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Birdwatching in Nepal

A holiday in the Himalayan republic of Nepal can combine incredible treks, stunning wildlife, fascinating culture and magnificent scenery. You could take it easy in characterful hotels in Kathmandu and enjoy the architecture and life of the city, or you could head for the mountains and camp in amongst the wilderness. Nepal holidays really can be very different and depend totally on what type of experience you want.
Nepal is a remarkable country with a rich and vibrant cultural heritage. The very heart of the country's character is born of the intertwined beliefs of Buddhism, Hinduism and Shamanism, with their associated temples, monasteries and evocative spiritual and religious festivals.

Birding at Phulchowki photo by Shankar Tiwari

The Kathmandu Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a host of ancient architecture and traditional culture in its famous towns. On top of this cultural aspect, the country has some of the best trekking routes in the world ranging from gentle walks to the Everest base camp trek. There is also a choice of river routes to try out some white water rafting, suitable for the complete beginners or the more experienced rafters. Nepal has a profusion of wildlife in some excellent national parks from the popular Chitwan in the lowland Terai, to the lesser visited Royal Bardia in the west of the country. There really is a chance of seeing tigers here as well as the great one-horned Asian rhinos, and the bird watching in some of the more remote national parks is superb.
Nepal has a diverse range of ecosystems from lowland sub-tropical forests right through to the high altitude environments of the Himalayas. Some 160 species of mammals and 871 species of birds can be found. There are numerous national parks and wildlife reserves providing unique opportunities to view this exotic and rare wildlife.




Tour I.
Kathmandu Valley only
Tour II.
Golden Triangle (Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara)
Tour III.
Lowland Nepal - Kathmandu, Chitwan & Koshi
Tour IV.
Charm of West - Kathmandu, Chitwan & Bardia
Tour V.
Langtang National Park Trek
Tour VI.
Annapurna Trek

Nepal Government has increased the ENTRANCE FEE for its Protected Areas including CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Bardia National Park and others and also the fee of ELEPHANT SAFARI.
This modification in Fees was announced publicly on 20th June 2012 without any prior notice to Hotels, Travel Agencies and other concerned bodies as well as was brought into effect immediately from the same date. And consequently, the modification has left us no choice but add rates on top of the contract rates compellingly as per the details below.
1 day's entrance fee: US$ 20.00 extra Per person. and USD 5.00 extra for each elephant ride.


Tour I

1. Covering Kathmandu Valley only

Expect over 160 species in a peak season.

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star or Similar.
Day 2.
Full day Birding around Phulchowki Hill - Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal. Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari Village (1525 m).

Bar-headed Goose

Day 3.
Full day Birding around Shivapuri National Park - The Shivapuri National Park covers the area of 144 sq km which is the major watershed supplying drinking water to the capital city of Kathmandu. Lying in the transition zone between the subtropical and temperate climatic zones, its diverse vegetation is composed of pine, oak, rhododendron and others. The park is rich in wild mushrooms about 129 species in total. The wildlife habitats Himalayan black Bear, Leopard, Jungle cat and Rhesus monkeys. The park is home to over 177 species of birds including 9 threatened species and over 100 species of butterflies including rare and threatened.
Day 4.
Full day Birding around Nagarjun - Nagarjung is nearest place for bird watching from Kathmandu, with a gentle walk along an easy trail through lovely hill forest. Warblers are abundant and this is a favorite haunt of Blue Whistling Thrush and the eye-catching White-crested Laughingthrush - an aptly named species that once heard is never forgotten!
In the evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for Typical Nepalese Dinner with live Cultural Program.
Day 5.
Departure


4 Day tour price is: 1 pax $1205.  2 pax US$735 per person.  3 - 4 pax US$590.  5 - 7 pax $530
Single room supplement: US$186

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

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Cost Includes: All necessary transfers by private vehicle, Bird watching with Sr. Bird Guide as mentioned in the Itinerary with Pack Lunch and 4WD vehicle, Accommodation in Kathmandu with mentioned or similar hotel on Bed and Breakfast basis, National Park Entrance fees, One Dinner.
Excludes: Personal expenses like bar bills, bottled water, telephone calls, laundry, tips etc., Any extra expenses due to natural causes.


Tour II

Covering Golden Triangle (Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara)

Expect over 240 species in a peak season.

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive Kathmandu Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star.
Day 2.
Full day birding around PhulChowki Hill - Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal. Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari Village (1525 m).

