March 26, 2024

9:13 pm

Adam Walter


A Himalayan Odyssey:
Exploring Nepal’s Natural Beauty

March 4 to 22, 2023

A Himalayan Odyssey:
Exploring Nepal’s Natural Beauty

Nepal, a land of stunning natural beauty and cultural diversity, offers travelers a unique blend of experiences that can be truly transformative. One exceptional way to explore this enchanting destination is by embarking on a journey with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. In this blog post, we’ll take you on an adventure through the Himalayas, sharing an exciting itinerary and real traveler reviews that paint a vivid picture of what awaits you in Nepal.

March 6: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arriving in Kathmandu, travelers were warmly greeted and transferred to their hotel, marking the commencement of their adventure in Nepal. The bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere immediately immersed them in the charm of the city. As they journeyed from the airport to their accommodations, they were captivated by the diverse heritage and energy of Kathmandu. This warm welcome set the stage for an unforgettable exploration of Nepal’s rich culture and landscapes.

March 7: Cultural Highlights of Kathmandu Valley

After breakfast, travelers met with their trip leader, Tashi, for trip introductions and a briefing before embarking on a full-day city tour. Highlights included visits to the iconic Boudhanath Stupa, the revered Pashupatinath Temple, and the scenic Monkey Temple. The afternoon was dedicated to exploring the charming old city of Patan, immersing travelers in the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu Valley.

“The range and diversity of activities on this trip were amazing and a highlight.” -Stephen Martin

March 9–11: Wildlife Exploration in Bardia National Park

For three full days, travelers experienced the natural wonders of Bardia National Park, a sprawling expanse nestled within the lowland Terai region of Nepal. Their adventure began with immersive jeep safaris, each day promising new encounters and breathtaking scenery.

Traversing through vast grasslands, dense woodlands, and along serene riverbanks, travelers found themselves deep in the diverse habitats that make Bardia National Park a haven for wildlife. With every turn of the jeep, they were greeted by the sights and sounds of nature’s bounty

Among the highlights were sightings of majestic tigers prowling through the tall grass, graceful deer darting through the trees, and playful langurs swinging from branch to branch overhead. The park’s vibrant birdlife added to the spectacle, with colorful plumage and melodious calls filling the air.

As they ventured deeper into the heart of the park, travelers were captivated by the sheer diversity of species that call Bardia home. From elusive predators to delicate butterflies, each encounter served as a reminder of the park’s vital role in preserving Nepal’s rich biodiversity.

Throughout their safari experience, travelers were treated to unforgettable moments of connection with the natural world, fostering a deep appreciation for the wonders of Bardia National Park and the importance of conservation efforts in preserving its precious ecosystems.

March 13–14: Exploring Chitwan National Park

Over the course of two days, travelers delved into the captivating landscapes of Chitwan National Park, a sanctuary teeming with life and natural beauty. Nestled amidst the verdant surroundings of Nepal’s Terai region, the park beckoned with promises of thrilling wildlife encounters and unforgettable adventures.

Venturing into the heart of Chitwan, travelers found themselves immersed in a mosaic of habitats, from the meandering rivers and lush grasslands to the dense sal forests that cloak the landscape. Each corner of the park revealed a new facet of its rich biodiversity, offering glimpses into the lives of its diverse inhabitants.

Amidst the tranquil waters of the Narayani River, travelers embarked on serene boat rides that provided unique perspectives of the park’s vibrant ecosystem. Drifting along the river’s gentle currents, they marveled at the sight of majestic Indian elephants bathing on the riverbanks, while crocodiles lurked stealthily in the shallows, and colorful bird species flitted overhead.

On land, guided walks through the park’s grasslands and forests offered opportunities to encounter Chitwan’s most iconic residents, the lumbering Indian rhinoceroses as well as a myriad of bird species that filled the air with their melodious calls.

As the sun dipped below the horizon casting a golden hue over the landscape, travelers found themselves filled with a sense of awe and wonder at the sheer beauty that surrounded them in Chitwan National Park. While young locals performed their traditional dance, our travelers were reminded of the importance of preserving this natural treasure for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

“Tashi is a great leader. He is constantly monitoring everything and everyone.” -Karen Backer

Wild Elephants © Patti Collins
Wild Elephants
© Patti Collins
Tiger © Fay Evans-Martin
© Fay Evans-Martin

March 15: Trekking Adventure to Majgaon

Embarking on a trekking adventure, travelers flew to Pokhara before ascending to Majgaon at 4,600 feet. Along the way, they were treated to breathtaking views of the Annapurna mountain range and encountered diverse bird species amidst picturesque landscapes. Each step revealed the beauty of the Himalayas and fostered bonds among fellow adventurers, leaving lasting memories of nature’s grandeur.

