KHAPTAD & SUKLAPHANTA [BHKSTR] [5N 6D] [FAR-WESTERN REGION]

The trip to the Khatap National park is one of the most rewarding, challenging, into the wilderness but yet mesmerizing, fulfilling, the spiritual, enlightening and soul-fulfilling experience of a lifetime. This trip is the ideal holiday for the mindfulness experience to feel the ecstasy in the lap of Mother Nature and to enhance inner peace. It's a 5 Night 6 days tour as well as a trekking packa...

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Overview

The Khaptad National Park spreads over the trans-Himalayan and the Mahabharata region of Sudurpaschim (far western) region of Nepal and covers an area of 225 sq km. The Park is named after Khaptad Swami, a renowned scholar and hermit who lived here for almost five decades in the mid-1900s. The Festival takes place every autumn in the park which has a small lake known as Khaptad Daha on the northeastern side.


Several historical temples surround this area and the Ganga Dashhara celebration is held annually here every full moon in May. Sahara Linga at 3,200 meters is the highest point of the park. Other religious areas in the park include Ganesh Temple, Nagdhunga and Kedardhunga.

 
The park is covered with a forest of Chir pine at a lower altitude, and sub-alpine forests of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron in the higher areas. The area boasts of 224 species of medicinal herbs and is described as the living garden of herbs
 

You get Spectacular views of Mt Api and Mt Saipal and other mountains of the Indian Himalaya. A  mirror-like reflection of the forest and mountains is seen in the pristine waters of the Khaptad lake.


The Khaptad Park is habitat to leopard, Himalayan yellow-throated marten, Himalayan black bear, jackal, musk deer, goral, Himalayan tahr, wolf and bird species include the danphe, Nepal's national bird, chukar partridge, Kalij, Monal, red and yellow-billed blue magpie, nutcracker, flycatchers, thrushes (Garrulax spp. & Zoothera spp.), Himalayan griffin, cuckoos, forktails, tits wagtails, and eagles. A wide variety of colorful butterflies, moths and insects are also important features of the Khaptad ecosystem. 

Things to do in Khaptad National Park are Trekking, Visiting religious sites at Khaptad Baba Ashram, Triveni Temple, Meditation, Bird watching and Camping.
 
During summer (June – September) the temperature ranges from 0-20 degrees Celsius. While, in winters (December – February) the temperature is usually bellowed 20 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit the park is in autumn (October – November) and spring (March-May).
 
Shuklaphanta National Park is 104 km away from Khaptad national park. Sukhlaphanta National park is situated at the southwestern corner of Nepal in Kanchanpur District of Far-West State (State 7). The altitude ranges from 175 – 1300 m above sea level. It lies at the middle of the transboundary Terai Arc Landscape which spreads between Bagmati River in the East and Yamuna in the West.

 

Shuklaphanta National Park is a protected area in the Terai of the Far-Western Region, Nepal, covering 305 km2 (118 sq m) of open grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands at an altitude of 174 to 1,386 m (571 to 4,547 ft).

 

The area was a favorite hunting ground for Nepal's ruling class and was declared a Royal Hunting Reserve in 1969. In 1973, the area was gazetted as Royal Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve, initially comprising 155 km2 (60 sq m), and extended to its present size in the late 1980s. In 2017, the status of the protected area was changed to a national park. 

 

The name Suklaphanta means grasslands that are found inside the protected area. This grassland is the largest patch of continuous grassland in Nepal covering an area of about 16 sq km.

 

The Park is a habitat for Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, sloth bear, swamp deer, elephant, hispid hare and great one-horned rhinoceros which was translocated from Chitwan National Park. 

 

It has the highest population of Bengal floricans in Nepal. Swamp francolin, Jerdon's bush chat, rufous-rumpled grass bird, chestnut-capped babbler and babbler, Finn’s weaver, Hodgson's bush chat, spot-bellied eagle owl, dusky eagle owl, Rufous-bellied eagle and Oriental pied hornbill, great slaty woodpecker and white-napped woodpecker are some of the birds that are found in this park. 700 species of flora are estimated in the park including 553 vascular plants, 18 Pteridophytes, 410 dicots and 125 monocots.


