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Badimalika Trek Overview
Badimalika is a holy temple located in the far western area of Nepal with a height of 4,200 meters. It is a rarely visited pilgrimage site that provides an experience of high passes, ethnic villages, astonishing natural beauty, spiritual experience, the lifestyle of locals, green hills, white Himalayas, remote natural campsite, wilderness trail, and landscape of the pristine part of Nepal. The trekking area is also home to Nepal's smallest National Park - Khaptad National Park which covers 225 square kilometers.
Badimalika Trek is not only a religious trek but also an opportunity to explore in a natural and cultural sense. The journey is a combination of nature, culture, and adventure where you can experience every color of the rainbow. The trek to Badimalika temple begins with a flight to Dhangadhi in western Nepal's plain and takes a short drive to Dadeldhura. Trekkers continue on to Jadanga and Budha Krodh, two of the most pure and lovely settlements in the area. The trek further heads to Triveni and then to Badimalika. From the summit of the hilltop, magnificent views of the Api and Saipal mountains can be seen. Trekkers visit the temples and after a short excursion of the magnificent grazelands and mountains, the trail moves toward Dhawalpur Lake. Dhawalpur Lake is a wonderful lake nestled within the lush forest.
Besides Badimalika temple, there are some other popular temples in Badimalika where trekkers can visit, the sacred Badimalika, Natyeshwori, and Silgadhi temples. The Badimalika trek provides panoramic views of the beautiful and stunning Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges. The trails lead to the Khaptad Valley where trekkers get an opportunity to explore Khaptad National Park. The national park is the home of hundreds of plants and animals. In Khaptad National Park, there are over 200 species of herbs plants and 260 species of resident and migratory birds. Some of the common birds trekkers can observe are Impeayan, Lophophorus, pheasant, bulbuls, cuckoos, and eagles. There are around 20 species of mammals including barking deer, wild boar, goral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated Marten, Rhesus, and Langur monkeys, leopard, wild dogs, jackal, and musk deer. The park has a very good environment for wildlife and there is a beautiful view of Dhawalpur Lake. The visit to the old and historical Amargadhi fort at Dadeldhura, the trek has grasslands full of adventure.
Myths related to Badimalika Temple
Badimalika temple is an important center for religious, historical, cultural, and natural attractions as many myths are connected to this area. Badimalika temple is dedicated to the goddess Bhagawati, and she is believed to be very powerful, generous, and a blessing. Every year during the full moon time in the month of August, an annual festival - Ganga Dashahara is held on the premises of the temple where thousands of people from Nepal and neighboring countries come to pray and worship in this temple.
We will fly to Dhangadhi to start our trek. It is the first step on our hike. It will take us around 1 hour to get there. When we will reach there we will drive to Dadeldhura. Drive in Dadeldhura will be so much fun. We can see the agriculture of the people living there. Around four hours we will reach Dadeldhura. It is a beautiful place and also has historical sites like Amargadhi Fort and Alital, which are the main attraction for tourists. We will stay overnight there.
We will drive from Dadeldhura to Jadang on the second day of our hike. To reach Jadanga, we will take the trail passes safely. We will first wake up early in the morning to have a breathing view of the town. We will explore the valley first. There are many cultural temples in the town. While driving on this trail to Jadanga, Sanfe we can see mind mind-blowing view of the mountain range. It will take around 4 hours to reach Sanfe. We will have a view of the Budhi Gandaki River for a short period of time. Driving after 3-4 hrs with the lovely trail from Sanfe we will reach Jadanga. Jadanga is a small clean village. The environment around the village is very fresh. It is at a height of 3820m from sea level. We will stop our hike there and stay overnight in Jadanga.
We will have a beautiful view of the sunrise in the morning. The surroundings of the place will be very quiet and peaceful. We will explore the Jadanga hill within a short period of time and start our hike to Budha Krodha. It is at a height of 2700m from sea level. Budha Krodha is a beautiful place suitable for wildlife and landscapes. Different types of plants, birds, and animals can be found in that area. There is a waterfall in Budha Krodha. The people of that area have a farm of buffalo.
When we will reach there after 3-4 hours of the hike we will stay there for the night. We can have a view of snow caps mountain from the hill.
The fourth day of the trek will be the longest trail trek. So, we will start our trek early in the morning. To reach the Trieni we need to pass through a name called Bhoti village/hill. Bhoti hill has a height of 3800 m. The trails lead us to the dense forest. The forest is the home of flora and fauna. It will take us around 3 hours to reach Bhoti Hill. We will take some rest on the hill and continue the journey to the Triveni. We can have a view of big grasslands, waterfalls, and murmuring streams on the following trail. After a walk of around four hours, we reached Triveni. Triveni is a place of old religious significance.
At the Festival like Janai Poornima, there place cramped with around 1,000 tents. We stayed overnight at the hotel/lodge of Triveni.
