Birdwatching in Himalayas - Chopta - Wild Voyager

Bird Watching in Himalayas - Chopta


10-14 Mar 2018

INTRODUCTION

Situated in Rudprayag district of Uttarkhand, Chopta is a pristine destination lying in the lap of Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of 2680 metres and offers spectacular views of Himalayan ranges such as Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Due to its unsurpassed beauty, the place is known as ‘mini- Switzerland’ of Uttarakhand. It is a must-visit estination for nature lovers and adventurous trekkers. Since the place lies in the protected area, a journey of trekking takes one through enthralling forests offering surreal views of nature.The place is the starting point of the trek to famous Tungnath Mandir (Panch Kedar Temple) and Chandrashila Summit.

Surrounded by dense forests, Chopta supports rich biodiversity. Many varieties of lichens grow here on wood, soil and rock substrates. The forests here are a home to rhododendron, oak, deodar and Himalayan fir. Mammals found here include Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Wild Boar, Jackal, Fox, Jungle Cat, Marbled Cat, Himalayan Langur, Yellow-throated Marten, Pika, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Barking Deer and musk deer. The region is a paradise of bird watchers. Many birds such as Himalayan Swiftlet, Crested Goshawk, Besra, Long-legged Buzzard, Lammergeier, Himalayan Griffon, Black Kite, Red-headed Vulture, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Common Kestrel, Golden Eagle, Speckled Wood Pigeon, Snow Pigeon, Spotted Dove, Oriental Turtle Dove, Hill Partridge, Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Kalij Pheasant, Koklass Pheasant are found here.

Highlights

1. Spend 5 days in upper himalayan ranges and spot local exotic birds
2. Previous participants have spotted over 100 species in this trip
3. Star attractions are Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Thar, Finches, Golden Bush Robin etc.

Dates

10-14 March 2018

Itinerary

Day 1 – Pickup from Haridwar Railway station or Dehradun Airport by 10am. Reach Kakraghat by 3pm. Birding along the river in Kakraghat.

Day 2: Early morning birding around Mandal – Lunch – Continue birding towards Chopta uptill Kachula Khark Forest Camp – Return back – Dinner – Overnight stay @ Hotel hotel in Mandal

Day 3 : Start early morning for Makkumath – Full day birding around Makkumath and Pothibhasha area

Day 4: Start early morning for Tungnath – reach Tungnath top riding on pony / horse by sunrise – Birding on Tungnath top – Breakfast – start descending on foot – Birding on the way – Lunch at resort – afternoon birding at Monal point

Day 5 : Early morning birding around Chopta. Leave for Haridwar/Rishikesh airport by 11am. Drop by 6pm.

Travel

All travel from Haridwar to Haridwar in Bolero (max 4 in a vehicle plus driver guide)

GALLERY

Check out some of the images made by our team at Kaziranga and Hoolock Gibbon

WHY US?

For every destination we offer a tour, our team has been there multiple times before and have done all the background work on the ground logistics and photography opportunities. So every trip we offer is meticulously planned to offer the best photography opportunities in that place while ensuring a safe and comfortable stay for you.

You can just wind off from your mundane world, leave the hassles of logistics to us and enjoy your date with the wilderness. All this with the company of an experienced nature photographer who is there to help you with your photography needs. Read more about us here

COST AND TERMS

Terms
Cost – 30,000 per person plus 5% GST
1. Full payment payable on booking

Cancellation charges

1. More than 60 days before the trip – 20%
2. 30-60 days before the trip – 60%
3. Less than 30 days before the trip – 90%


Inclusions
1. Private vehicle (Bolero or equivalent) for 4 people from Haridwar/Dehradun airport for the entire trip duration including toll and parking. The vehicle will be used for transfers and birding.
2. Trained naturalist for the group to spot birds for all 5 days
3. Stay at Alpine adventure camp (it is a 2 star camp but the best stay option in Chopta area) with breakfast and dinner (4 breakfasts, 4 dinners)
4. Mineral water

Exclusions
1. Lunch and meals not mentioned
2. Any personal expenses
3. Any entry fees or camera charges (there are none in the areas we go)


BOOKING AND PAYMENT

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Quick Book

Quick facts

Date:
10-14 Mar 2018

Cost:
Rs. 30,000 per person plus 5% GST

Location:
Chopta, India

Trip leader:
Alankar Chandra

Enquiry

What our guests say

  • Excellent management with reasonable cost safaris . Looking forward for more as time permits
    Dr. Sandeep Kaushal
    Eye Surgeon
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    Jodhpur medical college
  • I had travelled with Alankar to Tal Chhappar for a birding trip in November 2015. The entire logistics was seamlessly managed, from stay to our vehicles. There were immense learning opportunities on the field and we spotted over 40 species of birds including many birds of prey for which Tal Chhappar is famous. I wish Alankar the best in his future endeavours.
    Sougata Ganguli
    Director of Sales
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  • I had a great time with Wild Voyager team at Rajaji National Park. Wish them the best for future.
    Praveen Sinha
    Co-founder
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  • The Jim Corbett National Park has recently opened after monsoon season of 2016. We were excited about staying within Forest Guest houses of Dhikala and Bijrani zones. The trip was not disappointing at all with lush green forests, good guides to ensure that the vehicle was well kept and ride was not very bumpy. The fauna was in full glory in the park. The tiger show on Sambhar road was a delightful experience. There was a slight hiccup in Dhikala Forest Rest house, but was sorted out soon. The stay in Malani Forest Rest house was a very soothing experience, sleeping along with jungle sounds. It was not the first visit for us to Jim Corbett National Park, and will not be the last one also.
    Sarthak Singhal
    Engineer
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  • It was my first visit to Kenya. Loved the places. Loved the way it was arranged. Came back with happy memories.

    Rajendra Masanta
    Senior Associate
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About the Mentor
Alankar Chandra is a passionate traveller and one of the leading natural history photographers from India. His works have been published in international and domestic media and he is widely followed on social media. His passion has taken him to remote wilderness destinations in India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Tanzania, Iceland and Thailand. He is a management graduate from IIM Ahmedabad and engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, and has held senior leadership position in corporates before chasing his passion with Wild Voyager.






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