Hiking from Mude to Sailung

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TitleHike to the 100 Hillocks – Sailung
Start Date04/24/2010
End Date04/25/2010
Duration (hrs)12 hrs.
Distance (km)20.5 kms
Hike coordinatorRavi Sharma
ParticipantsAmit Nepal, Anuj Bhandari, Jehen Joshi, Manoj Rokka, Nabin Maharjan, Pawan Pokharel, Prajwal Shrestha, Ravi Sharma, Sameer Tuladhar, Sangharsha Bhattarai
Photos byJehen Joshi, Pawan Pokharel, Ravi Sharma, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Sameer Tuladhar
Captions byRavi Sharma, Sangharsha Bhattarai, Sameer Tuladhar
Report byNabin Maharjan, Sameer Tuladhar, Manoj Rokka
Creative SupportDijup Tuladhar, Prerana Pradhan, Sangharsha Bhattarai

Nabin recollects:

The 10 D2 hikers departed from the D2 premise at 7 am for Mude, the starting point for the two days hike to Sailung. Passing by SuryaBinayak, Banepa, Dhulikhel, DolalGhat and Khadi Chaur on the way, we finally reached Mude at noon.

Carrying 6 sleeping bags for contingency, we began the hike from Mude. The way from Mude to BaghKhor was all roadways – dusty, narrow and ungraveled road with lots of sharp turns. We hiked past Deurali, BaghKhor and finally reached Dhunge Bazaar at 4:00 pm. There, we stayed at the Parvati Lodge for the meal. The people living in the Dhunge are mostly the Tamangs. The Tamangs  are known for their simplicity and honesty. It seemed that the lodge owners were not expecting any guests, so, we were happy to eat the simple Nepalese meal they could serve that comprised of rice, dal, gundruk and alu tarkari.

The climate had completely changed at Dhunge. At 2500 m above the sea level the weather was very  pleasant. Unlike Kathmandu in the summer, the wind here was cool and refreshing. At 6:00 pm when we left Dhunge for Kalapani, it was already cold. Wearing the jackets, we hiked through the Dhunge trail to Kalapani. Sooner than later, it was sundown and we were hiking under the half-full-moon night. The path was well lit by the moon. As we hiked higher and higher, the stars approached closer and closer. Sangharsha then taught us how to locate the pole star.  Hiking at these hours, when the rest of the souls were resting, was really a wonderful experience.

It was 8 pm when we reached Kalapani. There were few households around there. We stayed at one of the households at night. There was a long room kept aside for guests. The room had beds for 12-15 people. We were grateful towards the house owner for the warm beds as it would have been very difficult (almost impossible) to sleep under the open sky in the freezing night.

The next morning, we all woke up at 5 and set out for Sailung at 5:30 a.m. After 1.5 hours long walk, we finally reached Sailung which is situated at 3146 m above the sea level. There were small hills all around like the sand dunes in the desert. The magnificent view of the Himalayas (mountain range) and the beautiful landscape around along with the cool breeze setting the mood, Sailung is a must-visit destination for everybody. However, we were unfortunate for not being able to see beautiful Himalayas clearly. Despite this, we really enjoyed the beautiful view of the landscapes of Sailung. We were busy taking pictures here and there. We also came across some horses there.

“Gantabya ma pugeu ta Kan6u, Khana khayau? Nikai thakai laagyo hola…”

Around 9 am, we left Sailung and headed down for Dhunge. On the way, we came to know that there was transport strike in Dolkha. Amid the tension and fear, we reached Dhunge at 10:15 am. There, we were relieved to know that the bus was operating till Mude. Shortly, we boarded a bus at Dhunge and reached Mude around 1 pm. There, we were greeted by Ram Dai who had already arranged for the meal in a hotel. While we were eating, the news came that the strike was lifted. It was a pleasant and welcome surprise since we all were expecting to leave Mude in the evening because of the strike.

