Bird Watching in Nepal

Trip Fact:
  • Duration 16 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude3210m
  • MealsAs per schedule
  • Trip Start/EndKathmandu
  • Group Size1-30 pax
  • Best SeasonFebruary, March, April, May, September, October, November and December are the best months.

What to Expect:

Bird-Watching in Chitwan National Park: Discover the avian species of Chitwan, home to more than 500 bird species including the endangered Bengal Florican and the elusive Slender-billed Babbler.

Avian Wonders of Koshi Tappu: Witness a diverse array of bird species in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a birdwatcher's paradise known for migratory waterfowl, waders, and globally threatened species like the Swamp Francolin and Black-necked Stork.

Birding in Annapurna Region: Enhance your trekking adventure with bird-watching opportunities in the Annapurna region. Look out for high-altitude specialists like the Himalayan Monal and Snow Pigeon.

Variety of Habitats: Experience bird-watching in a variety of habitats, from the wetlands of Koshi Tappu and the dense jungles of Chitwan to the alpine forests of Annapurna and the gardens of Kathmandu.

Experience on a thrilling 16-day journey combining bird-watching and trekking in Nepal's most stunning locations.

Witness diverse bird species in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu reserves, and trek through the breathtaking trails of the Annapurna region. This adventure promises to satisfy nature enthusiasts and avid trekkers alike.

Discover the unique combination of bird-watching and trekking in our carefully designed 16-day itinerary. From exploring the wildlife reserves of Chitwan and Koshi Tappu, renowned for their diverse bird species, to trekking through the majestic trails of the Annapurna region, this tour encapsulates the best of Nepal's natural wonders.

This Nepal bird watching itinerary is designed for those who seek to combine their love for bird-watching with the thrill of trekking. The Chitwan and Koshi Tappu wildlife reserves are home to an impressive array of bird species, providing ample opportunities for bird-watching enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the trek through the Annapurna base camp trails offers a challenging and rewarding experience for trekkers, presenting awe-inspiring mountain views and a chance to spot high-altitude bird species.

With a seamless blend of bird-watching and trekking, this adventure offers an immersive experience in Nepal's rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to indulge both your passions - bird-watching and trekking, in one unforgettable journey.

Prime Bird Watching Destinations

Chitwan National Park

Known as the crown jewel of bird watching in Nepal, Chitwan National Park boasts a staggering 500+ species, including the elusive Bengal Florican, magnificent Great Hornbill, and critically endangered Slender-billed Babbler. The park's marshes, grasslands, and riverine forests present excellent birding opportunities.

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Nestled in the eastern Terai region, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a renowned birding paradise. It is home to over 450 bird species, including the majestic Swamp Francolin, graceful Bengal Florican, and elegant Sarus Crane. The reserve's wetlands and river systems make it an ideal haven for waterbirds.

Annapurna Conservation Area

While famed for its trekking routes, the Annapurna Conservation Area also offers exceptional bird watching experiences. The region's diverse elevations provide habitat to an astonishing 478 species, featuring the vibrant Himalayan Monal, elusive Ibisbill, and striking Koklass Pheasant.

Itinerary

Welcome to the vibrant city of Kathmandu! Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representative will greet you and assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, take the day to relax and recover from your journey or explore the local area.

    After breakfast, we'll journey to Chitwan National Park, one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia, renowned for its rich flora and fauna. After settling in at the lodge, join a sunset bird-watching tour to get your first taste of Nepal's incredible bird life.

      Begin your day with an early breakfast, followed by an invigorating bird-watching tour. Our expert guides will take you through the verdant park, introducing you to a variety of bird species. Look out for the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Red-headed Trogon, and the Emerald Dove among others.
      After lunch, we'll embark on a jeep safari to further explore the park. This will be a great opportunity to spot the park's other wildlife, including the One-Horned Rhinoceros, Bengal Tigers, and Asian Elephants.
      In the evening, relax at the lodge or participate in a cultural program showcasing local Tharu dance and music.

        Wake up to another day in the heart of nature. Start your day with a unique boat safari on the Rapti River. This will provide you with a chance to spot water birds like the Lesser Adjutant, River Lapwing, and the rare Gharial Crocodile basking on the riverbanks.
        After lunch, we'll take a walk through the lush jungle guided by our expert birding guides. Be sure to look out for the Grey-crowned Prinia, the Slender-billed Babbler, and the endangered Bengal Florican. This walk will also offer opportunities to spot butterflies and insects.
        Spend your evening at leisure in the lodge. Enjoy a delicious meal, share stories with your fellow birdwatchers, and prepare for the journey to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve the next day.

