Overview

This exotic birding adventure takes us to many seldom-visited and remote destinations in northeast India. We will have the rare opportunity to search for a host of Asia’s most tantalizing and desirable species including the recently discovered Temminck’s Tragopan, Ward’s Trogon, exquisite Beautiful and Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, rare and little-known Bugun Liocichla, incredible Grandala, rare and endangered White-winged Duck, incomparable Great, Rufous-necked, and Wreathed Hornbills, and dazzling Fire-tailed Myzornis – to name just some of the many exciting possibilities! We will explore a wealth of varied habitats and altitudes during this tour, from the high mountains of Sela Pass - home of the barely-believable Himalayan Monal, Blood Pheasant and others, to beautiful swathes of montane and hill forest and bolder-strewn Himalayan rivers in Nameri National Park and the Eagle’s Nest area, home to an astounding array of scimitar-babblers (no less than six species!), and laughingthrushes, the remarkable Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Sultan Tit, Fire-tailed Sunbird, the rare and amazing Blue-fronted Robin, all amongst an almost endless list of highlights! This is a very exciting tour that takes us to some of Asia’s best birding sites where few birders have ever ventured; and, consequently, we will no doubt encounter many rarely-seen species!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Temminck’s Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Snow Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Ward’s Trogon, Beautiful & Velvet-fronted Nuthatches, Bugun Liocichla, Purple & Green Cochoas, Black-headed Shrike-Babbler, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Collared Treepie, Blue-naped Pitta, Long-billed & Bar-winged Wren-Babbler, Sikkim Wedge-billed Babbler, Long-billed Plover, Black-tailed Crake, Grandala, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Pale-headed Woodpecker, Slender-billed & Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler, White-winged Duck, Pied Falconet, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Broad-billed Warbler, Stripe-throated & Rufous-vented Yuhinas, Mountain & Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagle, Wallcreeper, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Spotted Nutcracker, Red-billed Chough, Brandt’s & Plain Mountain Finches, Collared Grosbeak, Hodgson’s Treecreeper, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Dark-rumped, Dark-breasted and Himalayan White-browed Rosefinches, Blyth’s Kingfisher, White-tailed Nuthatch, Mrs Gould’s, Green-tailed & Black-throated Sunbirds, Green Shrike-Babbler, Black-winged Cuckooshrike, Slaty-backed & Sapphire Flycatchers, Fire-capped Tit.
Top Mammals
Gaur, Muntjac, Himalayan Serow, Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel, Yellow-throated Marten, small chance for Red Panda, Asiatic Black Bear, Leopard Cat. 
Habitats Covered
Montane & lowland forest, bamboo, rivers, woodland, rocky, alpine/heathland habitat
Expected Climate
Warm to hot in the lowlands and cool to cold in the mountainous. Sela Pass (day trip) at 4200m (13,800ft) will be cold with a chance of snow
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
comfortable
Ease of Birding
moderate to easy
Number of Species Expected
300 - 350
Other Attractions
amazing scenery and wildlife sanctuaries, incredible forest
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

We really enjoyed both tours. The leader, Stephan Lorenz, was very helpful and worked hard to make the birding trips a success. We appreciated the local guides on both trips as well. They were all very good at getting the job done and making it all enjoyable and seamless. We always feel we are in good hands when we go on a Rockjumper tour.

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.

David Erterius is an absolute delight. Our group was unanimous in its respect for his exceptional birding skills, tirelessness, even temper and sense of humour. I especially appreciated that he always let us know what the plans were, and was most considerate of our needs (birds and otherwise), and our comfort. I look forward to an opportunity to travel with him again.

RBT has landed a rising young star in the bird guide business; his temperament is a hidden asset…yes, he knows the birds well, but the manner in which he carries out his day-to-day duties and responsibilities as leader in a foreign land instills confidence, calm and discipline, without losing focus or patience. We enjoyed traveling with him and will look to his future trips for our travel.

David Hoddinott is wonderful and a great leader.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2023 DEPARTURES
Tour Enquiry
  • Your details

  • Contact permission

    We would love to send you Newsletters, Promotions, Discounts, Blog Articles, and other content that we think you would find interesting. If you are happy with this then please select your preferences below. If you would like to unsubscribe from previous subscriptions, or leave our mailing list entirely, then please do so by visiting the Preference Centre link at the bottom of these emails.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.