Trans Himalayan Birding Tour

Introduction

Trek Highlights Adventure and Wildlife:

  • Trek in the Indias newest national park-The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) A pristine, undeveloped area withminimal tourism/trekkers, uncluttered, clean trails, large and unique animals.
  • Opportunities to observe on of the worlds most endangered species (the rare Western Tragopan pheasant) and animals
  • That are supported only by the unique ecology of the Western Himalayas Rich and dense flora and fauna of the Himalayas. The Park falls within one of the globally important Endemic Bird Areas (D02: Western Himalaya) identified by
  • The ICBP Biodiversity Project (ICBP 1992). 183 bird species including 132 passerines and 51 non-passerines have been
  • Recorded from the Park which is comparable with 71 non-passerines and 150 passerines recorded throughout the hilly regions of Himachal Pradesh above 1,500 m altitude

Trip Details

Season: April to October
Leadership: Puneet
Minimum Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
Maximum Group Size: Maximum 6 Pax
Cost per person: On Request
Additional, separate charge: On Request

Tour Route

KULLU / DELHI

Trip Grade

Trek Rating : Easy to Moderate . Trekkers should be in good physical shape, able to hike at altitude (up to 3,400). Some days will require 6+ hours on trails hiking to reach destination. There will also be rest days where trekkers can either rest or do shorter day hikes.

Extension Trek

From Shilt to Dhela Thatch and Sainj Valley in the Great Himalayan National Park (7 Days extra)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival New Delhi – Escorted to Hotel for rest. O/n Hotel Delhi

Day 02

DELHI – CHAIL
Morning drive from Delhi to Chail in the morning (08 hr.). Birding in Chail in the evening. One gets familiarized with common species such as Blue whistling thrush, Large billed crow, Green backed and Great tit, Areyhooded Warbler, Russet sparrow, Wire-tailed swallow, Khalij pheasant, Oriental hobby etc. Overnight in Chail Palace.

Day 03

CHAIL- NARKANDA
Drive from Chail to Narkanda after morning birding and breakfast. Make a brief stop at Kufri zoo to look at some Himalayan mammals. Birding in Narkanda in the evening. One can look for Indian blue robin, Brownish-flanked bush warbler, Himalayan griffon, Large hawk cuckoo, Black and yellow grosbeak,Spotted nutcracker, Sgreenish and Lemon-rumped warbler, Ultramarine and Asian brown flycatcher, Eurasian blackbird etc. Overnight in Hotel Hatu.

Day 04

NARKANDA – SARAHAN
Morning birding on the trail to Hatu peak. Drive to Sarahan (1920 m / 5 hr.) a village surrounded by apple orchards and dominated by Srikhand Mahadev Peak (5155 m) and is famous for Bhimakali Temple and a pheasant breeding centre. Rest of the day birding around the pheasant breeding center. One can expect Whitethroated fantail, Grey-headed canary, yellow-billed blue magpie, Common rosefinch, Crested bunting, Lammergeier, Common kestrel, Changeable hawak-eagle, Common tailorbird etc. Overnight in Hotel Srikhand.

Day 05

SARAHAN – SANGLA
Morning drive to Sangla (2900 m / 6 hr.) through the breathtaking gorges of the Greater Himalayas. Evening bird walk at Sangla. One can expect Brown dipper, Common Raven, European goldfinch, Fire-fronted serin, Lesser cuckoo, Booted eagle, Dark sided flycatcher, Western crowned warbler, Tree pipit etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 06

SANGLA
Local birding drive leisurely to Chitkul (2 hr.) stopping for birding en route . Chitkul is the last inhabited village surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. For birders the special ones are Red-headed bullfinch, Whitewinged grosbeak, Gold crest, pink-browed rosefinch, Slaty blue flycatcher, White-tailed rubythroat, Rufous vented & Rufous napped tit, Spot winged tit, White cheeked nuthatch, Blue-capped redstart, Brambling etc. The quaint little houses, temples, gompas and the people of Baspa valley conjure up a perfect image of Shangri-La. Return to Sangla in the evening. Overnight in tents.

Day 07

SANGLA – NAKO
Drive to Nako via Khab (one of the most pretty drives in this region – from the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers the road ascends into steep & winding drive with sparse vegetation and one can enjoy the view of snow clad Reo Purgill Peak). Stop at various places to look for birds. Near Nako, one can see Chukar, Pied wheatear, Golden eagle, Mountain chiffchaff, Golden oriole, Black redstart, Blue rock thrush, Hill pigeon, White-capped water redstart etc. Overnight in hotel / tents.

Day 08

NAKO – PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
This drive is via Tabo. We will make a brief stop here to see this 1000 year old monastery. We will also make stops on the way for birding. Overnight in tents.

