Overview

Our Highlights of Bhutan birding tour takes us to one of the least spoilt Himalayan countries in search of some very special and beautiful birds!

On a typical day in this mountain wonderland, you will find yourself in breathtaking surroundings looking for legendary species in pristine and seemingly endless forests, with mighty Himalayan peaks towering in the distance – all in all, Bhutan is a destination like no other! Traversing dramatic mountain passes adorned with brightly coloured prayer flags and chortens (temples), some of the birds we will specifically target include the resplendent Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful Nuthatch, Himalayan Cutia – and a whole host of other spectacular species beside! In addition, we’ll be among the very first foreign birders to explore the relatively new Bomdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, refuge for about 150 overwintering Black-necked Cranes and scores of other great Himalayan species, making this a true venture of discovery!

This slightly shorter option to our standard Bhutan birding tours is aimed at the more budget conscious birder with less time to spare in the field, but nevertheless still wishing for a fantastic overview of the region's special birds.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

 

Tour Facts Top Birds
Black-necked Crane, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Long-billed Plover, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler, Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Gould’s Sunbird, Himalayan Cutia, Spotted Laughingthrush, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch and a number of Parrotbills
Top Mammals
Yellow-throated Marten, Black Giant Squirrel, Large-eared Pika, chance for Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer.
Habitats Covered
low to high elevation forests (including bamboo, coniferous & mixed broad-leafed), pastures, wetlands, rocky slopes, rivers
Expected Climate
warm to temperate and cold, some rain possible
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walks, some long drives
Accommodation
simple to comfortable lodges and comfortable camping
Ease of Birding
moderate with some difficult species
Number of Species Expected
280-300
Other Attractions
buddhist culture, incredible mountain scenery and magnificent forests, a land little touched by time, possible visits to dzongs (temple-fortresses)
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Glen & Rainer worked well together. Both were most attentive to client needs, no matter how trivial. Their sense of humour was keen and attention to birding very much appreciated. This was probably one of THE BEST tours I have been on. Wonderful combination of scenery, cultures and over-the-top birds.

Another great trip!!! Many thanks to all at Rockjumper. The tour was excellent, both David Erterius and Greg de Klerk did a great job as leaders, both in finding birds, making sure we all saw them and just being fun to be with. We would love to travel with either of them again - they were what we have come to expect from Rockjumper! The field agents were also brilliant and could not have done more for us... All-in-all, a great trip - I will recommend Bhutan to anyone (and, of course, Rockjumper). Already looking forward to our next adventure with you.

It was an excellent tour, both in Assam and Bhutan. David Erterius and Greg de Klerk worked well together, and the local support was very satisfactory. It met all my expectations.

David is one of the best guides I have ever toured with. He was a wonderful spotter, calm, good-natured and was always willing to do his utmost to ensure everyone saw as many of the birds as possible. I cannot thank him enough for making this such a wonderful and memorable tour.

Markus's ability to find, ID, and scope birds for us (apparently simultaneously, sometimes along with photographing it) was absolutely amazing, and we ended up with some very remarkable sightings of what I gather are generally quite difficult birds. His knowledge of the birds of the region and their natural history is comprehensive, and his enthusiasm added immeasurably to our enjoyment of the trip. He was always on alert, calling out birds as we drove or walked, somehow kept track of what everyone had or had not seen well so far, and was very patient about repeating ID tips. He did a great job of keeping us informed of the daily plans - both logistics and, birdwise, the rationale for choices of where we would stop and what our current targets were. Though we were a small group, we did represent a range on the spectrum of watchers and listers, and Markus did a fine job of catering to different interests. Markus seemed to have an endless store of energy, and along with his guiding and organizing skills, he was a fun travel companion. He even provided us with copies of some of his fantastic photos from the trip at the end, so after each long day of guiding, he must also have been spending his evening time working on his photos.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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