Jaljala Trek

Jaljala is the name of place located in Rolpa district in mid western part of Nepal. Libang, the capital of Rolpa district is located in 300 km far from Kathmandu. Rolpa is the origin of the decade-long People’s war where we can explore the terrible history of conflict, victims and their social structure. Till today, we can see the Maoist communes Thabang and Ajambari . Every mid June in Thabang village, there will be the biggest festival or ritual of ethnic Magar people named "Bhumya Puja". It means ritual for the land.

This trek region is untouched by  modern  infrastructural development. It is known as one of the attractive trekking  destinations in Nepal  because of its ancient heritage, divers nature, pristine culture and political history. We can find the majority of ethnic Kham Magar in the societies also there  are also other groups like Brahmin, Chettri, Newar and Thakuri.

During this trek, we can enjoy with the natural water falls, rivers, mountain foot hills etc. Jaljala (3107m) is the highest altitude point from where we can see the spectacular  mountains peaks like Sisne Himal, Otha Himal and other peaks in the Dhaulagiri range.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Jaljala Trek
Maximum Elevation:3100m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 14 Days
Mode of Operation: home stay or camping.
Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Jaljala Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast included.
Day 02: Kathmandu- Bhairawa by plane 1 hour. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 03: Bhairawa - Sulichaur by local bus 6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 04: Sulichaur-Kotalbara by local bus (1606m) 4 hours drive trek 4 hours. Overnight camping
Day 05: Trek Kotalbara - Commune village (2217m) 7 hours. Overnight camping
Day 06:Trek Ajambari Commune-Thabang (2000m) 2 hours. Overnight camping
Day 07: Thabang, visit village, Maoist headquarter during the people's war and the whole village celebrate Bhumya Puja (a ritual for the land) for five days. Overnight camping
Day 08: Trek Thabang-Jaljala (3107m) 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 09: Trek Jaljala- Dharampani (3600m)- Majhibang (2100m) 7 hours. Overnight camping
Day 10: Majhibang, visit the village, micro hydro project, gold mines, ethnic Magar dance performance in the night  etc . Overnight camping
Day 11: Trek Majhibang-Jailbang-Sulichaur. trek  2 hours, by local bus 4 hours. Overnight in Lodge
Day 12: Sulichaur-Bhairawa by local bus  6 hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 13: Bhairawa- Kathmandu by plane 1 hour  and  transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 14: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star hotel in Kathmandu bed and breakfast.
-All necessary trekking permits  and  TIMS cards.
-Accommodation in home stay or camping  twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Bhairawa round trip by plane and Bhairawa to Sulichaur round trip  by local  bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal tourist visa fee 25 $ two weeks and 40 $ for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, -20 degree sleeping bag etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, assistant guide, cook  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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