Nepal Bhutan Tour - 12 Days

12 Days of Nepal and Bhutan Tour
Nepal Bhutan Tour
What to see & doSpecific information about Nepal Bhutan Tour - 12 Days
  • Duration12 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 2950m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Tour
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Private Vehicles and Flights
  • Best Season All Time

The 12 Days Nepal Bhutan Tour is the best Himalayan excursion to South Asia's two culturally unique countries, Nepal and Bhutan. The tour begins in Kathmandu with a visit to historical and religious monuments, followed by a scenic trip to Pokhara and a jungle adventure in the wilderness of Chitwan. This cross-country tour then flies you to Bhutan with excellent aerial views of the Himalayas and takes you on a cultural journey of Paro and Thimpu. Come with us on this guided tour of the home of Mt. Everest and the land of the Thunder Dragon!

Having deep roots in Hinduism, Nepal's culture reflects the same with its temples and palaces, while Buddhism significantly influences Bhutan's. However, the humble people of both countries share the same roof of the Himalayas, along with their unmatched hospitality to the guests. The Nepalese and Bhutanese won't leave any page unturned to make you feel at home, although you're thousands of miles away from your hometown.

The enchanting natural beauty spread across the vast plains, lush green hills, and snow-covered mountains of these two nations will keep your eyes busy while the incredible art and architecture fill your heart with joy. In addition to enjoying natural wonders, you'd also experience the rich culture by eating local delicacies, interacting with the locals, and participating in local festivals.

Neither Nepal nor Bhutan is too small to finish traveling in 12 days, but you can at least catch a glimpse of them in the short time you have. We've thoughtfully included the places that give you the most of Nepal and Bhutan so you don't miss the true essence of these beautiful South Asian countries: nature and culture.

Best Features of the Nepal Bhutan Tour

  • Visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
  • Paddle boating in the 2nd largest lake in Nepal
  • Glorious Himalayan sunrise from Sarangkot
  • Witness rare one-horned Rhinoceros in Chitwan National Park
  • Flying over the grand Himalayas with aerial views of snow-capped mountains
  • Sightseeing tour of the cultural monuments of Thimpu
  • Hike to the epic Tiger's Nest Monastery of Paro
  • Enjoy the delicacies of Bhutan and experience their unique culture

Let us brief you about the places you'll visit during your 12 days tour here.


Nepal is the first country you'd visit in this 12 days cross-country tour. Even before you land at Kathmandu Airport, you'd be welcomed by epic mountain views if the weather is clear. Famous as the land of Mt. Everest and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, Nepal is a tourist-favorite destination to experience raw nature and age-old culture. Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan are some hotspots we will take you to on this tour.

Kathmandu (the City of Temples)

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, earned its name of "the City of Temples" because of the presence of a large number of age-old temples, stupas, and religious structures like idols, statues, and pictures throughout the city. Some of such sacred sites you'll visit in Kathmandu are the Pashupatinath Temple, the Swayambhu Temple, and the Bouddhanath Stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple is a large Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva and situated at the bank of the holy Bagmati river, where the cremation of the dead is held according to Hindu ritual. Although you can't enter the main temple, you can visit the temple premises and observe the architecture and ceremonies. Similarly, you'll visit a Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath (also known as Monkey Temple), at a hilltop and the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal, Bouddhanath Stupa.

Moving on, you'd see the Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley, which was once used as a royal palace and now serves as a museum displaying the critical details of Nepalese history. All these religious and historic sites are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Pokhara (the City of Lakes)

The next destination on our Nepal-Bhutan Tour is Pokhara. Popular among trekkers and hikers, Pokhara is the trailhead of most treks in the Annapurna Range. Domestic tourists equally prefer the city due to its proximity to Kathmandu and its beautiful landscape. Glorious mountain sceneries, luscious greenery, pristine lakes, ancient caves, and short hikes, you name it, and Pokhara has it. When your daytime is filled with fun activities like paddle boating in Phewa Lake and sightseeing, the nightlife of Pokhara is equally exciting, if not more.

