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Sailung Homestay Village Tour 11 days


Trip Overview

Duration: 11 days
Maximum altitude: 3’146 m
Trek Grade: Easy - moderate
Average walking time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Homestay, Guesthouse, Lodges
Best season: March - June and September - December

Escape from the popular trekking routes and immerge to the real Nepal.

The trail lays in the Ramechhap District, 130 km east of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu and offers you a great inside view to the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Nepal as well a beautiful natural landscape bound by the Sailung Peak, the Sun Koshi and Tama Koshi River.

It is a relatively pleasant, top-down, gentle trek fit for all categories of trekkers and particularly suited to visitors wishing to avoid extreme high altitudes, the trail takes visitors from a starting elevation of 3’146 m at Sailung to 533 m at Lubughat of Koshi River basin.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu - Dhunge - Sailung - Khola Kharka 2'948 m

Day 04: Sailung & Rajveer Environs

Day 05: Khola Kharka - Rajveer - Surkey 1'842 m

Day 06: Surkey -Tinghare - Doramba 2'054 m

Day 07: Doramba - Galba - Khandadevi 1'986 m

Day 08: Khandadevi - Hiledevi/Dongme 1'980 m

Day 09: Hiledevi - Sunapati - Lubughat 533 m

Day 10: Lubughat - Nepalthowk - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu

Day 11: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Enjoy a guided tour of the famous historical and cultural attractions Kathmandu's, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Pashupatinath (holy Hindu Temple), Boudhanath (Buddhist Shrine) Swayembhunath (Monkey temple) etc. In the evening we meet our tour guide to prepare our trek.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Dhunge - Sailung - Khola Kharka 2'948 m
We drive 4.5 hours by a local bus to Dhunge in the Dolakha district. From Dhunge, a short 90-minute climb will take us to Sailung hilltop. Afterwards we follow the short trail down to the Sherpa village of Khola Kharka, where we will spend the night.

Day 04: Sailung & Rajveer Environs
We start when it’s still dark to reach the summit of Thulo Sailung to see the sun raises over the Eastern Himalaya. At the 3’146 m Sailung we have a fantastic view of the Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Dorje-Lhakpa, Rowaling, Everest and Kanchenjunga ranges. To the south lays the Mahabharata hills and the Sun Koshi River sliding down to the Tarai lowlands.

Thulo Sailung is regarded by the Tamangs as the abode of their territorial deity, Sailung Phoi Sibda Karpo, which literally means ‘White Male Lord of the Earth’. The chorten of Sailung is the seat of this divine protector. The souls of the ancestors together with the ‘Lord of the Earth’ guarantee the wellbeing of the people and the fertility of the soil.
Below the summit of Thulo Sailung is Gaurighat cave. It is believed that on full moon nights ‘milk’ is oozing from the stalagmites inside the cave. It is also believed to be a source of fertility and health. Pilgrims pray for the birth of sons, relief from illness and for personal success and wealth. The cave is also considered the entrance to the netherworld, the realm of the nagas serpent deity. A second cave known as ‘Buddha’s Gate’ or the ‘Door of Dharma’ has an exit hole. Only the most devout Buddhists who have not committed sin may pass. The third small cave, the Godavari cave, is believed to see flow of whitewater every twelve years at the full moon of August/September during which Hindu’s take a sacred bath to ritually purify the body.

We continue along the trail, passing through rhododendrons blossoming along the way amidst the chirping of birds and insects. A short downhill stroll brings you to the Rajveer Monastery which also offers meditation stays.

Day 05: Khola Kharka - Rajveer - Surkey 1'842 m
We descend to Surkey Village through the Sailung forest and reach the Rajveer Monastery in which the Tourists are welcomed to receive a blessing from the Lamas. We pass through the Sherpa village of Dadhuwa-Dara and a Tamang village, with their own Buddhist Gompas. Prayer flags, Chortens and Mani stones are scattered along the route.

The trail continues to descend where the spectacular 40 foot 'Thinghare' waterfall crashes onto the rocks below. A short climb brings you to the beautifully terraced settlement of Surkey.The locals here are also known as Thami, a Tibeto-Burman with their own language which is spoken by around 30’000 people in eastern of Nepal.

Day 06: Surkey -Tinghare - Doramba 2'054 m
Today we move towards Doramba valley where the trail traverses along the forested hillside around to the terraced fields of Doramba. The trail leisurely follows the contours of the valley leading to the bustling Doramba Bazaar.
Doramba is one of the largest Tamang settlements in Nepal; in fact, most of the Thangka painters found in Bhaktapur and Bouddha are originally from this remote village.

Day 07: Doramba - Galba - Khandadevi 1'986 m
After a pleasant walk out of the Doramba valley, the route ascends to the sacred Hindu shrine atop Agleshwari Danda where you will be rewarded with stunning views of the Himalaya and the rolling Mahabharat hills below. Descend through the local slate mine, through pine we arrive in Galpa Bazaar. A 2 hours walk brings you to the Khandadevi temple. On top of a 1’985 m peak, Khandadevi is situated around a gorgeous Hindu Temple complex encircled by ancient stone walls. The temple, dedicated to Goddess Khada Devi, was discovered in 1458 AD by a shepherd who discovered milk oozing from a sacred stone, an emanation of the Goddess. The site also served as a fortress during the Anglo-Nepal war. The place is dominated by high hills of lush green Maharabharat Range with snowy peaks of Numburchuli and Gaurishankar on the northern horizon and southern views over the flat Terai. Daily animal sacrifices, ‘Panchabale’, are still carried out today.

Day 08: Khandadevi - Hiledevi/Dongme 1'980 m
Today’s day starts with a hike towards Hiledevi following a long ridge of thick pine forest.  We have the chance to encounter several birds and mammals as well as the enormous rock adorned with a Shiva image before emerging at Dhonghme, an ancient Yolmo settlement, inhabited by many Lamas. In the evening it's worth to climb the summit of Sunapati, well-known for its spectacular sunrises and sunset over the Himalaya before returning to the monastery lodge.

Day 09: Hiledevi - Sunapati - Lubughat 533 m
In case you missed the sunset, enjoy an equally stunning sunrise before the final descent to the village of Lubughat on the Koshi River.  After arriving in Lubughat, you will meet the Majhi people, renowned for their fishing expertise and particular culture.

Along the rivers, men, women and children hurl nets in hopes of catching fish. You will spend your last day and night here in Lubughat participating in Majhi fishing.

Day 10: Lubughat - Nepalthowk - Dhulikhel - Kathmandu
A 45 minute walking through the River valley takes you to Nepalthowk. Catch the bus for the one-hour journey up Dhulikhel where you can have a stunning Himalayan views before returning to Kathmandu.

Day 11: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.