Bhutan’s Manas Trek & Bardia Tiger Tracking

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Bhutan’s Manas Trek & Bardia Tiger Tracking

February 3 - February 23

£1035 – £5170

Bhutan’s Manas Trek & Bardia Tiger Tracking

The wildlife of Nepal is often overlooked or completely forgotten as people opt to visit India instead. But the parks of Chitwan and Bardia in the southern Terai of Nepal as some of the best places in the world to see rare and endangered wildlife. Animals like the Indian one-horned rhino, tiger, Asiatic elephant and gharial are almost impossible to see elsewhere whilst here they are relatively abundant and in the wonderful case of Bardia, you can often have the park pretty much to your self; leaving the crowds to the Indian parks. However if you think that the peace and quiet is profound in Bardia you will absolutely love the pristine ecosystems of Bhutan’s lowlands including the rarely visited Royal Manas National Park.
Whilst in Bardia you will be free to choose how you explore the park, the day to day activities should be discussed at the lodge. However we recommend hiking and tracking tigers and other wildlife on foot. This is thrilling and an almost unique experience and if you are lucky enough to find a tiger (or another large mammal) on foot, the memory will live with you for the rest of your life.
When in Bhutan you will spend a lot of time hiking, the road network is very underdeveloped and the only way to get to many of the locations is by walking. After three days of hiking down from the wonderful and scenic hill country of central Bhutan you will arrive in the dense jungles and grasslands of the huge and remote Royal Manas National Park. Whilst here you will be one of only a few foreigners to have tried to find the elusive and endangered species whilst here and we have a special treat for you as Dr. Wang has managed to arrange a brand new exit route from Bhutan to the Indian city of Guwahati and your onward journey home.

Holiday Features

Trek through Bhutan

Tiger tracking on foot

Expert trackers to guide you

Tigers, rhinos & elephants all seen

Camp in Manas NP

Cultural sites in Nepal & Bhutan

Top Animals on Tour

Golden Langur

Indian One-horned Rhino

Rufous-necked Hornbill

Asiatic Elephant

Tiger

Gharial

Itineraries Details

Destination:  Nepal & Bhutan

Tour Dates:  3/2/2022 – 23/2/2022

Duration:  20 nights

Type / Focus:  Tigers, Rhinos & Trekking

Tour Difficulty:  

Pricing & Costs

Price: £4,995 per person

Deposit: £1,000 per person

Single Supplement: £275

Min. Passengers: 4 persons (total) maximum capacity

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Holiday Breakdown

Day 1

Kathmandu

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport you will be met by your local driver and you will be will be transferred in your private vehicle to your accommodation. Please confirm with the driver or the hotel reception about the time you will be collected tomorrow.

Day 2

Bardia National Park

After breakfast you will be picked up by your driver and transported to the airport to catch your flight to Nepalganj. The flight itself is around 1 hour in duration and when you have cleared arrivals at Nepalganj airport you will meet the driver from your lodge and then taken to the lodge. After checking into the lodge you will have the rest of the day to relax; depending on (1) the time of your arrival and (2) the availability of guides at the lodge once you arrive, the lodge arrange for you to have an afternoon visit into the park. However this is not a confirmed part of your itinerary and is at the digression of the lodge.

Days 3-6

Bardia National Park

Over the next 4 full days you will be taken into the heart of this vast and wonderful national park, how you visit the park is up to you and can be discussed with the your guide provided by the lodge. The activities can usually be decided on a day to day basis (however if they are busy there may be limited availability of jeeps or elephant safaris – for example it may not be possible to have an elephant back safari every morning and afternoon if there is another group wishing to have an elephant safari one morning).

However you will be able to enter the park in the mornings and afternoons and if you wish the lodge can arrange a packed lunch and you can spend the whole day in the park (when hiking only). This is our preferred activity as tracking tigers, rhinos, elephants, leopards, sloth bears and other wildlife on foot is one of the greatest wildlife experiences in the world; coming across any of these mammals on foot is a heart-stopping and exhilarating feeling. Whilst the guides are experienced and are there for your protection as well as to find wildlife we must stress that every time you enter the park it is at your own risk.