Chitwan (home to One-horned Rhinoceros)

Located in the southern plains of Nepal, Chitwan houses the oldest national park of Nepal, Chitwan National Park, which is home to the rare One-horned Rhinoceros and Bengal Tigers. You will enjoy adventurous jungle activities in the vast jungles of Chitwan. From waking up to the chirping of birds to going to bed after a traditional dinner with a folk dance show, your day in Chitwan will be full of adventures like an Elephant Back Ride, a Jungle Safari in Jeep, an Exploration of an Ethnic Village and a Visit to Elephant Breeding Centre.


Bhutan, the land of Thunder Dragon, on the other hand, has a whole different atmosphere to it. Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this clean, green, and happy country prioritizes Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Bhutan practices sustainable tourism focusing on quality rather than quantity. The government sets a perfect example of balancing modernization and preserving nature and culture. Thimphu and Paro are the two 

Cities you'll visit in this 12 Days Tour in Nepal and Bhutan.

Thimpu (a unique capital of Bhutan)

Thimpu is not like any other capital city. It has managed to preserve its ancient art, architecture, customs, and traditions while adapting to the inevitable demands of modernization. Strolling in the streets of Thumpu without any traffic lights makes you feel like you're roaming in some well-managed countryside of Asia with locals dressed in their traditional costumes and tourists clicking selfies.

The Thimphu sightseeing tour begins with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, an important landmark as a symbol of world peace, made in honor of the third king of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Tashichho Dzong is another tourist attraction in the northern corner of Thimpu, which acts as the seat of Bhutan's civil government head. It is a monastery cum fortress reflecting traditional Bhutanese architecture. Next on our list is Changangkha Lhakhang, a Buddhist temple built in the 12th century on a hilltop overlooking Thimpu. Popular among locals to seek blessings for their newborns, it is also a great place to learn about Bhutanese Buddhism.

Buddha Dordenma Statue (a large Shakyamuni Buddha statue at a hilltop), Institute of Traditional Medicine Services (where visitors can learn about herbal medical treatments and medicines practiced in Bhutan), Folk Heritage Museum (showcasing typical Bhutanese lifestyle), and Zilukha nunnery are some more sites in Thimpu visited by tourists. The sightseeing tour is usually wrapped up with a visit to Craft Bazaar, where you can purchase Bhutanese handicrafts and souvenirs.

Paro (the land of Tiger's Nest Monastery)

Paro is a scenic Bhutanese town in Paro Valley, where Paro Airport, the only international airport of Bhutan, is located. In this Nepal-Bhutan Tour, Paro is where you land after flying from Kathmandu. With many historical and sacred sites, Paro has great significance in the history of Bhutan. You'll find Bhutanese people dressed in their Gho and Kira (traditional Bhutanese costumes) walking in the streets of Paro decorated with traditional buildings.

Taktsang Palphung Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang or Tiger's Nest Monastery, is the main tourist attraction of Paro. Legends say that Guru Rinpoche, a Buddhist saint, had flown to the monastery on the back of a tigress and meditated there, hence the name "Tiger's Nest." Paro Monastery, situated at a rock cliff 900 m above Paro Valley's bottom, makes for a perfect morning hike. Drukgyel Dzong, a historic monument built in 1649 as a symbol of victory against the invasion from Tibet in 1644, is another important site to explore in Paro. Similarly, one can also visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, built in the 7th century.

Suitable for all age groups, this leisure Nepal Bhutan Tour - 12 Days, organized by Outfitter Nepal, requires no prior experience or excellent physical fitness. You'll travel in a private vehicle with an official tour guide to make your trip safe and fruitful. It makes for a perfect family vacation, even with kids and the elderly.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

The first day of the tour is your day of arrival in Kathmandu. Our airport representative will await you at Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival date and time. Upon your arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Thamel. The rest of the day is for you to spend as you wish. You can rest at the hotel or roam Thamel's touristy streets.

