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Mystical Magical Khaptad

Mystical Magical Khaptad: Khaptad 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.

Destination: Nepal
Activities: Trekking and Cities
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Trip Grade: Moderate
Trekking Destination: Mystical Magical Khaptad
Maximum Altitude: 3010M
Season: September to late December and March to May
Transportation: Car/Bus/ Flight
Walking hour: 6 – 7 hours

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More about the Destination

Khaptad National Park is plateau of grassland and forest cover in 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.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

Our journey to Khaptad starts after homage to Saileshwori Temple -idol of “Half male and half female-”Better half together at its very best”. Khaptad is known as piece of heaven on earth, a romantic place where it’s believed that in ancient time Lord Shiva and Parvati enjoyed honeymoon together.

Khaptad trek offers smooth and easy hike, untarnished natural beauty, relaxing environment and rich cultural experience at middle and a high mountain ecosystem in Nepal. Khaptad is also famous place for pilgrims. Around 53 years ago now famous hermit Khaptad Baba came here for meditation then settled here as place is very fresh and beautiful with variety of medical herbs. Later he became doctor to far and wide people and it’s believed that animals also came to him for treatment.

Khaptad is a journey through time away from busy city life to one of ancient history of humankind. In Khaptad everything is unique-The grassland, army barrack, clear blue sky, easy walks, reflexes, cool breeze and so places to explore. A mystical magical place one can go and explore not only the place but also inner self that helps you to think about you to be better, One needs to be at place to feel the beauty, the charm and sense of relief and happiness to be a part of God’s family, near and talking to you, in school of nature. On the top of that being with your beautiful friends and family makes trip more memorable.

Travel Plan

Travel plan: We can plan our Mystical Magical Khaptad Journey in Multiple ways .Depending upon numbers of days and interest in travel method (ground or airways).

Here are few plans we have developed to choose from.

Travel Plan One: 10/11 days (Fly in Fly out)

Day 01.Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M) Pre-Trip meeting and free time (overnight hotel)
Day 02 Full day sightseeing (Swayambu, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square)
Day 03 Fly to Dhangadi (110M) then drive to Silgudi (1340M) / Jigarna (2250M)
Day 04. Hike to Bich Pani(2900M) (Middle water)
Day 05.  Bichpani to Khaptad (3300)
Day 06 Khaptad
Day 07 Khaptad to Jigarna
Day 08 Jigarna to Dhangadi
Day 09 early morning Dhangadi to Kathmandu flight
Day 10 Kathmandu-Leisure time for shopping or personal activities
Day 11 Departure to your destination

 Brief outline of trek plan

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to Hotel at Kathmandu. Our team leader will brief more on trek and preparation for round Annapurna trek. Team leader will also brief on local area and neighborhood. Enjoy Kathmandu.  Afternoon/ Evening free time for independent activities. Over night at hotel

Day 02 Kathmandu: Full day visit :Visits in Kathmandu: Swayambu Stupa (World Heritage Site), also known as The Monkey Temple, with its 2500 years history. Later  we visit historic world heritage site Kathmandu Durbar Square famous for Newa Culture and Architecture, Temples, ancient royal residence, Kasthamandap, The Living Goddess Kumari temple etc.

From Kathmandu we visit historic world heritage site Patan Durbar Square (WHS), also known as Lalitpur it means The City of Fine Art. The square is famous for good example of wood and stone carving temples, master piece wood carving window and doors, Taleju temple, The Royal Bath, Krishna Temple and many more. Overnight at Hotel

Day 3: Fly to Dhangadi then drive to Silgudi/ Jigarna

Today we will fly to Dhangadi, the far most airport in Nepal, The far western hub for hilly district and traveling to India. From airport we will drive 5 hours to our next destination Silgudi, passing through one of the beautiful country side road. Overnight Jigarna/Baglek (Tent/hotel)

Day 4: Hike to Bich Pani (Middle water) Our Journey to Mystical Magical Khaptad starts from here, with steady climb up till reaching Bichpani, passing through dense evergreen forest with brief stopover at midpoint for wide view of trail walked through. From Midpoint our journey goes through thick bamboo (Niyalo) forest till the building appears nowhere in the middle of Jungle. (Tent/hotel)

Day 5: Bichpani to Khaptad As we have reached the entrance of grassland the walk today is less stressful and easy in every sense. We will be walking through Patan( grassland) Khaptad is famous for, after slow and joyful walk around 2-3 hours we will reach Khaptad!

After Lunch we will walk around Khaptad to explore beauty of nature! (Tent/hotel)

Day 6: Khaptad Today we will explore Khaptad Daha( Lake), walk around different big and small Patan, some interesting figures and fixers (Tent/hotel)

Day 7: Khaptad to Jigarna After Brief visit to Khaptad Baba Ashram we will head back to civilization, walking back gently towards downhill to Dhangadi.  (Tent/hotel)Day 8: Jigarna to Dhangadi  Today we travel back to Dhangadi with some memories of some hard walk, some amazing views, some reflection of place and beauty of nature and some experience to cherish life time. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 9:  Early morning Dhangadi to Kathmandu flight

Today morning we fly back to Kathmandu

Evening we will enjoy at largest Buddha Shire in Asia Boudha. Recently renovated Boudha is believed built using dew drops, the peace and tranquiller Boudha, visiting monasteries, interaction with monks and being able to witness devotion and commitment of local will amazes everyone. At Boudha we will come close with mountain people and Buddhism.

