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West Himalaya Treks

Khaptad-Badimalika Trek

Number of Days 20
Highest Point 4,200 meters (Badimalika Temple)
Trek Difficulty Moderate
Accommodation Teahouse/Tent
Walking Time Approx 6 hrs per day
Starting Point Jhingrana
Ending Point Ramaroshan

Trip Highlights

  • Trek through amazing landscapes and beautiful countryside
  • Big meadows and pristine lakes of Khaptad, Badimalika and Ramaroshan
  • Spiritual journey in the uncharted territory
  • Hinduism with a different flavor
  • Far-flung villages aloof from modernization
  • Off-the beaten trails far from the madding crowd

Overview

Khaptad-Badimalika Trek, this specially curated trek connects three major attractions of the western Himalayas – Khaptad, Rama Roshan and Badi Malika. While Khaptad is known for its sprawling grasslands and spiritual values, Rama Roshan is home to beautiful lakes and grasslands. Similarly, Badi Malika is the home of the goddess Malika and hence a popular pilgrimage sites for people from Nepal as well as India. What sets this trek apart from other conventional treks is natural scenery, sprawling grasslands, breathtaking mountain views, unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of the local people. It is pristine and unspoiled. Unlike other parts of Nepal, local people worship Masto. Masto is the main deity of Khas people who inhabit the area. Masto gods do not have any specific image like other Hindu gods and goddesses. People communicate with the gods through Jhankris or shamans. You cannot find this tradition elsewhere in the world. Trekking in this part of Nepal is entirely different form the Everests and the Annapurnas which are crowded with thousands of trekkers in peak seasons. Here, you could be only one foreigner on the trail.
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival

Welcome to Nepal. After completing immigration formalities, meet our representative outside the arrival lounge who will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, meet your guide and attend trek briefing session.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Morning trek preparation and fly to Dhangadhi (110m) – Approx 1 hr 10 mins

After breakfast, do some last minute shopping, if need be, as our flight is in the afternoon. A flight of about an hour will take you to Dhangadhi – the commercial center of far-western Nepal. Upon arrival in Nepalgunj, get transferred to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities.

O/N: Hotel
Day 3
Drive to Silgadhi (1310m) – Approx 7 hrs

After early breakfast, start driving toward Dipayal Silgadhi – the district headquarters of Doti district. The drive is pleasing as the narrow roads snakes through southern plains of Tarai initially and climbs up the hills. After a drive of around two hours, you will stop at Khandanda hill station for lunch. A drive of another four hours from here will take you to Silgadhi. Silgadhi is a small mountain bazaar that sits on a ridge across Seti River which originates in Saipal Himal.

O/N: Hotel
Day 4
Drive to Jhingrana (2050m), trek to Bichpani (2900m) – Approx 2 hrs drive, 4 hrs trek

Today, you will drive to your trek starting at Jhingrana. The off-road drive takes around two hours. Jhingrana is a small settlement in Doti district. Take lunch here and show permits at the Khaptad Naitonal Park Office. Meet your support staff, arrange your loads and start your trek toward Khaptad National Park. The trail is steep and makes a vertical climb of about 900 meters. After a walk of about four hours from Jhingrana, you will reach Bichpani.

O/N: Tent/Teahouse
Day 5
Trek to Khaptad Patan

Start from your camp early. Although the trail is not as steep as yesterday, the beautiful meadows of Khaptad are still far away. After a walk of some three hours from Bichpani, cross a stream on a wooden bridge and climb the stone trail right ahead of you. After a short walk, the meadows start appearing before you. When you reach Tribeni – literally the confluence of three rivers, take the left trail to reach the headquarters of Khaptad National park. The trail to the national park headquarters is through the beautiful meadows. There is an army camp near the park headquarters.

O/N: Guesthouse/Tent
Day 6
Explore Khaptad

You will explore the beautiful meadows of Khpaptad today. Sub-alpine forests cover most of the part of Khaptad. However, there are 22 beautiful meadows here. There are also beautiful temples like Triveni, Sahasralinga, Khapardaha, Nagdhunga and Ganeshsthan. Places not to be missed are Khaptad Lake which is about an hour’s walk from the headquarters.The Khaptad Tower is another landmark worth visiting. Similarly, another attraction that you should not miss is the Khaptad Baba Ashram – the hut of the sage Khpatad. Attracted by the natural and spiritual beauty of the place, the sage is believed to have lived here for 50 years. The hut lies about half an hour’s walk away from the park headquarters seated on a small ridge. You can see even beautiful meadows with some Buddhist memorials behind the ridge. The meadows of Khaptad are spread over four districts – Bajhang, Bajura, Doti and Achham.

O/N: Guesthouse/Tent
Day 7
Trek to Naini

Today, leave Khaptad by catching trial to Rara Lake. The trail initially climbs upward to Chede Daha where you can take a tea break. From here, the trail is mostly level. The trail offers scenic view of Aati Valley with its terraced fields and well-preserved community forest. Further ahead lies, Oli village where you take a lunch break. After lunch, an easy walk of couple of hours will take you to Naini.

O/N: Teahouse/Tent
Day 8
Trek to Jadanga

Leave the camp after early breakfast. The trail is mostly uphill. You can see sparse settlements along the trail also on slopes of the hills far in the horizon. A walk of some five or six hours will take you to Jadanga where you will stop for the night. Lunch will be prepared and service on the way.

