Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to the hotel. After some refreshment, there will be a short briefing about the trek regarding the schedule, required trekking gears, services, and facilities we provided during the drive and trekking areas.
The rest of the time is free for trekking preparation.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Half-Day Sightseeing Tour and Trek Preparation.
After breakfast, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City including the World Heritage Sites. It includes a tour of two sites among below:
- Pashupatinath Temple - the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River. The temple is listed on a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) - an ancient durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples, and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name.
- Bouddhanath Stupa- an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world
- Swayambhunath Stupa - the oldest Buddhist stupa of Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises. It is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!
- Patan City - a city of 55 major temples, 136 Buddhist monasteries, and famous for the production of Thangka and Paubha Paintings.
- Narayan Hiti Palace Museum
- National Museum
The rest of the day is free for trekking preparation, such as trekking gear shopping, packing on a duffle bag, etc.
Eve: Trip briefing followed by welcome dinner at Authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu. (B, D)
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi (109m/357ft) - 1 hour 15 minutes and drive to Dipayal Silgadhi (1,340m/4,396ft) – 190Km / 6 hours
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu Domestic Airport to board an onward flight to Dhangadi for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. At Dhangadhi, we will meet the awaiting vehicle to drive from Dhangadi to Dipayal Silgadhi. This day we will drive to a hilly area leaving the Terai plains of the far western region of Nepal. Upon arrival in Silgadhi, check into the hotel and explore Silgadhi Bazar.
Overnight at a hotel in Dipayal Silgadhi. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Drive to Jhigrana (2250m/7381ft) – 1.5 hours and trek to Bichpani Camp (3,020m/9,906ft) – 3 hours
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and start drive to Jhigrana, the entrance point of Khaptad National Park. En route, we will explore Shree Saileshwori Temple of Doti.
Goddess Shaileshwari is another form among many others and people have great faith in her, like any other form of Bhagwati/Durga, it is supposed that the goddess would fulfill their destiny. The inhabitants of Silgadhi always pray to goddess Shaileshwari before beginning any task. The deities in the temple complex include a Shiva lingam, Chaturbhuj Narayan, Ganesh, Bhairab, and Masta.
Then we will continue the drive to Jhigrana. Upon arrival at Jhigrana, start trek to Bichpani Camp for about 3 hours. Crossing Jhigrana, the trail will gently ascend towards the forest trail. Walking for four hours, we will reach Bichpani.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp at Bichpani Camp. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Trek to Khaptad (3,010m/9,873ft) - 5 hours
After breakfast, we will start trek towards Khaptad. Today trek leads through subtropical pine timberland, and the subalpine fir, hemlock, oak, and rhododendron backwoods in the higher region. April is the best time to see red rhododendron (Laliguras) or pink rhododendron (Setoguras) in bloom. The trail is paved with stone for easy walking. We can see a direction board on the way to show different places to visit. Walking for about 3 hours, we will reach Tribeni Dham where a temple is situated at the confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati. Following the right-side trail from Tribeni Sangam, we will reach to National Park headquarter where we will find teahouse lodges.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp at Khaptad. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Explore Khaptad Region
