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Red Panda Trip in Nepal

11 Days

Walk into the desert for a special encounter with the Red Panda

Trip Highlights

  • Walk in the wilderness
  • A special encounter with the Red Panda
  • Experiencing a rural village in Nepal
  • Landscape view of Ilam tea garden

Red Panda Trip is a newly developed package for research group treks with interest and love for nature, wildlife and animals in the Himalayan region. We are here to offer you the opportunity to go on wildlife viewing tours with these guides and have the best chance to see red pandas in their wild and natural environment. AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions specializes in Red Panda Conservation tours. We believe small group tours are best for authentic wildlife viewing, providing meaningful nature experiences and getting to know rural communities.

In Nepal, Red Panda trip is not your ordinary tour, it requires a moderate level of physical fitness, a desire for experiential learning and a passion for exploration. Join us for a trip of a lifetime to see red pandas in the wild! This beautiful Nepal trek takes you through Himalayan cloud forests and communities. We will traverse the oldest forests of the Eastern Himalayas in search of Asia’s most elusive mammals; Red Panda We will also look for bears, clouded leopards, wolves, monkeys/macaques, and other rare mammal and bird species.

Spring is from mid-March to mid-May and then autumn is from October to November. The red panda is very intolerant of heat and they don’t cope very well above 25C. This means that in the hot summer they are very difficult to spot as they spend most of the day hiding in tree hollows and on the ground in the shade of tall bamboo. The heavy monsoon rains make it risky for us to walk in the forested hills and the views are also poor as the red pandas spend more time in dense vegetation. That’s why we travel in the spring and autumn when the red pandas come out into the big branches to bask in the morning sun when the daytime temperatures are cool enough and they are more active throughout the day.

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Why AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions?

  • Your safety is our first priority
  • Your satisfaction is our goal
  • Unique amazing experience is our promise
  • Uncompromising service is our aim
  • Skilled and professional field team is our strength
  • Ethical work is our belief
  • Small group, big adventures
  • These above points. We have a sincere and wholehearted commitment to make your vacation full of wonderful experiences. You will feel the same on a Red Panda tour in Nepal. (We are working in this field since 1995). It is a well paced itinerary with real life experience. So, you can send your inquiry through the form below.

Trip Itinerary

Arrive at Kathmandu international airport. After completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please see your name placard when exiting the arrival hall. And you will be taken to your hotel where you will be served welcome drinks and after you freshen up, your trip leader will brief you about your trip in the evening at your hotel lobby.

After an early breakfast, we set off on a guided tour of Kathmandu's primary historical sites. We will visit iconic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage sites including Boudhnath. As we wander through the exotic locales of Kathmandu, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. At Boudhnath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, we get a deeper insight into Buddhism. It can invoke your spiritual senses. There will be a brief orientation followed by Trip Preparation at noon in the hotel lobby.

Ilam – Travel – Today you will be transferred to the airport and domestic terminal. From here you will be taken on one of the world's most scenic domestic flights as you travel to the eastern border town of Bhadrapur (45 minute flight) if the weather is fine. 7 of the top 10 highest mountains in the world can be seen on a clear day from this flight. Once you land in Bhadrapur, you will drive north to the city of Ilam in your private vehicle. This is the closest big city to the wildlife viewing habitat and our resting place tonight.

Dobet and Red Panda Accommodation - Red Panda Tracking - Day 4 You will be transferred once again to our private jeep. This time you will be taken to true rural Nepal and the small village of Dovate (4 hours). The road will be bumpy as we head off the beaten path and into the wonderful world of Red Panda. The population of red pandas here is relatively new to science and it is because of the work of scientists here (from RPN) that we are able to go here to see red pandas.

Over the full days you will hike through rhododendron and oak forests in search of the Fire Fox, otherwise known as the Red Panda. During our time at Dobet we will contribute to the sustainable development of the village by supporting the local people and increasing the value of local wildlife to the villagers. It is very important to contribute to the local communities to conserve endangered species and ecosystems and that is why we use our accommodation, level - local tea houses. This helps to provide financial returns to the local people to keep the red panda habitat intact.

Trekking around the forest in search of red pandas is always worth keeping a keen eye out for other wildlife like leopards, leopard cats, mainland seros, Himalayan orange-bellied squirrels, yellow-necked martens, giant Indian civets and dozens of birds. This dense and spectacular forest with beautiful red pandas. Depending on local conditions we will try to arrange some spotlights in the forest after dark. This is a great way to catch a glimpse of rare predators such as marten, leopard cats and perhaps the Asiatic black bear. As RPN trains local people to track red pandas the success rate of finding them has increased to a current high of 95%, so we are very confident of getting great sightings of this small plant mammal within 3 days of being here.

Ilam – Red Panda Tracking and Traveling – Today you can look for red pandas through tea plantations and terraced farms before traveling from Dobate to Ilam (4 hours).

We wake up early in the morning, enjoy our rest/fast and get ready for the arrival of Bhadrapur Janachhu and our plane for the flight back to Kathmandu. On our touchdown at Kathmandu airport, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. The rest of your day is at your leisure.

Enjoy a free day in Kathmandu. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you wish to extend your stay.

Thank you for joining us on this trip and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon.


Cost Inclusion

  • Camping logistical arrangements for your comfort
  • Comfortable lodges and high quality tent during the trip
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (Avalon house) It is conveniently located at Thamel, the main tourist hub of Kathmandu
  • Welcome and farewell dinner (all breakfasts in Kathmandu)
  • Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu flight ticket
  • Hotel accommodation in Ilam with full board services
  • All meals (B,L,D) include tea and coffee during the trip
  • Hot boiled water for drinking purposes and seasonal fresh fruits
  • Trekking permit + National park fee
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local people supported for our Red Panda Trip
  • Best possible equipment for staffs and porters
  • First aid kit with high-altitude medications
  • Staff equipment, insurance and allowances
  • All arrival and departure in Kathmandu airport
  • Emergency Rescue Service

Cost Exclusion

  • International Airfare, Nepal Visa
  • Travel insurance. (recommended)
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Helicopter rescue costs
  • Staff tips


You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Red Panda Trip in Nepal

Trip Facts

  • 10 N/11 Days
  • Moderate
  • Sept - November / March - May
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Flight & Vehicle
  • Fully tented Camp
  • 2 Max 12


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