Trip reference number: 15602

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Sichuan’S Sensational Mammals & Birds

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This extensive itinerary through the Chinese province of Sichuan offers excellent chances to see some of the country’s unique and rare mammals including red pandas, Pallas’s cat and Tibetan fox.

Covering an area of just under 500,000 square kilometres in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River valley, Sichuan is one of the few Chinese provinces that offers reliable sightings for many of the country's mammals. The province is squeezed between the Tibetan Plateau to the west, the lush forest of the Daba Mountains to the north, the Jinsha River to east, and the slopes of the Yungui Plateau to the south - a unique position with varied habitats that support an incredible diversity of mammals and birds.

Red pandas are seen in the forests of Labahe Forest Reserve and Tangjiahe Nature Reserve, which are both integral stops on our itinerary. The likelihood of seeing red pandas is much higher than their larger cousins, and these appealing mammals are not the only animal we hope to see. Over 40% of China's 550 species of mammal can be seen Sichuan, including Pallas's cat in the mountainous regions of the Tibetan Plateau. Other mammals that we may see during the trip include takin, golden snub-nosed monkey, Chinese mountain cat, hog badger, Tibetan wolf, Chinese goral, Himalayan marmot, white giant flying squirrel and Tibetan fox.

Sichuan also has fantastic birdlife, with a huge list of species that includes some of Asia's most outstanding localised birds. These range from passerines to raptors, and the variety is exceptional: Temminck's tragopan, golden pheasant, black-necked crane, firethroat and golden-breasted fulvetta are just a few of the highlights. 

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart UK
  2. Day 2: Arrive Chengdu & transfer to Labahe Nature Reserve
  3. Days 3-4: Explore Labahe Nature Reserve
  4. Day 5: Travel to Wolong National Nature Reserve
  5. Day 6: Full-day in Wolong National Nature Reserve
  6. Day 7: Drive to Hongyuan
  7. Day 8: Continue to Ruoergai
  8. Days 9-11: Explore Ruoergai
  9. Day 12: Drive to Tangjiahe
  10. Days 13-14: Tangjiahe Nature Reserve
  11. Day 15: Return to Chengdu
  12. Day 16: Fly back to the UK
  • Available*: Oct to Dec; Mar to Apr
  • Group size: 8
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £4,895 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • 14 nights hotel accommodation
    • All meals
    • Transfers
    • Guided activities
  • Activities available:
    • Birdwatching
    • Nature drive
    • Photography


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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