Badimalika Trek – An escapade in the Grassland

Badimalika Trek - An escapade in the Grassland

Badimalika Trek takes you to the farwestern region, a grassland with the stunning view of Api and Saipal himal, Badimalika Temple; more religious by heart and natural by sight.

USD 1299/-

Key Facts

Trip Duration

11 Days

Best Travel time

October - December, and March - May

Difficulty

Strenuous

Trip Type

Individual Trekking Component

Badimalika Trek

Badimalika is an outstanding trail of the farwestern region of Nepal; with panoramic views of Api and Saipal himal. Badimalika trekking trail is identified and explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) under the leadership of Tilak Thapa Magar, joint treasurer of TAAN.

Offering some of the best natural landscapes, the trail  of Khaptad valley where you can get the great chance to explore, Khaptad National Park established in 1984.The major attraction of the trail is the temple of Badimalika which is situated on top of a hillock (4,200 meters) in Triveni municipality of Bajura district. The nepali festival, Janai Purnima, captures the main attention of tourists in this region in August.

You will get to explore rare wildlife like musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear etc. along with 270 species of beautiful birds in the dense subtropical forests of bamboo in the way to Badimalika temple.Thousands of people from different parts of the country as well as devotees from neighbouring country- India visit the temple on this auspicious day. Bajura is rich in terms of culture and tradition of local people where you can see dance performances such as Deuda, Hudkeuli, Bhuwo and Thadi among others. 

 

 

Badimalika Grassland

Badimalika Trek Highlights

A fully English-Speaking Guide.

Explore Nepal rich culture and diverse nature.

Enjoy the hospitality of the Nepalese mountain people and taste traditional Nepalese food.

Sensational views of an array of high snow-capped mountains,

Dramatic landscapes, verdant steep valleys

Observe the spectacular sunrise on the hill of Bajura.

Badimalika Trek Itinerary

Altitude: 1,300m (Kathmandu)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our rep from Himalayan Connection will pick you up, and take you to the hotel. In the evening, your trek leader will brief you about the trek. In the meantime, you will have to provide us with your documents for further processing of the permits.

Altitude: 109m (Dhangadhi)
Flight Duration: 1 hour 

The journey begins with a flight to Dhangadhi – the business and tourist center of far-western region. From Dhangadhi, a drive of around 4 hours via Godavari will take you to Dadeldhura (2000 meters). Dadeldhura is known for its unique culture and tradition. The famous Ugratara temple, historical places like Amargadhi Fort and Alital are the major tourist attractions in Dadeldhura. The place offers breathtaking views of Api and Saipal mountains as well as surrounding hills. Don’t forget to taste Dadeldhura’s typical dessert – Kheer (rice pudding). Accommodation is in hotel.

After breakfast, you begin a four-hour drive to Sanfe of Achham. Sanfe is a beautiful town with good hotels and restaurants. Two roads start from here – one to Martdai of Bajura and the other to Mangalsen – the district headquarters of Achham. After lunch, you take the first road which passes along the Budhi Gandaki River. A drive of around three hours will take you to Jadanga. Jadanga is a small village with few teahouses and a health post. Accommodation is in teahouse.

3 hours walk

The trek begins today. After having breakfast, you start walking through beautiful landscapes. The walk is mostly uphill. A hike of around three hours will take you to a small village called Krodh. You can prepare lunch here or order food at local teahouses. Krodh is a beautiful place with attractive landscapes, waterfalls, green forests and murmuring streams. The place is home to different species of flora and fauna. Budha Krodh (2,700 meters), our accommodation for the day, is the last settlement in the trek. You can only see buffalo sheds on this trail beyond Budha Krodh.

After breakfast, you resume your walk through dense forest. You will see the first buffalo shed after a walk of around three hours. This is the perfect place for lunch. You can buy buffalo milk and curd from local herders. After lunch, the trail climbs up reaching the altitude of 3,800 meters. Trekkers are prone to high altitude sickness at this height. They are advised to climb slowly so as to adapt to and drink plenty of liquid to prevent altitude sickness. From here, the trail passes through big grasslands brightened with colorful flowers. A walk of around three hours after lunch will take you to a place named ‘Bhito’ for night’s halt. Accommodation is in tented camp.

