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
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.
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.
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