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Chitwan

Chitwan

Chitwan National Park

Nepal has far more than mountains.  King George V hunted tigers on the plains in an area that is now Chitwan National Park.  We took a three day sojourn there, stopping on the way to raft the Trisuli River.  Our base in Chitwan was an island on the Narayani river. That was big enough to have its own three resident tigers but small enough to ensure we saw the rhinos.  The resort was a bit too slow for some of our group, although everyone enjoyed swimming with the elephants.  We were not particularly good at walking silently through the jungle and tended to disturb the wildlife long before we could see it. An exception was the leeches, which seemed to particularly enjoy our company. We never saw the tigers, but there was a furious trumpeting from the elephants when one approached their stables.

Those people with a healthy respect for their bodies or who had run out of time left for home at this point. The remainder tackled the Annapurna circuit as a mountain "run".