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TAAN explores new trail to Khaptad

TAAN has completed exploration of a new trekking route that links Rara National Park in Mugu to Khaptad National Park.

A seven-member team led by Rana Bahadur Khadka, 1st vice president of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), had embarked on an exploration trip to mid and far western region on June 7, 2013. The team comprised of photographer, cartographer, report writer, TV crew and local media persons.

The trail begins from Talcha airport in Mugu and passes through Sirkot, Sukhadhik and Kolti of Bajura.

It enters Khaptad National Park from Kolti and passes through Tamail, Budhakholi, Baaisdhara, Surmasarobar, Dhulichaur and Chainpur before ending at Dhangadhi.

The team held interaction with local stakeholders at Tamail and Chainpur.

"Tribeni and ashram of Khaptad Baba are the major attractions in Khaptad National Park.

By exploring and promoting this trail, we hope to encourage tourists visiting Rara National Park to visit Khaptad National Park," said Khadka. "We will prepare documentary, detailed itinerary and map to promote the trail."

The trail offers magnificent views of mountain peaks like Api and Saipal.

This is the first time that TAAN has explored new trekking trails in the far-western region. TAAN completed exploration of new trekking trail in Humla and Mugu in April 2013.

Last year, it explored Lumba-Sumba area in the Kanchanjunga region, Lower Manaslu in the Manaslu region, Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal area and Dolpo in the mid-western region.

Source: Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), June 2013
Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park liesabout 446 km air distance northwest of Kathmandu covering the unique ecosyestem of the mid-hill region of far western Nepal. The grasslands intermixed with oak andconiferous forests cover the higher altitudes. The core area of Khaptad is of much religious importance. Among the fauna, langur and musk deer are famous in this Park. A good population of impeyan, koklas and kalij pheasants make the park rich in its avi-fauna. The park is accessible by air or road followed by a couple of days walk.

Rara National Park

Situated in the northwest of Kathmandu, the park includes Lake Rara, Nepal's largest lake, and its heavily forested catchment area, together with a large part of Chuchumara Dara hills to the south. Located between 9000'-15000' feet altitude amidst scenically superb surroundings, this National park provides an ideal focus for tourism in the northwest region of Nepal. Three days walk north of Jumla, it can also now be reached directly by air, an air -strip having been constructed on the southern shore of the lake. The area gives away a considerable variety of wildlife, while in winter the lake serves as a resting place for duck, geese and other migratory waterfowl.

The Rara lake and its surroundings that forms Rara National Park, is situated at about 370 km northwest of Kathmandu. Much of the park is at an altitude of about 3000 metres forested by conifers. 20 different species of mammals such as musk deer, Himalayan Thar, Red Panda, leopard etc and 214 species of birds like Snow Cock, Coots, Grebes, Mallard etc. are found in the park. Similarly, the region is also the home to 500 different kinds of flowers and herbs including rhododendron and juniper.

The Rara lake is the largest lake of Nepal and the entire Mugu district. The district is full of bio-diversities and natural beauty.

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