Kulung Rai and Sherpa Cultural Trek
Kulung Rai and Sherpa Cultural Trek

This is one of the recently opened and untouched trails for trekking which starts from Phaflu and ends at the same destination. In this trek, you can observe the unique culture of Kulung Rai and Sherpa people who have their own distinct culture. We visit mainly the major Kulung Community Bung and Cheskam and the beautiful Sherpa village called Khiraule. Here, Bung means beautiful flower in Rai language. It is a particularly pleasant middle hills village, clean and spread out. Bung, Chheskam and Godel are the most remote V.D.C of Solukhumbu district where no any facilities of electricity and transportation till few years ago. Later around 2010 some foreigner donated huge amount for the hydropower seeing the miserable condition and became success for that at last. So, now everywhere there is the facilities of electricity. The Kulung Rai is uneducated and they have their own customs. Chhyang (usually a mixed of corn more and millet less) and Raksi distilled from the chhyang. They are called local beer and wine as well. The Rai culture has been surprisingly durable and men wears Phenga (a sleeveless jackets made from allo) and women wears Pharia and Lungi wrap skirt. In this region all the people use Ghum a folding bamboo mat with either big leaves of trees or plastic sandwiched between to protect from rain as the rainy season.
Most of the women still wear the traditional double nose piece, the dhungri which is round and the hanging piece and Jhamke. The houses are all still made from traditional adobe mude and, though steel roofs are arriving, most are either wooden shingles with bamboo mats over the top or thatched. Inside, the fire is always in the middle of the room so that in winter everyone especially the guests can sit around it. The uneducated people carry ghee, eggs, corn, millet and quite a bit meat to Lukla and Namche Bazaar to sell and earn money. The panoramic view of Numbur Himal, old Buddhist monasteries, Thamserku Himal, Mera South, Mera Central and Mera North, Rectangular Himal, unique Sherpa and Kulung Rai’s culture, green green beautiful country sides and different sorts of flora and fauna are the main attractions of this trek.

 

Brief Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Sotang (1,579m) 12/14 hours

Day 04: Sotang to Bung (1,677m) 4/5 hours

Day 05: Bung to Chheskam (1,750m) 4/5 hours

Day 06: Chheskam to Khiraule (2,000m) 5/6 hours

Day 07: Rest day at Khiraule

Day 08: Khiraule to Sotang (1,579m) 4/5 hours

Day 09: Sotang to Kathmandu (1,500m) 12/14 hours

Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu

Day 11: Final Departure

 

Type of our services:

In Nepal the trekking can be categorized into three types: Therefore we have the three types of services for trekking on the client's requirement and request. You can choose the service and email us at any time and price will be changed accordingly.

01: Fully Organized Camping Trek:

Camping trekking is that kind of trekking on which all the food are prepared and served to the clients in their own dinning tents and they have to spend their night an open area in the tent during the trek. This type of trekking are organized in those areas where Lodges are unavailable and difficult to accommodate during the trek. All the members have to sleep in the tents and breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by the cook and Kitchen staffs. The essential things such as tents, foods, utensils, tables, chairs, stoves and kerosene are taken from Kathmandu. Hence, this type of trekking is a bit expensive instead of tea house trek because we have to take everything from Kathmandu. The price covers all permits, transportation, staffs salary and insurance along with your domestic flight tickets, transportation and accommodation in Kathmandu as well.

02: Full Package Lodge or Teahouse Trek:

Teahouse or Lodge trek is a type of trek on which we will eat and sleep at lodge during the trek. The package covers all the foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) accommodation, trekking permits, hotel in Kathmandu, arrival and departure, round transportation and domestic flight tickets along with staffs salaries, foods accommodation and their insurance.

03: Guide or porters services with accommodation:

This type of trekking is based on lodge trek. The price includes only guide or porter, his foods, accommodation, insurance and your accommodation and trekking permits during the trek. We are always flexible for the price and itinerary and please never hesitate to ask question if you have any queries. We are here just for you to give quality of service.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only one international airport of Nepal from where you will be welcomed with a great hospitality by the representative of United Brothers Trek and Expedition and transferred to the hotel. After having checked in the hotel, we will give you a short briefing about the trip and collect the essential documents (Passport and Photos) from you to issue the trekking permits. You can rest the leisure time exploring around and stay a night at the hotel with breakfast.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu

You can get up in the morning and have breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will come to pick you up at the hotel and take for full day sightseeing around Kathmandu valley (the world heritage site). At first, we will drive you to Swayambunath Temple. Swayambunath means self-originated Buddhist Temple which is known as Monkey Temple as well. It is located on the top of the hill from where you can see the superb view of the whole Kathmandu Valley. After having visited this holy temple, we will drive you to Boudha Stupa. It is a holy place for Buddhist and pilgrims which was slightly damaged during due the tremor of 2015 but later rebuilt. It is one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. From here, we will take you to Pashupatinath Temple that is pretty close from Boudhanth. Pashupatinath Temple, located at the bank of the Bagmati River is one of the biggest and most popular Shrines where you can behold for Hindus. Pashupatinath Temple which is the biggest Hindu Temple. You can see the ritual and cremation activities according to the Hindus Culture. At the end of the day, we will return back to the hotel. By the evening, we will take you to a Nepali restaurant for welcome dinner with typical Nepali cultural dance. At last, we will drop you to the hotel and spend a night with breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Sotang by Jeep 13/15 hours)

On the next day, we will drive to Sotang early in the morning by private Jeep which may take at least 13 to 15 hours. The route passes through Okhaldunga and Salleri. If the weather is clear, you can see the picturesque views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu 1, DhudKunda himal, Numbur Himal and much more panoramic views of the countryside. By the evening we will arrive at Bung and stay at a normal lodges.

