Bird Watching Tour in Nepal

Special Tour 14 days
Hanoi, Vietnam Nepal

Nepal is tiny sovereign country in size with areas of 147,181 sq.km which means 0.3% of Asia and its land locked country between India to the East, West, South and Tibet(China) to North. Elevation ranges from 60m/200ft to 8848m/29,029ft of Mt. Everest, which is top of the world. Due to the unique geographic variation, Nepal is very rich in birds and biodiversity. Nepal has 886(2018) species of birds recorded which is around 9.5% of world’s birds. Out of Nepal’s total bird species, 550 are resident, 62 are summer migrant, 150 are winter migrant and 74 are vagrant. Spiny Babbler Acanthoptila nipalensis is the only endemic species found in Nepal and Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus is the National Bird of Nepal. beside this, 40 Species of Globally Threatened and 167 Nationally Threatened Species are found in Nepal.

Birding in Nepal will gives you a plenty of opportunity to observe the birds, mammals, plants with visiting different landscapes (National Park/Conservation areas) with spectacular views Himalayas. this trip also gives you opportunity of meeting the different peoples, cultures and historical monuments which are listed in world’s heritage sides.

Trip Highlight:

√ Birding in the Himalayan Country

√ Over 200 Species of Birds in trip

√ Birding/Safari in National Park

√ Visiting First Vulture Restaurant in Asia

√ Asian One-horned Rhino/many other mammals

√ Visiting World’s natural and culture Heritage sides.

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA) in Kathmandu. After the immigration formalities and luggage collection, meet the local host for Matterhorn Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. at the arrival receive center with Matterhorn Treks & Expedition(P)Ltd. sign board. After welcoming you all, you will drive to your designated hotel. After checking at hotel, there will be some free hours to take rest/nap. Meet the lunch at 1pm and depart few hours birding at 2pm. Evening welcome dinner and short trip briefing.

Note: Rooms at hotel may not get ready as room check-out time is 12:00 noon. You may have to wait until the room gets ready.

Day 02: Birding in Godawari/Phulchowki

Early Morning(5:30am) a 1 ½ hrs drive to the top of Phulchowki mountain by 4X4 Wheel which is 2710m height. During the drive, you may will see Kalij Pheasant foraging in roadside and some mammals too. Phulchowki hill is highest hill around Kathmandu valley which provides the excellent views of Himalayas and it’s one of the best birding sides because of it has a wide variety of landscape and vegetation that makes to rich in Himalayan mountain bird diversity (0ver 350 birds species recorded). Some of the targeted bird species such Himalayan Cutia, Hoary-throated Barwing, Maroon-backed Accentor.

Other species are in the Phulchowki regions are Streaked Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, White-throated Laughingthrush, White-tailed Nuthatch, Whiskered Yuhina, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Rufous Sibia, White-browed Fulvetta, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Nepal Fulvetta, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Eurasian Jay, Black-headed Jay, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Golden-throated Barbet, Great Barbet, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Maroon Oriel, White-collated Blackbird, Blue-fronted Redstart, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Grey-hooded Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Hum’s Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Chestnut-headed Tessia, Sikkim Treekepper, Spotted Forktail, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Golden Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin etc. We will return to hotel after full day birding.

Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara, 200km

After Breakfast(7:00am), we drive to via the scenic highway.

We will stop some location for the birding and particulary in Trisuli riverbeds where iconic birds like Ibis bill may arrive (End of Nov-mid March). While we are driving, there will be plenty of opportunity to observe the variety of landscapes including the views of Himalayas.  as the time permits, we will stop at the location where you we find the Critically Endangered – Yellow-breasted Bunting. We will be able to see some raptor species like Himalayan Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, White-rumped Vulture etc. Pokhara has so many beautiful lakes, forest and spectacular views of Himalayas and there are different locations where you can go for birding. Pokhara valley has over 400 species of birds recorded including resident and migratory. Key species are Vulture species (8 species), waders and passerines. Depending on arrival time in Pokhara, if time permits we will continue birding around lake side.

Day 04:  Pokhara – Kande(40km) – Thulo Kharka, 2050m

After Breakfast, we start driving to Kande(40km/1 ½ -2hrs drive),North-west of Pokhara. It’s situated at 1570m above sea level and from here onwards our birding treks begins in the foothills of Annapurna regions. The trek is mostly uphill about 2/3 hrs walk with altitude gain of around 500m.Thulokharka is one the great place for the stunning views of Himalayas and also raptor migration watch. Surrounding forest is also great for mountain bird species. Elevation of Thulokot is not that high but it’s good enough to get cold specially morning and evening due to Himalayas are so closed by. The trail is mostly with forest which is good for the mountain forest bird species such as Grey Treepine, Great Barbet, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Himalayan Bluetail, Scaly Thrush, White-crowned Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Steppe Eagle, Red-headed Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Darjeeling Woodpecker etc.

