Annapurna Region

Himalayan birds [Bird Watching Holiday in Annapurna] - 10 Days

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Since 2018, HoneyGuide has worked with over 1000 independent/group trekkers, 200+ Lodges and 230+ Local Guides/Porters in the Everest Region.

As a concierge, HoneyGuide will:
  • Answer your queries and help you make an itinerary as per your budget, preference and time.
  • Recommend and help you book Flights, Guides/ Porter and Lodges in every night stop at best rates.
  • Full trail support- If any changes occur, we will change your scheduled bookings for free.

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BASIC INFORMATION

  • 2

    Minimum Size
  • 10

    Maximum Size

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exploration of the rich bird habitats of middle hills of Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Living in picturesque Gurung villages.
  • Plenty of chance to see numerous species of birds, along with a chance to glimpse the rare wildlife and other endangered species.

QUICK FACTS

  • Difficulty Level
    Easy
  • Total Length
    0 km
  • Highest Altitude
    3,000 meters
  • Elevation Profile
    Not available
  • Start location
    Thulokot
  • Finish location
    Naudanda
  • Permits
    ACAP, TIMS
  • Best Season
    January, April, October

DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

DESCRIPTION

The itinerary is designed for any nature and adventure lovers. Trekking days usually begins at 6 am in the morning and ends at 3 or 4pm, depending on how often we are lucky to see the birds and other wildlife along the trail. There is always plenty of chance to see many species of birds in and around our campsite, with a chance to glimpse the rare wildlife and other endangered species.

Day01 Kathmandu To Pokhara, 930m

Travel to Pokhara by land, while checking the ibissbill (Nov-March) and explore the Lakeside in the afternoon. The birds that can be enjoyed includes White-breasted Water Hen, Osprey, Commom Kingfisher, , Coppersmith Barbet, Crismson Sunbird and many species of wetland specially in winter time.

Day02 Day in Pokhara, 930m

Explore the birds of Pokhara valley along the Lakeside and around. The birds that can be seen includes White-throated Kingfisher, Brahminy Myna, Egyptian, Cinerous, Himalayan and White-rumped Vulture, Long-taiked Broadbill, Spiny Babbler, Intermediate Egret, Spangled Drongo, Grey Tree Pie, Red-billed Blue Magpie, Green magpie, Osprey, Common Crane and Black-lored Tit etc.

Day 03 To Thulokot, 2000m

Travel to Phedi (35-40minute drive) and start bird trek through the farmland, ridge and forest. Thulokot also called Australian camp is a great place to watch the migratory raptors in autumn and winter. The birds- Mountain Hawk, Eagle, Black Eagle, Steppe Eagle, Shikra, Grey-hooded Warbler, Green-crowned, Chestnut-crowned Warbler, Yellow-billed Magpie, Black-headed Jay, White-throated, White-crested laughinthrush etc.

Day04 To Ghandruk Phedi , 1450m

Trek, while watching birds along the trail to Landruk and drop down to the river, Modi and overnight lodge Birding trek to Bhaisikharka via Ghamndruk and overnight lodge. The birds that can be seen and enjoyed includs, Black Bulbul, Himalayan Bulbul, Striated Bulbul, Chestnut-headed, Grey-bellied Tesia, White-tailed Nuthatch, Verditer Flycatcher, Hoary-throated Barwing, White-browed Fulveta, Black Eagle, Russet Sparrow, Grey Bushchat and many other species.

Day05 To Bhaisikharka, 2200m

Trek up to a large Gurung Village of Ghandruk and continue through he forest to Bhaisi Kharka in the forest. Wonderful days for many species of Thrushes susch as Black-throated Thrush, Streak Laughinthrush, Chestnut-crowned, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Rusfoud Sibia, Buff-barred, Lemon-rumbed, Whistler’s Warbler and many other species

Day06 To Deorali

Trek to Deorali while birding via Tadapani and own the creek, following up the creek, passing Banthanti. Birds includes Brown-headed Bulfinch, Himalayan Vulture, Brown Dipper, Blue Whistling Thrush, Streak laughing Thrush, Spotted Laughing Thrush, Crossbill, Brown Parrotbill, Scarlet Finch, Coal, Rufous-naped Tit, White-capped and Plumbeous Water Redstart etc.

