4 - to - 6 Days

Latpanchar Birding Trail, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Latpanchar, a small hamlet nestled on the northern boundary of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in North Bengal. The Sanctuary is located at the eastern Himalayan foothills, bounded by the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. The varying altitudes of the region, from the terai in the south to the mountains in the north is the prime reason for its rich diversity within a small region, and the overwhelming abundance and variety or birdlife as well as other wildlife. This is also the breeding site for the Vulnerable to Near Threatened Rufous-necked Hornbill which starts in April when the female seals herself inside their hollow-chamber nests and sheds her feathers.

 

Base Camp Latpanchar

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary,West Bengal, India

 

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Event Itinerary


Max Altitude:1300 m

Day 01: Arrival Day.

Pickup from NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra and transport to Latpanchar. Day long birding in and around Latpanchar. Overnight stay in Hotel/Guest house.

Birding in and around Latpanchar and other trails of Mahananda WLS: 2 to 4 days.

With our main focus on the various rare residents, we will explore the region with professional guides/spotters and have a flexible plan of exploration with respect to the needs of the team. The other spots that can be visited are Bagora, Rong Tong and within buffer area of Mahananda WLS (all within an hour away from Latpanchar) which have been identified as rich trails for birding.

A short ride to Ahal Dara, a vantage point with stunning 360 degree view with the white massif of Mt. Kanchendzonga standing out in the greenery.

Stay in Latpanchar on all nights.

Departure Day:
Drop off at NJP/Siliguri/Bagdogra depending on mode of transport.

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Mahanada Wildlife Sanctuary


Area and Topography:

Latpanchar, a small hamlet nestled on the northern boudary of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in North Bengal. The Sanctuary is located at the eastern Himalayan foothills, bounded by the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. The varying altitudes of the region, from the terai in the south to the mountains in the north is the prime reason for its rich diversity within a small region, and the overwhelming abundance and variety or birdlife as well as other wildlife.

FLORA:

The forest type in Mahananda WLS varies from riverain forests to dense mixed-wet forest in the higher elevation in Latpanchar area.

The primary biomes corresponding to the ecozone are:

  • Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests – characterized by oaks, various species of rhodendrons, magnolia, maple etc. at higher altitudes within the Sanctuary.
  • Himalayan subtropical broadleaf forests – characterized by dononaea shrubs, Siwalik sal,  moist mixed deciduous forests, subtropical broadleaf wet hill forests, northern tropical semi-evergreen forests, and northern tropical wet evergreen forests etc in lower altitudes.
  • Himalayan subtropical pine forests – They are large coniferous forests characterized by  thin woodland of drought-resistant Chir pine (Pinus roxburghii) trees with a ground cover of thick grass, as regular fires do not allow a shrubby undergrowth to establish itself. Over here they cover mostly south facing slopes of the hills.

FAUNA:

This is home to 36 mammals and more than 240 species of birds, the most sought after being the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill. Though only a handful of these birds live in the wild, this magnificent creature can be easily seen flying around in the Sanctuary, especially from the Latpanchar area which has openings for sighting and clear vantage points.

Apart from the Hornbill, this area boasts of birds belonging to various orders, some rarities being the Asian Emerald Cuckoo, Black Baza, Collared Scops Owl, Hodgson’s Frogmouth, Red-headed Trogon, Green Cochoa, Grey-headed Parrotbill and many more. Some commonly seen mammals are the Malayan Giant Squirrel and Barking Deer.

Namthing Pokhari, a seasonal Lake situated a few kilometres away from Latpanchar is one of the final refuges of the extremely rare Himalayan Salamander, that breeds there during monsoon. This species is slowly getting extinct due to habitat loss as well as its place in illegal trade.

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Scheduled Date

There is no scheduled batch right now. But you can request to start one on cost sharing basis. We will offer dynamic pricing, as more people join you pay less.


Gallery

Latpanchar Birding Trail – Scarlet Minivet (male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Scarlet Minivet (female)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Rufous-necked Hornbill (male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Rufous-necked Hornbill (male) – 3
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Rufous-necked Hornbill (male) – 2
Latpanchar Birding rail – Rufous-bellied Niltava (male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Long-tailed Broadbill
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Khalij Pheasant (male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Indian Yellow Tit
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Indian Cuckoo
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Indian Cuckoo with a caterpillar catch
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Himalayan Cutia
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Grey-Winged Blackbird (Male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Great Barbet
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush (Male)
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Black Bulbul
Latpanchar Birding Trail – Barking Deer



How To Reach

Flight

Flights are there from all the major International Airports like Delhi,Kolkata and Mumbai To Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri. Flight tickets can be cheap if booked well in advance.

