Nepal attracts tourism mostly related to activities that depend on natural and cultural resources. Among them river rafting, trekking, wildlife viewing, observing and knowing cultural and traditional life are a few examples. Nepal is gifted with a rich flora and fauna. The huge variety in biological species play an important role from an environmental perspective but it is very relevant also from an economic perspective since they attract visitors to these areas. For this reason and the fact that new infrastructures are developed to fulfill the visitors needs, local people's relationship with their surroundings has changed over time. Half of the tourist that come to Nepal visit protected areas. The most popular ones are Royal Chitwan National Park (RCNP), Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA), Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National park et cetera.

Eco-tourism is an integral part that incorporates the system developed to project natural areas. One of the primary objectives is to ensure a balanced and respectful relationship between environment and tourism.

There is at the same time an interest in promoting and boosting local economies of remote and rural areas where people struggle for survival. Progressively, areas of Nepal that were not visited before are becoming of interest for the tourist. The establishment of hotels, resorts, et cetera is promoting tourism in those areas but at the same time, there is a concern on preserving the surrounding environment.

Gorbehimal Resort, created by a small group of Basc friends fascinated by Nepal, is committed with promotion of eco-tourism in Rahaf VDC of Achham District. The resort has been constructed by following the principles and with respect to the rules contained in Nepali legislation for eco-tourism. The Resort is made up of small buildings that do not break balance with the natural surroundings. The style and construction materials were used following the local tradition. After 3 years of hard work in order to build a quality complex in an area of difficult access, now the project is a reality in which the locals have also taken part. Some villagers are already employed to work in the resort with the creation of new jobs like mountain guides, local trekking guides or porters. Along with this, the local shops also are being benefited with more business due to more visitors. The development is done in the line of promoting the forgotten West Nepal and to attract travelers that are seeking for new experiences off the beaten track but with respect towards the natural environment.

Packages

1 : PACKAGE 8 Nights-9 Days

Day1: Pick up at hotel in KTM and take a night bus from KTM –Surkhet. O/N at Surkhet.

Day2: After B/F take a jeep from Surkhet-Resort. Rest at the resort. In the evening bar-be-que with cultural programme.

Day3: After B/F day long journey through the Lore Khola which has crystalline waters where there´ll be picnic, fishing and snorkeling. Late evening camping next to the river close to a Magar village.

Day4: After B/F village visit at the morning. Watch the daily life of the community, have lunch with fresh river trout, visit a water fall, rest and during the evening watch Magar dance with barbecue and local drinks.

Day5: After B/F day walk journey around the area, bird watching, fishing and camp by the river head back to the resort by vehicle where there´ll be a special dinner

Day5: Climb up1500mt peak and watch the Himalayan far west view. From there walk down to a remote jungle. Watch different types of animals like jackal,wild boar, deers, sloth bear, goral, leopard and some different types of birds after that walk pass a “Jhulungey pul”. Camp at the banks of Karnali River.

Day6: Arrive BABIACHOR village. After B/F day long walk to Babiachor, during the evening we can see the “Bazzar life” in remote and West-Nepal

Day7: After B/F walk from Babiachor to Beheri river, during the walk we can see some water-falls and many kind of birds. Lunch at Beheri beach. After lunch walk to Karnali, there´ll be night camp at the beaches of Karnali river

Day 8: After breakfast arrive at CHISAPANI. Take a rest there and drive to Tharu village. After rest have local Tharu food and go fishing and caching crabs,during the evening have local drink and crabs and at night enjoy the traditional and cultural Tharu dance organized by the local community with local Tharu drink and barbeque

Day9: Early morning after B/F go through the jungle where we can see some animals and different kind of birds, back to village, lunch, rest and take night bus to KTM.

2 : 3 PACKAGE-5-Nigth-6-Days

Day1: In the evening departure from KTM –Surkhet. O/N at Surkhet.

Day2: After B/F take a jeep from Surkhet-Resort. Rest at the resort. In the evening bar-be-que with cultural programme.

Day3: After B/F day long journey through the Lore Khola which has crystalline waters where there´ll be picnic, fishing and snorkeling. Late evening camping next to the river close to a Magar village.

Day4: After B/F village visit at the morning. Watch the daily life of the community, have lunch with fresh river trout, visit a water fall, rest and during the evening watch Magar dance with barbecue and local drinks.

Day5: After B/F day walk journey around the area, bird watching, fishing . After lunch head back to the resort by vehicle where there´ll be dinner

Day6: After B/F drive to Surkhet. Lunch at Surkhet. Take night bus to KTM.

3 : PACKAGE-5 Nigths-6 Days

Day1: In the evening departure from KTM –Surkhet. O/N at Surkhet.