The park is typical of the Terai region; the Terai spans nearly 2,000km from north eastern India (and Corbett National Park), through the lowlands of Nepal, North East India, Bhutan and into Burma. The terai is not one ecosystem but e mosaic of lush grasslands fed by annual flooding of large rivers and rich sal forests as well as dense bamboo groves. This range of habitats makes a perfect home for a huge range of wildlife and Bardia is home to at least 53 species of mammals, 407 species of birds, 75 species of reptile and 20 species of amphibians. Amongst the mammals there is a large population of tigers that are actually increasing (albeit slowly) in number. This makes Bardia very important in tiger conservation and maybe the conservation work being done here can be mirrored elsewhere and possibly the tigers here can start to buck the trend in globally declining tiger numbers. One of the reasons for the tigers success in Bardia is that there is so much room for a large and growing population inside the park.

Unlike many of the other national parks in Nepal and India where the tiger has to leave the park to find a territory (inevitably coming into contact with people and more often than not coming off second best); the tigers are finding territories deep in the protected core zone of the park. It is here where most of your activities will be focused, but it can take a couple of hours just to get to their territories (so be prepared for long walks if you wish to track tigers on foot).

Of course tigers do move around and we have seen plenty of tiger evidence all over the park but we recommend staking out some of the locations where tigers are often spotted. It is a great experience to sit on the banks of a river having lunch waiting for a tiger and her cubs leave the comfort of the grasslands and come for a drink on the opposite bank and one that we hope to share with you on this tour.

Whilst you can have 4 full days in the park tracking tigers we recommend having at least one day to explore the park by other means, in order to conserve some energy as the days of tracking tigers on foot can be very tiring. Other activities available include elephant safaris and jeep safaris. Whilst on elephant back you will be able to get closer to the wildlife than any other way. This is because elephants are a naturally occurring part of the environment here and so the wildlife tend to ignore them, unlike jeeps and people on foot; which the wildlife has grown to fear through decades of hunting and persecution. Jeep safaris, the staple safari activity in most of the world can be a great way of exploring the park and the wonderful thing about Bardia is that due to its remote location far fewer tourists visit here (compared with Chitwan for example) and so it can often feel like you have the whole 968km2 to yourself as you walk, ride or drive around the park.

The jeep safari will also allow you to get to some of the watch towers set up around here and from which you are able to see out over the grasslands and possibly spot a distant herd of elephants or a tiger leaving the long grass to come down for a drink at the river. In addition to these activities inside the park you will also be able to visit the small crocodile, gharial and freshwater turtle breeding centre at the park headquarters. This is a very valuable project as the gharial are in a very grave situation as are all of the many freshwater turtle species recorded here. All of them are critically endangered and the projects here are indispensable to their long term survival. After your day inside the park be free to enjoy the fine local food at the lodge and unwind in the comfort of Karnali Lodge.

Day 7

Kathmandu

This morning you will have a more relaxed morning without the pre-dawn start and trip into the national park; Then after breakfast you will be transferred the 2 hours or so back to Nepalganj and from there catch your flight return back to Kathmandu. Once again on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a driver who will take you back to the Dwarika’s hotel. Tomorrow you will travel on to the wonderful and unique country of Bhutan, so take a few moments to take in the noise and smells of the busy city of Kathmandu before you travel onto the still and serene valleys and towns of Bhutan, if the weather is clear tomorrow you will also be in for a treat as the views from the plane on the way to Paro are amongst the best in the world. Please confirm with the driver / hotel reception about what time you will be collected tomorrow.

Day 8

Paro

This morning you will be taken to the airport early in order for you to catch your flight east to Paro. The flight is roughly 1.5 hours and during this flight you could see 7 of the 10 highest mountains in the world (if the weather is clear); we recommend you trying to get a seat on the left hand side of the plane; so you can take advantage of the views.

If it is clear the pilot should announce over the intercom when you will be passing the notable mountains. This include Kanchenjunga 8,586m (28,169ft), Lhotse 8,516m (27,940ft), Makalu 8,485m (27,838ft), Cho Oyu 8,188m (26,864ft), Dhaulagiri I 8,167m (26,795ft), Manaslu 8,163m (26,781ft) and of course the mighty Mt. Everest standing 8,848m (29,029ft). It is incredible to think that there are only 14 mountains in the world that are over 8,000m tall and in this short flight you can see half of them.

