Red Panda is very attractive small iconic mammals found Nepal and it listed as endangered species by IUCN and protected by wildlife low of Nepal distribution of Panda is all the way from east to West above 2500m to 3900m elevation of Nepal where we going to see the Panda is in remote eastern Nepal unexplored forest where you have more interesting forest birds and wildlife enjoying with local home stay and local Nepali food with them at Dobate with Local home Stay where you will have neat clean and hygienic food and net clean toilet we will be more concentrate on our mission sighting of Panda there more to explore if you have time to do trek we do the trekking all way back to Illam and way up to Sandakpur to view the Kanchenjunga peak. Normal we take local jeep to get Dobate which is main place for panda but we do trekking to the same village Dobate. At least three to four day at Dobate and after sighting Red Pond we will trek to Sandakpur for night or just visit is day walk back to Kalpokhari.
A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart.
Kathmandu – Arrival On arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be met by your local driver and guide and then taken to the hotel in the Thamel region of the city. Depending on your arrival time you can possibly enjoy some sightseeing, this can be arranged by either speaking to your hotel or local guide on arrival.
Kathmandu – Sightseeing today will be a guided tour of the city. The historical city of Kathmandu has a wealth of things to see and do, you will visit some of the main sites today including Boudnath Stupa, Swayambunath, Durbar Square and other locations. You will be collected by your local cultural guide and driver from the hotel at the pre-discussed time (yesterday) and taken to these sites. On your return back to the hotel in the afternoon you will be free to rest again, ahead of your morning departure tomorrow. You will be told the time you are to leave on your arrival and you will be handed copies of your flight tickets too.
Ilam – Travelling Today you be collected from the hotel and taken to domestic terminal of the airport and catch your flight to Bhadrapur. The flight is only 45 mins and we recommend trying to get a seat on the left hand side of the plane. This is because if the sky is clear there will be views of Mt. Everest, in fact it may be possible to see 7 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world whilst in the air. Once we have landed in Bhadrapur your local / driver will be waiting for you and from here you will be transferred higher and higher in the hills towards Ilam and the imposing sight of Mt. Kanchenjunga (the 3rd highest mountain in the world). This drive will take around 4 hours and Ilam is the closest large village / town to the red panda watching area and you will pass through terraced land on every hillside. The main crop here is tea and tea plantations are everywhere, it is one of these tea houses that will host us today as we break up the drive to Dobate by spending a night here in scenic Ilam. (breakfast and dinner are included today).
Dobate – Travelling & Wildlife Watching After breakfast you will continue your journey north and along the winding hillside roads to the small town of Dobate. This is the Nepalese headquarters of the Red Panda Network and is home to a growing population of red pandas and this is where you will be based for the next 5 days and nights. When you arrive you will be taken to your accommodation, once again a local tea house / homestay. One of the keys to the success of the red panda and habitat conservation here is that many local people have been trained and are employed in guiding and guardians of the forest. The forests here are regarded as one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world and of massive biological importance. After arriving and having some lunch, if the weather is good and time is with us we will head out into the forests in search of the red panda. (all meals included today).
Dobate – Wildlife Watching During our time in Dobate we will be helping the local people and contributing the sustainable development of the village and increasing the value of the local wildlife to the villagers. It is so important to contribute to the local communities in order to preserve endangered species and ecosystems and that is why we use local tea houses. It helps to bring in financial rewards to the local people for keeping the red pandas habitat intact. For the 2 full days that we have here we will be hiking around the rhododendron and oak forests looking for the red pandas with the help of local guide who have probably seen more wild red pandas than anyone else in the world. Whilst searching the dense, damp forest, where oaks, rhododendrons and magnolias, decorated with mosses, lichens and epiphytic orchids it is worth keeping an eye out for some of the other wildlife here. Your local guides will also be searching for some of the rarer mammals like leopards, leopard cats, mainland serows, Himalayan orange-bellied squirrels, yellow-throated martens, large Indian civets and dozens of species of birds share these spectacular forests with the red panda. So there are many mammal species around but it requires lots of patience and luck to get a sighting of one of these species. As the Red Panda Network have been training local people to track red pandas they have a very good track record in finding them (92%), of course we cannot and do not guarantee sightings and our guides will spend a lot of time in the mornings looking for the red pandas as they bask on large tree branches in the morning sun. We will also look for their green pellet like dung that often accumulates in nooks and crevices of commonly used trees. Whilst these other mammals are very hard to see and any sighting must be considered a great bonus there is much more chance of spotting some of the sub-Himalayan and bamboo birds such as scimitar babblers, sibias, piculets, minlas and other exotic birds. This is regarded as one of the best birding destinations in the world as many of the species that inhabit these rhododendron forests are only found in the narrow strip of land in between the Himalaya and the Terai and this strip of land is being developed so heavily at present that many of these birds (and other wildlife) may become extinct in the near future. The hiking for these three days will be of a moderate level, there is no need to be an experienced altitude hiker for this tour, but experience of hiking for a few hours is needed. We will have a break each afternoon for lunch in between searching for wildlife and at the end of each day we will return to the tea house. (all meals included on these days).
