Khaptad National Park is also sometimes called Khaptad Swami or Khaptad Baba in reverence to the legendary Hindu guru who made his ashram in the forest there. Khaptad Swami was a sage who is reported to one day have come down from the Khaptad plateau in order to save a sick child with magical herbs from the forest. He is also said to have spent the entirety of his life practising yoga and discovering the natural and historical wonders of the forest. Because Khaptad Swami spent most of his life meditating there, it is considered a holy forest and a place for retreat, contemplation, and meditation – perhaps an ideal destination for a nature lover and yoga practioner.
Khaptad is a beautiful trekking and research place for the humankind. The Natural Beauty of this region and tranquility gives us profound way of thinking of innovation ideas.If you are really bored from mundane life and want to live new world. then this can be your destination.
Protected Area Information
Buffer Zone (km2): 216.00
Area (km2): 225.00
Name: Khaptad National Park
Type: National Park
Khaptad National Park is located in the Far-western region of Nepal. The park was gazetted in 1984 covering an area of 225 sq. km. The area of buffer zone is 216 sq.km. The park is the only mid-mountain national park in western Nepal, representing a unique and important ecosystem. The late Khaptad Swami moved to the area in 1940’s to meditate and worship. He spent about 50 years as a hermit and became a renowned spiritual saint.
Khaptad National Park is nowadays in Nepal’s far western region and covers 225 km2 of rich forest. In the lower ranges of the park, 1,000 to 2,000m, the forest is mainly a tropical dense jungle; however as it ascends into the foothills, the forest becomes mainly dominated by tall alpine trees. Conservationists have catalogued over 150 species of wild grassland flowers and berries and over 200 species of medicinal herbs unique to the Himalayas – perhaps the very same Khaptad Baba used to cure the sick child many years ago. There are also over 300 species of birds that visit the park year round on top of a variety of other wild animals: musk deer, black bears, barking deer, Himalayan large cats, langur monkey and many others.
The best time to visit is from March-May and October-November when the flowers are in bloom and the climate is mild. There are no guesthouses or lodges in the park; however, camping is allowed and is an ideal way to experience the beauty of the park up close. Remember to bring everything you need with you and clean up after you’re gone!
Flora & Fauna: The flora of the park can be divided into three basic vegetation zone’s-subtropical, and temperate. In the lower altitudes (1000 – 2000 m), subtropical vegetation dominates the landscape; Forest mainly consists of Montane Sal, Pines and Alder species. From 1800 – 3000 m temperate type dominates the landscape. The forest there are comprised of lower temperate mixed broad-leaved species (Lindera nacusua, Cmnamomum tamca. etc), temperate mixed evergreen species (Spruce, fir, hemlock, oak. etc), and upper temperate broad-leaved species (Aesculus indica, maple, etc.) Fir oak, birch, and rhododendron arc the major species found there. Intertwined into the landscape of the Khaptad plateau are the Patans (pastureland) with beautiful flowers (about 135 species) that bloom in the summer and late spring. The grassland flowers consist of primulas, buttercups, and wild berries. A wide variety of medicinal herbs (about 224 species) are occurr inside the park The park is reported to have 266 birds species with migratory birds joining the residential ones. It supports about 175 breeding birds’ species. Some of the common ones are the Impeyan, pheasant (Dhanphe), Nepal’s national bird, and many types of partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos, and eagles. A wide variety of butterflies, moths, and insects are also forming a part of the Khaptad ecosystem. The park provides habitat for some 20 different, species of mamals. Common ones include barking deer, wild boar, goral, Himalayan black bear, Yellow-throated Marten, and Rhesus and Langur monkey. Other includes leopard, wild dogs, jackal and musk deer.
Facilities: Currently there are no lodges or hotels in the park. Trekkers must be self- sufficient in tents, food, fuel and all other supplies. Make sure to bring a first-aid kit because there are no medical facilities available within the park.
The best way to reach the park area is to fly from Nepalgunj to Dipayal and the local buses are available for Silgadhi, Doti. From Silgadhi Bazzar one has to hike 6 hours to the park entrance and another 7-8 hours to the Park Headquarters. Other options are-flight to Dipayal followed by a three-day walk, or flight to Achham or Bajhang followed by a two-day walk, or flight to Bajura followed by a four-day walk. However, Dipayal and Accham airport are rarely open.
- From Kathmandu To Silgadhi : Daily 1 Bus, Time 11 AM from Gangabu Bus Park ( Duration 24 hours bus traver) around 900 Km or Kathmandu To Dhangadhi: Daily 3 Buses, Time 1PM, 3PM, 4PM From Gangabu Bus Park (Duration 18 Hours), around 650 Km
Dhangadhi To Silgadhi: Any Time 250Km (duration 6 hours).
- Silgadi To Baglek: Gravel Road Vehicle Jeeps Kilometer 23 via Shantinagar Time 1.5 Hour (you have to reserve vehicle from silgadi for baglek)
The main religious site in the park is the Khaptad Baba Ashram, It is the home where Khaptad baba stayed for most of his life. It is now an open museum. The Khaptad national park is named after him. He moved in the area in 1940ies to meditate and worship. He was not just a religious person but highly knowledgeable saint with fluent knowledge of science and English language. It is said that the late King Birendra went to consult him on several occasions. The other religiously important sites includes within the park includes Tribeni, KhaptadDaha, Kedardhunga, Mai than, Sahashralinga
Entrance Fee: Nepaleses – Free, SAARC nationals – Rs. 100 per person per entry, foreigners – Rs. 1,000 per person per entry
Far West is a paradise for adventure. Trekking and hiking in the Far West is authentic as it gets. Trails go through a land untouched by the hand of time. There are some exciting destinations in the Far West Nepal for trekking and hiking: Khaptad National Park, Surmasarowar lake, Ali Lake, Ramarashoran area, trek to Api Nampa Camp Base, trek to Saipal Mount Camp Base. For those with a sense of adventure, there is still much to uncover in the Far West – exploration that is as much cultural as it is natural.
Available treks option are:
Khaptad Ramaroshan Trek – 14 days
Rara Lake and Khaptad National Park Trek – 16 days