Rara to Khaptad National Park Trek - 18 Days


  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Far West
  • Max. Altitude: 3692m/12112ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House/Camping
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/ Land transportation

Khaptad National Park is located at the far western region of Nepal. It covers an area of 225 sq km. This park offers a rewarding experience unlike any other protected area in Nepal- because of the remoteness. This area largely untouched by tourists and the national park is well known for the religious value as well as its natural beauty. Late Khaptad Baba was lived here for long 50 years by meditating and worshiping and finally became a renowned spiritual saint. In the other side, the park is rich for the natural beauty and stunning views of the API and Saipal Himalayan ranges.

This park includes 22 patches of grasslands, Khaptad Daha (lake), more than 567 species of varying flora, pine and alder species, firs, oak, birch and rhododendron being the major species) and, 135 species of flowers  in the Khaptad Grasslands along with 23 species of mammal (common species being barking deer, wild boar, goral, leopard, wild dog, and jackal).

We can also say this Rara to Khaptad Trek is the perfect trek for the adventurer looking for a real wilderness experience.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4264 ft)

Day 2: Kathmandu – Dhangadi Fly (109m/357ft)

Day 3: Drive from Dhangadi to Siligadi (250km/7 Hrs)

Day 4: Trek from Silgadi to Jhigrana

Day 5: Trek to Khaptad

Day 6: Trek to Dogadi

Day 7: Trek to Naina

Day 8: Trek to Martadi

Day 9: Trek to Kolti

Day 10: Trek to Jhugala

Day 11: Trek to Talibagar

Day 12: Trek to Rara

Day 13: Trek to Chautha

Day 14: Trek to Chherechaur/Aacharya Lihi

Day 15: Trek to Jumla

Day 16: Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and connect your onward flight to Kathmandu

Day 17: Full day Sightseeing Tour Kathmandu

Day 18: Departure

Welcome to the land of Himalaya at 13m. You will be warmly welcomed by the mountains and our company representative will be standing with your name card at the arrival terminal with a beautiful smile. You will be escorted to your hotel and you will be provided with all the detailed information about your program. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Transfer domestic airport to board your onward flight to Dhangadi to commence our trekking adventure to Nepal’s one of the most remote paradise Khaptap and Rara. We board a plane to Dhangadi and it takes almost eighty minutes of flight to reach Dhangadi. Dhangadi is one of the major town in Nepal, which situated at western Nepal that falls on East - West Mahendra Highway. On the arrival our representative will escort you to the Hotel. Overnight stay at Hotel in Dhangadi.

From Dhangadi will begin the bus journey, which takes 6/7 hours drive to Silgadi through Atariya, Shyaule and Dipayal. The total road distance from Dhangadi to Silgadi is 250km. The drive is bumpy at times and scenic mostly. On arrival at Silgadi, the district headquarters of Doti District, transfer to Guest House Lodge. Overnight stay at Local Guest House Lodge.

The trek begins from the district headquarters of Doti, Silgadi. The trail goes ascending, though the walking is bit strenuous the beautiful sightseeing of the land management with terrace farming fields and the scattered villages keep the spirits high. After the ascend of nearly one hour we begin to trek along the trail through rhododendron and cherry forest which, during the spring bloom and release refreshing aroma at full swing.

Today the trails ascend throughout the dense forest. One can view Saipal, if the weather remains good. When one reaches the place of nine lakes “Khaptad” forgets all the tiredness and becomes fresh and will organize our camp down in one of the ideal places and set off to explore.

Khaptad National Park itself is a paradise and this National park is protected after holy man Khaptad houses more 500 species of floras, some of them are high valued medical herbs. In the morning we can explore around the park. Enjoy the magnificence of nature at Khaptad National Park. Then Khaptad Rara Jumla Trek resumes towards Dogadi. After 5-6 hours walk, the excellent offbeat trek in Nepal ends at the campsite at Dogadi.

This day, the trail on Khaptad Rara Jumla Trek goes ascending upwards to Chhede Daha where one can have good rest and tea. People can enjoy scenic beauty of the farming land of Aati valley and the community forest around. You have a lunch at Oli village on the way and, after the lunch the trail takes you to Naina for the overnight.