The climate of the region is subtropical monsoonal with a mean annual rainfall of 1,579 mm (62.2 in) that occurs from June to September and is highest in August. The winter months of December and January are fairly cold with daytime temperatures of 7–12 °C (45–54 °F) and occasional frost. From February onwards temperatures rise to 25 °C (77 °F) in March and reach 42 °C (108 °F) by end of April. When the first pre-monsoon rains reach the area in May, humidity increases.

Hotel Details
Included Flights
Flight Details
  • KATHMANDU

    08:00 am

  • DHANGADI

    09:05 am

  • DHANGADI

    12:00 am

  • DIPAYAL

    12:00 am

  • DIPAYAL

    12:00 am

  • DHANGADI

    12:00 am

  • DHANGADI

    05:00 pm

  • KATHMANDU

    06:05 pm

Itinerary
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 - Kathmandu- Dhangadhi- Jhigrana (2300M)
  • Dhangadi to Dipayal

    We take a connecting flight from Dhangadi and Reach Dipayal Silghadi Airport.

  • Dipayal to Jhigrana

    Once we arrive, at Dipayal Airport and drive to Jhigrana on the way we will visit saileswori temple and Lunch at Silghadibazar.

  • jhigrana

    Upon reaching our destination, we take a rest. We have our dinner and spend the night at a Homestay.

  • Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadi

    We meet at Kathmandu Domestic Terminal and Fly from Buddha Air flight to Dhangadi.


Day 2 - Jhigrana - Beechpani- Khaptad Triveni (3010M)
  • Breakfast

    Breakfast and start trek to Khaptad, this is 8 HrsPlus trek on this day Jingrana—Khaptad National Park (Bichpani).

    The route from Jhigrana to Beechpani (approximately 4 hours journey) is tough, high and steep.

  • Reach Khaptad from Beechpani

    The trek on this day leads on the trail through the subtropical forest of pine, continues with the subalpine forest of fir, hemlock, oak and rhododendron in the higher area. The meadows are covered with colourful flowers.

  • Dinner

    The further path goes on the stoned path through grasslands and pasture and arrives at the camping site at Khapad. Dinner and Overnight stay at Tented Camp.


Day 3 - Khaptad National Park
  • Khaptad

    On this Day, we relish the beauty of this mystical region and spend time amidst the healing nature, Dinner and overnight at a tented camp.

  • Khaptad

    We travel around Khaptad National Park (view tower, Khaptad Baba Ashram, KhaptadDaha (lake), Nagdhunga.

    The beauty of lush green meadows, lakes and wildlife at Khaptad National Park (1,400 meters to 3,300 meters) is rejuvenating. We will feel the pleasing effects of this exquisite and alluring landscape once we reach the site.

  • Morning recreation at Khaptad

    We rise up and early and begin the day with yoga and meditation. Followed by breakfast, we continue exploring the National Park.


Day 4 - Khaptad - Jhigrana- Pipalla Bazaar- Dipayal
  • Khaptad to Jhigrana

    Breakfast and return back to Jhigrana in the same way.

  • Dipayal to Dhangadi

    Bhageswor and Salmuni for Darshan and then We will take a flight to Dhangadi from Dipayal Silghadi.

  • Dinner

    Dinner & Overnight Stay at Dhangadi Hotel or Similar.


Day 5 - Dhangadhi- Suklaphanta
  • Breakfast

    Breakfast at the hotel & drive to Suklaphanta.

  • Mahendranagar

    After breakfast drive towards Mahendranagar, visit dodhara chandani bridge.

  • Rana tharu Home Stay

    We will get to know rana tharu culture and free time around the place on your Own.

    Dinner with Rana Tharu cultural show at evening.


Day 6 - Suklaphanta-Dhangadhi-Kathmandu
  • Breakfast

    We begin the day early at 6:30, have a fulfilling breakfast and depart from the homestay at 7:30.

  • Suklaphanta

    we go for a jeep drive inside Suklaphanta National Park. Here, we will get the opportunity to get glimpses of diverse species of rare wildlife including Tiger, Rhino, Wild Boar, birds and herd of Swamp Deer.

