Join us for a journey-of-a-lifetime to visit red pandas in the wild! This trip will take you into the cloud forests and communities of the Himalayas. You will see breathtaking views of Mount Kangchenjunga and Mount Everest and will be exploring one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.

We’ll hike through some of the Eastern Himalayas most pristine forests in search of one of Asia’s most elusive mammals; the red panda. We’ll also look out for bears, clouded leopards, wolves, monkeys/macaques, and other rare mammal and bird species.

You will experience the gentle hospitality of these villages 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.

Become an RPN member for $25 a year or $5 a month!

Become an RPN member for $25 a year or $5 a month! *Does not apply to Eco Zoo Trips.

Cost: $2,350 per person

Choose between 3 types of trips: Red Panda Ecotrips, Eco Zoo Trips or Himalayan Phototrips.

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 our Ecotrips FAQs and Sample Itinerary!

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> Red Panda Ecotrips Expanded!
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> Conservation Firsthand: A Look At Ecotrips with the Red Panda Network
> Red Panda Network Ecotrip Anyone? 10 Reasons To Go!

Red Panda Ecotrips

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The maximum group size is 7.
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Eco Zoo Trips

Red Panda Network is offering zoo staff and volunteers this exclusive 12-day adventure into the forests, mountains, and communities of Nepal to experience red pandas in the wild! Trips are led by red panda expert/former zookeeper Sarah Jones, or local nature guide and naturalist, Ramesh Chaudhary.

Upcoming Trips:

  • November 7-18, 2018 – Taplejung, Eastern Nepal *Open to the public!
  • November 20-December 1, 2018 FULL
  • March 15-26, 2019 – Ilam (Gorkhe), Eastern Nepal
  • November 19-30, 2019 – Ilam (Choyatar), Eastern Nepal

Download a sample itinerary and official Eco Zoo Trip poster.(Official poster by Shiru Studio).
*Remaining spots will be available to public 3 months before trip dates.

The maximum group size is 8. Please email questions to

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Photo credit: Rafael Salvador

Join Red Panda Network and Photofox Adventures on a unique opportunity to develop your photography skills and foster your enthusiasm and respect for the natural world.

Photofox 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.

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Nepali homestay hostess

Words From An EcoTripper

“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 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

Wild Travel Magazine already recommended us earlier as one of “Five Trips to Take Right Now“:

Wild Travel Magazine, UK_2013-01, Red Panda Network-Trip Article (page 9)