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Wild Life of Nepal

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Nepal has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is unmatched.From the highest mountains on earth to the forest and lowland jungles. Nepal has an incredible diversity of birds and wildlife.
The trip begins with a 5 days trek into the hills north of Pokhara, wehre pretty Gurung villages and forest of oak and rhododendron decorate the hillside beneath the towering summits of Annapurna and Machhapuchhare, the holdy 'Fishtail' mountain. Here live numerous birds including a variety of tits,minivets,brightly coloured pheasants,laughing thrushes,rosefinches and woodpeckers.
We also spend 3 full days in Chitwan staying in a lodge we will go on jungle walks, dugout cannoe rides and on elephant back searching for bird and animals. Comprising 932 square kilometres fo grassland riverine and sal forest.
We then have a long drive east to the koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve where we spend 2 full days exploring thie wetland area.
 

 

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

 


Day 2
For the next days we walk villages, carefully cultivated terraces and forest of conifiers, rodendendron and bamboo. The Annapurna and Machhapuchhare, the sacred 'Fishtail' mountain are our companions. Early this morning we fly to Pokhara.And from here we continue by road to our trek start point at Naya Pul. Our day will follows the river to Tikhedunga. During the walk we will be following the Burungdi khola and we should spot some of Nepal’s fine river birds including white capped river chats.

 


Day 3
We ascend all day to Ghorepani. We start by crossing the Burungdi river Khola and then steeply climb up stone steps past wonderful terraced hillsides to the village of Ulleri. The trail continues climbing and now enters a beautiful forest. This lofty rhododendron forest is one of the high points of the trek, as it is full of birds. We hope to see Rosefinches, Laughing Thrush, Woodpecker, Babbles and Warblers. We may also see common Langur monkey and very rare Red Panda or Muntjac.. Approx. 5-6 hours walking.

 


Day 4
This morning there is a an optional ascent of Phoonhill (about an hour walk above Ghorepani ) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. Best seen at dawn, it’s  well worth the effort to the climb. After breakfast we head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3’193m. The trail the descends through dense forest of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and few a mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2602m, we climb back to 27,45m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani. From here we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchare. Approx 5 hours walking.

 


Day 5
An easier walk today through wonderful uninhabited forest with great mountain views. Look out for monkeys and high forest birds including Tragopan, Juniper Finch and Rosefinches. We emerge from the forest just above Ghandrung, the largest Gurung village in the area. This area is mostly populated by subsistence there are still older traditional houses with their neat slate roofs. In the afternoon your leader will take you on village walk and in the evening we can relax in the teahouses and watch the sunset on Annapurna south.

 


Day 6
This morning we descend on a stone staircase towards the Modi Khola. Passing through Shyauli Bazar we come to the pretty village of Birethanthi, where we have lunch overlooking the river. Another short walk brings us to Naya Pul, where we will meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. There will be time this afternoon to explore this pretty lakeside resort.

 


Day 7/10
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Chitwan and  (approx 4/5hrs drive). After lunch at the lodge there will be a walk and ox cart ride through Tharu villages. Dinner will be at the lodge. There will be a Tharu dance programme either this evening or tomorrow.
Overnight at the  Chitwan Lodge on full board.
Early wake up call with tea and biscuits and an early morning elephant safari. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Today there will be a full day of activities including bird watching walk, dugout canoe ride for crocodile spotting. If it is available there will be elephant bathing.
Overnight at the Chitwan Lodge on full board.
 Wake up with tea and biscuits. Early morning bike ride through local villages/bird watching. Return to the lodge for breakfast.

 


Day 11/13
From Chitwan we have a long  drive east long the east- west highway to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, with lots of bird life to look out for on the way. Koshi Tappu is in the Sapta Koshi River plan in ther far eastern part of Nepal, close to the Indian border. The reserve covers 175  kilometers to the north of the Indian border.
The heart of the reserve lies 14 kilometers north of the barrage, where there is forest, grassland and lagoons. This area is the last refuge of the wild water buffalo in Nepal. Other mammals we may sport include Leopard, Jungle cat, Spotted Deer. We have 2 whole days to explore the reserve.

