5 DAYS in Nepal
The extension starts from Kathmandu, which includes some exciting whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River (no previous experience is needed, just a sense of fun and the spirit of adventure) and wildlife game viewing excursions in Chitwan. The variety of game supported in Chitwan are One Horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Monitor Lizard, four kinds of Deer, two types of Crocodiles and over 500 species of Birds. The extension ends with a flight back to Kathmandu before departing home.
PHYSICAL FITNESS: Grade A (Easy)
Touring with short day hikes suitable for people of all ages. No special physical preparation is required as these trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a fairly active life.
As we drive out of the Kathmandu valley we get panoramic views of the Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna mountain ranges. We then descend the scenic winding road through the middle hills and drive for about 3½ hours along the Trisuli River to our whitewater rafting start point near Charaudi. Our raft crew will meet us here and a safety briefing and instruction on paddling techniques will be given before setting off. Helmets and Life jackets are provided, and need to be worn at all times on the raft. There will be time to take in the scenery with chances of seeing monkeys and water birds in between exciting rapids like Ladies Delight, Upset, Surprise and Bijuli before reaching our rafting end point in Kurintar. The rafting will be about 3 to 4 hours and we will have lunch in between. From the rafting end point we will hike up for about 10 minutes to our lodge. The lodge offers great views of natural forest, flowing river and enclosing hills all around.
Lunch, Dinner / Summit River Lodge – Kurintar
After breakfast we hike a short distance about half an hour to cross the Trisuli River on a suspension bridge to where our vehicle is parked. We then drive for about 2½ hours to Chitwan through the tropical highway town of Mugling (220m/722ft) at the confluence of Marsyangdi and Trisuli rivers. After checking in and lunch we will go for a village tour. In the evening there will be traditional Tharu dance performance.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Barahi Jungle Lodge – Chitwan
Activities in Chitwan include jeep safari, nature walk/bird watching and canoe ride. You will be kept busy throughout your stay except around lunchtime when you can relax or swim in the lodge’s pool.
Jeep Safari: Sitting in the jeep behind a well-experienced driver you will be free to watch and take pictures.
Nature Walk/Bird Watching: You will be walking in the less densely forested part in the company of trained naturalists with chances of seeing smaller animals and variety of birds in this ornithologist’s paradise.
Canoe Ride: Float gently down the Rapti River on a dugout canoe to see water birds. You might even be lucky to see crocodiles basking on the sandbanks.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner / Barahi Jungle Lodge – Chitwan
After breakfast we drive about an hour to Bharatpur airport (32kms/20miles) and fly back to Kathmandu (20 minutes) and transfer to your hotel. After that you are free to explore Kathmandu on your own. There are many touring possibilities like visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan or stroll Asan bazaar. Or simply relax by the pool of the hotel and go shopping. In the evening we will go out for a farewell dinner at a restaurant.
Breakfast, Dinner / Hotel Yak and Yeti (5 star deluxe hotel) – Kathmandu
Transfer to the airport for your homeward bound flight.
Land Cost Includes
Land Cost Does Not Include
Best time to go:
Spring: February, March and April
Fall: October, November and December
Land and Internal Air Cost
(Based on Twin/Double Sharing Accommodations throughout the trip)
US $ 1,610.00 per person (8 to 12 members)
US $ 1,670.00 per person (6 to 7 members)
US $ 1,820.00 per person (4 to 5 members)
US $ 2,265.00 per person (2 to 3 members)
US $ 120.00 per person (Chitwan/Kathmandu)
(Airfare subject to change)
US $ 805.00 per person
WHAT TO PACK
Being properly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trip. Please read carefully our information below on recommended luggage, clothing, footwear and travel accessories. Rain gear is also essential as weather can change rapidly in Nepal.
Your luggage should consist of the following three main pieces:
Main Baggage This piece of luggage is to carry all your belongings in the hold of the plane, normally a suitcase with a lock. This is stored at the hotel in Kathmandu with anything you will not need (example your city clothes) for the actual trip. Please check with your airlines for an update on normal airlines weight allowances.
Trip Duffel Bag We will provide one for each member in Kathmandu. This duffel bag will be large enough to hold all your clothes and gear. It is sturdy, water resistant and lockable. We also advise that you line this duffle bag with a large plastic bag, which we will provide to keep the contents dry. Internal airline weight allowance is 20kg/44lb.
Day Sac As you won’t have access to your duffel bag during the day/while traveling you will need to carry a day sac for all personal items required throughout the day. It should be large enough to carry spare clothes, sunscreen, water bottle, camera, spare films/memory cards, etc.
This normally adds up to about 1kg/2.2lb to 2kg/4.4lb depending on the weight of your camera. Aim for a 20 – 25 liter capacity pack with a cover. Your day sac can also be used as hand luggage on flights.
Please bring comfortable clothing. You can expect to wear short-sleeved shirts/T-shirts and shorts during the day but it does get cool in the morning and evening. So bring some warmer clothing as well. Bright colored clothing should be avoided for game viewing in Chitwan.
Cultural note: The clothing you wear in Nepal should be modest. We suggest women visitors to wear comfortable, loose fitting pants or below the knee skirts. Likewise, men should wear either long baggy shorts or loose pants.
– Short sleeved shirts/T-shirts
– Long sleeved shirts
– Fleece jacket
– Comfortable pants for traveling/touring
– Fleece pants/Jeans for mornings and evenings
– Sun hat
Foul Weather Gear (which can also be useful for rafting)
– Rain jacket
– Rain pants
– Socks that can be washed and dried quickly
– Lightweight comfortable walking shoes for touring/traveling
– Teva type sandals for rafting
– Comfortable shoes for the evenings
– Swimsuit for the pool at the hotels
– One set of casual city clothes that can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu while you are on the trip
– Water bottle (minimum 1 liter capacity) and make sure they are leak proof
– Toiletries: Toothbrush and paste, soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and shaving kit.
Women should also bring any feminine products that they need
– Toilet paper (one roll)
– Personal medical kit: Though all our trips carry an extensive first aid kit, you should have your own supply of plasters and antiseptic cream, aspirin/paracetamol, diarrhea tablets, re-hydration solution and insect repellent. You should also bring ample supply of any medicine you use regularly as well as other prescription medications
– Body lotion for dry skin
– Money belt or neck pouch to store cash
– Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses
– Sun screen and lip salve of factor 25 or higher
– Small flashlight or headlamp
– Small padlocks or combination locks for your duffel bag and suitcase
– Hand sanitizer or wet wipes for quick hand washing and hygiene
– Nylon stuff sacks to stash your gear
Optional Travel Accessories
– Camera (enough films/memory cards/ battery charger/batteries for the entire trip)
– Binocular and personal stereo
– Reading and writing material
– Repair kit with needle, thread and safety pins
– Your favorite snack
– Playing cards and miniature games