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Wildlife trekking holidays with Naturetrek
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Naturetrek started by, and still specialises in, organising bird watching and wild flower treks to remote and mountainous regions of the world.

Wildlife Trekking Holidays

Naturetrek started by and still specialises in organising bird watching and wild flower treks to remote and mountainous regions of the world. Though our programme of holidays now includes many tours which involve little or no strenuous walking, Naturetrek still offers an excellent choice of trekking wildlife holidays, from the Himalaya to the Inca trail.

Our trekking specialist recommends...

“Well, I’m a little biased as I am particularly fond of the Himalaya. However, if you want to find some spectacular mountain scenery and wildlife nearer to home, try ‘Spain’s Cantabrian Mountains – Realm of the Bear’ for mammals and birds, the Dolomites or Alpujarra for butterflies and Switzerland for alpine flowers!”
David Mills
Naturetrek Managing Director

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Featured Tours


Satyr TragopanPunakha Dzong, BhutanBumthang canola fieldBumthang ValleyRosa sp., Dequin to Cizhong (Phillipe de Spoelberch)Rheum alexandrae, north of Sangdui (Phillipe de Spoelberch)Incarvillea mairei, Langdu to Daocheng (Phillipe de Spoelberch)Rhododendron rupicola (Red form), Geza to Langdu (Phillipe de Spoelberch)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Awash Falls Lodge (Dani Free)Lake Langano (Dani Free)Bale Mountains (Dani Free)Rumbak Valley, Ladakh (Russell Scott)Ladakh Scenery (Raghu Kulkarni)Stupa in LadakhWoolly Hare, Ladakh (Russell Scott)View back to Tiziane (Colin W Hughes)Across from the refuge at Oukaimeden (Colin W Hughes)

Naturetrek wildlife trekking holidays

What kind of trekking tours does Naturetrek offer?

1. Strenuous treks as the main feature of the tour – lasting up to 15 days – in some of world’s most spectacular and sparsely populated mountain ranges, including the Himalaya & Nepal’s Langtang Valley where we go in search of breeding birds, alpine flowers, mammals and other wildlife. Here are a few more choices:

  • We offer two treks in Ladakh – one exploring wildlife & culture of the Markha Valley in midsummer, & another searching for Snow Leopards in midwinter
  • Mount Everest & the Gokyo Lakes of Nepal to enjoy the world’s highest peaks & their unique natural history
  • A holiday to Bhutan’s Bumthang Valley in search of spring flowers, particularly rhododendrons

2. Tours which include short treks or strenuous walking as part of wider holiday. These include holidays such as plant hunting in China’s Sichuan & Yunnan provinces and searching for orchids and other flora in Ecuador’s Andes, plus many European tours which are based in mountain regions such as the Alps, Pyrenees, Picos or Carpathians.

3. Tours which include optional treks to go in search of spectacular wildlife and scenery in a region, such as Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda & Uganda, trekking the Inca trail in Peru, or an ascent of Table Mountain in South Africa.


A perfect, balance tour through wonderful scenery and with the right amount of culture included. John Shipton was a superb leader, flexible when necessary and extremely knowledgeable about China and especially the flora...Zhongdian [hotel] was excellent and good to get back to every now and again...Itinerary was well thought out yet flexible enough to include other interests, such as bee-keeping! Finally, Tsebu, our guide, was great company...[we] learned much about the culture and history of Yunnan.
Nick Acheson is a fantastic leader. Not only is he amazingly knowledgeable, speaks several languages, but has great people skills. The group was really pleasant and we all got on well. Nick made sure that we were all up to date with what was going on and looked after me when I was affected by the altitude to start with. It was truly amazing to see Snow Leopards in the wild and all the other creatures, too. I was awed by the splendour of the mountains, and although it was tough going at times, I'm so glad I was able to do it.
Both David and Alan were very well organised and extremely confident leaders. I feel we got very good value and excellent service from them.