Mundum Trek

Trekking and Walking

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USD $ 1,699 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    16 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    4,153 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

Mundum Trek is a recently discovered off-the-beaten trail located in the Far-Eastern part of Nepal. It was introduced by the Government of Nepal in January 2018 and is one of the 100 destinations selected for Tourism promotion. This trail traverses through the ancient Kirat villages, lush Rhododendron, bamboo, and pine forests, ridges, sparkly rivers, ponds, and waterfalls, and some of the sacred sites of the Kirat religion. 

This region remains in solitude, far from the modernization of the world, and entering Mundrum provides the feeling of being thrown back to medieval times. It is also one of the last places where the authentic culture of the world’s few existing Kirati tribes is preserved.

Kirat religion or Kiratism is an indigenous religion followed by the ethnic group of Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar, Kulung, and Yakkha. They devote themselves to Shaivism and practice Shamanism and Animism. Likewise, Mundum refers to the holy book/religious script of the Kirati people. This trek is named the Mundum Trek because the trail emphasizes the rich culture, tradition, lifestyle, and hospitality of the Kiratis. 

Trek route to Mundum is relatively easy but what makes it a bit adventurous is that it’s a camping trek. At the lower part of the trek, few teahouses and homestays are available, but as we start moving upwards, the number of teahouses drops to none with the soaring altitude. 

This trek is ideal for travelers who wish to relish the beauty of tranquil nature perfectly blended with an unspoiled culture and a hint of adventure. 

Trek Route 

Our journey to the wild divine begins after our arrival in Diktel from Kathmandu. We will then commence trekking towards Chakhewa Bhanjyang after staying overnight in Diktel. We will trek through a long ridge, highlands, green pastures, animal herds, and villages from Chakhewa Bhanjyang to Dhotre. This trek is also called ‘A Ridge Trail’ as the route consists of several ridges that trekkers will walkthrough.

Next, we will then forward to Maiyung after spending the night in Dhotre. Maiyung is where we will start our proper camping trek. Trekkers will get to enjoy the green landscape here and also visit the famous Maiyung Danda (hill) and Hans Pokhari. This region is popular as a picnic spot for the locals and a Mela (carnival) is organized here annually. 

Our next point will be the mesmerizing village of Rawadhap where the beautiful Laure Hill lies. Likewise, we will then forward our camping trek to Salpa Bhanjyang (pass), locally known as Kulupongkho. The camps will be prepared by the guide/camping team and we will enjoy the campfire and delicious meal prepared by them.

After overnight camp in Salpa Bhanjyang, we will ascend the Silicho Peak located at an elevation of 4,156 meters which will be the highest point of our entire trip. From the summit of the peak, we will see the sublime view of 30 different snow-capped mountains including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu, Number, Mera, Chalachuli, Shishapangma, and others. This area also houses the holy Salpa Pokhari (pond) which the travelers will get to explore. 

After spending another night in Salpa Bhanjyang, we will return back to Bhojpur following the same trail through Hyakule and Hans Pokhari. This trek has a lot to offer from rich biodiversity, ancient cultures, unique lifestyle to the untouched natural beauty and adventurous experience. 

Major Attractions of Mundum Trek

Mundum Trek lies near the Halesi Mahadev Temple, one of the very important Hindus religious sites. This trail was opened not very long ago hence, there are very limited accommodations available but only during the start of the trek. So, this trek entails camping.

Mundum Trek not only involves adventurous camping but also local homestay where the trekkers will get to experience the authentic culture, tradition, cuisine, lifestyle, and warm hospitality of the Kiratis. The Kirati people are beautiful inside and out and according to their values, the guests are equivalent to God.

Similarly, the Kirat religion is followed by the fewest population but within this religion, the people follow different traditions and there are 10 different dialects. During this trek, you will be experiencing different cultures and traditions and hear different languages spoken in every other village. Similar to other parts of Nepal, this region also faces cultural diversity as Sherpa, Gurung, Dalit, Brahmin, Chhetri, Magar, and Tamang ethnicities can also be seen as a minority. 

