Bird watching tour in Nepal

Trip Description

Nepal is paradise for bird watching tour  enthusiasts, as Nepal is home to as many as 867 species of birds. This percentage stands some 8 percent of world’s total population of birds. Of the total 35 birds which are globally threatened, 19 are in the verge of extinction and 15 restricted range species are recorded in Nepal. Nepal is also the home of many migratory and birds which are in the verge of extinction, therefore why Nepal has been an ultimate destination including for exploring of endangered and migratory birds. As many as 130 breeding and wintering species (that makes up nearly 15 percent of Nepal´s birds) are now considered nationally threatened. Habitat loss is the major threat to 86 percent of the birds at risk. Similarly, hunting, illegal trade and poisoning are other threats to birds in Nepal. 

Both the wetlands and the open fields both inside and outside of Kathmandu valley have been the habitat for many species of birds. Of these all the features, bird watching tour is one of the most demanded tour package in Nepal. This trip is is possible all across the country, including in the Kathmandu valley. It has been enumerated that there are more than 500 species of birds inside Kathmandu valley, namely in Phulchoki, Godavari, Nagarjun and Bagmati River. These are some of the places famous form bird watching in the valley and there are various favorite spots for bird watching out of Kathmandu valley of bird namely—Chitawan National Park, Bardia National Park, Shey Phoksundo National Park, Rara National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve to name. You will not only enjoy merely watching birds but have fun of taking pictures of incredible landscapes, and other rare animals and plants in the steamy jungles, thus Nepal is also a paradise for nature lovers. This particular, bird watching trip can be combined with other outdoor adventures including with Trekking and expedition or family trip.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Thin Air Adventure (P) Ltd representative will greet you in an airport & transfer you to hotel; here you will be formally introduced to your Guide and the activities to be enjoyed over the next few days.  We will also ask for your passport photographs and any other details required for your trek permits, at this stage.

Day 02: Phulchowki hill (full day) early

This day after breakfast we will enjoy bird watching at Phulchowki . Phulchowki is another model place , with a Redheaded Trojan, a very rate bird sighted there in April 2002 it was last seen n Nepal 42 years ago Phulchowki is 2735m and 15kms southeast of Kathmandu. Walking will be start from behind the godawari gardens, with a mixture of trails and roads. The hillside is covered with forest featuring excellent flora as well as diverse birds. About 88 sorts  have been recorded in this place  including the  common spring babbler, also  the Curia, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Bellied Pied Woodpeckers and the Black throated Parrot bill, to name a few.

Day 03: Bird watching in Shivapuri Wildlife Reserve & Nagarjun:

We drive Buddhanilakantha, & hike to Shivapuri newest National Park the, there bird observation which is at 8 km north of Kathmandu & about 20 minutes from Budhanikantha Temple up Two other places  of the valley are the Shivapuri Watershed Reserve, 1okm north of the city, and Nagarjun in the North West . Shiva puri we will be reached two ways either from Sundarijal or from Budhanilkantha. Some of the birds in the places are the Laughing Thrush, Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, and Babblers. At Nagarjun at 2095m pheasants, magpies and ruby throats are found

Day 04: Drive to Nargakot .

After brekafst drive to Nagarkot( 2,175m), Nagarkot is the second highest point on the valley rim. This hilltop resort is 32 km north east of Tribhuvwan International airport.It has grown into a popular resort to getaway far from the hustle bustle of the city centre. Only an hour´s drive from the Kathmandu downtown, you are soon far from the heat, dust, smoke and maddening crowd of Kathmandu with nothing to distract you from the pleasures of fresh breeze of the rural countryside. For those who wish to spend more than one night in Nagarkot, there is plenty more activities to keep you occupied. Here, you can savour the beauty of majestic mountains under comfort and quiet. Or if you wish you can do pony riding, a visit to tamang village, bird watching, meditation and yoga, hiking etc.

Day 05: Bird watching in Nagarkot

After breakfast, bird watching trip is done as Nagarkot is also home to 177 species of birds, including at least 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom. Recorded by bird scholars about 200 different species of birds made this region home for their living permanently and partially. Some of the birds in the places are the Laughing Thrush, Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Babblers, pheasants, magpies and ruby throats are found

Day 06: Drive Dhulikhel

After brekafst , drive to Dhulikhel, another interesting place. It is just 30km far from Kathmandu. it is popular as a Himalaya view point. For those nature lovers among us, bird watching is one of the natural pleasures gifted to us in this pristine environment. The surrounding gardens are blessed with plants and scrub that attract a diverse range of birds native to the area.

Day 07: Dhulikhel Bird watching & Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, just pull up a chair in one of secluded garden alcoves and sit back and watch birds ranging from, Miners,Finches, Wrastlers, Baulblers, Birds of Paradise, Wood Peckers, Lesser Himalayan Eagles, small Hawks and a variety of Wrens. If you wantto explore more than walk around the local village to point out the bird species. After lunch drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 08 : Bird watching Bagmati and Manohara rivers

The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds.Though Kathmandu valley has four major bird watching areas and one can launch on the banks of the Bagmati and Manohara rivers. Birds sighted along there rivers are the Egrets, herons, Kingfishers, Ibis bill, Wood Sandpipers and Plovers. The Chovar Gorge is particularly recommended as an area for birds as its isolation from human habitation has encouraged their presence. Harboring 40 species of birds mostly dependent on wetlands, Taudaha, a lake on the way to Dakshinkali, attracts flocks of migrant birds

Day 09: Kathmandu at leisure

This day is free day on your own, you can explore some of the quieter streets of Kathmandu, stocking up on souvenirs and presents for those back home.  In the evening we will drive you for farewell dinner with cultural dance.

Day 10: International Departure

All too soon it´s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted, with this amazing Himalayan adventure

Cost Includes

  •  Airport picks up & Drop off transportation
  • Twin Bed accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot & Dhulikhel with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Escorted trip with an English speaking bird watching guide, all entrance fees & private transportation as per itinerary
  • All national park fees & reserved fees as per itinerary
  • Accommodation, Meals, Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of guide
  • First Aid kit
  •  Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  •  All government taxes. 

Cost Excludes

  •   International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  •  Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  •  Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot & Dhulikhel
  •  Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  •  Client´s insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  •  Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
  • Anything not specified in cost include section