Tiger Tracking Tour in Chitwan

  • 7 Days
  • 6 Nights

Embark on a wildlife journey to encounter the Royal Bengal Tiger in the oldest national park of Nepal

Tiger Tracking Tour Highlight

Trip Highlight

  • UNESCO Natural World heritage site.
  • The second-largest population of Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in the world.
  • One of the National Parks in the world has more than 128 adult tigers in the same habitat.
  • Private tiger tracking tour inside the national park.
  • Home to Gaur Bison, Gharial Crocodile, more than 6% of the world’s bird species.
  • Ramsar site (Bishajari Lake), Wetlands of international importance.
  • Elephant, Gharial Crocodile, and Vulture Breeding Center.
  • Churia Hillas and Madi Valley.
  • Tharu culture.
     
Trip Facts
  • Trip Profile : Tiger Tracking Tour Chitwan 4 Nights/ 5 Days
  • Trip Type : Tiger Tracking Tour
  • Trip Duration : 7 Days
  • Trip Route : Kathmandu - Bharatpur- Nawalparasi - Chitwan National Park
  • Trek Accomodation : Hotel in the city & luxury resort in the safari
  • Preferred Seasons : March to May and September to November
  • Transportation: Private transport & Flight
  • Age Limit : Above 6

Chitwan Tiger Tracking Tour is one of the most thrilling and adventurous activities one needs to experience for a lifetime. This tour is designed for those who want to know about the magnificent Royal Bengal. This tour exposes you to tranquil nature full of wilderness and wildlife.

The Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris) is the biggest animal in the cat family. It is one of the most threatened animal species that sits at the top of the wildlife food chain and actively contributes to maintaining the ecosystem. The primary goal of this tour is to track the tigers on its trails and territories and encounter them without causing any harm or disturbing them. Many tigers are tracked and encountered due to the experienced naturalists and nature guides in the park. Chance encounters with these magnificent tigers create long-lasting memories and a real wildlife experience.  During this tour, we come across an abundance of flora and fauna.

Besides thrilling experiences like tiger tracking, Chitwan Tiger Tracking Tour also involves other wildlife activities. In addition, it includes a variety of wildlife-related activities, including elephant bathing, sunset watching, and jeep safaris. There are also visits to Tharu communities and breeding centers for elephants and crocodiles.

The months of September to November and March to April are ideal for visiting the park for tiger tracking as well as other wildlife. The jungle is less dense with low grass during this season, allowing for clear visibility of the surroundings. It is possible to spot wildlife in the wild roaming freely.

Tiger Encounter in Bardia National Park trip itineraries are customizable; according to your choice & the number of days you want to stay. Simply, Contact Us

Tour Plan

1

Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

As you land in the capital of Nepal, you will be welcomed by our office representative in a typical Nepali style at the airport. Nepal is one of the most welcoming countries in the country. Get ready to be overwhelmed by Nepalese hospitality. Following the completion of your paperwork and baggage collection, you will be transported to your preferred hotel or our recommended hotel at Thamel and then check in.

Once you've checked in, you'll have time to freshen up while sipping a cold refreshment. Then after, a briefing on the next day's programs will be provided.

2

Fly to Bharatpur airport and drive to Nawalparasi

This morning, we will take a 25-minute morning flight to Bharatpur, and then drive about 2 hours to the Temple Tiger Green Jungle Resort for our stays during this trip. The resort is one of the best resorts in Chitwan and the first choice of both national and international tourists visiting the Chitwan National Park. It is a perfect destination located at the serenity of nature with various wildlife activities, good food, and hospitality.

After having a delicious lunch, we will take a traditional dugout ride into the Rapti River. You will have the opportunity to observe the aquatic wildlife in the river including endangered Gharial crocodiles and marsh muggers, Even the Royal Bengal Tiger and the One-horned Rhinoceros occasionally visit the river to quench their thirst, so you might sometimes encounter them.

