Mowgli’s Package 16

Duration: 16 nights 17 days

Bird watching Tour - Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek-Annapurna Region-Wildlife Safari-Royal Chitwan National Park-Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve-Kathmandu-Pokhara Valleys Sightseeing

This 16 night 17 day trip will offer you a superb bird watching trek in the high alpine range of Ghorepani-Poon Hill. Also included is a safari in the tropical low lands of the Royal Chitwan National Park and the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve of Nepal and sightseeing in and around the Pokhara and Kathmandu Valley’s.
     
Day One  
  Meet at the airport and drive to Hotel & Resort.
  Welcome Drink
  Check in hotel
1.00 pm Lunch, Refresh and Rest at the Hotel.
6.00 pm Introduction to Nepal and review of trip itinerary  
7.00 pm Dinner and overnight at hotel.  
     
Day Two    
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 15 am Drive to Pokhara then sightseeing in this enchanting Himalayan valley  
12: 00 noon Lunch break on the way  
2: 00 pm Welcome Drink, Check in hotel Refresh and Rest  
4: 00 pm Bird watching around the Fewa Lake area.  
     
Day Three    
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 00 am Drive to Nayapul to the start of the trek. Climbing up the hill through rhododendron and oak forests the trail passes Birethanti 1073m and Tikhedhunga 1575m on route to Ulleri. The bird species to look out for include Red-headed and Eurasian-black Vultures, Crested Kingfisher, Long-legged Buzzard, Spotted and Bonnei’s Eagles and many more
1: 00 pm Lunch break  
5: 30 pm Overnight at hotel in Ulleri
6: 30 pm Dinner at lodge
   
Day Four  
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 00 am A steady walk up through oak and rhododendron forests takes us to Ghorepani at 2775m. Lying in a clearing below a pass at Deorali, from here it is possible to see various species of Eagles, Vultures, Pheasants, Accentors, Babblers, Warblers and Finches
1: 00 pm Lunch break
5: 30 pm Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani
6: 30 pm Dinner at lodge
   
Day Five  
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 00 am Taking the trail up to Poon Hill at 3400m we reach a famous viewing point that offers a fantastic panorama of Himalayan peaks. Even higher up, the oak and rhododendron forests are replaced by conifers with open grass and scrub where Common hill Partridge, Koklas and Kalij Pheasant, Collard Owlet, Ashy-wood Pigeon, Black Throated Parrotbill, Red Headed Bullfinch can be seen. Continue on to Tadapani at 2650m to the hotel
1: 00 pm Lunch break  
5: 30 pm Overnight at lodge in Tadapani
6: 30 pm Dinner at lodge
   
Day Six  
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 00 am A day of slow walking down through thin oak forests and short bamboo to see the Golden Eagle, Blue-capped Redstart, Altai and Alpine Accentores, Red-billed Chough, Spot-wing, White-browed and Crimson-eared Rose finches before reaching Ghandruk
1: 00 pm Lunch break  
5: 30 pm Overnight at lodge in Ghandruk  
6: 30 pm Dinner at lodge  
     
Day Seven    
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7: 00 am On the descent down to Birenthante through many varieties of forests including the sub-tropical forest the bird species to look out for include Crested Kingfisher, Little and Slaty-backed Forktails, Flycatchers, Warblers and Thrushes. Drive back to Pokhara
1: 00 pm Lunch break
5: 30 pm Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
6: 30 pm Dinner at hotel with typical Nepali folk dance
   
Day Eight  
6: 30 am Breakfast  
7:30 am Drive to Royal Chitwan National Park the Land of Rhino  
1:00 pm Refresh Lunch and Rest at the Hotel  
3:00 pm Trip to the visitor information center and a short bird watching excursion.
5:30 pm Refresh tea and coffee watching the beautiful sunset on the river bank  
6:30 pm Slide presentation on birds and wildlife of Royal Chitwan National Park.
8:00 pm Dinner at the Hotel
   
Day Nine  
6.30 am Breakfast at the Hotel
7.00 am Start the day with a peaceful hour long dugout canoeing trip. After the canoeing trip you will have the opportunity to spend the rest of the day exploring on foot and bird watching inside the Royal Chitwan National Park. There are three different types of habitat, Grasslands, well preserved Riverine forest and the moist deciduous forest, which grows along the water courses of the gravel bank. The bird watching will be fantastic with sightings of the Great and Pied Hornbill, Greater Himalayan and Black rumped Flam Back, Scarlet and Small Minivet, Chestnut-bellied and Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Rose-ringed Alexandrine, Red-breasted and Plum-headed Parakeet, Chestnut-capped Striped Tit, Striated Slender-billed Babbler, Jorden Babbler, Lesser Adjutant, Grey-crowned Prinia, White-browed and White-throated Fantail, several Indian pea-Fowl, species of Flycatchers, Bush and leaf Warblers, Eagles, Falcons and Quills. The lunch will be at the hot spot. Not only birds but mammals such as Rhino, Deer and Monkeys can be seen
5:30 pm Refresh at the Hotel tea and coffee, sunset viewing at the river bank and trip evaluation.
7: 00 pm Dinner at the Hotel
   
