Wildlife holidays in Nepal
Nepal is one of the most spectacular countries on earth, inhabited by extremely friendly and endearing people.
For a country that lies 800 kilometres from the sea, it has a scenic and altitudinal variety that is quite unrivalled. It contains the highest mountains in the world, thundering rivers, magical montane forests and dense lowland jungles.
The bustling capital city combines medieval and modern in unique fashion and visitors will be fascinated by the beautiful pagoda-style Hindu temples, Buddhist stupas and elaborate royal palaces. The Kathmandu Valley – once the bed of a large and ancient lake – is now a colourful mosaic of rice paddies and quaint farmhouses surrounded by high forested hills.
Our Nepal specialist recommends..
"I recommend our 17-day Lowland Nepal tour for focusing on the mammals and birds of the lowland habitats. We visit three of the country’s finest lowland sanctuaries including the renowned Chitwan national Park. Avian highlights include birds such as the Ibisbill and White-rumped Needletail Swifts with mammal highlights including the Gangetic River Dolphin and the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros."
How about trekking?
The trekking opportunities to be found in Nepal are unrivalled. The majestic Himalaya range contains eight of the world’s highest mountains, culminating in Mount Everest.
Walking through magnificent forests of oak and rhododendrons beneath the towering white summits, one can understand why some claim this to be the most beautiful place on the planet.
What’s special about the wildlife?
Nepal is home to a wonderful variety of animal and plant-life. Among the mammals found here are Tiger, Gaur, wild Water Buffalo, Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant and some interesting primate species, while its splendid birdlife includes such sought-after species as Bengal Florican, Ibisbill and Swamp Francolin.
The Kathmandu Valley supports a fabulous range of exotic bird and mammal species including monkeys, Muntjac, Jungle Cat, Leopard and even Tiger.
Naturetrek tours to Nepal
Naturetrek offers a range of wildlife holidays and natural history tours in Nepal and our knowledge and enthusiasm for this delightful country is second-to-none. Here’s a selection of our wildlife tours to Nepal:
- Bargain birdwatching & mammal tours in search of many species including the sought-after Ibisbill
- Trekking & botanical holidays in the Langtang Valley & Everest National Park, with views of the spectacular Himalaya, Mount Everest & the Goyko Lakes
- Tours to Chitwan National Park & Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
- A deluxe wildlife holiday centred around the Kathmandu & Pokhara Valleys
- Stay in Naturetrek’s locally managed eco-camps of Koshi & Suklaphanta
- Meet some of the world’s top naturalists including Naturetrek favourites Tika Ram Giri & Hem Baral
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Nepal HOLIDAYS
Naturetrek staff were extremely helpful. The tented camps were excellent and we were looked after extremely well, and the staff couldn’t have been friendlier. Som’s natural history knowledge is outstanding and the way he used this to ensure that each member of the group got the most out of the trip was much appreciated. His commitment to the job, combined with his friendliness and helpfulness were what made the holiday so enjoyable and memorable.
Suchit Basnet and his organisation were superb in every way. Not only was he a good wildlife spotter, he was fun, attentive to everyone's needs, the kind of person you would choose for a friend... What we hadn't expected was the fun we had in the evenings - the Nepali's enjoyment of get-togethers was infectious; at both Chitwan and Koshi; we danced around camp fires and at Koshi we sang as well ... the '12 birds of Nepal' instead of '12 days of Christmas' - all the staff joined in the giggles! We rate this holiday as in the top five of all our holidays.
I had never taken an 'organised' trip before and was warned that I might find the tour restrictive. But the holiday was superb. Many, many thanks to everybody involved. Hathan was very hard-working, very organised and a real gentleman. Great trip all round. Great wildlife.