Trip Grade:Moderate (**)
Meals:Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Trekking Route:Kathmandu - Sulichaur - Fulibang - Kotalbara - Ajambari - Thabang - Jaljala - Dharampani - Majhibang - Jailbang - Sulichaur - KathmanduShow All
Jaljala Trekking is regarded as one of the exciting potential tourism destinations in the country because of its nature, culture and political history.Rolpa, lying in mid-western part of Nepal, is one of the most backward districts in terms of infrastructure. District headquarters Libang lies approximately 300 km west of Kathmandu. Kham Magars are the major inhabitants of the district followed by other groups like Brahmins, Chhetris, Newars and Thakuris. Rolpa is the origin of the decade – long people’s war.
The another attraction of Jaljala Trek is: we could see Trans-Himalayan views of Mt. Sisne, Mt. Putha, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and many other mountains. Mainly Magar ethnic group of people live in this region, one of the indigenous people of Nepal. We could have wonderful experience by visiting their way of life style and culture. Trek Jaljala is one of the popular destinations in the district with immense tourism potentials. A day to day Jaljala itinerary with deails is given below.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Pre-Trip Meeting and Kathmandu Sightseeing. O/N at Hotel
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Sulichaur (810 m), 12 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 04:Drive from Sulichaur to Fulibang, 4 hrs, then trek to Kotalbara (1606 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge
Day 05:From Kotalbara to Ajambari Commune (2217 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Commune
Day 06:From Ajambari Commune to Thabang (2000 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 07:Day rest at Thabang and explore Dhakpa & Ghamchin
Day 08:From Thabang to Jaljala (3107 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Inns
Day 09:From Jaljala to Dharampani (2100 m) and to Majhibang (2100 m), 7 hrs Home Stay
Day 10:From Majhibang to Jailbang, 2 hrs and drive to Sulichaur, 4 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 11:From Sulichaur , drive back to Kathmandu, 261 km. O/N at Hotel
Day 12: Transfer to International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at HotelAfter you land in the Tribhuvan International Airport, you go through some custom formalities and come to the entrance, and you will be amiably greeted by the representative from Himkala Adventure. After this you are transferred from Airport to the hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Pre-Trip Meeting and Kathmandu Sightseeing. O/N at Hotel After breakfast, we begin our guided city tour to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First we head towards the conical shaped hill, 3 km far from Thamel – the Swoyambhunath Stupa, lovingly called ‘the monkey temple’. The view of four hills surrounded Kathmandu valley from the top seems amazing. The sun rise and the sun set from here is tempting. This is the old stupa built in Tibetan architecture but influenced by the typical Newari Bajrayana followers. After this, we head towards to the Kathmandu Darbar Square where we will see the living goddess, visit many courtyards, palaces, temples. The third place we visit is Boudha Stupa about 6 km far from Thamel. This is one of the biggest stupa in southern Asia and influenced by the Tibetan Buddhism. The last place for the day tour is the Shiva temple where there is a cremation spot. After city tour, we return back to the hotel and do briefing about the Jaljala trekking from tomorrow. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Sulichaur (810 m), 12 hrs. O/N at Lodge Driving from Kathmandu to Sulichaur is really a great joy with natural scene and scenery. It is about 261 km west of Kathmandu. We can fly from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa and drive 6 hours to reach Sulichaur. Shulichaur lies near the confluence of Lungri Khola and Fagam Khola. Overnight at Sulichaur
Day 04Drive from Sulichaur to Fulibang, 4 hrs, then trek to Kotalbara (1606 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Lodge After breakfast, we drive about 4 hours from Sulichaur to Fulibang passing through Sunchahari (1,450 m), Pobang. The graveled road ends at Fulibang and we start trekking after having lunch at Fulibang. We hike gently from Fulibang to Kotalbara. After we walk about 2 and half hours, we reach at Sirkyang which offers magnificent view of hills, rivers and settlements below. After one and half an hours from Sirkyang, we arrive at Kotalbara. Overnight at home stay
Day 05From Kotalbara to Ajambari Commune (2217 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Commune After breakfast, we take the trail which is of different geographical conditions. We walk passing through the normal trail till Posbang River.After crossing the suspension bridge, we climb uphill. After 4hours walk, we arrive at Posbang where we get our lunch. Then, we walk passing through Dilbhanjyang (2,576 m) and reach to Sandho river.We walk upstream through the river. After half an hour walk, we reach to Ajambari Commune (2,217 m). The people residing in this commune have initiated modern forms of agriculture such as Truffle mushroom and ground apple. Overnight at Commune
Day 06From Ajambari Commune to Thabang (2000 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay We head towards Thabang which was the headquarters in the time of Civil war. We arrive at Thabang after one and half an hour walk through the wild marijuana field from the Ajambari Commune. In the evening, we can enjoy the cultural show of the local Magar community. Overnight at home stay
Day 07Day rest at Thabang and explore Dhakpa & Ghamchin Thabang is a place from where the People’s war originated. The cultural activities like Bhumya Puja (Land Worship) and Selsine Marathon to Thabang River is worth observing. Hiking to Dhakpa hill is an exciting thing to be done where we possibly can see the Red Panda. We can reach to Rukum after 3 hours walk from Dhakpa. The other interesting place to visit is Ghamchin from where we can view the Sisne Himal, Otha Himal and other peaks in the Dhaulagiri range. Overnight at home stay
Day 08From Thabang to Jaljala (3107 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Inns Our trek from Thabang to Jaljala is very much exciting due to its natural scenery, religious activities and the political scenario of Rolpa. We can reach to Jaljala after 6 hours continuous steep climb from Thabang.Jaljal is the wet, grassland. There is natural water reservoir. The flowers bloom in the spring seems the land like paradise. The Bhama cave is another attraction of Jaljala. Overnight at Dharamshala/Inns
Day 09From Jaljala to Dharampani (2100 m) and to Majhibang (2100 m), 7 hrs Home Stay After breakfast, we walk uphill towards Dharampani- the highest point of the trek. It takes about 3 hours from Jaljala to Dharampani. This is windy place. It is better to carry packed lunch. We walk down to Majhbang after crossing the highest pass of the trek.The pass is steep grasslands with narrow trail. We do not find human settlement until we reach to Nabang (3,193 m)It takes 4 hours to reach Majhbang from Dharampani. Overnight at home stay
