Ethometho – Rhododendron spring in Bhutan
This tour is tailored for those interested in forests combined with hiking and cultural highlights. The itinerary covers the buzzing West including Thimphu (capital) and Paro, Bumthang region and the subtropical South. Forestry will be the central theme. Cultural highlights of the tour are a religious festival at Domkhar (Bumthang) and a hike to Taktshang monastery.
Duration: 18 nights / 19 days in Bhutan
Date: April 4th – 22nd (+ 2 days from /to home country)
Included festival: Domkhar tshechu
This tour is part of our forestry trilogy:FORESTRY TRILOGY
Day 1: Flight Delhi to Paro, transfer to Thimphu
Flight Delhi-Paro. Transfer to Thimphu. After check-in light hike to Ministry of Agriculture and Thimphu Dzong.
Day 2: Thimphu
Light hike to monastery in Jigme Dorji National Park. After lunch visit wood- and paper factory.
Day 3: Thimphu
Visit Buddha Dordenma at Kunselphodrang. Walk along the trail to Changangkha monastery. After lunch visit Takin reserve.
Day 4: Thimphu-Dochula-Paro
Drive to Dochula pass. Visit 108 chorten. Hike to Lungchutse monastery through Rhododendron and conifer forest in Royal Botanical Park. Enjoy an amazing view. Later drive to Paro.
Day 5: Paro
Hike to Taktshang monastery through conifer (mainly blue pine) and broadleaf forests.
Day 6: Paro-Jakar
Flight to Jakar. Valley hike through fields to monasteries.
Day 7: Jakar
Excursion to Wangchuk Centennial Park.
Day 8: Jakar-Tang
Hike through pine forest to Pemacholing nunnery in Tang valley. See timber harvesting sites / Misethang school.
Day 9: Tang
Day 10: Tang-Chumey
Drive to Chumey. Visit sawmill, furniture house and community forest (timber production).
Day 11: Chumey
Witness religious festival at Domkhar.
Day 12: Chumey
Visit incense factory and Tharpaling monastery at 3’600m asl. Hike to Kikila pass through conifer forest
Day 13: Chumey-Wangdi
Long drive from Chumey to Wangdi, dry valley dominated by chir pine.
Day 14: Wangdi-Tsirang
Drive towards south along the Punakha River crossing through farmlands, hydropower construction sites and sparse forests of chir pine. Visit farm on the way.
Day 15: Tsirang
Visit community forest with non-timber forest products and/or Pemachoeling heritage forest.
Day 16: Tsirang-Gelephu
Drive through thick forest to subtropical zone. Birdwatching and wildlife observation.
Day 17: Gelephu
Excursion on forestry / nature conservation
Day 18: Gelephu
Excursion on agriculture
Day 19: Gelephu-Bagdogra
Drive from Gelephu to Bagdogra
This specialized tour is offered by our Swiss partner and will be accompanied and guided by our forestry specialist Marina Beck. Alternative activities for spouses during forestry excursions can be arranged.
You can also get in touch with Marina Beck: firstname.lastname@example.org