As for Silichho Peak and Mahakulung Trek, there is approximately twelve hours bus drive to Bung from Kathmandu for trekkers in case they want to travel by bus. Optionally, a thirty five minutes flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu is required to start this trekking from Phaplu. Phaplu is a sub-urban flat land in the lap of hills and mountains. The trekking trail that starts from Phaplu offers a great deal of recreation to the trekkers because it is peaceful, less frequented as compared to other areas, studded with a vast ranges of flora and fauna, and resided by people from different cultures and religions. Three nights of camping are required at different beautiful sites in the lap of exotic nature before the trekkers finally reach Mahakulug.
It is certainly one of the most sought after trekking destinations reachable almost for people of every age group. It is common that trekkers as well as locals find Mahakulung a worth visiting tourist destination. The landscape of Mahakulung consists of beautiful small hills and the path has to make its way through ups and downs through the jungles, crossing rivers, exploring flora, fauna and mixed cultures of the local inhabitants. Mahakulung (Greater Kulung) is a name of a municipality that consists of three beautiful villages named Gudel, Bung and Chheskam. Kulung is the major ethnic group while Sherpa and others are in the minority. Bung and Chheskam are on one side of the sloped land and Gudel, separated by Hunu River is beyond them.
For Silichho and Mahakulung trek, the trekkers have to walk down to Hungu River, over which there is a suspension bridge that connects Bung as well as Chheskam to Gudel. Crossing the river, the trekkers can reach Gudel. From Gudel, zigzag uphill walking of three days through beautiful Shepra villages and alpine jungle will lead the trekkers finally to the famous Silichho Peak. Silichho Peak is only the peak in Nepal from where the trekkers can view over twenty two famous peaks all over Nepal including some world famous mountains like Mt. Everest (8,848m) , Mt. Makalu, Mt, Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Baruntse, Mt. Amadablam, and Mt. Thamserku.
In the lap of Silichho Peak, there is a beautiful serene lake named Salpa Lake. As a matter of fact, Salpa Lake and Silichho Peak both hold strikingly religious value as they are believed to be the abodes of the God. People from far and wide flock to these holy places to worship the God for blessing and the worshippers believe that many lives of theirs have been blessed by the God fulfilling their wishes or dreams of wellbeing and prosperity. Finally,trekking ends at Lukla which is known as the gate way to Khumbu/ Everest region.Optionally, the trekking can be end at Tumlingtar, which means trekkers can decide where the trekking will be ended as it is up to them to choose either of the places.
This trekking can be operated in any seasons of the year but spring and summer are recommendable.
Itinerary for Silichho peak and Mahakulung Trekking
Day 01st : Arrival Kathmandu
Note: Above Itinerary can be made short as well as long according to your holiday duration and wish.And other hand Mahakulung trekking area has very besic Trekkers lodge (Teahouse) facilities and tented camping trip also can be organized accordingly.
Accommodations in Kathmandu and trekking
The team will take an accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu. Nirvana Hotel will be the right choice for that matter, where the accommodations are available in double-shared basis. However, single supplement with slightly increased price can be provided depending on the demand of an individual. Himalayan Wild Treks can arrange rooms with attached bathrooms that have cold and hot water running 24/7 for shower and other purposes. However, there are teahouses that have shared washing and toilet arrangements during the trekking. Also, it is worth noting that single rooms are rare to find at higher elevations.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
This trek being a moderate of sort requires a good health of a person with ability to walk on the trail for at least five to seven hours carrying a light backpack. Walking at higher elevations require more physical stamina than at lower elevations but since this is an average route anyone with good health, willingness to walk and passion for travel can enjoy it. For the warm up, physical orientation needed for this elevation can be gained through various exercises that can be done prior to the commencement of the journey. In addition to the sound condition of heart, lung and entire setting of a body, past hiking experiences will be a plus point. Besides, it is advisable that those with any past health problems have to make sure that are medically able to walk on the trail. It is also advised that you inform Himalayan Wild Treks of any conditions before booking the trek.
Meals in Trekking
Typical Nepalese food is the specialty we will relish on our journey in addition to the international cuisine that is Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian and so on. Breakfast and dinner will be provided according to menu that is in the lodge or a guest house. As for the lunch, it will be provided on the way to the next destination. All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner, will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners.
Best Time to Travel
As for the propitious seasons to carry out the trekking in the Everest Region, the suggestable time would be September to November and March to May. During these times, the visit will be showered with the arcane beauty of the nature and the outstanding landscape views. To avoid the traffic, you can choose any of the times from December to February. It is also to be informed that during the winter the temperature here goes down low that poses challenges to the travelers. Except for botanists, the trekking in this region in monsoon or summer that is from June to August can be impacted by the rain.
Highlights of Silichho Peak and Mahakulung
The trail being a low-altitude trekking, any age – group of trekker can enjoy the hiking on the trail while exploring the lowland flora and fauna of the Mahakulung trail. The spectacular landscape of Mahakulung and Arun Valley National Park, which has the largest storage for the a wide range of flora and fauna are the real assests of the trail. Additionally, the Silichho Peak(4156m) is a renown viewpoint for world famous highest mountains including Mount Everest (8848m) and 22 other peaks. Salpa Lake (4000m) is another specialty of the trekking, which is religiously significant as it is associated with a supernatural aspects and thousands of devotees flock to the lake annually. Silichho, on the other hand, is believed to be the abode of God. The warm hospitality that makes Mahakulung renown among the travelers around the world makes us feel at home. The combination of three beautiful Kulung villages Gudel, Bung and Chheskam summing up to Mahakuung is the biggest store of Kulung culture and traditions in anthropological perspective. The kulung settlement studded with stone-built houses constructed according to traditional setting associated with their ritual performances are the bizarre attractions in Mahakulung. As the Arun Valley Everest Trekking trails through Mahakulung, Gudel and Bung are repeatedly tourist-frequented villages.
Day 01st : Arrival Kathmandu
Included in the Cost
✅ Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
✅ 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
✅ Teahouse accommodation during the trek
✅ All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
✅ Welcome and farewell dinners
✅ All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
✅ Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Phaplu/ Tumlingtar,Lukla -Kathmandu)
✅ Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
✅ Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
✅ An experienced, English-speaking and government licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
✅ Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
✅ Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
✅ Himalayan Wild Treks trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
✅ All necessary paperwork and trekking permits -(National Park Permit, TIMS)
✅ Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
✅ All government and local taxes
Not Included in the Cost
❌Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
❌Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
❌Travel and rescue insurance
❌Cold Drinks and Alcohol
❌Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
❌Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver
What to Bring ?
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it. NOTES Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.