Khaptad National Park Tour - 6 Days

Khaptad National Park Tour

Khaptad National Park Tour offers one of the non-touristic wilderness national park experiences in Nepal that is visited by very few numbers of tourists. The area of the park is 225 square km. The Khaptad National Park, one of the main attractions of Khaptad, was established in 1984 in far western region of Nepal. It is covered by beautiful oak and rhododendron forests. Bear, Leopard, common langur, musk deer and 260 species of birds, 500 types of herbs and a large number of flora and fauna are found in this national park situated at 12 thousand feet from the sea level.

Khaptad area is known as the ground-heaven of far west Nepal. Known for its natural beauty and biological diversity, Khaptad area can be reached through Doti, Achham, Bajang and Bajura District of Nepal. It is easier to reach Khaptad area through Bajhang and Doti District. In addition; its natural varieties, the Khaptad National Park is very renowned religious place as it is the domicile of Hindu guru "Khaptad Swami" or "Khaptad Baba", a renounced hermit. Khaptad Baba lived here for many years and found out many healing herbal plants. He meditated in Khaptad area for long time and reserved five km area for the meditation and tranquility.

Khaptad Lake and wonderful view of Api and Saipal Himal range are of special interest for the tourists. The biggest carnival known as Ganga Dashahara Carnival gets held in Khaptad on 14 Jestha of Nepali month that falls in the last week of May. For the tourists, the carnival is a great opportunity to see far western culture and lifestyle. Butchering, alcohol and tobacco are forbidden in his area.

Religious Importance:
Khaptad holds a great Religious significance as it was the shelter to Khaptad Baba, so is spiritually important too. Khaptad area consists of Triveni temple in the Triveni (a sacred place where three rivers meets) of Sahasraling, Nagdhunga and Kedardhunga rivers. It surrounds 22 pasture lands and forest of beautiful flowers and herbs. Khaptad daha (pond) in the north-eastern side and the Sipal Himalayan Ranges are also spectacle for visitors. Khaptad area is mentioned in Skandha Purana as Khicharadri Mountain. According to Puranas (Holy book of Hindu), Bhaidhyanath (God Shiva) used the herbs from this region to cure disease. Khaptad Baba’s Kuti (living place), Shiva mandir, Sahasra Linga, Ganesh Mandir, Naag Dhunga, and Kedar Dhunga, etc. are famous here. Khaptad Baba moved to the area in 1940 for meditation and spent 50 years as a hermit to become a renowned spiritual saint. Every year in June (Jeth Ganga Dashahara), thousands of pilgrims and domestic tourists reach here to take holy bath in Triveni. On this occasion you can enjoy the famous Hudke dance of Far Western Region and rejoice playing Deuda too.

Trekking and Adventure:
The area remains covered in snow for 6 months. During the travel, we go through forest and pasture land with flowers and beautiful butterflies. The fragrance of herbs and flowery forest, freshwater river, the view of snow-capped mountain will make your visit memorable. There is the occasional rain, snowfall, wind and fluctuating temperature in the Khaptad area. Such unreliable weather certainly teaches you to handle the nature’s mood-swings and find enjoyment in it.

Natural Diversities:
Khaptad area is conserved under Khaptad National Park since 1984 AD. Extended to the area of 225 square kilometers, Khaptad National Park is one of the rarest wetlands in the world. The altitude varies from 2700 meters to 3227 meters above the sea level.Khaptad area is a garden for 135 different kind of flowers, out of them 4 are only found in this region. Among 600 types of herbs found in Nepal, 244 types are found in this region. There are 567 species of plants and 270 species of birds. In addition, it is the breeding place for 175 species of birds. Animal species found here are deer, snow leopard, rare species of frog and green lizard.Local people from the surrounding village take their livestock for grazing in this area. After paying some amount to the National Park authority, people from Doti, Achham, Bajang and Bajura go there for livestock grazing. They also make small temporary huts and live there with their family. In October, after the temperature chills, they return back to their homes.

Getting There and away:
It can be accessed through Chainpur (District headquarter of Bajang ) by bus directly from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj or you can reach Dhangadhi by air and reach Chainpur by bus to make the journey easier.

From Chainpur, you have to travel 32 km to Lamatol passing Taamel by available local transport. You can stay at Lamatol in local homestays and start the trekking to Khaptad area from here.

It will take 9 hours walk to reach Khaptad area from Lamatol. You will pass through Jhare gaon, Dauu Gaon, Mailtadi (villages) in your journey before reaching Khaptad area.

It is now so easy to stay in Khaptad Area. Khaptad Development Committee could accommodate some 32 visitors daily. They have four dharmalasalas (like rest homes) here for accommodation. You can manage your own tent but it’s too cold.
It is recommended to stay at Khaptad area for minimum two nights although it requires five days to visit all the places around this area.

Different route to return back
We recommend you to travel back using a different route through Doti district. After four hours hike, you can reach to Bichpani and take food there. From Bichpan, you reach Jhingrana in four hours. From Jhingrana travel to Silgadi by road transportation and take a rest overnight there. And from Silgadi you will get bus to Dhangadhi.

