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Himalayan Cutia

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Godawari and Phulchauki Birds
Led by an experienced Bird Expert
TripCode: NT001

Godawari and Phulchauki, located on the southern fringe of the valley is the unique habitat for well over 300 species of birds. Godawari is the lower Phulchauki and the Phulchauki Hill itself is the highest valley rim (2760m). It’s beautiful forest that spread over 50 square km but the diverse species of birds that spreads from the base to the summit is amazing. Godawari forest is the best birdwatching site within Kathmandu valley and is very popular for ornithologists and birdwatchers. A perfect place to explore the forest birds, among all many are rare, endangered and globally threatened species. Time spent in this trip is extremely full feeling experience being in nature right next to crowded city of Kathmandu. 

Birdwatching is usually done at and around the Godawari forest (lower Phulchauki).  Some of the iconic species of birds from this area are Himalayan Cutia, Rusty-fronted Barwing, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Bay and Darjeeling Woodpeckers, Blue-naped Pitta and Blue-bearded Bee-eater etc. Other important highlights of this area includes, Minivets, Common Green Magpie, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Pale Blue Flycatcher, Dark-sided Laughingthrush, Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush, Himalayan Vultures, Booted Eagle, Parrotbill and etc. Come and explore with us!

Birdwatching in the area, in the past has the record of well over 100 species. For the best result of bird watching, covering the base of the hill (Godavari) and upper part of the Phulchauki hill, two days of time is highly recommended.

Tour program

1 Day Birding Godawari: 5-6 hours (approx) or 

02Day Birding at Phulchauki Hill

Note: A day normally is of 5-6 hours but can be shorter or stretched longer as per required and how many birds seen on the walk

 

Basics of Birding in Godawari 

Birdwatching in Godawari and Phulchauki Hill is done along the side of the road, as it’s easy to see and hear the birds without venturing into the forest. The road is mainly used by the officials, located at the top and normally pilgrims or the nature lovers to visit the hill

The lower section is less hilly and is great for birds as good as the upper parts of the hill, that has some rocky path to walk while birding down the hill.

Things to bring along

A pair of binocular, a bird guide book,“Birds of Nepal”, food and drinking water.

DEPARTURES

This tour can be arranged any day, though its best to avoid the Saturday (weekend in Nepal), as many people especially in dry season visit for their picnic, that can be very disturbing to the birds and birdwatchers, Though, if that is the only day you have time and very keen, it can be managed okay too.

For more details information please call us at these numbers 9771 4700866, 9801024777 (cell) or email us.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Kathmandu
  • Departure Time
    TBA
  • Return Time
    TBA
  • Dress Code
    Nature friendly
  • Included
    Himalayan Cutia
1
Godawari
Travel to Godawari and start birdwatching around (usually early morning is the departure and will be confirmed prior to the departure_ First day of birding, you will explore the Godawari- the lower Phulchauki Hill in its beautiful forest. Himalayan Black-lored, Black-throated Tits, Rufous,Grey Treepie, Red-billed Blue and Common Green Magpie, Grey-hooded Warbler, Oriental White-eye, Asian-barred, Spotted Owlet, Ashy, Spangled and Racket-tailed Drongos, Laughing Thrushes are the main highlights besides many other species Travel back to Kathmandu after great birding out there!
2
Phulchauki Hill
Travel to Phulchauki Hill early in the morning (1.30 minute) and start birding down the hill. Birding up here is another unique experience from the summit to walk down the hill while exploring the birds around. Himalayan Cutia, Chestnut-headed Tesia. White-browed, Rufous-winged Fulvetta, Fulvous-breasted Parrotbill, Green-tailed, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush, if very lucky Satyr Tragopan in winter only though, Yuhina, Blackbirds, Warblers and Babblers, Rufous Sibia, Bar-throated Siva and many more including raptors

TOUR LOCATION

Located to the south of Kathmandu city

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DEPARTURES
Every Monday and Thursday
Or any other day, though its best to avoid the weekend-Saturday as many people visit here, for their picnic making it quite a disturbed area for birds and birdwatcher but if that is the day it’s okay to visit.
COST: 
1 Days trip in Lower Phulchauki (Godawari): from US$ 120 to 180 (with local/private transportation), minimum person: 1 and maximum : 2 person ( subject to change with the group size from 3+ pax mainly due to transportation and entry fees)
2 Days in Phulchauki Hill US$ 290 with group 2-4 person
First price is based on per person with public transportation and second for two person based. This tour is guaranteed for any number of the person, through 2-8 person would an ideal group size. For group the price will be revised as per the capacity of the vehicles, that depends on the number of person, number of days (one or two) and mode of transportation, please feel free to email us to know more in detail

Includes

  • Local/private transportation
  • Community forest/Botanical garden entrance fees ( if needed as we do not 
  • Guided by experienced birder or bird expert
Extra: Your food and drink or any other items that are not mentioned in included section. For more details information please call us at these numbers 9771 4700866, 9801024777 (cell) or contact us by email