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Red Panda Expedition

The Red Panda Expedition – Tinchule Forest, Nepal

Tinchule Forest of Nepal & Singalila National Park in India is one of the most exotic Himalayan forest in eastern indo-nepal region. Singalila NP is a national park of India located on the Singalila Ridge at an altitude of 7000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level, in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it.

The area is one of the best place for the Exotic Red Panda. Apart from this other mammals found here are- Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Black Panther, Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking Deer, Yellow-throated Marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika etc.

Tinchule-Singalila is a Birding Paradise. More than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like- Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Kalij Pheasant, Brown and Fulvous Parrotbills, Rufous-vented Tit, and Old World babblers like the Fire-tailed Myzornis and the Golden-breasted Fulvetta, Rosefinchs, bull finches, Wran Babblers, Laughingthrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yahunas, Minivets, Partriges and many more.

The whole Tinchule-Singalila tour will be an experience of a life time. Four of the five highest peaks in the world can be seen from this park which are Mount Everest, Kangchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu. And seeing a Red Panda in a place like this is just mind-blowing, Dream of every photographer. We will have a team of porters to help us with our equipment during trekking. Not sure if you can trek? Don’t worry, there will be safari cars going with us. You can hop on any time you want. The safari cars used here are the historic Land Rovers. These cars are alive only here in the world, a heritage in deed.

Habre’s Nest:

Habre’s Nest is a Indo-Nepal joint venture towards sustainable tourism around Red Panda and it’s conservation. Red Panda & it’s habitat is hugely threatened in this world and pushing them further towards extinction; we all need to save them for a better world. Habre’s Nest is dedicated to this cause and sharing 20% of it’s profit for the Red Panda & it’s habitat conservation.

This is Home to the couple ‘Tashi & Prema’ an integral part of Habre’s Nest. Tashi is also the official Red Panda Guardian of the area for the US based Red Panda Network (http://redpandanetwork.org) an authoritative organization for Red Panda conservation and research. He is undoubtedly the best tracker around. Who better to have as your host!  Apart from that, there are 15more local people (both from India & Nepal) who have become the member of the house and made the Home stay themselves. Every member of the house is unique in their own way and ever ready to give you the exclusive experience.

Location: Please believe us when we say Habre’s Nest is situated at a place surrounded by Red Pandas in all the directions. Habre’s Nest is situated in Tinchule Forest, Kaiakata Village, Illam, Nepal but just other side of the road of Singalila National Park, WB, India though both the side is perfect habitat for Red Panda and heavenly beauty of eastern Himalayas, it is very remote. This Village has only one House apart from our Homestay. The Best way to reach here is- Fly to Bagdogra then Inova till the Singalila National Park gate (Manebhanjan) takes around 4 hrs and then Safari Land Rovers to Habre’s Nest which takes another 2-2.30 hrs through the National Park.

The unique eastern himalayan habitat makes this place exclusive for exotic himalayan Birds, Including Satyr Tragopan, Blood Pheasant etc. Other sightings possible in this area- Clouded Leopard, Black Leopard, Indian Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Martin, Leopard Cat, Asiatic Golden Cat, Binturong, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Himalayan Serow, Ghoral, Mask Deer and many more..

The facilities at the homestay include 4 double rooms with en-suite facilities, all rooms have balconies with a wonderful valley and sunset view, room fireplace, running hot and cold water, in-house bird studio, lounge and dining with a bar, trained naturalists and power back up.

Homestay & Facilities:

Habre’s Nest Homstay, Tinchule Forest, Kaiakata:

  • 4 Double Bedded Rooms with Attached Western Toilets & Balcony
  • Every Balcony is a Sunset Point.
  • Running Hot & Cold Water.
  • Natural Himalayan spring water & Total RO drinking water.
  • TV at the sitting area (only for presentations & documentary )
  • Local & western Bar cum sitting area with a fire place; we call it Roosting Kuna
  • Power supply (Generator) runs for 12 hrs/ day + solar power.
  • Perfect Blend of Local Food with a western touch.
  • In house Bird hide.
  • Trained Naturalists, Field Biologist, Guides & Porters.
  • Directly taking part in the conservation, 20% of the profit margin goes to the Conservation fund. Be a part of Sustainable Tourism.

Sighting Chances:  Our team has already conducted several Red Panda tours  with 100% success rate at an average of 3 pandas per trip (8 to 10 days). the sighting of Red Panda is one of the most difficult thing in the wild with a very low daily success rate (Also because they move less). According to our calculations the chances of Red Panda Sighting is as mentioned below,

  • 3 Nights & 4 Days: Less than 25%
  • 5 Nights & 6 Days: More than 50 %
  • 7 Nights & 8 Days: More than 95% (Recommended)

 

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