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Chitwan Chepang Culture

Duration 7 days
Max-Altitude 2000m
Transportation Drive
Grade Easy
Accommodation Homesta
Meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Best Season Mar - May, Sep - Nov
Communication Available
Group Size 1+

Chitwan, one of the most sought after wildlife destinations have yet another reason to attract tourists, blending wildlife and culture perfectly. Chitwan National Park is a majestic for wildlife hosts one of Asia ‘s finest national parks, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife. Seas of elephant grass ripple beneath a magnificent sunset and pervasive sense of relaxation.

The newly developed Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail is unique because of one of the most ethnic cultures of Nepal- Chepang Culture. Chepangs, believed to be influenced by Tamangs, speak their own distinct language, leading a nomadic life and their primary lifestyle, hunting, foraging for wild roots and fishing and traditional farming near jungles. A Praja Pande (faith healer) might be an interesting figure for cultural tourists to be introduced to. They inhabit the remote and sparse contours of Makwanpur, Chitwan, Gorkha and Dhading districts. Other ethnic groups found in this region largely comprise of Tharu, Musahar, Satahar, Danuwar, Tamang, Kumal Gurung and Magar.

The Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail offers a rare combination of cultural and sightseeing experience. A stay in the beautiful homes of the villagers as guests and sharing their meals is a journey of discovery in itself. The unique culture in this area, bird watching, and other natural attractions make it a once in a lifetime experience.

Highlights of major places

Hattibang 1410 mtr. – the first night halt on the way from Hugdi Bazaar, offers good scenery of the surrounding mountains and touch of Magar, Chepang and Giripuri culture, at the several homestays and community-managed guest house. Villagers give a unique cultural performance for visitors on request and offer Local handicrafts on sale as souvenirs.

Siraichuli (1,945 m), one of the highest hills of Mahabharat range, offers spectacular views of the mountains and magnificent sunrise and sunset views. The view includes a wide range of Himalayan peaks such as Rolwaling, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Peak 29, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and the Royal Chitwan National Park in the Terai. The trek to Siraichuli from Hattibang is challenging through rough landscape and vegetation.

Jyandala village– on the trail is a Chepang settlement where tourists can have a cultural experience. A tour of the village and accommodation at a village homestay is recommended.

Chisapanitar- a popular bird-watching site. More than 250 varieties of bird species are found here. The dense forest in this region is also home to other wild animals.

Uppardang Gadi 1275 mtr. – used to be the headquarters of Chitwan till early 1962. The remains of a historic fort that defended the surrounding countryside are still here, which is said to have been built by Shatru Bhanjan Shah. Offering spectacular views, camping service is available through community along with Homestay facilities.

Shaktikhor 355 mtr. – where the trek formally ends gives ample opportunity to visitors for a wholesome cultural experience. Home-stay experience, Cultural shows, Chepang Museum and Visitor’s information center, Caves and waterfalls around Shaktikhor make Shaktikhor a unique experience. Traveling to Chitram waterfall on the next day and stay at Chepang houses in Majhbang village of Siddi VDC is yet another attraction.

Day 01: Kathmandu – Hugdi Bazaar-Hattibang
Day 02: Hattibang–Jyandala
Day 03: Jyandala –Siraichuli- Chisapanitar- Gadi
Day 04: Gadi to Shaktikhor
Day 05: Shaktikhor-Chitwan
Day 06: Chitwan
Day 07: Chitwan – kathmandu

Day 01: Kathmandu – Hugdi Bazaar-Hattibang
Drive from Kathmandu to Hugdi for about 3hrs. and trek to Hattibang 4-5hrs. In the evening, normally observe cultural shows and local handicrafts. Over night at home stay or community guest house.

Day 02: Hattibang–Jyandala
Trek to Jyandala about 3-4hrs through some of the beautiful local villages and Himalayan views. Jyandala is a pure Chepang village. Over night at Home stay.

Day 03: Jyandala –Siraichuli- Chisapanitar- Gadi
Trek to Siraichuli for 1 and a half hours. This is the perfect place for mountain and sunrise or sunset views. Then we trek 4hrs to Chisapanitar for Bird watching, 2hrs to Gadi to observe historical fort. Over night at Home stay.

Day 04: Gadi-Shaktikhor
Trek down from Gadi to Shaktikhor with its rich cultural experience and observe Chepang Museum, MUVIC. There is site trips to the Sinti waterfall and Sinti Cave. It takes 3 hrs. to trek from Gadi to Shaktikhor and 2 hrs from Shaktikhor to Sinti. Over night at Shaktikhor (Home stay)

Day 05: Shaktikhor – Chitwan
Drive from Shaktikhor to Sauraha and transfer to the lodge. F resh up, lunch, culture tour, Tharu stick dance, dinner. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Chitwan
Wake up call, breakfast, canoeing, and elephant breeding center visit, lunch, elephant ride, and dinner. Over night at lodge.

Day 07: Chitwan – Kathmandu
Wake up call, tea/coffee, bird watching, breakfast, and departure by tourist bus at 10 am and arrive in Kathmandu around 4pm. Over night at Hotel.

Cost Include

  • Homestay accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transportation Kathmandu- Hudi Khola – Chitwan – Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • One guide, and one porter for each 2 tourists, their salary, food, accommodation,
  • insurance for all staff
  • Wildlife activities in Chitwan National Park

Cost Exclude

  • All bar bills
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide, porters
  • Personal expenses
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