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Guide to jungle treks in Chitwan National Park

Trek into the Chitwan jungle for some wildlife spotting Updated: February 5th 2016 | Nepal travel guides


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About Chitwan National Park jungle treks


There are several types of jungle trek in Chitwan National Park to choose from. To get the most from a jungle trek it's important to note the following:

  • Time of year (hot monsoon or cooler dry winter)
  • Length of jungle trek (1-5+ days)
  • Level of fitness (walking)
  • Budget (costs different treks)

Did you know?

Chitwan national Park is 932 square kilometers in size.

It was founded in 1972 and has over 700 types of wildlife living there. Including Bengalese tigers, one-horned rhinos, crocodiles, rhesus monkeys, deer and much more.


Types of jungle safari treks in Chitwan


Do understand that many jungle safari agencies will offer slight variations on the following.

Jungle treks and walks are possible starting with half days treks.

There are 3 Chitwan National park trekking zones. Each one is goes deeper into the jungle and is further away than the previous.

 The three main jungle trek zones in Chitwan

For a larger map please see my map of chitwan to locate the different jungle trekking zones.

Half day treks: these treks usually involve a quick canoe ride followed by a trek to a zone where rhinos are hopefully located (zone 1).

Full day treks: early dawn start with a full canoe ride followed by a full day of jungle trekking in Zone one. There's a greater chance at rhino spotting here
(zone 1).

2-3 day treks: canoe ride followed by a full day of trekking. Overnight is spent either in a jungle lodge. Or outside in ranger station. There's a greater chance at spotting rhino and tigers here. You need to bring your own food/water (zones 1 & 2).

3-5 day treks: canoe ride followed by a daily treks and overnight stays in lodges or ranger stations. Best chance at spotting rhinos and tiger as you'll be trekking into much deeper areas. You must bring your own food and water or arrange for someone to bring it with you (zones 1, 2 & 3).

Jeep safaris: jeep safaris can be used to drive along an dirt road for a head start into a deeper jungle area for a better chance at wildlife spotting (zones 2 & 3).

Private jungle treks: you can avoid group tours by simple asking to go with only a guide. The advantage is you can go at your own pace. The disadvantage is that you'll need to bargain a little more to get a fair price.


Jungle trek safari costs


The costs and fees of a jungle trek depend on who you do with. The duration and the type of trek. The following can be used as guideline.

Chitwan National Park fee = 1500 rupees per day (sometimes included in upper tier package tours) +13% VAT.

Half day jungle safari trek costs 1400 rupees as part of a group (5 people)

Full day treks cost 2000 rupees as part of a group (5 people)

2-5 day jungle treks cost 2000-2500 rupees per day as part of a group (2+ people). This is the moderate tier that does not include a night in the jungle lodge.

Jeep safaris cost $170 per day for use of jeep and usually include basic accommodation plus food and guide services.


How to find a jungle safari trek in Chitwan


Package tour/agency: If you are booking online my advice is to look up as many agencies as possible. You'll be paying a lot more than if you are booking in person. In person be prepared to barter a little to knock anywhere from 10%-20% off the price.

Guesthouse: Budget travelers and those with a day to spare can either choose their own guesthouse services to arrange a jungle trek. Or use another guesthouse service - though it's bad practice to stay in one guesthouse and use another for a trek. Do look around though as prices will vary.


List of what you need to take on jungle trek in Chitwan


Depending on the time of year you go you'll need to consider these basics.

  • Long-sleeved pants and shirt
  • Light rain coat during monsoon season
  • Hat for sun/rain
  • Sun protection cream
  • Insect repellant
  • Food and water (agency guesthouse can arrange to make pre packed meals)
  • Trekking boots or closed shoes with good grips to deal with mud and jungle terrain
  • Trekking poles are not necessary but useful to beat back denser parts of the jungle

My advice is to bring extra water - include water purification tablets just in case you run out.

Do check out my full Chitwan Travel guide for more information or for those only interested in an elephant safari check out my elephant jungle safari guide. Alternatively, save time and download my guidebook to Chitwan.


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