Day 04: Sotang to Bung (1,677m) 4/5 hours

Our next destination for today is Bung which takes around 4/5 hours. The way goes through a dense village of Chhetri, Baraman and Rai passing the huge landslide with the view of Salpa Danda and countryside. The way is not difficult today.  On the way you can see the Bokopolam and Saddhi Village School along with beautiful rice traces etc. As you get kolum Danda near Bung, you can see the picturesque view of Hungu River. Bung is a huge village of Kulung Rai, they have their own culture. Here, the main office of Makalu Barun Conservation Area Project office is located. It is the main turning point from where the way departs for Tumlingtar, Everest Base Camp and Phaplu.We stay overnight there.

Day 05: Bung to Chheskam (1,750m) 4/5 hours

After having breakfast, we commence our journey to Chheskam. The way goes through Rai village, crosses a long bridge and continues to Pelmong with the scenic view of Bung and Gudel village. Pelmong is a beautiful Rai village. Near pelmong there is a ridge on which you can see Helicopter landing place which was built few years ago. This ridge is the best view point for stunning view. From here we cross again another river and carry on our journey to Chheskam which takes about 4/5 hours. Chheskam is another huge Rai village which is located at the bottom of Inkhu Valley. Here we spend a night.

Day 06: Chheskam to Khiraule (2,000m) 5/6 hours

On the next day, we return back to Pelmong and then climb up to Khiraule. Khiraule is one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages of Arun Valley trek. It is located on the elevation of 2000m. This village is surrounded by green hill and in the midst of the village there is a beautiful School built in the sponsorship of UK. Another main attraction of this village is Ngonga Tekchhokchholing Buddhist Monastery which is circulated by tall pine trees and Mani. All the trees brought from Darjeeling and planted here many years ago by one of the great monk of this village. Here we spend a night at tent.

Day 07: Rest day at Khiraule

You have whole day free today. You can walk up to the hill where one Buddhist Temple is located. It is the best view point from where you can see the entire Khiraule village along with the beautiful scenery of Buddhist Monastery, School, Mera peak and the green countryside. After that you can descend down and stay overnight at the same place.

Day 08: Khiraule to Sotang (1,579m) 4/5 hours

As usual, we start our trek after breakfast. We return back to Sotang with the beautiful scenery of Mera Peak, Rectangular Mountain, Panch Pohari ridge, Khiraule, Chheskam, Gudel and Sotang village. The trail goes through green forest and arrives at Chokledo Danda. From here we descend down to Patle and finally arrive at Sotang which takes approximately ¾ hours. We spend a night at Sotang.

Day 09: Sotang to Kathmandu by Jeep(1350m) 12/14 hours

We return back to Kathmandu by Jeep through the same trail which may take at least 12/14 hours.

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu

Today you can do shopping for your final departure. By the evening we will do farewell dinner for the last day of your trip and spend overnight at hotel.

Day 16: Final Departure

We will drop you to the airport for your final departure and say good bye to all of you until your next visit.

What is Included in the Cost

  • Arrival and departure transportation by private vehicle

  • 4 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast

  • Kathmandu/Sotang/Kathmandu by Jeep

  • Welcome and farewell dinner

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle as per itinerary

  • All government, local and airport taxes

  • All essential paperwork for trekking permits

  • Tims Card

  • National park fees

  • Accommodation in Lodge and tent

  • Foods (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with tea or coffee during the trek

  • Cook

  • Kitchen staffs

  • Porters (2 trekkers- 1 porter)

  • An English speaking trained, experienced and government license holder trekking guide

  • Staff's salaries, their insurance, equipment, foods, accommodation and flight tickets

  • Medical Kit

  • Sleeping bag

  • Down jacket

  • T-shirt, cap and trekking map from united brothers trek and expedition with its logo

  • Trekking poles

What is Excluded in the Cost

  • Visa fees in Nepal

  • Excess baggage charge

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

  • International flight tickets

  • Travel Insurance

  • Helicopter Rescue

  • Medical treatment

  • Hot Shower

  • Heater

  • Battery Charge

  • Mineral water

  • Hot water

  • Personal expenditure (bar bills and laundry)

  • Extra porter

  • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu

  • Tips for guide and porters

  • Sightseeing can be arranged on the basis of client's choice and request

Trip dates trip price trip status
05 Apr, 2019 - 17 Apr, 2019 0.00 Available

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tirp fact

  • Duration : 8 days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate
  • Trip area : Everest region
  • Type of Trek : camping Trek
  • Group Size : 2-12 pax
  • Max height : 2,962m
  • Starting point : Salleri
  • Ending point : salleri
  • Ktm/Phaplu/KTM : Flight or Jeep

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