China is a vast land of remarkable diversity and brilliant birds. Sichuan Province showcases China’s finest and most rewarding birding hotspots and we will explore some of the most pristine and remote regions for the many special breeding residents. We will search a variety of habitats ranging from moss-draped, broad-leaved and coniferous forests and extensive hillsides covered with bamboo, to the vast alpine meadows and scrubby slopes of the Tibetan Plateau. The scenery on this tour is truly spectacular with amazing panoramic views of forest-clad mountains and snow-capped peaks throughout the tour. Pheasants are of particular interest and we will be on the lookout for an astonishing ten species! These include White Eared and Blue Eared, Golden, Koklass, Blood and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Temminck’s Tragopan and Chinese Monal. The supporting cast includes an astonishing ten species of Parrotbill that include Great, Three-toed, Spectacled, Ashy-throated, Grey-hooded, Fulvous, Golden and Przevalski’s Parrotbills, as well as Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge, Tibetan and Snow Partridges, Tibetan Snowcock, the rare Pere David’s Owl, Chinese Grouse, Wallcreeper, Snow Pigeon, stately Black-necked Crane, Darjeeling and Black Woodpeckers, range-restricted Emei Shan Liocichla, Pere David’s Tit, the recently described Sichuan Treecreeper, spectacular Firethroat, White-browed and Crested Tit-Warblers, Przevalski’s and Chinese Nuthatches, Sichuan Jay, stunning Grandala and an amazing selection of laughingthrushes, warblers, snowfinches and rosefinches. We may even encounter the endemic and monotypic Przevalski’s Finch (Pinktail) and the unique and bizarre Ibisbill. Fascinating cultures, dramatic and breath-taking landscapes, plus a bounty of exceptional and beautiful birds all make for one of the most rewarding birding experiences in all of Asia.
2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.
White Eared, Blue Eared, Golden, Koklass, Blood & Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Temminck’s Tragopan, Chinese Monal, Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge, Tibetan & Snow Partridges, Tibetan Snowcock, Chinese Grouse, Upland Buzzard, Brown-cheeked Rail, Black-necked Crane, Snow & Hill Pigeons, Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo, Salim Ali's Swift, Pere David’s, Himalayan and Tawny Fish Owls, Saker Falcon, Crested Kingfisher, Black and Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Tibetan Lark, Collared Finchbill, Chinese Wren-babbler (Cupwing), Wallcreeper, Collared Crow, Sichuan Jay, Emei Shan Liocichla, Fire-capped, White-browed, Pere David's, Sichuan, Yellow-bellied & Ground Tits, Sichuan Treecreeper, White-browed & Crested Tit-Warblers, Przevalski's & Chinese Nuthatches, Sooty Bushtit, Emei & Sichuan Leaf Warblers, Chestnut-crowned, Golden-fronted, Golden-breasted, Chinese, Spwectacled, Grey-hooded & David's Fulvettas, Sichuan, Spotted & Brown Bush Warblers, Snowy-cheeked, Barred, Giant, Spotted, Plain, Buffy, Elliot's & Red-winged Laughingthrushes, Streaked Barwing, Rufous-tailed Babbler (Moupinia), Great, Three-toed, Ashy-throated, Golden & Grey-hooded Parrotbills, Chinese and Collared Grosbeaks, Grandala, Firethroat, Red-billed Starling, Sichuan, Long-tailed & Kessler's Thrushes, Fujian Niltava, White-bellied Redstart, White-browed & Golden Bush Robins, Tibetan, White-rumped & Rufous-necked Snowfinches, Maroon-breasted Accentor, Blanford's, Sharpe's, Streaked, Red-fronted, Vinaceous, Three-banded, Chinese White-browed, Himalayan Beautiful & Pink-rumped Rosefinches, Tibetan Serin, Slaty & Godlewski's Buntings & Przevalski's Finch
Golden Takin, Milne-Edward's Macaque, Chinese Serow, Tufted Deer, Chinese Goral, Tibetan Fox, Hog Badger & Grey Wolf. Chances for Giant & Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear & Pallas’s Cat
temperate coniferous (pine, spruce & fir) and mixed (oak & rhododendron) broad-leaved forest, bamboo forest, alpine grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau, rivers, mountain valleys, mountains and high-altitude passes
warm to moderate in the lower lying areas, cold with some snow in the higher lying areas (most of the trip)
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Ease of Birding
moderate with some tricky and some easy species
fabulous mountain scenery, extensive broad-leaved, coniferous and bamboo forests, fascinating people and culture, rarely visited reserves and wilderness areas