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Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour 15 Days

Exciting Traverse across Bhutan attending festival along the way

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Bhutan Traverse Tour from west to east Bhutan is extremely exciting journey passing from idyllic west to old fashioned charms of  far east through gamut of vegetation, which also gives a fascinating insight into its ever changing landscapes and lesser-known eastern quarter before crossing over the southern border into India.

Combine the colours of the Western and Central Valleys with the wilderness of Bhutan’s un-spoilt forests and the lush tangle of its tropical jungle. You will be surprised at the diversity of its vegetation in such a seemingly tiny Kingdom. The only aspects of the journey which never change are the friendliness of the people and the awe-inspiring views, which delight at every twist and turn of the road.

Our odyssey across this emerald jewel of the Kingdom begins in the West, through towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. Then journey through the cultural heartland of Bumthang. Savor the distinct corners of the country as you slowly travel further and further back in time. Work your way to the Eastern-most outpost of the Kingdom and exit into India via beautiful and rarely visited Assam.* All small group journeys are scheduled to visit at least one festival, allowing you the unique opportunity to experience lively festivities that attract thousands of villagers from afar and near. There are some exciting short walks, most of which are optional.

P.S. Almost always the tour starts in West, but some Bhutan Traverse tours also start in the east and ends in the west (mentioned in the Detailed Trip brochure), in order to fit with the festival or for favorable weather conditions (eastern part  is warmer and lower).

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 : In Paro  
Upon arrival, meet your guide. Visit serene Paro valley by easy stroll and short drives covering historical monuments, temples and villages. Overnight in hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Hike to Takstang (tiger’s nest) monastery 
Hike to the iconic Takstang monastery and upon return, transfer to capital Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 4: In Thimphu  
A full day tour in the capital, where we also visit local market and have some time for stroll. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 5 & 6: Punakha & Wangdue  
Drive east across spectacular Dochula Pass to Punakha and Wangdue valley. On the pass, we spend some time to enjoy the views and explore.We have an afternoon and a full next day to explore this sub-tropical valley. Overnight in hotel in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 7:  Gangtey (Phobjikha)   
Three hour drive takes us over the Black-mountains ( JSW National Park) to a wide picturesque alpine Gangtey, also called Phobjikha valley.  Overnight in hotel. From late October until March, the black-necked cranes are in residence in the valley.

Day 8, 9 & 10: Trongsa – Jakar, Bumthang
En-route to Bumthang (on the Day 8), visit Trongsa, drive over Youtonga pass  to visit Chumey valley and arrive in Jakar, Bumthang. We have two full days to visit Bumthang valleys, dotted with ancients temples and monuments. The wide valleys with fields of buckwheat, apple orchards, and chalet-like houses, surrounded by pine forested hills, make Bumthang extremely beautiful. Overnights in hotel in Jakar, Bumthang.
Please note that one day out of Bumthang is used for Ura or Mongar to attend their respective festivals.

Day 11: Drive to Mongar
This long but a beautiful drive east from Jakar to Mongar, passes through Ura village, crosses Thrumshing La pass (3800m)with spectacular mountain vista into Sengor village. Then the road descends through ever changing vegetation, until it hits the lowest point in Kuri Zampa at 570m above the sea level. From here it is little over 1100m climb to the town of Mongar located on the hillside. It is a long drive, but nonetheless a scenic one, with opportunity to see wide varieties of flora and fauna. Overnight hotel in Mongar.

Day 12: Mongar – Trashigang  
Visit Mongar Dzong and drive to Trashigang, which takes around 3hrs. Along the way, we will visit local village, if possible school etc. Upon arrival, visit Trashigang Dzong and visit the town area.
Overnight in a hotel in Trashigang.