March 16: Trek to Landruk

Continuing their trek through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas, travelers reached the charming village of Landruk, a hidden gem nestled amidst the towering peaks. As they wandered through the narrow streets lined with traditional stone houses, adorned with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, they couldn’t help but be enchanted by the serene beauty of their surroundings. Interactions with the friendly locals provided insight into the daily lives and cultural traditions of the community, enriching their journey with a deeper understanding of the region’s heritage.

In Landruk, travelers were treated to unparalleled views of the Annapurna range, its majestic peaks casting long shadows over the picturesque landscape. Against this backdrop of natural splendor, they savored moments of tranquility and reflection, grateful for the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless beauty of the Himalayas. As the sun dipped below the horizon, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink, travelers found themselves filled with a sense of peace and contentment, knowing that their adventure in Landruk had left an indelible mark on their hearts and souls.

Group Pic at Landruk © Uknown
Group Pic at Landruk
© Patti Collins with help from local guide staff

March 17: Trek to Ghandruk

On the final day of their trek, travelers reached the charming village of Ghandruk, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountains. They wandered through the village’s winding streets admiring traditional stone houses and interacting with friendly locals. Amidst the tranquil setting, travelers embraced the rich heritage of Ghandruk as they toured a local museum highlighting the history of the town. One last evening with sunset views of Fishtail Mountain cemented memories that would last forever.

March 18: Return to Pokhara

Following a scenic drive to Pokhara, travelers leisurely strolled along the picturesque lakeside soaking in the tranquil atmosphere and taking in the serene beauty of the surroundings. Amidst the lush hotel gardens, travelers indulged in birdwatching, marveling at the colorful avian visitors that flitted among the trees. In these moments of relaxation and exploration, they found solace and rejuvenation, cherishing the simple joys of nature amidst the breathtaking scenery of Pokhara.

March 18: Peace Pagoda, Annapurna by Helicopter, and return to Kathmandu

Travelers embarked on a journey to the iconic Peace Pagoda at sunrise where they were greeted by panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. After breakfast, they experienced another trip highlight with a helicopter ride through the Annapurna region with a surprise landing at the base camp. The views were indescribable, and exhilaration was palpable as the travelers relived their experiences together as they headed back to Kathmandu.

March 20: Mount Everest Flight and Farewell Dinner

An early morning flight treated travelers to awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest, the tallest peak in the world, as they soared above the clouds. Upon landing, they immersed themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Thamel City, exploring its bustling streets and vibrant markets. In the evening, travelers were treated to a special farewell dinner hosted by Tashi and Nima Tenzing, where they shared stories and laughter, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences throughout their journey. In this final celebration, amidst the backdrop of friendship and camaraderie, travelers bid farewell to Nepal, cherishing memories that would last a lifetime.

Mt. Everest Patti Collins

Reflections and Recommendations

As travelers reminisce on their unforgettable journey through Nepal, they are left with a multitude of favorite moments and comments to share with fellow adventurers:

“Trekking and our time in the lodges while trekking; helicopter and plane ride in the Himalayas.” -Nancy Frank

“Of course it was the totally unexpected helicopter ride and landing at Annapurna Base Camp!” -Karen Backer

“The range and diversity of activities on this trip were amazing and a highlight.” -Stephen Martin

“All schedule times and places were met. We were well taken care of.” -Lynn Watkins

Final Thoughts

As a glimpse into this special journey through Nepal draws to a close, readers are encouraged to reflect on the incredible experiences shared from the expedition. From the breathtaking views of the Himalayas to the rich cultural tapestry of Kathmandu, each moment has left an indelible mark on the travelers’ hearts.

For those who have been captivated by the stories and images of this adventure, there is an opportunity to embark on their own Himalayan odyssey. The company invites readers to consider joining the next expedition to Nepal in 2025. It’s a chance to immerse oneself in the beauty of the Himalayas, discover new cultures, and create unforgettable memories.

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