Mundum is also rich in eco-biodiversity. 12 different species of Rhododendron bloom here during spring and it is also home to some of the endangered species including red panda, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, partridges, wild duck, wild water buffalo (Arna), Ghoral, and many more.

One of the major highlights of the trek is walking through the rugged ridges, high passes, and plain grasslands, across the picture-perfect villages, shepherd’s hut, and barns witnessing the transition from temperate to the alpine landscape along with the view of 30 soaring Himalayas. 

Likewise, this region also houses two sacred sites in Kiratism which are the Salpa Pokhari and Silicho Peak. In Kirat mythology, Salpa Pokhari is believed to be the holy abode of Goddess Sumnina and they believe that taking a dip in the pond washes all of your sins away. They also refer to Silicho Peak as the place where Sky God Paruhang resides and that by worshipping the God, their wish of wellbeing and prosperity will be fulfilled.

This peak is also the final point where Mundumi received blessings from their Gurus. There also is another pond that lies in the route of the Mundum Trail which is called Hans Pokhari. Hans Pokhari literally translates to the duck pond and it got the name as it is shaped like a duck and locals claim that wild ducks come here to swim. 

En route to the Mundum Trek lies several Chortens, monasteries, hill stations, temples, Chautaras, Himalayan Bamboo forests, sub-alpine, temperate, and sub-tropical woods, etc. and the plus point of this trek is that it is suitable for all age groups. This hidden gem located in the Khotang district has a unique feature. Bhir Mauri (Wild Rock Bees) are found here and several honey hunters harvest this region for pure wild honey. Very vibrant and important festivals celebrated here are Sakela, Shivaratri, Bala Chaturdasi, Ram Navami, Teej, and others. 

NOTE: If the trekkers are not bounded by the time we suggest you combine the trek with Halesi Mahadev Cave and Rupakot or you could also do a side trip to Temke Hill which is two and a half hours south from Chakhewa.  

Best Season To Trek in Mundum

The best time to visit Mundum are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (mid-September to the beginning of December). During spring it is relatively hotter and there is no snowfall. You will also get to see different species of Rhododendron and other plants blooming along the way. 

Since Autumn is also post-monsoon in Nepal, you will get to walk on the green meadows if trekked during Autumn. There are no chances of rainfall but there is very thin snowfall. If you prefer to experience the first snowfall of the year, this could be a perfect time to trek to Mundum. 

Travel Insurance

Since Nepal is a Himalayan country, it comes with a package of unpredictable weather. So, we recommend the travelers who are planning for trekking in Nepal get Travel Medical Insurance. Getting Travel Insurance before trekking in Nepal will help you if any unfortunate like bad weather, altitude sickness, natural disasters, physical injuries, difficulties during trekking, misplaced or delay in getting luggage, theft, etc. occurs.

It not only provides a layer of protection but also will help you save a hefty amount of money if any hapless happens.

Itinerary in Details

01: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 20 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1300m

Once you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will welcome you and escort you to the hotel in the center of the city. After the check-in formalities, you can spend the time resting in your hotel room. 
Depending upon your arrival hour, we will be sitting for a discussion session regarding your Mundum trek at your hotel lobby or our office. In the evening, you can take a short walk around the Thamel and Thaiti market. 
O/N at a hotel. 
 

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & trek Preparation

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 1300m

You will spend half of the day exploring some of the important landmarks that are listed on UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square. These places provide you with the culture, religion, and history glance of Nepal. 
Boudhanath is one of the most visited places in Kathmandu valley both by locals and outsiders. Renowned as the biggest stupa in Nepal and South Asia, the stupa reflects Mahayana Buddhism, i.e. Tibetan Buddhism. 
Likewise, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most famous and sacred places for Hindu devotees around the world. Situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River, Pashupatinath houses the main temple dedicated to Lord Shiva where non-Hindus are restricted and many other significant temples and monuments assessable to all. 
Patan Durbar Square lies in the city of beauty, Lalitpur or Patan. Patan Museum, Krishna Mandir, and the Durbar Square complex full of temples and shrines are the major attractions here. The array of bronze statues and religious objects in the city reflects the culture of the country.
After your guided sightseeing, spend the rest of the day on your own preparing for the trip. Go shopping if anything has to be purchased for the trek. 
O/N at a hotel. 
 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

