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Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure

  • 12 Days
  • 14 People Max

    5 - 14 guests

  • Activity Level 2
    • Activity Level 2

      On the Move

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they're even worn in, but they don't go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.

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  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
Nepal and Bhutan Explorer Trip

Our Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure is thoughtfully crafted to highlight the unique cultures and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Wander the Kingdoms of Kathmandu, learn about the ancient cultures of Nepal and experience the intimate spirit of Buddhism in Bhutan on our 12-day Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure. Starting in Kathmandu, you'll visit a children's home, explore Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park in the foothills of Kathmandu, get to know the beautiful and generous Tamang people of rural Nepal and hike amongst terraced fields from Mystic Mountain Resort. After taking one of the most scenic flights in the world, from Kathmandu to Paro in the Kingdom of Bhutan, you'll immediately notice a change in scenery and culture. Your Kiwi and local guide work in parallel to bring you on an incredible journey through Bhutan's most fascinating landscapes and temples. You'll take the stunning hike to Tiger's Nest monastery, perched high on the cliffside some 900m (almost 3000ft) off the valley floor, and explore numerous other sacred sites of significance to the Buddhist religion. This trip exploring Nepal and Bhutan sees culture and incredible scenery unlike anywhere else on earth.

Trip Highlights

Village to village


Gangte Nature Trail


Tiger’s Nest


Kingdoms of Patan & Bhaktapur

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Sights of the Himalayas

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Changangkha & Chimi Lhakhang

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National Museum & Rinpung Dzong

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Tamang culture

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Bhutan Flight

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Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Kathmandu Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Day 1Arrive Kathmandu

  • Day 2Visit local school, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

  • Day 3Journey to Patan Kingdom and onto Nagarkot

  • Day 4Hike to Nala, explore Bhaktapur

  • Day 5Fly to Paro, Bhutan, Visit Tashichho Dzong

  • Day 6Journey to Buddha Dordenma, hike through Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park

  • Day 7Hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple

  • Day 8Hike the Gangte Nature Trail

  • Day 9Journey to Thimphu, visit the National Museum, onto Paro

  • Day 10Hike to Tiger's Nest

  • Day 11Fly to Kathmandu, free afternoon

  • Day 12Depart

  • Day 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu. You’ll be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city’s labyrinth of back street courtyards, colorful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal’s culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your guide will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, we’ll take you out for dinner at a local restaurant, for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really delicious flavor combinations. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Visit local school, Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park

    Today you’ll see Kathmandu from a new perspective as we wind our way up out of the valley that defines the capital city. After a tea break, we’ll enter the Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, in the foothills on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley - at this altitude the vegetation transitions from subtropical to temperate and the park is home to a diverse range of wildlife. After our hike, we’ll journey onto Bouldhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which sits on the ancient trade route from Tibet. For many centuries Tibetan merchants have rested here and offered prayers. After exploring the Bouldhanath Stupa, we’ll dine at a local restaurant with views looking down upon the Stupa. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation + 115 meters (380 feet) / - 310 meters (1,020 feet)

  • Day 3

    Journey to Patan Kingdom and onto Nagarkot

    Patan (or Lalitpur, ‘city of beauty’), now a part of greater Kathmandu, was once the capital of a powerful independent kingdom. You’ll notice as we explore this area, a calmer vibe - the craftspeople here, many of whom are Buddhist, have created exquisite temples and other works of art which give the area a distinct artisan feel. After lunch, we’ll ascend on a classic Nepali road northeast to Nagarkot. It’s refreshing to once again leave the bustling Kathmandu Valley behind on our way to Mystic Mountain Resort. We’ll have plenty of time this afternoon to check into our rooms and relax next to the pool, with views of the Himalayas. Elevation: Nagarkot - 2195 meters (7,200 feet)

    Mystic Mt Resort, Nagarkot (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 5 kilometers (3 miles), 1 hour, elevation + 24 meters (80 feet) / - 45 meters (150 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike to Nala, explore Bhaktapur

