The following tour takes place in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Our member Tears for Tigers Travel provides us with an exclusive offer to study the LT&C-Example Bardia National Park and Annapurna. We most likely will be a very small group of LT&C-members using this unique offer of a real LT&C-Study Tour, which is benefiting the visited national parks and local people. Have a look: Linking Tourism to Conservation.compressed
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE:
- Visit the Annapurna foothills.
- Understand how tourism has conserved mountains and jungles.
- Exclusive introduction to park authorities and patrolling units.
- Learn about the study of prey species in Bardia national park.
- Learn about the ecology of Bardia.
- Exclusive guiding into prime Tiger habitat, tracking Tigers with in-depth analysis with camera trap studies at the Himalayan tiger foundation.
ITINERARY IN FULL
Arrive in Nepal. On arrival, clear customs and be met by your host Jack Baucher, transfer 25 mins to the Yak and Yeti for a formal briefing. The afternoon is for you to enjoy, see some sights in Kathmandu or alternatively rest and recover from your journey.
This evening suppers will be a traditional Nepali banquet offering your first taste of Nepal. We will discuss the programme, introduce our naturalist Tiger expert guides and run you through Tiger conservation in Nepal.
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AM transfer to the airport for your BH605 9.00am departure to Pokhara. Transfer 45 mins to Tiger Mountain Pokhara lodge. On arrival, check into your rooms and enjoy a light lunch before taking to the Himalayan foothills to explore the Annapurnas. .
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge lays stress on tailoring all wide-ranging options to their guests’ personal expectations. Therefore this itinerary is only indicative of the breadth of activities available, but has a special emphasis on Tiger Mountain’s role as a specialist in Responsible Conservation Tourism.Bed tea will be served in your room at the time of your choice or at sunrise, if you wish to see the Himalayan sunrise on the mountains.
For those keen on bird watching, a walk before breakfast with our skilled local guides will offer the chance to see many birds as they forage for food. Bulbuls, Barbets, Babblers and other predominantly passerine species typical of the middle hills of Nepal are seen regularly around the lodge, including Nepal’s only endemic species, the Spiny Babbler (Turdoides nepaulensis). Today we will head out on a day walk to explore the culture and flora of the hill villages around the lodge with a picnic lunch. Combining steady walking, rural villages, farmland and forest, the walks will be a mini-trek and typical of a day’s walking in the Himalayas. An option of a shorter walk and return to the lodge for lunch will also be available. These walks make an excellent introduction to the rich habitat typical of Nepal’s middle hills. There is good potential for sighting a range of raptors taking advantage of the thermals to soar up and scout for potential food. The guides will also explain how the lodge works closely with local charities, the community forest usher group and other organisations to promote conservation and awareness in the community.
DAY 3 – Explore Pokhara’s wetlands
After early morning activities and breakfast, drive to Pokhara and visit the excellent wetlands of the Harpan Khola (river) that are a haven for waterfowl!
Heading south again we will visit Devi’s Falls that typify the dramatic karst gullies of the Pokhara Valley. Nearby is the Gupteshwar Mahadev Temple in a cave.
After some free time in the lakeside area for lunch (own charge) we will visit the Gurkha Museum. En route back to the lodge, we will then visit the Annapurna Museum that holds an excellent collection of the butterflies seen both around the lodge and at higher altitudes. Upstairs, the museum has displays explaining the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. This is a major undertaking to provide conservation and development initiatives in the Annapurna Area.
This morning we will transfer you by land from Pokhara to Lumbini (3 to 4 hours).
Lumbini – The birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini is located some 250 km west of Kathmandu, in the plains of Kapilvastu. In the 6th Century B.C., during the time of the Buddha, a confederacy of Sakya clan people lived here. There are numerous buildings of religious significance in Lumbini, the most important of which is a massive stone pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka in 250 B.C. It was discovered only in 1895. Beside the Ashoka Pillar and the Maya Devi Temple, plinths of huge temples and a pond, where the new-born infant and his mother bathed, have been unearthed. Many monasteries and libraries have been constructed by nations from around the world in Lumbini.
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This morning you will transfer from Lumbini to Bardia national park (7 hrs) . On arrival, check into your rooms and enjoy a drink at the bar before a short lecture by the Himalayan Tiger Foundation on their work in Bardia national park.
Dinner in the central dining hall with the lodge naturalists to give you an insight on the Tigers of Bardia.
AM: After breakfast you will be shown the bio-lab. The lab was built in 2015 by the Himalayan Tiger Foundation and is a brand new facility studying the park and its surrounding area to determine the highest density of Tigers and which conservation methods need to be implemented. There is a full time team of scientist based at the lab who will teach you about their findings and discoveries. The scientist are working in collaboration with the department of national parks who will be around to explain more on Bardia’s Tiger population. Spend the morning on a jeep safari collecting Tiger scats and samples for analysis in the bio-lab. We will take you to the western periphery and onto the Karnali river where there is the last remaining Gangetic dolphin of Nepal. Sit and wait at the waters edge to spot the dolphin, tiger, leopard, gharial crocodile, marsh mugger crocodile, wild elephant and rhino.
PM: After lunch you will be back out in the field enjoying an array of wildlife studies. Nepal is blessed to have a well rounded tourist model allowing visitors to; walk, raft and take a jeep into the park. This afternoon you will be out on a river safari through the national park.
Evening to discuss todays findings around the camp fire.
Early morning activities and breakfast. Transfer to airport. Fly Nepalgunj / Kathmandu. On arrival, meet and assist by TfT representative and transfer to hotel Yak and Yeti.
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