Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail Trek is newly highlighted trek program in mid-hill Nepal in Mahabharat and Chure range – the lower mountain range of Nepal in between southern plain and the higher Himalayan peaks – that ends in the southern plain of Tarai. Thus this trek is unique that the trek does not take you to the foothills of the high Himalayan peaks.
This trek takes you to the heartland of Chepang indigenous people with rich cultural heritages once living hunter-gatherer, wanderer, and semi-nomadic life who very recently began their permanent settlements in these hills. This is unexplored trek thus expect some of the primary hospitality of the Chepang people. Since they are remotely dwelled they are a group of marginalized population in Nepal.
The trek is not that strenuous in the lower mountain range, and offers splendid view of the Himalayan peaks, river beds, and plain of Southern Tarai.
Your arrival in Kathmandu is fascinating itself. Our friendly representative will be there at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your hotel.
After you complete check-in formality, and taking short rest, we introduce to the market of Thamel, where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears.
Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing.
Overnight at your hotel.
Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You will be starting the day with breakfast at your Hotel. The sightseeing tour involves tour of two religious, cultural, and art-wise important sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.
Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most famous Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually important for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day.
Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu. The site is peaceful and culturally full with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
In the early morning you begin your journey to less travelled and explored region of Nepal – Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail Trek. You drive first to Hugdi Bazar, a small market place along the Kathmandu-Pokhara/Chitwan Highway and 82 kms from Kathmandu. Your walking commences from here which is a good uphill trail for about five hours. The trail and destination, Hattibang, offers magnificent views of the Himalayas, and view of the River Trishuli. You pass through various small settlements of Magar community and others. This is newly developed community trekking trail and offers only community-managed guesthouses or homes of local people. Enjoy the first day in the mountain atmosphere.
Today you walk through various Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa, Dinglang, and reach Jyandala to sleep. Chepangs are once hunter-gatherer and living nomadic life in the hills of Mahabharat range and now begin to settle in permanent houses in this region
You climb to Siraichuli (1945 m/ …..ft) – one of the highest hills of the Mahabharat range – to view the splendid view of the Himalayan Peaks that includes Rolwaling Himals, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal or Manaslu Himal, Peak 29, Himalchuli, the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri covering long stretch from east to west. You can view the green forest of Chitwan Jungles, and in a clear day you may see even Kathmandu. You reach to Jyandala and enjoy the Chepang delicacies,
Today you walk through various Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa, Dinglang, and reach to Gadhi via Siraichuli and Chisapanita. Upperdang Gadi – Gadi means a fort that in the history served as either the capital of the area or the temporary fort built for the war – used to be the capital of Chitwan until 1962. You can see the remaining of the fort/Gadhi in poor condition that once protected the surrounding area. The view of the mountains is splendid and you stay with local families. Overnight in local lodge or Homestay.
Shaktikhor is another Chepang village where the centre for sustainable tourism initiative is located. The initiative has established a Chepang museum and visitor’s information center serves for both tourists and educational purpose. Caves and waterfalls attract you in this place. Shaktikhor is renowned after the Maoist People’s Liberation Army was kept in this place. Third Division’s Headquarter was housed among seven division headquarters. Overnight at the local lodge.
You complete your trek in this majestic heartland of the Chepang people today and return back to Kathmandu. It is about 5-6 hours scenic drive. Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Add on: You can extend this trek to Chitwan National Park which is one of the best national park to do jungle safari. From Shaktikhor it is few kilometers to the park where excellent programs and hospitality is available. You can make it to two nights and three days program as add on.
You tour around Kathmandu city for half day today after breakfast at your Hotel. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow path of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard.
Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”.
After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.
What is Included?
Airport Pick up and Drop with friendly representative
3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu (Nepal’s 3 star hotel can be bit different than other international standard)
Community based accommodation or Local home stay during the trekking in twin sharing basis
All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking
Tea Coffee (3 times a day)
A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5 pax.
All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
All land transportation in luxury vehicle as required
Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner, and a duffel bag.
All government taxes
What is Excluded?
Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, or cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver (tips not mandatory but highly expected.)
Travel insurance that should cover emergency evacuation in case of need
Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu. The quantity of your gears/equipments for shorter treks can be lesser, and you may wish to travel light.
Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
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).
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
9. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
10. Two pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
11. light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
12. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13. A 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)
Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
One 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.
Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
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).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
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.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
One 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
Favorite snack foods
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
One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
One small stainless steel thermos
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.