Sattal-Chopta, Winter Birding - 15th Nov. to 22nd Nov. 2019

Sattal-Chopta, Winter Birding - 15th Nov. to 22nd Nov. 2019

7 Nights 8 Days

Chopta is a world-renowned place in Uttarakhand, this place comes under Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary, with species count of 350+ there are still new records adding to this area. it's a perfect place to see higher altitude birds of Western Himalayas. Sattal in other hand is the first destination on this tour. Sattal + Chopta make the tour very wonderful ..because this time you find those Birds also in Sattal which you get to see in Chopta in summers! ..its a great time to see higher altitude Birds and families like of Finches. 

mid-November is the best time to visit Sattal and Chopta, after this the heavy snowfall starts..the best part of making a tour this time is very less crowd in Chopta. this tour is from Kathgodam to Kathgodam. 

Itinerary

Scheduled dates: 15th Nov - 22nd Nov 2019 (7 nights and 8 days)

Day 1 (15 Nov) 

Arrival at Bhumiyadhar. Lunch at SPC Apartment

Departure to Sattal & Return at 6:30 PM. Dinner at 8:30 Pm at SPC Apartment.

Day 2 (16 Nov) 

Morning Session at Chanfi, departure from SPC Apartment at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and return by 12:00 Noon

Lunch at 1:30 PM at SPC Apartment

Evening Session at Sattal, departure from SPC Apartment at 3:00 PM and return by 06:00 PM

Dinner will be organized at 8:30 PM at SPC Apartment

Day 3 (17th Nov) 

Morning - Heading to Chopta ((260k.m) after early breakfast or packed breakfast

Lunch on the way at Karnprayag. 

Evening - Rach Chopta (mostly on average, the arrival is around sunset) 

Dinner will be organized at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 20:30 hours. 

Day 4 (18 Nov) 

Morning Session at  Chopta, departure from HBL at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and return by 12:00 Noon

Lunch at 1:30 PM at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 12:00 hours

Evening Session at Chopta-Mandal road, departure from HBL at 3:00 PM and return by 06:00 PM

Dinner will be organized at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 20:30 hours. 

Day 5 (19 Nov) 

Morning Session at new Tungnath trail, departure from HBL at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and return by 12:00 Noon

Lunch at 1:30 PM at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 12:00 hours

Evening Session - at trail which is 7 k.m down from Chopta. 

Dinner will be organized at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 20:30 hours. 

Day 6 (20 Nov)

Morning Session - Birding at Mandal VIllage, departure from HBL at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and return by 12:00 Noon

Lunch at 1:30 PM at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 12:00 hour

Evening Session - Birding at Old Tungnath Trail, departure from HBL at 02:00 PM and return by 06:00 PM

Dinner will be organized at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 20:30 hours. 

Day 7 (21 Nov)
Birding at Makku Farm departure from HBL at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and return by 12:00 Noon
Lunch at 1:30 PM at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 12:00 hours

Evening Session - Birding at new Tungnath Trail, departure from HBL at 02:00 PM and return by 06:00 PM
Dinner will be organized at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 20:30 hours. 

Day 8 (22 Nov)
Morning Session at Chopta-Mandal road - departure from HBL at 5:00 AM with packed breakfast and packed luggage, as we will go back towards Sattal after the morning session.

 
Lunch at 1:30 PM at Himalaya Birding Lodge at Chopta at 12:00 hours

Dinner will be organized at SPC apartment at 21:00 hours. 
Day 9 -  See off & departure back to the respective location.

Stuff to Carry

We suggest you carry the following stuff along with you in this Tour. 

wearable 
gloves, winter cap, jacket, rain cover, Jungle Shoes, Hat, Sunglasses 

gear
binocular, notebook, pen, Thermas 

anything especially required can be brought or can be told us so that we can arrange 

What to Look For

Bearded Vulture
Collared Gorsbeak
European Goldfinch
Himalayan Griffon
Koklass
Monal 
Pink Browed Rosefinch
Red Fronted Rosefinch
Red-Headed Bullfinch
Snow Partridge
White-collared Black Bird
Winter Wren
 

Tour Expert

Ankit Das Loiwal 

Name - Ankit
Skill - Field Guiding and Providing outdoor Adventure Experiences. 
Languages - English and Hindi. 

Ankit is grown up in Chanfi, a village near Sattal, he is an adventure and birds since childhood, he gain his interest from the bird watching in the morning while he use to go School, which has turned up in his profession now, though he us expert in flora and fauna you get in Kumaon Mountains, but he is famous for Owls..and also known as Owl Expert, with his field team he takes you out at night and tracks the owls by their huntings and favorites spots at night.. 
He is very determined in the field to make sure you get a good photograph of your target. 
Not only birding, when he is off from field..he is in Sattal Lake, where he provides the outdoor experience which includes River Crossing, Swimming and Water Activities. He is 320 days in the field.

Accomodation

Sattal Accommodation - at SPC apartments. 

Chopta Accommodation - at Himalaya Birding Lodge 
this is a homestay in Chopta which has simple healthy rooms since Chopat doesn't have electricity ..everything depends here on solar power and yes you can use your laptop also if there is sunshine with the day. they cook food in wood and canteen has a very warm atmosphere..food is served in the canteen only, which is just above the rooms. 

Tour Cost

this tour is of 35500 per pax. 
and it includes - 
- Transport from Kathgodam and Drop to Kathgodam. 
- Accommodation
- All meals 
- Field Guiding 
- Vehicle Service in the field 
-  all taxes 

excludes 
- any kind of personal expenses. 
- any kind of ordered stuff from Field Guide. 

note -
- Cost includes twin sharing of room, 3-time meals and evening morning tea and snack (breakfast would be packed)
- this tour cost applies when at least 4 members are there. 
- we take group size maximum 6 if it increases we make 2 groups, lead by two different guides. 

Registration

Tour Cost : INR 35500 (Per People)

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