All tours must be booked through a licensed Bhutanese Travel Agents like Journey2Shangrila.
Visitors may only experience Bhutan on an all-inclusive package tour for which a fixed daily tariff is set by the Royal Government / Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Other services, activities and higher category of hotels will require a supplement
Most hotels in Bhutan are in the 2-3 star level and are referred to as Standard Hotels. A few luxury 4 & 5 star accommodations are also available (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang). The standard accommodations all offer the necessary facilities, and are properly maintained. Generally speaking, hotels in western Bhutan (Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue) are better appointed than the rest of the country. Accommodation establishments are more modest with fewer amenities in the more remote areas of central (Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang) and eastern Bhutan (Mongar, Trashigang, Trashiyangtse, Samdrup Jongkhar). Sometimes the best accommodation may be the only accommodation and a very modest one in that area especially in the central and eastern regions. When you travel with Etho Metho, you can be sure that your accommodation in lodges, guest houses, smaller hotels and tented camps will be up to the best available.
The Standard Package tour will include breakfast at the overnight hotel/accommodation; lunch and dinner at local tourist restaurants or at the overnight hotel/accommodation. We provide packed lunch for journeys that pass through areas where local tourist restaurant are not available (central and eastern Bhutan) and on treks and hikes. If weather permits, the packed lunch is normally enjoyed outdoors at a suitable area along the journey. If weather is not suitable, then lunch is provided at the nearest available sheltered structure (house, barn, etc).
All our tours are escorted by well trained and knowledgeable local English Speaking Guides. Our guides are all certified and trained by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. There will be extra charges for German/French/Japanese guides. Since there are not many language speaking guides in Bhutan, advance booking will increase the confirmation of the language speaking guides.
Chauffeured by our skilled and experienced drivers, they will ensure your safety and comfort while traveling on the small winding roads of Bhutan. The Standard transportation consists of Toyota coaches seating 6-20 people and smaller Toyota vans seating 1 to 5 people. The options of upgrading to luxury 4 wheel drives are also available.
On your trek, you will be accompanied by a professionally trained and experienced catering/trekking team, who will set up camp, prepare fresh meals, and cater to all your needs while on the trek. Since there are no teahouses or lodges along the trekking routes in Bhutan, tented camps are set up during the treks. All members of our catering/trekking team are certified and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.