Six star species to spot in a landscape famously dominated by the icy peaks of the Himalayas. And if you manage to encounter them all, you can always try for the yeti.
Upper Langtang Valley With its distinctive long, downward-curving bill, the ibisbill is regarded by birders as one of Nepal’s most sought-after species. It can be found on high-altitude shingle riverbanks.
Namche Bazaar The male’s stunning iridescent plumage makes it easy to see why the monal is Nepal’s national bird. It inhabits forested areas and higher grassy slopes where it feeds on roots, tubers, berries and insects.
WILD WATER BUFFALO
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve You will see plenty of domesticated water buffalo in Nepal, but this is the only area where you can see their wild cousins. Note their much bigger horns.
GREATER ONEHORNED RHINO
Chitwan NP The one-horned rhino’s extraordinary folds of skin and lumpy surface give this rare behemoth an armourplated appearance. Tighter security has seen numbers increase to 650 or more.
Bardia NP Bardia’s tigers were heavily poached in the 90s and 2000s, but increased protection has seen numbers more than double to some 60 or more animals.
Annapurna Conservation Area It was the bharal (blue sheep) that biologist George Schaller was researching in Peter Matthiessen’s famous account of their travels, The Snow Leopard. You’ll have to ascend above 4,000m to see it, though.