China is a vast land of remarkable diversity. 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. Habitats that we shall explore range 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 throughout the tour. Pheasants are of particular interest, and we will be on the lookout for an astonishing fifteen species! These include White Eared and Blue Eared, Golden, Koklass, Blood and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants, Temminck’s Tragopan, Chinese Monal, Tibetan and Snow Partridges, Verreaux’s Monal-Partridge, Chinese Grouse and Tibetan Snowcock. The supporting cast includes an astonishing ten species of Parrotbill including Great, Three-toed, Spectacled, Ashy-throated, Fulvous and Golden Parrotbills, as well as the rare Pere David’s Owl, Wallcreeper, Snow Pigeon, the 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, the endemic and monotypic Przevalski’s Finch, Przevalski’s and Chinese Nuthatches, Sichuan Jay, the stunning Grandala and an amazing selection of laughingthrushes, warblers, snowfinches and rosefinches. Fascinating cultures, dramatic and breath-taking landscapes, plus a bounty of exceptional birds all make for one of the most rewarding birding experiences in all of Asia!

Top Birds

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; Black-necked Crane; Snow & Hill Pigeons; Saker Falcon; Black & Darjeeling Woodpeckers; Tibetan Lark; 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; Emei & Sichuan Leaf Warblers; Chestnut-crowned, Golden-fronted, Golden-breasted, Chinese, Spectacled, 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 & Collared Grosbeaks; Grandala; Firethroat; Sichuan, Long-tailed & Kessler's Thrushes; 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.

Top Mammals

Golden Takin; Milne-Edward's Macaque; Chinese Serow; Tufted Deer; Chinese Goral; Tibetan Fox; Hog Badger; Grey Wolf. Slim chances for Giant & Red Pandas; Asiatic Black Bear; Pallas’s Cat.

Habitats Covered

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

Expected Climate

warm to cool 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 / 9-10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders & local leaders

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate

Accommodation

comfortable

Ease of Birding

moderate with some tricky and some easy species

Other Attractions

fabulous mountain scenery, extensive broad-leaved, coniferous and bamboo forests, fascinating people and culture, rarely visited reserves and wilderness areas

Photographic Opportunities

good to very good

What our clients say about us

Glen Valentine
MN, China 2018

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

Daniel Danckwerts
MN, China 2018

Glen Valentine is an incredible guide and has real talent. We very much appreciate him and always find his tours fun and so rewarding with great birds, great views even in freezing conditions. Any tour with Glen is a guaranteed success and a good time. Daniel Danckwerts will be a great asset to RBT and contributed to the success of the tour. He is also personable and has a great sense of humour. He wasn't all that slow with his scope either and we all saw some fine birds through his scope. We are never surprised at the excellence of RBT guides.

David Hoddinott
JG, China 2018

David Hoddinott was an excellent bird guide, finding and identifying birds at amazing speed and ease. He had researched the field well, and knew where to find the birds. He also had researched the literature and was versed in all the newest taxonomic changes. He was very patient in assuring that all the participants got on the bird.

Glen Valentine
PK, China 2018

As usual, Glen Valentine was fantastic. I have travelled with him before and it never ceases to amaze me how he can hear and spot birds so effectively. And his enthusiasm is contagious. You know that he has seen any given bird on previous trips but it's as though he is seeing it for the first time with you! Daniel Danckwerts was also on the tour "learning the ropes". Very knowledgeable and a good asset to have on the tour. A superb spotter! All in all, this was a fantastic trip. I would recommend it to anyone.

David Hoddinott
PS, China 2018

David Hoddinott is an outstanding leader. Always conscious of the need to ensure that everyone sees each bird, he does, rightly, expect concentration and a positive approach throughout. This is the second time that I have travelled with David and I hope that I have the opportunity again in the future. Thank you.

China - Sichuan Birding I 2024

21 May 2024 - 08 Jun 2024 (19 days)

USD6,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Forrest Rowland

Tour price (Per person): USD6,595 * GBP5,201 * EUR6,093 * AUD10,059

Single Supplement: USD640 * GBP505 * EUR591 * AUD976

Can be linked with: China - Yunnan Extension I 2024

China - Sichuan Birding III 2024

05 Jun 2024 - 23 Jun 2024 (19 days)

USD6,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Tour price (Per person): USD6,595 * GBP5,201 * EUR6,093 * AUD10,059

Single Supplement: USD640 * GBP505 * EUR591 * AUD976

Can be linked with: China - Qinghai Tailormade Extension 2024

China - Sichuan Birding II 2024

14 Jun 2024 - 02 Jul 2024 (19 days)

USD6,595 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Daniel Danckwerts

Tour price (Per person): USD6,595 * GBP5,201 * EUR6,093 * AUD10,059

Single Supplement: USD640 * GBP505 * EUR591 * AUD976

Can be linked with: China - Yunnan Extension II 2024

China - Sichuan Birding I 2025

22 May 2025 - 09 Jun 2025 (19 days)

USD6,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: André Bernon

Tour price (Per person): USD6,795 * GBP5,359 * EUR6,278 * AUD10,364

Single Supplement: USD790 * GBP623 * EUR730 * AUD1,205

Can be linked with: China - Yunnan Extension I 2025

China - Sichuan Birding OBC 2025

01 Jun 2025 - 19 Jun 2025 (19 days)

USD6,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Robert Williams

Tour price (Per person): USD6,795 * GBP5,359 * EUR6,278 * AUD10,364

Can be linked with: China - Yunnan Extension OBC 2025

China - Sichuan Birding II 2025

01 Jul 2025 - 19 Jul 2025 (19 days)

USD6,795 - Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

Tour price (Per person): USD6,795 * GBP5,359 * EUR6,278 * AUD10,364

Single Supplement: USD790 * GBP623 * EUR730 * AUD1,205

Can be linked with: China - Yunnan Extension II 2025

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