Some of the most ancient fir forests in Bhutan

Thrumsing La National Park

Thrumsing La National Park is not only a paradise for wildlife, but also a beautiful landscape with its backdrop of the high Himalayas. It is known for its alpine lakes and waterfalls which means it provides the perfect arena for walking and high mountain trekking.

Some of the most ancient fir forests in Bhutan

Thrumsing La National Park (TLNP), covers an area of just over 900 sq km. It lies in the centre of the Eastern Himalayas and has some of the most ancient fir forests in Bhutan. TLNP has a wide range of altitudinal ranges and therefore temperature with over 700mm of rainfall in the northern alpine grassland regions (over 4,000m) and up to 1,500mm in the southern sub-tropical, broad-leaf region (upto 1,000m). In this eco-system that links all the ecological regions, there are more than 620 plants, 21 of which are endemic to Bhutan, to-date 69 species of mammals including the royal Bengal Tigers at altitudes as high as 2,950m! Himalayan Black Bear, Common Leopard, Red Panda and Musk Deer, which are commonly sighted and presently 360 bird species including the globally threatened Rufous-necked Hornbill, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Ward’s Trogon, Tawny Fish Owl, Beautiful Nuthatch, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Sikkim Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Blue-fronted Robin and the Chestnut-breasted Partridge


Between April and May a walk in the Rhododendron Garden at the top of Thrumshing La, to see the 22 rhododendron species is a must for all wildlife enthusiasts!

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