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Sailung-Timal cultural tour 15 Days

It is one of the short royal treks in the countryside of Nepal near from the capital city which goes in the altitude of up to 3160m. Sailung means a big hill with 100 hillocks on it in the local language. We can see a big hill consists of a number of hillocks in Sailung. In one of the hillocks lies a big rock that resembles a big tiger jumping in the air, if it is looked from a distance about 500m. There is a famous Sailung cave where the tribes believe the God called Sailung resides for their protection. The tribes worship the God Sailung to fulfill their several wishes. The folks and the Jhankris (witch-doctors) gather there in a great number on 2 special Full Moon days that falls in the month of August and January to make the God Sailung happy with their offerings.

The views of the Himalayas that lie in the eastern mountain ranges, beautiful green forests, rivers and streams, waterfalls on the way are the special features of this trekking. You can come in touch with the real culture and lifestyle of Tamang people (in majority) living in the village in Sailung and Timal area. But the society is consisting of various caste and culture. This area is non-tourist area. But the ones, who have visited this area, have found their trip exciting.

This trek is especially designed by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition for tent trek and in some area Home Stay is available. It means we have to spend the night in the villager’s house and eat whatever is served by the villager for which we need to pay less then we pay in the lodge. In the other hand we get opportunity to come in touch with the life style and culture of the village.

The another specialty of this trek is that we witness Bodhi Chitta Mala trees on the way, the seeds of these trees are used to make praying garland (Jaap Mala) by the Buddhist hence it is called Bodhi Chitta Mala. In the Buddhist mythology, Timal has been described as Termahal where a dark demon called Yaksha Nagpo was hiding in a cave called Yarinaag meaning very dark and difficult cave. Guru Padmasambhav came to Termahal to meditate for the sake of the people living there. When the demon Yaksha Nagpo knew about this he escaped to hide in a very big pond that lied in Narayansthan. Then Guru Padmasmbhav threw his Vajra (powerful weapon) into the pond. Consequently the pond became very hot and began to dry. The dark demon had no place to hide but come into encounter with the Guru Padmasambhav. Guru wanted the dark demon to be a civilized and religious fellow but he denied. A great fight took place between the Guru and the Demon. Finally the Guru won the fight and got control on the Demon. That’s why Termahal (now Timal) is supposed to be a place of holy pilgrimage at present.

The trekking period for this region is good from November to February. The weather is cool and the climate is clear in those months that make every view of hills and Himalayas of eastern region of Nepal look clear.

Generally we start walking by 8am (+/- an hour) after having the breakfast. We have lunch on the way where the place has water/toilet facility and can enjoy the beautiful scene. We take lunch generally by 12 noon. We generally reach the camp before 4pm. Thus we walk maximum 6 hours a day excluding the rest hours.

Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)
Day 03:  Kathmandu to Modhe/ Nigale Bhanjyang (2462m) by bus 5-6 hours
Day 04:  Nigale Bhanjyang  to Kalapani (2600m) 3-4 hours
Day 05:  Kalapani to Sailung La (3150m) to Kholakharka (2560m) 3-4 hours
Day 06:  Kholakharka to Doramba (2050m) 2-3 hours
Day 07:  Doramba to Kama village (1700m) 3-4 hours
Day 08:  Kama to Thulo Parsel (1138m) 3-4 hours
Day 09:  Rest Day in Thulo Parsel Sightseeing (1138m)
Day 10: Thulo Parsel to Narayansthan (1577m)  2-3 hours
Day 11: Narayansthan to Namo Buddha (1750m) 5-6 hours
Day 12: Namo Buddha to Bhaktapur 2-3 hours
Day 13: Bhaktapur Sightseeing- Kathmandu (1401)
Day 14: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu (1337m)
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

 

 

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02:  Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1337)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03:  Kathmandu to Modhe/ Nigale Bhanjyang (2462m) by bus 5-6 hours

Early morning we need to set off for Mudhe by bus/private vehicle. After Mudhe, we walk for 40 minutes to our camp/home stay. This route lies on the way to Jiri-Everest trek. So the scenery will be full of Himalayan views and beautiful villages. We spend the in Nigale Bhanjyang. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

 Day 04:  Nigale Bhanjyang  to Kalapani (2600m) 3-4 hours

This one is totally high hilly region and the human settlement is very thin in this area. We walk through the jungles full of rhododendron trees. In March and April, we can see the jungles full of rhododendron flowers.