We left for the Kathmandu from Mude. We were all exhausted and thrilled from the hike at the same time. We stopped shortly at a place near Dolalghat. The guys enjoyed a cool swim in the hot weather for an hour. Then, we all headed for Kathmandu and reached there at 6:00 pm in the evening.

Overall, it was a memorable and worth-savoring hiking experience.

The Best Hike Ever – Sameer

““WaiWai+Dalmot+Cheura” on the top of 3146 m high Sailung danda. I completely agreed with the note of Vishnu Dai, “Once you get to top of Sailung, you will hardly desire to leave that place”.”

Hiking to Sailung -simply amazing! I must admit that I have never been to a place like that before. I was astounded with the beauty of the surroundings there. Hiking trip on a whole, was fun filled and really exhilarating. Although this was my 11th hike after joining D2, I got a chance to do many things that I never did in the previous hikings.

Starting the hike from Mude at the midday around 12 o’ clock was really challenging task. With the sunrays sucking the water from our body, we hardly managed to save water we had till we reached Dhunge. I have never experienced a hike to a place where water was so scarce. On reaching Dhunge, all of us had some nice lunch (or should I say dinner) at a local hotel.

All the way along, teasing between AmitN (“Maharaj”) and SangharshaB kept us entertained. After leaving Dhunge, hiking under the moon on an uphill path was the moment I enjoyed the most. Pointing at the lone twinkling star RaviS said something that made all of us smile- “Lau aja moon ta kasto sano vayecha”. Nearly about one and half hours of moon walking, we reached Kalapani at around 8 pm. There were hardly 5/6 houses, most of them being the inhabitant of Tamang people. After spending night there, the stride towards Sailung began the next day with the rising sun.

On reaching the base of Sailung, all of us were mesmerized by the spectacular view of the surrounding. All of the hikers running over the hills that were covered with green carpet of grasses, posing for the camera…really RaviS and SangharshaB had a busy time with their cameras. Even some of us had great fun jumping over the hills and showing some karate moves for the photographs. The only thing that I missed at Sailung was the view of mountain ranges because of the thick haze. Then we had some time to have a breakfast of “WaiWai+Dalmot+Cheura” on the top of 3146 m high Sailung danda. I completely agreed with the note of Vishnu Dai, “Once you get to top of Sailung, you will hardly desire to leave that place”. Although we all still wanted to be at the top, we had to depart with a heavy heart as there were the obligations of catching the bus that would get us back to Mude from Dhunge.

There were other problems on the way as well, as we heard about the bandha (strike) of Tamsaling in Ramechhap, Dolakha and Sindhupalchok. I had one of the scariest bus rides in my life on our way back to Mude from Dhunge as the road was “kachhi” with very sharp turnings. To add more life to the journey some of us had the courage to go to the hoot of the bus. On reaching Mude, our own Ram Dai was waiting for us ordering some good lunch at a local hotel. Just after finishing the lunch, the news of bandha being withdrawn brought us some joy as we could head back to Kathmandu on time. On the way back to Kathmandu, some of us had some fun and guts of swimming in the famous Bhote Koshi River before reaching Dolalghat. After an hour of swimming, we headed back to Kathmandu.

This hike to Sailung has been one of my best of all times. One day I would definitely like to go back to Sailung to have a view of the Mountain ranges again.

Strong cool wind magic – Manoj

Sailung, the place we must visit. I had a long time desire to visit Sailung. I first heard about it on my hike to ThuloPatal from Jiri. On that night we were walking towards ThuloPatal and the time was 12:30 pm, reviving our stride, the cool strong wind was blowing from east and the local guide told us that the wind was from Sailung.

“Blurry view of Mount Gauri Shankar hiding behind haze was standing on the North and cool wind was already blowing. We all started to move towards Sailung. “

Our journey to Sailung began from Mude, after walking 4 hours from pine forest to small villages; we had our lunch at Chayachhap-Dhunge and started to walk towards our last destination for that day. We reached Kalapani around 8 pm andstayed there for the night.
On Sunday morning, wewoke up at 5 am. Blurry view of Mount Gauri Shankar hiding behind haze was standing on the North and cool wind was already blowing. We all started to move towards Sailung. On the way, for the first time in my life, I got an opportunity to see white & pink Rhododendrons. We reached Sailung at around 7:15 am. Sailung means ”Village of God” in Tamang language and god lives in small hillocks.This might be the reason as there were plenty of hillocks around Sailung.