Then when you arrive in Bhutan you will be met by your expert Bhutanese guides and drive to your nearby hotel in Paro. Lunch will be taken in a local restaurant before the afternoon is spent sightseeing in the beautiful Paro valley. Considered to have the most beautiful homesteads in all of Bhutan, a walk through the fields and houses in an enchanting start to your journey through Bhutan. Depending on time (as Himalayan flights can often be delayed) you may be taken to the ruined Drukyel Dzong, under Mt. Jomolhari a huge 7,326m (24,035ft) backdrop to this fortress. Drukyel Dzong was once a powerful fortress and Buddhist monastery built by Tenzin Drukdra in 1649 at the behest of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory over an invasion from Tibet.

In the 1600’s the Tibetans often raided Bhutan but the Bhutanese always defeated them. The Drukyel Dzong remained in very good condition right up until the early 1950’s when it was almost completely destroyed by fire. Another site that may be visited is the Jangtsa Dumgtseg Lhakhang which is a Buddhist temple notable as it is in the form of a chorten, whilst common elsewhere in Buddhist countries they are very rare in Bhutan. The temple was built in 1421 by an eminent Tibetan lama named Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464), also known as Chagzampa, who is remembered for his building of some eight iron bridges in Bhutan. His reason for building a temple in chorten form is because it is said to immobilize demons and proclaim the victory of Buddhism over traditional beliefs.

You will also be able to explore Paro town itself, with its main streets of traditional painted houses and shops.

Day 9

Paro / Thimphu

After breakfast you will be taken along the winding mountain roads further east towards Thimphu and the base of the Cheri Monastery. An hour’s walk takes you into this 17th century monastery and a fascinating insight into Bhutan’s monastic and religious life in this architecturally fascinating building. Established in 1620, by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the founder of the Bhutanese state this monastery is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist order. Whilst walking up to the monastery you may spot a Himalayan goral, this rare and nimble goat-antelope can be seen feeding on the hardy plants along the rocky slopes. Lunch will be taken back in the capital city of Thimphu, after checking into your hotel. Afternoon will be an opportunity to explore Thimphu on foot. Thimphu is as modern as Bhutan gets, however you will notice that it has some way to go before it becomes a smaller version of Kathmandu. Hopefully this never happens in Thimphu as Bhutan has kept the majority of its ‘old world’ charm. Whilst nearly every other country in the world has lost this in favour of modern amenities and development.

Day 10

Phobjikha

Today you will head further east along another very windy road through the beautiful villages that make up the valleys of central Bhutan. After around an hour you will reach the 3,150m (10,080ft) high Dochola pas. This is one of the highest passes in Bhutan and theh breathtaking views over the high peaks of the Eastern Himalayas are stunning. Once again many of the peaks in view will be over 7,100m (23,000ft) peaks. Along the way you will see huge quantities of prayer flags and 108 chortens that mark the pass and promote spiritual guidance from Buddha for all who pass. Once through the pass you will descend down into the Punakha Valley via a long windy journey dropping over 2,000m (6,300ft) through leafy forests to a botanical garden for a break before continuing onto Punakha (the winter home of the central monastic body). This unlikely old capital of Bhutan was the seat of the government until 1955. Once here you will check into the hotel, have lunch and then visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637. Built on the confluence of two rivers the Dzong resembles a ship. After lunch we drive onto the Phobjikha Conseration Area which is a very important wintering grounds of the endangered black necked cranes. Here you should be able to spot a large number of black necked cranes, which migrate from Tibet to avoid the cold winters (however when you are there it some of the cranes may have began their migration back to Tibet).Afterwards you will be free to stroll through the valley and take in the wonderful sites and then tomorrow you will continue your journey south.

Day 11

Zhemgang-Tingtibi

This morning you can have an morning stroll to see if you can spot any wildlife around Phobjikha such as the black-necked cranes or barking deer, wild boar and sambar which are all relatively easy to see with patience. Other mammals that are known from here but can be hard to see include mainland serow, Asiatic black bear or leopards. After breakfast back at the hotel you will start journey towards Trongsa; through picturesque scenery, windy roads, cherry blossom trees and along steep gorges. On arrival at Trongsa you will be taken to impressive Trongsa Dzong and museum. After lunch at a local restaurant in Trongsa you will continue the scenic drive towards Zhemgang Dzongkhag slowly dropping in altitude through broad-leaf and chirpine forests into the more diverse subtropical forest zone. With keen eyes and some luck you could spot a small group of beautiful golden langurs, or some of the specialist bird species found in this mixed forest such as the pretty rufus-necked hornbill. You will have a tea break in Zhemgang followed by a quick stroll around in search of wildlife before driving onto Tingtibi (one of the lowest points in Bhutan, being only 90m (300ft) above mean sea level).

