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Mishmi Hills Tour

8 nights & 9 Days Tour

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Our herping tour in Ecuador will take you to some of the most bio diverse parts of the world and you will be able to see and photograph some of the most unique wildlife found in Ecuador. On this tour you will learn how not only how to make great images of herps but also learn how to find them and photograph them in the wild. Our herping program supports various local communities as we work directly with the people on the ground!

BASIC INFORMATION

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Medical

Please consult with your doctor regarding general travel vaccinations and check the CDC website for more information.

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Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical coverage while overseas.

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Internet Access

Most lodges have free WIFI in the reception/dining area.

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Electricity

Electrical outlets are US-style. Those coming from Europe or Asia may need travel adapters. We will send more info after signup.

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Airport

You should arrive to and depart from Ecuador’s Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Our representative will be waiting to provide your private transfer to a family run lodge nearby.

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All of our services are conducted by fully licensed travel, lodge, and transport operators. This is part of our commitment to providing a professional travel experience.

Cost (In USD)


₹7900 per person per day charges.

Tour Dates


Main Tour – Minimum 3-6 person.

Tour Specifics


1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers / Birdwatchers: Accepted

Tour Motive

Our well planned herping photography tour in Ecuador will focus on endemics like the Pinocchio cutin to specialities like the Fleischmann’s Glass Frog, this tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants.

Our tour starts in Cali and ends in Pereira.

Photo Opportunities
  • Opportunity to photograph the Darwin and Wallace poisonous frog, Cope’s Vine Snake and more such stunning species.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, safe, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.
Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Tour Pace


Easy to Moderate

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Day 1

Arrive at Dibrughar airport and drive to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. 4 to 5 hrs of drive. Accommodation in hotel at Roing.

Today on first day of arrival you will be transferred to Roing. It will be long journey but we will save our time of birding on following days. To enter into the state of Arunachal require a permit which will be obtained in advance. We shall stop at border check post to show them.

Day 2

Morning check out from hotel and start birding in Grassland. Drive further to Mishmi. Accommodation in coffeehouse Mishmi.

Today we head out early with packed breakfast. Our first destination will be a Grassland near Roing where we go to see one of the vulnerable Black-breasted Parrotbill. Apart from that there will be number of other grassland speciality including Jordan’s Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Striated Babbler, Chinese Ruby throat etc. After couple of hours birding here we shall continue our journey up hill towards Madhya a 52 km from Roing. This will be our base for another 5 nights. Food and accommodation here will be basic and simple but rooms will have attached toilet and both veg and non veg food will be provided.

Day 3-6

Four full days of birding around Mishmi hill. Accommodation in guest house at Mayodhya pass.

Mayodhya will be our bas for birding on entire Mishmi hill. From here we will be covering the whole area of the hills. We will go birding every morning both side of the pass. Our car will be always with us and we will have our packed lunch everyday that we will eat in the field itself.
Mishmi hill is one of the best birding destination for the birders around the world. Here there are few endemic birds canoe seen including Mishmi Wren Babbler, Manipur wedge-billed Babbler, Manipur, Fulvetta etc. Other then that there are some star birds like Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Beautiful Nuthatch, Himalayan Wood Owl etc. There are many other common birds which are easy to see. Day 7

Drive to Tinsukia in Assam. En-route birding. Accommodation in hotel at Tinsukia.

Today we will start driving a same way back to Assam. Our whole day will be birding on lower part of Mishmi hill, trying to pick up the birds that we may have missed earlier. Overnight stay will be in hotel at Tinsukia. 

Day 8 Early morning drive to Dehing patkai forest. Full day birding. Back to hotel in the evening.
Today we will head out early morning for Dehing Patkai forest for a whole day of birding. It is about 2 hrs of drive to reach there. Here we will look for White-winged Duck, Red-headed Trogon, Sultan Tit, Pale-capped Pigeon etc. We shall drive back to hotel in the evening. Day 9

Morning drive to airport before driving to airport will do morning birding session in Dibrughar area .

Day 1:
Arrive at Dibrughar airport and drive to Roing in Arunachal Pradesh. 4 to 5 hrs of drive. Accommodation in hotel at Roing.

