Experience Fishing in Nepal

Highlights:

  • Fishing in the most popular Babai river of Western Nepal.
  • Raft through the beautiful Babai valley on Bardiya National park.
  • A captain and crew will help you with your fishing technique on board. Charismatic, knowledgeable, professional and most importantly fun to fish with, you will love our crew.
  • Catch and release of Mahseer, stream trout, catfish, Murrie, rainbow trout  other fish varieties
  • Jeep safari to the Bardia National Park in search of elusive Bengal tiger, leopards Bengal Tiger, wild Elephants, different species of deer, alligator, gharials, and different species of birds.
  • Spend your in the Land Rover and on foot scouting out the undergrowth for that elusive big cat and other rare species.
  • Camping into the wild riverside of Babai river.

Fishing is one of the very interesting sports for those who are tolerant enough. If you have enough time and patience then Angling or Fishing in Nepal could be a very interesting sport for you. Nepal is the world’s second-richest country in water resources including a number of rivers and lakes which offer fishing.

Anglers can try their luck in Nepal’s Bardia Wildlife reserves where we can organize guided fishing trips. There are some specific ethnic groups in the hills and the Terai region of Nepal whose lifestyle has been based on Fishing. Bote, Majhi, Tharu, and Machhuwar are some of them.

Fish Caught

Approximately more than 185 species of exotic fish are dancing around the fresh Himalayan water, ranging from the much sought-after Mahseer to the mountain stream trout, catfish, Murrie, rainbow trout, common trout, and crap (the crap is the largest fish that can be of several kilos). It is an exciting and wonderful spot to hook out the colorful fish in the clear Himalayan Rivers. 

The best season to go fishing on the white waters is before and after the monsoon from February till April and October and November. Nepal is a land of diverse topography, climate, ethnicity, and biodiversity. Within an average breadth of about 150 km, the altitude varies from 60 meters above sea level to the world’s highest peak Mount Sagarmatha scaling 8848 km it has three large river basins namely Koshi in the east, Narayani in the central, and Karnali in the west.

We specialize in mahseer fishing in far west Nepal, either based on our Safari lodge in Bardia National Park or through dedicated expeditions to remote rivers with our own expert rafting crew.

Trip Itinerary of Babai River Fishing Trip

Day 01 Kathmandu Arrival:

Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Drop at Hotel. Details trip briefing during dinner. We can use today to do some last minutes shopping for the trip.

DAY 02 Fly to Nepalganj and start Angling: 

Morning flight to Nepalganj (55 mins), after arrival at Nepalganj continue drive to Tigertops Karnali lodge (2.5H). Upon arrival at the lodge, you will be met by a Tiger Tops representative, provided refreshments, and transferred to the starting point of your trip, approximately 3.5 hours – drive away. On the way get a feel for the lifestyle in the Terai passing through towns, fields, and forests.  After Lunch in Chepang, we raft for 3 hours and angle in the Babai river until we reach Camp 1.  As golden Mahseer is active at night, we can set our fishing rod and enjoy fishing in the evening. Overnight in Camp 1.  

DAY 03 Raft and Fish:

After breakfast, we start rafting in the Babai River and enter into the thickest forest where the Babai river gets deeper. While rafting we continue fishing. After a few hours, we enjoy a picnic lunch on the riverbank. After lunch, we raft for three hours to reach Camp 2. Upon arriving at Camp 2 we set our fishing rod and catch Golden Mahseer and Goonch, Raimas Bola and release them back to the river. Overnight in Camp 2

DAY 4 A Spin-off Safari to National Park:

After an early breakfast, we raft for 3 hours to Babai Bridge and an hour drive to Tiger Tops Karnali Lodge. Once at the Lodge a hot Nepali lunch will be served. In the afternoon, head out on a dusk jeep safari to the National Park in search of elusive tigers and leopards. Tigers hunt in the cool of the day so dusk is a great time to catch a glimpse of the great cats patrolling their territories. The safari will last for two and a half hours. You will be accompanied by an experienced naturalist who will provide in-depth knowledge of the local fauna and flora of Bardia National Park. The evening will be spent with cocktails around an outdoor fireplace before moving into the GolGhar ( Nepalese dining room) for dinner. A good setting for late-night chats.

DAY 05 Jungle Day:

Wake up early and prepare for the day’s adventures with a hearty breakfast. Then strap on your walking boots, take a sturdy bamboo walking stick and prepare for a day of pure exploration and excitement! A premade lunch will be ready and refreshments to keep you going through the day. A Land Rover will take you to the National Park Entrance and into the very heart of the national park. Your day will be spent in the Land Rover and on foot scouting out the undergrowth for that elusive big cat. Walking down a jungle path enclosed by the Sal trees, listen out for the sounds of orioles and hornbills.

We will take you to one of the many “hides”, where patience is key, as you settled down with a cup of tea and wait for any movement, maybe a rhino, maybe a jungle cat… maybe something else! After the hide, jump back in the Land Rover and allow the guide to give you a tour of the parts of the jungle. See a varied range of not only different kinds of habitats but wildlife also. By now your finger will be worn out from all of the clicking and photo taking but keep it strong – early evening around dusk is a great time for spotting leopards and other big cats. Keep an eye out during your trip for the claw marks on trees left by tigers who were sharpening their claws and marking their territory. Stop for a drink from the cool box, and soak up the last of the rays bursting through the canopy as you head back to the lodge. This is the last chance to scan for a glimpse of a Sloth bear or Wild boar. Back at the lodge, kick off the walking boots, and put your feet up before dinner is served.

DAY 06 Fly back to Kathmandu:

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, your luggage will be loaded aboard one of our vehicles ready to take you on the two-hour drive to Nepalgunj airport in good time for your scheduled light aircraft flight back to Kathmandu. We will have a fine Nepali dinner with the cultural show tonight, at an authentic Nepalese restaurant. We can use today to do souvenir shopping for your friend and family back home

Day 07 Airport Drop: Our airport representative will drop you at the airport depending on your flight schedule.

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