Duration : 14 Days
On your arrival in Paro you will see one of the most spectacular of all mountain views on the flight. 8 of the 10 tallest mountains including Everest and Kanchenjunga. After your arrival you will be met by our representative and guide who will then transfer you to the hotel. Paro is a very small, peaceful town which has a number of good restaurants, shops as well as the national museum, that is housed in an old watchtower. Amongst the many temples and monasteries which are scattered in the valley, the oldest temple is Kichu Lhakang and the beautiful Rinpung Dzong which are especially worth a visit if time permits.
After breakfast this morning you will have take a long drive to Trongsa amongst the stunning scenery. Travelling through open yak pastures, winding river valleys, villages and yak herders' camps you shall see the high alpine mountains to semi-tropical forests Your lunch shall be en route. Before passing Dochu La (3112m), where you shall be free to explore the several paths heading up in search of various mammals. Then you will pass Pele La (3353m). Along the way we shall visit the striking Dzong of Trongsa, which overlooks the Mangde River. The complete drive should take around 7-8 hours before arriving at at Trongsa, altitude 2200m.
Today we shall start with our drive towards the town of Tongtongphe. Then you shall begin with your trekking with our trekking expedition team. During the trek towards the Monpa village of Jangbi we will keep our eyes open for squirrels, Asiatic black bear and musk deer before arriving at our camp, altitude 1,368m - (4,560ft). If you wish we shall allow you to have some spotlighting after dark.
Today you shall be taken into the forests around the Wamling village in search of various mammals, birds and reptiles in the Black Mountains. Today you shall be in the wonderful Jigme Singe Wangchuck Nationl Park so you have very high chances of seeing different animals, reptiles, birds and plants including tigers, leopards and other rare and elusive animals. We will then return to the same camp for the night. With some spotlighting after dark if local conditions allow.
Today the trail follows the ridge line and descends through the Chir Pine forest. Along the way keep your eyes out for sambar deer, barking deer and the unusual gorals. Later you will ascend again through the thick and different forests of Phumzur and among more Monpa small communities. When we reach Kudra our campsite offers a bird's-eye-view of Nyimshong village and also the town of Zhemgang. Kudra campsite, altitude 1636m -(5453ft).
Today again we will explore another rich forested area in the magnificent national park. We will use the same campsite in Kudra. This national park can produce some excellent species such as goral, bears and forest mammals, if we are in luck we shall see leopards and the elusive tiger. Once again if local conditions allow we will spotlight for nocturnal species.
Today you will continue to trek from Kudra to Nabji; which is the most stunning section of the trek and is mostly downhill with only a few ascents. This trek goes through dense old growth forests where the local people have numerous stories of spotting tigers and leopards along this trail so better keep your eyes open. Then you will arrive at Nabji, which is a beautiful village where paddy fields seem to surround the clustered houses.
Around Nabji village there are various wild boars and sambar deers so we are pretty confident of spotting these species as well as searching out for the local tigers, leopards, bears and other rare animals. Spotting these mammals in this area is just a matter of luck but there are greater chances of seeing some of the really special animals here than elsewhere. You will return to the same camp as last night in the evening.
Today the trek will continue as we head to Nimshong. This part of the trek is through the rich broad leaf forest and there are great chances of spotting mammals and birds. The destination today is the Mangde Chu River. Where you shall bid goodbye to our trekking crew here and head further on to Zhemgang via car (1 hour). Along the way and whilst at Zhemgang you should spot golden langurs, capped langur, flying squirrels and Himalayan giant squirrels and after dark possibly the very elusive Asiatic golden cat.
Today you shall drive for around 45 minutes to Dakhphe village, before walking along the peaceful dirt road to Kheng Buli. Since the village farm road is rarely used by cars, it can good for mammal watching. We can walk along this trail and return to the car in the evening or we can continue the walk as far as we can go and the car can pick us up in the evening. Driving back is a good way to catch rare the cats such as marbled cats, clouded leopards, leopard cats, Asiatic golden cats, leopards and maybe even tigers as they cross the seldom used road at night. We will return to the same guesthouse as last night.
This morning, you shall be driven to Kheng Gomphu, which is used only by a few villagers. This road has high chances for spotting mammals as it is very peaceful and gives good views overlooking the valley. This part of the country is also best for bird watchers so there will be plenty of wildlife to grab the attention.
Today you will begin the long journey back to the city world. First you will be driven to Thimphu. This should take around 10 hours but the stunning views will no doubt keep your interest.
Today you will visit the wonderful and stunning Taktshang monastery (also known as Tigers Nest Monastery). It beggars belief that magnificent example of human engineering is not a wonder of the world. The hike up to Tigers Nest should take around 2 hours and various species of squirrels are common along the way. After returning from Tigers Nest and heading back to Paro a visit to the national museum.
Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.