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    Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

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      12 days
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      Tour and Trek
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      Standard and Luxury Options
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      BB plan Nepal & AP plan Bhutan
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      Private Luxury Tourist Vehicles and Aeroplane
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    About - Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    Nestled in the heart of the majestic Himalayas, Nepal, and Bhutan offer unparalleled experiences for avid travelers. Embarking on the Poon Hill Trek in Nepal unveils the mesmerizing vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with the highlight being a breathtaking sunrise from the vantage of Poon Hill itself. Winding through picturesque villages, lush forests, and terraced fields, this trek is a mosaic of the rich cultural and natural tapestry of the region.

    Venturing further to the "Land of the Thunder Dragon," Bhutan, the tour shifts from rugged mountain terrains to the mystique of ancient monasteries and fortresses. The kingdom, with its preserved heritage and a strong emphasis on Gross National Happiness, offers an experience unlike any other. From the bustling streets of Thimpu to the sacred cliffside Taktsang Monastery in Paro, every corner whispers tales of legends, spirituality, and the Bhutanese way of life.

    Features of Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    Here are the features of the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour: 

    Diverse Terrains

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour offers a journey that is as much about the ever-changing landscapes as it is about cultural immersion. Here's an exploration of the varied terrains that this enchanting expedition:

    • Hilly Terraces of Nepal: Starting in the foothills of Nepal, travelers tread alongside terraced fields. These stair-like plantations, often carved into the slopes, showcase the agricultural heritage of the region, where crops like rice and millet are cultivated against the backdrop of towering mountains.

    • Rhododendron Forests: As one ascends towards Poon Hill, the terraced fields give way to dense rhododendron forests. Depending on the season, these forests come alive with vibrant blooms, creating a riot of colors – from deep reds to brilliant whites – a sight that's nothing short of magical.

    • Alpine Landscapes: Nearing the peak of Poon Hill, the thick forests open up to alpine meadows and shrublands. This terrain offers unobstructed views of the majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, with their snow-clad peaks piercing the skies.

    • Riparian Valleys of Bhutan: Moving on to Bhutan, the landscape shifts to serene river valleys. These valleys, especially around Punakha, are characterized by their fertile lands, crisscrossed by meandering rivers with fortresses (dzongs) majestically poised at their confluence.

    • Mountain Passes: Traveling through Bhutan, one encounters high mountain passes adorned with fluttering prayer flags. These passes, like Dochula Pass, provide panoramic views of the Himalayan range, with peaks shrouded in mists and clouds.

    • Cliffside Terrains: The hike to the Tiger's Nest in Paro, Bhutan, introduces travelers to rugged cliffside terrains. The monastery itself is perched on a sheer cliff, overlooking a vast expanse of dense forests and valleys below.

    • Urban Landscapes: While nature dominates this tour, the urban terrains of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Thimpu, and Paro offer a contrasting setting. Narrow alleyways, bustling markets, ancient palaces, and monasteries showcase the blend of tradition and modernity in these cities.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is a symphony of terrains. From lush valleys to alpine meadows, dense forests to rugged cliffs, and urban sprawls to serene riverbanks – this journey is a testament to the diverse beauty of the Himalayan region.

    Cultural Integration

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour, curated by Luxury Holidays Nepal, is an expedition that transcends beyond picturesque landscapes and adrenaline-pumping treks. It’s a journey deep into the heart of two nations, offering a chance for genuine cultural integration. Here’s how the tour facilitates a rich cultural immersion:

    • Living Among Locals: Villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk in Nepal and the towns of Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro in Bhutan are focal points of the tour. Here, travelers get a chance to stay in local lodges, eat regional delicacies, and participate in daily routines, providing a firsthand experience of the indigenous way of life.

    • Traditional Performances: Whether it’s the enchanting dances in a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu or the sacred mask dances in Bhutanese festivals, travelers are exposed to authentic regional art forms that narrate tales of the Himalayan lore.

    • Sacred Spaces: The tour takes travelers to ancient monasteries, temples, and spiritual sites like the renowned Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan. These sacred spaces, echoing with chants and sermons, provide insights into the deep-rooted religious beliefs of the region.

    • Local Art and Craft: From the weaving traditions in Ghandruk to the Thangka paintings and handicrafts in Bhutanese markets, the journey introduces tourists to the rich artisanal heritage. These art forms not only reflect the creativity of the region but also its history and legends.

    • Guided Insights: Accompanied by knowledgeable local guides, travelers can delve deeper into the stories, traditions, and customs of every place they visit. The anecdotes shared by these guides breathe life into monuments, rituals, and landscapes.

    • Community Engagement: The tour encourages travelers to engage directly with communities – be it by attending a local fair, participating in a village celebration, or simply conversing with a native. Such interactions often lead to mutual respect and understanding, bridging cultural divides.

    • Culinary Adventures: Food is a significant cultural marker, and this tour doesn’t shy away from it. Whether it's savoring the spicy flavors of Bhutanese dishes like Ema Datshi or relishing the traditional Nepali 'dal bhat', every meal offers a taste of the region’s culinary heritage.

    • Cultural Celebrations: Depending on the time of the visit, travelers might witness grand celebrations like the Tsechu festivals in Bhutan or Dashain and Tihar in Nepal. These festivals offer a kaleidoscope view of traditions, rituals, and the celebratory spirit of the Himalayan people.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is not just a travel expedition; it’s a cultural odyssey. It invites travelers to immerse themselves, to integrate, and to become a part of the living tapestry of Nepal and Bhutan, forging memories that last a lifetime.

    Guided Tours

    Guided tours are pivotal in bridging the gap between mere sightseeing and deep cultural understanding. The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour, meticulously crafted by Luxury Holidays Nepal, prioritizes this, offering guided experiences that ensure travelers don’t just see, but truly perceive the essence of the destinations. Here's a deeper look into the guided components of this tour:

    • Knowledgeable Local Guides: Leveraging the expertise of local guides is paramount. These guides come with a treasure trove of information, not just about historical or natural landmarks, but also about folklore, traditions, and the local way of life. Their personal stories and experiences add layers to the narrative, making the tour deeply engaging.

    • Kathmandu Valley Exploration: The guided sightseeing in Kathmandu offers travelers a chance to dive deep into the history of ancient temples, stupas, and palaces. The guide elucidates the religious, historical, and architectural significance of sites like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Patan Durbar Square.

    • Cultural Immersion in Pokhara: While Pokhara is renowned for its natural beauty, the guided tour ensures visitors understand its cultural side too, from the tales surrounding Bindhyabasini Temple to the history of the old bazaar.

    • Trekking Chronicles: As travelers tread the trails to Poon Hill, the guide narrates tales of the mountains, explains the flora and fauna, and shares the cultural significance of places. Their guidance ensures not just a safe trek but an informative and enjoyable one.

