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  • Jyatha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Overview

Jugal Himal Base Camp Trekking is an epic adventure that takes you to the heart of the Langtang, Gaurishanker & Rolwaling Himalayan range. This is mostly off-the- beaten-track offering the breathtaking views of Gaurishankar (7134m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m), Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m), Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Langtang Lirung (7234m), Ghengu Liru (6571m), Kimshun (6745m), Shalbachum (6918m), and surrounding peaks. The trail passes through picturesque villages, green lush forests, beautiful high altitude sacred lakes and great hospitality of Tamang and Sherpa people.

Starting from the Chautra of Sindhupalchok, you trek to Syaule at 1550m. The trek continues through beautiful villages and oak and rhododendron forests to Kamikharka Danda. On 4th day, you will trek from Chyocho Danda to Hile Bhanjyang. For 4-5 hours, you will trek along the ridge and descend into the forests until you reach Hile Bhanjyang. Continue steep climb to a hillock and traverse flat stone trail to Nasem Pati. Your next destination will be Dukhang at 2100m, before stopping at Panch Pokhari. Trek for a few hours through the well-marked trail to Panch Pokhari. The 7th day of this trip is allocated for acclimatization day. On this day, you will detour around Panch Pokhari. The following day, you will descend to Nasem Pati. Further, you will trek to Gai Kharka & Yangri. Continue the beautiful trail to Tarkeghyang, Shermathang and Melamchi Bazaar. Enjoy the sheer pleasure of trekking through the easy trail. On the last day, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Melamchi Bazaar. There are few ups and downs through the lush forest before catching a ride to Kathmandu.


Trip highlights

  • Less touristic trek in Langtang region
  • High Mountain Passes with incredible mountain views
  • Visit Tibetan monasteries
  • Reach Panch Pokhari & Bhairab Kunda Lake
  • Traditional Tamang villages
  • Impressive display of wild flower and abundance of wild life

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

As you fly into Kathmandu, you'll have beautiful views over the valley, the snow capped mountain peaks in Himalaya, and of the terraced fields below. As per your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. Overnight in Hotel

