Birding Around Pokhara Valley - 8 Days

Trip Cost
US$ 675 (Per Person)

Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Transportation: NA
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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.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival
  • Day 02:Drive to Phulchowki, back to Kathmandu
  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Day 04:Birding near Fewa Lake
  • Day 05:Birding near Begnas Lake
  • Day 06:Birding Near Rupa Lake
  • Day 07:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 08:Departure

What's Includes:

  • Warm welcome at Kathmandu airport & transfer hotel
  • All ground transportation using private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis
  • Pokhara valley bird watching excursion
  • Phulchowki bird watching excursion
  • Lunch while on the birding excursion
  • All excursions with expert bird watching guide
  • Farewell dinner with Nepali with live cultural performance

What's Excludes:

  • International 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, porters, drivers etc.
  • Personal Insurance.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival 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.
  • Day 02Drive to Phulchowki, back to KathmanduWe 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.
  • Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara We take an early morning, scenic drive to Pokhara by car (about 6 hours). You can spend the rest of the day how you would like. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04Birding near Fewa Lake Today will be full of bird watching and exploration near the Fewa Lake area. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 05Birding near Begnas Lake Today will be full of bird watching and exploration near the Begnas Lake area. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 06Birding Near Rupa Lake Today will be full of bird watching and exploration near the Rupa Lake area. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 07Drive from Pokhara to KathmanduToday, 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.
  • Day 08Departure Transfer to the International airport to connect onward flight.

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Status Price Booking
18 February, 2020 25 February, 2020 Guaranteed USD 675
21 February, 2020 28 February, 2020 Guaranteed USD 675
25 February, 2020 03 March, 2020 Guaranteed USD 675
28 February, 2020 06 March, 2020 Guaranteed USD 675