Day07 To Banthanti

Trek over the ridge and down to Ghorepani to continue down to Banthanti through the beautiful forest and creeks. The birds are Spotted, Rufous-chinned, Chestnut-crowned Laughinhthrush, Warblers, Green-tailed, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Finches, Lammergieir, Himalayan Vulture, Mountai Hawk Eagle and many species.

Day08 To Birethanti

Continue bird trek down to Birethanti thtough the farmland and along the river valley. The birds that can be see includes Green Magpie, Spotted, Little and Slaty-backed Forktail, Crested Kingfisher, Grey and Rufous Treepie, Crimson Sunbird, Steppe Eagle, Booted Eagle, Himalayan Vulture etc.

Day09 To Naudanda or Kot Danda

Trek to Naudanda via Chandrakot and Kande and travel back to Pokhara. The birds on the trail are Grey-hooded, Whistler Warbler, Nepal Fulveta, Long-tailed- Grey-backed Shrike, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Great Barbet, Himalayan Vulture, Cinerous Vulture, Bonelli’s Eagle, Shikra, Eurasian Kestrel, Crested Serpent Eagle and many other species of birds

Day10 Travel back to Kathmandu and trip ends

Or, You also have the Option of Trip Extension.

Day11 To Chitwan national park and explore the birds of Chitwan

Travel to Chitwan national park, nature and birdwatching in the afternoon, depending on the time of arrival.

Chitwan national park is the finest national park of the country that the haven for biodiversity including Great One horned Asiatic Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Common Leoprad, Gaur, Wild Boar, Samber Deer, Spotted, Hog and Barking Deer, Marsh and Gharial Crocodile, Rhesus and Langur Monkey and many other rare and endangered animal. Chitwan is also great for both residend and migratory species of birds with totaol number well over 600 species of birds that includes Great Hornbill, Pied Hornbill, Great Slaty Wodpecker, Green Magpie, Marsh Harrier, Black-crested Baja, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Phesant-tailed Jacana, Grey-crowned Prinia, Red-headed Trogon, Indian Pitta, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Oriental, Collared Owl, Brown Hawk Owk, Brown Fish Owl, Bengal Florican, Thick-billed Green Pigeon, Emerald Dove, Lineated Barbet, Himalayan Flamback, Cinamon Bittern, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Black-headed Oriole, Indian Roller, Dollar Bird, Bank Myna, Hill Myna, Oriental Darter, Scarlet Minivet, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and many more….

Day12 In Chitwan and birdwatching tours Explore the area around and national parks with nature/birding walk.

Day13 Day in Chitwan Continue exploring the national park with jeep and vist Crocodile breeding center at Kasara, the HQ of national park

Day14 To Kathmandu Travel back to Kathmandu and overnight hotel

14 days with extension US$ 2660 per person.

Email us at honeybird@honeyguideapps.com if you wish to book the extended version.

FAQS

Traveling to the mountains poses some inherent risks. As such, the best strategy is to prepare for the worst and then hope for the best.

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

The first thing to keep in mind is to see if you have pre-existing conditions that could cause complications at high altitudes. Specifically, suppose you have sickle cell disease, pulmonary hypertension, obesity hypoventilation syndrome, or congenital heart problems. In that case, we highly recommend you consult with a qualified physician before planning a trip to the mountains. Read more.

ALTITUDE-ILLNESS

Given the low amount of oxygen at high altitudes, a sensible ascent is essential to give your body the time to acclimate to the thin air. Failure to do so can lead to your lungs or brain filling up with water leading to death in some cases. The key is not to climb more than 500 meters in one day once you pass the 2,500 meters mark. Read more.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

Given the extreme weather in the high mountains, proper gear and regimen must have a safe and comfortable tour. The three most important things that you have to prepare for are cold, snow, and radiation. As such, invest in the right sunglasses, sunscreen, boots, and clothing. Read more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We highly recommend everyone get travel insurance covering high altitude evacuation before leaving on a trek to the high mountains. Global Rescue and World Nomads are both highly recommended. For Nepali travelers, please note that insurance that covers helicopter rescue is not available as of now. As such, please be careful while planning your tour and only work with companies that can provide timely evacuation service if needed.