Day 12

Gonphu

Early this morning you will have another walk to try and find wildlife followed by late breakfast back at the guesthouse. After breakfast you will drive the last drivable section of road to Gonphu village, where you will start the trek down towards Royal Manas National Park. After lunch at Gonphu the trek will be around 1.5 hours long to Dunmang Hot Spring for a dip (of you choose) in mineral hotsprings known to cure many common ailments. From there will you trek back up the hill to Gonphu for the night. Gomphu is the first of the eco-camps located on the Eco Trail leading down to Manas. The eco-camp at Gomphu is located in the forest just above Gomphu Park Range Office. From now on the next few days will include much longer treks so a good nights rest in recommended.

Day 13

Pangtang

Today we start the trek to Manas. This is a trek that will involve 6-7 hours of walking today, in reasonably hilly terrain. Your camping team will include pack animals who will carry any large bags as well as the camping equipment. These pack animals will walk om ahead with some of the team and when you arrive at set up for you when you arrive at Pantang (for those who wish, we may be able to provide a car ride option, if the conditions of the road allow. This section of road is currently under construction). Though this trekking is only moderately challenging and walking at a pace to suit the yourself, stopping to enjoy the views, meet the remote village communities and watch out for wildlife and bird watching along the way. This area receives only a tiny number of visitors a year, as its well off the beaten track even by Bhutanese standards. The eco-trail passes through mixed broad-leaf forests and thick undergrowths which are home to numerous birds species such as golden-throated & great barbets, great hornbills, red-vented & red-whiskered bulbuls, bay, grey-capped & greater yellow-naped woodpeckers as well as oriental cuckoos. These forests are among the most bio-diverse in the world and if you keep your eyes open and get lucky you could see dozens of species along the trail and surrounding forests. Mamung is the most likely spot to stop for your packed lunch as it is approximately half way to Pangtang. You will then carry on and on arrival in Pangtang you can freshen up at the camp and enjoy a relaxing evening. Pangtang lies at an altitude of 239 meters above sea level. The camp is located on the right bank of Mangdi chhu (river) and the views are beautiful as the sun sinks into the sky.

Day 14

Chengazam

The trek continues today with a slightly shorter trek in distance, however it is longer by duration because of its undulating nature. Today the trek will be around 8 hours with lunch taken halfway (usually around Shillingtoe and another eco-campe there). Due to the longer trek today you will start with a good hearty breakfast before heading down into the more subtropical forests and very remote villages that line the route down to Chengazam. Along the way there is a good chance of spotting birds and animals as well as seeing signs and tracks. Animals such as golden langur, terai grey langur, rhesus macaque, barking deer, jungle cats, as well as white-crested laughing-thrushes, white-napped yuhinas, long-tailed sibias and collared treepies amongst others could all be seen. Shortly after starting off on a flat plain walk, you will slowly ascending into a hilltop, then descending down into a stream valley and then slowly ascending into a village on a shoulder of a hill. You will then trek upwards towards Shilingtoe eco-camp this is a long climb (around 1 hour) and the trail is very rich for bird watching with many birds such as black drongos, great hornbills, hill partridges, leafy & kalij pheasants, crested-serpent eagles, red-jungle fowls and many other species. You will then have around 3 hours to walk from Shilingtoe to Changazam and the suspension bridge here, along the way you may visit a religious cave, including a bat roost inside a cave and a twin waterfall called Lelang before arriving at the camp for the evening.

