Destinations

Habre's Nest

about Habre's Nest

With red panda numbers at worryingly low level, Habre’s Nest is first and foremost a research hub to help protect the species and its habitat. As part of their conservation efforts, the proprietors offer an eco-friendly homestay experience that aims to educate its guests about the red panda, benefit the local community by employing local people and contribute 20% of the profits to conservation.

Habre’s Nest is a small, intimate lodge with just four double rooms, and although remote, it still provides the amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

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Style

A small and intimate lodge, Habre’s Nest blends in with its forested surroundings using wood and bamboo for a more traditional experience.

Setting

The habitat of the red panda is very remote, and the lodge is located close to the hamlet of Kaiakata in Eastern Nepal, on the border with India. Fly into Bagdogra where you’ll transfer to Inova, then continue for a further 2.5-hour drive from there. While the transfer might be a long one, it’s certainly worth it, as Habre’s Nest sits at over 2,900m above sea level on the edge of the Singalila National Park, offering breathtaking views of the Tinchule forests and mountains.

Accommodation & Facilities

Each of the four double bedrooms has stunning mountain views as well as an en-suite bathroom providing hot and cold water. There is also a shared sitting area in the lodge with a flatscreen TV, minibar, library and eco-friendly fireplace.

Dining

You’ll enjoy a blend of local food with a Western touch.

Activities

With the red panda's habitat on yourdoorstep, the main event is panda trekking. There are an estimated 32 red pandas in Singalila National Park, and naturalists, field biologists and expert guides are on hand to maximise sightings of this endangered species. Aside from red pandas, the forest offers the chance to spot a diversity of wildlife including clouded leopards, Himalayan black bears and Asiatic golden cats. 

The area is also a birding paradise, with more than 300 species of bird in Singalila. There’s an in-house birding studio to hide in and observe exotic birds or, alternatively, guests can partake in birding walks with expert guides.

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