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egordon132 Apr 12th, 2007 08:35 PM

Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan tour suggestions
 
My friends and I are planning a trip in July to Bhutan, Tibet, and Nepal. I know that I could do it on my own, but in this instance we'd really like to find a tour group that will take care of all the visa and travel details for us. Can anyone recommend a tour company that has trips to these three locations?

Thank you!

Nakulnp Apr 13th, 2007 02:30 AM

Hello Egordon,Greetings from Nepal..

This is so kind that you are also heading to Nepal in July.Well,Egordon if you like to visit Nepal,Tibet and Bhutan on that period then as i am working in tourism as a Tour Operator I like to suggest you that July is the rainy season in Nepal and Bhutan but tibet will be much nicer and execited than here because rain will be very less at Tibet area,but still you may visit some nice places around Nepal and Bhutan.
Similarly, if you wish to Visit Bhutan then the visa process will be for about a week and for tibet will be 4 days from the applied date.

So, pls let me know if you like to know some more about Nepal and I hope I may able to arrange your tour to Tibet,Bhutan and Nepal together.

So, wish your kind response again and very much optimistic your kind co-operation..
with best rgds
Nakul

jules39 Apr 13th, 2007 10:49 AM

Here is one to start with
http://www.peregrineadventures.com/h....asp?trip=2467

J

egordon132 Apr 15th, 2007 06:40 AM

Thank you! Has anyone traveled with this tour group? The trip looks excellent, but price is a factor and want to make sure it is worth the money.

Also, you mentioned that it is the rainy season there. Will it be so rainy that it isn't worth traveling there?

Thanks again! I've planned many of my trips through this board and have always have fabulous advice. This is my biggest trip yet (all together, I will be traveling to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and hopefully Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan), so want to make this as good as possible!

Kathie Apr 16th, 2007 05:54 AM

For weather info, check www.weatherbase.com

Robbietravels Apr 18th, 2007 07:17 PM

It was my understanding that tour operators and agents were not to post/advertise on this board. Am I mistaken?

Kathie Apr 19th, 2007 06:54 AM

You are correct, Robbie. The Fodors editors must be on vacation, as we've been inundated with advertising lately. Normally, they would delete ads.

shothyme77 Apr 19th, 2007 07:58 AM

I would contact destination himalya. I went to India with them last year, but know that they focus on the Hilmalaya region specifically tibet and nepal. I cannot rave about them more and cannot wait to travel with them again!

angitravel May 17th, 2013 05:32 AM

hello egordon!
I am planning a trip with the same destination in the same time. ha. what a coincidence! I was wondering if you had found anything that's rather cheap? I really want to do this, but don't have that much money to spend...I'll be in nepal for july and august for volunteering and would like to take a 1-2 week "break" for travelling to tibet and bhutan.
thanks already!

Craig May 17th, 2013 06:41 AM

I hate to break it to you angi, but egordon took that trip in July of 2007 and is long gone from this forum...

Bokhara2 May 18th, 2013 03:40 AM

I've trekked in Nepal twice & done a tour in Bhutan with this company http://www.touchkailash.com/index.html

Very happy with all aspects of their operation. Both trekking trips to Nepal were designed to our requirements and the Bhutan trip was just for 4.

I'm planning another trip next year with them

angitravel May 19th, 2013 12:24 AM

thank you for hte information!!
I have read on some other places that it might be a lot cheaper for me to actually find and book trips from within nepal (since i'm going to be spending most my time there...)
do you know if this is true?

Kathie May 19th, 2013 06:35 AM

Frankly, you don't need a tour in Nepal - very easy to do on your own. If you want to trek, then you will want a guide/outfitting company and that is easily and cheaply arranged in Nepal.

Nepal is cheap to travel in, Bhutan is expensive, $275 per day and you are required to have a driver and guide. Tibet is relatively expensive to get there, whether you are coming overland though China or overland through Nepal.

Your idea that you can take a 1-2 week break while you are in Nepal to travel to Bhutan and Tibet is not realistic. Do some research, decide where else you want to go in addition to Nepal, or whether you just want to travel within Nepal for your short break.

thursdaysd May 19th, 2013 07:03 AM

I agree with Kathie that there is no reason at all to book a tour for Nepal. Bhutan will be expensive however you do it, as the per day expenditure requirement applies whether you are with a western tour group, a Bhutanese tour group or on your own. (There is an additional fee if you are solo.)

For both Bhutan and China (and India, for that matter) you will need to at least get your visas ahead of time, and you can't get the Bhutanese visa without booking a tour and flight(s). Also, access to Tibet is often restricted for political reasons, you may plan to travel there and then find you have to do something else instead.

Bokhara2 May 19th, 2013 02:05 PM

Just a note about the US $250 /$275 fee in Bhutan.
That covers accommodation, food, transport, guide, driver and tours. The only additional expenditure is at your own discretion - alcohol at meals, for instance.

I was there last month for a week. I thought it pretty good value, particularly considering the distances covered, quality of accommodation & itinerary flexibility for our group of 4.

angitravel May 20th, 2013 01:27 AM

thank you for the info on Bhutan..it's what I've read already..so there really is no cheap way of getting there....bummer. it'll have to be just tibet then. so because of political unrest it is sometimes not possible to get in? Does anyone have experiences with that? how often does that happen? would it be better for me to wait to be in nepal to book from there to make sure i don't lose my money due to political unrest in tibet?

angitravel May 20th, 2013 01:29 AM

does anyone have any experience with footprint-adventures?
( www.footprint-adventures.co.uk )

thursdaysd May 20th, 2013 04:32 AM

You need to check with the Chinese embassy in your country whether you can get a Chinese visa in Nepal. It used to be possible to get a Chinese visa in another country (I got one in Austria) but the rules have changed recently. Usually you need to be part of a group to go to Tibet. TAs in Chengdu and Kunming make up "groups" just to get people in. Don't know about Nepal. See DMBTraveler's thread for recent difficulty entering Tibet.

Kathie May 20th, 2013 06:17 AM

Again, if you are looking for cheap, there is no really cheap way to get to Tibet. It would make more sense to wait until Nepal to book your trip to Tibet. However, you must get a Chinese visa which you may not be able to get in Nepal (see Thursday's posts above). An agent in Nepal will put together a group for the trip to Tibet, so you need some flexibility in terms of time - it can take a while to accumulate the number of people required for a group trip to Tibet (the only way to get there). Note that the requirements change often, but last I heard, the requirement was for a minimum of four people - of the same nationality - to form a group for Tibet.

The Chinese can and do close access to Tibet regularly, often with little/no notice.

angitravel May 20th, 2013 10:29 AM

thank you!
four people--OF THE SAME NATIONALTY? -.- i hope that changes/changed already...damn that should take a while...so I guess i'll have to be flexible...I'm alright with that.
thank you again for all the help!

this may sound stupid..but what is the DMBT traverler's thread?


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