Thamel is a lovely place with fantastic multi-cuisine eateries, pubs, bars, souvenir shops, trekking gear stores, tattoo places, and many more, filled with tourists like you. You can actually call Thamel the "tourist hub of Kathmandu." Enjoy your day, and we'll meet in the evening to brief you about the tour.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu begins after your breakfast at the hotel. A tour guide will accompany you to some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. First, you'll be taken to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you'll learn about Nepal's history and witness conventional architecture original to Nepalese culture and some adopted from European architecture in the past. Then you'll be driven to Swayambhunath Temple, also known as Monkey Temple, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and Hindus.

After lunch, we'll continue our tour to the revered Pashupatinath Temple. It is a significant and famous temple of Lord Shiva, worshipped by Nepalese and Indian Hindus from all parts of Nepal and India. The final stop of our Kathmandu tour is Bouddhanath Stupa. It is the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, and it receives a large number of tourists, pilgrims, and locals every day. You'll then be dropped at your hotel in Thamel, which indicates the end of Day 2.
Option: If you are interested in having a bird-eye view of Everest & the Himalayas, we have 1 hour scenic Everest Mountain Flight Tour early in the morning, at about 6-7 am. You can go for the flight before the tour starts for the day. Let us know if you want to add this mountain flight to your Nepal & Bhutan Tour.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

After having breakfast at the hotel, you'll board a bus to Pokhara. It's a scenic drive along Prithvi Highway beside the bank of the Trisuli River and the Marshyangdi River. If the weather is in your favor, you might as well see Ganesh Himal and the peak of Mt Manaslu from your bus' window. After 6-8 hours of driving through small countryside towns, agricultural lands, and lush green hills, you'll arrive in the city of lakes, Pokhara.

The rest of the day is free. You can rest at your hotel for a while and go out to stroll around the Lakeside in the evening, enjoy the sunset, and have a good night's sleep.
Option: If you're interested in rafting, you can undertake a 3-hour Rafting down the Trisuli River on the route to Pokhara. You don't need an extra day for this because we can stop, do the rafting, and move on to the next destination (Pokhara).

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

We start the day early today. We take a 30-minute drive to Sarangkot, a hilltop near Pokhara famous for its sunrise view over the Himalayas. The vistas are, in fact, magnificent, with golden sunrays striking the snow-topped mountain peaks of the Annapurna range and Mt. Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail). It's worth waking up at 4 in the morning. 

On the way back from Sarangkot, we visit the Bindhyabasini temple. It is another landmark with gorgeous mountain views. After seeking blessing at the temple, we return back to the hotel, have breakfast and leave for a day full of activities and sightseeing.

First, we head to Phewa Lake for boating. There's a temple in the middle of the lake named "Tal Barahi Temple." We make a quick stop at the temple, finish boating and go to Devi's Falls and the Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave. You'd be amazed by how beautiful the waterfall looks while sounding furious due to the water current. The cave is equally fascinating, where you can see Devi's Fall flowing through the cave. We'll then visit World Peace Pagoda on a hilltop, which is the last stop for the day.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

It's time to move again. One great thing about the small size of Nepal and Bhutan is that you can reach another beautiful destination in just a few hours of drive. After breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, we take a 5-6 hour drive to Chitwan. Chitwan can be a little too hot during summer, so remember to pack some sunscreen and sun hats.

You'll be checked into a hotel in Sauraha, Chitwan, which is the entry point of Chitwan National Park. After freshening up and having lunch, we'll go on the Tharu Village Tour. Tharu is an ethnic community that resides in the southern part of Nepal, especially around Chitwan. We'll return to the hotel after a fruitful cultural tour of the village.


  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Lodge
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

Embrace yourself! Today is an exciting day of adventure in the wilderness of the Chitwan National Park. You'll wake up to the chirping of the birds, followed by a delicious breakfast. We then set out for Jungle Walking and Elephant Back Riding across the streams and into the jungles. You might even spot some One-horned Rhinoceros from the back of an elephant.

