The Khaptad National Park and the adjescend Ramaroshan area cover the unique ecosystem of Nepal’s far Western region. Want to discover Nepal’s hidden secrets, far away from the tourist hubs? Khaptad National Park is a great area for off the beaten path trekking! Especially the large variety of vegetation gives you a well-rounded impression of Nepal’s diverse landscape: Ranging from the sub-tropical forest in the lower altitudes to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau, you will encounter many different plant species. In addition, Khaptad National Park is home to 224 species of medicinal herbs and is described as the living garden of herbs. Further, it is estimated that about 567 species, 11 percent of flowering plants of Nepal, are found in Khaptad.
However, Khaptad National Park’s fauna is equally interesting and diversified: Common animals living in this area are, among many others, the barking deer, wild dog, wild boar, ghoral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus monkey and langur monkey. Especially popular among visitors is birdwatching, as the park is home to around 270 species.
The area of Ramaroshan consists of 12 lakes and 18 breathtakingly lustrous green pastures, locally known as Patans. Further to the north there is an unbroken series of sedimentary rock faces where the local people harvest honey from sheer 100 m high cliffs. Furthermore, Ramaroshan provides a spectacular view of the Budhi Ganga basin along with the majestic peaks of Mt. Api, Saipal, Malika. In addition, the remains of old historical buildings in Ramaroshan will make you feel like traveling back in time, to a different age of Nepal’s history. They are also very interesting from archeological point of view.
Day 01: Flight to Dhangadhi
Day 02: Drive to Silgadhi
Day 03: Silgadhi to Jingrana: 5-6 hours walk
Day 04: Jingrana to Khaptad National Park: 6-7 hours walk
Day 05: Khaptad National Park: A hike to the Khaptad Daha
Day 06: Khaptad National Park: Visit to the Khaptad Baba Ashram
Day 07: Khaptad to Chainpur: 6-7 hours walk
Day 08: Drive Chainpur to Dhangadhi (12—13h drive)
Day 09: Flight back to Kathmandu
An afternoon flight brings us from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi. We explore the area a little and enjoy a short bicycle ride to the Jakhor Lake in the evening. Overnight in Dhangadhi.
To start our trek, we drive to Silgadhi today. The road goes through some of the steepest hills. By late afternoon, we will reach Silgadhi where we can visit the Shaileshwari temple and take some rest. Overnight at a guesthouse in Silgadhi.
From Silgadhi, it is a gentle ascend along a rough, motorable road up to Jingrana, where we stay overnight at a guesthouse or camping in Jingrana. Walking time: 5-6 hours
Today we will finally reach our destination, the Khaptad National Park: By noon we will reach the place where the open green meadow – the jewel of the national park starts. The further path goes on the stoned path through grassland and pasture. Camping in the National Park. Walking time: 6-7 hours
Khaptad National Park: Activities in the National Park may include a hike to the Khaptad Daha Lake and visit some more natural areas.
Today, you will visit the Khaptad Baba Ashram and will spend some time to learn more about Khaptad Baba. Overnight at a guesthouse or camping.
Today we will go north by descending to Bajhang. A hike takes us through beautiful villages of Bajhang with friendly people. For sure, on the way, you will be invited by the locals for at least a cup of tea. From Tamil there is a pick-up service available to Chainpur. Walking time: 6-7 hours
Today we end our journey by driving back to Dhangadhi. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful sceneries and amazing view of the Himalayas (12—13h drive). Overnight at a hotel in Dhangadhi.
Transfer to Dhangadhi airport and fly back to Kathmandu.
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