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carpet

Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by carpet »

I ask because it's impossible to do it independently. I've been looking at tours through Adventure Center, but if anyone has been and has advice, please post. Thanks!

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99thin

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by 99thin »

very useful information. thanks a lot for this.

 

thanks

99th

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Mango

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by Mango »

I would suggest you look at the site AdventureCenter.com. It acts as a clearinghouse for a couple of adventure companies (mostly British) such as Gecko Adventures and World Expeditions. You'll see a number of options there, and all have been vetted. I used this site in the past and it worked out well.

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ira

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by ira »

Look at Abercrombie and Kent. I'm almost certain they have a tour there and it's an excellent company.

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daisy daisy

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by daisy daisy »

I hope it's not too late to post this, but my niece traveled with Intrepid Travel there and said it was the most amazing trip of her life. Good luck whatever you choose.

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NURB

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by NURB »

A friend of mine did the trip with GeoEx and really enjoyed it. You may want to look at their offerings (hope this advice doesn't come too late).

 

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mayosusan

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by mayosusan »

In case it's not too late, I've been to Bhutan twice.  I highly recommend Yangphel for general and cultural tours (I believe that's who GeoEx uses).  For treks, use Etho Metho.

I'm happy to answer any other questions.

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songa

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by songa »

Can I ask about how much those companies cost? I've always wanted to see Bhutan but the American-based companies seem very pricey. Are the ones you're recommending better priced? What's the per day cost, if yo udon't mind my asking?

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questioner

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by questioner »

Tours to Bhutan tend to cost around $300-$400 per day. And because you have to go with a tour, there's no way of getting around that cost (that I can figure).

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raksiam

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by raksiam »

Personally I think you're better off choosing a local Bhutan-based company. That way you cut out the middle man and the ridiculous mark up you pay to those high end operators. The local companies all provide similar experiences and they are required by law to only charge the goverment approved daily price.

I used Keys To Bhutan (www.keystobhutan.com) and was generally quite pleased with the arrangements. I didn't go for the luxury accommodations which cost a lot extra, so some of the lodging was on the rustic side. And the food gets pretty repetitive. I was there for about 3 weeks. I picked them because I was looking for a photography tour and they offer an itinerary that looked good. They suggested making some adjustments to their standard plan if I could afford to spend a few extra days which allowed me to travel all the way to the east end of the country and back again. One of the owners is an avid photographer who has shot the images that appear on most post cards you come across in the country.

You are required to do a "tour". In my case I was solo. It was just me, the guide and the driver in our own SUV. Since I was alone it was actually not that expensive. Two people traveling together would have paid basically twice what I did for the same room, car/driver/guide. It's not a bad value since everything is included - accommodations, food, transport, guide. The only way around it is to be an Indian national. Those with an Indian passport can travel on their own.

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