After lunch, we'll go for a Jeep Safari in the jungle, spotting the national park's wildlife. You'll see many beautiful birds, crocodiles, deer, wild buffalos, One-horned Rhinos, and sometimes tigers. The fun activities come to an end with a visit to Elephant Breeding Center. After a day full of adventures, you'll enjoy a lavish Nepali dinner with a traditional stick dance show of the Tharu people.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Lodge

It's time to get to Kathmandu for your dream flight to Bhutan. But first, let's enjoy a bird-watching tour while you're still in Chitwan. After having your last meal in Chitwan and watching beautiful birds, you'll once again board a bus to Kathmandu, which takes 5-6 hours.

You'll be transferred to your hotel on reaching Kathmandu, and the rest of the day is free. It's the best time to do some last-minute shopping for Bhutan if you need anything. Else, enjoy a relaxing evening with a few drinks at some bar in Thamel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

Here comes the day you've been waiting for since you landed in Kathmandu. After breakfast at your hotel, you'll be dropped off at the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight to Paro, Bhutan. All your Bhutan Visa procedures have been done and paid for, so you fly stress-free to Bhutan, enjoying the exquisite Himalayan view from above, including sacred Mt. Jumolhari and Mt. Jichu Drake.

Once you land in Paro, you'll have to clear customs and immigration formalities. Keep your VISA clearance letter handy. You'll meet your driver and tour guide for Bhutan, dressed in a traditional Bhutanese outfit, outside the terminal gate. First, you'll be taken to Thimpu from Paro along a scenic route with views of the Himalayas and beautiful valleys, which takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will get some insights into the Bhutanese history, culture, and traditions from your guide along the way.

After checking in at your hotel in Thimpu and resting for a while, you can stroll in the streets and take in this completely new environment. Roam around the local markets and don't hesitate to try some mouth-watering Bhutanese cuisines, but keep some space in your tummy for your dinner at the hotel, which is included in the package.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: By Plane

Day 9 will go in full swing with all the sightseeing you'll do in Thimpu. After breakfast at the hotel, you'll be taken to Thimpu's important landmarks and tourist destinations. It's usually a private tour with a private tour guide as a driver on a private vehicle.

You'll likely visit the National Memorial Chorten, Tashichho Dzong, Changangkha Lhakhang, Buddha Dordenma Statue, Institute of Traditional Medicine Services, Folk Heritage Museum, Zilukha nunnery, Craft Bazaar, etc., in no particular order. Visiting all these places may not be feasible in a single day, so communicate with your guide what is important to you. Or, your guide will decide for you. We've briefed about these places in our Intro Section. Please refer to know more about the places.

In the evening, you'll be driven on the same way back to Paro, where you'll check in at the hotel, have dinner and sleep for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

After breakfast at the hotel, you'll be accompanied by your guide on a hike to Taktsang Palphung Monastery, popularly known as Tiger's Nest Monastery. It is an overall 5-hour excursion to the monastery and back. Tiger's nest is one of Bhutan's most sacred and essential places to visit; more about it in the Intro Section in the beginning.

The hike is followed by lunch and a drive to Drukgyel Dzong. On the way, you'll see sacred Chomolhari, also known as the "mountain of the goddess," as you approach the Dzong. After exploring Dzong, you'll visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple. In the evening, you'll see a local farm and market. Get some souvenirs from Bhutan, if you like. You'll spend the night at the hotel in Paro after dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Walking Hours: 3 Hours
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles

We're almost towards the end of your 12 days visit to Nepal and Bhutan. After breakfast, you'll be dropped off at the airport. Bid your farewell to Bhutan and catch your scheduled flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival again, our airport representative will greet you and take you to the hotel in Thamel. Enjoy the evening as you please, and join us for your farewell dinner. It's on us. Let's celebrate the completion of your trip together.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Transportation: By Plane

On the last day of the tour, you'll be picked up from your hotel at your scheduled departure time and taken to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight back home or to your next destination.

We're hopeful that you enjoyed every hour during this tour. If you ever plan to come back to Nepal, please remember us. We're pleased to be at your service and hope to see you again. Have a safe journey.