    Approximately five hours of recreation at the Park and we go for lunch.

  • Dhangadhi

    We then head to Dhangadhi. We fly from Dhangadhi via Buddha Air flight number U4254 at 17:00 pm and land in Kathmandu at 1805 pm.

Inclusion/Exclusion
inlcusion
  • Kathmandu – Dhangadi – Dipayal – Dhangadi – Kathmandu Airtickets
  • Accommodations in Available Hotel/ Homestay / Tented Camp
  • Sightseeing as mentioned on the Itinerary
  • En route Private vehicle whilst travelling
  • Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner [ JP Plan]
  • Exploration of View Tower, Khaptad Baba Ashram, Khaptad Daha, Nagdhunga etc
  • Visit Dodhara Chandani Bridge
  • Approximately Five-hour Recreation @ Suklaphanta
exclusion
  • Anything which is not included in the inclusion
Trip Notes

 

Passports, visas and entry requirements

 PASSPORT

A valid passport is required for you to travel internationally. Similarly, your passport must have a minimum of 6 months validity remaining to travel in most of the countries. We recommend you take copies of the main passport pages and other important documents with you as well. And also please ensure that the name on your passport and airline ticket matches exactly.

 VISAS

Entry necessities can alternate at any time. Visas can take several weeks to process, so make sure you research the requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for obtaining any necessary documents as well as the application and processing time.

 NEPAL :

All foreign nationals (except Indian passport holders) require a visa to enter Nepal. In the arrivals hall, you’ll find electronic kiosks that read your passport, take your photo, and print out a completed form. Take your completed form to the payment counter where you'll pay for your visa, and then head to the immigration line for "Visa on Arrival". You may also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars (subject to change, cash only). Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:

- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$30

- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$50

- Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$125

Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country.

 

Medical and health information

GENERAL HEALTH

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. Consider whether you may be in a vulnerable category for COVID-19. See your doctor or travel clinic to have a basic health check-up, ask if your travel plans may affect your health, plan any vaccinations you need. Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

Vaccination Policy

All travellers on Nepal  trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

AIR POLLUTION:

Air quality in Nepal can be poor, especially in winter. Some towns, including Kathmandu, experience very high levels of seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution. Seek medical advice if you're concerned about the effects of air pollution.

MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES:

Malaria and Dengue fever is a risk in various part of Nepal . Mostly, during the monsoon season . Protect yourself against insect bites by wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible, including repellent sleeping under a net.

MEDICAL FACILITIES AND TREATMENT:

Healthcare services are unevenly distributed across the country and access to care in some areas may be limited. Healthcare in Kathmandu generally meets international standards but healthcare throughout the rest of the country may be inadequate. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Hospitals in Nepal typically require upfront payment in cash or credit card, regardless if you have travel health insurance.

 

Food and dietary requirements

FOOD IN NEPAL:

In Kathmandu and Pokhara there are plenty of restaurants and cafes for all tastes and budgets. Nepal caters very well towards vegetarians and vegans with almost all restaurants having a veg section of the menu.

Accommodation

 

Transport

LUGGAGE LIMITS:

Domestic flights in Nepal have strict weight limits - 10kg of check-in luggage and 5kg of carry-on hand luggage per person is included with your flight ticket. Excess baggage (up to 5kg per person only) will be charged at your own expense.

ROAD TRAVEL:

Roadworks and infrastructure projects can cause significant delays on major roads within cities and highways between destinations. Road travel can also be disrupted due to demonstrations and bandhs (strikes) without warning. Major roadworks are currently ongoing in and around Kathmandu and the roads to Chitwan National Park. Delays, heavy traffic, poor road conditions and dust are a reality of road travel in Nepal.

MONSOON:

The monsoon season is from June to September and weather conditions can disrupt travel during this time due to flooding and landslides. Disruption of air travel and airport closures are also possible. Be prepared that the itinerary may need to change at short notice.

INTERNAL FLIGHTS:

There have been a number of air accidents in Nepal. We only use airlines that have passed strict safety audits for included internal flights in Nepal, including Buddha Air, Yeti Air & Tara Air.