    • Bhutan’s Heartbeat: In Bhutan, the guided tour delves into the soul of the nation. From explaining the unique architecture of Dzongs in Thimpu and Punakha to detailing the spiritual significance of the cliffside Tiger’s Nest Monastery, the guide ensures travelers grasp the nuances of Bhutanese culture.

    • Interactive Learning: Good guided tours are never one-sided. They encourage questions, discussions, and interactions. Whether it's learning a local dance, understanding a ritual, or simply getting recommendations for the best local dishes, the guides are there to assist.

    • Safety and Convenience: Beyond cultural insights, the guided aspect ensures that travelers navigate unfamiliar terrains safely. Our guides are well-versed in the trails, weather conditions, and local customs, ensuring a hassle-free journey.

    • Personalized Experiences: Recognizing the varied interests of travelers, the guides often tailor their narratives. Some might be interested in history, others in local crafts or spiritual practices. A good guide pivots their approach to cater to these diverse interests.

    The guided tours in the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour promise an enriched travel experience. We ensure that travelers return not just with photographs, but with stories, insights, and a deeper appreciation for the cultures they’ve immersed in.

    Eco-friendly and Responsible Tourism

    In an era where the importance of sustainable practices is paramount, Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures that their Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour embodies the principles of eco-friendly and responsible tourism. By embracing a mindful approach towards nature and local communities, this tour promises not just memorable experiences for travelers but also a positive impact on the destinations visited. Here’s how the eco-friendly and responsible tourism elements are woven into this tour:

    • Minimizing Carbon Footprint: The internal flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara and the use of energy-efficient vehicles for ground transport are steps to reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, trekking, which forms a significant part of this tour, is inherently a low-carbon mode of exploration.

    • Supporting Local Communities: Staying in local lodges, eating regional dishes, and purchasing local handicrafts means directly contributing to the local economy. The tour encourages travelers to support indigenous artisans, farmers, and small entrepreneurs.

    • Limiting Waste: Travelers are advised to minimize single-use plastic, promoting the use of refillable water bottles and eco-friendly alternatives. Additionally, proper waste disposal methods, especially while trekking, are emphasized.

    • Natural Habitat Preservation: Guides educate trekkers about the importance of preserving the natural environment. This includes avoiding plucking plants, not disturbing wildlife, and staying on designated trails to prevent soil erosion and damage to fragile ecosystems.

    • Cultural Sensitivity: Travelers are briefed about the dos and don’ts in cultural spaces. This ensures respect for local customs and traditions, whether it's dressing modestly at spiritual sites, seeking permission before photographing people or understanding local etiquette.

    • Promotion of Eco-friendly Accommodations: The accommodations, especially in trekking areas, are often eco-lodges or community-based homestays that emphasize sustainable practices, from water conservation to solar energy use.

    • Responsible Interaction with Wildlife: Any encounters with wildlife, especially in Bhutan, are done responsibly, ensuring that animals are not harassed, fed, or used for entertainment.

    • Educative Initiatives: The tour guides share insights about the importance of conservation, both of cultural heritage and natural environments. They discuss the impacts of climate change on the Himalayan ecosystems and how responsible tourism can be a countermeasure.

    • Community-based Tourism in Ghandruk: Visiting places like Ghandruk emphasizes community-based tourism. The funds from homestays and other tourist activities are often reinvested into the community, ensuring the well-being of the locals and the preservation of their culture.

    • Supporting Conservation Initiatives: A part of the proceeds from the tour often goes to conservation initiatives, be it for preserving cultural heritage sites in Nepal or supporting national parks and protected areas in Bhutan.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour goes beyond the traditional confines of tourism. It’s a commitment to travel with a conscience, ensuring that the beauty of Nepal and Bhutan remains untarnished for generations to come.

    Personalized Accommodation Options

    Travelers are unique, and so are their preferences. Recognizing this, Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures that participants on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour have tailored accommodation options to enhance their overall experience. From charming local lodges to lavish five-star properties, each traveler can choose a stay that resonates with their comfort and style. Here’s a comprehensive look at the personalized accommodation options available on this tour:

    Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal:

    • Standard Option: Comfortable yet economical, the 3-star accommodations such as Hotel Holy Himalaya in Kathmandu and Hotel Lake Star in Pokhara offer a cozy environment with basic amenities, ensuring travelers have a restful stay.
    • Deluxe Option: For those seeking a touch of luxury, 4-star establishments like Hotel Mulberry in Kathmandu and Mount Kailash Resort in Pokhara provide upgraded facilities, refined interiors, and a range of services to pamper the guests.
    • Luxury Option: The crème de la crème of accommodation, 5-star options like the Kathmandu Marriott Hotel and Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara, promise unparalleled luxury, exquisite dining, and impeccable service, making every stay memorable.

    During Trekking: Regardless of the selected accommodation tier for city stays, trekkers will be lodged in standard guesthouses during the trek. These guesthouses, often run by local families, offer a genuine taste of Nepalese hospitality. They're clean, and comfortable, and serve hearty meals, ensuring trekkers are well-rested and energized for the journey ahead.

    Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro, Bhutan: Standard Option: Embracing Bhutanese charm, hotels like Amodhara in Thimpu, Hotel Pema Karpo in Punakha, and Mandala Resort in Paro provide a genuine Bhutanese experience with warm hospitality, traditional decor, and local culinary delights.

    Full-Board in Bhutan: No matter which accommodation tier is selected in Bhutan, travelers will enjoy a full-board meal plan. This ensures that guests not only get to savor authentic Bhutanese dishes but also some international cuisines, catering to varied palates.

    The personalized accommodation options on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour cater to a spectrum of preferences. Whether one seeks the rustic allure of a mountain lodge or the grandeur of a five-star suite, there's something for every traveler, ensuring their Himalayan odyssey is as comfortable as it is captivating.

    Efficient Transportation

    Transportation can greatly influence a traveler's experience, especially in regions known for their challenging terrains and remote locales. In the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour, Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures a seamless, efficient, and comfortable transportation experience, allowing travelers to focus on the beauty and culture of the destinations, rather than logistical concerns. Here's a breakdown of the transportation features in this tour:

    • Airport Transfers: Beginning and ending the journey, the airport transfers are crucial. We provide private vehicles for these transfers, ensuring prompt pickups and drop-offs. No waiting in queues or hailing cabs, the journey starts and ends with ease.

    • Domestic Flights: The internal flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara not only cut down travel time significantly but also provide a unique aerial view of Nepal's landscape, including glimpses of majestic mountain ranges. The airlines used for these flights adhere to safety standards and are known for their reliability.

    • Comfortable Ground Vehicles: For city tours and transfers within Nepal and Bhutan, we use comfortable and well-maintained vehicles. These could range from private cars to minibusses, depending on the group size. With experienced drivers at the helm, safety and comfort are prioritized.

    • Trek Logistics: While trekking is essentially on foot, the transportation of luggage and supplies becomes vital. Efficient porters are employed to ensure that your essentials are safely transported from one stop to the next. This allows trekkers to walk with just a light daypack, making the trek more enjoyable.

