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    Exclamation start from Jiri still the better option

    Recently I visited Shyvalaya coming back from a variant of the so called cheese factory trail. Although there is a bus line from Jiri to Shyvalaya, Deorali and Bhandar it is still worth to start from Jiri instead of having a bumpy ride with the bus. The track up to Bhandar is still unspoiled and the villages are as they were years ago.
    If you take the bus from Shyvalaya to Jiri, it will take at least 2 hours, so better to walk one hour more instead of being shaked and stired in a mostly overcrowded bus.
    Take the Jiri express from Kathmandu and start from there!

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    Default Re: start from Jiri still the better option

    Thanks for the info Harry. How long does the KTM - Jiri bus take and how many buses a day on this route?

    Mark

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    Default Re: start from Jiri still the better option

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    How long does the KTM - Jiri bus take and how many buses a day on this route?
    It used to be that there was three buses. IIRC leaving 0600, 0700 and 0800.
    Most Nepalis get on the first one, which is the crappiest bus, and overloaded.

    The second bus overtakes the first one en route and arrives Jiri around 3 PM.
    The first bus get there at 4 PM. And the third bus pulls in at 5 PM, when the
    best rooms are already taken.

    Obviously I think it best to go on the second bus.
    But then again I have not been there since 2003. Things may have changed.

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    Default Re: start from Jiri still the better option

    We trekked AC combined with ABC in 2001. We didn't find it particulary strenuous and the path climbs gradually. (We used to walk a lot in the Alps every summer).
    Only the descent from Thorung La and the walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani was long. We found the stairs down from Chomrong and back up to Sinuwa harder. As was the walk up : legs made of jelly after being marinated in the hot springs Jhinu Danda...
    ABC is wonderful and if you have time, you should certainly integrate it in the AC.
    Last edited by MAKO BEAST; 13th November 2010 at 05:45 PM. Reason: sorry wrong thread

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    Exclamation Re: start from Jiri still the better option

    There is a Jiri express which you can book a couple a days ahead and has fixed seats. You probably reach Jiri in 7 hours depending on the traffic jams which now a days are more common in Kathmandu but better than the overloaded busses stopping on every corner of the streets.

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