Later in the evening, we will be watching and enjoying a beautiful sunset on the Rapti River in complete serenity. The flying birds and a few dugout boats crossing the golden sun reflecting on the clear wide river are more interesting to watch. After a long drive and multiple activities, get some relaxation and refreshment. Then, you will take part in a dinner and cultural dance performance by the Tharu people at the hotel after sundown.

3

Full Day Tiger Tracking

The desire for watching the tiger in the wild starts today. Get into the jeep and start the jeep safari to track the tiger trails. Chitwan is one of the best sites in the world to spot tigers in the wild after the Bardia National Park in Nepal. There are specific places in Chitwan National Park where the chances of encountering tigers are higher. Some of the most likely locations where tigers are frequently seen in Chitwan are Vulke Salghari, Katan ( Riu River), Thulo Bhaluwahi, Sano Bhaluwahi, Jarneli Area, Kachhuwani Chowk, Sukivar Area and so on. We will be scouting out these locations for 3 to 4 days until we spot a tiger. Today, we will cover the areas like Vulke Salghari, Katan (Riu River), and Thulo Bhaluwahi.  

During the tiger tracking process, we also will engage in the jungle walk in areas like Vulke Salgari, Temple Tiger, Saili Maili, and Kukurn Khola. We come across many wild animals like Asian Elephants, One-horned Rhinoceros, sambar deer, spotted deer, hog deer, swamp deer, black buck, wild boar, leopard, golden jackal, hyenas and many more during the jeep safari and nature walk.

There are view towers (Machans) at different spots inside the forest of the park where we can wait for unaware wild animals including the big cat tigers to pass us by. Expert nature guides will lead you to the places that precisely know the places with a chance of tiger sightings. The guide will identify the exact location of the tiger by observing its movements and looking for cues such as pug marks, scratch marks, scats, scents, and alarm calls. The waiting game begins when the guide finds the ideal location. You will patiently await the arrival of the tiger at the specified spot. Once you see the tiger, please your eyes and take some shots to capture this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

On this day, a delicious packed lunch will be served so that you do not need to return to the hotel for lunch.  It saves our time allowing us to spend the entire time tracking tigers and other wildlife all day long. Take a break in a secure spot determined by the naturalist and enjoy the lunch. Following lunch, we will make another push in the direction of the hotspots of tiger seeing in the dense jungle in pursuit of the Royal Bengal Tiger.

4

Full Day Tiger Tracking and Tower Stay

We will be tracking the Royal Bengal Tigers for one more day. We will explore more jungle trails and core places with the best chances to witness the tigers, keeping an eye out for these magnificent creatures on this day at potential spots, including Sano Bhaluwahi,  and the Jarneli area. 

 On this day we will drive towards the jungle tower for the overnight stay to experience the wilderness and witness the wildlife as well. After arriving at the tower, we will take a forest stroll and soak in the sunset from the jungle. The nature guide and another assistant will stay in the same tower during the tower night; if the guide notices any animal movement, the guide will wake you up.

In the midst of the lush forest, experience staying in a wooden tower. Such tower stays are quite common in the Chitwan National Park of Nepal. These towers are located in the corridor forest where there is frequent movement of animals. Mostly in the early morning and late afternoon, when animals are more active, these tower stays offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the wide range of wildlife such as rhinos, elephants, deer, different bird species, and occasionally even tigers. For wildlife photographers, a tower stay provides a great opportunity for capturing stunning shots of the wildlife in their natural setting.

 The tower stay is a unique accommodation alternative where you can spend the night in an observation tower to see the wildlife and nature from a high vantage point. Also, you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset views as well from the tower along with the wide-angle views of the forest. So, feel the excitement of being close to nature with the chirping birds, roaring tigers, grazing deer, wild elephants, and rhinos wandering freely nearby. 

5

Full Day Tiger Tracking and Jungle Activities

The main focus of our tour is to encounter a tiger. If we are fortunate enough to see the majestic animal on previous days, you can enjoy a free day or other jungle activities. In case of no tiger encounter yet, we continue tracking the tigers in Kachhuwani Chowk and Sukivar area. Bird watching, Tharu village excursions, elephant safari, elephant bathing, and elephant and crocodile breeding center are the jungle activities at Chitwan National Park you can enjoy in the event of a successful tiger encounter or during the tiger tracking tour.

