Higher Limits Trek

Jugal Himal Trekking - 16 Days

To the north – east of Kathmandu lies a chain of peaks called Jugal Himal, which includes Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m) and Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m). From the south it is an easily accessible area, although it requires a long uphill climb. Just above Dolalghat on the Kodari road there is a road to the large bazaar of Chautaara (1410m). The trek mentioned here climbs from Chautaara to a ridge, which it then follows north to Panch Pokhari (‘five lakes’) at 3600m. From Panch Pokhari, trails lead to Tarke Gyang in Helambu and then back down the ridge through Sermathang to Panchkal on the Kodari road. Many other routes also described trail lead back to Kathmandu from Tarke Gyang.

Another trail from Chautaara descends to the Balephi khola, and then follows a ridge to Bhairav Kund, a holy lake at 3500m. You can return from there to Tatopani on the Kodari road or make a circuit around the head of the Balephi Khola valley to Panch Pokhari and join the route described here.

This is a remote and unfrequented region, in spite of its proximity to Kathmandu. Treks in this area involve a lot of climbing on narrow trails. There are few villages and no hotels on this route and water is very scarce on the ridge.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.1, 300m.
Day 02: In Kathmandu for a half day sightseeing tour
Day 03: From Kathmandu drive to Chautaara and trek to Syaule(1418m)
Day 04: Syaule to Kamikharka Danda
Day 05: Kamikharka Danda to Chyochyo Danda
Day 06: Chyochyo Danda to Hile Bhanjyang
Day 07: Hile Bhanjyang to Nasem Pati
Day 08: Nasem Pati to Panch Pokhari
Day 09: Panch Pokhari to Gai Kharka
Day 10: Gai Kharka to Yangri
Day 11: Yangri to Laghang Gompa
Day 12: Laghang to Tarke Gyang
Day 13 – 15: Tarke Gyang to Kathmandu
Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Cost Include

  • Airport to hotel to airport pick up and drop by private car/van/bus
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu B/B
  • Jugal  Himal Trekking area permit
  • Trekking Map of Jugal Himal area
  • Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during the trek
  • Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
  • Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements.
  • An experienced licensed holder English speaking trekking guide, a cooks, cooks helper, required porters and others helping staffs.
  • Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for all trekking staffs,
  • All local Transportation from to Kathmandu by tourist bus, local bus, car, and van.
  • Medical kit box
  • New TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
  • Camping equipments all kind of Tents-Sleeping, dining, kitchen, toilet and sleeping bags, mattress down jacket etc.
  • All government tax

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu Approx, US$12 to US$ 17 per day.
  • International flight and departure tax
  • Sightseeing/Monuments entrance fee
  • Monastery entrance fee
  • Domestic airport tax (Nepali Rupees Rs.170)
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15days from date of issue), US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue) and US$ 100 (duration 90 days from date of issue) you can easily issue your visa upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will require two passport size photos.
  • Personal Trekking Equipments
  • Any kinds of Bar bills Mineral water, Alcoholic drinks, Juice etc.
  • Your travel insurance
  • Any Expense of Personal Nature /Helicopter Rescue
  • Tips for trekking staff ( Tipping is expected but not compulsory)
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price includes section

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.1, 300m.
Upon arrival to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our escort who will take you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do’s and don’ts of the area. Also, they will go over any other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Your first overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: In Kathmandu for a half day sightseeing tour
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and the various places of interest. Depending on the time of your flight arrival the night previous, we will schedule your half day tour in the morning or afternoon. For late night flight arrivals, we prefer to do an afternoon tour in order for you to get properly acclimated to the time change. Overnight at your hotel

Day 03: From Kathmandu drive to Chautaara and trek to Syaule(1418m)
Chautaara is a large village with a police post and many well-stocked shops. There is a large clinic operated by Save the Children, UK. The main trail climbs through pleasant hill villages to Syaule.

Day 04: Syaule to Kamikharka Danda
From Syaule the trail rises steadily to Okrin Danda at 2300m. Continue steeply up towards the forested Kamikharka Danda ridge. One hour beyond Okrin Danda is an unusual double Mani wall where there are fine camps sites; there may water in the autumn, but there is no water during the spring. From this point the route ascends steeply through forests full of woodcutters to the ridge crest. Camp in a grassy area is surrounded by forest. The water supply is 30 minutes’ walk down the western slopes of the ridge.

Day 05: Kamikharka Danda to Chyochyo Danda
The route along the Kamikharka Danda is an excellent trail through beautiful oak and rhododendron forest with magnificent views. Water is scarce for much of the way. The trail follows the ridge crest, rising to a large chorten at 3160m, then traverses pasture across the western slopes of Chyochyo Danda where there are many summer pasture shelters. After another descent the trail passes a ruined stone house and a well-used camp site with a good spring a short distance down the western slope. This is the first free water on the ridge and site is an excellent one in pleasant forest.

