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Red Panda Ecotrips

Join us for a journey-of-a-lifetime to visit red pandas in the wild! This trip will take you into the cloud forests and communities of the Himalayas. You will see breathtaking views of Mount Kangchenjunga and Mount Everest and will be exploring one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

We’ll hike through some of the Eastern Himalayas most pristine forests in search of one of Asia’s most elusive mammals; the red panda. We’ll also look out for bears, clouded leopards, wolves, monkeys/macaques, and other rare mammal and bird species.

You will experience the gentle hospitality of these villages family homestays and tea houses, which are far removed from mass tourism. You’ll see first hand our community-based conservation work, and how your stay benefits directly our most important conservation partners: the rural communities who need alternatives to forest exploitation.

 All trip lodging and food, porters, nature guides, local travel, and supplies is provided by local sources which supports ecotourism, as well as sustainable employment opportunities for the people of these communities. Your trip payment also directly supports our community-based conservation initiatives including our Forest Guardian program, which employs local people as professional forest stewards.

Nepali homestay hostess

Nepali homestay hostess

Become an RPN member for $25 a year or $5 a month!

Become an RPN member for $25 a year or $5 a month! *Does not apply to Eco Zoo Trips. 

In addition to our Red Panda Ecotrips, we also offer Eco Zoo Trips and Phototrips:

eco zoo trip 2015 groupEco Zoo Trips

This is a discounted opportunity for zoo staff and volunteers from around the world to join Red Panda Network and zookeeper Sarah Jones on a spectacular 12 day adventure into the forests and mountains of Nepal to experience red pandas in the wild. Trips typically open to public if they are not full three months before trip dates.

 PhototripsEco-trippers taking pictures of red panda in the wild_EOCA

Join Red Panda Network and Photofox Adventures on a journey of a lifetime. This will be a unique opportunity to develop your photography skills and to foster your enthusiasm and respect for the natural world.

Red Panda Ecotrips

Next Scheduled Trips Are:

Click on links for informative brochures about ecotrip locations.
Cost: $2,350 USD What’s included?

  • All airport transfers, meals and lodgings, domestic (in-country) flight, car and jeep transport, guides and porters in Kathmandu and the field.
  • Lodgings are in rustic teahouses and homestays. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tea gardens.
  • We cater for everyone – Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian

What’s not included?

  • Your international airfare to Nepal and visa fees
  • Bottled and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses

Check out our Ecotrips FAQs and Sample Itinerary!

Related Articles:
Red Panda Ecotrips Expanded!
A Unique Strength: How Ecotourism Can Save the Wild
Conservation Firsthand: A Look At Ecotrips with the Red Panda Network
Red Panda Network Ecotrip Anyone? 10 Reasons To Go! 

The maximum group size is 8 so sign up today to secure your place! For questions please email us at ecotrip@redpandanetwork.org!

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Words From An EcoTripper

“The eco-trip experience with the Red Panda Network was a rewarding, unforgettable experience. The aim was to not only be able to get a rare sighting of the endangered Red Panda, but to also experience first-hand the surrounding landscapes and intact communities that comprise the region. Our group began our trekking tour in the tea-estate town of Ilam in Eastern Nepal and trekked along the Singhalila Ridgeline, camping amidst the rhododendron forests and in Nepali-owned teahouses. Along the way, we visited with forest guardians and communities who were involved with helping the organization work towards preserving the surrounding forests and species. In this spectacular region, we were able to view Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, and the Buddhist and Hindu temples that have stood for centuries. The eco-trip allowed us to view unique places and see rare wildlife. The team ran the tour in a responsible, conscious way, we felt we were benefiting, rather than taking away from, the social and conservation efforts Nepal is working so hard to achieve.”

Mei-Ling is a writer, travel guidebook author, advocacy journalist and international development worker. She contributed to the Bradt Madagascar Travel Guide and is currently writing the Bradt Senegal Travel Guide. Learn more about Mei-Ling and her work

Wild Travel Magazine already recommended us earlier as one of “Five Trips to Take Right Now“:

Wild Travel Magazine, UK_2013-01, Red Panda Network-Trip Article (page 9)

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