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The Ultimate Luxury Bhutan Hike (Inc. Tiger's Nest Hike) + Amankora 8D7N, Private Guided

The Ultimate Luxury Bhutan Hike (Inc. Tiger's Nest Hike) + Amankora 8D7N, Private Guided

The Ultimate Luxury Bhutan Hike (Inc. Tiger's Nest Hike) + Amankora 8D7N, Private Guided

$9,980.00

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At A Glance

The Ultimate Luxury Bhutan Hike Short Loop allows you to venture into three valleys (Thimphu Valley, Punakha Valley and Paro Valley) of the Kingdom of Bhutan over 8 days. The tour offers you soft safari cultural touring with visits of ancient worship houses, monasteries, museums and easy to moderate walks/hikes at each valley, including Tiger's Nest hike. Throughout the walking tour, you'll stay at luxury Amankora lodges, across Bhutan's cloud-crowned, pine-lined peaks in boutique hotel bliss.

The trip includes Wangditse Leisure Forest Trail walk, Phajoding Goenpa Hike, Lungchutse Hike, Khamsum Chorten Hike, Tacho lhakang Hike, a section of Chele La Trek, and the famous Tiger's Nest Hike. You'll also visit Dzongs, stroll pass the Takin animal sanctuary and venture into local villages.

The tour also offers you unique cultural, spiritual and wellness experiences, including meeting with Mynak R Tulku, the 12th reincarnated lama of the famous Mynak Rinpoche, printing prayer flags, and enjoying a relaxing massage.

The tour is privately guided and fully supported. You only need to carry a day pack.

All meals are included for the duration of the tour as well as house beverages including select wines and spirits. All ground transfers as well as transfers to and from Paro airport are included. The tour also offers complimentary laundry service.

You'll be hosted by local Bhutanese staff at the Amankora lodges, and a driver and guide on daily excursions/hikes. All staff are highly experienced and knowledgeable. The walk is fully supported and you only need to carry a day pack each day.

Raise your happiness quotient with this luxury walking holiday in Bhutan.

Departure Dates:
Depart daily on request.

The price is for per person, twin share. It's a price guide. Additional charges may apply for travelling during March to May, and September to November or different room type. It's all inclusive price. Please see the full inclusion in the section of 'WHAT'S INCLUDED' on this page.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. Or simply book online. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    Bhutan is no ordinary place. This land-locked nation is one of the most remote and pristine environments on Earth. With over 60% of the land being unspoiled wilderness, you can look at beauties everywhere to purify your minds. Descending from 7,000-metre-high peaks in the north to the low-lying plains of the south, its rivers have forged deep valleys separated by high mountains passes.

    Historically isolated, each valley's topography and scenic beauty affords you an opportunity for unique journeys of discover. Peaceful monasteries, impressive fortresses (or dzongs), jagged Himalayan mountains and deep valleys are all part of this fascinating journey through the Buddhist kingdom on the Himalayas' eastern edge.

    Bhutan Trekking

    Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, has successfully preserved much of its ancient culture and reputation for being the happiest country in the world. Travel to Bhutan to discover its secret to happiness.

    Tiger's Nest: Paro Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger's Nest) clings impossibly to a sheer cliff face at 3,120 metres (10,240 ft) above the sea level, about 900 metres (3,000 ft) above the forested Paro Valley. This temple is a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site in the kingdom, and Bhutan's most iconic landmark and religious site.

    Bhutan Trekking Tiger's Nest

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  • Accommodation

    Amankora
    Amankora is a unique circuit of five luxurious lodges set throughout the Kingdom of Bhutan's central and western valleys. Each with its own dramatic natural backdrop, amidst the glacial river valleys, green forests and Himalayan peaks.

    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Paro Lodge

    The trip includes 7 nights accommodation at the following three Amankora lodges:

    Amankora Thimphu
    Surrounded by blue-pine forest in the upper reaches of Motithang, a suburb on the outskirts of Bhutan's capital, the lodge is a quiet retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of the Kingdom's main commercial centre. Inspired by the architecture and layout of a traditional dzong, the lodge's white-washed stone buildings are reached through an enclosed courtyard. You'll enjoy outdoor dining here overlooking the nearby stream and surrounding forest.

    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Thimphu Lodge Suite

    Amankora Punakha
    Reached by crossing a dramatic suspension bridge over the Mo Chhu (Mother River), Amankora Punakha occupies a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. Built by a former Je Khenpo ( Chief Abbot of Bhutan) as a residence from which to oversee the surrounding rice paddies and fruit orchards, this charming farmhouse features original vegetable-dye wall paintings, central courtyard for outdoor dining, tea pavilion and two-story spa.

