Bhutan Biking - 8 Days

Biking in Bhutan takes you to the interesting places of Bhutan, and one such place is the Dochula Pass (3050 m), from where you could see a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. Later, you follow an exciting downhill to the alluvial Punakha Valley, en-route, you visit the Royal Botanical Park.

At the beginning of the Bhutan Biking, you do a warm up biking up to the Buddha Point, where you see one of the largest statues of Buddha. From here, you bike to know the culture of Bhutan, as well as to explore the historical monuments of Bhutan. These monuments include Chimi Lhakhang, Paro Rimpung dzong, and National Museum, and they exhibit the bronze masterpieces and the famous paintings of Bhutan. These paintings also interpret the history of Bhutan. In the same way, Folk Heritage Museum displays the material culture life of the Bhutanese, while Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Divine Madman blesses the women, who seek fertility.

By biking, you reach near Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Inside the “Castle of Great Happiness,” is the architectural grandeur. This is the castle with a massive structure, built on the junction of two rivers, such as the Pho Chhu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). You also do an excursion to Tiger’s Nest that clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the Paro valley. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic, who had brought Buddhism to Bhutan, arrived in this monastery on the back of a flying tigress from Tibet. He also established Nyingma School of Mahayana Buddhism in Bhutan, and many Bhutanese believe that he is a saint and protector of Bhutan

Day1

Arrive in Paro & Transfer to Thimpu in a private vehicle. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Bike checks & warm up ride to Buddha Point. Afternoon sightseeing in Thimpu. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3

Ride from Thimpu to Punakha. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Sightseeing & Riding Excursion around Punakha. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Ride from Punakha to Dochula. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 6

Ride from Dochula to Paro & Sightseeing of Paro. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 7

Hike to the Tiger's Nest and vist it. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 8

Transfer to the airport for departure

Trip Highlights

  • Lush green forests, rolling hills, creeks, pristine villages and ancient monasteries
  • Cycling in major cities of Bhutan- Thimpu, Punakha, Dochula, Paro.
  • Sightseeing and Riding excursion around Punakha.
  • Hiking to the Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro
  • Buddha Point, the world's largest Buddha statue
  • Divine Madman, Heritage Museum, endangered Takin, a national animal of Bhutan.
  • Day 1Arrive in Paro and Transfer to Thimpu in a private vehicle

    Fly to Paro from either Bangkok or from New Delhi or from Kathmandu or from Dhaka. Of all these, there is a daily flight from Bangkok to Paro. Our airport representative will welcome you at Paro Airport and he/she will take you to hotel by a tourist vehicle. In a clear day, you can see the magnificent view of the world’s highest peaks as well as lush Paro valley through the window of an airplane. As you come out of the airplane, you can feel cool, clean fresh air. From the airport, you will be driven to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. The drive is about 1 hour. After a brief rest at your hotel in Thimpu, you embark on a leisurely exploration of Thimpu Market Area. You will also take out some time to witness the national game of Bhutan, that is, archery- at the local archery range. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 2Bike Checks & Warm up ride to Buddha Point

    In the morning, you visit Zorig Chusum, which is also known as Painting school. You also see students undertaking a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan, such as sculpture, calligraphy, painting, wood crafts, leather craft, casting, embroidery, weaving, bmboo crafts, pottery, gold & silver smithy, and black smithy & masonry.Folk Heritage Museum, which was established in 2001, provides fascinating insights of the Bhutanese material culture and way of life. In the Institute of Traditional Medicine, you see the concerned people manufacturing traditional medicine and healing the patients in accordance to ancient scriptures and traditions.

    National Library holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Some of these date back to several hundred years, as well as there are books on modern academic on Himalayan culture and religion, relating to Bhutan – A visual odyssey conceived and printed by MIT, USA, the biggest book in the world is displayed here. Bhutan Posts: Bhutan is also famnous for its colorful stamps on various themes, its display gallery offers a good opportunity to pick up postcards and stamps. Depending on the factor of time and interest, you will visit the adjoining Bhutan National Bank to observe the banking system.

