The Himalayan Red Panda is one of the world’s most sought-after mammals. For a long time though, this species remained a pipedream for most people. Based in a comfortable homestay straddling the Indian and Nepalese border, our tour centred around the stunning Singalila Ridge puts us in prime position. The Red Panda is currently the subject of a research and conservation program in this region, and there is simply no better place to look for it. Assisted by local researchers and trackers, and with ample time, we have a very high chance of multiple sightings!
Other exciting Himalayan mammals may be found in these forests, and the birdlife is superb. Over the course of our visit here, we hope to see Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis and Golden-breasted Fulvetta to name but a few; and all in a glorious setting, with the world’s highest mountains towering above us. The friendly hospitality of the locals will round out this experience, which is sure to be something truly unique!
Blood Pheasant; Satyr Tragopan; Fire-tailed Myzornis; Golden-breasted & White-browed Fulvettas; Hill Partridge; Kalij Pheasant; Himalayan Vulture; Golden Eagle; Mountain Hawk-Eagle; Gould’s Shortwing; Yellow-billed Blue Magpie; Spotted Nutcracker; Himalayan Bluetail; Spotted, Grey-sided, Chestnut-crowned; Striated, Scaly & Black-faced Laughingthrushes; Fulvous, Great, Brown & Grey-headed Parrotbills; Stripe-throated & Rufous-vented Yuhinas; Hoary-throated Barwing; Green Shrike-Babbler; Rusty-flanked & Sikkim Treecreepers; Altai, Alpine & Rufous-breasted Accentors; Green-tailed & Fire-tailed Sunbirds; Himalayan White-browed, Himalayan Beautiful & Dark-breasted Rosefinches; Red-headed Bullfinch; Golden-naped Finch; Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl; Tawny Fish Owl.
Himalayan Red Panda; Assam Macaque; Northern Red Muntjac; Red (Himalayan) Serow; Yellow-throated Marten; Mainland Leopard Cat; Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel. Rare: Mainland Clouded Leopard; Asian Golden & Marbled Cats; Asiatic Black Bear; Chinese Pangolin.
temperate forest including bamboo, oak, magnolia and rhododendron
cool to cold in the mountains
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
moderate pace, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this tour
basic homestay with electricity and hot water
generally easy with a few difficult species
photographic station at our homestay
good to excellent
This was my first Rockjumper trip. I definitely will be a repeat customer. The booking process was easy and painless. The transport and hotel logistics during the trip were flawless. David Hoddinott and Ansar Khan were excellent guides and worked diligently to make sure we saw as many birds as possible.
Clayton was friendly, informative and fun.... Very athletic and cheerful. Find him to be a wonderful guide.
David Hoddinott is simply outstanding: Calm, focused, truly excellent knowledge of the birds, their calls and habits. He has a wonderful sense of humour, too.
David was an excellent leader with exceptional birding skills. He was very attentive and helpful in handling both the birding and the logistics. In addition to his birding and guiding skills, David is also very personable and easy to talk to. I would definitely go on another trip with him as a guide.
I just have to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the N. India trip and how superb the leaders are… Erik and Rich worked so well together and both are so funny, such a great combination…. With much gratitude to RBT for bringing birds and mammals into my life.
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