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10 Day Birding & Wildlife Tour in Bhutan
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Hotel Phuntsho Pelri, Dondrup Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

Bhutan Birding & Walking Tour

Bhutan is becoming increasingly known for its pure practice of Mahayana Buddhism in the Tantric form, its untouched culture, its pristine ecology and wildlife, and the unparalleled scenic beauty of its majestic peaks and lush valleys. It is still, in many ways, a magical kingdom of the past. Come to this trip now and explore its many hidden treasures!

Highlights

  • Exciting birding stops
  • Visit Manas National Park
  • Enjoy sightseeing in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Daily delicious meals and drinks
  • 9 nights accommodation

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8 activity days
Airport transfer included: Paro Airport
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Accommodation

In this tour, you will be provided with nine nights accommodation.

  • First and second night: Hotel Phuntsho Pelri
  • Third night: Twin Dragon Resort
  • Fourth night: Ecolodge in Gomphu
  • Fifth and sixth night: Shillingtoe eco camp
  • Seventh night: Eco lodge in Manas
  • Eight night: Yangkhil Resort
  • Ninth night: Tashi Namgay Resort

Program

Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport (PBH)

Upon arrival, you will be meet and transfer to Thimpu from Paro Airport (PBH). You will have your overnight stay at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri.

Day 2: Thimpu sightseeing

You will enjoy sightseeing in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu. You will have your overnight stay at Hotel Phuntsho Pelri.

Day 3: Thimpu to Gelephu

There will be a morning drive to Gelephu for about eight hours (140 kilometers). There will be a stop for sightseeing. You will have your overnight stay at Twin Dragon Resort.

Day 4: Gelephu to Gomphu

Drive for five hours (150 kilometers) to Gomphu and stop on the way and do birding between Tingtibi and Gomphu. Gomphu is the first eco-camp located at an altitude of 1,457 meters above sea level. The eco-trail passes through mixed broadleaf forests and thick undergrowths with numerous birds like barbets, hornbills, bulbuls, doves, woodpecker, and cuckoos. You will have your overnight stay in the eco-lodge.

Day 5: Gomphu to Shamshama to Pantang

Drive from Gomphu to Shamshama via Pantang and trek to Shillingtoe. Please note that there is no electricity connection in Shillingtoe eco camp, you will be provided with candle lamp. Then you will trek to Shillingtoe. The entire trek will take about four hours and the last leg before reaching Shillingtoe eco-camp is a climb for over half an hour.

The trail is very rich for bird watching with many birds such as thrushes, drongos, hornbills, partridges, pheasants, bulbuls, tree pies, barbets, eagles, fowls, and many other species. You will have your overnight stay at the eco-lodge.

Day 6: Shillingtoe to Shamshama to Panbang

Walk from Shillingtoe to Shamshama and drive to Panbang. There will be an afternoon sightseeing to Galabi and nearby areas. Shillingtoe is located at an altitude of 420 meters above sea level. The camp is on the way to a village and provides a good view of the area due to its location at a higher alleviation.

Birds such as bulbuls, barbets, thrushes, hornbills, kingfisher, cormorant, wagtails, trogons, and many other species can be seen along the trail between Shillingtoe to Pangbang. The hike from Shiliingtoe to Changazam suspension bridge takes about three hours and on the way one can see religious cave, bat cave, and a twin waterfall (Lelang) and excursion to local villages. You will have your overnight stay at eco-lodge.

Day 7: Panbang to Manas

You will drive from Panbang to Manas (11 kilometers). Then you trek for seven and a half kilometers one way. There is also a short trek which takes about one hour and 30 minutes. Please note that the tourist needs special permission to conduct research inside the park. The park management will not allow collection of any materials from the park without having such permits. You will have your overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 8: Panbang to Trongsa via Zhemgang

You will drive to Trongsa via Zhemgang for about 10 hours. While on the way, you will do birding. You will have your overnight stay at Yangkhil Resort.

Day 9: Trongsa to Thimpu to Paro

In the morning, you will visit Trongsa then you will drive to Paro for about eight to nine hours (240 kilometers). On the way, you will stop for a sightseeing at Chendibji then you will have a lunch at Nobding. After lunch, you will descend down to Wangdi and drive further up to Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, you will have spectacular view of the mountains. Then you will drive to Paro for an hour. You will have your overnight stay at Tashi Namgay Resort.

Day 10: Fly out

You will be dropped to the airport for your own destination.

Included excursions

Enjoy sightseeing in Thimpu, Gelephu, Galabi and its nearby areas, and in Chendibji.

Location

This safari tour will take place in Bhutan. Hidden deep in the folds of the great Himalaya mountains for years, Bhutan developed its own civilisation. The population of about 680,000 people, living in close harmony with nature, evolved a unique identity, derived largely from a rich religious and cultural heritage. Today, the world is seeing many exotic aspects of this kingdom.

Bhutan has been described as a natural paradise. Even as the world mourns the loss of its ecology, the small Himalayan Kingdom is emerging as an example to the international community, with about 70 percent of its land still under forest and a great variety of rare plant and wildlife species.

Wedged between China and India, Bhutan’s terrain ranges from the sub-tropical foothills in the south, through the temperate zones, to dizzying heights of over 7,300 meters (24,000 feet). In historical records, Bhutan was known as Lhojong Menjong ‘the Southern Valley of Medicinal Herbs.’ Besides these rare herbs, the Bhutanese seasons are reflected in full color by wild flowers and plants, which carpet the mountain sides.

Food

For this tour, you will be provided with breakfast, lunch, dinner and two bottled water per person daily.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Government royalty taxes and visa fee
  • Tourism development fund
  • Transportation and sightseeing as per the itinerary
  • All meals and two bottles of water per person per day
  • Services of an English-speaking guide with experience
  • All inland travel permits
  • Cultural shows for three persons only
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments
  • Gho, Kira, Kabney, Rachu, and archery

What's not included

  • Personal expenses
  • Drink
  • Tips for the guides, driver, and trekking staff
  • 3-star accommodation single supplement charges of 30 USD
  • 4 and 5-star hotel extra cost
  • 4 and 5-star hotel extra lunch and dinner
  • Cultural show for FIT surcharges 50 USD
  • Dotsho or hot stone charge for 20 USD per person

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Paro Airport Airport transfer included: Paro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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