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Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

Day 1: arrive paro

You'll fly into ParoYou'll fly into Paro

This morning you'll fly from Bangkok or Delhi to Paro on Druk Air, experiencing breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Jichu Drak and Chomolhari during your journey. You will be met by your guide on arrival at the airport in Paro and transferred to your hotel, where you will have a trip briefing with your guide.  The afternoon and evening are free for you to rest or walk around Paro (7,380 feet) and savor the atmosphere. From the dress of Paro's people to the traditional architecture, you'll know you are in a place that is different from anywhere else on earth. You will be amazed at the fresh, clean air and peaceful natural environment.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 2: paro city tour

Bhutanese monksBhutanese monks

Spend a full day seeing all that Paro has to offer on a guided tour. Stops on the tour include the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist Monastery and fortress housing Paro's monastic body and government offices. It contains some of Bhutan's finest architecture. From here there are views of the Nyamai Zam, a covered wooden bridge that spans the Paro Chhu. Next is Chhoeten Lhakhang, a large, Bhutanese-style chorten and Druk Choeding, the town's 500-year-old temple. Also visit a local farmhouse if time permits. Bhutanese farmhouses are traditionally built out of mud walls and wooden frames without the use of nails. They typically have three levels – ground floor is used for the animals, second floor as the family living quarters, and the third floor is generally used to store food and hay for the animals. This is a great way to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Bhutanese farmer.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 3: paro/cheli la/punakha

Punakha MonasteryPunakha Monastery

This morning, drive to view  Taktsang (10,250 ft) the famous "Tiger's Nest" Monastery from the road below. This very sacred monastery was built in the 17th century in memory of Guru Rimpoche, and was recently rebuilt after a disastrous fire in April 1998. If you're up to it, make the hike up to the monastery. This is a fairly vigorous hike and the trail may be a bit muddy. If you are unable to make the hike, you can make the trip on a hired pony for most of the way. Afterwards, drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong and take in the spectacular views Mount Chomolhari (if the weather is clear). From the road, you have the option of hiking up to Kila Gompa Nunnery (approx 35-40 minutes each way), currently home to Buddhist nuns who spend their days in prayer and meditation. On the way stop at Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in 659 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. In the afternoon, drive to Punakha Valley (approx. 4 hrs). Blessed with temperate climate and fed by the Pho-chu (male) and Mo-chu (female) Rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. Until 1955, Punakha served as the country's capital and today it is the winter seat of the Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Punakha is also home to many different Himalayan birds, including the heron, kingfisher, lapwing, ibis bill, shell duck, and cormorant, all of which migrate in the winter.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 4: punakha dzong to phobjikha valley

Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)

Today you'll visit Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan's dzongs, built in 1638. It served as the seat of the government for many years. Afterwards, drive a few hours to the Phobjikha Valley, (9,800') a designated conservation area and one of the most important wildlife preserves in Bhutan. It is also home to the endangered Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis). These exotic creatures are an important part of life for the local people of the Phobjikha Valley and you will find that the cranes are reflected in the local culture, traditions and beliefs. Other wildlife you might see include barking deer, wild boars, Himalayan black bears, and even leopards if you are lucky. Next, you'll stop at Gangtey Village and visit the Gangtey Gompa, a monastery that dates back to the 17th century and overlooks the Phobjikha Valley. Its complex includes monks' quarters, meditation centers, a school, and a small hotel. The Phobjikha Valley provides some wonderful short hiking and exploration opportunities. It is also the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese style hotel

Day 5: black-necked crane festival

Bhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane FestivalBhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane Festival

Spend the day witnessing the Black-necked Crane Festival, held by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. You will enjoy masked dances performed by children, women, and monks – all celebrating the safe return of the Black-necked Cranes. This is also a good time to purchase handicrafts at the stalls, or perhaps try your hand at a Bhutanese game. You'll also visit the Crane Observation and Education Center today to learn about the feeding and roosting habits of the Black-necked Crane. While the Monastery Festival is not as venerated as the famous Tsechus held at other dzongs in Bhutan, you may find that the informal atmosphere, smaller crowds, and more varied program makes this event more enjoyable. The festival's setup allows for better access to the ceremony, more opportunities for photography, and plenty of time to take in the comfort of your surroundings.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese style hotel

