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Nepal Bird Watching Tour

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 14 days
Cost: $2800
Season: Throughout the year
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Highlights

  • Grab your chance to see more than 400 species of birds in Nepal
  • Look for the exotic birds, only found in Nepal
  • Get to see the native Himalayan wild lives, including the Royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinoceros, gray langur, water buffalo, nilgai, etc.
  • Track for the rarest species of birds & also the indigenous birds
  • Visit the best birding sites in Nepal

Bird watching or Birding tour in Nepal is a beautiful journey created especially for bird lovers, which is getting worldwide attention these days. Nepal has always been the bird watcher’s paradise. With the varied climatic zones and geographical variations and most of the country’s being occupied by forests, mountains, lakes and rivers, wetlands, national parks and wildlife reserves, you can genuinely look forward to experiencing the best of the best experiences in Nepal. More than 890 species of birds can be spotted in Nepal; alone, around Kathmandu valley, you can spot most of the birds.

One can visit national parks and wildlife reserves such as Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Khaptad National Park and many other natural havens to look for both resident and migratory birds. While on tour, you can also look for the rarest species of birds in Nepal or the world, like the Himalayan Griffon vulture, Bengal Florican, Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monal, Sarus Crane, etc. Spotting spiny babbler, which is only found in Nepal, is one of the main highlights of the bird-watching tour and the indigenous bird, the Slaty Woodpecker. The list of the common birds, which you can see in the birding tour, goes on and on.

Nature Lovers Treks and Tours takes pride in saying that we have been organizing the birding tours for many years now; in coalition with many famous nature guides, zoologists and birders. For a first-class experience in birding, you are always welcome to our hospitality. After many years of field experience and research, we have created a special birding tour package for you. This tour is highly flexible and can be customized as per the need.

For other bird watching tours, please check here: Flora and Fauna

Nepal Bird watching tour outline itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer and tour briefing, Hotel

DAY 2: Bird watching in Phulchowki hill; lower and upper parts, B, Hotel

DAY 3: Bird watching in Shivapuri Nagarjun National park, B, Hotel

DAY 4: Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, BLD, Hotel

DAY 5: Birding in Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, BLD, Hotel

DAY 6: Drive to Chitwan National Park, BLD, Hotel

DAY 7-8: Bird watching in Chitwan National Park, BLD, Hotel

DAY 9: Drive to Lumbini, B, Hotel

DAY 10: Drive to Kapilvastu, B, Hotel

DAY 11: Drive to Pokhara, B, Hotel

DAY 12: Birding in Pokhara, B, Hotel

DAY 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and continue birding, BD, Hotel

DAY 14: Fly back home, B, flight.

Nepal Bird watching tour detailed itinerary

**BLD denotes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner**

DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, hotel transfer and tour briefing, Hotel

Welcome to Nepal, and Namaste. You will be received by our staff at the airport and transferred to the hotel where the tour briefing will take place. 

DAY 2: Bird watching in Phulchowki hill; lower and upper parts, B, Hotel

Drive to Godawari bus park, birding around the Godawari area and lower Phulchowki hill to observe various species of birds. This area boasts of inhabiting about 80+ species of birds. Continue towards Upper Phulchowki hills and look for Highland birds. Take packed lunch.

DAY 3: Bird watching in Shivapuri Nagarjun National park, B, Hotel

Drive to the Sundarijal area, which is an excellent site for bird watching, especially for Forktails. There are 4 types of Forktails in Nepal, and if we get lucky, we can see them all today. Birding in Manohara river on the way. Continue birding in Shivapuri national park. You will take the packed lunch again.

DAY 4: Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, BLD, Hotel

Known as the paradise for bird watchers, Koshi Tappu is the best compared to all other national parks in Nepal for bird sightings. Situated in the Eastern part of Nepal on the flatlands, this reserve boasts a vast array of species through its many wetlands, grasslands and scrublands.

DAY 5: Birding in Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve, BLD, Hotel

You will do full-day birding activities inside the wildlife reserve. You can spot more than 280 species of water birds, including rare birds such as the Greater Adjutant Stork, Red-necked Falcon, Indian Skimmer, Indian Courser, Bengal and Lesser Floricans, Hodgson’s Bushchat, Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Black-necked Stork, Faceted Duck, Baer’s Pochard, Comb Duck, White-tailed Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Pied Harrier, Caspian Tern, Black-bellied Tern, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Swamp Francolin, Striated Grassbird, Bristled Grassbird, Magpie-robin and Asian paradise flycatcher, etc.

DAY 6: Drive to Chitwan National Park, BLD, Hotel

Long-day drive to Chitwan national park. While driving through varied landscapes and terrains, we will stop here and there to look for Ibisbill, wallcreeper, spotted forktails and many more species along the riversides.

DAY 7-8: Bird watching in Chitwan National Park, BLD, Hotel

All-day jungle activities in the national park to look for the birds, including jungle walks and jeep safari. Birding in Budhi Rapti river and 20000 lake area too. You will get to witness a large number of birds as well as wild lives.

DAY 9: Drive to Lumbini, B, Hotel

After birding in the early morning, we shall drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Birding around the world heritage site area, which is especially popular for sighting Sarus crane.

DAY 10: Drive to Kapilvastu, B, Hotel

Kapilvastu is a prominent place in Buddhism where Lord Buddha spent 29 years of his life. Drive to Jagdishpur Reservoir, a significant wetland in Nepal & also the largest reservoir, heaven for water/migratory birds.

DAY 11: Drive to Pokhara, B, Hotel

Another 6-8 hours of drive towards the most beautiful town in Nepal, Pokhara. Birding on the way, and as we arrive in Pokhara, we do birding around Fewa lake wetlands.

DAY 12: Birding in Pokhara, B, Hotel

Sunrise in World peace Stupa and further in Pumdikot view tower, bird watching at the same time. We can spot Spiny Babblers and many forest birds around the stupa. We drive then to vulture watching site on the Phedipatan side around the Seti Gandaki River.

DAY 13: Fly back to Kathmandu and continue birding, BD, Hotel

Fly early in the morning to Kathmandu. Drive later to Taudaha to observe migratory birds, especially duck species. Then continue a little drive to follow Bagmati river until Chovar gorge, to see wader birds. Farewell dinner is served in the evening.

DAY 14: Fly back home, B, flight.

After an exciting bird watching tour in Nepal, it’s finally time to say goodbye to each other. Our staff will drop you at the airport for your sweet flight back home.

Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

Nepal Bird Watching Tour Cost Breakdown

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • All private ground transportation throughout the journey
  • Domestic flights 
  • Hotel accommodations throughout on a BB basis
  • Fully inclusive package in Chitwan national park and Koshi Tappu wildlife reserve
  • Entrance fees for all national parks and heritage sites
  • A tour leader and local nature guides with their expenses
  • Complimentary company t-shirt and certificate of appreciation
  • Complimentary farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant
  • Clean drinking water and hygienic meals 
  • Comprehensive medical kit bag
  • Local government taxes and VAT

Cost excludes

  • On-arrival visa fee & international flight
  • Meals in all the cities except in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu
  • Personal expenses of any sorts
  • Food and accommodation, behind schedule
  • Gratuities to the staff (highly expected)
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