Black Necked Cranes & Royal Orchid Trek

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal

Visit: Kathmandu, Paro Populated3, Bumthang , Zangtopelri , Trongsa, Drongthong , Bemji, Gangtey Gonpa, Punakha, Thimphu, Paro Populated3, Kathmandu

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking


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.


    • Explore the Phobjika Valley, winter home of the rare Black Necked Cranes
    • Camp in comfort and experience 'the last Shangrila' on an easy paced 5 day trek
    • Visit the Tiger's Nest, the beautiful Tang Valley and the monasteries of Bumthang
    • Special Black Necked Cranes and Trongsa Festival departures available

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62292
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Kathmandu, Nepal
Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration: 15 days
Physical rating: Basic


  • A professional and qualified tour leader plus support crew
  • Bhutan visa fee
  • Flights between Kathmandu and Paro
  • All transfers and land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • Full service camping on trek including all camping equipment
  • 'Thermarest' inflatable camping mats whilst camping
  • FREE Sleeping bag and down jacket hire is available for this holiday on request
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu



Price person (sharing double) $5,140 ($343/day)


$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Bhutan, Nepal Kathmandu, Bumthang, Tang Valley, Trongsa, Kasiphey, Drongthong, Bemji, Gangtey, Punakha, Thimphu, Iger's Nest, Paro


Tour Operator

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