    • Bhutan Transfers: The drives between Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha are not just about moving from point A to B. They are scenic journeys, meandering through mountain roads, dense forests, and picturesque valleys. The vehicles used are equipped to handle these terrains, and the drivers are well-trained, ensuring a smooth and safe ride.

    • Eco-conscious Approach: In an effort to promote sustainability, the transportation methods chosen aim to minimize carbon footprints. Group transfers, when possible, and the promotion of trekking are steps in this direction.

    • Flexibility: Recognizing that travelers might wish to explore certain areas more extensively or make impromptu stops, there's a degree of flexibility in ground transportation. This ensures that the journey is tailored to the travelers' interests and pace.

    • Safety Measures: Especially in the mountainous regions of Nepal and Bhutan, safety becomes paramount. Regular vehicle maintenance checks, hiring experienced drivers, and ensuring that vehicles are equipped with safety gear are standard practices.

    The transportation in the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is not just about conveyance; it's an integral part of the experience. Whether soaring above the Himalayas or winding through Bhutan's valleys, the journey itself becomes as memorable as the destinations.

    Authentic Experiences

    Traveling is about more than just seeing new places; it’s about immersing oneself in the culture, history, and essence of a destination. Luxury Holidays Nepal emphasizes this ethos in the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour by prioritizing authentic experiences that take travelers deep into the heart of these Himalayan gems. Let's delve into how this tour showcases the genuine spirit of Nepal and Bhutan:

    • Cultural Sightseeing: The guided city tours in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Thimpu, and Paro introduce travelers to significant cultural and historical landmarks. Whether it's the intricate artistry of Kathmandu’s temples or the imposing dzongs of Bhutan, travelers gain insights into centuries of history and tradition.

    • Ghorepani and Ghandruk Village Immersion: Staying in these traditional Nepalese villages allows travelers to experience mountain life firsthand. From participating in daily activities to sharing meals with locals, it's a unique opportunity to understand the lifestyle, customs, and warmth of the mountain communities.

    • Poon Hill Sunrise: More than just a trekking checkpoint, the sunrise at Poon Hill is a spiritual experience. As the first rays of the sun illuminate the panoramic Himalayan peaks, one can't help but feel a profound connection to nature and the universe.

    • Hike to Tiger's Nest: The iconic Paro Taktsang, or Tiger's Nest, isn't just a monastery; it's a testament to Bhutanese faith and architecture. The trek up offers stunning vistas, but the real magic lies in the serene ambiance of the monastery, punctuated with the sounds of chanting and the scent of incense.

    • Bhutanese Culinary Journey: The full-board meal plan in Bhutan ensures that travelers savor authentic Bhutanese cuisine. From the spicy ema datshi (chili cheese) to the comforting ezay (chili paste), the flavors of Bhutan are a delightful exploration.

    • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu: Ending the Nepal segment with a traditional Nepali dinner accompanied by a cultural dance performance, travelers are treated to the vibrant arts and culinary delights of the region, ensuring a memorable conclusion.

    • Interactions with Locals: Be it conversations with the village elders in Ghandruk or discussions with artisans in Bhutanese markets, such interactions offer unparalleled insights into local beliefs, stories, and aspirations.

    • Community-based Tourism: Especially in places like Ghandruk, tourism is closely intertwined with community well-being. Staying in homestays, supporting local businesses, and respecting local customs ensures that tourism benefits the communities directly.

    • Sustainable and Respectful Practices: Authentic experiences also mean respecting the natural and cultural ethos of the destinations. Travelers are encouraged to adopt sustainable practices, be it in waste management while trekking or understanding cultural etiquettes in monasteries.

    • Guided Insights: The experienced guides, well-versed in the history, culture, and stories of the regions, enhance every experience. Their narratives, peppered with personal anecdotes and folklore, bring each destination to life.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is meticulously crafted to ensure that travelers don't just visit these countries but truly experience them. It's about forging connections, understanding traditions, and cherishing moments that resonate deeply, making the journey authentically unforgettable.

    Best Time for Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour offers an enthralling experience across varied terrains, cultures, and climates. To ensure a delightful journey, understanding the seasonal variations of these regions is crucial. Here's a breakdown of what each season offers:

    Spring (March to May)

    • Nepal: This is perhaps the best time for the Poon Hill Trek. The weather is moderate, and the trails are adorned with vibrant rhododendron blooms. Clear skies provide magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
    • Bhutan: Spring is when Bhutan is at its most colorful. Flowers in full bloom and pleasant temperatures make it a great time for sightseeing and hiking.

    Summer (June to August)

    • Nepal: Characterized by the monsoon season, there are regular rains, which can make trails slippery. However, the landscape is lush and green, offering a different perspective of the region.
    • Bhutan: Like Nepal, Bhutan experiences its monsoon during these months. While there might be disruptions due to rain, the paddy fields are a brilliant green, and the atmosphere is fresh.

    Autumn (September to November)

    • Nepal: Widely considered another ideal time for trekking, the post-monsoon period leaves clear skies and spectacular mountain views. The weather is cool and stable. Festivals like Dashain and Tihar also fall in this season, offering cultural insights.
    • Bhutan: This is a popular season to visit Bhutan due to its clear skies and vibrant festivals, such as the Thimphu Tshechu. The temperatures are mild, and the views of the Eastern Himalayas are breathtaking.

    Winter (December to February)

    • Nepal: The colder months bring snow to the higher reaches, making some trails challenging. However, Poon Hill remains accessible, and the chilly weather yields crystal-clear panoramas of the Himalayas.
    • Bhutan: Winter is a quieter time to visit. While the northern regions can get quite cold, the valleys like Paro and Thimphu remain relatively mild. This season also sees the Punakha Winter Tshechu, a unique cultural event.

    The ideal time for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour largely depends on individual preferences. For vibrant landscapes and the best mountain views, spring and autumn are recommended. Those looking for lush greenery and fewer tourists might opt for the monsoon season, while winter offers a serene, chilly, yet clear experience. Regardless of the choice, Luxury Holidays Nepal ensures that travelers get the most out of every season, crafting memories to last a lifetime.

    Important Notes on Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    • Acclimatization and Altitude: While the Poon Hill trek doesn't reach extreme altitudes, it's essential to be aware of altitude sickness. Walk at a comfortable pace, stay hydrated, and consult your guide if you experience any symptoms.

    • Travel Insurance: Ensure that your travel insurance covers trekking activities up to the highest point of your trek, medical emergencies, and even emergency evacuations if necessary.

    • Packing: Due to the diverse climates encountered on this tour, layering is key. Waterproof jackets, comfortable trekking boots, hats, gloves, and thermal wear are recommended. For Bhutan, modest clothing is required, especially when visiting religious sites.

    • Physical Fitness: Even though Poon Hill is considered a moderate trek, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Regular exercise and some pre-trek training will help ensure you enjoy the journey.

