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Khaptad Trek (10 Days)


Trip Code: WEVT-49
Group Size: 2- 10 Person
Max Altitude: 1300.00 meters
Trip Category: Trekking
Travel Style: Trekking
Area Off the Beaten Trail
Activities Trekking and Hiking
Places Covered
Kathmandu,
Tags
#Khaptad Trekking, #very new trek, #off the beaten trek in Nepal, #Trekking in nepal,

Khaptad trek is not a very new trek yet it is an off the beaten trek in Nepal. The location, the rurality and the expenses as a result is reason why many travellers skip this beautiful location and rather follow the routine treks. This trek receives its name from one of the national parks namely Khaptad national park which was named after one sages named Khaptad baba. The national park was established in 1984 and it comprises 4 most rural districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and doti.

Khaptad trek offers a beautiful variety of landscape. The trek does not surpass the 4000 meter mark but yet offers views of mountains located in the west. The mountain elevation may not be the highest but you would notice that the horizontal stretch is quite impressive. The rolling hills, the moorlands, steep slopes and the streams is sure to bring your excitement to the top. The thing that you may love the most about this trek is that it is not completely inhabited. Furthermore, the option of tea houses is not available or very less which makes this trek a camping trek and we will have to make our food by ourselves. It will come to your surprise that you will meet very few people throughout the trek or you will meet none. The chances of meeting a trekker along the way is close to none.

Since the majority of the trek is done in a national park you will be walking through a dense forest. The national park registers 23 mammal count, 287 bird species, 23 amphibian and reptile species. The mammal species include leopard, himalayan black bear, wild dog and musk deer.
The trek is not one of the most difficult treks in Nepal but on the other hand it is not easy as well. Although Khaptad trek does not shoot to altitude that will cause high altitude problems but the trail is a roller coaster ride. We encounter one hill after another which requires some experience and stamina. Nevertheless, if you choose this trek you will gain far more experience and see the true colors of Nepal. Book this trek today at an unbeatable price!

Short Itinerary:

Day 1Kathmandu - Nepalgunj
Day 2Nepalgunj - Silgadhi (bus ride 10-12 hrs)
Day 3Silgadhi - Jhigrana (6 hrs trek)
Day 4Jhigrana - Bichpani (4-5 hrs trek)
Day 5Bichpani - Khaptad National Park Headquarters (4-5 hrs)
Day 6Khaptad National Park Headquarters all day
Day 7Khaptad National Park Headquarters - Bomarle
Day 8 Bomarle - Sanphebagar - Silgadhi
Day 9Silgadhi - Nepalgunj(10 hrs drive)
Day 10Nepalgunj- Kathmandu (1 hr flight)
Best Seasons:
Monsoon(August, September, October), Spring(April, June, July), Summer(November, December January),
Number of Days:
10 Days
Day 1
Kathmandu - Nepalgunj

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities: Flight

We will board a flight from Tribhuwan International airport to the best facilitated airport of Nepalgunj in the far western region of Nepal. The flight takes slightly above and hour and we will fly with one of the best carriers Yeti or Buddha airlines. Once in Nepalgunj, we will call it a day as we will not make it to the next destination by the day break. Overnight in Nepalgunj.

Day 2
Nepalgunj - Silgadhi (bus ride 10-12 hrs)

Places Visited:

Activities: travelling by bus

It is a long and never ending ride from to Silgadhi but a beautiful one. In the next 10-12 hours of drive will take you from a hot and humid fertile plains to cool and chill hills. However, depending upon your condition, the day can be broken into 2 and for than you need to have a flexible plan. The road mostly is paved and at times becomes off road but 70% of the road you traverse through is paved and coiled. En route, you will make your way over the longest bridge of Nepal namely Karnali bridge, drive past the queen of hills namely Dadeldhura and make your way through famous Ghodaghodi taal. Past Dadeldhura, the road meets seti river and with every kilometer of advancement the snow clad himalayas of the west becomes better and bigger. It takes around 6 hours to Dadeldhura and around another 6 hours to our final destination of Silgadhi. Overnight at Dadeldhura or Silgadhi.

Day 3
Silgadhi - Jhigrana (6 hrs trek)

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

You will start climbing steadily on the only trail that leads in and out of the village. The climb the the ridge of the village where army camp is located is gradual and from here on, the dirt trail begins picking up the pace. The trail continues to become steep until a viewpoint at around 1800 meters and then enters the forest of beech and rhododendron. You will come across farmland, small tea shops and as well apple orchards on this section of today’s trail. Around 2 hours from the apple orchards and you will reach a small temple housing lord shiva and beyond that is a small pond. Climb the ridge past the pond and then trek for another hour to reach the Khaptad National park entry point of Jhigrana. Overnight in Jhigrana.

