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Nepal, Langtang and Pulchowki.  9 October – 1 November 2006

Report by Stijn De Win




October 2006

-9th  flight BangkokKathmandu with Royal Nepal Airlines, check logistics with company and meet porter/guide, check in Moonlight Hotel

-10th start 7h00 with 4WD, arrive 10h00 Trisuli Bazaar, arrive 14h00 Dunche.  Walk below checkpoint 15h00 – 18h00.  (Hotel Tibet Mountain View)

-11th 6h30 - 9h30 walk till 3,5 kms before checkpoint (towards Trisuli Bazaar), start trekking 10h50, at Thulo Barkhu 13h00, arrive Thulo Syabru 17h40 (Lama Hotel)

-12th 6h30 – 10h00 walk on trail back towards Dunche until prayer flags, start trekking 10h50, arrive Bamboo lodge 15h00 (Tibet Guesthouse)

Langtang mountains                             Langtang Lirung
Langtang Lirung dominates the landscape with 7225m.                           A closer look through the tele-lens.


-13th start trekking 9h00, at Lama Hotel (Changtang) 12h00, arrive Ghoratabela 16h00 (Hotel Tibetan)

-14th birding in forest and scrub Ghoratabela 6h00-11h30, start trekking 12h45, arrive Langtang 16h20 (Village view hotel)

-15th walk Langtang village vicinity 6h30-9h00, start trekking 10h00, arrive Kyanjin at 13h00, walk towards Ibisbill flats 15h00-17h00 (Hotel Yala Peak)

-16th 6h30-11h00 walk to Ibisbill flats and birds seen! 14h15-17h00 walk to wood opposite river from Kyanjin.

-17th 6h45-9h30 climb hill behind Kyanjin until 4285m altitude, start trekking 10h45, arrive Langtang village 12h15, after lunch start to Ghoratabela (13h45-16h00) (Hotel Tibetan)

-18th birding Ghoratabela until 11h45, start trekking 13h00 and arrive Hotel Langtang View at 16h20.

Langtang trekking                       Langtang Lirung view
Track and forest near Dunche at the start of the trek.       A little rest with Langtang Lirung in the distance.


-19th 7h00 till 11h30 slowly to Bamboo lodge, 11h45 till 13h35 slowly to café on top, arrive 15h45 at Thulo Syabru (Lama Hotel)

-20th start trekking 7h35, Danda Tea shops at 11h45,  start here 14h00 and arrive Shin Gompa 15h00 (Hotel Lhasa)

-21st 6h45 until 13h45 birding to Danda Tea shops and back, 16h00 until 17h45 walk towards Laurabina up to 200m higher than Shin Gompa.

-22th short walk in wood near Shin Gompa, rest day, snow from 16h30.

-23th birding walk to Cholangpati and 100m higher beyond until snowline, then return to Shin Gompa, start trekking 13h50 and arrive 16h00 at Deurali

             Ibisbill    Hanuman Langur
 Ibisbill breeds on the Langtang Khola stone flats near Kyanjin Gompa.     Hanuman Langur are common lower down.


-24th birding near Deurali, start trekking 9h30 and arrive Duncha at 12h30, walk below checkpoint 16h00-18h00

-25th 7h45 until 11h00 slowly to Thare with birding, start trekking Thare at 11h30, Kalikastan at 15h30 and arrive Betrawati at 17h25.

-26th birding river at Betrawati, minibus to Kathmandu at 8h00 and arrive 11h45 (Nature Hotel, very good for 10 USD)

-27th day trip to Nagarkot

-28th 6h20 leave for Godaveri, start walking up Pulchowki 7h10 and arrive at summit 13h10 (6 hours with birding, ascending 1100 meters, some trekkers did it in 4,5 hours), back down at Godaveri at 17h00. 

-29th all day birding at Godaveri

-30th and 31st rest in Kathmandu

-1st November flight to Bangkok

                        Bridge on Langtang trekking                       Forest at Langtang trekking
                        On the Phawo Khola bridge.                                       Impressive forests near Dursagang.


Trip list


Kalij Pheasant ; one near Thulu Syabru, several near Nagarkot and Pulchowki

Yellow-rumped Honeyguide ; 1 male on bee-nests 200m up from Landslide lodge.

Speckled Piculet ; near Landslide and 7 birds in a few hours at Godaveri

Brown-fronted Woodpecker ; near Landslide, Deurali and Dunche

Rufous-bellied Woodpecker ; male Ghoratabela and pair Danda Tea shops

Crimson-breasted Woodpecker ; 1 near Pulchowki summit

Darjeeling Woodpecker ; pair near Landslide

Scaly-bellied Woodpecker ; fairly common Danda Tea shop – Shin Gompa – Deurali

Great Barbet

Golden-throated Barbet

Blue-throated Barbet

Common Hoopoe ; one Dunche

Common Kingfisher

White-throated Kingfisher

Crested Kingfisher ; one from car near Trisuli Bazaar

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

Asian Koel

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Himalayan Swiftlet ; not many, near Langtang and Thulu Syabru

House Swift ; Kathmandu only

Mountain Scops Owl ; 1 heard Deurali

Collared Owlet ; heard only

Rock Pigeon ; the real stuff at river near Bamboo

Snow Pigeon ; big groups Langtang village, seen nowhere else

Speckled Wood Pigeon ; 5 and 1 in flight Ghoratabela

Oriental Turtle Dove

Eurasian Woodcock ; several in forest at Shin Gompa

Common Sandpiper

Ibisbill ; 1 adult and 1 juvenile near the end of the stone flats beyond Kyanjin Gompa, where the flats become one single river again near Marku. = 1 hour walk from Kyanjin.

