3,550 (2001 census), decreasing.
Sagarmatha Zone, upper northeast Khotang district near Rawakhola calley, Lidim Khola river slopes area, headwaters and tributaries to Aiselukharke south, Rakha, Bangdel, Dipsun, Para, Badel, Patel, Bakacho, and Aiselukharka VDCs; Solukhumbu district, Waddu and Sotang VDCs.
7 (Shifting). Language of recognized nationality (2002, NFDIN Act, No. 20, Section 2C), Rai nationality.
Degree of Nepalization is very high. Language retention among the younger generation appears to be limited to Bakachol, Rakha, and Bangdel VDCs. (Hansson 1991:73; 2011 J. Rai). Religion; mixed use: Home. Older adults and elderly. Some use among children, adolescents, and young adults. Positive attitudes. Almost all also use Nepali [npi].
Different from Sampang, although sometimes called Sangpang or Sampang. Traditional religion, Hindu, Christian.