Day 10From Majhibang to Jailbang, 2 hrs and drive to Sulichaur, 4 hrs. O/N at Guest House Majhibang lies between two rivers. It is the most advanced village- clean and well furnished during the trek. They have micro hydro project. The iron and gold mine near the village can be visited. After breakfast, we can head towards Jailbang which takes about one and half an hour. From Jailbang, we walk one hour to the next place and drive about 4 hours to Sulichaur. Overnight at guest house
Day 11From Sulichaur , drive back to Kathmandu, 261 km. O/N at Hotel It is 261 km from Sulichaur to Kathmandu takes 12 hours. It is a long drive but is a great joy through the hill journey back to Kathmandu. You could do shopping if you have enough time before departure to the airport. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 12 Transfer to International AirportWe transfer you 3 hours before your scheduled flight to the airport. We depart from you showing gratitude joining Himkala Adventure for the trek to Jaljala trekking. We wish you have safe journey for your onward destination. Namaste!!!
Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about JaljalaTrekking for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.
This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Jaljala Trekking before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.
1) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?
Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.
Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.
2) Do I really need to use guide to Jaljala Trekking?
You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.
3) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?
Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.
4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?
Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.
5) How are tea house facilities during Jaljala Trekking?
Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Jaljala Trekking area are professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.
6) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?
Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.
7) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?
The foods in the Himalayas are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.
Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.
8) What mode of transportation do I use?
We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.
9) What is the best season for this trekking?
The best season for Jaljala Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
10) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?
The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Jaljala Trekking is comfortable.
11) Who will be guiding me during this trip?
We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed. All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government. We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.
12) What sort of experience do your guides have?
Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.
Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.
13) May I charge my electronic devices during Jaljala Trekking?
Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.
14) How much additional money is required for this trip?
It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.
15) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?
The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.
16) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?
We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Jaljala Trekking. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.
17) Are there communication or internet services during Jaljala Trekking?
All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.
18) May I get chances for shower during Jaljala Trekking?
Most of the guesthouse provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.
19) May I add extra days in trekking?
Yes. You can customize the trek as you would want. We are flexible while preparing the itinerary and you could lengthen or shorten it as per your requirement.
20) What happens in case of emergency?
Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.
21) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?
We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking. Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism. Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact. Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places. So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
22) What type of shoes should I wear during Jaljala Trekking?
You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Jaljala Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.
23) Can I use credit cards in Jaljala Trekking?
No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.
24) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
25) How is Camping Trek to Jaljala being operated?
Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.
Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.
The cost of trip varies according to the number in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.
You are requested to send the following documents after you confirm or book the trip with Himkala Adventure:
A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
It is advised to maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques, bank/ATM card, contact numbers, international flight tickets, and emergency contact numbers.
The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May. The day temperature for walking to Jaljala Trekking is comfortable. The sky is clear although there is snow and rainfall occasionally. It is about 10 degree centigrade at the height of 3,600 m and increasingly lower, the higher we go.
There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.
Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.
Your trip will be meaningful if you could find yourself fit and fine. You will be walking up to 3,107 m from the sea level. As the geographical region varies, there is a temperature variation as well. So, we advise you to undertake regular physical exercise, jogging, hiking, riding, ascending and descending the long stairs etc.
Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.
Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation and Foods in the Himalayan region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary. In high altitude regions, there are very few tea houses and one has to be happy to share in simple dormitories without electricity, without running water. Hot shower means a bucket of hot water upon our request.
Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.
Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.
While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.
Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.
Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.
Local Dress in Nepal:
Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.
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