Day 1: Arrivals into Kathmandu Airport this morning. We will spend the afternoon searching for Nepal’s only endemic bird, the restricted-range Spiny Babbler! Other West Himalayan specialties might include Black-chinned Babbler and Himalayan Black-lored Tit. NOTE: With cheap flights always available between Kathmandu and New Delhi, it is easy to combine this short Nepal tour with mammal watching or birding in India. Please let us know if you would like some easy week-long ideas which could include Bengal Tiger, Ganges River Dolphin, Painted Spurfowl, Indian Skimmer and the Taj Mahal!
Day 2: We will catch a short flight to eastern Nepal and be transferred by our accommodating hosts to our home for the next five nights. This is a unique opportunity to visit a blossoming ecotourism destination before it becomes too popular and crowded over the coming years, so we will make the most of our visit and get started right away this afternoon.
Day 3-4-5-6: Singalila Ridge features extensive broadleaf montane rainforest, ideal habitat for the the enigmatic Red Panda which is easiest to observe in the first weeks of April! All our needs will be fully-catered to by a team of locals who run the cosy and comfortable guesthouse while also expertly tracking their fluffy targets! Since opening a few years ago, the team has maintained a 100% success rate at finding at least one Red Panda for every guest which has stayed with them for the minimum of five nights, but we expect to enjoy multiple quality sightings! The guesthouse also has a photography blind with a mouthwatering list of birds that have been recorded in attendance over the past years. Fire-tailed Myzornis, Golden Bush Robin, Spotted Laughingthrush, Hoary-throated Barwing, four species of parrotbill and even Red Panda have been photographed coming in to drink and eat, right by our rooms! Always surrounded by spectacular scenery, on a clear day at one of the higher elevations near the guesthouse we should even be able to see Mount Everest in the distance.
Of course in such pristine forest there is also excellent birding to be had. This area is possibly the best place in the world to see Fire-tailed Myzornis, with some birders counting dozens of individuals in a single morning! We can expect to come across lovely Himalayan species such as Satyr Tragopan, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Scaly Laughingthrush, Black-faced Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler, Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Rufous Sibia, Rufous-vented Yuhina, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Blue-fronted Redstart, Red-tailed Minla, Bar-throated Minla, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Scaly-breasted Cupwing, White-collared Blackbird, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Darjeeling Woodpecker, White-tailed Nuthatch, Red-vented Tit, Grey Crested Tit, Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher, Fire-tailed Sunbird, White-winged Grosbeak, Himalayan White-browed Rosefinch, Red-headed Bullfinch, and many many more. With some luck, we will come across some rarer birds known from the area such as Blood Pheasant, Fulvous Parrotbill, Rusty-fronted Barwing, or Rufous-throated Wren-Babbler. We can certainly expect to see about 200 species in our short time here!
Day 7: This morning we will fly back to Kathmandu where the tour ends this afternoon.
MAIN TOUR 2024
Cost: $ 3,250
Deposit: $ 750
Single room supplement: $ 750
Accommodation: Our main base will be a simple but comfortable Himalayan guesthouse (with en-suite bathrooms and hot water), situated overlooking the forest, with a bird hide and excellent food! One night in Kathmandu at a comfortable hotel.
Walking difficulty: Mostly easy roadside birding, with some slow uphill/downhill walking as we cover ground.
Tour cost includes: All accommodation, main meals, drinking water, internal flights (as stated in itinerary), overland transport, tips to local drivers and guides, travel permits, entrance fees, and guide fees.
Tour cost excludes: Flights before and after the tour start/end, visa, travel insurance, tips to tour leaders, laundry, drinks and other items of a personal nature.