Bird Watching Around Kathmandu

Bird Watching Around Kathmandu
Bird Watching Around Kathmandu

Trip Facts

5 Star
Dec 24, 2017
4 days
2 people
Birding Tour


Kathmandu is a valley surrounded on all sides by wonderfully green hills covered with dense forests. These forests and hills provide a safe haven for various species of birds. We begin our tour from Kathmandu and heading towards Godavari, we hike up to Phulchoki where a good amount of amazing birds and great views of the surrounding hills await us. At Phulchoki, you can see birds like the Crimson-breasted Woodpecker and the Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler among others. We then head off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve where another great number of birds can be seen.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu, In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 
Day 02: Godavari-Phul Choki, We move to the Godavari Botanical Garden to beginning with bird watching. 
Day 03: Shivapuri, In the morning we set off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve situated about 12 kms north of Kathmandu. 
Day 04: Departure for onward destination.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu, In Kathmandu, you will be received at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After a briefing by your tour leader and an overview about the whole program he could welcome you to a meal in one of the better restaurants in the city.

Day 02: Godavari-Phul Choki, We move to the Godavari Botanical Garden to beginning with bird watching. After some amount of seeing the busy streets of Kathmandu, we can move to Godavari in the afternoon.  In the afternoon we will visit the botanical gardens of Godavari where we will look particularly for Spotted Forktail and various flycatchers.

We will then hike up to the hill of Phulchoki. Birding in the Phulchoki Hill is enjoyable as about 90 species have been recorded in this area. If the weather permits us, we can reach the top and can have the opportunity to see great vistas, from Dhaulagiri Himal to the Everest area. We will descend later birding all along the way. Most of the slopes are covered by Himalayan sub-tropical forest, and we will look for a number of the local species including Rufous-bellied and Crimson-breasted Woodpeckers, Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-babbler, Rufous Sibia,  Rufous-winged, Nepal and White-browed Fulvettas, Green-tailed Sunbird, Cutia, Blue-winged Minla, Stripe-throated and Whiskered Yuhinas, Red-flanked Bluetail, White-browed Bush-robin, Dark-throated Thrush, Grey-winged and White-collared Blackbirds, Buff-barred and Black-faced Warblers and a great many others. We will return back to our hotel in Kathmandu in the evening.

Day 03: Shivapuri, In the morning we set off to the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve situated about 12 kms north of Kathmandu. Some of the birds in the area are the Laughing Thrush, Crested Serpent Eagle, little Pied Fly Catchers, Rupy-throats, and Babblers. At Nagarjuna at 2105 meters pheasants, magpies, sunbirds, and ruby throats are found. We will return back to Kathmandu in the evening. Halt overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. 

Day 04: Departure for onward destination.

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Clients Reviews

T.S. Krishnakumar


Chennai, India

I first reached out to Lumle Holidays for a trip to Muktinath. The response was immediate and with clear itinerary and what is covered and what is not. It was a 4-day tour.

On the day we landed, we were received by the operations manager and taken to the Hotel and he explained us the whole tour. Small changes were accepted and immediately arranged. Our tour to Muktinath by helicopter was excellent. Everything was arranged professionally, punctually and with great care. It was a great value for money tour and it was an unforgettable experience to Nepal.

Usha Srinivasn



We had taken a Mukthinath Tour organised by Lumle Holidays. We had started the tour from Khatmandu . we were given a excellent guide Mr. Mahdav. We were given a very homely treatment, excellent accommodation and royal treatment. 

The tour was customized for our needs. We never felt we were away from home. All our needs were taken care off and we had a wonderful Dharshan at Mukthinath besides, all other temples in Pokhara and Kathamandu too. We would recommend these tour operators very highly.

Subhagata Dey



I and my wife had undertaken a 10N/11D tour to Nepal with the Lumle Holidays. The tour encircles the places like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini,Daman, Nagarkot. The whole tour was organised by Lumle Holidays. I should say that I am more than satisfied with the arrangements made by Lumle Holidays. Moreover the reciprocation and behaviour of MR Sharma and Mr Maharjan was worth mentioning. They were always replying fast to my emails and other communication. 

The hotels provided was among the best as per my budget. The travel arrangements were also very good( not to forget about Mr Tika, who was the friend, philospher, guide and driver for the entire tour). On a n overall basis I am pretty well satisfied and would look forward to contact them in all the future Nepal tours.

Sanjay Simha



It has been a real pleasure dealing with Lumle Holidays. Initially we were a bit skeptical dealing with Nepal tour operator remotely. However, as responses and details were received, our confidence grew. Our main intent was pilgrimage to this holy place starting from Kathmandu.

All aspects of the tour program were clearly documented and all arrangements done including some of our special requests with reasonable charges. Travels, accommodation, entry tickets, sight-seeing and food arrangements/ suggestions were handled very well. Not only our main intent - Muktinath darshan, but also other attractions at Pokhara, Kathmandu and Manakamna enroute were covered - beyond our expectation. It was tailor made to a 7-day 6-night program (though normal standard seems 6D/5N). Despite some scares about possible weather / flight disruptions, we had a very good journey and darshan & sight seeing all through.

Ask them all questions what to carry and what not, and all tips about restaurants shopping etc,, you get response soon.

Overall it was time and money well spent with a professional operator.

The various guides were very knowledgeable & friendly, including Mr. Sharma himself and Mr. Maharjan & driver cum guide Teeka-ji. Professional dealing, homely comfort, good decent accommodation and transport.




Me and my family, total four member were planing to have a darshan of Muktinath and this makes possible by Lumle Holidays. It was well organised, well co-ordinated and special appreciation to Mr. Nipendra Maharjan for promptly calling and caring about our journey. Weather was really favorable on us and we saw the closest snowcapped mountain from Jomsom like standing infront of us.

On the whole it was a good trip and willing to visit Nepal again with these people. I do recommend to all to go with this company.

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