Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of the premier and popular jungle safari and wildlife holidays in Nepal. This world heritage listed reserve protects more than 932 sq km of forests, marsh/wetland and grassland containing sizeable animal populations, making it one of the best national parks for viewing wildlife in Asia. You will have an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, monkeys, and some of the more 500 species of birds. If you are extremely lucky you may see the leopard, wild elephant or sloth bear though it’s the once-in-a-lifetime chance to spot a majestic royal Bengal tiger. We offer cultural trips with wildlife jungle safari which is unique experiences you will get in one tour to Chitwan.
We offer wildlife safari for 1-4 days trip to Chitwan National park with competitive cost with unmatched services in Nepal. We offer longer wildlife jungle safari & photography in Bardiya National Park in the west part of Nepal one of the best and off the beaten jungle safari. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve would be next trip for wildlife and bird watchers https://navigateoutdoor.com/packages/kosi-tappu-wildlife-tour/
- Trip Grade:Easy
- Max Elevation:Not Applicable
- Total Duration:1 - 3days
- Best Time:Oct - Dec, Feb - May
Day 1: Drive to Charaudi get ready for white-water rafting on Trisuli Class 3-4 section for three hours to Fishling and drive another 2 hours to Sauraha Chitwan Homestay and transfer to the homestay. Rest of afternoon rest and village tour at the Evening and stay.
Day 2: Early morning go for bird watching with the guide in the forest buffer area of Chitwan National Park, have lunch and a jeep half-day tour to National park and back to the homestay, have dinner and enjoy the Tharu culture dance present by Tharu people and stay.
Day 3: Morning Elephant ride 1 hour in the national park for the animal watch and back to the homestay have lunch and rest of the afternoon, boat ride/dug canoe ride, elephant breeding center visit and enjoy the sunset of Rapti having chilled drinks and come back get ready for the National Park jungle camp; in the camp we will have campfire and enjoy the night in the safari tent.
Day 4: After breakfast just rest until 11 AM have early lunch and drive 4-5hrs to Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
- Kathmandu – Chitwan – Kathmandu return flight tickets.
- Park fee/permits.
- All meals during the trips (lunch, dinner, and breakfast)
- All the activities i.e. half-day Jungle walk with packed lunch, half-day Tiger tracking/bird watching with packed lunch, Full days jeep safari, Village tour, Crocodile Breeding center, Tharu culture Dance at the camp by local Tharu people.
- Accommodation both inside and outside the National Park on twin sharing tents/rooms.
- Below 10 years we will give you a 20% discount.
- Experience local forest guide.
Service not including:
- Your stay in Kathmandu.
- Your personal expenses, insurance (travel).
- All bottle beverages, mineral water bottles, and alcohol.
- Guide tip.
- Emergency evacuation fees and changing flight costs.
- Personal equipment and clothing for the trip.
Things you need to bring with you
- Day bag for your extra clothing and other items for the day walk in the jungle.
- Binocular and camera with extra batteries.
- Light colure clothing for a jungle walk, light green, gray and canvas would be great.
- Sunglasses with retainers, sunscreen, bug repellent, sun hat.
- An appropriate shoes for the jungle walk, hiking boots with gaiters would be great.
- Water bottle/ water treatment and some extra money cash and your passport.
- Bird of India Nepal’s book, reptile book would be great.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.