|Date||9th Feb – 24th Feb 2017|
|Duration||15 nights / 16 days|
|Group size||Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients or larger groups possible|
|Accommodation||From basic lodge to comfortable hotel. Luxury camping.|
|Climate||Wide varieties of weather are expected, hot and sunny to cold at the high elevation. Occasionally rain is expected in some places|
Day 1: Arrive Paro
Day 2: Paro – Chelila Birding – Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu – Dochula – Punakha
Day 4: Punakha – Nobding – Phobjekha
Day 5: Phobjekha – Pelela – Trongsa
Day 6: Trongsa – Yotongla – Chummey
Day 7: Chummey – Thrumshingla – Sengor
Day 8: Sengor – Namling – Yongkala
Day 9 & 10: Yongkala – Limithang Road
Day 11: Yongkala – Mongar – Korila – Trashigang
Day 12: Trashigang – Womrong – Morong
Day 13: Morong – Dewathang – Samdrup Jongkhar
Arrive at Paro and receive by our representative at the Paro International airport. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit the Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress) and in the evening birding along the Paro River searching for one of the biggest target birds, Ibisbill, other species we’ll looking for are Plumbeous Redstarts, Oriental Turtle Dove, Rock Pigeon, River Lapwing, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-billed Chough, Common Hoopoe, Black-tailed Crake, Grey-backed Shrike, Blue Whistling Thrush, White-collared Blackbird, Black Bulbul, White Wagtail, Eurasian Tree and Russet Sparrow.
Overnight: Hotel Olathang
Day 2: Paro – Thimphu
Very early in the morning drive to the cool alpine meadow of Chelila pass (3890m). This is the highest pass on the car road. Here we should be reward with the three different species of Pheasants, Colorful Himalayan Monals, Blood Pheasants and Kalij Pheasants. Besides this you’ll also see other birds like Rufous-bellied and Darjeeling Woodpecker, Large Hawk and Eurasian Cuckoo, Black Eagle, Eurasian Jay, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Long-tailed Minivet, Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Rufous-gorgetted and Ultramarine Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin, White-browed Bush Robin, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Blue-fronted Redstart, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Rufous-vented, Coal, Green-backed and Grey-crested Tits, Buff-barred Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf, Blyth’s Leaf and Large-billed Leaf Warblers, White-throated, Black-faced, Chestnut-crowned and Spotted Laughingthrushes, Dark-rumped and White-browed Rosefinches.
Option: After lunch hike to Tiger’s Nest (Taktsang) one of the most famous 17th-century monastery of Bhutan. Then in the evening drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about an hour and a half.
In the evening, drive to Thimphu, Recent infrastructure investments have made the highway between Paro and Thimphu one of the best roads in Bhutan.
Thimphu, with the population of about 100,000, is the largest and most heavily populated city in Bhutan. Most of the inhabitants consist of civil servants, business people, private employees, and students. It is also famous for being the only capital city in the world with no traffic light.
Overnight: Namgay Heritage
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (3hrs)
Early morning drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3150). Our day starts from this pass with the breathtaking views of eastern Himalayas ranges. The mixed forests of hemlock, fir, oaks, and rhododendron here is good habitat for many good species including, Fire-tailed Myzornis, White-throated, Spotted and Striated Laughingthrushes, Oriental, Indian, and Large Hawk Cuckoos and Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher.
After breakfast at the pass, we descend down to the Lamperi Botanical Garden and take the nature walk for about hours, birds we’ll be looking here include Brown Parrotbill, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Maroon Oriole, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Scarlet Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Eurasian Jay, Grey-winged Blackbird and Strong-footed Bush Warbler.
Later you’ll drive to Punakha valley, along with the drive you’ll look for the species like Chestnut-tailed Starling, Great and Golden-throated Barbet, Long-tailed Shrike, Spotted Dove, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Red-vented Bulbul and Common Kestrel.
