Saturday, 19 August 2017 01:44 am

Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park, established in 1985, makes it Nepal's youngest national park. It covers an area of 225 sq. km of forest and grassland, and lies on a plateau where the districts of Bhajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham meet. The forest comprise a mixture of tall fir, yew, rhododendron and oak along with dense stands of bamboo and numerous shrubs, and represents one of the last remaining such areas in the lower Himalaya. The vegetation provides a natural habitat for healthy population of wildlife, including the musk and barking deer, bears, various birds including the impedance pheasant. A flower known as Bheeg grows in several parts of the park and is actually said to be so poisonous that single sniff from close up can be lethal! The best time to visit is from April to September. The monsoon is relatively weak in West Nepal. At other times, snow makes travel to and through most areas impractical.

Sample Itinerary

Day 01: After breakfast, fly to Mahendranagar. After Lunch, Walk along a clear trail to the park at Jhigrana [4 hrs]. Dinner and Overnight at Jhigrana.

Day 02: After Breakfast Trek to Chorpani village [3 hrs]. After Lunch, continue trek to Khaptad National Park and overnight at camp.  

Day 03: National Park Program ends. Back to Jhigrana about 7 hours trek. overnight at Jhigarana.

Day 04: After Breakfast Walk 3 hrs from Jhigrana to Mahendranagar airport Fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel  

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