Day 02: Fully day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

Today after the breakfast we will proceed for sightseeing tour in and around the Kathmandu valley. The Durbar Squares, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath temple and Boudhanath temple are the major sight-seeing areas around the Kathmandu valley. These all are listed in a world heritage sites. The Durbar Square shows us the regal life of ancient periods. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu pilgrimages. Swoyambhunath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is the Buddhist temple which is very popular around the globe. Swoyambhunath is also known as money temple stands on the hilltop west of the Kathmandu valley. It can also be known as the viewpoint of Kathmandu valley. Boudhanath temple is the biggest Chhorten ever made around the world. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chautara (1418m) – approx. 6 hours and start trek to Syaule (1600m) – approx. 3 hrs
On this day, we will drive from Kathmandu to Chautara through Barabise. Along the way, you can view the amazing landscape, typical Nepali lifestyle and beautiful birds with soothing chirping. After about 6 hours of scenic drive, you will arrive in Chautara which is a beautiful Tamang village. From here, you will start the trek to Syaule as we pass by villages like Gaurati and Ghunsa. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 04: Trek from Syaule to Kami Kharka Danda (2985m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Making an early start, your destination is Kami Kharka Danda from Syaule. We will pass through beautiful villages like Sano Okhreni, Ratnaule with beautiful landscapes. Continuing through the scenic villages with few ups and downs we will arrive at Kami Kharka Danda. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 05: Trek from Kami Kharka Danda to Chyochyo Danda (3440m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Leaving Kami Kharka Danda, we will ascend towards Chyochyo Danda. We walk through rhododendron forest for about 5 hours to reach Chyochyo Danda. You will have the best views of the Himalayas in the background and on reaching Chyochyo Danda, we will set a camp there. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 06: Trek from Chyochyo Danda to Hile Bhanjyang (3720m) – approx. 6/7 hrs
On this day, we will walk towards Hile Bhanjyang passing through serene oak forests. As we continue to walk up and down the forest, the trail follows the ridge crest to a large Chorten. From here, continuing the trail we will arrive in Hile Bhanjyang. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 07: Trek from Hile Bhanjyang to Nasimpati (3631m) – approx. 6/7 hrs
Today we have to walk ascending and descending trails on multiple occasions. At first, we will walk through the mixed forest towards the crest at Chang Samarphu. Then we will climb steeply up to the hillock then walk towards another crest with pleasant views. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 08: Trek from Nasimpati to Panch Pokhari (4010m) – approx. 7/8 hrs
On this day, we have to walk on a steep trail from Nasimpati towards Lauribina Bhanjyang. From here you have to walk for around an hour to reach Panch Pokhari. Panch Pokhari is the group of five lakes situated in the highest altitude. From here you will have the best view of Himalayan massifs of Gauri Shankar (7134m), Jugal Himal (6535m) and Dorje Lakpa (6966m). The view and surrounding here are so lovely with few greeneries and clear lakes. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 09: Acclimatization at Panch Pokhari
In Panch Pokhari, you'll spend the day relaxing and acclimating. Panch Pokhari is a Nepali word that means "five ponds." In this area, there are five ponds. To the northeast of Kathmandu Valley and to the west of Rolwaling Himal are these ponds. Hindus and Buddhists regard these ponds as sacred. Panch Pokhari also provides a wonderful vantage point for seeing the Jugal Himal range, Rolwaling range, Gosaikunda and other nearby mountains. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 10: Trek from Panch Pokhari to Gai Kharka (2530m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
Spending an amazing time around this holy lake for a night, today we walk back to Nasem Pati and descend again west to Gaikharka for the overnight stop. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 11: Trek from Gai Kharka to Yangri (1360m) – approx. 6/7 hrs
Today we continue our trail towards Yangri which is mainly inhabited by Sherpas, Tamangs and Chhetris. We pass through some villages and forests to reach Yangri. Yangri is located at the base of Ama Yangri mountain. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 12: Trek from Yangri to Laghang Gompa (2800m) – approx. 4/5 hrs
Starting our walk early in the morning, our trail crosses bridges over the Yangri Rivers and cross Yangri village. Climbing rapidly to the west, the trail is often steep up through regions dotted with villages and fields, scrub hillsides and pleasant villages. It will take us around 6 hours of walk to reach Laghang Gompa. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 13: Trek from Laghang Gompa to Tarkeghyang (2560m) – approx. 5 hrs
We continue our walk towards Tarkeghyang. We walk through beautiful green lush forest, pastures and cow trails. Stone houses in the trail are a magnificent examples of local architectures. It will be a short walk to Tarkeghyang which will take us about 5 hours of gentle walk. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 14: Trek from Tarkeghyang to Sermathang (2500m) – approx.
Leaving our footmarks in Tarkeghyang, we continue our trek towards Sermanthang. Our walk leads us through small villages and Sherpa/Tamang settlements. We have some ups and downs in our trail to Sermanthang. Overnight in teahouse. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 15: Trek from Sermathang to Melamchi – approx. and drive back to Kathmandu
Today is our last day of the trek. We have a short and pleasant descent walk on this day. After arriving at Melamchi, we will take a ride back to Kathmandu which will be 4 to 5 hours from now. Overnight in Hotel
Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu.

As per your flight time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home or any other destinations. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12 PM.

Or inform us if you want to stay longer for short tours such as Jungle Safari at National Parks, Mountain Biking, Rafting, a Tibet tour, a Tour to Bhutan or India Tour. We will be happy to assist you.

  • Trip facts

  • Trip duration : 16 days
  • Grade : Moderate to fairly challenging
  • Activity : Cultural sightseeing tour and trekking
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • End in : Kathmandu
  • Trek Type : Tea House
  • Accomodation : Hotel & lodge (tea house)
  • Max Altitude : 4010 m

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu on twin /double sharing basis with breakfast only
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with English Speaking local Tour Guide and entry fees
  • All meals during the trek
  • Accommodation during the trek in Tea House
  • English speaking local expert guide, porters (ratio:2 members=1 porter) during the trek (per member max 12-13kg weight)
  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Chautara and from Melamchi to Kathmandu by private land transportation
  • National Park Permit & TIMS card
  • Equipment clothing for porter & staffs for the trek
  • Insurance for all staff & porters
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, we recommend you to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