Day 13: Excursion to Tashiyangtse
Drive to Tashiyangtse, visiting Gomkora temple, Doksum village along the way. In Trashiyantse, visit traditional Art School, Chorten Kora and stroll around its’ small town.
Return to Trashigang for overnight.
Note: Trashyangtse excursion will be skipped for some trips to Gomkora festival or Trashigang festival respectively

Day 14: Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar  
Another long but also beautiful drive from Tashigang to Samdrup Jongkhar, goes past many villages, towns, as you descend through the foots hills and arrive at the small frontier town of Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 15: Exit Bhutan to Guwahati – Departure  
After breakfast,  drive across the border into India. (Indian Visa required). Transfer directly to Guwahati airport (just under 3 hrs. drive), in time for your departure flight.

From Guwahati, there are flights to Delhi, Bagdogra and Kolkata.  Flight costs are extra and charged at best available fare. If you arrange this flight yourself, be sure to choose an afternoon flight. You may take also wish to take some of our private tours in North East India.

 

Trip highlights

Overland Tour across Bhutan incorporating local festivals.
  • Trip Price From US$ 3200 | See Details

  • Trip AccommodationGood hotels (3-4 star) hotels through-out. See Details

  • Group Size9 members maximum.

  • MealsAll meals included

  • RouteParo, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdue, Gangtey, Trongsa, Jakar, Ura, Mongar, Trashigang, Yangtsi, Samdrup Jongkhar & Guwahati.

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour

  • Trip SeasonsTrips are scheduled at the best times.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, May, September, December

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

Prices & Dates

Cost Information

Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups. Starting from $3300 Per person.
Plus airfares to Bhutan and out of Guwahati.

Price Policy

Price is subject increases. We guarantee our prices for those who have already signed-up. Full price details upon request.

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
16 Sep, 201830 Sep, 2018 With Thimphu & Thangbi FestivalsAvailable Book now!
19 Oct, 201802 Nov, 2018 With Prakar & Jambay Lhakhang FestivalsAvailable Book now!
06 Nov, 201820 Nov, 2018 With Mongar Tsechu & Trashigang FestivalAvailable Book now!

Included

  • Bhutan Daily tourists fees & taxes
  • Bhutan Visa and Permits
  • Accommodations in listed or similar.
  • All meals in Bhutan.
  • Evening tea/snacks
  • All land transfers by good quality vehicle
  • Sightseeing with entrance fees
  • English Speaking Bhutanese Leader/Guide.
  • Bottled water and other complimentary services in the vehicle

Not included

  • Flights into Bhutan and out of Guwahati (listed separately)
  • Indian Visa.
  • Travel / Medical Insurance (recommended)
  • All other optional personal expenses such as Tips, Bars, Beverages, Telephone, Laundry, Gifts and other personal expenses.

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Trongsa

  • Yangkhil Resort

    This relatively new hotel is built on a steep hillside next to the paddy field with wonderful views overlooking the gorge, Mangde Chu, and also provides picturesque view of Trongsa Dzong. All 21 spacious rooms are built with modern design combined w...

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Hotels in Jakar

Hotels in Mongar

  • Shongar Lodge

    One of few tourist standard accommodations in Mongar. It is the first hotel in Mongar owned by Tourism and now by BTCL. It is located near the Dzong. There are plans for renovation. Rooms are currently basic and most have attached bath. ...

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  • Wangchuk Hotel

    One of the newest addition in Mongar, it belongs to Wangchuk group of hotels, who has two properties in Thimphu. It is located on the hillock overlooking the Mongar town and also have good view of the Dzong. It is well furnished with 27 rooms, privat...

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Hotels in Trashigang

Hotels in Samdrup Jongkhar

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Kezang Norbu

    Kezang Norbu

  • Pema Dhendup

    Pema Dhendup

  • Penjor Lhendup

    Penjor Lhendup

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Wendy
    Jan 1970
    Tour Bhutan ( Tour Bhutan)
    1 " Wendy " In October / November we went to North India and Bhutan for two weeks. We did not have a good idea beforehand about what to expect from Bhutan, but it was absolutely incredible! The country was fantastic, the people friendly and the organizationof Windhorse was really great! Our guide Tshering

    Tour Bhutan In October / November we went to North India and Bhutan for two weeks. We did not have a good

