Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension

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Total Days: 4

Activity Level: 2

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Price:

2014

REI Member from: $849

Non-member from: $949

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $199

Internal airfare: $210

Trip Dates:


Private departures available. See Dates tab for all scheduled dates.

Group Size: 1-15

Activity Level: 2

Activities:

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing

Accommodations:

Safari Lodge, 3 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Premier wildlife viewing & secluded safari lodge comfort on Nepal's southern border
  • Search for Bengal tigers, rhinos, sloth bears, crocodiles, birds, and more
  • An ideal extension for Everest and Annapurna treks featuring a different side of Nepal

Nepal's Chitwan National Park is home to a tremendous array of wildlife. Among them, we'll search for the elusive Bengal tiger, endangered one-horned rhinoceros, sloth bear, crocodiles, and others.

From the quiet and comfort of Tigerland Safari Resort, enjoy excursions into the park by vehicle, boat, and foot for immersive jungle exploration and remarkable animal encounters. Visit local villages maintaining the traditions that have allowed them to coexist with their fellow lowland inhabitants for ages; experience their traditional music and dance.

Chitwan is a world away from the high Himalayas and bustling Kathmandu but just 30 minutes from the city by plane, making it an ideal extension to our Annapurna and Everest treks.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - After a short flight to Chitwan, set out in search of rare wildlife.
  • Days 2-3 - Spend two full days exploring on a variety of amazing excursions.
  • Day 4 - Enjoy a final morning of adventure before returning to Kathmandu.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - After a short flight to Chitwan, set out in search of rare wildlife.

    Our trip begins today in Kathmandu, Nepal. We'll meet for breakfast at our designated hotel, then transfer together to the airport mid-morning for our flight to Bharatpur, under 30 minutes from Kathmandu. On arrival, we're received by the staff of Tigerland Safari Resort and transfer 1 hour to the resort in time for lunch and a brief orientation. Tigerland Safari Resort is the base for our Chitwan exploration, and the friendly, knowledgeable resort staff will see to our needs expertly. Your afternoon and evening will be open to enjoy the many unique excursions offered here (see Excursions & Educational Programs below for details). Breakfast is provided by the hotel in Kathmandu. Lunch and dinner are included at the resort.

  • Days 2-3 - Spend two full days exploring on a variety of amazing excursions.

    For the next two days, the staff at Tigerland Safari Resort will coordinate a full schedule of diverse outings designed to showcase Chitwan National Park's unique environs and inhabitants. Tigerland staff members organize excursions to keep group sizes small and maximize your opportunities to learn and explore. You may find yourself searching for wild peacocks and eagles on foot, drifting past mugger crocodiles on the Rapti river in a traditional wooden canoe, burrowing through the forest in search of rhinos and tigers astride an elephant, or touring the park by Land Rover to spot deer, wild boar, and more. Additional opportunities include touring a local Tharu village and experiencing the Tharu people's traditional music and dance. All meals are included at the resort.

  • Day 4 - Enjoy a final morning of adventure before returning to Kathmandu.

    After breakfast, we'll enjoy a final morning excursion before making the 1 hour transfer to Bharatpur airport mid-morning for return flights to Kathmandu. We expect to arrive back in Kathmandu between 1:00 – 3:00 pm, but flight delays can occur, so be conservative when booking flights departing Kathmandu. We'll be transferred back to our hotel to retrieve any belongings left there during our Chitwan visit and a later transfer is provided to the airport for flights departing Kathmandu in the evening. Breakfast included at Tigerland. Lunch and dinner not included.

    Excursions & Educational Programs

    During your stay at Tigerland, each day is divided into blocks of time when guests are invited to join excursions designed to showcase unique aspects of Chitwan and the Terai region of Nepal. You may be joined by other visitors staying at Tigerland, or you may be asked to join other groups of visitors for excursions. Guests are typically organized into small groups to maintain the quality of the experience and enhance the likelihood of spotting wildlife. All excursions and cultural programs offered at Tigerland are optional, and guests may opt out of any activity if they wish. The excursions guests can expect to enjoy during their stay typically include the following:

    Nature WalkJoin a naturalist to learn about the flora, fauna and other details of the park up close on foot.
    Rapti River CanoeIn a traditional wooden canoe, float the Rapti River past massive mugger crocodiles and witness the array of birds and mammals that congregate at the river's edge.
    Elephant SafariRide into the jungle in search of tigers, rhinos and more astride one of Tigerland's well-trained elephants.
    Land Rover SafariExplore deeper into Chitwan National Park by Land Rover in search of wildlife.
    Croc ConservationVisit a gharial crocodile breeding and conservation center conceived and operated to restore this unique but sadly dwindling species.
    Tharu Village VisitVisit a nearby Tharu village on foot and see traditional building methods, agricultural methods, and the goings-on of daily life.
    Tharu Music & DanceAn evening performance by Tharu villagers showcasing their traditional music and dance, performed with handmade instruments in traditional dress. Join in if you like!

     

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Trip price includes all accommodations; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; local English-speaking guide; park fees; ground transportation as noted; transfers to/from the airport. All airfare from Kathmandu to Bharatpur and return is included in the mandatory internal air cost.

