As a specialists in birding tours we offer birding tours as a specialised package, which includes professionally trained local field guides, experienced bird photographers, luxury camping (bed in tent, hot shower tent), besides the other standard facilities provided for all tours.

These specialised Birding tour packages therefore come at a higher rate than the normal cultural and trekking packages. The quote for the birding tour packages will be provided along with the detailed itinerary once an enquiry is made to plan a trip.

What to pack for Bhutan Birding Tour?

If you are planning a birding tour in Bhutan here is what you should get.

  • A large soft duffle with many grab handles is better than a backpack. This will be put inside a hessian sack and carried by ponies on your trek through birding locations.
  • Line your duffle bag with a huge plastic bag. Plastic bags are not sold in Bhutan.
  • Pack toiletries, first aid kit, etc., in a separate small “stuff bag” which is easy to find in a dark tent.
  • Carry only a small backpack as a “daypack” with items you need during the day’s trek.
  • Your other items will be carried by ponies, which move ahead so that camp is ready when you arrive by evening.
  • 15kgs is the advised weight for all your trekking gear.

Clothes: dress in layers, don’t bring too many

  1. One thermal vest/top and thermal underwear
  2. One Long-sleeved shirt (protects against sun)
  3. T-shirts or shirts
  4. One fleece jacket (and fleece/shell pants for evenings and early mornings)
  5. 2 or 3 comfortable pants (lightweight, easy-dry)
  6. Nightwear
  7. Down jacket for evenings
  8. Rain jacket and rain pants
  9. 3 or 4 pairs (or more) good hiking socks, 1 pair for evening
  10. Thermal gloves
  11. A pair of casual shoes for evening
  12. Hiking boots (Gore-Tex/rain proofed)
  13. Spare shoelaces
  14. Sun hat
  15. Fleece hat (and a spare one)
  16. Gaiters

Other necessities

  1. Hiking stick (collapsible preferred)
  2. Sunglasses/spare glasses or contact lenses
  3. Sun protection cream and preparation for relief of sunburn
  4. Washing kit and toiletries (bio-soap is best for environment)
  5. Light-weight towel
  6. Scissors
  7. Hand cream
  8. Insect repellent
  9. Lip salve
  10. First Aid Kit suggestion: aspirin or painkiller, muscle soother, antiseptic cream, anti-histamine cream, anti-diarrhea pills, bandages, safety pains, big Band-Aid plaster, sore throat lozenges and your usual medicines.
  11. Re-hydration sports drink/powder
  12. Water purifier (though all water is carefully boiled in camp)
  13. Wet wipe tissue
  14. Tissue
  15. Umbrella/Rain gear
  16. Camera, film, memory cards, accessories, polarizing filters, spare batteries, tripod etc.
  17. Books. Notepads and pencils
  18. Rain cover for your daypack and camera pack
  19. High-energy snacks-granola bars, fruit chews (unavailable in Bhutan), dried fruit (available).
  20. 1 litre water-bottle
  21. A few plastic bags (Ziploc)
  22. Penknife, whistle

For Camping

  1. Down (sub-zero temperatures) sleeping bag (extra inside fleece or silk liner)
  2. Flashlight (a headlamp is very useful and/or one that can hang or stand upright in the tent) with spare batteries.