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Badimalika Trekking - 16 Days

Badimalika Trekking takes you to the Far-western region of Nepal, provides panoramic views of beautiful and stunning Mt. Api and Mt. Saipal ranges. This trek leads you to the trail of Khaptad valley where you can get the great chance to explore, Khaptad National Park established in 1984 preserves many rare wildlife like: musk deer, barking deer, leopard, bear etc. along with 270 species of beautiful birds in the dense subtropical forests of bamboo with enchanting rhododendron flowers, Khaptad lake, Khaptad Baba museum and Khaptad Danda where Khaptad Baba lived for many years. Trekking trail to Khaptad offers you the great chance to observe Tribeni river, ( the holy river) for Hindu pilgrimages and one of the best and main attractions of this trek, Badimalika temple in Bajura district  in which the major annual festival “Malika Chaturdashi” is celebrated during full moon in the month of August by many Hindu pilgrimages.   

Badimalika Trek or Far West Heritage trek is an outstanding trail designed to give full preview of the hidden and must important natural beauty of Far Western region of Nepal. The main attraction is the Badimalika Temple of Bajura district, which is one of the most prestigious pilgrimage sites for Nepalese and tourists alike. This temple houses devotee Bhagawati and during the Malika Chaturdasi Festival (held during the full moon of the month of August), which is held annually; you can see thousands of worshippers in line waiting to get glance of the Goddess.

The trek also covers the destination – Khaptad with area of 225 sq. km, which is home to 224 species of medicinal herbs, 270 species of birds, different animals and it is estimated to house 11 percent of flowers available in Nepal. The Khaptad National park was established in 1984 and preserves some of the rare species. Other highlights of the trek include “Khaptad Baba”, Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and a tower there. Khaptad Baba lived here for many years; meditating and sharing his philosophy to the people. And you can see his ashram spread in 5 KM of wide area. Khaptad is unique in the sense that butchering, alcohol and tobacco are completely banned. You can see Khaptad Lake and spectacular view of Api and Saipal Himal range.

We initiate our trip from Kathmandu by taking direct flight to Dhangadhi and drive to Dadeldhura – a district with historical places, unique culture and traditions. We trek to Jadanga with beautiful lodges and restaurants. Following the route, we reach Budha Krodh, where you can see Buffalo sheds. The trail gradually leads us to Bhitachhina and we start to gain major altitude, so we take extra caution. The next day, we trek to Tribeni – a famous Hindu pilgrimage river. And the very next day, we reach Badimalika Temple. If we want extra fun, we can come here in August because special festivity is done in this month (especially full moon day). Now it is all the way to Dhalpuri Pokhari to Bhansainkharka to Laskechaur and to Khaptad National Park. We explore the national park and trek to Silguri. From Silguri, we take early flight to Kathmandu.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1340m)

Welcome to Nepal – the land of Everest! Our airport representatives pick you up from airport and transfer you to hotel for further briefing about the upcoming trip. In the evening, a small meeting shall be held to discuss and prepare for the trek. And after meeting, you can roam around Thamel to get familiar with environment and location.

Day 2
Sightseeing & Preparation

We do sightseeing around Kathmandu along with the preparation for climbing. Sightseeing includes tour around Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Bauddhanath (Buddhastupa), Pashupatinath/Biggest Hindu Temple & Patan Durbar Square. We pack all the necessary equipments and double check all the documents.

Day 3
Flight to Dhangadhi (109m) and drive to Dadeldhura (2000 m) – 1 hrs & 4 hrs

We take flight to Dhangadhi and four hours of drive takes you to Dadeldhura. It is a district with unique cultures, traditions and historical places. The area is surrounded with hills and you can see breathtaking views of mountains like Api and Saipal. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Drive to Jadanga (3828m) -6 hrs

After a early breakfast and warm greetings from the sunrise, we take drive to Sanfe – a beautiful town with hotels and restaurants in Achham district of Nepal. The drive offers us great views of Nepalese mountain peaks. From Sanfe, we take short drive and reach Jadanga. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Budha Krodh (2263m) -6 hrs