Money matters

The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Bhaktapur. Make sure you carry sufficient cash to cover your needs when travelling outside of these cities. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Namche, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park), and Bhaktapur. Credit cards are not widely accepted.

Packing

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else.  A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

- Travel documents: passport, visa (if required), travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, trip notes

- Photocopy of main passport pages, visa (if required), travel insurance and air tickets

- Spare passport photos

- Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card

- Money belt

- Small padlocks

- Personal first-aid kit

- Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)

- Electrical adapter plug

- Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes

- Insect repellent

- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses

- Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)

- Extra pair of prescription glasses (if required)

- 2 strong plastic garbage bags (for laundry and in case of rain)

- Refillable water bottle

- Phrase book

- Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates

- Wind and waterproof jacket

- Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks

- Camera/phone (with charger)

- Binoculars

Informal clothing is all that is required. Remember to dress in a modest fashion. Light clothing is usually all that will be required for most of the year. During the winter months, December to February, it will be chilly and possibly foggy in the early mornings, with temperatures dropping down to a minimum of around 0ºC on some days. A warm, windproof jacket will be required.

Climate and seasonal information

Nepal's climate varies greatly depending on the season:

JUN - SEP: the monsoon rains (mostly at night) bring landslides in regional areas. Cloud cover often obscures mountain views with rain, mud, and leeches deterring most trekkers at this time of year. Treks running in September can be hot and very humid at lower altitudes.

MAR-APR: Spring brings warm weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms. A popular time to visit and one of the peak times to trek.

OCT - NOV: Clear skies and warm days make autumn the peak season.

DEC - FEB: Winter brings cold temperatures and snow to the mountains. Good trekking, but remember to rug up.

Phone and internet access

Hotels in Kathmandu generally have excellent WiFi connections. Most hotels offer free WiFi in public areas, with some also offering in-room WIFI, sometimes for an additional fee.

Group Leader

The goal of the group leader is to make your travels easier and to help you have the best trip possible. Have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Safety

We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all destinations and activities on your trip. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, flight tickets, cash and other valuable items. Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however, during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests or relax and take it easy.

Strikes :

Strikes happen on a very frequent basis in Nepal. Most, but not all, of the recent strikes are political in nature and are generally called for the night before with little or no warning. If you arrive as a tourist during a busy political time of year there's a strong chance you might not be able to travel the country as much as you would normally.

 

INSURANCE:

 Travel protection is highly recommended to protect your travel investment from unforeseen circumstances that may occur during or before our trip. Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activities, including travel and trekking above 3000m if this is included on your itinerary, mountain rescue services and helicopter evacuation costs.

FESTIVALS:

The weather is not the only factor when thinking about when to go to Nepal. This Himalayan nation has a rich history, which can be discovered through its festivals. Nepal’s festival calendar fills every month of the year with colourful celebrations that offer interesting insights into the local culture. Stumbling onto a local festival may prove to be the highlight of your travels in Nepal – and given the sheer number of them, you’d be unlucky not to. Festivals may be Hindu, Buddhist, animist or a mix of all three. Travelling in Nepal during Holi Festival (28-29 March 2021, 27-28 March 2022), can at times be dangerous due to revellers consuming intoxicating substances. The day is often associated with physical violence and danger. Travelling during the Hindu festival Diwali (4 November 2021, 24 November 2022) can also be dangerous. During this time there are many displays of fireworks in the streets. It can be very noisy for several days and there is also a lot of pollution caused by the fireworks.

Culture shock

Not all cultures share the same beliefs and values. These differences can cause severe culture shock. Some culture shocks that travellers might find while travelling in Nepal are:

 Don’t assume people to speak your language. In cultures where you don’t speak the language, simple tasks suddenly become more complicated- like riding a bus, ordering food at a restaurant.

Some Asian cultures such as Indian, Korean and Chinese openly spit on the sidewalk same with Nepal.

In some Asian countries such as Thailand, India, Nepal and some Muslim countries such as Morocco, using water and your hands, not toilet paper, is considered much cleaner than using toilet paper.

