Trek into the heart of the jungle on a safari and interact with exotic wildlife while visiting Nepal

Nepal · About Outdoor Activities

Nepal boasts a weather that varies from tropical to arctic. This is why the Nepalese government started a series of national parks and national reserves to boost tourism. Today, tourism forms a large part of the Nepalese economy. Tourists are mostly encouraged to organize safaris for trekking into the mountainous national parks. Below are two of the most popular national parks in Nepal where you can expect to see a lot of exotic wildlife.

Nepal is a landlocked country nestled between China to the north and India to the south, east and west. It is home to 8 out of the 10 tallest peaks in the world - Mt. Everest included.

Nepal boasts a weather that varies from tropical to arctic. This is why the Nepalese government started a series of national parks and national reserves to boost tourism. Today, tourism forms a large part of the Nepalese economy. Tourists are mostly encouraged to organize safaris for trekking into the mountainous national parks. Below are two of the most popular national parks in Nepal where you can expect to see a lot of exotic wildlife.

Sagarmantha National Park

This is a protected national park located in the Himalayas. It covers an area of 1148 square kilometers and is adjacent to Makalu Barua National Park to the east and Qomolangma Nature Reserve of Tibet to the north. The park features a rugged terrain with glaciers and rivers. A trek into this jungle will provide tourists with the ultimate physical challenge. It will be worth it since you will be able to see most of the Dudh Kosi River Basin and Gokyo lakes. The park boasts natural vegetation that includes some of the most exotic trees in the world including juniper, birch, blue pines, firs, bamboos and rhododendron. The vegetation grows all the way to the altitude of 5,750 meters.

Among the wildlife you will see here include birds such as Himalayan monal, blood pheasant, red and yellow billed choughs among others. You will also encounter mammals such as musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, Himalayan wolves, langur monkeys, red panda, Himalayan thars and many more.

Chitwan National Park

This is another popular destination with safari trekkers. It was the first national park to be protected by the Nepalese government. It is located in the Inner Terai lowlands and covers a distance of 932 square kilometers. It is strategically nestled next to the Parsa Wildlife Reserve and trekkers into this park are more likely to get into Parsa without additional fees.

It boasts subtropical broadleaf forests with trees such as sal, chir pine, beleric, rosewood, elephant apple and several species of creepers.

You are likely to encounter mammals such as sloth bears, smooth coated otters, Indian civets, Bengal foxes, golden jackals, jungle cats, spotted linsangs, striped hyenas, honey badgers, fishing cats among others. You will also get to interact with wild exotic birds such as Bengal florican, egrets, bitterns, slender-billed babblers, kingfishers, storks and many more.

A trek into the Nepalese jungles is an eye opener into how much the wild can offer. The best way to see all these is on foot. Make sure that you always have an armed wildlife ranger and a guide before you venture into the wild. It can be dangerous.

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