  • Martina G
    Berlin, Germany
    Jan 1970
    Exploring Bhutan from West to East ( Exploring Bhutan from West to East)
    5 " Martina G " Dear Rinzin Jamtsho, A big hello from Berlin. Let us thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful journey through Bhutan. We had a marvellous time from the first minute on and Duba and Jigme are an excellent team. It was perfectly organized and the combination of culture and nature experience kept

    Exploring Bhutan from West to East Dear Rinzin Jamtsho, A big hello from Berlin. Let us thank you and your amazing team for a wonderful journey through

  • Shizuka Maria I
    Toronto, Canada.
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Traverse from West to East (Fall, 2015) ( Bhutan Traverse from West to East (Fall, 2015))
    5 " Shizuka Maria I " Bhutan Traverse From West to East. Hi jambay Sorry my reply is late but I really wanted to give some feed back.. My tour with all of you was actually great and I have nothing bad to say. All hotels accommodations were good. Maybe the one in Punaka can improve but we were only

    Bhutan Traverse from West to East (Fall, 2015) Bhutan Traverse From West to East. Hi jambay Sorry my reply is late but I really wanted to give some feed back.. My tour

  • Mark W
    Huntington, NY, USA
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Traverse from West to East, Oct, 2015 ( Bhutan Traverse from West to East, Oct, 2015)
    5 " Mark W " Bhutan Traverse from West To East, Oct, 2015 In October, 2015 we traversed Bhutan over 21 days with Wind Horse Tours on a Bhutan private tour. (This review is for the tour company, which also owns the ranch) . We had a superb, knowledgeable, caring guide in Sonam Pelden and expert

    Bhutan Traverse from West to East, Oct, 2015 Bhutan Traverse from West To East, Oct, 2015 In October, 2015 we traversed Bhutan over 21 days with Wind Horse Tours

  • Kristen D
    Witikonerstrasse, Zürich, Switzerland.
    Jan 1970
    Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general. ( Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general.)
    5 " Kristen D " TID 8650 March 25 - April 08, 2015 (Tashi Gyalteshen - Guide) First of all, let me say that i enjoyed the trip very much.Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general.I think a 14 day trip really is worth it and through your choice of

    Positives were the beauty of the country and friendliness of people in general. TID 8650 March 25 - April 08, 2015 (Tashi Gyalteshen - Guide) First of all, let me say that i enjoyed

  • Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson
    USA
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people ( Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people)
    5 " Lindsay Holgrem & John Anderson " Bhutan, India, Sikkim Tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour.  A good guide can make such a difference in one’s enjoyment of a tour and Sonam was wonderful.  He’s very open and friendly and we learned a lot about Bhutan from him, not only about the places

    Bhutan is a beautiful country made more so by the art, architecture and customs of its people Bhutan, India, Sikkim Tour Dear Amit, We were very happy with the Complete Bhutan tour.  A good guide can make such a

  • Mr Christoph Alexander L
    Esslingen, Zurich, Switzerland
    Jan 1970
    We felt in very good hands from the beginning to the end. ( We felt in very good hands from the beginning to the end.)
    5 " Mr Christoph Alexander L " Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov 19- Dec 03, 2014 Overall we had a great experience and would definitely recommend Windhorse to future guests. Penjor was amazing. He was very competent and very professional in all situations. He always managed to accomodate our special interests and added several

    We felt in very good hands from the beginning to the end. Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov 19- Dec 03, 2014 Overall we had a great experience and

  • Janet S
    Graham Drive, Calgary T3E, Canada
    Jan 1970
    Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people. ( Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people.)
    5 " Janet S " TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my questions and phone calls. They were well worth it for me, as I think that Jon and I had a perfect trip. Our guide and driver,Duba and Sonam were the

    Jon and I both fell in love with Bhutan, the countryside and the people. TID - 8607 (Nov 18 - Dec 04, 2014) Attention Ugen I want to thank you for putting up with my

  • Robert L
    Chelsea Circle, Georgia, USA
    Jan 1970
    The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. ( The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch.)
    5 " Robert L " Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov19 - Dec03, 2014 Hello, I want to thank you for a wonderful tour of Bhutan. The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. I certainly will recommend Wind Horse to my friends; and I hope to use your firm again