Lammergeier photo by Sasanuma

Day 3.
Post breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park, 165 kms about 4.5 hrs. - Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the whole world. The park covering a pristine area of 932 sq. km is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of Nepal. The park has gained much wider recognition in the world when UNESCO included this area on the list of World Heritage Site in 1984.
Formerly, the Chitwan valley was well known for big game and was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Ministers and their guests until 1950. In 1963, the area south of Rapti was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. In 1970, His late Majesty King Mahendra had approved in principle the creation of Chitwan National Park.
The park consists of Churia Hills, Ox-bow Lakes, flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers. The Churia Hill rises gradually towards the east from 150 m to over 800 m. The lower but most rugged Someshwor Hills occupy most of the western portion of the park. The flood plains of Chitwan are rich alluvial. The park boundaries have been delineated by the Narayani and Rapti rivers in the north and west, and the Reu river and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It shares its eastern border with Parsa Wildlife Reserve.
Overnight at Tiger Land or Similar.
Day 4 and 5.
Chitwan National Park

Blue-beardedBee-eater

Day 6.
Drive to Pokhara, 135 kms and about 3.5 hrs drive - Pokhara is situated in the northwestern corner of the Pokhara Valley, 198 kms west of Kathmandu City, which is a widening of the Seti Gandaki Valley. The Seti River and its tributaries have dug impressive canyons into the valley floor, which are only visible from higher viewpoints or from the air.
Overnight at Fishtail Lodge.
Day 7.
Full day birding around Pokhara
Day 8.
Drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for Typical Nepalese Dinner with Live Cultural Program.
Day 9.
Departure


8 Day tour price is: 1 pax $2490.  2 pax US$1545 per person.  3 - 4 pax US$1385.  5 - 7 pax $1165
Single room supplement: US$430

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

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Cost Includes: All necessary transfers by private vehicle, One full day watching in Phulchowki with Sr. Bird Guide and entrances, Pack Lunch & 4WD vehicle, 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Hotel Royal Singi or similar on Bed and Breakfast Basis, 3 nights accommodation in Chitwan with Tiger Land or Similar on full board with all Jungle activities with NP Fees, 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara with Fishtail Lodge on Bed and Breakfast basis with bird watching, Bird guide throughout the tour, One Dinner with both way transfers.
Excludes: Personal expenses like bar bills, bottled water, telephone calls, laundry, tips etc., Any extra expenses due to natural causes.


Tour III

Lowland Nepal Tour - Covering Kathmandu, Chitwan & Koshi

Expect over 275 species in a peak season.

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive Kathmandu Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star.

ChitanNationalPark photo by JimmyChew

Day 2.
Full day birding around PhulChowki Hill - Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu Valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal. Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari Village (1525 m).

Bardia Park Water Source photo by Shankar Tiwari

Day 3.
Post breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park, 165 kms about 4.5 hrs. - Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the whole world. The park covering a pristine area of 932 sq. km is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of Nepal. The park has gained much wider recognition in the world when UNESCO included this area on the list of World Heritage Site in 1984.
Formerly, the Chitwan valley was well known for big game and was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Ministers and their guests until 1950. In 1963, the area south of Rapti was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. In 1970, His late Majesty King Mahendra had approved in principle the creation of Chitwan National Park.
The park consists of churia hills, ox-bow lakes, flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers. The Churia hill rises gradually towards the east from 150 m to over 800 m. The lower but most rugged Someshwor hills occupy most of the western portion of the park. The flood plains of Chitwan are rich alluvial. The park boundaries have been delineated by the Narayani and Rapti rivers in the north and west, and the Reu river and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It shares its eastern border with Parsa Wildlife Reserve.
Overnight at Tiger Land or Similar.

Ibisbill

Day 4.
Chitwan National Park.
Day 5.
Drive Chitwan/Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve - Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the alluvial flood plain of Sapta Koshi River in southeastern lowland. Almost all eastern and western embankments of the river define the area. Arna of wild Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), Blue Bull (Bocelaphus tragocamelus) and Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetic) are the main attraction of this reserve. The lesser mammalian species include varieties of deer, cats, otters, bats, boar etc. Around 300 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve area that mostly includes waterfowls, birds of prey, waders and other water birds.
Overnight at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp or Similar.
Day 6 and 7.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.
Day 8.
Transfer to Biratnagar Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Royal Singi.
In the evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for Typical Nepalese Dinner with Live Cultural Program.
Day 9.
Departure


8 Day tour price is: 1 pax $4075.  2 pax US$2420 per person. 4 pax US$2215 per person.  5 - 7 pax $1905
Single room supplement: US$415

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Cost Includes: All necessary transfers by private vehicle, One full day watching in Phulchowki with Sr. Bird Guide and entrances, Pack Lunch & 4WD vehicle, 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Hotel Royal Singi or similar on Bed and Breakfast Basis, 2 nights accommodation in Chitwan with Tiger Land or Similar on full board with all Jungle activities with NP Fees, 3 nights accommodation in Koshi Tappu with Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp or similar on Full Board basis with bird watching, Bird guide through out the tour, One Dinner with both way transfers, Flight Biratnagar/Kathmandu with airport tax.
Excludes: Personal expenses like bar bills, bottled water, telephone calls, laundry, tips etc., Any extra expenses due to natural causes.


