Birding in Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve or in Khangchendzonga National Park and Yuksom Valley can be comprehensively appreciated by undulating environment threby exploring on foot along the tracks and animal paths that runs along the valley floors, slopes and ridges. Protected to preserve its unique Himalayan range of flora and fauna, birding at Yuksom valley should be in any enthusistic birder's wishlist. Blossoming forests in summer in the month of April and May or covered under thin patch of snow in winter months of November to February may be considered as a testament to some of elusive species of birds.
The first national park that was established in India was "Jim Corbett National Park" in 1936, that time it was known as Hailey National Park. As the time advanced and civilization proceeded exponentially; the urge to protect wildlife and associated flora-fauna has been increased.
Situated in ecological hotspot of Himalayas, Sikkim houses more that 690 bird species alone; from the 1250 plus bird species found in entire India. Owing to the altitudinal variation, the state has eleven important bird areas. Among those, Khangchendzonga National Park and Biosphere Reserve is the only National Park in Sikkim. A little less than mesmering 1,800 square kilometers comes under Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (also known as KBR).
Mighty himalayas over looks the riverine systems through the gorges of Dik Chu and Prek Chu, which meanders in the valley of Yuksom. The snow clad Mount Kanchenjunga and its ranges cradle some of the rarest fauna hidden within it. West Sikkim is a destination with rich natural biomes. The mighty Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) lies in the area and it is regarded as one of the most important hotspots of biodiversity in India. Spanning over varied ecological zones from temperate to Alpine and the birders will be stunned by the diverse altitudinal variation s in landscapes, flora and fauna.
Like that of the Uttarakhand, Sikkim Himalayas also a good place for birding and bird photography. Tracking birds in this area requires skill and experience; thus birding tours across this varied landscape should be accompanied by experts, who in true sense knows the fauna very well and can guide you to maximise the bird list in toughest condition. While in Sikkim Himalayas, GoingWild tour mentors had tried to provide the best effort so that participant birders can have the maximum opportunity to photograph some of the exotic birds from Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve and National Park.
It is astonishing to see varied avian fauna in Kecheopalri Lake (at 5600 ft) or at birding trails of Yuksum at 5800 ft. Skittish birds of comparatively higher altitude at Dubdee. Yes birds are all out there in the open waiting for you to cross their path. And yes, this is a part of the famous Chogiyal capital and we will be birding and photographing the life form which has been dwelling here since ages. Happy birding!Next