Badimalika Cultural Trek

Badimalika trekking trail, situated in Bajura district in Far-Western Region of Nepal, it is one of the remotest and less explored trails of Nepal which was recently launched by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). Named after the very famous Temple of Badimalika, this trek is completely off the beaten and relatively new trekking route. Badimalika occupies the Khaptad National Park which is the smallest national park of Nepal yet vastly rich in vegetation and animals’ diversity.

Major attractions of the Badimalika Trekking is to explore amazing natural landscapes, a wide range of green hills, ethnic cultural villages, prosperous flora & fauna, excellent views of Mt. Api & Saipal and the Badimalika temple which is located at the top of a hillock at 4,200 meters above from sea level. The temple contains huge cultural and religious importance. The place wears a festive look during Janai Purnima and is visited by thousands of people from different parts of the country. As people there follow their own cultural lifestyles, visitors can observe their different cultural and ethnic dances like Deuda, Hudkeuli, Thadi, and Bhuwo.
Trip Code: BCT62
Starts: Jadanga
Finishes: Shuklaphanta
Duration: 14 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 7
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Jun,Sep-Dec
Elevation: 4214m/ 13825.5ft
Trip Views: 1883
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 13
Lunch: 12
Dinner: 12
Car
Jeep
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Hotel: 2 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 8 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Badimalika Culture Trek is named after Badimalika Temple in the Bajura district of far western region of Nepal.
  • Badimalika Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati.
  • The trekking area is also home to Khaptad National Park, one of Nepal’s smallest parks covering 225 sq km of rich, verdant forest.
  • Every year, there is a fair at this temple during the month of Bhadra (August).
  • Explore the unexplored rural villages, cultures and the untouched natural beauty.
  • Exploring the mystical nature, take a heart-calming cultural trek.
  • Green rolling hills, meadows adding wildlife on top of that make this an interesting journey.

Why this Trip

  • The trail is accessed throughout the year except for a couple of months in rainy and winter seasons while the trail gets abrupt by heavy rainfall and snowfall. Since the trail is relatively new and not familiar to everyone, it is important to hire local guides to get the authentic route information safely.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport our representative will be waiting for you to meet. and escort you to the hotel. In the evening we meet for a friendly dinner in a cultural restaurant of Newari people

