Magnificent Khaptad.

Magnificent Khaptad.

The Khaptad national park is a protected area in the far western region, Nepal that was established in 1984. Stretching over the four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, it covers an area of 225 square kilometers. Khaptad National park was established on the advice of the region´s holy man Khaptad baba. During the full moon in August every year, a big festival takes place here, called “Dashara Mela” when Hindu pilgrims come to worship lord Shiva. The former Ashram of Khaptad baba is also a holy site, and Nagdhunga, Kedar Dhunga and Khaptad Daha are other holy sites. Khaptad has very beautiful landscapes that consists of moorland, steep slopes and streams, it feels as if it is piece of heaven on earth, and during May-August, you can see many horses grazing on the grassland which adds to the beauty of the park. There are 2 big grasslands in Khaptad with many smaller ones. Ghod Dauda Patan, Khaptad Patan are very popular for Charicharan(grazing of animals)during summer,and a serene lake by the side of Khaptad Patan,  Khaptad Daha,  is a holy lake and is believed that your sins gets washed away if you take a dip here. Wild animals like foxes deer and occasionally bears can be seen on the forests surrounding Khaptad. During June-July, many kinds of flowers bloom in the park, which glorifies its beauty. Khaptad is a beautiful trekking place, the natural beauty of this region and tranquility gives us profound way of thinking of innovative ideas. If you are really bored and want to explore the new world, Khaptad can be your next destination....
Hike to Gosainkuda

Hike to Gosainkuda

As they said “Respond to every call that excites your Spirit”. Six people, four days. Goodly hills were already welcoming us with smile in their eyes while we were on course to Dhunche. Tiredness we felt during jumpy bus ride went hiding somewhere when we saw red rhododendron filing the hillside with its charm.   A quick call to start the hike from Dhunche resulted walk of 5 hours in lofty trails. Walk on those trails was hard nevertheless seeing Deers roaming around freely made us forget leg pains we were having. We called it a night when we reached Dhimsa at 7:30 pm. The night was surprisingly cozy with oven to warm our hands and place to rest our physically tired body. Potatoes were delicious there. After taking a good rest, we continued our hike to Gosaikunda at 6:30 am. A day long hike welcomed us with snow covered steep slopes . Hiking in those snowy trails were never an easy since you would go down upto your knees while walking, it was amusing though. Drinking typical mountain tea with yak butter energized our hiking spirits. Thanks to warm hearted dai, working in Cheese factory, Chandanbari. We would meet trekkers returning with happiness in their eyes excitement in their words of seeing the beauty of frozen lake,the frozen trail.   Houses and Stupas were rare only to be seen after a long walk, where we would stop for a while, catch our breath and walk on. After continuing trail with just your leg to fit in width, life threating view down the trail, small frozen kundas resting in...
Kalinchowk – An Adventure Pilgrimage

Kalinchowk – An Adventure Pilgrimage

Situated at the top of Charikot, Dolakha, Kalinchowk proves a must go destination for religious pilgrims and travel enthusiasts. The trip offers scenic views all along the ride and the best part begins when one starts the uphill journey from Khadichaur. The road upto Charikot is blacktopped and a comfortable ride except the U-turns typical of hilly highways. Dolalghat, Mudhe, Kharidhunga and Mudhe are some of the few spectacular stops on the journey. Once reaching Charikot, the road is a steep offroad uphill ride. The drive is almost like a X-bike racing event due to the tough terrain. Some turns of the road rarely see sunlight and are full of slippery ice all-year round. Dusty roads are another hassles. Despite all these, once you reach Kuri, also the basecamp for Kalinchowk, all is forgotten. The place itself offers majestic views and a serene landscape. The hotels around this remote area offer surprisingly amazing service and hospitality. Many prefer to stay the night in Kuri, and begin the ascend to Kalinchowk the next day, early morning which is a 30-45 minutes uphill trek. Staying in Kuri also helps in acclimatization as the altitude is over 3000 meters above sea level. Plus, it’s fun, the hotels offer cozy halls with campfire, dinner, drinks and music. Some can be seen enjoying Barbecue besides the fire. People start the ascent of Kalinchowk early in the morning without eating anything as it is considered pure in Hindu Religion to offer prayers. The time to reach the top depends upon individuals. For some, it’s a 15 minute walk , and for some it’s a tough...