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Bird Watching trek walks on the trails beneath the shadow of the mighty Himalayas, with the vegetation ranging from sub-tropical in the mid-hill, temperate, sub-alpine, alpine, that holds hosts of rare species of birds such as Himalayan, Griffon, and Bearded Vultures Himalayan Monal, Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant, Tibetan Snow Cock, Himalayan Snow Cock, Choughs, and Ravens.

The bird watching trek offers choices of routes and regions in inner valley of the world's highest mountains peaks from Mt. Everest and Kanchenjungha in the East to the Api and Saipal in the far-West of Nepal. The treks covers some of the most fascinating glacial lakes- Lake Rara, Shey Phoksundo, Cho-Rolpa, Gosainkunda- in the world that hold winter species of birds during the summer.

Ancient tradition honours the Himalaya as the embodiment of the gods, and it is easy to see why: the mountains are on a superhuman scale, both beautiful and dangerous." (Intro. Insight Guides)

Langtang Valley Gosainkunda Birding: 8 -17 days
Best Seasons: March to May & October to November
Max Elevation: 4360 m
The chief attraction of this area is Langtang Mountain range in the north of the valley and several lakes in the south. This region is also famous for the culture of ever smiling Tamangs (ethnic group). The region covers three districts (Nuwakot , Rasuwa and Sindhupalchok ) starting at 554 m tropical climate giving way to alpine towards higher altitude. The national park accommodates various species of wildlife including rare Red Panda, Musk deer, Snowleopard etc. Common birds seen here are tragopan, impeyan pheasant etc. And the region is also famous for its holy site Gosainkunda lake.

Kanchanjungha Birding Trek : 25 days
Best Seasons: March to May & mid-Septmber to mid-November
Max Elevation: 4854 m
Duration: 25 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu by overland (3 days less by flight)
The trek begins from the lower temperate river valleys and then reaches into alpine areas and ends with sub-tropical vegetation. This trek is unique in its bio-diversity which alone covers 30 varieties of Rhododendron species and 69 varieties of Orchids. The trek walks through the Kanchenjungha Conservation area which is the home to 202 species of Birds including endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant, Red-billed blue magpie and Ashy Drongo. The wildlife includes snow-leopards, Musk Deer, Red Pandas and Blue Sheep shall make your trekking memorable if you have the luck to catch a glimpse of them! The Kanchanjungha Conservation Area has been selected as one of the 200 global eco regions recognized by world wildlife Fund (WWF).

Annapurna Mardi Himal Birding Trek : 8 - 14 days
Best Seasons: March to May & October to November
Max Elevation: 5416 m
This region is claimed as one of the best trekking areas in the world. It spreads around five districts (Kaski, Myagdi, Mustang, Manag, and Lamjung). Beginning at an altitude of 790m the area reaches as high as 8091m Mt. Annapurna with the lake at the highest altitude in the world known as Tilicho Taal (4919m). This region is rich for its biodiversity starting with subtropical climate to Alpine and Trans-Himalayan (rain shadowy) part of Nepal. The region holds 102 different kinds of mammals including rare snow-leopard, and blue sheep; 478 species of birds including endangered species Himalayan Monal and Blood pheasant are common sights.

Everest Birding Trek : 9- 17 days
Best Seasons: March to May & October to November
Max Elevation: 5545 m
The home of the legendary Sherpas and the highest peak of the world Sagarmatha crowns this region as one of the most famous treks in the world. The major ethnic groups live in this region are Sherpa, Rai, Tamang, Limbu. Diverse range of wildlife and vegetation are seen in the region. Animals to be sighted are mountain goat, musk deer, and barking deer in the forest. Everest National Park is habitat to 118 species of birds. Common among them are Impeyan Pheasant, Blood Pheasant, Red billed cough etc.

Rara Birding Trek : 17 days
Best Seasons: March to May & mid-Septmber to mid-November; 
Max Elevation: 2990 m., Duration: 17 days
This trek is named after Nepal's biggest lake Rara. Situated in the mid. west of Nepal this region offers a representative sample of the region's flora, fauna and exotic ethnic beauty. Sprawled over two districts (Mugu and Jumla) Rara Lake is the major site of attraction, the habitat of rare water birds like Coots, Great Crested Grebe, Black-Necked Grebe and Mallard etc. The region has a sub-tropical and alpine climate covered by Rhododendron, Juniper, Spruce, Oak and Cypress at around 3000m of altitude while at higher altitude Pine, Spruce and Fir are more common. The rich vegetation of the park is a home to the endangered Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Leopard, Jackle, Yellow Throated Martin . Apart from the eye catching beautiful sight of  Rara Lake the region offers the peaks lake the Chuchnera(4148m) of the Southern side of the Lake, the RumaKand (3731m) and Malika Kand (3444m) serve the purpose of observation ports to enjoy the scenic view of the lake and the beautiful Mugu Karnali river valley to the north.

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