Tour IV

Charm of West - Covering Kathmandu, Chitwan & Bardia

Expect over 270 species in a peak season.

Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive Kathmandu Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star.
Day 2.
Full day birding around PhulChowki Hill - Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu Valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal. Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari Village (1525 m).
Day 3.
Post breakfast drive to Chitwan National Park, 165 kms about 4.5 hrs. - Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony of nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park of Nepal established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem significantly valuable to the whole world. The park covering a pristine area of 932 sq. km is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of Nepal. The park has gained much wider recognition in the world when UNESCO included this area on the list of World Heritage Site in 1984.
Formerly, the Chitwan valley was well known for big game and was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Ministers and their guests until 1950. In 1963, the area south of Rapti was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. In 1970, His late Majesty King Mahendra had approved in principle the creation of Chitwan National Park.
The park consists of churia hills, ox-bow lakes, flood plains of Rapti, Reu and Narayani rivers. The Churia hill rises gradually towards the east from 150 m to over 800 m. The lower but most rugged Someshwor hills occupy most of the western portion of the park. The flood plains of Chitwan are rich alluvial. The park boundaries have been delineated by the Narayani and Rapti rivers in the north and west, and the Reu river and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It shares its eastern border with Parsa Wildlife Reserve.
Overnight at TigerLand or Similar.
Day 4.
Chitwan National Park.
Day 5.
Drive Chitwan/ Bardia National Park - Covering an area of 968 sq. km, Bardia National Park is situated in the mid-Far Western Terai, east of the Karnali River. Originally set aside in 1968 as a Royal Hunting Reserve, the area was gazetted in 1967 as Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve with an area of 368 sq. km. It was renamed as Royal Bardia Wildlife Reserve in 1982 and extended to include the Babai River Valley in 1984. National Park status was gazetted in 1988. The main objectives of the park are to conserve a representative ecosystem of the mid-Western Terai, particularly the tiger ad its prey species.
Overnight at Karnali Lodge or Similar.
Day 6 and 7.
Bardia National Park, overnight at Karnali Lodge or Similar.
Please note that Karnali Tented Camp will be close in rainy season so during the closer of Tented Camp we shall put all 3 nights in Karnali Lodge other wise we normally advise 2 nights in Lodge and 1 night in Tented Camp. Since Karnali Lodge is bit expensive our rates will be automatically go high, if you wish to make cost better then we shall advise Racy Shade, if so please ask for special rates.
Day 8.
Transfer to Nepalgunj Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Royal Singi.
In the evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for Typical Nepalese Dinner with Live Cultural Program.
Day 9.
Departure


8 Day tour price is: 1 pax $4235.  2 pax US$2755 per person.  3 - 4 pax US$2530.  5 - 7 pax $2215
Single room supplement: US$645

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

Convert your tour cost into your currency of choice.

Cost Includes: All necessary transfers by private vehicle, One full day watching in Phulchowki with Sr. Bird Guide and entrances, Pack Lunch & 4WD vehicle, 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Hotel Royal Singi or similar on Bed and Breakfast Basis, 2 nights accommodation in Chitwan with Tiger Land or Similar on full board with all Jungle activities with NP Fees, 3 nights accommodation in Bardia National Park with Karnali Lodge or Similar on Full Board basis with bird watching, Bird guide through out the tour, One Dinner with both way transfers, Flight Nepalgunj/Kathmandu with airport tax.
Excludes: Personal expenses like bar bills, bottled water, telephone calls, laundry, tips etc., Any extra expenses due to natural causes.


Tour V

10 days Langtang National Park Trek

Expected over 150 species including of Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal and many other Pheasants.

This Park is the closest one to Kathmandu. Langtang was designated as the first Himalayan National Park in 1970-71, and was gazette in March 1976. While the main reason for the park is to preserve the natural environment, an equally important goal is to allow local people to follow traditional land use practices that are compatible with resource protection.
Langtang Tea House Trek: Langtang National Park lies about 32 km on air distance from Kathmandu to the North and it goes all the way to Nepal-China (Tibet) border. It covers an area of 1710 sq km. Highest part is 4610 meter on the trekking route and highest mountain is 7245 meter. On our mentioned itinerary we visit upto 4100 meters only, but those wish can go higher up with longer time. Langtang National Park encloses the catchments of two major river systems, the Trisuli River in the west and the Sun Koshi River in the east. This National park provides habitat for a wide range of Birds and animals. The Trisuli-Bhote Koshi River forms an important route for birds on spring and autumn migrations between India and Tibet.
Some of the good birds possible to be seen: Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Red-headed Bullfinch, Brown Bullfinch, Black-throated Parrotbill, Kalij Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, White-browed and Golden Bush Robin, White-winged Grosbeak, Bearded Vulture, Himalayan Vulture, Spot-wined, White-browed, Beautiful, Pink-browed and many other Rose Finches and Finches, Tesias, Babblers, Laughingthrushes and many more. And Mammals including of Common (Himalayan) Langur, Assamese Macaque, Himalayan Thar, Ghoral, Muntjack, Himalayan Mouse Hare and even some very rare animals like Hiamlayan Black Bear, Red Panda and Snow Leopard.


Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive and meet in Kathmandu airport, Overnight at Royal Singhi. No meal.
Day 2.
Drive to Dhunche (2000m) (8+ hours with birding) for over night. Overnight at guesthouse, B/L/D
Day 3.
Commence trek to Singompa (3255m). This is big climbing day. Slow birding walk takes around 8-9 hours. Over night at guest house, B/L/D
Day 4.
Trek to Cholangpati (3600m). This is easier and short distance to this place but we take walks to inside forest from the main trails to look for our target birds. Over night at Cholangpati. B/L/D
Day 5.
Morning bird watching around Cholangpati then after lunch trek to Lauribinayak (3900 m.) For overnight at guest house, B/L/D
Day 6.
Full day birding around from Lauribinayak for our missing birds. Overnight at lauribinayak. B/L/D<
Day 7.
Trek down to Singgompa with birding for missing birds, overnight. B/L/D
Day 8.
Trek down to Dhunche for over night at Guest House. B/L/D
Day 9.
Meet our bus and drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hours). This evening group will have fare well Nepalese dinner with live cultural program. B/L/D
Day 10.
Breakfast at Hotel and transfer to Airport for departure.

10 Day tour price is: 2 pax US$1465 per person. 3 - 4 pax US$1225 per person.  5 - 7 pax
Single supplement: US$155

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

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Cost Includes:2 nights at Hotel Royal Singi on Bed and Breakfast Basis, Transportation Kathmandu to Dhunche and back with Jeep for 1 to 04 pax & Non AC Minibus, 7 nights Tea House Trek on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Please note that all meals and accommodation will be basic and Nepali style only. There will be no attach bath rooms available), Trekking Permits, Bird Guide from Day 02 to Day 09 and English Speaking Guide for Arrival and Departure Assistance, One Farewell Dinner
Excludes:Any extra expenses due to natural causes and flight cancellations, Personal expenses like bar bills, telephone calls, laundry, tips, warm water for shower during trek if charged, mineral water, soft drink etc. Sleeping bag during trek. (Can be hired from Kathmandu)

Tour VI

11 days Annapurna Trek

Expected over 175 species of birds in good season. (October to May)

The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) contains some of the world’s highest peaks and the world’s deepest valley-the Kali Gandaki River Valley. It is the Nepal’s largest protected area of 7629 sq. km. It was established in 1992. The proposed conservation area encompasses the Annapurna range in Western Nepal, about 240 km west from Kathmandu. It is bounded to the north by the dry alpine deserts of Mustang and Tibet (China), to the west by the Kali Gandaki River, to the east by Marsyandi Valley and to the south by valleys and foothills north of Pokhara. The nearest town is Pokhara, some 30 km to the south. Access is by road from Pokhara Naudanda, Nayapul, and from then onwards by foot. The ACA has an entire habitats gradient from sub tropical Sal forest to perennial snow harboring different forest types with 1226 plant species including 55 endemics, 30 mammals and over 470 birds.
Some of the good birds possible to be seen: Kalij heasant, Bearded Vulture, Tesias, Babblers, Scimitar-babblers, Laughingthrushes, Rosefinches, Finches, Accentors, Raptors, Sunbirds, Bush Robins, many Warblers, Tits, Yuhinas, Minlas, Thrushes, Parrotbills and many more.