Day 05:  Kalapani to Sailung La (3150m) to Kholakharka (2560m) 3-4 hours

This day we go through a pass called Sayathumka Pass at the altitude of 3160m. We visit the Sailung cave and spend few moments there on this day. The cave lies in the rhododendron jungle. We see the Tiger Stone on the way. The trail goes downhill to Kholakharka  (at the altitude of 2600m.)

Day 06:  Kholakharka to Doramba (2050m) 2-3 hours

Now we walk downhill to Doramba, a big Tamang village in the hillside that lies in the altitude of 2200m. We can see many Himalayan peaks from here that lies in the Everest Region.

Day 07:  Doramba to Kama village (1700m) 3-4 hours

Kama village is another Tamang village in the high hillside at the altitude of 1800m. The people in this area have very simple life and speak their own language, Tamang language.

Day 08:  Kama to Thulo Parsel (1138m) 3-4 hours

We walk through so many beautiful and calm Tamang villages. On the way we cross a stream called Chauri Khola. The legend says that it was evolved from the urine of Chauri. Don’t need to worry, there is a bridge for us to make our crossing easy. Then we walk to cross a river called Sunkoshi. Boats are available to cross Sunkoshi or we cross through a bridge which lies in almost an hour’s walk and reach Thulo Parsel, a very big Tamang village of Timal area at the altitude of 1100m.

Day 09:  Rest Day in Thulo Parsel Sightseeing (1138m)

You can go to visit Buddhist monastery and meet local people to have friendly chat. Also if you wish, you can visit some schools and a health post in this village. You can enjoy the view of Langtang Range in the north from here. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staffs would love to welcome our guests for the Home Stay and serve with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10: Thulo Parsel to Narayansthan (1577m)  2-3 hours

The trail goes uphill upto the altitude of 1700m through several villages where the Tamang people live in majority. There is a famous Hindu temple of Lord Narayan. Hence, the village is named as Narayansthan -Temple of Narayan. People from various places of Timal gather there in great number (above 5000) on Janai Purnima Day, a Hindu festival, a full moon day on which Hindus wear Janai, a holy thread of safety, round their body and wrist. The people walk for 8 to 10 hours to reach this place to worship the Lord Narayan. This special full moon day falls in the month August. The jhakris (wizards) from nearby villages gather there and dance in groups to please Lord Narayan. This is the main attraction of the occasion. There is a Buddhist Monastery (Gompa) called Lokeshwori Dhyan Gompa, where Buddhists pray and occasionally perform various pooja during Sonam Lhochhar, Gyalpo Lhochhar also. During the Hindu festival Dashain, the Lamas remain in the Gompa for 8 or 9 days meditating and praying for the peace of sacrificed animals. We can enjoy panoramic view of Himalayas, from Gaurishankar in the east to the Dorje Lakpa and Langtang in the north, from Narayansthan.

Day 11: Narayansthan to Namo Buddha (1750m) 5-6 hours

The trail goes downhill/uphill both when you are walking to Namo Buddha. You can visit Tibetan monastery here in Namo Buddha. Calm and beautiful place for our sound sleep after a long trek.

In the Buddhist mythology Namo Buddha has the following interesting story.

In the distant past, there lived in this world a king named Great Charioteer (Shingta Chenpo). The king had three sons: the oldest was named Great Sound (Dra Chenpo), the middle Great Deity (Lha Chenpo), and the youngest Great Being (Semchen Chenpo). Powerful in the martial arts and radiating confidence, the two elder sons always helped the king in governing the kingdom. From his earliest years, the youngest son, Great Being, was very bright and endowed with spontaneous kindness and compassion.

