Eleven-day Birding Tour

Trip Facts

Eleven-day Birding Tour
Length :  11 Day - 10 Night
Start : Paro
Finish : Paro
Trip Style : Private Tour
Discounts : Applicable on this trip
Group Size : Maximum 12, Avg 5
Group Leader : Certified Tour Leader from The DBT.
Transport : New Model Toyota Hiace /Coaster bus/Land Cruiser not more than 3 years old.
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Can it be Tailored? : Yes

Trip Overview

On this 11-day birding tour, you will be seeing some endangered birds like Rufus-necked Hornbill, beautiful Nuthatch, and Ward’s Trogon and many others in the birding paradise of Zhemgang.

Outline Iteinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro

  • Receive you at the Paro airport
  • Visit the National Museum of Bhutan and Rinpung Dzong after lunch
  • Walk around small Paro town, which has a number of handicraft shops.

Day 2: Chelela Pass

  • Drive to Chelela Pass early in the morning. It’s the pass between Paro and Haa which commands spectacular views of Mt. Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakye. On the way to Chelela Pass colourfully forested with prayer flags, we may see the Colorful Himalayan Monal, flocks of Blood Pheasants, Kalij Pheasants, Grosbeaks, Bullfinches, and Cutia. We have the packed breakfast on the pass. After hanging around on the pass for a while, we go back to Paro town, rest there for a while before having lunch.
  • After lunch, we visit the 7th century Buddhist temple, Kyichu Lhakhang, a few kilometres from the town. The temple is one of the two in Bhutan built by Tibetan dharma king Songtsen Gampo as part of his grand project of constructing 108 temples to suppress a supine demoness.
  • Jampa Lhakhang in Bumthang is believed to have been built on the demoness’s left knee and Kyichu Lhakhang on its left foot. The temple is small but very historic in Bhutan.
  • Drive to Thimphu ( some 56 km) and explore Thimphu city, particularly handicraft shops.

Day 3: Halt in Thimphu

  • Today, we hike to Cheri Monastery in the morning. We may spot the following birds on the way: Spotted Laughing Thrush, Fire Capped Tit, Golden Breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-backed Flower Packer, Maroon-backed Accentor.We eat packed lunch.
  • Return to Thimphu and go around sightseeing in Thimphu that includes visits to the bustling Memorial Choeten, the Weaving Centre, the Bhutanese Paper Factory, and General Post Office to buy the Bhutanese stamps. Among others, you get bird stamps.

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha

  • Drive up to Dochula Pass at 3150m, where we stop for a while to enjoy the breathtaking mountain views and the grandeur of the 108 stupas that decorate the mountain top. The following birds can be spotted on our way to Punakha: Gold-naped Finch, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Satyr Tragopan, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, and Tree Creeper.
  • In the afternoon, visit Chimi Lhakhang, built by Tibetan lama Ngawang Chogyal (1465-1540) on the spot where his cousin Lama Drukpa Kunley subdued a demon fleeing in the form of a dog. Known as the temple of fertility, it is believed to bless childless couples with children.
  • Drive to Punakha to visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong built by the founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, in 1637. Located between the Phochhu (Male River) and Mochhu (Female River), it was the medieval capital of Bhutan.

Day 5: Punakha to Trongsa

  • Drive east over Pelela Pass. On the way to Trongsa, we may spot following birds: Blood Pheasant, Yellowish-billed Bush Warbler, Great Parrotbill, White-winged Grosbeak, Fire-tailed Myzornis, and Maroon-backed Accentor.
  • Lunch at the Chendebji Restaurant.
  • On arrival at Trongsa early, visit Trongsa Dzong, the seat of Trongsa Penlop, the governor of the east, before the institution of monarchy. It is one of the most impressive dzongs in Bhutan. The crown prince of Bhutan symbolically assumes the role of Trongsa Penlop before becoming the king.

Day 6: Trongsa to Zhemgang

  • Drive to Zhemgang; on the way we may spot the following birds: Chestnuts Breasted Partridge, Ward’s Trogon, Rufus-necked Hornbill and Great Horn Bill, Blue-napped Pitta, Blue-fronted Robin, Wedge-billed and Bar-winged Wren Babblers.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in camp, Zhemgang.

Day 7: Zhemgang to Tingtibi

  • Explore the birds of Zhemgang till Tingtibi. Dinner and overnight camping at Tingtibi.

Day 8: Tingtibi to Trongsa

  • Drive to Trongsa stopping along the way to watch birds.

Day 9: Trongsa to Wangdue

  • The journey from central Bhutan to western Bhutan takes about five hours. Halt for lunch at Nobding. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel at Wangdue.

Day 10: Wangdue to Paro

  • Halt for lunch in Thimphu and continue to Paro, which takes about one and a half hours. Reaching Paro early and you will have enough time for last-minute shopping and strolling around.

Day 11: Paro town to airport

  • Drive to the airport for your onward flight.

Date and Departure Information

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Price Details

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), Tourism Business regulating agency of the Royal Government of Bhutan, fixes the Tourist Tariff rate. This rate is valid for all the inclusive tour packages. The tariffs for tourists visiting in a group of 3 persons or more are as follows:

Peak Season Rate: (March, April, May, September, October and November) Cultural Tour /Trekking – US$ 250/per person per night halt.

Low Season Rate:(January, February, June, July, August and December) Cultural Tour /Trekking- US$ 200/per person per night halt.

Price Inclusions

  • Bhutan Royalty ($65 per person per day).
  • Visa Fees ($40 per person).
  • All necessary permit fees.
  • All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  • All meals including evening tea.
  • All accommodation in our partner hotels, which are some of the best in the country on twin sharing basis.
  • All trekking equipments and logistics including cooks, camp personnel, horsemen and ponies.
  • English-speaking tour leader, guide and driver.
  • Trekking Insurance (Our value-added service).
  • Cultural Performance (our value-added service).

Price Exclusion

  • Airfare for flights into and out of Bhutan.
  • All personal expenses like laundry, telephone, tips, shopping expenses.
  • Meals and Beverages other than the ones mentioned above (see inclusions).
  • Spa Charges.
  • Travel and Medical insurance.

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