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Khaptad Trek - 12 Days

Khaptad trekking
Khaptad Trek
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Highlight of the Khaptad Trek –
 
  • Khaptad National Park provides you the best panoramic views of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges.Explore Khaptad National park it’s  established in 1984.
  • Explore of Khaptad containing many preserved endangered species like musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear etc, 224 species. Medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds in the beautiful subtropical forest of bamboo, Khaptad lake, “Khaptad Baba” museum, Khaptad Danda.
 
Trip Summarize –
 
Khaptad Trek or Khaptad National Park Trek is a least crowded and remote area trek in Nepal. This trek is easy in the beginning but it starts to get more challenging as you walk further and further. Khaptad National Park was established in 1984 and houses a huge variety of vegetation. The park is rich with floras and faunas and preserves 224 species of medicinal herbs, 270 species of birds, different animals and it is estimated to house 11 percent of flowers available in Nepal. Other highlights of the trek include “Khaptad Baba”, Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and a tower there. Khaptad Baba lived here for many years; meditating and sharing his philosophy with the people. And you can see his ashram spread within 5 KM of a wide area. Khaptad trek is unique in the sense that butchering, alcohol, and tobacco are completely banned. You can see Khaptad Lake and a spectacular view of Api and Saipal Himal range. Where Khaptad Baba lived for many years and Khaptad Baba Ashram where many Hindu pilgrimages come to worship lord “Shiva”. During Khaptad Trek you can explore the local culture of this region along with their different traditions, norms and living style.
 
We start our trip from the busy city – Kathmandu by taking a flight to Nepalgunj. The flight is wonderful and you can witness that Nepalgunj resembles more like India rather than Nepal. Sunrise Adventure trek team will make your Khaptad trek memorable one.
We see colorful people as we leave the hustle and bustle of Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we take the drive to Buditola and the very next day, we again take another drive to famous town – Silgadhi. From Silgadhi, it is all the way to Jhigrana via Baglek and then to Bukipani via Bichpani. We also reach Dharmasala (3020) along the trail. We finally reach Khaptad and after resting for a while, we visit Khaptad Baba’s Ashram and Triveni.
Likewise ,for the next day, we explore Khaptad National Park for the whole day. We visit Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan (Meadow) and Tower to name a few. Return journey passes through Jhigrana and to Silgadhi. From Silgadhi, we change the route to Dhangadhi from where we can either take flight or Drive to Kathmandu.


Outlined Itinerary:

Day1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Day2: Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj (198m) – 1 hr & drive to Buditola – 4 hrs – B.L.D

Day3: Drive Buditola to Silgadhi (1330m) – 6 hrs – B.L.D

Day4: Trek to Jhigrana (2300m) – 7 hrs – B.L.D

Day5: Trek to Bukipani (3080m) – 6 / 7 hrs – B.L.D

Day6: Trek to Khaptad (3010m) – 2 hrs – B.L.D

Day7: Explore Khaptad National Park – B.L.D

Day8: Trek back to Jhigrana – 7 hrs – B.L.D

Day9: Trek from Jhigrana to Silgadi via Uditola (1790m) – 5 hrs – B.L.D

Day10: Drive to Dhangadhi – B.L.D

Day11: Drive to Kathmandu –6 hrs – B.L.D

Day12: Farewell/Departure – B

(Note:  B.L.D, Plan Including / B: Breakfast, L: Lunch & D: Dinner.)


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Our airport representatives pick you up from airport and transfer you to hotel for further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting, you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

Day 2
Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj (198m) – 1 hr & drive to Buditola – 4 hrs

We take flight to Nepalgunj – Nepalgunj is located in South Western Nepal, in Terai region near to Indian Border. It is famous for Bageshowri Temple of Hindus and richshaw/cycle ride. The settlement somewhat resembles India and we reach horse cart full of colorful people after leaving the busy Bazaar. From Nepalgunj, we take drive to Buditola.