          After breakfast, we'll depart Chitwan and head to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a haven for birdwatchers. Upon arrival, settle into your accommodation and relax in anticipation of the next few days of bird-watching.

            Welcome to the world of birdwatching at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve! Start your day with a hearty breakfast, preparing you for the exciting day ahead.
            We'll set off on our first bird-watching excursion of the reserve. Led by expert guides, we'll explore a variety of habitats, from the riverine marshes to the grasslands. Be on the lookout for the rare Swamp Francolin, the Black-necked Stork, and the Baer's Pochard.
            Post-lunch, we'll embark on a serene boat ride along the Sapta Koshi River. This will provide a fantastic opportunity to observe water birds like the Great Thick-knee, the Indian Skimmer, and various species of ducks and waders.
            In the evening, you can enjoy some quiet time at the lodge, recounting the day's sightings and relishing the tranquility of the surrounding nature.

              Day 7 at Koshi Tappu promises more thrilling bird-watching experiences. After breakfast, we'll head out to different parts of the reserve, providing you a chance to spot a diverse array of bird species. The reserve's wetlands are particularly rich in birdlife, so keep your binoculars at the ready for species like the Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch and the Small Pratincole.
              In the afternoon, we'll set out for another boating excursion on the Sapta Koshi River. Try to spot the endangered Gharial and Marsh Mugger Crocodiles, Gangetic Dolphins, and various waterfowl species.
              After an exhilarating day, relax at the lodge and prepare for the upcoming journey to the Annapurna region. Reflect on your Koshi Tappu experiences, and look forward to the next leg of your birdwatching adventure.

                Begin your day at Koshi Tappu with a delicious breakfast and a short morning bird-watching excursion. Savor these last moments in the reserve before we prepare for our departure.
                Post-lunch, we'll embark on the journey to Pokhara, a city renowned for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take the evening to relax and unwind. Pokhara’s lakeside location is perfect for a serene evening stroll.

                  Today we travel to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna region. Relax on the shores of the beautiful Phewa Lake, and prepare for your trek in the mountains.

                    Your day will start with an early breakfast in Pokhara before we drive to Nayapul, the starting point of our trekking journey. The drive is scenic, with beautiful views of lush green landscapes and traditional Nepalese settlements.

                    Upon arriving at Nayapul after about 1.5 hours of driving, you'll meet the rest of the trekking crew. After a brief meeting, we'll start our trek towards Ghandruk, a beautiful village inhabited by the Gurung community.

                    The trek to Ghandruk is moderately challenging but immensely rewarding. You'll hike along the beautiful trails, crossing suspension bridges, and passing through small hamlets. The trail is surrounded by terraced farmlands and rhododendron forests, providing excellent opportunities for bird watching. You might spot bird species such as the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, the Black Eagle, and various species of minivets and sunbirds.

                    As you ascend higher, the trail offers stunning views of the Himalayan giants like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). After approximately 5-6 hours of trekking, you'll reach Ghandruk.

                    Ghandruk is renowned for its rich culture and the warm hospitality of the Gurung community. The stone houses in the village give it a medieval charm, and from here, you can get panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

                    After settling into your teahouse accommodation, you can explore the village, visit the Gurung museum, or simply enjoy the magnificent views. As the evening draws in, you might be lucky to spot a few more bird species as they return to their nests. Enjoy your dinner and rest well for the trekking adventure that awaits the next day.

                     

                      After breakfast, our journey to Tadapani begins. As we ascend through rhododendron forests, keep your eyes peeled for local bird species like the vibrantly colorful Himalayan Monal and the Grey-winged Blackbird.
                      Upon reaching Tadapani, settle into your teahouse accommodation. The evening can be spent exploring the village or enjoying panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

                        Our trek continues from Tadapani to Ghorepani, a popular spot amongst trekkers in the Annapurna region. As we traverse through dense forests, look out for unique bird species such as the Rufous-bellied Woodpecker and the Rufous-breasted Bush Robin.
                        On reaching Ghorepani, you'll be welcomed by the stunning sight of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. After settling in, you may choose to rest or explore the charming village.

