Beginning in the east, our fabulous Bhutan birding tours traverse the breadth of this remarkable country, passing through lush broad-leaved forests dripping with orchids, blazes of rhododendrons and magnolias, seemingly endless coniferous forests, and arguably the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world. The Bhutanese birds are no less extravagant with a brilliant array of colors and seldom-seen rarities including species that are unlikely to be encountered outside of this pristine Kingdom. Targets include Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler and Fire-tailed Myzornis. Our Bhutan birding tour includes comfortable camping, often at spectacular sites, where our needs are catered for by a team of helpful camp assistants. The pace is easy and most of our Bhutan birding is done whilst walking the most productive sections of the breath-taking road that winds its way across the Kingdom. Join us on this adventure through a paradise of culture, birds and scenic vistas as we explore the heavenly riches of Bhutan!
Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Sikkim Wedge-billed and Long-billed Wren-Babbler, Slender-billed and Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Himalayan Cutia, Spotted Laughingthrush and a host of parrotbills
Golden Langur, Capped Langur, Himalayan Goral, Nepal Grey Langur, Yellow-throated Marten, Hodgson’s Giant Flying Squirrel, Black Giant Squirrel and Large-eared Pika
low to high elevation forests (including bamboo, coniferous & mixed broad-leafed), pastures, wetlands, rocky slopes, rivers
warm and tropical to temperate and cold, some rain expected
moderate pace, undemanding walks, some long drives
buddhist culture, dzongs (temple-fortresses), incredible mountain scenery and magnificent forests, a land little touched by time
What our clients say about tours to Bhutan
This was a fantastic trip. David did an excellent job as our guide. He was thoughtful, attentive, hard-working and an expert in the field. There wasn’t much that we didn’t find. We very much enjoyed his company and hope he leads us again in the future.
Rich and David are very different personalities and from a client’s perspective, they were a dream team. David is an extraordinarily good birder, with huge amounts of bird knowledge. He is probably the nicest bird guide I have ever met and was always good-humoured. He might be the fastest draw in the West to put…
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.
Both Wayne and Rich worked very hard to make this tour the success that it was. Rich was helpful in so many ways, and the two made an excellent team. Rich’s sense of humour was especially valuable.
Thank you both for a magnificent trip to Assam and Bhutan. We still comment to each other daily on the many exciting experiences that we had. Thank you, Glen, for the very detailed report that we received , it will allow me to check our records of the trip, and bring back memories. So much were we enthused that we’ve booked to go with Rainer on his Namibia trip.
We wanted to drop you a line to let you know how absolutely thrilled we are with our very recent experience in Bhutan! We were blown away by the scenery and the birds. All the iconic species showed well plus Glen’s expertise enabled us to discover many other lesser known (to us) but no less interesting species. His knowledge, enthusiasm, and sense of humour were spot on for us! Though Bhutan is not a mammal destination, many unexpectedly fascinating species came to life for us as well, especially on an impromptu night drive at Zhemgang.
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…
I would like to add that our group was small, only 6 guests, which enhanced the birding experiences. The Rockjumper guides, Greg de Klerk and David Erterius, did a great job getting everyone onto most of the species every time. The small group also made for more comfortable travelling.
Having David Erterius as principal leader and Greg de Klerk as assistant proved useful on the occasions when Greg acted as scout to locate birds from a different viewpoint. David’s knowledge and birding skills were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It excelled my expectations as to the number of new birds I would see.
David Hoddinott, your birding skills & management of the tour never cease to astound us all. You are a legend and I am so grateful that you could lead us yet again!
Rich and David are very different personalities and from a client’s perspective, they were a dream team. Rich has unusual leadership ability (he was the main guide), he was unselfish, always put clients first and had patience even with the slowest – a good communicator and very good at getting people on the birds.
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.
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.