If you're short on time and looking for an even shorter Nepal Bhutan Tour, you should check out our 8 Days Nepal Bhutan Short Tour

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Private Vehicles
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Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Transportation (airport transfers and sightseeing city tours) by private vehicle in Nepal and Bhutan
  • All accommodations in Nepal with breakfast (4 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara, and 2 nights in Chitwan)
  • Jungle activities in Chitwan
  • VISA fee for Bhutan 
  • International flight fare (Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu)
  • Government-approved accommodations in Bhutan (2 nights in Paro and 1 night in Thimpu)
  • All meals in Bhutan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • All applicable entrance fees in Nepal and Bhutan
  • Authorized tour guide in Nepal and Bhutan
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
What's not Included
  • Nepal VISA fee (easily issuable upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Nepal
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Personal expenses (snacks, bar bills, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips for guides
  • Anything not mentioned in the “Included” section
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Weather and Temperature 

Nepal and Bhutan experience similar weather due to their similar geographic location and topography, except for the southern part of Nepal, which is much warmer than Bhutan. The seasons and altitude greatly influence the weather conditions in both countries.

The climatic condition ranges from subtropical in the south to Alpine in the north. The higher altitudes towards the Himalayas are a lot colder than the southern plains. The temperature in the Alpine region may go sub-zero even in summer, while the southern parts reach up to or above 40 degrees Celcius.

We experience 4 seasons in a year, spring (March to May), summer/monsoon (June to August), autumn (September to November), and winter (December to February). Spring and autumn have pleasant weather with moderate temperatures while winters are dry and cold with snow showers (in higher altitudes), and summers are hot and humid with heavy rainfall.


All kinds of transportation in Bhutan, from airport transfers to sightseeing tours and inter-city commutes, are carried out by a private vehicle. You’ll be received at the arrival gate of the Paro International Airport by a driver/tour guide in a private vehicle, and you’re likely to be traveling on the same vehicle throughout your Bhutan tour.

In Nepal, you’ll have a private vehicle for airport transfers and sightseeing tours within a city. In contrast, the inter-city commute (Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan, and Chitwan to Kathmandu) will be done in either a private vehicle or a tourist bus, depending on the size of the group.


While in Nepal, we provide accommodation in a 3-star hotel with complimentary breakfast in the central locations of the Nepalese cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. You’ll have access to clean and spacious rooms with attached Western-style bathrooms. The rooms are offered on a twin or double-sharing basis. If you prefer single-occupancy rooms, please inform us beforehand.

Accommodation in Bhutan is provided in government-approved hotels comparable to 3 or 4-star hotels. The government categorizes the hotels as A, B, and C. You’ll spend your nights in “A” grade hotels in both Thimpu and Paro. You’ll have all the necessary facilities in your tidy hotel rooms.

Meals in Nepal and Bhutan

While breakfasts in Nepal (Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan) are included in our packages and will be served at the hotel where you stay the night before, lunch and dinner are on you. You can choose to eat anything as there’re numerous multi-cuisine restaurants in the cities you visit. We recommend having a traditional Nepalese meal, “Dah Bhat,” at least once when you’re in Nepal.

All meals in Bhutan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are included in our package. You’ll have your dinner and breakfast in the hotel you stay, whereas you’ll be taken to excellent local restaurants with varieties of Bhutanese, Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, and continental cuisines. You may inform your server about your spice tolerance while you order, as Bhutanese tend to eat spicy food. Don’t forget to try Ema Datsi, the national dish of Bhutan, with chili and cheese.

Visa and Travel Permit

Nepal Entry VISA is easy to obtain. You can get the VISA upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just have to fill in a couple of forms, pay the required amount and proceed to the immigration desk with your passport.

The VISA fees are as follows:

  • US$ 30 for 15 days
  • US$ 50 for 30 days
  • US$ 125 for 90 days

Note: Citizens of certain countries must obtain VISA before they arrive from the respective embassies or consulates of the Nepal Government.

While you must pay for your Nepal VISA yourself, the VISA for Bhutan is acquired by the travel agency you book your trip with. The Butan Entry VISA of US$ 40 per person is included in our package. Other fees like Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), which is $200 per day, are also included in the package cost.

All other entry tickets for the historical monuments, museums, and national parks are also covered by us.