 

6

Drive to Bharatpur airport and fly to Kathmandu

After completion of this wonderful wildlife journey, you will drive back to Bharatpur and take a flight to Kathmandu.

As you arrive in Kathmandu, we will check in at the respective hotel at Thamel. The rest of your day can be spent independently wandering the winding streets of this tourist area in search of refreshments and souvenirs. Later that evening, we will take you to a farewell dinner while talking about your wildlife trip experiences.

7

Fly Back Home: Final Departure

Have a safe trip back home with a priceless and richness memories and experiences of Chitwan Royal Tiger encounter! Following breakfast at your hotel, our office representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your departure to board your flight on time. We hope you had a good time touring with us!

Tiger Encounter looks forward to taking you on a thrilling new wildlife adventure in Nepal. Get in touch with us to quickly and easily arrange the most exciting wildlife tours !

Note: During monsoons (End of June / July to August) Jeep safaris are not conducted by park authorities. Alternate activities are provided during this period.

Cost Detail

Trip Includes
  • ​​​International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Flight from Kathmandu - Chitwan - Kathmandu for member & guide
  • 4 nights 5 days accommodation in Chitwan (4/5-star category hotel) 
  • Full board veg/non-veg. basis accommodation entire the Chitwan jungle safari tour, Lunch, dinner, and breakfast
  • Pack lunch during the safari
  • Bharatpur - Chitwan National Park - Bharatpur transportation by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance and National Park fees included
  • All activities as mentioned itinerary are included
  • All ground transport inside the national park
  • Professional government license holder English speaking tour guide.
  • Welcome/ farewell dinner in typical Nepali food and cultural program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. (Guide and driver)
  • Government Tax and office service charge.
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 days, US$ 50 for 30 days, and US$ 125 for a three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, during the tour.
  • All food and beverages are other than on the itinerary.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed

Location Detail

Tour Location

Description of the Location

Established in 1973, Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in the southern central Terai of Nepal with the highest number of tigers. It serves as the tiger encountering spot with more than 128 Royal Bengal Tigers (National Survey 2022) in the same habitat.  Thus, it is the ideal place to go for tiger tracking in Nepal after Bardia National Park. 

Chitwan National Park is the home to the second largest and one of the last populations of the Greater One-horned Rhinoceros in the world. And other endangered animals like wild elephants, leopards, sloth bears, hyenas, and so forth. It is also heaven for bird watchers with more than 6% world’s bird species (546 bird species). 

UNESCO has enlisted Chitwan National Park as a World Natural Heritage site due to its wide variety of flora and fauna. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts wanting to witness wildlife in the wild. The park has diverse wildlife making it the ideal place for wildlife safaris.

 

What to Bring:

  1. Neutral colored clothing is recommended. 
  2. Light clothing is needed for the daytime with a sweater and warm jacket for the evenings from November to March. 
  3. Pants / Trousers are recommended for safari and jungle walks.
  4. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hats, sunglasses, etc. are essential.
  5. Insect repellent and personal medical requirements should be carried out. 
  6. It is highly recommended to travel light with only one small suitcase or duffle bag.
  7. During the warmer months, swimming suits are recommended.
  8. A small flashlight is recommended.
  9. Binoculars add greatly to your enjoyment of bird and wildlife viewing.

We will meet pickup you from Internatinal Airport:

We organized Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) airport pick-up and drop service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet- Tiger Encounter) by our representative member from a company, then transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

As per our plan, we’ll provide you with domestic departure and arrival as per the flight schedule.


Passport & Visa: 

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport-size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, and the time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine.


Safety precautions for Chitwan National Park Safari:

Aside from geographical protection, Tiger Encounter has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  1. Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  2. Tour leaders and guides have years of wildlife experience and can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  3. We’ll have High-quality masks and gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Tiger Encounter team assisting you.
  4. Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  5. Food and accommodation in the national park would be rechecked for additional hygiene.

