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Low-land Nepal Bird Watching Tour - 9 days

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US$ 80
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US $1,400
US $ 1,320
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Max. Elevation
1380m
Group size
2 min + 8 max
Trip grade
Moderate
Transportation
Domestic flight and All grounded vehicals 
Best Season
Sept – Dec, March – May
Accomodation
3***hotel twin sharing bed basis during the tour.
Meals
All meals ( Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) with hot drinks during the tour.
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu

Highlights

Low-land Nepal Bird watching Tour

Nepal is a paradise for bird watching lovers with over 848 species (almost 8% of the world total) of birds. Chitwan National Park and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve are two hotspots for bird watching. Chitwan is renowned for its array of birds with over 255 species recorded. There are many species of parakeets. Other birds include Blue-Throat (thrush), Long-tailed Nightjar, Indian Peafowl, Great Barbet, red-billed blue magpie and Tickell & red breasted blue flycatcher. After Visiting Chitwan, Our trip lead towards Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve which is also renowned for being one of the best locations for bird watching.. It is on the Sapta Koshi floodplain means that the environment of this reserve varies dramatically according to the seasons. During the Monsoon (May to September) the rain becomes torrential and covers most of the floodplain, while during the dry seasons, many flat, sandy islands are exposed. The habitat is a combination of scrub grassland and deciduous riverine forest with over 280 species of birds recorded so far including 20 species of duck, ibises, storks, swamp partridges (Francolinus gularis), herons, egrets, Bengal floricans (Eupodotis Bengalensis) and many other exotic and migratory waterfowl not found elsewhere in Nepal.

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, established in 1976, covers 175 sqkm. The vegetation is mainly tall Khar-pater grassland with a few patches of Khair-sissoo, scrub forest and deciduous mixed riverine forest. The Reserve offers important habitat for a variety of wildlife. The last surviving population (about 100 individuals) of Wild Buffalo are found here. Other mammals occurring here are hog deer, wild boar, spotted deer and blue bull.  The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve houses over 400 species of birds, including two species that are not found elsewhere in Nepal - the spotted wren babbler and the olive ground warbler. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve offers 280 species of land birds, including 20 species of ducks, 2 species of ibises, many storks, egrets, herons and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal florican. 

Trip Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu Airport, meeting and transfer to Hotel Royal Singi – Centrally located 4 Star. ChitanNationalPark photo by JimmyChew

elevation

Max. altitude

1,380m / 4,528 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Breakfast

Full day birding around PhulChowki Hill – Phulchowki (2760 m) is the highest of the mountains encircling the Kathmandu Valley. This broad-leafed-sub tropical forest is the richest for birds and wildlife in the valley and remains the most convenient place to see some of the birds that are rare or local to Nepal. Phulchowki lies 18 km south east of Kathmandu above Godawari Village (1525 m).

elevation

Max. altitude

2,760m / 9,055 ft.
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Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Breakfast

Post breakfast, drive to Chitwan National Park (165 km, about 4.5 hours). Chitwan National Park stands today as a successful testimony to nature conservation in South Asia. This is the first national park in Nepal, established in 1973 to preserve a unique ecosystem that is significantly valuable to the whole world. The park, covering a pristine area of 932 sq. km, is situated in the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of the southern central part of Nepal. The park gained much wider recognition around the world when UNESCO included this area on the list of World Heritage Sites in 1984.

Formerly, the Chitwan Valley was well known for big game and was exclusively managed as a hunting reserve for the Rana Prime Ministers and their guests until 1950. In 1963, the area south of Rapti was demarcated as a rhinoceros sanctuary. In 1970, His late Majesty King Mahendra approved in principle the creation of Chitwan National Park.

The park consists of churia hills, oxbow lakes, and flood plains of the Rapti, Reu, and Narayani rivers. The Churia hill rises gradually towards the east from 150 m to over 800 m. The lower but most rugged Someshwor hills occupy most of the western portion of the park. The flood plains of Chitwan are rich alluvial. The park boundaries have been delineated by the Narayani and Rapti rivers in the north and west, and the Reu river and Someshwor hills in the south and south-west. It shares its eastern border with Parsa Wildlife Reserve.

Overnight at Tiger Land or similar

elevation

Max. altitude

450m / 1,476 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

After breakfast, half day Jeep safari in National park, after lunch walk around the local village harvested land area, river habitats, river banks and open water areas to see the wide variety of birds.


elevation

Max. altitude

450m / 1,476 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Drive Chitwan/Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve lies on the alluvial flood plain of the Sapta Koshi River in southeastern lowland. Almost all the eastern and western embankments of the river define the area. Arna of wild Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis), Blue Bull (Bocelaphus tragocamelus), and Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetic) are the main attractions of this reserve. The lesser mammalian species include varieties of deer, cats, otters, bats, boar, etc. Around 300 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve area, which mostly include waterfowl, birds of prey, waders, and other water birds.

Overnight at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Camp or similar

elevation

Max. altitude

450m / 1,476 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Early morning, birding tour in National Park and after the breakfast drive to Koshi Tappu. Upon arrival, refreshment and roam around the camp, rest and dinner overnight.

elevation

Max. altitude

450m / 1,476 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

This day starts with a wakeup call, as the best time to see the birds is in the early morning, which may benefit the early wakers with the crows and Bitterns.

Breakfast will be followed by a full-day birdwatching walk inside the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve with a packed lunch. The area between the Camp and Kusaha (Park Headquarters) is the best area for birds and wildlife. The thin Indian Rosewood forest provides excellent habitat for Warblers, Flycatchers, orioles, Bush Warblers, raptors, and a large variety of Waders. Returning to the camp by late afternoon for a cup of tea, coffee, or a bottle of chilled beer! Dinner is followed by a briefing for the next day’s program.

elevation

Max. altitude

450m / 1,476 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Transfer to Biratnagar Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Royal Singi In the evening, transfer to a Nepalese Restaurant for a typical Nepalese Dinner with a live cultural program.


elevation

Max. altitude

250m / 820 ft.
accomodation

Accommodation

Hotel
meal

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Transfer to airport for final Departure depending upon the flight time.

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Includes

    • Airport pick up – drop by private tourist vehicle.
    • Domestic flight ( Biratnagar - Kathmandu ).
    • Tourist Bus ( Kathmandu - Chitwan ).
    • All round grounded vehicals depending on group size.
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast basis.
    • All Meals ( Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast) with cup of Tea/Coffee during the Tour.
    • Professional  Birding  guide for entire trip.
    • National park fee.
    • Farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant with cultural dance program in Kathmandu.
    • All necessary office service charge and government taxes.

Doesn't Include

    • International airfare & necessary airport taxes.
    • Nepal entry visa fees at present USD 25 for 15 days, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for three month.
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
    • All personal & bar expenses during the trip.
    • Tips for guide (tipping is expected).
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bottle or boiled water etc) and any other expenses which are not mentioned above.
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Equipment List

Binoculars: Invest in a good pair of binoculars with a comfortable grip, appropriate magnification (usually 8x42 or 10x42), and quality optics to get a clear view of birds at a distance.

Spotting Scope: For long-distance birding, a spotting scope with a tripod can be invaluable in providing detailed views of distant birds.

Field Guidebook: Carry a bird field guide specific to the region you're visiting. It should include illustrations, descriptions, and distribution maps of local bird species.

Notebook and Pen: Keep a birding journal to record your observations, including species, behavior, location, and date. This helps in keeping a birding checklist.

Camera and Telephoto Lens: If you're into bird photography, a camera with a telephoto lens (300mm or longer) can capture stunning bird images.

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