Price: US$3,950 per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: US$680
* 10 nights accommodation in a combination of first class hotel/lodge and standard homestays
* Local English speaking birding and wildlife guide from day 1 to day 11 along with site specific guide for days in the Himalayan Park and villages
* Internal return flight between Delhi & Bhunter
* Private ground transport from arrival in Bhunter on day 1 to day 12 at Bhunter airport
* All meals from lunch on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 11
* Fees, tips and taxes: Entrance fees to parks/reserves, native villages where applicable, tips to guides and service staff and all taxes
May 19– May 29, 2018 (8 SPACES AVAILABLE)
September 24 – October 4, 2017 (8 SPACES AVAILABLE)
Max group size: 8
Min group size: 4
Departure of this tour will be guaranteed with a minimum of 4 participants. If you have registered for this tour a confirmation will be provided six (6) months prior to departure. Please ensure you take this into account when booking your flight and other travel plans. If we cannot attain the minimum of 4 participants, the tour will be cancelled and you will be refunded any payments/deposits made in full.
Length: 11 days/10 nights
Starting city: Delhi
Ending city: Delhi
Birding pace: Slow
Physical difficulty: Moderate in high altitude terrain
Tour Highlights: Endangered Western Tragopan, Indian Monal, other Indian Pheasants, Blue-fronted Redstart and other Himalayan species. Mammals include Blue Sheep, Himalayan Brown Bear, Himalayan Tahr, Serow, Barking Deer, Goral, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopards and much more.
Climate: Temperate and alpine with the typical four seasons. Rain is moderate throughout the year. During the period of this tour the temperature will be moderate between 10 degrees at night and 30 degrees in the day.
Accommodation: Hotels will be considered standard class (3.5 stars plus). We will also utilize home stays in remote regions and these would be rated as standard class. In these remote areas the tour requires stays in expedition style camps (with onsite porters, cooks and all camping equipment) for four (4) days.
PLEASE NOTE: All individuals are responsible for checking VISA requirements and obtaining the necessary travel documentation for entering India prior to arriving.
There are no options for extensions on this tour.
GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK TRIP DETAILS
The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) is located in the northern region of India. This region has some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet with rugged snow-capped peaks. Some of the highest mountains in the world are located in the Himalayan range.
This park is home to the endangered Western Tragopan and four other species of Pheasants. Included in the four other species is one of the most spectacular birds of the region, the Monal. The other Pheasant species are the Koklas, White-crested kaleej and the Cheer Pheasant. In addition to the pheasants there are over 200 other species of birds including the Crested Kingfisher, Blue Whistling Thrust, Black-crowned Jays, Himalayan Jays, Yellow-bellied Magpie, Warblers, Whiskered Yuhina, Beautiful Niltiva, Verdita Flycatcher, Orange-flanked Bush Robin, Himalayan Griffon Vultures, Raptors and many others.
During this tour, many other wildlife species can be seen. The park is home to Black Bears, Brown Bears, Wolves, Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Goral, Blue Sheep and the elusive Snow Leopard.
A trip to the Great Himalayan National Park is a must for Birders and Wildlife enthusiasts.
Our tour schedule is set out below:
DAY 1: DELHI-KULLU – AUT/TIRTHAN – JHIBHI
You will take a flight from Delhi to Bhunter/KULLU (included in your trip).
Your tour guide will meet you at the airport in Bhunter and the group will be transported via private vehicle to Jhibhi/Tirthan. This is a small quaint village close to the town of Banjar. After we arrive we will have lunch and you will be able to get some rest. In the late afternoon, we will explore this Himalayan village with heritage buildings made of stone and wood. This village among others are classic Himalayan architecture and located near the entrance of the Great Himalayan National Park. Dinner will be in our hotel.
