April 15 - Arrival Paro
On arrival at Paro from Delhi or Calcutta (as per guest convenience) check in to the hotel, and freshen up. Lunch at town and afternoon birding along Pa Chhu (river).
Target species: Ibisbill; Oriental Turtle Dove; Himalayan Buzzard; Common Kestrel; Grey-backed Shrike; Red-billed Chough; Russet Sparrow; Blue Whistling Thrush; Brown Dipper; Plumbeous Water Redstart; Hodgson's Redstart; Rosy Pipit; Siberian Stonechat; Wallcreeper and Rufous-breasted Accentor.
April 16 - Cheele La Excursion
After breakfast, we check out from hotel and you will be transferred to Cheele La. It is the highest road pass in the country of Bhutan, located 3899 m high altitude. At Cheele la Birding at high altitude and magnificent views across the snow-topped Jhomolhari. expected species are Himalayan Monal; Blood Pheasant; Satyr Tragopan; Kalij Pheasant; Himalayan White-browed, Dark-rumped and Dark-breasted rosefinches; Fire-tailed Sunbird; Rufous-bellied Woodpecker; Eurasian Woodcock; Collard, Grosbeak; Himalayan Bluetail and Red Crossbill. and continue to Paro, 70kms, 4 hrs return drive. Birding at high altitude and magnificent views across the snow-topped Jhomolhari.Overnight stay at Paro 2300 M.
April 17 - Depart for Bumthang
Flight from Paro to Bumthang, flight time 25 minutes. Amazing Himalayan mountain views from the flight. After lunch at Bumthang town continue birding along the Chummey valley and Tharpaling Monastery for some of Bhutan’s highly priced high altitude species.
Target species: Himalayan Monal (at close range); Kalij Pheasant; Snow Pigeon; Green Shrike-babbler; Dark-breasted, Dark-rumped and Himalayan Beautiful rosefinches; Yellow-browed Tit; Russet Bush Warbler; Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler; Large-billed Leaf Warbler; Bhutan and White-throated laughing-thrushes; Hoary-throated Barwing; Himalayan Wood Owl; Eurasian Magpie; Rufous-vented Yuhina; Snowy-browed Flycatcher; Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush; White Wagtail; Common Hoopoe; Eurasian Tree Sparrow; Speckled Pigeon; Himalayan Swiftlet; Large Hawk Cuckoo; Lemon rumped Warbler; Whistler's Leaf Warbler; Brown-flanked and Hume’s bush warblers; Black-browed and Grey-crested tits; Brown Parrotbill; Stripe-throated Yuhina; Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler; Grey-winged Blackbird; Black Drongo; Upland Buzzard; White-winged Grosbeak; White-browed Shortwing; Whiskered Yuhina; Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher; Himalayan Forest Thrush and Himalayan Cuckoo.
Dinner and overnight stay at Chummey Vally.
April 18 - Chummey to Yongkala
After breakfast, you will be transferred from Chummey to Yongkola, 136kms, 5 hrs drive, birding en-route at Thrumshing La (3870m), Sengor and Namling valley. Expected species: Eurasian Woodcock; Himalayan Vulture (Near-threatened); Fire-tailed Sunbird; Altai Accentor; Pink-browed Rosefinch; Blanford's Rosefinch; Brown Bullfinch; Plain Mountain Finch; Little Bunting; Rufous-vented Tit; White-throated Redstart; Black-faced Laughing-thrush; Bar-throated Siva; Goldcrest; Hodgson's Treecreeper; Tickell's Thrush; Eye-browed Thrush; Chestnut Thrush; Kessler's Thrush; Black-throated Thrush; Black-headed Shrike-babbler (rare); Orange-bellied Leafbird; Mountain Bulbul; Greenish Leaf Warbler; Chestnut-headed Tesia; Golden-breasted Fulvetta; Great Parrotbill; Fulvous Parrotbill; Bar-winged Wren Babbler (rare); Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler; Great Barbet; Black-winged Cuckooshrike; Maroon Oriole; Ashy Drongo; Mrs. Gould's Sunbird; Spot-winged Grosbeak; Grey Treepie; Collared Owlet; Fork-tailed Swift; Asian Emerald Cuckoo and Verditer Flycatcher.