Arrangements of Tour Guides

You can roam around in the cities of Nepal on your own if you want, but having a tour guide makes the trip much more efficient. In addition to providing valuable insights about the places you visit, your tour guide will also get entry tickets for you and help you communicate with the locals (e.g., shopkeepers and servers). Outfitter Nepal provides experienced English-speaking guides to accompany you and educate you about all the places you visit in Nepal.

A tour guide is mandatory to travel to Bhutan. From the moment you arrive at the airport to the moment you depart, you will be accompanied by a local tour guide dressed in a traditional Bhutanese outfit. These tour guides are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and are well-trained and fluent in English.

Culture and Tradition

Hindus dominate Nepal’s population, so it’s evident that Hinduism influences the country’s culture and traditional practices. Nepalese people celebrate the festivals religiously. Dashain and Tihar are the main festivals in Nepal, primarily observed in the month of October. The people of Nepal are humble and will greet you with “Namaste” and a warm smile. More than 123 ethnic communities live harmoniously in Nepal, speaking their own language/dialect and following their unique culture and traditions. Nepali is the national language, and everyone speaks Nepali, in addition to their mother tongue.

Bhutan, on the other hand, is a Buddhist country with its culture and tradition vastly guided by Buddhism. Bhutanese people live a simple life and are some of the happiest people in the world. They are humble, religious, and hospitable. They find joy in celebrating religious festivals. Most people wear their traditional costumes, “Gho” and “Kira,” on a daily basis, and it is mandatory for civil servants during their working hours. The national language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, and people can also speak English, as it is used in educational institutions. Bhutanese people take their culture seriously, so please be respectful of it.

FAQsNepal Bhutan Tour - 12 Days frequently asked questions
  • The best way is to carry a VISA or Master Card to withdraw money from ATMs in Nepal and Bhutan. In that way, you don’t have to worry about the hassle of currency exchange. However, there are some charges applied per withdrawal/transaction. Almost all bank ATMs and stores in the cities accept international VISA or Master cards. You can also bring cash and exchange it for NPR or BTN in Kathmandu and Thimpu.

  • Outfitter Nepal is one of the top travel agencies in Nepal with experience of more than 15 years. We have been providing well-designed travel packages to Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet to travelers from all around the world at the best price possible. We’re associated with an experienced and licensed tour operator in Bhutan to take care of your travels in Bhutan.

    If you want to book the tour or need more information regarding the trip, please get in touch with us.

  • Yes, we can tailor-make the trip to suit your requirements and schedule. If you want to make changes to the itinerary or upgrade accommodation, you can contact us via email or Whatsapp, and we’ll see what we can do for you. 

  • No, there isn’t any limitation on how many people can visit Bhutan every year. However, due to its “High value, low impact” policy, and high Sustainable Development Fee (SDF), fewer people visit Bhutan annually compared to other countries.

  • Nepal is known for its Mt. Everest and the great Himalayas. So, the best thing you can do in Nepal is trekking, hiking, or mountaineering. Nepal is also blessed with unique nature and culture, so you can go on natural and cultural tours like this one. Similarly, you can enjoy sightseeing tours, hiking, trekking, tasting local cuisine, and observing Bhutanese festivals. 

  • If solo implies traveling independently without hiring a guide or without being associated with any tour operator, the answer is “NO” because independent traveling isn’t allowed in Bhutan. However, if you’re a single person traveling, you’re more than welcome to visit Bhutan via a licensed tour operator.

  • Yes. As English is the language of instruction in private schools in Nepal and all schools in Bhutan except for one national language class, it is understood and spoken by literate people in both countries. However, the older generations and people from rural areas will have trouble with English.

  • While civil servants are required to wear traditional Bhutanese costumes (Gho for men, Kira for women) during working hours, there are no restrictions on what travelers can wear. However, make sure to wear decent clothes with full sleeves while visiting the temples and monasteries out of respect for the Bhutanese culture and religion. You can wear anything when you’re in Nepal.