Not Included

Airfare to/from Kathmandu; Nepal visa (can be obtained upon arrival); any meals in Kathmandu on the final day; alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; guide gratuities; laundry fees; excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Participants should arrive in good physical condition and plan on 2-4 hours of walking on most days over generally flat terrain with some short uphill and downhill stretches. As Chitwan is located in the subtropical lowlands of Nepal, warm temperatures with high humidity are common (see "Weather" below).

Weather

The climate in the Chitwan region is generally warm and humid with some variation depending on the season. October through February is typically the coolest and driest time of year with average daytime high temperatures in the mid- to upper-70s F, dropping into the 50s at night. From March through June, temperatures and humidity climb as daytime highs stretch into the 90s and can occasionally climb to over 100 degrees. The rainy season (monsoon) falls between late June and September.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

Gear Checklist

Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine) sturdy and large enough to hold clothing and gear
  • Passport security pouch or belt
  • Daypack to carry raingear, camera, water and snacks
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket (or poncho) - waterproof and breathable
  • Rain pants - waterproof and breathable.
Clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight long-sleeve shirt(s) for sun / insect protection
  • Hiking pants or shorts - synthetic, quick-dry
  • Hiking socks and liners
  • Underwear
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Bandana
Footwear
  • Lightweight hiking boots or walking shoes, well broken-in
  • Cool, casual footwear for use around the lodge, such as sandals
Travel Accessories
  • One water bottle (1-quart size) or hydration pack
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Hand/body wipes
  • Toiletry kit
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Headlamp or flashlight
Optional Accessories
  • Camera, extra memory and batteries (highly recommended)
  • Binocular or field glasses (highly recommended)
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Ziploc bags for easy storage
  • Favorite energy snacks and drink mixes
  • Personal medication

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, hiking boots, a pair of shorts/shirt/fleece top/sandals and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Bring clothing that is lightweight and protects you from the sun. It is always good to have a lightweight, long-sleeve jacket, especially for the evenings.
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Make sure footwear is comfortable enough for walking in at a leisurely pace for a period of 2-3 hours at a time.
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens wearers should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.
  • Space for luggage is limited. Needed clothing and gear should fit into one duffel bag. During the day, plan on carrying a small daypack with sunscreen, raingear, a water bottle/hydration system, binoculars and your camera.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

2014 Dates (scroll down for 2015):

 Chitwan Jungle Safari Extension Departure Dates ---


When joining our Chitwan Jungle Safari Extension from an REI trek in Nepal, Day 1 of our extension begins on the final day of your trek itinerary. Please review the list of dates below and select the date that aligns with the end of your trek when registering for the extension.

2014 Chitwan Safari Departures for:Everest Base CampEverest Lodge to LodgeAnnapurna Sanctuary Trek
Mar 19-22Mar 12-15Mar 20-23
Apr 2-5Mar 21-24Mar 30 - Apr 2
Apr 16-19Apr 3-6Apr 9-12
Apr 30 - May 3Apr 18-21Apr 19-22
May 18-21May 4-7 ClosedApr 29 - May 2
Jun 1-4May 20-23May 9-12
Jun 14-17May 29 - Jun 1 ClosedMay 19-22
Oct 9-12Jun 7-10May 29 - Jun 1
Oct 23-26Jun 16-19 ClosedOct 8-11
Nov 6-9Jun 25-28Oct 22-25
Nov 20-23Jul 4-7Nov 5-8
Dec 8-11Sep 30 - Oct 3Nov 11-14
Dec 22-25Oct 13-16Nov 25-28
Jan 5-8 (2015)Oct 26-29Dec 1-4
Nov 8-11 ClosedDec 9-12
Nov 12-15Dec 23-26
Nov 25-28
Dec 8-11
Dec 17-20


2015 Dates:

 Chitwan Jungle Safari Extension Departure Dates ---


When joining our Chitwan Jungle Safari Extension from an REI trek in Nepal, Day 1 of our extension begins on the final day of your trek itinerary. Please review the list of dates below and select the date that aligns with the end of your trek when registering for the extension.

2015 Chitwan Safari Departures for:Everest Base CampEverest Lodge to LodgeAnnapurna Sanctuary Trek
Mar 19-22Mar 25-28Mar 27-30
Mar 28-31Apr 3-6Apr 8-11
Apr 6-9Apr 12-15Apr 13-16
Apr 15-18Apr 30 - May 3Apr 20-23
Apr 24-27May 9-12May 2-5
May 3-6May 18-21May 26-29
May 12-15May 27-30Jun 7-10
May 21-24Jun 5-8Jun 19-22
Jun 8-11Jun 14-17Oct 14-17
Jun 17-20Jun 23-26Oct 24-27
Jun 26-29Oct 4-7Nov 3-6
Oct 7-10Oct 13-16Nov 7-10
Oct 16-19Oct 22-25Nov 15-18
Oct 25-28Oct 31 - Nov 3Nov 27-30
Nov 3-6Nov 9-12Dec 3-6
Nov 12-15Nov 18-21Dec 9-12
Nov 30 - Dec 3Nov 27-30Dec 21-24
Dec 9-12Dec 6-9
Dec 18-21Dec 15-18
Dec 29 - Jan 1 (2016)Dec 30 - Jan 2 (2016)


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