Nepal Nature dot com Travels (P.) Ltd., Chhetrapaty, Yapinkhya #90, Kathmandu #17, Nepal
Phone: ++ 977 1 4256529        Email: mail@nepalnaturetravels.com
Special Interest Tours
 

Guided Bird Watching
Tiger Tracking
Rhino Photography
Demoiselle Crane Migration watching and Filming in Mustang
Bird Watching
Medieval cultural tour of Kathmandu
Red Panda tracking
Jeeping to Upper Mustang
Snow Leopard and hight altitude animals tracking
Festivals of Kathmandu
Chariot Festival of Kathmandu
Ethnic trails of the Himalaya
Mahsheer Fishing
Temples, palaces, courtyards and alleys of Kathmandu Bhaktapur, Patan, Kirtipur, Sankhu and Bungamati

Wild Tiger Tracking:
Best way to spot a tiger is to spend as long as you can in their prime habitat and follow their tracks, scats, kill, and search their lair. In order to do this a is a marathon walk, elephant safari, canoe ride, jeep safari  from one end to the other of the Chitwan National Park and or Bardia National Park, where there are over 100 tiger living in the wild. Remember tiger is a a very shy animal hence needs all the privacy he loves. 

Duration is about one week, and the bonus is about 150 species of birds, two species of crocodiles, sloth bear, wild elephants, rhinos and other peripheral wildlife.
Best itme of the year is May when it is vrey hot for the tigers too. They do come out of their shelter to anth int he cool streams. Best place is Barida National Park where there are more tiger and prey species and less tourists.

Honey Hunting
Twice a year high in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal teams of men gather around cliffs that are home to the world's largest honeybee, Apis laboriosa. As they have for generations, the men come to harvest the Himalayan cliff bee's honey.
This was also documented in a BBC2 documentary in August 2008 entitled Jimmy and the Wild Honey Hunters-Sun. An English farmer travelled into the Himalayan foothills on a honey hunting expedition. The world's largest honeybee, Apis laboriosa is over twice the size of those in the UK where their larger bodies have adapted to the colder climate for insulation. The documentary involved ascending a 200 foot rope ladder and balancing a basket and a long pole to chisel away at a giant honey comb of up to 2 million bees and catch it in the basket.
The harvest ritual, which varies slightly from community to community, begins with a prayer and sacrifice of flowers, fruits, and rice. Then a foire is lit at the base of the cliff to smoke the bees from their honeycombs.
Honey Hunting is the real and frequent activity of indigenous Gurung, Magar and Tamang Community in Nai Chi, Dare, Naya Gaun, Ludhi, Bhujung and Pasgaon for honey hunting from which they are able to solve their problem of bread and butter. This ancestral job of honey hunting still continues in many remote villages of Nepal while offering high tourism potential. A large section of travelers are increasingly showing their interest in honey hunting thereby ensuring staple sources of local revenue generation. Nevertheless, few lucky tourist get chance to observe honey hunting on spot while traveling along the trekking routes. There are myriad be nests found in the inner and outer rings of different trekking areas which if professionally scientifically and technically managed, provides an immense potentiality of promoting honey hunting as an add- on product.

Butterflies of Nepal, Bhaiya Khanal, Butterfly Expert, Natural History Museum
Country status
Nepal houses excellent representation of butterflies found both in Oriental and Palaearctic realms. The total diversity of butterfly reported so far comprises about 650 species out of 20000 species found in the world. All these species are categorized under 11 families of the existing 15 families in the world. About 29 species and subspecies have been found endemic to the country.

Himalayan and Mountain species
Butterflies have been found thriving at the maximum altitudinal level of 5500 meter in the Himalayas. Parnassius acdestis (Sikkim Banded Apollo), Aglais ladakensis (Ladak Tortoise Shell) and Pontia sherpae (Sherpa White) exist in such high level of altitude in the West Himalayas. Parnassius species (Apollo) are confined above 2700 meter of elevation stretching from east to the west Himalayas. Speciation has been found high among the Himalayan species.

