birding in Khangchenjunga National park (knp)

birding in Khangchenjunga National park (knp)

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Birds watching in Khangchenjunga National park:


Khangchenjunga National park has one of the famous trek routes to Dzongri, Goechala the foothills of the Himalayas region India Located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of West Sikkim), and revels in its abundance of beautiful nature including a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the third highest peak of the world, Mount Khangchenjunga 8,585 meters. Mythological stories are associated with a great number of mountains, local culture, caves, rivers, lakes, glacier, etc. and it is one of the popular hot spots for bird watching in Sikkim. You will find many species of birds in the Khangchenjunga national park. The famous Goechala trek is an 8 to 9-day trek where one can see many of the species found usually only above 3000m altitude. Snow Partridge, Tibetan Snowcock, Hill Partridge, Rufous-throated Partridge, Chestnut-breasted Partridge, Blood Pheasant, Satyr Tragopan, Himalayan Monel, Kalij Pheasant, and many more. If you’re lucky it is changed to get wild animals because you will walk through home from wild animals like Red Panda, Musk Deer, Barking Deer, Black Bear, Great Tibetan Sheep, Himalayan Thar, Goral, wild Fox, and Monkeys and above of 3,500 meters you will have a chance to occasionally spot Snow Leopard, Common Leopard, Blue Sheep, Wild Dogs, Tibetan Wolf, Tibetan Fox, Serov, Lesser Cats, Green Back Tit, Rufous Sibia, and Marmots many more. Some of these like the snow leopards are found in a good density here but it is not easy to spot them as they are very shy creatures and usually stay away from any place humans occupy. They are also very well camouflaged in their surroundings.

How to Reach

If you are trekking with Black yak expedition

Arrive at (NJP) Railway Station, Siliguri or Bagdogra airport by 9 am (on your own)

Black Yak Expedition will arrange pick-up vehicles from NJP railway station and Bagdogra airport to Yuksom the base camp of your trek. We provide luxury vehicles like INNOVA, ZXILO or normal vehicles like TATA SUMO GOULD, BOLERO, etc. And mini cab suitable for 2 or three family with light travel bags like, Wagoner, Alto etc. We cannot arrange shared jeeps because it is not reliable. Above all there are no direct shared jeeps to certain parts of Sikkim from pick up points. You have to break down your points while taking shared jeeps. For example if you are traveling to Yuksom for Goechala Trek or Dzongri Trek there are no direct shared jeeps from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra Airport. First you have to reach silliguri junction from there you have to take a vehicle to Jorethang. (Jorethang is a small business town or main point that connects to most part of Sikkim.) Even though if you reach Jorethang than here comes another challenging part that is all the regular shared jeeps that comes to Jorethang from Yuksom Leave within 2:00 pm. So you have to be there within 1:00 or 2:00 an. Even after that there is no 100% guaranteed that you will get the shared jeeps because it is pre booked by locals by call and you should also keep one thing in mind that in tourist season most of the vehicles are pre-booked. So thinking about shared jeeps is not good at first place.

Transport is arranged in a Tata Sumo (or similar vehicle). Each cab costs Rs. 5500/-

If you request pre booking for pick up and drop along with trek or tour package than this statement is not applicable to you since Black Yak Expedition will pay for the charges but in case if you have not asked for pick up and drop facilities than you should know that the transportation cost is additional, to be shared among the trekkers and paid directly to the drivers.

On the day of pickup at least do your best to be present at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) or Bagdogra Airport within 9:00 Am or 10:00 Am.  Incuse if we start late from this two points than we will reach certain trekking basecamps like Yuksom very Late at night and that can cause great inconvenience to you as we have to begin the trek early next morning. It takes around 6-7 hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway station NJP or Bagdogra airport to Yuksom. Expected arrival time at Yuksom is 5 pm. Due to ongoing constructions on the route and sometimes heavy traffic jams it can delay our travel on the route.

Getting Back:

Depart from Yuksom early morning.

Black yak expedition we will arrange reserved vehicle to drop trekkers to NJP railway station or Bagdogra airport.

The transportation cost from Yuksom to NJP/Bagdogra is additional, to be shared among trekkers and paid directly to the driver.

The approximately cost for reserved vehicle is Rs. 5,500/-

Expected arrival time at NJP/Bagdogra is 5 pm. It is wise for you to book your train/flight tickets late in the evening to give you enough buffer time. Or Plan extra days in your itinerary to avoid busy schedule.

Please email us for the Best Costing and Availability. The Costing depends on Number of person and the minimum required number of person for the trek is 2 pax and maximum is 30 pax. The more the number of trekkers the better the Price. The given costing will be based on per head per day basis which will includes all the necessary facilities required during the trek from the point of start to the end. Please email us for the Brief Description of the Costing and the Facilities and services provided with it.

We have special costing for the bigger group, Student Group, Religious Group and Senior Citizens. The costing is based on the Requirements and demand of the group. Do email us [email protected] to know the special prices and services provided.


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