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Satyr Tragopan


Comprehensive Eastern Himalayas

A 15-day, small group birding tour that explores the Bhutanese Himalayas, from dense forests in the subtropical foothills to alpine meadows above the treeline at the country's highest mountain passes.

Our comprehensive tour of the fascinating Kingdom of Bhutan takes us through the most intact natural habitat in the Himalayan range to experience what has long been considered the epitome of Himalayan birding.  We will explore a cross-section of elevations in this bird-rich environment, from remarkably intact foothill forests, through magnificent moss-draped mid-altitude forests that blanket the hillslopes, up into alpine meadows and over a series of high mountain passes hung with prayer flags. We will visit in late spring, when temperatures are comfortable at all altitudes and many species associate in exhilarating mixed feeding flocks.  We will be looking for some of the most enticing birds to inhabit the Eastern Himalayas, stunners such as Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant, Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, White-bellied Heron, Ibisbill, an incredible selection of scimitar-babblers, wren-babblers, thrushes, flycatchers, warblers and tits, and mammals including the endemic Golden Langur, all against a backdrop of the high Himalayas punctuated by colourful Buddhist stupas and imposing royal palaces. 

Saturday 16 March - Saturday 30 March 2024 - 3 PLACES AVAILABLE

with Sherab Dorji

Sunday 31 March - Sunday 14 April 2024 - TOUR IS FULL

with Sherab Dorji

Saturday 5 April to Saturday 19 April 2025 - TOUR IS FULL

with Sherab Dorji


Sunday 20 April to Sunday 4 May 2025

with Sherab Dorji


2024 & 2025: $ 5475 / £ 4305 / € 5030 (Paro/Paro)

Duration: 14 nights/15 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: $ 420 / £ 330 / € 385

Deposit: $ 1095 / £ 860 / € 1005 (20% of the tour price)

The tour is priced in US Dollars. Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Bhutan visa fee

  • Bhutan Sustainable Development Fee*

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs:$ 1145 / £ 900 / € 1050 (to/from Paro)

Estimated visa costs: $ 25 / £ 18 / € 21**

*Bhutan has long limited tourism through high cost, with the government committed to a 'high value, low impact' tourism policy. To achieve this, the government imposes a minimum daily charge (the 'Sustainable Development Fee' or SDF) on all visitors, which is in addition to the cost of their travel arrangements. In 2022, as the country re-opened post-Covid, this was increased from $65 to $200 per person per night, forcing a huge increase in travel costs. In response to the concerns raised by those involved in Bhutan's tourism industry, the government has implemented some incentives for travel and have reduced the SDF by 50% until the end of 2027. Beyond this, it is unclear what the SDF policy and therefore the tour price will be, and the next few years would be a good time to plan a visit visit for anyone contemplating a birding tour to Bhutan in future.

**Bhutan visa fees are included. Estimated visa costs shown here are for transit through India en-route to/from Paro.

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