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Hamilton Botanical Tour
 
Day One  
 
Meet at the airport. Drive 15 minutes to Park Village Resort, an eco-friendly hotel on the foothill of Shivapuri National Park.  
Welcome Drink.   Check-in to suite rooms with wide verandah.
Refresh and rest
1.00 pm
Lunch at hotel’s Earthwatch restaurant overlooking Shivapuri National Park. Stroll and watch birds in the hotel garden spread over 6 acres of jungle with lots of flowering plants, birds and butterflies.
6.00 pm Power point presentation: Orientation of Nepal by eminent naturalists.
7.00 pm Open-air barbeque dinner and overnight at Park Village Hotel
   
Day Two  
6.30 am Breakfast at Park Village Hotel
7.00 am 
After breakfast we enter Shivapuri National Park, where we explore dense vegetation at Pani Muhan to study Schima Castanopis forest. This is an unique experience to observe sub-tropical to temperate forest types. In 1802 Dr. Francis Hamilton selected Shivapuri and Budhanilkantha as a collection site to carry out first ever Botanical exploration in Nepal.

While we climb towards Nagi we see wild pears, many indigenous species such as schima wallichii, Castanopsis indica, alnus, prunus, chirpine, variety of wild cherry and wild yellow raspberry.
12.00 noon
Lunch at Nagi Gompa
Climb towards Deurali following hiking trail. This is one of the intact Oak and Laurel forest in Nepal. It represents all three colors of Rhododendron arboreum (white, pink and red) along with Holly tree. Unique character of this forest is the moss (Usnea) covered oak branches giving a beautiful habitat for epiphytic ferns and orchids. The ground floor is also covered by mosses, fern and flowering plants such as Compylandra which has coral red rounded fruits. Wild strawberry blooms on the open slopes of this mountain.  Herb include Giant lily.

Vegetation is composed of mixed oak. Orchids include Coelogyne.

From Deurali we go to Sipucho Summit (2730m). View Sunset over the Himalaya including Manaslu, Langtang, Gosainthan, Mahalangur, Gauri Shanker. Camp at Summit.
   
Day Three View sunrise over the Himalaya
7.00 am Breakfast.
7.30 am
Proceed towards Chisapani following the Nagi trail and following Jeep track.
12.00 noon
Lunch at Tare Bhir.
Proceed toward Chisapani following the Jeep track overlooking Kathmandu Valley.
5.00 pm Reach Chisapani for night halt. Camp at Chisapani.
   
Day Four  
7.00 am  Breakfast
7.30 am Proceed to Manichur following jeep track.
12.00 noon
Lunch stop at Dhap, a marshy land. This is a picturesque saddle of the Shivapuri and Manichur mountain system. Bozo (Aquarus calamus), a medicinal plant grows in this marshy area. This catchment area is an important habitat for woodcock, endangered wood snipe. This tranquil area is also a good place for sighting of Common Leopard. Towards Manichur Danda, we pass through deep gorge overlooking Gopte, Melamchi, Tarke Ghyang of Helambu. Forest in this trail is oak, laurel, rhododendron, etc. The bird includes white-crested laughing thrush, flycatchers, babblers etc.
5.00 pm Reach at Manichur which  is named after one of the reincarnation of Buddha. Dinner and overnight in tents
   
Day Five  
7.00 am Breakfast
8.00 am Proceed towards Sundarijal water reservoir following jeep track
12.00 noon Lunch stop at reservoir camp. Walk downhill following trail and cascading stream. Transfer to Park Village Resort.
6.00 pm Listing of birds seen during the journey and debriefing
7.00 pm Dinner at Park Village Hotel and Resort
   
Day Six  
7.30 am Breakfast
Leisure at Park Village  Swimming, steam, sauna,  jacuzzi at Health Club
Departure
 


 
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