Day2: After B/F take a jeep from Surkhet-Resort. Lunch at the resort, after rest during the evening bar-be-que with cultural programme.

Day3: Breakfast at the hotel and do a morning wall that includes bird watching and fishing at Karnali river, back to the resort and after lunch go to Lore khola river for a swim and snorkeling, during the evening after dinner slide show about different places and cultures of Nepal

Day4: Day walk journey to Ranni Batta, 2.400 mt peak where you can see Dolpa Himal and far-west Himal, breakfast, lunch, water and dinner will be provide.

Day5: Watch the sunrise having breakfast and have a morning walk and bird watching, lunch and go down to the resort where there´ll be a barbecue.

Day6: After B/F leave for Surkhet. Have lunch at Surkhet. Take the night bus from Surkhet-KTM.

4 : PACKAGE-5 Nigths-6 Days

Day1: In the evening departure from KTM –Surkhet. O/N at Surkhet.

Day2: After B/F take a jeep from Surkhet-Resort. Lunch at the resort, after rest during the evening bar-be-que with cultural programme.

Day3: Breakfast at the hotel and do a morning wall that includes bird watching and fishing at Karnali river, back to the resort and after lunch go to Lore khola river for a swim and snorkeling, during the evening after dinner slide show about different places and cultures of Nepal

Day4: Day walk journey to Ranni Batta, 2.400 mt peak where you can see Dolpa Himal and far-west Himal, breakfast, lunch, water and dinner will be provide.

Day5: Watch the sunrise having breakfast and have a morning walk and bird watching, lunch and go down to the resort where there´ll be a barbecue.

Day6: After B/F leave for Surkhet. Have lunch at Surkhet. Take the night bus from Surkhet-KTM.

5 : RAMA ROSAN-8 Days

Beautiful area that covers 7 lakes,(12 during the monsoon) from there born Kailash river and there is a 3.800mt peak where you can watch great view of Far-West Himal, there is a big forest where there are some wild animals and birds, during the journey we will watch local dance at Rama Rosan Gaun Food, tents, mattress, porters etc will be inclusive

Note: The treck it takes 8 days go and come back from Gorbehimal resort

6 : Ranibhatta Trek

Day 01: Trek in Gorbe Himal. Trek to the top of the highest hill in Surkhet – Ranibhatta (2400m). Across the trail bridge on to the main road to Tallo Dhungeshowr. Divert off the main road into the woods on a sharply inclining trail (1hr approx). You reach a small Dalit village. 45mins of another uphill walk, you reach another settlement. Back into the woods, another challenging uphill walk ensues (1.5hr approx) which gets you to the top of a hill - good views of Karnali, rolling chain of hills and Badimallika Peak, remote Dailekh district and other mountains. After taking a much deserved break at the hill-top relishing the views, a gentle descending walk takes you to a bazaar (30mins approx). A level-stretched section (1.5hr approx) followed by 45mins approx of steep climb through forests and villages gets you to a plateau like hill-top, offering great all round views. Total walking duration: 6hrs approx
O/nt camping

Day 02: From the overnight campsite, the walk resumes through rhododendron forest (seasonal in Mar-Apr) for 1.5hrs approx on a rather non-strenuous trail. You soon reach a small bazaar, onwards from where you take a narrow dirt track for 1.5hr approx through the forest to a flat ground next to an abandoned house to halt for lunch. At a same contour line for another 1hr approx to Guranse bazaar, you soon meet a motor track and continuing on it, you reach your ultimate destination of the trek - Ranibhatta hill-top (30mins approx). Set-up camps, wait in anticipation to catch a fabulous sun-set view and for dinner, you'll share a authentic village meal with a local family. Total walking duration: 4.5hrs approx
O/nt camping

Day 03: Retrace your steps back to Gorbe Himal Resort. Total walking duration: 6hrs approx. R’n r at Gorbe Himal/ Walk along the banks of Karnali/ 'Sun & Sand' by the pristine banks of Karnali.
O/nt Gorbe Himal Resort

7 : Trek to the Mystical Cave

Day 01: The trek starts from the back-way of the hotel climbing arduously for 2hrs approx to the top of a hill. A steep, knee-jerking, drop through the forest with few spread-out villages (1.5hr approx) you reach a trail bridge; crossing which you venture into Surkhet district. Another challenging climb (1hr approx) through the woodland, you go past a small settlement. Further 30mins walk, the lunch spot is reached.

