Sichuan (China) - Mammals and Birds
AT A GLANCE
Mammal and birds tour
Chengdu (China) – Labahe – Rouergai – Tangjihahe - Chengdu
Red Panda, Pallas’s & Chinese Mountain Cats, Tibetan Fox, Wolf, Tibetan Gazelle, Hog Badger, Chinese (Golden) Takin, primates, various deer plus birds.
Can be cold on the Tibetan Plateau around Rouergai particularly if windy, and snow is possible.
Comfortable hotels with private facilities, travel in MPV & 4x4 vehicles
We are delighted to announce another specialist tour for mammal and bird enthusiasts. Richard Webb has recently returned from a third, very successful mammal watching trip to Sichuan in China and we will be running a new and original small group tour, for up to six participants only.
Our first location will be Labahe, about 4 hours to the south-west at around 2,500 metres above sea level. Rouergai lies on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau at around 3,500 metres and has become the place to see Pallas’s and Chinese Mountain Cats, and Asiatic Badgers. The area is also superb for Tibetan Fox and we can expect to see double figures of this charismatic species on several days. By visiting the area in late autumn, we alsoexpect to see good numbers of ‘Tibetan’ Wolf and Tibetan Gazelle, along with large numbers of Plateau (Black-lipped) Pika and smaller numbers of Woolly Hare, Red Fox plus, if they have not already started hibernating, Himalayan Marmots.
We can also expect Black-necked Crane and Guldenstadt’s Redstart in this area along with large numbers of birds of prey which feed on the abundant pikas and offer great photographic opportunities.
At nearby Baixi we will visit an area of upland forest to look for Chinese (White-maned) Serow, Siberian Roe Deer, Tufted Deer, wild Sika Deer and Gansu Pika. We also hope to see the spectacular Blue Eared Pheasant and genuinely wild Common Pheasants, here along with other good birds such as redstarts, laughing-thrushes and Robin Accentor.
Our third site will be Tangjiahe at 1,400 metres above sea level, where we can expect to see Hogand Chinese Ferret Badger,Masked (Himalayan) Palm Civet and a wide variety of ungulates including (Golden) Takin, Chinese (White-maned) Serow, Chinese Goral, Tufted Deer, Reeve’s Muntjac and Wild Boar. Primates are represented by Tibetan and Rhesus Macaques and if we are lucky, Golden Snub-nosed Monkey. Richard saw one on his latest recce. Other less-likely possibilities includeNorthern Leopard Cat, Asiatic Black Bear and Forest Musk Deer along with two of three species of squirrel. Likely birds include the spectacular Golden Pheasant and hopefully the superb Tawny Fish Owl.
Access to areas and reserves in China is constantly changing, as evidenced by the fact that wild Giant Pandas in Foping, were only accessible for a three to four year period before the reserve was closed again to westerners. (If you wish to visit one of the Giant Panda ‘rehabilitation’ centres, before or after the tour, please contact us to extend your flights)
We believe that Labahe, Rouergai and Tangjiahe currently offer some of the best mammal-watching in the Eastern Palearctic and should not be missed.
Day 1: Depart London Heathrow or Manchester early afternoon, changing aircraft in Amsterdam
Day 2 - Arrive Chengdu early morning. Transfer to Labahe or our alternative Red Panda site. Nights in Labahe Hotel.
Days 3-4 Exploring Labahe.
Day 5 - Transfer to Chengdu. Overnight hotel in Chengdu or nearby.
Day 6 - Transfer to Rouergai. Nights Le Grand or similar.
Days 7-10 – Exploring Rouergai area.
Day 11 - Transfer to Tangjiahe. Nights Tangjiahe Hotel.
Days 12-13 – Exploring Tangjiahe.
Day 14 - Transfer back to Chengdu.
Day 15 – Early hours departure non-stop back to London Gatwick, arrive early morning.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: 21st October to 4th November 2019.
Leaders: Nigel Goodgame plus local guides.
Cost: £3985 per person sharing a twin room.
Single supplement: £375
Group size: 6 plus leader
2020: This tour will run 25th October to 8th November (to be led by Nigel Goodgame and local guides). You may advance register for £50pp (refundable).
Price includes: International economy class flights from London Heathrow or Manchester to Chengdu including pre-paid taxes, all ground transportation in MPV and 4x4s, accommodation with private facilities and meals, park entry fees, services of WildWings leader and local guides, day by day mammal and bird checklist for your use on tour.
Price excludes: travel insurance, laundry bills, drinks (tea/coffee included with breakfast, water with lunch), other items of a personal nature, gratuities to local guides and drivers.
Richard’s 2012 and 2016 recce trip mammal and bird lists can be found above, along with the highly successful 2017 tour report, from the tour reports tab.
2017 mammal list
- Tibetan Macaque
- Golden Snub-nosed Monkey
- ‘Tibetan’ Wolf
- Red Fox
- Tibetan Fox
- Red Panda
- Siberian Weasel
- Mountain Weasel
- Steppe Polecat
- Asiatic Badger
- Hog Badger
- Chinese Ferret Badger
- Masked (Himalayan) Palm Civet
- Northern Leopard Cat
- Chinese Mountain Cat
- Pallas’s Cat
- Wild Boar
- Blue Sheep
- Reeves’s Muntjac
- Siberian Roe Deer
- Tufted Deer
- Red Deer (introduced)
- Sambar Deer
- Chinese Serow
- Common Goral
- Golden Takin
- Tibetan Gazelle
- Swinhoe’s Striped Squirrel
- Pere David’s Rock Squirrel
- Pallas’s Squirrel
- Red & White Flying Squirrel
- Complex-toothed Flying Squirrel
- Grey-headed Flying Squirrel?
- Woolly Hare
- Plateau (Black-lipped) Pika
- Confucian Niviventer
21st October to 4th November 2019
25th October to 8th November 2020