    • Nepal Visa: Travelers can obtain a visa on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, but it's advisable to have passport photos and the necessary fees handy to expedite the process.

    • Bhutan Visa: Unlike Nepal, Bhutan requires travelers to obtain a visa before arriving.

    • Permits and Fees: The tour package includes all necessary permits and fees. Keep them accessible, especially during the trek, as there might be checkpoints.

    • Local Customs and Etiquette: Respect local traditions and customs. In both Nepal and Bhutan, religious sites require certain etiquette, such as walking clockwise around stupas and temples or dressing modestly.

    • Connectivity: While Kathmandu, Pokhara, Thimpu, and Paro have good network connectivity, expect limited to no connectivity in remote trekking areas.

    • Currency: It's advisable to carry some local currency (Nepalese Rupees and Bhutanese Ngultrum) for personal expenses. ATMs are available in major cities but are scarce in remote areas.

    • Safety: Always heed the advice of your guide, especially during treks. They are well-experienced and knowledgeable about the terrain and weather conditions.

    • Sustainable Travel: Respect the pristine environments of both Nepal and Bhutan. Always dispose of waste responsibly and consider using refillable water bottles to reduce plastic consumption.

    • Cuisine: Both Nepal and Bhutan have distinct cuisines. While the tour provides meals, be open to trying local delicacies. Do communicate any dietary restrictions in advance.

    • Weather: The Himalayan weather can be unpredictable. Always check the weather forecast and be prepared for sudden changes, especially during treks.

    • Emergency Contacts: Keep a list of emergency contacts, including the local embassy or consulate, our tour operator's contact, and local emergency services.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour promises a journey filled with cultural insights, natural beauty, and transformative experiences. Being well-prepared and informed will only enhance the richness of your adventure.

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is an exemplary journey that merges the serene beauty of the Himalayas with the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal and Bhutan. This well-structured itinerary promises an adventure through the heart of the majestic mountains, with breathtaking treks like the Poon Hill hike offering panoramic views of the Himalayan range. In Nepal, the exploration of vibrant Kathmandu and picturesque Pokhara adds layers of cultural depth and scenic delight. The transition to Bhutan unveils a kingdom steeped in tradition, with visits to Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro, highlighting the unique Bhutanese architecture, monasteries, and the iconic Tiger’s Nest. The inclusion of comfortable accommodations, local cuisines, and guided tours ensures a blend of adventure and luxury. Although international flights and personal expenses aren't covered, the package's comprehensive services like transportation, accommodations, meals, and expert guidance promise a journey that's not just a trek but a foray into the soul of two of the world’s most enchanting destinations. This tour is an invitation to immerse oneself in the natural splendor and cultural richness that Nepal and Bhutan uniquely offer.

    If you need any further information, please contact us by email: [email protected], Phone: +977- 985 100 5129 (WhatsApp)

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    Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour Itinerary

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    What's Included

      All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport and hotel transfers
      Standard Option: Accommodation in 3-Star Hotel Kathmandu (Hotel Holy Himalaya or Similar) and Pokhara (Hotel Lake Star or similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Deluxe Option: Accommodation in 4-Star Hotel Kathmandu (Hotel Mulberry or Similar) and Pokhara (Mount Kailash Resort or similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Luxury Option: Accommodation in 5-Star Hotel Kathmandu (Kathmandu Marriott Hotel or similar) and Pokhara (Temple Tree Resort and similar) on a twin/double sharing bed and breakfast basis.
      Standard Guest with all standard meals
      Accommodation in 3-star hotels in Thimpu (Hotel Amodhara or Namseling Boutique Hotel), in Punakha (Hotel Pema Karpo or Hotel Vara) and in Paro (Mandala Resort or Tenzinling Resort) on a twin/double sharing basis.
      Full board meal plan in Bhutan with all activities.
      City sightseeing and entrance fees with a Bhutanese Visa and permits for the trek.
      Fly from Kathmandu - Pokhara and Pokhara - Kathmandu, as per itinerary.
      Luxury Holidays Nepal’s duffel, sleeping bag, T-shirt and trekking map - if necessary
      Up to 15 Kg per member as personal baggage during the trek to be carried by porters.
    • GUIDE
      An experienced, helpful and friendly English-speaking tour and trekking Guide
      Porters as required (2 Trekkers: 1 Porter)
      Farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance performance in the evening.
      All government taxes and official expenses.

    What's Excluded

      International flight airfare (from and to Paro) Please contact us at [email protected] to book a Bhutan flight.
      Travel Insurance (for trip cancellation, interruption, medical treatment, repatriation, etc.)
      Telephone Calls, Internet, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any Alcoholic beverages.
    • FILMING:
      Special Filming, Camera, and Drone permit fee.
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    • Group and Family Discounts
      Please contact us or send us an email at [email protected]
    • TIPS:
      Tips for the guide & driver. (Tipping is Expected).
    • EXTRA:
      Any other services, activities or personal expenses, which are not mentioned in the itinerary and other items not listed in the “Cost Includes” section.

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    Embarking on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour requires tourists to be well-versed in the visa regulations for both countries. Here's a detailed guide:

    Nepal Visa

    Visa on Arrival: Most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and other major border crossings.

    Duration & Fees:

    • 15 days: USD 30
    • 30 days: USD 50
    • 90 days: USD 125

    Documents Required:

    • A passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry.
    • Passport-sized photos (usually two).
    • A completed visa application form is available at the airport or border.

    Extensions: If you wish to extend your stay, you can apply for a visa extension at the Nepal Department of Immigration in Kathmandu.

    Online Application: Travelers can also fill out the visa application form online before arrival to speed up the process at the airport.

    Bhutan Visa

    • Pre-arranged Visa: Bhutan does not offer visas on arrival for tourists. All tourists must apply for a visa before arriving, and it's issued only when a confirmed booking through a Bhutanese tour operator is made. In this case, Luxury Holidays Nepal will facilitate the visa process.
    • Visa Fee: The visa fee for Bhutan is USD 40, and it's typically included in your tour package.

    Documents Required

    • A passport with a minimum validity of six months from the date of entry.
    • A completed visa application form.
    • Confirmed tour itinerary and payment.

    Visa Processing: Once the visa fee and tour payment are received, the Tourism Council of Bhutan processes the visa. The approval takes about 72 hours. Once approved, a visa clearance letter is issued, which travelers must present upon arrival in Bhutan.

    Upon Arrival: The actual visa is stamped on your passport upon arrival at the Paro International Airport or other entry points, using the visa clearance letter.

    Note: Always check the specific visa requirements and regulations directly with the respective embassies or official websites, as rules can change.

    Before embarking on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour, ensure that all your visa formalities are in order. Having the correct documentation will ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey across these Himalayan paradises.


