Khaptad Area

Khaptad area is known as the ground-heaven of far west Nepal. Known for its natural beauty and biological diversity, Khaptad area can be reached through Doti, Achham, Bajang and Bajura District of Nepal. It is easier to reach Khaptad area through Bajhang and Doti District. It was the shelter to Khaptad Baba, so is spiritually important too.

Khaptad area consists of Triveni temple in the Triveni (a sacred place where three rivers meets) of Sahasraling, Nagdhunga and Kedardhunga rivers. It surrounds 22 pasture lands and forest of beautiful flowers and herbs. Khaptad daha (pond) in the north-eastern side and the Sipal Himalayan Ranges are also spectacle for visitors.

Thrilling trekking and panoramic scenery

Khaptad area remains covered in snow for 6 months.
During the journey, you pass through forest and pasture land with flowers and beautiful butterflies. The fragrance of herbs and flowery forest, freshwater river, the view of snow-capped mountain will make your visit memorable. There is the occasional rain, snowfall, wind and fluctuating temperature in the Khaptad area. Such unreliable weather certainly teaches you to handle the nature’s mood-swings and find enjoyment in it.

Religious Importance

Khaptad area is mentioned in Skandha Purana as Khicharadri Mountain. According to Puranas(Holy book of Hindu), Bhaidhyanath (God Shiva) used the herbs from this region to cure disease.
Khaptad Baba’s Kuti (living place), Shiva mandir, Sahasra Linga, Ganesh Mandir, Naag Dhunga, and Kedar Dhunga, etc. are famous here.

Khaptad Baba moved to the area in 1940 for meditation and spent 50 years as a hermit to become a renowned spiritual saint.
Every year in June (Jeth Ganga Dashahara), thousands of pilgrims and domestic tourists reach here to take holy bath in Triveni (meeting point of three holy rivers). On this occasion you can enjoy the famous Hudke dance of Far Western Region and rejoice playing Deuda too .

Biological Diversity

Khaptad area is conserved under Khaptad National Park since 1984 AD.
Extended to the area of 225 square kilometers, Khaptad National Park is one of the rarest wetlands in the world. The altitude varies from 2700 meters to 3227 meters above the sea level.

Khaptad area is a garden for 135 different kind of flowers, out of them 4 are only found in this region. Among 600 types of herbs found in Nepal, 244 types are found in this region. There are 567 species of plants and 270 species of birds. In addition, it is the breeding place for 175 species of birds. Animal species found here are deer, snow leopard, rare species of frog and green lizard.

Local people from the surrounding village take their livestock for grazing in this area. After paying some amount to the National Park authority, people from Doti, Achham, Bajang and Bajura go there for livestock grazing. They also make small temporary huts and live there with their family. In October, after the temperature chills, they return back to their homes.

 

How to reach Khaptad area?

One can reach Chainpur (District headquarter of Bajang ) by bus directly from Kathmandu, Nepalgunj or you can reach Dhangadhi by air and reach Chainpur by bus to make the journey easier.
From Chainpur, you need to travel 32 km to Lamatol passing Taamel by available local transport. You can stay at Lamatol in local homestays and start the trekking to Khaptad area from here.

It will take 9 hours walk to reach Khaptad area from Lamatol. You will pass through Jhare gaon, Dauu Gaon, Mailtadi (villages) in your journey before reaching Khaptad area.

It is now so easy to stay in Khaptad Area. Khaptad Development Committee could accommodate some 32 visitors daily. They have four dharmalasalas (like rest homes) here for accommodation. You can manage your own tent but it’s too cold.

It is recommended to stay at Khaptad area for minimum two nights although it requires five days to visit all the places around this area.

Different route to return back

We recommend you to travel back using a different route through Doti district. After four hours hike, you can reach to Bichpani and take food there. From Bichpan,  you reach Jhingrana in four hours. From Jhingrana travel to Silgadi by road transportation and take a rest overnight there. And from Silgadi you will get bus to Dhangadhi.

Summary:
Kathmandu-Dhangadhi (airplane or car) (672 km 15 hrs. journey by road)
Dhangadhi-Chainpur 200 kilometers of motorway (paved roads 6 hours)
Chainpur-Lamatola 32 miles of dirt roads
Lamatola walk a day

Climate and the best time to visit

Spring (March-May) and autumn (October-November) seasons are best to visit the Khaptad area. The temperature ranges from 10-20 degree Celsius offering pleasant weather for the trekkers. Winter brings snowfall and chilling wind from December to February. Monsoon begins from June to September. During this season the paths become muddy and slippery.

Food and Accommodation

You will not get star level food and accommodation here. But you will get good local food and guest houses during your travel. However in Dhangadhi, there is availability of star hotels.

What to pack?

Sleeping bag, a warm jacket, a raincoat, a thick wool hat, warm clothes and thick socks.
Cold Cream, Vicks and general medicines.

Cost estimation Nepalese Rupee (NRs.):
KMC-Dhangadhi airport rental – 7000
Kathmandu – Dhangadhi by bus – 2000
Dhangadhi – Chainpur by road – 1000
Chainpur – Lamatola by road – 500
Jhingrana – Siliguri – 500
Siliguri – Dhangadhi – 500
Dhangadhi – Kathmandu by bus- 2000
Dhangadhi – Kathmandu Airport -7000
Food and sit around for 7 nights 8 days – 15000
Total expenses (vehicle) – 22000
Total cost (ship) – 38000