Gearing up for Mundum Trail Visit Year 2025

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File: The shaman Chandra Kumar Rai along the Mundhum trail. Photo: Nabin Rai

Kathmandu, June 18

Preparations are underway to observe the Mundum Trail Visit Year 2025 to attract at least 100,000 tourists.

Ramesh Kumar Rai, President of the Maiyung Temke Salpa Silichung Tourism Promotion Centre, shared that they aim to attract at least 100,000 domestic and foreign tourists whilst promoting the newly explored trail.

The trail that lies in Bhojpur district and its adjacent districts is an off-beat road. Visitors can get a view of wide ranges of the Himalayas such as Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga among others. The organisers of the Mundum Trail Visit Year-2025 are mulling increasing facilities such as accommodation, drinking water, toilets and resting places along the trail for the visitors, it was informed.

President Rai shared that they were paying attention to managerial aspects of the Mundum Trail Visit Year such as setting up the Information and Rescue Centre and adding up facilities. If the trail could attract tourists, the locals could benefit economically, opined Rai, adding that fairs and festivals such as Sakela Ubhauli Udhauli, Rudraksha, Suntala, Gothaste and Rudrakshya among others will be organised during the Visit Year.

Touristic places of Bhojpur, Khotang, Solukhumbu and Sankhuwasabha districts dominating Kirati communities fall under the Mundum Trail.

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Nilhari Bastola asserted that the Trail could not be promoted until the local government assumes its ownership.

On the occasion, five personalities were declared Mundum Trail Tourism Ambassadors. They were singer Rajesh Payal Rai, actor Dayahang Rai, Ultra runner Mira Rai, cyclist Pushkar Shah and mountain guide and mountaineering Pemba Wachung Sherpa.

According to experts, Mundum is a verbal scripture of the Kirati people that depicts their rituals, lifestyles and traditions. Since ancient times, high hills such as Temke, Mehrung, Maiyung, and Salpa Pokhari were pilgrimage pathways used by Mundumi (Kirati Guru) to reach the scared Silichung hill.

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