There is poverty all over the world but it never seems real until you experience it firsthand. There are number of homeless beggars and slums in Nepal. There are piles of garbage next to rivers, people sleeping in gutters, meat being butchered on a tarp next to the street.

 After your arrival you will run into people who will offer you a taxi ride or a cheap hotel. When you hop into a car and leave through the gate of the airport you will see the snake driving of vehicles. There are dividers but the car might go to the wrong side to overtake, which is very normal here, and therefore no reason to worry.

When in Nepal, don’t expect things to go on time. You will face delay almost in all activities. There is even a phrase “Nepali Time” which is used sarcastically to point out delay in activities.

You might see guys holding hands when they are walking down the street. Guys holding hands in Nepal is a sign of a good friendship and brotherhood.

At monuments, museums, Durbar Squares etc if someone starts following you and explaining things, they are hiring themselves as your guide and expecting to be paid at the end. Tell them clearly their services are not required pronto, or things are going to get awkward.

 

(Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

Vaccination Requirements: Nepal is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. However, vaccinated individuals can bypass the testing rules that require travellers to provide proof of a negative corona virus test taken no more than 72 hours before travel. All travellers regardless of vaccination status must have travel insurance that covers health, immediate crisis or rescue for the duration of the trip; proof of accommodation in Nepal; a completed International Travel Arrival Form; and either a Nepalese visa or a recommendation from the tourism board.

1. Passengers must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to Nationals of Nepal, Passengers of Nepali origin (Non-Resident Nepali (NRN)) and their family members, Passengers with a visa issued by a diplomatic representation of Nepal.

2. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Tests accepted are Gene X pert, NAAT and RT-PCR. This does not apply to passengers younger than 5 years.

3. Passengers must obtain an International Traveller Online Arrival Form at https://ccmc.gov.np/

4. Passengers must have a hotel reservation confirmation. This does not apply to nationals of Nepal, Spouses of Nepali nationals, Passengers of Nepali origin and their family members.

5. Passengers could be subject to hotel quarantine for 10 days at their own expense. This does not apply to passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival.

6. Visa on arrival facilities restarted for eligible passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. This does not apply to passengers travelling with an emergency passport, a temporary passport or a temporary travel document.

 

 

 

Policies
Payment Policy

The company accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard and Visa Cards). 

The client also has the option to wire transfer the payment of booking the package to the following bank account in Nepal: 


Name of Account Holder: Buddha Holidays Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd., Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Account Number (USD):        006 08082190011
Account Number (NPR/INR):  006 08082190019
Name of the Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd, Patan Branch, Lalitpur
Swift Code: HIMANPKA

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policies are applicable under the following scenarios: 

1. If cancelled by the Company:

 

The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances. The company will not cancel a tour less than 30 days before the start date of the tour except for force majeure or failure on the client’s part to make all due payments or if the client fails to comply with any requirements of the booking conditions. 

 

If the Company has to cancel, you will be informed as soon as possible. 

 

If there is time to do so before departure and the cancellation does not result from your failure, then the Company will offer you a choice to purchase an alternative tour as a result of consolidation or another available tour offered by the company. In either case, paying or receiving a refund in respect of difference in price or receiving a full refund of all monies paid to the Company. 

It is advisable to only book fully flexible transport and other arrangements which can be cancelled or changed without charges, as the Company is not liable to pay the Client any cancellation, amendment or other changes the Client may need to make as a result of the cancellation of the tour. 

As a minimum, the Company, where compensation is due will pay a compensation of USD 100 per confirmed passenger. The Company is not liable for compensation if the booking is cancelled as a result of force majeure. 

 

2. If Cancelled by the Clients 

 

Clients have the option to cancel their booking as per the following policies of the Company: 

  • 10% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 30 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 50% of the advanced payment will be retained by the Company if cancellation is done 2 to 3 days prior to the start date of the tour. 
  • 100% of the advanced payment is retained by the Company is the cancellation is done less than 2 days before the start of the tour date. 

 

In case of non-payment of the remaining balance before the due date, the Company reserves the right to treat your booking as cancelled and 100% of the advanced payment will be retained as a cancellation charge by the Company. 
 

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