Trekking into the Chitwan Chepang Hill Trail takes one through the charming villages of Nepal’s hills and also gives an opportunity to experience first-hand the Chepang culture prevalent in this region. Chepangs, believed to be influenced by Tamangs, speak their 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 Hills Trail offers a rare combination of cultural and sightseeing experience, and often the only option will be to stay in a home, giving an opportunity for interaction and cultural insight. People will be enthusiastic to meet you and foreigners in rural Nepal are few and far between outside of the usual routes. Most Nepali people feel that it is an honor to have a visitor.
A Chepang Museum has also been established at Shaktikhor with the view to preserve and promote primitive cultures, originalities, costumes, and lifestyles of the people. Different materials used by the Chepangs and relics like catapults used in killing birds, slings and bows used for hunting animals, crushing devices, dhiki and janto (traditional stone tools for beating and grinding grains), pots, wooden containers, drums have been kept in the museum.
DAY 1: KATHMANDU – HUGDI BAZAR – HATTIBANG
Drive to Hugdi – about 3 hours. Trek to Hattibang – about 4 to 5 hours.
At night: cultural show / local handicraft on sale
DAY 2: HATTIBANG – JAUTESH-CHANGE DINGLANG – JYANDALA
Trek to Jautesh-Changa-Dinglang – about 3 hours
Overnight at Jyandala, a pure Chepang village
DAY 3: JYANDALA – SIRAICHULI – CHISAPANITAR – GADI
Trek to Siraichuli for mountain views, sunrise or sunset – about 1 hour.
Trek to Chisapanitar for bird watching – about 4 hours
Trek to Gadi to observe historical fort – about 1,5 hours from Chisapanitar to Gadi
DAY 4: GADI – SHAKTIKHOR
Trek down from Gadi to Shaktikhor – about 3 hours (cultural experience at Shaktikhor / observe Chepang Museum / MUVIC).
Trek to Sinti waterfall and Sinti Cave village walk – about 2 hours
Cultural show by Chepangs, Magars
DAY 5: SHAKTIKHOR – KATHMANDU/SAURAHA
Drive from Shaktikhor to either Sauraha or Kathmandu
NOTE: Option to extend the itinerary with three days. More information below
DAY 5: SHAKTIKHOR – SINTI – SIDDI – MAJHBANG
Trek to Sinti waterfall and Sinti cave village walk
Majhbang village tour and Chepang cultural experience at Siddi and Majhbang – about 6 to 7 hours
DAY 6: MAJHBANG – CHITRAM -MAJHBANG/SIDDI
Trek to Chitram waterfall and back to Majhbang or Siddi
Experiencing the Chepang culture, bird watching, fishing at Chepang village – about 4 hours
DAY 7: MAJHBANG/SIDDI – SHAKTIKHOR – KATHMANDU
Trek back to Shaktikhor – about 3 hours
Drive back to Kathmandu
Group size: minimum 2
Minimum age: 12 +
Best season: Spring & Autumn
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