DAILY PACKAGE RATES AND POLICIES

Is Bhutan affordable is a long ongoing debate.  The first impression one gets is that USD 200 per day is super exorbitant.  It is - if this were the cost of simply being in the country.  What most people overlook is that you do not need to spend a penny more.  The USD 200 (or USD 200 plus - depending on the size of group and season of the tour) covers all the expenses mentioned below.  This is close to what it would cost a Bhutanese for similar services in neighboring countries. 

Bhutan is only expensive for the backpacker as minimum standards are statutory.

INCLUDED IN THE DAILY PACKAGE RATE

  • A minimum of 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).

  • All meals

  • A licensed Bhutanese tour guide for the extent of your stay

  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights) for the duration of tour

  • All internal taxes and charges

  • A sustainable development fee of $65. This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, and other philanthropic activities.

GROUPS OF 3 or MORE PERSONS 

  • USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December.

  • USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November.

  • These rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan.

  • The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan.

GROUPS - LESS THAN 3 PERSONS 

  • For a single traveler, the Tourism Council levies a surcharge of USD 40/night extra

  • For two persons traveling together, a surcharge of USD 30/person/night extra is levied

PAYMENT POLICY

  • We do not accept credit card as payment

  • 50% payment is required while confirming the trip.

  • 100% payment must be made one month prior to the arrival date of the group

  • Full airfare must be made to purchase the air tickets.

TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 10% charges for the tour cancelled before 50 days of arrival date- Depending upon peak season and off-peak season

  • 50% cancellation charges for the tour cancelled before 30 days of arrival date – Depending upon peak season and off-peak season

  • No refund for less than 25 days of arrival date and for any change of itinerary – Depending upon peak season and off-peak season

  • The above policies are not valid for luxury hotels since Luxury hotels have their own cancellation and retention policies

FLIGHT CANCELLATION POLICY

  • A documentation charge is mandatory (US$ 40/ticket)

  • 80% refund permitted for the ticket cancelled more than 30 days from the first date of travel.

  • 60% refund permitted for the ticket cancelled from 10-29 days from the first date of travel.

  • 45% refund permitted for the tickets cancelled from 04-09 days from the first date of travel.

  • 03 days or less no refund permitted.

  • Rescheduled ticket not permitted for the refund.

  • Reschedule fee: 03 DAYS OR LESS USD 50.00

PAYMENT BY WIRE TRANSFER

Prior to your trip to Bhutan, you will be asked to wire the full payment for your holiday to the Tourism Council of Bhutan. You must wire the tour payment per the tour invoice provided by us to the Bhutan National Bank through one of their certified international partners with the Bhutanese tour operator specified as the ultimate beneficiary. You will then have to email a copy of the bank wire receipt to us for processing visa.

We realize that this is a cumbersome process, but is a statutory control system to ensure that government stipulated rates are followed by tour operators.