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Chitwan, Koshi & Phulchowki

11 March to 24 March 2018

David Walsh and local guides

Maximum group of 10 clients

2018 Cost: £3,999 single room supplement £440

Nepal and Kathmandu: the names conjure up images of pagodas, Buddhist stupas and Hindu temples and a panorama of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. This will be Ornitholidays’ 11th visit to this magical country and it is a holiday that will provide you with some unforgettable sights, sounds and experiences. Kathmandu lies in a wide valley-basin, at about 1,300m in the mid-Himalayas, and the city is an interesting mix of the ancient and modern. For a small country (the size of England and Wales), Nepal has recorded an amazing 10 per cent of the world’s bird species. The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is one of Asia’s finest wetland sites our base has Black Bittern, Scaly Thrush and Siberian Rubythroat on its list of ‘garden birds’, and we will search for the beautiful Indian Courser on a nearby area of short grassland. Nepal possesses one of the world’s great natural parks, Chitwan, a fine example of lowland grassland and forest, and home to the world’s densest concentration of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. On the 2017 tour we were fortunate to see Tiger, Leopard and Sloth Bear in a single afternoon! Birds in the area include Blue-bearded Bee-eater, Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush, Stork-billed Kingfisher and Red-headed Trogon. Two-thirds of our tour will be in the lowlands, but by way of contrast we will spend two full days on Phulchowki mountain which is just a short drive from Kathmandu. An impressive array of passerines here includes Himalayan Bluetail, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Black-faced Warbler and Black-throated Bushtit, and stunning views of the Himalayas are often possible, with scarlet-flowering rhododendrons in the foreground. Throughout the tour we will have the services of one of Nepal’s foremost bird guides.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Days 2-3 Kathmandu
Days 4-7 Chitwan National Park
Days 8-11 Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
Days 12-13 Kathmandu
Day 14 Depart Kathmandu, arrive