Chitwan Chepang Hill Trek
As the heart of jungle, Chitwan offers many adventure and other activities such as jungle safari, bird watching, canoe trips, etc. 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 is home to about 600 species of plants, rare one-horned rhinos and other endangered species like the Royal Bengal Tiger, the Gangetic Dolphins and Gharial Crocodile.
The park is also a habitat of about 43 species of large mammals, 526 species of birds, 150 species of butterflies, 126 species of fish and 49 species of reptiles. It boasts of grey monkeys and the common brownish red rhesus monkeys, deer, leopards, wild dogs, various species of mongoose and cats, wild boar, porcupines, hyena, bats, squirrels, etc. The park also boasts of nearly 600 one-horned rhinos, a quarter of the species total and their numbers continue to grow. An estimated 100 tigers are in the park at present.
Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail offers a splendid experience of rural communities and jungle safari. The trek is a good combination of cultural and sightseeing experience. Situated at an altitude of 1946m, Siraichuli Hill on the trail offers magnificent sunrise and sunset views. Wide range of Himalayas such as Annapurna Range, Gorkha Himal, Gaurishankar, Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Rolwaling, Manaslu, rare view of flatlands can be clearly observed from the hill. The other attractions of the trek are paragliding, home-stay, bird watching and rafting. Chepang, Tharu, Musahan, Satahar, Danuwar, Tamang, Kumal, Gurung and Magar. The Chepang 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 and fishing and traditional farming near jungles. Their settlements, house construction, social organization, language, customs, festivals and religion are unique.
The trail begins at Hugdi, between Mugling and Krishna Bhir in Dhading district, about 80km. from Kathmandu, and ends in Shaktikhor. Hattibhang, a major stop on the way, offers good scenery of the surrounding mountains and trek through pristine mid-hill forests.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Upon arrival the guests would be received by our representatives and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu (1,300m) – Hugdi (309m) – Hattibang (1410m)
We start our journey from Kathmandu by bus. After driving 3 hrs, we reach Hugdi. We take our lunch at Hugdi. The trek starts from Hugdi. Trekking for about 4-5 hrs, we reach Hattibang. We spend the night at Hattibhang in home-stay.
Day 04: Hattibhang – Jautesh – Changa – Dinglang – Jyandala
The second day of our trek starts from Hattibhang and ends at Jyandala penetrating other Chepang settlements such as Jautesh, Changa and Dinglang. It would be our pleasure to observe the complete Chepang settlements and their culture. We enjoy home-stay in the evening.
Day 05: Jyandala – Siraichuli (1945m) – Chisapanitar – Gadi (1275m)
Trekking from Jyandala to Siraichuli is an outstanding experience. 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. Reaching Gadi is also of not less importance. We observe historical fort at Gadi. Overnight stay at Gadi for enjoying home-stay.
Day 06: Gadi – Shaktikhor (355m)
Today we descend to Shaktikhor from Gadi. We would visit Chepang museum and experience the culture of Chepang community. In the evening, the local people will perform cultural programs on request. Overnight in home-stay.
Day 07: Shaktikhor – Sinti – Siddi – Majhbang
After having lunch at Shaktikhor, we start our trek to Majhbang. While on the trek, we visit the Sinti waterfall and caves at Sinti. Trekking from Siddi to Majhbang offers village tour and Chepang cultural experience. Overnight stay at Majhbang enjoying home-stay.
Day 08: Majhbang - Chitram – Majhbang – Shaktikhor
We go to Chitram from Majhbang and return to Shaktikhor via. Majhbang. We would see Chitram waterfall at Chitram. Besides, we also experience Chepang culture, bird watching, fishing, etc. Overnight stay at Shaktikhor.
Day 09: Shaktikhor – Sauraha – Kathmandu
The final day of trek ends at Sauraha. We experience jungle safari at Sauraha. In the afternoon, we transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 10: Kathmandu
It is the final day in Nepal. After having food in the hotel, we go for sightseeing and then we go for shopping. In the evening, we would be served farewell dinner in the typical restaurant.
Day 11: Final departure
- All ground transportation, all meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee), Camping equipments (tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, sleeping bags, mattresses), a guide, a cook, porter, other helping staff, entry permits, all necessary requirements for Nepalese staff (meals, insurance, equipments, ground transportation etc.
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
Note: Itinerary can be customized according to your needs and length of stay.
Trekking Region: Central Nepal
Trekking Name: Chitwan Chepang Hill Trek
Best Season: Sept. to mid of Dec. and late March to May (Sept. to Dec. best season)
Trekking Type: Camping trek
Maximum Altitude: 1946m
Duration: 7-8 Days