October 31 - November 9 2021
Explore the the High Himalayas, foothills and southern jungles of NepalTALK TO US ABOUT THIS TRIP
Tribhuvan International Airport / Tribhuvan International Airport
You like to take it slow with a few breaks and happy being on your feet for 2-3 hours a day for 1-2 days. You probably don't have all the kit, require outdoors advice and looking to try an activity for the first time.
This tiny Himalayan kingdom which still has close ties with the UK, packs a huge punch, both culturally and geographically. A fusion of both Hinduism and Buddhism, it’s teeming with palaces, temples and mediaeval towns; one of the most beautiful lands in Asia, it’s home to eight of the world’s ten highest mountains. Its rivers and mountains offer some of the world’s best trekking and rafting, its national parks shelter the One-Horned Rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tiger and its people exude life, colour and warmth. Join us as we embark on a Nepalese adventure to the Himalayas as well as learning about the life and future of the domesticated Asian Elephant.
The purpose element of the trip is focussed around ethical elephant tourism at Tiger Tops Nepal. Obtaining an unforgettable, immersive, and educational encounter with elephants whilst providing the elephants with a high quality of life should be the future goal for lodges in Asia. Tiger Tops is doing just that and is one of the fist camps in Asia to do so, setting an example for the industry to follow suit. A chance to see a pioneering product in action given how 'hot' the topic is of elephants in captivity and the abuse that goes along with riding them.
Trekking, Hiking, Photography, Conservation, Education, Culture, Jeep Safari, Elephant Experience, Cycling, Yoga, Walking with Elephants, Boat Safari, Bird Watching, Wellness, Cooking Classes
You'll be staying in the Kingdom of Mustang, bordering the Tibetan plateaux.
Experience the challenges of keeping and handling domesticated elephants. Learn from Mahouts, experience elephant behaviour in their natural environment and the day to day work that goes into their upkeep.
Supporting the efforts of Tiger Tops Nepal and the new initiatives they are taking to protect and conserve elephant welfare in the domestic market. A leader in the field when it comes to conserving domesticated asian elephants and their welfare.
Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrive in Nepal's Capital
The IGO team will greet you in Kathmandu and take you through the organised chaos to the Dwarikas Hotel. The Hotel is a unique place in South Asia, a living testament to the fact that tourism need not destroy heritage and the environment. It has demonstrated that a proper blend of cultural restoration and tourism leads to the preservation of historical artefacts and contributes to the growth of skills and culture that would otherwise have eroded due to the crass commercialism of today. Freshen up, briefing by the IGO team, organise your kit before meeting for a traditional 6 course Nepali Banquet at the Krishnarpan restaurant.
Activities - Trip briefing, drinks with the group, introductory supper.
Day 2 - Travel to the Forbidden Kingdom in Mustang
After breakfast, we will be transferred to the domestic airport for your 20 minute flight to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara you will have a short layover before flying up to Jomsom (2800m). On arrival in Jomsom, you will be met and transferred to Moksha. Tucked high within in the majestic Himalayas, this is the ideal place to start your adventure in Mustang. Moksha provides the perfect base for trekking in the surrounding area, exploring Buddhist culture or just unwinding with a view of some of the highest snow-capped peaks in the world. We will have lunch at the property before taking to the Himalayas with an afternoon of walking and acclimitisation.
Activities: Acclimitisation Hike (3hrs)
Accommodation: Moksha Mustang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Discover the Forbidden and Ancient Villages by Bicycle
Today, we will explore the surrounding ancient cities by Bicycle. Marpha is huddled behind a ridge for protection from the wind and dust. This large Thakali village exhibits the typical Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys and passageways. It is also famous for its apple garden and traditionally well kept monastery. Situated at an altitude of 2580m, it was once the most important Thakali Village and famous chief market town in a major trading route between Tibet and India. Many of the town’s stone houses once served as salt and grain storehouses.