The early morning strong cool wind at Sailung proved that local guide on a way to ThuloPatal was right.

Trip Itinerary : Mude – Bagkhor – Dhunge – Kalapani – Sailung Hike
From-To-ActivityStart TimeEnd timeDistanceMeans/Details
Day 1
Kathmandu0 Kilo (Paachkhal)7:30 AM9:00 AM40 kmVAN
Breakfast at 0 Kilo (Nrs 100/80 Non-veg/veg Breakfast)
0 Kilo (Paachkhal)Mude9:30 AM12:00 PM45 kmVAN
MudeDeurali12:15 PM2:00 PM3 kmHike
DeuraliBagkhor2:00 PM2:25 PM2 kmHike
BagkhorDhunge2:25 PM4:20 PM5.5 kmHike
Lunch break (Nrs 100 Lunch set with Egg)
Dhunge BajarKalapani6:35 PM8:30 PM3 kmHike
Night stay at Kalapani; Local house; Nrs 70/Person/Night, with 2 black tea :)
Day 2
KalapaniSailung5:45 AM6:45 AM2 kmHike
Rest/Sight seeing at Sailung
SailungKalapani8:30 AM9:15 AM2 kmHike back
KalapaniDhunge Bajar9:15 AM10:30 AM3 kmHike back
Dhunge BajarMude10:45 AM12:30 PM15 kmLocal Bus (75Rs/Person)
Lunch break at Mude (Nrs 115/90 Non-veg/veg lunch set)
MudeBhotekoshi Banks2:00 PM3:45 PM35 kmVAN
Bhotekoshi BanksKtm4:30 PM6:30 PM50 kmVAN


