Why should you go to Bhutan?
Bhutan is no ordinary place. It is the last great Himalayan kingdom, shrouded in mystery and magic, where a traditional Buddhist culture carefully embraces global developments.
•They pride themselves to be low volume, high-value tourist destination, which means they limit the number of tourists that can go there every year and charge a premium for the visit
•They famously measure the net worth of the country in Gross Happiness Product rather than Gross Domestic Product
•While the rest of the world aspires to be carbon neutral in the next 30-50 years, Bhutan already emits less carbon than it absorbs
•It has a pristine eastern Himalayan landscape, where snow-capped peaks rise above primeval forests and beautiful traditional villages.
•The king and queen of the kingdom are the most good looking couple in the world.
How long is the trip?
The trip will be for a total of 9 days and 8 nights in Bhutan. Plus takes at least 2 days each way to get to Bhutan and come back from Bhutan so the total duration of the trip 14 days from London to London
The trip will start from Paro in Bhutan on Saturday the 17th of October and finish on Sunday the 25th of October in Paro.
What will we do there?
The trip is split into two strands.
1) A hiking and cultural trip where 5 of the nine days you will be hiking around the country . This includes a 4-day trek from Thimpu (The capital city) to Paro (the airport) staying in a campsite along the way. Although the campsites are the ones used by the handsome young king and his princess so presumably pretty comfortable
2) The second strand will be cultural when you will explore the local life include visiting the small hamlets and villages to meet these happy people. This would also have the option of some hikes but nothing very strenuous.
What will it cost?
The total cost of the trip will be £1650 for the 9 days and 8 nights in Bhutan with full board. It excludes the flights to and from Bhutan.
The price includes:
1. Accommodation on a twin share basis at a 3* hotel or campsites
2. Three full meals a day.
3. Full time licensed English speaking guide.
4. Local Transport in Creta car/Hiace bus /Coaster bus
5. All-access fees to museums, parks and other entry fees related to the tour.
6. Visa arrangement for Bhutan.
7. Bottled drinking water.
The price does not include:
1. Airfare to and back from Paro Airport in Bhutan
2. Any alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages and any other personnel expenses
3. Travel Insurance.
4. Any expenses incurred on medical emergencies and evacuations
5. Any liabilities due to cancellation of flights, roadblock, etc.
6. Tips to the tour staff, the guide and driver.
A Single Room can be arranged at an extra cost.
How to get Bhutan from London?
Being a high value, low volume destination. It is not straight forward to get to Bhutan. There is an airport in Paro, Bhutan which is served only by two airline Bhutan Airways and Druk Airways they are both National Carriers.
Direct Flights to Paro are only from 5 international airports New Delhi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, and Bangkok.
The cost of these flights will be between £800-£1100. The shortest and quickest route is to fly to Delhi and then take a flight to Paro. The cheapest will be to fly to Kathmandu or Kolkata (with a couple of changes) and then take the flight to Paro.
The recommended flights will be posted once the number of people going is finalised
Is there a detailed Itinerary?
The detailed itinerary will be posted here in the next couple of days.
I am Interested What do I do next?
- RSVP for the event on the meet-up site
- Send a message indicating whether you want to go for the hiking option or the cultural option.
-At least three people need to sign up for the trip to go ahead.
- Once we have the required numbers I will confirm the trip
- A deposit will be required before the end of March.