The uphill walk starts after breakfast. You can see big grasslands, waterfalls and murmuring streams on the way. After a walk of around five hours, you reach Triveni (3870m) – your destination for the day. Triveni is a place of great religious significance. This small place is cramped with around 1,500 tents during major festivals like Janai Poornima. People take holy bath in the nearby rivers early in the morning and walk toward the Badimalika temple. Accommodation in a tent.

You can see people taking a holy bath in the morning as you wake up. People believe that a holy dip in Triveni will help them get rid of sins. Some even pay homage to their forefathers at this place because of the belief that it will open the gateway to heaven for the departed souls. A walk for about an hour from Triveni will take you to a place called Khetibeti from where the Badimalika hill can be seen. Here you can see plant resembling paddy growing naturally. According to myths, birds sow seeds of these plants. People believe that the plant brings good luck to whoever gets it. Accommodation is in a tent.

A beautiful morning greets you in Triveni. You can catch breathtaking views of surrounding areas by climbing up nearby hills. As there are no tea houses in the area, you will have to carry packed lunch. You can see beautiful plants and wildflowers along the trail to Badimalika. Locals believe that the fragrance of these flowers creates headache and vomiting. The temple of Lodibinayak falls on the way where pilgrims offer worship to Lord Ganesh. The place offers beautiful views of Badimalika temple as well as Triveni far below. Accommodation is in a tent.

Rise early if you want to enjoy the view of Api and Saipal mountains glittering in the morning sun. The view of sunrise and widespread grasslands below cannot be described in words. Standing above the clouds atop the Badimalika hill, one feels like standing at the highest point on earth. Pilgrims have a strong belief that Goddess Badimalika fulfills all their wishes. After lunch, you start descending toward ‘Dhawalpur Lake’. As the trail is steep, it can be nerve-racking for some travelers. But once you reach Dhawalpur Lake, you feel rejuvenated. It is a beautiful place to spend your night.

Dhawalpur Lake is a very beautiful lake located amidst a dense forest. Situated at an altitude of 2556 meters, the lake is spread over 500 sq meters. A walk of about three hours from Dhawalpur Lake will take you to the famous Natyashwori temple. The temple wears a festive look during Janai Purnima festival, drawing people from far and wide. It is believed that one must visit Natyashwori temple after visiting Badimalika. People can be seen performing ‘Deuda’ – a cultural dance popular in the far-western region — on the temple premises. A walk of about half an hour from Natyashwori will take you to Lamagadh for lunch. One can enjoy beautiful views of different landmarks in Bajura from Lamagadh. Accommodation is on home-stay in Lamagadh – the first homestay facility in Bajura.

After breakfast, you begin your journey toward Mourya. On the way, you can see the confluence of Budhiganga and Malagadh rivers. The place is a popular stopover for visitors because of its natural beauty. After lunch in Mourya, we head toward Silgadhi – the district headquarters of Doti.

While in Silgadhi, travelers must visit the famous Shaileshwori Temple which is highly revered by Hindus. As Silgadhi is located at a high altitude, it offers a splendid view of Dipayal valley which lies at a drive of about half an hour from Silgadhi. The beautiful Seti River, which flows through the Dipayal Valley, has enhanced the beauty of this place. After breakfast at Silgadhi, you head toward Dadeldhura for lunch and then to Mahendranagar for the night. Mahendranagar has quality hotels where one can unwind after the exhausting journey.

Shuklaphanta National Park is the next destination in your journey. After breakfast, you head toward the national park where you can see the largest herd of swamp deer locally known as Barasinga. You can also catch the sight of blackbucks and other species of deer. After the visit to the national park, you travel toward the Mahakali River to see the longest suspension bridge in Nepal. The bridge links Chandani and Dodhara villages to Nepal. Now is the time to head toward Dhangadhi from where you catch the flight to Kathmandu.

Our representative will drop you off at the airport for your return flight.

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Badimalika Trek - Badimalika Trek Itinerary, Adventure in the Grasslands

Badimalika Trek is one of the new trekking trails identified and explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). Find out Badimalika trek itinerary

Service Type: Trekking Service

Price: 1299

Currency: USD

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INCLUDED

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Dhangadhi with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader for a group

One porter for Two guests.

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits and all government and local taxes

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

EXCLUDED

Nepalese visa fee

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Excess baggage charges

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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