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MILLENNIUM Trek Series- Episode Three

On an initiative to reignite the trail, the team of Ghumante and Mandala IT Solutions had done the Millennium trek in December 2019 and during that visit, the Ghumante team had recorded videos that are now available on Youtube as the Millennium Trek series.

In the third episode of the series, the team explore Bhaisegauda.

After spending three there days, they leave for Pelkachaur and on the way, they visit Chandrakot, a beautiful gurung village and then climb two highest points of Millennium Trek, Koipher Durbar and Pharthum.

They reach Pelkachaur late at night and explore two holy temples, Manakamana and Shiva Mandir both with their own interesting stories.

Before leaving Pelkachaur, they explore the ghost cave and head out for Budhakot. Kegha is their lunch stop for the day and the locals present Ghatu and Sorathi Naach, two unique cultural dances of the Gurung and Magar Community.

Here’s the video of the trip:

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MILLENNIUM Trek Series- Episode Two

On an initiative to reignite the trail, the team of Ghumante and Mandala IT Solutions had done the Millennium trek in December 2019 and during that visit, the Ghumante team had recorded videos that are now available on Youtube as the Millennium Trek series.

In the second episode of the Millennium Trek Series by Team Ghumante, the travelers explore 2 mysterious caves, and continue their journey towards Bhaisegauda.

Here’s the second episode of the Millennium Trek series on YouTube:

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MILLENNIUM Trek Series-Episode One

On an initiative to reignite the trail, the team of Ghumante and Mandala IT Solutions had done the Millennium trek in December 2019 and during that visit, the Ghumante team had recorded videos that are now available on Youtube as the Millennium Trek series.

In the first episode one of the series, the team begin their journey from Kathmandu, spend their first day in Bhujikot, second day in Rajasthal, of Tanahu and enter Sadikhola, Syangja district on the third day.

Here’s the first episode of the Millennium Trek series on YouTube:

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Why do the Millennium Trek?

Here are some reasons why you should do the Millennium Trek:

  • Authentic Food:
Dhindo at millennium trek

Special Local Food with home-grown and Organic Ingredients.

Due to the commercialization of Trekking Routes and a high volume of tourists, it is often difficult to find locally made and organic food while trekking but it’s not the same case when it comes to the Millennium Trek. The food in this region is Local and Organic.

  • Culture
Jhora dance at millennium trek

The Millennium Trek is a village-to-village trekking experience.

In this trek, you can find Gurung and Magar people (mostly) wearing their cultural dresses, hear them talk in their local languages, sing rare/unadulterated folk songs and witness unique dances.

  • Landscape
Annapurna range from millennium trek

Millennium Trek provides you with a stunning view of the mountains and a beautiful landscape.

Millennium Trek provides a diversity of landscapes with beautiful views of the Himalayan Ranges from Kanjiroba to Ganesh Himal, mesmerizing sunsets and sunrises.

  • Adventure
Adventure at millennium trek

Millennium Trek has lots of lesser-known but beautiful places.

The Millennium Trekking Route is relatively untouched and new for foreigners and domestic visitors alike so there’s a chance to explore the unexplored.

  • A Different Experience
Traditional Gurung House

Every day will be filled with laughter and enjoyment.

The gorgeous, helpful and pure-hearted villagers that you will encounter during the trek will be thankful to all the visitors and that kind of a welcome is an experience in itself.

Besides these reasons, the trek offers trekkers with an opportunity to observe more than 30 colourful villages within Tanahun and Syanja district is absolutely strain-free.

It can be enjoyed by anybody irrespective of the age and fitness level.

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Thank-You Note: Nepal Owl Festival 2020

On the behalf of all of the organizers of Nepal Owl Festival 2020, we would like to thank all the co-organizers, supporters and attendees of the Nepal Owl Festival 2020 for your kind efforts in making the event a huge success.

The event, which is one-of-a-kind in Asia was organized at Rangbhang of Syangja district (which is also a part of the Millennium Trekking Route) on the 7th and 8th of February, 2020.