    By now you’ll be nicely adjusted to Nepal time, making an early wake-up for an epic mountain sunrise all the more appealing. Add coffee and an excellent breakfast and it doesn’t get any better! Full of energy, we’ll hike a stunning ridgeline and jungle path to Nala. Mostly descending, we’ll pass typical Tamang villages learning about subsistence living and the challenges these people face - you wouldn’t know it though, as we’re greeted with beaming smiles around every corner. We’ll stop and visit the Human Welfare Society home, for children rescued off the streets. It’s a short drive onwards to Bhaktapur for lunch, and a chance to explore another of the medieval city-states of the Kathmandu Valley. You’ll see here in the ‘City of Culture’ some of the devastating damage caused by the 2015 earthquake. But there’s plenty still standing including many pagodas, shrines, carved wood columns and temples. After dinner, your trip leader will brief you on the Bhutan adventure to come. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 7 kilometers (4.3 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation + 115 meters (380 feet) / - 310 meters (1020 feet)

  • Day 5

    Fly to Paro, Bhutan, Visit Tashichho Dzong

    Prepare to shift gears as we leave the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu and fly east to the Kingdom of Bhutan. This is a country, situated on the silk road, that has endured independence for centuries and has never been colonized! Bhutan is the least populous nation in South Asia, ranking first in economic freedom, ease of doing business and peace. After driving from Paro to Thimphu, we’ll visit Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress on the northern edge of the city. Next, it’s onto the Tarkin wildlife reserve, and we’ll have lunch at Simply Bhutan, an interactive living Museum where we’ll experience an introduction into traditional life in Bhutan. Dinner this evening is at the hotel, and you’ll have a chance to soak in your first culturally-immersive day in Bhutan. Elevation: Thimphu - 2334 meters (7,657 feet) Elevation: Thimphu - 2334 meters (7,657 feet)

    Hotel Damisa or similar, Thimphu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles)

  • Day 6

    Journey to Buddha Dordenma, hike through Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park

    Making the most of our day, we’ll take an early breakfast before departing for Buddha Dordenma, overlooking Thimphu valley. This statue is said to emanate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world, and we’ll visit the temple the Buddha sits on. Afterwards, we’ll hike a forest trail from Buddha Dordenma, down through the Kuensel Phodrang Nature Park. After lunch, we’ll journey to the lush district of Punakha, known for the Punakha Dzong, a 17th-century fortress. Our journey to Punakha will take us over the Dochula pass. When the weather is nice, this pass (3,100 m / 10,300 ft) offers tremendous views of the eastern Himalayan ranges and along the pass there are an astonishing 108 memorial chortens. We’ll take some time to explore this majestic fortress, which is the administrative center of Punakha District. Elevation: Punakha - 1242 meters (4,075 feet)

    Dharma Suddhi or similar, Punakha (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 5 kilometers (3 miles), 2 hours

  • Day 7

    Hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple

    We’ll stretch our legs after breakfast with a hike up the trail leading to the Klamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. The stupa was built to protect Bhutan from evil forces and help bring peace to the world. Your ascent will be rewarded with incredible views overlooking the Punakha Valley. Afterwards we’ll explore the Punakha Dzong, taking a short hike from the Dzong across a swing bridge towards a local farmhouse, where we’ll enjoy lunch. We’ll then drive to Chimi Lakhang, the Fertility Temple. This Buddhist temple is renowned throughout Bhutan as a fertility inducing magnet - thousands make the pilgrimage each year in the hopes of having a child, as well as receiving a blessing from the saint with the ‘magic thunderbolt of wisdom’. Elevation: Punakha - 1242 meters (4,075 feet)

    Dharma Suddhi or similar, Punakha (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Hike to Chimi Lhakhang: 1.5 kilometers (1 mile), 1 hour, elevation + 30 meters (100 feet)
    Hiking: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten: 3.4 kilometers (2.1 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

