East Bhutan Nomad Journey
The Twin Jewels of the East | Bhutan’s Best Kept Secret!
Nov. 12th to 28th, 2018 • 17 Days
• Explore the Eastern and central part of Bhutan.
• Visit temples, including the famous Tiger’s Lair, monasteries, nunneries, dzongs (fortress), art projects, schools and Kutira’s special projects
• Sample delicious and diverse local cuisine from fine dining to family prepared traditional food
• Explore the country’s Buddhist tradition and culture with the help of an expert guide
• Hike up stunning trails and enjoy the breath-taking architecture that Bhutan has to offer
- All lodging accommodations and breakfast, lunch and dinner
- All transportation
- Our own English-speaking Bhutanese Guide
- All daily activities
- Kutira’s cultural and spiritual immersion tour
And of course, unexpected beautiful surprises!
Accommodations and Food
We will stay in beautiful and clean hotels and guest houses with hot water and electricity. (Please note: Our hotels/guest houses will be rated 3 stars and any upgrades to 4/5 star accommodations are at additional cost. Requests need to be made early and may be only available at certain places.)
Breakfast and most dinners will be in hotels. Lunches will often be in restaurants or picnic lunches during our hikes. Meals are typically served buffet style, with Bhutanese, Indian, and Chinese dishes as the usual offerings. Vegetarians are easily accommodated. A typical breakfast may include cereal and milk, pancakes (sometimes Buckwheat), omelets, fried potatoes, and fruits in season. Dinners will usually be in restaurants or even the homes of local families we have relationships with. Dinner may include rice, noodles, asparagus or cauliflower, a meat entrée (often chicken), and ema datse, the spicy chili cheese dish often considered as the national dish of Bhutan. Beer is typically available for purchase with lunch or dinner, but wine is limited- drinks are not included in the price.
The trip consists of a mix of hiking, cultural and culinary touring. Anyone in good physical condition who is comfortable walking 2-3 hours on a hilly, rocky terrain should have no difficulty on the hikes. It is important to view the trip as a group activity where the needs of the group may outweigh those of the individual. An open attitude and respect for the culture are important attributes that enhance participant’s enjoyment of the trip. Please feel free to call Kutira and discuss if this would be the perfect journey of your life. It is much easier than you think!
Equipment and Clothing
Hiking boots or trail shoes, rain jacket and pants, and a day-pack are highly recommended. Daytime temperatures will be moderate (approximately 55 to 75 degrees). Nighttime temperatures will be cool (30 to 40 degrees). September to late November is the rainy season and is characterized by bright sunny days and some early snow falls at higher elevations.
17-Day Journey Pricing
|DATES:||November 12th-28th, 2018|
|DEPOSIT:||$4000 ($600 non-refundable) to reserve your space NOW! (spaces are limited)|
|FINAL BALANCE:||$3800 due by August 31st, 2018|
PLEASE NOTE: This price is based on 16 participants, if the group is below 16 people there will be an additional surcharge of $300. If below 11 participants, the price with be an additional charge of $500.
Costs are based on double occupancy, ie. shared twin hotel accommodation.
Single room surcharge $60 per day, if requested and available.
Flights are extremely limited and ABSOLUTELY must be booked ASAP to reserve your space with Kutira. In-country flights cost about $400 USD
This beautiful and charming Kingdom does not allow any other airlines to enter their paradise and this is also the high season for tourist and the best time of the year to visit, so booking flights 6 months in advance is extremely important. There are only a limited amount tickets available so it is imperative to secure your seat to fly on The Wings of the Dragon (Druk Air = Druk means Dragon in Bhutanese).
Druk Air’s cancellation policy is very good, so you can cancel if you decide that you cannot join us. However, if you wait to book your ticket, you run the risk of no more seats being available! Book your tickets NOW online on Druk Air.
Please call us soon so we can help you with arranging your tickets if you need. The last time we had to turn people away as there were no more seats available. Phone/WhatsApp: 1 808 280 3960 or send us a request for Skype: kutira-la
The price does not cover:
- International airfare & in-country flights
- Any extra days prior to or beyond the dates of the tour
- Excess baggage on the flight
- Phone calls/internet usage fees and faxes during the tour
- Any items of a personal nature ie: laundry, medical and travel insurance coverage.
Gratuities to your guides, driver and behind the scene angels. We will collect $175 USD per person at the beginning of our journey. This amount is based on 16 people – any less than 16, the gratitude contribution will be $200, and less then 11 with be $250. Please bring this in cash with you.
Optional monastery donations: It is customary when you enter a sacred place that you support the well-being of the space with a small contribution. When you exchange money, please get some small bills.
All prices in $US with a 5% surcharge paid with credit card, international wire fee $45 for each transfer, personal checks and cash are accepted.
For more information and to ensure this journey is for you, write to info@BhutanEcoRetreat.com or call contact the office at 808-572-6006.
Once you have registered to this once in a lifetime adventure, our office will help to prepare you with detailed information. Step by step we will help you get ready.