Birds of Heaven

The Scared Cranes of Phubjikha ~ 17 to 19 days
Take a journey past a tableau of revered peaks in the Bhutan Himalayas, from the breathtaking valleys of Paro and Thimphu to the serene Phobjikha Valley. Spend some time with the rare and elegant black-necked cranes, reminding us of the strong links between the valley’s people, the animal world and the environment. Visit the secluded & picturesque Gangteng Monastery, steps away from your cozy mountain lodge. This is a contemplative trip with time to take in some of Bhutan ‘s most popular monastery-fortresses or dzongs , and also to savor the quiet heart of Bhutan.

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Days 1 & 2: Arrive in Paro. Explore the many exquisite temples along the valley floor.

Days 3 & 4: Transfer to the capital and browse the markets. Day hike to the Tnago Buddhist College or the Chari “Iron Mountain” Retreat.

Days 5 & 6: Transfer to Wangdue valley with a stop at the Dochula Pass. Explore Punakha Valley, including the Hall of 100 Pillars and the Yuelay Namgyal Pagoda.

Days 7 to 9: Transfer to Phobjikha Valley to view the wintering Black-necked cranes. Quiet hike through the high alpine valley of Phobjikha, stopping at local homes and farms. Spend a relaxed day discovering the Gangteng Monastery or visit the valley’s nature study center.

Day 10: Transfer to Bumthang Valley with photo stops.

Day 11: Explore Jakar Valley by foot, with time to visit the exquisite temples scattered along the valley floor.

Day 12: Visit a local village for an insight into the region’s rich and vibrant wool-weaving tradition.

Day 13: Transfer to Wangdue Valley with a stop at Trongsa Dzong, ceremonial seat of past and future kings of Bhutan.

Day 14: Transfer to the capital for a dinner reception with the Skykingdom family.

Day 15: Transfer to Paro after a leisurely breakfast.

Day 16: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Day 17: Enjoy a traditional meal and tea at a Paro farm.

Day 18: Excursion to nearby Haa Valley.

Day 19: Return flight to Bangkok or another gateway city.