Bhutan: Journey Through a Himalayan KingdomApril 9, 2014 - April 22, 2014
Please pay close attention to the following sections: Passport and Visa Requirements, Health Information, and Baggage Allowance.
- Activity Level
- Arrivals and Departures
- Baggage Allowance
- Extending Your Stay
- Flight Information
This expedition requires a moderate level of activity, with the option of more active hikes available.
Arrivals and Departures
Departure / Airport Check-In Procedures
Please arrive at the airport for your international flight at least two hours prior to departure and have access to your passport and airline E-ticket confirmation. Do not pack your passport or other travel documents in your checked luggage. Be certain the check-in agent properly tags your bags through to the final destination allowed, and that you have all baggage and E-ticket receipts.
Transfers and assistance between airports and group hotels are arranged for participants arriving and departing on group dates only. If you are arriving prior to the group day and Zegrahm Expeditions has booked additional night(s) at our group hotel, a transfer from the airport to the hotel will be provided.
The following are average high/low temperatures in April for selected locations on our itinerary:
If you wish to do your own research shortly before departure concerning local weather conditions, you can check the Internet or Weather Channel, among other resources.
As of November, 2013 the exchange rates are as follows:
You will receive your Pre-Departure Packet—including a Personal Information Form that will need to be returned to Zegrahm, a complete packing list, reading list, gift certificates, and visa kit—approximately five months prior to departure. Final documents—including a final itinerary, contact list, and staff biographies—will be sent approximately one month prior.
The electrical current in Bhutan is 230 V / 50 hz, with Type D (Old British) plugs and outlets. An electrical converter will be necessary to run small, 110 V, North American appliances unless they have a dual-voltage switch and a set of adapter plugs that will fit in these types of outlets.
Extending Your Stay
Interested in extending your stay? Speak with one of our Expedition Advisors to find out how easy it is for you to stay an extra night or two. Or, our Private Travel department is available to design customized extended stays for individuals, families, and groups of friends—the same horizon-broadening adventures and life-changing experiences as our group expedition, but on a flexible, intimate, and personalized scale. Call 800.628.8747 or 206.285.4000 for more information.
During this expedition we will be traveling to destinations up to 9,000 feet, and altitude sickness may occur. Travelers should discuss the precautions needed for travel at these elevations with their doctor prior to departure.
For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required, with the option of more active hikes available.
Internet and Phone
Internet access will be available in most of our hotels, however the fees and the availability vary. Contact information that can be left with family and friends in case they need to contact you during your expedition will be included with the final materials sent to you approximately one month prior to departure.
Following are local times that apply to this expedition when it is 6:00a.m. on the North American west coast:
Seattle, Washington (PDT)
|9:00a.m.||New York, New York (EDT)|
|7:00p.m.||Thimpu, Bhutan (BTT)|
|8:00p.m.||Bangkok, Thailand (ICT)|
Should you have any dietary needs, please let us know on the Personal Information Form included with the Pre-Departure packet, and we will do our best to prepare for them. Unfortunately, kosher meals cannot be accommodated.
It is essential to maximize the versatility of your travel wardrobe by packing clothing that can be layered. Wash-and-wear, lightweight, natural fabrics are recommended. As you pack, consider your own internal thermostat and personal tastes and adjust accordingly.
Sporty summer-weight clothing is a good basis for your wardrobe. Loose, lightweight, wash-and-wear slacks, skirts, blouses, shirts, and T-shirts made of natural fibers are recommended. The nights and early morning can be quite chilly so a sweater or jacket is recommended. The sun can be strong, so bring adequate sun-protective clothing and gear, wear hats, and use sun block, as we will be out in the sun for extended periods of time. Also, keep in mind that we may encounter a rain shower or two on our excursions.
Payments and Cancellations
25% of the expedition fare will reserve a place for you on this Zegrahm program. The balance of the expedition fare is due 120 days prior to departure. Air fare is due at the time tickets are issued. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars and must be paid in U.S. dollars.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing by Zegrahm. At the time we receive your written cancellation, the following penalties will apply:
- 120 days or more prior to departure: $750 per person
- 60 through 119 days prior to departure: 50% of expedition fare
- 1 through 59 days prior to departure: 100% of expedition fare
We strongly advise that all travelers purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance to protect themselves from an unforeseen emergency that may force you to cancel or leave an expedition while it is in progress. Information describing coverage will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit for the expedition.
Passport and Visa Requirements
A valid passport is required for participation in this program. It must be valid for at least six months after you return home, through October 22, 2014. If you do not have a passport, or if it is not valid for the correct length of time, you should apply for one as soon as possible. You need to have a minimum of four blank pages available for entry/exit stamps in your passport and secure additional pages if necessary. We suggest that you carry a photocopy of your passport’s information page when you travel.
Visas are not required of U.S. citizens for entry into Thailand.
With Our Compliments
We are pleased to offer complimentary amenities to our explorers so they can be fully prepared before departing on one of our expeditions. Gift certificates to our Zegrahm Store and Longitude Books will offer you the opportunity to choose one of several specially selected items from our store along with books or maps suggested in the highly recommended titles sent. The certificates will be sent in your Pre-Departure Packet approximately five months prior to departure. Please refer to the gift certificates for more details.