 


Day 14 
We drive to Biratnagar and fly back to Kathmandu. On a clear day we may be able of spot the snow capped Himalaya to the north. We spend our last evening in Kathmandu.

 


Day 15
Depart Kathamandu

 


Profile
05 days point-to-point walking with full porterage. Altitude below 3000m.


Accommodation
03 nights hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, 05 nights teahouses and 06 nights in jungle lodges/tented camp.


Food
3 breakfasts included and fullboard basis in Chitwan and Koshi Tappu.
 

 


Any good tips for eating out in Kathmandu?
Head down to the Everest Steak House in southern Thamel for a mouth watering steak and chips, well earned if you’re just back from trek. Finish it off with a cocktail in the legendary Tom & Jerry bar up the road!
You can also head to Fire and Ice Pizzeria in Thamel, a great place with casual indoor and outdoor eating which is popular amongst travellers, and locals alike. This restaurant is a great place to meet for a morning cup of Italian espresso, or a hearty meal of delicious pizzas, pastas, ice cream and even a Grappa!


Is there anywhere to store luggage while on trek?
You will be packing your kitbag for the trek before you leave Kathmandu, and can leave your main luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu, where it will be stored securely free of charge. However, as with any destination, we recommend you keep valuables with you at all times.


Any special food I should try in Kathmandu?
Momos
This Nepalese version of dumplings/ wantons is a traditional delicacy and a must try local dish while you are in Nepal. Momo dumplings are either steamed or fried with chicken/or buff (water buffalo) as well as stuffed with vegetables for vegetarians and have become the most famous fast food amongst Nepalese and can be found on the menus of most restaurants serving locals and tourists alike.
Kwanti soup
This mixed bean soup is usually served during festivals and gatherings and now has made its way in many of restaurant menus. Goes well with Naan or roti bread.
Choela
This is a typical Newari dish smoked meat (chicken; lamb or buffalo meat) tossed with spices and mustard oil. Easily available in most Nepalese and local restaurants in Kathmandu around Hotel.


I have some free time in Kathmandu?
If you are looking to do something off the beaten track just for half a day around Kathmandu, head out to Bungmati and Khokana. Just an hour drive on the outskirts of Kathmandu and you will find yourself in this sleepy little twin village where not much has changed in terms of construction, profession of people (most are still farmers, woodcarvers and weavers) or the pace of life. The twin villages are 15 minutes apart and you walk through the dirt trails, with farms and fields on either side. Should you have extra time and still want to do something, the Tibetan Refugee Settlement where you can see carpet weaving to a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery falls half way on the way back from here to the Hotel.
On a lodge or teahouse trek, how much spending money should I allow ?
US $ 40 – US $ 50 per day is ample, but it is possible to spend less (and more!). Meals are usually pretty cheap but extras such as sweets or snacks will add a bit more to your budget. There are plenty of ATMs in Kathmandu, so you can withdraw more Nepalese currency if you are running short towards the end of your trip.
Can I buy any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Yes. There are dozens of trekking shops in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. Depending on how good your bartering skills are, you can usually pick up items for about one third of the price that you'll pay in the Europe / America and its more fun to bargain! However, please note we cannot guarantee the quaility of anything you may purchase so buyer beware.


Should I get my Nepalese visa in advance or at the airport?
Most of our clients choose to get their visas at Kathmadu airport. This may mean some time queuing, but the transfer bus won't leave for the hotel until all arriving passengers are through Immigration and have collected their bags. So if you have your visa in advance, you will avoid the visa queue but you won’t get to the hotel any earlier. If you'd like to get your visa in advance, please contact the Nepalese embassy direct

 

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