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Khaptadad is a protected area in the Far-Western Region covering the four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti. The region is home to 23 mammals, 287 birds, and 23 amphibians and reptiles. The protected area shelters leopard, Himalayan black bear, wild dog, and musk deer. Bird species symbolic of the park include the impeyan pheasant, peregrine falcon, and white-rumped vulture.


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Nepal is multilingual country. In Nepal from historic time different communities and ethnical group have been practicing different cultural, environmental practice in related to conservation of Environment. This project aims to document one of such practice in ecologically important national park at Western Nepal. Khaptad National Park consists of middle and a high mountain with an average elevation of 3,000m is in the middle hills of the Far-West of the country where the districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham meet. This park is special because it represents one of the few remaining mid-mountain ecosystems in Nepal Himalaya.

Khaptad is plateau of grassland and forest cover at an elevation of about 3,000 meters. The mixed conifer and broad-leaf forests are an excellent example of the vegetation that once covered much of west Nepal’s middle hills. The forest consists of a mixture of tall fir, yew, rhododendron, oak, dense strands of bamboo and smaller shrubs. This habitat provides good cover for bear, leopard, barking and musk deer, as well as birds like the Impeyan, koklas and kalij pheasants.

At the north-eastern corner of the park, a small serene lake and swampy area called Khapted Daha is religious site where Hindu pilgrims come to worship Shiva on the full moon of July-August each year. Here lived the ascetic, the Khaptad Baba, the renowned hermit who is known and revered throughout Nepal.

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