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 This 22-days birding tour begins from eastern Bhutan and follows the 550 km lateral highway to western Bhutan passing through some of the best bird habitats in the kingdom’s pristine alpine, temperate and broad-leafed forests.

The tour crosses six districts, six mountain-passes, four regions that speak different languages and goes up to an altitude of 3,800m from 250m at the eastern border town.

Besides offering a first hand opportunity to see the country in all its natural ruggedness the tour also combines visit to ancient monasteries and temples and the interior towns and villages.

The main mode of travel is by road with accommodation in hotels at designated spots and at campsites.

Details Itinerary

Day 1 & 2:~ Arrive in Samdrup Jongkhar – Explore Bangtar road
You will be received and welcomed by Bhutan Bokar Tours at the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. You will drive through the foothills to Morong. After crossing 20 km you will be entering the small town of Dewathang through the broad leaf to subtropical habitat of the Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, and Gold-naped Finch. The subtropical forests of the southern foothills are home to the Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Purple Cochoa, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, White-rumped Shama, Long-tailed Sibia, Long-tailed Shrike, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-chinned Yuhina, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Blue-fronted Robin, Ashy Woodswallow, the rare Violet Cuckoo, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Pied Falconet, Collard Falconet and the Greater Rufous-headed Parrotbill. Grey-headed Parrotbill, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Chestnut-tailed Starling, Spot-winged Starling, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Nepal Fulvetta. Rufescent Prinia, Common Tailorbird, Red-whiskered Bulbull, Large Cuckooshrike.

On the drive you can also spot birds such as the Pied Falconet, Dark-rumped Swift, Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Sultan Tit, Yellow-checked Tit, Black-backed Forktail, White-crowned Forktail, Red-headed Trogon, Black Eagle, Jungle Babbler, Long-tailed Broadbill, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, etc.

Overnight in tented camp.

Day 03:~ Morong – Trashigang 6 hours
After breakfast you will drive to Trashigang. The Birds species you will encounter along the way are Bhutan Laughingthrush, Black-throated Prinia, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Common Green Magpie, Red-faced Liocichla, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Streaked Spiderhunter, Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Striated Yuhina, Black-chinned Yuhina, Crimson Sunbird, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Himalayan Cutia, White-browed Shrike-babbler, Long-tailed Sibia, etc. After arriving in Trashigang town, visit Trashigang Dzong, fort of auspicious mount, built in 1659.

Overnight stay at hotel, Trashigang.

Day 04:~ Trashigang
You will drive to Tashiyangtse to Bumdeling the winter home of few Black-necked crane from Tibet. En route you will spot birds along the Dangme Chu. You will visit Chortenkora. Evening drive back to Trashigang.

Overnight stay at hotel, Trashigang.

Day 05:~ Trashigang – Yongkola 5hours
Drive to Yongkola crossing Korila pass at 2,450m where you can spot the Grey-winged Blackbird, Hoary-throated Barwing, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Long-tailed Minivet, Bhutan Laughingthrush, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, Asian-barred Owlet, Short-billed Minivet, Rufous-chinned laughingthrush, etc.

Overnight in tented camp.

Day 06 & 07:~Yongkola
Your today’s birding stretch from Namling and Sengor is one of the best birding areas in the eastern part of the country. In the broad-leafed and temperate forests of this region search for the Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Scaly Wren Babbler, Red-faced Liocichla, Scaly Laughingthrush, Blue-wing Laughingthrush, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Beautiful Nuthatch, White-tailed Nuthatch, Black-faced Warbler, Whistler’s Warbler, Gray-cheeked Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Blyth’s Leaf Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Hume’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, Gould’s Shortwing, Black-throated Parrotbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Common Green Magpie, Drongo Cuckoo, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Sultan Tit, Yellow-cheeked Tit, Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Striated Prinia, Black-throated Prinia, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Streaked Spiderhunter, Scarlet Minivet, Himalayan Cutia, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Ward’s Trogon, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Great Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Golden Bush Robin and the globally threatened Chestnut-breasted Partridge.

Overnight in hotel tented camp.

Day 08:~ Sengor – Bumthang 5 hours
After breakfast you will drive to Bumthang valley crossing Thrumshingla Pass 3,800meters. The birds species in this area are the Blood pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Spotted nutcracker, Fire-tailed sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Red-headed Bullfinch, Yellow-bellied flowerpecker, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Brown Parrotbill, Snow Pigeon, Collard Grosbeak, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Alpine Accentor, Himalayan Bluetail, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Rufous-vented Yuhina, White-browed Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Partridge and Lesser, etc.