Day 6: wangdue/thimphu

After a leisurely breakfast, make the estimated two hour drive to Wangdue. Check the river for waterfowl and the skies for migrating raptors and cranes. It is another estimated three hour drive to Thimphu, a charming town that sits in the heart of the Himalayas. Thimphu's development is strictly monitored and buildings cannot exceed a certain height nor can they be designed in anything but the traditional Bhutanese style.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 7: thimphu

Overlooking Thimphu ValleyOverlooking Thimphu Valley

If you happen to be in Thimphu on the weekend, spend your morning at the not-to-be-missed weekend market and get an up close look at local life in Bhutan. The Bhutanese gather in Thimphu to sell their vegetables, traditional masks, textiles, incense, and jewelry, and there is often an archery competition taking place nearby. This is probably the best place in Bhutan to buy traditional crafts. You then head out on a full-day guided tour of Thimphu, beginning with the Tashichho Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1216 and completely renovated between 1962 and 1969 without using nails or written plans. You'll also visit the National Library, established to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts; the Folk Heritage Museum, which has been turned into a replica of a traditional farm house as it would have looked about a hundred years ago; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where traditional herbal medicines are prepared and distributed; and the National Textile Museum where you can learn about the national art of weaving. You can also witness a folk dance from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in the evening with advance notice.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 8: thimphu/paro

You'll have the morning at your leisure to relax, take a final stroll through town, do some last minute shopping, or return to some of the nearby sites for another visit. In the afternoon, return to Paro (approx 1 hr) for a final night.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Bhutanese-style hotel

Day 9: paro/onward

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back to Delhi or Bangkok. Ask us about adding on a few days in Bangkok or New Delhi and the Taj Mahal or spend a few days relaxing on one of Thailand's beautiful beaches.

Meals
Breakfast
Lodging
None

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,150
- $3,450
Group size 2-3 cost: $3450 Group size 4+ cost: $3150 Druk Airfares to/from Paro add $550-1,000 (estimate)
Single Supplement:
$300
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Nov 7-15, 2017
Nov 7-15, 2018
Nov 7-15, 2019

Need to Know

Druk Air or Bhutan Air operates on a “daylight restricted” basis only and is totally dependent on weather. Therefore, flights can sometimes be delayed. It is highly recommended that passenger’s allow at least 24 hours transit time for connecting flights from Bangkok, Kathmandu, or Delhi. It is also recommended that you travel on non-restricted tickets so that if a connection is missed, it can be rerouted or endorsed onto another carrier. This itinerary may require amendment due to local air schedules, which are subject to change.

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Bhutanese-style guesthouses and hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional trekking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Senior Bhutanese guide, Karma Dorji
Senior Bhutanese guide, Karma Dorji
Bhutanese monks
Bhutanese monks
Punakha Monastery
Punakha Monastery
A room at Dewachen Resort in Pholbjikha
A room at Dewachen Resort in Pholbjikha
Black-necked Crane Festival at Gangtey Monastery
Black-necked Crane Festival at Gangtey Monastery
Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)
Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)
Bhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane Festival
Bhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane Festival

Black-Necked Crane Festival

Join Bhutanese Buddhists in a festival honoring nature and the environment

overview

The Buddhist reverence for all forms of life and Bhutan's dedication to nature preservation unite at Gangtey Monastery's Black-necked Crane Festival in central Bhutan. The Monastery sits high above a broad valley overlooking the Phobjika Nature Reserve, which hosts hundreds of wintering Black-necked Cranes. Monks pray for the safe return of the birds, considered Boddhisatvas or “agents of God." After the cranes' long journey south from Tibet, local villagers gather at the Monastery for a colorful festival celebrating their safe arrival. The Gangtey monks adapt their traditional temple dances to themes related to the cranes, and more celebrations and gift-giving ceremonies abound amidst the country fair atmosphere. Whether it's the dramatically beautiful cranes, the fascinating Bhutanese culture, or the many opportunities for day hiking, this festival trip has something for travelers from all walks of life. This trip includes other not-to-be-missed sights such as Taktsang Monastery, several of the greatest Dzongs, and the great museums and palaces of Punakha, Paro, and Thimphu.