Road

Latpanchar is at a distance of 41 Kms from Siliguri City.There are no direct bus services to Latpanchar. One needs to avail a car from Siliguri or NJP which takes about 1 and half hours along the Sevoke Road.

Train

 New Jalpaiguri (NJP) is the nearest Railway Station if you are planning to catch a flight till Kolkata. The trains to NJP leave from Sealdah Station in Kolkata. Siliguri is just 9 Kms from the NJP Railway Station.

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Travel Fee

 Cost varies with the duration of itinerary and group size. Foreign Nationals need to pay an extra amount for all permits based on group size.


Terms & Conditions

Fees Include:

  • Stay at Latpanchar on 2-3 sharing basis in Guest House or Home stay.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) after we welcome you on arrival day and before we bid goodbye on departure day. Veg/Non-Veg as per preference.
  • Wildlife and Forest Fees based on your Nationality
  • Services of experienced field guide with due knowledge of terrain and movement of wildlife. Birder is to Guide ratio would be equal to or less than 5:1.
  • All transportation from pickup on arrival till drop for departure.
  • All Service Taxes

Exclusions:

  • Any personal equipment or gear.
  • Any charges for a camera, if required.
  • Any insurance.
  • Anything is not mentioned in above inclusions.

Cancellation:

  • Cancellation prior to 30 days from the start of the event– full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 15 days to the start of the event– 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 15 days to the start of the event– No refund, but if you want to do the same or any other itinerary sometime later within a year, you can avail 50% of the cost paid as a discount on new Itinerary Fee.
  • There will be a deduction of 3.09% as bank processing charges on all refunds.
  • To cancel the registration, an email intimation needs to be sent to explore@rockyfeet.org/ explore@rockyfeet.com
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What to Pack

Sun Protection

Sunscreen SPF 20 above|Sunglasses( UV proof/ Polarizer) |Sun Hat Scarf |Balaclava /Face mask

Water Shell

Poncho | Water proof Upper & Lower | Waterproof Backpack Cover | Scarf Water useable shoes for rafting days

Winter Care

Cold Cream/ Moisturizer | Lip Balm | Thermal Inner Wears | Ear Cover | Sweater/Fleece jackets | Down Jackets | Hand Gloves | Woollen Socks | Face Masks/ Balaclava | Mufflers

General

T Shirts | Socks | Undergarments | Thin Nylon Ropes for multi-purpose use | Toilet Paper Roll | Towel | Soap Papers | Head lamp / Torch | Batteries & charger | Water Bottles | Light weight Pants | Personal Medical & First Aid Kit | Tickets & bookings | Photo Identity Card

Specialized Gear

Ruck Sack/ Day Pack | Sleeping Bag (Provided) | Trekking Shoes | Snow Gaiters | Trekking Stick/pole | Camera | Binocular/ Spotting scope. |

Fitness


    • A fitter person can enjoy the nature better. To get prepared, involve into brisk jogging, cycling, walking or any other sort of cardiac exercise routine at least 45 days prior to the event.
    • Enrolled participants need to submit a duly filled medical report of basic wellness authorized by certified physician.
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Safety & Medical

  • Acclimatization Guidance; mandatory medical health check-ups of all participants prior to activity start day.
  • Duly prepared First aid box including oxygen cylinder.
  • All major safety gears related each category of sports are mandatory to use.
  • Contingent to be accompanied by certified & capable trainers and guides
  • Availability of Doctor facilities by a registered medical practitioner.
  • Emergency evacuation services available (*at own cost)

Responsible Traveller


  • ‘Responsible Traveller & outdoor ethics’ – session for the participants on acclimatization day.
  • Bio & Non-Biodegradable waste segregation at Campsite.360 degree waste management at the event.
  • Cleaning & collection team at the end of the event, in case required for big team size.
  • Leave no trace, bring only memories.
Leave no Trace

Giving Back


  • As a part of ‘An Earth Day Resolution’ project, We will plant 2 trees for each traveler traveled with us.
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FAQ

 
First aid medical will be avalaible at the spot but to avail hospital facilities, one needs to come down to Siliguri which is 40 kms away.

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