On the Wings of Prayer: The annual return of Bhutan's rare Black-necked Cranes
December 01 ~ 12, 2020 (Prime Black-necked Crane viewing season)
See Bhutan's rare and elegant Black-necked Cranes and learn about the ancient yet fragile ties that exist between the people of Phobjikha valley, the endangered cranes and the natural world. On this journey named for a documentary film that first brought wider attention to Bhutan's Black-necked Cranes, we also consider the mythic stories of Vajrayana Buddhism whose influences shape life and culture in the Himalayas to this day.
Sacred Black-necked Cranes
Beautiful Bumthang valley
High-end traditionally authentic lodges & resorts
Day hikes to temples and attractions
Learn about Himalayan art and culture
Hike to the magnificent "Tiger's Nest"
Trip Extensions Available on Request
Take a short but dramatic mountain flight past a tableau of revered peaks in the Bhutan Himalaya, from the breathtaking valleys of Paro and Thimphu to the serene Bumthang valley.
Hike and explore the scenic valleys at the heart of Bhutanese cultural life, visit a string of ancient and moving temples and monasteries before turning west. In Phobjikha, see Bhutan's rare and endangered Black-necked Cranes back on their winter roosting grounds after their arduous annual migration from beyond the Tibetan Plateau (read The Black-necked Cranes of Bhutan). Enter the secluded and picturesque Gangtey Monastery, festive for this time of year.
This is a contemplative journey with time to take in some of Bhutan 's most popular monastery-fortresses or dzongs , and also to savor the peaceful heart of Bhutan.
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Route Map - Celebrating Bhutan's Black-necked Cranes
There are so many things that we recall each day that remind us how special this trip was for both of us. It was about seeing, feeling and understanding the spirit of the place, and perhaps it was partly about finding answers to some very personal questions. You shared your country with respect, humor, grace, patience, and with great care. We both carry extraordinary memories of an extraordinary trip!
~ Chuck & Lois C.
Admire the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalaya as we fly into Paro ● Wander the colorful streets of Paro, and visit nearby temples set amid bucolic rice fields.
Take the dramatic mountain flight to central Bhutan ● Settle into our cozy family resort, built in the traditional style of the Bhutanese mountain lodge.
Hike cheerful farms and villages in the lovely Tang and Chamkhar valleys, visit area temples and monasteries ● Return each night to the cozy comforts of the beautiful Mountain Resort.
Transfer to Phobjikha, where we may be in time to catch the annual festival celebrating the Black-necked Cranes.
Explore Punakha's traditional rice-growing farms and enter magnificent Punakha Dzong before the drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital ● Explore markets, monasteries and museums in Thimphu before transfering to Paro ● A final spectacular hike brings us to famous Tiger's Nest before a farewell feast ● Transfer back to the airport for your departing flight from Paro.
TRAVEL EXTENSIONS TO
CAMBODIA & LAOS
(with optional Bangkok Transit arrangements)
If you'd like to spend a little more time exploring the magnificent World Heritage sites of Cambodia and Laos before or after Bhutan with arrangements in and out of Bangkok, we can take care of those details as well. Start the Conversation and tie in a visit to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat or explore the quaint streets of Luang Prabang where French Colonial meets a distinctly unique Asian sensibility.
DATES & PRICES
November 5 - 16, 2018 (high season); Mid-February to first week of March 2019 (early spring; offered in conjunction with the spectacular Punakha Pageant of Warriors Festival)
From $4,250 per person (Custom trips may require additional arrangements, which may add to the trip costs.)
CUSTOM JOURNEYS TAILORED JUST FOR YOU
Did you know we also arrange custom journeys throughout the year? Just tell us what you need from your trip and we will put it all together for you.
All ground transportation and airport transfers
All meals, including excursions to try well-known local restaurants
The expertise and services of your Bhutanese Trip Leaders, Guides & dedicated trip field staff
Courtesy booking services & arrangements for round-trip regional flights from gateway cities (such as Bangkok) to Bhutan & any internal domestic flights (airfare is additional).
Sightseeing, special events & receptions, visits and entry fees
All environmental national parks & conservation fees and permits
All Trek Arrangements (if you signed up for a trek), including community camping and commissary equipment (comfortable and roomy two-person tents, kitchen and dining tents, and other community equipment), camp, cook and support staff
Fly from your home city to Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi Kolkata or Kathmandu (Main Gateway Cities)*
Fly from Gateway City to Paro, Bhutan.
Important: Bhutan Himalaya Expeditions makes round-trip flight arrangements from the Gateway City of your choice to Bhutan as a courtesy to our travelers. Airfare is not included.
For more information please send your inquiries using the contact form on our Request Full Details page.
*Bangkok is the primary Gateway City & offers the most frequent and most reliable flights to Bhutan.