We begin our official trek today. At the beginning, we feel little uncomfortable, but after hour or so, we begin to enjoy the trek. We walk uphill through beautiful landscape and arrive at the last settlement of the trail – Budha Krodh. Buffalo sheds is the thing you will see beyond this place. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Bhitachhina (3667 m) -7 hrs

After morning breakfast, we trek through dense forest and gain altitude. The trail passes forest of rhododendron, pine and oak. We first reach Buffalo Kharka for the lunch and continue our trek. We take extra caution (because of rapid altitude gain) as we climb and pass grasslands to arrive at Bhitachhina to call it a day. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Tribeni (3870 m) -4 hrs

We walk uphill via big grassland and cross waterfall as well as murmuring water streams. We reach Tribeni – a place of religious significance. During big festivals you can see thousands of tents and this place gets lot crowded. Mostly in Janai Purnima around 15000 pilgrims visit the site to worship this river. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 8
Trek to Badimalika temple (4214 m) -5 hrs

The best way to preserve the culture and experience true culture of this place is to take bathe in the nearby river and head to the temple. But you can go straight to the temple if you want. We visit the temple and camp there. From here you can see mountains shining if the weather is clean. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 9
Trek to Dhalpuri Pokhari (2556 m) -6 hrs

We go through Dharmaghar and to Dhalpuri Pokhari. The trail is pretty easy and you will see small forest as we trek to Dhalpuri Pokhari (Lake). Three hours from here, you can go to famous Natyeshwori Temple Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 10
Trek to Bhansainkharka (2480 m) -7 hrs

Today is going to be a long walk to Bhansankharka. We pass Lamagada and Mourya and reach there for overnight. The trek is strenuous and obviously amazing green forest and stunning landscape surrounds us. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Laskechaur (2450 m) -5 hrs

We reach to Laskechaur passing through amazing landscape and this is a beautiful trek as compared to yesterday’s long and strenuous journey. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 12
Trek to Khaptad National Park -5 hrs

We pass through dense forest of the National park. We walk across grasslands for few hours to reach headquarter of Khaptad National park. And visit khaptad’s popular place like Baba’s Ashram and Triveni. “Khaptad Baba” is very popular and is known as great master having religious and social philosophy in the society. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 13
Excursions around Khaptad National Park

We explore Khaptad National Park for today. We visit Museum, Khaptad Danda, Patan and Tower. Khaptad National Park was established in 1984 and houses huge variety of vegetation. The park is rich with floras and faunas and preserves 224 species of medicinal herbs, 270 species of birds, different animals and it is estimated to house 11 percent of flowers available in Nepal. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 14
Trek to Silgadhi (1340 m) - 5 hrs

We trek to Silgadhi – a municipality and districts headquarter of Doti. This is the most developed city in the Doti district. You can get major services & facilities here. There is airpoprt in Dipayal of Silgadhi. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 15
Fly to Kathmandu – 1 hr

We take an hour long flight to Kathmandu. The flight is amazing with valleys below us and we get opportunity to see mountains in far distance. After the arrival, you can do shopping or take rest in the hotel. In the evening, small dinner program is held. Meals included: Breakfast, and finally an overnight stay in hotel. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 16
Departure/Farewell

Trip to the Himalayas concludes. Our airport representative drops you off to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Along the way to your home, you can relive the moment shared with Himalaya and Himalayans.

Cost included

  • Airport pick up and departure and all ground transportation during trips.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu two or three star category in twin sharing bed with breakfast basis
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Accommodation in lodge and full board meals during the trekking
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no.of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • All fees for TIMS card and Trekking Permit
  • Domestic Flight according to Itinerary
  • Sleeping bag, Down jacket & necessary equipments during the trek
  • One cultural show and dinner program

Cost excluded

  • International Flight ticket & your personal expenses
  • Major meals in cities cold & alcoholic drinks
  • Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Tips to guide and porter and your insurance

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Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing and personal

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Flight, Bus, Tourist & private vehicle
  • (1-18)+ member ( we organizes School , collage, University, private group, Family group and solo travelers as well )
  • 3667 m
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Nepal
  • Sightseeing , Nature , Culture , Himalayan Views
  • September- December and March - May