April 19 & 20 - Thrumshing La National Park
After breakfast you will be going to spend 2 Days exploring the bird rich Thrumshing La National Park. Target species: Rufous-necked Hornbill (Vulnerable); Ward’s Trogon (rare); Hodgson’s Frogmouth; Bay Woodpecker; Grey-cheeked and Broad-billed warblers; Black-throated Parrotbill; Rufous-throated Wren Babbler (Near-threatened); Golden Babbler; Himalayan Cutia; Yellow-throated Fulvetta; Scaly Laughing-thrush; Golden Bush Robin; Rufous-breasted Bush Robin; White-gorgeted Flycatcher; Gould's Shortwing (rare); Pygmy Blue Flycatcher; Scaly Thrush; Lesser Cuckoo; Mountain Scops Owl; Grey-headed Bullfinch; Yellow-cheeked Tit; Grey-bellied Tesia; Black-faced Warbler; Long-billed Wren Babbler; Wedge-billed Babbler; Grey-sided Laughing-thrush; Rusty-fronted Barwing; Blue-winged Minla; Lesser Shortwing; Pale Blue Flycatcher; Blue-fronted Robin (rare); Black-winged Kite; Booted Eagle; Grey-headed Woodpecker; Hodgson’s Frogmouth (rare); Purple Cochoa (rare);Striated Yuhina; Rufous-necked Laughing-thrush; Red-faced Liocichla; Common Green Magpie; Drongo Cuckoo; Rufous-bellied Eagle; Jungle Owlet; Hill Prinia; Blyth's Shrike-babbler; Black-throated Sunbird.
Night stay at Yongkola, 1800m.
April 21 - Yangkola to Trashigang
After having breakfast in Yangkola you will be transferred to Trashigang 130kms, 4 hrs drive. Early morning birding along the lower Lingmethang road followed by Kore La forest road birding. After late breakfast continue to Trashigang, stopping for birding in prime locations.
Target species: Tawny Fish Owl; Chestnut-breasted Hill Partridge (Vulnerable); Blue-bearded Bee-eater; Hair-crested Drongo; House Sparrow; Barn Swallow; Ashy Bulbul; Black-throated Tit; Oriental White-eye; Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler; Rufous-chinned Laughing-thrush; Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch; Slaty-backed Forktail; Great Tit; Crimson-breasted Woodpecker; Common Tailorbird; Blyth's Leaf Warbler; Grey-sided Bush Warbler; Blue-throated Blue Flycatcher; Rufous-bellied Niltava; Blue-capped Rock Thrush; White-collared Blackbird and Chestnut-tailed Starling.
Night stay at Trashigang, 1100m.
April 22 - Trashigang to Deothang
After breakfast in hotel at Trashigang you will be transferred to Deothang. Trashigang to Deothang, 180kms, 7 hrs drive. Early morning check out from hotel and departure for Samdrup Jongkhar. Whole day birding along Yonphu La, Khaling and Narphung valleys.
Target Species: Black-tailed Crake; Beautiful Nuthatch (rare); Red-headed Trogon; Mountain Tailorbird; Beautiful Nuthatch (Vulnerable); Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler; Blue-winged Laughing- thrush; Long-tailed Sibia; Silver-eared Mesia; Little Pied Flycatcher; Green Cochoa (rare); White-tailed Robin; Black Kite; Asian Barred Owlet; Eurasian Jay; White-throated Fantail; Chestnut-crowned Laughing-thrush; Sikkim Treecreeper; Long-tailed Broadbill; Gold-naped Finch; Pygmy Wren Babbler; Grey-throated Babbler; Asian House Martin; Golden-spectacled Leaf Warbler; Great Hornbill (Near-threatened); Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker; Large Niltava; Sultan Tit; White-throated Bulbul; Pin-tailed Green Pigeon; Pale-headed Woodpecker (rare); White-throated Kingfisher; Lesser Racket- tailed Drongo; Streaked Spiderhunter; Crimson Sunbird; White-rumped Munia; Black-crested Bulbul; Yellow-vented and Yellow-bellied leaf warblers and Mountain Imperial.
Night stay at Deothang, 700m.
April 23 - Deothang to Morong
After breakfast you will be transferred to to Morong for early morning birding and continue down to Deothang and Samdrup Jongkhar for lowland species of birds and mammals.
