Heaven on Earth

Rara and Khaptad National Park are the most popular trekking destinations in far-western Nepal. The serenity and natural beauty of Rara Lake offers spiritual significance to Khaptad National Park.

Rara Lake is an idyllic place. the astoundingly clear water surrounded by protected forests, makes this a nature-lover’s paradise. Medieval history and Chhetri and Khas culture are some added attractions of the Rara Lake trek. After witnessing the beauty of Rara Lake, one trekker said “Heaven is a myth, but Rara Lake is a real”.

Khaptad National Park is not only an important pilgrimage site but also a popular trekking destination. The Rara and Khaptad trek is a newly opened trek in the far-western region of Nepal. Talcha and Tamil are the starting and ending points of this trek.

Rara-Khaptad Trek

head-tripfacts

  • Total Duration: 20 Days
  • Max Elevation: 3,063 Meters
  • Trek Grading: Easy to Moderate
  • Best Months: March to May and September to November
  • Journey Starts/Ends: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu, Nepalgunj and Dhangadhi and tents during the trek.

Trek Highlights

  • Serenity of Rara Lake.
  • Experience true Nepalese culture and lifestyle.
  • Mountain scenery.

Dates & Prices

Dates: Although this trip is currently unscheduled, contact us about organizing this destination for you or your group. The best months are between March to May, September to November.

Prices: Contact us with your group size and needs and we’ll work out the best possible price for you.

Outline Itinerary

Tour Days

  • Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotelKarnali Excursions will meet you at the airport and arrange an immediate transfer to hotel. We will offer a short briefing on immediate arrangements. You will overnight in a tourist standard hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
  • Day 02: Briefing on tour and its preparations
    Breakfast at your hotel. Your senior trek leader will give you a detailed briefing on trek. After the briefing, your-well versed tour guide will take you on an exploration of some of major cultural and historical World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu valley. You will overnight in a tourist standard hotel on bed and breakfast basis.