Itinerary

Day 1.
Arrive Kathmandu Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star.
Day 2.
Post breakfast transfer to Domestic Airport to connect flight to Pokhara, upon arrival transfer to Nayapul to commence Trek, 45 minute easy and flattish walk to Birethanti for overnight (1065m). B/L/D
Day 3.
Trek to Ghandruk (1950m). First couple of hours is easy walk then we will have to climb up all the way to Ghandrung through villages and forest. Will stop on the way for lunch, Ghandrung is a large and prosperous scenic Gurung Village and is home to many of Gurkha Solders. Its also first regional headquarters for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). B/L/D
Day 4.
Trek Ghandruk to Banthanti (2250m). The trail from Ghandruk climbs through the dense rhododendron and oak forest all the way to Ghorepani. In 3 hours the trail takes you to Bhainsi Kharka is first village after forest walk. Another hour easy climb to Tadapani on a ridge, The view from Tadapani is quite dramatic as you can see Annapurna (8091m.) and Machhapuchre (6993m.) at a close view. Another an hour and half from tadapani will take you to Banthanti for overnight. B/L/D
Day 5.
Banthanti to Ghorepani (2750m). After your breakfast you will head up to open ridge at 3300m. to Deurali in couple hours. Here you get the magnificent views of the giant western peaks of the northwest and Kaligandaki valley, the deepest one in the world. From Deurali pass you descend to Ghorepani where you will find good forest of Rhododendron, Oaks and Bamboo for many good birds such as Rose Finches, Scimitar Babblers, Thrushes, Laughingthrushes, Parrotbills, Accentors, Snow Pigeon, Hill Partridge, Bearded Vulture, Bush Robins and many more. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Nilgiri (7061m.), Fang (7062m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.) in the north and Annapurna I (8091m.) & Annapurna II (7937m.) in the northeast. B/L/D
Day 6.
Trek down to Hile (1300m). Today early morning we will go up to the Pun Hill, about 40 minutes from Ghorepani, the view of the Thak Khola valley is unique and best views of all mountains from this region. After breakfast you will be descending for about 6-7 hours birding walk to Hile. The trail heads southeast through the dense evergreen forest and the terraces around the large Magar village of Ulleri at 2073m. Then the trail drops steeply to the river and then road flattens out down hill to Hile for overnight. B/L/D
Day 7.
Hile to Pokhara (830meters). After your morning breakfast you will have slow birding walk to Naya Pul, trek ends at Naya Pul around 2 Pm, you will meet your vehicle, hour and half drive to Hotel Fishtail Lodge in Pokhara. B/L/D
Day 8.
Birding around Fishtail Lodge (Search for Spiny Babbler, the only Endemic bird of Nepal). B
Day 9.
Drive back to Kathmandu, overnight at Hotel Royal Singi. B
Day 10.
Free day for City tours or Birding around Kathmandu valley. In the evening transfer to Nepalese Restaurant for Typical Nepalese Dinner with Live Cultural Program. B/D
Day 11.
Transfer to Airport for final departure. B


11 Day tour price is: 2 pax US$1785 per person. 4 pax US$1580 per person.
Single supplement: US$325

Due to currency fluctuations and fuel cost we reserve the right to adjust any pricing prior to departure.

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Cost Includes: 3 nights at Hotel Royal Singi on Bed and Breakfast basis, 2 nights at Fishtail Lodge Pokhara on Bed and Breakfast basis, Transportation by private vehicle, 5 nights Tea House Trek on Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner – Please note that all meals and accommodation will be basic only. There will be no attach bath rooms), Trekking Permits, Bird Guide from Day 02 to Day 09 and English Speaking Guide for Arrival and Departure Assistance, One Farewell Dinner, Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara with applicable taxes, Porter to carry personal luggage (10 kgs per person, one porter will carry 15-20 kgs only).
Excludes: Any extra expenses due to natural causes and flight cancellations, Personal expenses like bar bills, telephone calls, laundry, tips, warm water for shower during trek, mineral water, soft drink etc., Sleeping bag during trek.

Notes:
All the date of itineraries include arrival and departure dates.
Transportation:
Chauffer driven private AC & NAC vehicle depending on the group size from CAR , VAN & Haice.
Health:
As per current Govt. Rule Medical check-ups and vaccinations are not compulsory to enter Nepal but again if you confirm before proceeding would be good. Otherwise nothing to worry about.
Accomodation:
Most of the time attached bath with hot and cold shower but in case of Koshi will be common bath. In the city it would be all AC room with suite facilities.

All trips are available year round, but prices may be adjusted around special holidays.
Minimum lead time 2 month.

To check availability for tours on short notice, fill out “Request for Quote” form with desirable dates.