Black Kite

Lammergeier ; a pair seen several times near Kyanjin

Himalayan Griffon ; 2 +1 seen near Kyanjin, 1 near Langtang

Eurasian Griffon ; approx. 10 Trisuli river valley near Betrawati

Black Eagle ; Thulo Syabru, Nagarkot, Pulchowki, Dunche

Northern Goshawk

Oriental Honey-Buzzard

Common/Upland Buzzard ; a dark morph present 3 days at Shin Gompa

Long-legged Buzzard ; one on descent to Betrawati

Steppe Eagle ; 2 on descent to Betrawati, 1 Nagarkot

Bonelli’s Eagle ; one enroute Dunche – Betrawati

Booted Eagle ; one Nagarkot

Mountain Hawk Eagle ; one near Lama Hotel, 1 above Thulu Syabru, Deurali

Common Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon ; one Dunche

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Indian Pond Heron

Orange-bellied Leafbird

Long-tailed Shrike

Grey-backed Shrike

Eurasian Jay

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie ; common Dunche up to Ghoratabela

Red-billed Blue Magpie ; Godaveri only

Grey Treepie ; Dunche area and extremely common Godaveri-Pulchowki

Red-billed Chough ; Langtang and Kyanjin

Yellow-billed Chough ; Kyanjin

House Crow

Large-billed Crow

Common Raven ; only seen twice, Langtang and Kyanjin

Maroon Oriole ; Dunche

Long-tailed Minivet

Scarlet Minivet

Yellow-bellied Fantail

White-throated Fantail

Black Drongo

Ashy Drongo

Brown Dipper ; 1 beyond Kyanjin, 1 Betrawati

Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush ; Dunche, Deurali, Ghoratabela, …

Blue Whistling Thrush

White-collared Blackbird ; 1 male only on descent from Shin Gompa to Deurali at 2900m

Grey-winged Blackbird ; 1 male only between Brabal and Thulu Syabru

Dark-sided Flycatcher ; several seen

Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher ; common, common, common

Slaty-blue Flycatcher ; 2 males Ghoratabela, a female Deurali

Verditer Flycatcher ; Dunche, Thulo Syabru

Small Niltava ; 2 Dunche, 1 enroute Thulo Syabru

Rufous-bellied Niltava ; few Bamboo lodge to Lama Hotel, Dunche

Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

Orange-flanked Bush Robin ; common Ghoratabela and Shin Gompa area

Golden Bush Robin ; very common Ghoratabela and Shin Gompa, but only 3 nice males seen, 1 Shin Gompa, 1 Deurali and 1 Pulchowki summit

Oriental Mapie Robin

Black Redstart

Hodgon’s Redstart ; few Bamboo lodge, Ghoratabela

Blue-fronted Redstart ; common at higher altitudes

White-capped Redstart

Plumbeous Water Redstart

White-tailed Robin ; Dunche

Little Forktail ; at bridge up from Bamboo and Phalaku river at Betrawati

Spotted Forktail ; fairly common

Siberian Stonechat

Pied Bushchat

Grey Bushchat

Common Myna

Jungle Myna

Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch ; 1 near Shin Gompa, few Langtang valley

White-tailed Nuthatch ; common

Wallcreeper ; one from Bamboo lodge and one near Langtang village

Rusty-flanked Treecreeper ; Ghoratabela and Shin Gompa

              Mountains on the Langtang trek  Terraces on the Langtang trek
              View on Langtang Lirung from the Ibisbill spot.           Terraces near Dunche at the start of the trek.


Brown-throated Treecreeper ; Dunche

Rufous-vented Tit ; Ghoratabela, forest opposite river at Kyanjin and Shin Gompa

Coal Tit ; few near Lama Hotel

Grey-crested Tit ; Danda Tea Shops and Shin Gompa area

Great Tit ; Godaveri

Green-backed Tit ; common

Black-lored Tit ; near Landslide lodge and Pulchowki

Yellow-browed Tit ; few near Dunche, Pulchowki

Black-throated Tit ; common Dunche, Thulu Syabru to Bamboo, Godaveri

Rufous-fronted Tit ; Ghoratabela and Shin Gompa

Winter Wren ; Kyanjin and Shin Gompa (dark nipalensis)

Red-rumped Swallow

Asian House Martin ; few Langtang village

Nepal House Martin ; common Dunche etc.

