Tour Overview


Duration:20 days, 19 nights
Group Size:2-6
Anytime Price:$8075
Group Price:$7410
Single Suppl:$550
Est #Species:325-375
Pace:Easy to Moderate
* This tour is available for any dates of your choosing provided guide services and accommodations are available.

Beautiful Nuthatch - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLCOur extended birding tour to Bhutan covers many of the best birding sites in the country. In addition to birding, Bhutan is a culturally fascinating country, especially the School of Arts and Crafts and several museums in Thimphu, the elaborately decorated Punakha Dzong, and the many stupas or chortens found throughout the country in towns and in mountain passes. Many of the mountain passes are adorned with banners and prayer flags as well in this deeply religious country. The topography of Bhutan offers majestic scenery in the foothills of the Himalayas, sometimes challenging roads that can be quite narrow on steep mountainsides in places, and of course superb birding from the lowlands near the southern border with India, subtropical foest in the foothills, temperate forest at middle altitudes, and alpine meadows in high elevation passes through the mountains. In 2021 Bhutan increased its sustainable development tax to $200/day for each person visiting the country, making tours quite expensive. However, the tax was temporarily reduced in 2023 to $100/day, and this reduction has been extended now through 2027, so the best time to visit this fascinating country is soon. Finally, we can honestly say that our prices for birding tours to Bhutan are much better than most competing tour operators because we rely on expert buides in Bhutan and do not have to pay the sustainable development tax and other expenses for a foreign guide to lead the tour.

Satyr Tragopan - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLCOur tour begins with international arrival at the airport in Paro on the morning of the first day of our tour followed by transfer to the capital city of Thimphu. We recommend flying to Paro from Bangkok on days when early morning flights are available. Upon arrival, we have a good chance to seeing the unique Ibisbill along the river not far from the airport. From there we transfer to Thimphu, about an hour's drive. We'll have the afternoon to visit the extraordinary School of Arts and Crafts in Thimphu. The following morning we'll drive north to Jigme Dorji National Park to bird that section of the park followed by an afternoon visiting several cultural sites in Thimphu. We then drive eastward over Dochu La (Pass) to Punakha with birding en route. In the afternoon we'll visit the famous Punakha Dzong, a site not be be missed. We then head south to Damphu in the Tsirang District, an area of superb birding in temperate forest. En route we'll stop to look for the critically endangered White-bellied Heron at a site where it is known to nest. From Damphu we continue south to Gelephu on the border with India. We'll spend a full day there birding the lowlands and foothills outside Gelephu. We then drive eastBlack-throated Parrotbill - © James F Wittenberger and Exotic Birding LLC and then north upslope toward Tingtibi. This region offers some great birding. The area is unspoiled forest protected in large part by the Royal Manas National Park. We'll spend sseveral days birding outside Tingtibi, along the road to Panbang, and then along the road to Nganglam. After several nights in this region, we'll drive north on a relatively new road toward Yongko La. We'll spend 4 nights in this incredibly bird rich area birding various sites near our hotel in the highlands above Yongko La and at higher elevation toward Namling and the pass. We then bird our way westward toward Chumey, stopping as need for missed species at Namling and Sengor en route. After a night in Chumey, we'll drive to Trongsa and then onward to the Phobjikha Valley. Next morning we'll visit the highlands of Pele La for a morning of birding before driving back to Paro. Once back in Paro we'll devote one day to hiking up to Tiger's Nest Monastery, located on a secluded mountainside and reached by a 5-6 hour hike roundtrip. On our final day we'll bird the highlands of Cheli La Pass outside Paro and some wetlands near Paro. The tour ends the next morning at the airport in Paro.



Tour price is based on number of nights. The posted price assumes arrival on Day 1 of the tour and transferring directly to Thimphu.


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