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$2,995.00

One of the oldest, longest and most beautiful of all the Walking Trails in Ireland, the Kerry Way boasts 214kms of magnificent scenery that rivals any hike in the world. It is a magical place to discover on foot, from rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages, green pastures, peat bogs and always picturesque mountain ranges in sight. Hiking the Kerry Way allows you to see the “real” Ireland, away from crowds and only the sounds of nature to accompany you. This area was first settled around 300 BC by the people of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe, and your holiday will immerse you in almost 10,000 years of dramatic history. Come and discover this region of Kerry known as the Iveragh Peninsula or more famously “The Ring of Kerry” & you will wonder why it has taken you so long to discover such an idyllic part of the world. This holiday begins & ends in Killarney and takes you to the eastern highlights of this trail.

Contact us for a curated wildlife adventure to this extraordinary part of the globe.

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Highlights Include:

    • Spotting adorable Red Pandas in the trees
    • Experiencing glorious sunsets
    • Soaking in silence in the remote Himalayan Forest
    • Catching a glimpse of rare and exotic birds
    • Enjoying a cozy lodge as a base-camp for your wildlife adventure
    • Experiencing authentic mountain culture & friendly people
    • Visiting exotic Tea gardens of Darjeeling
    • Witnessing a Tibetan Cultural experience

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Day 1- Arrive Killarney

Arrive in Killarney – the popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your host/ hostess will give you your detailed information pack. They will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.

Access for this adventure can be from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Killarney all year round.

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Day 2 – Lakes of Killarney

Hiking a short distance to the magnificent Ross Castle, you then take a small boat through the Three Lakes of Killarney to reach an old “hunting” lodge. From here, your hike starts as you follow an old Mass Path & an old “droving” road before reaching the heritage town of Kenmare. Overnight here.

Terrain: Mountain tracks, board walks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

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Day 3 – Siliguri to Habres Nest (Base Camp Lodge)

Leaving Kenmare, a lovely hike along the shores of the Kenmare Bay takes you through ancient villages & old trading routes with wonderful views south across the bay to the Beara Peninsula. Your hike finishes in the beautiful village of Sneem where you overnight

Terrain: Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks and country lanes. Boots essential.

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Day 4 – Searching for Red Pandas

Your first day exploring Singalila National Park starts with an early breakfast so you can make the most of your time. The group is led by a naturalist guide and accompanied by porters, and you travel by 4×4 and on foot as you search for red pandas, preceded by trackers who advise the guide of sightings.

The red panda, also known as a ‘firefox’, spends most of its time among the trees feeding on bamboo, and is a solitary creature most active at dawn (hence the early start) and dusk, so these are the best time to spot them. Red pandas are slightly larger than a domestic cat and have reddish-brown fur and a long tail. They are classed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and there are thought to be fewer than 10,000 in the wild, which makes seeing one all the more special.

Overnight: Habres Nest

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 – Nature Trails in Singalila

It’s another early start at Habre’s Nest. You will leave the lodge at  around 8am with the guide as you go in search of wildlife. Although the red panda is the star, there are plenty of other animals to look out for. Your guide will help you spot and identify different species such as Himalayan black bear, Black Panther, clouded leopard, yellow-throated marten, barking deer, pangolin and wild boar.

Bird lovers will delight at their diversity here, with tragopan, blood pheasant, red-billed leothrix, chestnut-headed tesia, nuthatches, bull finches, tree creepers and satyr often seen. You can expect to spend all day out in the park, stopping for a picnic lunch, and arriving back to a hot dinner in the evening.

Overnight: Habres Nest

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Days 6-8 – Exploring from Habres Nest

Start your day watching birds from the lodge’s hide as you sip a mug of hot tea or coffee, before heading out on to the park’s nature trails. By now you’ll be accustomed to the surroundings and can take time to admire the varied flora which includes several species of orchids, magnolias and rhododendrons. It’s a pristine environment and one where you feel at one with nature. Add to this the chance of seeing red pandas in the wild and you have a nature lover’s dream.

Overnight: Habres Nest

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 – Drive to Darjeeling

You’ll have a long day ahead of you, but one filled with gorgeous sights. It takes about seven hours along beautiful mountain road with magical Himalayan views, passing through, forests, villages and farms.