Cost Excludes

  • International flight & any other airfares
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra baggage charge if any (weight allowance 12kg+3 kg in domestic flight)
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips for Guide, porters, drivers etc.
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason
  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, snacks while walking, hot water/shower, internet, telephone etc during the Jugal Himal Trekking
  • Clients insurance and Medical expenses
  • Any other tours, transfers and hotel accommodations other than mentioned above
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu


Extension Tours

Paragliding
Jungle Safari
Pokhara Tour
Rafting

Necessary Information

1. Visa to Nepal
You can obtain the Nepalese visa from Nepalese consulate in your country easily or upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. For that, you require a valid passport with 2 copies of passport size photos. Similarly, A visa for Nepal can be obtained at Nepal India border entry point at Birgunj, Nepalgunj, Kakadvitta, Bhairahawa, Gaddachowki and Kodari on the Nepal China border. A15/30/90 day multiple entries Nepalese visa can be obtained by paying USD 30/50/125 or equivalent foreign currency respectively. For more information, please visit http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
2. Welcoming upon your arrival in Nepal
We will be at the airport to welcome you upon your arrival to Nepal. We will be carrying the Raj BalaTreks & Expedition placard with your name underneath. From airport you will escorted to your hotel and we help you to check-in.
3. Health Issues and Vaccinations Requirement for Jugal Himal Trek

As vaccination requirements change frequently, we suggest you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

The main health consideration during Jugal Himal Trekking is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. To avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), people take pills called ‘Diamox’. You can also use these pills after consulting with your doctor and purchase them in Kathmandu. Our itinerary will allow your body to acclimatize properly and handle the low oxygen rate. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you to consult your doctor about your suitability for trekking in high altitude areas before booking. We suggest that you take some pain-killing pills with you and enough medicine for cold, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.

4. Difficulty Level of the trek
Jugal Trek is a moderate adventure trek that does not require any technical expertise of mountaineering. Physically not very tiring, involves approx 5-6 hours trekking along well marked trail up to 4010 m altitude. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercises and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.
5. Trekking Type
Jugal Himal Trek is a tea house trek. A Nepalese tea house is a lodge or guest house located in one of the trekking regions in the Nepal Himalayas. At the end of the day’s trekking you pitch up and have a room and food provided. Teahouse trekking in Nepal is an incredible experience.
6. Accommodation on the trek

There are plenty of basic, clean and friendly lodges along the trail. You often have to share rooms but you can also stay in single rooms where possible. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric blanket, hot bags (luxury lodges) and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.

We will accommodate you and your group in a comfortable local lodge each day. The Guide coordinates with the local lodge owners and a porter is sent ahead to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot always be booked in advance).

7. Food on the Trek

On trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. Nepalese, Tibetan, the more common continental and Indian cuisines are common choices in the menu.

To get an idea about your meals on the go, breakfast comprises a hot beverage, toasts, pancakes, eggs, etc. while lunch will include rice items, noodles, potato varieties, pizza, pasta, burger, meat items, and so on. The starters in dinnertime are soup varieties while the main course includes more or less similar items as that of lunch menu, including a dessert item and a hot beverage.

8. A Typical Day on a Tea House Trek in Nepal

We provide a comfortable experience on our teahouse lodge-style treks. Our team works hard to support you so that you can relax and enjoy trekking in Nepal. The lodges provide your meals in a communal dining room. There is a range in standard and service in teahouse lodges depending on location. i.e. lodges at higher altitude and places with fewer trekkers tend to have more basic facilities.

The day starts with getting up in your room shared with another trekker in our group. Before heading for breakfast you pack your overnight gear into your duffel bag. You would have given your breakfast orders to the guide to pass onto the kitchen last night. At the designated time the group will assemble in the dining room to eat breakfast. The menu has a range of items to choose from such as porridge, cereals, chapattis, and a choice of egg dishes. There is also the choice of tea or coffee plus other hot drinks like the popular ginger, lemon honey drink.

