This birding adventure takes us to the rarely visited and remote destinations of Munsiyari and Chaukori in the Western Himalaya. We will have the rare opportunity to search for a host of Asia’s most tantalising and desirable species, including the stunning Satyr Tragopan, tricky Cheer & Koklass Pheasants, metallic Himalayan Monal and Wallcreeper. We’ll also visit the better-known sites of Sattal in the Kumaon Himalaya foothills and Jim Corbett National Park in search of numerous woodpeckers, hornbills, parakeets, and babblers, as well as several mammals including the scare Bengal Tiger, several deer and Asian Elephant.
Himalayan Monal; Satyr Tragopan; Cheer & Koklass Pheasants; Wallcreeper; Ibisbill (rare); Black Francolin; Rufous-throated & Hill Partridges; Himalayan Owl; Snow Pigeon; Long-billed Thrush; Great Hornbill; Black-necked Stork; Pallas's Fish Eagle; Collared Falconet; Himalayan Black-lored Tit; Altai, Black-throated & Alpine Accentors; Himalayan Beautiful, Dark-breasted & Pink-browed Rosefinches; Scarlet Finch, Alpine & Chestnut Thrushes; Red-fronted Serin; Golden Bush Robin; Plain Mountain Finch; Blue-capped & Blue-fronted Redstarts; Fire-breasted Flowerpecker; Variegated & Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrushes; Chestnut-headed Tesia; White-browed Fulvetta;
Bengal Tiger (rare); Sambar; Chital; Hog Deer; Yellow-throated Marten; Jungle Cat; Asian Elephant; Tarai Grey Langur; Golden Jackal; Northern Red Muntjac.
teak woodlands, rivers, sal (oak & rhododendron) forests, Himalayan foothills, grassland
cool to mild in lowlands, cold in Himalayan foothills with a chance of snowfall
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader
moderate to undemanding
good to very good
Clayton was friendly, informative and fun.... Very athletic and cheerful. Find him to be a wonderful guide.
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 has an amazing memory for birds and bird calls. Our group had a variety of skills and interests, and he did a good job of balancing photographer's and birder's needs. As a birder with limited spotting skills, I especially appreciated his ability to get many of the birds in the scope and to give me special help when I was having trouble seeing the bird.
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.
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.
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