Today on first day of arrival you will be transferred to Roing. It will be long journey but we will save our time of birding on following days. To enter into the state of Arunachal require a permit which will be obtained in advance. We shall stop at border check post to show them.

Neoselva-Rhinoclemmys-Herping-turtle-Wide-angle-macro-HQ_tropicalphototours Day 2:
Morning check out from hotel and start birding in Grassland. Drive further to Mishmi. Accommodation in coffeehouse Mishmi.

Today we head out early with packed breakfast. Our first destination will be a Grassland near Roing where we go to see one of the vulnerable Black-breasted Parrotbill. Apart from that there will be number of other grassland speciality including Jordan’s Babbler, Chestnut-capped Babbler, Striated Babbler, Chinese Ruby throat etc. After couple of hours birding here we shall continue our journey up hill towards Madhya a 52 km from Roing. This will be our base for another 5 nights. Food and accommodation here will be basic and simple but rooms will have attached toilet and both veg and non veg food will be provided.

Neoselva_Corallus_hortulanus_Boa_de_jardin-HQ_tropicalphototours Day 3-6:
Four full days of birding around Mishmi hill. Accommodation in guest house at Mayodhya pass. Mayodhya will be our bas for birding on entire Mishmi hill. From here we will be covering the whole area of the hills. We will go birding every morning both side of the pass. Our car will be always with us and we will have our packed lunch everyday that we will eat in the field itself.
Mishmi hill is one of the best birding destination for the birders around the world. Here there are few endemic birds canoe seen including Mishmi Wren Babbler, Manipur wedge-billed Babbler, Manipur, Fulvetta etc. Other then that there are some star birds like Blyth’s Tragopan, Sclater’s Monal, Bar-winged Wren Babbler, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Beautiful Nuthatch, Himalayan Wood Owl etc. There are many other common birds which are easy to see. Neoselva-Ameerega-bilinguis-Ecuadorian-poisonfrog-HQ_tropicalphototours Day 7:
Drive to Tinsukia in Assam. En-route birding. Accommodation in hotel at Tinsukia.

Today we will start driving a same way back to Assam. Our whole day will be birding on lower part of Mishmi hill, trying to pick up the birds that we may have missed earlier. Overnight stay will be in hotel at Tinsukia. 

Neoselva-Boana-picturata-neo-treefrog-HQ_tropicalphototours Day 8:
Early morning drive to Dehing patkai forest. Full day birding. Back to hotel in the evening.
Today we will head out early morning for Dehing Patkai forest for a whole day of birding. It is about 2 hrs of drive to reach there. Here we will look for White-winged Duck, Red-headed Trogon, Sultan Tit, Pale-capped Pigeon etc. We shall drive back to hotel in the evening.

Day 9:
Morning drive to airport before driving to airport will do morning birding session in Dibrughar area.

Tour Motive


Our Herping photography tour in Ecuador will focus on endemics like the Pinocchio Lizard ( Anolis proboscis) to specialties like the Fleischmann’s Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium fleischmanni). This tour will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for our participants.

Our tour starts and ends in Quito.

Photo Opportunities

  • Opportunity to photograph the Darwin and Wallace poisonous frog, Cope’s Vine Snake and more such stunning species.
  • Guided photography with expert local guidance to make the best images of the target species and more.
  • Our all-inclusive tours help you enjoy a stress-free, safe, photography focussed days coupled with local lodging and culinary experience.

Cost (In USD)


₹7900 per person per day charges.

TOUR DATES


Main Tour – Minimum 3-6 person

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Tour Specifics:

1. Easy/Moderate walking/Most activity is at the feeders
2. Intermediate Photographers
3. Land and Water Photography
4. Non-Photographers/Birdwatchers: Accepted

Tour Pace


Easy to Moderate

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Suggested Equipments

It is recommended that each participant bring the following equipment:

  • A digital SLR and your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
  • A macro lens
  • A sturdy tripod or monopod
  • You may also bring your flash with a flash bracket
  • Pack a ton of memory cards
  • Release cable

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Tropical Photo Tours took us to Ecuador recently. Our experience during the Ecuador bird photo tour could not have been better. Expert guiding, flawless logistics, awesome accommodation, excellent food! The guiding and photography exceeded our expectation. We will surely go to Central or South America with this company again. Thanks, Supreet!

