Frequently Asked Questions
How can I communicate with home while away?
Internet service is available at all land accommodations. You should check with your cell provider to determine if you have coverage in this region or if you can add coverage for the duration of the trip. Cell service will not be available in all areas. Contact information for the hotels will be provided in your final travel documents.
What are the passport or visa requirements?
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.
Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter India, Nepal and Bhutan.
You will require an entry visa for Nepal. The Nepalese visa may be obtained upon arrival to the airport in Kathmandu for $25usd payable by cash or credit card.
We will obtain the Bhutan visa on your behalf approximately 45 days prior to the trip start date. We will require a clear copy of your passport and a clear passport photo in order to process this visa.
If you decide to combine this trip with our Splendors of India program, you will also need to obtain an entry visa to India, which you will need to apply for in advance. The soonest you may apply is 3 months prior to your last day in India. We will remind you at the appropriate time and provide instructions.
What is the local currency?
Nepal uses the Nepalese Rupee; and the Bhutanese Ngultrum is the currency of Bhutan. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops. As exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for exchange rates: www.xe.com
What to wear?
Attire is casual and comfortable during the day, with sturdy footwear for excursions. Evening wear consists of open-neck shirts, slacks, or similar attire. Fleece jackets or sweaters are advisable for cool evenings. Other items to consider: shorts, swimsuit, hat, sunglasses and rain jacket.
What if I have dietary requirements (allergies, religious restrictions, or preferences)?
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.
How do I power and charge my devices?
The voltage in Nepal and Bhutan is 220/50Hz. To use any electrical product from the US that is not dual voltage, you will need an electrical converter. We recommend bringing an adapter for use in the hotels. The most common socket types are the two round-prong plug type such as is found in Europe or three round-prong plug such as that found in India. Because the voltage may fluctuate at times, we also recommend unplugging your devices when not in use or when leaving them unattended.
What are pre-paid gratuities?
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.
What is the altitude like for this trip?
In spite of being among the highest peaks in the world, the elevations you will experience on our Bhutan/Nepal custom tours are not extreme. Kathmandu is at 4,500 feet; Paro, which is situated in foothills of the Himalayas is at 7,300. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing travelers 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.
Are vaccinations required?
Most US travelers are covered by routine vaccinations. US citizens should consult the Centers for Disease Control website http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/or your health care provider for vaccination requirements and recommendations. Citizens of all other countries should consult their government’s national disease center or their physician.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Yes, here are the known luggage restrictions for this trip.
Kathmandu to Paro Coach 30kg (66LB) / Business Class 40kg (88LB)
Restrictions are subject to change.
What arrival and departure transfers are included?
This package includes an arrival transfer from the Kathmandu, Nepal Airport (KTM) to the Hotel Hyatt Regency and a departure transfer from the Zhiwaling Hotel Paro to the Paro Airport (PBH)). If you extend your stay at these properties, the transfers will still be included. Contact our team or your travel agent to ensure arrangements outside of these arrival and departure transfers will be included. Booked guests should provide their arrival and departure details 45 days prior to the trip to ensure transfer availability.