Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve Tour

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4 Days







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Walking per day

2 hours


The Koshi Tappu (176 sq. km) was established in 1976 to protect the rare wild water buffaloes, Arna (Bubalus arnee). It is a protected area in the Terai (low land) of eastern Nepal. In 1987, the Koshi Tappu was declared a Ramsar site, a wetland of international importance.

Koshi Tappu is only the home of Arnas in Nepal. That’s why, for visitors interested in seeing Arna in Nepal, Koshi Tappu is only the option. There are 327 Arnas as of last of 2014 in Koshi Tappu Reserve.

A wide range of faunal species inhabit in the reserve which has important habitat for a variety of wildlife. Animal species, including Hog dear, Wild boar, spotted deer, Blue bull and Rock python reside in this reserve. The Koshi River is a home of 80 species of fish, including the endangered Gharial crocodile and Gangetic dolphins.

The very famous bird watching reserve is the smallest wildlife reserve in Nepal. Around 441 species of birds, most of them domestic, have been recorded in this reserve. Other birds found in here includes 20 duck species, 2 ibis species, white tailed stonechat, striated marsh warbler, shore birds, water birds, and the endangered swamp partridge and Bengal florican. The Koshi Barrage is an important resting place of migratory birds, including 87 winter and trans-Himalayan migratory species.

Visitors enjoy the beautiful view of several Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Makalu (8,463 m), the world’s fifth highest peak from Koshai Tappu.

The best time to see and enjoy the migratory and local birds is dusk and dawn in October to March when the visitors can view also the beautiful mountains.

There are different means of transportation to reach to Koshi Tappu. A 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and one and half hours drive from Biratnagar to the Camp is the most easiest way. The bus drive is rather long tht take 10 hours from Kathmandu to the reserve. Some visitors prefer the 10-days rafting from Sun Koshi River to the camp.

A small number of lodges and teashops are near the Reserve Headquarters. Based on visitors’ interest and choice everyday drive from Biratnagar, where there are luxurious hotels, to the camp is possible.


  • Departure from Kathmandu by air or drive -arrival at the hotel- a short bird watching tour around the marshland – back to hotel

  • Breakfast- full day excursion in the reserve on jeep and on the boat across the forest to watch waterfowl, birds of prey, marsh crocodile, otters, wild water buffalos, fresh water dolphins, among others – back to hotel

  • Breakfast- walk through the grasslands for bird watching with packed lunch- elephant safari to view wild water buffalos and blue bull, including some hog deer and birds – back to hotel

  • Breakfast – fly back or drive to Kathmandu or other selected destinations

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Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop transport as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and three meals per day in Kathmandu and during the trekking
  • Trekking guide and porters (Cook and sardar in the case of camping trek)
  • National parks’ fees and government royalties
  • Domestic air ticket and airport tax for tourists and guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance of our trekking staff members
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or other parts of Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
  • All kinds of drink during trekking and travel stay with us
  • Travel insurance and cost of medical services of tourists
  • All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
  • Other personal expenses and tips
  • Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency
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Gear List

  • Backpack (50 liters) with outside pockets to keep smaller items
  • Trekking boots, well broken in and waterproofed. Gaiters to keep snow out of boots
  • Woolen sweaters and down jacket, gloves, wind proof outer garments, pants jacket, skirts, T-shirts, shirts, baggy pants and underwear
  • Several pairs of woolen and few pairs of nylon socks. A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping bag adequate for temperatures encountered
  • Hat with wide brim and sun lotion cream
  • One liter water bottle and some food for contingencies
  • Repair and medical kit
  • Head lamp with spare lithium batteries and bulbs
  • Handkerchief and toiletries
  • Verified phone number of your Embassy, consulate ,trekking agency and private phone number of your  director
  • Pen, pencils and letterhead to write an emergency message
  • Pocket knife with opener and scissors
  • Sunglasses with spare eyeglasses or contact lenses if you wear them
  • Umbrella and rain coat
  • Camera


Important Information Before Your Trip to Nepal

Payment:  Down payment: 15% of total payment  is required to confirm the reservation.

Payment of the Balance: Rest amount can be paid in our office after your arrival.

Arrival Point: You will be met at the Kathmandu international airport. Our office representative will be waiting for you holding play card of the Nepal Mountain Lovers Treks and Expedition. In case of your change plan, please let us inform.

Booking  Air Ticket:  If you don’t have regular travel agent, please visit    makemytrip.com, www.kayak.com, www.vayama.com. They  offer you very good price.

Room System: Normally we have two people in a room. Twin bed or single bed depends on the choice of guests and budget. If tourists want single room, s/he should pay single supplementary.

Trekking Leading Person:  Our trekking guide will lead the whole trip with his/her helpers and porters.

Currencies:  USD, AUD, EURO are major acceptable currencies in Nepal and visa and credit cards also accepted. There is ATM facility in city area.

Altitude Sickness: Altitude sickness will start from 3000 meter height. Trekkers should immediately inform trekking guide if faced any problems.

Drinking Water:  We can get mineral water and boiled water in city area and in some trekking places. We use water purification tablet or liquid in some remote trekking sites.

Laundry Facility: Laundry facility are available in city area but not during the trekking.

Visa: You can get arrival visa at Kathmandu airport that cost 25 USD  for  15 days and 40 USD for 30 days. Please bring 2 passport size photos. You can get your visa from the closest Nepali embassy.

Orientation Program: Before starting trekking, trekkers are provided with an  orientation by our office representative or trekking guide about the necessary trekking information.

Group Size: There will be maximum 12 persons in one group.

Accommodation: You will stay in a nice tourist standard hotel/resort in city areas.  Normal hotels or tents are available during the trekking.

Foods: We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner. Tourists can get continental food both in city and trekking places. Food during the trekking might not meet the standard of your country.

View of Mount Everest: Trekkers to Everest region  will of course see the Mount Everest. For trekkers visiting other regions where they cannot view Mount Everest, there are daily mountain flights which approach close to Mount Everest.

Travel Insurance:  It is compulsory to have travel insurance.

Personal Expenses:  It depends on your spending interest and shopping. There are some expensive handmade carpets, Thanka paintings, jewelries and handicrafts to purchase in Nepal.

Luggage: We take only about 10kg per person in trekking. Your excess baggage will be stored in a hotel.

Tips: Tips are highly accepted and appreciated.

Rules and Regulation

Nepal Mountain Lovers Treks and Expedition accepts your reservation under the following rules and regulations.

1. If the balance payment is not paid before your departure for trekking, the booking will be cancelled without any refund.

2. If there is war or the situation of the country is out of control and the country faces emergency situation before your arrival to Nepal, we inform you not to come Nepal and refund your payment. But in case of any emergency situation or war after your arrival or during the trekking, we will not refund your money. But we will try our best to make your trip successful and pleasant. In such situation, we may need to change the trip plan and itinerary.

3. In case of increase in government royalty and other costs such as the national park fee, you have to pay extra money.

4. If you commit any illegal act or disturbance for the safety and welfare of the group, our leader or guide can ask to leave the group without any right to refund.

5. If you have any complain with regards to trekking and tour please inform our tour leader or company. All kinds of valid complain are welcomed and processed with necessary actions.

6.You are responsible to ensure that all travel documents  are with you during the entire trip.


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