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Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or

Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or

Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or Overview

Trek through a remote part of Bhutan and enjoy a unique cultural experience as guests of Drongthang village

Discover the beauty of the Phobjika Valley, visit the rare Black-necked Crane at Gangtey, enjoy a short trek through a beautiful and rarely visited part of rural Bhutan known as 'the last Shangrila', and visit all the highlights of the Paro Valley on this walking and cultural adventure holiday in Bhutan. Travelling via Kathmandu, this adventure begins with a flight across the Himalaya to Paro, in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. A second flight then takes us over terraced and forested foothills as we fly parallel to the great Himalayan chain to reach Bumthang, located at the heart of quieter Eastern region of this isolated realm. The first part of this diverse adventure is a classic trek along the Mangde Chu (river) towards Gangkhar Puensum, the world's highest unclimbed peak. Following the route of the moderately paced Royal Orchid Trek, we travel into an area known as ‘the last Shangrila’ on account of its isolation from the rest of the world and the sheer beauty of its scenery. Here rural life continues as it has for centuries and during our stay we will have the opportunity to interact with the local communities, sharing their daily lives at work and play. Few tourists come here so this is a genuine opportunity to get under the skin of one of the most fascinating and least known countries in the world. Our accommodation on trek will be in comfortable safari style tents with camp beds and carpeted floors. Our meals, prepared by our specially trained chefs, will be served in a dining tent with a view few restaurants can surpass! Next, we travel west to Gangtey in the Phobjika Valley. Though we are now in sightseeing mode, there are still several walking options around the valley and we will definitely want to see the famous Black-necked Cranes that make this particular valley their winter home. From Gangtey we continue westward, visiting the impressive Punaka Dzong before crossing the Dochu La to reach Thimphu. Finally, returning to Paro, we hike up to the iconic, cliff-hanging Tigers’ Nest monastery before a farewell dinner and return to Kathmandu. Whether you only make one visit to Bhutan or you want to get to know the country better, this holiday will suit you. BOOK EARLY for BHUTAN! With only two airlines operating flights into Paro from Kathmandu, seats are limited and in high demand. Book early to guarantee your place on your chosen departure. We strongly advise booking a year in advance where possible.
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Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or by rambling john, 22 Nov 2018
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A couple of days in Kathmandu before flying to Paro in Bhutan. First part of holiday spent walking and camping off the beaten ... read more

Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or by Spoke, 22 Nov 2018
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Magical tour of and experience I. Bhutan. I learned so much about the history, culture, people, landscape,of the area. read more

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Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or by rambling john, 22 Nov 2018
Traveller rating:

A couple of days in Kathmandu before flying to Paro in Bhutan. First part of holiday spent walking and camping off the beaten ... read more

Black Necked Cranes and Royal Or by Spoke, 22 Nov 2018
Traveller rating:

Magical tour of and experience I. Bhutan. I learned so much about the history, culture, people, landscape,of the area. read more