Packing list: We will leave main luggage at Pokhara Hotel and only carry necessary items for two days like one T-shirt, one warm jackets, rain gear, Underwear, towel, toiletries, personnel medication, torch etc and will provide small shack if needed and will carry by porter.

Day 05: Thulo Kharka – Pokhara

Wake up for the sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan range. After the breakfast, we will continue birding around the forest until the 11am after this will stop watch for the migratory raptor such as Steppe Eagle, Himalayan Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, Booted Eagle, Booneli’s Eagle, Black Eagle, Bearded Vulture etc are mostly visible in eye-level. Forest birds species are White-throated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Pied Bushchat, Blue-fronted Redstart, Warbler species. Our birding will be until 2pm and after this we will descend/ trek to road head and drive back to pokhara.

Day 06: Birding Around Pokhara

Today, will do the birding full day birding around the Pokhara valley. Our target species are

Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Little Forktail and Spiny Babbler. Other birds are Egyptian Vulture, Red-Headed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Cinerous Vulture, Common Green Magpie and Wader species in Fewa Lake.

Day 07: Pokhara – Lumbini, 202km

After breakfast, we will drive to Lumbini. Our journey will take through the beautiful mountain ranges and some hilly station of Palpa. In between in our journey, we will be stopping for birding and lunch as well. Once we nearer to the Lumbini, it’s plain farmland and often we will be welcome by Sarus Cranes, Lesser Adjutant, Asian Openbill etc. Lumbini is famouse place for Buddhist followers as it’s the birth place of Gautama Buddha. Evening we may take temple tours(Optional)

Day 08: Birding in Lumbini

Lumbini is very well known Buddhist Pilgrimage destination which is also listed in world heritage sides. It covers the areas of 5260 Square Kilometers with the well maintaining of forest and some water bodies which hold the good numbers of birds. Today we will combine birding inside the temple zone, farmland and wetland (Jagdispur Reservoir). Key bird species are Sarus Cranes, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork,Black Stork, Black-winged Kite, Yellow-eyed Buzzard, Hen Harrior, Indian Spotted Eagle, Indian Grey Hornbills, Brown Chat, Black Francolin, Gray Francolin, Common Babbler, Bank Myna, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker etc. other birds at Jagdispur Reservoir are mainy the winter migratory waders species like Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail, Grey-headed Lapwing, Northen Lapwing, Indian Spot-billed Duck etc. Apart from the birds, Blue Bull or Nilgai which is biggest antelope, wild boar, Golden Jackal can be seen.

Day 09: Lumbini – Chitwan National Park, 170km

After breakfast, we will drive to Pithauli where Nepal’s first community managed vulture restaurant which is established by BCN. This is the first Vulture Restaurant where 8 species (out of 9) of Vultures can be seen along with that Rufous-necked Laughingthrush (only recorded in Pithuali!) can be seen there. We will try to arrange the live feeding as long as it’s possible. During the live feeding great number of Vulture can be seen in close-up distance from the bird hide.  After observing the feeding, we will continue to our destination, Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park which is 932 km2 and its Nepal’s oldest National Park and it’s listed in World Heritage sides too. This national park is very rich in birds and bio-diversity and it’s listed as IBA’s. Chitwan National Park has over 500 species resident and migratory of birds and it’s home of Asian Greater One-horned Rhinos, Asian Wild Elephant, Bengal Tiger, many species of deer, two species of fresh water Crocodiles and Fresh Water Dolphins(Rare) too. Drive: 5/6 hrs

Day 10/11: Full Day birding in Chitwan National Park

We will explore the Chitwan National Park in different ways like the farmland, wetland and forest. Forest is generally dominated by the Sal trees (Shorea rubusta). Chitwan has a wide diversity of the birds and mammals including the Bengal Florican, Great Hornbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Bengal Tiger, Greater One-horned Rhino etc.  other birds from the park are Asian Openbill, Lesser Adjutant, Oriental Darter, Common Mergancer, Bar-headed Goose, Pied Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Blue-beared Beeeater, Grey-crowned Prinia, Himalayan Goldenback, Strek-throated Woodpecker, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Plum-headed Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Red Junglefowl, Jungle Owlet, Oriental Scops Owl etc.

Note: We are not allowing to walk much inside the park due and it will be mostly from open jeep or view tower.Activates: Forest/ Grassland/Aquatic Birding with Nature Safari. Evening Tharu Cultural Dance.

