Chepang Hill Trek is the most popular Trekking route in Chitwan that passes through the Chepang Village. Chepang Hill Trek has its own significance as this trail begins through the unexplored beautiful hillsides of Chitwan at the moderate altitude of Mahabharat range. Chepang Hill Trek in Nepal is part of a national development effort to empower poor, rural communities. The driving principle behind this effort is that tourism can be introduced into new areas in such a way that it improves the socio-economic standard of local communities while conserving the environment and avoiding common pitfalls of tourism expansion.
The Chepang Hill Trek offers a rare combination of cultural, sightseeing experience and distinct lifestyle of the Chepang. Chepang Hill Trek takes you to the beautiful hillsides where you can encounter semi-nomadic people called ‘Chepang’. The Chepang caste is one of the indigenous ethnic groups of Nepal. With their own distinct language, the people of this community lead a nomadic life and their primary lifestyle includes hunting, foraging for wild roots, fishing and traditional farming near jungles so the Chepang ethnic people usually survive on fruits & roots and practice shamanism. Their settlements, house construction, social organization, language, customs, festivals, and religion are unique. The trail offers cultural highlights of one of the indigenous communities of Nepal. Due to their distinct lifestyle and the remoteness of their homeland, this indigenous group belongs to the much-marginalized groups of Nepal. You are more likely to enjoy their primitive culture, their festivals, norms and, values. The Chepang Hill trek sometimes provides you with philanthropic satisfaction as it is designed to lead through the homeland of Chepangs and their remote villages in order to generate income possibilities for them and to raise awareness about the Chepang culture among foreign visitors and Nepali people.
Though the Chepang Hill Trek is more focused on cultural exploration, the natural panorama cannot be ignored. The sunrise view from Sira-Chuli is spectacular along with different ranges of the Himalayas. You are more likely to be delighted by national parks and protected plants and animal species as well. The Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s finest national parks, is renowned for its dense tropical forest with a large number of wildlife and bird species. The park houses about 600 species of plants, rare one-horned rhinos and other endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Dolphins, and Gharial Crocodile. Chitwan Chepang Hill Trek offers a splendid experience of rural communities and jungle safari. The unique culture of Chepang village offers to see you bird watching, and other natural attractions add to the experience. The Chepang Hill Trek includes splendid views of the wide range of Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and many others. It is not necessary to have any previous hiking and trekking experience, a normal walking experience is enough for this exciting trek.
Duration: 09 days
Highest Altitude: 3950 m
Lowest Altitude: 1950 m
Trek Grade: Easy
Joining in: Kathmandu Nepal
Location: Chepang Hill
Best time: February – June, September – November However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Guide: Government certified hiking & trekking Guide
Lodging: Twin sharing tea house/guest house accommodation private room. Also tented camping will be done through out the trek.Food: Breakfasts Lunch and dinners (typical Nepali cuisine – vegetarian option usually available)
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You can pay your homage visiting center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple (for Hindus) and Swyambhunath (for Buddhists). These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflects the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On journey back to hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.
A long day journey for about 4-5 hours by bud to Hungdi – about 80km distance. Spend your evening visiting the Hungdi Bazaar. It’s a market place offering beautiful traditional and cultural life. Spend your night at a hotel.
Walk about five hours from Hungdi Bazaar to Hatti bag, a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views. Offer good scenery of the surrounding mountains and touch of Magar, Chepang and Giripuri culture. This moderate to strenuous trek is picturesque as you pass small villages and behind you is the awesome scenery of the Trishuli River and the mountains in the horizon. Here you stay overnight in local homes or community-managed guest houses.
The second day of our trek starts from Hatti bag and ends at Jyandala penetrating some other Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa and Dinglang. It’s about 4-5 hrs working day with spectacular views of the mountains and magnificent sunrise and sunset. The view includes a wide range of Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling, Gauri Shankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himal chhuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Towards South lie the green jungles of the Chitwan National Park in the Terai. It would be our pleasure to observe the complete Chepang settlements and their culture through the way whole day.
It takes about seven hours trek from Jyandala to Gadi via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar. Trail goes meandering through forests and grazing fields, with views varying between the Himalayas and the plains of the Terai. We would be able to view mountain ranges, sunrise and sunset at Siraichuli. Moving ahead from Siraichuli to Chisapanitar is also a splendid one. We would be fortunate enough to watch varieties of birds on the trail. The dense forest in this region is homeland to other wild animals and birds. The trail leads you through an ever changing landscape to Upper Dangadhi; old headquarter of Chitwan until early 1962. The remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside are still in existence. Nature and the spectacular views make it an ideal place to stay overnight with local families.
The trail from Gadhi to Saktikhor is about six hours working. Saktikhor is another Chepang village and the centre of the sustainable tourism initiative of the Chepang people. You can visit Chepang Museum and Visitor’s information centre, Caves and waterfalls around Saktikhor. Home-stay experience and Cultural shows can be experienced as per the demand. Also from here you can visit Chitwan National Park, you can do a one of two days rafting in Trishuli River. Or come back to Kathmandu.
Today take an early drive by bus to Kathmandu valley which is about 6-7 hours journey. On the way you will have your lunch. Enjoy viewing the natural landscapes and the greenery hills on the way long Trishuli River. Spend your night at hotel in Kathmandu.
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. Our staff will oversee your safe and timely arrival at the Tribhuvan International Terminal and help you arrange your last minute departure details. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again!
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Chepang Hill 3950 m