Day 15

Royal Manas National Park

The final stretch of the trek today will take you right into the wonderful Royal Manas National Park itself. After another 6 hour walk before finishing at an eco-camp deep in the forest. Instead of walking the final stretch from Dangmechu bridge you are free to travel the remaining distance by boat. Along the river it is possible to see new bird species to this trek such as great cormorants, pied & white-breasted kingfishers, red-headed trogons, ospreys, ruddy shelducks and white-browed wagtails. Once you arrive in the park it will probably be getting dark and if you wish we can see if we can spot any wildlife after dark we can set up camps inside the forest, up trees if necessary. From here you can stake out areas and see if any of the wildlfe shows itself. The park is amongst the richest in Asia in terms of the mammal species with the top draw species including tigers, Asiatic elephants, leopards, Indian one-horned rhinos and the stunning if not very rare golden langur and the only ape known from the Indian Subcontinent the western hoolock gibbon. Today will be the first of 4 nights spent inside Royal Manas National Park and you can start planning your guide about which species interest you the most.

Days 16-18

Royal Manas National Park

Over the next 3 full days there will be opportunities for game drives as well as walking in search of wildlife throughout the park. River safaris as well as fly fishing can also be enjoyed on the river in the late afternoons. Wildlife in this park is generally elusive, and not habituated to visitors as in other Indian parks, but you can expect to see signs of many of its creatures and enjoy the cacophony of sounds from the plentiful and extraordinary bird life. You will be able to help the team of rangers in their camera trap studies here; whilst the wildlife is generally hard to find in this pristine ecosystem you can expect to capture many of them on our camera traps. These camera traps are used as part of ongoing census data by staff in the park and their results are very important for many species continuing survival. Very few Westerners have been allowed in this wilderness so you will be some of the very first to have explored it comprehensively and in the company of our guides. There are a couple of different wildlife watching techniques that can be employed here firstly (and the most popular) is by walking or taking a jeep safari where we hope to come across wildlife and the second is to wait in a hide or a likely location (water hole) for wildlife and hope that something of interest walks by. The mornings are usually spent walking or driving through the park then in the afternoon, you will check all the camera traps with some luck find evidence of tigers or other endangered species. Sometimes it is possible to plan the next days activity based on the wildlife caught on the camera traps; for example a tiger may be around and using the same area for a couple of days and so it would stand to reason to wait around there and see if you could catch a glimpse. Royal Manas National Park is the Bhutanese part of the Natural World Heritage landscape of Greater Manas Tiger Reserve, a larger part being in Indian Assam, divided and bordered by the Manas river, a tributary of the holy Brahmaputra river. This Project Tiger park is in a region of astounding biodiversity at the foothills of the Himalayas including large grasslands and savannah and deciduous woodlands, but until a few years ago was beset by civil conflict and heavy poaching. The only park in India that effectively contains all of India’s ‘Big Five’ including Asian Elephant, Bengal tigers, Asian water buffalo, One horned Indian rhinoceros and leopard. It however can add far more than this to it prestigious list of mammals including clouded leopard, golden cat, Sloth Bear and Himalayan Black Bear, Gaur, the wild cow of India and herds of Hog Deer. Three rare primates also live here Including the Golden Langur, the Capped Langur and the Assamese Macaque, and if this is not all, Asia’s rarest Ape, the fascinating Western Hoolock Gibbon. Birdlife is astounding with a recorded 380 bird species including the rare Bengal Florican, magnificent Giant Hornbills, colourful Kalij Pheasants and noisy Fishing and Serpent Eagles to name a few. A ecological briefing by the park’s staff and ecologists followed by setting up some of the camera traps that play such an important role in monitoring the wildlife in this park. before dinner will set you up for the coming three days in the park and your activities within it. Whilst here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a game of Bhutanese darts called Khuru (played between two targets about 50 meters away from each other) between guest and field staff. This game is often held at the end of a stay in the park and is a great way to end this wonderful wilderness experience. After tonight you will begin the trek out of Royal Manas National Park and Bhutan on a trail that has only in the second half of 2013 been opened to tourists. You are believed to be the first tourist to take this particular exit.

Day 19

Norbugang

After breakfast, we will say good bye to the park staff and their families and together with your trekking team head towards east. Our team believe that you will be among the very first tourists to trek this trail and as such you will be delving into true pristine country and wildlife can be seen throughout the route. The walk today will be mostly parallel to the Bhutan-Indian border. Most part of the trail is still inside Royal Manas National Park, passing through clusters of small rural villages. There is a good chance that many of the people living in these villages have not seen a foreigner before. You will be walking and searching for wildlife for around 6 hours today with a packed lunch taken en-route. You will arrive at an eco-lodge (camp) for the night.