  • Yes, travel insurance is mandatory to apply for Bhutan VISA. So, make sure to get yourself travel insurance from a trusted insurance company. In general, it’s always safe to have insurance while traveling overseas.

  • Nepal and Bhutan are one of the safest South Asian countries. People here are friendly and inviting. Bhutanese are some of the happiest people in the world, with very few or no crimes at all. You’re completely safe in Nepal and Bhutan, but it’s best to take extra care of yourself and your belongings while traveling. You’ll be accompanied by your tour guide to keep you safe anyway.

  • Nepal and Bhutan are both all-year-round destinations. You can book the trip for any time you’re free. However, spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Nepal and Bhutan due to the moderate temperature and clear atmosphere with great views. Spring, especially, gives a vibrant ambiance to the surrounding, with wildflowers like Rhododendrons covering the vegetation of the hilly region. Winters (October to February) are cold but bearable, whereas summers (June to August) are too hot and rainy, with landslides blocking the roads. 

  • Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupee (NPR), and Bhutan uses the Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) as the official currency. Indian Rupee (INR) up to the bill of INR 500 is also accepted in most parts of Nepal and Bhutan.

  • In case you cancel or shorten your visit, SDF will be refunded. Your SDF refund procedure will begin after you leave Bhutan, and you must apply online for the refunds. Please contact your tour operator in this regard.

  • In order to attract a sustainable number of high-value visitors who’d respect the Bhutanese culture and prefer to have a rich experience, the Bhutanese government has implemented a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) of $200 per day. Children between 6 to 12 years get a 50% discount on the SDF, while children below 6 don’t have to pay the fee. The visitors get everything from accommodation to transportation, meals, and a licensed tour guide for this fee for a day. The fund is utilized in development projects, health care, and education.

  • Due to the Bhutan government’s “High Value, Low Impact Tourism” policy, strict guidelines are implemented to practice sustainable tourism while providing the best experience to the visitors and preserving the unique Bhutanese culture and nature. That’s why Bhutan tours are expensive, but you’ll get to experience authentic Bhutan, and it’s totally worth the price.

  • Unfortunately not. Due to government regulations, you’re supposed to apply for a Bhutan VISA via a licensed tour operator. You can only book a flight once your VISA is approved, and only your tour operator can do so.

  • You can enter Bhutan by taking a flight to the only international airport of Bhutan in Paro. Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines run flights from major Indian cities (Delhi, Kolkata, Bodh Gaya, Guwahati) and other countries like Thailand (BKK), Singapore (SIN), Bangladesh (Dhaka), and Nepal (KTM). Outfitter Nepal flies you from Kathmandu to Paro (airfare included in the package cost). They’ve three other entry ports on the border of Bhutan and India, but it’s tedious.

  • It is the regulation of the Bhutan Government that one must book a tour with licensed tour operators in Bhutan or their international associates. We team up with professional tour operators in Bhutan to provide the best services. These tour operators take care of everything, like arranging a tour guide, transportation, accommodation, and meals during your visit

  • The cost of the Nepal Bhutan Tour depends on the duration of your visit, the types of services you take (budget to luxury), and the time of the tour. Off-seasons are slightly cheaper than the peak seasons. Outfitter Nepal offers several Nepal Bhutan Tour packages starting from US$ 1800 to US$ 4000. 

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    NicoleATTAustralia,November 25, 2019
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    Nepal Bhutan Tour -Highly Recommended

    We booked a 12 Days Magic of Nepal and Bhutan and had a wonderful experience from start to finish. Both our guides in Kathmandu and Bhutan were professional and knowledgeable in every way. The drivers were experienced and helpful.

    The accommodation in Nepal was adequate but we could upgrade to 4-star for a bit more luxury! A 3-star hotel in Bhutan, well, was very comfortable. Overall, these hotel services were excellent, the staffs were very warm and welcoming and were always happy to please the guests.

    Outfitter Nepal is highly recommended. They responded quickly to our requests and were very flexible to our needs.

    They prepared to chang the tour itinerary to meet our preferences. The company director, Raj, was charismatic and friendly and it was a delightful surprise when he invited us for a farewell dinner at the completion of the tour

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