    The culinary journey on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour offers a delightful blend of flavors, traditions, and unique gastronomic experiences. Here's a look into the foodscapes of both regions:


    • Dal Bhat: A staple Nepali meal, Dal Bhat consists of lentil soup served with rice, accompanied by vegetable curries, and chutney, and might also include meat curries or fried meat.
    • Momo: Nepali-style dumplings that are filled with either meat or vegetables.
    • Thukpa: A noodle soup that originated from Tibet but is very popular in Nepal, especially in the mountain regions.
    • Sel Roti: A traditional homemade, sweet, ring-shaped rice bread/doughnut.
    • Trekking Areas: While trekking in areas like Poon Hill, you'll find basic yet fulfilling meals. The tea houses along the trek serve a variety of dishes, including pasta, pancakes, eggs, and potatoes in various forms.
    • Beverages: Traditional drinks include chiya (milky spiced tea), tongba (hot millet beer), and raksi (a clear distilled alcoholic beverage).


    • Ema Datshi: A spicy dish made from chili peppers and cheese. It's Bhutan's national dish and is usually served with red rice.
    • Kewa Datshi: A potato-based dish, where the potatoes are cooked with cheese and spices.
    • Phaksha Paa: Pork cooked with spicy red chilies.
    • Red Rice: A staple, this rice has a nutty taste, is rich in nutrients, and goes well with most Bhutanese dishes.
    • Momos: Bhutan also has its version of the dumpling, often filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables.
    • Beverages: Butter tea (made from tea leaves, water, salt, and yak butter) and ara (a traditional alcoholic beverage distilled from rice, maize, wheat, or barley) are popular drinks.

    Tips for Travelers

    • Dietary Restrictions: Both Nepal and Bhutan offer vegetarian options in most places. If you have specific dietary requirements or allergies, it's a good idea to communicate this in advance to Luxury Holidays Nepal.
    • Hydration: Always ensure that the water you're drinking is purified, especially during treks. While bottled water is widely available, carrying purification tablets or a water filter reduces plastic consumption.
    • Local Delights: Embrace the local culinary culture. Trying local dishes is an integral part of the travel experience. Remember, the food in trekking regions is basic due to logistics, but it's wholesome and nutritious.

    Incorporating the flavors and tastes of Nepal and Bhutan into your journey will provide a deeper understanding of the local cultures and traditions, making the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour a truly immersive experience.

    Transportation on Journey

    Navigating the diverse terrains of Nepal and Bhutan necessitates a blend of transportation methods to ensure a smooth and efficient journey. Here's a breakdown of the transportation modes one can expect on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:


    Air Travel:

    • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Vice Versa: Given the distance and to save time, travelers will fly between Kathmandu and Pokhara. These flights offer panoramic views of the Himalayan range.

    Private Ground Transportation:

    • Kathmandu: Whether it's the airport transfers or the city sightseeing tours, private vehicles ensure comfort and efficiency.
    • Pokhara to Trek Starting Point: The journey to the trek's starting point (and vice versa) will be by private vehicle, which offers a comfortable ride through scenic landscapes.


    Ghorepani and Poon Hill Circuit: The primary mode of transportation in the mountainous areas will be on foot. This allows travelers to deeply connect with nature and experience the local way of life.


    Air Travel:

    • Kathmandu to Paro and Vice Versa: Direct flights connect Kathmandu with Paro, Bhutan's only international airport. The flight offers breathtaking views, including the majestic Mt. Everest and Bhutan's Paro Valley.

    Private Ground Transportation:

    • Inter-City Transfers: Travel between cities like Paro, Thimpu, and Punakha will be in private vehicles. Bhutan's winding mountain roads offer stunning vistas of the landscape and monasteries.
    • City Tours: Sightseeing within cities like Thimpu and Paro will also be done in private vehicles for comfort and ease.


    • Tiger's Nest: One of the highlights of Bhutan, the visit to the iconic cliffside monastery involves trekking. The ascent offers mesmerizing views of the Paro Valley.

    Additional Information:

    • Trekking Porters and Animals: In some trekking areas, porters or mules/donkeys might be employed to carry luggage. This ensures that trekkers only need to carry their day packs.

    • Responsibility: Given the eco-friendly and responsible tourism focus of the tour, all vehicles used would typically adhere to the emission standards and local environmental guidelines.

    • Safety: All vehicles are regularly maintained and driven by experienced drivers familiar with the mountainous terrains. During treks, experienced guides will ensure safe and enjoyable hikes.

    The transportation arrangements by Luxury Holidays Nepal on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour are designed to offer not just convenience but also an integral part of the travel experience, showcasing the region's natural beauty and cultural heritage.

    Group Leader during the journey

    On a journey as diverse and enriching as the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour, a knowledgeable and experienced group leader is indispensable. Here's a detailed look into the role and expertise of the group leader:

    Expertise and Experience: Group leaders are seasoned professionals who have extensive experience leading treks and tours in the Himalayan region. They are trained in first-aid and mountain safety protocols, ensuring the well-being of all group members.

    Local Insight: Hailing from the region, they possess deep-rooted knowledge of local customs, traditions, and history. This guarantees travelers an immersive cultural experience. Their familiarity with the terrain ensures that the group takes the best routes, whether it's trekking up to Poon Hill or exploring Bhutan's majestic monasteries.

    Language Skills: Fluent in English, group leaders bridge the linguistic gap between visitors and locals, facilitating smooth interactions. They can also speak regional dialects, which is essential for communication in remote trekking areas.

    Problem Solving: With their on-ground experience, group leaders can address any unforeseen challenges, be it a change in weather conditions or adjusting the day's itinerary.

    Logistical Coordination: The group leader will handle all logistical details, including ensuring timely transportation, organizing meals, and coordinating with hotels and guesthouses. This ensures a hassle-free experience for the travelers.

    Sustainability and Respect for Local Cultures: Advocates of responsible tourism, ensure that the group respects local customs, traditions, and environmental norms. They also emphasize the importance of minimizing one's ecological footprint.

    Interactive Engagement: Beyond just leading the way, group leaders engage with travelers, sharing stories, answering questions, and facilitating group activities. This ensures a cohesive group experience.

    Safety Protocols: Safety is paramount. The group leader regularly checks with us, updates them on the group's progress, and ensures all safety protocols are followed, especially in remote trekking regions.

    Personal Touch: With their warm and friendly demeanor, group leaders often form personal bonds with travelers, making the journey memorable and personalized.

    The group leader provided by Luxury Holidays Nepal during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour is not just a guide but an integral part of the travel experience. Our expertise ensures that travelers can focus on enjoying the journey, confident in the knowledge that they are in capable and caring hands.

    Internet and SIM card

    Staying connected during your travels can be important, both for sharing experiences and ensuring safety. Here’s what you need to know about accessing the internet and using SIM cards during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:


    In the Cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara):

    • Internet: Most hotels, including the ones listed in your accommodation options, offer free Wi-Fi for guests. Additionally, many cafes and restaurants in urban centers also provide internet access.
    • SIM cards: Tourist SIM cards are readily available at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and other sales outlets. Nepal's major telecom operators like Ncell and Nepal Telecom offer affordable data and call packages for tourists. Ensure you have a passport photo and a photocopy of your passport for the SIM registration.