Overnight stay at hotel, Bumthang.

Day 09:~ Birding in Bumthang
Drive through the road leading to Tharpaling monastry. You will see the magnificent pheasants such as; Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Phesant and Kalij Pheasant. Besides, you will sight Spot-winged Grosbeak, Daurian Redstart, Olive-backed Pipit, Oriental Skylark, Black-billed Magpie, etc.

Overnight stay at hotel, Bumthang.

Day 10: ~ Bumthang – Trongsa 68km/3hours
After breakfast drive to Trongsa crossing Yotongla pass 3,400 meters. En-route you will stop to spot the Chestnut tailed minla, Brown parrotbill, Hill partridge, Black-faced laughing thrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush and the Gold-naped Finch. On arrival in Trongsa visit Ta Dzong (watch tower), converted into a world-class heritage museum and visit Trongsa Dzong, over looks a rocky ravine. It was built in 1648 it was the seat of power over central and eastern Bhutan in the old days.

Overnight stay at hotel, Trongsa.

Day 11:~Trongsa – Tingtibi 3hours
Depart to Zhemgang and Tingtibi, following the Mangde Chhu River. Species found in this area are Pin-tailed Green Pigeon, Red-headed Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Hill Partridge, Rufous-necked Hornbill, White-browed Piculet, Speckled Piculet, Bay Woodpecker, White-tailed Robin, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Streaked-breasted Scimitar Babbler, White-browed Scimitar Babbler, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, White-browed Fulvetta, Chestnut-winged Fulvetta, Grey-headed Parrotbill, Pygmy-blue Flycatcher, Pale-chinned Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike, There is a chance of spotting the highly endangered White-bellied Heron as well as the Collared Treepie, Beautiful Nuthatch and Lesser Rufous-headed Parrotbill.

Overnight in tented camp.

Day 12:~ Birding in Tingtibi
In Tingtibi where you will spot the Great Hornbill, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Wreated Hornbill, Lesser Yellownape, Scarlet Minivet, Sultan Tit, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, White-bellied Erpornis, Long-tailed Sibia,Silver-eared Mesia, Red-billed Leiothrix, Bar-throated Siva, Blue-Winged Siva, Red-tailed Minla,Red-faced Liocichla, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Straited Laughingthrush, White-crested Laughingthrush, Jungle Babbler, Golden Babbler, Grey-throated Babbler, Pin-striped Tit Babbler, Long-billed Wren Babbler, Eye-browed Wren Babler, Scaly Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Puff-throated Babbler, Abbott’s Babbler, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Grey-cheeked Warbler,Whistler’s Warbler, Rufous-faced Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Mountain Tailorbird, Common Tailorbird, Rufescent Prinia, Straited Prinia, Mountain Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Common Green Magpie, Black-hooded Oriole, Maroon Oriole, Slender-billed Oriole, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Spangled Drongo, Common Iora, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, Large Woodshrike, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-eared Broadbill, Himalayan Goldenback, Greater Goldenback, Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Grey-headed Woodpecker, Eurasian Wryneck, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Green Bee-eater, Dollarbird, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Emerald Dove, Ashy Woodswallow, Lesser Coucal, Greater Coucal, Green-billed Malkoha,Green Emperial Pigeon, White-rumped Shama, Siberean Rubythroat, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, White-hooded Babbler, and many species of other Woodpeckers, Blyth’s kingfisher, and chances of sighting Hodgson’s Frogmouth. Collared Falconet, Pied Falconet, etc.

Overnight in tented camp.

Day 13 :~Tingtibi – Trongsa 3hours
In the morning before driving to Trongsa you will try to spot the Beautiful Nuthatch Sapphire Flycatcher, Himalayan Cutia, Red-throated Flycatcher, Asian Brown Flycatcher.

Overnight stay at hotel, Trongsa.

