Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension
- 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 Machan Paradise View lodge, 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.
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.
Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension Itinerary:
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.
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.
Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted on the trip itinerary. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single rooms available on most departures.
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.
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.
This trip is rated Easy Active . 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).
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.
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
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.
- Valid passport
- Airline tickets
- 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
- Rain jacket (or poncho) - waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants - waterproof and breathable.
- Lightweight long-sleeve shirt(s) for sun / insect protection
- Hiking pants or shorts - synthetic, quick-dry
- Hiking socks and liners
- Sun hat
- Lightweight hiking boots or walking shoes, well broken-in
- Cool, casual footwear for use around the lodge, such as sandals
- 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
- 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.
Chitwan Jungle Safari – Nepal Extension
|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.
|Chitwan Safari Departures for:||Everest Base Camp||Everest Lodge to Lodge||Annapurna Sanctuary Trek|
|Mar 19-22||Mar 12-15||Mar 20-23|
|Apr 2-5||Mar 21-24||Mar 30 - Apr 2|
|Apr 16-19||Apr 3-6||Apr 9-12|
|Apr 30 - May 3||Apr 18-21||Apr 19-22|
|May 18-21||May 4-7||Apr 29 - May 2|
|Jun 1-4||May 20-23||May 9-12|
|Jun 14-17||May 29 - Jun 1||May 19-22|
|Oct 9-12||Jun 7-10||May 29 - Jun 1|
|Oct 23-26||Jun 16-19||Oct 8-11|
|Nov 6-9||Jun 25-28||Oct 22-25|
|Nov 20-23||Jul 4-7||Nov 5-8|
|Dec 8-11||Sep 30 - Oct 3||Nov 11-14|
|Dec 22-25||Oct 13-16||Nov 25-28|
|Jan 5-8 (2015)||Oct 26-29||Dec 1-4|
|Nov 8-11||Dec 9-12|
|Nov 12-15||Dec 23-26|