It witnessed the attendance of more than 5 thousand attendees including the local population who were keen to know about and contribute to the conservation of these species of birds. 

We firmly believe that events as such will help raise an awareness about such sensitive issues and are glad to have been able to contribute to its success.

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Nepal Owl Festival 2020

Millennium Trek is ready to host Nepal Owl Festival 2020!

Nepal Owl festival is an important activity solely targeted on raising awareness of general people on owl conservation issues. The event is happening at Rangbhang of Syangja district.

This festival highlights the conservation of owls in Nepal and is also the first of its kind in Asia.

Rangbhang Club, Millennium Trek Management Committee and Friends of Nature Nepal are the co-organizers of the festival.

The festival is meant to be a Fusion of Entertainment, Local culture and Owl conservation Activities and it will also introduce the importance and conservation issues of owls as well as provide participants with an opportunity to enjoy nature, local culture and take away the message of owl conservation.

Here’s some details about the program:

VENUE: Araniko Higher Secondary School, Rangbhang, Syangja district (Western Nepal)

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Poem, essay, story and painting competition on owls and owl conservation camps
  • PUBLIC PROGRAM : Owl conservation camps, owl conservation documentary, conservation speech, exhibition of photos and sketches of owls, owl face painting, owl call device, exhibition of owl related materials, owl robot, owl sculptures from different materials, photographs and arts, Poster of wildlife researchers, organization stalls, owl statue, exhibition of owl conservation materials, health camp, traditional swing
  • CULTURAL PROGRAM : Ghatu, Jhora, Sorathi, Sailaiju, 22 Tal Bhaka, IOF Dance, Kauda Dance
  • LOCAL GAME: Bhurum, Ghocha Gadne, Pangra Ghumaune, Ghuyentro, Thela
  • CONSERVATION AWARD: Nature Conservation Award (four conservation/social heroes working in the field of bird/nature conservation in Nepal ), felicitation to the local conservationists and organizations
  • ACCESS: Rangbhang, a panoramic village inhabited by people of Gurung and Magar ethnic group, can be reached from Chandranagar (Ghumti) which is close to Putalibazar municipality of Syangja district. Regular vehicles are available from Kathmandu to Waling, Syangja or Palpa, all of which travel through Ghumti and people trying to reach Rangbhang can get down here. People in Pokhara can either get into buses and microbuses traveling to Syangja, Waling, Palpa and get down at Ghumti or alternatively get into taxis which are available near Muktinath Bank, Prithvi Chowk. One has to pay NPR 250 per person till Ghumti. Three local jeeps (Mahindra Bolero) are available from Ghumti to Rangbhang at around 2 PM every day.

Additional buses will be arranged especially for the evening of 6 February and mornings of 7 and 8 February. Vehicles going to other villages like Oraste or Kolma via Jyamire can also be used. In that case, one has to get down at Jyamire and walk for 30-45 minutes to reach Rangbhang. People from Pokhara have another option too i.e. to get into the bus going to Oraste from Pokhara and get down at Jyamire and walk for 30-45 minutes. However, people who love hiking can take to the road and reach Rangbhang in between 2-3 hours from Ghumti. The road goes through some villages and patch of forest and the hike is enjoyable. Private vehicles with decent ground clearance will also reach Rangbhang. Also Motorbikes, scooters and mini buses (four wheel) also easily reach the village. There is an alternate route to reach Rangbhang i.e. via Dulegaunda in Tanahu district however regular buses are available only up to Oraste. People who have private vehicles with good ground clearance and motorbikes can take this way too.

CONTACT FOR FESTIVAL SUPPORT

Bal Kumar Gurung (Coordinator, Nepal Owl Festival main committee, Syangja) 9856052519
Raju Acharya (Friends of Nature) 9841308266
Yadav Ghimirey (Friends of Nature) 9849266026

CONTACT FOR LOCAL ACCOMMODATION

Khum Bahadur Thapa : 9805881298, 9846096210

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Day 6 – MAJHKOTSIBALAYA TO RAMBACHHA AND DRIVE TO POKHARA

Day 6:

Budhakot, after a few minutes of walk from Majhkot is the highest point of the Millennium Trek and provides a different kind of bliss altogether with the beautiful view of the sunrise and sunset from the view tower of the place.

