Fansipan expedition - Quest for White-throated and Pale-throated Wren-babbler

Short birding tours
Sa Pa - Fansipan mt
5 days
Luxury hotel and camping
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The world’s longest three-rope cable car system, extending from the northern Lao Cai Province’s Sapa Town to Fansipan Peak has been in operation since 2016. This cable-car will take us to the "Roof of Indochina" easily, and from there we will have the best chance to seek out two mysterious endemic bird species: the White-throated Wren-babbler and Pale-throated Wren-babbler.

This special itinerary offers a complete tour with our professional bird guiding service, transportation, cable-car tickets, porters, meals and entrance fee.

The tour cost is based on group size, so please contact us for more details on the tour price.

Day 1: Arrival/transfer to Sa Pa

The expedition begins at Hanoi airport. We will a drive to Sa Pa via new express; this takes about 7 hours.

Overnight at Legend hotel

Days 2 & 3: Two nights camping

We'll take the new cable-car to the top of the mountain for 2 nights of camping. We start our explorations today by descending from the mountain top at 3,142m (10300 feet) asl and birding on the way down to base camp at Tram Ton (2,100m/6900 feet asl). Over the course of 3 full days of birding we'll look for the two mega-specialities, White-throated Wren-Babbler and Pale-throated Wren-Babbler, as well as many other interesting birds in this little-visited part of the country. We will also see many Himalayan bird species, including the Hill Partridge, Crimson-breasted Woodpecker, White-tailed Nuthatch, Bar-throated (Chestnut-tailed) and Red-tailed Minlas, Blue-winged Siva, Red-billed Leiothrix, White-browed and Golden-breasted Fulvettas, Stripe-throated Yuhina, Black-faced, Scaly, Red-winged, Silver-eared, White-browed Laughingthrushes, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Fulvettas and Golden Parrotbill, Sickle-billed Scimitar Babbler, Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler, White-browed Bush Robins, White Browed Shortwing, Green-tailed and Black-throated Sunbirds.

Day 4: Down the mountain

After some final mountain birding, we descend to foothill area, birding at Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac), where we'll seek the White-capped Water Redstart and Little Forktail

We'll return to Sa Pa and stay overnight at Legend hotel

Day 5: Birding Ham Romg garden - Transfer to Ha Noi

We'll bird this morning at Ham Rong orchid garden, where we hope to see many common birds such as Black-headed Greenfinch, Brown-breasted Bulbul, Hill Prinia, and several different winter Phylloscopus warblers. Following an afternoon drive to Ha Noi, our tour ends at Ha Noi airport

Birds of Fansipan