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Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal

The Wild Side of Nepal – Family Conservation Holiday

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Duration

13 Days

Prices Start from

£3,000 ex. flights

Suitable for

Adventure Traveller Families

Escape with your family for an adventurous and educational holiday amongst the high peaks of Annapurna on an eco-community lodge trek, before reaching Tiger Tops at Chitwan National Park.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Bridge, Trek, Annapurna, Nepal 1

Annapurna Village Walks

Explore traditional Gurkha villages on foot, whilst staying in the most comfortable lodges available.

 

Asian Rhinoceroses, Chitwan National Park, Nepal 2

Chitwan National Park

Swap high altitude scenery for the sub-tropical lowlands of Chitwan National Park, home to Rhino.

Wisdom Eyes, Bodhnath, Nepal 3

Kathmandu - The Capital

Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awaken the senses.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan, Nepal 4

Walking with Elephants

Join the herd and experience the best jungle safari in Nepal. Stay at Tiger Tops to gain unique access to the elephants.

Why we like it

From a city tour of ancient Kathmandu to game viewing and conservation involvement in Chitwan, this 14 day holiday showcases the best of Nepal. The highlight is a short trek in the Annapurna foothills, surrounded by magnificent Himalayan peaks

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

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  • Day 1 - 2
    Kathmandu
  • Day 3 - 4
    Kathmandu - Pokhara - Lumle
  • Day 5 - 6
    Lumle - Pokhara
  • Day 7
    Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Day 8
    Kathmandu - Bharatpur - Chitwan
  • Day 9 -11
    Chitwan National Park
  • Day 12
    Chitwan - Kathmandu
  • Day 13
    Kathmandu
Boy, Trek, Annapurna, Nepal
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Annapurna Village Walks

The Annapurna mountains are perfect for the uninitiated – weaving through scenic villages and stunning landscapes. By day, walk amongst ethnic Gurkha villages in the foothills, by night stay in comfortable Ker & Downey lodges, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery in style and comfort. The gateway to the Himalaya is Pokhara. We never bore of watching the reflections in the still waters of Phewa Lake. Take a serene boat ride, equipped with a book, and a camera, and capture the changing light. The Annapurna foothills have a showstopper vista in the form of Mt Machhapuchhre – catch it at first light for an impressive moment.

Trek, Annapurna, Nepal
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Nepalese Women, Nepal
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A Day in the Life of a Gurkha Villager

This is a great day of discovery. Learn firsthand what it’s like to live in the shadow of the Annapurna’s. Meet local children during their school day. Though formal education has existed in Nepal for 150 years, for the first century it was only available to members of the royal family. It has only been the last five decades that ordinary Nepali children were able to enjoy schooling. Today, five million students fill more than 20,000 schools (from elementary schools to universities). You’ll get to know a few of these promising young people throughout this day. Why not share lunch with a local Gurkha family who will happily share insight into their tradition.

The Gurkha people arrived in western Nepal from India centuries ago, and trace their roots to the Rajput clan- part of the Kshatriya, or warrior class-from classic Hindu tradition. Known for their military prowess, courage, and loyalty, many Gurkhas were recruited by the British Army during their occupation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their culture is a fascinating blend of their Hindu roots and local traditions like shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism, as we’ll learn during this exclusive opportunity for real cultural exchange.

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Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal
Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Chitwan, Nepal

Stay at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp

As pioneers of responsible tourism, Tiger Tops have teamed up with Carol Buckley from Elephant Aid International to build spacious enclosures for twelve resident elephants, in a chain-free environment. Tiger Tops decided to stop elephant back safaris in Chitwan and instead, offer clients a less obtrusive but more immersive encounter with the elephants in their care. All activities centre around the elephant’s routine.