  • Day 8

    Hike the Gangte Nature Trail

    This morning we’ll journey east to Phobjikha. The walk we’ll take here, along the Gangte Nature Trail, is spectacular! We’ll pass through flowering meadows, lush forest and a small village. At the end of our hike we’ll arrive at Khewang Lhakhang, a 15th-century Buddhist Temple with statues of the past, present and future Buddhas. This area has some wonderful valley viewpoints, where there are opportunities to see Black-necked cranes, or ‘Thrung Thrung Karmo’, the subject of many Bhutanese songs and folklore. Our hotel tonight offers another fine example of the local hospitality you’ll experience on this trip, with outstanding service and exotic food... And did we mention the views!? Elevation: Phobjikha - 3000 meters (9,842 feet)

    ABC Lodge or similar, Phobjikha (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 7.5 kilometers (4.6 miles), 2-3 hours

  • Day 9

    Journey to Thimphu, visit the National Museum, onto Paro

    After breakfast we’ll depart for the journey back to Paro, taking lunch along the way. In Paro we’ll visit Rinpung Dzong, and you’ll also have views of this Buddhist monastery from your hotel, as it’s lit up in the evening. Elevation: Paro - 2200 meters (7,218 feet)

    Tashi Namgay Resort or similar, Paro (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 2 kilometers (1.2 miles)

  • Day 10

    Hike to Tiger's Nest

    A trip to Bhutan is not complete until you’ve visited Paro Taktsang, Tiger’s Nest. We’ll take an early breakfast so that we can begin hiking whilst the trail is quiet - the trek is challenging - and thankfully this is what protects this extraordinary attraction from overcrowding. Once you’ve cleared the trees you’ll get your first glimpse of the Tiger’s Nest, somehow perched on the cliff high above the valley floor. Once at the monastery you’ll take a fascinating tour of the buildings, with plenty of time to find a quiet spot and soak it all in. You’ll be in awe, wondering how the Buddhists established this area, first as a meditation cave in the 8th century and later as a monastery in the 17th century. Amazing! Our final dinner will take place at the ‘Farmhouse’ for a Bhutanese Cultural performance and wait for it... Some hot stone baths! Elevation: Paro - 2200 meters (7,218 feet)

    Tashi Namgay Resort or similar, Paro (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Up to 6.5 kilometers (4 miles), 5 hours, elevation +/- 518 meters (1,700 feet)

  • Day 11

    Fly to Kathmandu, free afternoon

    We’ll take a morning flight back to Nepal, so with any luck, we’ll be treated to more spectacular Himalayan views out of the right-hand side of the plane. For those who are keen after lunch, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, the place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is in the center of old town Kathmandu and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture, so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas. Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 meters (4,600 feet)

    Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 12


    Today is the final day of your Nepal and Bhutan cultural exploration. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to give suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking and adventures you’ve had with us!

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

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  • An experienced Active Adventures Himalayas guide 
  • A team of local guides and porters (except Bhutan)  
  • 7:1 guest-to-guide ratio 
  • Our ‘Red Carpet’ pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions 
  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!
  • All accommodation for the duration of your trip 
  • All activities described in the itinerary 
  • All necessary gear where indicated in the itinerary 
  • Most meals (except where indicated, so you can sample the local cuisine independently!) 
  • All drinking water (including while trekking) 
  • Unlimited snacks 
  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip 
  • All ground transportation and flights (where indicated) during the trip 
  • All hiking and park entry fees and permits 

Not Included

  • International/Domestic Flights and transfers to and from the meeting point 
  • Accommodation before/after the trip (but we can organize this for you if required!) 
  • Optional extra activities 
  • Travel insurance (Mandatory for this destination)
  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Gratuities for your guides at the end of your fabulous trip 

Reviews from our Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure

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Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - March 2023

Fourth Active Trip -- Awesomeness continues!!!!