Day 20

Norbugang

Today is your last day in Bhutan and you will have an early morning walk around the eco-lodge in search of more wildlife before your breakfast and continuing the trek to reach the border town of Nanglam (Nanglam is the seat of a sub-district and as a result is the largest town in the area). If we can walk fast, we will be able to reach Nanglam for late lunch, however a packed lunch is an alternative. After lunch which you will be free to do some sightseeing in Nanglam; comparing the town life and architecture in the central valleys of Bhutan to the lowlands here. Your farewell meal will be in traditional style with an evening walk in Nanglam town for dinner with the locals.

Day 21

Guwahati

After breakfast this morning you will travel by road to the Bhutan – Indian border and after the (often convoluted Indian immigration process) you will leave the peaceful and wonderful country of Bhutan and enter the most populated country in the world. India has many charms and is in itself one of the grandest countries to visit for both cultural and wildlife highlights. However the roads will feel very different from what you have left in Bhutan. Dr. Wang will arrange for our Indian counterpart to transfer you from Nanglam to Guwahati in time to catch your flight from here.

Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.

This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.

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Extra Information

Weather Conditions

February and April are considered the best time for wildlife watching in Nepal. But the weather is very hot, this is the peak of the dry season, so expect no or very little rain and temperature well above 30 degrees C. The evenings and nights will also be hot as well.

The weather from February to May in Bhutan is very reasonable, March is the end of the winter and beginning of spring and temperatures throughout these three months will range between 12-25 degrees C. The skies are usually clear but occasional showers are not unknown.

What’s Included

Everything mentioned in the itinerary is included. Including three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). There will be an amount of bottled water (approx 1ltr) available for each guest each day. We have our own private air conditioned vehicle with an excellent local driver. We have brilliant local guides and specialist birding guides.

All our excursions including treks, guided walks, jeep safaris, elephant back rides, canoe safaris, boat safaris, monastery entrance fees and park entrance fees are also included. Flights mentioned in the itinerary are also included.

Your Bhutanese visa is included in the cost and all national taxes as well.

 

Personal Equipment

We recommend you bring along your own binoculars or spotting scope as well as appropriate clothing; which should be light and airy clothes as well as comfortable walking shoes. Waterproofs are not necessary but could come in handy. Insect repellent is handy as there can be mosquitoes about during the evenings and nights. Any medication, books or other items of a personal nature is of course up to you to bring along. Oh and please bring plenty of memory cards or film for your camera. Also do not forget sun cream, sun hat and sun glasses as the sun can be strong here during the day.

The only piece of camping equipment not included is a sleeping bag.

Included Equipment

We provide a comprehensive species list of all the vertebrates present in the areas we are visiting as well as some of the best field guides and reference books for the areas we are visiting. There is usually a spare pair of binoculars but in a group of 4-6 people these do not stretch too far. We also provide a spot light for nocturnal viewing (this is subject to local condition when we arrive). Camera Traps will also be used to try and capture hard to see wildlife in the dead of night.

All camping equipment needed (excluding a sleeping bag) are included.

Extra Expenses

Nearly everything is included in this tour. The only things not included are international flights, travel insurance (contact us for more information one what is required from your insurance policy), any food bought outside of the three main meals, drinks outside of any offered with the meals and the bottled water provided each day and any items of a personal nature such as souvenirs and tips. Any departure taxes applicable when leaving are not included (but may be included in the cost of your flights), Please check this before hand.

Flight Information

As we are based in Manchester we recommend flights from Manchester International Airport

We recommend Qatar Airways as a good airline for flights to Kathmandu. One of the best websites to search for the best fares is www.travelup.co.uk. They are an ATOL bonded company and this provide all the securities related to ATOL protection. Please check our terms and conditions regarding booking flights.

Please contact us for more information about flights and we can provide you with a link direct to the flights from another supplier; in which case you only have to enter the passenger information and payment details. By using the above link you will leave our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for the content on the site.

Visas and Health Information

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Nepal & Bhutan. Your Bhutanese visa is included in the costs and you do not have to worry about this. We may ask for a photocopy of your passport but everything will be taken care of. Your Nepalese visa is easy to get and are usually issued on arrival at the airport for a fee. The fee for a multiple entry tourist visa valid for 30 days is £35. For more information look on the Nepalese embassy website www.nepembassy.org.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).

