Trek through refreshing lush green tropical and subtropical forests to reach remote regions under arctic conditions in the lap of the Himalayas. Nepal is blessed with diverse landscape where within a distance of a hundred kilometers you can travel from the sweltering jungles of the tarai plains of the south to freezing temperatures in the Himalayan region in the north.
The jungles in the southern parts of Nepal are only a half-hour to an hour's flight away. The Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve and Shuklaphanta National Park are home to incredible varieties of mammals, reptiles and birds.
Chitwan National Park is recognized as the best conservation area in all of Asia with a fascinating range of wildlife roaming free in its jungles and grasslands. With their natural habitat well preserved, animals are thriving. Among these are the endangered species: the most sought after, Royal Bengal tiger and the Greater one-horned rhinoceros.
Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in eastern Nepal, home to an astounding variety of bird species, is a birdwatcher's paradise. More than 800 species of birds are found in Nepal, many of which are migrants that arrive from as far as the UK and Siberia seeking warmer climes during winter, which is incidentally the best time to visit. Endangered species such as the Bengal florican are found here along with raptors, sunbirds, kingfishers and a wide variety of water fowl. .
Khaptad National Park in the far west has a whole new topography with rolling hills amidst vast expanse of green pastures. Visit Sagarmatha National Park, Annapurna Conservation Area, Langtang National Park, Makalu Barun National Park, Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, Rara National Park, and Shey Phoksundo National Park, some of the world's most fascinating trekking regions besides being the highest in altitude. Crossing 5000m passes are just part of your trekking itinerary and not a mountain climb. Hike up from lush green pastures to arid ice and snow covered base camps while enjoying spectacular mountain views along the way.
Follow jungle trails with experienced guides, who know the forest like the back of their hand. There’s always a bit of suspense as one never knows what will show up: a bear, a herd of deer, colourful peacocks,noisy monkeys on treetops, a pair of rhinos or maybe if you’re lucky, the elusive Royal Bengal tiger itself staring back at you.
The mountains are home to the Himalayan tahr and musk deer which may be spying on you from above, keeping a safe distance. If you are persistent and if luck is on your side, you could even spot the rarely seen snow leopard up in the crags.
The national parks of Nepal are the most diverse in the world. From the thick, sweltering jungles of Chitwan National Park where wildlife and vegetation thrive to arctic conditions in the Himalaya where wildlife and plants struggle to survive. This country offers an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy the serenity of a pristine jungle and then climb up to the highest regions on earth to enjoy the magnificence of the snowy mountains and find peace in the tranquility.