03: Drive Kathmandu – Haleshi Mahadevsthan

🕑 7/8 Hours

Today's journey will undoubtedly be lengthy but very wonderful. We will be driving down the gorgeous route to the east of Kathmandu. Along the roadway, you will witness lovely rivers. The villages can also be seen from the road. Beautiful scenery can be found along the riverbank. There will be a couple of rest stops and lunch stops along the way. We will arrive at Haleshi Mahasevsthan after 7-8 hours of drive covering approximately 222 kilometers via Dhulikhel, Nepalthok, and Khurkot, to Ghurmi, Okhaldhunga, Jayaram, and finally at Haleshi. 
(Important Info: The Haleshi Mahadevsthan Temple is an important Hindu, Buddhist, and Kirat pilgrimage site. Hindu devotees believe the Haleshi caves are connected to Mahadeva, a form of Lord Shiva, while Buddhists believe the caves are connected to Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, and Kirats in the region pray to the Haleshi as an ancestral deity.) 
O/N at homestay/tented camp/Local lodge

(Note: You can opt. to fly to Bhojpur from Kathmandu. If you choose to fly then, slight changes may occur in the itinerary. But Bhojpur flights are not regular and there is a limited number of them. Also, the flights might get delayed or canceled suddenly.) 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tea House/Guest House/Tented Camp

04: Trek Haleshi Mahadevsthan – Khotang – Tawabhanjyang

🕑 6/7 Hours Walk

We make our visit to Haleshi Mahadevsthan in the morning pray/worship the God Haleshi and continue our journey towards Khotang after breakfast. Along our route to Khotang, we walk past the small villages where villagers are seen working in the fields for living through the woodlands of Rhododendrons and oaks. We take a lunch break at Khotang and resume our trek towards Tawa Bhanjyang where we will spend a night at a local teahouse/homestay. Tawa Bhanjyang offers a wide range of snow-clad mountains like Dudhkunda, Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many others. 
O/N at TawaBhanjyang.  
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

05: Trek Tawabhanjyang – Temke Danda (3005 m) – Chakhewa (2300 m)

🕑 6 Hours

Max Altitude: 3005m

Leaving Tawa Bhanjyang, we start to climb towards Temke Danda that lies between the Khotang and Bhojpur districts. It is the first viewpoint for the views of incredible 7 eight-thousanders, including Mt Everest (8,848.86m) Lhotse (8,516m), Lhotse Shar (8382m), Makalu (8,463m), Cho-Oyu (8,188m), and Kanchenjunga (8,586m) with more than 30 other peaks such as Karyolung, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kangtega, Chamlang, Baruntse, Jannu, Numbur, and even Gauri Shankar, and Langtang, etc. 
After we spend an ample amount of time at Temke Danda, we start to descend towards Chakhewa for an overnight stay. 
O/N at a local teahouse/homestay. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

06: Trek Chakhewa – Dhotre (2752 m)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 2752m

After a hearty breakfast at Chakhewa, we begin our walk towards Dhotre through the forest of gorgeous Rhododendrons, Chimal, and other many species. We will pass by the Maluwa Village, Dalsing Pass, and picturesque ridge of Merung Hill and come by our today’s destination Dhotre. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

07: Trek Dhotre – Hansh Pokhari (2972 m)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 2972m

Today we pass through Chautara and Baaspani Devsthan before reaching Hansh Pokhara for the night. Hansh Pokhari offers us an amazing view of scenic Mattim Danda. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

08: Hike to Maiyung/Mattim Danda (3333 m) & trek to Satdobato (3122 m)

🕑 6/7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3333m

Early in the morning, we will hike to Mattim Danda, the Maiyung Range's second-highest mountain, with views of Makalu (8,463m) in the distance. The walk is lovely, with excellent views of the surrounding area. We will have a wonderful time going along the beautiful hiking routes. We return to Hansh Pokhara for lunch after exploring Mattim Danda. From there, we trek towards Satobato where we will spend the night. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

09: Trek to Rawadhap (3426 m)

