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10 Days Khaptad Trek Itinerary, Map, National Park Cost, Best Season, Height

Posted By: Simran Subba , June 2021

Khaptad Trip in Nepal's Far Western Region is an Off The Beaten Path trek with only a few hikers each year. This is the finest walk for anyone seeking a taste of pure nature, biodiversity, vegetation, and a true wilderness experience. From a religious standpoint, Khaptad is the location where famed Spiritual Saint ‘Khaptad Baba' meditated for 50 years, giving the region its name. Because of its distant location, this area has seen relatively little development in terms of tourism and infrastructure, making Khaptad an ideal destination for hikers looking for a really unspoiled experience.

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We begin our tour with a breathtaking flight to Nepalgunj, followed by a drive to Silgadi. From here, the hike to Khaptad headquarters begins, where you will learn about the flora and animals of Khaptad National Park before returning to Dhangadhi to catch our flight to Kathmandu. We'll visit the Khaptad Lake and Khaptad Baba Ashram in Khaptad National Park, which offers spectacular views of Mt. Api and Saipal. 

Because the National Park is recognized for its calm, meditation, and tranquility, slaughtering, as well as the use of alcohol and tobacco, are prohibited within the park.

Khaptad national park

On the direction of the region's holy man, Khaptad Baba, Khaptad National Park was established in 1984. Near the park headquarters is the renowned Khaptad Baba Ashram, a sacred location where Hindu pilgrims gather to worship Shiva on the full moon of July–August each year. A small number of people come to this park. Moorland, steep slopes, and streams make up the scenery. In the protected area, 567 species of plants have been identified. In riverine areas, vegetation types include pine-rhododendron forest, oak forest, Himalayan fir-hemlock-oak forest, and alder woodland.

Highlights of the Khaptad trek

  • Trekking to the most remote Khaptad National Park, where Khaptad Baba meditated for 50 years, is a wonderful experience.
  • Bird Watching, Wild Animals, Medicinal Herbs, and Patents are all popular activities in this bio-diverse area.
  • Visit Sacred Triveni Dham and enjoy a great view of Mt. Saipal (7,031 m).
  • Take in the Far Western Region's Tharu people and culture.
  • Visit the Far Western Region's Ancient Villages.
  • Enjoy Nepalese cuisine and hospitality.

Khaptad Trek Difficulty 

The Khaptad National Park Trek is a moderately difficult hike. Although the routes are neither demanding or difficult in terms of technical climbs, they do include 5-6 hours of walking every day. As a result, you must be enthusiastic and in good health. Trekking to higher altitudes necessitates average physical fitness, a cheerful mindset, and tenacity. It would be ideal if you have prior hiking or trekking experience, but it is not required to participate in Khaptad National Park Trekking.

Khaptad Trek

Aside from that, if you have any health concerns, you should see your doctor before scheduling the trip. If you have any medical history, we strongly advise you to let us know so that any future events can be handled without difficulty.

Permits required for the Khaptad trek

Khaptad National Park is one of Nepal's restricted zones, and visitors must obtain special permits to visit this area.

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Aside from that, trekking in Nepal requires specific permission from the Nepalese government, as well as the acquisition of a TIMS card (TIMS cards are not needed if you have an immigration permit).

The permits required are listed below

  1. Khaptad National Park Entry Permit.
  2. TIMS permit.

Best time of the year for the Khaptad trek

The best months to go on this trek are March to May and October to November. These are considered to be the best months to visit Khaptad.

The Autumn season lasts from September to November, whereas the Spring season lasts from March to May. Almost all of Nepal's areas are accessible during these two seasons.

During the spring season, Nepal has a pleasant climate. The hills will be covered in rhododendrons, orchids, and other flowering plants. Autumn is the most gorgeous season in Nepal. The weather is warm even in the highlands. The days will be clear, giving for the best mountain views. These two seasons are perfect for people from all across the country.

Khaptad Trek Cost

The Khaptad National Park trek will take us through a variety of scenery, including rolling green hills, steep slopes, moorlands, and beautiful streams. The national park's vegetation ranges from the sub-tropical forests at lower elevations to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau. It has 567 plant species, including rhododendron, pine, and oak woods, 23 animal species, and 287 different types of birds.

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This amazing trip costs $1410 per person on average. People who come in large groups will get various offers and discounts.

Khaptad Trek  Altitude of area the region

Khaptad National Park, created in 1984, is a protected area in Nepal's Far-Western Region. It encompasses an area of 225 km2 (87 sq mi) and ranges in elevation from 1,400 m (4,600 ft) to 3,300 m. It is divided into four districts: Bajhang, Bajura, Achham, and Doti (10,800 ft).

Khaptad Trek Itinerary (10 Days)

Below is the detailed itinerary for your 10 days trek to Khaptad. The schedule may or may not go s per planned because we are prone to face several uncertainties like weather change, drive and flight delays, and health issues.