Target species: Eurasian Collared Dove; Thick-billed and Orange-breasted green pigeons; Crested Treeswift; Red-rumped Swallow; Black Redstart; Hill Myna; White- naped Yuhina; Dark-rumped Swift (rare); Lesser Necklaced Laughing-thrush; Lesser and Greater coucals; Green-billed Malkoha; Jerdon's Baza; Oriental Pied Hornbill; Lineated and Coppersmith barbets; Dollarbird; Collared and Pied falconets; Ashy Woodswallow; White-browed Scimitar Babbler; Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker; Red Junglefowl; Large-tailed Nightjar; Common Koel; Violet Cuckoo (rare); Banded Bay Cuckoo; Black-crowned Night Heron; Great Egret; Little Ringed Plover; Brahminy Kite; Wreathed Hornbill (rare); Himalayan Flame-backed Woodpecker; Blue-eared Barbet; Chestnut-headed Bee-eater; Blyth's Kingfisher (Near-threatened); Alexandrine Parakeet; Hooded Pitta (rare); Silver-breasted Broadbill (rare); Large Cuckooshrike; Common Iora; Greater Racket-tailed Drongo; Rufous Treepie; Black- naped Monarch; Blyth’s (Asian) Paradise-flycatcher; Yellow-vented Flowerpecker; Little Spiderhunter; Ruby-cheeked and Purple sunbirds; Asian Fairy-bluebird; Golden-fronted
Leafbird; Thick-billed Warbler; Red-whiskered Bulbul; Striped Tit Babbler; Puff-throated Babbler; White-rumped Shama; Black-backed Forktail (rare); White-crowned Forktail (rare); Siberian Rubythroat; Taiga Flycatcher and Pied Bush Chat.
Night stay at Samdrup Jongkhar, 200m.
April 24 - Departure
Early morning check out from hotel and departure for Guwahati Airport. Birding stop at the Guwahati Garbage dump for some of Indian sub-continents rare species. Drop off at Guwahati Airport. Tour Concludes. Target species: Purple Swamphen; Woolly-necked Stork; Bronze-winged Jacana; Pied Kingfisher; Lesser Whistling Duck; Little Grebe; Lesser and Greater adjutants and Little Cormorant.
Included in Cost:
- Route Permit process fee
- Reni Pani Tour Guide
- Tour Guide who is an excellent birder
- All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
- All accommodation based on sharing twin room
- All meals
- Tea/coffee and snacks
- Ground transportation
- All necessary camping equipment’s if camping is involved in your tour
- All entrance fees for museums and parks
Not Included in Bhutan Land Cost:
- Travel insurance (essential)
- Laundry, phone calls and alcoholic drinks
- Personal expenses
- Charges incurred as a result of circumstances beyond the control of Reni Pani or its ground partner
- International flights
You should prepare for certain factors of travel in Bhutan. A few of the most important are: elevation, windy mountain roads and uneven trek paths. Average elevation on this trip is 2,400m. Pass crossings may be up to 4,000m.
We strongly advise that your travel insurance policies include medical assistance and (helicopter) evacuation - we believe that it is ‘better to be safe than sorry!’ Should you decline to do so, we must state that we will in no way, accept responsibility for expenses incurred, should you require medical attention/evacuation whilst on holiday with us.
It is our policy to use the best available accommodation in each location. All hotels and lodges we use are government approved and registered with the Tourism Council of Bhutan. If you signed up for an camping tour, we have our own camping crew who will set up camps, prepare hot meals and provide hot showers.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
This trip departs in April/May which is generally a dry and cool time of the year but you may encounter light rain or damp condition. Evenings may be cool and you will certainly have many early morning starts so will need some warm layers. The key to being comfortable is to adopt a system of several layers rather than one item of bulky warm clothing. Sun hats are an essential item, with a wide brim and something to protect your neck. Temperatures can drop very quickly in the evening and early morning and at altitude and you may again need to put on a number of layers.
|Walking boot||For hiking|
|Training Shoe||For comfort in camp|
|Waterproof jacket||Best made with breathable, waterproof fabric|
|Best made with breathable, waterproof fabric|
jacket or down gilet
|For colder evening/morning or in case of a cold snap|
|Trekking trousers||Suggest two pairs, plus trousers change into the|
|Long-sleeved shirts||Prevent sunburn on your arms and keep airborne|
biting insects at bay
|Thermal underwear||You may like to take to change into this in the|
evening or have it to sleep in.
|Woolly hat or gloves||For cold weather|
|Sun hat||With adequate protection for your neck|
|Smart/casual clothes||For air travel, in cities and for evenings in hotels|
|Small day sack|
|Sunglasses and retainers||If you wear glasses, bring a spare pair|
|Head torch or flashlight||With spare batteries|
|Antibacterial hand gel||Very useful for washing hands when no water is available|
Standard voltage in Bhutan is 220-240 volts. You will often find two pin razor type sockets in bathrooms. In rooms sockets are generally round-three pin variety (Indian standard which is larger than European) - but can also be European or British type sockets. Take a universal travel adaptor and if that still does not fit ask at hotel reception.
Baggage and Hand luggage
Bhutan Airlines/Druk Airlines Baggage allowances are one cabin baggage (Max weight 10kg) and one checked-in-baggage (max 20kg).
- Small heavy articles can be carried in your day-sack or grip, which can go on as hand baggage. Note that most airlines only allow one item of hand baggage.
- Any excess baggage charge will have to be borne by yourself.
- Electrical equipment and lighters should be packed in your hold luggage.