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3426m

This section of the trail runs through stunning Kirat and Rai villages. Farmers producing crops in their gorgeous fields can be seen in the villages. You'll also notice elderly people dressed in their traditional garb. We'll pass through little Kirat settlements such as Hyakule, and Lauri Bina, among others. We will arrive in Rawa Dhap after several hours of walking and spend the night there.
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

10: Trek to Salpabhanjyang/kulupankha (3348 m)

🕑 7 Hours

Max Altitude: 3348m

Today’s trek is short in distance but long in duration. The trail is lonely, yet stunning. We start early in the morning through the breathtaking scenario and diverse culture along the route. We pass by many wonderful Kirat communities where we can get a glimpse of their lifestyle. The mani wall of Nikasa, Handi Lake, and Kulu Pankha Bhanjyang also known as Salpa Pass are the highlights of today's journey. We'll arrive in Salpa Bhanjyang after a fantastic day for the night. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

11: Hike to Silichung Hill (4153 m) & back to Satdobato

🕑 7/8 Hours

Max Altitude: 4153m

Silichung Peak/hill also known as Salpa Peak is the highlight of this Mundum Trek. We start our walk early in the morning to the vantage point offering the breathtaking views of the five tallest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, and Makalu as well as a slew of other snow-capped peaks. Not just the Himalayas, we can get the tranquil sight of the deep valleys and green nature from the Silinchung Peak. Thamserku, Kangtega, Amadablam, Dorje Lakpa, Kusum Khungurung, and Numbur are other notable white peaks from here. We will return to our camp at Salpa Bhanjyang for lunch and a further visit to Rai Village of Sanam and Kirat Village of Guranse before calling it a day at Satobato. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

12: Trek to Ekrate

🕑 6/7 Hours

After breakfast, we will embark on the exciting Hansh Pokhari to Ekrate trekking trail. We'll be taking in the breathtaking vistas of the hills going through the lush. This walk is especially lovely in the spring when the wildflowers and Rhododendrons are in full bloom. By the evening, we reach Ekrate village where the Kirat people reside. There, we get to see the basic way of living as well as exquisite traditions and cultural practices. 
O/N at a tented camp. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

13: Trek to Delikharka

🕑 6/7 Hours

We leave Ekrate after breakfast and continue our walk towards the Delikharka community. Our walk will be accompanied by the scenic hills and mountain vista on the backdrop. We walk via the rhododendron woods passing through a few small villages and terraced farms. Once we reach Delikharka, we could get the sight of Shamanism as it is hugely practiced there. In the evening, we could be entertained by the cultural show of the Kirat community. 
O/N at homestay. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay

14: Trek to Bhojpur (1600 m)

🕑 5/6 Hours

Max Altitude: 1600m

Today is the last trekking day of this Mundum Trek. We trek past Kakhuwa Pass, Barse Danda/Hill, Suntale (Orange) Village, Dhap Kharka, and Sampang Junction before we make it to Bhojpur. Once in the city, we will check in at the lodge and spend the rest of the day resting. In the evening, we will celebrate the completion of the trek and spend the night. 
O/N at local lodge. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Local Lodge

15: Fly/Drive to Kathmandu

Max Altitude: 1300m

After ending our trek in the Mundum trail trek, we today transfer back to the capital. If the flights are available, we will take a transfer to the Bhojpur Airport and fly above the high highlands, colorful valleys, and dense hills. If there aren’t any flights, we will drive on our tourist bus/private vehicle.  
In Kathmandu, you can rest for the remainder of the day. In the evening, you will be picked up for the farewell dinner organized for you by the Himalayan Trekkers. After enjoying an authentic Nepali Khana Set and the cultural program, we will drive you back to your hotel.  
O/N at a hotel. 


Another option: Bhojpur to Dharan Dhankuta drive is also available. From Dharan, we drive to Biratnagar and from Biratnagar, we can take the flight to Kathmandu. 
 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

16: Departure from Kathmandu

If your flight to your home or onward destination is scheduled after mid-day, you can go for last-minute shopping for the souvenirs in the Thamel area. And 3 hours before your flight, a staff of Himalayan Trekkers will transfer you to the airport and bid goodbye. 