Day 9
Trek to Budha Krodh

After a pleasing stay at Jadanga, resume walk toward Krodh. The trail is mostly uphill and through beautiful landscape. A hike of about three hours from Jandanga, you will reach a small village named Krodh. Stop here for lunch and continue your walk toward Budha Krodh. Budha Krodh is the last settlement on this trail. You will be in complete wilderness beyond this point.

O/N: Teahouse/Tent
Day 10
Trek to Bhito

Resume your walk after breakfast at your camp. The trail passes through rhododendron, pine and oak forests signaling that you are gradually climbing up toward higher altitude. After having lunch at Bhainsi Kharka, which translates into pastureland for water buffaloes, climb further until you reach another pasture area. Cross this pastureland, and continue your walk to Bhitachhina where your camp will be set up.

O/N: Tent
Day 11
Trek to Tribeni

The trail is uphill today as well as with occasional grasslands. You pass by beautiful waterfalls and cross murmuring brooks. Chirping of birds and chilly alpine weather make the walk refreshing. Your campsite at Tribeni can be reached after a walk of four hours. Tribeni literally translates into a confluence of three rivers. The place wears festive look during Janai Poornima festival when thousands of pilgrims heading to Badi Malika set up their tents here.

O/N: Tent
Day 12
Trek to Khetibeti

After breakfast at your camp, start walk toward an amazing place called Khetibeti which serves as your base camp for Badimalika. Pilgrims take a dip at Tribeni before starting their walk toward Badimalika as they believe it will cleanse their sins. Some also pay homage to their departed family members as they believe it will open gateway to heaven for the departed souls. Khetibeti, your destination of the day, is only about an hour’s walk from here. You can see long grass resembling paddy here, which locals believe, brings good omen.

O/N: Tent
Day 13
Trek to Badimalika

Start your trek early, as you will be climbing to the Badimalika top today. You can enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding areas as we make an ascent toward Badimalika temple. Midway to the top, you come across the temple of Lodibinayak – a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh. You can get breathtaking view of the Badimalika temple as well as Triveni far below. A final push from here will take you to the temple premises where your camp will be set up.

O/N: Tent
Day 14
Explore Badimalika area and descent to Dhawalpur Lake

Wake up early in the morning to watch sunrise and get breathtaking views of Api and Saipal mountains far in the horizon. You can see sea of clouds rising up from the valley. It’s a heavenly feeling. After early lunch, we start our trek to Dhawalpur Lake. The walk is easy as most of the trail is forested. A walk of some three hours will take you to Dhawalpur Lake. The peaceful environment of the lake will make you feel rejuvenated.

O/N: Tent
Day 15-16
Trek to Ramaoroshan (2,500m)

We trek in wilderness in these two days toward Ramaorshan – a popular tourist destination of Achham district. The trail is mostly through dense forests of the mid-hills and we cross numerous rivers and rivulets, huts of shepherds and few settlements. Your camp will be set up between Dhawalpur Lake and Ramaroshan on the first day. Next day, your camp will be set up near one of the lakes of Ramaroshan. Ramaroshan is known as the land of 12 lakes and 18 meadows. These lakes and meadows are surrounded by lush forests rich in diverse flora and fauna.

O/N: Tent
Day 17
Explore Ramaroshan

Today, you will have a full day to explore Ramaroshan area. Of the 12 lakes, the biggest is Jigale Lake while the smallest one is Taune Lake. Similarly, of the 18 meadows, the largest one is Kinemine Patan. North of these meadows and lakes are series of cliffs where you can see hives of wild honey bees. Locals of the area climb these to harvest this valued product. The place also offers views of Api and Saipal mountains far in the horizon. Similarly, the view of Budiganga basin toward south is also impressive. Wild boars and bears are some of the species that can be seen in Ramaroshan area.

O/N: Tent
Day 18
Drive to Jogbudha and camp near settlement of Raute community

Make a short walk to the road head and board a waiting car for a drive to Jogbudha. The journey takes some eight hours. The drive is off-drive for about one and half hours. After that, the ride is easy on a blacktopped road. After lunch at Dipayal Silgadhi, continue your drive toward Jogbudha. Today, you will camp near the settlement of the nomadic Raute community. Observe up close the activity of possibly the last nomadic community of Nepal. Rautes hunt monkeys and collect wild fruits and tubers for their square meal. They also make wooden utensils and exchange them with whatever they need from other people.

O/N: Tent
Day 19
Drive to Shuklaphanta; enjoy jungle safari – Approx 2 hrs drive

Today, you will drive to the plains after successful completion of your trek. The drive is mostly downhill and passes through the beautiful countryside of far-western Nepal. You will be drive straight to Shuklaphanta National Park. Check into your lodge. After lunch, embark on jungle safari with our experienced naturalist. Spread over 305 square kilometers, Shuklaphanta National Park is one of the best preserved protected areas in western Nepal. The national park is known as the home of swamp deer. However, other wild species like hog deer, wild dog, Nilgai, elephants and tiger, among others. Similarly, bird species like heron, water fowls, ducks, storks, kingfishers and egrets are found aplenty in this national park. Enjoy jeep safari in the national park. Climb up machans (viewpoints) to watch hundreds of swamp deer grazing in the grasslands. Rani Tal, which translates into Queen Pond, is another attraction in the national park. Accommodation is in a jungle lodge.

O/N: Lodge
Day 20
Drive back to Dhangadhi and fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will be driven to Dhangadhi Airport for a flight to Kathmandu. The drive takes around two hours, while the flight is of a little above an hour. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, get transferred to your hotel. In the evening, we will organize a typical Nepali dinner in your honor to celebrate successful completion of your trek.

O/N: Lodge

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