Nestled between India and Tibet, the Kingdom of Bhutan
presents an alluring invitation to explore the most extensive
tracts of broad-leaved and subtropical forest remaining in the
bird-rich Eastern Himalaya.

To its people, Bhutan goes by the name Druk Yul, or the
mysterious ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. Isolated for centuries
by its mountainous terrain, this land is home to one of the least
disturbed cultures in the world, with timeless traditions and
Buddhist beliefs, and one that guards its natural heritage with

Measuring just 100 miles from north to south, and 200 miles
from east to west, Bhutan encompasses a remarkable variety of
ecosystems. Lying at the junction of two biogeographic realms,
this land exhibits properties of the temperate Palearctic and
tropical Indo-Malayan, which together with extreme variation in
climate and altitude, contribute to a mosaic of habitats and rich
assemblage of species.

Bhutan itself can be divided into three major geographic zones
– the low plains and valleys of the south, the mid-altitude
forests, and the mountains of the inner Himalaya that form the
edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Agriculture is limited to narrow
valley floors, and a vast network of inaccessible valleys, whose
forests cover almost two thirds of the total land area, are a
stronghold of Eastern Himalayan species, left undisturbed as a
result of a low population density and approachable as a result
of the respect for nature shown by the Buddhist culture.

Our tour takes us on a journey from east to west on a
comprehensive exploration of this fascinating country from sub-
montane forest adjoining the Brahmaputra floodplain, through
mid-altitude forests, to high mountain passes and alpine
meadows. We will encounter an array of regional specialities
across the altitudinal gradients, including species such as
White-bellied Heron, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan,
Himalayan Monal, Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Yellow-
rumped Honeyguide, and a selection of wren-babblers, scimitar-
babblers, laughingthrushes, and many more.

Bhutan is the epitome of Himalayan birding, with throngs of
enigmatic Eastern Himalayan species in store. Magnificent,
pristine forests extend to the horizons, blanketing the slopes
with oaks, maples, laurels, magnolias, and rhododendrons, and
at higher elevation firs, hemlocks, and spruces. Both the
birding and the pristine landscapes offer windows into what the
majority of the Himalaya must once have been.
Day 1:  Arrive in Delhi, birding local locations
Days 2 & 3:  Internal flight to Guwahati, birding along drive to
Bhutanese border, and birding foothill & subtropical forests
around Samdrup Jongkhar & Deothang
Days 4 & 5:  Birding locations along Lateral Road to Morong,
into Himalayas and foothill forests, and on to Trashigang
Days 6 & 7 & 8:  Birding locations along Lateral Road to Kori
, the Shonkar Chu Valley, and the famous Limithang Road
Thrumshing La National Park
Days 9 & 10:  Birding along Limithang Road to higher
elevations at
Sengor and Thrumshing La, and on to
Bumthang, the Ura Valley, and Jakar
Day 11:  Birding the Chume Valley, Yutong La, and Trongsa;
Trongsa Dzong
Days 12 & 13 & 14:  Birding south through Black Mountain
National Park
and Royal Manas National Park, to Zhemgang
& Tingtibe, then back along
Lateral Road through the
Phobjikha Valley
Days 15 & 16:  Birding the Phobjikha Valley to Punakha via
Pele La Pass, and Jigme Dorji National Park, the Pho Chu
, and Thimphu
Days 17 & 18:  Birding the capitol city Thimphu, then heading
to Paro, the
Kichu Monastery, and birding the Paro Valley &
Cheli La
Day 19 & 20:  Departure flights back to Delhi, and then home
Brief Itinerary
Satyr Tragopan
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Blood Pheasant
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Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler
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White-bellied Heron
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Golden Langur
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Trip Description
Bhutan East to West
Samdrup Jongkhar, Deothang, Morong, Brahmaputra Plains, Trashigang, Kori La (pass), Shonkhar Chu
Valley, Thrumshing La National Park, Yongkala, Limithang Road, Sengor, Thrumshing La (pass), Jakar,
Chume Valley, Trongsa & Trongsa Dzong, Black Mountain National Park, Royal Manas National Park,
Thrumshing La National Park, Manas National Park, Phobjikha Valley, Pho Chu Valley, Punakha, Jigme Dorji
National Park, Punthang Dechen Phodrang, Thimphu, Paro
Bhutan East to West
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For more information or to register for this trip, call Charles in the United States or
Ian in the United Kingdom. Charles can be reached at 888-203-7464 or directly at
720-320-1974. Ian can be reached at 07719-052820. Also feel free to e-mail at
Punakha Dzong
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