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overview

The Buddhist reverence for all forms of life and Bhutan's dedication to nature preservation unite at Gangtey Monastery's Black-necked Crane Festival in central Bhutan. The Monastery sits high above a broad valley overlooking the Phobjika Nature Reserve, which hosts hundreds of wintering Black-necked Cranes. Monks pray for the safe return of the birds, considered Boddhisatvas or “agents of God." After the cranes' long journey south from Tibet, local villagers gather at the Monastery for a colorful festival celebrating their safe arrival. The Gangtey monks adapt their traditional temple dances to themes related to the cranes, and more celebrations and gift-giving ceremonies abound amidst the country fair atmosphere. Whether it's the dramatically beautiful cranes, the fascinating Bhutanese culture, or the many opportunities for day hiking, this festival trip has something for travelers from all walks of life. This trip includes other not-to-be-missed sights such as Taktsang Monastery, several of the greatest Dzongs, and the great museums and palaces of Punakha, Paro, and Thimphu.

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itinerary

  • Day 1: arrive paro
    You'll fly into ParoYou'll fly into Paro

    This morning you'll fly from Bangkok or Delhi to Paro on Druk Air, experiencing breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges such as Mt. Jichu Drak and Chomolhari during your journey. You will be met by your guide on arrival at the airport in Paro and transferred to your hotel, where you will have a trip briefing with your guide.  The afternoon and evening are free for you to rest or walk around Paro (7,380 feet) and savor the atmosphere. From the dress of Paro's people to the traditional architecture, you'll know you are in a place that is different from anywhere else on earth. You will be amazed at the fresh, clean air and peaceful natural environment.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: paro city tour
    Bhutanese monksBhutanese monks

    Spend a full day seeing all that Paro has to offer on a guided tour. Stops on the tour include the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, a large Drukpa Kagyu Buddhist Monastery and fortress housing Paro's monastic body and government offices. It contains some of Bhutan's finest architecture. From here there are views of the Nyamai Zam, a covered wooden bridge that spans the Paro Chhu. Next is Chhoeten Lhakhang, a large, Bhutanese-style chorten and Druk Choeding, the town's 500-year-old temple. Also visit a local farmhouse if time permits. Bhutanese farmhouses are traditionally built out of mud walls and wooden frames without the use of nails. They typically have three levels – ground floor is used for the animals, second floor as the family living quarters, and the third floor is generally used to store food and hay for the animals. This is a great way to get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the Bhutanese farmer.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: paro/cheli la/punakha
    Punakha MonasteryPunakha Monastery

    This morning, drive to view  Taktsang (10,250 ft) the famous "Tiger's Nest" Monastery from the road below. This very sacred monastery was built in the 17th century in memory of Guru Rimpoche, and was recently rebuilt after a disastrous fire in April 1998. If you're up to it, make the hike up to the monastery. This is a fairly vigorous hike and the trail may be a bit muddy. If you are unable to make the hike, you can make the trip on a hired pony for most of the way. Afterwards, drive to the ruins of Drugyel Dzong and take in the spectacular views Mount Chomolhari (if the weather is clear). From the road, you have the option of hiking up to Kila Gompa Nunnery (approx 35-40 minutes each way), currently home to Buddhist nuns who spend their days in prayer and meditation. On the way stop at Kyichu Lhakang, one of the oldest and most beautiful temples in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in 659 AD by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. In the afternoon, drive to Punakha Valley (approx. 4 hrs). Blessed with temperate climate and fed by the Pho-chu (male) and Mo-chu (female) Rivers, Punakha is the most fertile valley in the country. Until 1955, Punakha served as the country's capital and today it is the winter seat of the Chief Abbot and the central monk body. Punakha is also home to many different Himalayan birds, including the heron, kingfisher, lapwing, ibis bill, shell duck, and cormorant, all of which migrate in the winter.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: punakha dzong to phobjikha valley
    Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)Pholbjikha Valley's Black-necked Cranes (photo courtesy of Mark Wilson)