Willi Braun

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Tour Leader

Aditya Chavan

Click on the link below for some questions you may have:TOUR RELATED GENERAL FAQS

Payment Terms Inclusion Exclusion Payment Terms
  • A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person
  • Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation
Inclusion
  • Lodging as specified.
  • Meals as specified
  • Stainless steel flask for water.
  • Private transfers to and from hotels on first and last days.
  • Land transportation during the tour
  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in spacious tour bus.
  • Guide and Photography Skipper services
  • Entrance fees for all described activities.
  • Taxes on all services listed above.
Exclusion
  • Non-mealtime snacks or meals not included.
  • Non-mealtime soft drinks and bottled water.
  • Visa fees
  • International/personal airfare
  • Insurance
  • Phone calls
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Cost of hospitalization and evacuation, if necessary

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Registration

  • To register for the tour, fill out and submit the form below. A ‘NON-REFUNDABLE‘ deposit of USD 1000 per person of the tour cost is required to confirm your spot.
  • The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour
  • All figures per person. Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in TOUR CANCELLATION
Payment can be completed by credit card/PayPal or bank transfer. If you would like to mail a check, that option is available as well
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Book Your Tour With Us In 6 Easy Steps

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1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel

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4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

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5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

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6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

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1. Confirm your spot for the tour by paying the advance using the registration form.

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2. Receive an acknowledgement email from us confirming your booking along with a welcome package and forms.

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3. Book your international travel.

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4. Send us your travel details along with the signed package.

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5. We will send you a final invoice along with some more important pre-travel details.

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6. Make your full payment and pack your bags for the best Tropical experience.

FAQs

What are the payment & cancellation terms? Expand A ‘non-refundable’ deposit of USD 1000 of the Tour fee as booking amount to reserve your spot
• The remaining balance is due in full 90 days before the start of the tour. If you would like to pay the remaining balance in installments, please let us know.
• All figures in USD per person
• Failure to make payments within this timeline could result in tour cancellation
• A deposit is your commitment to joining the workshop. These deposits don’t typically sit in an account, they are used to cover initial expenses for the workshop like hotel reservations, park permits/fees and guided tour deposits. Due to these expenses, deposits are non-refundable and tour payment made is subject to a cancellation fee. If cancelled by you? Expand
  • More than 60 days before the start of the tour: Refund of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $100 convenience fee.
  • 60 – 45 days before the start of the tour: Refund of 50% of workshop payment (not including deposit), less $199 convenience fee.
  • Less than 45 days before the start of the tour: No refunds will be given, and all payments will be forfeited. Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. If full payment is not received by this date you will be notified by email. If you do not respond within 3 business days, your spot will be forfeited and offered to participants on the waiting list.
Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.
CANCELLED WORKSHOPS: If we are forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire payment will be transferred to another comparable workshop within one calendar year Can I bring along a friend or family member with me? Expand

Of course, you can, and we will glad to have them over! If your partner or any other family member would like to join the photo tour, you can email us for non-photographer partner discount. Please note that though your guest cannot participate in the daily photographic activities they will not be bored as there are several activities that will keep them busy at the lodges, while you capture those amazing birds in the forests.

If I am a solo participant and do not wish to opt for a single supplement. How do I go about it? Especially if there is no one ready to share the room? Expand

Since all lodges and hotels, we are associated with charge single supplements, we will have to book you a single room at the supplement price mentioned for each tour. Alternatively, we can also find a perfect roommate for you based on your gender, age, and interests. If a roommate is not available, the single supplement will be charged. Please note that we calculate the cost of the single supplement by taking the actual cost of a single room and subtracting one-half the cost of a double room (plus any applicable taxes).