    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Punakha Lodge Terrace
    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Punakha Lodge Terrace

    Amankora Paro
    Hidden in pine forest, combining rustic and contemporary details, Amankora Paro is constructed of traditional rammed-earth walls with gentle sloping roofs and wood-panelled interiors. It offers views of snow-clad Mount Jhomolhari and the ruins of an ancient dzong. The lodge has a sauna, steam room, and treatment rooms with hot stone baths.

    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Lodge At Night
    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Paro Lodge Bathroom
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  • Food & Wine

    You will experience Bhutanese dining experiences throughout the trip. Dinners will be an alternation of Bhutanese, Western and Indian cuisines.

    Morning: You will wake up with a cup of hot Ngaja, a sweet Bhutanese milk tea or suja butter tea served to your room. Sipping the tea is a traditional Bhutanese morning ritual and these teas can also be soothing after a long hike. Continental or cooked breakfast is served at lodges.

    Lunch: Picnic style. Your guide will carry and prepare your lunches when you are out on executions/hikes.

    Picnic Lunch with a View

    Dinner: At the completion of each day, you head back to Amankora to unpack and enjoy a scrumptious meal and house beverages including select wines and spirits. Bhutanese, Western and Indian cuisines are served using local ingredients such as yak meat and fresh honey from the Bumthang Valley. Evening menus are tailored to individual tastes.

    Bhutan Luxury Holiday Amankora Dinner

    You'll have dinners at various beautiful dining sites (indoor & outdoor). We endeavour to create memorable dining experiences throughout the trip for you, e.g. Riverside BBQ and courtyard dinning under the stars or decorated with candles and lanterns with live Bhutanese music.

    Amankora Punakha Courtyard Dining
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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided eight-day-seven-night walking journey travelling through three valleys of the Kingdom of Bhutan.
    - Soft safari cultural touring to ancient worship houses, monasteries, museums and easy to moderate walks/hikes at each valley.
    - Hike up to the famous Tiger's Nest.
    - Unique cultural, spiritual and wellness experiences including private meeting at Amankora Thimphu with the Mynak Trulku (subject to his availability), massage at Amankora, and printing prayer flag.
    - Hosted by Bhutanese guides and staff at Amankora lodges. They all have warm personalities and knowledge of the natural environment.
    - All meals and house beverages including select wines and spirits. A private riverside BBQ with candles and lanterns for one night.
    - All ground transfers including to and from Paro airport.
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7

  • DAY 8

  • What's included

    - Seven nights' luxury lodge accommodation (twin share) at Amankora
    - All transport and guiding
    - All meals and house beverages including select wines and spirits. A private riverside BBQ with candles and lanterns for one night.
    - Amazing walks and sightseeings including Tiger's Nest hiking
    - Unique cultural, spiritual and wellness experiences including private meeting at Amankora Thimphu with the Mynak Trulku (subject to his availability), printing prayer flags, and a 60-minute massage
    - Guided excursions/walks each day with experienced Bhutanese guides
    - All inclusive pricing
    - Return private transfer to and from Paro airport
    - Bhutan tourist visa fee, Bhutan government tourism royalty & surcharge, and Bhutan sustainable tourism fund
  • walk distance

    2 - 7 hours easy to moderate walking each day. We can tailor the walking program to suit your fitness level.

    Day 1: Approximately 2 - 3 hours walking, easy grade; altitudes: 2,400 meters
    Day 2: Approximately 4 - 5 hours walking, moderate grade; altitudes: 3,500 meters
    Day 3: Approximately 2 - 3 hours walking, moderate grade; altitudes: 3,600 meters
    Day 4: Approximately 1 - 2 hours walking, easy grade; altitudes: 1,500 meters
    Day 5: Approximately 1 hour walking, easy grade; altitudes: 2,200 meters
    Day 6: Approximately 6 - 7 hour walking, moderate grade; altitudes: 4,400 meters
    Day 7: Approximately 4 hour walking, moderate grade; altitudes: 3,100 meters
    Day 8: Depart

    Total: Approximately 42 - 51 km
  • WALKING GRADING

    The Ultimate Luxury Bhutan Walk Short Loop Walking Grading
  • estimated travel time in Bhutan

    Bhutan's infrastructure is continually being improved, which causes regular closures along the national highway. Delays are not uncommon. Some roads can be very degraded. You'll have experienced driver throughout the trip. The following is estimated travel time based on ideal road conditions.

