NEW 2020!

Mushrooms, Mountains and Monasteries

This tour in cooperation with mushroaming.com will offer fantastic insights into the rich flora and fauna of Bhutan. Special focus will be put on the amazing diversity of mushrooms in Bhutan. Under the experienced guidance of mycologist Daniel Winkler, a mushroom aficionado since his early childhood, you will experience a great mix of culture, hikes & mushrooming in the little kingdom. Highlight will be the visit to the annual Matsutake festival in Ura, Bumthang. 

DATES: 19th August – 1st September 2020
DAYS IN BHUTAN: 13 nights / 14 days
FESTIVAL
: Matsutake festival Ura (tentative!)
GROUP SIZE: 12 PAX
GUIDE: Daniel Winkler (mycologist) / English speaking local cultural guides / Bhutan specialist guide Ulli Cokl (PhD)
ACCOMMODATION: 
Hotels & homestays

  • Exploring a variety of forests and mushroom diversity
  • Guided by Daniel Winkler, expert mycologist 
  • Additionally English speaking lokal cultural guides and bird watching guide /tentative: Bhutan specialist guide Ulli Cokl (PhD)
  • Some cultural highlights: Tigernest monastery and Punakha Dzong
  • Homestay and cultural immersion
  • Matsutake festival in Ura (tentative!)

DAY 1: Arrival at Paro & to Thimphu (approx 1hr)
Drive to Thimphu, light sightseeing and rest.

DAY 2: Thimphu
Light hiking, mushroaming on the way

DAY 3: Flight to BUM & to Yongkhola (Mongar)
Approx 30 min. flight with breathtaking views, then light mushroaming on the way to Mongar, via Thrumshengla pass (approx. 7hs), on the way edible boletus reticuloceps

DAY 4: Yongkhola
Full day forest excursion, mushroaming and also bird area

DAY 5: Yongkhola to Ura (approx. 5hs)
Return to Ura village, birds and mushrooms on the way

DAY 6: Ura
Matsutake festival (tentative!) and village life, mushroaming (among others: edible boletus reticuloceps)

DAY 7: Ura to Tang (approx. 2,5-3hs)
Mushroaming in forest near Tangsibi area

DAY 8: Tang
Hike to monastery with mushroaming on the way

DAY 9: Tang to Jakar (1hr)
Drive/hike to Jakar, sightseeing and stroll through district town

DAY 10: Jakar to Punakha (approx. 7-8hs)
Long drive via Pele la and plenty of photo stops and opportunities for mushroaming

DAY 11: Punakha to Paro (approx. 3 hs)
Via Pelela, 108 chorten and hike to Lungchutse (mushrooms)

DAY 12: Paro
Mushroaming around Chele la pass, maybe hike to Kila nunnery

DAY 13: Paro Taktsang
Full day hike to Tigernest monastery and mushroaming on the way

DAY 14: Departure

For reasons of originality we refrain from detailing our programme here. For more information or if you want to book this tour individually please send us an email      

Book this tour with our American partner mushroaming.com (Daniel Winkler)

Information:

This tour is tailored to guests with a keen interest in mushrooms, roaming forests and hiking (sometimes steep and demanding due to altitude and gradient!). There might be unforeseen obstacles due to monsoon weather e.g. landslides, heavy rain, muddy footpaths (bring gum boots and shoes that dry quickly). There will be leeches on at least one occasion during a forest excursion in lower broad leaf areas, leech socks are advised. The tour will be guided by mycologist Daniel Winkler of mushroaming.com. Originally from Munich Daniel now lives in the USA. He guides bi-lingual, in German and English language.

Bookings:

Book this tour with mushroaming.com. For reasons of originality we refrain from detailing our programme here. For more information on this group tour, mushrooms, flora & fauna and photo gallery of past tours, please contact us   or Daniel Winkler at mushroaming.com.

  • Activities: Mushrooming, hikes, village life, monasteries and people
  • Overnights: Hotels and farm/homestays
  • Date: 19 Aug - 1 Sept 2020