Roly Lloyd from Australia February 13, 2024

I recently had the good fortune to go birdwatching in Nepal with my friend Dr Robert Sothman in Nepal. I contacted Tragopan Trek / Travel Nepal Pvt Ltd., a contact found through Birding Pals Nepal. We had excellent feed-back and responses to all our e-mails which gave us confidence to book a bird watching tour through them. We were met at Kathmandu airport by our guide Shankar and had a very comfortable night at the Royal Singi Hotel, Kathmandu. Our tour started with a three day trip to Chitawan staying at Tigerland Safari Resort. This was an excellent place to stay. Shankar proved to be an outstanding guide. His ability to pick up birds in dense vegetation was truly remarkable. Also his identification skills on those tricky Phylloscopus warblers was outstanding as well as an outstanding ear for bird calls. After three days we moved on to Pokhara to stay at the delightful Fishtail Lodge. It had a very interesting way of accessing the lodge, check it out on the internet. Here our target birds were the only Nepal endemic, the Spiny Babbler, Turdoides nipalensis and a collection of vultures. Again Shankar did not disappoint in getting us the babbler plus excellent views of most of the vultures. Lastly we did a seven day trek in the Lantang Valley from Daunche to Lauribinayak and return. Here Shankar engaged a porter to carry most of or gear up to 10ksper person, the rest was sent back to their office. The porter we used, Bishnu was an outstanding individual and certainly added to our trip. We trekked up birding to Lauribinayak around 3900 metres high. The birding was outstanding but a bit tough going at times for us two pensioners (69 and 74!) Younger people should manage it fine. We finished the trek at Daunche for an overnight stay before setting off the next day for Kathmandu and the flight home the following day. The trip was fantastic. I recommend any serious bird watcher to consider Nepal on their itinerary. Nepal only has one endemic, the Spiny Bababler but the number and density of birds was truly amazing. We recorded over 360 species in the 14 days birding. Quite a truly amazing total which included such great birds as Monal, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Grandala etc. Also the guide to use is definitely Shankar, his dedication to making sure he managed to get as much out of the trip as possible was outstanding. If you consider going to Nepal then use Shankar it he is a great guide and Nepal is a great place to go birding