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Birds of Kinnaur, Spiti and Lahul

Kinnaur, Spiti, Lahul and Inner Seraj
13 nights & 14 days
Best time:May to June
Tour Code: BLS01

ITINERARY
Day 01: Delhi to Chail
Day 02: Chail to Narkanda
Day 03: Narkanda to Sarahan
Day 04: Sarahan to Sangla
Day 05: Sangla
Day 06: Sangla to Nako
Day 07: Nako to Pin Valley
Day 08: Pin Valley
Day 09: Pin Valley to Pang Mo
Day 10: Pang Mo to Chattru
Day 11: Chattru to Goshaini
Day 12: Goshaini
Day 13: Goshaini to Shoja to Goshaini
Day 14: Goshaini to Kullu to Delhi

Highlights

Trans-Himalayan Landscape
Western Himalayan and Tibetan bird species
Amazing road journey
Quaint lodges, architecture and customs
Great food

ITINERARY

This tour is meant for birders who are in good phy sical health and can walk in high altitude area. The treks and walks are moderate in nature.

Day 01: Delhi-Chail
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Drive from Delhi to Chail in the morning (08 hr.). Birding in Chail in the evening. One gets fa miliarized with common species s uch as blue whistling thrush, large billed crow, green backed and great tit, gr ey-hooded warbler, russet sparrow, wire-tailed swallow, khal ij pheasant, oriental hobby etc. Overnight in Chail Palace.

Day 02: Chail-Narkanda
Drive from Chail to Narkanda after morning birding and breakfast. Make a brief stop at Kufri zoo to look at some Himalayan mammals. Birding in Narkanda in the evening. One can look for Indian blue robin, brownish-flanked bush warbler, Himalayan griffon, large hawk cuckoo, black and yellow grosbeak, spotted nutcracker, greenish and lemon-rumped warbler, ultramarine and Asian brown flycatcher, Eurasian blackbird etc. Overnight in a Hotel Hatu.

Day 03: Narkanda-Sarahan
Morning birding on the trail to Hatu peak. Drive to Sarahan ( 1920 m / 5 hr.) a village surrounded by apple orchards and dominat ed by Srikhand Mahadev peak (5155 m) and is famous for Bhimakali temple and a pheasant breeding centre. Rest of the day birding around the phe asant breeding center. One can expect white-throated fantail, grey-head ed canary, yellow-billed blue magpi e, common rosefinch, creste d bunting, lammergeier, common kestrel, changeable hawk-eagle, co mmon tailorbird etc. Overnight in Hotel Srikhand.

04: Sarahan-Sangla
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Morning drive to Sangla (2900 m / 6 hr.) through the breathtaking gorges of the Greater Himalayas. Evening bird walk at Sangla. One can expect brown dipper, common raven, European goldfinch, fire-fr onted serin, lesser cuckoo, booted eagle, dark sided flycatcher, western crowned warbler, tree pipit etc. Overnight in fully serviced tents.

Day 05: Sangla
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive leisurely to Chitkul (2 hr.) stopping for birding en rout e. Chitkul is the last inhabited village surrounded by green fields and high mountain peaks. For birders the special ones are red-headed bullfinch, white-winged grosbeak, gold crest, pink-browed and beautiful rose finch, slaty blue flycatcher, white-tailed rubythroat, rufous vented & rufous napped tit, spot winged tit, whit-cheeked nuthatch, blue-cappe d redstart, brambling etc. The quaint little houses, te mples, monasteries and the people of Baspa valley conjure up a perfect image of Shan gri-La. Return to Sangla in the evening. Overnight in fully serviced tents.

Day 06: Sangla-Nako
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Drive to Nako via Khab (one of the most pretty drives in this region - from the confluence of Sutlej and Spiti rivers the road ascends into steep & winding drive with sparse vegetation and one can enjoy the view of snow clad Reo Purg ill peak). Stop at various places to loo k for birds. Near Nako, one can see chukar, pied wheat ear, golden eagle, mountain chiffchaff, golden oriole, black redstart, blue rock thrus h, hill pigeon, white-capped water redstart etc. Overnight in a hotel / tents.

Day 07: Nako-Pin Valley National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
This drive is via Tabo. We will make a brief stop here to see 1000 year old monastery. We will also make stops on the way for b irding. Overnight in tents.

Day 08: Pin Valley National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will explore surrounding areas for birding. Look for Himalay an snowcock, Tibetan snowfinch, Eurasian eagle owl, common swift , long- tailed shrike, red-billed & yellow-billed c houghs, tickell's leaf warbler, horned lark, citrine and white wagtail etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 09: Pin Valley National Park-Pang Mo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive in the morning via Kaza, Kibber and Kye monastery. We will camp in the scenic meadows of Pang Mo. At Kaza, we will have r ooms for wash and shower for an hour or two. At the camp site one can look for Hume's short-toed lark , plain mountain finch, rock buntin g, black redstart etc. One can expect to see blue sheep, pika, red fox etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Pang Mo-Chattru
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive in the morning to Chattru stopping to look for birds at Losar & Kunzum pass. After crossing the pass we will enter Lahul. We will look for birds in the meadows of Lahul and Chattru. Today we may account for great rosefinch, snow pi geon, green sandpiper, red-billed & yellow- billed choughs, Himalayan griffon etc. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Chattru-Manali-Kullu-Goshaini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive in the morning from Chattru stopping to look for birds at Rohtang pass. One can look for monal, khalij, rosy pipit. This area remains less explored so we may have some special birds here. After crossing the pass we will head towards Goshaini via Manali. Overnight in Tirthan Orchards.

Day 12: Tirthan Valley
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bird walk towards the Great Himalayan National Park and aftern oon downstream walk along river Tirthan. One can expect to see ye llow-billed blue magpie, brown dipper, Asian brown and paradise flycatcher, jungle myna, Asian barred owlet, common kestrel etc. Overnight in Tirthan Orchards.

Day 13: Tirthan & Inner Seraj
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Drive to Jalori pass & Shoja. Shoja, a small village at an al titude of over 8000 feet. The access to Shoja winds through thick forests, alpine trees which provide an untouched habitat. Arri ve here in time for lunch and later a walk on the forest logging road into pristi ne pheasant country. The pheasants seen here are monal & khaleej. Other birds are sulphur-bellied wa rbler, white-throated tit, Indian blue robin, brownish flanked bush warbler, 2 species of grosbeaks, nutcracker, white-co llared blackbird, ultramarine flycatcher etc. Overnight in Ti rthan Orchards.

Day 14: Goshaini-Kullu-Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Drive to Kullu (3 hr.) to fly back to Delhi. Arrive Delhi by noon. Tour Ends.

Note: Bhutan is a Himalayan destination, the flight schedule and weather conditions may sometimes force us to change the itinerary. Please do not take this as a standard or final itinerary as we can customize it depending on your travel date and flight timings.

Services included:
-Accommodation on twin sharing basis
-Meals as per the itinerary
-Guided birding
-Any permits
-All surface transfers by a private vehicle

Services not included:
-Optional tours/excursions, personal & incidental expenses.
-Tips, laundry, phone calls, alcohol, camera fee etc.
-International and domestic air fare, visa, insurance.

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