    Estimated Travel Time in Bhutan

    Estimated Travel Time in Bhutan
  • Bhutan Tourist Visas

    Please note: Your Bhutan tourist visa application fee is included in this package. We offer services to arrange Bhutan tourist visas on your behalf.

    All travellers (excluding Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders) to Bhutan are required to obtain tourist visas prior to arriving in Bhutan. Visa application requires at least 14 working days for handing. India, Bangladeshi and Maldivian passport holders do not require a visa to visit Bhutan.

    How We Apply a Bhutan Tourist Visa on Your Behalf
    1. You need to complete a Pre-registration form and legal form (We will send to you after your booking.)
    2. Return the forms with clear colour copies of your passport. Please note that each passport should have a validity of at least six months from the intended date of departure from Bhutan.
    3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs typically does not issue a visa until approximately 15 to 20 days prior to arrival. Once available, we will forward a copy of your visa for your reference.

    For guests flying into and out of Bhutan via India, it is necessary to have e-tourist Indian visas or a regular double- or multiple-entry Indian visa. Please contact your nearest Indian embassy for more information. Please note that it will be all travellers' responsibility to make your own visa arrangements for any destinations prior to your Bhutan trip.

    For more Bhutan Tourist Visa information, please visit Tourism Council of Bhutan (http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/visa).
  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Paro
    - The finish point is Paro
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Paro. We recommend you fly from Bangkok, Delhi or Singapore into Paro. In Bangkok, Aman has an airport representative who will assist with check-in. Drukair, and Bhutan Airlines are the only airlines that operate in and out of Bhutan.

    We offer complimentary services to book all flights on your behalf. Airfare quotes will be provided upon request.

    Flight Routes to Paro Bhutan

    Flight Routes to Paro Bhutan
  • Weather and Climate

    Bhutan has four distinct seasons. Bhutan can be enjoyed in any season.

    Spring & Autumn Seasons (Mar - May, Sep - Nov)
    The weather is ideal in spring and autumn. Generally, it's clear and mild weather with excellent scenery, lower rainfall and a range of festivals called Tshechus and Dromchoes. Himalayan views are best in October, while rhododendron blooms peak in March and April. However, they are peak season for tourist visitors and you can expect some congestion at major tourist sights.

    Winter Season (Dec - Feb)
    The weather is still pleasant, though it can be cold and temperatures fall below zero at night in December and January. During those months, it has snow to the higher regions however the southern regions and main valleys where visitors generally travel are considerably warmer. Paro and Thimphu normally experience only light dusting's of snow. Cool weather and clear skies is a great time for photography and valley hiking plus the opportunity for wonderful Himalayan vistas.

    Summer Season (Jun - Aug)
    Monsoon rains. High-altitude flowers are at their peak. Early-mid summer period June to July is good time to visit as there are less tourists.

    Average Temperature in Bhutan

    Average Temperature in Bhutan

    For more weather & climate information, please visit Tourism Council of Bhutan (http://www.tourism.gov.bt/about-bhutan/climatic).
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    Cancellation Policies
    A 30% non-refundable deposit equivalent to the total program is required at time of booking. An additional 40% non refundable deposit due 6 months prior to the date of arrival. NB. A request is not confirmed until a deposit is received. The balance 30% will be due 90 days prior to the departure.

    Should the reservation request be placed within 6 months of the anticipated arrival to Bhutan, then a 70% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance 30% will be due 90 days prior to the departure.

    Should the reservation request be placed within 90 days of the anticipated departure, then the entire program amount in full must be deposited at the time of booking and this amount in non-refundable in the event of a cancellation.

    Should the group wish to make an alteration to the itinerary, every effort will be made to accommodate this request, but we cannot guarantee that this will be possible. Requests for amendments should be made in writing. Flight amendment costs may be applicable.

    No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption. We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance.

    Any group cancellations should be made in writing. The date the cancellation is received by Aman Bhutan will determine the group cancellation charges applicable.

    Drukair Cancellation & Refund policies:
    90% refund permitted for tickets cancelled 31 days or more from the date of travel
    75% refund permitted for tickets cancelled 10 - 30 days from the date of travel
    50% refund permitted for tickets cancelled 4 - 10 days from the date of travel
    No refund permitted for the tickets cancelled 4 days or less from the date of travel
    A date change fee of USD20 is applicable for date changes made 4 days or less from the date of travel • No refund permitted after first date change
    5% handling fee per ticket will be forfeited in the event of cancellation.
    *** The above Drukair terms and admin fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical
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