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 Breakfast as usual @ Sharmila - zero kilo
01 Breakfast as usual @ Sharmila – zero kilo
 Thank god it is dead...getting burnt is not easy
02 Thank god it is dead…getting burnt is not easy
 Getting ready for the trip
03 Getting ready for the trip
 The long way to go
04 The long way to go
 Wish they could stay on their feet a little longer
05 Wish they could stay on their feet a little longer
 I hope they will plant 10 on cutting 1
06 I hope they will plant 10 on cutting 1
 This hike is going to be a memorable one
07 This hike is going to be a memorable one
 Heavy heart, they said not so much heavy as school bags with load of books
08 Heavy heart, they said not so much heavy as school bags with load of books
 Deep pine forest
09 Deep pine forest
 Lets walk in a group dont make subgroups
10 Lets walk in a group dont make subgroups
 We are making home for us not a house
11 We are making home for us not a house
 Manoj-I have waiting a long for this hike
12 Manoj-I have waiting a long for this hike
 The temple was a landmark for us
13 The temple was a landmark for us
 Follow the principle to be healthy
14 Follow the principle to be healthy
 Education is the only source of development to make new Nepal
15 Education is the only source of development to make new Nepal
 A glimpse of Bagkhor-Deurali locality
16 A glimpse of Bagkhor-Deurali locality
 Heading towards Dhunge
17 Heading towards Dhunge
 ukkali ma janda janda jutta mero fatyo...khai ta taruni
18 ukkali ma janda janda jutta mero fatyo…khai ta taruni
 Development brings destruction as well
19 Development brings destruction as well
 We took some short cuts
20 We took some short cuts
 Having some chocolates can keep us moving forth
21 Having some chocolates can keep us moving forth
 Tradition and technology together
22 Tradition and technology together
 Its safe to drink said the local people there
23 Its safe to drink said the local people there
 Amit with FotoMate and his bag
24 Amit with FotoMate and his bag
 Touching sky
25 Touching sky
 I`m a big big fan of her
26 I`m a big big fan of her
 Dhunge ta pugiyo...aba agadi janae takat chai chaina baaaa!!
27 Dhunge ta pugiyo…aba agadi janae takat chai chaina baaaa!!
 Its a sunny day but I wonder how cool this place is
28 Its a sunny day but I wonder how cool this place is
 Ask Sangharsha how many shots he took that day
29 Ask Sangharsha how many shots he took that day
 Million dollar smile
30 Million dollar smile
 Dhunge bazar-waiting for the meal-lunch or dinner
31 Dhunge bazar-waiting for the meal-lunch or dinner
 You can print any sized - B&W or Color photo here
32 You can print any sized – B&W or Color photo here
 its just a house on construction now...will be home when a family settles in there well
33 its just a house on construction now…will be home when a family settles in there well
 Umer ma ta hami pani heroine thiyou...
34 Umer ma ta hami pani heroine thiyou…
 Ain`t I too young for this...I wish I had pencil and copy in my hand
35 Ain`t I too young for this…I wish I had pencil and copy in my hand
 Friends for ever
36 Friends for ever
 Picture speaks itself
37 Picture speaks itself
 We dont need any extra light as we were escorted by moon
38 We dont need any extra light as we were escorted by moon
 Bedtime tea
39 Bedtime tea
 Shooting Stars at 10 pm in the dark just to track their ways
40 Shooting Stars at 10 pm in the dark just to track their ways
 No we don`t want to wake up
41 No we don`t want to wake up
 lets walk up to Sailung now
42 lets walk up to Sailung now
 There you go, mountain range covered in the curtain of haze
43 There you go, mountain range covered in the curtain of haze
 Hosts of the night at Kalapani
44 Hosts of the night at Kalapani
 Leaving Kalapni behind, heading for Sailung, lets see who gets first
45 Leaving Kalapni behind, heading for Sailung, lets see who gets first
 Spring Blossom- Pink Rhododendron
46 Spring Blossom- Pink Rhododendron
 Rhododendron in  white attire
47 Rhododendron in white attire
 abuiii...kati matra ukalo chadnu...ma ta marchu ki kya ho!!!
48 abuiii…kati matra ukalo chadnu…ma ta marchu ki kya ho!!!
 Ready for the new challenge with the rising dawn
49 Ready for the new challenge with the rising dawn
 whitodendron
50 whitodendron
 The Morning Sun from Sailung
51 The Morning Sun from Sailung
 Should reach there
52 Should reach there
 Thumka @ Sailung
53 Thumka @ Sailung
 Shining bright
54 Shining bright
I believe I can fly
55 I believe I can fly
 Above the hill
56 Above the hill
 The first climb to the Zenith
57 The first climb to the Zenith
 Find out who they are
58 Find out who they are
 The Jumpers
59 The Jumpers
 Amit`s Scream mingled into the air Sailung
60 Amit`s Scream mingled into the air Sailung
 Experience the Magical winds
61 Experience the Magical winds
 See the unseen
62 See the unseen
 Moving with the cool breeze in the morning
63 Moving with the cool breeze in the morning
 Final destination
64 Final destination
 Spreading the peace...light of asia
65 Spreading the peace…light of asia
 breakfast tyo pani waiwai ra chiura
66 breakfast tyo pani waiwai ra chiura
 Dont dare to come any closre
67 Dont dare to come any closre
 Horse in the meadow and the morning shine
68 Horse in the meadow and the morning shine
 Above the hills
69 Above the hills
 Race to get captured
70 Race to get captured
 Goreto ani ustai cha galli....
71 Goreto ani ustai cha galli….
 3kg stones will be more than enough for Balance
72 3kg stones will be more than enough for Balance
 Hanging on the bus while travelling back to Mude
73 Hanging on the bus while travelling back to Mude
 A new experience of life-Anuj
74 A new experience of life-Anuj
 Short break in the journey back to Mude
75 Short break in the journey back to Mude
 Brothers Under the Sun
76 Brothers Under the Sun
 Sangharsha wanted to capture the light peeping in
77 Sangharsha wanted to capture the light peeping in
 I wish i could capture the ray
78 I wish i could capture the ray
 Hey I`m here waiting for you guys
79 Hey I`m here waiting for you guys

