|Date||21st – 27th Nov 2016|
|Duration||6 N / 7 D|
|Group size||Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients or larger groups possible|
|Accommodation||From basic lodge to comfortable hotel.|
|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 – Thimphu
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 4: Punakha – Phobjekha
Day 5: Phobjekha – Paro
Day 6: Paro – Tiger’s Nest Excursion
Day 7: Departure
Day 1: Paro
You’ll arrive at Paro’s unique and beautifully decorated International Airport and be met by our representative. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit the historic Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress) and then late afternoon birding along the Paro River searching for one key target bird, Ibisbill. We will also see other birds with chances for River Lapwing; Black- tailed Crake, ducks and other shore birds
Day 2: Paro – Thimphu
Very early in the morning, drive to the cool and stunning alpine meadow of Chelila pass (3890m). This is the highest pass accessible by car in Bhutan. Here we should be rewarded with three different species of Pheasants: the colorful Himalayan Monal, flocks of Blood Pheasants and Kalij Pheasant. Besides this, we’ll also see other birds like various Rose-finches, Grosbeaks, and Laughingthrushes.
Drive back to Paro for lunch.
After lunch drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. The drive will take about an hour and a half.
In the evening, birding along the sewage pond and wetland in Thimphu for ducks. Crakes. And Snipe
Day 3: Thimphu-Punakha (3hrs)
Early morning drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3150). Our day starts from this pass with breathtaking views of the eastern Himalayan ranges. The mixed forests of hemlock, fir, oaks, and rhododendron here are great habitat for many good species including Fire-tailed Myzornis, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Black-eared Shrike Babblers, and Yellow-billed Blue Magpie. Later we descend to the Punakha valley stopping at Lobesa for lunch.
After lunch, visit Punakha’s Punthang Dechen Phodrang (the name means palace of Great Bliss.) Standing on the tongue of land where two rivers, Phochu and Mochu, meet, Punakha Dzong has special significance in Bhutan history. Punakha Dzong is the place where Bhutan’s first king, Ugyen Wangchuck was crowned in 1907. It is the winter residence for the Je Khenpo, Bhutan’s spiritual leader, and the entire central monk community.
Later in the evening birding along the Pho Chu valley looking for one of the main target bird, White-bellied Heron. One of the rarest birds in the world with a population of less than 200 worldwide. Other birds we might see Common and Crested Kingfisher, Ibisbill and Ducks
Day 4: Punakha – Phobjekha (4hrs)
Early morning, start driving to the Phobjekha Valley (4hrs) stopping often for birds. We will be looking for Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide and mixed species flocks. Before reaching Pelela pass we’ll take the side road to Phobjekha Valley. When crossing the Gangteyla pass the vegetation changes into dwarf bamboos that are good for Laughingthrushes and Bush Warblers.
We’ll also visit Gangtey Gompa, a monastery dating back to 1613.
And of course we’ll spend time finding and viewing the rare Black-necked Crane.
In the evening, we’ll visit the Crane information centre to watch the crane again and get more information on cranes.
Day 5: Phobjekha – Paro (6hrs)
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 Himalayan Monal, Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Brown Parrotbill, various Finches and Bush Warblers.
Later drive to Paro, the drive goes through the valley of wangdi Phodrang crossing the Dochula pass. Along the way we will be looking for Ward’s Trogon, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide and mixed species flocks.
Day 6: Tiger’s Nest Excursion (4hr walk round trip)
After Breakfast drive 15min to the starting point. Hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The place is visited and sanctified by Guru Rimpoche is one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. Over the period of time many great Buddhist masters have visited and mediated around here. Later in 1692 AD. The 4th temporal ruler of Bhutan built the monastery over the cave where Guru Rimpoche and his consort Khandro Yeshi Tshogyal have mediated. The monastic complex clings to the rock towering 800 meters above the valley. It is located 2950 meters above sea level.
After visiting the monastery stop at the cafeteria half way down from the monastery for lunch.
Evening: visit the typical Bhutanese farmhouse to experience the local hospitality and hot stone bath. Traditional Bhutanese way of taking the bath and dinner with the family.
Day 7: Departure
After breakfast at hotel our representative, your tour guide and drive will drive you to the airport and bid you good-bye.
2 People: USD 1760 per person
3 or more: USD 1580 per person
- All internal taxes and charges (including royalties)
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- All meals, tea, snack and bottle water
- All travel with a licensed local birding guide
- All surface transfers by a private vehicle
- Camping equipment and haulage for camping and trekking tours
- All entry fees to monuments, Museum and National Parks
- Bhutan Visa Fee
- Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
- Tips, laundry, phone calls, and bars.
- International and domestic air fare, and insurance