Before I got to the hot spring in Jhinu, I was skeptical of its quality. A good hot spring must be clean, well maintained, and better yet, with a nice view (if it’s an outdoor one), so one could truly relax and enjoy this luxury that the nature brings.
But with all the cow shit on the trek and the many better-hurry-before-water-turns-cold showers I had for the past 9 days, it was just difficult for me to picture a place in ABC trek where I could enjoy a pool of hot water freely without rushing through and worrying about when the hot water supply would end.
Yet, after 20 minutes of walk from the lodge, I got to the hot spring and I was impressed. It’s clean and well maintained, similar to those in Japan. But instead of stripping naked, please cover up and put on a pair of shorts at least (and a tee or swimsuit for the ladies).
While it is okay for men to be topless in the hot spring nowadays, apparently, naked or topless appearance in public places in Nepal is considered offensive. During my time in Nepal, I had not seen any porter go topless, despite of the hot sun, their heavy loads and sweaty bodies.
Besides Jhinu, there is another hot spring in ABC trek called Tatopani. According to Khem, my trekking guide, Tatopani is more developed for trekkers, with more well-stocked lodges near the hot spring.