    During the Trek (Ghorepani and Poon Hill Circuit):

    • Internet: Wi-Fi might be available in some tea houses and lodges, especially in popular trekking regions, though it may come with a fee. The connection might be slower compared to city areas.
    • SIM cards: Network coverage can be sporadic as you ascend higher altitudes. In most parts of the trek, you should get at least a basic mobile signal, sufficient for texts and occasional calls.


    In the Cities (Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro):

    • Internet: Wi-Fi is standard in most hotels, even in mid-range accommodations. As with Nepal, the connection is reliable in city areas.
    • SIM cards: Tourist SIM cards are available at Paro International Airport and in city centers. Bhutan's leading telecom companies, such as B-Mobile and TashiCell, provide these SIMs. Similar to Nepal, keep a passport photo and a photocopy of your passport handy for registration.

    Trekking and Rural Areas (like the hike to Tiger's Nest):

    • Internet: Don't expect regular internet access while trekking or in more remote areas. Some monasteries or higher-end lodges may have Wi-Fi, but it's not common.
    • SIM cards: Mobile network coverage is decent around major tourist attractions, but it can be patchy in remote areas.

    Additional Information:

    • Data Packages: Both in Nepal and Bhutan, once you have a local SIM, you can purchase data packages that offer better rates for internet access than pay-as-you-go rates.

    • Portable Wi-Fi Devices: Some travelers opt for portable Wi-Fi devices or routers that can provide internet access using local SIM cards. This can be a solution if you wish to connect multiple devices.

    • Charges: Be aware of any extra charges or fees for using the internet, especially in remote areas or trekking lodges.

    Staying connected during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour requires a bit of planning and understanding of the local infrastructure. While major cities provide robust connectivity, more remote regions may offer a chance to truly "disconnect" and immerse oneself in nature and local culture.


    Embarking on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour requires an understanding of the local currencies and best practices for handling money. Here's a concise guide, provided by Luxury Holidays Nepal:


    • Currency: The official currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR).
    • ATMs: Available in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. While trekking in areas like Ghorepani and Poon Hill, ATMs will be scarce or non-existent.
    • Credit Cards: Accepted in many hotels, restaurants, and shops in major cities. It's always best to carry some cash, especially when trekking or traveling to more remote areas.
    • Money Exchangers: Numerous licensed money exchange counters are available in tourist areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara offering competitive rates. Always take a receipt after the transaction.
    • Traveler’s Cheques: Less common now but can still be cashed at major banks in the cities.


    • Currency: The official currency is the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN). Interestingly, the Indian Rupee (INR) is also accepted across Bhutan due to the close economic ties between the countries.
    • ATMs: Available in cities like Thimpu, Paro, and Punakha, but are less widespread in rural areas.
    • Credit Cards: Limited acceptance. Some high-end hotels and tour operators might accept them, but cash remains the primary mode of payment. It's recommended to withdraw or exchange enough money upon arrival.
    • Money Exchangers: You can exchange currency at Paro International Airport, banks, and major hotels. The rates are generally consistent and regulated.
    • Traveler’s Cheques: Their usage has decreased over the years, but they can still be cashed at major banks.

    General Tips for both countries

    • Always inform your home bank about your travel plans to ensure your cards are not blocked due to suspected fraud.

    • It's advisable to carry small denominations for minor expenses, especially when traveling in rural areas or trekking.

    • Keep some emergency cash separately from your main stash.

    • Be cautious when using ATMs; use those located in well-lit areas, attached to banks, or within shopping complexes.

    Understanding the currency situation and being prepared can significantly enhance your travel experience, ensuring smooth transactions and reducing potential stressors during your Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour.

    Drinking Water

    When traveling through regions with diverse topographies and infrastructures like Nepal and Bhutan, staying hydrated and ensuring that the water you consume is safe is paramount. Here's what you need to know about drinking water during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:


    In the Cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara):

    • Bottled water is widely available in hotels, restaurants, and stores. Ensure the seal is intact before consuming.
    • Avoid tap water as it might not be safe for drinking due to potential contaminants.

    During the Trek (Ghorepani and Poon Hill Circuit):

    • You can find bottled water, but as you ascend, prices may increase significantly due to transportation costs.
    • Many trekkers opt for purification tablets or portable water filters to treat local water sources. This is also a more eco-friendly option than plastic bottles.
    • Tea houses might offer boiled water which is generally safe to drink.


    In the Cities (Thimpu, Punakha, and Paro):

    • As in Nepal, bottled water is widely available in city areas.
    • Tap water in urban areas of Bhutan is usually sourced from mountain streams, but it's always better to err on the side of caution and drink bottled or treated water.

    Trekking and Rural Areas (like the hike to Tiger's Nest):

    • Always carry sufficient bottled water or have a means to purify natural water sources.
    • As with Nepal, boiled water from tea houses or lodges is usually safe for consumption.

    General Tips for both countries:

    • Always carry a reusable water bottle to reduce plastic waste. In many places, especially in trekking regions, there are refill stations that offer clean, filtered water for a nominal fee.

    • If you choose to treat water using purification tablets, ensure you follow the instructions correctly.

    • Portable UV purifiers or pump filters can be effective and are worth considering for those trekking for extended periods.

    • Avoid consuming ice unless you are certain it has been made from purified water.

    • Stay hydrated, especially during treks, to combat altitude sickness and ensure proper bodily function.

    Prioritizing safe drinking water practices will not only protect your health but also enhance your overall experience during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour.

    Altitude Variation on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    Altitude can play a significant role in your travel experience. Luxury Holidays Nepal offers the following details regarding altitude variations during the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:

    Nepal – Poon Hill Trek

    • Kathmandu: At an altitude of approximately 1,400 meters (4,593 feet), Kathmandu lies in a valley. While altitude sickness is not a concern here, the elevation can still feel noticeably different if you're coming from sea level.

    • Pokhara: Slightly lower than Kathmandu, Pokhara is situated at around 800 meters (2,625 feet). This lakeside city serves as a starting point for many treks in the Annapurna region.

    • Ghorepani: Located at around 2,860 meters (9,383 feet), the village of Ghorepani can pose mild altitude concerns for some, though most trekkers acclimatize well here.

    • Poon Hill: Being the highlight of the trek, Poon Hill sits at 3,210 meters (10,532 feet). As you ascend, you might experience thinner air, but the duration of the climb and the height does not typically pose severe risks of altitude sickness for the majority of trekkers.


    • Paro and Thimphu: Both cities are at similar altitudes, with Paro at about 2,200 meters (7,218 feet) and Thimphu at 2,320 meters (7,612 feet). Most travelers acclimatize well in these cities.

