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Chopta-Sattal Birding Expedition

Introduction

The Chopta Hill station is at a height of 2700 mts, in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand State, surrounded by dense forests and offers a heavenly view of Snow Clad Himalayan Ranges and lush green meadows. Chopta is also referred to as “Mini Switzerland”.

Chopta is a beautiful trekking destination that not only attracts people from India but also many foreign trekkers. The Chopta region has many treks and trails cutting through jungles and grasslands. Due to the abundance of the birds there, Chopta has become a popular destination for the tourists for bird watching. Deoria Tal is a very famous lake that is surrounded entirely by forests on all sides. The trek to the Deoria Tal is truly worth it.Chopta in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary provides some excellent winter and spring birding, and fantastic landscapes. A mix of pine and deodar forest with rhododendrons, amidst lush ‘bugyals’ or grassy meadows, it is probably the best and most easily accessible place in India to see the stunning ‘nine-colored’ state bird of Uttarakhand, the Himalayan Monal. That alone would be worth the long drive, but the area has much more to offer.

Birds one can sight in this area are- Snow Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Koklass Pheasant, Kalij Pheasant, Golden Eagle, Bearded Vulture (Lammergeier), Upland Buzzard, Himalayan Owl, Spot-winged Rosefinch, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, European Goldfinch, Ashy Wood-Pigeon, Fire-capped Tit, Spotted Laughingthrush, Variegated Laughingthrush, Nepal Wren-Babbler, Pied Thrush, Long-billed Thrush, Scarlet Finch, Spot-winged Grosbeak, Golden Bush-Robin, White-browed Bush-Robin, Fire-fronted Serin, Spot-winged Starling, Himalayan Beautiful Rosefinch and Yellow-rumped Honeyguide.

Complete checklist

  1. Snow Partridge
  2. Himalayan Monal
  3. Red Junglefowl
  4. Kalij Pheasant
  5. Indian Peadowl or Blue Peafowl
  6. Northern Pintail
  7. Brown -fronted Woodpecker
  8. Rufous -bellied woodpecker
  9. Himalayan Woodpecker
  10. Scaly -bellied Woodpecker
  11. Grey -headed Woodpecker
  12. Black-rumped Flameback
  13. Great Barbet
  14. Brown-headed Barbet
  15. Blue-throated Barbet
  16. Coppersmith Barbet
  17. Indian Grey Hornbill
  18. Oriental pied Hornbill
  19. Great Hornbill
  20. Indian Roller
  21. white-throated kingfisher
  22. Crested Kingfisher
  23. Green Bee-eater
  24. Chestnut headed Bee-eater
  25. Alexandrine Parakeet
  26. Rose-ringed Parakeet
  27. Slaty-headed Parakeet
  28. Plum-headed Parakeet
  29. White-throated Needletail
  30. Alpine Swift
  31. Collared Owlet
  32. Jungle Owlet
  33. Spotted Owlet
  34. Rock Pigeon
  35. Snow Pigeon
  36. Oriental Turtle Dove
  37. Spotted Dove
  38. Eurasian Collared Dove
  39. Little Ringed Plover
  40. Black-winged Stil
  41. Common Sandpiter
  42. Green Sandpiter
  43. Red-wattled Lapwing
  44. Black-shouldered Kite
  45. Black Kite
  46. Crested Serpent Eagle
  47. Shikra
  48. Crested Honey Buzzard
  49. White-eyed Buzzard
  50. Steppe eagle
  51. Crested Hawk-Eagle
  52. Common Kestrel
  53. Peregrine Falcon
  54. Bearded Vulture
  55. Egyptian Vulture
  56. Himalayan Griffon
  57. Cinereous Vulture
  58. Red-headed Vulture
  59. Great Cormorant
  60. Cattle Egret
  61. Indian Pond Herons
  62. Black Strok
  63. Long-tailed Shrike
  64. Eurasian Jay
  65. Black-headed jay
  66. Yellow-billed Blue Magpie
  67. Red-billed Blue Magpie
  68. Rufous Treepie
  69. Greyn Treepie
  70. Spotted Nutcracker
  71. Red-Billed Chough
  72. House Crow
  73. Jungle Crow
  74. Eurasian Golden Oriole
  75. Maroon Oriole
  76. Long-tailed Minivet
  77. Yellow
  78. -billed fantail
  79. White -throated Fantail
  80. Ashy Drongo
  81. Spangled Drongo
  82. Brown Dipper
  83. Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  84. Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher
  85. Verditer Flycatcher
  86. Ultramarine Flycatcher
  87. Small Niltava
  88. Taiga Flycatcher
  89. Asian Brown Flycatcher
  90. Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush
  91. Blue Whistling Thrush
  92. White-collared Blackbird
  93. Grey-winged Blackbird
  94. Mistle Thrush
  95. Black-throated Thrush
  96. Oriental Magpie-Robin
  97. Indian Robin
  98. Black Redstart
  99. Blue-Fronted Redstart
  100. White-capped Water Redstart
  101. Plumbeous Water Redstart
  102. Little Forktail
  103. Spotted Forktail
  104. Red-flanked Bluetail
  105. Common Stonechat
  106. Grey Bush Chat
  107. Brown Rock Chat
  108. Pied Bush Chat
  109. Spot-winged Starling
  110. Asian Pied Starling
  111. Common Myan
  112. Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch
  113. Bar-tailed Tree-creeper
  114. White-tailed Nuthatch
  115. Fire-Capped Tit
  116. Fufous-naped Tit
  117. Spot-winged Tit
  118. Grey Crested Tit
  119. Great Tit
  120. Green-backed Tit
  121. Indian Black-lored Tit
  122. Black-throated Tit
  123. Plain Martin
  124. Red-rumped Swallow
  125. Red-vented Bulbul
  126. Himalayan Bulbul
  127. Black Bulbul
  128. Striated Prinia
  129. White-throated Laughingthrush
  130. White-crested Laughingthrush
  131. Striated Laughingthrush
  132. Streaked Laughingthrush
  133. Variegated Laughingthrush
  134. Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush
  135. Black-chinned Babbler
  136. Jungle Babbler
  137. White-browed Shrike Babbler
  138. Chestnut-tailed Minal
  139. Rufous Sibia
  140. Stripe-throated Yuhina
  141. Whiskered Yuhina
  142. Purple sunbirds
  143. Green-tailed sunbird
  144. Crimson sunbird
  145. House Sparrow
  146. Russet Sparrow
  147. White-browed Wagtail
  148. Yellow Wagtail
  149. Rosy Pipit
  150. Common Rosefinch
  151. Pink-browed Rosefinch
  152. Crested Bunting
  153. Rock Bunting
  154. Alpine Accentor
  155. Rufous-breasted Accentor
  156. Oriental White-Eye
  157. Common Tailorsbird
  158. Lemon-rumped Warbler
  159. Ashy-throated Warbler
  160. Grey-hooded Warbler
  161. Hume’s Warbler
  162. Golden-spectacled Warbler

