Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan or “Land of the Dragon” is in the Eastern Himalayas. Although a small country it is one of the most diverse on Earth due to intact forests and an ancient culture that values nature (expect 350 – 400 bird species). It is also one of the least visited, only opening to tourism in the 1970’s. Staying in comfortable accommodation and travelling by mini-coach we will experience the full range of habitats up to 4,000 metres. Bhutan is a mountainous country and we will be at altitude most of the time. With early starts and some strenuous, but relaxed, walking, the rewards of Satyr Tragopan, Ibisbill and Rufous-necked Hornbill will be well worth the effort!

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Date
Cost
Availability
Deposit
Single Supp
27 Feb - 16 Mar 2021
£6650.00
10 Spaces
£1300.00
£500.00

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LeadersDuncan Macdonald plus local guide
FlightsBritish Airways, scheduled
Outbound: Overnight, Heathrow-Delhi
Inbound: Morning, Delhi-Heathrow
Local airlines, Delhi-Guwahati, Paro-Delhi

Days 1-2Overnight flight Heathrow to Delhi - 1 night airport hotel in Delhi.
Day 3Fly Delhi to Guwahati and drive to Samdrup Jongkhar - 1 night Hotel Tashi Gasel (300m).
Day 4Birding tropical forests and on to Deothang - 1 night Dungsam Trashiling Resort (800m).
Day 5Deothang to Trashigang, birding along Morong, Orong and Kharung La - 1 night Druk Deothjung Resort (1,100m).
Days 6-9Trashigang to Yongkola, birding Kore La, Lingmethang Valley, Yongkola, Namling and Thrumshing National Park - 4 nights Trogon Villa (1,700m).
Day 10Yongkola to Bumthang, birding along Sengor and Thrumshing La Pass - 1 night Kailas Guesthouse (2,700m).
Day 11Early morning to Tharpaling Monastery and continue to Trongsa - 1 night Yangkhil Resort (2,200m).
Days 12-13Trongsa to Punakha, birding along Chendibji and Old Pele La road. Jigme Dorji NP and Punakha Dzong - 2 nights Meri Puensum Resort (1,300m).
Days 14-16Punakha to Paro, birding the Royal Botanical Park at Lampelri, hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery - 3 nights Hotel Olathang (2,300m).
Days 17-18Fly Paro to Delhi, overnight in Delhi, arrive UK on Day 18 - 1 night airport hotel in Delhi.

WeatherGenerally dry and cool, there may be some rain. It will be cold in the early mornings, evenings and at altitude (0-25°C).
WalkingA reasonable level of fitness is required. Most of the walks are comfortable and the majority of birding is done roadside. The walk to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is on uneven forest trails, with 740m of ascent. All walking at a relaxed pace, as at altitude. Average altitude is 2,400m, some mountain passes at 4,000m.
MealsAll included from lunch on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 18. Most breafasts and all lunches are hot picnic style, taken in the field.
InsectsMay encounter mosquitoes, bring repellent.
AccomTwin and single rooms all ensuite. Hotels of mixed quality, some very nice, others basic but chosen because of location.
VisaE-visa required for India, additional £110. We shall arrange your Bhutan visa.
Group12
 

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