Day 4
Jhigrana - Bichpani (4-5 hrs trek)

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

Past Jhigrana, you will come across an army camp and beyond this checkpost the trail enters the forest. You will come at a junction at a point and the sign board in the junction says left for human beings and right as livestock trail. However, we will take the trail dedicated for livestock as the human trail is very inhumane, damp, steep and slippery. However, both the trails meet at a point and head towards Bichpani. Overnight in Bichpani.

Day 5
Bichpani - Khaptad National Park Headquarters (4-5 hrs)

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

Today, you will mostly walk on the ridge that forms the Khaptad Plateau. Within an hour of walk you will see the first ever Patan namely Suketa. There is a small memorial built in the memory of soldiers who were killed in sudden storm. From here the trail once again heads in the jungle and then descends to a larger patan with the famous temple of Tribeni. From the first patan to this one you will see an eye pleasing Api Himal in the backdrop. The temple of Shiva at Tribeni in the Khaptad is flocked by pilgrims once in a year. After spending brief moment in Khaptad, you will embark on the only trail that follows the stream and reach the Khaptad National park headquarters in about next 20 minutes. Overnight by the headquarters.

Day 6
Khaptad National Park Headquarters all day

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

There are several things to do in the Khaptad national park and if you are a plant lover, this fertile land is your heaven. Around 600-700 species of medicinal plants grow in this fertile land and is home to some rare species of Animal. On this exploration day, we will first of all visit to the famous Khaptad baba ashram which is around 1 and half hour round trip. Returning before the breakfast time, we will grab our breakfast and then venture to the highest point and highly regarded pilgrimage of Sahasra Linga. The viewpoint on a clear day offers a 300 kilometer mountain panorama and that includes the Kumaon peak on the west to the massive Dhaulagiri on the east. Out of the mountain Panorama you witness, Api Himal and the Saipal steals the show. The entire trek takes around 4-5 hours and once you are done exploring, you will retrace your way back to the national park headquarters.

Day 7
Khaptad National Park Headquarters - Bomarle

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking

For the next two hours, you will follow the trail taken on our way to Sahasralinga the previous day. Then, we will branch our way through scrubby woodland to a ridge and then descend steeply through the forest of oak and rhododendron all the way to the valley bed and by the landslide prone zone. Only form here, the trail becomes of easy gradient. In about around 6 hours you will reach a small, scattered and dirty village. From here, we will continue for another hour and half to reach the village of Bomarle. Overnight in Bomarle.

Day 8
Bomarle - Sanphebagar - Silgadhi

Places Visited:

Activities: Trekking and Hiking travelling by bus

From Bomarle the trail drops down to a river in around 45 minutes. When the water volume is low, you can cross it over directly as the people do. However, there is a wooden log bridge 10 minutes further which offers safe crossing of the river. Once you cross the river, the trail climbs through the forest for another hour. Past the forest the trail gets easier and then links sever villages and hamlets. It still takes around 2 and half hours to reach the Budhi Ganga valley from this point and further an hour descend until you hit the off road track. Often people hitch on local tractors and that is very unsafe. We would still continue on our foot for the next couple of hours to Sanphebagar. Overnight in Sanphebagar.

Day 9
Silgadhi - Nepalgunj(10 hrs drive)

Places Visited:

Activities: travelling by bus

At the center of Silgadhi is bus station and from here leaves jeeps and buses frequently to Silgadhi. At times, the buses from here to Nepalgunj as well operates and it takes around 10 hours to reach there taking the same way that we had taken on our way to Silgadhi. Once in Nepalgunj, we will call it a night in a hotel with modern amenities.

Day 10
Nepalgunj- Kathmandu (1 hr flight)

Places Visited: Kathmandu

Activities: Flight

Since you have finished a week long tour and require rest, we will not wake up early to catch our flight. We will be ready by late morning and leave our hotel by 12 noon and then head towards airport and catch our flight to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel and hence, your Khaptad trek officially comes to an end. Thank you for choosing budget trekking as your travel partner in Nepal.

Price :
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What's Included:
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • Trekking Map
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Two nights in a budget accommodation with breakfast
What's Not Included:
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, day backpacks, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Excess baggage charges
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters
Please make sure that you are equipped with following equipments and resuorces before you proceed for this tour package.
Checklist:
  • Sun hat or scarf.
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts.
  • Lightweight cotton long pants.
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • I-pod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Modest swimsuits (for Kathmandu)

Reviews from our gratified travellers


Khaptad trek is not a very new trek yet it is an off the beaten trek in Nepal. The location, the rurality and the expenses as a result is reason why many travellers skip this beautiful location and rather follow the routine treks.

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