Day 09

– PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
We will explore surrounding areas for birding. Look for Himalayan snowcock,Tibetan snowfinch, Eurasian eagle owl, Common swift, Long-tailed shrike, red-billed & yellow-billed choughs, tickell’s leaf warbler, Horned lark, Citrine and White wagtail etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 10

PIN VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – PANG MO
Drive in the morning via Kaza, Kibber and Kye monastery. We will camp in the scenic meadows of Pang Mo. At Kaza, we will have rooms for wash and shower for and hour or two. At the camp site one can look for Hume’s short-toed lark, plain mountain finch, rock bunting, black redstart etc. One can expect to see Blue sheep, Pika, Red fox etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 11

PANG MO – CHATTRU
Drive in the morning to Chattru stopping to look for birds at Losar & Kunzum Pass. After crossing the pass we will enter Lahul. We will look for birds in the meadows of Lahul and Chattru. Today we may see the Great rosefinch, Snow pigeon, Green sandpiper, Red-billed & yellow-billed choughs, Himalayan griffon etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 12

CHATTRU – MANALI – KULLU – GOSHAINI
Drive in the morning from Chattru stopping to look for birds at Rohtang Pass. One can look for Monal, Khalij, Rosy pipit. This area remains less explored so we may have some special birds here. After crossing the pass we will head towards Goshaini via Manali. Overnight at Rajus Lodge.

Day 13

Birding Trek begins – Goshaini 1540 m – Rolla, 2040 m – 15 Km
In the morning we start out on a nice birding trek along Tirthan . Birds to be Spotted : Ultramarine Flycatchers, Pink-browed Rosefinches, several laughing-thrushes, warblers, Bush warblers etc. Asian Barred Owlet and Big flocks of Slaty-headed Parakeets, Brown Dippers, Plumbous Redstarts and White-capped Water-redstarts are in plenty. The trail has a gradual gradient all the way through coniferous and broad-leafed forests taking about 5-6 hrs to reach our destination at Rolla.

Day 14

Rolla, 2040 m – Shilt, 2900 m – 04 Kms
Today we commence on a short but very steep trek to reach Shilt, through coniferous and broad leafed forests with occasional meadows. This dense jungle is home to the Monal flying beautifully out of the trees. Birds to watch out for at Shilt include Lammergeiers, Golden Eagles and Himalayan Griffons.Shilt is a grassy meadow surrounded by trees and rhododendron with a beautiful view across the valley towards the snow covered mountains reaching highs of 4000 meters . Evening wander around Shilt to look for pheasants including the Western Tragopan. This elusive species prefers to rest in an inaccessible spot in thick dwarf bamboo in steep ravines.

One also goes along a ridge through bamboo and forests . Birds to watch for include Monals, Collared and Spot-winged Grosbeaks, Plain Mountain-finches, Red-Eared Buntings and several rosefinches.

Day 15

SHILT – KHARONGCHA
Today we decend downwards to Kharongcha the starting point of the corezone of the Great Himalayan National Park . Birds to watch for are Koklas pheasants , Bar-tailed Treecreeper . Himalayan Woodpecker, Long-tailed Minivet, White-Cheeked Nuthatch. O/n Camp at Kharongcha.

Day 16

KHARONGCHA – GUSHAINI
Today we get back on the same path to the road head at Gushaini. Birds to watch include various species of Laughingthrushes like the Variegated Laughing-Thrushes and Kalij Pheasants. Today is a small trek and the rest of the day can be spent at leisure at Rajus Lodge.

Day 16

Morning – Depature to Delhi by Flight. Afternoon – Free. Evening – flight back back home.

The Total Price Includes

  • Domestic Flight Ticket to and from Kullu-Delhi.
  • All accommodation in the above mentioned properties (4 star + heritage hotels).
  • All trek logistic support: porters, cooks, personal porter (to carry client’s main clothing and gear pack of each trekker).
  • All meals during trek/tour.
  • All ground transport in deluxe a/c Qualis Jeeps.
  • A fluent English-speaking guide who will be with you from Day 01 to Day 15.
  • All entrance fees to monuments in Delhi, all Great Himalayan National Park admission and Park Video & Camera fees.
  • A list of required and suggested gear needed by trekkers will be provided to participants.

The Above Rates Do Not Inclludes

  • International round-trip flight tickets from abroad to Delhi.
  • RT airfare Delhi-Kullu Valley
  • Changes in programs or flight schedules due to reasons like climate and geographical hazards
  • Travel and flight insurance, emergency medical repatriation charges. Required by Great Himalayan National Park.
  • Expenses of personal nature including: liquor/drinks, telephone calls, shopping, etc.
  • Tips to porters and trekking staff.
  • Any items not mentioned above

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