Kathmandu to Chitwan - Nepal Family Holiday
Nepal, Family, 9 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Complimentary airport transfers are provided for all flights. KE Land Only package services begin with a trip briefing and the evening meal at a traditional restaurant.
Day 2: In the morning, we will go to the market to buy ingredients and be shown how to cook Nepalese specialities with a chef. After lunch, there will be a sightseeing visit to one of the Kathmandu highlights, such as Swayambhunath - the 'Monkey Temple'. A second night in Kathmandu.
Day 3: After an early breakfast, we make the fascinating 3-hour drive to Hugdi, where we meet our trek crew and walk for around 5 hours through the farmland and villages of rural Nepal. Arriving at the picturesque village of Hattibang, we meet our hosts for a 2-night homestay.
Day 4: A day to experience village life and to gain an insight into the lives of the local people. There is an option to make an early start and to hike to the top of Sirauchuli Peak (1990m), the highest peak in the Chitwan district, for views extending to the Nepal Himalaya. Lunch and dinner with our hosts.
Day 5: Today, we walk to the fortress village of Upardhangadhi, passing through a lovely forested area that has more species of birds than anywhere else in Nepal. Lunch at Chepang Village, en route. Overnight in a family home at Upardhangadhi.
Day 6: Walking alongside a river, which we cross several times, we reach the roadhead and our waiting vehicles at Shaktikhor. We have lunch here and then drive to our resort in the Chitwan National Park. Optional easy activity in the afternoon, such as a village visit by bicycle.
Day 7: A day of jungle activity, starting with an early morning elephant back safari. There is also the chance to visit the elephant breeding center, to do some canoeing, or to take a jungle walk. Lunch and dinner and a second overnight at the resort.
Day 8: A morning at the resort. We can go to a model Tharu village, visit a museum and see handicrafts being made. Early risers can opt to take a trip by bike to the 20,000 lakes. After lunch, we take a short flight back to Kathmandu, where we check in at the group hotel.
Day 9: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers from the group hotel are provided.