Nepal Ibisbill Trek

10 DAYS
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Duration: 10 Days
Group Size: 16
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Departure: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
This tour focuses on one of Nepal’s most prized species, the Ibisbill, as well as the variety of other special bird life in the Kathmandu and Langtang Valleys. We begin by exploring the Trisuli River Valley scouting for species such as Blue Whistling Thrush and the localised Spot-winged Starling. As we trek high above the Trisuli River and trek into the Langtang Valley we’ll pass through lush alpine forests, rhododendrons, and quaint villages, coming across a wonderful variety of bird life which may include Snow Pigeon, Hodgson’s Mountain-finch, Rufous-breasted Accentor, Tickell’s Warbler and Blue-fronted Redstart. Our ultimate goal, however, is to find breeding Ibisbills, in the Upper Langtang Valley; we’ll also be hoping to see Nepal Wren-babbler which was only discovered in 1991.
  • White-capped River Chat & Plumbeous Water Redstart, Trisuli River
  • Himalayan Tahr, Common Goral & Royal’s Pika possible
  • Bay Woodpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch & Mrs Gould’s Sunbird
  • Beautiful Niltava & two species of ground warbler
  • Chance of Himalayan Honeyguide while inspecting cliff-hanging bees’ nests
  • 6-day trek in the Langtang Valley, with fully serviced camping
  • Look for breeding Ibisbills, Upper Langtang Valley, Kjangjin
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All meals are included, except for lunches and dinners in Kathmandu. Allow £25.

Accommodation

Simple but comfortable, with private facilities included in Kathmandu. On trek we use standard 2-person tents.

About the region

We commence our trek in the Trisuli Valley where there are quaint Tamang villages, steep terraced farmlands and watery ravines filled with lush subtropical vegetation and lofty stands of alder. The breathtaking views to the Trisuli River as ascend up to Dhunche (1,830 metres), of Ganesh Himal, and snowclad Tibetan peaks at the head of the valley are quite spectacular.

The Langtang circuit is especially unique. It is here that we find Nepal’s diverse forests, and a peace and solitude; that is sometimes hard to encounter on more frequented trails. Though just north of Kathmandu, the route on this tour takes us to some of Nepal’s thinly populated regions, and remains relatively less touristed.

The tour ‘in a nutshell’

A 10-day holiday in search of Nepal’s montane birds including a 6-night trek along the Langtang Valley.

What birds might I see?

In the Trisuli Valley White-capped River Chats and Blue Whistling Thrushes adorn riverbed rocks, while Indian Rollers and mynas echo from the riverside Sal forest. We can expect to spot the colourful warblers, babblers, tits and flycatchers of the Himalayan foothills, and will keep wacth out for the beautiful Pied Ground Thrush and Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon.
As we make our entry into the splendid mixed forest that comprises the lower Langtang Valley we’ll be hoping to find some of the many species of sunbird, rosefinch, woodpecker, flycatcher and warbler that inhabit this area, as well as such forest rarities as Bay Woodpecker, Red-headed Bullfinch, Mrs Gould’s Sunbird, Beautiful Niltava and two species of ground warbler (or tesia). We will also stop en route to inspect cliff-hanging bees’ nests which sometimes have the rare and very mysterious Himalayan Honeyguide in attendance!
We have a good chance of finding breeding Ibisbills in the upper Langtang Valley.

Anything else?

Nepal’s alpine flowers.
Yaks, Himalayan Tahr (a large and shaggy, brown goat), as well as Common Goral and Royal’s Pika are all possible.
Tibetan and Buddhist culture strongly in evidence along our route.

1

Day 1

In Flight

2

Day 2

Kathmandu

3

Day 3

Syabru Bensi – Camping

4

Day 4

Lama Hotel – Camping

5

Day 5

Langtang – Camping

6

Day 6

Kyangjin – Camping

7

Day 7

Ghora Tabela – Camping

8

Day 8

Syabru – Camping

9

Day 9

Kathmandu

10

Day 10

London

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