Mid mountain region is the meeting point both for the Palaearctic and oriental species. Among the notable and rare species found in this part include Teinopalpus imperialis (Kaiser-E –Hind), Papilio krishna (Krishna Peacock) and many other interesting species.

Species Richness in Kathmandu
The valley floor of Kathmandu and it’s surrounding mountains remarkable and display more than 360 species of butterflies of different status level. Teinopalpus imperialis, Papilio krishna, Diagora nicevillei, Troides aeacus etc. are the notable species found in Kathmandu. The southern part stretching from Godavari to the Phulchowki can be considered to be one of the most potential sites for the butterflies of Nepal.

Butterflies of Shivapuri National Park
Shivapuri National Park is the next hot spot for the diversity of the butterflies concerned. Studies carried out in different periods revealed the existence of 102 species of butterflies in this Park. Rare species like Papilio krishna has been reported at an elevation of 2120 meter of Shivapuri Mountain.

Endangered species
(Based on Butterflies of Kathmandu Valley by Colin Smith and Bhaiya Khanal).
About 20 Kathmandu Valley Species have been listed in Nepal’s Red Data Book as Endangered or Vulnerable. Four very attractive butterflies of Kathmandu that are under this threat level include Teinopalpus imperialis, Meandrausa gyas, Papilio krishna and Euripus consimilis. Similarly Phaedyma aspasia Kathmandia is the endemic subspecies reported from Godavari, the southern Kathmandu. Species like Amblopala avadiena nepalica, is the next endemic subspecies reported from the Nagarjun forest of the northwest Kathmandu.
Journey to the Valley of Snow Leopard

1.Arrival Kathmandu

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted and welcomed at airport and will be assisted with your transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will be given a time to refresh and take rest then followed by trip briefing by our office representative. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House, Thamel a tourist hub of Kathmandu.

2.  Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara

You will have your morning time free to rest and relax. Around noon time you will be picked up and transferred to domestic airport for your short but scenic flight to beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. On arrival our hotel representative will receive you and take you to your hotel in the lakeside. Remainder of the day is at leisure to rest and relax. Overnight at Park Village Waterfront Hotel

3.  Fly Pokhara - Jomsom and trek to Marpha – Alubari

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a morning flight to Jomsom. It is quite a scenic flight of only 20 minutes and Jomsom the district headquarter of Mustang. It is also a major village on the Kali Gandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet.

Another two hours of easy walk from Jomsom towards south east brings you at Marpha, which is a little gem, with whitewashed houses, cobblestone streets and numerous well kept lodges. If time permits we can visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around.

From here we start to ascend the steep zigzagging through narrow mountains side all the way to Alubari with few stone huts. Overnight in tented camp.

4.  Trek to Yak Kharka

From Alubari we cross little stream to go to the left side of the river Kaligandaki and ascend the winding mountail trail all the way upto the ridge from where we can have good view of Dhaulagiri I and Tukuche Peak. From here we head on steep up along the narrow mountain path all the way to Yak Kharkha. Yak Kharka, a summer pasture of the villages down below Kaligandaki Valley areas, Dhaulagiri I is hidden by the bulk of Tukuche Peak, but Nilgiri and the western end of the Annapurna massif are visible. Overnight at Tented camp


5.  Trek to Dhampus Pass

From Yak Kharka it's steep uphill walk along the rock covered mountain all the way up to Dhampus Pass 5250m. From top of the ridge at Dhampus Pass, we can have good view of Mukut Himal. Overnight at tented camp.


6.  Trek to Hidden Valley

From here we walk down down to the scree section where the path gets narrowed and takes about an hour until we reach gradual path needing us to walk an hour or little bit more to the Hidden Valley. Here we will put our camp base for next few days. Overnight at tented camp.


