Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Tour
Koshi Tappu Wildlife reserved located in the eastern part of Nepal with access from Mahendra Highway takes 10hrs overland journey or 45 min flight to Biratnagar (2 hours drive Biratnagar to Koshi Tappu) from Kathmandu.
The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a protected area in the Terai of eastern Nepal covering 175 square kilometers (68 sq mile) of wetlands in the Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur Districts. It comprises extensive mudflats, reed beds, freshwater marshes in the floodplain of the Sapta-Kosi River, and ranges in altitude from 75 to 81 m (246 to 266ft). It was established in 1976 and designated as a Ramsar site in December 1987.
A wide range of animal inhabitants in the protected area. In its watercourses and pond, 200 species of fish have been recorded, most of which are residents. Two toad species, nine frog species, six lizards’, five snakes and eleven turtle species are recorded.
The 31 species of mammals recorded including the Asian elephant, spotted deer, hog deer, wild boar, smooth-coated otter, and golden jackal. The Ganges river dolphin has sighted in the Kosi River, Gaur and blue bull have been declined in numbers.
Nepal’s last remaining population of 150 wild buffalo inhabits the area. This population has now grown to a total of 432 individuals with an annual growth rate 7.27%, according to the latest census out in 2016.
Notable among the 485 birds species are water-cock, Indian Nightjar, dusky eagle-owl, black-head cuckoo shrike, white-tailed stone-chat, straight grass-bird, large adjutant stork, Allas’s fish eagle, common golden-eye and gull-billed swamp Francolin and Rufous-vented babbler occur as well.
Chitwan National Park wildlife tour will be a shorter option for who has a short time in Nepal https://navigateoutdoor.com/packages/chitwan-national-park/
- Max Elevation:266ft
- Total Duration:1 - 5 days
- Best Time:Oct - April
- Wildlife Koshi:5 star
Itinerary at glance
Day 01: Fly to Biratnagar and drive to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserved Camp.
Short enjoyable trip is to fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. Picked up at Biratnagar Airport and transferred to the forest Camp/lodge (2hours drive to lodge), welcome drinks short briefing and tour around and rest. Include: Lunch, dinner and accommodation in the lodge.
Day 02: National park program short drive to Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Easter region after breakfast early in the morning, packed lunch and full day excursion by boat and our jeep will be available. Enjoy the magnificent nature while observing the wildlife's, birds, reptiles and other nature. at the evening enjoy and learn local culture.
Including: Tea/coffee, Breakfast, Pack lunch, Dinner, cultural program, and accommodation.
Day 03: National Park program: Another day of the wonderful bird watching tour. Explore and enjoy the beauty of flora & Fauna diversity this wildlife reserve offers. Mostly you will be visiting to swamps, watching water buffaloes and other animals by elephant ride and jungle safari while watching out for the rare species of birds.
Included: Tea/coffee, Breakfast, Pack lunch, Dinner and accommodation.
Day 04: Fly back to Kathmandu; after breakfast drive to Biratnagar 2hours and fly to Kathmandu 45min and transferred to the Hotel. Enjoy the last in the Kathmandu shopping/tour to Thamle etc.
Included: Tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch, transportation, and flight etc.
What is included?
- Accommodation 3 nights in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife twin sharing.
- Airport picks up and drops by private vehicle (domestic airport – Hotel)
- Kathmandu – Biratnagar – Kathmandu flight.
- 3 days full meals in the lodge in Koshi Tappu.
- Experienced local guide.
- Park entrance fees, Elephant ride, boat tour and other activities inside the Koshi Tappu.
- Group first-aid.
- All government taxes/vat.
What's not included?
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and meals.
- Visa fees and personal expenses.
- Your personal travel insurance.
- Emergency Evacuation fees.
- Gratitude's for the guide and staff.
- Alcohol and any bottle beverages.
What to bring:
- Camera and binoculars to enjoy maximum animal life and birds.
- Light colored $ casual clothing's, light green cloths that will blend with nature.
- Jackets and sweater during the winter months Nov-March.
- Insect repellent and personal medicine.
- Waters shoe for walking on wet lands/boots etc.
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.