Day 1: Flight to Nepalgunj (198 m) & Drive to Buditola,  Duration of the flight: 50 minutes Driving Duration: 4 hours

Our guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the morning, depending on your flight time, to take a flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj. You'll then go down the Karnali river to Buditola from Nepalgunj.

Flight to Nepalgunj

Day 2: Drive from Buditola to Silgadhi (1330 m), Duration: 6 hours

We will begin our journey to the slopes of Silgadhi, where we will stop to visit the Saleswary shrine and rest.

Day: 3 From Silgadhi to Jingrana (2250 m), Hiking Duration: 7 hours

It is a gradual climb from Silgadhi to Baglekh via a rough motorable road. Following that, we'll climb up to Jingrana.

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Day 4: Walk from Jingrana to Bukipani (3080 m), Hiking Duration: 6/7 hours

The hike on this day takes you through a subtropical pine forest, then through a subalpine forest of fir, hemlock, oak, and rhododendron in the higher elevations. Don't forget to bring your binoculars because this area is known for bird watching. The walk begins at 2250 meters and ends at 3103 meters in the middle highlands. The trail contains a mix of easy paths and tough portions, such as a steep stone staircase. We walk for another two hours to get to Bukipani after arriving in Bichpani.

Day 5: From Bukipani to Khaptad Headquarters (3020 m), Hiking Duration: 2 hours

This is our trip's shortest trekking day. We continue our journey through the sub-alpine woodland in Khaptad National Park. You'll be able to watch the remnants of snow melting into little rivers and springs along the road. After a short walk, we will arrive at BukiDahi, the starting point for the national park's treasure, the vast green meadows. The walk continues on a stone road through grasslands and pastures (named Patan in Nepali). We'll stop at the modest temple of Sitapaila and a temple of three rivers - Tribeni temple – on the way from BukiDahi.

Bukipani

Day 6: Sightseeing at Khaptad National Park

This is a leisure day, so we'll start sightseeing in Khaptad. Many activities are available at Khaptad National Park, including hiking to KhaptadDaha Lake, a small lake that can be reached in 1.5 hours. The Khaptad Baba Ashram is also worth a visit. He is commemorated by the Khaptad National Park. In 1940, Khaptad Baba came to the area to meditate and worship.

Day 7: Hike from Khaptad to Jhigrana, Hiking Duration: 7 hours

We'll retrace our steps starting today. We follow our tracks to Jingrana, passing through Khaptad and Bichpani before arriving in Jhigrana.

Day 8: From Jhigrana to Silgadi via Uditola (1790 m), Hiking Duration: 5 hours 

We continue our journey back to Silgadi. To get to Silgadi, we take the Uditola track for a change.

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Day 9: Drive from Silgadi to Dhangadhi, Driving Duration: 7/8 hours

We will begin our journey back to Dhangadhi this morning, arriving in the evening after a 7-hour drive. You can take in the gorgeous scenery and breathtaking views of the Himalayans along the route.

Day 10: Fly from Dhangadhi to Kathmandu

You'll fly from Dhangadhi to Kathmandu first thing in the morning. You can enjoy the mountain view once more. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel.

Conclusion of the Khaptad trek

Khaptad National Park is a hidden gem in Nepal's far western corner, seldom touched by tourists. Because of its remote position, only a small number of people visit each year, making it ideal for adventure seekers seeking a wilderness experience. Furthermore, this is a great place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds and see nature in its purest form.

The Khaptad National Park trek will lead us through a variety of scenery, including rolling green hills, steep slopes, moorlands, and beautiful streams. The national park's vegetation ranges from the sub-tropical forests at lower elevations to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau. It has 567 plant species, including rhododendron, pine, and oak woods, 23 animal species, and 287 different kinds of birds.

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For the villagers, Khaptad holds great spiritual value. Khaptad Baba, a prominent spiritual saint, is said to have pondered here for 50 years. In fact, he is honored with an area named after him. If you want to get a sense of the region's culture, come here around the full moon in July and August, when Hindu pilgrims flock here to worship Lord Shiva at the Khaptad Baba Ashram.

Khaptad National Park was founded in 1984 on the advice of Khaptad Baba, the region's spiritual guru. Near the park, headquarters is the renowned Khaptad Baba Ashram, a sacred location where Hindu pilgrims gather to worship Shiva on the full moon of July–August each year. In 2006, a 216 km2 (83 sq mi) buffer zone was declared.

The park is home to a variety of wild animals including Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Ghoral, Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Wild Dog, Yellow Throated Marten, Rhesus, and Langur Monkey. The Khaptad Region's stunning experience rewards trekkers with views of Mt. Api (7,132 m) and Mt. Saipal (7,031 m), various temples and small ponds, and open meadows. In the 1940s, Khaptad Baba came to the area to meditate and worship. He was a renowned spiritual saint after spending almost 50 years as a recluse.


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