Unspoiled natural beauty and remoteness in Far West Nepal
Unspoiled natural beauty and remoteness is what the far West of Nepal has to offer you. Our home is a good base camp to discover western Nepal. You can combine a visit to Bardia National Park with a visit to Khaptad National Park, Rara Lake National Park and Shuklaphanta National Park. Or explore the beautiful Karnali – Bheri river area.
Khaptad is situated in the far West of Nepal, covering an area of 225 km². The park is between 1400 meters and 3300 meters above sea level and is blessed with 22 moorlands, a rolling plateau of grasslands, ponds and a variety of vegetation types, ranging from subtropical forests at the lower altitudes to temperate forests around the plateau.
Rara National Park is the country’s smallest national park situated in the Mugu and Jumla districts. Its main feature is Rara Lake. Situated at an altitude of 2,990 meter, it is Nepal’s largest lake with a surface of 10.8 km² and a maximum depth of 167 m. It’s 5 km long and a 3 km wide.
The Shuklaphanta National Park is a protected area in the Terai of the Far Western Region with open grassland, forests, riverbeds and tropical wetlands. A perfect place to spot many birds and swamp deer.
You can easily spend 2-3 weeks in West Nepal. We like to help you to organize tours and transportation in this unspoiled area. For more information please contact us.
The best time to visit
Between mid-September to December and March till May is the best time to visit Khaptad and Rara National Park. From December to February the winter kicks in and temperatures drop. Both national parks will be covered with snow and trails are not accessible. Between June and September the monsoon brings lots of rain and makes the trek to both parks difficult.
Shuklaphanta National Park can be best visited from September to mid-December and from February to end of May.
Duration : 2 days / 1 night (longer is possible)
The extensive grasslands of this park (locally called phanta) provide an ideal habitat for the endangered swamp deer. There is a population of about 2000 in the park. The best way to explore the park is by jeep. From our home the park can be reached in around 4 hours by car or bus. We can arrange a lodge or a homestay for you closely situated near the entrance of the park.
Duration: 7 to 10 days
The park offers a variety of landscapes between the 1400 and 3300 meters. It is well unique in its number of flowering and herbal plant species and is also home to 23 species of mammals like musk deer, wild boar, porcupines, , Himalayan black bear and the leopard. You will also find a variety of species of birds and colourful butterflies, moths and insects. Besides its natural beauty the park is popular for spiritual retreats and experiences.
The main gateway to Khaptad National Park is Silgadi in Doti District. From our home, Silgadi can be reached by bus in 10 -11 hours. To shorten your travel time you can also go by jeep or by plane from Nepalgunj to Dipayal and from there by bus or jeep to Silgadi. You will sleep in simple lodges inside the park or you’ll put up a camp. The total walking distance is depending on your itinerary between the 60 and 140 kilometers.
A round trip from our home to the park and back will take around 7 to 10 days. We can make a custom made trip based on your wishes, available time, condition, budget and trekking experience.
See also our blog ‘Trekking in Khaptad National Park’
Duration: 10 to 11 days
The national park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife such as musk deer, snow leopards, ghoral, tahr, Himalayan black bear and the rare red panda. The park is also a birdwatcher’s delight, especially during November and April when many species of birds visit during their seasonal migration. The park ranges in elevation from 1,800 m to 4,039 m. Chuchemara Peak is the highest point situated on the southern side of Rara Lake. On the northern side, the peaks of Ruma Kand and Malika Kand frame the alpine freshwater lake.
The park headquarters are about 32 km north to Jumla. From our home it’s a 2 hours drive by jeep to Nepalgunj where you can take a flight to Jumla. From there you will walk for 10 days with one day rest at Rara Lake. You’ll camp in the park.
Duration: full day or multi-day trip
Only 1,5 hour up north (by jeep) from our home, outside Bardia National Park you can explore the gorgeous Karnali and Bheri river by walk, raft or with a jeep. Your trip will start at the impressive Chisapani bridge. The gateway to Far West Nepal. The landscape is very varied and offers you river gorges, beautiful white beaches, rice- and wheatfields, forests and remote mountain villages with authentic houses made of wood and clay. By walk you cross the river by suspension bridges or you take a small wooden boats. If you go by raft you will experience some fast rapids. On the way you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river.
This is an area not discovered by tourist yet and you will experience the pure and unspoiled Nepal. The friendly local people will welcome you heartily.
Many customized one day or multi-day hiking, rafting, camping or homestay trips along this gorgeous rivers are possible. Ask us for more information.