Khaptad National Park
Khaptad is a land of grasslands and forests. Its rich geography ranges from high mountains to deep gorges and mid-elevation plateaus. The diverse landscape of Khaptad is filled with subtropical, temperate and sub alpine vegetation. Khaptad offers: treks that range from short easy hikes to strenuous ones, religious sightseeing with its several sacred sites, quiet rejuvenation in its pristine surroundings and the rich cultural experience of far west Nepal.
One of the main attractions of Khaptad is the Khaptad National Park established here in 1984. Located in the mid-mountains, the Park is a rich natural habitat and has also gained religious significance as the home of Khaptad Swami, the renowned hermit. There are several places of religious and natural significance inside and outside the National Park in Khaptad. The best time to visit Khaptad is during autumn and spring, October-November and March-May. During autumn several festivals are held here. A fair is held at Tribeni near Khaptad, every Dashain (annual Nepali festival) which falls in October and another fair is also held at Khaptad Doha (lake) around the same time at the end of summer. Rains occur between May - September. Snowfall occurs during the extreme winter months.
EXPERIENCE KHAPTAD NATIONAL PARK
The Khaptad National Park (about 3,000 m) is rich in its flora and fauna variety. The National Park is covered by subtropical forest of Chir pine at lower altitude, and sub alpine forests of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron in the higher areas. The area boasts of 224 species of medicinal herbs and is described as the living garden of herbs .and a museum of natural history. It is estimated that about 567 species, 11 percent of flowering plants of Nepal, are found in Khaptad. The Park also offers excellent birdwatching opportunities, with 270 species of birds, the common ones being different varietiesof Impheyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos and eagles. The Park is also fairly rich in its variety of wild animals, common ones being barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, ghoral,. Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey.
Other areas in the National Park of interest to tourists are Khaptad Doha, Nag Dhunga and Upper Tribeni. Khaptad National Park also offers religious sightseeing.
ASHRAM OF KHAPTAD BABA
The Ashram (hermitage) of Khaptad Baba as the name proclaims is the area where the famous Khaptad Baba (Late Swami Sachchidananda) resided. The Ashram located at Tribeni is an important destination for pilgrims and tourists to Khaptad. The meditation area includes temples of lower Tribeni. There are no entrance restrictions for visitors. In the core zone, however, grazing animals, cutting firewood and activities like drinking alcohol, smoking, slaughtering animals are prohibited.
Khaptad National Park is in Seti zone and is surrounded by districts Doti, .Bajura, Bajhang and Achham.
The gateway to Khaptad is Silgarhi Bazaar in Doti district, from where the Park headquarters is 50 km and almost 2-day trek away. The best way to reach Silgarhi is via Attariya Chowk in Kalali district. Silgarhi Bazaar is 9-hour drive from Attariya Chowk. Buses to Attariya Chowk, Kailali, are available at Central Bus Station, Gongabu, in Kathmandu and transportation to Silgarhi is available at Attariya Chowk. Another option is to take a flight to Dhangadi from where one can drive to Silgarhi Bazaar.
Khaptad National Park can also be reached easily from the west entry point of Nepal at Gadda Chowki, Mahendranagar. Silgarhi Bazaar is approximately 10-hour drive from Mahendranagar, while Mahendranagar is 30-minute drive from the Indian border town of Banbasa, from where buses depart to Delhi every hour of the day.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Intl. Airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free.
Day 02: Breakfast Kathmandu city sightseeing Lunch Continue sightseeing Dinner and night halt at hotel.
Day 03: Breakfast Transfer to domestic airport. fly over the Mahendra Nagar, Lunch Walk along a clear trail to the park at Jhigrana [4 hrs] Night stop at Jhigrana, Dinner [Dal-bhat-tarkari tipical Nepali's foods supply by our staffs.
Day 04: Breakfast Trek start from Jhigrana to village Chorpani [3 hrs] Lunch,Trek to Chorpani to Khaptad National Park back to Chorpani and over night at camp.
Day 05: National Park Program end Back to Jhigrana about 7 hour's trek Night stop at Jhigarana
Day 06: Break fast Walk 3 hrs from Jhigrana to Mahendranagar airport Fly back to Kathmandu Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Transfer to airport and departure on your own destination.
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Location: Khaptad National Park is located in the mid-mountain region of Far-Western Nepal at an air distance of 446 km. from Kathmandu. The core area is situated at the cross point of the Bijhang, Bajura, Doti and Accam Districts of Seti Zone.
Nearest Access: Mahendranagar
Main wildlefe found: Leopard, Himalayan yellow-throated marten, Himalayan tahr and others. The common bird species include Impeyan pheasant, chkor partridge, kalij pheasant, monal, red and yellow-billed blue magpie, and Himalayan griffin. A wide variety of colorful butterflies, moths and insects are also an important feature of the Khaptad ecosystem.
Coverage Area: It consists of 225 sq. km of forest and grassland, and lies on a plateau where the districts of Bhajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham meet.
Duration: 06 Days adwara, Bardia, Nepal