    • Punakha: Located at a lower altitude of approximately 1,250 meters (4,101 feet), Punakha Valley offers a warmer climate and is generally comfortable in terms of altitude.

    • Tiger's Nest (Paro Taktsang): This famous monastery clings to cliffs at an altitude of about 3,120 meters (10,236 feet). Given its elevation and the rigorous climb to reach it, some visitors might feel mild effects of altitude, but severe altitude sickness is rare.

    General Tips for Managing Altitude Variations

    • Acclimatization: Always allow your body time to acclimatize. If ascending rapidly, it's recommended to ascend no more than 300-500 meters (984-1,640 feet) a day after reaching 3,000 meters (9,843 feet).

    • Stay Hydrated: Drinking sufficient water can help alleviate some symptoms of altitude sickness.

    • Avoid Alcohol and Smoking: Both can exacerbate altitude sickness symptoms.

    • Be Aware of Symptoms: Headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, and nausea can be symptoms of altitude sickness. Always communicate any symptoms to your guide or group leader.

    • Diamox: Some travelers take the medicine Diamox as a preventative measure against altitude sickness. Consult with a physician before your trip if you're considering this option.

    • Descend if Necessary: If symptoms become severe and do not improve with rest, it's crucial to descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible.

    • Oxygen Levels: Remember that oxygen levels decrease as altitude increases. If ever in doubt or feeling unwell, always prioritize your health and safety.

    By being aware of altitude variations and preparing accordingly, travelers can enjoy the stunning views and unique cultural experiences offered by the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour while minimizing health risks.

    Safety on the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    The Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour offers a thrilling experience for travelers. However, safety remains paramount, and Luxury Holidays Nepal provides travelers with guidelines and precautions to ensure a memorable yet safe journey. Here are the key safety recommendations:

    General Safety

    • Travel Insurance: Ensure that your travel insurance covers trekking or hiking and high-altitude activities. Check if medical evacuation or emergency rescue is included.

    • Stay Informed: Keep abreast of local news, weather forecasts, and any political happenings in the regions you're visiting.

    • Avoid Night Travel: Especially in unfamiliar areas, avoid traveling at night.

    • Secure Your Belongings: Use lockable bags and keep valuable items, like passports and electronics, in a secure pouch or money belt.

    Nepal – Poon Hill Trek

    • Trekking with a Guide: Always trek with a registered and experienced guide. They are familiar with the trails, and weather conditions, and can offer assistance in emergencies.

    • Altitude Sickness: Recognize the symptoms, which can include headaches, dizziness, and nausea. If symptoms persist, consider descending to a lower altitude.

    • Stay on the Path: The trails are well-trodden but can be steep or slippery. Always watch your step, use trekking poles if necessary, and avoid shortcuts.

    • Hydration: At higher altitudes, your body dehydrates faster. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

    Bhutan Highlights Tour

    • Respect Local Customs: Bhutan has deeply rooted traditions and customs. Always ask for permission before entering sacred sites or taking photographs.

    • Dress Appropriately: When visiting religious sites, wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.

    • Road Conditions: Some roads, especially those leading to remote areas, can be winding and narrow. Always travel with an experienced driver and avoid speeding.

    Health and Wellbeing

    • Vaccinations: Consult with a travel clinic or doctor before departure to ensure you have all the recommended vaccines for Nepal and Bhutan.

    • Food and Water: Consume bottled or purified water. Be cautious with street food and ensure that any meat or seafood you eat is thoroughly cooked.

    • First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, antiseptics, painkillers, and any personal medications.

    • Emergency Contacts: Always have a list of emergency contact numbers, including local police, hospitals, and your country's embassy or consulate.

    By following these safety guidelines and remaining vigilant, travelers can ensure their journey through the mesmerizing landscapes of Nepal and the cultural riches of Bhutan remains a treasured memory. Remember, it's always better to be proactive and prepared than to face challenges unready. Safe travels!

    Health and Vaccination

    Traveling to new regions often requires travelers to take extra health precautions, including getting the right vaccinations. Luxury Holidays Nepal advises travelers to prioritize health and vaccination when preparing for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:

    Before Departure

    Medical Check-Up: It's recommended to consult with your doctor or a travel clinic at least 6-8 weeks before your trip. Discuss your travel itinerary, and ensure you're fit for trekking and high-altitude activities.

    Vaccinations: While specific vaccination requirements can vary depending on your country of residence and recent travel history, the following vaccines are generally recommended for travelers to Nepal and Bhutan:

    • Routine Vaccines: Ensure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, and your yearly flu shot.
    • Hepatitis A: Recommended due to potential exposure through contaminated food or water.
    • Hepatitis B: Especially if you're considering any medical procedures or anticipate close contact with local residents.
    • Typhoid: Due to exposure risks from consuming contaminated food or water.
    • Japanese Encephalitis: Especially if you're spending a lot of time outdoors or in rural areas.
    • Yellow Fever: Only if you're arriving from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever transmission.
    • Rabies: Especially if you're engaging in outdoor activities that expose you to wild animals, or you're spending a lot of time in rural areas.
    • Medications: Bring personal medications in their original packaging, accompanied by the prescription. Consider carrying medicines for diarrhea, altitude sickness, and any other personal medical needs.

    During the Tour

    • Altitude Sickness: Given the elevation during parts of the trek, travelers should be aware of altitude sickness. Recognize the symptoms, and if you feel unwell, inform your guide immediately.

    • Food and Water: Always drink bottled or purified water. Avoid ice and consuming raw or undercooked food. Street food can be tempting, but be cautious.

    • Insect Protection: Use insect repellent, and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers, especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

    • Personal Hygiene: Regularly washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizers can protect against many illnesses.

    • Avoid Animal Contact: Stray animals can transmit diseases like rabies. Avoid touching or feeding them.

    By taking these health and vaccination precautions, travelers can better enjoy the stunning landscapes and rich cultures that the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour have to offer, with peace of mind regarding their well-being.

    Insurance for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    Traveling to exotic destinations like Nepal and Bhutan comes with its set of challenges and uncertainties. Thus, securing comprehensive travel insurance is paramount. Luxury Holidays Nepal advises all participants of the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour to carefully consider the following insurance-related aspects:

    • Comprehensive Coverage: Ensure that your insurance covers activities like trekking or hiking, especially at high altitudes. Not all standard travel insurance policies include high-altitude trekking, so check the details. Consider coverage for both medical and non-medical emergencies, including accidents, illnesses, theft, loss of luggage, and trip cancellations or interruptions.
    • Emergency Evacuation: Given the remote areas you'll be trekking in, it's crucial that your insurance covers emergency evacuations, especially helicopter evacuations, which can be a lifesaver in inaccessible mountain areas. Ensure that your policy covers evacuations up to the highest altitude you'll reach on the trek.
    • Medical Treatment: Ensure coverage includes hospital stays, medical treatments, and repatriation to your home country if necessary. It's also beneficial if the policy covers the costs of a family member or friend to travel to be with you during treatment or evacuation.
    • Trip Cancellations and Interruptions: In case of unforeseen events like personal illness, family emergencies, or other reasons that could lead to canceling or cutting short your trip, insurance that covers trip cancellations or interruptions can be invaluable.
    • Personal Belongings and Equipment: Ensure that your insurance offers sufficient coverage for loss, theft, or damage to personal belongings, including essential trekking equipment.
    • Terms and Deductibles: Carefully review the terms of your insurance, including the claim process and any deductibles, so you're well aware of the out-of-pocket expenses in case of a claim.
    • Extension and Modification: In case you decide to extend your trip or undertake additional activities not covered in your initial policy, see if your insurance allows for extensions or modifications.

