Nepal is a small country, but contains a varied geography. Everyone knows that it is home of the Himalaya Mountains, but did you know that it also contains incredible jungles that are home of the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros? It’s all here in a very small area, and you can do it all in just nine days! Swiss-Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition promises you to make this trip a fantastic family holiday.
This journey takes you from Kathmandu to Pokhara and into the mighty Annapurna Mountains, home of the 10th highest peak in the world (Annapurna I). Here, enjoy beautiful Phewa Lake as it reflects the snowcapped peaks of the mountains on its incredible blue surface.
The trek covers just three days of trekking to Australian Base Camp where you will enjoy closeup views of the snowcapped peaks like Machhapurchhre (Fishtail Mt) and Annapurna I. You will have a chance to meet the Gurung people, who’s legendary fighting skills as the Gurkha Soldiers are renown around the world. There are hidden waterfalls, myriad of colorful wildflowers, rushing mountain streams and so much more.
From here, travel then to Chitwan National Park. It is only a few hours from Pokhara, but a world away. You leave the mountains behind and come to the flatlands where on the back of an elephant you will venture into the jungles to see wild elephant herds, the rare One-Horned Rhinoceros and the elusive, but very majestic Royal Bengal Tiger.
It is all yours on the Mountain to Jungle Tour of Nepal. It combines heritage, wildlife and mountain scenery into one fantastic trip. Ask your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about this unique trip. It is one of the exclusive trips offered by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, spend night in Three Star Hotel
DAY 2 – Fly to Pokhara (elev. 820 m) and then drive to Phedi to begin trek to Dhampus Village (elev. 1650 m). Spend night in local lodge.
DAY 3 – Trek to Australian Camp (elev. 2165 m) and spend the night.
DAY 4 – Trek to Kande Village (elev. 1770 m) then drive to Pokhara to spend night in Three Star Hotel.
DAY 5 – Travel to Chitwan in deluxe a/c bus, transfer to hotel.
DAY 6 – Jungle Safari in Chitwan
DAY 7 – Fly to Kathmandu and transfer by private car to 3 Star Hotel
DAY 8 – Enjoy Mountain Flight, then sightseeing in Kathmandu
DAY 9 - Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport where you will be met by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. You will be escorted to your hotel where there are complimentary welcome drinks and a short briefing with plenty of time to relax from your flight.
DAY 2 – Fly to Pokhara, ride to Dhampus (elev. 1650 m): The morning starts with a great breakfast at your hotel before departing for the airport to take a domestic flight to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. It is around 35 minutes to Pokhara by air, but be sure to sit on the right-hand side in order to catch the best views of the Himalayas. The flight literally flies the backbone of the Himalayas, passing the ranges of Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu before arriving in the Annapurna Mountains. A private car will take us to our starting point for the trek at Phedi where we will climb stone staircases all the way to the village of Dhampus. The ride will take us past terraced farms that date back over 500 years, along with villages and through rhododendron and oak forests. At Dhampus, we will spend the night at a local hotel enjoying majestic views of the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas. Trekking time is two hours.
DAY 3 – Trek to Australian Camp (elev. 2165 m): The morning begins with a panoramic view of the Annapurna Mountains. From your veranda, you have a great view of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre as well as the valley below. After breakfast, trek up stone staircases to Australian Camp. There will be rhododendron and oak forests to pass through along with the little village of Pothana. Total walking time is 3 hours. Australian Camp is a nice resort, with plenty of things to do including badminton, volley ball. The children will love this particular place with its wonderful view of the mountains.
DAY 4 – Trek to Kande, drive to Pokhara: It is another sunrise view over the Annapurna Mountains. You will never get tired of the view, which changes with the light as the sun progresses through the day. Here, after breakfast is a gentle walk, until the trail turns downward, following many stone steps until we reach the village of Kande. Here we pick up a private vehicle to Pokhara where we will check into our Three Star Hotel. The trek takes about 2 hours; the drive to Pokhara one hour. The afternoon will be spent sightseeing in and around Pokhara. There will even be an opportunity to enjoy boating on Phewa Lake.
DAY 5 – Travel to Chitwan National Park: This day is one of travel, and we will travel by luxury, a/c bus to Chitwan National Park. The road passes through some canyons and along rushing rivers, then turn southward until arriving at the national park. We will check into our resort where you can relax, or take in the Tharu Cultural Show with its famed “stick dance.” There will also be an opportunity to watch sunset over the Rapti River and the hills that surround Sauraha Village.
DAY 6 - Jungle Safari: Today is a day to explore the jungle. There will be a jungle walk, plus a canoe trip down the Rapti River to look for crocodiles and birds. There are two types of crocodiles in the river. In the afternoon, take to the jungle on the back of an elephant plus find time to visit the Elephant Breeding Center. There are usually some baby elephants with their mothers there. If you come at the right time, you might even see a newborn elephant. They weigh over 100 kg at birth.
DAY 7 – Fly to Kathmandu: The morning will be a chance to do some birdwatching as there are over 160 varieties of birds in the national park alone. Later, catch a flight to Kathmandu. Spend night in Three Star Hotel.
DAY 8 – Kathmandu: The morning begins with the Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest and back, where you fly along the backbone of the Himalayas. The flight circles Mt. Everest and then return again to Kathmandu. Later in the day, do some sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley. In the evening, enjoy a cultural show.
DAY 9 – Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
Your safety is of paramount importance while traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. However, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes due to weather conditions, health conditions or any member of the group, unexpected natural disasters, etc. The team leader will do everything possible to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. Be prepared for any last minute changes. The Himalayas are big and wild, and worthy of your respect.
For the Mountains to Jungle Family Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Mountains to Jungle Family Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay three nights at a Three Star Hotel and one night in Pokhara and two nights in Chitwan with full board Jungle activities. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend two nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.