The short time period between late April and the end of May is a great time for viewing rhododendrons in the country. Out of the 1200 species of rhododendrons recorded in the world, 46 have been found in the country, out of which 4 are endemic to Bhutan.  On this 13 day tour, you will travel across the breadth of the country and back. The altitude will range from as low as 1,400 meters to over 3,500 meters; and this altitudinal range makes for great diversity in flora – particularly rhododendrons.

On this trip, you will explore one of the world’s last unspoiled frontiers and be enthralled by its unmatched natural beauty, mystical religion, vibrant culture, and charming people.

Day 1: Arrival in Bhutan, and drive to Thimphu

Day 2: Drive to Wangdue. Stop at Dochu La along the way to look at Rhodies

Day 3: Drive to Phobjikha

Day 4: Look for rhodies in Phobjikha/hiking

Day 5: Drive to Bhutan’s cultural heartland – Bumthang. Will be driving through some prime rhododendron growing areas

Day 6: Day excursion to Thrimsung La pass. Overnight in Ura

Day 7: Look for rhodies in Ura, and afternoon/evening drive to Chamkhar

Day 8: Sightseeing in Chamkhar

Day 9: Drive to Punakha

Day 10: Drive to Paro

Day 11: Day excursion to Chele La

Day 12: Day excursion to Bhutan’s cultural icon – the Tigers’ Nest

Day 13: Departure from Bhutan