    The guide, Penjor; and the driver, Baliman, were top-notch. Bhutan Traverse from West to East – Tour(TID 8532) Nov19 - Dec03, 2014 Hello, I want to thank you for a

  • Ms Elizabeth E
    Edinburgh, UK
    Jan 1970
    I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan. ( I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan.)
    5 " Ms Elizabeth E " TID 741 - Dec 4 to 18 Bhutan Traverse from east to west ( in reverse order of Bhutan Traverse from West to East) Dear Jambay, Thank you for all your help in making my second trip to Bhutan one of the highlights of my life. Ms Yandon, our guide, was

    I couldn’t ask for more… except for more time in Bhutan. TID 741 - Dec 4 to 18 Bhutan Traverse from east to west ( in reverse order of Bhutan Traverse

  • Terry & Carol T
    Ontario, Canada
    Oct 2018
    Our guide and drivers looked after us exceptionally well like we were family. ( Our guide and drivers looked after us exceptionally well like we were family.)
    5 " Terry & Carol T " TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13 – 25.10.13) Dear Windhorse Tours We recently concluded our trip Bhutan Travers West to East (Oct. 11 – 25) with the Parnells. We were met at the Paro airport by our guide, Pema Tenzin, and taken to our hotel that exceeded our

    Our guide and drivers looked after us exceptionally well like we were family. TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13 – 25.10.13) Dear Windhorse Tours We recently concluded our trip Bhutan Travers

  • Grant & Judy P
    Canada
    Jan 1970
    We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out” ( We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out”)
    5 " Grant & Judy P " TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13-25.10.13) Let me first say that we enjoyed our trip immensely! The sight where nothing short of spectacular and although we were Dzonged out by the end of the tour it was very informative. Always our guide made the information we received interesting

    We all enjoy hiking in a pristine environment so anyone including the locals should adopt the policy of “Garbage in Garbage Out” TID 595 Bhutan Traverse from West to East (11.10.13-25.10.13) Let me first say that we enjoyed our trip immensely! The sight

  • Daniel D
    Calgary, Canada
    Jan 1970
    I look forward to an ice cold Druk 11000 and a bowl of chili cheese and some great conversation again. ( I look forward to an ice cold Druk 11000 and a bowl of chili cheese and some great conversation again.)
    5 " Daniel D " TID 655-Bhutan Traverse from East to West (March 14-April 1,2013) Thank you for the great trip from which I am still going through some serious Bhutan withdrawal. From the initial contact with Ugen then Jambay, my interactions with your company were always positive and your efforts considerate. I wanted a private journey

    I look forward to an ice cold Druk 11000 and a bowl of chili cheese and some great conversation again. TID 655-Bhutan Traverse from East to West (March 14-April 1,2013) Thank you for the great trip from which I am still

  • Karen K
    Lakewood, WA, USA
    Jan 1970
    These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours ( These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours)
    5 " Karen K " TID 562/563-Bhutan Traverse From West to East & Extension Tour of Sikkim/Darjeeling (11-29, Nov. 2012) I just finished Wind Horse's Bhutan Traverse, from Paro to Trashigang, during festival time, then a short week long excursion to Darjeeling and Sikkim. These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn't be more pleased about the

    These two itineraries are EXACTLY what I wanted. I couldn’t be more pleased about the overall experiences gained on these two tours TID 562/563-Bhutan Traverse From West to East & Extension Tour of Sikkim/Darjeeling (11-29, Nov. 2012) I just finished Wind Horse's Bhutan Traverse, from Paro

  • Chantal & René M V H
    Hasselt, Belgium
    Dec 2012
    We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver. ( We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver.)
    5 " Chantal & René M V H " We have just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming us at Paro airport and by the caring attitude of our guide and driver during our trip. They have supported us throughout our journey when things were difficult at times

    We have appreciated the interesting conversations with Tashi, our guide, about Bhuddism and we have certainly appreciated the safe and gentle driving of Dawa, our driver. We have just come home after a fascinating trip to Bhutan. We were surprised by the kind way of welcoming