Birding season:
October to May, April & May is best for Trekking in the Mountain and Tiger tour at Bardia National Park in lowland hot climate.
Fitness:
All the itineraries given are easy tours that everyone can do.
Equipment:
Binoculars & Jungle color dress is most important, but carrying a note book, Bird book (Birds of Nepal by Carol & Tim Inskipp and Grimmett) makes more convenient, Sun hat, Sun Glass, good bush walking shoes, mosquito repellent, Sun cream, Drinking Water bottle and torch light etc... And Telescope as guest choice.
Weather:
Nepal's climate varies with its topography and altitude. It ranges from the tropical to the arctic. The low-land Terai region with its maximum altitude to approximately 305m, which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot and humid climate that can rise above 45 Degree Celsius (113 Degree Fahrenheit) during summer. The mid-land regions are pleasant almost all the year round, although winter nights are cool. The northern mountain region, around an altitude above 3,300m has an alpine climate with considerably lower temperature in winter as can be expected.
Seasons: Nepal has four climatic seasons.
Spring (between March – May): The temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have tryst with the mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendron sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty.
Summer (between June – August): This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. The weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost everyday with occasional thunderstorms in the evening. The rain spreads the pleasantness around with lush green vegetation. Autumn (between September – November): This is the best tourist season in Nepal with the summer gone by and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. This is the peak season for trekking as mountain views are guaranteed so better book your flight in advance. This is also the season of festivities as Nepal celebrates the biggest Hindu festivals Dashain followed by Tihar.
Winter (between December – February): The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. This season is good for trekking in lower elevations. The morning and night is cold and the days are warm when sunny. Temperature & Rainfall: Nepal is the country of extremes. The low-land plains of the Terai can have tropical temperatures and also the mosquitoes. The Himalayas can get to sub-zero temperatures, but the sun blaze can bring some warmth during the day, even in the mountains. The temperature of Kathmandu goes below 1 Degree Celsius (34 Degree Fahrenheit) in winter and rises to an average of 25 Degree Celsius (77 Degree Fahrenheit) in summer.
The average temperature in Kathmandu during the four seasons:
* Spring season ranges between 16-23 Degree Celsius (61-73 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Summer season ranges between 23-34 Degree Celsius (73-93 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Autumn season ranges between 15-24 Degree Celsius (59-75 Degree Fahrenheit)
* Winter season ranges between 9-12 Degree Celsius (48-54 Degree Fahrenheit)
During the rainy monsoon season between June to August, it rains to an average between 200-375 millimeters in Kathmandu. There is occasional rainfall during the other seasons too. In an average, 1300 millimeters of rain falls in Kathmandu every year.
Travel Tips: Monsoon in Nepal is not the typical monsoon of Asia. Rains usually occur during the night-time leaving the sky clean and clear by the morning making the Himalayan view even more dramatic. Some parts of the Himalayas in Manang, Mustang and Dolpo are in rain-shadow areas; the mountains are high enough to block the clouds. Tibet's high travel season also corresponds to Nepal's monsoon.
Clothing:
Medium weight and easy to wash cottons can be a good choice year around in the Kathmandu valley. From October to February, woolen sweaters, Jackets or similar other outfits are necessary. Short or long sleeved shirts are good from March through May. From June to September, light and loose garments are advisable.


Should you only need a guide for a day please send a message to Shankar.   

Birding guide Shankar Tiwari, your local Birdingpal guide
Shankar Tiwari – the most demanding bird guide based in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal has started his carrier at very early age from Chitwan National Park. He has 25 years of experience in tourism specially handling very serious bird watchers & other nature lovers from round the world, most of the time from UK, USA, Europe & Japan. Shankar has very good knowledge about all National Parks, Wildlife Reserves & Conversation Areas in Nepal & birds in India including Andaman Island & Srilanka. And he has experience of birding tour in Bhutan, Tibet, Malaysia, Germany including Helgoland Island, England & Wales. He is the one who has seen maximum species of birds in Nepal (over 800 species) including most of the rare birds like Satyr Tragopan, Lammergeier, Spiny Babbler, Wedge-billed Wren Babbler, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Nepal Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Parrotbills etc. Shankar is very conscious about Environment, he is educating school children through Green Clubs co-ordinated by himself in his home town - Chitwan, where small students do cleaning campaigns and do plantation in public & private areas. He always motivates for minimum uses of plastic bags and energies like diesel, petrol & others. Shankar also operates birding tours within country and beyond like India, Srilanka, Tibet & Bhutan.

Testimonials.

We have been with Shankar on 2 trips to Nepal (Lowlands and Langtang Trek), 2 trips to India (South India & Andamans and northern India) and one to Sri Lanka. Where ever we go to with Shankar, he is a great companion and excellent bird guide and his organizing skills always very helpful. He is without doubt one of the best guides we ever had the honour to travel with, his brilliance in the field is outstanding, his knowledge of the birds and their vocalization exceptional. Shankar has a great enthusiasm for nature and birds and never gets tired to show us as many birds as possible. We can only highly recommend him and are proud to call him friend. Manfred and Petra Rank, Germany
I can thoroughly recommend Shankar Tiwari for birding tours to Nepal and other Countries. He is an excellent bird guide and a very kind, considerate person. He leads tours with ease and is helpful and personable. I have been with him birding in Nepal, Malaysia and India on several occasions and I have traveled with many other bird guides and he is one of the best, he knows his country well and the birds also. Roger A. Dodds, England


Some facts about Nepal.

