Bird watching Kathmandu Valley

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  • Duration 6 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy

You begin your Kathmandu Valley bird watching tour with a hike to Shivapuri National Park which lies a few kilometers north from Kathmandu’s main hub. The park has a good population of Spiny Babbler and Hoary-throated Barwing. A full two days has been set aside for you to explore the most popular birding site in the valley, Phulchowki (meaning ‘Hill of Flowers’ in Nepali). Before you head home you get to visit some of Kathmandu’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The verdant hills surrounding Kathmandu Valley serve as perfect nesting sites for many bird species. Phulchowki is situated 18km Southeast of Kathmandu. At 2760m, it is the highest of the mountains around the Kathmandu valley and provides an ideal introduction to the birds of Nepal. Regularly recorded resident species include Besra, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Kalij Pheasant, Common Hill Partridge, Ashy Woodpigeon, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Mountain Scops Owl, Collared Owlet, Golden-throated Barbet, Speckled Piculet, Crimson-breasted Pied and Rufous-bellied Pied Woodpeckers, Grey-chinned Minivet, Striated Bulbul, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Spotted Forktail, Chestnut-headed and grey-bellied Tesias, Chestnut-crowned and black faced Warblers, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Lesser Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, Streak-breasted Scimitar-Babbler, Grey-throated and Spiny Babblers, White-crested, striated, Rufous-chinned and grey-sided Laughing thrushes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Cuttia, White-browed Green and Black-eared Shrike-Babblers, Hoary Barwing, Blue-winged Minla, Nepal Fulvetta, Yellow-browed Tit, Brown-throated Treecreeper, Black-throated Sunbird, Maroon Oriole, Eurasian and Lancelated Jays, Red-billed Blue Magpie and Brown Bullfinch . A further 55 species have been known to visit the area as migratory or occasional visitors. Phulchowki's forests are also very rich in flora and butterflies.

Itinerary
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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader.  If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.

    In the morning, we head to Shivapuri National Park to see the various bird species there.  A total of 318 bird species have been identified in the park, including the Golden-throated Barbet, Large Hawk Cuckoo, Eurasian Cuckoo, Himalayan Cuckoo, Collared Owlet, and others. Later, we head back to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.

      The next two days, we spend our days on Phulchowki Hill, a bird watcher's paradise. The plethora of birds found in this area are mentioned in the overview of this package.  You will be mesmorized by unique characteristics of these beautiful birds. Overnight in Kathmandu.

        This is the second day of our bird watching excursion to Phulchowki Hill. The plethora of birds found in this area are mentioned in the overview of this package.  You will be mesmorized by unique characteristics of these beautiful birds. Overnight in Kathmandu.

          Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago.  Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.

            We will transport you to the airport.  Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels.  We look forward to seeing you again!

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              What's Included
              Includes
              • Warm welcome airport in Kathmandu & transfer hotel
              • Arrival and departure transfers for private vehicle
              • 5 nights accommodation  in Kathmandu hotel with bed and breakfast
              • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
              • All transportation by private vehicle
              • Experienced Guide for bird watching
              • Insurance for Guide and driver
              • Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
              • Shivapuri Conservation Area permit
              Excludes
              • International airfare
              • Necessary entrance/monument fees
              • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
              • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
              • Tips to guide, porters, drivers etc.
              • Personal Insurance.
              Dates and Prices
              Date PriceAvailability 
              Start DateStarts: ThursdayApr 25, 2024End DateEnds: TuesdayApr 30, 2024PricePriceUS$675StatusStatusAvailable
              Start DateStarts: MondayApr 29, 2024End DateEnds: SaturdayMay 04, 2024PricePriceUS$675StatusStatusAvailable

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