JJ Farmhouse – Other Information

Getting There
There are many airlines flying into Kathmandu. Thai Airways, Cathy Pacific and Malaysian Airlines all have daily flights. Singapore Airlines also fly this route but do not have daily flights. If you intend exploring Nepal outside of our tour we’d suggest starting your trip with us, and then afterwards, if you’d like to travel on, we can help you organise that as well. This way you get picked up at the airport and are given a really good introduction to the country before heading out on your own. Alternately you can book our tour as a in and out of the country experience. In that case we will both pick you up and drop you at the airport.

If you’re tour happens to have 4 or less you’ll be staying in Kathmandu at the home of Balaram Neupane and his family. They live in the hillside suburb of Buddanillakanta just below Shivapuri National Park. This very pleasant part of Kathmandu is slightly elevated and looks down upon the city. From here you can see the whole of the Kathmandu Valley below you, the air is much cooler and cleaner, and the house has it’s own natural spring that supplies the house with fresh water. You’ll live with the family, take your meals with them and generally be part of the household.

If you’re part of a group of 5 or more you will stay in a guesthouse very close to our office in the Thamel area of Kathmandu. You will however get to visit the Neupane home during your stay and have the opportunity to dine at the family home on your second night in Kathmandu.

Jhib Jhibe & Climate
As the crow flies Jhibe is about 35kms to the North of Kathmandu. By vehicle it will take between 3 to 5 hours to get there depending on traffic and the time of year. The village is home to many of World Horizons trek staff and sits at an altitude of around 1600 metres.

During the months of Dec to Feb it can be quite chilly at night, but the days are generally sunny and pleasantly warm. March to April it is starting to warm up but the nights are still cool. May to September is when it is at generally at its warmest. The month of June is also when the monsoon kicks in. Don’t be put off though by the “monsoon”, as generally it only rains in the afternoons, and on some days it can be completely clear of rain. It can be quite warm at this time of year, so a dip in our nearby stream is always popular. Nights are never hot though and we always find it comfortable for sleeping whatever the time of year. Oct & Nov it’s starting to cool down and the rains have stopped. It’s a wonderful time to be in Nepal during these months as the whole place is so green after the Monsoon.

Phones & WiFi
Your mobile phone will pretty much work everywhere on this trip if you are with Telstra and it’s activated for global roaming. You can however buy a local SIM card (including a 3G data pack), in Kathmandu for use in iPhones and other devices. This is a much cheaper option, and the network coverage is usually excellent. This SIM will also work up in the village of Jhib Jhibe.

The local currency of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. ATM’s are everywhere in Kathmandu, but we’d suggest you travel with a bit of cash as well?  Australian dollars are fine. Credit cards are accepted all over Kathmandu.

After/Before Your Village Stay
If you wish to arrive in Nepal before your trip, or do something or afterwards we are always ready to assist. If it’s flights to Lukla to do the Everest trip on your own, a guide to take you to the Annapurna region, a jungle safari in Chitwan, just let us know and we’ll be able to help you out.

If coming from Australia you can get a visa from the following consulates.

You can also quite easily get a visa on arrival in Kathmandu. Just make sure your have a passport photo on hand and US$40 in cash. This will make the process a whole lot easier.

How do I Book?
To sign onto the trip just fill in the Booking Form on this site.

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