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Red Panda Trails Trek

10 Days

Trip Highlights

  • One of the most remote and beautiful areas in Nepal
  • Search elusive Red Pandas in their natural habitats.
  • Enjoy stunning sunrise and magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third
  • highest mountain in the world.
    Enjoy scenic mountain flight.

Red Panda Tour is an itinerary specially designed for those who want to find Red Panda in their natural habitat and rare birds in the foothills of Eastern Nepal. Only one species of red panda, Ailurus fulgens, is found in Nepal, Northeast India (West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan and parts of China.

Red pandas live only in temperate forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. Temperatures in this region are generally cool, and there is little annual variation. The southern slopes of the mountains trap seasonal monsoon water, supporting forests of fir, deciduous hardwood and rhododendron. An understory of bamboo grows in these forests and provides a large amount of the red panda’s diet. However, these clumps of bamboo are only found in narrow bands throughout the red panda’s range. Thus, although red pandas are distributed over thousands of miles, they are confined to these small, vulnerable areas due to their dependence on bamboo plants. These habitats are also the best habitat for birds of limited range in Nepal.

So, the tour is led by one of Nepal’s best naturalists and local experts look for pandas.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport (1350m) and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Bhadrapur then drive to Ilam bazar (1300m).
Day 03: Drive to Dobate and explore around (2650m).
Days 04-06: Look for Red Panda and birds.
Day 07: Trek to Sandakphu (3600m) for the sunrise view.
Day 08: Trek to Dobate and drive to Ilam bazar.
Day 09: Drive to Bhadrapur Airport and fly to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Trip concludes and depart for onward journey.

Price for The Trip:

We could not include the cost of each package on the company’s website. The only question most of our customers have is why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions did not include the price in the package. Because, in order to provide you with a reasonable price and try to address your every need, we would like to provide you with some information. Which will help your trip.

Please read below for more information.

  • The trip cost always depends upon group size, hotel accommodation of category and client’s desire budget.
  • The above itinerary is a standard guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and tips. And this itinerary can be modified according to your time and needs.
  • After our trip is confirmed, the price will be adjusted in our contract, if the customer wants to add some services, we will charge for those additional services and if he wants to reduce some services, we will reduce the fee accordingly.
  • Itinerary is published in standard services for clear understanding of the customer. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Kathmandu, the client can make own choice.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact AlpineTrav Treks for any information regarding your selected package. We'll work together to customize your trip to meet your exact requirement so that you have a memorable trip.
  • When you book with us you get best possible price, which is middle-man free.
  • We don't add hidden extra cost. Airport to Airport service and trips include internal airfare, transportation, necessary permit, monument entrance fee, lodging and fooding. There are no surprises with hidden costs.

Details Itinerary

AlpineTrav Treks representative will meet at the airport and arrange immediate transfer to hotel.

We will fly to Bhadrapur Airport and drive to Ilam Bazaar. 45 minutes flight offers magnificent views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse and Kanchenjunga. After arriving at Bhadrapur Airport, we will drive to Ilam Bazaar. We will have a lunch stoppage at Char Aali. The vehicular journey is scenic and enjoyable. It takes 3 hours to reach Ilam Bazaar. We will spend overnight in hotel, which offers excellent window view of Ilam’s famous tea garden.

After having breakfast and enjoying morning views of tea garden, we will drive to Dobate. The ride is rather adventurous, but allows ample opportunities to experience true Nepalese culture and lifestyle. It takes 3-4 hours to reach Dobate, where we will spend overnight in home.

As per our discussed plan, for next few days, we will focus on exploring Red Panda and birds of eastern part of Nepal. Some species of birds are only found here in the moist temperate forests of far-eastern parts of Nepal. These species of birds are known as restricted range species of eastern Nepal. We will spend overnight in home stay with all meals.

After breakfast, we will trek to Sandakpur. It takes 4-5 hours to reach Sandakpur, which is the famous viewpoint for sunrise and Mt. Kanchenjunga. We will follow switch-back dirt road that leads to the Sandakpur. The walk allows exploring sacred pond, Kala Pokhari and spectacular mountain views. We will spend overnight in a hotel with all meals.

After enjoying sunrise and morning views, we will have breakfast and then start walking down to Dobate where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Ilam Bazaar.

We will drive to Bhadrapur Airport and fly to Kathmandu by afternoon flight. We will spend overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

AlpineTrav Treks will provide private vehicle for airport transfer.

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • All ground transfers including airport pickup and drop.
  • Hotels in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast basis.
  • Ilam Bazar for 2 nights and Sandakpur 1 night full board basis.
  • Homestay type accommodation in Dobate 4 nights full board basis.
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight fare for members and staff
  • Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude guide during the trip period.
  • Kanchenjunga Restricted permit and TIMS permit too.
  • All wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trip staff.
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trip and health safety
  • Farewell dinner at a Nepali restaurant before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Nepal visa.
  • International flight fares.
  • Expenses of a net personal nature, bar bills, laundry etc
  • Guide and driver tips.
  • Other costs not specified in the cost.

Price for The Trip:

We has not able to include the cost of each package in the company website. Many of our clients have the same query: why AlpineTrav Treks has not included the price in the package. To provide you service in reasonable cost and attempt to address your each requirement we desired to provide you with some information which directly affects the cost and also helps us breakdown the cost. That’s why, we have decided to clarify our customers that due to following reasons we have not included the cost in our website and package:

Please read below for more information.

  • The cost of this tour depends upon the size of group.
  • The Itinerary can be change upon your desires.
  • The Itinerary mentioned above is from service of airport to airport.
  • The Itinerary can design according to your Budget and time.
  • Please contact with us a for up to Date, Cost and the Duration.
  • When you book with us you get best possible price.

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Red Panda Trails Trek

Trip Facts

  • 10 Days, 8 days touring
  • Easy to Moderate
  • 3636m/11,930ft.
  • October to May
  • TIA (Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu, Airport
  • Private Car, Flight or Tourist Bus
  • Hotels, Teahouse/Lodges
  • 2 - Maximum 12

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