Assam and the Eastern Himalayas
A 14-day, small group birdwatching tour across the Eastern Himalayas, from the Brahmaputra basin up through untouched montane rainforest, emerging beyond the treeline at over 4000m.
Our tour of the western corner of the state of Assam and neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh take us to what is justifiably considered to the richest birding area in India. Here, the Eastern Himalayas climb steeply out of the Brahmaputra floodplain and distinct communities of species can be found within unusually close proximity of one another. We will explore a cross-section of elevations and habitats in this bird-rich environment, from swamp forests and wetlands at little over sea-level through dense montane rainforests to the arctic cold of Sela Pass, one of the highest motorable passes in the entire Himalayan chain. We will visit in spring, when temperatures are comfortable at all altitudes and many species in the hills associate in exhilarating mixed feeding flocks. We will be looking for Ward’s Trogon, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Himalayan Thrush, Grandala, Blood Pheasant, Swamp Francolin, White-winged Duck and Ibisbill among a fine selection of enigmatic specialities and regional endemics, accompanied by altitudinal migrants and visitors from the wider Palaearctic, and mammals including Indian One-horned Rhinoceros and Asian Elephant.
Monday 8 April - Sunday 21 April 2024 (Meghalaya pre-tour extension from Saturday 6 April)
with Leio De Souza
Monday 7 April - Sunday 20 April 2025 (Meghalaya pre-tour extension from Saturday 5 April)
with Leio De Souza
2024: INR 224000 / $ 2735 / £ 2150 / € 2505 (Guwahati/Guwahati)
Duration: 13 nights/14 days
Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader
Single room supplement: INR 26000 / $ 315 / £ 250 / € 290
Deposit: INR 45000 / $ 545 / £ 430 / € 500 (20% of the tour price)
Pre-tour extension (Meghalaya):
2024: INR 45000 / $ 550 / £ 430 / € 505 (Guwahati/Guwahati)
Duration: 2 nights/2 days (total 15 nights/16 days)
Group size: min. 4 / max. 8 with 1 leader
Single room supplement: INR 5000 / $ 60 / £ 50 / € 55
Post-tour extension / Linked tour (Nagaland and the Mishmi Hills):
This tour can be combined with our tour of India - northeast: Nagaland and the Mishmi Hills to create a comprehensive 24 night/25 day Northeast India birding tour that covers the lower and upper Brahmaputra valley, the Eastern Himalayas at Dirang/Eaglenest and at their easternmost extension in the Mishmi Hills, as well as the associated hill ranges of Nagaland, touching the Myanmar border. Discount of INR 10000 / $ 120 / £ 95 / € 110 when purchasing both tours.
The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.
The tour price includes:
All meals and drinking water
Services of a guide throughout
All birding and wildlife activities
Reserve entry fees
Regional Permit for Arunachal Pradesh
Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists
Estimated flight costs:$ 900 / £ 700 / € 820 (to/from Guwahati)
Estimated visa costs: $ 40 / £ 30 / € 35*
*Estimated visa costs shown here are for a one year e-visa for India.