Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail Trek

Chitwan is widely known for the Chitwan National Park. National Park is  famous for its population of rhinos, tigers, elephants along with other faunas. However, Chitwan Chepang Hill Trek leads you through the unexplored beautiful hillsides of Chitwan. Besides the natural beauty, the trail offers cultural highlights of one of the indigenous communities of Nepal. This area is home to the Chepang people who lead a semi-nomadic life and have rich cultural traditions. Due to their distinct life style and the remoteness of their homeland, this indigenous group belongs to marginalized groups of Nepal.

Chepang Hill trek is designed to lead through the homeland of Chepangs and their lovely villages in order to generate income possibilities for them and to raise awareness about Chepang culture among foreign visitors and Nepali people. This trail lies at a moderate altitude and in a comfortable climate zone.

Day 01 : Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m / 4,264 ft)
Welcome to the Himalayan country Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan international airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer you at the hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy the first day with familiarizing yourself in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in the Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu – Hugdi Bazaar (306m.) – Hattibang
Departure to Chepang Heritage Trail. Early morning after breakfast your Guide and staff meets you for a beautiful and scenic drive to Hugdi Bazaar (82 Km from Kathmandu along Kathmandu - Pokhara highway) . From Hugdi Bazar our trek begins with a five hours walk to Hattibang, a beautiful village with magnificent mountain views. Here you stay overnight in local homes or community-managed guest houses.

Day 03 : Hattibang – Juatesh – Changa Dinglang – Jyandala (1600m.)
We walk approximately three hours to Jyandala, a beautiful Chepang village. We follow the trail through a vivid landscape and reach Siraichuli ( Alt. 1,945 m. is one  of the highest hills of the Mahabharat range), from where you can enjoy spectacular views of Himalayan peaks including Rolwaling, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himalchuli, Manaslu, the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and others. Towards South lie the green jungles of the Chitwan National Park in the Tarai.

Day 04 : Jyandala – Siraichuli – Chisapanitar – Gadi (1275m.)
It takes about seven hours trek from Jyandala to Gadi via Siraichuli and Chisapanitar. The trail leads you through an ever changing landscape to Uppardang Gadi which used to be the 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.

Day 05 : Gadi – Shaktikhor (355m.)
It is about 3 - 4 hours walk from Gadi to Saktikhor. . Shaktikor is another Chepang village and the centre of the sustainable tourism initiative of the Chepang people. They established a Chepang Museum and a visitor's information centre which both serve as tourist attractions and as educational service centers. Caves and waterfalls around the village invite you to  stroll in the area.

Day 06 : Return back to Kathmandu
We drive back from Saktikhor to Kathmandu which is about 6 hrs scenic drive. You can extend your trip in Chitwan National Park as well for couple of nights and enjoy the elephant back ride in the jungle.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Cost Includes

1.    Airport pick up & Drop.
2.    All meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Two times tea biscuit)
3.    Accommodation in the local home and community based guest houses
4.    Hot drinks. ( Tea, coffee, hot milk, hot chocolate).
5.    All transportation as required
6.    Trekking permit
7.    All temples and monuments entry Permit
8.    All food, drinks, accommodation, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments,
       transport etc for Nepalese staff.
9.    All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1.    Nepal Visa fee
2.    Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water,), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind
       of unforeseen & personal expenses
3.    Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
4.    Tips for the serving staffs
5.    Travel insurance
6.    Other expenses and services which are not mentioned above in inclusion

General

1.    4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be
       returned after the trek)
2.    Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it
       but is to be returned after the trek)
3.    Daypack
4.    Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.    Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and
       then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping
       the sun off your ears and neck.
2.    Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
3.    Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
4.    Glacier glasses-
5.    Headlamp
6.    Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
       should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
7.    A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

1.    1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside
       other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
2.    1 pair warm gloves
3.    Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek.
       Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

1.    T-shirts (2).
2.    Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
3.    Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.    Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.    Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.    2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
7.    Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

1.    2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
6.    1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
       Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots
       without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
7.    1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
8.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.

Feet

1.    2-4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
2.    2-3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
3.    1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
4.    1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with
       layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it
       (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
5.    1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
6.    1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

1.    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.    Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.    Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.
       Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.    1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
       some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
       medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

1.    Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM
       just in case if you need to change the date of your).
3.    Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.    Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
       neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you
       from having to stop and look for it.
5.    Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
       its' effectiveness over time.
6.    Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.    Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.    Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes,
       and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.    2 bandanas.

Optional

1.    1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
       assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
       ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
2.    Favorite snack foods
3.    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
       Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function.
       Remember, keep these items light weight
4.    Binoculars
5.    1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep
       the batteries warm when not in use
6.    Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
7.    A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
       that chilly late night trip
8.    1 small stainless steel thermos

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