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  • Discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Bhutan and Nepal on this journey through the heart of the Himalaya
  • Feel the spirit of Bhutan on a pilgrimage hike to the revered Tiger's Nest Monastery, perched high on a sheer rock face
  • Learn about the traditions and age-old methods of local farmers on a visit to a farmhouse
  • Enjoy a lesson in Nepalese cuisine during a Chef's Table event in the home of a local resident
  • Witness a debate among nuns at the Kopan Nunnery, an unforgettable, age-old tradition
  • Ride Like a Local when you travel by rickshaw to visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and Teleju Temple

Discover Bhutan and Nepal, two Himalayan countries little touched by the passage of time, and view stunning Tiger's Nest Monastery, stroll through Kathmandu's bazaar and attend a spirited debate between Buddhist nuns.

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Bhutan & Nepal: Heart of the Himalaya

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The perfect way to experience African wildlife. January 2017

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This is a luxury small group safari. 12 people, two land rovers. We spent the arrival night in a hotel in Arusha, two of the nights during the safari in hotels, and the rest of the nights in the luxury camp. The hotels were all good. The food was good, not great. The luxury camp is a two room canvas tent containing a queen size bed or two doubles. then there is a dressing area leading to the "bathroom" which is a toilet seat on a box over a hole in the ground. There is a shower stall in which they fill a canvas bag with hot water from the fire. They will not begrudge you a refill if you want to take your time. The day starts early in the dining tent with breakfast. then it is off to the land rovers to begin the safari. The guides from all the different safari's communicate to share where the most sought after animals are to be found. You will absolutely be up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, wildebeest, ostrich, zebra, hyrax, and the bird life. You will also see Water buffallo and hippos, but is best not to get close to them. and you will see plenty of Cheetah and some Rhinos, but usually from afar.

Lunch is usually conducted picnic style in the park. Our A&K picnics were the envy of every other group. Then it is touring until sunset.

When you get back to camp there is a camp fire going and the head guide will present a lecture, while everyone enjoys some much needed libations, of which there is great variety and unlimited quantity. Then dinner in the dining tent, and after dinner back to the campfire for more libations, and usually to review everyone's pictures from that day.

The guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. You will actually miss them on your last day. I had a great time and heartily recommend this safari and A&K.

The best part is being inside the game park all day and night. You really dont want to be going back to a hotel, but to stay out in nature.

Some tips: There is a generator in the camp so you may recharge your electrical items every day. They can also launder your clothes. Things to bring: plenty of strong repellent to deter the horse flies, do not skimp on memory cards for your camera, be sure to have a telescopic lens for your camera, a good pair of binoculars with good magnification, a flashlight, a device to view your photos on, a device to copy your photos onto. Dont forget a sweater, its cold at Ngorongoro Crater. For your digestive happiness, I had good results taking probiotic and charcoal capsules every day. You can see my pictures at
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An excellent trip June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We took a trip to Jordan and Oman planned through our travel councillor and A&K. We chose this upmarket company and certainly had an upmarket holiday. Everything was top notch from beginning to end. We saw all the amazing sights, were given excellent tour guides and the accommodation was 5 star all the way. They included a couple of unusual accommodation choices too such as a rather posh tent in the desert and an Eco tent at the turtle reserve in Oman.
Would fully recommend this whole tour and A&K.
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Abercrombie and Kent June 2016

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
Recently had a holiday booked with Abercrombie and Kent which was so disappointing we left 5 days early and the rest of the family left 3 days early. The way that A&K dealt with the situation and with us as guests was unprofessional and the property manager we dealt with on site was rude and antagonising. We have had numerous holidays with A&K before and never have we had an experience like this. It has been constant excuses and no apologies. We will never travel with them again and have advised our extended family, friends and industry contacts to do the same.
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Abercrombie & Kent June 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Nothing could be more seamless or well planned than trips with A&K, however many times one changes one mind, they always manage it. Wouldn't travel to Egypt without them

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Stunning holiday October 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Right from the very outset, I realised that I was in the hands of a professional and that was to be reflected and realised in our stunning holiday

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Day 1: Arrive Bangkok, Thailand

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Arrive in Bangkok, where you are met and transferred to your airport hotel.

