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Ibisbill © Pertti Rasp


Birding the Central Himalayas

A 15-day, small group tour that explores the incredible bird and mammal diversity of wetlands, grasslands, lowland forests and mid-altitude foothills, passing through a cross-section of the scenic Central Himalayas.

Our tour is a comprehensive journey through Nepal’s scenic and bird-rich landscapes, from the southern lowlands to the mid-altitude hills of the Central Himalayas. We begin by exploring moss-draped oaks, firs and rhododendrons in the hills surrounding Kathmandu, for an excellent introduction to Himalayan birds across a range of elevations. From here we travel south to the plains, where we will experience a rich selection of species in the globally important grasslands, wetlands, swamp forest and broad-leaved woodlands of the sub-Himalayan belt. Finally, we return to the mid-altitude hills in the shadow of the snow-capped Annapurna range, looking for Himalayan specialities in temperate forests. Birding on foot and from open-topped jeeps we’ll look for Ibisbill, Bengal Florican, Swamp Francolin, Slender-billed Babbler and Indian Grassbird in the plains, with Spiny and Black-chinned Babblers, a cacophony of laughingthrushes including Black-faced and Rufous-chinned, Nepal and Scaly-breasted Cupwings, Himalayan Cutia, Red-headed Trogon and Altai Accentor in the hills, while there is a very good possibility that we’ll encounter Bengal Tiger, Indian Rhino and Ganges River Dolphin among a fine selection of mammals. 

Monday 17 February - Monday 3 March 2025

with Badri Chaudhary

Sunday 15 February - Sunday 1 March 2026

with Badri Chaudhary

2025: $ 4395 / £ 3435 / € 4040 (Kathmandu/Kathmandu: excluding internal flights)

Duration: 14 nights/15 days

Group size: min. 6 / max. 8 with 1 leader

Single room supplement: $ 695 / £ 545 / € 640

Deposit: 20% of the tour price


The tour is priced in Indian Rupees (INR). Amounts shown in other currencies are indicative.

The tour price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • All meals and drinking water

  • Ground transportation

  • Services of a guide throughout

  • All birding and wildlife activities

  • Reserve entry fees

  • Tour info, pre-travel notes and checklists

Estimated flight costs: $ 1085/ £ 850 / € 995 (to/from Kathmandu)

Estimated internal flight costs: $ 275 / £ 215 / € 255 (Kathmandu-Biratnagar/Pokhara-Kathmandu)

Estimated visa costs: $ 30 / £ 25 / € 30*

*Estimated visa costs shown here are for a 15-day e-visa (or visa on arrival) for Nepal.

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