Day 1: Paro – Arrival – As you arrive 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. On arrival you will be met by our guide and transferred to the hotel. Paro is a small, peaceful town that has a number of good restaurants, shops as well as the national museum, which is housed in an old watchtower. Amongst many temples and monasteries scattered in the valley, the oldest temple Kichu Lhakang and the beautiful Rinpung Dzong are especially worth a visit if time permits. (Lunch and or Dinner included (depending on the time of arrival)).
Day 2: Trongsa – Traveling– After breakfast this morning you will have a long drive to Trongsa amongst stunning scenery. Traveling through open yak pastures, winding river valleys, villages and yak herders’ camps you will see high alpine mountains to semi-tropical forests. You will have lunch en route at the Chendebji Café. Before passing Dochu La (3112m), where you will be free to explore several paths heading up in search of mammals. Then you will pass Pele La (3353m). Along the way (depending on time) we will visit the striking Dzong of Trongsa, which overlooks Mangde River. The whole drive can take 7-8 hours before arriving at at Trongsa, altitude 2200m. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Day 3: Jangbi – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – Today will start with a drive towards the town of Tongtongphe (2 hours). Then you will begin trekking with our trekking expedition team. During the trek towards the Mönpa village of Jangbi we will keep our eyes out for squirrels, Asiatic black bear and musk deer before arriving at our camp, altitude 1,368m – (4,560ft). If you wish and local conditions allow you may have some spotlighting after dark. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Day 4: Jigme Singe Wangchuck National Park – Wildlife Watching – Today you will be taken into the forests around Wamling village in search of mammals, birds and reptiles in the Black Mountains. Today will be spent in the wonderful Jigme Singe Wangchuck Nationl Park so you have high chances of seeing different animals, reptiles, birds and plants including tigers, leopards and other rare and elusive animals. We will return to the same camp for the night. With some spotlighting after dark if local conditions allow. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Day 5: Kudra – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – Today the trail follows the ridge line and and descends through the Chir Pine forest. Along the way keep your eyes peeled 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 Mönpa small communities . When you reach Kudra our campsite offers a bird’s-eye-view of Nyimshong village and also the town of Zhemgang. Kudra campsite, altitude 1636m – (5453ft). (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Day 6: Jigme Singe Wanchuck National Park – Wildlife Wacthing – Today once again you will explore another rich forested area in the this 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 lucky leopards and the elusive tiger can also be seen. Once again if local conditions allow we will spotlight for nocturnal species. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 7: Nabji – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – Today you will continue to trek from Kudra to Nabji; this 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 local people have plenty of stories of spotting tigers and leopards along this trail so keep your eyes open. Then you will arrive at Nabji which is a beautiful village where paddy fields seem to surround the clustered houses. The altitude of our Nabji campsite is 1300m – (3827ft). (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 8: Jigme Singe Wanchuck National Park – Wildlife Watching – Around Nabji village there are many wild boars and sambar deer so we are confident of spotting these species as well as searching out for the local tigers, leopards, bears and other rare animals. Spotting 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. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 9: Zhemgang – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – This morning the trek will continue as we head to Nimshong. This part of the trek is through the rich broad leaf forest and here there are great chances of spotting mammals and birds. The destination today is the Mangde Chu River. Where you will 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! (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 10: Buli – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – Today you will be driven 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 will be 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 great way to catch rare 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. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 11: Kheng Gomphu – Trekking & Wildlife Watching – This morning, you will be driven to Kheng Gomphu, which is used only by a few villagers. As yesterday you will walk along Gomphu road. This road also allows high chances for spotting mammals as it is very peaceful and gives good view 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. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 12: Thimphu – Traveling – Today you will begin the long journey back to the real world. First you will be transferred to Thimphu. This will take around 10 hours but the stunning views will no doubt keep your interest. Lunch will be at the Chendebji Café again before reaching your hotel in the capital. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 13: Thimphu / Paro – Traveling & Sightseeing – Todau you will visit the wonderful and stunning Taktshang monastery (otherwise 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 takes 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 if time allows. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Day 14: Home – Today you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home.