All UK passport holders and most other nationalities are required to have a visa for Nepal. These are easy to get and are usually issued on arrival at the airport for a fee. The fee for a multiple entry tourist visa valid for 30 days is £35. For more information look on the Nepalese embassy website www.nepembassy.org.uk/ (be aware that this link leaves our site and we at Royle Safaris hold no responsibility for information on the site).

There are no mandatory vaccinations needed to visit Nepal or Bhutan, but it is recommended to be protected against TB, polio, typhoid, tetanus and hepatitis A as well as taking a form of malaria prophylactics. Please consult your GP about your individual requirements for visiting Bhutan as soon as you have decided on this trip.

Due to the high altitude in Bhutan a reasonable amount of fitness is needed but the altitude can affect anyone (regardless of fitness) so please read up or ask your GP about altitude sickness before leaving.

 

Reviews of this Holiday

We very much enjoyed Bhutan, our guide and driver were excellent, and we found the trip an interesting mix of cultural sightseeing and then wildlife (mostly birds) spotting along the road.

Peter & Amanda Wallis, UK

Royle Safaris
5
2018-05-16T12:59:51+00:00

Peter & Amanda Wallis, UK

We very much enjoyed Bhutan, our guide and driver were excellent, and we found the trip an interesting mix of cultural sightseeing and then wildlife (mostly birds) spotting along the road.
We would like to see a tiger but we understood the low probability of this on the trip.  We are happy to have spent time in some of the towns and would not change this trip as it gave us a more rounded view of Bhutan.  On our return trip we would probably plan to spend more time on the trails in Bhutan. All of our guides were excellent!

Mr & Mrs Zardis, USA

Royle Safaris
5
2018-05-16T13:16:59+00:00

Mr & Mrs Zardis, USA

We would like to see a tiger but we understood the low probability of this on the trip.  We are happy to have spent time in some of the towns and would not change this trip as it gave us a more rounded view of Bhutan.  On our return trip we would probably plan to spend more time on the trails in Bhutan. All of our guides were excellent!
...we loved being taken around with Dr. Wang, what a man and what a fantastic country...we loved it all.

The Packers, Tamworth

Royle Safaris
5
2018-04-24T07:32:38+00:00

The Packers, Tamworth

...we loved being taken around with Dr. Wang, what a man and what a fantastic country...we loved it all.
Bhutan is such a unique place to visit and we wished we could have stayed there for years.

Sean & Suzie, Belfast

Royle Safaris
5
2018-04-24T07:33:14+00:00

Sean & Suzie, Belfast

Bhutan is such a unique place to visit and we wished we could have stayed there for years.
Being the only people in the park was a highlight. Enjoying elephant back safaris in pristine forest was a dream come true also.

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

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2018-05-02T09:43:32+00:00

Joe & Rhoda, Chelsea

Being the only people in the park was a highlight. Enjoying elephant back safaris in pristine forest was a dream come true also.
I have seen over 5,500 birds and with 182 lifers on this trip alone I was so happy!

Garry Barlow, Tanzania

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2018-04-24T07:33:52+00:00

Garry Barlow, Tanzania

I have seen over 5,500 birds and with 182 lifers on this trip alone I was so happy!
We tailored the trip to add on to our Nepal tour and were very impressed with Bhutan. We wished we could have spent more time there. The guides were amazing and very accommodating.

Joe Boyer, Michigan

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2018-05-02T09:45:49+00:00

Joe Boyer, Michigan

We tailored the trip to add on to our Nepal tour and were very impressed with Bhutan. We wished we could have spent more time there. The guides were amazing and very accommodating.
...highlight was seeing the monastery as well as the ibisbill...

Alan Beckett, Cardiff

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2018-04-24T07:34:33+00:00

Alan Beckett, Cardiff

...highlight was seeing the monastery as well as the ibisbill...
Even the shortened version of this trip we booked was incredible. The guide was so understanding and knowledgeable, they bent over backwards for us and even got my husband a round of golf on the local golf course when they found out he is a keen golfer. Amazing people and an Amazing country.