We just completed our fourth trip with Active Adventures. We've done trips in Peru, NZ,… read more

We just completed our fourth trip with Active Adventures. We've done trips in Peru, NZ, Galapagos, and just now Nepal/Bhutan. Every trip we have done is just amazing. Great logistics, amazing guides -- everybody so accommodating and going above and beyond to make our trip terrific. We appreciate being able to hike to see wonderful things, and experience the culture and meet local people. Fantastic! Each and every trip we saw the wonders of each country. We are looking for trip #5!!!!! read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)


Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - March 2023

Kathmandu Valley and Bhutan

"one word-AMAZING! Mel was amazing, and so were the guides in both Kathmandu and Bhutan.… read more

"one word-AMAZING! Mel was amazing, and so were the guides in both Kathmandu and Bhutan. We explored two different countries and embedded ourselves (thanks to Active) into their cultures. Loved every place we went, every aspect of life we encountered-orphanage and the work done to help impoverished children, cranes and their preservation, religious beliefs, simply the people and their lifestyle. Genuine people who opened their homes and hearts to us foreigners. THANK YOU! read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)


Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - March 2023


"Absolutely beautiful. Had a wonderful time. read more

"Absolutely beautiful. Had a wonderful time. read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)


Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - March 2023

Nepal & Bhutan

"A great way to experience these Himalayan countries, cultures, and relatively easy trails. read more

"A great way to experience these Himalayan countries, cultures, and relatively easy trails. read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)


Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - January 2023

Wonderful trip!

"Great challenging hiking, beautiful scenery, lots of variety of activities, meals and accommodations. We really… read more

"Great challenging hiking, beautiful scenery, lots of variety of activities, meals and accommodations. We really got to see and experience what life is like for locals in both Nepal and Bhutan. Dan was a tremendous trip leader and with help from local guides xxxx and Chunjur he adjusted our itinerary as necessary to take advantage of opportunities for festivals and local schedules. The small group of 8 travelers was the perfect size and the best group of people we have ever traveled with. read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)

Ron, United States

Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - December 2022

Nepal - Bhutan

"It was great to finally get have the trip after a two year delay. The… read more

"It was great to finally get have the trip after a two year delay. The trip was everything I expected. This was my 6th trip with Active and the the third trip when Dan was one of the guides. As usual the the trip was paced perfectly and Dan always had a plan b ready to adapt to any changes. If you are looking for a mix of cultural and activity this is the trip. The trip is not as strenuous as some but the opportunities to see day to day life and visit places beyond the tourist sites makes this trip unique. read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)

James, Canada

Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - November 2022

A cultural experience

"I went straight from the Annapurna basecamp trek to Bhutan. The cultural contrast between… read more

"I went straight from the Annapurna basecamp trek to Bhutan. The cultural contrast between the two countries couldn’t have been more vivid. If you have the time and funds, I highly recommend doing both back to back in that order.

Bhutan was unlike any place I’d ever been. With the exception of the hike up to the Tiger’s Nest, the hiking in Bhutan is pretty low key, especially compared to Annapurna or Everest basecamp. For the most part, hikes on this trip are flat, or even downhill. Nothing that requires much preparation, provided you are reasonably fit and can walk 4 or 5 miles without issues.

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5 Stars (9 reviews)

Gerry, United States

Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - June 2020

Snow Leopard roars!

"This was the inaugural Snow Leopard trip, so as with any new venture there were… read more

"This was the inaugural Snow Leopard trip, so as with any new venture there were a few hiccups and rough spots along the way--but not to worry! Trip guide Dan and his country guides Arjun and Gangchu took everything in stride and made adjustments on the fly, creating a seamless and engrossing experience. The scenery was breathtaking, of course, but just as memorable was the variety of cultural experiences to which we were introduced, from remote villages reached only by rutted dirt roads to the dusty confusion of Kathmandu, hot stone baths, ethnic dancing, more temples and stupas than could be counted and a never-to-be forgotten introduction to the Divine Madman and his iconography. Our lodging ran the gamut from guilt-inducing luxury in Kathmandu to more modest but still quite comfortable guest houses in Bhutan, the food was predominantly vegetarian and mostly unexceptional but satisfying, and the company--guides, fellow travelers and hosts--warm and welcoming. read less

4 Stars (9 reviews)

Andrew, United States

Kathmandu Valley & Bhutan Adventure - March 2020

From the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu to the serenity of Bhutan we loved it all.

