Bhutan, a rampart stretch of the Himalayas nestled between Tibet and India, holds some of the most extensive remaining tracts of Himalayan forest. Bhutan has opened its doors to visitors, allowing us for the past 15 years to explore its wonderland of birds from Ibisbill to parrotbills. It even has its own field guide from which to sort out all the niltavas, tesias, yuhinas, minlas, fulvettas, laughingthrushes, scimitar-babblers, and barwings! A surprisingly good road system permits us to encounter many species reduced through habitat loss elsewhere and to view the cultural setting of remote regions far beyond the capital.
As there are so few hotels, our journey does necessitate three nights of camping and many picnics, but our efficient ground crew ensures that this experience is not only comfortable (cots with mattresses in tents in which you can stand up) but adds to the ambience of being in Bhutan. This also enables us to be on the spot at some truly superb birding locations to walk through oak and rhododendron forests in search of several superb pheasants as well as Himalayan Cutia, Scarlet Finch, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Ward's Trogon, and the enormous Rufous-necked Hornbill.
Our visit has been timed to show the greatest diversity of bird life--Bhutan's resident birds will be in full song and many migrants will be heading north. Species that move to higher altitudes to breed should still be present at lower elevations where they have wintered, while rock-thrushes and others will be arriving from southern India to breed. As a bonus, many species of intensely colored rhododendrons and magnolias should be in flower.
Select the KEY INFO tab or click here for our itinerary plus space requests, status, fees, limits, and guides for any departure.
"A great tour, one of the best ever. Great birds, excellent guide in Megan Edwards Crewe, really great tour group. Plus beautiful, clean country, good food, fun cultural visits, happy people. Especially noteworthy was the ground crew providing in-the-field hot meals for every breakfast and lunch, a superb effort. Your office service was very good, no problems for me and they were very helpful to other tour members who had major flight disruptions by the airlines." D.M, BHUTAN 2019
ITINERARIES • TOUR STATUS • DETAILS • SPACE REQUESTSITINERARIES • We issue a separate itinerary for each year, typically at least 9 months before that year's first departure. Most itineraries don't vary much year to year, but there may be small or rarely more substantive changes. A sample previous-year itinerary is usually available even if the one for your chosen departure is not. We do not require any deposit for provisional bookings until the itinerary for the departure is ready.
- 2021 sample (PDF)
- 2022 (PDF expected Jul 2021)
DEPARTURES • We have 2 departures currently scheduled through 2023, with details including limits, guides, fees, and space available listed below.
Apr 2-21, 2022
Guided by: Megan Edwards Crewe & Jay VanderGaast
Tour Manager: Karen Turner
Tour Limit: 10
Status: Waitlisted - The itinerary has not been finalized for this tour. The trip has provisionally filled but, if you are interested, we can waitlist you for the trip. As we do not require deposits until the itinerary and price are finalized, we often have folks drop off a tour when the deposit is required, and so space opens up! Click below to be waitlisted for this tour with no obligation; if you are waitlisted, we will also notify you in case of an added departure of this tour.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$9975
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Apr 1-20, 2023
Tour Manager: TBA
Tour Limit: 9
Status: Open - Space is still available on this tour, and we are accepting provisional bookings. No deposit is required until you receive the itinerary. Click below to book space.
Tour Fee: Fee TBD / 2021=$9975
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Enjoy looking through the 5 most recent Field Guides triplists for this tour linked below!