Himalayan bulbul ; common Dunche, few Thulo Syabru, Nagarkot

Red-vented Bulbul ; Kathmandu valley

Mountain Bulbul ; near Landslide, Deurali and Pulchowki

Black Bulbul ; common

Striated Prinia ; Thulo Syabru

Oriental White-eye

Chestnut-headed Tesia ; 2 Langtang valley, Dunche, Pulchowki

Slaty-bellied Tesia ; 2 near Bamboo lodge

Aberrant Bush Warbler ; Shin Gompa and Pulchowki

Grey-sided Bush Warbler ; common Ghoratabela, Shin Gompa

Tickell’s Leaf Warbler ; Dunche, common Langtang valley and Shin Gompa area

Buff-barred Warbler

Ashy-throated Warbler

Lemon (Pale)-rumped Warbler ; common

Hume’s Warbler ; few Ghoratabela

Yellow-browed Warbler

Western Crowned Warbler ; only 1 near Landslide

Blyth’s Leaf Warbler ; only few Thulu Syabru area

Whistler’s Warbler ; common

Grey-hooded warbler ; common

Chestnut-crowned Warbler ; common

Black-faced Warbler ; group at Landslide lodge and group near Pawo Khola bridge

Goldcrest ; Shin Gompa only

White-throated Laughingthrush ; Dunche, Langtang valley, Godaveri

White-crested LT ; Godaveri

Striated LT ; few Dunche, Deurali, Langtang View hotel

Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush ; 3 in shrub Nagarkot

Spotted LT ; 5 Ghoratabela and 2 near Danda Tea Shop

Grey-sided LT ; 6-7 on lower slopes Pulchowki

Streaked LT ; Dunche, Langtang valley, Deurali

Variegated LT ; Dunche, Langtang valley, Shin Gompa area

Black-faced LT ; 1 Ghoratabela

Chestnut-crowned LT ; common

Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler ; Godaveri

Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler ; Dunche and Pulchowki

Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler ; 1 near Landslide, on climb up towards Pawo Khola bridge

Pygmy Wren Babbler ; white and fulvous morph Pulchowki

Kathmandu                             Scaly Thrush
View over Kathmandu from the hotel roof top.                                       Scaly Thrush photographed at Godaveri.


Black-chinned Babbler ; near Landslide and Godaveri

Grey-throated Babbler ; Godaveri

Red-billed Leiothrix ; Dunche and Godaveri

White-browed Shrike Babbler ; Deurali

Hoary-throated Barwing ; near Deurali and Pulchowki

Chestnut-tailed Minla ; common

Rufous-winged Fulvetta ; Dunche

White-browed Fulvetta ; Ghoratabela, Shin Gompa and Pulchowki

Nepal Fulvetta ; Pulchowki and Godaveri

Whiskered Yuhina ; Deurali and Pulchowki

Stipe-throated Yuhina ; Ghoratabela and Pulchowki near summit

Rufous-vented Yuhina ; Ghoratabela, Shin Gompa and Pulchowki near summit

Rufous Sibia ; very common up to 2700m

Black-throated Parrotbill ; group near Pawo Khola bridge

Fire-breasted Flowerpecker ; few Dunche

Mrs Gould’s Sunbird ; few Thulu Syabru

Green-tailed Sunbird ; few Langtang valley, Deurali

Fire-tailed Sunbird ; Deurali and Pulchowki

House Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

White Wagtail ; Betrawati

White-browed Wagtail ; Betrawati

Citrine Wagtail ; one in marshy area near wood opposite river from Kyanjin

Grey Wagtail

Olive-backed Pipit ; few

Rosy Pipit ; only 1 above Shin Gompa

Alpine Accentor ; one Kyanjin

Rufous-breasted Accentor ; common near Langtang village, Ghoratabela, Shin Gompa, Deurali

Yellow-breasted Greenfinch ; common Dunche, Thulo Syabru, enroute Betrawati

Red Crossbill ; Danda Tea Shops

Dark-breasted Rosefinch ; Ghoratabela and Shin Gompa

Common Rosefinch ; Dunche

Beautiful Rosefinch ; common around Langtang village

Pink-browed Rosefinch ; male and female on descent from Shin Gompa to Deurali at 2900m,  females Ghoratabela

Spot-winged Rosefinch ; group inclusive a few males above Deurali at 2900m

White-browed Rosefinch ; 2-3 between Shin Gompa – Cholangpati

Crimson-browed Finch ; one female near Danda Tea Shops

Scarlet Finch ; one female near Landslide, on climb up towards Pawo Khola bridge

Collared Grosbeak ; one group in forest between Shin Gompa and Danda Tea Shops

White-winged Grosbeak ; few groups between Shin Gompa and Cholangpati

Gold-naped Finch ; one female 150m up from Shin Gompa (to Cholangpati)




Stijn De Win / has published this information page on 5 September 2009.

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