This 9-day Nepal Wildlife Tour intertwines the best of Nepalese culture and natural landscapes. From UNESCO World Heritage sites to the wildlife of Nepal’s Terai plains – it’s the best of both worlds. This trip is perfect for travelers seeking a unique experience in the wildlands of Nepal.
You will enjoy various jungle activities like exploring the grassland, taking a river cruise on a traditional canoe, doing a jeep safari, bird watching, and visiting the indigenous Tharu village. In addition, this trip highlights the rich culture of the Nepalese people and takes you back in time through its architectural marvels.
This itinerary is customizable. Contact Yūgen Earthside for more information.
Day 1-2: Kathmandu [Nepal] (arrival day)
Day 3-4: Bardiya
Day 5: Lumbini
Day 6-7: Chitwan
Day 8-9: Kathmandu (departure day)
We are Travelife certified, and we work to reduce all negative impacts on the natural and social environments. We do this by supporting business partners (accommodation providers, excursion providers) to be more sustainable by circulating and encouraging the adoption of sustainable best practices. We also create sustainability awareness among our guests, office, and trekking staff.
We conduct trek-related activities while avoiding any natural, social, or ecological disturbances. We trek in eco touristic destinations and are accountable for protecting both the natural and cultural heritage.
This trip takes travelers off the beaten path where they can explore the wilderness, and the real, authentic Nepali culture. This promotes greater tourism dispersal and helps to boost the local economy of the destination.
We use biodegradable hand soap and cleaning powder for our office (i.e. cleaning the floors, furniture, and utensils). All products are handmade and hand-packed by women who are mostly from poor, remote communities.
Travelers are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles as well as water filter tablets to reduce plastic waste.
We encourage our trekking staff to camp in established campsites and to leave no trace (no garbage, no tent trenches, no fire pit, etc.). Our guides collect trash along the trail and dispose of it in designated areas. We also use cloth bags as much as possible.
The accommodation on this wildlife tour includes special, "green" jungle lodges:
The trip includes low carbon impact activities like bird watching, a jungle walk, a canoe ride, and a village walk.
Our office is solar powered and prioritizes energy-efficient lights and water-efficient toilets.
Meals are cooked using local produce and we cater to guests' dietary requirements (i.e vegetarian, vegan).
On this trip, strict safari guidelines and wildlife protocol are observed. Guests will be in close quarters with incredible animals and can help with their care (this is one of the more ethically sound ways of interacting with elephants in Asia). In addition, the jungle lodges are involved in conservation efforts in their local communities, including the innovative Jatayu Vulture Restaurant. This 'restaurant' is not for humans - it's a feeding area and conservation site for vultures, which are in danger of becoming extinct.
We provide poverty-stricken children with shelter, education and engage in various volunteering and charitable organizations.
Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.
A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Prices are for twin-share rooms.
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Book with confidence: To reserve your spot on a tour, a $200 deposit will be required. However, you can book with complete peace of mind as this deposit will be 100% refundable until 45 days prior to the trip start date (excluding fees paid to the payment gateway or bank).
If you cancel any of your trips that have been booked with us then notice of trip cancellation must be sent in writing & refunds will be made as follows:
1. Flight Delays and Changes in Itinerary:
We are not responsible for the rerouting of the itinerary due to flight and/or bus cancellations, unexpected obstacles like unfavorable weather conditions, political unrest, or natural calamities. Any additional expenses necessitated by such an event will be borne by the client/s.
2. Incomplete Trip:
The paid amount will not be reimbursed for any unused portion of the trip if you leave your trip for any reason.
3. Nepal Passport and Visas:
All clients must have a passport and visa valid up to 6 months from the issued date. The cost of the visa is the client’s responsibility.
This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date for when it is safe to travel. It's also a private tour, meaning you will only be traveling with those you book the trip with.
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You may also need proof of a negative Covid test before arrival to the country. Keep a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Special precautions for guests:
Staff Safety and Training
Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Easy" mean?
It means the trip involves cultural sightseeing tours, local interaction, and wildlife experiences.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
The accommodations on this trip include hotels and jungle lodges.
Q: What about the weather?
Chitwan Park has varied climatic seasons each offering a unique experience. October through February has an average temperature of 25°C (77°F), offering pleasant weather. From March to June temperatures can reach as high as 43°C (109°F). The hot, humid days give way to the monsoon season that usually lasts from late June until September.
The Bardia National Park has a sub-tropical monsoon climate with three different seasons: hot season (March-June), monsoon season (July-October), and winter (October-February). The hot, humid days give way to the monsoon rain. The weather is dry from October through early April with warm days and cool nights. The absolute maximum temperature of 41°C (106°F) in May and a minimum temperature of 31°C (88°F) in January-February.
Q: What about health & safety?
Q: Is this trip safe for solo travelers?
This trip is safe for solo (female and male) travelers.
Q: Do I need a visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kerung on the Nepal-China border. Outside of Nepal, a visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
The latest COVID-19 visa process:
In regard to tourist visas, travelers need to apply for their visas from their respective countries. If travelers wish to apply for a visa on arrival, then a trekking agency based in Nepal shall do the arrangement of prior approval to enter Nepal. For prior visa approval, the Nepal-based trekking agencies shall submit all prescribed details of the trekkers to the appropriate tourism agencies to get a recommendation of which visa type to submit to the Department of Immigration in advance.