The highlight of this trip is the Festival for the Endangered Black Necked Crane. By legend the cranes are believed to be the reincarnated souls of Lamas that come to pay homage at the monastery of Gangtey Gompa. Each year at the cranes return it is said that they circle the monastery three times before landing in the wetlands below. The Festival is sponsored each year by the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature and the Phobjikha Valley community. Foreign guests are asked to make a small donation for attending the festival
Day 1: Fly to Paro
Day 2: Paro Sightseeing evening drive to Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing, overnight in Thimphu.
Day 4: Morning weekend market, afternoon drive to Gangtey Gompa for the Black Necked Crane Festival. This will be a good opportunity to stop along the way for Bird viewing.
Day 5: Black Necked Crane Festival and visit to the crane sanctuary, overnight in Phobjikha.
Day 6: Drive from Phobjikha to Tashithang stopping along the way for lunch and Bird Watching, overnight in Tashithang (Camping)
Day 7: Hike to bird watching areas, (500-600 species recorded in Tashithang area).
Day 8: Drive to Dochula Pass for birding Overnight camping in Dochula.
Day 9: Drive from Dochula to Paro, overnight in Paro.
Day10: Paro sightseeing, hike to Taktsang Monastery viewing area, overnight in Paro.
Day 11: Depart from Paro