    Drive to the Thimpu viewpoint at Sangyegang, en route, you visit a unique /highly endangered Takin (national animal of Bhutan). National Memorial Chorten was envisaged by the third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. This chorten is monument of world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974, after his untimely death, the chorten is a memorial to the Late King (the Father of modern Bhutan). The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into the Buddhist philosophy.

    (Open Fri – Sun) You also visit the weekend farmers market in Thimpu, where farmers & traders from all over the country converge each weekend to sell their products, consisting of farm product & items of daily use. This experience will provide some insights into the Bhutanese culinary culture.

    Later in the day, you take a leisurely stroll in Thimpu Bazaar (Market). In the afternoon, you take out some time to check your biking equipment, as well as you do a test ride to the Buddha point, which is the site of the world’s biggest statue of Buddha. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 3 Ride from Thimpu to Punakha

    In the morning, you start a scenic ride to Punakha over the Dochula pass (3050 m). This pass offers a panoramic view of the eastern Himalayan ranges on the clear days. Stop briefly here to take in the view and admire the 108 stupas built to honor His Majesty the King and to world peace and for the benefit of all living beings. Enjoy an exciting downhill from the pass all the way till the alluvial Punakha Valley. En-route, you stop at the Royal Botanical Park and view the rare species of flora and fauna, which are on display.

    In case if there are any fruits in season, you stop by the wayside farmers market at Lobesa to taste some fresh organic fruitsIn the afternoon, enjoy a short walk or bike ride to Chimmi Lhakang, a temple dedicated to the divine madman/god of fertility. Walk and past the villages and rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang-temple of the Divine Madman who is popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly. He inherited the Divine madman title since he revolted against the orthodox Buddhism in his time. He is revered as a symbol of fertility and childless couples make a visit to his temple to seek his blessing. Stay overnight in a Hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 4Sightseeing & Riding Excursion around Punakha

    In the morning, you ride across the traditional footbridge that spans across the river into the castle of Punakha. Explore Punakha fortress/castle, located between the two rivers, the Pho Chhu and the mo Chhu (male and female rivers).Explore and experience the architectural grandeur of the “Castle of Great Happiness”. The Castle of Great Happiness is a massive structure, built on the junction of two river Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mochu(Female river). Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until 1955 and the Dzong serves as the winter residence of the central monk body. Bhutan`s first king was crowned in this Dzong in 1907. Damaged 4 times by fire, earthquake, and flood, the Dzong has been fully restored by the fourth king. Enjoy an exciting ride across the longest suspension bridge in the Kingdom. Visit the Youth Development Funded Souvenir Production Centre operated by the youth, belonging to the disadvantaged communities. Enjoy a Picnic lunch by the scenic and tranquil riverside of Punakha (Optional). In the afternoon, you hike to the glorious Khamsum Yulay Namgyal Temple, located to the north of the valley. The temple offers a picturesque view of the northern Bhutanese Himalayas and the panoramic valley of Punakha to the south or ride to northern Punakha valley through paddy fields and villages. Stay overnight in a Hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 5Ride from Punakha to Dochula

    In the morning, you retrace the drive to the tranquil and picturesque Dochula Pass for the overnight.The ride today will be the toughest one, and while climbing up the Dochula Pass, our support vehicle / tour vehicle will be behind you in case of requirement. Rest and relax in the pristine surroundings of the Dochula Pass. There will also be an option to visit the nearby temple. Stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 6Ride from Dochula to Paro & Sightseeing around Paro

    In the morning, you ride through the scenic route across the Dochula Pass as well as through Paro valley.In the afternoon, you will explore Paro Valley. In Paro, you explore the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress/castle) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan, the Dzong houses the monastic body and district administration. En route, you will walk on the 16th century cantilever bridge.A walk over a stone cobbled path, offers an up-close view of the architectural wonder of the Dzong as well as life around it. Visit the National Museum Explore (former watchtower), established in 1968. It houses some of the finest specimens of arts including masterpieces of bronze and paintings. The museum with its extensive collections interprets history and culture of Bhutan. Stay overnight in a Hotel.(Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 7Hike to the Tigers Nest Monastery & Sightseeing

    The trail to Tiger’s Nest traverses beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. You stop at the cafeteria, which offers the up-close view of the Tiger’s Nest. Then you start hiking for a short time till you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600 s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Stay overnight in a Hotel (Breakfast Provided)

  • Day 8Transfer to Airport for Departure

    After breakfast, your Airport Representative will drop you at Paro International Airport for departure.(Breakfast Included)

IMPORTANT NOTE

During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Paro Airport, you will see our guide, who holds holds the signboard of your name, and who will accompany you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, our guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes shared rooms of Two - Star Hotel of Paro and Thimpu on bed and breakfast. During biking, accommodation includes hotels. During the biking, Ace Holidays provides you breakfast. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but you can rent one, as well.

