Khaptad National Park Trek
Khaptad National Park Trek through the rolling hills of the Khaptad National Park (about 3,000 m) through subtropical forest of Chir pine at lower altitude,
Khaptad National Park Trek is a well-hidden treasure in the Far Western corner of Nepal. Due to its remote location, it is still relatively untouched by tourism development, which makes Khaptad a perfect destination for the adventurer looking for a real wilderness experience.
Khaptad offers you a beautiful variety of landscapes, with rolling green hills, moorlands, steep slopes and streams. 567 species of flora have been recorded in the protected area, including rhododendron forests, oak and pine forests. From the park you can see the Api and Saipal Himalayan ranges.
Khaptad is great for spotting wildlife and birds, with 23 species of mammals and 287 types of birds. Mammal species symbolic of the park are leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild dog and musk deer. Bird species include the beautiful Impeyan pheasant (danphe; Nepal’s national bird), Peregrin falcon, the white rumped vulture and many types of partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles.
Besides its natural beauty Khaptad also has a rich spiritual history. Khaptad Baba, the renowned spiritual saint after which this region takes its name, is said to have meditated here for 50 years. Time your visit with the full moon in July and August when Hindu pilgrims come to worship Lord Shiva in the Khaptad Baba Ashram.
If you plan to trek in the winter, check with a local travel agency if lodges are open.
Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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.
- Ground transportation as per itinerary
- Guides / Assistance / Driver
- Meals: (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
- Necessary Trekking Permits.
- All local goverment tax and vat Cost Excludes
- Extra stay pre/post tour
- Extra water bottle charges
- Medicines required if any
- Tips to guide and coach drivers
- Any optional tours
- Bar and beverages bills