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Nepal - Walk on the Wild Side

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14 days

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This itinerary has been designed to experience the wild side of Nepal. In Kathmandu, there will be time to explore the history and culture of this fascinating city. Aside from the trekking, one of the highlights will be a scenic mountain flight, allowing you to view Everest and the surrounding peaks at close quarters. Continue to Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna range, softly undulating terrain that begs to be explored on foot. Swap high altitude scenery for the sub-tropical lowlands of Chitwan National Park and gain an incredible insight into wildlife conservation, staying at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp.

  • Observe endangered gharials on the river banks of Chitwan
  • Take an exhilarating panoramic Everest mountain flight
  • Walk amongst ethnic Gurkha villages in the Annapurna foothills
  • Stay at the most unique and authentic elephant experience at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp

Kathmandu

The starting point for this holiday is the city of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.  Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awaken the senses, but it is not without its spiritual and cultural side. The old quarter's back streets, while still teeming with life and an array of smells from spices to incense, offer a more colourful side to the city. Lose yourself in the cities charming alleyways and visit its famous Durbar Square where you will come across ash covered Sadhu’s (holy men). Return to the cities airfield to take a magical early morning flight over Everest.

Pokhara

A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas. On arrival, you are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre, which looms large and reflects in the still waters of Lake Taal.  Take a serene boat ride on Lake Phewa, the second largest in Nepal. Out of the city lies stunning mountain scenery. The Annapurna mountains are perfect for the uninitiated - weaving through scenic villages and stunning landscapes. Explore these traditional Gurkha villages on foot, whilst staying in the most comfortable lodge available.

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan, home to conservation successes has a thriving population of 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.

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 eco system and the relationship between mahout and elephant. The camp is managed by 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.

What is the accommodation like at tiger tops Elephant Camp?

The camp offers six safari style tents with ensuite bathrooms and electricity. While the lodgings are basic but comfortable, the access Elephant Camp offers to the lives of its resident elephants is unsurpassed. The Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge is adjacent to the elephant camp and offers further facilities. Take a dip in the swimming pool, enjoy a game of tennis or flop in a hammock.  

Make this holiday beyond the ordinary

  • Request an audience with a spiritual lama
  • Meet the living Goddess of Patan, Kumari
  • Charter a helicopter from Mala Lodge for a scenic flight into Annapurna Base Camp, enroute to Pokhara. 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Delhi overnight

Day 2

Fly Delhi to Kathmandu


Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal - a heady and extravagant tangle of contrasts. Rapidly developing and almost alarmingly hectic, Kathmandu is a city to awake the senses, but it is not without its spiritual and cultural side. The old quarter's back streets, while still teeming with life and an array of smells from spices to incense, offer a more colourful side to the city.


Arrival into Kathmandu
It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long time. A representative and driver from Steppes Travel will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel and assist you at check in. At the hotel you will be briefed about your time in Nepal.


You will be staying at Gokarna Forest Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Everest Sightseeing Flight
Early morning transfer to the airport for an Everest sightseeing flight operated by Yeti Airlines. The non-stop flight takes an hour and gives you the best view of the Himalayas of Nepal. See various mountains including Mt. Everest, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Amadablam and Ganesha.


Half day Kathmandu City & Thamel
In old Kathmandu City wander the fascinating streets of this historic temple-rich area including the temple of the Living Goddess, who acknowledges the greetings of the devotees from the balcony of her temple residence and Kasthamandap - the source of the name Kathmandu, allegedly made from the timber of a single tree. Durbar Square is the historic heart of the old city and overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty.

A shopping mecca, the narrow streets of Thamel are buzzing and crowded with various shops, vendors and restaurants. There are also a number of bookshops, trekking shops, and ATMs.


You will be staying at Gokarna Forest Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara


A relatively small city and known as one of the main gateways to the Himalayas, Pokhara is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Visitors are greeted by the stunning Mt Machhapuchhre, which looms large and reflects in the still waters of Lake Taal. Activities in Pokhara would include hiring a boat on the lake (Phewa Tal), which is the second largest in Nepal. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. The lakeside area has good shopping opportunities and internet cafés. In the evening there is the option to dine out at one of the many fine lakeside restaurants .

Drive from Pokhara to Lumle (Road Journey)


On arrival at the airport you will be met by camp staff, who will drive you for approximately an hour to the edge of Chitwan National Park where the Elephant Camp is situated.


Mala Lodge Arrival and Village Walk
The only way to reach Mala Lodge is to walk. From the road head at Lumle the trek is a short sojourn of up to two hours depending on the individual.

