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EXTREME BHUTAN BIRING TOUR

Immerse yourself in the natural heaven of Bhutan. Our 16 days Extreme Bhutan Birding Tour in the land of the Thunder Dragon, is an escape into a vibrant and living birding heritage. You will be led by our professional bird watching guide in search of rare species as you traverse through dramatic mountain passes, fertile valleys, endless and pristine forest, rich Himalayan ecosystem which is home to many of the endangered birds species. You will also get an opportunity to explore the rich cultural, ancient monasteries, dzong and superb Bhutanese hospitality wherever you go.

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Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
Single Individual & Group of 2 member requires surcharges of $40 & $30 per person per night from above fixed rate.

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Itinerary Details

Day 01: Arrival Paro

At your arrival at Paro you will be welcomed by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit the historic Paro Rimpung Dzong (fortress) and then at late afternoon you will search for the available birds through enchanting valley with gaily decorated shingle-roofed houses and a willow-fringed river. Red-billed Choughs are quite common in this valley, and as we head east, we will stop to search for Black-tailed Crake, Ibis bill, Wall creeper and Brown Dipper. With luck, we might encounter a regional specialty such as Rufus-fronted Tit.

Day 02: Paro – Thimphu

Today you will leave Paro and drive to Thimphu the capital. It takes only 65km and can be easily negotiated within 1.5 hours. At your arrival we suggest birding spots around Motithang (upper Thimphu) and Cheri to the northern end. The species found in this area are Ibis bill, Common sandpiper, Crested-pie kingfisher, Red-rumped swallow, Sparrow hawk, Rufous-bellied wood pecker, Hoopoe, Nepal house martin, Hill myna, Long-tailed minivet, Grey wagtail, Yellow-billed blue Magpie, Spotted nutcracker, White-bellied yuhina, Red-billed chough, Black-browed tit, Upland pipit, Grey-crested tit, Plumbeous redstart, Crested serpent eagle, Black eagle, Common merganser, etc. In the evening visit Trashichhoedzong, built in 1641, the visit to Trashichhoedzong can be only be allowed after the office hours. If time permits stroll around the Thimphu city. Overnight: Hotel.

Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha (3hrs)

We suggest you making an early morning start, since the drive to Punakha over the Dochula Pass (3115) is one of the best in the country. Your 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, Grey-winged Blackbird, Spotted Nutcracker, Gold-billed Magpie Later we descend to the Punakha valley stopping at Lobesa for lunch. After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong, which is the residence for the Je Khenpo, Bhutan’s spiritual leader and the entire monastic body. 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 Wangchuk was crowned in 1907. It is the winter 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, and Ibis bill. Overnight: Hotel

Day 04: Punakha – Tsirang (5hrs)

Today after your early morning breakfast in the hotel you will be led to the southern province of Tsirang. These regions are less explored and has abundant and less disturbed species can be found as you traverse through the sub-tropical forest of broad-leaved trees. You will have lots of stop en-route to spot some of the bird species. Some of the key birds you might be able to see are Rufous-necked Hornbill, Great Hornbill and many other species can be found depending upon the season. Moreover, the region will not disappoint you. Overnight: Campsite

Day 05: Tsirang – Galephu (5hrs)

As you have been in the camp, you have full optional birding in the early morning like before breakfast or after breakfast through the surrounding areas of the campsite. Moreover you will have optional sites today and with lots of stops en-route. This regions has good measured of undisturbed forest and you will have plenty of chances to encounter some of the birds known in the sub-tropical forest. The habitats here are good for some of the rare birds like Beautiful Nuthatch. As you continue further down to the lower climate you will encounter birds including Pied Falconet, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Black-backed Forktail, Red- headed Trogon, Black Eagle, House Sparrow, Jungle Babbler, Grey-sided Laughing thrush and many other species. Overnight: Hotel

Day 06: Full Day Birding Gelephu Surrounding

A full day birding in the lowland areas of Gelephu. Bird species that are known in the surrounding areas are species like Pied Falconet, Jungle Babbler, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Wreathed and Great Hornbill, Puff-throated Babbler, Indian Roller, Long-tailed Sibia, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Blue-winged Laughingthrush, Common Green Magpie, Silver eared Mesia, Indian Peafowl etc.  Lunch will be served in one of the finest tourist restaurant in Gelephu. Overnight: Hotel Gelephu

Day 07: Gelephu – Zhemgang (7hrs)

We recommend making an early start since the journey is quite a long drive. Zhemgang is one of the rare visited regions. Your drive goes through some of the fine and undisturbed rich forest and and enroute you can spot some of the bird species like Laughingthrushs, Tesias, couple of Wren Babbler, Parrot bills etc. Zhemgang is located in the south-central region of Bhutan sharing border with Bumthang, Sarpang, Mongar, Samdrup Jongkhar and Trongsa districts. Overnight: Campsite

