The eye-catching green meadows of Khaptad is very famous among the internal tourist in Nepal, however, the tourism in this region hasn’t flourished as it should have. Khaptad is an elevated plateau that consists of such grassland or meadows between the subalpine landscapes. The Khaptad National Park, named after a renowned and mysterious sage “Khaptad Baba" is located in the mid-mountain region. It was established in the year 1984, Khaptad National Park is situated at 446km air distance from Kathmandu which spread across the area of a 225square kilometer and homes 567species of flora and different types of fauna which includes 23 mammals, 287 birds, 23 amphibians and verities of reptiles.
However, Khaptad trek is not just limited to these varieties there is more to it. This place is also a place of religious significance. Khaptad is domicile of a very famous hermit called Khaptad Baba. Some of the attractions of Khaptad National Park are Triveni, Sahasra Linga, Khaptad Lake, Kedardhunga and Maithan which are extremely importance for religious travelers.
2 - 7
2350 m/ 7710ft
Khaptad trekking crosses the high biodiversity area and untouched and remote land of Nepal with the spectacular beauty of Api and Saipal Himalaya ranges.
Khaptad has 22 open patches of grasslands, 287 species of birds, 567 species of flora, 23 species of amphibians and reptiles and more than 200 species of medical herbs.
Joker Lake, Botanical Garden, Aircraft Museum, etc are the major attractions.
Best season for the trip in autumn and spring.
Why this Trip
This trek is for those people who love solitude and peace and nature lovers. This attractive national park is also for that botanist and zoologist who want to research for the varieties of flora and fauna since this national park is renowned for nestling wide array of natural vegetation and animals.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.
At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard-carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu;
On the second day, we move out from Kathmandu by taking a brief flight to Nepalgunj. This scenic flight that lasts for an hour takes us one step closer to our destination. Nepalgunj lies in the Terai belt south part of Nepal that explains its humid and hot climate. After landing in Nepalgunj we quickly drive towards Buditol along with the Karnali Khola. After a refreshing drive for 4 hours, we reach Buditol. Overnight at Buditol;
This is yet another day where we drive to Silgadhi. Silgadhi is the entrance point for us to trek to Khaptad National Park. After reaching Silgadhi we take deep rest and prepare for the trek. Overnight in Silgadhi;
On the second day of the trek, we walk from Jhigarna to Bukipani. The trek demands better physical fitness but the scenery around us will motivate us to walk even more. After a decent trek of 6-7 hours, we reach Bukipani. Overnight in Bukipani;
This is the day when we finally reach our ultimate destination 'Khaptad'. It’s a short trek from Bukipani to Khaptad that lasts about 2 hours. Soon after we reach Khaptad, lunch is served followed by the sightseeing of Khaptad Baba ashram and Triveni. Overnight in Khaptad National Park;
Khaptad National Park is nature’s haven for those who enjoy wide diversity in the vegetation and animals. Beautiful meadows, lake and lush forests are the main attraction of Khaptad National Park. You can get lost among the natural beauty of Khaptad or go see flora and fauna, either way, both are equally rewarding. There are many religious sites in Khaptad that can appeal to your taste. Overnight in Khaptad National Park;
On this day, after breakfast, we head to the airport and take a flight from Dhangadi to Kathmandu that lasts for about 1 and a half hours. After lunch, we go for sightseeing of the major attractions of Kathmandu Valley according to your preferences. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu;
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small, intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as a group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
Khaptad is a place straight out of dreams, lush green meadows and forests are spectacular that gives views like nowhere else. Khaptad is also a very celebrated religious pilgrim site among the Hindu people. This beautiful place is very rewarding trekking route that is filled with adventure, glorious scenery and people.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings.
Khaptad national park is a place where you can see natural scenery, flora and fauna. This region provides few western meals like Pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage vehicle then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal makes sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are with the healthy health so that you can travel without any complication.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of $200 or 15% of total trip cost is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made less than 100 days before the trip departure, you will need to pay 20% to confirm the trip, if before two months, 25% of the total trip cost will need to be paid and if booked between 30-60 days, 50% of the total trip cost needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 30 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer or Western Union Money transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that nonrefundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.