KHAPTAD NATIONAL PARK (13 NIGHTS 14 DAYS)
TRIP AN OVERVIEW
Nepal is a land of extreme contrasts in climate and geography, It has a unique topography ranging from lowlands with sub-tropical jungles to arctic conditions in the Himalayan highlands. Within a mere 150 kilometers the land rises from near sea level in the south to over 8000 meters in the North. This, together with the monsoon rainfall along the south facing slopes, has resulted in compacting virtually all climate zones found on planet Earth. As a result, Nepal has been endowed with a great diversity of life-zones providing a home for a large variety of plants, birds and animals.
One of the best example of diversity is Khaptad National Park.
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 Bajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham Districts of Seti Zone. The Park HQ. at Khaptad is about 50 km and 32 km walking distance respectively from Silgadhi town (Doti) and Chainpur town (Bajhang). The park covers a unique ecosystem of the mid-mountain region of Western Nepal and is situated at around 3000 m elevation. The upland is a rolling plateau with grasslands intermixed with oak and coniferous forests. The summer is cool and wet, whereas, the winter is cold and dry. The monsoon begins in June and ends in September with rainfall averaging less than 1000 mm. Occasional snowfall in winter with chilling wind is another characteristic.
The most common fauna in the park are leopard (Panthera pards), Himalayan yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula), Himalayan black bear (Sus scrofa), jackal (Canis aureus), musk deer (Mochus moschiferus), goral (nemorhaedus goral), Himalayan tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), wolf (Canis lupus) and common langur (Presbytis entellus).
The common bird species include the Impeyan pheasant (danphe), Nepal's national bird (Lophophorus impejanus), chukor partridge (Alectoris graeca), Kalij pheasant (Lophuralleucomelana), Monal (Tragopan satyara), red and yellow-billed blue magpie (Cissa erythrorhyncapa & c. flavirostris), nutcracker (Nucifraga caryooatactes), flycatchers (Muscicapa & Muscicapella spp.), thrushes (Garrulax spp. & Zoothera spp.), Himalayan griffin ( Gyps himalayansis), cuckoos (Cuculus spp.), forktails (Enicurus spp.), tits (Parus spp.), wagtails (motacilla spp.) and eagles (Aquila spp.). A wide variety of colorful butterflies, moths and insects are also important features of the Khaptad ecosystem.
A meditation zone has been set aside at the core of the park, containing religious sites and the ashram of Khapatad Swami, a renowned spiritual saint. The important religious sites are Tribeni, Sahashra Linga and the ashram. The religious center is considered as a place for meditation and tranquillity. Therefore, smoking, chewing tobacco and consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Similarly slaughtering of animal or killing any animals or birds are also prohibited.
Tour duration: 14 days
Group size: 1-10 person
Season : March-May, October to November
Minimum altitude: 2220m
Maximum altitude: 3150m
Average walk each day:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu. Welcome and Assistance on arrival at Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Hotel Check in. Dinner and overnight stay at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Nepalgunj- Buditola
After breakfast at the Hotel transfer to the Domestic Airport to connect flight to Nepalgunj. Arrive at Nepalgunj. 6 hrs drive from Nepalgunj will reach us to Buditola. Overnight stay at Buditola.
Day 03: Silgadhi
Drive to Silgadhi, camping and overnight stay at Silgadhi.
Day 04: trek to Jhigrana.
After breakfast, trek to Baglek for about 3 ½ hrs. Lunch at Baglek (2160m). After lunch 3 ½ hrs trek to Jhigrana (2300m), camping at Jhigrana.
Day 05: Jhigrana - Bukipani
4 hrs trek from Jhigrana to Bichpani Dharmashala(2950m), Lunch at Bichpani (3020m). After lunch two and half hours trek to Bukipani. Camping at Bukipani
Day 06: Bukipani – Khaptad National Park (3010m)
2 hrs trek to Khaptad (3010m). Afternoon visit khaptad National Park including Baba Ashram, Triveni . Overnight camping at Khaptad National Park.
Day 07: Khaptad National Park
Full day at Khaptad including visit to the Tower, Museum, Khaptad Danda (hill) and patan etc. camping and overnight stay at Khaptad.
Day 08: Trek back to Jhigrana (2300m)
4 hrs trek to Bichpani (3050 m). After Lunch 2 ½ hrs trek to Jhigrana. Camping at Jhigrana (2300m).
Day 09: Jhigrana - Shilgadi
4 hrs trek Uditola, Lunch in Uditola (1790m). After lunch, 1 hrs trek to Shilgadi, Camping at Shilgadi (1330m).
Day 10: Shilgadi - Mahendranagar
From Shilgadhi we drive to Mahendranagar. Arrive at Mahendranagar. Hotel Check in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 11: Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve
Drive to Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve. Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (SWR) located in the far- western Terai on the southwest edge of Nepal was allocated an area of 155 sq km in 1976, which was later extended to 305 sq km. RSWR is worldwide famous for the herd of Swamp deer, which currently stands at about 2000 individuals. It is the abode of about 45 Wild Elephants and 35 Royal Bengal Tigers, both the endangered species. The reserve is recognized for the largest number of tigers found per sq/km in comparison to its small size. This propitious reserve is also the residence of Blue Bull, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Wild Boar, Leopard, Jackals, Langur, Rhesus Monkey as well as one lone Rhinoceros in the reserve. Full day safari. Overnight stay at tented Camp.
Day 12: Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve - Bardiya National Park
After breakfast at the tented camp drive towards the Bardiya National Park. Reach to Nepal Wildlife Resort .Welcome drink will be served upon arrival. After lunch you will be taken for a nature walk to the Jungle. Dinner at 7.30 PM. Overnight at Nepal Wildlife Resort.
Day 13: Bardiya National Park
Early morning wake up call. Tea/coffee at 6.30 AM. At 7.00 AM breakfast will be served. Then you will be taken to the Jungle to see the mighty Karnali River with all its aquatic games, birds, crocodile & if you are lucky you might see the Gangetic dolphin. Lunch will be served on your return. Then you rest for a while waiting for the elephants to take you on a elephant back safari to explore the great one horned rhinoceros, four types of deer, monkey, wild boar, leopard & if lucky the elusive tiger as well. Nepalese buffet dinner will be served at 7.30 PM. There will be native folk dance to entertain you in the evening. Overnight at Nepal Wildlife Resort.
Day 14: Bardiya National Park/ Nepalgunj/ Kathmandu
Early Morning wake up call. Tea/coffee at 6.00AM. At 6.30 bird watching Tour through Bardia National Park. There are 360 different Species of Birds. Breakfast will be served on your return. After breakfast you will visit ethnic Tharu Village to have a close look at their social & cultural life. Then you return to the Resort to prepare for journey to Nepalgunj, catch a flight to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.