More inclining section follows (1.5hr approx). Giving you a much welcome respite from the tough uphill climbs at the former part of the day, 45mins of gradually inclining trail gets you to a hill-top, offering stupendous view of rolling chains of verdant hills on one side, broad valley below and mountains on another side. It’s all the way downhill to a valley, not as steeply dropping as on previous occasion, to the campsite (2hrs approx) by a village.Total walking duration: 8.45hrs approx

O/nt camping

Day 02: The day’s walk starts on a narrow dirt track, level-stretched, through forest and villages to Kachuria village (4hrs approx). Here, you break for lunch. Tougher sections follow now – climb that takes you through the woods to Daha Tal. First half of the climb (1hr approx) relatively less strenuous than the other half (1hr approx). Set up camp in proximity to the lake and village. Cultural immersion into rich heritage and customs of Magar community – evening meal with a Magar family and the traditional Magar dance to keep you amused! Total walking duration: 6hrs approx

O/nt camping

Day 03: Hike for approx 20mins from the campsite to witness the mysterious footprints and stone marks – locally believed to be that of Lord Shiva. Later hike to the caves (45mins) – Maoist cave (!) (this is where Maoist revolutionaries used to hold incognito meetings), bat cave and Gupta (Secret) cave with water body (the length and depth of which is a mystery in itself) – would make a great exploration for the caving enthusiasts. Return to the campsite for lunch, descend down to the road-head at Kachuria (1hr approx). On board the waiting vehicle for the onward journey to Surkhet (4hrs approx) or Gorbe Himal Resort (5hrs approx) or Bardia (9hrs approx).

8 : Bardia Package

Day 1: Arrive to Budigaon from Nepalgunj airport/ bus stop. On arrival, you will start your journey to the underbelly of the wondrous Bardia. Aided by the porters, carrying your main luggage, you walk to an authentic tribal ‘Tharu’ village (30mins approx) of Sujanpur. Culturally socked by now – you brace yourself for an experience of a life-time! Settle down, lunch and let the fun begin – a swim in a nearby shallow un-spoilt river followed by a nature walk through the woodlands which also provides extra bit of shot for the bird enthusiasts. Your first ‘Tharu’ style dinner is something to look for in the evening.
O/nt home-stay
Day 2: After breakfast, an exploratory walk through the forest leads you to a river where one can employ our predator’s skills catching crabs and fish for the BBQ party tonight at the village. The biggest haul will make you the King of the village for a day! Of course, having gotten the highs of the local Tharu drink, there would be many a men feeling like a King!
O/nt home-stay
Day 3: A hearty breakfast to start a 2hr cycle ride to the village of Dalagaon. After the rest and lunch stop, into the jungles on a search for wildlife (one-horned rhinos, wild Asian Elephants, Swamp Deer, Jungle cat, Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Blue Bull, Wild Boar, Mongoose, Common Langur and Rhesus macaque are a possibility and with luck on your side, even the sight of elusive Common Leopard, Sloth Bear and Royal Bengal Tiger is a possibility).
O/nt jungle camping (by the watch-tower)

Day 4: Breakfast at sunrise at the tower. Resume your walk through the deep jungles to Karnali river. Chances of wildlife encounters and chance sighting of Gangetic Dolphins in the river will be the test of your luck. Return to village, party to the tunes, beats and moves of traditional Tharu dance to end the day.
O/nt home-stay
Day 5: Return to Sujanpur village by cycle. After the farewell lunch, transfer to the bus-stop for the journey back to Kathmandu.
The cost: USD 60 per night (basing on minimum 4 pax)
Inclusions:
 - All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5
- All activities, walks, programs as per the above itinerary
- Accommodation for 4nts in home-stay facilities
- Park permits

Exclusions:
- Beverages
- Journey to & from Budigaon (assistance available at additional cost)