LODGE: Dev Conifers Green
DAYS 2-4: JHIBHI/TIRTHAN HIMALAYAN VILLAGE EXPLORATION
Over the next three full days, we will explore the surrounding villages in search of some of the most spectacular Pheasants on earth. Each day we will have an early breakfast and set out for the network of pathways and trails surrounding the villages. A variety of bird species reside here and one of our primary targets would be the endangered Western Tragopan among other Pheasants. Each day, depending on the path selected we will return to our hotel for lunch or carry box lunch with us. The trail selected on any given day will depend on information received from our guide’s network of other local guides and informers, notifying him of recent sightings in specific areas. This will drive which trails and villages will be explored on which day. Each day we will return to the lodge for dinner.
LODGE: Dev Conifers Green
DAY 5: JHIBHI/TIRTHAN – GHUSAINI: ENTRANCE TO THE GREAT HIMALAYAN PARK
We have breakfast and spend the morning relaxing and birding in our village before driving to the entrance of the Great Himalayan National Park. We will have lunch in a tiny village near Ghusaini, the park’s entrance. The gates to the park is walking distance from here and we will be staying here for the following four full days. We will take the opportunity to explore the village and the trail leading to the park in the afternoon. Dinner will be in our homestay.
LODGE: Devat Farm Cottages
DAYS 6-9: TRAILS OF THE GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK
Over the next four days, we will go into the depths of the Great Himalayan National Park. Each day will require an early breakfast to facilitate an early departure. Our guide and porters will have ready made tents and camp set up by the end of each day. Freshly made meals will be served daily made by the onsite cook. Lunch will be pre-packed and we will take this with us where necessary or, depending on the trail we can return to camp for lunch. Each day we will move deeper into the park searching for birds and wildlife and the best photographic opportunities. Here we expect to see many of the over 200 species of birds that call this park home along with many species of wildlife.
During these three full days, we will be staying in make-shift camps in expedition style. This park is high altitude and the pace will be very slow to ensure we enjoy our time.
LODGE: Expedition Camp in the Great Himalayan National Park
DAY 10: GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK – GHUSAINI
After an early breakfast and a morning of birding the trails of the Great Himalayan National Park, we will slowly make our way back to Ghusaini. Depending on our pace and luck with sightings, we may have lunch made in the park. If we arrive at the park’s entrance early, we can unwind in the village and have lunch here in the village. Flexibility will be the key in these types of remote trails where we explore expedition style. After lunch, we can relax and/or explore the immediate area if desired.
LODGE: Devat Farm Cottages
DAY 11: GHUSAINI-BHUNTER/KULLU-DELHI
After breakfast, we will drive back to Bhunter and head for the airport to catch your return flight to Delhi.
Your tour ends after boarding your flight back to Delhi.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
This tour is in the Great Himalayan National Park. The small villages you will be passing through are all at very high altitude in excess of 4500 feet. The trails in the park we will take would not be difficult, however though it is considered easy to moderate, we strongly advise that a good level of fitness be attained before embarking on this tour. Regular exercise prior to your trip is advisable. Remember you may be hiking and outdoors for long periods in some cases and although the pace will be very slow you may be carrying camera equipment, meals and water where applicable. To ensure your maximum enjoyment a good level of fitness is advisable.
If you are considering travelling with children and other family members, please note that this tour is open for individuals 15 yrs and older.
CLIMATE AND CONDITIONS ON THIS BIRD TOUR
This region is temperate and alpine. At this time of year it should be dry, however, rains are expected at any time of the year but this tour is outside of the formal rainy season.
WHAT TO BRING:
Hat, camera and equipment, binoculars, sun block, rain jacket, hiking boots, fleece for colder nights and early morning, small back pack for box lunch and water, bug spray.
This tour involves walking for long periods in Himalayan National Park and moving each day to a different camp.For flexibility and total enjoyment we will advise that an expedition style backpack to be utilized for days in park, along with a smaller backpack for daily use. We can arrange for up to 2 suitcases to be stored in the village if there is the need for this.
The official currency in India is the Indian Rupee.