Remaining of the afternoon you’ll drive along the Mochu river looking for the species like Grey Treepie, White-throated Fantail, Hair-crested and Ashy Drongo, Verdieter Flycatcher, Large, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltava, Green-backed and Black-throated Tits, Black and Mountain Bulbul, Grey-hooded and Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, River Lapwing, Crested Kingfisher and it offer chance good chance for Ibisbill.
Overnight: Hotel in Punakha
Day 4: Punakha – Phobjekha (4hrs)
Early morning you’ll wind up your way to the Phobjekha Valley (4hrs) stopping along the way looking for Brown Dipper, Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Cutia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Grey-hooded, Blyth’s and Black-faced Warblers, Green-tailed and Mrs. Gloud’s Sunbird, Striated Prinia, Blue-capped and Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Pale-Blue Flycatcher, White-capped River Chat, White-tailed Nuthatch, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Yellow-browed Tits and few different species of Cuckoos.
Before reaching Pelela pass we’ll take the road to Phobjekha valley, crossing Lawala pass the vegetation changes into dwarf bamboo, here you’ll searching for the species like Spotted, Chestnut-crowned and Black-faced Laughingthrushes, Spotted Nutcracker, Great and Brown Parrotbills, Oriental Skylark, White-browed Shortwing Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Red-billed Chough, Large-billed and Whistler’s Warbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler and Oriental Skylark.
Overnight: Hotel in Phobjekha
Day 5: Phobjekha – Trongsa (4hrs)
After early breakfast, we’ll drive to the Pelela pass (4000) and spend the morning hours birding along the old road at Pelela for high altitude species like Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Great and Brown Parrotbill, Plain Mountain Finch, White- winged and collared Grosbeak, Spec, Spotted Nutcracker, Slaty-blue, Verdieter and Dark-sided Flycatcher, Grey-sided Bush Warbler and varieties of Tits, Some of the key birds you’ll be looking her include Himalayan Monal, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, Scarlet Finch and Gold-naped Finch
Along the drive to Trongsa along the drive, we’ll also be looking for the species like Speckled Wood Pigeon, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Golden-breasted and White-browed and Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Streak-breasted and Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler. Black-winged Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Nepal House Martin, Blyth’s Swift and White-throated Needletail, Black Eagle and many more…
Overnight: Hotel in Trongsa
Day 6: Trongsa- Bumthang. 3hrs
An early start to Yongtola (3500m) an hour and half drive from your hotel, Here you’ll spend your morning session searching for the species like Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Red-headed Bullfinch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Grey-crested, Coal, Rufous-vented and Yellow-browed Tits, Bar-throated Minla, Green-tailed and Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, Yellow-bellied and White-throated Fantail, White-browed Shortwing, Dark-sided and Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Grey-sided and Hume’s Bush Warbler. Later in the afternoon continue your drive to your hotel in Chummey valley.
In the evening drive to the temple up the mountain to have the very close view of the Himalayan Monal, the place here offer the best chance to photograph the Himalayan monal because in the morning and evening, the birds come very close to the monk quarter for feeding, other birds you’ll looking for include Black-billed Magpie, Oriental Skylark, Russet and Eurasian Tree sparrow.
Overnight: Hotel in Chummey
Day 7: Bumthang- Sengor. 5hrs
In the morning we drive from Bumthang to Sengor going over Thrumshingla (3800m). Thrumshingla is the prime habitat for Blood Pheasants and also hold other high altitude species like, Snow Pigeons, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Golden and White-browed Bush Robin, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Greats Parrotbills, Stripe-throated and Rufous-vented Yuhinas, Grey-crested, coals, Rufous-vented Tits, White-browed Fulvata, Dark-rumped Rosefinch, Plain-backed Thrush, White-collared and Grey-winged Blackbird, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Buff-barred, Ashy-throated, Blyth’s and Large-billed Leaf Warbler.
