Jiri is believed to be the home of Ethnic Group- Jirels and thus giving the village its name- ‘Jiri’.
Jiri lies at an altitude of 1905m in a hilly region of Dolakha district in Janakpur Zone of North-Eastern Nepal. Topographical arrangement of Jiri resembles to Zurich of Switzerland. Thus jiri is also known as Switzerland of Nepal.
Jiri looks similar to the small valley surrounded with the green hills and is crowded with Domestic and Foreign Trekkers throughout the year. Walking through spotlessly clean and black topped roads and climbing ups and downs in the woods give an inexplicable solace to the bereaved heart. Jiri inhabits 7138 people according to Population Census1991.
1A Haat- open market is organized every Saturday upon which the place is crowded with people from far and wide coming to buy and sell the products.
2 Jiri acts as the main Entrance Gate to head for Mount Everest climbing and entering Himalayan Ranges. Though there are other Entrances too- the one being at Lukla, Jiri is popular as a ‘Classical Route’ because Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay- the first people to conquer the summit of Mount Everest had began their trek from Jiri.
3 When starting Hiking from here, Lukla Market, Namche Market and Kalapatthar can be reached in seven days.
4 Jiri is the starting point to trek for Numbur Cheese Circuit.
How to Reach:-Jiri which lies 188km far from Kathmandu takes 7-8 hrs. bus ride to be reached. It is situated 56 km east of Charikot(the District Headquarter of Dolakha) and one has to pass through Tamakoshi, Mainapokhari and Khawa on the way. Public Buses are regularly available from Old Buspark of Kathmandu to reach Jiri.
Where to Stay:-
There are lots of Hotels and Lodges in Jiri Bazaar. The price ranges from NRs100-500 per room per night.