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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 is one of the most desirable wildlife destinations which attract tourists, blending wildlife and culture perfectly. Chitwan National Park is a majestic wildlife host one of Asia‘s finest national parks, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife. The waving elephant grass, watching the sunset, and relaxing around are pleasant.

The newly developed Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail is unique because of one of the most ethnic cultures of Nepal- Chepang Culture. Chepangs are believed to be influenced by Tamangs, speak their own distinct language, lead a nomadic life, and their primary lifestyle is hunting, foraging for wild roots and fishing, and traditional farming near jungles. Chepang village is another major cultural attraction for tourists and to be introduced with Praja Pande (faith healer). They inhabit the remote and sparse areas of Makwanpur, Chitwan, Gorkha, and Dhading districts. Besides this region largely includes Tharu, Musahar, Danuwar, Tamang, and Magar.

The Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail offers a rare combination of cultural and sightseeing experiences. 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 meters) The first-night halt on the way from Hugdi Bazaar, offers good scenery of the surrounding mountains and a touch of Magar, Chepang, and Giripuri culture, at the several homestays and community-managed guests houses. Local handicrafts are sold as souvenirs by villagers. They also entertain you with a unique cultural performance upon request.

Siraichuli (1945m) One of the highest hills of the Mahabharat range offering magnificent views of the mountains and stunning 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 challenging trek route yet adventurous walking through rugged topography.

Jyandala village: A tour of the village and accommodation at a village homestay is recommended. Tourists can have a cultural experience at a Chepang settlement.

Chisapanitar is a popular bird-watching site where more than 250 birds diversity are found here. The dense forest in this region is also home to other wild animals.

Uppardang Gadi (1275 meters) used to be the headquarters of Chitwan till early 1962. The remains of a historic fort site that has been built by Shatru Bhanjan Shah can be still found there. Camping service and homestay facilities are available throughout the community along with spectacular views.

Shaktikhor (355 meters) The opportunity for visitors to experience a cultural experience here as your trek ends here. 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 staying 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 for 4-5hrs. In the evening, normally observe cultural shows and local handicrafts. Overnight at homestay or community guest house.

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

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, and 2hrs to Gadi to observe the historical fort Overnight at Homestay.

Day 04: Gadi-Shaktikhor
Trek down from Gadi to Shaktikhor with its rich cultural experience and observe Chepang Museum, MUVIC. There are side 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. Overnight at Shaktikhor (Home stay)

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

Day 06: Chitwan
Wake up call, breakfast, canoeing, elephant breeding center visit, lunch, elephant ride, and dinner. Overnight 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 4 pm. Overnight stay at a 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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