Day 06: Chyochyo Danda to Hile Bhanjyang
The trail ascends steepy and steadily across stony, grassy pastures to cross the ridge near some cairns at 3750m.  From the ridge the route descends through forest, crossing gullies with water to reach another crest at Chang Samarphu (3913m). The final descent to Hile Bhanjyang is steep. In spring this can be in deep snow with difficult icy sections in the gullies. At Hile Bhanjyang there is a camp site with water at 3800m.

Day 07: Hile Bhanjyang to Nasem Pati
The trail climbs steeply to a hillock at 3980m, and then traverses open ground along a flagstone trail to another crest. The views are wonderful in clear weather. There is a stone house above Nasem Pati (3800m) and well-trodden trails that lead off the ridge crest to both east and west. There is no running water here in the spring. Under good walking conditions Days 4 and 5 could be combined into one day of about six hours walking.

Day 08: Nasem Pati to Panch Pokhari
It’s about a four hour climb on a well-defined trail to Pancha Pokhari, five holy lakes at 4050m. There are two metal-roofed huts, a sheet metal-enclosed shrine to Shiva and a pile of cast-iron tridents. During the June/July full moon thousands of Nepalese come to worship. You shouldn’t wash in the holy stream near the temples. There is often snow on this ridge, making the trek more difficult. You can make a day trip to Panch Pokhari from Nasem Pati and avoid camping in the snow.

Day 09: Panch Pokhari to Gai Kharka
Return to Nasem Pati and descend west on a good trail, past several ravines with water but no camping, to a good camp site at Gai Kharka (2530m).

Day 10: Gai Kharka to Yangri
The descent continues through forest on a track that is sometimes steep and rough, crossing two major watercourses. Pass a few substantial villages, including Yarsa, and then descend a small and very steep trail directly to the bridge over the Panch Pokhari Khola. Climb to hutanbrang, then descend and follow the Larke Khola downstream to the first of the two bridges below Yangri village, where there is a pleasant camp site on the east bank at 1360m.

Day 11: Yangri to Laghang Gompa
The trail crosses bridges over the Larke and Yangri kholas, and passes through Yangri village climbing rapidly to the west and north. There are lateral trails everywhere. At the stream crossing below and south-west of Dalegaon there is a beautiful lunch or camping site with fine water and big shade trees. The trail continues, often steeply, up through country dotted with villages and fields, scrub hillsides and pleasant forest. The large village between Dalegaon and Gangkharka is called Gangdwang. From Gangkharka, a large trail leads into the next side valley, where camping is possible, then the trail climbs relentlessly for 900m to Laghang gompa. This is a beautiful forested area and a lovely, quiet camp site at an elevation of 2800m.

Day 12: Laghang to Tarke Gyang
It takes just over three hours from Laghang gompa to Tarke Gyang. The trail climbs through beautiful forest, and then enters an area of small pastures, stone houses, scrub growth and cow trails. Be sure to backtrack if you find yourself headed south on the ridge trail to Sermathang. The trail down to Tarke Gyang is very steep, rough and eroded.

Days 13 – 15: Tarke Gyang to Kathmandu
You can finish this trek via Tharepati, Khutumsang, Pati Bhanjyang and Sundarijal in another four days. You can also connect to the ridge route south via Sermathang or extend the trek to Gosainkund and Langtang.
The easiest way back to Kathmandu is to follow the Tarke Gyang to Kathmandu via Panchkal route. This would make day 13 from Tarke Gyang to Sermathang; Day 14 from Sermathang to Malemchi; and Day 15 drive from Malemchi to Kathmandu. In the evening, we go for a complimentary dinner to one of the finest local restaurants in town for a delicious Nepali meal; & while enjoying your meal, you will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing on behalf of Higher Limits Trek & Expedition for the good welfare of our guests. Overnight hotel

Day 16: Transfer to Airport for the International departure. Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this beautiful country, Nepal.

NOTE: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail, or any other unforeseen conditions. In case of trek Itinerary alteration or if it needs to be re-routed to other areas, your Group Leader or Sherpa Guide will make a decision that will be final. Of course, this will be done in consultation with our guests.

“If above itinerary couldn’t meet your desires, we can design a teller made itinerary to suite your requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer”.

Price For The Trip:
The total cost for the trek, tour you choose you want to do will depend on several different factors. The type of accommodation you prefer in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara will make a difference to the overall cost (budget to 5 star accommodation) The mode of transport you prefer will also affect the cost of your package, for example prices vary greatly between flying versus private car/van, tourist bus or local buses. The number of guides and/or porters required will also affect the total cost of your trek/tour. For these reasons the same trek/tour can vary in price quite considerably.
Please mail us at info@higherlimitstrek.com for up to date prices for the above itinerary.

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