  • Jerome F
    Paris, France
    Jan 1970
    Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. ( Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating.)
    5 " Jerome F " Bhutan East to West (23rd April - 6th May) Bhutan Traverse from West to east in reverse order Dear Jambay, Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. I would like to thank you for your efficiency and organisation. Your Company is highly recommendable. Best regards,

    Our trip was excellent and Bhutan is fascinating. Bhutan East to West (23rd April - 6th May) Bhutan Traverse from West to east in reverse order Dear Jambay, Our

  • Cindy S
    Minnetonka, Minnesota
    Sep 2018
    This was the trip of a lifetime for me! ( This was the trip of a lifetime for me!)
    5 " Cindy S " As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of a lifetime for me! Thank you, Cindy- Bhutan Traverse & North India Sept 9-29, 2010.

    This was the trip of a lifetime for me! As I mentioned, I am happy to give you my personal feedback on this trip. This was the trip of

  • John B
    Florida,USA
    Sep 2018
    the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds ( the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds)
    5 " John B " Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send a short report to you in the near future. I completed the longer form that Wind Horse provided at the beginning of our adventure. The bottom line is that while

    the many faces and experiences of Bhutan are indelible fixed in our minds Just a few selected photos to give you a hint of what we were doing in Bhutan. Ugen, I'll send

  • Nicole M
    London, UK
    Mar 2010
    It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it ( It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it)
    5 " Nicole M " I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it, even the long drives and some confusions in the hotel reservations…I will send you the feedback form as soon as I have completed it but

    It has been a wonderful experience and loved every minute of it I have just returned from your exquisite country still wishing I was there… It has been a wonderful experience and

  • Marie Lippens
    Astridlaan XXXX Knokke Heist, Belgique.
    Apr 2006
    In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours ( In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours)
    5 " Marie Lippens " Pour un futur voyageur au Bhutan. Je recommande vivement Kinga Dechen et son agence WINDHORSETOURS. En janvier 2006, j'ai passé 12 jours au Bhutan et ai visité Thimphu, Punakka, Paro et environs avec un guide épatant, KINGA DECHEN. Grâce à sa connaissance remarquable de l'histoire, de la religion, de la nature

    In French, one says : Jamais deux sans trois, which means Never two without three,and I am already contemplating a new journey to be organized by Windhorsetours Pour un futur voyageur au Bhutan. Je recommande vivement Kinga Dechen et son agence WINDHORSETOURS. En janvier 2006, j'ai passé 12

  • Christopher & Vivienne P
    Meadowbank, HouseCraggs HillOver Kellet, Carnforth UK
    Oct 2018
    We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. ( We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful.)
    5 " Christopher & Vivienne P " TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful; please convey our thanks once again to them. The hotels were not all as advertised to us but were better. We had

    We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman, our driver, could not have been more helpful. TID:147: Complete Bhutan Travese into India (Oct 6-21,2008) Dear Ugen, We had a marvellous time! Both Jambay Dorji and Mr Baliman,

  • Sherron M
    Benowa, QLD, Australia
    Jan 1970
    the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday ( the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday)
    5 " Sherron M " Again some very happy travellers have returned from Bhutan – the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday – he said he was very surprised that Wind Horse knew about it and made a fuss – so thank you very much indeed for all your

    the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed his 50th birthday Again some very happy travellers have returned from Bhutan – the Lundmarks had a great time and TL thoroughly enjoyed

  • Phil S
    San Diego, California, USA
    Jan 1970
    I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries. ( I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries.)
    5 " Phil S " West to East and return to West Bhutan Gentlemen, I am sorry to have taken so long to write. When I arrived home from my splendid vacation in India and Bhutan I was just in the beginning stages of coming down with the flu. I was sick for more than a week,

    I hope to someday return to Bhutan as your client and continue with my discoveries. West to East and return to West Bhutan Gentlemen, I am sorry to have taken so long to write. When I arrived

  • Gerald O
    Alta, Utah, USA
    Jan 1970
    Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped ( Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped)
    5 " Gerald O " Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped. Tashi dele with Windhorse. Jerry Oyama.

    Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks