Overview

Red Panda – one of the world’s most sought-after mammals and a species that until recently was merely a pipedream for most people. Our tour centers on the stunning Singalila Ridge, straddling the borders of both Nepal and India, and was until fairly recently a rather unknown location. During this exceptional tour we will be based in a comfortable homestay within the magnificent forests of the eastern Himalayas. 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 bird life is absolutely 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 something truly different and unique!

2022 Prices are an estimate, dates are not confirmed and may change.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, Himalayan Griffon, 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 Laughinthrushes, Fulvous, Great, Brown & Grey-headed Parrotbills, White-browed Fulvetta, Stripe-throated & Rufous-vented Yuhinas, Hoary-throated Barwing, Green Shrike-Babbler, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Altai, Alpine, & Rufous-breasted Accentors, Green-tailed & Fire-tailed Sunbirds, White-browed, Beautiful & Dark-breasted Rosefinches, Red-headed Bullfinch, Gold-naped Finch, Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl, Tawny Fish Owl, Grey Nightjar.
Top Mammals
Red Panda, Assam Macaque, Indian Muntjac, Himalayan Serow, Yellow-throated Marten, Leopard Cat, Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel. Rare: Indochinese Clouded Leopard, Asian Golden Cat, Marbled Cat, Himalayan Black Bear, Chinese Pangolin.
Habitats Covered
temperate forest including bamboo, oak, magnolia and rhododendron
Expected Climate
cool to cold in the mountains
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, you will need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this tour
Accommodation
basic homestay with electricity and hot water
Ease of Birding
generally easy with a few difficult species
Other Attractions
photographic station at our homestay
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

The Andaman Islands were a first for RockJumper and a first for David Hoddinott. It was an incredible experience and also exciting to share the first of all new endemics  with David .

I just have to write and tell you how much I enjoyed the N. India trip and how superb the leaders are... You know that, you only have world class guides. The last two days made the trip 'beyond expectations' with the birds we saw in Saital… Erik and Rich worked so well together and both are so funny, such a great combination. I especially have to thank Rich for taking pictures for me: I can immediately tell which ones he took: they make clear memories that are memorable…. With much gratitude to RBT for bringing birds and mammals into my life.

David Hoddinott is wonderful and a great leader.

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

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
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