7.  Hidden Valley - Day treks in search of tracks, trails, signs and kills of snow leopard

8. 
Hidden Valley - Day treks in search of tracks, trails, signs and kills of snow leopard

9. 
Hidden Valley - Day treks in search of tracks, trails, signs and kills of snow leopard


10.            Hidden Valley - Yak Kharka

We retrace our steps to Yak Kharka. Overnight at tented camp.


11.            Yak Kharka - Marpha - Jomsom

Retrace our steps to Jomson. Overnight at teahouse lodge.


12.            Jomsom - Pokhara – Kathmandu

Early morning after breakfast, transfer to the Jomsom airport for the scenic sweeping flight of 20 minutes to Pokhara and catch our connecting flight to capital town of Kathmamndu. On arrival at airport in Kathmandu you will be received and taken to your hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.

 

13.            A day in Kathmandu

Today is at leisure to rest and relax in hotel or perhaps take a day trip extension. This would also act us a back up day in case flight gets cancelled from Jomsom to Pokhara the other day. Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.

 

14.            Final departure

 

Costs valid till 31st Dec 2014: US$4999 per person based on 2 pax on twin sharing

Single supplement additional US$ 999


Service Includes

  • 3 nights deluxe accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu Guest House or similar in Kathmandu
  •  01 night accommodation on bed and breakfast basis in Mt. Kailash Resort or Pokhara or similar
  • Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara to Jomson and return for guests and 01 accompanying wildlife expert guide
  • Domestic Airport departure tax
  • 08 nights in tented accommodation on full board meal plan prepared by our cooking team
  •  01 night twin share accommodation on full board meal plan in teahouse lodge at Jomsom
  • All staff and logistic transfer fees
  • 01 expert naturalist guide, 01 asst guide, cooking team and necessary porters; all insured, meals, accommodation and daily wages paid
  •  All the camping gears eg tents for guest and staff, mess tent, dining tent, toilet and shower tent, sleeping bag and down jacket, kitchen equipments etc
  • All airport pick up and drop
Service Excludes

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara; International flights to and from Kathmandu; Expenses of personal nature like bar and beverage bills, laundry bills, phone bills etc; Insurance of any kinds eg insurance for helicopter rescue, medical and accidental insurances; Person trekking gears; Expenses incurred due to flight delays, cancellation, road blockage, political situation etc or due to any other reason beyond our control; Tipping; Anything not included in Service Includes section

Recommended months March – till December

For details contact:

Rajendra N. Suwal

Nepal Nature dot com Travels            Phone/Fax: ++0977 1 4256529,

Chhetrapaty,  Kathmandu 17, Nepal

mail@nepalnaturetravels.com

 nepalnaturetvl@gmail.com

www.nepalnaturetravels.com

 




Game fishes of  Nepalese rivers.

 

S. No

Common/

Local Name

Scientific Name

Size

Weight

Habitat

Bait

Season

1.        

Mahasheer/

Sahar

 

Tor putitora

2.5 m

50 kg

Large and deep rivers

fish

Mar. - May./Oct. - Dec

2.        

Deep Bodied Mahasheer

Tor tor

3 m

50 kg

Large and deep rivers

fish

Mar. – May/Oct - Dec

3.        

Copper Mahasheer /Katle

Acrossocheilus hexagonolepis

.6 m

5 kg

Large and deep river

Fish and meat

Mar- June / Sep. - Nov.

4.        

Fresh Water Shark/Gounch

Bagarius bagarius

3 m +

100 kg +

Large and Deep rivers

Fish

Mar. - May/Oct – Dec.

5.        

Jalkapoor

Clupisoma gaura

.5 m

1 kg

Large and deep rivers

Worms and  meat

Mar. May/Oct. Dec

6.        

Fresh Water Eel/Raj Bam

Anguilla bengalensis

3 m

18 kg

River and pools

Frogs and worms

Mar – May/ Oct. – Dec.

