Quick Facts and Highlights

Children of Nepal are quick with a smile. Guerrilla Trek Images, Rukum

Children of Nepal are quick with a smile. Guerrilla Trek Images, Rukum

best time to visit: October, November, March, early April

environment: subtropical to alpine

maximum elevations: Phalgune Pass (12485 ft, 3915 m), Myagdi’s Jaljala Pass (11, 200 ft, 3414 m) and Rolpa’s Jaljala Pass (10140 ft, 3090 m)

facilities: basic lodges, teahouses, home stay, camping

duration: up to three weeks and more depending on side-trips and route choice

difficulty level: moderate to high given the lack of amenities

necessities: Nepal Visa ($30 to $100 USD on arrival), Dhorpatan Reserve Permit (3000 NRS),

typical Nepali dish: daal-bhat tarakari (rice, lentil soup and vegetables), dhirdo (corn or millet mash with lentil soup and vegetables)

typical drink: chiyaa (sweet milk tea), fermented spirits of chhyang (not distilled) and raksi (distilled), are produced from locally grown maize, rice, millet and sometimes fruit

highlights: heartwarming Nepali hospitality, sensational Himalayan vistas, mid-hills scenery and terraced fields, ancient villages, recent historical sites in a post-conflict zone, Kham and native cultures, sacred caves, lakes, magnificent waterfalls, Jaljala passes, local food and drink