RPN ecotrips are conservation travel in action-
Journey with RPN into the cloud forests of the Himalayas, interact and learn with local communities, explore one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, and see wild red panda! Experience the gentle hospitality of 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.
Our trips have a maximum of 8 participants!
RPN offers three different types of ecotrips to accommodate different interests: Our Red Panda Ecotrip is for travelers and explorers, Eco Zoo Trips are tailored for zoo staff and volunteers, Himalayan Phototrips are unique opportunities to develop photography skills.
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. Become a member today!
Price: $2,350 per person
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your RPN ecotrip includes:
- Meals (dinner on day 1 through dinner on the final day)
- RPN professional guides
- Transportation during the trip
- Permits and park fees
Crafted for travelers and explorers who want to experience rural Nepal and learn more about red panda in the wild.
2019 Trip Dates:
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- May 3-11, 2019 - Ilam (Dobato), Eastern Nepal *4 spots remaining
- November 1-9, 2019 - Ilam (Gorkhe), Eastern Nepal *FULL
- December 13-21, 2019 - Taplejung, Eastern Nepal *4 spots remaining
Guides: RPN Naturalists and Staff
- All airport transfers, meals and lodgings, domestic (in-country) flight, car and jeep transport, guides/porters in Kathmandu and the field.
- Lodgings are in rustic teahouses and homestays; hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and tea gardens.
- We cater for everyone – Vegan, Vegetarian, and Non-Vegetarian
Participants Need to Cover
- Your international airfare to/from Nepal and visa fees
- Bottled and alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses on the trip
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"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 McNamara, 2013 RPN Ecotripper
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.
"Overall, our Eco Trip was an unforgettable and rewarding experience. I would highly recommend the Red Panda Network ecotrip experience to just about anyone with an interest in wildlife and nature."
-Mike Owyang, 2014 RPN Ecotripper
-Lauren Buches, 2015 RPN Ecotripper
"If 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. Check out the full blog post here: Lady’s Guide to Tracking Red Pandas in Nepal
“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
"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