Day 14: ~ Trongsa – Gantey 87 km/ 3hours
You will drive about 3 hours through pristine dense evergreen forests of oak, rhododendron, horse chestnut, laurel, maple, fir, spruce, larch, hemlock and juniper to the Phobjikha valley crossing Pele La pass at 3390 meter. The species found in this area includes Spotted Laughingthrush, Himalayan Griffon, Himalayan Swiftlet, Brown Parrotbill, Snow Partridge, Beautiful Rosefinch, Common Rosefinch, White-browed Rosefinch, Russet Bush warbler, Grey-sided Bush Warbler, Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler, Scaly-breasted wren babbler, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Crimson Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Great Parrotbill, Brown Parrotbill.

Overnight stay at hotel, Gangtey.

Day 15: ~ Phobjikha – Punakha 70 kms/ 3 hours
Explore Phobjikha valley, one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country, which serves as a roosting ground for Black Necked Crane in winter. The birds found in this valley are Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Amur Falcon, Ward’s Trogon, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch,Grey-headed Bullfinch, Scarlet Finch, White-tailed Nuthatch, Oriental Magpie Robin, etc. Continue to drive to Punakha valley.

Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha.

Day 16 & 17: ~ Birding in Punakha
In this stretch you will sight Jungle Owlet, Asian-barred Owlet, Osprey, White-bellied Heron, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Lesser Fish Eagle, Great Cormorant, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Yuhina, Striped-throated Yuhina, Whiskered Yuhina, Straited Yuhina, Scarlet Minivet, Long-tailed Minivet, Grey-chinned Minivet, Barred Cuckoo Dove, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Slaty-bellied Tesia, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-gorgeted Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Small Niltava, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Great Barbet, Blue-throated Barbet, Golden-throated Barbet, Asian Koel, Grey-hooded Warbler, Golden-spectacled Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Lemon-rumped Warbler, Buff-barred Warbler, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Black-backed Forktail, Yellow-bellied Fantail, White-throated Fantail, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Hoary-throated Barwing, Blue-fronted Robin, Lesser Shortwing, Himalayan Cutia, Green Shrike-babbler, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Black-eared Shrike-babbler, Spotted Wren Babbler, Pygmy Wren Babbler, Speckled Piculet, Orange-bellied Leafbird, White-tailed Nuthatch, Maroon Oriole, Scarlet Finch, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon

Overnight stay at hotel, Punakha.

Day 18: ~ Punakha -Thimphu
The birds found in Punakha and Wangduephodrang valleys are Himalayan Cutia, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Collared Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, White-browed Fulvetta, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Plain Mountain Finch, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Parrotbill, Himalayan Bluetail, White-browed Bush Robin, Rufous-breasted Bush Robin, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Brown Bullfinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, Chestnut-tailed Minla (Bar-throated Siva) , Dark-breasted Rosefinch, Little Bunting, White-bellied Heron, Common Kingfisher, Grey Treepie, Spotted Nutcracker, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted Forktail, Eurasian Jay, Ultramarine Flycatcher, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, etc.

Day 19: ~ Birding in Thimphu
In capital city Thimphu biridng’s best is Motithang (upper Thimphu) and Cheri to the northern end. The species found in this area are Ibisbill, Common Sandpiper, Crested kingfisher, Brown Dipper, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Shikra, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Common Hoopoe, Nepal House Martin, Long-tailed Minivet, Scarlet Minivet, Grey wagtail, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Yellow-browed Tit, Upland Buzzard, Himalayan Buzzard, Common Buzzard, Wallcreeper, Rufous-fronted Tit, Black-throated Tit, Black-tailed Crake, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Solitary Snipe, Plumbeous Water Redstart, Northern Goshawk, Black eagle, etc. In the evening you will visit Trashichhoedzong built in 1641, the king’s throne room and house of Jekhenpo the chief abbot.

Overnight stay at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 20: ~ Thimphu – Paro
Today you will drive early morning to Paro for birding. You will sight Ibisbill, Brown Dipper, River Lapwing, Hodgson’s Redstart, Blue-fronted Redstart, Russet Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Kestrel, Common Stonechat, Red-vented Bulbul, Green-backed Tit, White-capped Water Redstart, and some of the migratory ducks and waders. Optional evening you can hike to Tiger’s Nest about 3 hours uphill.

Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 21: ~ Birding in Paro
You will drive towards Chele La pass with early breakfast for sighting pheasants: Kalij Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant and Himalayan Monal. There is also opportunity for sighting the Fire-tailed Myzornis. Evening freely stroll in Paro town.

Overnight stay at hotel, Paro.

Day 22: ~ Departure
Today you will drive to Paro airport for your onward journey.

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