9 : Gorbe Himal Resort

Day 1: Arrive at the resort. Relaxed afternoon/evening to recover from a long journey. Evening slide show presentation.
Day 2: A leisurely morning to enjoy the immediate surroundings of the resort. After lunch, a short walk down to the Karnali, the longest river in Nepal, and a gentle stroll along the vigin sandy beaches. Watch the skills of local fishermen at work OR try your hands at fishing with them OR float down the calm water of Karnali in a traditional dug-out canoe.
 Day 3: Early morning, down to the river to watch the fishing nets being pulled out of the water and the collection of the catch. After breakfast, walk to Lorekhola (1hr approx) with the packed lunch to relish the crystal clear spring-fed water, indulging yourself in snorkeling, swimming and fishing.  Return to the resort. BBQ night.
 Day 4: After breakfast, hike to the viewpoint, Ghodalas Danda,  (approx 2.5hrs up and 1.5hr down) to take in the grand view of surrounding hills, get to the touching height of the hovering birds of prey  and get the bird’s eye view of the Nepal’s longest river -Karnali snaking down below. The stretches of forest that your hike leads you through is inhabited by sloth bear, ghoral, porcupine, varied species of birds, wild boar, barking dear, monkeys and occasionally by wandering tiger from the lowlands. Wildlife sighting is purely down to one’s luck.
Day 5: Today, we take a challenging full day’s walk to Bhairabithum hill from where one gets spectacular views of Daiekh distict and Western Himalayas. Lunch en-route at a scenic location. In the evening, you’ll be entertained by a very authentic Acchami Dance.
Day 6: Return drive to Surkhet (3hrs approx). Reaching Surkhet bazaar, divert off the highway up the hill to Kakrebihar Temple (10mins approx), an ancient Buddhist temple, perched on a forested hill-top surrounded. A legend has it that this temple was located in the middle of a lake, what is now a Surkhet valley.  After a picnic lunch, drive down to Surkhet and resume your onward journey.

Cost: NRs. 3000 per person per day (basing on minimum 4 pax)
Inclusions:
 - Surkhet – Gorbe Himal Resort by chartered jeep
- All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 6
- All activities, hikes, programs as per the above itinerary
- Accommodation for 5nts at Gorbe Himal Resort
- Gorbe Himal – Surkhet by chartered jeep

Exclusions:
- Beverages
- Journey to & from Surkhet (assistance available from Gorbe Himal Resort at additional cost)
Note :- jeep price is not included in the price

Included meals:

DAY Breakfast Lunch Dinner
1   Nepali Dal-Bhat at Badichaur Dinner at the resort – roti + Jumli beans + Karnali dry fish curry + spinach + fresh chutney + seasonal salad
2 Chocolate pancake + hot beverages Lunch at the resort – spaghetti/ macaroni/ pasta with eggs, veg, mushroom, boiled eggs, cheese, tomato salsa + bread Dinner at the resort – beans stew with mutton + salad + bread
3 Aloo parantha + fresh local yoghurt + hot beverages Packed lunch – Spanish omelette + bread Dinner at the resort – Fish roast + stuffed green pepper roast + chapati
4 Cereals with milk + hot beverages Packed lunch – Russian salad + chapati Dinner at the resort  - Dal-Bhat Gorbe Himal style with seasonal vegetables, dried spinach (gundruk), fresh chutney, poppadum and seasonal salad
5 Porridge + hot beverages Packed lunch – Fried masala potatoes + spinach + chapati Dinner in the village – Typical Achhami  meal
6 Chocolate pancake + hot beverages Packed lunch to be arranged and carried from Surkhet  

10 : The Western Bend ~ Karnali

(10 days) “The Big One”
Rapids: Freight Train, Touching the Void, Snapshot, Flip 'n' strip, Juicer, Inversion, Jailhouse Rock, Human for lunch, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Sweetness and Light.

Nepal's mightiest river, the Karnali, lies in the "Wild West" of Nepal, an area only recently opened to tourism. Rising in the vicinity of Tibet's holy Mount Kailash, the Karnali carves the Himalayan landscape into a series of magnificent gorges and canyons as it descends slowly into the jungle forests of western Nepal. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river levels to swell drastically, and create the extremes of whitewater rafting. In high water the Karnali is a serious undertaking with fairly straightforward, yet huge rapids. Even at lower levels it is still not a walk in the park, as the rapids become more constricted and the gradient steeper. One highlight of this classic river journey is a 7 km long gorge "Thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride" with rapids at every bend. Truly though, any season suits the Karnali.

Itinerary
There is normally a pre-departure meeting at our Kathmandu office the day before the expedition. Any last minute questions can be addressed at this point. Bring along some money if you plan to drink beer or sodas on the trip. We will arrange for a staff member to go and purchase the goods. We will give out personal gear bags and also go through the logistics of luggage storage and delivery to the takeout point if you are not returning to Kathmandu. I f you are joining the group directly from Pokhara our office staff there will brief you and coordinate a meeting point in Mugling. If you leave on a morning bus from Pokhara you will be there by noon and our bus should roll to a stop to meet you at about 1pm.

DAYS 1-2
We meet at our sales office at 6 am where we serve you tea and coffee to freshen you up. After the drinks we take a short walk through the narrow and winding streets of Thamel to our waiting bus. From here we begin our trip to the Wild West. We stop for the night at a small town called Kohalpur (25minutes drive from the Nepalgunj Airport). Here we spend the night at a guesthouse. In the morning of the next day after the breakfast we hop onto the bus, pass through the low lands and climb the Churia hill through Bardia National Park and on to the remote village of Surkhet. As we transverse the Terai the scenery is varied and splendid. It's a good chance to see some of the wildlife and birds while driving through the National Park area, so keep your eyes open.