Tipping:

Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, driver, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are accepted and a lovely way of saying thank you (“Dhanyabada”) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the tour and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips on the last day of the tour.


Safety Precautions: 

  1. A first-aid kit is recommended to carry by the visitors for their own safety.
  2. Visitors should be alert to the wildlife inside the core area.

Stop Population:  

  1. Carry out what you carry in.
  2. Buy only what won’t pollute, or carry it out.
  3. Take only photographs, leave only footprints.
  4. Do not use polythene/ plastic materials.

 

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    Frequently asked questions

    • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?
      Absolutely, a representative from Tiger Encounter will be waiting to welcome you outside of Terminal Hall at the airport. He will be holding up placard of Tiger Encounter with your name on it. After that, you will be transferred to the pre-selected hotel.
    • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
      All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.
    • How can I track tiger in Chitwan National Park?
      Tracking mostly in tiger trails and territories can give you highest possibility of seeing tiger. A professional tiger tracker will find out the ideal location of tiger through some cues like scats, scratch marks, pugmarks and alarm calls by some prey animals and birds. It requires a great deal of patience and a little bit of luck as well to spot a tiger.
    • What do we do if we cannot see tiger in whole day?
      We generally have more than one day just for tiger tracking. If we don’t see any tiger in first day then we will move to another tiger territory in next day. Similarly our days can be increased this way until we finally see tiger.
    • When is the best time to go tiger tracking in Chitwan National Park?
      The optimum time to see a Royal Bengal Tiger is during the winter months of September to November when the large cats emerge from their shelters to sunbathe outdoors. It's now much simpler to spot a tiger than it used to be because the number of tigers has increased in the park. March, April, and May are considered the warm months in Nepal. Although it is feasible to observe them, most animals, including tigers, prefer to rest in the shade during the hot weather.
    • How many tigers are there in Nepal?
      According to the latest census, there are about 355 wild tigers in Nepal. Nepal is currently the first nation to double its Tiger population. Since 2010, Nepal has doubled its tiger population from 121 to 355 adult tigers in 2022.
    • How many tigers are there in Chitwan National Park?
      Chitwan National Park is home to the largest number of wild tigers in Nepal. The park alone houses 128 Royal Bengal Tigers according to the latest national survey 2022.
    • What is Chitwan National Park famous for?
      Chitwan National Park enlisted as a UNESCO world natural heritage site is the oldest national park of Nepal. It is an unspoiled protected area with rich flora and fauna and diverse wildlife. The park is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Nepal. It is the habitat of endangered animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Greater one- horned rhinoceros, Wild elephant, Leopard, Gaur, Four-horned antelope, Pangolin, Golden monitor lizard, Python, and so on. It is also the home to 546 species of birds (6% world’s bird species).
    • What animals are found in Chitwan National Park?
      Chitwan has 68 different species of mammals, including Tigers, Rhinos, Deer, Monkeys, Elephants, Leopards, Sloth bears, Wild boars, and Hyenas.
    • What birds are found in Chitwan National Park?
      Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican, Paradise Flycatcher, Bengal Florican, Kashmir Flycatcher, Slender billed vulture, Red headed vulture, White ramped vulture, Oriental white-backed vulture, Oriental darter, Lesser adjutant, Grey crowned prinia, etc. are the some of the endangered birds found in Chitwan National Park.
    • How many Rhinos are there in Chitwan National Park?
      According to the latest National Rhino Survey 2022. the Chitwan National Park has the highest number of rhinos in the country with 694 rhinos.
    • How long does it take to reach Chitwan from Kathmandu ?
      Chitwan is about a 4 to 5-hour drive away , though it could take longer depending on the amount of traffic and the state of the road. Alternatively, you can take a flight of 25 minutes to get to the Chitwan from Kathmandu to Bharatpur Airport, which is just outside the park.

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