. The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 lead guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 trekkers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe trek, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its bikers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin their treks. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some trekkers are more vulnerable to AMS than other trekkers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful bike leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills, and personal attitudes. With an objective to serve local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The trek, tour, and expedition leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Trekking Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity
-Rock climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Best Seasons

March to May and September to November.

Change in the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails you to travel in remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trip. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported biking trip, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trip.

Ace Holidays will give you complimentary water proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip if you are flying from Kathmandu to Paro. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trip.

Riding Kits

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers>
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the biking. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Please Note: In these types of rides, you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle, and you do not need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light and usually hardtails (only front suspension). The terrain can be rough, but not extreme. The trip required more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region you are biking. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

If you’re bringing your own bike, you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain, and you should also bring the following things.

  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid
  • Tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal
  • Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. This trip can also be customized, according to requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private trip for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this trip as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you can also add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti River, on the Trisuli River or the Bhote Koshi River of Nepal. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in the tailor-made form.

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    Cost Includes

    • Airport pick up service/ Airport drop off service/Hotel pick up service/ hotel drop off service by a private vehicle.
    • Accommodation in Two Star Hotel (in twin sharing rooms) in Thimpu and Paro, including breakfast
    • Accomodation in hotels during biking, breakfast included.
    • Drinking water for the duration of the tour.
    • Country presentation and tour briefing on the evening of Day 01 with welcome drinks.
    • Private transportation and a designated driver within Bhutan. Toyota 4WD luggage vans and light trucks for group travel.
    • Monument and museums entrance fees at all sightseeing locations detailed in the itinerary.
    • Cultural afternoon/evening sessions with traditional mask and folk dances (with beverages). Only for group tours.
    • Local Bhutanese licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
    • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).
    • The required number of local staff, porters and mules to carry your luggage in the biking trip.
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
    • Free Ace Holidays; duffel/kit bag and sun hat if you are flying to Paro from Kathmandu (yours to keep).
    • Bhutan visa fees and processing assistance.
    • Government royalty (35% of $200), which goes to the country's health and education projects.
    • All route access and monument entry permits and fees.
    • All government taxes, official expenses and tourist service charges.
    • Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).
    • Biking attire and other personal gears.
    • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

    Price Does Not Include
    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax (See Track Bhutan Flights Page).
    • Tips for bike guides and porters.
    • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section.
     

    Trip Highlights

    • Lush green forests, rolling hills, creeks, pristine villages and ancient monasteries
    • Cycling in major cities of Bhutan- Thimpu, Punakha, Dochula, Paro.
    • Sightseeing and Riding excursion around Punakha.
    • Hiking to the Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro
    • Buddha Point, the world's largest Buddha statue
    • Divine Madman, Heritage Museum, endangered Takin, a national animal of Bhutan.

    How fit do I need to be for this biking trip? Is this trip for me?

    Bhutan Biking Trip should only be undertaken by those who have some previous mountain biking experience. You should be physically fit to brave the effects of higher altitudes as you ascend over 3000 m which involve some steep climbing against head winds. The picturesque views of the mountains, serene lakes and ancient settlements are sure to reward you on this strenuous trip.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, the airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying a signboard with your name on it outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Paro, Thimpu and in trekking?

    Standard government-approved two star hotel accommodation (in twin sharing rooms) in Paro and Thimpu. During biking, we provide the best possible hotels.

    What sort of food can I expect?

    Most of the restaurants serve Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine with plenty to choose from. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

    What mode of transportation do you use?

