Nepal's finest lowland habitats with the best chances of seeing an incredible variety of birds and mammals
This wildlife adventure combines the very best national parks with a short trek in the forested foothills of the Himalaya. We trek through traditional Gurung villages. Forests of oak and rhododendron cover the hillsides and we should see numerous bird species including Laughing thrushes, pheasants and babblers.
We also hope to encounter Yellow-throated martens, Barking deer and Assamese macaque. All of this set below the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare and other snow-capped peaks.
Royal Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage Site, its dry deciduous forest, tropical evergreen forest and grasslands playing host to a huge number of bird species as well as the largest variety of mammals anywhere in Nepal including the Indian rhinoceros, Wild boar, samba, sloth bears and monkeys. And finally we explore in boats and on foot remote Koshi Tappu, one of Asia's finest wetlands and an essential place for bird watching in Nepal.
What makes this trip responsible?
Over the last few years we have set up many projects in Nepal. Details of all the projects can be found here on our website, for a brief introduction, click on the title below
EXODUS HIMALAYAN COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROJECTS
Some of our most important projects are:
Nava Kiran Orphanage Kathmandu
In March 2006 we opened a new home, which we built for the children. Since then we have been paying for the children's educational needs (school fees, books, uniforms etc). Although we will still continue to monitor the children's educational needs we are gradually reducing our involvement there, only providing extra support where needed. If you are travelling with Exodus to Nepal and would like to see the orphanage, please ask your leader who will be delighted to organise a visit.
Esther Benjamins Trust
The Esther Benjamins Trust focuses on improving the lives of Nepal's most vulnerable children and young people. The Trust provides full time care for children who are 'at risk' of being trafficked or of domestic or sexual abuse - an indispensable safety net. The facilities cater for 140 children (boys and girls) at three centres; Kathmandu, Hetauda and Bhairahawa, south Nepal. From 2010 we will be helping them raise money for the full time care and education of their children.
Solar Cookers and Smokeless Stoves
Our solar cooker project is now up and running in the Everest region. By spring 2010 we had installed 30 solar cookers in the Everest region in the lodges we use and have another 30 waiting to be installed in autumn 2010. If you are trekking in the Everest region you will see these in most of the lodges where you stay. Your leader will have details of how to sponsor a cooker.
In 2010 Exodus donated 28 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel village. These stoves use less wood but more importantly, they provide a safer and healthier alternative for the women to cook on. The smoke leaves the kitchen through a chimney thus preventing eye and lung problems caused by a smoky fire.
Your leader will have up to date information in Kathmandu so please do ask him if you would like more information. We also have printed copies of our newsletter available in Kathmandu.
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Asian one-horned rhino, Chitwan