                          ise before dawn to trek to Poon Hill. Upon reaching the summit, you'll witness a breathtaking sunrise over the panoramic Himalayan ranges. This early morning adventure may also reward you with sightings of early-risers of the bird world.
                          After breakfast, we'll descend to Nayapul, marking the end of our trek. The journey is filled with opportunities for bird-watching, so keep your binoculars at the ready. From Nayapul, we'll drive back to Pokhara, where you can spend the evening resting or exploring the city.

                            After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. Spend the rest of the day at leisure - explore local markets for souvenirs or relax at your hotel.

                              our day in Kathmandu can be as relaxing or adventurous as you wish. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you have the option to either unwind or embark on further explorations.
                              If you choose to explore, consider visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Swayambhunath Stupa or Kathmandu Durbar Square. For nature lovers, the Godavari Botanical Garden or the Nagarjun Forest provide great opportunities for bird watching.
                              Alternatively, indulge in a leisurely stroll around the vibrant streets of Thamel, Kathmandu's bustling traveler's hub. You can browse through a plethora of shops offering handmade crafts, traditional Nepalese art, organic teas, and many other treasures to take home with you.
                              If you prefer a leisurely day, enjoy the amenities at your hotel or relish a book in a local café. As you bask in the city's charm, reflect on your bird-watching tour and the memorable experiences you've had across Chitwan, Koshi Tappu, and Annapurna.
                              Regardless of how you spend your day, ensure to finalize any last-minute packing in preparation for your departure tomorrow. This day is designed to let you soak in the Nepalese ambiance one last time before you bid farewell to this beautiful country.

                                Our representative will accompany you to the airport. As you prepare for your journey home or to your next destination, carry with you the unforgettable memories of bird-watching in the diverse landscapes of Chitwan, Koshi Tappu, and Annapurna.

                                Your trip may have come to an end, but the memories of the vibrant bird species, the fascinating terrains, and the warm Nepalese hospitality will linger on. As you bid farewell to this beautiful nation, leave knowing you've explored a world teeming with life and color, from the dense jungles of Chitwan to the rugged peaks of Annapurna. Safe travels!

                                  Cost Details

                                  Includes

                                  • Airport pick up and drop
                                  • All Hotel Accommodation
                                  • All programmes, park permit fee etc
                                  • Bird watching guide
                                  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers
                                  • Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu
                                  • All necessary paper works & Service charge
                                  • All transportation by private vehicles.

                                  Excludes

                                  • Nepal entry visa fee,
                                  • International Airfare/Airport tax
                                  • Others expenses which are not mentioned on service Includes section.

                                  Good to Know

                                  Unique Avian Species

                                  Nepal's rich biodiversity encompasses a remarkable range of unique bird species. Notable examples include:

                                  Spiny Babbler

                                  Endemic to Nepal, the critically endangered Spiny Babbler is exclusively found in the Chitwan National Park and surrounding areas. Its distinctive appearance and melodious song make it a cherished sighting for bird enthusiasts.

                                  Satyr Tragopan

                                  Adorned with stunning plumage, the Satyr Tragopan is a Himalayan pheasant species found in Nepal's western and central regions. The vibrant colors of the male, coupled with its elaborate courtship display, make it a sought-after species for bird watchers.

                                  Nepal Wren Babbler

                                  Discovered in the late 19th century, the Nepal Wren Babbler is a small, elusive bird endemic to Nepal. It dwells in the dense undergrowth of mid-elevation forests, often challenging bird watchers with its shy and secretive nature.

                                  Essential Tips for Bird Watching in Nepal

                                  Engage a Local Guide

                                  It is highly recommended to hire a knowledgeable local guide familiar with Nepal's avifauna. They possess valuable insights, know the best birding spots, and can assist in identifying rare species.

                                  Equip Yourself Appropriately

                                  Carrying essential birding gear, such as binoculars, a field guide, and a camera with a telephoto lens, is crucial. Comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear, and insect repellent are also vital for a pleasant experience.

                                  Timing and Seasons

                                  Birding seasons in Nepal vary throughout the year. The autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons are particularly favorable, as migratory species join the resident birds, creating a remarkable diversity of avian life.

                                  Respect Wildlife and Environment

                                  When observing birds, it is essential to maintain a respectful distance, avoid disturbing nesting sites, and refrain from littering. By practicing responsible ecotourism, we can contribute to the preservation of Nepal's delicate ecosystems.

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