    Today you'll visit Punakha Dzong, the second of Bhutan's dzongs, built in 1638. It served as the seat of the government for many years. Afterwards, drive a few hours to the Phobjikha Valley, (9,800') a designated conservation area and one of the most important wildlife preserves in Bhutan. It is also home to the endangered Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis). These exotic creatures are an important part of life for the local people of the Phobjikha Valley and you will find that the cranes are reflected in the local culture, traditions and beliefs. Other wildlife you might see include barking deer, wild boars, Himalayan black bears, and even leopards if you are lucky. Next, you'll stop at Gangtey Village and visit the Gangtey Gompa, a monastery that dates back to the 17th century and overlooks the Phobjikha Valley. Its complex includes monks' quarters, meditation centers, a school, and a small hotel. The Phobjikha Valley provides some wonderful short hiking and exploration opportunities. It is also the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: black-necked crane festival
    Bhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane FestivalBhutanese school children prepare to dance at the Crane Festival

    Spend the day witnessing the Black-necked Crane Festival, held by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature. You will enjoy masked dances performed by children, women, and monks – all celebrating the safe return of the Black-necked Cranes. This is also a good time to purchase handicrafts at the stalls, or perhaps try your hand at a Bhutanese game. You'll also visit the Crane Observation and Education Center today to learn about the feeding and roosting habits of the Black-necked Crane. While the Monastery Festival is not as venerated as the famous Tsechus held at other dzongs in Bhutan, you may find that the informal atmosphere, smaller crowds, and more varied program makes this event more enjoyable. The festival's setup allows for better access to the ceremony, more opportunities for photography, and plenty of time to take in the comfort of your surroundings.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: wangdue/thimphu

    After a leisurely breakfast, make the estimated two hour drive to Wangdue. Check the river for waterfowl and the skies for migrating raptors and cranes. It is another estimated three hour drive to Thimphu, a charming town that sits in the heart of the Himalayas. Thimphu's development is strictly monitored and buildings cannot exceed a certain height nor can they be designed in anything but the traditional Bhutanese style.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: thimphu
    Overlooking Thimphu ValleyOverlooking Thimphu Valley

    If you happen to be in Thimphu on the weekend, spend your morning at the not-to-be-missed weekend market and get an up close look at local life in Bhutan. The Bhutanese gather in Thimphu to sell their vegetables, traditional masks, textiles, incense, and jewelry, and there is often an archery competition taking place nearby. This is probably the best place in Bhutan to buy traditional crafts. You then head out on a full-day guided tour of Thimphu, beginning with the Tashichho Dzong. This Dzong was built in 1216 and completely renovated between 1962 and 1969 without using nails or written plans. You'll also visit the National Library, established to preserve many ancient Dzongkha and Tibetan texts; the Folk Heritage Museum, which has been turned into a replica of a traditional farm house as it would have looked about a hundred years ago; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, where traditional herbal medicines are prepared and distributed; and the National Textile Museum where you can learn about the national art of weaving. You can also witness a folk dance from the Royal Academy of Performing Arts in the evening with advance notice.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: thimphu/paro

    You'll have the morning at your leisure to relax, take a final stroll through town, do some last minute shopping, or return to some of the nearby sites for another visit. In the afternoon, return to Paro (approx 1 hr) for a final night.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Bhutanese-style hotel
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: paro/onward

    This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight back to Delhi or Bangkok. Ask us about adding on a few days in Bangkok or New Delhi and the Taj Mahal or spend a few days relaxing on one of Thailand's beautiful beaches.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,150
- $3,450
Group size 2-3 cost: $3450 Group size 4+ cost: $3150 Druk Airfares to/from Paro add $550-1,000 (estimate)
Single Supplement:
$300
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Nov 7-15, 2017
Nov 7-15, 2018
Nov 7-15, 2019

Need to Know

Druk Air or Bhutan Air operates on a “daylight restricted” basis only and is totally dependent on weather. Therefore, flights can sometimes be delayed. It is highly recommended that passenger’s allow at least 24 hours transit time for connecting flights from Bangkok, Kathmandu, or Delhi. It is also recommended that you travel on non-restricted tickets so that if a connection is missed, it can be rerouted or endorsed onto another carrier. This itinerary may require amendment due to local air schedules, which are subject to change.

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Bhutanese-style guesthouses and hotels
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Optional trekking
Group Size:
2-12
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Everest View Mountain Flight

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy the magnificent Himalayas close up. You'll have a bird's-eye view as you fly along the full length of the Nepal Himalayas. This is the best way to see Everest. *This trip is available from Kathmandu, Nepal when booked with conjunction with a Ne... read more

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Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
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Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
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Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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