Traveling with RPN

Check out our 2024 and 2025 red panda ecotrips and Eco Zoo Trips! 

Our ecotrips provide a unique wildlife and cultural experience in the incredible cloud forests of the Himalayas.

Upcoming Ecotrips 


March 18-26, 2024 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location: Dobato, Ilam district, Nepal
Spots remaining: 2
Cost: $2,350


March 31-April 8, 2024 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location: Dobato, Ilam district, Nepal
Spots remaining: 6
Cost: $2,350


April 15-23, 2024 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location:  new Himalayan Habre Center in Deurali, Taplejung district.
Cost: $3,350


November 11-19, 2024 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location: Dobato, Ilam district, Nepal
*Ross Park Zoo trip.
Cost: $2,350


November 18-26, 2024 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location: Gorkhe, Ilam district, Nepal
Spots remaining: 3
Cost: $2,350


December 2-13, 2024 Eco Zoo Trip
Days: 12
Location: Choyatar and Dobato,  Ilam district, Nepal
Cost: $2,350


March 24-April 1, 2025 Ecotrip
Days: 8
Location:  Dobato, Ilam district, Nepal
Spots remaining: 3
Cost: $2,350


December 1-12 2025 Eco Zoo Trip
Days: 12
Location: Choyatar and Dobato,  Ilam district, Nepal
Cost: $2,350

Eco Zoo Trips are tailored for zoo staff and volunteers this hands-on experience will help you learn about the red panda in their natural habitat.

Signing up is easy!

Secure your spot on an ecototrip today by paying a $500 deposit (choose the trip you will be paying for on the form). You will receive an email with the next steps to complete the booking process. 

What's Included
  •  Small-Group Size Max. 8; Min. 2
  •  Accommodations (rustic teahouses, homestays, hotel)
  •  Single Travelers Welcome (no extra supplement amount)
  •  Meals (dinner on day 1 through dinner on the final day; Vegan, Vegetarian, & Non-Vegetarian options)
  •  RPN professional guides
  •  Transportation during the trip
  •  All airport transfers
  •  Permits and park fees
  •  Gratuities
What's Not Included
  • International airfare to/from Kathmandu
  •  Visa fees Approx. $40 USD
  •  Bottled and alcoholic beverages
  •  Personal expenses
Special Rates

RPN members receive 10% off the price of an ecotrip.

RPN members have donated a minimum of $25, or $5 a month in the last 12 months.

What RPN ecotrip
participants are saying...

What stood out most for me on this ecotour (besides seeing the red panda) were the leaders. Ramesh and Gyajo were both so amazing, so knowledgeable, so kind, and completely spoiled us. I've never been treated so well on a group tour. The dedication of the RPN trackers and the work they put in to find us a panda was astonishing, and I'm so grateful for them. This was an off year where the pandas' normal fruiting trees were not fruiting, so they had to work extra hard to track one down for us. And when we finally saw it, there were tears in a number of eyes. Not only did we see a panda, we also got to see some of the most beautiful parts of Nepal. The most beautiful places I have ever been, truthfully. This trip wasn't easy, but it paid off a hundredfold in the end. Thank you RPN for doing such great work for the people, wildlife, and habitat of Nepal. 

Founder, Jennie of the Jungle travel company, 2022 ecotripper

It was just as exciting to see our first red panda as our eighth! The forest guardians’ passion for red pandas and their habitat gives me hope that all RPN is doing to conserve red pandas is helping.

Melissa Thueme
Mammal Supervisor, Detroit Zoological Society, 2018 Ecotripper

If you’re thinking about going on ecotrip, JUST DO IT. It is an experience I will never forget, and something so hard to explain. Being fully immersed in Nepali culture, seeing first hand how RPN has changed the lives of locals, experiencing views you’ll never see anywhere else, and making lifelong new friends were just a few of the things I’ll cherish forever (on top of seeing Red Pandas, of course!).

Julie K Washnock
SeaWorld of Texas, 2018 RPN Ecotripper

f you’re tempted to go, I highly recommend the Red Panda Network’s ecotrips.

Julie Falconer
2017 RPN Ecotripper. Julie runs 'A Lady in London' travel blog

Ready to Go? Book your Ecotrip!