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mayosusan

Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by mayosusan »

Songa, sorry not to respond for so long (notification went to my junk folder).  

The Bhutanese government sets the daily rate for tourists, so you shouldn't expect to pay more than this.  For a group of 3 or more, it's $200 per person per day for January, February, June, July, August, and December.  If you go in the high months (March, April, May, September, October, November) it's $250 pppd.  (This is actually calculated per night.)  There shouldn't be a difference in price between Bhutan-based companies and foreign companies.  We prefered to book directly with a Bhutanese company so that our questions could get answered direct from the source.  Others prefer to book with aor, but it was difficult to schedule a time to talk since Bhutan time is 12 hours earlier than Mountain Time in the US.

There are surcharges as well: If you're traveling alone, it's $40 more per night.  For a group of 2, it's $30 more per night.  There are also a few discounts, such as for long treks.  See  http://www.tourism.gov.bt/plan/minimum-daily-package.

As RakSiam said, you have to go with a tour operator.  Make sure it's one that's approved by the government of Bhutan (you can find those listed at the same website).

There shouldn't be a difference in price between Bhutan-based companies and foreign companies.  We prefered to book directly with a Bhutanese company so that our questions could get answered direct from the source.  Others prefer to book with a company based in their country for convenience (toll-free calls and similar business hours).  We Skyped with our tour operator, but it was difficult to schedule a time to talk since Bhutan time is 12 hours earlier than Mountain Time in the US.

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raksiam

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by raksiam »

Actually I believe the big out of country companies do charge more and then contract with a local operator. It makes sense that they would charge a bit more to cover their own costs, marketing, etc. But I believe that most of them really over-inflate the cost. For example, GeoEx appears to charge "from" $6800 pp for a 14 day trek or $4300 per adult plus $2k-$3k per child for an 11 day tour. That is almost double the government rate. Now they don't indicate which hotels they are using so I suppose it's possible that includes the luxury places. Intrepid charges $3400 pp for an 8 day tour that appears to use basic hotels. Again that seems to be close to double the government rate.

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danny

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by danny »

Bhutan Travellers is a good company. Never done the trip with them or Bhutan before but have this advice from my friends who did travel with them. Happy travels!

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Tenzin Rai

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by Tenzin Rai »

Hello. I was on Bhutan trip last month and I will suggest you a local travel service provider Bhutan Mahayana Tours which helped me during my trip. You may also visit the site.

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Bhutan Tours

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by Bhutan Tours »

Tourism is very well regulated in Bhutan. As such, tourists have to visit Bhutan only thorough local tour operators. The tariff is fixed by the government but tour operators do way a leeway to give discounts depending on the duration of the stay and the number of people travelling in the group.

Tourists can also take note that contacting local tour operators directly could be a far better deal than avialing travel packages from agents abroad who have to pocket a profit. Its business afterall. 

The directory of tour operators in Bhutan is given in the directory below, which is compiled by the government-based tourism regulating authority called the Toursim Council of Bhutan.

http://www.tourism.gov.bt/directory/tour-operator

You can also contact friends and people who have been to Bhutan before for recommendations. You can also contact me for suggestions if you desire. All the best.

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manojkeshwar

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by manojkeshwar »

If you are looking to go for a tour in bhutan than i would like to suggest to visit this website at least a time http://www.viktorianz.com/bhutan-travel-and-trekking-tours

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Drukpa

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by Drukpa »

Greetings to all.

I am a resident of Bhutan. If anybody wishes to visit Bhutan, the kingdom of hapiness contact Nature Tourism-Bhutan. They can be contacted via email birdcutia@gmail.com or if you want to know anything on Bhutan just let me know.

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adriacevedo

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by adriacevedo »

In Response to Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan:[QUOTE]

I know wich one not to use: Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expeditions. I was scammed $1000 usd in April 2017, while organizing a trip to Nepal, Buthan and Tibet with them.

I contacted this agency through their website, because they seemed to be a serious agency appearing in websites such as TripAdvisor. We organized an itinerary together and, after two months of communications, I was told to deposit the money into an account and I lost that money. Outfitter Nepal arguments that the initial emails I received were theirs, but the ones where I was told to deposit the money, “came from another email, and I was victim of a scammer . The agency denies any participation in it, but the truth is: the person who did this had a profound knowledge of the Company, had access to their official documents (I received invoices with Outfitter Nepal headletter, copies of Outfitter Nepal Official Tourism Board Registration, etc.) and had access to their email account (since the mails the scammer sent to me came from the original email chain that I exchanged with Outfitter’s owner). Therefore, if the scam did not come from Outfitter, it occurred as a result of them not properly protecting their official documents, their email account, and the clients that contact them through it. If anyone is interested in travelling with them, I would strongly advise you not to do it and I will be more than happy to show you any proof of the scam I was victim of (I keep emails, deposit slips and all documents received during the scam), so that you can make an informed decision before buying a trip from them.
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kartikparik

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by kartikparik »

you should check on Roamingroutes.com. Here you will find many offers and information about Bhutan holidays. 

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kartikparik

RE: Which companies do you recommend for touring Bhutan

by kartikparik »

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