One day the king along with his queen, sons, and ministers left the town for a relaxing time in the forest. They had a camp in a beautiful place. The three princes picked up their bows and arrows and headed for hunting in the forest. They noticed a den with a tigress sleeping beside her cubs. Great Sound and Great Deity got ready to kill the tigress, but Great Being stopped them saying that killing was completely wrong. When he looked into the cave again, Great Being noticed that the tigress was not able to move, for she had just given birth and she also feared that if she left to hunt for food, another animal might harm her cubs. Tormented by hunger, she lay on the ground unable even to lift her head. Great Being felt pity on the tigress. He asked his brothers how could they the tigress and her cubs. They replied that they had to find warm flesh and blood of a recent kill.

Great Being wanted to save the tigress without killing another animal. Hence, he wanted himself to be eaten by the tigress. He told his brothers to keep going back to the camp and he went back to the tigress’s den. He sharpened a splinter from a nearby tree and cut his body to draw blood and allowed the tigress to lick it. Immediately, she opened her jaws and stood up. With a roar, she pounced on the prince and gulped him down.

The two brothers waited for long for their brother and decided to go back to the den finally. There was nothing left of their brother in the den but just blood, bones, nails, and bits of clothing. They gathered up the pieces of their brother’s remaining and went to their parents.

At the moment queen had a dream. She saw three doves flying high in the sky. As they fluttered around, a hawk struck and carried off the smallest one. The queen woke up and told the king about the dream. He replied, “Hearing your story, I believe the three doves are our three sons. The youngest of them, carried off by the hawk, is my most beloved son. I’m sure that something dreadful has happened to him.”  The king immediately sent out servants to look everywhere for his son. Soon, the two princes arrived and told the king what had happened with the Great Being. Upon hearing this terrible news, the queen fainted right away. The king too was overwhelmed with immense sadness and tormented by sorrow.

Meanwhile, the prince had been reborn as Great Courage (Nyingtob Chenpo). Great Courage saw that, gathered around the bone fragments he had left behind, were his parents and two brothers. He descended from space to the lofty sky and spoke words of encouragement to comfort his parents: “I’m the prince Great Being. After giving my body in generosity to the starving tigress, I was reborn in the celestial realm of Tushita.” With tears in their eyes, the king and queen said, “Son, you who are like our very heart, offering your body to the tigress was certainly most praiseworthy. But whom can we tell of our suffering in missing you?”

Great Courage replied his family not to be unhappy since this is totally natural to come and go from this world. After a few more words, he disappeared. The king and queen became a little happier and made the commitment to pursue virtuous activity. They created a small casket covered with seven kinds of jewels in which they laid the bones of their son and a stupa was built over the place in which it was buried. Later on, the place became famous as Namo Buddha.

Day 12: Namo Buddha to Bhaktapur 2-3 hours

Namobuddha is one of the most important religious sites of the Buddhists after Kathmandu’s, Swyambhunath and bouddhanath. It is located on a picturesque hill, 45 km along Banepa, Panauti route. The religiously important Namobuddha, surrounded by serene environment and green hills, is gaining fame as an important Buddhist pilgrimage site. The site is also gaining reputation as a tourist destination and more and more foreign tourists reach the place every year. Huge festival is organized here on the full moon day of Basisakh (May). The Birthday of Lord Buddha. Thousands of devotees both Buddhist and Hindu gather here for the festival. Tourists are also attracted to the artistic monasteries and the idol of “Sacrifice to the Tigress” located around the hilltop famous for viewing sunrise and sunset.

There is adequate facility of accommodation in Namobuddha and can be easily reached from various tourist destinations like Dhulikhel, Panauti, Dapcha. Namobuddha is at a distance of 10 km from Panauti and 15km from Dhulikhel. We are at the end of our trekking. We feel fresh and energetic when we are in Bhaktapur.

 Day 13: Bhaktapur Sightseeing- Kathmandu (1401)

We visit various historical and religious places of Bhaktapur like Bhaktapur Darbar Square and Changunarayan Temple after breakfast. After lunch we head to Kathmandu by bus.

 Day 14: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu (1337m)

It’s up to you, you want to have a full day rest or walk round the city to collect some souvenir for your family friends and relatives. In the evening you will be served Farewell Dinner on behalf of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.