7.        

River Catfish/

Bachawa

Silondia silondia

.5 m

2.5 kg

River confluence

Worms and meat

Mar – May/ Oct. – Dec

8.        

Giant Murrel/

Saur

Channa maurilus

2.5

15

River, stream and lakes

Worms, fish and insects

Feb. – May/Oct to Dec

9.        

Mud Eel/Hile Bam

Amphipnous  (Monopterus) cuchia

.8 m

1.5 kg

River, stream, lakes and swamps

Meat

Feb. – Apr.

10.     

Feather Back/

Patali

Notopterus notopterus

?

?

River, streams and lakes

Worm, insects and  meat

Feb. -  May / Sept - Dec

11.     

Knife Fish/

Chitala

Notopterus chitala

?

8 kg

River, streams and lakes

Worms, insect and meat

Feb. -  May / Sept - Dec

12.     

Catfish/Buari

Wallago attu

1.8 m

12 kg

River, streams and lakes

Fish, insects and meat

Feb. – June/Sept. – Nov.

13.     

Tenger Catfish/

Tengri

Mystus seenghala

.4 m

?

River streams

Fish, insects and meat

Jan – June/Sept. - Nov

Bait species

 

S. No.

 

Important fish species as baits

Predatory species

 

Common Name

Scientific Name

Common Name

1.        

Flying Barb

Esomus danricus

Mahasheer and Catfish

2.        

Sucker Head

Garra gotyla

Mahasheer

3.        

Singhe Catfish

Heteropneustes fossilis

Catfish, Fresh Water Shark ‘Buster’

4.        

River Barb

Puntius chillinoides

Copper Mahasheer

5.        

Gravel Catfish

Glyptothorax telchitta

Mahasheer

6.        

Torrent Minnow

Barilius sps

Mahasheer

 

List of supplementary hunting mammal species and their distribution
Scientific name              Common name    Rate in Nrs/unit                         Physiographic zone
                                                                for Nepali    For Foreigner    
Pseudois nayaur              Blue Sheep        5,000          40,000                   High Mountains
Cervus unicolor               Sambar             5,000          25,000                    Churia Range
Naemorhedus goral    Himalayan Goral    2,000          20,000                    Midhills
Naemorhedus sumatraensis Mainland Serow 2,000     20,000                    Midhills
Hemitragus jemlahicus    Himalayan Thar    1,000        20,000                    High Mountains
Sus scrofa                      Wild-boar           100             1,000                     Terai and Midhills




List of game bird species and their physiographic zone
Scientific name    Common name                     Rate in Nrs/unit                    Physiographic zones
                                                                 for Nepali     For Foreigner    
Anatidae             Geese and Ducks                    1500    5000                     Terai
Lophura leucomelanus    Kalij Pheasant                                                       Midhills


Hunting Season: Mid October to Mid April

Duration required for hunting:
Blue sheep and Himalayan Thar, Goral and Serow: Two weeks
Vehicle: A/C Landcruiser and Helicopter if required
Accommodation: Tented camp and Jungle lodge
Outfitters: Nepal Nature dot com Travels (P) Ltd
 


 
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Recommended Destinations
  Kathmandu Valley   Bhaktapur Durbar Square   Chitwan
Recommended Activities
Bird watching and hike in Shivapuri Nagarjung, Elephant Safari, River safari and Jeep safari in Chitwan, Trek to Everest, Langtang, Annapurna and Mustang, Scenic Mountain tour of Pokhara, Sarus Crane and Bird Watching in Lumbini the birthplace of Buddha, Sunrise and Sunset view from Nagarkot, Mountain Flight to see Mt. Everest and Himalayan Range, Tracking Wild Bengal Tigers and Wild Asian Elephants in Bardia, Mahasheer Fishing in Karnali River, White water rafting in Bhote Koshi and Trishuli River, Journey to the valley of Snow Leopards,