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Imagine photographing the breathtaking landscapes of Mount Kangchenjunga and Mount Everest. Imagine becoming a wildlife photographer in one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, home to the elusive Nepalese Red Panda...
Imagine yourself exploring the beautiful cloud forests of the Himalayas and becoming a member of the warm and gentle Nepali communities...
A) Profits from this trip go directly towards developing the largest “protected forest” in Nepal, the first to be managed by a network of community forests.
B) Profits will improve the ongoing training and employment of local communities as Forest Guardians and the Education Centre for Public Conservation Awareness.
Besides the red panda, the locations of our photoadventure are fantastic to observe other species like: Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Asian Macaque.
There are more than 120 species of birds including the Wood Snipe, Satyr Tragopan, Common Teal, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Maroon-backed Accentor...
Be greeted and transported to your accommodations. Free time before meeting with fellow adventurers and RPN team and then dinner and trip debriefing in the evening.
All day guided sightseeing in the vibrant and beautiful Kathmandu Valley – visiting palaces, marketplaces and temples.
Late morning 45-minute domestic flight to Bhadrapur, with spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kangchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu. Then we travel by road to Ilam and begin our journey north into the mountains, passing tea gardens and Nepali communities. Overnight hotel stay in Ilam, overlooking tea gardens.
Leave Ilam after breakfast, bird watching and then drive higher into red panda habitat. We arrive at Dobato (perched on a mountain ridge-2655 m) in the late afternoon, the village closest to red panda habitat and our base for the next four nights. Light hike in the evening for bird and mammal watching. Overnight homestay at Dobato.
The next two days we will wake up early to begin tracking red pandas in the alpine temperate forests with RPN Forest Guardians. We will also likely see other mammal and bird species throughout the day. We will stop in local homes for lunch and hot refreshments and immerse ourselves in the community with fun tasks in the evenings. 2 nights home stays in Dobato.
Leave Dobato after breakfast and look for red pandas and other wildlife along the way. Lunch at Kalpokhari (3026 m) on the Nepal and India border in the afternoon with beautiful elevated views of the Mai River Valley. Hike up to the highest peak in the Singhalila range (3636 m), with breathtaking sunsets over Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest. Overnight stay in a hotel at Sandakpur.
Rising in the early morning we make our way to vantage points for the panoramic view of the impressive Himalayas during sunrise. After breakfast and refreshing we hike back down to Dobato for lunch, and then drive back to Ilam.
Our last day, departing Ilam after breakfast by road for the return journey back to Kathmandu. Group farewell dinner in the evening.
Group size is limited to 7 people, sign up to secure your place in the team at email@example.com
This trip can be completed with ONLY a camera, a telephoto zoom, a wide angle lens, tripod and a cable release. HOWEVER if you can afford it, we recommend the following gear:
ANY CAMERA. But be aware that we recommend full frame cameras for landscape and macro, and cropped sensor cameras for shooting action such as wildlife.
A telephoto zoom, such as a 70-200, 70-300, 100-400 or an 150-600 and extenders (x1.4 or x2)
A wide angle lens, such as a 16-35, or a general purpose lens with wide angle capabilities, such as a 24-105 or a 24-70.
A circular polarizer that fits your wide angle lens
Graduated neutral density filters or your preferred filters.
An E-TTL/i-TTL Flash
A sync cord for your flash. An extra flash might be useful for macro and/or if the first flash stops working.
A cable release for long exposures
A Better Beamer
Flash bracket to hold your flash off-camera
Rain protection for all your camera gear and for yourself (rain covers)
Silica gel bags
A smaller camera bag
Lens cleaning tools, (be careful and bring your sensor cleaned before arriving at each destination).
• All airport transfers, meals and lodgings, domestic (in-country) flight, car and jeep transport, guides and porters in Kathmandu and the field.
• Lodgings are in rustic teahouses and homestays. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tea gardens.
• We cater for everyone- Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian.
• Your international airfare to Nepal and visa fees
• Bottled and alcoholic beverages
• Personal expenses
- Cultural guided tour of Kathmandu, it’s palaces,
- Traditional Nepali cuisine
- Overnight hotel stay in beautiful tea gardens
- Sleeping in rustic teahouses and homestays in high-altitude surroundings
- Immersing yourself in daily mountain village life
- Being exposed to four of the world’s seven tallest mountains
- Working alongside Forest Guardians in the field observing Red Panda and habitat monitoring
- Searching the cloud forests for Red Panda
- Opportunities to observe other unique forest species such as the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Assam Macaque and more than 120 species of birds including the Wood Snipe, Satyr Tragopan, Common Teal, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, and the Rusty-fronted Barwing.
- Seeing first-hand our community conservation work in action and how profits from this