Transfer to Gugu khan (scarlet camp, 3 to 4 people budgeted) or Campland (for luxury budget).
Birding enroute at Jeolikote (Good place for White-throated and Common Kingfishers,Plumbeous and White Capped Redstarts, Green Magpie, the raucous White Crested Laughingthrushes, Blue-throated and Lineated Barbets and the resplendent Scarlet Minivet etc. .
Check in at the Camp. Lunch.
Post lunch to be followed by birding for Spotted Forktails, Green Tailed Sunbird, Striated Laughingthrush, the noisy Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler, Green-backed Tit, Verditer Flycatcher, Great Barbet, and if lucky, even a Brown Fish Owl like the one that was spotted by us in the beginning of August at the nearby stream/ sigri.
Bonfire in the evening followed by dinner . Night Drive to Vinayak or Kilbury to look for Leopards and other creatures of the night like the Red Fox, Himalayan Palm Civet, and Serow.
Overnight at Camp .
Early start 6 a.m ( with packed breakfast)to “Cheer point” primarily to look for the elusive Cheer pheasant, The forest around is good for Koklass pheasant, Common Kestrel, Himalayan and Rufous-bellied woodpeckers, thrushes like the Chesnut-bellied Rock Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush etc. Mammals like Himalayan Brown Goral on the rolling grassy slopes of Cheer Point and possibilities of Barking Deer, Sambar and even Serow in the forests around.
Post our lookout for Cheer Pheasants and Himalayan Gorals we will aim to proceed further and drive through dense Oak and Deodar forests till Kunjakharak Forest Rest House, with pauses for bird spotting at various other milestones . The forests here hold the promise of the musical yet uncommon Hill Partridge, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Grey-winged Blackbird, Eurasian Jay and the White-tailed Nuthatch as well as the beautiful Fire-breasted Flowerpecker and recently even offered us sightings of the Black Backed Forktail at two different spots along the road as well. Mammals may include Wild Boar, Leopard (if we are very lucky) and even one of the 2-3 Tigers recorded coming up from the Corbett Tiger Reserve in the Camera traps of the Forest Department.
Kunjakharak is the end of the road, and provides a viewer with spectacular views of the Kosi River Valley. We will take a short Chai and Breakfast break here to take in the surrounding forest and its feathered residents like Black-throated Tits, Coal Tits, White-throated Laughingthrushes, Maroon Oriole and the enormous Scaly-bellied Woodpecker to name a few .
Back to the Camp for lunch, afternoon birding in the lowland slopes at Bagad and Timlapani to look for Spotted forktails , Green tailed, Black throated and Fire-tailed Sunbirds, Grey breasted, Ashy and Plain Prinias, Oriental White Eyes ,Slaty-headed Parakeets, Blue-throated barbets and the tiny but mystically sounding Black-chinned Babbler.
An Early Start once again at 6 a.m and aiming to check out the birding at one of the trails amidst the thick Oak forest behind Gugukhan. This area is a haunt of Leopards, Himalayan Black Bears, and Yellow-throated Martens. Birding highlights would possibly include the Soaring and Majestic Black Eagle, Himalayan Vultures, Grey-hooded Warbler, Himalayan Shrike Babbler, Rufous Sibia, Yellow-breasted Greenfinch, Brown fronted Woodpecker, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch, and Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Greater and Lesser Yellownapes to name a few Back for breakfast to the Camp between 9-10 .
Post lunch we will try the Budlakot Village trail. This trail starts right opposite Pangot village, takes you deep into oak forests as well as to a stream around 2kms from the starting point . Birds such as Kalij and Koklass Pheasant, Black-headed Jay, Streaked Laughingthrush, Whistler’s Warbler, Rufous-bellied and Small Niltava, Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon, Blue-Whistling Thrush, Black-faced Warbler, Oriental Turtle Dove are some of the target species.
Return to the Camp for dinner .
Overnight at Camp.
Option of Night Drive at extra cost or a free guided Night Walk/Stroll.
An Early morning Chai with the birds and birding in the vicinity of the resort with chances of Black Francolin, Grey Bushchat, Grey-breasted Prinia, Common Stonechat, Red-Rumped Swallows, Chestnut-bellied Nuthatches, and Spotted Doves for company. Post the Chai and light snack Proceed to sattal with packed lunch. Sattal is unique for its biodiversity and ecological amplitude. It has 500 species of resident and migratory birds, 20 species of mammals, over 525 species of butterflies and over 11,000 species of moths, beetles, bugs and other insects. The flora covers a wide and diverse range of plants ranging from Bryophytes, orchids, rare climbing plants, ferns, lichens, fungi, medicinal herbs and shrubs. Our Target species here will include Streak-throated Woodpecker, Crested Serpent Eagle, Pale-billed and Thick Billed Flowerpeckers, Pied and the Gigantic Crested Kingfishers, Russet Sparrow, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, The odd looking and stunning Long-Tailed Broadbill, Ashy Bulbul, Red-billed Leothrix, Grey and Rufous Treepies, Black-lored Tit, Chestnut-tailed and Blue winged Minlas and many others. Return in the evening after sunset back to the camp, and hopefully get lucky with mammals like Leopard or even a Leopard Cat like we saw in August.
Evening Bonfire and Dinner.
Overnight at Camp.
On Our final morning we will chance our hand at birding at a location chosen by you via a popular poll or decision.
Return to the Camp by 10 and have Breakfast.
Post breakfast transfer to Kathgodam for the Onward journey.
Mr. Sachin Pushkarna, Ms. Kiran Chand & Ms. Ruchi
B-104, Ganges Towers, Omaxe Riviera, Rudrapur, Uttarakhand, India - 263153
Thrilling Uttarakhand Tour - 2 D / 1 N
travelderness birding Tour - 3 D / 2 N
Sigri - Vinayak - Kunjakharak - Pangot - Nainital
White Water Thriller On Rishikesh Tour - 2 D / 1 N
Manali Adventure Camping Tour - 3 D / 2 N
Travelderness Birding Tour - 4 D / 3 N
Travelderness Birding Package - 3 D / 2 N
Panchachuli Base Camp Trek - 9 D / 8 N
Kathgodam - Pithoragarh - Urthing - Nagling - Panchachuli - Urthing - Dharchula
Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek - 9 D / 8 N
Munsyari - Pamdeo - Bagudiyar - Rilkot - Ghanghar - Martoli - Nahardevi - Pamdeo - Munsyari
Johar - Ralam Valley Trek Tour - 14 D / 13 N
Kathgodam - Munsyari - Pamdeo - Bagudiyar - Rilkot - Ghanghar - Milam - Brijgang Pass - Marjhali - Lingurani - Panto