Tour BHT/16: 19 days Birds of Bhutan

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Bhutan Birding Tours

Bhutan retains its forests almost intact. The forest cover is about 65 per cent of the country’s area of 46,000 sq. km.
Birding in the untouched, primeval forests of Bhutan is a unique experience. Bhutan’s forests are pristine and diverse. One finds subtropical broad leaf forests (1000-2000 m), coniferous forest (2000- 4200 m) that mainly consists of hemlock, Chir pine, and Blue pine, Spruce, Fir and Bamboo mixed with rhododendron and Juniper. The Alpine habitat (4000-4600m) consists of Alpine meadows with high altitude scrub.

These diverse, rich and lovely habitat support most of the countries breeding birds, globally threatened birds, and Bhutan’s restricted range birds The Buddhist culture, which respects all forms of life, is an added factor which has resulted in an avifauna that is remarkably visible, approachable, and diverse.

Some of the rare species that can be seen are Rufous–necked Hornbill, beautiful Nuthatch, White belied heron, Palla’s Fishing Eagle, Satyr Tragopan, Grey- belied Tragopan, Black –necked crane, Wood Snipe, Wards Trogon, Blyth’s Kingfisher, Rufous King Fisher, Yellow- rumped Honey Guide, Purple Cochoa, Rufus throated Wren Babbler, Red-headed Parotbil, Grey Crowned Prinia, and Dark- rumped swift.You will also encounter the fabulous Ibisbill, Fire-tailed Myzornis, , dapper grosbeaks, rosefinches, glowing sunbirds and a plethora of other gorgeous and little known Himalayan species.

We provide fully serviced birding tours – accomodation in chosen hotels or serviced camps, car with driver, and accompanying birding guide. Our itineraries are designed to enable birding in the best bird areas, as well as to also see and experience the rich cultural heritage of Bhutan.

TOUR DETAILS

A birding chance of a lifetime. Spot Exotic species, in all the hot spots of Bhutan in a setting of pristine forests, ancient Dzongs and Buddhist Temples.

Variety of habitat with altitude variation from 100 m to 3810. Target of 200-300 species. Chosen hotels, and quality camping Tour starts at Paro ( Bhutan) and ends at Guwahati Airport (India). Transit arrangements through delhi or Kolkata will be arranged on request.

Suitable dates: February- April. Best in Feb
Max Altitude: 3810 m by car

ITENERIES

Day 01: Arrive Paro, 2280m

Fly in to Paro, 2280m. Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02 Birding Cheli la, 3810 and Paro Valley

Drive 34 Kms for birding around Cheli la, 3810 – the highest point of this tour. Afternoon local sightseeing tour and birding along Paro Valley.

Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Paro-Thimpu

Morning birding Paro Valley. After breakfast drive to Thimpu. 65 Kms in 02 hrs. Check in at hotel. Afternoon; sightseeing tour of Thimpu. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 04: Birding drive Thimpu – Dochu la, 2250 m – Punakha, 1550 m – Shaten Camp, 1800m

Birding drive to Dochu la, 2250m. followed by birding walk cum drive to Punakha, 1550m. Continue to Shaten Camp, 1800 m, in the Jigme Dorjee National Park. Overnight at fully serviced camp at Shaten.

Day 05: Shaten camp- Birding Mo Chhu Valley

Birding along Mo Chhu Valley, 1600 to 1800m in the subtropical forests of the Jigme Doirje National Park. Return to camp at Shaten for overnight.

Day 06: Shaten- Punakha – Gangtey la, 3140m – Probjikha Valley

Birding drive along Mo Chhu Valley to Punakha. Sighseeing Punakha Dzong. Continue birding drive via the Gangtey la pass, 3140 m, to the Probjikha Valley. Visit Gangtey Gompa.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Probjikha Valley – Trongsa, 2120m

Birding Probjikha Valley, followed by birding drive cum walk to Trongsa, 2120m via Pele la pass, 3420 m. Sightseeing Trongsa Dzong. – the ancestral home of the royal family.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Trongsa – Shembang road –Tingbiti, 880 m

Birding drive along Shembang road, to Tingbiti, passing through variety of habitat and altitude range from 2120m to 880m. Overnight in fully serviced camp at Tingbiti.

Day 09-10: Tingbiti – birding Shembang road

Two full days birding in Shemgang Area, 880 m. Forest birding drive astride Tam la pass, 2070 m between Tingbiti and Korsu la pass. Overnight in Tingbiti camp.

Day 11: Tingbiti – Trongsa

Birding drive back to Trongsa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Trongsa – Yotung la pass 3425m – Jakar, 2580m

Birding drive over the Yotung la pass, 3425m, to Jakar (Bumthang), 2580m. Visit Yathra (textile) weaving cottage industry. Sightseeing tour of Jakar Dzong, (1646 A.D), and ancient and sacred monasteries – the Jambay Lhakhang, and Kurjey Lhakhang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 13: Jakar – Thrumsing la, 3750 – Sengor, 3000m

Birding drive to Sengor, through the Shertang la, 3573 m, Ura Valley, 3100m, and Thrumsing la, 3750 m, followed by descent to Sengor, 3000m. High altitude habitat between 2500 to 3700m.

Day 14: Sengor – Yonkola, 1855m

Birding drive down the spectaculat cliff hanging spiral staircase of a road through Namling, 2460m to Yonkola, 1855m. Rich semitropical rainforest hosts many of Bhutan’s most sought-after birds. Overnight in fully serviced camp at Yongkala.

Day 15: Yongkola – Birding Upper Lingmethang road

Yongkala Camp. Drive back up to Namling, 2460 m and bird back down the road to Yongkola Camp along the fabulous lush primary forests, in search of the area’s specialties. Back to camp for overnight.

Day 16: Yongkola – birding lower Lingmethang road

Birding along lower Lingmethang road down to an altitude of 850 m, through the fabulous lush primary forests, in search of the area’s specialties. Back to camp at Yongkola, for overnight.

Day 17: Yongkola- Mongar, 1500m- Trashigang – Kori la, 2450m – Narphung la 1920m

Drive Yongkola to Trashigang ( 117 Kms in 04 hrs) with birding across the Kori La pass (2450 m). in temperate broadleaf forests. Contine 101 Kms (03 hrs), to the Narphung la ridge (1698m -1920m). Overnight in camp.

Day 18: Narphung la – Deothang, 850m – Samdrup Jongkhar , 250 m

Birding drive Narphung la to Deothang ( 55 kms ), followed by drive to the Indian border. Birding in Semitropical forests at 300 meters elevation close to Samdrup Jhonkar bridge, detour along a dirt road for good birding along a walking trail. Overnight at hotel at Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 19 Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati

After breakfast cross the border into India. After entry formalities at the Indian border, you will be transferred 100 kms to Guwahati in 2.30 hrs, to board your departure flight.

TOUR ENDS

On request transit arrangements can be arranged at Delhi or Kolkata.

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