In the evening we will enjoy local Nepali Dinner with cultural show.  (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 10 Kathmandu free day/departure We recommend to spend day in Kathmandu visiting Bhaktapur Darwar Square, Bhaktapur Darwar(Palace) square is largest medieval Royal Square with different temple and shire built by then kings.  Bhaktapur is known as ‘City of Devotee’, an old town much preserved with ancient culture and looks.  We can also spend day extra in Khaptad to visit more of place

Day 11: Departure

Travel Plan Two: 12 days – Fly in drive out with evening at Lumbini (Birth place of Lord Buddha)

Day 01.Arrival in Kathmandu (1350M) Pre-Trip meeting and free time (overnight hotel)
Day 02 Full day sightseeing (Swayambu, Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Square)
Day 03 Fly to Dhangadi (110M) then drive to Silgudi (1340M) / Jigarna (2250M)
Day 04. Hike to Bich Pani(2900M) (Middle water)
Day 05.  Bichpani to Khaptad (3300)
Day 06 Khaptad
Day 07 Khaptad to Jigarna
Day 08 Jigarna to Khohalpur (120M)
Day 09 Drive from Kohalpur to Lumbini (150M)
Day 10 Lumbini to Kathmandu
Day 11 Kathmandu-Leisure time for shopping or personal activities
Day 12 Departure to your destination

Brief outline of trek plan

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) On arrival you will be greeted and transferred to Hotel at Kathmandu. Our team leader will brief more on trek and preparation for round Annapurna trek. Team leader will also brief on local area and neighborhood. Enjoy Kathmandu.  Afternoon/ Evening free time for independent activities. Over night at hotel

Day 02 Kathmandu: Full day visitVisits in Kathmandu: Swayambu Stupa (World Heritage Site), also known as The Monkey Temple, with its 2500 years history. Later  we visit historic world heritage site Kathmandu Durbar Square famous for Newa Culture and Architecture, Temples, ancient royal residence, Kasthamandap, The Living Goddess Kumari temple etc.

From Kathmandu we visit historic world heritage site Patan Durbar Square (WHS), also known as Lalitpur it means The City of Fine Art. The square is famous for good example of wood and stone carving temples, master piece wood carving window and doors, Taleju temple, The Royal Bath, Krishna Temple and many more. Overnight at Hotel

Day 3: Fly to Dhangadi then drive to Silgudi/ Jigarna

Today we will fly to Dhangadi, the far most airport in Nepal, The far western hub for hilly district and traveling to India. From airport we will drive 5 hours to our next destination Silgudi, passing through one of the beautiful country side road. Overnight Jigarna/Baglek (Tent/hotel)

Day 4: Hike to Bich Pani (Middle water) Our Journey to Mystical Magical Khaptad starts from here, with steady climb up till reaching Bichpani, passing through dense evergreen forest with brief stopover at midpoint for wide view of trail walked through. From Midpoint our journey goes through thick bamboo (Niyalo) forest till the building appears nowhere in the middle of Jungle.  (Tent/hotel)

Day 5: Bichpani to Khaptad As we have reached the entrance of grassland the walk today is less stressful and easy in every sense. We will be walking through Patan( grassland) Khaptad is famous for, after slow and joyful walk around 2-3 hours we will reach Khaptad!

After Lunch we will walk around Khaptad to explore beauty of nature! (Tent/hotel)

Day 6 Khaptad Today we will explore Khaptad Daha( lake), walk around different big and small Patan, some interesting figures and fixers (Tent/hotel)

Day 7 Khaptad to Jigarna After Brief visit to Khaptad Baba Ashram we will head back to civilization, walking back gently towards downhill to Dhangadi. (Tent/hotel)

Day 8: Jigarna to Khohalpur Today we travel to Khohalpur with some memories of some hard walk, some amazing views, some reflection of place and beauty of nature and some experience to cherish life time.

One the way we stop to visit Ghodagahadi Lake (horse horses) and Karnali Bridge to enjoy fresh fish and fresh air. Karnali is longest river in Nepal. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 9:  Drive from Kohalpur to Lumbini The smooth drive will take us 4 hours to reach Lumbini. At Lumbini we will visit Mayadevi temple (Birth place of Buddha). We will explore Lumbini and surrounding area to know more about Buddha and his life. We will visit different monasteries built by countries in Lumbini. We will Interaction with monks and locals. Later we enjoy quiet evening in harmony with peace in nature. (Overnight at Hotel)

Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu After breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu valley crossing with view of flowing river, country side Nepal, our journey moves from plain to hill to Kathmandu valley .After multiple stop we will reach Kathmandu in around 7 hours. (Overnight at Hotel)

 Day 11: Kathmandu Free day to explore more of journey, time to buy gifts and memories of this life time journey

In the evening we will enjoy local Nepali Dinner with cultural show. (Overnight at Hotel)

 

Day 12: departure

Travel Plan Three: Drive in Drive out 14 days – For Drive in and Drive out via Kathmandu- Lumbini- Khohalpur- Silgudi – Jigarana and same route back

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