Includes

  • Pick up and Drop (to/from International Airport Transfer)
  • Standard Twin Sharing Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Daily Breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Domestic Flight to/from Bhojpur for Travelers and Guide
  • Airport Taxes and luggage charge
  • Ground transfer as per itinerary
  • Meals – Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
  • Tea/Coffee, Snacks, Boiled and Filter Drinking Water during the Trek
  • Accommodation – Local Lodge/Homestay in a few Places and Tented Camp During Trek
  • An Experienced English-Speaking Local Guide
  • Required number of Sherpa Porters as per Group size for trekking
  • All Wages, Salary, Equipment, Insurance for Guide and Porters
  • All Guide and Sherpa's insurance during the trekking
  • All Local Camping Cost as per itinerary
  • Camping and Kitchen Equipment While trekking
  • Duffle Bag/Trekking Poles/Down Jacket/Sleeping Bag if required(refundable)
  • A Comprehensive First Aid Kit
  • Fare Well Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Required Documentations and Permits
  • All Government Taxes

 

Excludes

  • Nepal Visa Fees – Visa Can be obtained upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • International Airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu – Lunch and Dinner
  • Any other activities which are not mentioned and included in the package
  • Any Cost Occur from unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslide, political issues, flight cancelation, Program change, health issues, etc.
  • Personal Expenses such as Beverage, Tips, laundry, Phone call, Additional activities/services, 
  • Personal clothing (Can Hire in Kathmandu) and equipment
  • Your Travel Insurance

Accommodation available during the trek is usually camping and staying in homestays but in some places basic lodges/teahouses are available. In Kathmandu any type of accommodation you wish for from 5-star  hotels and resorts, budget hotels, homestays anything is available. In Diktel and Bhojpur, there are minimal lodges/hotels/homestays present and some also have attached bathrooms. Since this route has homestays, we will also be staying in homestays most of the time while we are not camping. Likewise in Salpa Pokhari very basic teahouse is available but for all the rest part of the trek, we will be camping. 

Meals

If we are staying in a hotel in Diktel, Bhojpur Nepali, continental, Indian cuisine is available. Whereas in teahouses, only Nepali and basic Indian meals are prepared. While on tented camp, the team will prepare very nutritious and delicious meals.

The meals prepared by the team in camping usually consist of meat of choice, canned tuna, rice, beaten rice, low-weight noodles, pasta, vegetables, and raw snacks. Soft cold drinks, tea/coffee, powdered milk, and hot chocolate are also available.

Likewise, in homestays, the Kiratis will prepare their own ethnic cuisine and two of their traditional meal that you must try is Kinema and Wichipa. Kinema is made by fermenting cooked soybeans, it has a very strong flavor and is highly nutritious that will provide you energy while trekking. Wachipa is also very helpful for trekking as it helps with body aches and constipation.

This food is rather very interesting as it is made up of rice, minced chicken, powder of burnt feathers, and petals of Damlapa flower. Trust me its tastes better than it sounds! The vegetarian alternative of Wachipa is made from rice and petals of different edible flowers. 

Similarly, the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat is available everywhere. Dal Bhat consists of boiled rice, lentil soup, the meat of choice (optional), vegetable curry, and pickles. It also comes with Nepali deserts but it varies according to place. The travelers will not have to worry about meals the entire trip, they are safe, hygienic, nutritious, yummy, and prepared with love. But if you have any allergies to any meals, we request you to tell your guide in advance. 

Drinking Water

Bottled Mineral water, Himalaya Springwater, and boiled and filtered spring water are available during the beginning of the trek. But as we start trekking forward, Himlayan Springwater and Boiled and filtered spring water are only available. The travelers could fill the Himalayan Springwater from the taps, streams, and rivers and purify themselves as well which would not cost you.

The travelers could also bring Chorine drops, UV water purifiers, or water filter hand-pumps if they wish to purify the water yourself. For boiled and filtered water, you will have to buy it from the locals and we suggest you either purify it yourself or buy it from the locals as it would help in sustainable Tourism and local income generation. We also highly advise you to bring a water bottle (non-plastic) so that you could fill the water and it is good for eliminating environmental pollution. While camping, the team will provide you boiled and filtered water from the streams/rivers/taps. 

 

 

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