Activities - Full day cycling and exploring
Day 4 - Climb Higher and Head North Exploring the Majestic Kingdom of Mustang
After an early breakfast we will begin our journey further into the district for a day in the mountains and an overnight camping. Thini is an outstanding village on the other side of Jomsom. Inhabited by the elders while the young goes off to greener pasture, this village is well worth visiting. The Nyingma-Pa sect monastery is located above Dhumba Lake and dates back to 17th century. Dhumba Lake is a sacred Turquoise lake nestled in the lap of Mt. Nilgiri. This lake today attracts people from surrounding areas in all their finery and bright colours in all shapes, sizes and ages. They throng to this lake for prayers that similar changes for betterment may occur in their life. Visitors might encounter Dhekep, a masked dance performed by monks in October/November.
Activities - Full day cycling and exploring
Day 5 - Along the Trail of Pilgrims
After breakfast begin the climb to Muktinath, this is the hardest day of our journey but the views from the top are incredible. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist, this pagoda style temple is a symbol of the religious symbiosis between Hindus and Buddhists. You will also enjoy splendid mountain views across to Tibet, After the temple visit we continue downhill to Kagbeni. Kagbeni, a green Oasis at the junction of the Jhong Khola and Kali Gandaki River. After a rest in Kagbeni we will decend further to Lupra and onto the comfort of Moksha Lodge. Lupra is a hidden village located in Panda Khola gorge in between Kagbeni and Jomsom and is rarely visited by the tourists. The highlight of this trip is the ancient Bon Po monastery which can be seen in very limited places of the Mustang region. Bon Po religion is believed to be even older than Buddhism and is not represented by many monasteries in the current days.
Activities - Full day cycling and exploring
Day 6 - High Himalayan Peaks to Pristine jungles
You'll start with an early breakfast before heading to the airport for your flights onto Bharatpur and transfer to Tiger Tops. Arriving at the camp, you will be met by our staff who will show you to your tent, where you have time to freshen up. After a welcome drink and a short briefing, lunch will be served in the dining hall. This will be followed by a walk around the camp and an introduction to the elephants and their mahouts. When the temperature has come down, follow the elephants to the river to watch them drink and bath. While the elephants frolic in the water, our staff will serve you chilled drinks and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery in the warm light of the setting sun. This is a perfect time for taking photos of the elephants. Walk back through the charming Tharu villages, while learning everything about the local culture and customs. Gather this evening for a cocktail party and tiger talk hosted by Jack, who will explain the tiger conservation efforts going on across Nepal.
Activities - Connect with elephants
Day 7 - Full Day Jeep Safari to learn about Tiger conservation and look for Tigers
Wake up early and prepare for the day’s adventures with a hearty breakfast. Then strap on your walking boots, take a sturdy bamboo walking stick and prepare for a day of pure exploration and excitement! There will be a premade lunch ready along with refreshments to keep you going through the day. Your day will be spent in the Land Rover and on foot scouting out the undergrowth for that elusive Tiger. Walking down a jungle path enclosed by the Sal trees, listen out for the sounds of orioles and hornbills. We will take you to one of the many “hides”, where patience is key, as you settle down with a cup of tea and wait... Maybe a rhino, maybe a jungle cat, maybe something else! Aside from the safari, we will also meet with those at the forefront of Nepal's conservation efforts, whether it be - anti poaching units, camera trapping organisations or local village guardians. The day is packed with education on the fabulous conservation work Nepal does daily.
Day 8 - All about the Elephants
After breakfast prepare for a river safari on the Narayani River. The outing commences with a nature walk through the riverine forest followed by a scenic float down the river. Cruising on the wide expanse of the river, pockets if rapids propel the boats along as gentle waves lap at the sides. Sitting inside a hand-carved boat keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birdlife and wildlife. Top of the list is the endangered fish-eating Gharial crocodile and its more sinister relative, the Marsh-Mugger. The rest of the day you spend with the mahouts learning about the Tiger Tops Elephant camp and what it takes to achieve the highest welfare standards. The Elephant camp is Nepal's first and only company offering responsible elephant experiences. The philosophy is to provide the most natural life for the elephants and the highest welfare standards possible whilst ensuring their upkeep is paid for without exploitation.
