Kham, Eastern Parbate


A language of Nepal

Alternate Names
Eastern Parbate, Nisel, Nishel Kham, Nisi, Nisi Kham

7,500 (2003 SIL), decreasing. 27,100 all Kham languages in Nepal (2011 census). No adult monolinguals.


Dhawalagiri Zone, Baglung district. Nishel dialect: Nisi, Bhalkot, and Budhathok; Bhujel dialect: Kuku, Diza, Kang, Masbang, Musuri, and Sukurdung villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Bhujel Kham, Nishel Kham. Partially intelligible with Western Parbate [kjl] dialects. Lexical similarity: 79% between dialects, 71% with Western Parbate [kjl], 55% with Gamale [kgj], 44% with Sheshi [kip].

Language Use

Young adults and older. Also use Nepali [npi].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Dictionary. Grammar.

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Hindu.