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport transfer
    • Welcome dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : FLY TO DHANGHADI, DRIVE TO DADELDHURA (1,745M)
    The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Dhangadi (800m). It is a business and tourist centre of the far-western region. A drive of around 4 hours from Dhangadi takes us to Dadeldhura (1,745m) where we spend overnight. Dadeldhura is known for its unique cultural and traditional importance and one must try the typical rice pudding (kheer) while you are there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Fly to Dhanghadi
    • Drive to Dadeldhura
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO JADANGA (1,167M)
    Next morning, right after breakfast we begin a four-hour drive towards Sanfe of Achham, a beautiful town with famous hotels and restaurants. After lunch, a further drive of another three hours will take you to Jadanga, a small village with few teahouses.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Drive to Jadanga
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO BUDHA KORDHA (2,263M) VIA KORDHA
    We start the day with hiking uphill towards a small village Krodh. The place is home to different flora and fauna with attractive landscapes, waterfalls, green forests and streams. Budha Kordha is the final destination where we stay overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO BHITACHHINA (3,667M)
    The trail begins through the dense forests and slowly ascends uphill reaching to the altitude of above 3,000 meters. Trekkers are advised to climb slowly and drink plenty of liquid to prevent altitude sickness. After a further walk of around three hours, the trail passes through big grasslands with colourful flowers and halts at a place named ‘Bhito’ where we stay overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO TRIVENI (3,870 M)
    Soon after breakfast, the trek of around five hours, mostly uphill, takes us to Triveni. Triveni is a place of great religious significance where people stay in tents during major festivals like Janai Purnima to take holy bath in nearby rivers early in the morning and walk towards the Badimalika Temple. The overnight stay is accommodated in the tent.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO KHETIBETI
    Early morning we wake up to see people taking holy baths in Triveni. There is a religious belief among people that taking a dip in Triveni will help them to get rid of their sins and it’s an open gateway to heaven for departed souls. Some people even pay homage to their forefathers at this place. An hour walk from Triveni takes you to a place called Khetibeti where Badimalika Hill can be seen distinctly. The unique plant that resembles paddy is believed to bring good luck and adds the religious importance of this place.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO BADIMALIKA TEMPLE
    A beautiful day ahead awaits you. Along the trail, you can catch the breathtaking views of surrounding areas, beautiful plants and wildflowers. Locals believe that the fragrance of these flowers is prone to headache and vomiting, so extra care should be taken. As you climb uphill, the Lodibinayak Temple falls on the way where pilgrims offer worship to Lord Ganesh. You can catch a sizzling view of Badimalika temple as well as Triveni far below as you climb nearby hills.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 9 : TREK TO DHAWALPUR LAKE
    The early morning greets you with the clear view of Api and Saipal mountains glittering in the sun. Standing atop of the Badimalika Hill enjoy the view of the beautiful sunrise, the widespread grasslands that give you the resemblance of paradise. Pilgrims visit the temple with the belief that Badimalika fulfils their wishes. After lunch, we start descending through a steep trail towards Dhawalpur Lake. The trail can be nerve-racking for some trekkers but you will feel rejuvenated after you grasp the beautiful view of the lake. Dhawalpur Lake is located amidst a dense forest at an altitude of 2,556m and spread over 500 square meters.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO LAMAGADAH
    After breakfast, a walk of about three hours from Dhawalpur Lake takes us to the famous Natyashwori Temple. It is believed that one must visit Natyashwori Temple after visiting Badimalika. The temple wears a festive look during Janai Purnima and people from different parts of the country visit it. People can be seen performing Deuda on the premises of the temple, a cultural dance in the far western region. A further walk of about half an hour from Natyashwori takes us to Lamagadh where we stay overnight in the first homestay in Bajura. One can enjoy beautiful views of different landmarks in Bajura from Lamagadh.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO SILGADHI VIA MOURYA
    After breakfast, we begin our journey towards Mourya from Lamagadh. On the way, we see the popular stopover for visitors - the confluence of Budhinagar and Malagadh rivers which is a famous spot due to its natural beauty. After lunch in Mourya, we head towards the district headquarters of Doti, Silgadhi.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO MAHENDRANAGAR VIA DADELDHURA
    While the travellers are at Silgadi, they must visit the famous Shaileshwori Temple which is highly valued by Hindus. Silgadhi offers the 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, we head towards Dadeldhura where we stop for lunch and then to Mahendranagar for the overnight stay. Mahendranagar offers you the quality hotels where one can relax after the exhausting journey.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Trekking
  • placeDAY 13 : SHUKLAPHANTA NATIONAL PARK, FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU
    Shuklaphanta National Park is the final destination in your journey. After breakfast, we head towards 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 many other species of deer. Further, we travel towards Mahakali River to see the longest suspension bridge in Nepal. The bridge links Chandani and Dodhara villages. Finally, the day has come to an end and we head towards Dhangadi from where we catch a flight back to Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Exploration of the park
    • Fly to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 14 : DEPARTURE
    Our representative will escort you to the airport 3hrs prior to the departure time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Airport transfer
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers;
    • Round domestic flight to Dhangadi;
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast;
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle;
    • Accommodation during the trek (or camping in case of need);
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek;
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required porters (2:1/15kg) for the trek;
    • All applicable government tax;
    • All expenses for all staff: meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation.
  • Complimentary
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Map of Badimalika Region.
    • Sim card service with 2GB mobile data.
    • Souvenir from Nepal.
  • Exclusions
    • International flights;
    • Nepalese visa fee;
    • Entrance fees during sightseeing;
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, other than the scheduled itinerary;
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu;
    • 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).


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to receive you at the airport. Look for a signboard that says ‘Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd’ right outside the airport terminal. After receiving you, you will be transferred to your hotel by private vehicle.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5.Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Badimalika cultural trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during climbing to make your expedition successful. We hire experienced and authorized guides/Sherpa's to safeguard your life in the mountains. We strongly recommend that you follow the guide’s instruction with utmost care.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Badimalika cultural trek is not popular trekking region where most of the night; we spend on guesthouse/ tea house/ lodges/camping. They provide wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 9. Can I get a vegetarian food ?
    Yes, of course. If you are vegetarian then you have to clarify it.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu valley and transfer Dhanghadi on domestic flight. we also do pick up and drop from starting and ending point of trek.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking in Badimalika cultural trek ?
    Badimalika cultural trek can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season. February to June and Mid-September to December are the best time to do this trek, although in winter road will be little bit slippery which make a trek hard.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage the rescue team. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek, consult the guide.
  • 16. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day, on other days we will sleep in tent so it will be done when we reach there.
  • 17. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 18. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner of guesthouse/tea house/lodge. The best idea always is to bring your own power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 19. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Badimalika cultural trek you can make local and international calls provided by guesthouse owner after paying the amount directly.
  • 20. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 21. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 22. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 5-7 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 23. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 24. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trekking. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.
  • 25. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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