Nepal is a Kingdom of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments exotic wild life and diverse culture. It is the land where Lord Buddha was born over 2,500 years ago. Roughly rectangular in shape the kingdom of Nepal is situated between China to the north and India to the south. The land extends approximately 885 km. East to west, and 193 km north to south. Nepal is primarily an agricultural country. Tourism, Carpets and Garments are the major industries.
Capital: Kathmandu.
Time Zone: 5 hrs 45 mins ahead of GMT.
Population: The population of Nepal is 26,620,809 in 2011 including 12,927,431 male and 13,693,378 female. The Land: The terrain rises from the terai, the southern plains covered with tropical jungles and fertile farmland at almost sea level, to the high Himalayan mountains in the north with the valleys and lush green hills in between within a distance of less than 200 km. Eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world lie in Nepal.
The People: Nepal’s many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. In the Kathmandu valley are Newars, whose artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas of the Himalayas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhettris are scattered over the hills and valleys and Tamang are found in the districts around Kathmandu valley. The Rais, Limbus, Magars and Gurungs of the mid hills have earned as Gurkhas soldiers. Lowland ethnic group s such as the Maithali, Bhojpuri and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic, the population of Nepal is about 23 million.
The Climate: Nepal contains a variety of climatic conditions ranging from the tropical heat of the Terai plains to the freezing cold of the high Himalayas. The mid hills, particularly the Kathmandu valley, are pleasant with warm summer and cool winter. Temperature range between a maximum of 37 and a minimum of 8 degree Celsius in the plains, 28 and 2 degree Celsius in Kathmandu valley, and between, 6 and 16 degree Celsius in the mountains. The rainy season lasts from June to August.
Wild Life: Nepal provides shelter to over 30 species of large wild animals and approximately 180 species of mammals. The rhinoceros, tigers, crocodiles, snow leopard red panda, Himalayan black dear, and many others beasts are found Nepal's jungles. Nepal is also a haven for birds and over 800 species, representing approximately 10% of the world's population are found here. There are more than 650 species of butterflies and over 6,000 species of months.
Language: Nepali, written in the Devanagari script, is national language as well as the lingau Franca for Nepal ’diverse communities. Many languages and dialects are the spoken in the Kingdom, however, only 8 (Nepali, Maithali, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang, Gurung, Rais, Limbus, Newari, Sherpas and Nepalbhasa) are spoken by more than half million people. English and Hindi are widely understood in the urban centers and places frequented by tourists.
Currency: Nepalese Currency is the rupee (Aubrey. RS wish is divided into 100 paisa, bank notes come in denominations of 1000,500,50,20,10,5 rupees and 2 & 1 coins. Approximate exchange rate at the time of going to press US$ 1= RS 80.00 and Euro 1 = RS 104.00.
Entry Procedure: All visitors except the Indian nationals must hold a passport and a valid visa. The visas can be obtained at the Nepalese Diplomatic Missions and Consulates abroad and entry points issue visa for visitors. The visa will be extended at the Department of Immigration.
Entry: A visa is necessary to enter Nepal and can be obtained for the following duration from any Royal Nepalese Embassy or Consulate or at the entry points in Nepal.
1. The single entry tourist visa can be obtained from the entry points of Nepal or from the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad by paying US$30 for 60 days.
2. If the visitors, who has already visited Nepal under tourist visa, intends to come again within 15 days of the same visa year he/she can obtain entry visa by paying US$50 for 30 days at the entry points or at the Royal Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad.
3. The visitors who wish to stay for more that 60 days in Nepal can extend their tourist visa by paying the equivalent of US$50 in the Nepalese currency for 30 days from the Department of Immigration.
4. Business visa with multiple entry facility for the period of one year and five years can be obtained from the Department of Immigration on the recommendation of Ministry of Industry by paying the equivalent of US$250 and US$100 respectively in the Nepalese currency for the foreign investors.
Entry Ponits: By Air: Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
By Land: (1) Kakarbhitta (2) Birgung (3) Belhiya (Bhairahawa) (4) Nepalgung (5) Dhangadi (6) Jogbani (Biratnagar) and (7) Mahendra Nagar in Nepal-India border and (8) Kodari in Nepal-China border.
The overland tourists entering the kingdom with their vehicles must possess an international carnet.
Customs formalities: All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on the part of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotics, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited. Visitors can export souvenirs to their respective countries. The export of antiques requires special certificate from the Department of Archaeology, National Archive Building, Ram Shah path, Kathmandu (Tel: 01-4215358). Gold, silver, precious stones, wild animals and their skins, horns, wild flora and fauna etc. and all drugs whether processed or in their natural state are prohibited to export.
