Birding in Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve or in Khangchendzonga National Park and Yuksom Valley can be comprehensively appreciated by undulating environment threby exploring on foot along the tracks and animal paths that runs along the valley floors, slopes and ridges. Protected to preserve its unique Himalayan range of flora and fauna, birding at Yuksom valley should be in any enthusistic birder's wishlist. Blossoming forests in summer in the month of April and May or covered under thin patch of snow in winter months of November to February may be considered as a testament to some of elusive species of birds.
The first national park that was established in India was "Jim Corbett National Park" in 1936, that time it was known as Hailey National Park. As the time advanced and civilization proceeded exponentially; the urge to protect wildlife and associated flora-fauna has been increased.
Situated in ecological hotspot of Himalayas, Sikkim houses more that 690 bird species alone; from the 1250 plus bird species found in entire India. Owing to the altitudinal variation, the state has eleven important bird areas. Among those, Khangchendzonga National Park and Biosphere Reserve is the only National Park in Sikkim. A little less than mesmering 1,800 square kilometers comes under Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (also known as KBR).
Mighty himalayas over looks the riverine systems through the gorges of Dik Chu and Prek Chu, which meanders in the valley of Yuksom. The snow clad Mount Kanchenjunga and its ranges cradle some of the rarest fauna hidden within it. West Sikkim is a destination with rich natural biomes. The mighty Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) lies in the area and it is regarded as one of the most important hotspots of biodiversity in India. Spanning over varied ecological zones from temperate to Alpine and the birders will be stunned by the diverse altitudinal variation s in landscapes, flora and fauna.
Like that of the Uttarakhand, Sikkim Himalayas also a good place for birding and bird photography. Tracking birds in this area requires skill and experience; thus birding tours across this varied landscape should be accompanied by experts, who in true sense knows the fauna very well and can guide you to maximise the bird list in toughest condition. While in Sikkim Himalayas, GoingWild tour mentors had tried to provide the best effort so that participant birders can have the maximum opportunity to photograph some of the exotic birds from Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve and National Park.
It is astonishing to see varied avian fauna in Kecheopalri Lake (at 5600 ft) or at birding trails of Yuksum at 5800 ft. Skittish birds of comparatively higher altitude at Dubdee. Yes birds are all out there in the open waiting for you to cross their path. And yes, this is a part of the famous Chogiyal capital and we will be birding and photographing the life form which has been dwelling here since ages. Happy birding!
Day 1 - Pick up from NJP station and transfer to home stay at Yuksom with birding on the way, overnight at home stay (L,D)
Day 2 - Full day birding at Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve roadside birding, overnight at home stay (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Full day birding at Khanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, in and around various birding trails, overnight at home stay (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Full day birding at Khangchendzonga National Park, in and around differnt birding trails, overnight at home stay (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Early morning check out birding and lunch on the way and transfer to NJP, drop at NJP station by evening (B,L)
Tour cost for a group of five pax is Rs 1,12,000/- (for Indian Nationals only). However, this might increase in case there is any increase in the administrative costs.
Tour cost includes:
Basic accommodation in home stays on twin sharing basis
All meals as per the itinerary
All surface transfer in SUVs as per the itinerary
All forest entry fee, Inner Line Permit fee, guide charges etc.
Service of a dedicated wildlife photographer and naturalist for the entire tour
All applicable taxes
Tour cost excludes:
Participant's home town to Siliguri and back charges
Any extra food item not included in the meal as per the itinerary
Any alcoholic beverage
Any non-alcoholic beverage not included in the meal as per the itinerary
Laundry, phone call, etc. personal charges
Anything which is not mentioned in "Tour cost includes"