The best time to visit Chopta for birding is during the summers mainly March, April, May due to its absolutely pleasant weather for summer species.
 
Chopta witnesses snow from November to March, which is extremely good for winter species .

Itinerary

Day 1

Day pick up from Sattal to incredible birding camp, Full Day Birding In Sattal.

Day 2

Early Morning Departure From Sattal to chopta, Pickup From Preset location, Reach Chopta By Late Evening [Approx 10 Hrs Journey] Breakfast And Lunch On The Way, Dinner At Chopta.

Day 3

Early Morning WakeUp Call With Tea and biscuits, Morning Session At Monal Point, Evening Session at Koklass and Red Fox Point, Lunch Breakfast And Dinner will be at Chopta

Day 4

Early Morning WakeUp Call With Tea and biscuits, Full Day Session At Makku Bend And Makku Farms And Village. Packed Breakfast, Lunch At Makku Bend, Dinner At Chopta.

Day 5

Early Morning WakeUp Call With Tea and biscuits, Full Day Birding on Chopta-Tungnath Trek, Packed Breakfast, Lunch. Dinner At Chopta.

Day 6

Early Morning WakeUp Call With Tea and biscuits, Early Morning Departure From Chopta to Sattal, Reach Sattal By Late Evening [Approx 12-14 Hrs Journey]

Tour Package

Per Person Cost For Package

INR 44,999/-

6 Days / 5 Nights

Expected Tour Dates
Availability Of Seats
TO BE ANNOUNCED
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  • No Of Participants

    2 Photographers (minimum)

  • Tour Leader / birding leader / Logistics

    Incredible Birding Scout

  • Car Type

    ERTIGA

Cost Includes

  • All Best Transport Mentioned In itinerary
  • All Best Vegetarian 3 Meals, Tea Coffee
  • All Best Stay On Double Sharing
  • Full Time Incredible Birding Tour Leader
  • Exclusive Birding Services
  • Multiple Hide Charges

Cost Exclusions

  • Tips and Personal Expenses such as bar tips / gratuities to Guides
  • Additional Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc
  • Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges
  • Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
  • Excursions not in the above itinerary

Additional Details

Please Note:

Pre-customisation of the tours are available, Contact team Incredible Birding.