At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the Terai region. It has a particularly
rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Indian rhinoceros lives in
Chitwan National Park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger. Other threatened
mammals living in the park include leopards, wild dogs, gaur and the sloth bear. Some other mammals
include elephants, sambar, chital, hog deer, barking deer, wild pig, monkeys, otter, porcupine,
yellow-throated marten, civet, fishing cat, jungle cat, jackal, striped hyena and the Indian
fox. Aquatic species include the gangetic dolphin, the mugger crocodile and the endangered gharial.
Over 350 reported bird species live here including the greater hornbill, Sengal florican, peafowl,
crested serpent-eagle, Himalayan grey-headed fishing eagle and white-back vulture. Ruddy shelduck
and bar-headed goose winter on the rivers. The threatened Indian python also lives within the
park and 99 fish species inhabit the rivers and oxbow lakes.
Chitwan National Park (formerly called Royal Chitwan National Park) covers 932 square km of sub-tropical lowland, wedged between two east-west river valleys at the base of the Siwalik range of the outer Himalayas. The altitude varies from 150 to 760 meters. Monsoon rains, when nearly 2,000mm fall between June and September, cause dramatic floods, large changes in river character and often significant changes in river courses. Seasonal climatic changes are profound, and in the winter, dry northerly winds reduce temperature and humidity considerably. The park is dominated by almost monotypic stands of sal forest which occupy 60% of the total area. Riverine forests and grasslands form a mosaic along the riverbanks maintained by seasonal flooding. On the hills are pines and scattered palms and some moister slopes support bamboo.
Reserving a Trip
We make preparing for your trip easy! Our area managers are here to help—from choosing the right trip and checking availability to reserving your place to stay. Our office manager will normally be your single point of contact. They will oversee all of your arrangements, answer any questions that you may have, and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Choosing Your Trip
We suggest that you read the trip information to choose the right adventure for your ability level and interest. Trip information is available for on each page or can be sent to you via fax, email or mail. Our office manager can answer any questions you might have and they would be happy to refer you to someone who has traveled with us before for a reference.
Reserving Your Place
Early reservations are recommended since group sizes are limited and airlines often sell out of their best fares many months in advance. Once you have submitted your reservation request with us, one of our travel consultants will contact you the following business day to confirm your arrangements and will charge the initial deposit to your major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). You can then download a trip application (in PDF format) and send it to us by mail with two recent passport photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 303-507-2530. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM Mountain Time.
Upon receiving your deposit, we will send you a confirmation letter, a detailed trip itinerary, visa information (if required), a travel insurance application and a pre-departure information booklet with a recommended equipment list, suggested reading list and general information needed to prepare for your trip. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in your preparation for your adventure with us.