 Day 12: Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu, 160km

After Breakfast, we will depart to Kathmandu. It’s mostly the peasant journey drive back. We will stop some of the location for birding. Drive will take about 5/6 hrs.

Day 13: AM Birding Around Kathmandu Valley/ Departure or Extension

After Breakfast, we will do a birding around the Kathmandu valley and return for the lunch. time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.

Overnight at Hotel B/B.

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your departure flight to your on wards destination

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport(TIA) in Kathmandu. After the immigration formalities and luggage collection, meet the local host for Matterhorn Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd. at the arrival receive center with Matterhorn Treks & Expedition(P)Ltd. sign board. After welcoming you all, you will drive to your designated hotel. After checking at hotel, there will be some free hours to take rest/nap. Meet the lunch at 1pm and depart few hours birding at 2pm. Evening welcome dinner and short trip briefing.

Note: Rooms at hotel may not get ready as room check-out time is 12:00 noon. You may have to wait until the room gets ready.

Day 02: Birding in Godawari/Phulchowki

Early Morning(5:30am) a 1 ½ hrs drive to the top of Phulchowki mountain by 4X4 Wheel which is 2710m height. During the drive, you may will see Kalij Pheasant foraging in roadside and some mammals too. Phulchowki hill is highest hill around Kathmandu valley which provides the excellent views of Himalayas and it’s one of the best birding sides because of it has a wide variety of landscape and vegetation that makes to rich in Himalayan mountain bird diversity (0ver 350 birds species recorded). Some of the targeted bird species such Himalayan Cutia, Hoary-throated Barwing, Maroon-backed Accentor.

Other species are in the Phulchowki regions are Streaked Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, White-throated Laughingthrush, White-tailed Nuthatch, Whiskered Yuhina, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Rufous Sibia, White-browed Fulvetta, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Nepal Fulvetta, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Rufous Woodpecker, Eurasian Jay, Black-headed Jay, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Golden-throated Barbet, Great Barbet, Yellow-bellied Fantail, Maroon Oriel, White-collated Blackbird, Blue-fronted Redstart, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Black-throated Sunbird, Green-tailed Sunbird, Grey-hooded Warbler, Ashy-throated Warbler, Hum’s Warbler, Black-faced Warbler, Chestnut-headed Tessia, Sikkim Treekepper, Spotted Forktail, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Grey Treepie, Golden Bush Robin, White-tailed Robin etc. We will return to hotel after full day birding.

Day 03: Kathmandu- Pokhara, 200km

After Breakfast(7:00am), we drive to via the scenic highway.

We will stop some location for the birding and particulary in Trisuli riverbeds where iconic birds like Ibis bill may arrive (End of Nov-mid March). While we are driving, there will be plenty of opportunity to observe the variety of landscapes including the views of Himalayas.  as the time permits, we will stop at the location where you we find the Critically Endangered – Yellow-breasted Bunting. We will be able to see some raptor species like Himalayan Vulture, Egyptian Vulture, White-rumped Vulture etc. Pokhara has so many beautiful lakes, forest and spectacular views of Himalayas and there are different locations where you can go for birding. Pokhara valley has over 400 species of birds recorded including resident and migratory. Key species are Vulture species (8 species), waders and passerines. Depending on arrival time in Pokhara, if time permits we will continue birding around lake side.

Day 04:  Pokhara – Kande(40km) – Thulo Kharka, 2050m

After Breakfast, we start driving to Kande(40km/1 ½ -2hrs drive),North-west of Pokhara. It’s situated at 1570m above sea level and from here onwards our birding treks begins in the foothills of Annapurna regions. The trek is mostly uphill about 2/3 hrs walk with altitude gain of around 500m.Thulokharka is one the great place for the stunning views of Himalayas and also raptor migration watch. Surrounding forest is also great for mountain bird species. Elevation of Thulokot is not that high but it’s good enough to get cold specially morning and evening due to Himalayas are so closed by. The trail is mostly with forest which is good for the mountain forest bird species such as Grey Treepine, Great Barbet, Mountain Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Himalayan Bluetail, Scaly Thrush, White-crowned Laughingthrush, Striated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Steppe Eagle, Red-headed Vulture, Bearded Vulture, Darjeeling Woodpecker etc.

Packing list: We will leave main luggage at Pokhara Hotel and only carry necessary items for two days like one T-shirt, one warm jackets, rain gear, Underwear, towel, toiletries, personnel medication, torch etc and will provide small shack if needed and will carry by porter.

Day 05: Thulo Kharka – Pokhara

Wake up for the sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan range. After the breakfast, we will continue birding around the forest until the 11am after this will stop watch for the migratory raptor such as Steppe Eagle, Himalayan Vulture, Red-headed Vulture, Booted Eagle, Booneli’s Eagle, Black Eagle, Bearded Vulture etc are mostly visible in eye-level. Forest birds species are White-throated Laughingthrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, Pied Bushchat, Blue-fronted Redstart, Warbler species. Our birding will be until 2pm and after this we will descend/ trek to road head and drive back to pokhara.

