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11 Days

The Magnificent Mountains to Jungles Trip
A Perfect Balance of Adventure and Relaxation in Nepal

The Magnificent Mountains to Jungles Trip

Embark on a captivating two-week journey starting in Kathmandu, where a cultural odyssey unfolds amid ancient temples, intricate architecture, and lively markets. Transition westward to Pokhara, Nepal's "Adventure Capital," for a beginner- friendly trek through the Annapurna region's rhododendron forests and snow-capped peaks.

Next, brace yourself for a two-day Seti River rafting expedition, designed for both beginners and families. Conclude the adventure in the Terai's Chitwan National Park, immersing yourself in a jungle experience with ethical elephant encounters. Join the elephant herd as they gracefully navigate through the forest, indulging in refreshing river baths and assisting the mahouts in preparing their nourishment. Explore the park's flora and fauna in vintage Land Rovers, offering both comfort and convenience. Traverse the lush landscapes, witnessing the vibrant biodiversity that thrives within this protected sanctuary.

Our dedicated team ensures a seamless experience, handling logistics from airport transfers to adventure activities. Relax and savor every moment, knowing that every detail has been meticulously planned for your comfort and enjoyment.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from International Airport to Dwarika‘s Hotel and Overnight
Upon arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our friendly Tiger Tops staff will warmly welcome you and make sure your transfer to Dwarikas Hotel is smooth. Located in the vibrant city center, Dwarikas Hotel provides a luxurious 5-star experience. In the afternoon, you can choose to join a guided tour to explore the fascinating sights of the capital.
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara and Start Trekking to Ghalekharka (B, L, D)

After breakfast, our team will help you load your luggage onto our vehicles. We will move towards Bharatpur Airport for the flight to Pokhara. After reaching pokhara, we continue our journey by road, accompanied by guides and porters, to the starting point of our trek at Khadarjung. From then onwards we will trek for about 3 – 4 hours to Ghalekharka where we rest for the night. While our dedicated staff prepares the camp, relish the serene atmosphere, accentuated by the views of local villages below. Once the camp is fully set up, it's time to unwind and share the tales of your adventure around the campfire.

Note: BHR to PKR (25 min flight), Ghalekharka (1,800m), Pokhara – Khadarjung (4 hrs. drive)

Day 3: Trek to Tara Hilltop (B, L, D)

After Breakfast, our trek ascends towards the majestic Tara Hilltop. Along the trek, we will stop at Ghalegaon, immersing ourselves with the local culture and village surroundings. Once on top, we can find breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. In the evening, as we settle into camp, dinner is served, concluding the day with anticipation for the adventures ahead.

Note: Tara Hilltop (2814 m) - Trek time: 4-5 hrs.

Day 4: Trek to Sikles (B, L, D)

As the last stretch of the trek, we journey towards Sikles traversing through jungles that add a touch of adventure. Sikles, nestled within the Annapurna Conservation Area, unveils panoramic views of Annapurna II and IV, along with the Lamjung Himal. Upon reaching Sikles, immerse yourself in the charm of the local Gurung Village or explore the nearby museum. Our staff will set up the camp for the final night at Rishi danda (2220m).

Note: Sikles (1980 m) – Trek time: 5 hrs.

Day 5: Back to Pokhara and Transfer to Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (B, L, D)

After Breakfast, It’s time to bid farewell to the mountains and trek back to the nearest road point in Parche. From Parche, it’s a 5-hour drive that leads us back to Pokhara. After completing this rewarding trek, we will head towards Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Nestled 1,000 feet above the Pokhara Valley, the Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge is a serene sanctuary boasting a magnificent backdrop of the Himalayan peaks.

Note: Parche (1760 m) – Time taken from Camp to Parche: 30 – 45 min walk

Day 6: Drive to Damauli and Start Rafting on Lower Seti River (B, L, D)

Embarking on another exhilarating experience, day six kicks off with a drive to Damauli, where you'll begin a thrilling two-day river rafting adventure on the Lower Seti River. The Seti River is classified as a grade III river, offering a mix of gentle stretches and exciting white water rapids. As you raft for 3-4 hours each day, you'll be treated to stunning natural scenery that surrounds you. The Seti River originates from the southeast slopes of the majestic Machapuchre, also known as Fish Tail Mountain. It is renowned for its scenic beauty and lacks intimidating rapids, making it accessible to both Kathmandu and Pokhara.

You'll arrive at the put-in point near the Seti River, where the rafts are inflated, and a comprehensive safety briefing is provided. Within 20 minutes of floating, you'll encounter the first Grade 2 rapid, which adds an element of excitement to your journey. As you continue, you'll enter a picturesque jungle corridor, where you can unwind and explore the narrow valley adorned with hanging vegetation and vibrant birdlife.

