Arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. We will be met by our local guide and then transferred to a hotel. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure before taking an internal flight the following morning. Overnight Kathmandu
We will take the first flight to Bhadrapur. The 55 minute flight can be very interesting on a clear day to view the Himalayan range including Mount Everest. Vehicles will be waiting for us to drive to Ilam which is approximately 4 hours with stops on the way for birding and a picnic lunch en route. On reaching Ilam we will check into a comfortable lodge and then explore the nearby tea gardens with light forest for species like Hill Prinia, Grey Treepie, White-crested Laughing Thrush, Great Barbet and more. Overnight Ilam
After some pre-breakfast birding, we will continue our journey of about 3 hours through villages and light forest to our base for the next 3 nights at Gorkhe. Situated at around 2,600M, Gorkhe has a simple lodge run by a Sherpa family. We will check into our rooms and then after lunch explore the nearby forest for Red Panda and Birds.
Target bird species for Gorkhe region include: Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Ferruginous Flycatcher, Large Niltava, Broad-billed Warbler, Black-headed Shrike Babbler, Red-tailed Minla, Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker and many more. Target mammal species: Red Panda
Full days exploring the forest for Red Panda and Birds. Overnight Gorkhe
Early morning exploring the forest and our last chance for Red Panda before driving back after lunch to Ilam. Overnight Ilam
Drive to Koshi Tappu and transfer to Koshi Camp. Overnight Koshi Camp
Full days at Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Target bird species for Koshi: Swamp Francolin, Brown-capped Pygmy Woodpecker, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Brown Fish Owl, Brown Hawk-Owl, Bengal Florican, Greater Painted-snipe, Grey-headed Lapwing, Indian Courser, Red-necked Falcon, Black Bittern, Scaly Thrush, Striated Grassbird, Siberian Rubythroat, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark and many more. Target Mammal species for Koshi: Wild Water Buffalo, Asiatic Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Fishing Cat (rare), Gangetic River Dolphin, Indian Grey Mongoose.
Drive to Chitwan and transfer to nearby wildlife lodge. Overnight Chitwan
Full days exploring Chitwan National Park focusing on birds and mammals.
Target bird species for Chitwan: Greater Goldenback, Great Hornbill, Red-headed Trogon, Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, White-tailed Rubythroat, Black-backed Forktail, White-tailed Stonechat, Grey-crowned Prinia, Rufous-rumped Grassbird, Slender-billed Babbler, Target Mammal species for Chitwan: Greater One-horned Rhinocerous, Tiger, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Gaur.
Drive to Kathmandu and Transfer to hotel. Overnight Kathmandu
Transfer to airport to fly back to UK