Western Himalaya

Western Tragopan and Orange Bullfinch

Western Himalaya

Western Tragopan and Orange Bullfinch

Western Himalaya

Western Tragopan and Orange Bullfinch

Western Himalaya

Western Tragopan and Orange Bullfinch

Western Himalaya

Western Tragopan and Orange Bullfinch

Western Himalaya expedition

Western Tragopan, Orange Bullfinch and everything in-between

TBC May 2024 + Spiny Babbler extension

Leader: Shashank Dalvi

Our Spring tour of this area after our carefully planning and scouting of the northwest Himalaya state of Jammu and Kashmir over the past few years, we are now able to offer the chance to see the specialities of the area. Kashmir and White-cheeked Nuthatches, Kashmir Nutcracker, Spectacled Finch, White-throated Bushtit, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak and Tytler's Leaf Warbler are all possible, while we even have a chance of Orange Bullfinch. In Central Himalaya we have a weeks camping inside Great Himalayan National Park with our primary aim Western Tragopan. In addition, Cheer Pheasant and other Himalayan species are possible.

We will also offer extensions for Spiny Babbler in Nepal (2 days), and for Grey-crowned Prinia, Long-billed Thrush, Tawny Fish Owl and Nepal Cupwing. Please contact us for further details.

Day 1:
International arrivals into Delhi International Airport. Night in Delhi.

Day 2:
Fly to Chandigarh in the early morning and continue on to Mandi. Night in Mandi.

Days 3-8:
We have these days inside Great Himalayan National Park with our primary aim to find a regal male Western Tragopan. We will be trekking and birding throughout, and camping each night, so a good level of fitness will be required.In addition, other Central Himalaya species will be possible, including Cheer Pheasant, White-throated Bushtit, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Red-headed Bullfinch, Himalayan Monal and White-cheeked Nuthatch.

Day 9:
After final birding, drive back to Chandigarh. Night in Chandigarh.

Day 10:
After a flight, travel across to the hills above Srinagar, in Jammu and Kashmir state. Night in Srinagar.

Days 11-13:
We bird the coniferous forests and deciduous valley bottoms in Indian Kashmir. Our primary focus will be Orange Bullfinch, here in its breeding range. In addition, regional breeding endemics such as Kashmir and White-cheeked Nuthatches, Rufous-naped Tit, Kashmir Nutcracker and Tytler's Leaf Warbler. A supporting cast could include Scaly-bellied, Brown-fronted and Himalayan Woodpeckers, Spot-winged Tit, Black-and-yellow Grosbeak, Pink-browed Rosefinch, Himalayan Parakeet, Kashmir and Rusty-tailed Flycatchers, Streaked and Variegated Laughingthrushes with outside chances of Spectacled Finch and White-throated Bushtit. Nights split between camping and guesthouses.

Day 14:
After final mornings birding, head back for our flight to Delhi. Night in Delhi.

Day 15:
Departures from Dehli International Airport.

Tour details

Cost: £ TBC or $ TBC

Deposit: £ 400 or $ 700

Single room supplement:
£ 360 / $ 470

Maximum group size: 6

Tour cost includes: all accommodation, main meals, internal flights as stated in itinerary, overland transport, entrance fees, drinking water, tips to local drivers and guides, and guide fees.

Tour cost excludes: International flights and departure taxes, visa, travel insurance, drinks, tips to tour guides, and other items of a personal nature.

Accommodation: comfortable twin-bed, and single rooms, all with private facilities except for two nights in Kashmir that may be spent in simple accommodation, possibly with shared facilities.
In Great Himalayan National Park it will be simple tented camps, with porters carrying our equipment.

Walking difficulty: Fairly strenuous hiking in/out of Great Himalayan National Park on two days, with moderate walking in-between, flat walk up to 9km each way to the target area, along with 4km trek on slopes.
In Kashmir moderate hiking from 2,100 to at least 2,900m, with camping.

Expected number of species: 150+ species.

Number of endemics and range-restricted species: the focus is  on Western Tragopan in Great Himalayan National Park, anything on top of that is considered a bonus. In Kashmir we are primarily searching for Orange Bullfinch, and we hope to see other regional breeding endemics as we do.

Map of the tour

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