What you need to know about Nepal’s New Trek, Mundhum Trek

Mundhum Trek in simple words is the trip that shows the way of life, philosophy, and religion of the Kirat community based on stories memories, and oral traditions passed down through generations. During rituals kirat shaman chants Mundhum includes naming different places and visiting them spiritually. The new Trek was officially opened to travelers in 2018, January. A new trial that encompasses these different places mentioned in Mundhum has opened up and it’s named Mundhum trial. 

The trial includes beautiful villages and expansive alpine meadows of Khotang, and Solukhumbu.

The route of the Mundhum trek is a fantastic journey, this route offers majestic views of mountain peaks, peaceful ways, green forests, and unspoiled traditional culture and customs. The trekkers would explore Buddhist monasteries, sacred stupas, breathtaking nature, art galleries, and local curiosities. This trail offers beautiful views of Silichung/Salpa Peak (4153m). This provides views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Sishapangma, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Dorje Lakpa, and many other peaks.

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During the Mundhum trek, you should keep the environment pristine by minimizing the use of plastic bags, minimizing pollution, and representing the local culture is essential. If you take a local guide you will understand the area and can be invaluable in minimizing and understanding on impact of the region. While exploring the biodiversity, culture, and ancient villages. The local people of Mundhum have preserved the area in its pristine beauty for generations. If you are an adventure seeker and want to travel with an extraordinary landscape and cultural treasure, the trek on Mundhum will be the best.

Explore the Kirant people of Mundhum Trek, native to the eastern hill of Nepal

Mundhum is an important part of the cultural identity and heritage of the Kirat people, an ethnic group native to the eastern hill of Nepal. It is also known as Kirat Veda, which is a holy scripture containing four book sequences highly reversed by Kirati communities. Mundhum is a unique and diverse set of oral and written texts that recount the mythology, rituals, history, and teachings of the Kirati people. Not only is it from the internal part of Kirati culture, but it has also been the cornerstone of communal relationships, religious and social behavior, and other social values among the community members.

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This trek is said to be codified in the current Salpa Silicho area. As per the oral lore associated with Mundhum, the text is believed to be narrated and written by the Kirat saints, who are associated with the holy mountains in the region. Moreover, it is said that the mundhum embraces the three primary related deities and symbols. The symbols are fire, water, and sun. Through the Mundhum, the Kirat people call upon these gods to bless them with good harvests and prosperity.

Journey through the Mundum cultural trail

The untouched route starts from Diktel Bazar and passes through the picturesque settlements of Chakhewa, Dhotre, Maiyung, Rawadhap, Salpa Bhanjyang, Silichong, Hakule, Hanspokhari and ends at Bhojpur, the final destination. The route traverses several indigenous ethnic villages, taking adventures through the settlement of the Kirat people.

Mundhum Trek Kirat People
Image: Ancestors of the Rai, and Limbu, The Kirat (Source: Medium)

The people who lived in Mundhum have regarded the trek as a sacred journey, using it to perform various rituals and scriptural ceremonies linked to their Kirat faith. The local communities have passed down this route from generation to generation, preserving its significance and holiness. The trail is considered for devotees of the Kirat religion who come on pilgrimages to perform holy rituals. 

Best Time To do Mundhum Trek

The best to do Mundhum Trek is during late March and April (Spring and autumn), which is a beautiful season because the rhododendrons and other flowers are in full bloom and the days are longer.

Spring

Spring season is widely recommended as a time for travelers to set out their adventure. This season is famous for seeking striking blooms of rhododendrons and a delightful humidity level in this region. The vibrant colors of nature come alive after the snowmelts as rich green moss spreads across the forests and wildflowers blossom in the meadows.

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At Mundhum, the temperature ranges from 12 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius, during daytime and nighttime, the atmosphere can drop 4 degrees Celsius but can stay comfortable with the right clothing.

Autumn

Autumn season offers the views of the fall foliage’s golden, ochre tones that reflect nature’s beauty and light up the Mundhum Trek. 

Summer which begins in June and continues until August, that season which surpasses. Its peers when offering scintillating vistas. Summer in Nepal is also the time to come face to face with the local culture, for the locals reveal a more aggressive and intense side of their lives in summer. Visitors can enjoy the snow-capped and lush green valleys because of the clear skies. But trekkers must protect their skin with- SPF sunscreen because of the intense sunlight during this month.

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Image: Mundhum Trek in summer with the flower all over the Trail (Source: Wilderness Excursion)

Winter, this season produces a different atmosphere and mood in the region. With the snow-filled mountain as a backdrop, treks during winter can be pretty challenging. For those who are willing to embrace the weather and temperature fluctuations, braving the frigid climate will reward them with unmatched views. To visit during this month, one must be prepared to encounter extremely low temperatures and harsh weather, so packing the right gear and equipment is paramount.

(while the two seasons of spring and autumn promise a great trekking experience, the two other significant seasons in Nepal – summer and winter, cannot be overlooked while discussing the Mundhum trial trek.)

The Mundhum trail trek is normally related to a moderate trek. to complete this trek normal physical fitness is enough for trekkers. accomplish this trek. the maximum elevation to be reached during this trek is 4200m above sea level. As a result, there is no risk of getting altitude sickness.

If you are an adventure seeker and traveler, the Mundhum trail will be a suitable and perfect journey.

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