What To Expect
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From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-tour travels, to assisting you with booking regional air, to meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom tour. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Bhutan and Nepal.
Our custom tours in Bhutan begin in Paro, which is situated at 7,300 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas. Generally, our walks and hikes will take place at elevations from 4,300 feet to 9,000 feet. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing ourselves to adjust to the mountain air. Keeping hydrated, avoiding excessive alcohol, eating frequent, light meals, and getting plenty of rest will help with any effects of altitude that you may feel.
In spite of being among the highest peaks in the world, you will not be trekking at a high elevation, and the elevations you will experience on our Bhutan/Nepal custom tours are not extreme. Kathmandu is at 4,500 feet, Pokhara about 3,080 feet, and during the trek we will range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet.
When to Go
Bhutan and Nepal are generally delightful for hiking in the spring and fall. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November. In the months of March and April, beautiful flowers are in bloom, and you will encounter fewer travelers in these months. As the temperatures are lower in winter months, there are very few visitors at this time of year.
When to Reserve
It is important to reserve your trip early, as the Bhutanese national airline will only accept reservations with the full payment of the ticket. Therefore we are unable to hold group seats in advance of reservations. Space can only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, as well as the payment for these flights. Please contact our office with any questions regarding these important policies.
Bhutanese and Nepali dishes borrow elements of Indian and Chinese cuisine, however they are also unique. One of the most distinguishing features of Bhutanese cuisine is the ubiquitous chili. Ema datse, a dish made with chilis and cheese, is a spicy favorite. Some excellent non-spicy options include kewa datse (potatoes and cheese sauce), and shamu datse (mushrooms with cheese sauce). Bhutanese and Nepalese also love momos. Though a Tibetan specialty, these dumplings now occupy a permanent place in Himalayan cuisine. Chicken or pork momos are favored, but cheese momos are most common. Another important feature of this exotic cuisine is the use of rice, found in various forms in dishes ranging from breakfast to dinner.
We do our best to offer a la carte meals at unique local establishments, however, options are quite limited in the smaller towns, so many of the meals will be served buffet-style at our hotels.
While we do our best to offer our guests the best possible meals and food available in the areas we travel, it is important to know that the food there is basic and does not offer the variety and quality that we may be accustomed to at home. Please travel to Bhutan and Nepal with an open mind and do not have high expectations in this regard and you will not be disappointed. Vegetarians can easily be accommodated with advance notice.