Ilam – Wildlife Watching & Travelling This morning you will have another opportunity to try and find a red panda or other wildlife, the night before the jeep will be ordered for an agreed time which is often around midday. Once you leave here you will descend the road back towards Ilam and your last night in the hills of far eastern Nepal. We will have a relaxing drive back and we can stop of pictures out over the terraces and tea plantations and of course the Himalayan backdrop. (breakfast and dinner are the only meals included today).
Kathmandu – Travelling After taking in the incredible views of the mountains for the last time before being taken back to Bhadrapur airport in time to catch your return flight to the capital. This time you might want to try and get seats on the right hand side of the plane to take in views of the Himalayas again. Once you arrive in Kathmandu you be taken to the hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. You will be briefed by your driver / guide about the time you will be collected tomorrow morning to leave for your next flight, this time westwards to Chitwan National Park. (breakfast is the only meal included today).
Chitwan National Park – Travelling & Wildlife Watching This morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Kathmandu and taken to the airport once again. The flight from here to Bharatpur (the nearest airport to Chitwan) is around 30 minutes and on your arrival a driver from the lodge will be waiting for you. Once you arrive you will have lunch and check in. This afternoon will be your first trip into the park, you will have an afternoon private jeep safari. The most conventional method of safari in Chitwan is the jeep safari and this afternoon you will explore some of the extensive road network inside Chitwan. Either today or tomorrow you will also be taken to the breeding and research centres for gharial, freshwater turtles and vultures which is located deep inside the park and has contributed large numbers of animals being released back into the park. The jeep safari is by far the best way of exploring the park quickly and getting deep into the heart of tiger territory. Commonly seen species on the jeep safari are chital, sambar, terei gray langurs, rhesus macaques, wild boar, Indian peafowl, crested serpent eagles, hog deer, Bengal monitors and the highly targeted Indian one-horned rhino and sloth bear. Species such as tigers, Asiatic elephant and leopard can also be seen but more infrequently. (all meals included today).
Chitwan National Park – Wildlife Watching Today is a full day to explore the park, at sunrise you will have another jeep safari and then after returning to the lodge for lunch and a rest in the heat of the midday sun, you will return to the park. This afternoon you will have a canoe safari. These canoe trips are amazing for birds and often produce a great variety of birdlife. From kingfishers, bee-eaters, lesser adjutant storks, crested serpent eagles, wagtails, hornbills, parakeets and hundreds of sand martins and barn swallows. It is also common to see large mugger crocodiles and occasionally wading rhinos and basking gharial on these canoe trips too. Tigers, leopards and even sloth bears have also been spotted along the river banks, although rarely. This ride takes around 1 hour and is a magical experience as the morning mist lifts off the river to create a haunting atmosphere. Afterward you will return to the lodge for the night and your last full night in Nepal. It is advised you check with reception to when you should check out and when they plan to transfer you to the airport to catch your return flight to Kathmandu tomorrow. (all meals included).
Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu – Wildlife Watching & Travelling This morning will be your last trip into the park with a morning walk. The walks are great ways to see birds, plants and some of the smaller species as well as a great way of experiencing the jungle in a close and intimate way. It is also interesting to see tracks of rhinos, bears, tigers and more as you trek around with your naturalist guide. From here you will be taken to the lodge to check out and freshen up before being taken to the airport to catch your return flight to Kathmandu. On your arrival you will be taken to the hotel for your final night in Nepal. (breakfast and lunch are the only meals included today).
Home After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight home. (Breakfast is the only meal included today).