Jiri, Nepal: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Jiri is a municipality in Dolakha district of north eastern Nepal. It lies at the altitude of 1,905 meters. It was actually set up as agricultural development center by the Swiss Government Aid in 1938. Jiri has no outstanding attractions; however it is the closest road head and the trailhead for many treks into the Mount Everest Region. The trek to Lukla will take seven or eight days. There are only few people begin a trek from Jiri and only 5 per cent of all trekkers start at Jiri to the Everest Base Camp because of the difficulty of the trek. While trekking through Jiri, it is possible to experience many traditional aspects of culture and traditional lifestyle of different ethnic groups such as Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, Chettri and the Sherpa. While trekking, it is likely to come across with forests, several Buddhist monasteries, and the hospitality of the locals, views of Everest, tea houses and campsites. The trail from Jiri to Everest Base Camp is about 190 km long. Each year, around 1000 trekkers choose Jiri to Everest Base Camp route.
Jiri is the nearest road head for trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp. Therefore, it is also called the “Gateway to Mt. Everest”. It is located 184 km away from Kathmandu and a journey with narrow and winding roads takes between 6 to 8 hours. There are bus services available from Kathmandu.
Day Trips and Excursions
Sagarmatha National Park
Sagarmatha National Park covers an area of 1148 square kilometers in Nepal’s Khumbu region. It features the tallest peak in the world, Mount Everest along with other renowned peaks such as Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamerku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga and Gyachyung Kang. In north, the national park shares the international border with the Qomolangma National Nature Preserve of Tibet and extends to the Dudh Kosi River in the south. The protected area has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International and also is included in the Sacred Himalayan Landscape. The park was established in 1976 and in 1979, it became the country’s first national park that was inscribed as a Natural World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO. The name of the park is derived from Nepali which ‘sagar’ means sky and ‘matha’ means head. The park is home to a number of wild animals and it is most likely to spot the Himalayan tahr, ghoral, musk deer and black bears at the park. It is also possible to see mouse hares, jackals, wolves, lynx and snow leopards. In addition there are 193 different species of bird in the park such as the impeyan pheasant, red-billed cough, blood pheasant, snow cock and the snow pigeon. Vegetation in the park changes according to the altitude. The best time to visit the park is between October and November or between March and May.