Rhoda Perkins-Boyer, USA

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2018-05-02T09:47:53+00:00

Rhoda Perkins-Boyer, USA

Even the shortened version of this trip we booked was incredible. The guide was so understanding and knowledgeable, they bent over backwards for us and even got my husband a round of golf on the local golf course when they found out he is a keen golfer. Amazing people and an Amazing country.
I have actually fallen in love with Bhutan!

Kris & Sophia, Cheshire

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2018-04-24T07:35:08+00:00

Kris & Sophia, Cheshire

I have actually fallen in love with Bhutan!
I have had the best time ever in Bhutan.  Dr. Wang and his team are truly wonderful!  He is one of the most interesting people I have ever met.  What makes him so special is his dedication to Bhutan and to wildlife as well as his incredibly caring nature.

Ms. Beatrice Potter, UK

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2018-05-14T08:40:22+00:00

Ms. Beatrice Potter, UK

I have had the best time ever in Bhutan.  Dr. Wang and his team are truly wonderful!  He is one of the most interesting people I have ever met.  What makes him so special is his dedication to Bhutan and to wildlife as well as his incredibly caring nature.
Bardia itself is as enchanting as ever as there are so few tourists and the sighting of animals is a daily occurrence.  However the main attraction there has to be the tiger.  As you know I was lucky enough to see one whilst on foot as the deer were barking their alarm calls and we (the driver and myself) just stood there and waited to see what would come out of the scrub.

Ms. Potter, UK

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2018-05-14T08:43:58+00:00

Ms. Potter, UK

Bardia itself is as enchanting as ever as there are so few tourists and the sighting of animals is a daily occurrence.  However the main attraction there has to be the tiger.  As you know I was lucky enough to see one whilst on foot as the deer were barking their alarm calls and we (the driver and myself) just stood there and waited to see what would come out of the scrub.
Dr. Wang was spectacular. He is a very kind knowledgeable person. We were lucky to have him as our guide. He provided a lot of information of the country and the environmental issues. He not only cares about wildlife and nature, but is an exceptional human being.

Cecilia Simon, Mexico

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2018-05-14T09:02:19+00:00

Cecilia Simon, Mexico

Dr. Wang was spectacular. He is a very kind knowledgeable person. We were lucky to have him as our guide. He provided a lot of information of the country and the environmental issues. He not only cares about wildlife and nature, but is an exceptional human being.
Bhutan was an adventure! An incredible country.

Geal & Michelle, Dubai - UEA

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2018-05-14T09:42:47+00:00

Geal & Michelle, Dubai - UEA

Bhutan was an adventure! An incredible country.
It is a lovely country.

Mr. H. Kronsten, UK

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2018-05-14T11:30:58+00:00

Mr. H. Kronsten, UK

It is a lovely country.
We loved the hiking, and the trial cam footage, also Ann loved the Elephant tour. The Tigers nest was very nice, but meeting the people everywhere we went had to be the highlight.

The tour exceeded our expectations.

We really enjoyed the fact that we were able to experience the local food and requested it to our guide as much as possible, and he was wonderful in explaining what we were having.

Dan & Ann Milquet, USA

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2018-05-14T11:33:31+00:00

Dan & Ann Milquet, USA

We loved the hiking, and the trial cam footage, also Ann loved the Elephant tour. The Tigers nest was very nice, but meeting the people everywhere we went had to be the highlight. The tour exceeded our expectations. We really enjoyed the fact that we were able to experience the local food and requested it to our guide as much as possible, and he was wonderful in explaining what we were having.
Mr guide Jamyang was excellent. Highly recommended. Very good approach and knowledgeable.

Sounam the driver was also superb-I felt very safe despite the roads and he was also very friendly and helpful, especially when I had a problem at the border

Lorraine Corfield, UK

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2018-05-14T14:02:07+00:00

Lorraine Corfield, UK

Mr guide Jamyang was excellent. Highly recommended. Very good approach and knowledgeable. Sounam the driver was also superb-I felt very safe despite the roads and he was also very friendly and helpful, especially when I had a problem at the border
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Start:
February 3
End:
February 23
Cost:
£1035 – £5170
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Venue

Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone:
0845 226 8259

Organizer

Royle Safaris
Phone:
0845 226 8259
Email:
info@royle-safaris.co.uk

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Deposit:
£1,000 per person
Single Supplement:
£275
Minimum Passengers:
4 persons before tour runs

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