Manthali

15, Apr 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Home of Endangered Native groups called ‘Kusunda’

Manthali is a municipality and the headquarter of Ramechhap district. It is immediately east of Kathmandu. The district has the highest population of endangered native groups, ‘Kusunda’ and has the lowest population growth rate in Nepal. The name of the place comes from two words of the Majhi tribe (a fisher tribe). It is a combination of two words ‘Mun’ and ‘Thali’. The former means a local alcoholic dish of Majhi people and the later means a place. The word Munthali means a place for eating Mun. In the earthquake of 2015, the Ramechhap district was also highly damaged. It was listed in the 12th position of the most affected districts. Manthali Municipality area also has been highly damaged. 

Manthali

According to the census of 2011, Manthali had a population of 45,416 people in 10,099 households. The predominant languages practiced here are Nepali, Magar, Tamang, Newari, Majhi, Sunuwar, Sherpa. The city lies along the bank of Tamakoshi River. The river is able to provide the irrigation necessary for agriculture. 

Some of the highlight of the city

Rafting at the TamaKoshi river or SunKoshi River. 

SunKoshi River

Trekking in the isolated trails of the country like Numbur Cheese Circuit, Indigenous People Trails; These trails will take explorers through isolated farming communities, crowned by an array of snow peaks.

Community Homestay Village; Experience the warm hospitality of the Ramechhap people.

Community Homestay Village

Taste the local authentic drinks like Junar Juice, Rhododendron Juice, Mun and Bel Juice.

Get lost in the Rhododendron forest.

Jata Pokhari and Panch Pokhari.

Panch Pokhari

Thulo Sailung; Impressive views over Kalinchowk to the Annapurna, Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Rowling, Mt. Everest, and Kanchenjunga ranges.

Khandadevi, Hiledevi Temple; Hindu Temple complex encircled by ancient stone walls.

Khandadevi

Likhu Khola Glacier.

Peaks like Numburchuili, Pathibarra.

Gaurighat Cave.

Thodung Monastery and Kyaama Monastery.

Thodung Monastery

Getting There

Manthali can be reached from Kathmandu by the BP Highway which connects Kathmandu to terai districts of Eastern Nepal.  Regular buses and micro-buses travel to the city from different parts of Nepal. Manthali is about 130km from Kathmandu and can take about 4 hours to reach. It is really closer to the capital than other districts. Manthali has an airfield. Ramechhap Airport, the only airport in the district is located in the city. Sita Air and Tara Air have been connecting the people of Ramechhap to the capital. This airport is also used as a diversion airport if the weather to Lukla is not good. This airport is very near to Lukla Airport.

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