TAAN explores trekking trail to Khaptad National Park
KATHMANDU, Nepal-In a bid to explore a new trekking trail to Khaptad National Park, one of most significant park in Nepal, a seven member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is heading to the far-western region. The team will explore the trail from Talcha Airport in Mugu. ‘We will explore a new trekking route to enter Khaptad National Park, Ram Bahadur Khadka, fist vice-president of TAAN said in a statement, ‘then we will promote the trail by publishing maps, documentary film and a itenary.’
The team comprises of photographer, cartographer, report writer, TV crew and local media persons along with support staff.
The team will head toward Bajura via Sirkot, Sukhadhik and Kolti to enter the park. According to the statement, the journey will then proceed toward Tamail, Budhakholi, Baaisdhara, Surmasarobar, Dhulichaur and Chainpur before ending at Dhangadhi.
This is the first time that TAAN is exploring new trekking trails in the far-western region. Earlier, TAAN accomplished a new trekking trail in Humla and Mugu of mid western region in April. TAAN had dug into Ruby Valley in the Ganesh Himal area, Lumba-Sumba area in the Kanchanjunga region, Lower Manaslu in the Manaslu region, and Dolpo in the mid-western region last year.
Established in 1984, the National Park is stretching over the four districts of Bajhang, Bajura, Achham and Doti, covering an area of 225 kilometers.
The renowned Khaptad Baba Ashram, a religious site where Hindu pilgrims visit to worship Lord Shiva on the full moon of July-August each year, is located near the park headquarters. A total of five hundred and sixty seven floras have been recorded in this park.