Lunch will be served on a sandy beach, offering you an opportunity to relax before encountering more Grade 2 rapids. The sight of the Sarang Ghat bridge serves as a reminder to fasten your life jacket buckles as you navigate a thrilling Grade 2+ rapid.

Day 7: Half-Day Rafting and Transfer to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

After a satisfying breakfast and packing up, we set off from camp at approximately 9:30 am. This day is dedicated to exploring, bird-watching, photography, and learning about the local culture. As we make our way, a delicious lunch will be served en-route, ensuring you enjoy a balanced and flavorful meal. The adventure continues with an exhilarating encounter with Grade 2+ rapids, leading us to the confluence of Trisuli River. From there, a short float trip takes us to the take-out point at Gai Ghat.

At this juncture, our expert guide will disassemble the raft, deflate it, and load it onto a mini-bus and start the journey to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge by the western edge renowned Chitwan National Park.

Arriving at the gate to Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, you will be met by Tiger Tops staff with a welcome drink in the dining hall. If time allows, we will go for the Sundowners with the Elephants. You can watch our resident elephants bathe and frolic while you enjoy your sundowners. Return to the lodge for hot showers and cold drinks before dinner.

Day 8: Elephant Experience and Overnight at the Lodge

Prepare yourself for an early start as we join the elephants on their journey to the grasslands. Our staff will provide you a morning cup of tea while we watch the elephants grazing amidst the morning mist. You'll have the opportunity to learn grass-cutting and binding techniques from the skilled mahouts. Back at the camp, a fulfilling breakfast awaits, setting the stage for a morning spent in the company of the mahouts. Learn the art of making "kuchis" (elephant sandwiches), observe the elephants' leisure time in the corrals, or participate in any other planned activities the mahouts have in store.

Lunch will be served around noon, providing the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind during the hot midday hours, just like the elephants. As the late afternoon brings pleasant temperatures, we can go on a guided walk through the jungle alongside the elephants and their mahouts. Observe their movements, witness their eating habits, and listen to their rumbling and trumpeting, all while our naturalist educates you about the surrounding wildlife and vegetation. Traverse through the diverse landscapes of the jungle, grasslands, and wetlands, immersing yourself in the beauty of nature.

Day 9: River and Jeep Safari

Start the day with a delectable al fresco breakfast beneath the shade of mango trees. Feast on fresh fruits, yogurt, eggs, and bacon, ensuring a perfect start to your day of adventure. Following breakfast, prepare for an unforgettable river safari on the Narayani River. The excursion begins with a leisurely stroll in nature through the enchanting forest alongside the river. This leads to a peaceful and relaxing drift downstream on the river. As you cruise along the wide expanse of the river, keep your eyes peeled for the diverse birdlife and wildlife that inhabit the area. Among the highlights are the endangered fish-eating Gharial crocodile and its more fearsome relative, the Marsh-Mugger.

Head back to the lodge for a Nepali-style lunch, and if you wish, indulge in some more sunbathing and relaxation by the pool during the early afternoon. Later in the afternoon, join our knowledgeable naturalist for an exciting jeep safari within the national park. Explore the wonders of nature from the comfort and convenience of our classic vintage Land Rovers. Feel free to ask questions and absorb the wealth of knowledge our naturalists possess about the animals and the history of Chitwan National Park. During the safari, you'll encounter various wildlife species, including deer, birds, monkeys, and, if luck is on your side, the ever elusive Royal Bengal Tiger.

Day 10: Departure from Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge

After breakfast, your luggage will be loaded onto one of our vehicles, prepared to transfer you for your flight. If you have some spare time before your flight, you have the opportunity to visit our non-profit school and immerse yourself in the daily lives of our students. After the flight back to Kathmandu, we will transfer you back to Dwarika’s where you can rest for sometime. We will then go on a half-day sightseeing tour.

We will first visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's holiest Hindu temple. Situated along the sacred Bagmati River, this temple is devoted to Lord Shiva and draws crowds, especially during the Mahashivaratri festival. After exploring Pashupatinath, head to Boudhanath, an impressive Buddhist stupa highly esteemed by Buddhists globally. Surrounded by monasteries, the stupa exudes a peaceful ambiance. Treat yourself to a delightful lunch on one of the nearby rooftop restaurants.

Next, we visit Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple." This ancient shrine, over 2500 years old, sits atop a hill and provides a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. Adorned with the compassionate eyes of Buddha, Swayambhunath symbolizes wisdom and unity. After this, we head back to Dwarika’s to unwind and relax.

Day 11: International Departure
Your final day in Nepal can be spent at your leisure until it's time for your transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your international flight. Take this opportunity to reflect on the remarkable experiences you've had during your stay and cherish the memories of your extraordinary adventure in Nepal.