    Before purchasing insurance, read the policy's terms and conditions thoroughly. Remember, investing in comprehensive travel insurance ensures not only your peace of mind but also your physical and financial safety during your journey.

    Checklists for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour

    Presented by Luxury Holidays Nepal, here is a comprehensive checklist to ensure travelers are well-prepared for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:


    • Passport with at least 6 months validity beyond your return date.
    • Nepal and Bhutan Visa (or visa approval letters/documents).
    • Multiple passport-sized photos for visas, permits, or other documentation.
    • Comprehensive travel insurance policy and a copy.
    • Personal ID or additional photo identification.
    • Printed itinerary, hotel bookings, and tour confirmations.

    Clothing and Gear

    • Sturdy, worn-in trekking boots.
    • Light shoes or sandals for evenings.
    • Trekking socks and thermal socks for cooler regions.
    • Lightweight trekking pants.
    • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers.
    • Thermal tops and trousers for layering.
    • Wicking base layers.
    • Lightweight gloves and warmer mittens or gloves.
    • Wide-brimmed hat for sun protection and a warm hat for cool evenings.
    • Scarf or neck gaiter.
    • Sunglasses with UV protection.
    • Trekking poles.
    • Rain cover or waterproof backpack cover.
    • Daypack for carrying essentials.

    Toiletries and Personal Items

    • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF.
    • Insect repellent.
    • Personal medications and a small first aid kit.
    • Altitude sickness tablets.
    • Wet wipes and/or hand sanitizer.
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and personal toiletry items.
    • Biodegradable soap and shampoo.
    • Quick-drying towel.
    • Feminine hygiene products.
    • Prescription glasses or contact lenses (with an extra pair).

    Electronics and Extras

    • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards.
    • Mobile phone and charger.
    • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
    • Universal plug adapter and voltage converter (for Nepal and Bhutan).
    • Portable power bank.
    • Water purification tablets or portable water filters.
    • Refillable water bottles.
    • Snacks like protein bars, nuts, or dried fruits.

    Currency and Miscellaneous

    • Cash in both local currencies (Nepalese Rupees and Bhutanese Ngultrum).
    • Credit or debit cards (notify your bank of your travel).
    • Small notebook and pen.
    • Books or other forms of entertainment for downtime.
    • Earplugs and eye masks for better sleep.

    For Bhutan

    • Traditional or modest clothing for visiting monasteries and religious sites.
    • Printed copies of your Bhutanese visa and permit.
    • A small offering or donation for monasteries or temples (optional).

    Before departure, always double-check the list, ensuring you haven't missed any essentials. Adapt this checklist to your personal needs and preferences, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey through Nepal and Bhutan. 

    Trip Extensions/Add-on Trips

    Presented by Luxury Holidays Nepal, travelers looking to further enhance their experience in Nepal and Bhutan can consider the following trip extensions or add-on trips. These recommendations allow participants to delve deeper into the rich tapestry of both countries' natural beauty and cultural heritage:

    Nepal Extensions

    • Chitwan Jungle Safari: A few days in Chitwan National Park lets you explore the diverse wildlife of Nepal, including the rare one-horned rhino, Bengal tiger, and a plethora of bird species.

    • Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour: Experience the majesty of Mt. Everest up close with a helicopter tour that takes you near the Everest Base Camp and stops at Kala Patthar for a panoramic view.

    • Lumbini Visit: Explore Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Dive deep into Buddhist history and heritage by visiting the sacred pond, the Ashokan pillar, and the surrounding monasteries.

    • Rafting and Kayaking: Add some adrenaline with a rafting trip on the Trishuli or Bhote Koshi River.

    • Yoga and Meditation Retreat: Spend a few days rejuvenating in a peaceful setting, practicing yoga and meditation guided by experienced practitioners.

    Bhutan Extensions

    • Bumthang Cultural Tour: Extend your Bhutanese journey by exploring the beautiful valleys of Bumthang, a place rich in history and dotted with ancient temples and monasteries.

    • Phobjikha Valley Excursion: Visit the mesmerizing Phobjikha Valley, a winter home for the endangered Black-necked Cranes. The valley is a mix of nature and culture with its stunning landscape and the Gangteng Monastery.

    • Haa Valley Trip: Explore the untouched beauty of the Haa Valley. Witness the traditional lifestyles of Bhutanese people, participate in farm activities, and relish authentic Bhutanese meals.

    • Druk Path Trek: If you want more trekking experiences, the Druk Path Trek is an excellent short trek connecting Paro and Thimphu, offering stunning high-altitude landscapes and lakes.

    • Hot Stone Bath: Experience a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, which is believed to have therapeutic properties, helping in relaxation and healing.

    By adding these trip extensions, travelers can further immerse themselves in the unique landscapes, cultures, and experiences that Nepal and Bhutan have to offer. Each addition promises new discoveries and unforgettable memories.


    Tipping is a customary way of showing your appreciation for the services rendered during your tour. It's not mandatory, but a token of gratitude for the staff who have worked to make your trip enjoyable. Here's a guide on tipping practices for the Nepal Poon Hill Trek and Bhutan Highlights Tour:

    Nepal Poon Hill Trek

    • Trekking Guide: A good rule of thumb is to allocate a tip for your trekking guide equivalent to your daily food budget on the trek. 

    • Porters: Porters generally receive less than guides. A fair tip might be half of what you'd give to your guide. If you have a single porter for two people, consider increasing the tip a bit.

    • City Tour Guides: For city tour guides in places like Kathmandu and Pokhara, a tip equivalent to the cost of a meal in a city restaurant is a generous gesture.

    Bhutan Highlights Tour

    • Tour Guide: Since Bhutan is an all-inclusive travel destination (where you pay a daily tariff that covers most of your expenses), the guides usually receive a fair wage. A tip at the end of your journey equivalent to your daily tariff for one day can be a kind gesture.

    • Driver: Drivers in Bhutan typically receive less than guides but play an equally crucial role in your journey. A half or third of what you might tip the guide is reasonable.

    Always remember, that tipping is a personal choice, and while these are general guidelines, you should tip according to the service quality and your budget. Handing the tip with a thank you note or in an envelope can be a thoughtful touch, showing genuine appreciation.

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