Khaptad National Park

The Khaptad National Park is one of the non-touristic national parks in Nepal that is visited by very few numbers of tourists. Besides its natural diversities, the Khaptad National Park is very famous 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 medicinal herbal plants. He meditated in Khaptad area for long time and reserved five km area for the meditation and tranquility.

Khaptad National Park (225 sq Km) is an isolated massif reaching 3100m; it lies in far western Nepal south of the main Himalayan chain. Beautiful oak and rhododendron forests cover the slopes and the rolling plateau on top consists of coniferous forests interspersed with grasslands. There is an interesting variety of bird species present, including the satyr tragopan pheasant and great parrotbill. The meadows are covered in a mass of flowers in spring and summer. Khaptad is nationally renowned for its medicinal herbs.

Khaptad Lake and wonderful view of Api and Saipal Himal range are of special interest for the tourists. Butchering, alcohol and tobacco are forbidden in his area. Khaptad is the beauty of Nepal. Even though this is a national park but it is more than that. It is one of the pacified place, situated at the far western region of Nepal and 446 km air distance from the Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal) and more near from Nainital India (around 150 Km air distance). The main area of Khaptad is situated at the corona of four districts (Bajhang, Bajura, Doti and Accham). However anyone can visit this place by chartering private helicopters or by trekking. For wonderful snaps trekking is the best.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our company representative will meet and welcome you to Nepal and then you'll be transferred to your confirmed hotel. Once you finish the check-in procedure, you can rest & relax at the hotel. Later you will be accompained by the office staff for a short tour of Thamel to make you familiar with some good restaurants, ATMs, money changer and other necessary places you might need during your stay in Thamel.

 

After morning breakfast Wongchhu Peak Promotion will introduce you with your tour guide and he will pick you from respective hotel for an interesting tour of Swayambhunath Stupa located on a hill top, with fabulous views of Kathmandu city, green hills that surrounds the valley and of high snow capped mountains.

Swayambhunath one of the oldest historical sites listed in world heritage of more than 2,5000 years old Buddhistreligious complex with huge dome shape stupa with four mystical eyes of Buddha overlooking four directions North, South, East and West. After an impressive tour visiting the monastery and small chapels this place surrounded with green forest with many monkeys around and this place is also known as “Monkey Temple”.

Next nice tour leads towards east of Kathmandu city at Pashupatinath Temple area, tourist or non Hindu are not allowed inside the main temple, however one can overlook the temple from the bank of Bagmati river the holy and famous Shiva temple with golden pagoda tier roofs and four silver doors surrounded with lovely forest with many monkeys around. This place is flooded in the mid February on Shiva Ratri (birth anniversary of lord Shiva). Nearby on the opposite bank of the river funeral and cremation takes places for all Hindu religion.

Then after drive towards north east reaching at Bouddhanath Stupa also called as “Little Tibet” due to strong Tibetan influence in culture, traditions and Buddhist religion, Bouddhanath a huge dome with tow tier where one can walk up near the top with nice views of surrounding Bouddhanath area with shop, stores, restaurants and monasteries.

After a fascinating and lovely historical and cultural tour return back to respective hotels. Then take rest for a while and in evening you will meet with your trekking guide and representative from Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP) office for short briefing before your trip because you should know all the essential factors and places before going to the trek. 

Finally, day ends with a Authentic Nepalese Dinner in Nepali Cultural Restaurant.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commencing our trek from Jhigrana, we move forward towards Silgadi. Passing along the trail from Uditola, we reach Silgadi after five hours walk. Overnight at Silgadi.

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.

We will catch a flight from Dhangadi – Kathmandu which will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Kathmandu. 

Leisure day at Kathmandu followed by farewell dinner & celebration. Leisure day at Kathmandu followed by farewell dinner & celebration. You can ask your guide to take you on a sightseeing trip inside Kathmandu Valley. On this day you can go to the various museums around the valley including the Narayanhiti Museum which earlier used to be the residence of the last king of Nepal. You may also go to the hilltop of Nagarkot. After some sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the valley, you will have a farewell dinner and enjoy with your Nepali friends and guide. You might even make plans for extending your stay for Chitwan jungle safari, rafting activities, and more with your guide.

Finally it’s SEE OFF TIME. There is nothing to do but trade emails with your travel companions and organize your photos. You will be picked from Hotel by representatives of Wongchhu Peak Promotion staff and dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours earlier than your flight time with a hope to see you again. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

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Destination: Nepal
Region: Western Nepal
Altitude: 3080 M
Season: Spring / Autumn
Difficulty: Medium
Accommodation: Tea House and Tent
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