    Ace Holidays uses comfortable and reliable Japanese Toyota SUVs, micro-buses and coaches to transport our guests. All our drivers are licensed by the Road surface transport authority (RSTA). Our vehicles are also certified and inspected by the RSTA frequently to comply with the road worthiness and safety standards. The guests will have a vehicle, a guide and a driver at their disposal at all times. Druing the trekking we use horse, donkeys or yaks to carry the food, luggage and camping equipment from one to another camping spot every day.

    What is the best season for this trekking?

    The best time for this trekking is from March to May, and from September to November.

    What is the weather and temperature like in trekking?

    The weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Nights are generally colder (-2°C to -15°C) than the daytime (5°C to 20°C). It is also important to make sure that you stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! depending on season the temperature could range from -15°C to 30°C

    I m a Vegeterain, is that a Problem ?

    No problem at all.

    Are there any volunteer projects that we could visit after the trek?

    Ace Holidays is one of the prime supporters of the social organization called Sambhav Nepal. There are several on-going projects in a village called Arupokhari (Gorkha district) which you are more than welcome to visit or even volunteer at. You will be able to gain a different insight into the lives of the people in the hills and also make a difference!

    Is there a minimum and a maximum number for your groups?

    Ace Holidays caters to all group sizes, while maintaining the field staff ratio to give you the best quality and experience.

    Will it be possible to get any clothes washed along the way, to enable load to be kept as light as possible?

    Laundry service is difficult to find, except in cities. For other trips, laundry is done by self at the taps.

    Do i need to obtain VISA for Bhutan?

    Ace Holidays handles the visa procedures for you. The Govt. will sanction the VISA only after the receipt of full payment in advance. The visa fee is included with our tour price. Actual Bhutan VISA will be stamped in your passport on arrival on Paro airport. Without visa clearance number, tourists cannot board the flight or enter the country. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs forwards a copy of this visa clearance to the concerned Druk Air stations and other entry points; we also fax a copy of the visa clearance document to our clients for their reference. While the actual visa is stamped on arrival, the initial visa clearance is also required at the time of issuing Druk Air Tickets. All you need is to carry 2 copies of original passport-sized photographs, which are required on arrival in the country. Please e-mail us the clear color copy of the passport for the visa procedures.

    Do we book our international flights and Druk air flights?

    No, you need to book your International flights by yourself. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book from us. Please find more information in the International Flight page. Druk air is the only one airline to entre and exit Bhutan. Druk air flight cost is not included in the trip price. Druk air flights cost are different as per the flights sectors that you are taking. Druk air offer flights from following location. We recommend you to book your flight to Bangkok as it offers every day flight to Paro and from Paro, as well. Please let us know which route is more convenient to you, the cost of the flights are as below. Please contact us for the recent Druk air flight rate. Bangkok - Paro - Bangkok = US$890 New Delhi - Paro- New Delhi = US$875 Calcutta - Paro- Calcutta = US$510 Kathmandu - Paro- Kathmandu = US$520 Bangkok - Paro - Kathmandu = US$ 860 Bangkok - Paro - New Delhi = US$ 875

    Are there any photography restrictions?

    You will have many photo opportunities during the trip. Please ask for permission before taking a person's photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms of Dzongs and religious institutions is generally not permitted, but outdoor photography is. To be sure when visiting such places, you may consult with your guide just to make sure. Carry plenty of films and batteries. Photo shops in Bhutan do not sell equipment or accessories.

    Are there any communication facilities during the trip?

    Most hotels have communication services for international calls with fax.

    Can I use credit cards in the places visited in trekking?

    There are just few ATM's in Bhutan. During the trip, you cannot use credit card.

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, all the foods, accommodation and hot drinks are included in the price. You can allocate USD 15 to USD 20.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.

    Is the water available drinkable? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

    The trip price included the drinking water for the all Bhutan trip. You don’t need to bring any bring purifying tablets/filter or pay for the water.

    Are Ace Holidays' staff insured?

    The trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters of Ace Holidays are insured,

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

    Are there any weight restrictions on Druk air flights?

    Druk Air allows only up to 20 kgs of luggage per person, after which the excess baggage charge is USD 5 per kg.

    Can I add extra days to my trek?

    No, because we can’t change your Druk air flight once it is booked.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. We would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell us if you are suffering from any disease.

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