Overnight: Hotel Windamere Darjeeling or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 10 – Darjeeling

Today you will explore Darjeeling and visit Tea Gardens, Tea making factory, Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and if time permits an optional Joy ride in the Himalayan Toy Train!!

Evening stroll in the Old Bazar with some architecture from the British Raj Era.

Overnight: Hotel Windamere Darjeeling or similar

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 11 – Departure to Delhi

Drive about 2 hours to Bagdorgra airport and fly to New Delhi, or onwards to another part of Incredible India!

Optional: half-day sightseeing tour in Delhi

Optional: Overnight in Delhi before departure home (depending on time of international departure flight)

Option to extend to another part of India – Varanasi, Ranthambore (Tiger Safari), Kerala, Hampi or elsewhere. Contact us for details [email protected][/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Inclusions” tab_id=”1449208780765-5fd2d40a-5e8d”][vc_column_text]Tour Inclusions:

Inclusions:

  • Hotel accommodations in Delhi and Siliguri with daily breakfast
  • Hotel accommodation in Darjeeling with breakfast and dinner
  • Habre’s Nest accommodation at Singalila National Park with breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • All arrival/departure transfers, sightseeing and overland journeys in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Direct contribution (about 20% profit) towards Red Panda Conservation
  • Naturalist guide service/porters & Safari Landrovers/Red Panda Tracking at Habre’s Nest
  • Restricted Area Permits for India and Nepal
  • Still camera permits at Habre’s Nest
  • In-house birding studio at Habre’s Nest
  • English speaking local guide in Darjeeling
  • Entrances fees

Excluded:

  • International Flights & Domestic Flights (can be arranged through us [email protected])
  • Mandatory travel medical insurance and optional cancellation insurance (https://www.finisterra.ca/about-us/travel-insurance/)
  • Airport departure tax (if applicable)
  • Meals and activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Passport, vaccination and visa fees
  • Still camera fees outside of Habre’s Nest
  • Video camera fees
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged through Finisterra)
  • Drinks (soft/alcoholic)
  • Items of a persona nature (laundry, phone, etc)
  • Tips to guides, drivers, porters, restaurant staff, etc

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Pricing & Dates” tab_id=”1449223591510-29ce0fb2-4171″][vc_column_text]PRICES (Subject to change)

$2995 USD per person based on twin/double accommodation

Domestic airfare from Delhi to Bagdogra is approx. $250 USD round-trip, per person additional (subject to change)

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL: September to mid December & February to May

Costs and Fee Schedule
Prices are based on double occupancy. Please note that a 20% non-refundable deposit is due in order to confirm your spot.

Final Payment
Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure.

Please email [email protected] for queries and booking information.

 

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Flights are not included in the tour price. DO NOT purchase any airline tickets until the trip is confirmed to take place. Pre and post tours can be arranged through available at an additional charge. Please contact Finisterra Travel for further details [email protected]

Important Information

Travel Visa requirements and passports are the responsibility of the participants. Cancellation, Travel, Flight and Health insurances are required and are the responsibility of the participant to research and secure the appropriate coverage.

Check with your local travel agent /insurance provider/health plan for advice about traveling overseas.

Passport Information
Please note that most countries require passports to be valid for 6 months from the date of your return flight. We are not responsible if you are refused entry to a country because you lack the correct passport, visa or other travel documentation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Accommodation” tab_id=”1449208780765-5fd2d40a-5e9d”][vc_column_text]Sample Accommodation*:

Delhi – JW Marriott Delhi Aerocity

Darjeeling – Hotel Windamere

Habre’s Nest (base camp for Red Pandas)

Habre’s Nest is an Indo-Nepal joint venture towards sustainable tourism around Red Pandas and their conservation. Red Panda & its habitat is hugely threatened in this world and is being pushed further towards extinction; we need to work together to save them for a better world. Habre’s Nest is dedicated to this cause, and shares 20% of it’s profits to conservation of the Red Panda and its natural habitat. You will be based at Habre’s Nest, aptly the Nepalese name for the Red Panda, a small guesthouse in the Singalila Ridge with great views of the forest.

It is an experiential homestay which provides a Red Panda tour experience above 10,000 ft (3050 m), bordering India (Singalila) & Nepal (Illam).

*Please note that hotels are just samples and are subject to change and availability.

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