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Himalayan Red Panda Phototrip

Imagine photographing the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas including Mount Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest in one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Imagine exploring the spectacular cloud forests and communities of Eastern Nepal in search of the elusive red panda…

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.

These captivating mountains and forests are home to red pandas as well as leopards, clouded leopards, and Himalayan black bears. Yellow-throated martens, Bengal foxes, golden jackals, Assam macaques and more than 120 species of birds also inhabit this region.

photofox adventuresPhotofox Adventures is a company with award-winning nature photographers and over 10 years of experience organizing photography adventures in the UK. Photofox LPG coordinates several photography activities through its Meetup group’s Photofox Adventures, Photofox Academy and London Photographic. These Meetup groups have more than 9,000 members and London Photographic is sponsored by Nikon, Adobe and Lee Filters. The trip host works with National Geographic Explorers on wildlife photography projects in Costa Rica, Kenya, and Indonesia. He is very much looking forward to working with Red Panda Network in Nepal.

All profits from this trip go directly to Red Panda Network’s research, education and outreach, habitat protection and restoration, and sustainable development programs.

 

Next Scheduled Trips Are:

  • April 1st through April 9th, 2018 (FULL – Please stay tuned for details regarding the 2019 Phototrip!)   

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 Photofox’s FAQs and Red Panda Network’s FAQs for recommended gear information and these article for more trip insight!
A Unique Strength: How Ecotourism Can Save the Wild
Conservation Firsthand: A Look At Ecotrips with the Red Panda Network

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What To Expect:

  • Cultural guided tour of Kathmandu, it’s palaces, temples and market places
  • Traditional Nepali cuisine
  • Overnight hotel stay in beautiful tea gardens
  • Sleeping in rustic teahouses and homestays in high altitude surroundings
  • Immersing yourself in daily mountain village life
  • Being exposed to four of the world’s seven tallest mountains
  • Working alongside Forest Guardians in the field observing Red Panda and habitat monitoring
  • Searching the cloud forests for Red Panda
  • Opportunities to observe other unique forest species such as the Clouded Leopard, Common Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Bengal Fox, Golden Jackal, Assam Macaque and more than 120 species of birds including the Wood Snipe, Satyr Tragopan, Common Teal, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Maroon-backed Accentor, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, and the Rusty-fronted Barwing.
  • Seeing first-hand our community conservation work in action and how profits from this Phototrip directly benefit our most important conservation partners: the rural communities who need alternatives to forest exploitation.

Sample Trip ItineraryNepal, Kathmandu

Day One: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and be greeted transported to your accommodations. Free time before meeting with fellow ecotrippers and RPN team and then dinner and trip debriefing in the evening.

Day Two: All day guided site seeing in the vibrant and beautiful Kathmandu Valley – visiting palaces, marketplaces and temples.

Photography mission of the day: Capture some of the most iconic Nepali locations and hone your travel photography skills!

Day Three: Late morning 45 minute domestic flight to Bhadrapur, with spectacular views of the Himalaya ranges including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kangchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu. Then we travel by road to Ilam and begin our journey north into the mountains, passing tea gardens and Nepali communities. Overnight hotel stay in Ilam, overlooking tea gardens.

Photography mission of the day: Learn landscape photography techniques and how to use bracketing -a photography technique- and apply filters to your wide angle lenses. You will also learn other  with your wide angle and telephoto lens.

Day Four:

Leave Ilam after breakfast, bird watching and then drive higher into red panda habitat. We arrive at Dobato (perched on a mountain ridge-2655 m) in the late afternoon, the village closest to red panda habitat and our base for the next four nights. Light hike in the evening for bird and mammal watching. Overnight homestay at Dobato.

Photography mission of the day: Learn how to prepare yourself for your next travel, wildlife and bird photography shoot . 

rhodedrens_everestDay Four, Five & Six

The next two days we will wake up early to begin tracking red pandas in the alpine temperate forests with RPN Forest Guardians. We will also likely see other  mammal and bird species throughout the day. We will stop in local homes for lunch and hot refreshments and immerse ourselves in the community with fun tasks in the evenings. 2 nights home stays in Dobato.

Photography missions of the day: The real adventure begins now! Learn how to track wildlife and professional wildlife photographer techniques including camera traps. 

While visiting visit Nepali communities learn how to tell a travel photography story with our cameras.

Day Seven

Leave Dobato after breakfast and look for red pandas and other wildlife along the way. Lunch at Kalpokhari (3026 m) on the Nepal and India border in the afternoon with beautiful elevated views of the Mai River Valley. Hike up to the highest peak in the Singhalila range (3636 m), with breathtaking sunsets over Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Everest. Overnight stay in a hotel at Sandakpur.

Photography mission of the day: Learn how to use telephoto lens and action and bird photography skills.

Sunrise view from the Sandakpur (3636m) Day Eight

Rising in the early morning we make our way to vantage points for the panoramic view of the impressive Himalayas during sunrise. After breakfast and refreshing we hike back down to Dobato for lunch, and then drive back to Ilam.

Photography mission of the day: BECOME A PRO LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER! Learn how to use a telephoto lense for landscape photos including sunrises and sunsets..

Day Nine

Our last day, departing Ilam after breakfast by road for the return journey back to Kathmandu. Group farewell dinner in the evening.

The maximum group size is 7 so sign up today to secure your place! For questions please email us at phototrip@redpandanetwork.org.

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