Black-throated Parrotbill

Bhutan Birding in June

14 DAYS
FROM $2,700

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients or larger groups possible

Maximum 6PAX

Moderate

Space Available

Tour Overview

Most of the birding tours in Bhutan take place during the peak season months from March through May. While this is the best time to visit Bhutan on a bird watching tour where we provide you with the best of our services and take you to the best sites without any interference.

We want our fellow bird watchers to have the best experience making the most out of the trip and at affordable rates. Therefore, aside from our peak seasonal packages, we also encourage you to take advantage of our lean seasonal tour packages that does not compromise the quality and the experience of the trip.

We have led extensive research and survey during the lean season from June through August and from December though February. Our research and survey from our own bird watching excursions we found it that the first two-week of June very productive and proved that majority of the bird species can still be located.

Our birding in June tour was offer for the first time in the year 2015 and had a great success, then we were fortunate to run this tour every year both as private and group tour.

On this tour apart from most of the species you see during the peak season such as four species of Pheasants, Ibisbill, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward Trogon and Beautiful Nuthatch, we have further good chance for seeing the summer visitor like Flycatchers and Cuckoos.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro – Transfer Thimphu

On your arrival at the Paro international airport, our representative will receive you. Drive to Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. Evening birding around sewage pond and Wang Chu in Thimphu. (Overnight: Thimphu)

Day 2: Thimphu – Dochula – Punakha

Early morning drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3150). En route to Punakha stop at Lamperi Botanical. Afternoon: Visit Punakha Dzong, one of the most beautiful Dzong in the country. (Overnight: Punakha)

Day 3: Punakha – Nobding – Phobjekha

Early morning you’ll wind up your way to the Phobjekha Valley. En route, spend a couple of hours birding the entire stretch of Nobding, continue our journey to Phobjekha. (Overnight: Phobjekha)

Day 4: Phobjekha – Pelela – Trongsa – Bumthang

Morning hours birding along the Pelela pass (3400) old road. Continue your drive to Bumthang with some birding stop along the way: (Overnight: Bumthang).

Day 5: Bumthang – Phrumshingla – Sengor

We drive from Bumthang to Sengor going over Phrumshingla (3800m). Later in the evening, we will be birding around Sengor. (Overnight: Sengor)

Day 6: Sengor – Namling – Yongkala

Birding around Sengor and Phrumshingla area. Then we will wind up our way to Yongkala en route birding along the forest of Namling and Yongkala. (Overnight: Yongkala

Day 7, 8 & 9: Yongkala – Namling – Limithang Road
These entire three days reserve for birding Namling, upper and lower Limithang road, one of the finest birding areas in the Himalayas: (Overnight: Yongkala)
Day 10: Yongkala – Phrumshingla – Trongsa
We will be re-tracing our way back. So basically we will be looking and listening to the flocks. Overnight: Trongsa.
Day 11: Trongsa – Paro

Drive should take us about 6hrs. Re-tracing journey back; we will stop whenever we run into the flocks. Overnight: Paro

Day 12: Paro – Chelila Birding

Morning, drive to the cool and stunning alpine meadow of Chelila pass (3890m) for high altitude birding. Drive back to Paro for lunch. Evening, birding along Pa Chu (Paro river). (Overnight: Thimphu)

Day 13: Paro – Tiger’s Nest Excursion

Full day excursion to the Tiger’s Nest monastery, one of the most beautiful and holiest temples in Bhutan. (Overnight: Paro)

Day 14: Departure
After breakfast at hotel our representative, your tour guide and drive will drive you to the airport and bid you good-bye.

What to Expect

  • This birding tour will be on selected sites that do not pose any threats such as steep slopes. During these trips, you should expect yourself to walk at least 6-7 kilometers on average per day

The best time for watching birds is in the morning. You can expect an early start in the morning most of the time. However, a couple of very early mornings are required to look for high elevation dwelling Pheasant that comes out to the roadside early in the morning.

Accommodation on this tour is generally simple but comfortable. The hotels are generally spacious, clean and comfortable, built-in westernized Bhutanese style, and all rooms have private facilities. However, due to the limited availability of good lodges and hotels in some remote part of the country, you will spend a couple of nights in basic hotels or tented camp.

Weather is first 2 week of June is warm with the temperature varying from 13 – 24 degree Celsius. Rain showers are possible at any time but unlikely to be prolonged because most of the time the main monsoon is quite serious from July throughout August and first two weeks of September.

Bhutan Birding Experts

Tshering

After graduating from high school, Tshering Dorji traveled in and around Bhutan’ as far as the countries wideness go. Exploring and studying about birds in particular and Nature in general. For four and a half years’ Tshering was guided and trained by Mr. Norbu. As a young and enthusiastic birder, Tshering is now familiar with calls, behavior, distribution, and habitats of Bhutan birds.

Tshering has also represented the guide association of Bhutan (GAB) to make the presentation on the birds of Bhutan during the first meeting of the Citizen Birders of Bhutan.

Hear from our Guests

Thanks, Norbu and Tshering my guide for the great trip, I enjoyed it thoroughly, your ears, and knowledge of the local birds were fantastic, also your knowledge of many other parts of your beautiful country was very much appreciated. Despite a few difficulties, you manage the tour with the skill of the much older person. All the very best for your future where ever it takes you. if you ever come to Australia, don’t forget to look me up, just don’t leave it to long.
Dick
THE JUNCTION 2291 Australia
Thanks, Norbu and Tshering my guide for the great trip, I enjoyed it thoroughly, your ears, and knowledge of the local birds were fantastic, also your knowledge of many other parts of your beautiful country was very much appreciated. Despite a few difficulties, you manage the tour with the skill of the much older person. All the very best for your future where ever it takes you. if you ever come to Australia, don’t forget to look me up, just don’t leave it to long.
Dick
THE JUNCTION 2291 Australia
Thanks, Norbu and Tshering my guide for the great trip, I enjoyed it thoroughly, your ears, and knowledge of the local birds were fantastic, also your knowledge of many other parts of your beautiful country was very much appreciated. Despite a few difficulties, you manage the tour with the skill of the much older person. All the very best for your future where ever it takes you. if you ever come to Australia, don’t forget to look me up, just don’t leave it to long.
Dick
THE JUNCTION 2291 Australia

Prices & Dates

Date3 or More PeopleLes than 3 People
6th to 19th June 2020$2,700
per person
$3,090
per person

What is Included

  • All internal taxes and charges (including royalties)
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • All meals, tea, snack, and bottled 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

What is not Included

  • Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
  • Tips, laundry, phone calls, and bars.
  • International and domestic airfare, and insurance.

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