Activities - River Safari, elephant education and conservation
Day 9 - Wellbeing and Holistic healing at Dwarikas Dhulikel
After an early breakfast and saying your goodbyes to the Elephant Herd at Tiger Tops, we shall journey north to Kathmandu. After a 2hr drive to Bharatpur airport and a short flight we will be met and escorted 45 mins to Dwarikas Dhulikel for lunch. The Himalayan belt has been home to holistic healing and wellbeing for more than three thousand years. Hence, undoubtedly the region’s approach to wellbeing has attracted great sages, with its serene natural beauty and rare medicinal herbs adding to its charm. With the belief in the need for maintaining harmony between the body, mind, spirit and earth for a peaceful, healthy and balanced life, the Dwarika’s Resort is built on the philosophy of respecting nature and self. The resort takes its inspiration from ancient Hindu Vedic scriptures (vedas), Buddhist medicine and traditional Himalayan knowledge. At the resort their are an array of activities to choose from, the day is yours as you please. A chance to unwind and reflect on your life experience to Nepal.
Day 10 - Final day in Nepal
Today is your final day in the country, a chance to buy some traditional souvenirs, arts and crafts, jewellery or fine cashmere. We will have a lazy morning, leisurely breakfast before heading to Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport for your flight home.
Situated in the heart of Mustang, Jomsom is at an altitude of 2800 meters at the banks of the Kali Gandaki river. It is a blissful place for contemplation and to experience a powerful spiritualism in the way people live in the dry, desert mountains.
Positioned high in the mountains, you'll be camping in the wild as close to nature as possible.
At Tiger Tops, we have been paving the way for sustainable high-end tourism in the Himalayan land of Nepal since the early sixties. Across this extraordinary country we have pioneered wildlife tourism, connecting adventurous people to authentic wildlife experiences. Everyday we are continuing on a journey of discovery and improvement, focusing on our environmentally responsible heritage and working hard to ensure all operations represent the very best in sustainable eco-tourism. We want to share this journey with you.
The history of The Dwarika’s Hotel is intertwined with the life and times of its founder, Mr. Dwarika Das Shrestha. Dwarika Das Shrestha was an extraordinary human being – a true visionary who was acutely aware of his own identity, the changing world around him and his responsibility towards it. His story is one of inspiration borne out of struggle and torment, the relentless pursuit of an aesthetic ideal, and one man’s determination to make a difference.
Tribhuvan International Airport
Tribhuvan International Airport
Jack Baucher is a conservationist by training and has been living and working in Nepal for the last decade. He speaks Nepali and has guided every district in the country. In 2012 he lead an expedition for WWF to radio collar a snow leopard in Kanchenjunga and since then his conservation efforts have been recognised by the Queen with an invite to Buckingham Palace to celebrate conservation success in South Asia.
Friendly, local, English-speaking and highly knowledgable
9 nights in luxury ensuite rooms and tents.
Whatever your dietary needs - healthy, delicious meals will be provided throughout, with a variety of Nepali cusine.
All transfers in private AC vehicles.
All equipment for the route will be provided
Through collective achievement and giving back to the places we visit
Internal flight in country
Loose & light clothing which is comfortable to walk in would be most appropriate during the day. A set of warm outwear like a wind/rain proof jacket, fleece sweater, winter hat and warm base layers would be good to have for the camping nights. The house in Phaplu is very well insulated and warm with fireplaces and blankets everywhere.
Dress code for dinners is elegant casual. But most of all, please pack in such a way that you feel comfortable in both hot and cool climate
October to Mid December and End of Feb to Mid April are the best times to visit Nepal. Skies are clear cobalt blue, mountain views are great and days are warm.
We can cater for vegetarians, let us know your dietary preferences and we'll do our best to accommodate.
Navigator Travel Insurance
Yes, but we would need special permission from the Nepalese government so let us know if you plan to bring it.
Whilst camping in the mountains. N60 North Face Dome tents with put out beds for camping. Yurts for communal areas.
A mixture of Nepali and continental.
Yes, we can store luggage safely at the beginning of the trip and pick it up at the end.
Absolutely! There are lots of things to do in the area, you can start by visiting Everest Base Camp by helicopter.
Medium fitness and in relatively good shape, get in touch if you are in any doubt and we can talk it through with you.
This is an example itinerary and each element can be tweaked to suit your needs.
Get in touch to plan your trip and dates.
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