Jugal Himal Trek takes you to the northeast part of Kathmandu valley, through the unfrequented region that sits on the lap of chains of the Himalayas like Dorje Lakpa (6966m), Madiya (6257m), and Phurbi Chhyachu (6637m). It is an off-the-beaten-path experience for 12 days. Very few and lucky trekkers embark on a journey to Jugal Himal every year.
Lying in close proximity to Kathmandu, Jugal Himal Trek is popular with enthusiastic trekkers from around the world. Ranging from 870m to 4050m, the trail envelops zone from tropical forests to high alpine lakes. The route of Jugal Himal trek weaves through the narrow path and forested ridges.
Follow the trail that bestows high passes, incredible mountains view, Tibetan monasteries, picturesque villages, deep forests, Panch Pokhari, and Bhairab Kunda lake. Panch Pokhari (meaning five ponds) is a group of 5 Hindu holy lakes, renowned for being the 9th highest altitude wetland in the world. It is perched at an elevation of about 4100m above sea level.
Bhairab Kunda, one of the major highlights of this trek, is situated in Sindhupalchok district and frequented by thousands of pilgrims every year in the Nepali month of Bhadra (August) during the full moon. At 4240m, Bhairab Kunda is a revered and preserved holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists.
The fact that the Jugal Himal area is less touristy makes it welcome very few camping trekkers every year. There are no food and accommodation facilities along the route. You will be camping with the team who will do all the tasks.
Marvel at the sight of Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal (7405m), Langtang Lirung (7234m), Ghengu Liru (6571m) (Langtang II), Kimshun (6745m) Shalbachum (6918m), and surrounding peaks. The trail leads through many traditional Newari, Magar, and Tamang villages. The trek is not just scenically blessed but offers cultural diversity.
Jugal Himal Trek Route
The trek starts from the Chautra, district city of Sindhupalchok. On the first day, you will reach Syaule at 1550m. The trek continues through beautiful villages to Kamikharka Danda. Walkthrough beautiful oak and rhododendron forests that open up to lofty mountains.
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 Dukhang and rest. Continue the beautiful trail to Dhap 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.
Jugal Himal Trek Difficulty
Jugal Himal Trek is graded an easy to moderate trek, best for those who wish to revel trekking along the less-crowded trail. First-time trekkers can also trek to Jugal Himal. But prior trekking experience and proper preparation is a plus point.
The best time to visit the Jugal Himal area is during Spring and Autumn. The highest elevation of this trek is 4050m at Panch Pokhari.
An adventure to Jugal Himal demands at least 4-5 hours of trekking. And on a challenging day, you should walk for 6-7 hours. Dhorpatan Trek- 12 Days, and Gangapurna Base Camp Trekking – 9 Days are two other options we highly recommend to you.