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The Jiri Trek

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Prior to the airfield built in Lukla in 1964 all the treks to Khumbu region went through the village of Jiri which is situated in Dolakha district. This relatively easy trek goes through the most unspoiled Himalayan foothills of Nepal as it takes you to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar.

Beginning with the meek altitude we will start walking to east and the trek goes through lots of ups and down. The trail takes us through the furiously galloping snow fed rivers, forested ridges, scenic terraced slopes, appealing hamlets, vibrant timeless monasteries and over the top uber-friendly people. Upon reaching to the Khumbu valley we will be more than pleased by the awe-inspiring view of snow-clad Himalayas which includes Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest itself. The trek ends with a scenic airstrip from Lukla back to Kathmandu through the Himalayas. This trek is ideal for all those trekkers who want to experience the solitude in lower attitude with a special touch of Everest. 

The trek goes through the well established trekking trails. Following the Dudh Koshi River we will come along several high passes in the way which includes Lamjura Pass (3530m) which is higher than Namche. The altitude gain in the trek is quite gradual and as there are several acclimatization period making the journey a modest one. This fairly challenging trek is designed for all those adventure junkies who love to walk and enjoy whatever comes in the way.

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

As soon as you land on the Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will pick you and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: Drive to Jiri

After having breakfast we will catch a ride to Jiri. We will drive through the foothills of Himalayas. Jiri is situated 187km north-east of Kathmandu and takes around 6-7hours to reach.

Day 3: Trek to Shivalaya (1810m); 4-5hours

Making our way through Mali Danda (2440m), today we will trek to our camping site in Shivalaya.

Day 4: Trek to Bhandar (2110m); 5-6hours

Leaving Shivalaya behind us we will trek to Thodung cheese factory and cross Deorali Pass (2730m) and ultimately to our camping site in Bhandar.

Day 5: Trek to Sete (2520m); 6-7hours

The trail descends from Bhandar through the terraced fields and dense forest to the Likhu Khola. As we cross the river we will start a long climb to Lamjura Pass. Making our way through the settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda the trail descends down to Surma Khola. Continuing the walk in the Likhu Khola valley we will finally arrive to our camping site in Sete.

Day 6: Trek to Junbesi (2580m); 6-7hours

Continuing the climb to Lamjura La(3530m) through the forest of pine, magnolia, birch, maple and rhododendron we make our way through the village of Dagchu and Goyem.  After crossing the pass we trek to Tragdobuk and Junbesi.

Day 7: Trek to Nhuntala (2220m); 6-7hours

Leaving Junbesi behind us we will continue our trek with the astonishing vista of Himalayas including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, Thamserku, Mera Peak and many others. The trek continues to Salung and descends to Ringmo Khola. Climb up to Ringmo and cross Trakshindo La pass and descend to Trashindao. Continue the walk for another one hour through the forest of Juniper and Rhododendron to Nhuntala.

Day 8: Trek to Bupsa (2360m); 5-6hours

The trail goes down to Dudh Koshi River. Following the Dudh Koshi River the trail goes north towards the Khumbu. A gradual ascent of the valley takes us to Bupsa for overnight stay via Jubing, Churkha and Kharikhola.

Day 9: Trek to Chuplung (2710m); 6-7hours

From Bupsa the trail goes through the forested area to Kharte. Gradual ascent from Kharte brings us to Khali La pass which offers the magnificent view of Himalayas. Descend to Puiyan then to Surke. From Surke the trail goes up to Chaurikharka and then to Chuplung.

Day 10: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3420m); 6-7hours

From Chuplung the trail descends down to Phakding (2652m). From Phakding following the beautiful Dudh Koshi River through the beautiful Pine forest and passing the settlements of Benkar, Chumao and Monjo we will trek to Namche. Stay overnight in Lodge.

Day Y11: Explore the area

Today we will climb to classic viewpoint of Everest which is situataed above Namche at the altitude of 3800 and offers  outstanding view of Everest, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Kusum Kangaru, Khongde and Khumbi yu La. later we will make our way to Khumjung valley where you can see Hillary school, ancient monastery with Yeti skull and Khunde hospital. After this we will retrace our path back to Namche bazaar for overnight stay.

Day 12: Trek to Lukla (2800m); 6-7hours

From Namche the trail descends following the Dudh Koshi River. Walking through few Sherpa villages we pass prayer stones and prayer flags which bring us to Lukla. Stay overnight at lodge in Lukla.

Day 13: Fly back to Kathmandu

Early in the morning we will catch a scenic flight back to Kathmandu over the Himalayas. After having lunch we will have plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.

Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu

Today we can enjoy either shopping or sightseeing or simply have rest.

Day 15: Farewell

You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey

Stay Safe

  • Altitude Sickness: The main and common risk while trekking above about 2500m is Altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. The available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases with altitude. Available oxygen drops as the air density itself, the number of molecules (of both oxygen and nitrogen) per given volume, drops as altitude increases. So don’t ignore, if you have any symptoms then descending to a lower altitude is the only option.
  • Water: Have some means to purify water, iodine or a fine ceramic filter are the best options. The streams should be considered polluted and whilst bottled water is often available, the disposal of plastic bottles is a problem.

Electricity in Nepal

Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.

Nepal Climate information

Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.

Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

Nepal Visas information

Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

Visa Facility         Duration       Fee
Multiple entry       15 days          US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       30 days          US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry       90 days          US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Respect to Local Peoples

In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)” 

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“"The best and most awe-inspiring month of my life."”

Let me start with it was probably the best and most awe-inspiring month of my life. The mountains, culture, and the people who were some of the friendliest I've ever met. I decided to book with Actual Adventure because after a while of searching they had the best tours for the best prices that i came across. After getting in touch with Kedar Neupane I know i made the right decision. He couldn't have been more helpful, kind, and patient with all my questions. While i was in Nepal i partook in two separate treks through the company. Which i would have had really hard time with if it weren't for my awesome guide and new brother Lakpa Sherpa. I honestly think if he wasn't there with me i wouldn't have been able to do it both physically, and mentally. The first trek being the 20 day Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pathar. The second being the 7 day Nayapul to Poon Hill in the Annapurna Range. For the money that i spent of the trek i really believe i got the most out of it. I had three meals every day, countless cups of tea, and a room to myself every night. Now trekking in a developing country you need to have realistic expectations of the lodges you will be staying in. If you bring a sleeping bag to throw on the bed to sleep in you will be fine, these village lodge owners give it all they have but that is limited. In the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara they clearly have the ability to have immaculate rooms. I honestly have no complaints with Actual Adventure or the Trekking I did through them. They were all incredibly kind and helpful. I will most definitely visit Nepal again and without a doubt be using Actual Adventure again and again.

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