While the group is having breakfast the porters arrange their loads and set off in the cool of the morning. After breakfast, between 7am and 8am, we start trekking. The pace of the trek is moderate as there is plenty of time in the itinerary to reach the lodge for tonight. There will be plenty of time to enjoy the scenery, take photos and explore the local villages. Lunch will be around midday at a teahouse lodge by the side of the trail.

After lunch, we continue the trek and on most days we arrive at the lodge by mid- afternoon. For dinner, you get a two-course dinner (soup and main meal). The menus are quite standard with a range of dishes such as dal bhat, momos and the famous Sherpa stew. Dal bhat is a Nepalese dish of rice and lentils with vegetable curry. It is also possible to order spaghetti and pasta; pizzas; vegetable burgers and chips and fried rice.

After the meal, the leaders will discuss the plan for the next day. Afterwards, people might stay in the dining room chatting about the day’s events or playing cards. After a tiring day, most people head to their rooms quite early for the night. Tomorrow is likely to be very similar to today!

We cater for a variety of dietary requirements. There are always meals that are suitable for vegetarians. During booking, we find out if you have any dietary needs and agree upon meal plans before departure. If you have any questions about the food provided please get in touch with us to discuss further.

9. Personal Expenses – Approximate money you should carry on the trek
Our 16 days Jugal Himal Trek cost is all inclusive of your accommodation, meals, permits and other official expenses.(See price includes and excludes section for more detail). Besides, other expenses depend on your spending habits. A USD 10-15 is sufficient to buy bottled water, snacks, chocolate bars, hot and cold drinks, and showers during the Jugal Himal Trek besides your included meals and accommodation.
10. Money Exchange
You can exchange money at a Bank or the money exchange counter in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many Tourist class Hotels have money exchange facilities. For Trekking, there are Banks and exchange counters at major Tourist hubs like Namche and Lukla. These days, there are availability of ATMs everywhere in Kathmandu and some in Lukla and Namche.
11. Tips
Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trekking in Nepal. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips. It is recommended that you talk to the members and hand it over individually as per the hierarchy on the last day of the trek.
12. Flight / Land Transfers
The starting and ending point of this Jugal Himal Trek is Chautara and Melamchi respectively, which is connected by a road transfer from Kathmandu. We will arrange pick up and drop transfers as per the itinerary.
13. Luggage while trekking
During Jugal Himal Trek, your main luggage will be carried by porter. Please keep your luggage as light as possible around 12 to 15 kgs for porter welfare as per IPPG standard. You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket etc. You can leave your valuable items at your hotel in Kathmandu while trekking. Many hotels have a locker system and provide a deposit slip for the valuables kept under the hotel's safekeeping.
14. Trekking Gears and Equipments
You will need walking boots, sleeping bag (4 seasons/ -20C rated), waterproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves, sunglasses, water bottle, sun-screen and day pack. Comprehensive list of equipment will be provided once you book your trip. It's not necessary to spend a lot of money buying extra equipment and clothing before your trip. Majority of these gears can be bought or hired at reasonable rates in Kathmandu.
15. Climate & best time to do the trek

The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

16. First Aid Kit

We supply a medical bag with standard medicines prescribed by trekking doctors and a user’s manual. Since our staffs/guides are not qualified for suggesting medications to western clients, we would request you to use the medicines upon your own risk. It is safer and more reliable if you have your own medicine kit and not depend on what we have.

17. Rescue /Evacuation
Your safety and security are our top priority, and we always make sure that nothing untoward happen to you. However, if anything serious like sickness or a casualty occurs, we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. As you are responsible for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it.
18. Insurance
Before joining this Jugal Himal Trekking, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. Our staff will collect your insurance details before you leave for the trek.
19. All our guides are certified guides
All our guides are certified and trained trekking leaders. Our guides are certified by the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal. They have years of experience working in this line of work and know the different trekking trails of Nepal, mountain ranges, culture, and mountain sickness.
20. Booking Procedure

Your booking of this Jugal Himal Trekking will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of 20% of the total trip and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

21. Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply:

  • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (20% of the total trip)
  • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost
  • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost
  • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

Additional Information