If I plan to arrive a day early, can you help? Expand

Sure! We’ll be happy to make your reservations to ensure that you get to the same hotel that we have booked for the official first night of the tour and include your extra day cost in the final payment. Since airport transfers are included, it does not matter if you arrive a day early or leave a day later

What Camera Gear and other essentials should I pack? Expand • Your Digital SLR full-frame camera
• Your longest telephoto lens preferably 300mm or more
• A wide-angle lens if you are interested in capturing landscapes
• You can also bring your flash with a flash bracket
• Pack a ton of memory cards
• A macro lens is highly recommended
• A sturdy tripod or monopod is required
• Release cables Other essentials:
Good hiking boots, Laptop, memory card readers, bug spray, sunscreen, silica gel sachets to keep your camera dry. Since, it is likely that there might be rain and mosquitoes especially in dense rainforests, so you must pack your rain jacket and a bug jacket. What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring? Expand

It is advisable that you pack light as you will need to carry them along with you. We suggest you carry one bag for the camera gear, one bag for your clothes and other handbag or backpack to keep the essentials handy. You can also carry a small satchel to carry your personal items or important documents that you might need frequently.

What medicines do I need to carry? Expand We advise you to carry your personal medical kit along with a first aid kit.
You can carry medicines that are for common illnesses like colds, cough, fever, diarrhea, altitude sickness, headaches, heartburn or severe acidity and sore throats to name a few. Those who take regular medication for hypertension, blood sugar, allergy, and asthma should carry an adequate supply of medicines.
We tend to travel to remote places, it is best you have your medicines handy. Though most of our trips require moderate stamina, it is best if you are high on energy and stay fit to get the most out of the experience.
Please note that this is a general information, it is recommended that you check with your physician and doctor to determine what medicines you need to carry. Will I get Internet/Mobile Coverage? Expand

While most countries support International Roaming, local numbers can be procured from airports for voice calls. It is important to note that some of our birding areas do not have networks. Internet is not available at most lodges and when available, are limited to the dining areas.

What if my questions aren’t listed here? Expand

Please email any questions, concerns you may have to info@tropicalphototours.com.

Our team will get back to you with assistance.

Important Note

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers
  • Tropical Photo Tours holds the rights to modify a reservation at any time during a workshop. As a company, we always try to comply with what we have promised but due to several unforeseeable circumstances such as weather, natural calamity, political, environmental, cultural we may have to make changes to our reservations.
  • All amounts are in USD unless specifically mentioned otherwise.
  • For foreigners permit charges will be 50$ per person
    (best time to visit (Oct to Dec) and (Mar to May)

Email us at info@tropicalphototours.com or call us at +1-512-803-8049/512-806-6469 if you’d like to talk first.

Tour Leader

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Supreet Sahoo An avid birdwatcher and photographer from Austin, U.S.

Supreet’s work has been featured in reputed publications like the BBC Earth, National Geographic Spain and Sanctuary Asia.

Testimonials

My Fiancé and I have gone on multiple trips with Tropical Photo Tours(Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru)! Each workshop has been amazing and different from the last. We would highly recommend to any serious photographers or birdwatchers. The tour leaders help get you in front of your target birds and are willing to help with photography techniques if needed.

Matthew Kusiak

A very professional outfit catering to the needs of wildlife photographer community. Supreet is an amazing tour leader. He keeps needs of the clients in mind. I remember many a times that he offered his spot to me so that I could get a better shot of the bird. Highly recommended!

Jaideep Padhye

Tropical Photo Tours took us to Ecuador recently. Our experience during the Ecuador bird photo tour could not have been better. Expert guiding, flawless logistics, awesome accommodation, excellent food! The guiding and photography exceeded our expectation. We will surely go to Central or South America with this company again. Thanks, Supreet!

Willi Braun

I have been several tours with Tropical Photo tours and Supreet starting with Texas bird photo tour and then Ecuador photo tour and Costa Rica photo tour, I have already booked two tours in 2020 as well.
They make sure you are taken to the bed of locations and also since Supreet is an amazing photographer himself he make sure that you would make amazing images with lovely perches and background.
So if you are looking to visit anywhere in South America you should check them out!

Suraj Ramamurthy

Our aim is to make bird and wildlife photography accessible to everyone! Come join us on our next adventure in the rainforests.

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​Since our inception, we have curated unique Bird Photography tours, customized Photography Travel Tours and fun-filled photography sessions in over 5 countries!
Tropical Photo Tours LLC is a US Based photography tour company helping birders from all over the world visit and experience the rainforest birding and photography.

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