Total Duration: 7 Days
Group Size: Min 2 to Max 16 persons in a group
Best Season: Round the Year
Max Altitude: 1,400 M.
The Kathmandu valley alone over 500 species of birds have been recorded. The surrounding hills offer a varied ecology ranging from primary and secondary forests to rhododendron, oak and pine forests. In addition, the wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds.
The most popular bird watching spot is Phulchoki hill, the highest peak on the Valley rim situated 20 km southeast of Kathmandu, over 265 species have been recorded to date. Birds seen in the area include babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds.
Godavari, at the foot of Phulchoki hill where the Royal Botanical Garden is situated has recorded over 100 species of birds including the lesser Racket-tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.
The Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve, situated 11km to the north of Kathmandu, is another exciting location along with Nagarjun Royal Forest on Jamacho hill situated 5km from Kathmandu on the way to Kakani from Balaju.Among the birds are blue magpies, kalij pheasants, Bonelli`s eagles, Great Himalayan barbets to name but a few.
The highlights for bird sightings of the wetlands in the valley include the banks of the Manohara river on the way to Bhaktapur, and the Bagmati river, which flows into the valley from Shivapuri hill exiting through Chobhar Gorge.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal (1400 meters)
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport after completing your custom formalities Visa, etc. pick up your luggage and look for our airport representative from Himalaya Discovery Adventures, who will display your name on the board at the arrival gate. You will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Free in Kathmandu for sightseeing and pre trip briefing.
Bagmati & Manohara.
Bird watching begins right here in Kathmandu by the banks of Bagmati and Manohara rivers. Birds sighted along these rivers are the Egrets, Herons, Kingfishers, Ibisbill, Wood Sandkipers and Plovers. The Chovar gorge and Tanda are recommended sites along these rivers. Away from human disturbances many birds are seen here, Overnight at hotel.
Day 03- Phulchoki.
An ideal location to start around the valley is Phulchoki, which is teeming with a wide variety of birds. Over 90 different kinds of birds have been recorded here including the endemic Spiny Babbler. Other birds found here are the Cutie, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Rufous Bellied Pied Wood Peckers, black Throated Parrotbill etc, Overnight at hotel.
Day 04- Shivapuri watershed & Wildlife Reserve.
This site is another popular destination for the bird watchers. It lies 2 km north of Kathmandu. Some of the birds sighted here are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, Little Pied flycathers, Ruby Throats, Babblers etc, Overnight at hotel.
Day 05- Nagarjun.
The other destination is Nagarjun, which lies northwest of Kathmandu, only 15 minutes drive from Thamel. Some of the birds sighted here are Pheasants, Magpies, Sunbirds, Rubby Throats etc. The rest of the afternoon time is free. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 06- Free day and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run.
Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
Limited - Only few space available.
Q. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon my arrival?
A. Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Himalaya Discovery Adventures sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
Q. When is the best time to travel to Nepal?
A. For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.
Q. How is the climate (temperatures) during the seasons?
A. Winter – January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C – 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C – 20°C).
Spring – March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C – 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.
Summer – Monsoon from June to August (approx. 28°C – 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.
Early autumn – From September the monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.
Late autumn – Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C – 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C – 27°C).
Q. Where can I change money?
A. Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone in Nepal?
A. The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).
Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC (GSM) – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.
Q. Can I use the tap water for drinking and brushing teeth?
A. Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.
Q. What should I concern during my stay in Nepal?
A. Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:
Q. What documents do I need to visit Nepal?
A. A tourist visa is required for entering Nepal. The tourist visa can be applied for, for different lengths of stay. A visa is required for children under 10 years but no fee is charged. The entry to Nepal must take place within 6 months of issuing the visa.
Q. How much does the Visa for Nepal cost?
A. The fees for the tourist visa (fees valid since 16.07.2008) are staggered as follows:
An extension of the visa to a maximum of 150 days is possible (per year – January to December). The extension must be made at the Immigration Office in Kathmandu. A fee of $ 2.00 is charged in Nepalese rupees (NPR) per day of extension.
Q. Can I find a hospital with western doctors?
A. CIWEC Clinic with western doctors is located in Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Tel. +977 1 442 4111, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do I need an international health and travel insurance?
A. It is recommended taking out a travel and health insurance covering the following risks:- Emergency and personal accident transport/emergency evacuation (helicopter rescue, rescue costs in a case of illness or accident), medical and personal accident risks, repatriation, tour cancellation, damages and theft of baggage.
Q. What happens in bad weather periods?
A. There is virtually always a possibility of a flight delay or postponement owing to highly unpredictable weather conditions that may occur in Himalayan regions, in particular, in the Everest region (Lukla), Jomsom, Dolpo, Simikot and the Jumla region, etc.
When trekking in remote areas or those described above, and especially outside the trekking season, the clients are strongly advised to reserve extra days for making allowance for possible delays, and thereby avoid any frustrating consequences. In the case of a delayed flight prior to commencing the tour, or at the end of the tour, the participants shall pay for their own accommodation, food costs, etc.
Q. Where can I store my unneeded luggage during trekking?
A. As a rule there is the possibility before commencing the trek, of depositing part of the baggage in the hotel in Kathmandu or in Pokhara.
Q. What kind of meals I can have during the trekking?
A. All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepalese, Chinese, Indian and Tibetan meals are available in all places).
Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
A. There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
Q. Can I re-charge camera batteries along the trek?
A. Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2 – 3 for charging).
Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?
A. Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal has also ATM facilities as well.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. This itinerary can be customized according to the duration of your holiday. We have many options for shorter visits based on your interests and budget.
Weather, political strikes, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is however very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Special Note: The price of the trip will be adjusted according to the group size and the customization.