The National park “Khaptad National Park” established in 1984 has an extraordinary ecosystem with a huge variety of vegetation ranging from the sub-tropical forest in the lower altitudes to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau. The park offers a challenging yet rewarding experience. We will explore Khaptad Baba Hermitage, Sahashra Linga, Ganesh temple, Nagdhunga (Serpent Stone), and Kedardhunga, the museum at headquarter, and a view tower. To the north we can see the Saipal Himalayan Ranges- In the other direction, the vast green mid-hills of Nepal can be seen clearly. Intertwined into the landscape of the Khaptad plateau are the Patans (pastureland) with beautiful flowers (about 135 species) that bloom in the summer and late spring. The local people graze their livestock in the Patans during the summer season. In the northeastern part of the park, there is a lake called Khaptad Daha. The National park is rich in flora and fauna such as oak and rhododendron in the higher area. There are more than 224 species of medical herbs, about 11 percent of flowering plants of Nepal, 270 species of birds, 20 species of animals.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp at Khaptad. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Trek to Kanda (1,940m/6,364ft) - 5 hours
Early in the morning, hike to the view tower near to park headquarter for a sunrise view. After breakfast, start trek to Kanda Village. Leaving headquarter, we will trek uphill to Khappar (Khaptad) Lake (3,500m). After some rest and exploration, we will trek downhill to Kanda. The trail passes through dense forests of pine. Walking for about 5 hours, we will reach Kanda and check into the teahouse lodge. (Subject to availability). Later we will explore Kada Palace in this village. Kanda Palace or Durbar is a historical site of Bajura.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp at Kanda. (B, L, D)
Day 08: Trek down to Mouriya (1,008m/3,306ft) 8-9 hour
This day we will trek from Kanda to Mouriya to about 8 hours downhill and reach Maure which will bisect Sanfebagar-Martadi Highway. The trail will pass through traditional villages of Bajura, like Birarigaun, Juwapani, Simalkot, etc. On the way, we will explore the lifestyle, culture, and livelihood activities. Upon we get on to the highway, we will pass it and walk further to cross Budiganga River and finally reach Mouriya for a stay.
Overnight at homestay or tented camp at Mouriya. (B, L, D)
Day 09: Trek to Lamgada (2,100m/6,888ft) - 6 hours
From Maure, we will start trek to Lamgada village via Nateshwari Temple. We will gradually ascend to the steep uphill trail to reach Nateshwori Temple. After exploring the temple, we will walk for few hours to reach Lamgada, where we can find some homestay as well. The homestay is organized by the local people which offer us to witness the local cultures, traditions, livelihood activities and allows us to involve in their household works as well.
Overnight at homestay or tented camp at Lamgada. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Trek to Chankili (3,500m/11,480ft) - 8 hour
The trail from Lamgada to Badimalika temple is narrow and the trekkers must be careful and must walk with the support of staff or any other trekkers. This day, we will trek from Lamgada to Chankili. The trail is mostly uphill and narrow and requires a gentle walk that may take time about 8 hours. Despite this, the trail offers the view of pristine nature and its beauty. We will find many floras and herbs along the trail.
Overnight at tented camp at Chankili. (B, L, D)
Day 11: Trek to Badimalika (4,210m/13,810ft) - 5 hour
From Chankili, we will trek to Badimalika Temple for about 5 hours. The trail goes through the sloppy hill up to the temple. We will find rocky cliffs on the way. The trail gradually ascends to the plateau of 4,210m where Badimalika Temple is situated. From the top, we can see Mt. Api (7,132m), Mt. Saipal (7,031m), and many more peaks of the Gurans Himal Ranges. During the festival season, there will be a queue to worship Badimalika Temple. As this area lacks drinking water, we need to carry water from Bishnu Muhan which is on the Cliffside below to the Badimalika Temple.
Overnight at tented camp at Badimalika Temple. (B, L, D)
Day 12: Trek to Triveni (3,870m/12,694ft) - 5 hour
Early morning, wake up to see the golden sunrise view of Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal and other peaks. After some exploration, worship Badimalika Temple. It is believed that Goddess Badimalika fulfills all your wishes. After breakfast, trek down towards Triveni which is the confluence of 3 rivers. This is one of the holy sites too.
During the festival in July/August, we can see thousands of pilgrimages do camping at 1500+ tents here and performing rituals like as the competition between Kalikot and Bajura to keep Gajur (pinnacle) for 1 year. The same tradition possesses at Triveni at the same time after 1 year.
En-route to Triveni, we will explore Khetibati which seems like a naturally grown paddy field. It is believed that the birds sow seeds of those plants.