Day 08: Zhemgang Halt

Today you will be birding through the regions areas of Zhemgang. The region is blessed with incredible rich biodiversity. Their lush forests are home to 22 endangered animal species including the Golden Languor. However, much of the district has warm and humid climatic conditions; its northern regions have moderate cool temperature. The elevation range from 100m – 4,520m.  The surrounding region along the lowland evergreen forest along the main road of southern region with deciduous thickets and the patch of bamboo supports some of the lowland bird species include the very secretive Rufous-throated Partridge, nomadic Pin-tailed and Wedge-tailed Green Pigeons, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, stunning Red-headed Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, localized Rufous-faced and Yellow-bellied Warblers, Lesser Necklaced and Blue-winged Laughingthrushes, secretive Spotted Elachura, Grey-throated Babbler, Nepal Fulvetta, the gaudy Long-tailed Broadbill, tiny Speckled Piculet, noisy Bay Woodpecker, the giant black and yellow Sultan Tit, Banded Bay Cuckoo and Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo and two very rare bamboo specialists: the seldom-seen Pale-billed Parrotbill and Whitehooded Babbler. Overnight: campsite

Day 09: Zhemgang – Trongsa (7hrs)

Trongsa lies at an elevation ranging from 800m – 4,800m. Trongsa stands as the sacred and temporal heart of the kingdom. The region covers an area of 1,807 square kilometers, and is separated from the neighboring districts by high mountain passes. Your morning drive takes you through thick forest and en-route you can stop in the forest area exploring some of the bird species including furtive White-tailed Robin, partially-diurnal Collared Owlet, electric Common Green Magpie and Striated, Whiskered and Black-chinned Yuhinas. Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babblers, White-browed Scimitar Babblers, Steak-breasted Scimitar Babblers, Grey-bellied Tesia.  Arrival Trongsa check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure. Overnight: Hotel

Day: 10 Trongsa To Bumthang (3hrs)

Today you will leave Trongsa in the early morning hour to Bumthang. The fascinating Bumthang valley lies at an elevation between 1,800m – 5,400m and is the spiritual heartland of the nation and home to some of the oldest Buddhist temples and monasteries. En-route stop at Yongtola pass (3500m), which is about an hour and a half drive from your hotel. The surrounding alpine region is known for bird species including Hill Partridge, Chestnut-tailed Minla, Brown Parrotbill, Chestnut-crown Laughing Thrush, Black-faced Laughing Thrush, Darjeeling Woodpecker, and Gold-naped Finch. Lunch will be served in Bumthang and after lunch visit some of the important historical places including Kurje Lhakhang, Jambay Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. In the evening hour stroll around Jakar town. Overnight: hotel

Day:  11, 12, 13: Bumthang – Sengor - Lingmithang

In the morning, we drive from Bumthang to Sengor, via Thrumshingla pass (3800m). The region is rightfully famous and regarded as one of the birding paradise in all of Bhutan. The region covers a seemingly endless tracts of pristine broad-leaved and coniferous forest that span from 400m – 4000m. Some of the most wonderful bird species are abundant in this areas around Sergor like rare Ward’s Trogon, Black-faced, Chestnut-crowned and Spotted Laughingthrushes, the secretive, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, shy and reticent Plain-backed Thrush, Tibetan Serin that flock in large groups, the widespread but bizarre-billed Red Crossbill, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, which skulks through the dense undergrowth, Green Shrike-Babbler, noisy Spotted Nutcracker, striking Golden-naped Finch, skulking Scaly-breasted Wren-Babbler and White-browed Shortwing, tiny Chestnut-headed Tesia and the delightful Bar-winged Wren-Babbler. In the surrounding Lingmithang region the bird species includes Rufous-necked Hornbill. Additional delectable species we will be searching for here include flocks of busy Greater Rufousheaded and Black-throated Parrotbills, Golden-breasted and Yellow-throated Fulvettas, the shy Rufousthroated Wren-Babbler, Lesser Yellownape, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, the vivid Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Grey-cheeked and often-elusive Broad-billed Warblers, radiant Large Niltava, White-naped Yuhina, White-tailed Robin, the much-desired Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, unobtrusive Mountain Tailorbird, outrageous Himalayan Cutia, Little Forktail, resplendent Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird, secretive Blue-winged and Grey-sided Laughingthrushes and one of Asia’s most difficult laughingthrushes, the elusive Scaly Laughingthrush. Two of the rarest birds that we might come across here are the bizarre and once near-mythical Sikkim Wedgebilled Babbler and Long-billed Wren-Babbler. Overnight in Camp

Day 14: Sengor – Trongsa

Today you will  retrace your way back to Trongsa passing though Thrumshingla Pass. The surrounding pass is well known and is the prime habitat for Blood Pheasant, Snow Pigeon, Orange-flanked Bush-Robin, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Great Parrotbill, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Grey-crested and Coal Tits and White-browed Fulvetta.  Reaching Bumthang stop for short refreshment. The drive to Trongsa is only 65km and is easily negotiated in 2 hours. Reaching Trongsa check in to your hotel and rest day at leisure. Overnight: Hotel

Day 15: Trongsa – Paro

Early hotel check out to catch up the bright day visit to Phobjikha, the winter home to black necked crane, the migratory bird from Tibet. With breakfast in Trongsa, three hours nonstop drive will reach you to Phobjikha for a short sightseeing. Wangdue will be the lunch spot and after lunch continue to your drive to your destination Paro. Overnight: Hotel

Day 16: Departure

A sensational tale off towards your onward journey.


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