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 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, monkeys/macaques, and other rare mammal and bird species.

You will 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.

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

The maximum group size is 8.
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Red Panda Ecotrips

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Photo by Hugo Harvard during December 2018 trip to Ilam, Eastern Nepal
Photo by Hugo Harvard during December 2018 trip to Ilam, Eastern Nepal

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.

Download a sample itinerary and official Eco Zoo Trip poster.(Official poster by Shiru Studio).

Related Articles:
Zoo Staff and Volunteer Ecotrips: Q : A With Trip Host Sarah Jones

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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.

Download a sample itinerary here.

Related Articles:
Himalayan Red Panda Phototrip: Q & A With Trip Host Rafa Salvador

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Words from RPN Ecotrippers

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

- Julie Falconer, 2017 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

"I had an absolute blast. Besides seeing the red panda, some of the most memorable moments were seeing the sunrise over Mt. Kangchenjunga at Sandaphur, as well as being able to see Mt. Everest."

-Lauren Buches, 2015 ecotripper. 

"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 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 McNamara, 2013 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