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Chitwan National Park 5 days

About the Challenge

Chitwan National Park lies in Nepal’s subtropical Terai lowlands in the south of the country. It was Nepal’s first National Park, awarded World Heritage Site status in 1984.

Its dense jungle, marshy wetlands and rippling grasslands are a haven to wildlife such as the one-horned rhino, sloth bear, gharial, leopard, and the creature everyone hopes to catch a glimpse of – the elusive Royal Bengal tiger. We will also keep our eyes open for the many other species of animals and birds which live here, including several species of deer and monkey.

We explore this beautiful and enchanting habitat by jeep and dug-out canoe, and also visit a local community, where the way of life is very different to what we have experienced in the mountains of Nepal.

Min 2 pax

Single supplement: £70


  • (main group departs Nepal)

    We leave Kathmandu and drive through the valley, heading south to Chitwan National Park. The drive takes approx. 5 hours, with plenty of fascinating sights to enjoy on the way, breaking for lunch en-route. On arrival, we check in and relax, before heading off later in the day to visit a nearby village. The indigenous Tharu people have a very way of life to the mountain communities we will have seen on our main challenge. We explore the village, where we will be welcomed into one of the mud-houses, as well as observing farming methods. Much of the work here is done by oxen, and we may get the chance for an ox-cart ride.

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided. Hotel accommodation.

  • This morning we head out to explore the beautiful Rapti River, flowing through the lush Chitwan jungle, by canoe. It’s a serene trip, with abundant aquatic birdlife and a good chance of seeing crocodiles, including the critically-endangered gharial, and other wildlife on the river-banks. The canoe trip is a wonderful introduction to the diversity of habitats and species in the National Park.

    We head back to the hotel to relax, and after an early lunch we set off by jeep on tracks deep into Chitwan National Park, hoping to spot the elusive Bengal Tiger, sloth bear, rhino and the many other creatures that live here.

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided. Hotel accommodation.

  • Our morning starts early, with a bird-watching walk. The birdlife here is colourful and diverse; over 276 species have been recorded in the immediate area of our hotel alone! It’s wonderfully atmospheric in the early morning forest. After lunch, we head out for more exploration by bicycle with our local guide. We ride through several Tharu villages, such as Bachauli and Jankauli, to learn more about the local culture and the indigenous people of the Terai region. Heading back to our hotel to enjoy our final sunset and evening in Chitwan National Park. 

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided. Hotel accommodation.

  • After breakfast we take a short internal flight back to Kathmandu for our last night in Nepal. Once we arrive you are free to explore, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax at the hotel.

    Breakfast provided. Provide own Lunch and Dinner. Hotel accommodation.

    NB: Activities in Chitwan National park may be undertaken in a different order to that detailed above, depending on local conditions.

  • Morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to London.

    Breakfast provided.

Dates & Prices

Prices may vary depending on date.

Extension requires a minimum of 2 people to operate.

Single supplement: £70

NB: It is advisable to book early to guarantee availability and avoid any disappointment.


What's included?

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double rooms in The Royal Park Hotel, Ratnanagar in Chitwan National Park and good standard hotel in Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • National Park fees and activities as in itinerary
  • Private transport to Chitwan (car or minibus depending on group size) and internal flight back to Kathmandu
  • Transfer to airport
  • NB: If usual accommodation is unavailable a similar alternative may be offered


What's not included?

  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Personal spending, tips for guides/drivers, extra food, drinks, etc

Detailed Information

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience, fitness and ability as well as all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. If you have concerns about your fitness or if you have reduced mobility please do contact us for a confidential chat about whether this challenge is appropriate for you.

    For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

    If you are still to buy some kit don’t forget that Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need offer all Discover Adventure participants 15% off any purchases you make with them. Please ask us for the code if you do not have this already.