Bhutan & Nepal vacation, Himalayan Kingdoms

Price
32992969To35993239 excluding flights
Duration
12 days
Countries
Bhutan, Nepal
Type
Small group
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Price excludes your return Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu flights which will be quoted based on availability
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Description of Bhutan & Nepal vacation, Himalayan Kingdoms

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32992969To35993239 excluding flights
Price excludes your return Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu flights which will be quoted based on availability
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Travel guides

Bhutan
A trip to Bhutan is like traveling back in time. Since opening its doors to tourists in 1974, this formerly isolated country has had a clear strategy...
Nepal
There is no question that the Himalayas offer some of the best hiking in the world and this Nepal travel guide merely scratches the surface of the pic...

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

In Nepal, we encourage trekkers to eat the same meals as much as possible, to reduce the amount of cooking fuel required. We also strongly recommend the use of filtered or purified water instead of purchasing bottled water en-route and adding to the already large problem of plastic waste in the mountains.

The Bhutanese people in general are very environmentally conscious, and this makes traveling and working in Bhutan a pleasure. The Bhutanese government has many rules in place to ensure that the local culture, religion and traditions are protected, and we fully support their efforts.

We know that tourism and the development required to support it will always have some kind of impact on the local environment and ecosystems. It is our duty as tour operators, and as travelers, to strive to ensure that we support and make positive impacts, while also aiming to reduce any negative impacts as much as possible. We know that making the positive difference we aim to achieve will not be an easy task.

We design our itineraries to avoid domestic flights and the associated CO2 emissions as much as possible. We also try to design some city tours to be done on foot as much as possible and reduce the amount of driving each day.

Drinking water and the waste associated with single-use plastic water bottles is something we are working hard on in all our destinations. We encourage travelers to bring their own water bottles, and are also rolling out a program of providing large water canisters on group tours instead of small bottles, and offering filtered water bottles to travelers, which can vastly reduce waste generated by our customers on an ongoing basis after their tour with us.

We encourage energy saving on our tours by asking travelers to turn off all air-conditioning, lights, and electronics when leaving their hotel rooms. Littering at any of the sites must also be avoided. If trash cans are not available, we facilitate the collection and later disposal of any waste generated during our tours.

Many of the sites we visit on our tours are seen as natural wonders. We encourage our travelers to treat these sites as such, sticking to marked paths, not picking wild plants or flowers, and avoiding disturbing the local wildlife as much as possible.

People

Our Nepal tours avoid domestic flights as much as possible and instead travel by road between Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, and Pokhara. We feel this provides a much better experience, allowing you to see more of the country you are traveling through, while also reducing CO2 emissions.

Our Nepal trekking tours are all lodge-based, which provides more income and support to the local mountain communities than camping. All porters used are employed under the guidelines provided by the International Porter Protection group, which covers their clothing & footwear and maximum loads, as well as other employment guidelines. We do not include elephant-back safaris on any of our tours and advise our travelers against booking these locally.

We have supported various local charities and NGOs over the years, including specific donations and support to our local team and their families following the 2015 earthquake.

We use only Nepali guides and drivers on all our tours, and have worked with the same Nepali family for 20 years, who help to run all our operations in Nepal. We aim to use only locally-owned hotels and guesthouses.

In Bhutan, we also try to add in some extra local experiences and interactions with the Bhutanese people, whether this be through trying local sports like archery, attending local festivals or tsechus, or visiting family homes. All trekking guides, cooks, and muleteers used are employed under the guidelines provided by the International Porter Protection group, which covers their clothing & footwear and loads, as well as other employment guidelines.

We use only Bhutanese guides and drivers on all our tours and aim to use locally-owned hotels and guesthouses in most locations.

Throughout our long tourism business journey, exceeding 20 years of operations in the Middle East and Asia in particular, we have succeeded in establishing strong links with many of the communities we are dealing with in our host destinations. We aim to use locally-owned hotels instead of international chains, and encourage our guests to buy local products and make use of services provided in the communities they travel through. We help indirectly through the experiences and cultural exchanges that take place between the local population and the travelers during our tours.

We employ local guides, using local handicraft shops, and recommend shops to our travelers so that their vacation spending contributes to the people of that country. Furthermore, we provide each traveler with a tipping guide or arrange a tipping kitty that will help to ensure that those numerous people working hard to make sure our vacations run smoothly and are a great experience, are rewarded as they should be.

We also try to consider the social and cultural aspects of the local community and how to respect the customs and traditions of its inhabitants. Our tour notes will provide advance information on dress codes and particular local customs, and our guides will expand on this in their explanations during the tour. This means we can create valuable and rewarding opportunities for our travelers and allow local people to mingle and exchange ideas and thoughts without causing any unintended offence.

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