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Birding and Natural History

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Nepal is a land of extremes! Grand mountains, glacially fed rivers, lowland jungle-like forests… Eight of the fourteen highest peaks in the world are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. While many people are familiar with the majesty of the Himalayan Mountains, most are not aware of a region known as The Terai. This is an area of dense forest, beautiful rivers, biologically rich wetlands, and small culturally engaging villages. It is a natural border between the plains of North India and the hills and mountains of Nepal. Known for being the birthplace of the Buddha, for its culturally vibrant towns, and incredible birding, there’s a lot to see and do in The Terai. A trip to Nepal with Wild Latitudes will provide an opportunity to experience the birds, wildlife, cultures, and breathtaking scenery of this unique region.

Tour Highlights

 Immerse yourself in the vibrant, deeply rooted culture of Nepal's capital: Kathmandu.

 Go birding across a diversity of unique habitats: forests, rivers, and wetlands.

 Great opportunities to see birds like Ibisbill, Himalayan Cutia, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Orange-bellied Leafbird, Red-headed Trogon, and Greater Flameback.

 Potential to encounter amazing mammals like Asian Elephant, Wild Water Buffalo, One-horned Rhinoceros, and Royal Bengal Tiger.

 Explore Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 Visit a "Vulture Restaurant," where wild vultures of multiple species get supplemental food to help with their conservation.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3

Arrive to Kathmandu and explore the city, including its temples and traditional architecture. Local birding in and around the city.

Day 4

Travel to Koshi Tappu. Make stops for birding along the way, including Barju Lake.

Days 5 & 6

Birding and exploring Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Day 7

A scenic drive westward through the foothills of the Himalayas, with rest stops and light birding.

Days 8-11

3 full days of birding and exploring the amazing Chitwan National Park.

Day 12

Drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 13

More exploration and birding in Kathmandu.

Day 14


COST: $6,595


START DATE: Jan 8, 2025

DURATION: 14 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 10

TRIP FOCUS: Birds and Wildlife


  • Guiding services
  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground and water transportation
  • Breakfasts, lunches, most dinners
  • Excursions and park fees

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David Jaffe has been guiding and teaching since 1991. His childhood interest in nature eventually led him to Evergreen State College, WA where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Geology. Later, he earned a M.S. in Applied Ecology from the University of Vermont.

David has led backcountry trips in Denali National Park, learned from students in Kentucky, and gained great insights while hitchhiking home from work in Yosemite National Park. He has experience as a naturalist in many of the lower 48 states and Baja California. David worked as a divemaster in Australia, Costa Rica, and India. He assisted with the establishment of a marine protected area off the coast of Madagascar and researched birds in Canada and South America. His understanding, love and enthusiasm about the natural world continues to grow.

If you love nature travel, you’re in good hands with us

How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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