Khaptad National Park

Khaptad National Park lies of the main Himalayan range in far western Nepal, some 446km by air from Kathmandu. The park represents western mid-mountain ecosystem. It lies at the junction of four districts of Seti zone - Doti, Bajhang, Bajura and Accham districts and covers an area of 225 sq. km. Khaptad Daha, a shallow lake lies at an altitude of 3050 m. on the north - eastern part of the park. The Park harbors diverse habitats which includes coniferous forest, hardwood, scrub and grassland. A total of 217 species of birds, 18 species of mammals, 567 species of flowering plants including 4 endemics, 15 species of butterflies have been recorded form the area. The park has cultural importance due to the presence of Shiva shrine at higher triveni, the ashram of Khaptad Swami and a temple of Khaptad Mai. Every year on a full moon day of July - August pilgrims come to worship Shiva.

General Information:

Landscape: Kailash Protected Area Type: National Park
Established Year: 1984 Area: 225 sq. km.

Geographical Features:

Min: 29.28 Max: 29.45
Min: 81 Max: 81.21
From: 1296 meter To: 3276 meter
Average rainfall (m): less than 1000mm
Climate: Temperate; summer cool and wet; winter cold and dry

Biodiversity Features:

Province: Main Himalayas
Biomes: Mid-mountain ecosystem
Vegetation: There is a great variety of vegetation type ranging from sub-tropical forest in the lower altitudes (Jhingrana and Chaikot of Dopti) to temperate forests on the Khaptad plateau. The most common tree species are chirpine (Pinus roxburghii), spruce (Picea smithiana), fir (Abies spectabilis), maple (Acer pictum), birch (Betula utilis), alder (Alnus nepalensis) and rhododendron (Rhododendron spp.). Dense bamboo stands (nigalo) and wide varieties of medicinal herbs occur in the park.

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Community Structure:
EthnicGroup: The major ethnic group are Rais and Sherpa.
Natural Heritage: The park has cultural importance due to the presence of Shiva shrine at higher triveni, the ashram of Khaptad Swami and a temple of Khaptad Mai.
Cultural Significance:
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Conservation Management:

IUCN Category: II - National Park
Natural area of land and/or sea, designated to (a) protect the ecological integrity of one or more ecosystems for present and future generations, (b) exclude exploitation or occupation inimical to the purposes of designation of the area and (c) provide a foundation for spiritual, scientific, educational, recreational and visitor opportunities, all of which must be environmentally and culturally compatible.
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Conservation History:
Conservation Challenges: Illegal grass cutting , over grazing, felling of trees and other destruction.
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