After this starts the descend to Rambachha crossing several beautiful villages of Ramche with it’s fine restaurants, Kumerdhun, Gahate Manakamana and it’s numerous attractions such as the Gorilla Park, the activity of rock climbing,
the Minaham cave, Madan Ashrik park, bhasi pokhari (pond), Methabhrung Rangasala(stadium), the village of Suntalabari which, like its name suggests is famous for Organge Farming, Ratne, Triyasi, followed by Rambachha/Waling from where starts the ride back to Pokhara.

This walk of about 535 meters on the final day of the trek, can take approximately 3 hours of an easy walk.

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Day 5 – PELKACHAUR TO MAJHKOTSIBALAYA

Day 5:

The trek on the fifth day passes through more villages such as Kega which is a Gurung village about a 15 minutes of walk away from Pelkachaur, Garithok gaun that’s famous for agriculture, Banethok with its Rani Pokhari (pond) and a small village market where trekkers can also buy some of their essentials, Bhirkot Kalika with the historic Bhirkot Kalika Temple, Deupuje Dhunga, Bhadrapata that are famous for the Panoramic view of the mountains, a popular picnic spot amongst the locals and Naumati baja.

These villages are followed by an uphill walk to the village of Singarkot with is popular for its Gurung Culture.

The destination Majhkot is another beautiful village surrounded by hills all around where one can enjoy the local culture, lifestyle and be a part of daily activities such as cooking, washing, drinking, weaving, farming, cattle herding etc. There’s also a kohibo (the temple of the Gurungs) at Majhkot.

This walk of about 1602 meters on the fifth day of the trek, not including the time spent admiring the attractions can take approximately 5 hours to walk.

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Day 4 – POKHARICHHAP TO PELKACHAUR

Day Four:

Pokharichhap is a hilltop settlement. The attractions around Pokharichhap/Kolma include the Kolmakot temple, Sunrise from the top, panoramic view of the Himalayas, Bird watching, the Kailash Cave and the Tea and Coffee gardens around the settlement.

The villages you’d pass through on the trek would be Oreste village / Kaule and Jyamire whose major attractions are the Gurung Museum, Jhora, Kanya Devi. The other villages are Chiruwa which is also popular for the Baraha Mandir, Bhisegaunda which also has the options for a community homestay.

Those wishing to prolong the trek can also stay at Bhaisegaunda and enjoy the appealing sunset and sunrise from the place, visit the Mysterious cave, nut nursery and Rangbhang Kot.

The Village Chandrakot also lies on the way to the destination. The places to enjoy around here are the manakamana temple, Nakachu, Chyamsolama, the Historical summer palace of Darau king and Parthung.

The final destination Pelkachaur is a small village that is inhabited by diverse ethnical groups like Brahmin, Chhetri, and Magar etc. Danda Gaun of Pelkachaur is also popular for its Himali Cherry.
This walk of about 1439 meters on the fourth day of the trek, not including the time spent admiring the attractions can take approximately 5 hours to walk.

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Day 3 – GHAREDI TO POKHARICHHAP

Day Three:

On the third day of the trek, trekkers can continue on the Millennium trekking route and walk towards Pokharichhap which will also be the destination of the day.

The landmarks along the route are Kalkhu, a magar village, Raipur, followed by the destination of Pokharichhap.

The trek on the third day can be a little challenging as compared to the other days as it is an up-hill trek but the mesmerizing view of the beautiful village of Kalkhu and the view of the Himalayas from there can help soothe the pain away.

Pokharichhap is one of the most culturally rich villages of the Syangja district and this walk of about 1440 meters on the third day of the trek can take approximately 4 hours to walk.