Travel route: Royal Nepal Airlines the national flag carrier of Nepal and other International airlines operate scheduled flights to Kathmandu from Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Calcutta, Delhi, Dubai, Dhaka, Paro (Bhutan), Varanasi, Doha, Hong Kong, Karachi, Singapore, Osaka, Lhasa and Vienna. The International Airlines operating their flights to Kathmandu include Biman - Bangladesh Airlines, China South West Airlines, Druk Air, Gulf Air, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Thai International, Dragon Airlines & Malaysian Airlines.
Airport tax: Now a day’s normally included in air tickets but for Domestic Flight it is NPR 300.00 per leg.
Airport transportation: In addition to metered taxis, limousine service is also available at the airport for transport to major hotels in the city. Cost to Kathmandu is approximately Rs. 500.
Other transport services: Metered taxis having black plates with white figures are available in Kathmandu. Bicycle, motorcycles and rickshaws are also available on hire. The fare for the bicycles or motorcycles is fixed where as the fare of rickshaws is to be negotiated. There are regular bus services between the main town and interiors of the Kathmandu valley. The Bus Terminal is located at Gongabu (new bus terminal) and Bagbazar (old but terminal). Similarly, scheduled bus services for outside the valley operate from the Gongabu Bus Terminal which is located near Balaju, Kathmandu.
Facilities: Nepal has every type of accommodation facilities that a tourist might ask for. This ranges from the international standard star hotels to budget hotels and lodges. Similarly one can also have a choice of sightseeing from a range of different tour packages. In order to have an assured quality service it is advisable to use the facilities and services of government-registered hotels, lodges, travel agencies the licensed tour guides only and engage an authorized travel/trekking agency.
Major tourist attractions: Very few countries in the World can offer as many varieties of adventure tourism packages as Nepal. Of the 14 peaks above 8000 meters in the World, eight are located in Nepal. It is the land of Sagarmatha (Mount. Everest 8848 meters), the highest peak in the World and other 1310 mountain peaks which are opened for expeditions. Nepal has thousands of such peaks, which are yet to be conquered by the expeditions. For those who cannot withstand the rigorousness mountain climbing there are mountain flights, which fly around the Mt. Everest and provide a close look of the top of the World. From Nagarkot (32 kilometers East of Kathmandu) and Daman (80 Kilometer southwest of Kathmandu) one can have a distant view of Mt. Everest and beautiful Himalayan range. Trekking is the best way to get to interesting and remote mountain villages of Nepal and to enjoy views of the focused peaks together with their lifestyle untouched by modern civilization.
The river rafting which is known as White Water Adventure represents another major attractions. With distance of 100 miles, one can see the topographical variations with the river rising from the higher points near Nepal - Tibetan border and then dropping dramatically to lower levels the plains bordering India. For those who wish to view wildlife, Nepal offers plenty of scope. There are eight National Parks and four Wildlife Reserves and two Conservation Areas in Nepal. For the less adventure, Pokhara the lake-city of Nepal has no equal as it provides ample opportunities for fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating along with the sightseeing of majestic panoramic views in its background. It is only Pokhara, a tropical spotty with an altitude of about 900 meter from where one can see the mountain crossing over 8000 meters from such a short distance of about 40 kilometers. For the nature lovers Nepal is such a land of natural beauty that metaphors cannot delineate its real picture.
At the same time, Nepal proffers an incomparable scope to the scholars and connoisseurs of art and culture to see and study the different aspects of fine arts are it’s painting, sculpture, woodcarving or architecture. Kathmandu valley possesses several historical monuments, old place and palace squares, shrines and temples. Ageless tradition and legends all make it a living museum that any visitor would cherish its vivid memory in his/her heart forever.
Nepal is the land of Lord Pashupatinath, which is the holiest Hindu temple in the World. Besides, two out of the four main holy places (Chhetras) of Hindu pilgrimages namely Muktichhetra and Varahachhetra, are located in Nepal. Not only for the Hindus but also for the Buddhists, Nepal offers a unique place of pilgrimage as it happens to be the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace and compassion. Nepal is the Land of festivals with some part of the Kingdom or the other celebrating festival everyday of the year. Festivals may be linked with the remembrance of the departed soul, to herald the different seasons, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark the national events, or just family celebrations. On a festive day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit temple, observe fasting and undertake feasting. The most important aspect of Nepalese culture is the religious harmony and understanding prevailing among the Hindus and Buddhist.

More facts about Nepal.

Guide books and CD’s recommended:

Helm's Field Guide to the Birds of Nepal by Grimmett, Inskipp & Inskipp

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Bird Recordings from Nepal

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