Day 06: Birding Around Pokhara

Today, will do the birding full day birding around the Pokhara valley. Our target species are

Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Little Forktail and Spiny Babbler. Other birds are Egyptian Vulture, Red-Headed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Cinerous Vulture, Common Green Magpie and Wader species in Fewa Lake.

Day 07: Pokhara – Lumbini, 202km

After breakfast, we will drive to Lumbini. Our journey will take through the beautiful mountain ranges and some hilly station of Palpa. In between in our journey, we will be stopping for birding and lunch as well. Once we nearer to the Lumbini, it’s plain farmland and often we will be welcome by Sarus Cranes, Lesser Adjutant, Asian Openbill etc. Lumbini is famouse place for Buddhist followers as it’s the birth place of Gautama Buddha. Evening we may take temple tours(Optional)

Day 08: Birding in Lumbini

Lumbini is very well known Buddhist Pilgrimage destination which is also listed in world heritage sides. It covers the areas of 5260 Square Kilometers with the well maintaining of forest and some water bodies which hold the good numbers of birds. Today we will combine birding inside the temple zone, farmland and wetland (Jagdispur Reservoir). Key bird species are Sarus Cranes, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork,Black Stork, Black-winged Kite, Yellow-eyed Buzzard, Hen Harrior, Indian Spotted Eagle, Indian Grey Hornbills, Brown Chat, Black Francolin, Gray Francolin, Common Babbler, Bank Myna, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker etc. other birds at Jagdispur Reservoir are mainy the winter migratory waders species like Red-crested Pochard, Tufted Duck, Northern Pintail, Grey-headed Lapwing, Northen Lapwing, Indian Spot-billed Duck etc. Apart from the birds, Blue Bull or Nilgai which is biggest antelope, wild boar, Golden Jackal can be seen.

Day 09: Lumbini – Chitwan National Park, 170km

After breakfast, we will drive to Pithauli where Nepal’s first community managed vulture restaurant which is established by BCN. This is the first Vulture Restaurant where 8 species (out of 9) of Vultures can be seen along with that Rufous-necked Laughingthrush (only recorded in Pithuali!) can be seen there. We will try to arrange the live feeding as long as it’s possible. During the live feeding great number of Vulture can be seen in close-up distance from the bird hide.  After observing the feeding, we will continue to our destination, Chitwan National Park. Chitwan National Park which is 932 km2 and its Nepal’s oldest National Park and it’s listed in World Heritage sides too. This national park is very rich in birds and bio-diversity and it’s listed as IBA’s. Chitwan National Park has over 500 species resident and migratory of birds and it’s home of Asian Greater One-horned Rhinos, Asian Wild Elephant, Bengal Tiger, many species of deer, two species of fresh water Crocodiles and Fresh Water Dolphins(Rare) too. Drive: 5/6 hrs

Day 10/11: Full Day birding in Chitwan National Park

We will explore the Chitwan National Park in different ways like the farmland, wetland and forest. Forest is generally dominated by the Sal trees (Shorea rubusta). Chitwan has a wide diversity of the birds and mammals including the Bengal Florican, Great Hornbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Bengal Tiger, Greater One-horned Rhino etc.  other birds from the park are Asian Openbill, Lesser Adjutant, Oriental Darter, Common Mergancer, Bar-headed Goose, Pied Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Blue-beared Beeeater, Grey-crowned Prinia, Himalayan Goldenback, Strek-throated Woodpecker, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Plum-headed Parakeet, Alexandrine Parakeet, Red Junglefowl, Jungle Owlet, Oriental Scops Owl etc.

Note: We are not allowing to walk much inside the park due and it will be mostly from open jeep or view tower.Activates: Forest/ Grassland/Aquatic Birding with Nature Safari. Evening Tharu Cultural Dance.

 Day 12: Chitwan National Park – Kathmandu, 160km

After Breakfast, we will depart to Kathmandu. It’s mostly the peasant journey drive back. We will stop some of the location for birding. Drive will take about 5/6 hrs.

Day 13: AM Birding Around Kathmandu Valley/ Departure or Extension

After Breakfast, we will do a birding around the Kathmandu valley and return for the lunch. time to explore the Thamel for last day shopping and evening Matterhorn Treks & Expedition will take you for Farewell dinner.

Overnight at Hotel B/B.

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu
Matterhorn treks & Expedition will transferred to the International Airport your departure flight to your on wards destination

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