We left Kyangjin quite late (08:50) after breakfast and my buying another 500g of yak cheese – something I’m becoming addicted to. It was an excellent day’s walk with good weather all the way. We stopped at Ghora Tabela for lunch and ended up staying there for nearly 2 hours – I had two bowls of porridge and some cheese. Dave was keen to stay the rest of the day but Nick and I persuaded him to continue. We arrived at River Lodge at 17:00 after a slow walk down through the forest where we saw a nice pink orchid growing on a tree in the forest but it was eclipsed for me by a male Indian Blue Robin! Another trekker coming up from Lama Lodge told us he’d seen the others and Colin et al arrived at River Lodge as it was getting dark. It was great to see them again and to hear that they’d seen nine (!!) Gould’s Shortwings, amongst other things, between Gopte and the Laurebina Pass. Our plans for a direct return to Kathmandu went straight out of the window, but with no lodges in the area it meant stocking up with food in Syabru, the nearest village, and sleeping out for 3 nights, the logistics of this having put us off originally. I’m more excited by the prospect of doing this than I have been for some time. It should be really good to get to such a remote area, provided the weather holds.
Birds recorded: Kestrel 1, Snow Pigeon 100, Cuckoo 2, Little Cuckoo h, Himalayan Swiftlet 5, Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker 2, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker 1, Asiatic House Martin 1, Olive-backed Pipit 10, Grey Wagtail 2, Brown Dipper 1, Indian Blue Robin 1 male, Blue-fronted Redstart 6, Plumbeous Redstart 2, Grey Bushchat 2, River Chat 4, Blue Whistling Thrush 4, Golden-spectacled Warbler 5, Blyth’s Crowned Leaf Warbler 5, Large-billed Leaf Warbler 2, Ashy-throated Leaf Warbler 2, Lemon-rumped Warbler 2, Beautiful Niltava 1, Rufous-gorgetted Flycatcher 4, Yellow-bellied Fantail 2, Variegated Laughingthrush 10, Streaked Laughingthrush 1, Chestnut-tailed Minla 2, Black-capped Sibia 5, Rufous-fronted Tit 1, Grey-crested Tit 1, Black-crested Tit 3, Green-tailed Sunbird 1, Grey-backed Shrike 3, Nutcracker h, Chough 4, Large-billed Crow 1, Beautiful Rosefinch 4.
|heading back down the Langtang Valley towards Ghora Tabeloa|
|back to the tree-line|
|signs of cultivation too|
|further down the valley|