if on trek
- Services of an accompanying English speaking tour leader/guide
- All meals (but not beverages). Water is complimentary in the car. Empty bottles are recycled
- 35% government welfare levy (This portion is used to sustain the nation's free healthcare & education systems)
- Tourism development fee to the government
- Fees for museums and permits to enter temples & monuments
What’s not included in the package
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls, shopping, etc.
- Tips and 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.
Golden Fish can arrange for your visa.Upon application, a government permit is sent to us to give to you to board the plane hence enter Bhutan.
This must be done four week prior to departure. It is easily done via our agency.