Hiking from Mude to Sailung was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. Angnima Sherpa

    Great guys I fell such a guys should visit such places which are hidden beauty.i am the local of ramechhap Daduwa .You guys miss the that small Sherpa village.Down from Sailung may be you guys saw some small shop near down.next time if you then welcome to our village…

  2. Deepak

    Great ppl ,great hike and pics are so vivid! Really enjoyed going through this well composed report too!
    I think I really missed this hike…..

  3. Pramila

    Wow!!! Interesting pics….it’s amazing…… and nice presentation. Hope you are all getting lots of enjoy there, by the way i m also going to having tour in Sindhupalchock……

  4. Pravinda

    Hi,
    Nice capture… creative shots so far…. And also i like the Trip Itinerary provided… Gr8 job guys…. Why shouldn’t we continue this trend…hmmmmmmm :D

  5. Sanu

    All in all very delicate post, perfect arrangers, sharp enthusiastic lensmen…really admire your effort

    I like Photos:Jumping and Pumping (First One), 20, 23, 33, 36, 38, 43, 50, 53, 56, 61, 62, 63, 68, 70, 76 (JHILE in the middle), 77 and Last One….. (y)

    I salute your courage guys!

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    First time in the history of everestuncensored org dedicated to nepal and nepalese Such a nice sequence of Itinerary added. it really helps promoting Visit Nepal Year 2011.

  7. sangharsha

    On behalf of the shooters and the hiker gang, thanks Shilpa, Sushmita, Suresh, Abhishek, Brija, Dhilung, Shutterbug and angelrex.
    @Suresh, Special thanks to you for your comments.
    @Dhilung, indeed it was a funsome hike :) The photo is a collage of two shots, one of 30mins (with the house) and next of 25mins. It was a difficult task to stay out in the cold for an hour, or leave the cam outside into the wilderness. Due to the half moon, which on one side made the 1.5hrs night hike beautiful, on the other side, disturbed my trail shot with a lot of brightness & haze. Had to darken the shots to get rid of that brightness :)
    @Shutterbug, thanks for your feedback, ratings and appreciation to the photographers who have put their effort to bring back memories of the trip to us all.

    All in all, it was fun. A bit tough and too much fun. Probably I wont forget the night hike which lasted almost 2 hours, into the wild. Thanks to the half moon which shone enuf to lead us in the path. It was fun when we 10 slept in a row, all singing together Fatteman and Gulam Ali. It was fun when we travelled back on the bus roof, oh at times it was scary.
    Only thing we missed was the view of snow capped mountain range, some thing left for next visit to this peaceful place. Next thing I missed was the company of Pawan and Dijup who so much planned for this trip but at the end couldn’t make it.

  8. Shutterbug

    Pictures of hiker jumping high up in the sky remind me of similar picture from previous hike ‘Rejuvenating The Spirit‘. Being out in nature and taking photographs is always a wonderful experience.

    Here’s Shutterbug’s Pictures Rating :
    Well composed Shot: 62
    Best Portrait: 30
    Best Landscape: 16
    Interesting Shot: 60 and 61
    Perfect Shot: 62
    Creative Shot: 62

    Big salute to this effort photographer made to click the last picture of star trails. Found this link and some of you may be interested to learn more.
    http://www.danheller.com/star-trails.html

    Big Cheers to all high spirited hikers/photographers. New watermark is good, I like it but viewing pictures in larger version takes longer time open. Hope this won’t discourage viewer like me who loves to ‘look at and into photos’.

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  11. ShilpaS

    Interesting Pics…!! I think alllll the pics were amazing, but my personal fav wud be pic 22… i think its a pretty creative shot..!! :)

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