Later in the evening, we will be birding around Sengor looking for Satyr Tragopan. Sengor is known as the hotspot for Satyr Tragopan. Other birds you’ll be looking out here include Bar-winged and Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Gold-naped Finch, Hoary-throated Barwing, Bar-throated and Red-tailed Minlas, Whistler’s and Grey-hooded Warbler and Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler. In the evening you’ll also try for the Himalayan Owl, which comes around your campsite.
Overnight: Camp Sengor 2500m|8202.1ft
Day 8: Sengor-Namling- Yongkala. 3hrs.
Today we will hit the Bhutan’s wet subtropical forest and one of the finest birding areas in the Himalayas. For the next day we will be birding the lush forested valley searching for Bay Woodpecker, Great and Golden-throated Barbets, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Maroon Oriole, Scarlet and Grey-chinned Minivets, White-gorgeted, Little Pied, Ultramarine and Verdieter Flycatchers, Little Forktail, Black-throated Prinia, Grey-hooded, Grey-cheeked and Chestnut-crowned Warblers and many more…
Overnight: Yongkala Campsite 1400m| 4593ft
Day 9 & 10: Yongkala- Limithangs Road.
We spend two entire day birding upper and lower Limithang road, we may see following birds, Rufous-throated, Long-billed and Pygmy Wren Babbler, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Lesser Yellownape, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Coral-billed, Slender-billed, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Scarlet Finches, Blue-throated, Great and Golden-throated Barbets, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Black Eagle, Long-tailed Shrike, Grey Treepie, Grey-chinned and Scarlet Minivets, Ashy, Spangled and Black Drongos, Small, Large and Rufous-bellied Niltavas, Sapphire and Blue-throated Flycatcher, Green-backed and Black-Spot Yellow Tits, White-breasted and Black-throated Parrotbills, Golden-breasted, Rufous-winged, Yellow-throated and Rufous-winged Fulvettas, Blue-winged, Grey-sided and Rufous-necked Laughingthrushes and many more…
Overnight: camp Yongkala Campsite 1400m|4593ft
Day 11: Yongkala-Trashigang. 7hrs.
After a final morning birding in this wonderful habitat, we head toward Trashigang with several stops along the forested road looking for the Himalayan Bulbul, Black-tailed Crake, Crimson Sunbird, Common Green Magpie, Stop at Korila pass. Here the forest is rich in mosses and lichens. Birds we may be likely to see here are Steak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Grey-winged Blackbird, Hoary-throated Barwing, Long-tailed Minivet and Bhutan, Scaly and Blue-winged Laughingthrushes.
In the evening free time to explore the town of Trashigang, one of the main trading center in the eastern Bhutan.
Overnight: Hotel in Trashigang
Day 12: Trashigang- Morong (6hrs)
After early breakfast in the hotel, we head toward Morong our campsite. On the drive there are possibilities to see Hill Prinia, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, the delightful Red-billed Leiothrix, small flocks of Striated Yuhinas, Streaked Spiderhunter, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Common Green Magpie and Red-faced Liocichla, We will also have another chance for Beautiful Nuthatch, one of the main target birds of Bhutan.
Day 13: Morong – Samdrup Jongkhar (4hrs)
After early breakfast at the camp, we’ll be heading to a lower elevation than we have been able to visit so far on the trip. We’ll target the varieties of low elevation specialties including Pied Falconet, the extremely rare Dark-rumped Swift, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Black-backed Forktail, Red- headed Trogon, Black Eagle, House Sparrow (rare in Bhutan…), several species of Cuckoo, Jungle Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush and many more.
Overnight: Hotel Tashi Gashel
Day 14: Samdrup Jongkhar- Guwahati (4hrs)
Today you journey takes you through the Indian plain of Assam, where the wildlife of these plains is totally different from the Himalayas. The species we may see on the drive are Little Cormorant, Indian Pond Heron, Egrets, Black Ibis, Black Drongo, we will also keep our eyes for very rare species like Lesser and Greater Adjutants.