Day 1. To Kathmandu
Fly from London Heathrow on a non-direct flight to Kathmandu.
Day 2. Kathmandu
Arrive Kathmandu. Meet, assist and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Shangri-La Hotel.
Day 3. To Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Morning fly to Dhangadhi and drive to the Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve nestled in the remote far west Terai of Nepal. Suklaphanta Reserve protects some of the richest and most extensive grasslands in Asia, as well as Sal and Riverine forest supporting an estimated 27 tigers. Ornithologists will delight with over 400 species of birds including Bengal florican, Hodgson’s bushchat and Finn’s weaver. There’re excellent chances of seeing tiger, leopard, Asian elephant, Indian rhinoceros - plus marsh mugger crocodiles and Indian rock python. After dinner a discussion and briefing for the next day’s programme. Two nights at Suklaphanta Wildlife Tented Camp.
Day 4. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
After an early breakfast jungle drive in the Reserve to explore water holes, marshes, ponds and grassland. In the afternoon continue the exploration, perhaps from one of the strategically placed watchtowers.
Day 5. To Bardia National Park
After early morning activities & breakfast drive to Bardia National Park. A personal itinerary is arranged to suit individual interests. Suggestions include an elephant safari, a nature walk, Landover drive or boating down the Karnali River to see Gangetic dolphin. Two nights Karnali Lodge.
Day 6. Bardia National Park
Another day with morning and afternoon wildlife activities to continue the discovery of this beautiful and varied habitat. The rich wildlife of Bardia includes swamp deer, barking deer, monkey, elephant, tiger, leopard, crocodile and over 300 species of birds. One of the highlights of a trip to Bardia is a visit to the nearby Tharu villages providing an insight into the culture, farming and crafts of the Tharu people.
Day 7. To Chitwan National Park
After early morning activities and breakfast drive to Chitwan. The Park was established in 1973 and was granted World Heritage status 1984. It’s located in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. Two nights at Barahi Jungle Lodge.
Day 8. Chitwan National Park
A varied day with safaris and cultural visits to discover the amazing bio diversity of this beautiful Park. Accompanied by experienced naturalists seek out the Royal Bengal tiger, the irascible one-horned rhino, wild boar, bear, leopard and bison. A village tour will provide a fascinating insight into the culture and lifestyle of local indigenous communities.
Day 9. To Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
After early morning activities and breakfast drive to Koshi Tappu. On arrival the Naturalist briefs guests on the facilities of the camp and safari activities. The Reserve was established 1976 with the aim of protecting the last remaining population of Asiatic buffalo in Nepal. Koshi Tappu is also considered one of the finest birding site in Asia. Indeed, more than half of Nepal’s birds have been recorded here living amidst the extensive marshlands, pools and grasslands. On a clear day the majestic Mount Everest can be glimpsed from certain parts of the Reserve. Two nights Koshi Camp.
Day 10. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
After breakfast full day bird watching walk with a packed lunch. Principal habitats visited include wetlands, grasslands and small patches of riverine forest. The thin Indian rosewood forest provides excellent habitat for warblers, flycatchers, and raptors. Look out for Asiatic buffalo and the elusive Gangetic dolphin. Dinner will be followed by discussion of the day’s experiences.
Day 11. To Kathmandu
Morning depart for Biratnagar for flight to Kathmandu. Evening Nepalese restaurant Farewell Dinner with Cultural programme. Overnight Shangri La Hotel.
Day 12. To London
Transfer to the airport for the international flight back to London.
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £3,520.00
International & internal flights in economy class.
Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing
Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
Full ATOL Bonding.
Any optional Excursions.
Any expenses of a personal nature.
It is essential to have adequate insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.