Summary:
Kathmandu-Dhangadhi (airplane or car) (672 km 15 hrs. journey by road)
Dhangadhi-Chainpur 200 kilometers of motorway (paved roads 6 hours)
Chainpur-Lamatola 32 miles of dirt roads
Lamatola walk a day

Best time to visit:
Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons are best to visit the Khaptad area. The temperature ranges from 10-20 degree Celsius offering pleasant weather for the trekkers. Winter brings snowfall and chilling wind from December to February. Monsoon begins from June to September. During this season the paths become muddy and slippery.

Accommodation and Food:
There are no star level food and accommodation facilities here. But you will get good local food and local guest houses during your travel. However in Dhangadhi, there is availability of star hotels.

Sample Itinerary  with road transportation. 
01 Day: Drive from Kathmandu-Dhangadhi and stay overnight
02 Day: Drive to Jigrana (Khaptad Base Camp) and stay overnight
03 Day: Drive to Khaptad National Park and stay overnight (camping)
04 Day: Drive to Silgadi and stay overnight
05 Day: Drive back to Dhangadhi and stay overnight
06 Day: Drive or back to Kathmandu

Sample Itinerary with flight & road transportation. 
Day 01: Kathmandu - Dhangadi (198m) by flight & drive to Buditola. 
Day 02: Drive Buditola to Silgadhi (1330m) – 6 hrs drive.
Day 03: Trek to Jhigrana (2300m) – 7 hrs walk
Day 04: Trek to Bukipani (3080m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk
Day 05: Trek to Khaptad (3010m) – 2 hrs walk
Day 06: Explore Khaptad National Park and stay overnight
Day 07: Trek back to Jhigrana – 7 hrs walk
Day 08: Drive to Dhangadhi and stay overnight. 
Day 09: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu – 1 hr 20 minutes flight, 6 hrs

Day 01: Kathmandu - Dhangadi (198m)
The first day of our journey begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj which takes about 1 hour to reach Nepalgunj. Arrive Nepalgunj and drive towards Buditola along the Karnali River which is the longest river in Nepal. After four hours drive from Nepalgunj, we reach Buditola where we will stay overnight.

Day 02: Drive Buditola to Silgadhi (1330m) – 6 hrs drive.
After breakfast, we move forward towards Silgadhi, the famous city in the region. The drive for about six hours takes you to Silgadhi where we will spend our overnight.

Day 03: Trek to Jhigrana (2300m) – 7 hrs walk
On the third day, we start our trek from Silgadhi to Jhigrana via Baglek (2160m). After having breakfast, we trek to Baglek for about 3 ½ hours and stop for the lunch. After lunch, the trek to Jhigrana takes about 3 ½ hours. Overnight at Jhigrana.

Day 04: Trek to Bukipani (3080m) – 6 / 7 hrs walk
Commencing trek from Jhigrana, we walk further four hours to reach Bichpani Dharmasala (3020m). Taking lunch at Bichpani, we walk two and half hours and reach Bukipani where we will stay for overnight.

Day 05: Trek to Khaptad (3010m) – 2 hrs walk
Today is the shortest day of our trek. After breakfast, we will walk for two hours and reach Khaptad. Upon arrival we will have lunch and visit Khaptad including Khaptad Baba’s Ashram and Triveni. This area is also well known as the place of “Khaptad Baba” who was great master of society having religious & social philosophy. Overnight at Khaptad.

Day 06: Explore Khaptad National Park and stay overnight
We will explore Khaptad National Park today. Our visit will include: Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and tower. The National park “Khaptad National Park” established on 1984 has extra ordinary eco system with huge variety of vegetation ranging from sub-tropical forest in the lower altitudes to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau. The National park is rich on flora and fauna such as oak and rhododendron in the higher area. There are more than 224 species of medical herbs, about 11 percent of flowering plants of Nepal, 270 species of birds, various species of animals. Overnight at Khaptad.

Day 07: Trek back to Jhigrana – 7 hrs walk
Following our foot steps back to Jhigrana, we will pass through the same trail. Four hours trek from Khaptad to Bichpani and then to Jhigrana. Overnight at Jhigrana.

Day 08: Drive to Dhangadhi and stay overnight
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive towards Dhangadhi. Dhangadi is a village development committee in Siraha District in the Sagarmatha Zone of south-eastern Nepal. Overnight stay at Dhangadhi.

Day 09: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu – 1 hr 20 minutes flight, 6 hrs
In the last day of our journey, we return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. There are two options to arrive in Kathmandu. You can catch a flight from Dhangadi – Kathmandu which will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Kathmandu whereas it takes 6 hours by drive. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Transportation
  • Guides / Assistance
  • Dinner
  • Driver
  • Lunch
  • Permits

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Extra stay pre/post tour    
  • Extra water bottle charges    
  • Medicines required if any    
  •  Insurance    
  • Tips to guide and coach drivers    
  • Any optional tours    
  • Bar and beverages  bills

 

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Elevation: 3300
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Best Time to visit: Sept - Nov & Mar - May
  • Accommodation: Local lodges
  • Transportations: Flight/Private Jeep/Local Bus
  • Single Supplement Cost: 250

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