Bird Watching Tour - 8 Days

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  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy

Highlights

  • Visit Nepal best bird watching destinations with expert local guides
  •  Enjoy birdwatching excursion in shivapuri National Park
  •  Bird watching tour Kathmandu and pokhara
  •  Visit some of Kathmandu’s iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The Lakeside Pokhara district has yoga centers and restaurants

Pokhara is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6977m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Kathmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers which prosper in their environments. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya.

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. Mammals include Leopard, Yellow-throated Marten and Orange-bellied Squirrel.  The following day, we will move to Pokhara. 

We will thoroughly explore the forest along the southern shore of the lake. Apart from the many birds found here, we are rewarded with some of the best views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhare that Pokhara has to offer. Species regularly seen in this forest and along the shore of the lake include Besra, Red-thighed Falconet, Pallid and Pied Harriers, Eurasian Griffon, Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures, Kalij Pheasant, Ducks, Gulls, Terns, Waders, Bulbul, Black-backed Forktail, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested, Lesser Necklaced and Rufous-chinned Laughing Thrushes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Minivetts, Crimson Sunbird, Maroon Oriole, Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Red-billed and Green Magpies, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed and Grey-bellied Tesias, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltavas and Snowy-brown Flycatcher, Long-tailed Broadbill, Pale Blue Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Spiny Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Striated Munia, Lesser Whitethroat and Thick-billed Warbler. Our experienced bird watchers will take you through areas most prone to seeing these birds. After we've been awe-struck by the birds surrounding Pokhara (Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake, and Rupa Lake), we head back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner.

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.

    We leave from the hotel and head out for a full day bird watching in Phulchowki (2759m), about 18km southeast of Kathmandu. We also explore Godavari Royal Botanical Garden for some prime butterfly watching. Later, we head back to Kathmandu.  Overnight 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.

        Leaving Kathmandu behind, we will drive through Prithvi Highway along the road offering scenic beauties of mountains, terraces and river for about 7hrs to take us to Pokhara where we will stay in a Lakeside Hotel overnight.

          Today will be full of day bird watching and exploration near the Fewa Lake area.we will see birds like: Besra, Red-thighed Falconet, Pallid and Pied Harriers, Eurasian Griffon, Red-headed and Eurasian Black Vultures, Kalij Pheasant, Ducks, Gulls, Terns, Waders, Bulbul, Black-backed Forktail, Puff-throated Babbler, White-crested, Lesser Necklaced and Rufous-chinned Laughing Thrushes, Red-billed Leiothrix, Minivetts, Crimson Sunbird, Maroon Oriole anymore.Overnight at hotel.

            Today will be full of bird watching and exploration near the Rupa Lake area. we will see birds like:Lesser Racket-tailed Drongo, Red-billed and Green Magpies, Long-tailed Mountain Thrush, Chestnut-headed and Grey-bellied Tesias, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Small and Rufous-bellied Niltavas and Snowy-brown Flycatcher, Long-tailed Broadbill, Pale Blue Flycatcher, White-tailed Robin, Spiny Babbler, White-browed Scimitar-Babbler, Striated Munia, Lesser Whitethroat and Thick-billed Warbler anymore.Overnight at hotel.

              Today, we will drive back to Kathmandu along the scenic Prithvi Highway.  It will take about 6 hours to reach Kathmandu.  We will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

                After breakfast you will have some free time until to leave the international airport for your final departure.

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                  What's Included
                  Includes
                  •  Kathmandu arrival and Departure transfer
                  • All ground transportation by tourist bus and private vehicle
                  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
                  • Pokhara valley bird watching excursion
                  • Phulchowki and Shivapuri  bird watching excursion
                  • Experienced Guide for bird watching
                  • Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance
                  • Shivapuri National park permit
                  • Insurance for Guide and driver
                  • Company T-shirt
                  Excludes
                  • International  and dometive airfare
                  • Nepal visa fee – available upon arrival at Kathmandu airport or border
                  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature.
                  • Any Optional Sightseeing Tours and extension of tours, hotel accommodation etc.
                  • Tips to guide, drivers etc.
                  • Entrance fees during tour
                  • Personal Insurance.
                  Dates and Prices
                  Date PriceAvailability 
                  Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdayJun 06, 2024PricePriceUS$1075StatusStatusAvailable

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