Overnight at tented camp at Triveni. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Trek to Kolti (1,390m/4,560ft) – 8 hours
This day, we will walk early in the morning from Triveni. After having breakfast, we will trek down to Kolti Bazar. The trail will pass through Budimai Than and reaches the hillocks of 7 grasslands (locally called Saat Pakhya:). Further, walking downhill, we will reach Kolti Bazar via Diuda Patan.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp at Kolti Bazar. (B, L, D)
Day 14: Trek to Jhugala (1,120m/3,674ft) – 6 hours
Leaving Kolti Bazar, the trail will follow the bank of Kundana River till Pilu and follow the left bank of Karnali River which will pass through Badhu and Purano Jhugala. Walking an hour from Purano Jhugala and cross Karnali River to reach Jhugala. There are teahouse lodges for food and accommodation. In our free time, we can enjoy swimming in the river.
Overnight at teahouse lodge or tented camp at Jhugala. (B, L, D)
Day 15: Trek to Shreekot (2,040m/6,691ft) – 7 hours
After breakfast at Jhugala, we will walk following the Karnali River until we reach the confluence of Khalyad River and Karnali River. Khalyad River is originated from Rara Lake. So, we will follow this river to reach Rara Lake. Follow the trail along the Khaytad River, cross few suspension bridges, walk through farmland and forests, enjoy the cascading waterfalls, we will reach Shreekot via Ratopani, Birabagar, Tali bagar (Majhchaur). Talibagar is facilitated with Bank, police stations, and other services. Walking for an hour, we will reach Shreekot
Overnight at teahouse lodge or tented camp at Shreekot. (B, L, D)
Day 16: Trek to Murma Village (3,160m/10,364ft) - 7 hours
Today’s route as well follows the Khalyad River and passes through villages like Sheri, Baupani, Jeuda, where we can find small shops and teahouse as well. From Baupani, there will be no shops until we reach Murma village. The trail passes through gorges, forests, and streams where we will get to see many wild animals and birds. From Jeuda we will gently ascend towards Murma Village. Upon we reach Murma Village, we will check into the lodge and hike to Murma Top. (If time and weather permits. If the weather supports, we will stay overnight at Murma Top.)
Overnight at teahouse lodge or tented camp at Murma. (B, L, D)
Day 17: Hike to Murma Top (3,690m/12,103ft) - 1.5hrs and trek to Rara Lake (2,990m/9,807ft) - 2 hours
Early Morning, hike to Murma Top to see sunrise view and see Rara Lake. From Murma top you will be able to enjoy great views over Rara Lake (in the east) as well as stunning views towards the south, west, and north.
Catching up the view and some photographs, we will hike down to the lodge and further trek down to Rara Lake. This day, we will explore by walking on the shore of the Lake. We can do camping on the bank of the Lake. More activities like horse riding, cycling, walking can be done.
After exploring Rara Lake, we will walk near Talcha Airport for about 2 hours for Overnight Stay.
Overnight at teahouse lodges or tented camp near Talcha Airport.
Day 18: Fly back to Nepalgunj – 30 minutes and fly to Kathmandu – 55 minutes
After breakfast, timely transfer to Talcha Airport to board an onward flight to Nepalgunj that takes about 30 minutes. Upon arrival at Nepalgunj, we will take the flight to Kathmandu for about 55 minutes with the view of Mountain ranges from the left side of the aircraft. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer and check into the hotel.
(The flight of Gamgadi-Nepalgunj and vice versa will require good weather for timely operation. In case of any unavoidable circumstances like bad weather, flight cancellation, we need to wait for the next day.)
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (B, L)
Day 19: Contingency day on trek or Kathmandu in case of any unavoidable circumstances.
If the plan goes smooth with the flight on require day/time, this day will be a free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities or sightseeing tour (on own), last-minute shopping, bag packing, etc. On request, we will arrange a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
Eve: Group Farewell dinner at authentic Nepali Restaurant in Kathmandu.
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. (B, D)
Day 20: Departure to home country
After breakfast, timely transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport to board an onward flight to home country 3 hours earlier to the scheduled flight departing time. We wish you a happy journey during your flight from Nepal to your home country with the hope to see you on your next visit to Nepal.
(Meals Included: Breakfast)