L1 users: 1,200 (2000).
Kosi zone: Dhankuta district, 6 villages in Arkhaule Jitpur and Marek Katahare VDCs.
They understand Yakkha [ybh], but Yakkha speakers have difficulty in understanding them. No perceived dialect differences within the six villages.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; verbal affixation marks person and number; both tense and aspect, nontonal.
Language retained among some youth (Hansson 1991). Home.
The north part (village of Marek) is most vital and populous area. The Chhathare villages to the south and west no longer speak the language, some loss in the east. Traditional religion, Christian, Hindu.