"We had some extra time in Kathmandu to explore and experience a food tour which… read more

"We had some extra time in Kathmandu to explore and experience a food tour which was great. The itinerary, guides, food, and accommodations were great. The food at the farm house in Bhutan was amazing. The misty morning hike to the Tiger's Nest, clearing as we arrived, was spiritual. The views of the Himalaya on a clear day during our return flight to Nepal were spectacular. The extra luxury of the Marriott in Kathmandu was a treat and so was the evening of dancing at another farm house. Gangchu our guide in Bhutan made our tours and hikes enjoyable and informative as did our guides in Nepal and Dan our leader. The drivers and vehicles were excellent. read less

5 Stars (9 reviews)

Scott, United States

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Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip, our two pick-up locations are Kathmandu airport (KTM), whenever you fly in on Day 1, or we'll meet you at the Marriott Hotel at 5pm. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at this hotel with us, or any other hotel in Kathmandu, though you must make your own way to one of the two pick-up points at the pre-designated times.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Kathmandu Airport in time for flights departing any time or anywhere in the Central Kathmandu downtown area after breakfast.

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: If you’re flying into Kathmandu on the first day or your trip then we recommend arriving in Kathmandu before 4pm.

Note: If you have booked your accommodation through your Travel Wallet to stay at the Marriott Hotel prior to your trip starting, a friendly face from the Marriott Hotel will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation in the city.

Departure: On the last day of the trip, you can fly out at any time that suits. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out booking extra hotel accommodation.

What do I need to bring to the first night trip briefing?

Please meet us in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel at 5pm for a pre-trip briefing and our first dinner together! The Marriott Hotel is a 15 minute drive from the Tribhuvan International Airport, and is located at Manakamana Marg, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal, ph +977 1-4443040.
Please bring along your passport, a photo copy of your passport and a copy of your travel insurance document.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

As an Activity Level 1-2 trip, you’ll need a good level of fitness for this trip. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills, down hills and steps. Advance preparation means you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

This trip begins at an altitude of 1,400 metres (4,600 feet) in Kathmandu and will take you up to 3,120 metres (10,240 feet) at Tiger’s Nest. Unless you’ve travelled to and slept around this altitude in the past there is no reliable way to predict how well you’re going to cope. While most people experience some mild symptoms, these are usually limited to a few days while your body adjusts and acclimatises.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip isn’t designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Nepal & Bhutan. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges, all with private, ensuite bathrooms.

The best time to do laundry will be during our two night stay in Punakha or in Paro on your free afternoon. While there may be other opportunities to do laundry elsewhere if need be they won’t be as convenient. Self-service laundries are rare, so you’ll probably need to use on-site hotel laundry services or off-site lavanderias, though we recommend hand-washing technical fabrics yourself.

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

Included in your itinerary are return flights from Kathmandu to Paro. The weight requirements on these flights are maximum 30 kilograms (60 pounds) for your check in bag, and maximum 5 kilograms (11 pounds) for your daypack/ carry on.

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Is tipping expected in Bhutan?

Tipping is accepted in Bhutan (and appreciated!), most people also choose to tip their Active Adventures guides. We recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, for your Active Adventures trip leader, your local Nepali guide and local Bhutan guide. Your loose change (or 5%) is fine in cheaper places; around 10% in more expensive restaurants. Tips are gratefully accepted in either their local currency or US dollars.

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