Trekking a bit further from Naina, we arrive to Jugada where we got offered organic farming along with food and vegetable. Also, they offered home stay in the village with local cultural programs. After having the lunch at Jugada we will reach Martadi easily, where the facilities of food and accommodation are good further there are the facilities of telephone and internet.

Today we see few signs of modernity. There are some motors (Jeep) services too. One can take a jeep ride upto Pandusen and from where, the trek resumes. There are several hotels, health services and one aristrip in Padusen. Here one can find the food stuffs for the trekking too. It takes nearly three hours to reach Kolti. But before getting to Kolti, trekking ahead nearly two hours further from Padusen, we get to the place called Badhu at the bank of Karnali river. A little further lies Kolti. The place is the confluence of Chuligad and Karnali Rivers so the place is also called Chuligad. One can have a night rest in the tent here at the bank of the river too.

After the breakfast, the trail goes by the side of the river. There are several tea houses in every half hour of the trek. Almost trekking fro three hours brings us to Jholunga and this part of the trek has a bit difficult trails including rock strewn course and narrow gully over the river- one can hear the roar of the river.

From Jugada the trek begins for Talibagar. The trail gives you the flavor of old Nepal. One can observe the different cultural and traditions on the trail and feel the authentic culture of western Nepal.

The trail onwards goes by the side of the river there is no tiring ascends.Going through some shops and village the trail reaches you to Sheri, where more than 50 people can get the food and lodge.

From Rara one can fly out from Talcha airport to Nepalgunj or continue the trek to Jumla. The day trail takes you to Chautha for the night stay.

Today you will have to descend to reach Chherechaur/Acharya Lihi

From Chherechaur/Acharaya Lihi the trail leads you to Jumla the regional headqurters of Karnali zone.

Fly from Jumla to Nepalgunj and connect your onward flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Later in the evening, a farewell dinner will be served in a Traditional Nepali Restaurant where you will be able to enjoy authentic cuisine with a brief cultural program as a celebration of your completed trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • Arrival and departure transfer from international airport
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) whilst on the trek
  • All the land transfer as per itinerary
  • Applicable trekking fees
  • Kitchen and utensils and tent to sleep(sleeping tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, and mattress)
  • Guide and Porters (one porter per two persons is provided to carry the clients personal effects)
  • Domestic flight to and from
  • Insurance for the trekking staff (Insurance as per state law)
  • All the government tax and our (AATE) service charges

Exclusion

  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Extra accommodation, meal, entrance and sight seeing while in city (They can be included upon request).
  • International flights and Visa
  • Your travel insurance (for travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss of life, theft of or damage to personal effects)
  • Tips and gratuities (crew frequently receives some recognition for good service)
  • Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of AATE
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, mineral water, monuments entrance fees, postage, laundry, video, camera, phone, etc.
  • All other services not included in the “cost includes” section above.

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Acclimatization

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness.

Why Tipping is essential?

There are several reasons why you should tip in Nepal. It is quite the same as for what you tip in restaurants. They live in remote areas that are far from proper health and education facilities. Tipping them will additionally encourage them to manage good and nutritive food to eat, warm and comfortable clothes to wear or other necessary basic requirements to maintain their livelihood in a comfortable way. A small gesture of gratitude will do no harm to you but actually changes the lives of many people for a long time in many reasons. Our company has its fund collected from the some percentage of profit and sometimes from the tips of our guests which will directly invested for uplifting the economic condition of guides, porters and other staffs of office. It’s nothing more than the way to add smiles on those laborious faces.


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Trip highlights

  • Khaptad offers you a beautiful variety of landscapes, with rolling green hills, moorlands, steep slopes and streams
  • Great for spotting wildlife and birds, with 23 species of mammals, 287 types of birds and 567 species of flora
  • Explore Rara Lake, Nepal’s biggest freshwater Lake, also known as Queen of the Lakes
  • Wilderness and solitude travel

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