Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve is one of the largest national parks in the country. It is located in the far western Terai on the southwest edge of Nepal, covering parts of Dolpa and Mugu District with an area of 305 sq km. The Shukaphanta wildlife reserve was established in 1976. The jungle safari in the Shukaphanta wildlife reserve is the exploration in the lush pristine subtropical jungle. Two third of the area is covered with the forests whereas one third by the grassland. The grassland here is the largest grassland of Nepal, occupying an area of 54 sq km.
The Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve accommodates various species of flora and fauna although the area is small. The main vegetation here is the grassland. The main species of grass found here are the Imperative cylindrical and Saccharum heterpogon, which are used by the locals mainly for thatching. About 26 species of fish, 46 mammals, and more than 200 bird species are recorded in this reserve. The Sal forest, Savanna, Asna, Simal, Sissoo, Khair, etc are some of the species of trees found predominantly in the area. Some of the animals found in the reserve are wild elephant, tiger, hispid hare, blue bull, leopard, chital, hog deer, and the wild boar. Marsh mugger, Indian python, monitor lizard, cobra, krait, and rat snakes are also found in the Shuklaphanta.
The Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve is prime habitat for swamp deer with an estimated population of 2000-2500. Sarus crane, swamp francolin, flycatchers, grass owl, warblers, and the endangered Bengal Florican are some of the bird species inhabiting the reserve. The reserve also holds Nepal's largest breeding population of Bengal floricans and hispid hare. The Rani Tal inside the reserve is one of the attractions for the animals and migratory birds. One can opt-out various ways for a jungle safari on the back of the elephant, in the jeep, as well as the on foot. Other ways to view wildlife in the park is by driving inland rovers near the lake and river and on nature walks with trained trackers.
The area has a tropical monsoon climate where the temperature varies from 10 to 12 degrees C in winter to 17 degrees C in spring rising to 26 degrees in summer. The maximum temperature in summer is 40-42 0C. You can also experience jungle safari along with the bird watching. Shuklaphanta wildlife reserve is one of the best wildlife reserves in Nepal for watching some of the endangered species of birds and animals. The place is accessible via road as well as air.
- Day 01: KTM Arrival pick up from Airport and welcoming by garland and transfer to Hotel, Tour briefing and welcome dinner. O/ N Hotel - BDB
- Day 02: Early breakfast and 7:0 am start birding in Shivapuri national Park with Pack Lunch O/ N Hotel - BB
Dates & Cost
Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
- Arrival airport pick up and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
- Accommodation 3-5 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share bed with B/B plan.
- English speaking guided half day city tour with world heritage sites.
- All domestic flight, Airport taxes, private transportations on the necessary places .as well as starting & ending points of the Tour.
- Assistants Guide and other support staff if indeed.
- All necessary officials pepper work.
- National park entry fees
- All the Government Taxes
- Welcome and Farewell dinner as per itinerary.
- Nepal entry Visa fees (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
- International Airfare
- Your Travel Insurance
- Lunch, Dinner & Drinks in the cities.
- Any kind of drinks & personal expenses on trek.
- Hot shower, Electricity Bills during trek
- Personal gear & clothing
- Medical evacuation encase of Emergency
- Tips and Items of a personal nature like postage and laundry
- Expenses deserve due to Natural or man made hazards like landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. will be charge extra as per actual and anything not specify on the cost
The trekking rout and area of Nepal mostly well trodden and natural path most of the way, even though it can be rocky and rough in some parts. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or Mountaineering’ which is require equipments. It is hike most of the way in Himalaya, but some parts of the hills can be steep and never-ends!
You will meet many people along the trails as well as Donkeys, Yaks and heavy load porters. Walking in the Himalaya there is rule of the way when meet an approaching Donkeys, Yaks and porters always make sure you step to one side, towards slopes side of the hill/ inside of the Trail. Note that: never ever stand ridged side of the trail; it can be push by them down to mountains.
The trekking poles are very useful, if you have problems with knees, depending on weather or personal choice for using them. Even though higher up, ice path, moraine, open slopes may give you additional support from it, also quite easy to follow the path.
Always final sections are can be Glacier itself and high elevation, it is bit difficult and occasionally slippery under trails. The ice is covered in water stones and dirt, so where a coolant produces cold temperatures in the surface below.
Comfortable, good sole, ankle support (4 seasons) trekking boots water proof are recommended for the high passes trek but for the lower trek light weight hiking boots are fine to protect you beside probably going over an ankle, low altitude trek heavy boots will be hot and unwieldy.
Experience for the Nepal Trek
The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country. Himalayan Trails do recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You can likely to carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag this is a good weight to walk with it.
Experience for the Nepal Trek
The trekking in the Himalayan is not forced on it and pacing is always slow, most of the days generally being shorter than a hiking day at your home country.
Himalayan Trails do recommend that you assume on a good fitness agenda proceeding to your trip although and one that builds up general strength and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a bag pack to train for trek in Himalaya. So our best advice is to get out into the Hills or Alps as often as you can. You can likely to carry about 5-6 kg in your day bag this is a good weight to walk with it.
If you are doing Gym then which can be helpful and work on the thigh and calf muscles but better to build your heart rate over 50%. Any kind of heart breed activities are good but swimming will not add it doesn’t train right muscles groups better added other exercise to be effective. Hiking in Hills, Alps and running would be the best preparation for a trek.
Accommodation on the Trek
Tea house trek accommodation will be in comfortable tea houses and lodges run most of the area by local families, except people specify a preference for tents. Every tea house or lodge has a common heated Chimney in the dining hall, although the bedrooms are not heated with mattresses, pillows and two beds in a room. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bag (3seasons in normally fine) but possibility is also you can buy and hire in Kathmandu.
Generally most of the tea houses have hot showers by gas gizzards and they have squire toilets but some area have and use drop toilets with flush systems.
For the Camping/ Tent trekking we use branded company tents which are for two persons comfortably can sleep and can put your luggage on side, and we provide you the mattresses. Tents are fixed always near the guest house and eating in our own dining tent, sometimes eating can be indoors, depends on possibility. So toilets sometimes you will use from the lodge but obvious we will have our privet toilet tents too.
Himalayan Trails support
The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 15 kg and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. Unless specifically tenting, all accommodation is in lodges or teahouses which are very well equipped, warm and sociable. Our main back bones of the trek the porters will carry you main luggage max. Weights up to 10 – 12 kg per person and supply for all the groups needs, if you need to go back down to the valley including assisting you. Except specially camping, all the accommodations are in local lodge or teahouses which are well prepared, warm and friendly environment.
Our entire trip we run from permanently guide or leaders and porters are always who works with us forever all our teams are dedicated and they will provide high standard services.
All of our Guides have been employed over ten years with us; we were friends each other since long time and we have been trained personally high standard leadership and first aid by our company. They know how to deal with emergencies and speak fluently English. They are always helpful and look after you so many years have been working with westerners, they know westerns needs and understanding.