Trek Days

  • Day 03: Fly to NepalgunjWe will fly to Nepalgunj after our breakfast. It takes 55 minutes to reach Nepalgunj. We will drive to hotel where we will overnight on full board basis.
  • Day 04: Fly to Talcha Airport (2752m) and commence trekking to Rara Lake (2980m)We will take the earliest flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha. It is only a 35 minute flight, but views that we see from the small airplane are spectacular. We will have our breakfast at Talcha and then commence trekking to Rara Lake.
  • Day 5: A day at Rara Lake (2980m)
    Rara Lake is the largest lake in Nepal. The beauty of Rara Lake is best appreciated from Murmatop, so after breakfast we will hike to Murmatop. Return journey is 5-6 hours. Murmatop also offers spectacular views of the Kanjirowa mountain range. We will have our picnic lunch at Murmatop and after we will return to Rara Lake for a magical sunset. The reflection of millions of stars and the moonrise on Rara Lake is an added attraction of this trek. Overnight in tents and all meals included.
  • Day 6: Trek to Sirkot (2041m)
    Today’s walk is mostly downhill. We head towards Khaytad following the Khaytad River. The walk is quite pleasant and enables us to see some rare birds and animals. After an hour and quarter we will reach Majghat (2,374m). There are three teashops along and a health post in Majghat. After leaving Majghat, the walk is mostly downhill until Murma. There are big pasturelands in Murma. We will meet local people dressed in their traditional attire speaking their native language, which is somewhat similar to Nepali. After a few hours we reach Jhaudi Khola, our lunch site. An hour walk from the Jhaudi Khola takes us to Bapeni (2528m), it is a small village inhabited by Brahmins and Chhetris. There are some tea shops and lodges in Bopani. After passing a village called, Jam (2,173m) — through Nigalbot (2,410) and Masane — we reach Sirkot. Overnight in tents near a primary school and all meals included.
  • Day 7: Trek to Jhugala (1141)
    It would be ideal to have heavy breakfast while trekking on areas like this as we don’t know when lunch will be available. From Jhugala, the trek progresses toward Ranakot. After a walk of about an hour, the trek progresses through Upper Khaka, Lower kharka and Khadgi Mela to Majchaur (1,825m). Majchaur is a bustling market area with five lodges and many shops. After about an hour trek from Majchaur, we reach Paukipani (1668m). There are a few teashops that serve freshwater fish for snacks as well as lunch. After a walk of about an hour from Paukipani, we reach our lunch site at Bira Bagar (1527m). Bira Bagar, as the name suggests, lies on the riverbank. After lunch, the trek heads towards Jamisera. We cross many suspension bridges and come across many waterfalls cascading down the hills into the river. After walking about two hours through Ratapani we reach Ama village, and another half hour we reach Rega village, where we get our first view of the Karnali River. The Khaytad Khola, which we followed for about three days, meets the Karnali River in this village. After a walk of about an hour along the Karnali River, we reach our campsite at Jugala. The campsite offers great views of the Karnali River. This is our last camp in Mugu district. Overnight in tents and all meals included.
  • Day 8: Trek to Kolti (1453m)
    After breakfast, we cross the Karnali River on a suspension bridge and enter Bajura district of the Far-west region of Nepal. After a walk of about an hour from Jugala we reach Chepi (1209m). Chepi is a small village on the banks of the Karnali River. The trek then progresses toward Kurane Jugala (1119m) which is a 45 minutes trek from Chepi. After a trek of about two hours from Kurane Jugala, we reach Alange Chaur (1082m). There are few teahouses and lodges here. After another 45 minutes we reach our lunch site at Chulighat Badhu. From Chulighat, you can cross the Karnali River and enter Kalikot district. After having lunch, we continue our walk along the banks of Karnali River through Chuligadh and Badhu bagar (1134m). After Badhu bagar, the trek progresses along the banks of Kundana River. A two hour trek from Badhu Bagar through Badhu Matela (1240m), Pipal Dali (1293m) and Raut Badhu, we reach Partola (1208m). Kolti is another half an hour walk from Partola. Overnight in tents with all meals included.
  • Day 9: Trek to Porakhe Lekh (2706)
    The trek on the seventh day is mostly uphill. We pass through Kumrakot (1466m), Ser Katiya, Samal, and Ananda Nagar. From Ananda Nagar, we reach Pandusen (2044m) through Pirekot (1936m) for lunch. Pandusen is one of the commercial centers in Bajura with good hotels, drugstores and schools. Major inhabitants of this village are Brahmins, Chhetris and Sherpas. After lunch at Pandusen, the trek passes through Chadi Pani (2204m), Angau Pani (2304m) and Paurekhe Khad (2544m), where we find small teashops. The trail is narrow and slippery. After an hour walk from Paurakhe Khad, we reach the Parekh Lekh hilltop (2700m), our accommodation for the day. The place offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills.
  • Day 10: Trek to Martadi (1580m)