Day 2: Paro, Bhutan/Thimphu | Welcome to Bhutan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Taj Tashi

Fly to Paro and receive a tashi khadda (traditional welcome). Transfer to Thimphu and visit the National Memorial Chorten. Later, see the Tashichhodzong Fortress, a 13th-century Buddhist monastery and fort, and then gather for your welcome dinner.

Day 3: Thimphu | Fine Weavers at Work

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Taj Tashi

Visit the Folk Heritage and National Textile museums and view Buddhist literature at the National Library.

Day 4: Punakha | The Divine Madman

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Taj Tashi

Drive over the Dochula Pass, seeing the colorful prayer flags en route to Punakha. Stop at Punakha Dzong, continuing to the Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of the Divine Madman). Return to Thimphu for dinner.

Day 5: Paro | Monasteries, Rivers & Relics

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Zhiwa Ling Hotel

Journey overland to Paro, stopping en route in Chuzom. Continue to Paro and view the religious thankga (scroll) paintings and the natural history collection at the National Museum. Continue to Rinpung Dzong, a monastery and fortress along a mountain river. Then, visit local farmers at their farmhouse to better understand their traditional way of life.

Day 6: Paro | Ascent to the Tiger’s Nest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Zhiwa Ling Hotel

This morning, you may choose to attempt the climb to Taktsang Monastery (“Tiger’s Nest”). This hike is intentionally difficult, intended as an arduous pilgrimage for Buddhist devotees. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s most sacred shrines.

Day 7: Kathmandu, Nepal | Historic Durbar Square

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Ride by rickshaw to Kathmandu Durbar Square and Teleju Temple, see the House of the Living Goddess (Kumari) and stroll through the bazaar and old city. Enjoy a lecture by a Mount Everest summiter in the evening.

Day 8: Kathmandu | Lesson in Nepalese Cuisine

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

This morning, travel to Kirtipur and visit the temple of Adinath, the Chilamcho Stupa and the temple of Bagh Bhairav. Attend a Nepalese cooking class in a local home. Then, visit Patan City, the Golden Temple and Krishna Mandir. In the evening, visit Kopan Nunnery to witness a spirited debate among nuns.

Day 9: Kathmandu | Hindu Temples & Buddhist Stupas

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

This morning, proceed to Bhaktapur, a ninth-century town in the Kathmandu Valley. Then, visit Pashupatinath Temple, a cremation site for the Hindus. Continue to Boudhanath, home to one the world's largest Buddhist shrines. Tonight, gather for your farewell dinner and toast your unforgettable time in the Himalaya.

Days 10-11: Depart Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

On Day 10, either fly to Lhasa to begin your post-tour extension or fly to Bangkok, where you enjoy the use of a superior room, available through Day 11, when you depart on your international flight home.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,295

Price Per Day:

$ 663 per day
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 1,248

Journey Details

  • Internal Air: Economy class from $1,325 (Bangkok/Paro/Kathmandu/Bangkok)
  • This journey contains some active elements.
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: flight from Bangkok to Paro at 7:00 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: return flight from Kathmandu to Bangkok arriving at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Trip Includes
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

10 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches and 6 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Limited to 16 guests
Start City
End City
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information:
  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a post-tour extension to Lhasa (4 days, from $1,895).

Post-Tour Extension: Lhasa, Days: 4 | From: $1,895

Internal Air from: $380

Internal Air Routing: Kathmandu/Lhasa

Available to add to select departure dates.

Day 1

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Fly to Lhasa.

Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Explore Potala Palace, former home of the Dalai Lama. Visit the Jokhang Temple to join monks as they circumambulate the temple.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: St. Regis Lhasa Resort

Spend the day at two of Tibet’s great monasteries, Drepung and Sera.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

  • Nepal Information | A&K's local experts have visited Nepal since the 2015 earthquake to personally assess the services and sites. We are confident you will have an outstanding experience on this journey.
  • Take This Journey Private | This itinerary is also available as an independent journey, Signature Bhutan & Nepal, with A&K local guides.

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