On the 5th day of our trek, we will finally reach the destination we were waiting for. We will hike to the base of the Badimalika. The hike from Triveni to Badimalika will be an adventurous hike. The Triveni hill is around 3,870m high. The view from the hill is really very beautiful. The trail to Badimalika leads us to a beautiful forest. We can many different birds on the way. After hiking for 4-5 hours, we can reach Badimalika. However, it is one of the major temples in Nepal with a myth connected to it. From there we can have stunning views of the Badimalika temple and the Triveni River far below. We will stay overnight on the base of the Badimalika.
We will explore the hill on the 6th day. We will climb up to the hill. The hill is full of greenery. We can explore the temple and many other places in Badimalika. The hike to the top of the hill will be very interesting. The best way to preserve the culture and experience the true culture of this place is to take a bath in the nearby river and head to the temple. But we can choose to go straight to the temple if we want. After exploring the Badimalika we will hike to the Dhawalpur Lake and make camp there for an overnight stay.
We will explore the lake for certain hours It is a beautiful lake located at an elevation of 2,556 and the lake is 500 square meters in size. However, after exploring the lake we will start the hike to Lamagadh. A walk of about three hours from Dhawalpur Lake will take you to the famous Natyashwori temple. It is said that one must visit the Natyashwori temple after visiting Badimalika. The height of the Lamagadh hill is around 2,195m. It will take just half an hour of a hike from Natyashwori Temple to Lamagadh. We will stop our hike over there. We will stay there overnight. In the evening we can have a great view of the sunset from the hill. The evening view of the hill is really very lovely over there.
We will wake up early in the morning to have a beautiful view of the sunrise. We will start our 8th day of the hike, hiking from Lamagadh, and end in Mahendra Nagar. It will be a long trek. So, we started our trek early in the morning. To reach the Mahendra Nagar we need to pass through Silgadhi (1008 m). The trail is downhill so it will be easy to reach. The confluence of the Budhiganga and Malagadh rivers may be seen along the route. Due to its natural beauty, the location is a popular tourist stopover. Travelers could pay a visit to the famed Shaileshwori Temple in Silgadhi, which is widely regarded by Hindus. We leave Silgadhi after breakfast and go to Dadeldhura for lunch before arriving in Mahendra Nagar for the night.
We will take full rest in Mahendra Nagar. In the morning time, we will explore Mahendra Nagar. It is the 2nd largest city in Sudurpaschim Pradesh of Nepal. From there we will directly return to the Dhangadhi. Way hike from Mahendra Nagar to Dhangadhi will be very interesting and enjoyable. We can see the different types of agriculture over there. The hike will be 3-4 hours and we will stay overnight in Dhangadhi.
The 10th day is the last day of our hike. On that day we will return to Kathmandu by flight. But before our flight approaches, we will explore Dhangadhi Hill at least one time. As the time for our flight approaches closer we drive to the domestic section flight and return to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we will have a small farewell program and we will end our memorable Bardimalika Trek over there.
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Best Time for Badimalika Trek
Badimalika trek can be done throughout the year however, Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are considered the best seasons for the Badimalika trek. The weather is clear, the mild climate, pleasant temperatures, and the best panoramic views of mountain vistas make these seasons perfect for trekking.
If you are ready to face any kind of challenges, trekking during the Summer (June to August) and Winter (December to February) seasons is also accessible but clear weather is not guaranteed. The heavy rainfall and snowfall may be the challenging factor but is a perfect time to explore and enjoy nature in peace from trekking.
Hydrating yourself is the most essential thing to do during the trekking and trekkers are required to drink at least 3 to 4 liters of water on average. Drinking plenty of water is the key factor in avoiding altitude sickness during trekking. You can purchase mineral water or boiled water which are safe for drinking. Also, it is recommended to use water purification tablets before drinking the water from taps.
Starting Point: Kathmandu flight to Dhangadhi, drive to Dadeldhura/ Dadeldhura to Jadanga/ Jadanga to Budha Krodha, and so on To Badimalika
Ending Point: Exploring the Badimalika, back to Dhangadhi, and flight to Kathmandu Flight
Distance from Kathmandu to Badimalika: 420km
The flight distance from Kathmandu to Dhangadhi:365km
Highest Elevation of Badimalika: 4,200m
During the Badimalika trek, accommodation takes place in a camp or tents. The camps will be set up by our field staff. You will be provided with sleeping bags, pillows, and mattresses for you to sleep in the tents. With Bold Himalaya, you will have the best camping experience during the Badimala trek.
During the Badimalika trek, trekkers will be provided with full-board meals including tea and coffee for beverages. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the camps, where you spend the night whereas lunch will be taken on the route to the next destinations. Even though there are limited food options, freshly cooked meals enriched in nutrition will be served.
Since the Badimalika is a camping trek, trekkers are recommended to carry the food items according to their interests.
For the Badimalika trek, trekkers require two types of permits: a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card and a Khaptad National Park permit.
Generally, the Badimalika trek takes place in a remote area of Nepal where payments from debit cards and credit cards are not accepted. There are not any ATM facilities during the trekking trail so it is recommended to withdraw enough cash while in the city of Kathmandu or Dhangadhi before starting the trek.
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