After lunch at Mala Lodge, take a gentle tour around the surrounding village. The settlement is home to an ethnic community of Gurkhas who have been known to the world as warriors.


You will be staying at Mala Lodge, Full board

Day 5

A Day in the Life of a Gurkha Villager
A day of discovery to 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.

Later visit Tomejhong village. A local Gurkha family will join you for lunch to 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.


The remainder of the day at leisure at the lodge


You will be staying at Mala Lodge, Full board

Day 6

Drive from Lumle to Pokhara (Road Journey)


On arrival at the airport you will be met by camp staff, who will drive you for approximately an hour to the edge of Chitwan National Park where the Elephant Camp is situated.


On arrival check in at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration


You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Half Day Sightseeing Tour - Highlights of Pokhara
A visit to Pokhara is not complete without some quiet time boating on Phewa Lake. The reflections of Mount Annapurna are a sight to experience from the water. The World Peace Pagoda sits above Phewa Lake, and offers spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. Reached by boat to the shore, then a short but steep forest trek of about 45 minutes. Later visit Devi Falls. An amazing waterfall a short distance from Pokhara. Back in town, the International Mountain Museum was opened over a decade ago, devoted to mountaineers. A must for any mountain enthusiast.


You will be staying at Shangri La Village Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu


You will be staying at Gokarna Forest Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Fly Kathmandu to Bharatpur

Drive from Bharatpur to Chitwan (Road Journey)


On arrival at the airport you will be met by camp staff, who will drive you for approximately an hour to the edge of Chitwan National Park where the Elephant Camp is situated.


Welcome Briefing
Upon arrival at the lodge, receive a briefing from the resident Guest Relations Officer. Learn about the park and the wildlife programmes available.


You will be staying at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Full board

Day 10

Tiger Tops Elephant Camp Activities
Spend two full days engaged in camp activities. The activities follow the daily routine of the elephants. They may appear similar from day to day, but they are never repetitive or boring- there is always more to learn and see from each elephant, and they are extremely entertaining to be around.

- Elephant River Walk with Sundowners

- Elephant Jungle Walks

- Grass Cutting with Elephants

- Food Preparation for Elephants


Full Day Of Elephant Activities
All activities centre around the elephant's routine. Get up early and follow the elephants into the jungle and onto the grasslands where the animals are allowed to graze freely. Return to the corrals with the elephants and mahouts and spend more time with the animals, learning about their behaviour and individual personalities.

In the late afternoon, when the temperature has dropped, go for a jungle-walk alongside the elephants, watching how they move and observing what they eat. Keep your ears on alert to pick up the low, resonant rumblings as the elephants communicate with one another. As you move through the jungle, elephants all around you, a naturalist will be on hand to interpret the sights and sounds of the surrounding eco-system. It is likely you will encounter tiger tracks, deer, various species of birds, and possibly rhino.


You will be staying at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Full board

Day 11

Chitwan Full Day Safari Activities
This morning take a boat safari on the Narayni River to spot gharial crocodiles, mugger crocodiles and an array of birdlife . Lunch will be taken back at the lodge before an afternoon jeep safari to spot rhinos, deer and other wildlife.


You will be staying at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Full board

Day 12

Tiger Tops Elephant Camp Activities
Spend two full days engaged in camp activities. The activities follow the daily routine of the elephants. They may appear similar from day to day, but they are never repetitive or boring- there is always more to learn and see from each elephant, and they are extremely entertaining to be around.

- Elephant River Walk with Sundowners

- Elephant Jungle Walks

- Grass Cutting with Elephants

- Food Preparation for Elephants


You will be staying at Tiger Tops Elephant Camp, Full board

Day 13

Fly Bharatpur to Kathmandu


You will be staying at Shangri La Hotel - Kathmandu, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Fly Kathmandu to Delhi

Fly Delhi to London

Accommodation

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

Gokarna Forest Resort

Gokarna Forest Resort

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....

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Tiger Tops Elephant Camp

Tiger Tops Elephant Camp

Located on the edge of Chitwan National Park, close to the Narayni River, Tiger Tops' Elephant Camp offers the opportunity to stay alongside Tiger Tops' 12 resident Asian elephants....

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Mala Lodge

Mala Lodge

Cradled in the lap of the Annapurna lowlands amongst rice terraces and a quaint bee keeping village, Mala Lodge is a sanctuary with the Machhapuchhre Mountain looming tall over it....

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