Sacred Birds & Mythic Tales

A colorful year-end festival, rare Black Necked Cranes and an optional trek in the mid-Himalayan valleys ~ 18 to 21 days
This journey takes us to the Trongsa tshechu festival, where the mystic traditions of the Chaam or masked dances add a splash of color to the season. Also features sojourns in the beautiful Phobjikha Valley to view the sacred Black Necked Cranes and the balmier Wangdue region discovering its exquisite temples and monasteries. The greater Himalayan snowpeaks are at their dazzling best, juniper and incense offerings send wispy curls skyward, with bright sunny days compensating for the crisp mornings and evenings. Our journey can be combined with a mid-Himalayan trek into the biodiversity rich valleys of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, with opportunities to encounter Bhutan’s rare and endemic Golden Langur monkeys (whose sightings are believed to bring good fortune).

Day 1: Arrive in Paro, visit the National Museum.

Day 2: Traditional meal and tea service at our senior guide’s family farm.

Day 3: Excursion to the newly opened Haa Valley.

Day 4: Transfer to Wangdue valley with stop at Dochula.

Day 5: Visit the temple of the Divine Madman and the “Hall of 100 Pillars”.

Day 6: Transfer to Trongsa.

Days 7 & 8: Attend the Trongsa tshechu.

Days 9 to 11: Transfer to Bumthang valley and visit temples and monuments in Jakar.

Day 12: Transfer to Phobjikha Valley to view wintering Black Necked Cranes.

Day 13: Gangtey Monastery with Black Mountains hike.

Day 14: Transfer to Thimphu and browse the capital’s market.

Day 15: Day Hike to Tango Buddhist College.

Day 16: Visit Thimphu museums and monuments, afternoon transfer to Paro.

Day 17: Hike to “Tiger’s Nest Monastery.”

Day 18: Return flight to Bangkok or another gateway city.