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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 tantalising and desirable species, including the stunning Temminck’s and Blyth’s Tragopans, Ward’s Trogon, exquisite Beautiful Nuthatch, endemic Bugun Liocichla, incredible Grandala, rare and endangered White-winged Duck, and dazzling Fire-tailed Myzornis – to name just some of the many exciting possibilities! This thrilling tour takes us to some of Asia’s best birding sites, where few birders have ever ventured, and we will no doubt encounter many rarely seen species!
Temminck’s Tragopan; Himalayan Monal; Snow Partridge; Blood Pheasant; Ward’s Trogon; Beautiful, White-tailed & 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 Babblers; White-winged Duck; Pied Falconet; Golden-breasted Fulvetta; Broad-billed Warbler; Stripe-throated & Rufous-vented Yuhinas; Mountain & Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles; Wallcreeper; Yellow-billed Blue Magpie; Spotted Nutcracker; Red-billed Chough; Brandt’s & Plain Mountain Finches; Collared Grosbeak; Hodgson’s Treecreeper; Dark-rumped, Dark-breasted and Himalayan White-browed Rosefinches; Blyth’s Kingfisher; Mrs Gould’s, Fire-tailed, Green-tailed & Black-throated Sunbirds; Green Shrike-Babbler; Black-winged Cuckooshrike; Slaty-backed & Sapphire Flycatchers; Sultan & Fire-capped Tits, Blue-fronted Robin.
Gaur; Indian Elephant; Himalayan Serow; Assamese Macaque; Capped Langur; Yellow-throated Marten; Large-eared Pika; Black Giant, Orange-bellied Himalayan, Hoary-bellied & Himalayan Striped Squirrels; small chance for Red Panda; Asiatic Black Bear; Leopard Cat.
montane & lowland forest, bamboo, rivers, woodland, rocky, alpine/heathland habitat
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
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
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.
basic to comfortable
300 - 350
amazing scenery and wildlife sanctuaries, incredible forest
average to good
Greg de Klerk and David Erterius were great - super knowledgeable and really kind. You can tell that they both care about birds and their guests. I hope I can go on a Rockjumper tour with them again.
Dear Erik, Thanks for the trip report of a fantastic tour. Wow, what an experience and I am so glad we did it – most importantly with Rockjumper. Everything was taken care of and we moved smoothly from one place to the next with no problems (well none that we knew of!) All the best!
I thought David was an excellent guide. He certainly knows his birds and was very passionate and I also found him to be very keen to discuss birds and pass on knowledge; I enjoyed being able to share his passion. I also found him to be friendly and I had the impression that he was always trying to make sure that the group was generally satisfied. He was certainly very thorough at making sure that everybody had seen all the birds.
Both David and Rajveer were excellent guides. In fact, it seemed at times as though they were able to summon animals.
This trip was great! We were told the trip should generate about 250 bird species and our total was very close. Peter was excellent at finding birds, leading us and keeping a positive group atmosphere. The local guides also were competent and helpful. Accommodations are not an important aspect of a trip to me but the ones we stayed at were excellent, as were the meals. The trip was an excellent introduction to India for me tho I was happy to have it very much concentrate on birding.
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