    The trek for the day is mostly uphill until Pugi Dami. The trail passes through dense forest offering us chances of sighting different wildlife and bird species. We cross many rivulets on log bridges. The trek from Pugi Dami is downhill until we reach Damkane (2339m). There are a few teashops in Damkane. After a trek of around three hours from Damkane, we reach our lunch site at Chuli near Kalika School. After lunch, we trek downhill along BudhiNandi River to Martadi (1897m). Martadi is the main market area for four districts- Bajura, Bajhang, Doti & Accham. The Market is big and has a motorable road which is connected to the national road network. It has also regular power supply. Overnight in tents with all meals included.
  • Day 11: Trek to Dhuralsain (1625m)
    After leaving Martadi, we reach Gotwall Bata from where we follow the Bauli River to reach Saleghat (1362m), and another 30 minute walk from Saleghat takes us to Rapak (1308m), from here we reach Bire Khola in an hour. This is pleasing as we see beautiful waterfalls along the way. We reach our lunch site, Jadanga (1165m) after an hour walk from Kurdali Ghat. Jaganga is a small valley with beautiful hills all around. From Jadanga, we reach the Budhi Ganga River on a suspension Bridge and reach Tiphad Bazar (1118m)- a small marketplace with few teashops and communications facility. After an uphill trek of about an hour from Tiphad Bazaar we reach Amakhot (1261m). Amakhot, which is situated on top of a hill, offers a beautiful view of Budhi Ganga River. The walk for the next one and half hours passes through beautiful villages. Our destination for the day is Dhurlasain (1625m).  Overnight in tents with all meals included.
  • Day 12: Trek to Chaur (2450m)
    The trek on the tenth day passes through dense forest. After a walk of about an hour from Dhurlasen, we reach Khudi vil-lage. Another hour-long walk from here takes us to Surkha Bazaar which is known as Aatichaur. From here, the trek passes along Dhane Bagar Khola and we reach Buda Bada (1974m) through Oli Gaun. An uphill climb for an hour takes us to Lama Gaun (2023m). After crossing DhaneBagar Khola, we reach Chede Daha (2159m). It is situated on top of a small hill. An hour walk from Chede Daha takes us Dogadi Village- our luch site. After lunch, we reach Tham (2183m) through Rampur (2053m). Rampur lies on the border of Bajhang and Bajura districts. We leave Bajura and start trek toward Bajhag district. The trail passes through dense forests. Guliya Chaur (2601m) is the first destination after we leave Rampur. Guliya Chaur is a pastureland and we feel that Khaptad is welcoming us. After a walk of about an hour from Guliya Chaur we reach Laske Chaur which lies inside the Khaptad National Park. Laske Chaur is an ideal site for camping for there are plenty of water sources in the area. Overnight in tents with all meals included.
  • Day 13: Trek to Khaptad (3063m)
    The trek passes through dense forests on this day. As we will be travelling inside the National Park, where we will be rewarded with the views of different wildlife and bird species. The trek is uphill for one and half hours until we reach the top (3033m). After a walk of about half an hour from the top we reach Bahulaune Patan (3123m), a big grassland surrounded by pine forests. Pulpule (3173m), our lunch site for the day, can be reached after a walk of about an hour from Bahulaune Patan. After lunch, the trek passes through grasslands for three hours until we reach the headquarters of the Khaptad National Park. There are excellent campsites near the park headquarters. Overnight in tents with all meals included.
  • Day 14: A day at Khaptad to explore around (3063m)
    Today we rest and visit the sites nearby the campsites, such as the Ashram of Khaptad Baba and the temples of Shiva & Ganesh and Nagdhunga and Kedardhunga in Tribeni.
  • Day 15: Trek to Simalpani (1285m)
    We leave the forest area after a walk of one hour from the park headquarters. After another two hours from the park headquarters we reach Lekhda (2493m). There are some guesthouses and teashops in Lekhda. After a walk of about an hour through Meltadi (1882m), we reach our lunch site, Lamtada. The village gets electricity from Bhangadidgad, a small hydropower project. After lunch, we cross Sunar village following an irrigation canal. We reach Fulbari after about an hour and half trek from Sunar village via Jamkot (1456m). After a walk of about an hour from Fulbari we reach Simalpani. We camp at the riverside which is good place to take bath.
  • Day 16: Trek to Tamil (1130m)
    Today is the last day of the trek. After about two hours from Simapani through Jadri Gaht, Aaucheli Bagar, Tala Bagar, Khati and Khairadi, we reach Tamail (1130m). Tamail is our lunch site as well as our campsite for the day. From Tamail, regular bus services are available to different parts of the country.
  • Day 17: Drive to Dhangadhi
    10 hour bus drive and overnight in a hotel

Return to Kathmandu

  • Day 18: Fly to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel 
  • Day 19: A reserve day for contingency, rest or shopping 
  • Day 20: Depart Nepal
    Karnali Excursions provides a private vehicle for airport transfer.

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