Day 3
Drive Buditola to Silgadhi (1330m) – 6 hrs

We take drive to Silgadhi – famous town in this region. The drive passes nice town with greenery and small modernized villages and shops. It takes 6 hours of drive to reach Silgadhi – overnight here. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Trek to Jhigrana (2300m) – 7 hrs

After breakfast, we start our trek to Jhigrana. It is our first trek of the trip and we first reach Baglek after three and half hour of walk and stop here for lunch. We move toward Jhigrana for overnight, which takes another three and half hour. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Bukipani (3080m) – 6 / 7 hrs

From Bukipani, we take four hour walk to Dharmasala (3020m). We take lunch here and walking around two and half hour takes us to Bukipani. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Khaptad (3010m) – 2 hrs

This is our shortest trek of the trip. After taking breakfast, we reach Khaptad after two hours of walk and visit khaptad’s popular place like Baba’s Ashram and Triveni. “Khaptad Baba” is very popular and is known as great master having religious and social philosophy in the society. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Explore Khaptad National Park

We explore Khaptad National Park for today. We visit Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and Tower. Khaptad National Park was established in 1984 and houses huge variety of vegetation. The park is rich with floras and faunas and preserves 224 species of medicinal herbs, 270 species of birds, different animals and it is estimated to house 11 percent of flowers available in Nepal. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Trek back to Jhigrana – 7 hrs

We follow the same trail back to Jhigrana. Four hours of trek to Bichpani and to jhigrana accordingly. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Trek from Jhigrana to Silgadi via Uditola (1790m) – 5 hrs

After morning breakfast, we trek to Silgadi. We trek via Uditola and after having lunch here. We reach Silgadi. This is our last day of trek and we pass amazing town villages. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Drive to Dhangadhi

We take early morning drive to Dhangadhi after taking breakfast. Dhangadi is a village development committee in Siraha District of Sagarmatha Zone. So, the service is pretty nice and not so rural. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Drive to Kathmandu –6 hrs

It is time to drive back to the civilization of Kathmandu. You can also take flight to Kathmandu, but it is bit expensive. Upon the arrival, you can organize your belongings and in the evening, small cultural dinner show is held. Meals included: Breakfast, and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 12
Farewell/Departure

Trip to the Himalayas concludes. Our airport representative drops you off to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Along the way to your home, you can relive the moment shared with Himalaya and Himalayan.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing and personal

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

Highlight of the Khaptad Trek –
 
  • Khaptad National Park provides you the best panoramic views of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges.Explore Khaptad National park it’s  established in 1984.
  • Explore of Khaptad containing many preserved endangered species like musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear etc, 224 species. Medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds in the beautiful subtropical forest of bamboo, Khaptad lake, “Khaptad Baba” museum, Khaptad Danda.
 
Trip Summarize –
 
Khaptad Trek or Khaptad National Park Trek is a least crowded and remote area trek in Nepal. This trek is easy in the beginning but it starts to get more challenging as you walk further and further. Khaptad National Park was established in 1984 and houses a huge variety of vegetation. The park is rich with floras and faunas and preserves 224 species of medicinal herbs, 270 species of birds, different animals and it is estimated to house 11 percent of flowers available in Nepal. Other highlights of the trek include “Khaptad Baba”, Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and a tower there. Khaptad Baba lived here for many years; meditating and sharing his philosophy with the people. And you can see his ashram spread within 5 KM of a wide area. Khaptad trek is unique in the sense that butchering, alcohol, and tobacco are completely banned. You can see Khaptad Lake and a spectacular view of Api and Saipal Himal range. Where Khaptad Baba lived for many years and Khaptad Baba Ashram where many Hindu pilgrimages come to worship lord “Shiva”. During Khaptad Trek you can explore the local culture of this region along with their different traditions, norms and living style.
 
We start our trip from the busy city – Kathmandu by taking a flight to Nepalgunj. The flight is wonderful and you can witness that Nepalgunj resembles more like India rather than Nepal. Sunrise Adventure trek team will make your Khaptad trek memorable one.
We see colorful people as we leave the hustle and bustle of Nepalgunj. From Nepalgunj, we take the drive to Buditola and the very next day, we again take another drive to famous town – Silgadhi. From Silgadhi, it is all the way to Jhigrana via Baglek and then to Bukipani via Bichpani. We also reach Dharmasala (3020) along the trail. We finally reach Khaptad and after resting for a while, we visit Khaptad Baba’s Ashram and Triveni.
Likewise ,for the next day, we explore Khaptad National Park for the whole day. We visit Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan (Meadow) and Tower to name a few. Return journey passes through Jhigrana and to Silgadhi. From Silgadhi, we change the route to Dhangadhi from where we can either take flight or Drive to Kathmandu.
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Trip Facts

  • Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 4500 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Easy to moderate
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • March to May and September to November
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