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.

Top Birds

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;

Top Mammals

Bengal Tiger (rare); Sambar; Chital; Hog Deer; Yellow-throated Marten; Jungle Cat; Asian Elephant; Tarai Grey Langur; Golden Jackal; Northern Red Muntjac.

Habitats Covered

teak woodlands, rivers, sal (oak & rhododendron) forests, Himalayan foothills, grassland

Expected Climate

cool to mild in lowlands, cold in Himalayan foothills with a chance of snowfall

Max Group Size

8 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate to undemanding



Ease of Birding

mostly unchallenging

Other Attractions

Himalayan scenery

Photographic Opportunities

good to very good

What our clients say about us

Clayton Burne
PWN, India 2013

Clayton was friendly, informative and fun.... Very athletic and cheerful. Find him to be a wonderful guide.

David Hoddinott
TM, India 2018

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
BH, Northern India

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.

David Erterius
FH, Southern India

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 Erterius
BB, Birds & Tigers I

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.

India - Northern: Western Himalayas 2025

31 Mar 2025 - 11 Apr 2025 (12 days)

USD6,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: David Hoddinott

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): USD6,000 * GBP4,901 * EUR5,640 * AUD9,318

Can be linked with: India - Northern: Bengal Tiger Extension 2025

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