RESCUE AND EMERGENCY

As health facilities are limited in the mountains, a helicopter's evacuation is usually the only option during an emergency. As such, the right insurance provider is essential. If you are not buying insurance for some reason, please ensure that there is someone in Kathmandu who can coordinate payments for a helicopter rescue. Here are some other contacts that might come in handy during an emergency. If you still have questions, please feel free to call / whatsapp us at +977-9841370673 or email Ashish at honeyhunter@honeyguideapps.com

HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?

To confirm your tour, you will have to make complete payment either through one of your integrated payment gateways or transfer the funds to the following bank accounts:

For Nepali citizens:
Account Name:: HoneyGuide Pvt. Ltd. Beneficiary Bank: Himalayan Bank, Patan Branch Account Number: 00606903770018
For Indian Citizens:
For USD transfers
Account Name: HoneyGuide Apps, Inc. Bank Name: Silicon Valley Bank Account Number: 3302225311 Swift Code: SVBKOS6S ABA Routing Number: 121140399

BOOKING A TOUR

Deposit Required for Reservation: 50 percent of total tour cost Deadline for Full Payment: 2 weeks before the tour begins

CHANGING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No extra charge 1 to 2 weeks before tour date: 10% additional charge Two days to 1 week between tour date: 20% additional charge Within two days of tour date: Above 30% (variable)

CANCELLING A TOUR

Two weeks before tour date: No charge (transaction charges may apply) One to two weeks before tour date: 20% Cancellation Charge Two days to one week between tour date: 50% Cancellation Charge Within two days of tour date: No Refund.

DELAYS AND CHANGES DURING THE TOUR

In case of flight delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances, HoneyGuide will change the dates at no additional costs. However, any extra cost incurred, including but not limited to accommodation and food, will be the responsibility of the traveler.
In case of changes due to the trekker's health issues, HoneyGuide will make all the changes without any additional cost. However, any extra charge because of the changes will be the responsibility of the traveler.

While Nepal's mountains see six seasons, the best period to go to the mountains is from March-May and September-December. However, every season has its quirk, just like people. So keep reading to find your match.
For those going to Everest Region, do check out the Best time to go to Everest post.

January/February (Winter)

January/February is a good time for trekkers willing to brave the cold and snow for empty trails, fantastic mountain views, and wildlife sightings.

March/April (Spring)

This is a period that offers a little bit of everything: a little bit of mountain view, a little bit of warm weather, a little bit of flowers, a little bit of crowd, and a whole lot of fun.

May/June (Summer)

This is the best time for those into nature. The flowers are quite something this time of the year, and the bird activity is fantastic. The monsoon hasn't started, and as such, mornings are still clear with beautiful mountain views.

July/August (Monsoon)

Only for hardcore trekkers who are willing to put up with the elements for an authentic cultural experience and high altitude flowers. Also, flight disruptions are very likely, and chances of mountain views are close to zero.

September/October (Fall)

This period is everyone's darling, and the trails are as crowded as they can be. The mountain views are something to write home about, and the temperature is just perfect.

November/December (Pre-Winter)

Another popular period among trekkers and the driest two months in the calendar. Indeed it has gotten a bit nippy during the mornings and evenings, but it is still manageable. Count on a lot of sunshine and crystal clear mountain views.

The difficult thing with gear is to make sure you have enough without carrying too much. Whether you are walking or taking the helicopter, the most important thing is to layer up. As such inner thermals, shirts, fleece, a down jacket, and trousers are essential. A warm hat and a buff are beneficial. As for shoes, feel free to make your pick depending on the weather and altitude. Given the amount of UV up there, good sunscreen and sunglasses are also essential. Read more.

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    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes
    Going to the mountains
    is going home.’
    - John Muir
    Great things are done when
    men and mountains meet.’
    - William Blake
    There is no such thing as bad weather,
    only inappropriate clothing.’
    - Sir Ranulph Fiennes