Day Ten  
6:30 am Breakfast at the Hotel
7:00 am Another full day bird watching in a four-wheel drive covering all three types of habitat and ox-bow lakes where the watch tower adds a very exciting opportunity of seeing more species of birds like the Wood Peckers, Parakeets, Pigeons, Cuckoo Shrikes, Magpies, Babblers, Prinias, Storks, Flycatchers, Eagles, Warblers and Starlings. We also visit the rare Crocodile Breeding Farm. There are also many great chances of seeing large mammals Rhino, Deer, Sloth Bears, Gaurs and if you are lucky the tiger may surprise you by his sudden appearance. Lunch will be at the watch tower in the hot spot.
5:30 pm Refresh tea and coffee at the Hotel trip evaluation and sun set viewing at the river bank.
7:00 pm Dinner at the Hotel.  
     
Day Eleven    
6:30 am Break fast at the Hotel  
7:00 am Drive to the Twenty thousand lakes by four-wheel drive. We will then have four hours to walk through the many several species forest and see water birds such as Storks, Herons, Egrets and of course the forest birds such as Magpies, Grey headed fish Eagles, Brown fish Owls, Greater Himalayan and Black rumped Flamback, Crested serpent Eagle, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Warblers, Parakeets etc. The lake is surrounded by well preserved sal forest and the area is a very famous corridor forest of the Royal Chitwan National Park. The lake has recently been listed as a RAMSAR site by the Wetland international Convention for its significant importance to the wildlife in Nepal.
12: 00 Noon Lunch at the Hotel and Rest.  
2: 30 pm A 1-1/2hrs elephant back safari. The elephant driver will show you animals such as Rhino, Deer, Wild Boar and you could search for the TIGER and it is possible to see some birds as well. This trip will give you an unforgettable life time experience riding on one of the biggest animals on earth.
4: 00 pm Trip to an Elephant Breeding Center where you can see lovely baby Elephants
5:30 pm Refresh tea and coffee at the Hotel and trip evaluation.  
7:30 pm Dinner and dancing at the Hotel. The dance is performance by the malaria resistant indigenous Tharu people, the dominant ethnic group of the Chitwan Valley. Don’t hesitate to join them for the final dance!
     
Day Twelve    
6:30 am Breakfast at the Hotel  
8: 00 am Drive to the Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve the largest RAMSAR Site in Nepal and a bird watchers paradise. This trip takes seven hours, The reserve is located 350 km to the East of Chitwan in the sub-tropical Terai low lands of Nepal.
1:00 pm Lunch will be on the way to the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.  
4:00 pm Refresh tea and coffee at the Tented Camp, Rest period.  
5:00 pm Birding around the Tented Camp. Photo is not available (CHIWA22)
7:00 pm Dinner at the Tented Camp.  
     
Day Thirteen    
6:30 am Breakfast at the Tented Camp.  
7:00 am Drive to Kosi Barrage for a full day’s trip. The Barrage is a staging point for migrant birds and it is of international importance for migrating wildfowl and waders. The Barrage holds rich varieties of marshland birds and is also famous for several species of Eagles, Falcons, Owls and Harriers as well as Bush Warblers, Bengle Florican, Indian Cursor, Hodson's bush Chat and Graceful Prinia. From the barrage’s Eastern and Western embankments we can see flocks of Wildfowl, Little Pratincole, Indian Skimmers and Waders. Including various species of Gulls, Terns, Snips, Ducks and Jacanas. Lunch will be taken at this hot spot.
5:30 pm Refresh, tea and coffee at the Tented Camp followed by a trip evaluation.
7:00 pm Dinner at the Tented Camp.
   
DayFourteen  
6:30 am Break fast at the Tented Camp
7:00 am A full day’s hike on the high embankment, which forms the eastern boundary of the Reserve, it is covered mainly by types of Grassland, Marshland, Scrub as well as degraded Riverine forest. The bird species most likely to be seen include Yellow-Legged button Quill, Swamp Francolin, Striated grass Bird, Water cock, Brown hawk Owl, Palla's fish Eagle, Pallied, Marsh, Pied and Montague's Harriers, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Indian grey Hornbill, White tailed stone Chat, Yellow bellied Prinia, Black throated Weaver, Red Avadavat, Black faced Bunting as well as Various species of Storks, Ibis, Terns, Vultures, Ducks, Owls and Babblers.
5:30 pm Refreshment tea and coffee at the Tented Camp followed by trip evaluation.
7:00 pm Dinner at the Tented Camp.
   
Day Fifteen  
6:30 am Breakfast at the Tented Camp.
7:00 am Short bird watching walk around the Tented Camp  
9:00 am One hour by bus to the Biratnagar local airport and 30 minute flight to Kathmandu.
12:30 pm Refresh and lunch at the Hotel  
2:30 pm Sightseeing in the Katmandu Valley to some of the World Heritage Sites.
8:30 pm Dinner at the Hotel.
   
Day Sixteen  
8: 00 am Breakfast followed by leisure time
1: 00 am Lunch
7: 00 pm Dinner with a special Nepali culture program, overall trip evaluation
     
Day Seventeen  
6:30 am Breakfast at the Hotel.  
9:00 am Departure to the airport depending upon the flight schedule.  
     

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