Nepal 2018: Birding the Edge of the Himalayas

January 28 - February 10, 2018
Tour Length: 14 days Est. Spaces Left: 4

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
8 + High Lonesome leaders & local leader
Focus:
Birds; Mammals; Photography; Buddhist culture;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Short walks; some longer drives
Double Accommodation:
$ 4450
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 500
Deposit:
$750 [per person]

Nepal combines an incredible mix of dramatic landscapes, ancient cultures, rich wildlife, and friendly people for one of the most exciting and pleasant travel experiences in the world. A huge diversity of birds can be found within Nepal’s elevational gradient that ranges from the world’s highest peak at Mount Everest all the way to the lowlands of the terai. In fact, nearly 900 bird species have been recorded in Nepal, an astonishing number for a landlocked country that is just one-fifth the size of Texas. This tour covers the best birding and wildlife sites in the foothills of the Himalayas before continuing to the wildlife-rich lowland national parks and reserves that still support some of Asia’s rarest animals.

The tour starts in historic Kathmandu and we will enjoy a glimpse of the city before venturing forth. Nepal’s mid-elevation forest and lowland sal woodlands support a wide variety woodpeckers, barbets, bulbuls, warblers, and sunbirds, including such stunners as Greater Flameback, Great Barbet, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Himalayan Bulbul, and Crimson Sunbird. In addition, the resident birds are augmented by migrant and wintering species during our visit, including many species of flycatchers, warblers, and finches. Raptors will be much in evidence with residents like Besra, Shikra, and Himalayan Buzzard and and winter visitors like Steppe, Booted and Bonnelli’s eagles, Peregrine and Amur falcons. Nepal still supports impressive populations of Asia’s vultures, which have unfortunately disappeared over much of the remainder of the continent and we will search for Red-headed, Slender-billed, Egyptian, White-rumped, Cinereous, and Himalayan Griffon vultures.

In the lowlands we will also look for many mammals that still thrive in the well-protected Chitwan National Park and Kosi Tappu reserve. We stand excellent chances of encountering one-horned rhinoceros, sambar, hog and chital deer, wild boar, lowland langur and even sloth bear is possible. With great luck we could cross paths with a regal Bengal tiger that still call Chitwan home. Kosi Tappu offers chances to see Asian golden jackal, wild water buffalo, and nilgai. The rivers also hold the massive marsh mugger crocodile and the rare fish-eating gharial. In Koshi Tappu we will make a special effort to see Ganges River dolphins. Nepal remains one of the top destinations for birds and wildlife in the world.

Photo: Charging One-horned Rhinoceros by Stephan Lorenz

 

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    Accomodations

    Comfortable lodges & inns

    Included

    From Kathmandu, Nepal
    13 nights lodging
    meals from dinner on Day one to breakfast on Day 14
    guide
    internal transportation
    entry fees & permits
    taxes and tips (tips to guide optional)

    Excluded

    International flights
    alcoholic beverages
    personal telephone calls
    laundry
    any other personal expenses

  • Top Birds

    1. Spiny Babbler
    2. Swamp Francolin
    3. Slender-billed Babbler
    4. Ibisbill
    5. Red-headed Vulture
    6. Egyptian Vulture
    7. Indian Peafowl
    8. Lesser Adjutant
    9. Small Pratincole
    10. Wallcreeper

     

    Top Mammals
    1. Bengal Tiger
    2. One-horned Rhinoceros
    3. Sloth Bear
    4. Gaur
    5. Ganges River Dolphin
    6. Jungle Cat
    7. Fishing Cat
    8. Bengal Fox
    9. Asian Golden Jackal
    10. Wild Water Buffalo
    Habitats Covered

    Himalayan foothills; Montane forest

    Terai lowlands; subtropical forest; Sal woodland; grasslands; wetlands; farmlands

    Expected Climate

    Cool (45 degrees) to warm (80s)  (temperate to subtropical)

     

  • Other Attractions

    Buddhist culture; Himalayas

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
    • Small tool kit for optics or glasses
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Light-weight long pants
    • Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts
    • Medium-weight jacket
    • Medium-weight long pants
    • Medium-weight long-sleeved shirts
    • Glove liners
    • T-shirts or undershirts (capilene or polypropylene)
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • Handkerchiefs or tissues
    Recommended Reading
    • Birds of Nepal (revised ed.)

      Richard Grimmett et. al. 2016
      Bloomsbury

     

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