Bhutan’s fish and fishing opportunities remain significantly under-discovered. There has yet to be a comprehensive survey of the fish inhabiting the country’s lakes and rivers. About Forty-two species have been recorded, though potentially there may be an additional two hundred or more. Furthermore, since most are not aware of this option, fewer than ten fly-fishers annually visit Bhutan. There therefore exists the chance of making some interesting and unexpected discoveries.
Fishing spots range from large rivers such as at Punakha, the glacial-fed waters of Bumthang, Paro and Thimphu, to the crystal clear spring-fed streams at Gangtey and Nikachu. Altitudes range from a low of 4,000 to a high of 9,500 feet. The most common varieties are the snow trout (belonging to the carp family) and the brown trout (which has thrived since its introduction some decades ago). The best times for fishing are from March to October. Perhaps what is most remarkable about the fishing experience in Bhutan is the general ambiance. The overall natural environment is one of the purest and richest in the world, and a traditional way of life remains little disturbed by modern influences. Being in Bhutan therefore offers an unusual serenity and a rare sense of being completely detached from one’s everyday life.
Day 01: Arrive Paro
Arrive Paro - Afternoon by the upper stretches of the Pa Chhu(river) - Hotel
Day 02: Fishing in the Haa Valley
Fishing in the Haa Valley and return to Paro - Hotel
Day 03: Thimphu
Thimphu - Morning fish the Thimphu Chu, afternoon sightseeing incl. Memorial Chorten, School of Traditional Arts and Crafts, the Textile Museum & hike at the Buddha point - Hotel
Day 04: Gangtey
To Gangtey ˆGangtey Monastery. Discover the scenic valley, winter home to the endangered black-necked crane - Hotel
Day 05: Bumthang
To Bumthang - Cross Pele La Pass, Chendebji Chorten, Trongsa and fish the Nikka Chu - Hotel
Day 06 & 07: Bumthang Tang
Bumthang Tang - Fish by the Chamkhar Chhu - Stay in Camp or Local Guest House - Hotel Next Day By the Tang Chhu - Stay Camp or Local Guest House - Hotel
Day 08: Punakha
To Punakha via Wangdiphodrang. Fish in the Punakha river - Hotel
Day 09: Paro
Back to Paro & undergo more fishing
Day 10: Paro Taktsang hike (The Tigers Nest)
Excursion to the famous Tigers Nest "Taktsang".
Day 11: Depart Bhutan
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Passport (with at least 6 months’ validity from the date of your exit from Bhutan)Photocopy of picture page of passport showing number, etc. Keep this in a separate place in your baggage. If for any reason you lose your passport, this will expedite the process of applying for a new passport.Print out copy of the visa & International air tickets.Temperatures will fluctuate greatly depending on elevation and time of day. You should be prepared for a minimum temperature of 04 degrees and a maximum of 35 degrees. You have to plan for layered clothing to be prepared for such a wide-ranging temperature fluctuations.Drink only bottled water, sodas, beer, etc.Stay away from any cold salad! These are normally rinsed in tap water before or after being sliced and are a major cause of traveler’s gastro-intestinal distress.All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.
A few reminders:-
Accept or offer items with the right hand or, more politely, with both hands. Using both hands to give or receive signifies that you honor the offering and the recipient or giver.When you visit Buddhist shrines or temples, it is appropriate and a sign of respect to walk around the building in a clockwise direction (so that the structure is to your right side). This is also true for mani walls (walls built of stone tablets with Buddhist mantras carved on them) and Chorten (small Buddhist shrines.)Your guide will give you additional tips along the way, when in doubt, check in with them. You will be travelling into areas that have had relatively few foreign visitors. Your positive attitude and interaction is needed and welcomed to maximize this adventure.
What should I bring with me for the trip?
Good walking shoesSunglassesSunscreen (highest possible)Headgear for sunny daysBug/Insect repellentCotton clothing for summer days, light woolen clothes for evenings. Heavy woolens for winter.Shorts for hiking and walking around town are fine. Out of respect, please don't wear shorts in public buildings or monasteries. Have a pair of long pants or longer skirt for these locations.