Panbang, a remote community of only 1360, in south central Bhutan lies in the heart of the Royal Manas National Park, the first and oldest protected area established in 1966 in Bhutan covering 1057 square kilometers. The Royal Manas National Park is home to about 86 different mammals, over 365 birds and over 900 plants species. Asian elephants, the endangered Royal Bengal tigers, clouded leopards, and the Himalayan Black Bears are a few of the mammals that live in Manas.
Panbang is not only a wildlife sanctuary, but also home to Bhutan's largest river basin, the Mangdu Chhu. With growth in the tourism sector and as Bhutan becomes one of the world's best destinations to explore wildlife and nature, the community members of Panbang saw an opportunity to preserve their sacred land, but also stay in their village to do so. Eleven young entrepreneurs launched the first ever river-rafting company on Mangde Chhu infrastructure these promote eco-tourism in Panbang. With scarce tourism infrastructure these eleven young men began their journey to showcase their beautiful community to the rest of the world.
All our river guides undergo a serious Rescue 3 training thereby completing the professionalism in white water rafting activities.
All the group members of RGP has undergone a detailed eco-guide training which Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) provided with support from the Bhutan Foundation.
We continue to help environmentalist, conservationist and also the community to keep the rivers banks clean from garbage and protect the precious natural resources.
Where is Panbang?
Panbang is located adjacent to Bhutan's first national park, Royal Manas National Park. We are fortunate to be living in nature with forests and rivers, which are home to endangered golden langur, Asian elephant, water buffalo, gaur, Rufous necked hornbill, pygmy hog, Bengal tiger, clouded leopards, and many wild cats. We work closely with Royal Manas National Park to promote eco-tourism in Bhutan.