Badimalika is a new trekking trail, the trail lies in Bajura district in province no 7 of Nepal. Temple of Badimalika (4,200 m) is the major attraction of the trail. There is a festival in the temple area during Janai Purnima (August). Thousands of people from Nepal and India visit the temple on this day. Bajura is rich in terms of culture and tradition. Local people perform different dances like Deuda, Hudkeuli, Bhuwo and Thadi.
The trail remains operational throughout the year. However, there is heavy snowfall in winter and this can affect the trekkers.Teahouses are available in lower areas, but it is recommended the trekkers to be self-sufficient on food and accommodation. Trekkers are also suggested to hire local guides as the trail lacks signposts and other infrastructures.
Starting Point: Dadeldhura, Kailali
Trek Starting Point: Jadanga, Bajura
Ending Point: Mahendranagar, Doti
The journey begins with a flight to Dhangadhi (800 meters) from Kathmandu From Dhangadhi, trekkers will take around 4 hours of drive to Dadeldhura (2000 m) which is famous for its unique culture and tradition. Ugratara Temple, Amargadhi Fort and Alital are some major tourist attractions in Dadeldhura which also offers a breathtaking view of Api, Saipal mountains and surrounding hills.
After breakfast, trekkers will take a four-hour drive to Sanfe of Achham. Sanfe is a beautiful town with good hotels and restaurants. Two roads start from Sanfe– one to Martdai of Bajura and the other to Mangalsen – the district headquarters of Achham. Trekkers will take the first road which passes along the Budhi Gandaki River. A drive of some three hours will take the trekkers to Jadanga, a small village with few teahouses and a health post.
After having breakfast, trekkers uphill along beautiful landscapes. After walking some three hours, they will reach Krodh, a village with attractive landscapes, waterfalls, green forests and murmuring streams. Budha Krodh (2,700 m) will be the accommodation for the day. Day 4: After breakfast, trekkers walk through a dense forest. After walking some three hours, they can see the first buffalo shed where the trekkers can buy buffalo milk and curd. Then trekkers climb up to the altitude of 3,800 meters. Trekkers may get high altitude sickness here, thus they are advised to climb slowly so as to adapt to and drink plenty of liquid to prevent altitude sickness. Then, the trail passes through big grasslands. After walking some three hours, trekkers will reach ‘Bhito’ for night’s halt. O/N in a tented camp.
The trekkers move uphill after breakfast. Walking some five hours, they will reach Triveni (3870m) which is the last destination for this day. Triveni is a place of religious significance which is cramped with around 1,500 tents during major festivals like Janai Poornima. People take holy bathe in the nearby rivers early in the morning and walk toward the Badimalika temple. O/N in tent.
Trekkers can see people taking holy bathe in Triveni in the morning. It is believed that a holy dip in Triveni get rid of them of sins. Some pay homage to their forefathers believing that it will open gateway to heaven for the departed souls. Trekkers walk an hour from Triveni to reach Khetibeti from where the Badimalika hill can be seen. O/N in a tent.
Trekkers can take breathtaking views of surrounding areas by climbing up nearby hills at Khetibeti. As there are no tea houses in this area, trekkers are required to carry packed lunch. Trekkers can see beautiful plants and wild flowers along the trail to Badimalika. It is believed that fragrance of the flowers create 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 and Triveni far below. Accommodation is in tent.
Trekkers are suggested to wake up early if you want to enjoy the view of Api and Saipal mountains which glitter in morning. There is majestic view of sunrise and widespread grasslands. Standing above the clouds atop the Badimalika hill, trekkers can feel like standing at the highest point on earth. It is believed that Goddess Badimalika fulfills all the wishes who offer prayer to her. After lunch, trekkers start descending toward ‘Dhawalpur Lake’. As the trail is steep one, it can be nerve-racking for some travelers. Once trekkers reach Dhawalpur Lake, you feel rejuvenated. It is a beautiful place to spend the night.
Dhawalpur Lake is a beautiful lake located amidst a dense forest (2556 m). The lake covers the areas of 500 sq meters. Trekkers need to walk some three hours to reach Natyashwori Temple. There is fair in the temple during Janai Purnima festival, drawing people from far and wide. It is believed that visitingNatyashwori temple is a must for those who visit Badimalika. After walking half an hour trekkers will reach Lamagadh along with beautiful views of different landmarks in Bajura. O/N in a home-stay in Lamagadh.
After breakfast, trekkers move towards Mourya. On the way, they can see the confluence of Budhiganga and Malagadh rivers. It is T a popular stopover for visitors because of its natural beauty. Then, trekkers head towards Silgadhi, the district headquarters of Doti.
Trekkers are suggested to visit Shaileshwori Temple in Silgadhi which offers splendid view of Dipayal valley that lies at a drive of about half an hour from Silgadhi. The beautiful Seti River, flows through the Dipayal Valley. After breakfast at Silgadhi, trekkers drive towards Dadeldhura. Then, they drive to Mahendranagar for night stay. O/N in a hotel in Mahendranagar, in Kanchanpur district.
Trekkers can go to Shuklaphanta National Park which lies in Kanchanpur district. After breakfast, trekkers head towards the national park where they can see the largest herd of swamp deer locally known as Barasinga. They can see black bucks and other species of deer. After visiting the national park, trekkers travel toward the Mahakali River to see the longest suspension bridge in Nepal. The bridge links Chandani and Dodhara villages to Nepal. After visiting the bridge, fly to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Departure
Visitors/trekkers can fly back to their countries or can extend their Nepal trip exploring worth-seeing places which are in abundance in Nepal.