Rise early and follow the elephants into the jungle and onto the grasslands where they graze freely. Return to the corrals with the elephants and mahouts and spend more time learning about their behaviour, individual personalities, co-dependency with the ecosystem and the relationship between mahout and elephant. The camp is managed by a head mahout, Kale and his team of naturalist field guides. They will join you in all activities, so there is always somebody on hand to answer any questions on wildlife and local culture. Watching the elephants play in the river whilst sipping a sundowner is a wonderful way to end the day.

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Gavial, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Chitwan, Nepal
Mother and Baby Rhino, Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Chitwan National Park - On Safari

Take a dugout canoe ride down Chitwan’s Rapti River in search of crocodiles. The Narayani River is home to the endangered gharial crocodiles, mugger crocodiles and an array of birdlife. Chitwan has great conservation successes and a thriving population of the Asiatic one-horned rhino. Current numbers are 645 and growing over 5% year on year. The success story is largely due to the countless volunteers, conservationists, naturalists and military working tirelessly to protect them.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Gokarna Forest Resort £££££

  • Nepal
  • Wilderness

Situated within the city limits of Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside a serene temperate 700-acre old-growth forest, the former private Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest up to the main complex, comprising a subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. Further on, exotic Heritage cottage rooms are set beside a century-old restored Hunter’s lodge. The Spa includes a variety of rejuvenating courses, emphasizing Ayurvedic treatments. Take a swim in the indoor pool and play a round of golf on the roof of the world.

Tiger Tops Elephant Camp £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Located on the edge of Chitwan National Park, close to the Narayani River, Tiger Tops Elephant Camp offers the opportunity to stay alongside Tiger Tops’ 12 resident Asian elephants. Tiger Tops Elephant Camp allows you to connect with the elephants in a more personalised, profound and unobtrusive way. Guests can enjoy a range of elephant activities or simply spend time with the herd throughout the day to get to know their individual personalities, behaviour and habits. Six comfortable safari-style tents with attached bathrooms accommodate you during your stay.

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Mala Lodge £££££

  • Nepal

Cradled in the lap of the Annapurna lowlands amongst rice terraces and a quaint beekeeping village, Mala Lodge is a sanctuary, next to which the Machhapuchhre Mountain looms tall. Reached by a climb up from Lumle, of under two hours, the Gurkha village of Majgaun offers a remote spot with breath-taking views. A new arrival on the Ker & Downey trekking circuit, Mala Lodge provides a stunning location to break a trek, offering a warm bed, down pillows and hot showers at the end of the day. Even down jackets, scarves and hats are provided for comfort.

Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge £££££

  • Nepal
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Situated in Chitwan’s buffer zone near the river, Tharu Lodge is owned and managed by the famous Tiger Tops group who set up the first camp in the jungle here before it was even declared a national park.

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Dwarika’s Hotel £££££

  • Nepal
  • City

Dwarika’s Hotel is a museum-like complex showcasing a wide range of traditional Nepali art. All of its 71 rooms display original works of art – they have four-poster beds and deluxe bathrooms with sunken baths. There is also a presidential suite and two further standard suites. Room service offers light refreshments and the hotel has two restaurants, a bar, a library, and a meeting room. Massages are also available. The hotel is close to the national heritage sites of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. It is in the heart of a busy and colourful street with people and farm animals constantly passing by.

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In Kathmandu, our guide Archie was fabulous. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful, fun, warm, open and a total pleasure to have with us. She really made sure we got the most out of our two days in Kathmandu - a real class act.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

With two distinct seasons, dry and wet, Nepal is at its best from October through to December. This is when the monsoon, which runs from June to September, come to an end and the dry season begins, leaving the countryside green, lush and bursting with life. Mountain views are clear and crisp across the Himalayans.

Visitors going to Nepal in January and February should expect freezing temperatures in the evening but with this brings fewer crowds arguably making it a perfect time to discover the country. March, April and May see the temperatures begin to climb and the humidity reaching its height before the monsoon rains arrive. The springtime is warmer but cloud build-up over the Himalayan peaks occurs.

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