We get to Surkhet here we stop for lunch and just to check that everything is fine before we proceed with our drive to Dungeswor via Kalyani Dada as this is the only town where we can buy any goods if we have forgotten. After being sure of everything we drive further through the wild forest of the Karnali zone leaving civilization behind for the next 10 days. At around 3-4 p.m., we reach Dungeswor/Karnali Gorbe Himal resort, the end of our bus journey. We camp the 2nd night at this peaceful Resort.

DAYS 3-6
In the morning of 3rd day, you will be served with a hot drink while our guys re-pack and divide the gears among equipment. A breakfast will be served to you at around 8 am.
The first part of the morning is spent explaining the finer points of how to paddle through whitewater and stay in the raft as it bucks and contorts through the rapids. There is a lesson on how to swim through whitewater, using your flotation device and paddle to keep your head up and your feet to push off rocks. The guides will also teach you what they are looking for when they run the river – the innocuous looking rise in the water that hides a hole, or the way you can use the pillow of water rebounding off a rock to push the raft where you want it. Whitewater rafts are amazingly versatile and stable crafts, and in the care of an expert raft guide it is possible to run exhilarating lines safely and confidently. Your guide is a professional, someone who has devoted their life to learning and running the whitewater rivers. Under his careful indoctrination the raft crew learns how to work as a team, practicing on the smaller rapids we encounter on the first kilometer of the river. Teamwork is what makes it possible to run any river safely and this extends beyond your raft.
On the next day on the water, we face the biggest day of rafting as we paddle down to jungle ghat. We normally stop at the only village of any size on the upper section of the river, to go and have cup of tea and check out the local scene. It's always good to have a break here as 10minutes downstream we pull over into the surging eddy above Jailhouse Rock. Below all you can see is the pulsing plumes of spray accompanied by the ominous rumbling of the river, a really good indication that this is a rapid worth looking at. From the side of the river the line looks pretty clear – be warned though, the water is a lot more powerful than it looks! Inversion rapid follows this, a series of massive stranding waves that leads down into a steep canyon with a 300 foot waterfall cascading into the river.

DAYS 7- 10
The most sustained challenging section of the river begins with God's house, a mirror image of Jail house rock, and continues in a series of canyons for about 7km with 16 odd rapids. This is what we are here for – it's a real "thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride" with rapids on every bend. The whole river narrows down into the bowels of the Earth as we run such classic drops as Juicer, Flip'n Strip, Totali Ghat, Snapshot and Freight train before stopping at a sweeping sandy beach in a beautiful canyon for the night. Camping on the Karnali is awesome. The night camp at the Scorpion Beach will be home for our layover day as well. The massive floods of the monsoon deposit huge tracks of pure white sand along the river, making it ideal to camp on. Hello Beach Party!! Volleyball, sand sculpture, hackey-sack, sunbathing and eating are favourite activities for the layover day. You can also take advantage of the layover day to trek to a peak or nearby village or take part in the kayak workshop that the safety boaters offer.

On the 9th day, from our last campsite nestled in the rock formations of the lower canyon, we drift down to Chisopani. The first town we've seen after 10 days into the wilderness. Chisopani isn't much of a town…………basically just a couple of dal bhat (famous nepali meal) shops and an impressive bridge. But even so it is hard to get re-acclimated to the sounds of human chaos. After 10 days without any motors, car horns or screaming of children, even a little town like Chisopani serves to remind us of just how quiet the last 10 days on the river have been. Most people want to crawl back up the river at this point, but alas, the river only flows one way. So from Chisopani we board the bus for the return trip to Kathmandu. You will be in Kathmandu on the 10th day. The option best to combine with Karnali expedition:

If you hit Chisopani and cannot handle the transition, take the opportunity and head off to the Royal Bardia National Park for a few more days of peace and quiet. Royal Bardia National Park is generally considered among the wildlife parks in Nepal. The number of visitors is strictly limited, and the park boasts the highest number of tiger sightings in Nepal. Other wildlife which make their home in the park are Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, barking deer, blackbuck, sambar, an the occasional mongoose as well as a staggering variety of birds. While at Bardia you can enjoy a variety of activities ranging from elephant safaris (undoubtedly the best vehicle to view rhinoceros and tigers), canoeing with the gangetic Dolphins, jungle walks and bird watching. There are limited yet varied options for accommodation depending on your preference and budget. Let us know if you will be extending your time in Bardia in order to experience this wonderful wildlife excursion. We will assist you with the required arrangements.



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